Former Mayor Marion Barry Dies

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Marion Barry, the  four-term former mayor and current D.C. Council member and the best-known local political figure in modern Washington history, died early Sunday, a few hours after ending a brief stay at Howard University Hospital. He was 78. His death was announced by his family in a statement released through a spokeswoman for Barry.

According to the statement, he died at the United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, after having been released from Howard University Hospital Saturday. Natalie Williams, a United Medical Center spokeswoman, said Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m She declined to discuss his symptoms presented or the treatment rendered. No cause was given in the family statement, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco to celebrate birth of royal twins

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PARIS(AP)- Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month, and the first one born will be the prince’s royal heir.

The palace of the Riviera principality advised citizens on Saturday that the big moment, expected in December, will be celebrated with church bells ringing.

The palace says there will be 21 cannon shots for each baby and bells tolling for 15 minutes, followed by boat horns.

Prince Albert told BFM-TV that the first child born will be heir to the throne – unless a boy and a girl are born, in which case the boy becomes royal heir.

Albert, 56, who has two children out of wedlock, married Charlene, a South African swimmer now 36, in 2011.

Bill Cosby’s Guest Appearance With Letterman Canceled

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Bill Cosby’s upcoming appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” has been canceled amid a growing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in past decades.

Cosby spokesman David Brokaw confirmed Friday night that Cosby would not appear next Wednesday as previously scheduled. He did not say why.

Barbara Bowman, one of Cosby’s accusers, has recently leveled allegations of sexual assault by the comic in interviews and in a Washington Post online column, writing that “Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times.”

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Bill Cosby's Guest Appearance With Letterman Canceled.

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15 years later: Rae Carruth’s teenage son

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Saundra Adams and her grandson, Chancellor Lee, often visit the gravesite of her daughter and his mother, Cherica.
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In 1999, Cherica Adams was pregnant with Chancellor when she was murdered in a high profile crime orchestrated by former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth. Cherica was in a coma for 28 days before she died.
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As Cherica lapsed into a coma, Chancellor was deprived ofoxygen. He was delivered by emergency C-section and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Since then, Saundra Adams has been devoted to helping her grandson work hard to overcome his challenges.

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15 years later: Rae Carruth's teenage son.

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Dwight Howard investigated for child abuse

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Royce Reed the mother of Dwight Howard 6-year-old son went to Children’s Services in the Orlando, FL area in August and complained he had whipped their son Braylon with a belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his leg.  TMZ Sports reports,authorities interviewed Howard and he confessed to the belting, but said he didn’t realize there was anything wrong with it because he was disciplined the same way as a kid. Howard’s lawyer filed legal docs claiming he never caused marks, bruises, welts or injuries requiring medical treatment.

Howard’s rep tells TMZ, authorities found the allegations “frivolous,” adding, “It’s no coincidence that these false allegations were ‘leaked’ on the heels of Dwight filing for major custody of his son.”

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BET Ending “106&Park”

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The end of an era BET is ending “106&Park” after 14 years on air.
Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials,released a  statement reflecting on “106 & Park”.

AJ accepting Janet Jackson’s challenge to…dance. Bow Wow laying that kiss on Tyra Banks (or was it the other way around?). Free crawling around the set LIKE Catwoman WITH Catwoman Halle Berry. Julissa’s taking over Halloween as “Wonder Woman.” Keshia brilliantly bonding with First Lady Michelle Obama. Paigion flying around the world with Rihanna on a 777. Rocsi salsa dancing with Victor Cruz and putting him to shame. Shorty and Ms. Mykie’s killer rap, “The History of Justin Timberlake,” visably thrilling JT himself. Terrence beatboxing while Jamie Foxx rhymed. Tigger making Tom Cruise do the of-the-moment “motorcycle dance.”

We all have our favorite moments from the show that has put youth culture on television daily since the first year of this century. We have pride in being involved with the show that has welcomed almost every movie star, music superstar and fresh-faced talent you can name (you can even throw in a first lady) We’ve all laughed with and been entertained by the young men and women hosts that have charmed us at 6 p.m. (and more recently 5 p.m.) each weekday.

All of us have been touched by 106 & Park

Now it’s time for 106 & Park, as a daily TV entity, to take a bow and exit.

It’s been a great 14-year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most: online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Parkbrand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.

And 106 & Park will still have specials on BET. What’s a New Year’s Eve without106 & Party106 & Park Presents: 106 & Party will be on-air to take our viewers into the beginning of the second half of this decade in a big way. And when it’s time for the BET Awards to come around, you can be sure that 106 & ParkPresents: Live, Red and Ready will be ushering you into the show and that106 & Park will be an integral part of the BET Experience.

I’m not trying to minimize it; this is a very big change. We thank all the people who have worked on the show over the years; the talented hosts, the hard-working staff, production crews and all the incredible guests we’ve had. Most of all, we’d like to humbly thank the “livest audience,” both in studio and at home, who fueled this landmark TV show from the very beginning. Meet you in the digital domain.

106 & Park will have its final daily on-air show on BET on December 19.

Onward and upward.

sgh

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10 Benefits to Drinking warm Lemon Water Every Morning

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Water makes up 60 percent of your body weight. Your body depends on water to flush out toxins, and water also carries nutrients to your cells and if you add lemons you can give your immune system a boost. Here are ten reasons to have lemon water.

1) Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.

2) Cleanses Your System /…

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Khloe Kardashian Under Fire For KKK Joke

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Khloe Kardashian and Scott Disick are facing some serious heat following their recent Instagram activity. According to Us Weekly, they both posted a photo comparing the Kardashian sisters to the KKK.

The meme shows Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe with the wording “The Only KKK To Ever Let Black Men In.” The posts got a negative reaction quickly, causing Khloe to delete the photo. Scott kept his up, pictured below. What are your thoughts?

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Cake Boss Arrested!

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Uh Oh.  This is no bueno on every level.  If you’re going to drink DON’T DRIVE!!!!!  No exceptions.  The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro was arrested on DWI charges while driving his bright yellow Corvette in Manhattan.  HERE

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Shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School

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Jaylen Fryberg 14, shot and killed a girl in the attack at Marysville Pilchuck High School on October 24, She has not yet been formally identified.

Three other students targeted by Jaylen Fryberg -including two of his cousins  remain in hospital. Two are in a critical condition.
All were shot in the head after the Fryberg pulled out a weapon and started firing in the school cafeteria. Law enforcement sources said Fryberg used a .40-caliber Beretta handgun. Officials said the gun was legally acquired, but did not say if Fryberg was the owner.
It was unclear whether Fryberg had killed himself deliberately or whether the gun had been fired by accident as he struggled with the teacher.
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