Monday, May 28, 2012
Hip-hop mega-producer has worked with the biggest names in the business, but for the foreseeable future, a portion of every dollar Sean Garrett makes will go straight to the biggest name of all ... UNCLE SAM.
According to docs filed by the Georgia Department of Revenue, Garrett owes back taxes for the years 2006 and 2007 to the tune of $732,553.57.
So the government is tired of waiting for their cash, they ordered BMI, which collects royalties for artists, to hold all money Garrett makes and turn it over to them.
Garrett has produced 15 number one songs in his career -- for the likes of Beyonce, Usher, and Nicki Minaj -- so Uncle Sam should have his money in no time.
What do Jada Pinkett, Janet Jackson and Mary J Blige all have in common? Sources say they all had sex with Mike Tyson. What’s more? They’re all said to have been caught on tape doing it!
That’s according to one woman who says she once dated the boxing legend – adding, not only did the former champ have sex with a long list of female celebrities, but he also taped each lady and himself in the act. Our source exclusively tells HSK Tyson still has all of that footage! Don’t believe me.. Ask Kenya Moore.
Here’s the drop:
“Tyson has all them bitches on tape, he ain’t stupid. I used to fuck with him, but he’s too rough. Sometimes I wonder if he got me on tape, because he has all the celebrity hoes on tape.
He got a sex tape with Salli Ricardson, B Angie B, Lil Kim, Jasmine Guy, Jada Pinkett – before she became a Smith – Mary J. Blige, Kenya Moore, Janet Jackson and Karen White, just to name a few.
Some guys like to take pics, Mike likes to secretly tape his sex sessions.”
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
(AllHipHop News) Rapper B.G. will formally be sentenced to prison next month, for weapons possession and witness tampering.
B.G., born Christopher Dorsey, is expected to be sentenced to at least eight to 10 years in prison, over a November 2009 arrest.
B.G. and two associates were caught in a stolen car, which also had three guns inside, two of which were reported stolen.
Authorities also found two extended clips in the vehicle.
According to the Times-Picayune, B.G. will be sentenced to prison on June 13, after several sentencing delays.
The two other men in the case have already been sentenced to prison over the stolen weapons.
Both B.G. and another man named Jerod Fedison, 29, were also charged with witness tampering.
They attempted to get Demounde Pollard, 19, to take the gun charges, since his record was clean at the time.
Jerod Fedison, 29, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the crime.
Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence that is longer than the mandatory minimum of eight to 10 years.
Check out a video of B.G. that the federal government is using to prosecute him
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- After a decade, it was the judgment that Brian Banks and his lawyers from the California Innocence Project fought for: Case dismissed.
"My only dream in the world was to just be free and to have the same opportunity as everybody here," said Banks after his hearing Thursday.
At age 16, Brian Banks had been a popular student at Polytechnic High in Long Beach, an athlete being scouted by eight colleges.
He verbally accepted an offer to attend the University of Southern California on a four-year scholarship when a serious accusation came from a fellow classmate and childhood friend.
Wanetta Gibson, then 15 years old, claimed Banks had raped her when he accompanied her on-campus.
"We went into an area on campus that is known as a makeout spot, we kissed, we groped we touched, but we never had sex. We ended things on a good note. I went back to class, by the end of the day I was in custody," he said.
The star athlete's attorney encouraged Banks to make a plea deal.
"She told me I was a big black teenager and no jury would believe anything I said," said Banks.
Gibson collected $1.5 million after suing the school over lack of safety on campus. Banks spent five years in prison and five years on parole, finally reaching out to California Project Innocence.
But the case turned when the alleged victim contacted him through Facebook asking to be his friend.
"Why would you friend request me?" Banks asked Gibson over Facebook. "The reply was, 'I figured you and I could let bygones be bygones. I was immature then, btu I'm much more mature now.'"
