Los Angeles police are looking for Jackson's doctor, who they hope can shed light on how the pop singer died. Cops towed a silver BMW from outside Jackson's Los Angeles home, which police confirmed belonged to Jackson's "personal physician" and which they believed contains evidence crucial to the investigation. The doctor's name has not been officially released by authorities. Law enforcement sources, however, confirmed to ABC News, that the car towed from Jackson's home is registered to one Susan Mary Rush. Rush is the sister of Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, who was the doctor with Jackson Thursday. Police interviewed Murray Thursday night, but have not been able to reach him since then. "The car was impounded," said Amanda Betat, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. "One reason it was impounded was because it may contain medication or evidence that could assist the coroner in determining the cause of death." The British Newspaper the Sun has reported that Jackson was given a lethal dose of the painkiller Demerol before his death.
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Both sides have expressed a commitment to find a solution and avoid the problems of the past.
"We want the tension and stress between the sheriff's office and the commissioners to be a thing of the past," Davis said. "I believe in them until they prove me wrong or someone proves me wrong." Commissioners enlisted Delaware County Administrator Dave Cannon to find solutions to the funding problems. O'Brien said he expects Cannon to present his findings to commissioners during their meeting Monday, June 22. "My goal is to fund the amounts on Monday," O'Brien said. Davis said he already has been able to chip away about $80,000 of the deficit by holding back on replacing employees who had resigned or were fired. The sheriff's office also has been awarded 29 grants, one as recently as last week, which provided $22,000 to fund a school resource officer. Starting this week, Davis has been able to raise further funds through the introduction of an online sheriff's auction. A link at the sheriff's office Web site directs visitors to govdeals.com where they can purchase seized or unclaimed items from Delaware County. O'Brien said he is confident next week's meeting will be the end of the financial crisis for the sheriff's office for 2009. While the money is there to fix the budget for 2009, O'Brien said the talk should include how to save money to avoid problems in 2010. O'Brien and Davis both said they were eager to cooperate for the future. "Through education, participation and cooperation with each commissioner, I think they will properly fund the office so we can avoid these kind of issues in the future," Davis said.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
In a fight with serious implications for the UFC heavyweight title picture, veteran French kickboxer Cheick Kongo faced off with the fast rising wrestler Cain Velasquez. Not just a clash of styles, the bout pitted representatives of two of today's top MMA camps: Kongo's Wolfslair and Velasquez' American Kickboxing Academy.
In the opening action, Kongo rocked Velasquez with a two punch combination that forced Velasquez to immediately shoot for a takedown. Once there, Velasquez worked an aggressive ground and pound game, moved from side-mount to mount, then getting Kongo's back and working for a choke. Kongo fought his way back to his feet, only to go down again. Kongo fought gamely, surviving a battering from a range of dominant positions by Velasquez throughout the round. Kongo scored a moral win by getting back to his feet as the buzzer rang.
To open the second round, Kongo scored again on the feet but was quickly drawn back into a clinch fight where Velasquez had the advantage. It didn't take long in the clinch before the American fighter once again got the takedown. On the ground, the battery continued with Velasquez scoring with hammer punches while riding the Frenchman's back. Post-round highlights showed that Kongo dropped the American with a right to the temple, but it wasn't enough to deter Velasquez.
