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May 30, 2013

ARIES

You are often superb at exercising good judgment and rational decision-making. Yet sometimes you are rash. Flip to the observant side of your mentality this week. You will soon find yourself in a situation where there will be strife if you are not careful.

Soul Affirmation: A cheerful soul should be wrapped in a cheerful package.
Lucky Numbers:  18, 36, 44

 

TAURUS

Just to prove to yourself once again how lucky you are you should fly into the face of bad predictions. Gamble this week in business, relationships, love -something. Remain truly confident that things will come out in a way that will satisfy you.

Soul Affirmation: Change is my middle name.
Lucky Numbers: 4, 28, 37

 

GEMINI

Move through your social environments and festive occasions this week without stopping even for a little while to listen to rumors. Rumors are often untrue. And for goodness sake believe only good things about friends and your lover.

Soul Affirmation: I keep my eyes open for business opportunities this week.
Lucky Numbers: 15, 30, 45

 

CANCER

Keep focused. Your energies are likely to be spread out this week.  Your attention is likely to be pulled in many directions.  Let yourself be seduced by the things that interest you most.  Concentrate on your affairs. Others need you, but they can wait.

Soul Affirmation: I find a source of strength in someone I love.
Lucky Numbers: 7, 11, 21

 

LEO

Being stubborn won’t get the job done. Work with others so they can work for you. Your ideas are not always the best ideas, so don’t push them too hard this week. You might find yourself in an awkward position with no allies. Give in to your emotional needs and don’t be afraid to let you guard down.

Soul Affirmation: I let go and let my spirit take control.
Lucky Numbers: 20, 42, 54

 

VIRGO

This week will bring a tendency to dwell on a past betrayal. Your feelings of suspicion are well founded. However, do not personalize it. Work against the harmful act but not against the person who committed it.

Soul Affirmation: I am what I consistently do.
Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 23

 

LIBRA

Look forward to excellent financial news based on something you’re likely to do this week. Wow! It’s about time. This week might be an excellent week to window shop for a dream vacation or luxury purchase. You can even window shop in your imagination for the best possible dream vacation location!

Soul Affirmation: Smooth communications is the key to my success this week.
Lucky Numbers: 8, 18, 44

 

SCORPIO

In the spiritual realm appearance is not important but in the physical realm looking good matters a great deal. Love has a foot in both realms. It is your challenge to balance the spiritual and physical aspects of love this week.

Soul Affirmation: Slow and steady is an enjoyable way to go.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 13

 

SAGITTARIUS

Stand up and get ready.  Be a public speaker this week. Any subject you choose is ripe for your “rap.” Spin the tale. Tell the story. People will be fascinated by the way you see things. They’ll be impressed. Watch out for a jealous friend when attention is on you!

Soul Affirmation: I make the first step and the universe will come to my aid.
Lucky Numbers: 24, 32, 53

 

CAPRICORN

Be as sharp as you can be this week. Make being alert a personal challenge. Watch carefully for details that might otherwise escape your notice as you search for the best way to get things done at work. Be steadfast in your determination and don’t be pulled into conflict with coworkers.

Soul Affirmation: There are other fish in the sea waiting for me.
Lucky Numbers:  12, 23, 27

 

AQUARIUS

What do you do when you’re not as lucky as usual? Slow the game down.  Risk less. Bet conservatively in all areas of your life. Restrain yourself. Give the job at hand your attention. Live in the present and enjoy what is rather than in anticipation of what luck might have brought.

Soul Affirmation: Truth is revealed in the smallest grain of sand.
Lucky Numbers:  27, 41, 52

 

PISCES

Like-mindedness is going to be hard to achieve among your coworkers, but there are likely to be a few who see things as you do. Choose carefully and find someone to walk with you on this week’s journey. Some words of encouragement might be needed to enlist the person you choose.

Soul Affirmation: My needs will be met if I just ask.
Lucky Numbers:  2, 9, 14

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May 30, 2013

Special to the NNPA

from the St. Louis American

 

According to E! News and several other media outlets, Jennifer Hudson will return to her American Idol roots as a judge next season.

Multiple sources confirmed to the entertainment news and celebrity gossip site that the Oscar-winning singer has signed a deal to sit at the judges’ table this fall for season 13.

Two spots are also intended for former Idol contestants: Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.

E! News says that sources tell them Clarkson is close to signing on, but there is no word on whether Aiken or Lambert will fill the third chair.

In addition to the recently rotating judges’ chairs, E! News says that the panel will return to its original format of three members.

Information from E! News contributed to this report.

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May 30, 2013

If you missed your chance to grab tickets for the kick-off concert of Beyoncé’s North American tour at STAPLES Center on June 28th, you’re in luck.  Great production seats will be released today as part of a 3-day ticket package special offer.  Not only will tickets to the much anticipated Beyoncé performance be included, but the bundle will also offer purchasers admission to additional BET Experience at L.A. LIVE shows at STAPLES Center featuring Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J.Cole and Miguel on Saturday, June 29th and R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons on Sunday, June 30th.  All artists will perform full sets.  This is something that you won’t want to miss, but you have to act fast as seating is limited and the tickets will go quickly.

The 3-day ticket package is available at www.BETExperience.com or www.axs.com/betexperience.com.

