NELSON MANDELA DIES AT 95: ANTI-APARTHEID LEADER AND ICON OF SOUTH AFRICA

(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. Mandela was 95. “He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have… [Continue Reading]

CHRISTOPHER DORNER: EX-LAPD OFFICER WANTED IN TRIPLE REVENGE MURDER

A massive manhunt was under way Thursday for an ex-LAPD cop suspected of murdering at least two people and seeking to kill many others including police officers and their families on a vengeful rampage.Christopher Dorner — who posted what appeared to be his plan in a chilling online manifesto — was playing a deadly game… [Continue Reading]

HADIYA PENDELTON:TEEN PERFORMER AT OBAMA INAUGURAL EVENTS SHOT DEAD

Hadiya Pendelton, a teen who performed at events around President Barack Obama’s inauguration was shot to death in Chicago this week, and now her story has become part of the debate in Washington over gun violence nationwide. The shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came up in a U.S. Senate hearing and a White House press… [Continue Reading]

BRAZIL NIGHTCLUB FIRE CLAIMS 233 YOUNG LIVES

Santa Maria, Brazil (CNN) — Guitarist Rodrigo Martins was preparing to launch into the sixth song of his band’s set when he saw embers fall. The acoustic foam insulation on the ceiling of the KISS nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria was on fire, and it was beginning to spread. The hot… [Continue Reading]

ANOTHER GANG RAPE IN INDIA: YET THEY SAY THAT AFRICA IS THE DARKEST CONTINENT

In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night. Police have arrested all seven suspects, including the bus driver, after the alleged Friday night attack in the Gurdaspur district of… [Continue Reading]

PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA: OIL TANKER EXPLDES

I just saw online that an oil tanker exploded in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, yesterday. Port arcourt is one of Nigerias leading oil producing regions. This is sad news because further information from the event says the following there has been loss of life. These are the details: 2 killed, 8 injured, 11 vehicles, 4 motorcycles,… [Continue Reading]

VITTORIO MISSONI FEARED DEAD- ITALIAN FASHION HEIR, MISSING AFTER PLANE VANISHES

A small plane carrying six people, one of them Vittorio Missoni, a director of Italy’s famed Missoni fashion house, is missing off the coast of Venezuela, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol Torres said. The search for the missing aircraft continued Saturday, an Italian Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Missoni confirmed in a statement that Vittorio Missoni, son… [Continue Reading]

RUTH THALIA SAYAS SANCHEZ, PERUVIAN REALITY TV SHOW CONTESTANT FOUND DEAD

A Peruvian reality show has become part of a real-life crime drama as authorities investigate the slaying of a contestant who appeared on the program. Police found Ruth Thalia Sayas Sanchez’s body Saturday, more than two months after the 19-year-old’s on-air confession that she worked in a nightclub and twice accepted money for sex. Investigators… [Continue Reading]

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, ‘GREEN MILE’ ACTOR, DEAD AT 54

Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1999 film “The Green Mile,” has died at age 54, according to a representative for his family. Duncan “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” a written statement from Joy Fehily said. Clarke died at a Los Angeles… [Continue Reading]

CHRIS LIGHTY, 50 CENT MANAGER, DEAD. DEATH CALLED SUICIDE

Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty killed himself Thursday after a heated argument  with his estranged wife in the Bronx, police sources told the Daily  News. Lighty — a longtime manager who worked with the likes of 50 Cent,  Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — walked away from the argument  after declaring “I’m tired… [Continue Reading]

DEATH TOLL UP TO 30 AS POLICE FIRES ON STRIKING MINERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Police opened fire to disperse thousands of machete-wielding workers taking part in a strike at a South African mine, killing more than 30, authorities said Friday. South African police said more than 30 people died in the attack Thursday. The National Union of Mineworkers gave the number at 36. The violence erupted when police shot… [Continue Reading]

GRAPHIC: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE GUN DOWN STRIKING MINERS AFTER EXPLOSION

Rising tensions at a South African platinum mine exploded Thursday in grisly violence as police opened fire on striking miners. Blood-stained bodies lay strewn about a field in a police response reminiscent of the ugly days of apartheid. Police have not released a death toll, but a South African Press Association reporter counted 18 corpses…. [Continue Reading]

15 DEAD, 50 WOUNDED IN BATMAN MOVIE SHOOTING IN COLORADO

A heavily armed gunman killed at least 14 people and wounded 50 more during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. Police arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a… [Continue Reading]

SAGE STALLONE, SYLVESTER STALLONE’S SON FOUND DEAD

Sylvester Stallone’s 36-year-old son Sage Moonblood Stallone, who appeared with his father in Rocky V, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Friday. “Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone,” says a rep for the actor. “His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha. Sage… [Continue Reading]

HANS-KRISTIAN RAUSLING, SON OF SWEDISH BILLIONAIRE ARRESTED AFTER WIFE IS FOUND DEAD

The son of one of the world’s wealthiest men is under arrest in London after his American-born wife was found dead in their home this week, her death unexplained. Police stumbled into the mystery Monday, when they arrested Hans Kristian Rausing on drug charges. A search of his home in one of London’s most expensive… [Continue Reading]

USHER’S STEPSON DECLARED BRAIN DEAD AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENT

I’ve always been an advocate for a law being passed which will prevent jet skis from getting too close to the shore, where many of these accidents occur. While on vacation, I’ve seen several innocent people come close to being hit by jet skis. Now this happens. Read more… Usher’s 11-year-old stepson has been declared brain… [Continue Reading]

PICTURES: SEVERE FLOODING IN LAGOS,NIGERIA CAUSED BY HEAVY RAINS

Residents of Lagos State were, yesterday, enveloped by flood following heavy downpour that started Wednesday night. A number of houses and roads were submerged by the flood caused by the rain that lasted several hours. Sections of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway were cut off on both sides by the flood, leading to a gridlock. Lagos yesterday —… [Continue Reading]

NORA EPHRON, NOVELIST,FILMMAKER, SCREENWRITER, DEAD AT 71

Novelist, filmmaker and screenwriter Nora Ephron has died after a battle with leukemia, her publisher said Tuesday. She was 71. “She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed,” said the statement from Alfred A. Knopf. Ephron’s romantic comedies included the box office hits “When Harry Met… [Continue Reading]

ALLYSON FELIX, JENEBA TARMOH, DEAD HEAT AT OLYMPIC TRIALS: COIN TOSS MAY DECIDE WINNER

Bobby Kersee is struggling to make heads or tails of USA Track and Field’s new procedures designed to help break the third-place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women’s 100 meters at the Olympic trials. Heads or tails just might be what decides it. The scenarios involve either a coin toss or… [Continue Reading]

BRAZILIAN TODDLER WAKES UP AT HIS FUNERAL

I quickly browsed this story last week, but didn’t pay much attention to it because I thought that it was not true. It is real though. I’ve seen it a couple of more times and this time it held my attention. Read more….. Back in the old days, when someone died, you’d have a “wake”… [Continue Reading]

ENUGU, NIGERIA, BECOMES HAVEN FOR FRESH GANGLAND (CULT) VIOLENCE

When I was growing up in Enugu, Nigeria, violent gangs existed, but deadly clashes were no where near as rampant as they are now. Gangs would occassionally clash, which would result in beatings, stabbings and rare shootings. If someone died, it was usually an accident. Now, murder seems to be the goal of every single… [Continue Reading]

RODNEY KING DEAD AT 47

Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47. Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about… [Continue Reading]

SHOOTING AT APARTMENT COMPLEX NEAR AUBURN UNIVERSITY, 3 DEAD, 3 WOUNDED

Three people were killed and three others wounded in a shooting during a party at an apartment complex near Auburn University, Alabama authorities said Sunday. Among the dead were two Auburn students who had been on the football team. A manhunt was underway Sunday for suspected gunman, identified by police as Desmonte Leonard, 22, of … [Continue Reading]

CHURCH EXPLOSION IN JOS, NIGERIA: 5 KILLED AND 48 INJURED

Jos, Nigeria (CNN) — At least five people were killed in a car bomb blast that leveled a church in Jos, Nigeria, during services Sunday. The attack injured at least 48 people, hospital officials said. Witnesses said a suicide car bomber drove toward several churches in the area before plowing into the Christ Chosen Church of… [Continue Reading]

CHURCH BOMBED IN BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA BY SUICIDE BOMBER: BREAKING NEWS

Not again. When will insanity stop? We can’t keep killing each other. News coming indicates that a bomb has been detonated at a Church in Bauchi,Bauchi State, Nigeria. According to the report, a car loaded with a bomb sped into Harvest Church, Bauchi while church service was in progress and exploded. It is reported that over eleven people have… [Continue Reading]

FIRST TUPAC SHAKUR NOW MARILYN MONROE, GOING ON TOUR HOLOGRAM STYLE

Move over, Tupac, Marilyn Monroe is stealing your spotlight! Watch video of Tupac Shakur’s hologram performance on stage with Snoop Dog below… The blonde icon is set to become the next celebrity hologram to have her very own concert tour — despite being dead for decades. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIAN CARGO PLANE CRASHES IN ACCRA, GHANA

A Nigerian cargo plane attempting to take off from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana crashed on Saturday night, killing 10 people and injuring an unspecified number of others. The plane smashed through the airport’s fence before slamming into cars and a bus loaded with passengers on a nearby street, officials said. The crash… [Continue Reading]

BOXER JOHNNY TAPIA DEAD AT 45: ESCAPED DEATH 4 TIMES

My love affair with boxing run’s so deep and this is why my heart breaks when true warriors die. These warriors are so rare in our lives. Unfortunately, many of these men lead very troubled lives. Johnny Tapia was no exception. He was such a great fighter. Read the story below:  (CNN) — The crazy life… [Continue Reading]

DONNA SUMMER DISCO DIVA DEAD AT 63

Legendary disco diva Donna Summer has died, a spokesman confirmed to  TheWrap. The “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance” singer was 63. No cause of death was given, but TMZ reports Summer had been battling  cancer. In a statement, Summer’s family praise the singer’s religious faith. “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating… [Continue Reading]

CHUCK BROWN DIES: THE GODFATHER OF GO-GO WAS 75

Pulled from the Washington Post By Chris Richards, Chuck Brown, the gravelly voiced bandleader who capitalized on funk’s percussive pulse to create go-go, the genre of music that has soundtracked life in black Washington for more than three decades, died May 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 75.The death, from complications from sepsis,… [Continue Reading]