Then came a face-to-face meeting. Gibson admitted that she lied and was willing to help Banks clear his name, according to court records. But there was just one problem -- would she have to pay back the $1.5 million? It was a fear that made Gibson weary of telling her story to prosecutors.
But according to defense attorneys, Gibson admitted she was worried about having to pay back the money during a second meeting with Banks that was secretly recorded. Defense attorneys quoted Gibson as saying, "'I will go through with helping you but it's like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don't want to have to pay it back.'"
Her admission was everything Banks had been waiting for.
"We got it!" said Banks when asked what thoughts ran through his mind.
Gibson did not attend the hearing on Thursday. It remained unclear if she would have to pay back the money. Nonetheless, Gibson's admission paved the way for Banks' exoneration.
"He's had a monitor on his ankle since that day, it's been difficult for him to get work, he's been struggling in the community with people looking at him like a sex offender," said Justin Brooks with California Project Innocence.
Soon the ankle monitor will come off. But for now, he says there are things of greater importance.
"To finally have my freedom back, I couldn't ask for more," he said.
Banks also said that he is no longer bitter over the situation and that he learned to eliminate those feelings in order to make the day he dreamed of possible.
While his lawyers say he has grounds to file a lawsuit against Gibson, Banks has not yet decided if he will do so. Rather, his big focus is on football once again. He wants to finally make that NFL dream a reality.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Why can't R&B cats just get along? Former B2K member, Raz B is set to expose the likes of Omarion (aka Maybach O), Chris Brown, Ray J, Bow Wow —and anyone else he can think of— in his new book This Boy's Life. According to reports, the 26-year-old will unveil all the tawdry details of same-sex encounters both inside and outside of his former group.
In an excerpt posted on All Hip Hop, Raz wastes no time throwing his one-time group member under the bus. “There were no girls; there were no breaks, and absolutely NO meat. Our diet was so strict that I remember passing out during rehearsals because of our heavily restricted diet,” he writes.“…Me and [J] Boog resisted the most. [Lil] Fizz and Omari (Omarion) however seemed a lot easier to take advantage of. I suspect it was because Fizz was so much younger and Omari was just gay.”
He also had some choices words for Ray J. “Ray J was cool at first. I was under the impression that he wanted to help me. But just like with Whitney [Houston] he was just looking for someone to use. Ray J said that he was mad about how Chris did us and other artist, but Ray J just wanted airtime,” he continues. “Ray J made a diss song about Chris being gay, but that's the kettle calling the pot black.”
Raz is no stranger to stirring up trouble. Back in 2010 he accused Marques Houston and Chris Stokes of molesting him, and lashed out at Bishop Eddie Long for his many alleged sexual rendezvous with men belonging to his congregation.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of TLC ”ain’t too proud to beg” for a ride. At least she better not be any time soon.
If you see Watkins ridin’ on the passenger side of her best friend’s ride, don’t go yellin “No Scrubs!” cause she may have a very valid excuse.
Explanation #1 could be that her car is in the shop (the standard no car excuse), but the real deal may be that she’s housing her ride somewhere where the repo man can’t find it. *sigh*
[Sidebar: Tionne... please consult with Khia about that first tho... ]
Tionne initiated bankruptcy proceedings just last year, but for some odd reason she didn’t follow through with the paperwork.
Now she’s being sued by several of her creditors seeking their collateral!
According to TMZ, Honda is seeking to repossess Tionne’s 2005 Honda Odyssey.
[Sidebar: Why the hell ain't that car paid off yet?]
Tionne Watkins is being sued by Honda for failing to make payments on her 2005 Honda Odyssey. In the lawsuit, filed in Georgia, Honda asks the judge for the green light to take the car back.
It’s unclear how much T-Boz owes in back payments. It’s just the latest in a string of financial woes for the 42-year-old rapper — she filed for bankruptcy back in 2011 … but failed to complete the required paperwork … and lost the protection bankruptcy provides.
In other words, there’s NOTHING stopping T-Boz’s creditors from coming after all of her possessions.
