Weekly News 09/01/2012: Public School Campaign, Jerry Springer, Mo Farrah, Boris Becker, Election 2012, the Ross Children and more…

Indiana’s Public Schools Unusual Ad Campaign…

Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation’s largest voucher program doubles in size. The promotional efforts are an attempt to prevent the kind of student exodus that administrators have long feared might result from allowing students to attend private school using public money. If a large number of families abandon local districts, millions of dollars could be drained from the state’s public education system.

“If we don’t tell people the great things that are happening in our schools, no one else will, especially not now,” said Renee Albright, a teacher in Fort Wayne. “There are private enterprises that stand to benefit if they can portray us as failed schools.”

The Indiana voucher program, passed by the Legislature in 2011, is the biggest test yet of an idea sought for years by conservative Republicans, who say it offers families more choices and gives public schools greater incentive to improve. Read full story here…

Jerry Springer on ‘Tea Party’…

Jerry Springer Tea Party Bin Laden

Jerry Springer ripped into the Tea Party, whom he likened to Osama bin Laden.

Jerry Springer likened the Tea Party to dictators and Osama bin Laden in an interview with Current TV’s Cenk Uygur on Friday.

“You want to have a new conspiracy?” Springer asked. “These people that want to do away with our government — how is that different that all these dictators? Osama bin Laden wanted to do away with our government. What’s wrong with us?”

The Tea Party wasn’t the only target of Springer’s ire. He also expressed his dismay at the “fringe elements,” which he said have taken over the Republican Party. He blamed redistricting for creating a country that is too fiercely partisan.

“So, now, if you’re a Republican, you’re afraid to even have your picture taken with Obama and you can never talk with the other side,” Springer said. “That is why we’ve become so polarized and why we get these loonies in office.”

Though he’s best known as the longtime host of “The Jerry Springer Show,” Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnati. The outspoken Democrat recently called President Obama “truly exceptional” after making the president’s acquaintance in a meeting that Springer described as “substantive.”

Mo Farrah and wife welcome twin daughters

Olympic hero Mo Farah beamed yesterday as he revealed his wife Tania has given birth to twin girls and he would be inscribing their names on his two gold medals. Team GB runner Mo, who took gold in the men’s 10,000m and 5,000m events at the London Games, described the twins’ arrival as ‘very exciting’ and said he was present at the birth on Friday in a London hospital.

The 29-year-old later tweeted: ‘Great news about the birth of my little baby girls! Twins! . . . Thanks to my wife . . . !! Shabba!!’

Millions of TV viewers saw a heavily pregnant Tania, 26, in the Olympic Stadium cheering Mo on alongside his stepdaughter Rihanna, before rushing on to the track to embrace him. She gave birth 13 days after her husband’s Olympic triumph in the 5,000m, and just 48 hours before he was due to compete in the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix race today. Read full story here…Happy family: Mo Farah with his stepdaughter Rhianna and then pregnant wife Tania after securing 5,000m Olympic gold

Spotted: Boris Becker and Family

Boris Becker enjoyed a day out with his wife and sons in London. Check out the photographs below:



The Odoms love smooching…

Khloe Kardashian-Odom tweeted this cute photograph collage of herself and her husband Lamar Odom. Take a look:

The Humphries’ divorce is settled…

Kris Humphries Parents Divorce SettledKris Humphries should take a cue from his parents and learn how to settle a divorce the right way — quickly. Last week it was reported that the 27-year-old NBA player’s mother, Debra, had filed for divorce from William, her husband of 30-years, citing an “irretrievable breakdown” in their marriage.

The couple, who have three adult children — Kris, and his sisters Krystal and Kaela — were able to come to an agreement before the divorce papers were even filed, reports TMZ.

According to the agreement neither party will be awarded spousal support, and Kris’ father William, who owns several Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants throughout Minnesota, will get the couple’s Chaska home, the BMW, the boat, the grand piano and according to TMZ a “whole lot of credit card debt.”

The website reports that when Debra filed the divorce papers she included a signed settlement agreement, which also states that the parties will go their separate ways with their own cash, checking, and savings accounts, and William will pay all the legal fees. Read full story here…

How Rep. Akin should have apologized…

Todd Akin Totally BiasedEven though Todd Akin apologized for his unfortunate remarks about rape victims, comedians like W. Kamau Bell aren’t about to let him off the hook that easy.