In the final round, Kongo connected again before scoring a takedown of his own. Unfortunately, Velasquez, the vastly more experienced wrestler quickly got top position and recommenced the assualt from top position. With two minutes left, Kongo fought back to his fight and scored in the clinch with knees. Once they separated, Kongo scored with punches only to be taken down again by Velasquez where he once again ate many many punches from the top. Kongo fought gamely to the end but couldn't do anything to win.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Chrysler was a step closer to emerging from bankruptcy protection Wednesday, a day after opponents of the automaker's planned partnership with Italy's Fiat exhausted their appeals in an effort to halt the Obama administration-backed sale. Late on Tuesday, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the sale of the bulk of Chrysler LLC's assets to Fiat Group SpA, rejecting an appeal by a trio of Indiana pension and construction funds, consumer groups and others to block the transaction. The deal will likely close early Wednesday, according to a person briefed on the company's plans who declined to be named ahead of an official announcement by the automaker. Chrysler released a statement late Tuesday saying it expects the sale to close "very shortly." The high court's action came on the heels of statements by Chrysler and Fiat that their deal would automatically expire if the sale didn't close by June 15 and a White House warning that there was no guarantee a new agreement could be brokered in time to save Chrysler from liquidation. The sale of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler's assets to Fiat had been expected to close more than a week ago, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg decided Monday to delay the sale while studying the appeals. A federal appeals court in New York had earlier approved the sale, but gave opponents until Monday afternoon to try to get the Supreme Court to intervene. The Indiana funds, which hold less than 1 percent of Chrysler's secured debt, claimed the sale unfairly favors Chrysler's unsecured stakeholders such as the union ahead of secured debtholders like themselves. Justice Ginsburg ordered a temporary delay just before a 4 p.m. deadline on Monday. Chrysler, Fiat and the Obama administration warned that the high court's intervention could scuttle the sale. Early Tuesday, the pension plans seized on comments from Fiat officials that they would not walk away from the deal even if June 15 were to pass without completing the sale. The plans tried to persuade the justices that there was no reason to rush to meet that deadline. But Chrysler, Fiat and the Obama administration stressed in response that Chrysler was losing $100 million every day its plants remain closed and that the deal would automatically terminate in less than a week, with no guarantee that a new agreement would be reached. If the closing is delayed by more than 10 days, the government will need to "either to increase its overall funding to the detriment of taxpayers, or abandon its role in the transaction," the administration said.If the closing is delayed by more than 10 days, the government will need to "either to increase its overall funding to the detriment of taxpayers, or abandon its role in the transaction," the administration said. Late Tuesday, the Supreme Court turned down the opponents' last-ditch bid. The court issued a brief, unsigned opinion explaining its action. To obtain a delay, or stay, someone must show that at least four of the nine justices find that the issue raised is serious enough to warrant hearing a full appeal and that a majority of the court will conclude the lower court decision was wrong. "The applicants have not carried that burden," the court said. The court did not consider the merits of the opponents' arguments, only whether to hear their full-blown appeal. Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock expressed disappointment with the decision and said options seem limited for opponents of the sale. "Obviously the supreme court of the land is the supreme court of the land," Mourdock said. "The United States government has, I continue to believe, acted egregiously by taking away the traditional rights held by secured creditors." "The Chrysler-Fiat alliance can now go forward, allowing Chrysler to re-emerge as a competitive and viable automaker," the White House said in a statement applauding the decision. Chrysler has passed swiftly through about five weeks of bankruptcy proceedings, partially as a result of the involvement of the Obama administration's auto task force, which provided billions in financing and helped negotiate a deal with the company's stakeholders. Also Tuesday, a bankruptcy judge approved Chrysler's plan to terminate 789 of its dealer franchises. U.S. Judge Arthur Gonzalez's order says the franchises, which