We reached out to T-Boz for comment — so far, no response.
I still can’t get over the T-Boz is ridin’ around & gettin’ it in a dayum 2005 HONDA ODYSSEY?!? That’s has a note on it… :shock:
If I were her, I wouldn’t respond either. That’s embarrassing as hell…
Somebody get Diddy on line one or send Tionne a few bucks to her paypal account. We can at least help one of our hip-hop icons keep her car!
Monday, May 21, 2012
The drama is seemingly endless for former G-Unit rapper Young Buck as he has been evicted from his Tennessee mansion by the IRS.
The exact details surrounding the eviction are unclear at press time.
Still, the rapper owes $333,975.69 in unpaid back taxes, according to news/gossip site TMZ.
Per court order, Buck was to be out of the 5,000 foot mansion by May 16, but whether or not he’s fully left is not known. He was seen moving boxes from the residence last week though.
A court order has already determined the home will be sold in order to pay off the tax debt, but it does not fully explain the eviction yet.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Young Buck would also be heading back to jail in the coming weeks.
While the details have not been released about the nature of his crime, Young Buck himself admitted that he would be serving two months in jail.
Young Buck had yet not commented on the eviction matter at press time.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Young Buck’s problems with the law refuse to die down. At a recent show, Young Buck told the cameras that he will be going back to Penitentiary in two months from now.
Although Buck doesn’t state the exact reasons, we are guessing it is in connection with federal charges for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition which stems from raids at his home by feds and IRS agents in August 2010.
A man who has fathered 30 children to 11 different women is asking the courts to give him a break from paying child support.
Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has half of his pay check taken from him by the state every month and it is divided among his children.
Hatchett only makes minimum wage and some of the mothers only receive as little as $1.49 a month from him.
The oldest child is 14 years old.
When Hatchett is working, he is required to turn over 50 per cent of his wages for child support - the maximum allowed under law.
Child support payments are based in part on the ages and needs of the children.
Desmond explained to News Channel 3 how it all happened: 'I had four kids in the same year. Twice.'
Asked in a TV interview whether he can 'keep up with it all', the 33-year-old said he knows all their names, ages and birth dates.
In 2009 when he first appeared in court on charges that most of the mothers were not receiving child support, he had 21 children.
At the time, he said he was not going to father any more kids, but he ended up having nine more in the past three years.
He said: 'I didn't intend to have this many, it just happened.'
The state cannot order Hatchett to stop making babies. He hasn't broken any laws, according to the report. He has, however, set a Knox County record for his ability to produce.
Keith Pope, Hatchett’s attorney in 2009 told WVLT in Tennessee: 'You look at when they filed, how many children they have – he has several mothers that he has two children with. And, it’s tough.'
Thursday, May 17, 2012
A Winslow, New Jersey man, is suing Wal-Mart for $1 million because he claims he was traumatised by a public address announcement directed at black shoppers.
Donnell Battie claims that the intercom system at the Wal-Mart on the Black Horse Pike in Washington Township was hijacked and someone announced, 'Attention, Wal-Mart customers. All black people must leave the store.'
In his lawsuit, Battie says that Wal-Mart was negligent, careless, reckless and showed deliberate indifference in not controlling access to the P.A system.
Filed at the U.S District Court in Camden this week, the lawsuit dates from a March 14, 2010 incidence at the supermarket giant according to MSNBC
Even though a manager at the superstore quickly apologised for the remark, the police arrived and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on harassment and bias intimidation charges.
Since that date, Battie alleges that the announcement caused him to suffer depression, anxiety, anger, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, paranoia and to suffer from anti-social tendencies.
'Mr Battie is an individual who has been under care of a doctor for various disabilities dealing with his psychological makeup,' said John Klamo, Battie's attorney.
'He's in Wal-Mart and something of this nature presents its ugly head and brings up past situations in his life that affected him.'
He added that Battie had already been seeking help for previous incidents that had caused him social unease.
