Published on March 26th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features The Top 10 News Stories of the Week, ending Friday, March 26, 2010. Making headlines this week includes a celebrity delinquent in taxes, alleged misconduct by a celebrity’s personal physician, a vicious attack on a teenager, and an historical moment for America.


10.  Oprah and School’s Head Mistress Settle Lawsuit


*Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by a headmistress she had accused of performing poorly at her South African girls school, where some students claimed they were abused, lawyers said Tuesday.
The lawsuit by former headmistress Nomvuyo Mzamane claimed Winfrey defamed her in remarks made in the wake of the 2007 sex-abuse scandal at the school. Mzamane said she had trouble finding a job after Winfrey stated she had “lost confidence” in her and was “cleaning house from top to bottom.”
A trial had been set to start next week in federal court in Philadelphia. Winfrey and several schoolgirls had been expected to testify.
A joint statement released late Tuesday by lawyers for both sides said Winfrey and Mzamane met to resolve their differences. Source –


9. Prince Owes Over $450,000 in Minnesota Taxes


Nestled among a fresh list of delinquent taxpayers in the state of Minnesota is none other than music superstar Prince. Carver County tax records show the musician’s PRN Music Corp. owes more than $227,000 for 2009 taxes to the state and other government bodies, according to the delinquency list published last week in the Chaska Herald. PRN Music houses Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. County records list several other properties under his full name, Prince R. Nelson, as delinquent. County taxpayer services manager Laurie Engelen estimates PRN Music and Prince’s other properties owe about $450,000 in taxes, according to the Associated Press.


8. Witness: Michael Jackson’s Doctor Stopped CPR To Hide Drugs



By Thomas Watkins, Associated Press LOS ANGELES — As Michael Jackson lay dying in his bedroom in a rented mansion, his doctor stopped CPR on him and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to an employee of the pop star who called 911. Alberto Alvarez, who worked as Jackson’s logistics director, told investigators that after receiving a distress call from another worker June 25, he rushed up the stairs of Jackson’s home and entered a bedroom to find the singer lying on a bed with his arms outstretched and his eyes and mouth open. At his side, Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was administering CPR with one hand. Jackson’s death, at age 50, was ruled a homicide caused by an overdose of the powerful propofol and other sedatives. On the day Jackson died, Murray waited until the bags were filled before telling Alvarez to call 911, according to Alvarez’s statement. The possibility that Murray may have tried to hide evidence is likely to be a focus as prosecutors move ahead with their involuntary manslaughter case against him.



7. Jamie Foxx Writing Laverne & Shirley Movie


Garry Marshall has confirmed he’ll be directing a big-screen version of Laverne & Shirley. But what seems at first like just another ill-advised Hollywood remake gets, well, surprising with Marshall’s reveal that the script is being written by none other than Jamie Foxx, one of the big names in Marshall’s recent Valentine’s Day movie. Laverne and Shirley would be played by Foxx’s Valentine’s co-stars and Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. Source:


6. Mathew Knowles: DNA Results Proves He’s the Father


By Bridget Bland -  Mathew Knowles, the father and manager of superstar singer Beyonce Knowles, is indeed the father of his alleged mistress Alexsandra Wright’s baby boy, who was born Feb.4. According to TMZ, a DNA test is a match and now both parties are currently negotiating a settlement for baby Nixon’s child support. As previously reported, after Wright filed a paternity suit last October against the 59-year-old, a judge temporarily ordered Knowles make $8,200 a month child support payments retroactive to Feb.1, as well as 100% of uninsured medical costs. Wright, a one-time Interscope Records staffer, claims she had an 18-month affair with the former Xerox executive. Last December, it was announced that Knowles and his wife of 29 years, Tina Knowles, were formally separating. It has since been confirmed that the couple, who are parents to Beyonce and Solange Knowles, are in the process of finalizing a divorce.


5. California Voters Could Legalize Pot in November



By Richard Gonzales – California has just authorized a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If it’s approved in November, the state will become the first to make pot legal for fun and profit. The measure is the result of a months-long petition drive, which went over the top in signatures on Wednesday. There was a certain buzz in the air Wednesday night in downtown Oakland, Calif. That’s where the main backer of pot legalization, Richard Lee, was celebrating. Lee bankrolled the petition drive and was happy to see the measure had more than enough signatures to get on California’s November ballot. “Tax Cannabis 2010 does two things,” Lee says. “First of all, it allows adults 21 and over in California to posses and cultivate small amounts of cannabis for their own personal consumption. Second, it allows cities and counties in California to tax and regulate sales and commercial cultivation how they want to, and if they want to.” It’s been 14 years since California voters approved medical marijuana, which prompted 13 other states to follow suit. Now this new proposal that would legalize recreational pot is bound to reignite the debate over the country’s drug laws and test the idea that America is ready to legalize pot.