represent about 25 percent of the company's dealer base, can no longer act as authorized Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealers, effective immediately. A written ruling explaining the decision was expected to be filed later. Earlier in the day, more than 25 attorneys representing hundreds of dealers from across the country argued in court that little would be gained by terminating the franchises, while Chrysler maintained that the move is a necessary part of its plan to cut costs and quickly emerge from Chapter 11. Many of the dealers were trying to sell the last cars on their lots and preparing to shut their doors for good at the end of the day, while others planned to sell used cars or other brands after severing ties with Chrysler. At Tuesday's hearing, Chrysler attorneys also said the automaker would extend until Monday its program to help the affected dealers send any unsold vehicles to other dealers. Under the agreement brokered in the days leading up to Chrysler's April 30 Chapter 11 filing, Fiat will receive up to a 35 percent stake in the automaker, in exchange for sharing the technology Chrysler needs to create smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The United Auto Workers union will get a 55 percent stake that will be used to fund its retiree health care obligations, while the U.S. and Canadian governments will receive a combined 10 percent stake. Meanwhile, the automaker's secured debtholders would get $2 billion in cash, or about 29 cents on the dollar, for their combined $6.9 billion in debt. Some of the debtholders balked at the deal, saying as secured lenders they deserved more. The Indiana funds involved in the Supreme Court appeal hold about $42.5 million of Chrysler's $6.9 billion in secured debt. They bought it in 2008 for 43 cents on the dollar. The funds have also challenged the constitutionality of the Treasury Department's use of money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to supply Chrysler's bankruptcy protection financing. They say the government did so without congressional authority. Consumer groups and individuals with product-related lawsuits also contested a condition of the Chrysler sale that would release the company from product liability claims related to vehicles it sold before the asset sale to Fiat. Compensation for such claims would have to come from the parts of the company not being sold to Fiat. But those assets have limited value and it's unlikely there will be anything to pay out. "The Chrysler and GM bankruptcy plans will take away the the public's right to hold these companies accountable for when their defective cars injure and kill people, which is the incentive that has forced such car companies to recall defective vehicles," said Joanne Doroshow, of the Center for Justice & Democracy, in a statement. Congress continues to scrutinize the Obama administration's restructuring of Chrysler and GM. The Senate Banking Committee said it planned to call Ron Bloom, a senior adviser to the auto task force, and Edward Montgomery, who serves as the Obama administration's director of recovery for auto communities and workers, to a hearing Wednesday.
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What initally looked like a suicide, the death of David Carradine is now believed to have been accidental. When asked, a representative told the media that David Carradine was hung accidentally by his neck and other body parts- the natural assumption from this statement is that he was engaged in some sort of auto-erotic asphyxiation. There is evidence that David was not alone in the hotel room at the time of his death, but the other party has either not come forward or has not been named. Speculation that David Carradine was murdered is just that - speculation. Auto-erotic asphyxiation is a sexual act that involves choking or otherwise cutting off the blood flow to one's head during sexual contact; it is considered very dangerous as these kinds of accidents are all too common. In any case, I think we should be celebrating this man's life, not making light of his death; it has to be very embarrassing for his family.
The perfect marriage of starch, sugar and fat, the doughnut is the quintessential working man's snack. Perhaps that's why nearly every doughnut shop in the city -- Magee's, Spudnuts, Winchell's, Krispy Kreme, Yum Yum or any of the thousands of strip mall vendors -- offers a passable version. As long as they're not horribly stale, I'm happy to eat these miraculous deep-fried concoctions anytime, anywhere. But as a self-proclaimed doughnut aficionado I do have a few favorites. While I still weep for the demise of Frittelli's, here are 9 Los Angeles doughnut shops worth the drive. (And if you buy from Randy's Donuts, you'll be helping the Salvation Army. BakeMark will make a donation to the Salvation Army for each doughnut sold on June 5, 2009 at participating shops.)
