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ALL MLB PLAYERS, COACHES AND UMPIRES PAY TRIBUTE TO JACKIE ROBINSON

BY WEARING NUMBER 42 ON JACKIE ROBINSON DAY

Jackie Robinson Family to be Part of Pregame Ceremonies at Yankee Stadium on April 15

Major League Baseball today announced that all MLB players, coaches and umpires will once again wear Number 42 to honor the 63rd Anniversary and enduring impact of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. Continuing last season’s inaugural effort, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has again invited all on-field personnel wear the number as a sign of unified, League-wide support of Jackie Robinson Day. Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball have celebrated Robinson’s long standing legacy as the first African-American to break the color barrier by retiring Robinson’s number throughout the League in 1997 and, since 2004, dedicating April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day in his memory. Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.“Jackie Robinson’s incredible legacy continues to impact our society today,” said Baseball Commissioner Selig. “Baseball’s proudest moment was when Jackie took the field in 1947, so it is important to always remember him and his achievements. It is a privilege to pay tribute to the effect he had on baseball and our country by continuing to honor his Number 42.”

All Clubs will commemorate Jackie Robinson Day. The Robinson family will join MLB in a special Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Yankee Stadium, prior to their 7:05 p.m. (ET) game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a nationally televised game carried live by MLB Network. The on-field ceremony will include Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s wife and Founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; their daughter Sharon Robinson, Vice Chair of the Foundation; and Jesse Simms, son of Sharon and Jackie’s grandson, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The game will be called by Bob Costas and Jim Kaat.

“When Jack stepped onto Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he set a new course for American history both in the game and in society,” said Rachel Robinson. “I am grateful that Major League Baseball continues to honor his enduring impact, along with the values he lived by, both on and off the baseball field.”

Major League Baseball will be airing “42: Beyond a Number”, a 30-second television ad that illustrates the significance of Robinson breaking the color barrier and mixes imagery of Robinson with that of today’s players and on-field personnel wearing Number 42.

In recognition of Jackie Robinson Day, one Number 42 jersey from every Club will be signed and auctioned off on MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, with the proceeds benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The Foundation, established in 1973, provides, four-year college scholarships, graduate school grants and extensive mentoring to academically distinguished minority students with leadership capacity. MLB and the 30 Clubs sponsor more than 60 Jackie Robinson Scholars.

The Foundation strives to cultivate future leaders who will be ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s guiding life tenet, “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.” Major League Baseball and its Clubs are long standing partners of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“The Jackie Robinson Foundation is proud to join with Major League Baseball to observe the 63rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier,” said Jackie Robinson Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “His courageous act reverberated across America and was a catalyst for change. JRF continues to promote his legacy by providing college scholarships, mentoring and leadership development opportunities to students who will serve as ambassadors of Jackie’s values.”

Clubs playing at home on Thursday, April 15 will recognize Jackie Robinson Day with special pregame ceremonies in their ballparks. To ensure that all Clubs have an opportunity to participate and celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, any Club that is not playing at home on April 15 will hold Jackie Robinson Day celebrations at their ballparks either on Friday, April 16 or during another homestand in April. All Clubs will use ceremonial home plates and lineup cards that will include the Jackie Robinson Day logo.

Major League Baseball has created and annually supports a number of programs to ensure that Jackie Robinson’s legacy lives on, including Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life; Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) presented by KPMG and the Jr. RBI playing divisions; Diverse Business Partners; and the MLB Urban Youth Academy.

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April 13, 2010

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MARY J. PREGNANT STORY IN ERROR

Mary J. Blige

After irresponsibly congratulating the R&B artist, Mary J. Blige, on her first pregnancy, fashion magazine Marie Claire issued an apology for reporting false information in the May issue.

Marie Claire reported the news before actually confirming its validity. Their statement reads:

“In the May issue of Marie Claire, we erroneously reported that Mary J. Blige is expecting a baby with her husband this summer. This is not the case and we apologize for any upset or offence this may have caused.”

The singer has been married to Kendu Isaacs since 2003. She is currently the stepmother of his three children from a previous marriage. She commented recently that she is not planning on having children any time soon, but is not opposed to it.


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SINGER DETAINED ON POSSIBLE DRUG CHARGES

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Jaheim has had a little run in with the law …again. He was speeding and hanging out the window yelling racial slurs at Jews and throwing bottles out the passenger window. Oops! that was Mel Gibson a few years ago. But anyway, according to Boombox.com, he did get pulled over at 30 mph over the speed limit when he had a little back and forth with the officers about them searching his vehicle.

When they walked up to his car smoke flew out the window and they thought it was Busta Rhymes. No, just kidding. They said they smelled a “strong odor of marijuana.” He was in his hometown of Hillsborough, NJ, on March 28, when it happened. The charges he’s facing are ”speeding and marijuana possession.”


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April 13, 2010

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MICHELLE AND JILL MAKE SURPRISE TRIP

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden

First lady Michelle Obama and the vice president’s wife Jill Biden made an unannounced trip to Haiti this morning to review the relief efforts following the deadly 7.0 earthquake that struck on Jan. 12.