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May 30, 2013

LAWT News Services

 

A ten-year journey of commitment, ambition and perseverance has paved Andre McClain’s way to becoming the Ringmaster for the 143rd Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!S In addition to being a Ringmaster, Andre McClain is an accomplished animal trainer, cowboy, rodeo star, country singer and songwriter, and above all, an admired dad. This rancher has been around horses and rodeos since he was a baby, and is a descendant from a long, distinguished African-American cowboy heritage that dates back to the early 1900’s. Now in Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!, Andre truly represents a hip throwback to the origins of a Ringmaster by donning a spectacular gentleman's riding habit and directing the performance, exotic animal, and equestrian presentations.

Raised on a ranch in Kansas City, Missouri, Andre began riding bucking ponies and steers at the age of five.  A rodeo competitor himself, Andre’s father, Lu, founded the Bill Pickett Rodeo in 1984, which was America’s first all-Black touring rodeo, and where Andre made his competitive debut at just seven-years-old.

Andre took pride in his cowboy heritage; he even rode his horse to high school every day! Andre “parked” his steed on the soccer field, and tended to him between classes.  Andre’s college days were spent more conservatively at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and although initially a vocal music major, he received a degree in Business Management in 2000.

After school, Andre joined the International Professional Rodeo Association, and continued to compete in rodeo circuits. He taught himself a variety of “Wild West Arts” and took his one man show on tour with his father’s rodeo. In 2002, Andre visited the 132nd Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® to conduct research on stilts for a new routine he was considering for his show.  During a behind-the-scenes chat with some of the clowns who used stilts in their act, his animal training background caught the attention of show personnel.  In a twist of fate, he was offered a job working with the show’s exotic animal staff.

At the end of the tour, Andre auditioned his one-man act before Ringling Bros. producer Kenneth Feld and landed a position as the host of the 133rd Edition’s Three Ring Adventure now known as the All Access Pre-show.  In the past ten years, Andre’s repertoire expanded from pre-show host to presenting and demonstrating the bond that he has with animals from horses and miniature hoofstock to camels.

Andre’s perseverance has resulted not only in his passion to have achieved the most recognized role at Ringling Bros. but also in matters of the heart. Andre, after two years of waiting, convinced the woman of his dreams, Daniele who also performs with Ringling Bros., to marry him.  The newlywed couple are more excited than ever to build their life as husband and wife when The Greatest Show On Earth! launches Built To Amaze! in 2013.

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May 30, 2013

By LINDA DEUTSCH | Associated Press

 

A top executive of the company that was producing Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour acknowledged reluctantly Tuesday that he negotiated a deal for the doctor that the pop star had chosen to accompany him.

But AEG Live executive Paul Gongaware testified his only role in the matter was negotiating the price of Dr. Conrad Murray's services in compliance with what Jackson asked him to do.

Gongaware said that neither he nor anyone at the entertainment giant investigated Murray's background or credentials.

"The fact that he had been Michael Jackson's personal physician for three years was good enough for me," Gongaware said.

Gongaware, the Co-CEO of AEG Live, testified in the Los Angeles trial as a hostile witness called by lawyers for Jackson's mother in her negligent-hiring lawsuit.

He came under aggressive examination by plaintiff's attorney Brian Panish on whether AEG or Jackson was responsible for hiring Murray, who was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the superstar's death.

Jackson died in 2009 after being given a powerful anesthetic.

Asked if he knew that Murray was in financial difficulties when he took the job as tour doctor, Gongaware answered no.

He said that Murray initially asked for $5 million to travel to London with Jackson and tend to him during the tour.

"I just told him it wasn't going to happen," he said, recalling that Jackson then suggested offering him $150,000 a month.

"Michael Jackson insisted on it and recommended him and it was not for me to tell him no," said Gongaware, who is a defendant in the multibillion-dollar lawsuit.

"I wanted to provide what was necessary for him to do his job...He wanted a doctor and I wanted him to be healthy."

Even after the offer of $150,000, Murray wasn't satisfied.

"He started saying he wanted more and I said, 'The offer is coming directly from the artist," Gongaware said.

Minutes later, he said Murray accepted.

"Did that seem desperate to you?" asked Panish.

"No," said Gongaware. "He just accepted Michael's offer."

During Tuesday's court session, Katherine Jackson was accompanied to court by her singing star daughter Janet who sat beside her for the first half of the day. Later, her sister, Rebbie took the seat.

Gongaware often pleaded poor memory of events. He said he may have met with Jackson as many as 10 times, but could remember only two of the meetings and only one when Murray was present.

Prodded by Panish, he remembered a meeting at which Jackson arrived late from a doctor's appointment and had slurred speech.

"He was a bit off," he said, "that was the only time I saw him like that."

At the heart of the case is who hired Murray. At first, Gongaware insisted he did no negotiating with Murray, but, confronted with emails and his previous testimony, he changed his position and said, "The only thing I did with Dr. Murray was negotiate a price."

He indicated that he was so shocked by Murray's demand that he consulted a doctor friend to see what he would charge for the same job. The other doctor said he would have gone on tour for $10,000 a week.

"Did you ever convey that to Michael Jackson?" asked Panish.

"I don't recall," said Gongaware whose testimony was peppered with that phrase.

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