'We were appalled by this incident and are amazed that anyone could be so backward and mean-spirited in this day and age,' said Greg Rossiter, a spokesman for Wal-Mart.
'We are sorry it happened and apologised at the time to any of our customers and associates who heard it.
'We updated our intercom system in this store to prevent this from happening in the future.'
According to the lawsuit, Battie, 'has required medical care and expenses which will continue to accrue in the future.'
In their defence of the civil action, Wal-Mart have said that liability against the store can not be conclusively established and that Battie's previous medical history and condition are relevant.
A Waukegan man took a plea deal that kept him out of prison for an incident in which he took a needle and thread to his son’s buttocks.
Randy Swopes, 52, represented himself in court Friday to accept a plea deal that sentenced him to 24 months of probation and 250 hours of public service for the January 2008 incident, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Pascucci.
Swopes’ son was 14 at the time of the incident. The teenager has Crohn’s Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys healthy tissue, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Crohn’s Disease affects the gastrointestinal tract and can cause fevers, stomach pain and other problems depending on which part of the gastrointestinal system is affected.
Swopes’ son was suffering from a fistula at the time of the offense. A fistula is an abnormal connection between an organ and another structure.
The teenage boy had a fistula in his butt and his father opted to sew it shut himself rather than take his son to the hospital, Pascucci said. The 14-year-old wound up in the hospital for almost a month because the wound became infected, she said.
Swopes was charged with aggravated battery and could have spent two to five years in prison for this offense. He took an Alford plea, which admits that there is enough evidence to convict but is not a direct admission of guilt, Pascucci said.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
An article published by the New York Daily News helped triggered the demise of a massive cocaine operation, allegedly headed up by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond.
Rosemond is currently on trial in Brooklyn, New York, for allegedly masterminding the $10 million-a-year cocaine operation, that shipped drugs from Los Angeles to New York, and sent the proceeds back West.
The organization would ship hundreds of kilos of cocaine per month in music crates and vacuum sealed bags, using various overnight services.
The organization employed the same technique with millions in cash as well, according to testimony from Khalil Abdullah.
Abdullah, 38, was a high-ranking, trusted manager in the organization, who is now cooperating with the government and testifying against Rosemond.
Today (May 16) in court, Khalil Abdullah testified that a September 2010 article published in the New York Daily News convinced him that Rosemond was cooperating with authorities.
Abdullah was aware an investigation was taking place and was fearful that Rosemond would turn him.
The New York Daily News article claimed that Rosemond had already cooperated with federal authorities in two previous cases, one in North Carolina and the other in Florida.
When Abdullah read the article, he testified that he did his own research and found official court documents, which confirmed that Rosemond had indeed cooperate with authorities, in two separate cases.
“I believed it was true…he said it wasn’t true. My opinion was strong,” Abdullah testified. “If he did it before, he would do it again. That’s when I decided to take action myself. I was the dude on the front line.”
This information, along with previous articles written by journalist Chuck Philips and documents that circulated through prison, helped undermine Rosemond’s credibility in the underworld.
It was then, that Abdullah hatched a
bizarre plan, contacted the FBI, the DEA and the New York prosecutors office, in hopes of setting up Rosemond and his associates.
Incredibly, Khalil Abdullah went to a Kinko’s in Atlanta Georgia, typed up a letter to the FBI, the DEA and the New York prosecutor’s office.
He revealed the details behind a large shipment that was expected to arrive in New York that same day.
Abdullah then set up a long time associate and told him that there was $1 million in cash at Smash Recording Studios in New York.
Abdullah said he instructed the associate to leave $650,000 behind, which was the amount he said was waiting for the FBI, in hopes of concealing and stealing, the $400,000 difference.
Abdullah said he continued to associate with Rosemond and act like he was clueless as to any investigations into the organization.
Abdullah testified that he was “stunned” when authorities presented a photograph of him faxing the document at Kinko’s, since the company takes footage of every person that sends a fax.
