Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Rick Ross glorifies date rape

Rick Ross Photo: Randy Miramontez

Rick Ross
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Rick Ross is no stranger to controversy, but he may have gone too far as he raps about drugging women on fellow rapper Rocko’s track “U.O.E.N.O.(You Ain’t Even Know It).

The offending lyrics are, “Put molly (slang for pure MDMA, better known as ecstasy) all in her champagne – She ain’t even know it – I took her home and I enjoyed that – She ain’t even know it.” The lyrics continue to stir controversy even after Ross attempted to explain them away in an interview with Q93.

In his interview the 37-year-old rapper said, “There are certain things you can’t Tweet and certain things you want people to hear and I want to make sure this is clear… woman is the most precious gift known to man. You understand.”

Ross goes on to explain, “The term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape in my records. Hip-Hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. I just want to reach out to all the queens on my timeline, the beautiful ladies that were reaching out to me… we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”

Rick Ross cancels tour amid death threats

Many Twitter users echoed the sediment of #DirtyGames who tweeted, “Put Molly in her drink she ain’t even know it, took her home and enjoyed it, ain’t even know it” @rickrozay that’s rape bro”

Women’s rights activists are up in arms and one woman in particular, Lolia Etomi, has posted a petition on Change.org, urging anyone who takes issue with his lyrics to help force the 37-year-old rapper to make a public apology.

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Etomi writes, “The dominant rape culture today has come from people ignoring and even glorifying statements like this because the song sounds good in the club. You don’t have to be a feminist to support this, but roofy-ing and rape are very serious and shockingly common problems.”

In another online petition at Ultra Violet it states, “His lyrics aren’t vague, he’s not hinting that he raped a woman–he’s clearly and proudly saying that he drugged and raped a woman who was not capable of consent.”

While some may say music is art, others will argue that this song sends a clear message.

Will he apologize? Should he?

Listen to “U.O.E.N.O.(You Ain’t Even Know It”


Man thrown from plane over Tenn.

Zodiac 601

Zodiac 601 – similar aircraft
Photo” zenithair.com

(Bradley County, TN) The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a student pilot who was training 2,500 feet over East Brainerd, Tenn. was thrown from the plane while the instructor tried to regain control of the plane.

The two were flying in an experimental two-seater Zodiac 601 aircraft on Friday when the canopy was ripped off, causing the plane to nosedive. The instructor, who wishes to remain nameless, was able to regain control of the aircraft and quickly realized the student pilot, who was later identified as David Richardson, was missing.

The instructor landed the plane without incident at the Collegedale Municipal Airport, approximately eight miles from where Richardson fell.

The instructor and Richardson were not wearing seat-belts at the time of the accident.

Bradley County Fire and Rescue Officials searched throughout the night looking for Richardson, ultimately locating the body sometime this morning. According to Melvin Taylor with Bradley County Fire they were able to use GPS coordinates and pinging of the Richardson’s cell phone to locate the body.

The previous owner of the aircraft, 82-year-old Clarence Andrews, died in a plane crash last year. Richardson had purchased the plane from the family.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

RedRover offers $2,500 reward after cat dies

Sacramento News(Woodland, CA) On Wednesday RedRover offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot and killed an orange tabby cat named Annie.

Earlier this month, Woodland resident Amanda Hartman arrived to her Owens Valley Drive home to find Annie motionless in her driveway. She rushed her beloved cat to the UC Davis Small Animal Clinic thinking the whole time that the feline had been hit by a car.

After an examination and x-rays doctors quickly realized that Annie had been shot with a pellet gun and the pellet remained lodged next to her spine, partially paralyzing the cat. After being sent home with medication and the hopes of rehabilitation Annie died from her injury on March 22.

Hartman was out $550 for veterinary bills, but more importantly the family had lost a friend.

“My cat suffered terribly as a result of this senseless cruelty, and now my family misses her,” said Hartman. “We have had Annie since she was a baby, and she was known as the friendliest cat on the block. Please, if you know someone who has a pellet gun, talk to them and ask if they know anything.”

