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TMZ is known for getting the scoop on all things celebrity, most of the time before anyone else knows about it. They have spies pretty much everywhere.
But when they get things wrong, they have a tendency to get it really wrong…and they don’t always admit to their mistakes (often just omitting a sentence and acting like it never happened).
By now, we all know rapper Lil Wayne has been hospitalized for seizures (there were reports that he slipped into a coma but he or someone from the team tweeted he was okay). While his condition was apparently listed as critical, TMZ took it upon themselves to run a story that said Wayne was being read his “last rites” which happens when a person is on their death bed. They’ve since taken the story down but didn’t even apologize for printing something that was incorrect and unverified.
Well, T.I., who is a good friend of the rapper, got wind of the story and he was not too pleased. He took to his Twitter account to let TMZ know that he was…upset. We warn you, the screencapped tweets are chock full o’ cuss words so if that’s not what you want to see, scroll on down.
That was probably putting it lightly. Although his language was extremely harsh, it appears his heart was in the right place. As a family friend, he was trying to shield the negative and incorrect stories from Wayne’s family members.
Hopefully those seizures were not a result of his alleged habit of drinking sizzurp but if so, we’d hope T.I also played the role of big brother is talking to Wayne about giving that up.
Any awkwardness that occurred at your Thanksgiving dinner table likely had nothing on what went down at Halle Berry’s LA home yesterday. In one of the worst celebrity Holiday custody exchanges ever, Halle Berry’s fiance, Olivier Martinez, 46, and the father of her child,36-year-old Gabriel Aubry, ended up in the ER after they got into a Thanksgiving tussle at her home. Gabriel was subsequently arrested and booked in jail, and I’m going to assume when all was said and done nobody had any Turkey.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Gabriel showed up to Halle’s house with Nahla for a custodial hand-off. We’re told Gabriel was still in the motor court (a rich person’s word for a giant driveway) when Olivier walked up to him and said, “We have to move on.”
According to witnesses, Gabriel then pushed Olivier and threw a punch at his face, but Olivier blocked it and the punch struck him in the shoulder instead. We’re told Gabriel then pushed Olivier to the ground, and Olivier cold-cocked him in the face, and a struggle ensued, ending with Olivier pinning Gabriel to the ground.
In the struggle, Gabriel suffered a broken rib, contusions on his face, and possibly a more serious head injury. Olivier may have broken his hand and suffered neck injuries as well. There are conflicting accounts as to whether Gabriel was rendered unconscious in the fight.
Police were called and Olivier made a citizen’s arrest for battery against Gabriel. Gabriel was escorted to the ER and, ironically, Olivier went to the same ER an hour later. The two were just down the hall from each other.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … a judge has issued an emergency protective order, which requires Gabriel to stay 100 yards away from Halle, Olivier, and Nahla.
Am I wrong for thinking, Gabriel, that’s what you get for trying to roll up on somebody for a Turkey Day beatdown?
According to TMZ’s timeline, at around 3:30 pm PST, Gabriel and Olivier were released from the hospital. Gabriel was taken into custody, while Olivier went back to Halle’s. Two hours later, Gabriel was booked for misdemeanor battery and his bail was set at $20,000. Apparently he had it because just one hour after that he was released from custody.
I have no idea how this whole situation is going to be explained, but the good thing is, sources told TMZ that Halle rushed Nahla inside the house when her dad and soon-to-be step-father starting going at it. I’m pretty sure the Berry thanksgiving was still horribly ruined but at least the little girl didn’t witness any of the brutality. At this point I’m still shaking my head at two grown a** men going at it in the driveway. Celebrities are not immune to family foolery on holidays.
Unfortunately, there are still some places that will treat you like a second class citizen simply because you’re black. While many of us recognize this fact, we wouldn’t assume that the place where we bring our children into the world, the hospital, would be so riddled by prejudice and racism.
But believe it. This was the case for writer Denene Millner who gave birth to her first child at a hospital in New York City.
You won’t believe how poorly she was treated on what was supposed to be a happy, memorable occasion. You can read her story at Black Voices.com.
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A recent study found that the recession could be contributing to a dangerous spike in child abuse against infants. As it stands, it seems increasing economic hardships and the stress of it could be related to the aggression and stress taken out on young children, causing a number of reported head injuries.
In a study of 422 abused children released by the journal Pediatrics on Monday, all subjects, those being under five years of age, were diagnosed with “abusive head trauma. The children were from low-income families from 74 counties across states like Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area), Ohio, Kentucky and Washington (Seattle area). While most of the children in the five-year study wound up in the intensive care unit, 16 percent died of their injuries. The study found that the stress of economic hardships could possibly be contributing to this violence, and that more steps need to be taken to help parents and provide violence prevention efforts during these hard times. According to Reuters, Rachel P. Berger, a child abuse expert at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh who worked on the study, she says felt the study was necessary after seeing head injury cases in her hospital increase from an average of 17 in 2007, to 37 in 2008. She says a lot of the abuse can be blamed on the fact that the government doesn’t help people struggling financially with childcare issues:
“We have actually increased their stress by decreasing programs to help infants and young children. When people are stressed in this country, for instance during a hurricane, as a society we provide help to those people. Here we have an economic recession and what happens during that time is we actually pull back,” she said. “We need to really think about what the outcome is going to be when we cut programs that help infants and young children.”
To find more info about the study and to get advice on how to care for a child without finding yourself too stressed out, click over to Today.com.
(Chicago News Cooperative) — Facing a budget deficit exceeding $11 billion, the State of Illinois in recent weeks has begun challenging the property tax exemptions of some of its best-known hospitals, saying they should pay more because they are not providing enough charity care. The Illinois Department of Revenue moved last month to strip property tax exemptions from Prentice Women’s Hospital, a sparkling new medical center in Chicago’s tony Streeterville neighborhood; Edward Hospital, a rapidly expanding medical center in the western suburb of Naperville, and Decatur Memorial Hospital in central Illinois. If successful with those three, the state is expected to look for other not-for-profit hospitals with low percentages of charity care, with an eye toward challenging their property tax exemptions, too. A Department of Revenue spokesman said the agency was reviewing parcels owned by 15 hospital systems, but declined to say if the tax exemptions would be challenged in each case.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Smokers need not apply. That’s the message from Gwinnett Medical Center, which has instituted a hospital policy prohibiting the hiring of smokers. The new policy does not affect existing employees, but hospital officials said they plan to crack down harder on employees who violate the existing no smoking policy on hospital grounds.
Failing to heed multiple warnings could lead employees to lose their jobs, spokeswoman Andrea Wehrmann said. Gwinnett Medical Center’s hiring ban on smokers demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to good health, officials said.