But Rosemond’s attorney Gerald Shargel vigorously cross-examined Khalil Abdullah and questioned his motives to testify.
According to Abdullah himself, he has met with prosecutors 16 times in the past year, with eight of those dates dedicated to pre-trial coaching.
Shargel also went through a number of allegations that were presented by the prosecution, and noted that there was no physical or actual connection to Rosemond in any of the evidence presented thus far.
Khalil Abdullah admitted on the stand that he has a cooperation agreement in place with authorities, in addition to having to pay back a $100,000 fine.
Abdullah testified that from 2007 until 2011, he earned over $4 million in illegal drug proceeds.
Testimony continues all this week.
A Collin County judge has ordered ex-Cowboy Deion Sanders to pay child support, mortgage payments on Pilar Sanders’ new home, and more in attorney fees.
Deion Sanders will pay around $10,500 a month in child and spousal support payments and a $3,500 mortgage payment for Pilar Sanders’ new home until the divorce is finalized.
The judge also ordered Deion to pay $275,000 in attorney fees for Pilar’s attorneys.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Rapper Lil Boosie was acquitted of first-degree murder charges today (May 11), by and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana jury.
The rapper was accused of paying a 16-year-old named “Marlo” Michael Louding to shoot and a man named Terry Boyd for $2800.
Prosecutors claimed that Lil Boosie’s lyrics contained hidden admissions, while the defense stated that the rapper was simply playing up a negative image for his hip-hop persona.
The defense relied on the jury to make their decision, without calling a single witness in the case, leaving the burden of proof upon the prosecution.
The anonymous jury deliberated for a little over an hour, before they returned the not guilty verdict.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Lorenzo Green, a man who identified himself as a independent youth basketball coach, has been arrested for luring boys to his home and offering prize money for “masturbation contests.” The Miami Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is looking for more potential victims. Green has been coaching kids at local basketball courts for nearly 15 years. Indeed, the Miami Police Department’s press release about his arrest even notes that “he’s been a role model to kids for over a decade.” But Green allegedly had a dark side. Two boys, ages 13 and 15, came forward to report they had been taken advantage of by Green. They say he lured them to his house at 6603 NW Third Ct. several times. He then would put on pornographic videos and promise the boys cash prizes to compete in masturbation contests. No money was never actually paid out afterward. Green has now been arrested and charged with with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, four counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, and four counts of prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity. Police are searching for other potential victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 305-603-6300.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
"I Like That" singer Houston -- who famously suffered an emotional breakdown in 2005 and gouged his own eye out with a fork -- was arrested this week in L.A. for DUI ... and TMZ has obtained his mug shot.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, 28-year-old Houston -- full name Houston Summers -- was driving erratically near Malibu Wednesday in an older-looking SUV ... so cops pulled him over.
According to law enforcement, officers approached the vehicle and it smelled of marijuana. When police asked Houston questions, we're told his answers were incoherent.
Houston was then placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI. Sources tell TMZ, cops believe Houston was driving under the influence of drugs ... not alcohol.
The singer was released from jail Thursday. Calls to Houston were not returned.
As for Houston's 2005 breakdown -- the singer reportedly first attempted suicide by jumping out of a window while under the influence of PCP. His friends stopped him, but when they locked him in a first-floor room, Houston gouged his eye out with a plastic fork.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
George Zimmerman has officially entered a “not guilty” plea in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The accused killer's lawyer, Mike O'Mara, appeared in a Seminole County courtroom Tuesday (May 8) on Zimmeran's behalf. He has also waved his client's right to a speedy trial. Under Florida law, the 28-year-old would have been required to go to trial within 175 days of his arrest, unless otherwise specified.