On his latest episode of “Totally Biased” on FX, Bell dedicated some time to skewering the baffling Missouri congressman and explaining how he’s connected to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Subsequently, he might have also discovered the biggest “circle jerk” in Washington.

Watch the clip above and hear Bell’s take on Akin as well as the Republican National Convention’s Hurricane Isaac problem. Read full story here…

Expendables 2 tops Anti-Obama documentary…

Obama“2016 Obama’s America” is no longer the hottest new movie in the country, but it’s hanging on in the fight. Deadline.com reports that the anti-Obama documentary which shocked Hollywood by outdoing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Premium Rush” on Friday slide to No. 8 for the weekend, but remained the second-highest grossing new film.

Ahead of the pack was “Expendables 2,” now in its third week. The Stallone and friends project brought in $13 million. If that seems like depressing news for Hollywood, keep in mind that “The Help,” the highest-grossing film of this weekend last year, only brought in $14 million over the same time period.

Sony has confirmed box office numbers for “Rush” to HuffPost Entertainment. The total take for movie this weekend is about $200,000 less than Deadline’s projection, which means the film is just ahead of “Obama 2016,” per Box Office Mojo. The two films are separated by less than $70,000. Read full story here…

Happy 8th Birthday Preston Pippen

Preston Pippen is the handsome second son of Larsa Pippen and one of NBA’s legend Scottie Pippen.Larsa Pippen and all four children: Scottie Jr. (10 yrs.), Preston (8yrs.), Justin (5 yrs.) and Sophia (2 yrs.).

Connor Cruises into Europe…

Connor Cruise is going international with his disco jockey career. The 17-year-old recently finished up his European Tour by spinning at an event in Dusseldorf, Germany.

If you’re still struggling to remember where you heard the name Connor Cruise, struggle no more. Connor is one of two children adopted by Tomy Cruise and wife #2 Nicole Kidmad. Cruise and Kidman adopted two children, Isabella Jane (born December 1992) and Connor Antony (born January 1995).

Connor, who is speculated to earn $10,000 per gig, was excited to have completed his first overseas tour tweeting:

“Ladies and Gentleman that’s a wrap!!!! Just finished my last show overseas here in Dusseldorf and it couldn’t have gone better!!”

Connor returned to The States with a new name, DJ Ranger Rick, but kept the Mohawk that has increased his popularity over the past month. The teen debuted his new hairstyle at the ‘Live Your Life’ campaign sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters where several attendees, including actress Shay Mitchell, took pictures with him. To view more photographs of the talented young Cruise, click here…

Chudney Ross inspired by parents…

Chudney Ross has been doing a lot of baby planning lately. The mother to-be is Diana Ross’ daughter with music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein.

Pictured are Tracee, Chudney, Evan and Ross. Rhonda the eldest sibling is not pictured.

The mom to-be also tweeted:

“Gotta get some post birth fashion advice from mom! Check out how stylish she &dad were leaving the hospital w/baby ME!”

Pictured is Diana Ross with husband #1 Robert Ellis Silberstein in November 1975.Embedded image permalink

Spotted: Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey was spotted leaving his NYC hotel Friday afternoon with a pair of honey brown sunglasses. The father of two with one on the way was seen sans model wife Camila.Embedded image permalink

Former Florida Governor Crist to speak at Democratic Convention…

Former Florida governor Charlie Crist is speaking at the convention after all — the Democratic convention. Crist, the Republican-turned-independent who endorsed President Obama over the weekend, has a speech slot at next week’s Democratic National Convention, officials said.

Democrats are likely to promote Crist’s appearance as an example of Obama’s bipartisan appeal — an old trick at political conventions. This week’s Republican confab in Tampa features a fairly prominent former Democrat, former House member Artur Davis.

In a recent op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times, Crist wrote that he applauds Obama’s “vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility.” Read full story here…

Kim & Kris play blaming game over divorce…

Kris Humphries Kim Kardashian Divorce Dragging OutKim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ divorce proceedings have dragged on far longer than the two were ever married, and lawyers for each party blame the other for delaying the case.

Kardashian filed for divorce from Humphries on Oct. 31, and a month later he turned around and filed for an annulment, citing fraud. The 27-year-old NBA player’s lawyer said at a recent hearing that he wanted to prove that Kardashian had “no intention of proceeding with this marriage” and that it was merely a story line contrived to benefit her reality show and profit from the drama.