Thursday, June 04, 2009
PARIS (AFP) – World Environment Day on Friday sees the worldwide release of a movie billed by producers as "the greatest green event ever", a high-budget documentary to save the planet from . From New York's Central Park to the Champs de Mars by Paris' Eiffel Tower, the French photographer known for the "Earth From The Air" books and "Seen From The Air" on TV, is releasing the green-awareness movie "Home" in over 100 countries simultaneously. "More than a movie, Home will be a major event," the producers said. Shot from the air in a chopper, the environmental documentary will be available across the globe June 5, mostly free of charge, in open-air spaces as well as theatres, TV, DVD, and the Internet at www.youtube.com/homeproject. "The idea is to explain what's happening to the planet by beginning at the beginning, by the miracle of life on earth," the photographer-director told AFP. Kicking off with stunning aerial views of the earth's natural wonders before focusing from the air on polluting factories, airfields and oil platforms, the message translated into more than a score of languages is: "It's too late to be a pessimist." "Although there's a general trend towards an awareness of ecological issues, concrete action is still too little, too slow," he says. "In 200,000 years on earth," adds the film, "humanity has upset the balance of the planet. Humanity has barely 10 years to reverse the trend. The commentary, narrated by Glenn Close in English and Salma Hayek in Spanish, was submitted for editing to 2007 Nobel-prizewinner Al Gore and Lester Brown, the US environmental guru. It took almost three years to finalise the mega-movie, shot over 217 days in 54 countries, providing 488 hours of footage. "We have the power to change so what are we waiting for?" it asks. French movie mogul is distributing the 10-million-euro movie, a huge sum for a documentary put up by the luxury consortium PPR headed by Francois Henri Pinault. "The massive and free distribution of the film will enable anyone, anywhere, to see it, whatever their income," Pinault said. Speaking to AFP, said it was time to call a halt to a world where 20 percent of the population consumed 80 percent of the planet's riches. "I explain what is happening, I don't offer solutions," he said. "But we all have solutions within ourselves." "We would live better by consuming less and sharing more, and we need more courageous policies". "The idea is to convince people to push politicians to action."
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
When the Kardashian family decided to expand their clothing store business to Miami, there was one surefire way of generating interest... get Kim to wear a bikini. The reality TV star, 28, showed off her curvaceous figure in a skimpy purple psychedelic-print two piece from the store as she strolled through the surf on Miami Beach. Kim spent last week in Florida to support the family business as her sisters Kourtney, 30, and Khloe, 24, opened the second branch of their Dash clothing boutique.
You too can look like me: Kim Kardashian plugs a bikini at her family's store as she strolls along Miami Beach The socialite has recently slimmed down after overhauling her diet and fitness regime as she was pictured with cellulite during a photoshoot earlier this year. She has revealed the secrets behind her new shape in a fitness DVD collection, entitled Fit In Your Jeans By Friday. The DVDs, which went on sale in the U.S. last month, are sold in three seperate sections Amazing Abs Body Sculpt, Ultimate Butt Body Sculpt and Amazing Abs Body Sculpt. Clearly pleased with the results, Kim has been taking the opportunity to show off her figure during her recent jaunt to sunny Miami. So her day at the beach wasn't just a chance to relax in the sun - it was also a way to plug not only her DVD by showing off what it can do, but also a bikini from the new Dash store.
Fright: Kim (L) and her sister Kourtney's roller-blading fun was interrupted by an angry dog Writing on her Twitter micro-blogging page, Kim said: 'The purple bikini is from Dash Miami. Later that afternoon, Kim covered up in a coral playsuit to go roller-blading with Kourtney. But it wasn't all fun and games when an angry dog started barking at the two terrified sisters. The Miami branch of Dash opened last Wednesday and is run by her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, who have temporarily relocated to Florida from the family home in Beverly Hills. Kim also co-owns the original Dash in the LA suburb of Calabasas with Kourtney and Khloe. Last week, both Dash stores on opposite coasts were vandalised by unknown gangs.
Police believe the LA attack was a copycat response to the Miami store prior to its official opening. Meanwhile, Kim recently fuelled rumours she is getting engaged to her boyfriend, American football player Reggie Bush, when she admitted she had been looking for an engagement ring with her friends. The couple only celebrated their two year anniversary in last month, but divorcee Kim is determined to marry the New Orleans Saints running back. She said: 'He definitely knows all of us went ring shopping. I definitely scared him and told it was probably way more expensive than it is, just so that when he goes he feels like he's getting a good deal. 'He knows what it looks like. I think I've emailed him enough pictures.' Kim was previously wed to music producer Damon Thomas, but they divorced in 2004 after four years of marriage.