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July 27, 2009

TONIGHT ON LKL: Breaking News

Posted: 05:52 PM ET

t1home_michael_jackson_05_giReports: Michael Jackson's Doctor administered drug authorities believe killed him.

Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered a powerful drug that authorities believe killed the singer, a source close to the Jackson family and with knowledge of the investigation confirmed to CNN on Monday.  Murray was the doctor who was at Jackson's home when the pop star died on June 25.

Plus: 911 Tape Released in Gates Arrest

The 911 tape that led to Harvard Professor Henry Gates’ arrest revealed!  Will it help clear the police of any wrongdoing?

And of course, we want to hear from you:

Do you think Dr. Murray is responsible for Michael Jackson's death.

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Michael Jackson rumors out of control as King of Pop's death still captivates

Posted: 05:30 PM ET

BY Leah Chernikoff and Patrick Huguenin

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

The administrators of Michael Jackson's estate have said  the estate is worth an estimated $500 million.

In life, Michael Jackson sold millions of records.  In death, he's spawned about as many rumors.

The gossip is as outlandish as Jackson's wardrobe, and as ever-changing as his face. And who knows – some of it may even be true.  Was he murdered? Was he gay? Did he really father those kids? Nothing's off-limits – not even his corpse.  The obsession over Jackson's body heated up before it was cold. One report said he was frozen for later testing; another that the gold coffin at his memorial was empty.  Motown founder Berry Gordy had to deny a story he was hiding the star's body in his family crypt at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The National Enquirer claimed the Jackson family was afraid "organized criminals" would steal the remains.  Then there's the ultimate intrigue: that Jackson is actually still alive. The wacko concept has spawned sites such as MichaelJacksonHoax-Death.com.

Officially, Jackson, 50, died June 25 at his rented Los Angeles home.  His body was released by the coroner after the autopsy – followed by his brain a couple of weeks later – and is at an undisclosed location while the family decides where to bury him.  Autopsy results have not been released, but the smart money is on a drug overdose as the cause of death.

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The Cop, the Professor and the President

Posted: 10:45 AM ET

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Candy Spelling vs Tori: Feud getting nastier

Posted: 07:30 AM ET

(E! Online) – The latest in the mother-daughter feud between Candy and Tori Spelling is like something only the late family patriarch Aaron Spelling could have scripted.
Though, to be fair, the TV mastermind behind The Love Boat and Charlie's Angels would certainly have made this much sexier, a lot less tedious and probably found a way to include a guest shot for Charo.

But here goes.

In an open letter to TMZ addressed to "MIDDLE-AGED REALITY SHOW STARS (LIKE MY DAUGHTER)" (caps hers), Candy offers her explanation as to why she declined to come to her granddaughter's first birthday party. In short, Candy says she didn't want to become part of a reality show storyline.  Fine, though it's not clear why the elder Spelling chooses to drag the good name of reality show wannabes into her score-settling, but whatever. They're probably glad just to be mentioned.

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Filed under: Entertainment • Hollywood


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July 26, 2009

Former American Idol Contestant Killed

Posted: 05:41 PM ET

By Samantha McIntyre and Diane Herbst via People.com

05_Flatbed_2 - JULYFormer American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen died early Saturday morning, the victim of a possible hit-and-run in Seaside Heights, N.J.

Cohen, 25, of Allentown, Pa., was found unresponsive on a street about 300 yards from where her car was parked in a lot, says Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

First aid workers took her to Community Medical Center in Tom's River, where she was pronounced dead at 6:35 a.m., he says.

An autopsy performed Saturday afternoon by the office of the Ocean County Medical Examiner found multiple traumatic chest and abdominal injuries, and a closed head injury, Mohel says.

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Anna Nicole Doc Expects Drug Cocktail in Michael Jackson's System

Posted: 04:23 PM ET

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t1home_michael_jackson_05_giEven though the toxicology results are due this week, it's not going to be easy to nail a doctor for manslaughter if it was an overdose of propofol that killed Michael Jackson, according to a pathologist all too familiar with the intricacies of toxicology.

"Propofol basically disappears [from the blood] within minutes," says Dr. Joshua Perper, the Broward County, Fla., medical examiner who spent weeks testing samples from Anna Nicole Smith's body before ruling her death the result of a prescription-drug overdose in 2007.

"Like Anna Nicole, my expectation in Jackson's case is that the toxicology would show a combination of drugs, where propofol will be present," the pathologist and author of the upcoming book When Doctors Kill told E! News.

"The problem in finding it in the body will depend on how long [Jackson] lingered before he became comatose. It breaks down very fast and can disappear or burn out in as little as two to four hours."

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Revolting Revelation: Michael Jackson Still Not Allowed Burial One Month after Death

Posted: 03:41 PM ET

By Francesca Biller-Safran via Huffington Post.com

img100It's been more than a month since Michael Jackson's demise, and still no burial, cremation, resting place, or any manifestation of the pop psyche term "closure" at all for this fallen King of Pop.

What is unequivocally true is that the news media has continued their relentless, wretched assault against Jackson's very quintessence with villainous coverage of all that is grotesque, repulsive and vile, with barely a fact to back up all the rancorous chatter.

The latest "so-called" news is that a Los Angeles coroner has temporary custody of his brain, endless rumors incessantly about drugs he might have taken prescribed by a long list of doctors now under investigation, the sad condition of his body, lawsuits already impending in the multiple millions, impending, custody battles, and the long-awaited results of toxicology reports given as the reason for allowing Jackson's body to remain in spiritual rigor.

His family claims they do not even know where his body is. Everyone knows this is not true.

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Sign of the times...

Posted: 12:56 PM ET
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What You Might Not Know About the Recovery

Posted: 12:38 PM ET

By JOE BIDEN via New York Times

artbidengi1SIX months ago, when President Obama and I took office, we were confronted with an economic crisis unparalleled in our lifetime. The nation was hemorrhaging more than 700,000 jobs a month, the housing market was in free fall, and the fate of the financial system hung in the balance. Credible economists were handicapping the probability of a depression. The actions we took — passing the Recovery Act, stabilizing the banking system, pressing to get credit flowing again and helping responsible homeowners — brought us back from the precipice. Monthly job losses are down, financial markets are improved, and economic contraction has slowed. We still have a long way to go, but clearly we are closer to recovery today than we were in January. The Recovery Act has been critical to that progress.

Notwithstanding this progress, the nature of the Recovery Act remains misunderstood by many, and misconstrued by others: critics have suggested that the entire $787 billion is being spent on pet programs. As the person leading the administration’s efforts to put the Recovery Act into effect, I want to set the record straight.

The single largest part of the Recovery Act — more than one-third of it — is tax cuts: 95 percent of working Americans have seen their taxes go down as a result of the act. The second-largest part — just under a third — is direct relief to state governments and individuals. The money is allowing state governments to avoid laying off teachers (14,000 in New York City alone), firefighters and police officers and preventing states’ budget gaps from growing wider.

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Publishers acquire Jackson autobiography rights

Posted: 12:31 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Publishers including Random House have bought the rights to reprint Michael Jackson's best-selling 1988 autobiography, "Moonwalk," Random House said on Friday.

The book, in which the late pop icon talks of his fame, music career and famous family, will be released in October following his death last month. It will sell for $25.

The U.S. and Canadian rights were bought by Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House, which is owned by Europe's largest media group Bertelsmann. Harmony will print an initial run of 100,000 copies.

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(Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Michelle Nichols and Xavier Briand)

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