4. Dwight Gooden Busted for DWI – with Kid Passenger


Former NY Mets and NY Yankees star pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden was arrested in New Jersey yesterday after cops say he got into a car crash while under the influence of drugs — while there was a kid in his car.
According to officials, 45-year-old Gooden was arrested and charged with multiple crimes including:
– Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs
– Being under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
– Endangering the Welfare of a Child
– DWI with a Child Passenger
– Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident
– Reckless Driving
– Failure to Keep Right
– Failure to Notify Change of Address regarding driver’s license
Gooden was released on his own recognizance.
Dwight has a storied history of substance abuse dating back to his playing days in the ‘80s. Source:


3. Black GOP House Candidate Calls Obama   “Buckwheat”


By Michael Vasquez of The Miami Herald – An African American GOP congressional hopeful in Florida called President Obama “Buckwheat” while delivering a speech denouncing his health care reform bill. “The press has run amok with this, and turned me into a racist,” said Corey Poitier, who was speaking to a group of Broward Republicans Monday night. The candidate complains that CNN, who reported on his racist comment, never bothered to interview him before running their story. “I’ve never seen Buckwheat as a disparaging character. People love Buckwheat,” Poitier told the Miami Herald. It goes without saying that the majority of African Americans find Buckwheat, the 1920s “Our Gang” and “Little Rascals” character, demeaning and offensive. Poitier, however, says he and his brother have in fact called each other “Buckwheat” as a way to clown the other for being foolish — essentially a substitute for the word “dummy.” Poitier is one of nearly a dozen candidates vying to fill the open congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is running for a spot in the Senate.


2. Knifed Teenager Left With V-Shaped Wound


Shantayah Lewis, 17, sat in her room at Kings County Hospital Saturday, calmly reflecting on the Friday afternoon attack that left her with dozens of stitches in the left side of her face. “My face is too beautiful to be fighting,” Shantayah told the Daily News. “Fighting is not the key. Violence is not the way.” Shantayah was walking with her 15-year-old cousin, Shakeena Grant, on Franklin Ave. near Lincoln Place in Crown Heights about 3:30 p.m. They were being tailed by a girl who is dating the ex-boyfriend of Shakeena’s sister, Shamaula. “She kept following us,” the injured teen said. “She wanted to fight.” After a brief scuffle, the 17-year-old girl who had been following the cousins vowed to return. About 5 p.m. the girl came back with her boyfriend, the center of the beef. She then whipped out what witnesses said was a knife and started slashing. “She swung and started stabbing my face,” Shantayah said. “I didn’t know what to do.”Shakeena, who was stabbed, was released from a hospital Saturday. The two girls somehow escaped and ran to the Union St. home of Shantayah’s grandmother, Cheryl Evans. The grandmother called 911 and the two girls were taken to Kings County Hospital. The girl responsible for the attack, Carina Bernard, 18, of Bedford-Stuyvesant was arrested and taken into custody Monday. Source-


1. Obama Signs Historic Health Care Bill


Using 20 different pens, President Barack Obama made history in the White House East Room Tuesday by signing his historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans. Celebrating “a new season in America,” Obama was joined by jubilant House and Senate Democrats as well as people whose health care struggles have touched the president – including an 11-year-old boy whose 27-year-old mother died after losing her health insurance along with her job. “With all the punditry, all the lobbying, all the game-playing that passes for governing here in Washington, it’s been easy at times to doubt our ability to do such a big thing, such a complicated thing, to wonder if there are limits to what we as a people can still achieve,” Obama said, his remarks interrupted by applause after nearly every sentence. “We are not a nation that scales back its aspirations. We are not a nation that falls prey to doubt or mistrust. We don’t fall prey to fear. We are not a nation that does what’s easy. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we got here.” Also standing with the president during the signing was Vicky Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) who spent most of his career fighting for universal health insurance. Obama emphasized the bill’s most immediate impacts, including the ability of young adults to remain on their parents’ health plans and a ban on insurers denying coverage to sick children. “We have now just enshrined the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health,” the president said. Source –

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8 Responses to “Top 10 News Stories”

  1. Terrance Says:

    Another great list Leon

  2. Margo Says:

    what is wrong with our people, too many unfortunate circumstances here. What is going on with NYC? My goodness.

  3. Shack Says:

    Story 1 – True Greatness 1st president to succeed in this historic effort – Congratulations B.H.O.!!

    Story 2 – True Sadness and so unfortunate for that attractive young lady.Prayers to her & family!

    Story 3- To Corey Poitier (Obviously A Simpleton Basterd) – I’m told Your Mama and Buckwheat Were Separated At Birth!

  4. Leon Says:

    Thanks Terrance!

  5. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    This is a great list. Obama, Obama, Obama! There is so much violence in this world. These girls were not even the cause of this fight, just related to the person. I say never fight over relationships because if someone can take a guy from you, you never really had him and should not want to continue in that relationship and vice versa. Hopefully, this girl will have plastic surgery after she heals. We’re counting on you now Leon…Keep up the good work.

  6. Leon Says:

    Thanks Lenora!

  7. Karen Says:

    story 4
    I wonder how much his fine was or if they suspended his license.??
    You know when your a star you don’t face the same puishment money talks…

  8. Leon Says:

    You’re right, being a celebrity with money does make a difference. But I think because of his substance abuse in the past, he will face some sort of punishment.