Kardashian’s lawyers claim that Humphries is overreaching and tactics like trying to subpoena Kim’s current beau, Kanye West, via a Nordstrom box have done nothing but delay proceedings and rack up tons of billable hours, which Kim’s lawyers plan to go after Humphries for.

Both sides are pointing fingers at the other, and RadarOnline reports that Humphries isn’t to blame for the delay. Read full story here…

1st day of school is always fun…

Crystall Wall, wife of rapper Paul Wall tweeted the following photograph of her 6 year old son William Patrick Slayton with the following caption:

“1st Day of 1st Grade!!! He really is excited lol”

The real reason Tracee Ellis Ross left BET sitcom…

Fans were more than surprised last week when it was announced that Tracee Ellis Ross had decided to leave BET’s sitcom “Reed Between the Lines.” An explanation for her departure wasn’t given then, but Tracee has now cleared the air about her exit.

Tracee spoke with Essence.com and revealed that leaving the show had to do with her busy schedule:

“It was that BET hadn’t decided if they were picking up the show yet or not. During that time when they didn’t know, I was offered a really amazing pilot for NBC, and BET graciously allowed me to go and do it.

“Then the timing got complicated and there was a need to move forward. [BET] had to figure out how to deal without me because I wasn’t available. But it’s not because I wanted to leave. I love Reed Between the Lines, I believe in it. There is a chance I’ll go back, always. There’s nothing weird about it.”

The pilot Tracee worked on was not picked up by NBC, but Essence reports that the actress remains in good spirits. “Reed Between the Lines” will return to BET next July for its second season, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner continuing on as the role of Alex and Tony Rock added to the cast. Writers have moved Tracee’s character Carla to Los Angeles to pursue her career, leaving the once married couple separated for the time being.

Ross is pictured with her co-star on Between the Lines Malcolm Jamal Warner, former child star of The Cosbys’.

Online interracial dating mistakes to avoid…

Interracial internet dating web sites provide millions of interracial dating singles worldwide the perfect opportunity to meet someone they’re totally compatible with. Why is it that these singles are not using this highly successful method of meeting someone to it’s best potential?

Creating an account at more than one interracial internet dating service offers you a much better opportunity of being sent messages. You can also see which agency has the most singles living in your city.

Not putting your photo on your personal ad will sorely effect your internet dating. singles that put their photo on their profile can receive up to 20 times more contact than singles without one. Read full story here…

Glamour Magazine interviews President Obama

Editor in chief Cindi Leive flew to Portland, Ore., last month to sit down with the President for an interview that will appear in the magazine’s November issue. It is not the first time Obama has sat down with Glamour — he did so in 2008, along with John McCain — but it is his first time as a sitting president.

A woman’s magazine like Glamour would not traditionally be in play for an interview with the President — first ladies have been more their turf — but agreeing to the interview is a mark of changing media strategies. The Obama campaign has recently been exploring alternative news outlets to press their message — ESPN Magazine, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight have all scored interviews, much to the dismay of the White House press corps, who have not enjoyed the usual privilege of questioning the President since Aug. 19. Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for the campaign, described these outlets as being “equally important” to traditional political media.

Glamour pitched them on a big audience, said Washington editor Linda Kramer Jenning. “There’s a lot of attention being paid to young, women voters,” Jenning said. “That’s the calling card that opens the door.” It took five months to lock down some face time. Read full story here…

The Gates Foundation unveil “Technology Toilet” photo…

A prototype of a toilet designed by researchers from the California Institute of Technology (exhibit 30) at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle was made public on August 12, 2012. Their toilet system is solar powered and generates hydrogen and electricity.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced earlier in July about the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world.

In a keynote address at the 2011 AfricaSan Conference in Kigali, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program, called on donors, governments, the private sector, and NGOs to address the urgent challenge, which affects nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. Flush toilets are unavailable to the vast majority in the developing world, and billions of people lack a safe, reliable toilet or latrine. More than a billion people defecate in the open.

“No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet,” Burwell said in her speech at AfricaSan, the third African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW). “But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. What we need are new approaches. New ideas. In short, we need to reinvent the toilet.”

California Institute of Technology Prototype

Naomi Campbell‘s Turkish Island House…

Naomi Campbell is in the process of building a eco-mansion in Turkey. The luxurious resort is shaped like the Egyptian symbol, the “Eye of Horus” and is on an island off the coast of Turkey. The incredible home for the supermodel is designed by renowned Spanish architect Luis de Garrido and will feature a landscaped terrace and greenhouse style roof that will provide the heating for the mammoth mansion.