The plan was to spend part of the day in Haiti and address the media before departing for Mexico City to begin a long-planned, three-day visit, an aide said.

In her first solo trip abroad, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden took a helicopter tour of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital where more than a million people are homeless, many living underneath tents and tarps.

A White House statement said Obama and Biden were visiting Haiti to “underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons.”

The women were also expected to thank people across the U.S. government for their “extraordinary efforts” in Haiti, the statement said.

While in Haiti, the two will reach out to the UN and international relief communities to salute a “truly global effort underway to help Haiti,” it said.

Her aides for weeks had been billing the visit to Mexico as her first official international trip without the president — but Haiti got the nod instead. Aides said the devastated Caribbean island was added to the itinerary but kept on the down low due to concerns about security and crowd control.

She chose to visit Haiti, where the devastating quake is believed to have killed more than 200,000 people, to see first-hand the progress of relief efforts and support to the ongoing humanitarian mission, an aide said.

Tomorrow, Mrs. Obama’s to-do list in the Mexican capital includes meeting with students of all ages, touring an anthropology museum and dining at Los Pinos with President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.

On Thursday, Obama will meet with U.S. embassy employees and young Mexican leaders before departing for San Diego, Calif.


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April 4, 2010

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DID MICHAEL DO IT?

Would you believe Michael Jackson killed himself? Well, according to TMZ that’s exactly the strategy the Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team is going to take in his upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial.

Here’s what TMZ is reporting:

- At around 10:50 AM, Dr. Murray gave Jackson 25 mg of Propofol from a 20 ml bottle — that’s only about 1/8 of the bottle.

- The dose Dr. Murray administered would keep someone asleep for only 5 to 10 minutes, But the Propofol, along with the Ativan and Versed that was already in MJ’s system, had a synergistic effect that put Jackson to sleep for a longer period of time.

- For the next hour, Dr. Murray stayed in the room and was on the phone for much of the time. Dr. Murray didn’t leave the room to make the calls because MJ liked activity in the room, regularly sleeping with the lights on and cartoons blaring on the TV.

- At around noon, Dr. Murray left the room for approximately two minutes to go to the bathroom. While he was gone, the defense believes Jackson suddenly awakened and was frustrated he had spent nearly 9 hours trying in vain to sleep. The defense theory — Jackson took the 20 ml bottle of Propofol and self-injected the remaining contents through the IV, causing a massive overdose that stopped his heart.


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April 4, 2010

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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Erykah Badu took all her clothes off, but Dallas officials have decided it is the city that feels stripped of its dignity.

After consulting with city prosecutors, the Dallas Police Department has decided that it will issue a disorderly conduct citation to the Grammy-winning artist for getting naked in Dealey Plaza last month.

Initially, police said they had no complaints about the taping of the video, and had no plans to pursue any charges. But after the video went viral Monday, the subsequent brouhaha made national headlines and became the subject of talk radio and the blogosphere.

Saturday night on The Wanda Sykes Show, singer Erykah Badu, now rapidly becoming synonymous as a performance artist, says her controversial music video, “Window Seat,” in which she stripped nude and feigned being shot at the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, has been “grossly misunderstood” and was not intended to insult the late president.

Erykah Badu

“My point was grossly misunderstood all over America. JFK is one of my heroes, one of the nation’s heroes,” Badu said. “John F Kennedy was a revolutionary; he was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth.”

Meanwhile, as we reported, Badu, a Dallas native, will be fined $500 for disorderly conduct after a witness came forward saying she was offended that she and her two children saw Badu, 39, disrobe at Dealey Plaza during the March 13 shoot.

Later in the show Badu performed “Window Seat” and of course Sykes offered up her own stab at performance art better known as a paraody of Badu’s video.


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The drama that is the divorce between Miami Heat superstar guard Dwyane Wade and his estranged wife Siohvaughn, keeps getting more … dramatic.

Dwayne Wade and Sioh Vaughn

Back in January of 2009 Siohvaugh claimed that Dwyane gave her chlamydia, but a family friend says the allegation is untrue.

Andrea Williams, described as a “close friend of the Wades,” according to a TMZ report, testified that Siohvaughn previously said she got the disease from a man she was seeing while married to Wade. Mrs. Wade dropped the claim in February and Dwyane returned the favor and sued her over the allegation.

As we reported earlier, D. Wade is seeking full custody of his two sons and wants his wife to undergo a psychological examination. A devastating legal petition calls Siohvaughn “unstable, dishonest, unbalanced, unwilling to accept responsibility for her actions, not of good character, and therefore, unfit to be a custodial parent.”

Siohvaughn Wade of course is firing back. She says her husband is “guilty of extreme and repeated mental cruelty.”

But wait, there’s more. The Miami Heat superstar claims his two sons’ mother intentionally blocked the oldest son from sharing an endearing father-son experience — out of spite.

Wade’s lawyer claims he wanted to take his 8-year-old son to All-Star weekend in Dallas. But in the same lawsuit D. Wade claims Siohvaughn blocked him by throwing a birthday party for the youngster in Wisconsin — 10 days after the boy’s real birthday.


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