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. Michael Nevis said, “Any help from the public to solve this animal cruelty crime would be greatly appreciated.” Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 530-668-5287, option 0.

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“We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about this blatant animal cruelty to come forward with information that could solve this crime and make the community safer,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so Woodland residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this illegal act is punished to the full extent of the law.”

Driving home the point RedRover cited a study conducted by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University, that showed people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.

Man arrested for growing $2 million of marijuana

Fabian Ballesteros-Mendoza  Photo: Modesto Police Department

Fabian Ballesteros-Mendoza
Photo: Modesto Police Department

The Modesto Police Department says they arrested 25-year-old Fabian Ballesteros-Mendoza on drug charges after they discovered marijuana plants at his home.

According to police, Mendoza had cultivated 663 plants in all, with a street value of close to $2 million.

After receiving a tip from a neighbor about unusual activity in the 700 block of Codington Way, agents served a search warrant on Thursday and made the discovery.

Police believe that Mendoza may have been working off debt after being brought into the United States.

This type of growing operation generally surfaces through utility companies. Typically they will notify local authorities whenever there is a spike in power consumption, which may indicate the use of grow lights. Agents determined that the residents were stealing electricity in order to avoid this type of detection.

Lil Wayne is epileptic

Photo: Randy Miramontez

Photo: Randy Miramontez

In an Interview Friday with radio’s Power 106 Lil Wayne says he is epileptic and blames his health issues on stress – not Sizzurp.

“The bad news is I’m an epileptic. I’m prone to seizures,” he tells radio’s Power 106 DJ Felli Fel, “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could’ve died, so that is why it was so serious.”

Original reports had Wheezy on his deathbed, with the rapper tweeting from his hospital room that he was fine.lil-wayne-im-not-a-human-being-cover

Read: Lil Wayne hospitalized

It was reported that the cause for his seizures was due to his bingeing on Sizzurp – an addictive combination of prescription-strength cough syrup with codeine, sodas like Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola, and hard candies for added flavor.

The 30-year-old rapper insists that the reason for his seizures was “just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself. That’s just typical me though,” he said in the interview.

Read Lil Wayne concert review

Wayne was sure to remind fans that his 10th studio album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” is available now. He also wanted everyone to know his upcoming tour ‘America’s Most Wanted’ remains on-track and is set to begin on July 5.

Victims identified from horrific crash on I80

Sacramento NewsThe names of the victims in the horrific crash that occurred on Interstate 80 near Davis on Thursday have been released.

Authorities say 76-year-old Phang Phetsomphou, a Petaluma resident, was driving the BMW that was struck head-on by a big rig yesterday, bursting into flames. His passenger was 74-year-old Bouaket Phetsomphou, also from Petaluma.

The California Highway Patrol had closed westbound Interstate 80 for close to seven hours following the fatal collision, which was caused when the big rig careened out of control.

According to CHP Officer Chris Parker, the big rig driver, 45-year-old John Manuszak Jr. claims he was choking on french fries moments before losing control of his rig and careening out of control while traveling eastbound, eventually plowing through the divider and into oncoming westbound traffic where the big rig struck and killed the two occupants in the BMW.

Manuszak regained consciousness as his rig was passing into westbound lanes, but not in time to avoid the head-on collision.

The big rig struck two cars before heading into westbound lanes. Those occupants suffered minor injuries and Manuszak, a Fresno resident, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with second-degree burns.

DMV records show that Manuszak had a suspended license from 2003-2010. His license was current at the time of the accident, and he had a valid commercial license.

Investigators have said it will take about 10 days before they know if any recommendations will be made to the district attorney’s office. His past driving record will be taken into account. Officers say drugs or alcohol were not involved.

‘Harry Potter’ actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65

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Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley
Photo: Warner Brothers

According to agent Simon Beresford, British actor Richard Griffiths died on Thursday, following complications from heart surgery at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Griffiths played the role of Uncle Vernon Dursely who was the Muggle guardian to Harry Potter in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. He was considered a versatile actor appearing in numerous movies and TV shows, including the movies ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Naked Gun 2 1/2.’