Although Zimmerman was not at today's arraignment, he previously turned himself in to authorities to face second-degree charges, but was freed one week later, after posting $150,000 bail. Since his release, the former neighborhood watch volunteer has been in hiding, while his lawyer continues to drum up financial support. Omara recently launched a website, Facebook and Twitter page aimed at changing Zimmerman's public image, but a newly uncovered Myspace page has added to the notion that he is a racist. The page, which dates back to 2005, finds the Florida resident both spewing hatred towards Mexicans, and bragging about wiggling his way out of two separate legal situations.
Zimmerman maintains that he shot Marti in self-defense, a pre-trial date has been set for August 8. His trial is not expected to begin until later in the year.
Yesterday (May 7) marked the third day of testimony in the first degree murder-for-hire trial of rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch.
The prosecution called their first witness of the day, Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding.
Louding is accused of being hired by Lil Boosie to murder Terry Boyd in October of 2009.
The prosecution said in a taped confession that Louding admitted that Torence Lil Boosie paid him to kill Terry Boyd.
While on the stand, Louding testified he never told police he shot Terry Boyd.
Louding said he was at Torence Lil Boosie’s house on the night of the murder and the two never left.
Prosecution lawyer Dana Cummings originally said that she expected Michael Louding to lie.
After Louding’s initial statement on the stand, Cummings ordered that the interrogation tapes be played to refresh Louding’s memory.
On the interrogation tapes, Louding gave an account of what happened the evening Terry Boyd was killed.
He told investigators that he and Adrienne Pitman, along with Michael Judson, went to the residence of Boyd in a white SUV.
He said that he shot Boyd through a window, while he sat on the couch.
Louding said once he got back to Boosie’s house and the phone calls came in that Boyd was dead, Boosie gave him $2,800.
After the tapes were played Michael Louding was called back to the witness stand.
He again denied having any involvement in the murder of Terry Boyd or being hired by Lil Boosie.
“I never killed Terry Boyd and Mr. Hatch never paid me to kill Terry Boyd,” Louding said.
When further examined by the prosecution, Louding became uncooperative.
He blurted out “where the other eight hours of the tape?”
Cummings agreed that not all of the interrogation was recorded to which Louding replied: “sound like somebody trying to hide something.”
Cummings then played a recorded phone conversation between Louding and a man known by the nickname, “Donkey.”
During the conversation, Donkey tells Louding: “you’re gonna shake the spot ‘cause you young.”
Donkey also tells him: “The whole thing set up to take Hatch down. Ain’t nobody see you do nothing. All those tattoos and stuff…that’s what we do for the videos.”
At that point, Cummings ordered Michael Louding to be released from shackles and for him to reveal a tattoo of an AK-47 on his abdomen that read: “Yo’ Boosie Who’s Next.”
Louding said that the tattoo doesn’t mean anything and the fact that he originally stated that it meant he was a hitman for Boosie was because, “The crooked police made me say that.”
“They told me that Torrence [was] trying to kill me and the best way to deal with him is get him off the streets. They said he had a $25,000 contract on me.”
Louding explained that this was especially believable, because he had just gotten shot at a couple of nights before.
Louding also said that he felt close to Lil Boosie and Boosie was like a brother to him and he occasionally called Hatch “Pops.”
After becoming frustrated with her witness Dana Cummings asked Michael Louding one last time, “How did Terry Boyd die?”
Louding responded: “you live by it you die by it.”
Cummings then asked, “Mr. Louding, are you telling the court that you were lying when you said Torence Hatch paid you to kill Terry Boyd?”
Louding said, “Yes ma’am.”
At that point the prosecution had no further questions.
During the defenses’s cross examination of Michael Louding, defense attorney Jason Williams played the interrogation tape again, but this time let it extend past the time it was originally cut off for the prosecution.
“He reads him his rights and says alright you’ve come a long way dog …Now get it straight with me. Now what does he need to get straight if he’s telling his own story. If he’s telling his own story he doesn’t have to get it straight; just tell us what happened,” William argued.
The tape showed law enforcement saying they were not going to charge Louding with murder, but with aggravated assault and terrorism even though he confessed to murder.
