August 28, 2009
Posted: 11:48 AM ET
Michael Jackson's family has invited Debbie Rowe, who bore his two oldest children, to attend his funeral next month, sources said yesterday.
If she accepts, it will be Rowe's first supervised visit with Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, since the 50-year-old surrogate hammered out a $4 million custody deal with Jackson's family after his death, sources said.
Jackson's mom, Katherine, has permanent custody of the kids.
His interment in Glendale, Calif., is scheduled for next Thursday.
Jackson's final curtain call will come more than two months after he died of drug-induced cardiac arrest at a Hollywood Hills home he rented while preparing for a 50-concert gig in London.
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 11:39 AM ET
Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, will present a proclamation declaring the day Michael Jackson Day in Brooklyn. The Rev. Al Sharpton will supply the prayer. DJ Spinna will supply the music.
On Saturday, thousands are expected to fill the Nethermead meadow in the center of Prospect Park to celebrate Mr. Jackson’s life on what would have been his 51st birthday. The party, originally planned as a block-party-style gathering for 2,000 in Fort Greene Park, was moved to Prospect Park, which is larger, to accommodate a crowd that organizers believe could grow to 10,000.
The free event will be from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
The celebration is being organized by the director Spike Lee, who filmed Mr. Jackson in Brazil for the music video for “They Don’t Care About Us,” a controversial song from Mr. Jackson’s 1995 album, “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I.” Mr. Jackson went back into the studio to change some of the words in the song after the album was released, in response to accusations that the lyrics were anti-Semitic.
In an interview this month with The Root, an online magazine on black culture, Mr. Lee said of the party: “It’s going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn style, I’ll leave it at that. It’s going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party.” He also said: “We’re of the same era. I wanted my Afro to be perfectly round like Michael’s, all that stuff.”
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Posted: 11:33 AM ET
Michael Jackson may be gone, but that won't stop thousands of fans from around the world from celebrating the King of Pop on what would have been his 51st birthday.
Only a year ago, on the eve of his 50th birthday, Jackson was planning a much more low-key celebration of cake and cartoons with his three children when he spoke with ABC News' Chris Connelly exclusively by phone from his home in California.
In Jackson's final television interview before his death on June 25, the pop superstar dropped hints of a comeback in the works. He boasted about still having his signature moves – and showing off some new ones – saying his greatest achievements lay ahead.
Jackson died as he was mounting his comeback tour in London, doing what he told Connelly he loved the most: performing.
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Posted: 08:33 AM ET
From US Magazine:
Dermatologist Arnold Klein knows he's the father of Michael Jackson's two oldest kids, Prince, 12 and Paris, 11, his lawyer admits to Usmagazine.com.
"There was a possibility that the two older kids could be biologically linked to Dr. Klein. And Dr. Klein was well aware," his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, tells Us when explaining why he was present at a guardianship hearing for Jackson's children. Us Weekly first confirmed from multiple sources that Klein - Jackson's longtime dermatologist - is Prince and Paris' biological father. Debbie Rowe, who worked for Klein for 23 years, is the biological mother, and was wed to Jackson for three years. (Jackson was also father to Blanket, 7, born to a different surrogate mother.)
Kaplan continues: "Dr. Klein wanted to assert a request that he had concerns. He had an agreement with Michael Jackson that if anything happened to Michael Jackson... Dr. Klein would do what he could to see that they were protected."
Posted: 08:24 AM ET
Canadian authorities said Thursday they talked with the woman believed to have helped reality TV star-turned-fugitive Ryan Jenkins check into the motel where he later took his own life.
Jenkins slipped across the U.S.-Canada border while being pursued by police for the slaying of his wife, model Jasmine Fiore, authorities said. He was found hanged in his motel room Sunday in Hope, British Columbia, authorities said.
CNN has not independently confirmed reports that the marriage was annulled.
Cpl. Norm Massie, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, declined to name the woman, but said she could face charges for helping Jenkins enter Canada illegally.
"We know who that person is," Massie said. "They are cooperating with the investigation."
Canadian media interviewed eyewitnesses at the motel, who described a blond woman driving a silver PT Cruiser with Alberta license plates who helped Jenkins check into the motel.
Posted: 01:55 AM ET
By Howard Breuer via People.com
Marijuana and numerous empty drug bottles were found by police officers at Michael Jackson's home shortly after he died, according to search warrants unsealed on Thursday.
Two bags of marijuana, a bottle of temazepam (used to treat sleeplessness), empty bottles of the sedatives lorzaepam and diazepam were discovered during the search. They also found four other empty pill bottles with no indication as to what may have been in them.
Detectives were concerned that, when Jackson died, he had "received injection of an unknown medication, prior to his death," the warrants say. Other documents revealed that Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, had been giving the singer the anesthetic propofol intravenously.
Posted: 01:14 AM ET
The Federal Trade Commission is sending most of those pesky “robocalls” to the junk heap starting Tuesday.
Those unwanted prerecorded commercial calls, soliciting services such as carpet cleaning or car warranties, will be a thing of the past unless telemarketers have written permission from consumers that they want to receive these calls, the commission said today. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, violators will face penalties up to $16,000 per call.
"American consumers have made it crystal clear that few things annoy them more than the billions of commercial telemarketing robocalls they receive every year,” Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a news release. Previously, telemarketers had to tell consumers how to opt out of receiving robocalls.
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August 27, 2009
Posted: 11:53 PM ET
by Natalie Finn and Claudia Rosenbaum via E! Online
At this point, it's not as if there's anything they could have found at Michael Jackson's house that would shock us.
Unless they found tar heroin, of course. Which they did. Or at least, they thought they did.
Unidentified members of Jackson's family informed L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter in June that they had "located a quantity of tar heroin in a bag" at the Holmby Hills mansion the King of Pop was renting at the time of his death, according to a search warrant executed on the residence that was unsealed Thursday.
Sure enough, the list of items carted away from the house included two instances of a "brn sticky solid substance in clear plastic baggy," per warrant lingo.
And tar heroin is basically dark-colored, sticky heroin. And what better place to keep it than in plastic baggies?
Sources close to the case tell TMZ.com that the substance has been tested and was, in fact, not heroin of any type, color or consistency.
Posted: 11:49 PM ET
By Meg C. via Associated Content
Is Michael Jackson still alive? Don't count on it. Many people are wondering "Is Michael Jackson still alive?" after watching a video released by the Michael Jackson was nothing more than a hoax, The "Michael Jackson still alive" rumors just don't make sense.
You may wonder why I am so skeptical of the "Michael Jackson still alive" rumors. You may say that I don't believe in conspiracy. You may even think I am narrow-minded. I, however, like to think that I have common sense. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't believe the "Michael Jackson still alive" rumors.
"Michael Jackson Still Alive" Problem #1
Michael Jackson was given a cocktail of drugs shortly before his death. Physician records and other tests performed confirm this. The cocktail of drugs given to Michael Jackson make it impossible for "Michael Jackson still alive" rumors to be true.
Posted: 06:57 PM ET
More on the life and death of Sen. Ted Kennedy tonight. We'll have Sen. John Kerry's first interview since Kennedy's death. Fellow Senators John McCain, Chris Dodd and former Senator and Vice President Dan Quayle will also join Larry.
Plus, a look back at Ted Kennedy's trademark firebrand speeches at Democratic conventions from his near-miss presidential run in 1980 to his memorable remarks last year.
Plus, we want to hear from you:
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And to find out more about plans for the days ahead, and the life of Sen. Kennedy, go to TedKennedy.org
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