According to gossip bible, convicted rapper Lil Wayne underwent extreme dental surgery yesterday in Florida. The rapper had 8 root canals, several implants and his prized platinum and bejeweled grill removed in preparation for his 12-month bid in Riker's Island prison next month.

Wayne had his grill worked on, several tooth implants redone, more implants added and had the few real teeth he had left repaired.

This is the critical dental surgery that kept Wayne from being shipped off to the big house last week.

The judge allowed the rapper to put his sentence for felony attempted gun possession on hold until March 2 -- enough time for Wayne to get his mouth prison-ready.

If that's even possible.

Wow. And here I am scared to get two implants done in one day. Lil Weezy is better than me.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a contagious skin infection that can be fatal.

MRSA is caused by the common bacteria staphylococcus -- or "staph" for short. Most of us carry staph bacteria on our skin and in our noses without being infected. It is spread easily by skin to skin contact even by people who don't show any signs of infection.

In the 70s and 80s, MRSA was commonly referred to as a hospital acquired infection (HA-MRSA). The infections spread rapidly within hospital settings and nursing homes where patients with weakened immune systems lived in close quarters.

The centers For Disease Control (CDC) and public health experts went to great measures to educate health care workers about the importance of hand washing between patient care to contain the bacteria within hospitals and nursing homes.

Over time the bacteria colonized patients (and health care workers) and mutated to become super resistant to most antibiotics that normally kept it in check. In the late 80s and early 90s, MRSA bacteria leaped from the hospital setting and into the surrounding communities where cases began to arise among the healthy population. Those cases are referred to as community acquired infections (CA-MRSA).

MRSA made headline news recently when healthy young people began dying from simple skin infections.

Staph becomes a problem when it enters the body through a break in the skin such as a cut or scratch. Once in the bloodstream, it is very difficult to treat because MRSA is resistant to most antibiotics. For that reason, it is sometimes referred to as a "super bug."

It's now resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, oxacillin, and many other antibiotics. While a few antibiotics still work, MRSA is constantly adapting and researchers are having a tough time developing new antibiotics to keep up with the new strains.

The biggest factor in the proliferation of MRSA is the practice of prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily over the decades as well as antibiotics given to livestock that leached into the municipal city water.

The most at risk for MRSA infections are young children whose immune systems aren't fully developed yet, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, such as HIV/AIDS patients.

MRSA causes soft tissue infections (such as the example in the pic above), but it can also spread to the lungs (leading to pneumonia) or to the bones and heart valves. Most MRSA skin infections are harmless and resolve within days. The infection generally starts out as small red bumps or tiny blisters, boils or spider bites.

Signs and Symptoms of MRSA include:

  • Swelling, redness and tenderness of the skin around the wound
  • Foul smelly, pus or drainage
  • Fever

More Info On The Web

Skin Problems and Treatments: Understanding MRSA - WebMD

MRSA - Mayo Clinic

Remember the Las Vegas mayor who called U.S. president Barack Obama a "slow learner" after he singled out Las Vegas during one of his classic do as I say, not as I do moments?

Well, according to online reports, Mayor Oscar Goodman refused an invitation to meet with President Obama who was is in Vegas yesterday.

"I've got other things to do quite frankly for my constituents here in Las Vegas who rely on me to do the right thing as a mayor," explained Mayor Goodman. Ouch.

When asked if he was surprised that the White House extended an invitation to him in the first place, Mayor Goodman said, "A little bit in the sense I would think they would know that I would say I'm not coming," said Mayor Goodman.

"We are hurting, we have people in foreclosures, we have people having a hard time feeding their families and we can't stand to have a flippant statement made," said Mayor Goodman.

So far there's been no comment from the White House.

Convicted woman beater Chris Brown tried to look studious and bookish when he entered a L.A. courtroom today for a progress hearing. The hearing took place before the same judge who sentenced Brown to hard labor in his native Virginia for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The judge wasn't buying Brown's choirboy appearance. She grilled Brown's attorneys and requested proof that Brown was in compliance with the terms of his probation.

According to TMZ:

Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, presented proof to the judge that Chris had performed 32 days of hard labor in Virginia. He's also attended 17 out of the required 52 domestic violence classes.

The Chief of Richmond, VA wrote a letter to the judge saying Brown is doing a good job.The judge said Chris can now travel out of the country, provided he gets permission from her in advance.

Brown already has the judge's permission to leave the country to perform in concerts from May 18 to June 27.

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Music mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs had his hands full with his adorable 3-year-old twins Jessie James and D'Lilah Star. Sean wrote on his Twitter page: “It is possible to love 2 girls at the same time!” Well, he should know.

NBA star Kevin Garnett showed off his beautiful daughter and his typical NBA wife at the All Star game last weekend.

More pics after the break!

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Your income tax refund checks might be a little late this year.

An apparently irate taxpayer climbed into the cockpit of his small single engine plane and flew it right straight into the IRS building in Austin, Texas today.

In a scene reminiscent of 9/11, workers scrambled in terror as thick black smoke billowed from one side of the building and books, papers and desks flew out of shattered windows.

Officials say the pilot intentionally targeted the IRS building and set his own home on fire before taking off. No terrorism link is suspected.