Then the tape reveal Louding saying, “This dude wanna kill me? He bout to get out of jail now?”
Attorney Williams argued that law enforcement lied to Louding in order to get him to cooperate with getting his client Lil Boosie charged with murder.
The detective admitted to lying to Louding about having evidence that linked him to the case.
He said that it is not unusual to lie to a suspect and that lying is a technique taught to interrogators.
The defense also had Louding confirm that Adrienne Pitman had an outstanding beef with Terry Boyd and that Michael “Ghost” Judson, now deceased, had been robbed for $720 by Terry Boyd.
Michael Louding also admitted to receiving treatment for the voices he hears in his head.
The prosecution challenged the notion that Louding hears voices, saying that he seemed very competent and never told investigators about his mental challenges.
In regards to Pitman’s and Judson’s disputes with Boyd, Cummings then asked Louding “Are you saying you had nothing to do with the six murders?”
Louding replied, “I’m not a murderer, I’m a lover.”
Michael Louding was then excused off the witness stand for the day.
Testimony continues today.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Residents of one Massachusetts town could soon be slapped with a 'swearing ticket' for uttering curse words in public, according to local reports.
Police Chief Bruce Gates told CBS News Boston that Middleborough has had enough of loud obscenities.
He's proposed a $20 ticket for audible vulgarity, but some town councilors argue that the penalty should be a much steeper, three figure fine.
"We have a lot more important things to do, but these are things that are quality of life issues, community policing issues that a lot of people don't want to see downtown," said Gates.
Middleborough has a longstanding but rarely-used vulgarity law in place already. If Gates' plan is approved at a town meeting in June, the law will be strictly enforced moving forward.
Other cities have proposed similar initiatives in the past.
In May of 2011, police in a UK town cracked down on profanity with an £80 cursing fine. Hundreds were ticketed that same month in Australia for using indecent language. They faced on-the-spot fines of up to $240.
Would you support an anti-swearing law in your town? Is there a need for one? Have you ever self-policed by keeping a swear jar?
New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick is the center of controversy once again after a column that appeared in the publication Friday.
In his “Equal Time” column, Mushnick blasts the Brooklyn Nets for their continued association with rapper and minority owner Jay-Z. The passage is below:
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots—what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home—why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) posted on Twitter: “Looking forward to not reading Phil Mushnick’s independent blog.”
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) writes: “This Phil Mushnick take on Nets/Jay-Z is remarkably ignorant.”
Ryan Jones (@TheFarmerJones) added some perspective about the source: “The thing about the Phil Mushnick column: It’s a Phil Mushnick column in The Post. He probably got a bonus.”
Everyone from SB Nation columnist Bomani Jones to Questlove of The Roots took to social media to blast the racially insensitive comments. Mushnick is no stranger to taking aim at rappers in his work, but his latest comments crossed a new line.
When the logo was revealed, Nets CEO Brett Yormark called the Jay-Z-designed logo “the new badge for Brooklyn.”
It's a sad day in Hip-Hop. TMZ reports the Adam "MCA" Yauch of seminal Hip-Hop act the Beastie Boys has passed away.
Yauch had been battling cancer for years. Recently, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Yauch was scheduled to attend and perform before cancelling at the last minute. In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland, a salivary gland in the throat and had been undergoing treatment via surgery and radiation therapy.
The Beastie Boys (Yauch with Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Adam Horovitz) were founded in 1979 as a hardcore punk band. But Hip-Hop was their calling and the trio released their Rick Rubin produced debut, Licensed To Ill, in 1996. The classic, which has since been certified 9X platinum, made the Boys stars thanks to its then innovative sampling, bugged out lyrics and the fact that these were white boys making dope Hip-Hop music.
Millions of records sold and numerous accolades later (including three Grammy Awards), the pioneering group's last album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, was released in April 2011 after being delayed due to MCA's ill health.