Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Angelina Jolie tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses

 Angelina Jolie discusses "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Dec. 9, 2011. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Alex Villareal)

Angelina Jolie discusses “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Dec. 9, 2011. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Alex Villareal)

Angelina Jolie tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses with $33 million in earnings from June 2012 through June 2013.

Her last mega feature was “The Tourist” in 2010, and it wasn’t one of her greatest hits, grossing $278 million with a $100 million budget . . .

Click here to read about Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s highest-paid actress.

DEA awards college student abandoned in holding cell for five days $4.1 million

Daniel Chong, 25, was awarded $4.1 million from the DEA for being left in a holding cell for 5 days.

Daniel Chong, 25, was awarded $4.1 million from the DEA for being left in a holding cell for 5 days.

SAN DIEGO – Daniel Chong, 25, a University of California San Diego college student, was forgotten and left in a holding cell for five days. Attorney Eugene Iredale says the Drug Enforcement Administration has awarded him $4.1 million.

In April 2012, Chong, an engineering student, was questioned after a DEA drug raid of a friend’s off-campus apartment. He was questioned and told he would be released. However, he was mistakenly left in a locked, 5-by-10-foot room windowless room for five days. . . .

Click here to read about Daniel Chong’s near-death experience.

Gay priests: ‘Who am I to judge?,’ asks Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis at Varginha, Brazeil, July 27, 2013, reaching out to the people. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Tânia Rêgo/ABr)

Pope Francis at Varginha, Brazil, July 27, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Tânia Rêgo/ABr)

On Monday, in an 80-minute press conference aboard the papal aircraft during a return trip to the Vatican from Brazil, Pope Francis answered journalists myriad questions. Concerning gay priests, he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Fox news reported Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 stating men with “deep-rooted homosexual tendencies” should not be considered for the priesthood , , ,

Click here to read Pope Francis’ thoughts on gay priests.

Chaka Khan performs in Chicago, ‘stands her ground’ by canceling in Miami

Chaka Khan performs at the BET awards. July 1, 2012, tribute to Whitney Houston. (Image: AP/Matt Sayles)

Chaka Khan performs at the BET awards. July 1, 2012, tribute to Whitney Houston. (Image: AP/Matt Sayles)

 

 

Ten-time grammy-award winning singer-songwriter-activist Chaka Khan has returned to Chicago for a celebratory weekend. A section of Blackstone Avenue, near Hyde Park Boulevard, has a new honorary name: “Chaka Khan Way,” and the sign was unveiled Saturday. Khan is overjoyed about the new sign on Blackstone and will express her thanks by giving a free concert in Chicago’s Millennium Park on Sunday, the first of a yearly event . . .

Click here to read about Chaka Khan’s celebratory weekend in Chicago and why she canceled a concert in Miami.

 

 

‘Juror B29’s’ revelations on Zimmerman verdict

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after acquittal on July 13, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

George Zimmerman leaves court after acquittal on July 13, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

“One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“George Zimmerman got away with murder. . . ” are the words of Juror B29, a 36-year-old married mother of eight, known only by her first name, Maddy. She spoke them to Robin Roberts, and the interview aired on “Good Morning America” Friday. . . .

Click here to read Juror B29’s revelations on the Zimmerman trial.

‘I’ll kill myself’ rather than marry — 11-year-old Yemeni girl

Nada al-Ahdal, 11-year-old Yemeni girl, speaks out against child marriage. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

Nada al-Ahdal, 11-year-old Yemeni girl, speaks out against child marriage. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

 

Nada al-Ahdal, 11, fled from her parents after learning of their plan to marry her off to a rich man. In a video which now has over 7 million views on YouTube, Nada takes a strong stand against child marriage . . .

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Accused East Cleveland man charged with murders of three women

Michael Madison, 35, charged with murder of three women. (Photo: East Cleveland Police Department)

Michael Madison, 35, charged with murder of three women. (Photo: East Cleveland Police Department)

 

 

Michael Madison, 35, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder and three counts of kidnapping Monday after the bodies of three women were found in East Cleveland, Ohio. The accused’s bail is $6 million dollars, and he has waived rights to a preliminary hearing . . .

Click here to read about the murder of three women in a Cleveland suburb.

Obama appeals to white base, focuses on ‘black’ crime in Zimmerman speech

President Barack Obama (Image: Washington Post)

President Barack Obama (Image: Washington Post)

President Barack Obama finally spoke in depth on the Zimmerman verdict on Friday. There was inordinate silence in the interim, and his speech was not voluntary, as there was pressure from civil rights groups, Trayvon Martin’s parents, and the African American community for truth. Therefore, our president had to deliver, but did he? . . .

Click here to read about Obama’s speech on the Zimmerman verdict.

Tina Turner marries long-time beau in Switzerland

Tina Turner and husband Erwin Bach, July 2013. (Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

Tina Turner and husband Erwin Bach, July 2013. (Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

Legendary singer Tina Turner, 73, and German-born record producer beau, Erwin Bach, 57, tied the knot in Switzerland after a 27-year courtship.

Municipal official Hannes Fries reported to E! News the two married in a quiet civil ceremony at Lake Zurick in Küsnacht, Northern Switzerland just a few days ago.

He added, “There will be a private celebration in Ksünacht on Sunday, [July 21]. We do not have any information about names or number of guests . . . ”

Read about Tina Turner’s recent wedding ceremony here.

Rolling Stone’s Boston bomber cover elicits outrage, boycotts

Rolling Stone gives the 'glam' cover treatment to the accused Boston bomber. (Image: Rollingstone.com)

Rolling Stone gives the ‘glam’ cover treatment to the accused Boston bomber. (Image: Rollingstone.com)

 

 

 

 

Rolling Stone features accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, on the cover and will hit news stands Aug. 3. The public has waged war via Facebook and Twitter, and CVS and Tedeschi Foods have vowed not to sell the magazine , , ,

Click here to read the controversy surrounding Rolling Stone’s cover treatment of the accused Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.