Two IRS workers were rushed to the hospital and one person is still unaccounted for. The toll of injuries is expected to rise. So far there is only confirmed death -- the pilot.

One witness said the plane did not look like it was out of control. Fire crews are looking for survivors inside the IRS building, which is located next door to the FBI offices.

Rajaan Bennett's future was full of promise: just two weeks ago, the McEachern star RB signed to play football at Vanderbilt.

But early this morning, Bennett was shot to death in an apparent murder/suicide at his family's Powder springs, Georgia home. Police say Clifton O'Neal Steger, 39, a former boyfriend of Bennett's mother, shot Bennett during a domestic dispute before turning the gun on himself.

A third man inside the home was also shot, but his injury was non-life threatening.

"I'm standing here in a daze," Steger's mother, Gladys Steger, told the AJC when reached by phone at her home in Milledgeville.

Police arrived at the home around 2:30 am, about four minutes after someone inside the home called 911 and whispered they needed help. As officers approached the front door they heard four or five shots from inside.

Immediately after the shots were fired, Narjaketha Bennett, 37, and her brother, Taiwan Hunter, 32, who was wounded in the gunfire, ran from the house. Two teens emerged from the home shortly afterwards. They were not injured.

When officers entered the home, they found the bodies of Steger and 18-year-old Rajaan Bennett.

Hunter was undergoing surgery just after daybreak Thursday at Atlanta Medical Center, police said.

School officials held a news conference this morning to discuss what Bennett meant to the school.

"We have a population of 2,200 kids, and when you're Rajaan Bennett, you touch the lives of all 2,200," principal Regina Montgomery said.

She said counselors would be at the school to help students with the grieving process, but, "We don't know what we're going to do tomorrow, we're just trying to get through today together." Read More...

Rapper Jay Z's carefully cultivated image of crack rock dealer turned business man was tarnished in a major racism scandal in Britain.

According to online reports, Jay Z is embroiled in a dispute involving allegations that security guards were selectively excluding people at his Brit Awards after-party based on their race.

Jigga's security team allegedly refused to admit white party-goers into the VIP area, while black guests were admitted immediately without standing in line.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter-Knowles, hosted the lavish bash at Merah, a London nightclub after winning the Best International Male Solo trophy at the ceremony.

According to reports out of the UK, the party was chaotic as people tried to get inside the club and fights broke out,

The scene got even uglier, when security guards at the doors to the VIP room allegedly refused to allow white people into the area, while letting black partygoers straight through, according to Britain’s Daily Star newspaper.

“I’ve been to countless showbiz bashes but never have I met meatheads like those at the Jay- Z [party],” wrote the Star’s music reporter Kim Dawson.

“Jay-Z is a mega-star and yet it was clear white people were not welcome in his VIP area. While the red rope was lifted for black guests to breeze through, let’s just say it stayed down if your face didn’t fit,” she added.

Source: TI

Remember that loud mouthed punk who got his azz handed to him by a 67-year-old white man?

Someone turned the Epic transit bus battle into a Mortal Kombat game and posted it to YouTube. Hey, it's a slow news day.

If you only watch one video today, please watch the first video to see the old man teach the young punk some manners. My favorite lines are "Ooh, he's leaking!," "Did he break your teeth?" and "Bring the ambulance."

Earlier this week I posted industry whispers about a public blow out in Dallas between Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster and her former publicist Rochelle Brown.

Shortly after I posted the story, Tameka began frantically texting Rochelle and others in Atlanta begging for sympathy and placing the blame everywhere but on herself.

When that didn't work, Trampeka took to her Twitter page because she knows her gullible followers will believe anything she tweets.

Trust me, there's a LOT that I left out of my original post out of respect for my sources. I have to keep my word even though it hurts my heart because I love putting evil narcissists like Tameka Foster on blast.

Anyway, Tameka found another publicist to take her on (along with her emotional baggage). Together they released a statement full of falsehoods and BS to protect her image.

Statement from Tameka Foster:

“It is so unfortunate that people will try to gain notoriety by spreading lies, and untruths, by riding another’s coat tail or any means necessary. I guess its just another sign of the times we’re in. I generally do not respond to many of the silly fables, asinine rumors, or tall tales that constantly circulate, but I found this one so creative and filled with hilarity that I felt compelled to.

This “PR” person, Rochelle Brown and her V Firm PR was hired on a 3 month trial basis in the Fall to garner publicity for one of my non-profits and unfortunately was insincere with her references and promised media coverage for our event. Therefore the relationship didn’t work out; however I wish Ms. Brown the best in her quest for other PR endeavors.

Nonetheless, this current story is ridiculously fabricated and the accounts reported are completely baseless. It is apparent that this can only be yet another failed attempt by a person to gain their 15 minutes of fame. Well here…I’m only giving her 5. If you believe this story then I’ll sell you a bridge too. Now.. that is all.”

Blah, blah, blah. I notice she didn't mention that she blew up Rochelle's phone sending text messages begging her to come back to the Ritz Carlton in Dallas because she didn't want to eat alone on Valentine's Day. How embarrassing if I were to post those text messages, which basically proves that Tameka is lying (again)?

Stay tuned...

Thanks to loyal reader Sherice Moore for the tip!