A Tony winner, Griffiths was one of Britain’s leading theater actors. Winning the Tony for his role in the play “The History Boys,” he went on to play the role in the film adaptation.

One of his is more memorable roles was when he played Uncle Monty in ‘Withnail and I,’ which was considered a failure until it attracted a cult following.

Richard E. Grant who starred with Griffiths in ‘Withnail and I’ tweeted, “My beloved ‘Uncle Monty’ Richard Griffiths died last night. Chin-Chin my dear friend.” Sending out a tweet to Harry Potter hero Daniel Radcliffe, Grant tweets, “@DanieIRadcIiffe Am so so sad that we have both lost an ‘Uncle’ with the death of Richard Griffiths. He was my ‘Uncle Monty’ in my 1st film.”pie-in-the-sky

Radcliffe said of Griffiths, “Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.”

Griffiths was well known for his sense of humor and his passion for theater. He was renowned for stopping a play mid-performance whenever an audience member’s cell phone would go off, asking the offending party to leave.

Just last year Griffith’s played opposite Danny DeVito in Neil Simon’s comedy ‘The Sunshine Boys,’ they were scheduled to perform in Los Angeles later this year.

In a statement Radcliffe said, “Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career,” continuing he wrote, “In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys’, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on ‘Equus’ together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy.”

Griffiths is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.

Barbara Walters to retire in 2014

barbara-waltersReuters is reporting that journalist Barbara Walters is planning to retire in May of next year.

According to sources, the 83-year-old Walters plans on announcing her retirement to viewers on her talk show “The View” in the coming weeks.

The award winning journalist began her career back in 1961 as a writer on NBC’s morning news program “The Today Show,” working with Hugh Downs. Walter’s would go on to become the first woman to co-host, and co-anchor a news program, paving the way for female newscasters.

Walters was well known for her interviewing skills, leading her to get more airtime in the early days. Her list of interviews included President Richard Nixon, Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro, and even Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.

For 25 years Walters co-hosted ABC’s news magazine “20/20,” while working on side projects and producing her own interview programs. Not only is she the co-host on “The View,” she’s also the creator.

Walters recently suffered a cut to the forehead after falling while attending a presidential inauguration party, landing her in the hospital. While hospitalized it was determined that she had chickenpox.

Brutal attack in Carmichael leaves 1 dead

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Kenneth Azlin
Photo: Sacramento Sheriff

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department a 65-year-old man was attacked late Wednesday night at a home in the 6200 block of Coyle Avenue.

When deputies arrived they found the 65-year-old man severely beaten and stabbed. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Deputies arrested 26-year-old Kenneth Azlin in connection with the brutal attack. He was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail early this morning on a charge of murder. He is being held without bail.  

Witnesses reported that Azlin, who is a relative of the victim’s wife, was responsible for the attack and that he had left on foot. K9 units and air support were called in and within minutes Azlin was discovered on the campus of a nearby elementary school. He was taken into custody without incident.

A weapon was found after searching the campus. The motive for the crime is unclear and the investigation is ongoing. There are no other suspects.

The victim was not identified.

Louie Anderson injures ribs on ABC’s ‘Splash’

Louie-anderson

Louie Anderson
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Comedian Louie Anderson wasn’t laughing Thursday when he cracked himself up during rehearsals on ABC’s competition show ‘Splash.’

According to ‘Access Hollywood’ the rotund Anderson had to cancel an appearance on their show due to some bruised ribs he received while rehearsing for ‘Splash’.”

According to his rep the 59-year-old, “will continue in the competition in spite of the injury.” He  added, “He is finding diving to be more dangerous than standup.”

‘Splash’ is a reality competition show that premiered last week. Pitting 10 celebrities against each other, the show challenges the celebs in regulation platform and springboard diving competition.

Anderson can expect a lot of ribbing over the incident – just saying.

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