Inhabit.com said about the dynamic and gorgeous space:

“Everything about this concept house is a dream: its comfortable microclimate, its constant flow of air, light and heat when necessary, its superior landscaping, and of course the fact that it was built on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey.”

The mansion will be a glass domed building on the island of Isla Playa de Cleopatra and will be water and energy self sufficient. With 25 bedrooms, the gossip is that Campbell’s Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin has given it to her as a gift for her 41st birthday, according to many online reports. Read more here…

Click, click…it’s Heather Headley

The Tony/Grammy Award-winning songtress revealed a behind-the-scenes photo shoot for her new website to be launch on September 1st.  

Boris Becker wins ‘Social Media Award’ at Sport Bild Award 2012 in Hamburg

Europe’s biggest sports magazine its 10th Annual SPORT BILD Awards on Monday, August 27, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. SPORT BILD selected outstanding performances in the fields of sport. The winners in nine categories were honored at a special ceremony, which was attended by more than 700 guests from sports, media, business, politics and culture.

SPORT BILD editor Matthias Brügelmann says:

“The spectacular Olympic medals, the athletes and skills for the benefit of Sport in the past year impressed us a lot.”

Among the winners this year were Robert Harting – Olympic discus thrower and Olympic gymnast Marcel Nguyen – two German heroes from the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also legendary football personalities such as Jürgen Klopp and former Schalke manager Rudi were also honored for their life-time achievements in Sports.

Boris Becker, the former Tennis Champion was also awarded in the category of Social Media on Monday. Click here to read more… (images courtesy Zimbio)

Winners of the 2012 Sport Bild Award

Boris Becker with his model wife Lily Becker who is of Dutch and Suriname descent.Edwin Moses and Michelle Moses - Awards Show-2012 Laureus World Sports Awards

Edwin Moses and Michelle Moses - Awards Show-2012 Laureus World Sports Awards

Boris Becker with his wife Lilly

Marcel Nguyen who is of Vietnamese and German descent with girlfriend AlexaMarcel Nguyen with girlfriend Alexa

Tina Turner parties on luxury yacht in Croatia

Tina TurnerTina Turner is still “simply the best” at 72. The eternally youthful performer showed no signs of slowing down when she made a rare public appearance on Wednesday aboard a luxury yacht in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

“She came into Dubrovnik on a private plane from Lugano in Switzerland with her friends and then went on the luxury yacht Lady Marina,” Mario Juric from Dubrovnik TV tells me. “She was dancing, singing and giving some kind of presents while drinking champagne. I thought it was someone’s birthday on the yacht because I heard her singing ‘Happy Birthday.’ I asked her, ‘Are they celebrating someone’s birthday?’ And she said, ‘No, just summertime’ and started singing ‘Summertime.'”

Dubrovnik seems to be the place for celebrities this summer; Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend were just spotted vacationing there on a yacht, along with Kelly Ripa and her husband. Read more here…

Take a look at Tamera‘s baby bump…

The pregnant starlet wrote on her pregnancy blog:

“But most importantly, I am now saying hello to my third trimester! I am 31 weeks pregnant! I’ve gotta say, that went by fast. Bye-bye energy and hello to puffy pregnancy cheeks and swollen hands and feet. However, I have learned from a wonderful doula, Latham Thomas, that eating watermelon, grapes and cucumbers help bring the swelling down. Trust me, it works.

Did I mention the pregnancy brain?! Man, the pregnancy brain is no joke. I have lost my car keys and house keys entirely. I have also lost my favorite diamond necklace from my teenage years and in some cases, my mind. Please don’t tell me I am alone in this.

Am I the only pregnant woman out there who can’t speak coherently? My poor husband. There have been many occasions where he would stare blankly at me, wondering what the hell I was talking about. Helplessly, I couldn’t explain myself because most of the time, I didn’t even know what the hell I meant to say — much less remember it.”

Mariah Carey and Dem Babies…

Grammy-Award winning singer Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon have released yet another set of photographs her adorable twins on Dembabies. And from the looks of things,  Roc and Roe (Moroccan and Monroe) have grown since the last time we saw them. They started walking and keep getting cuter by the minute. Take a look:

Ann Romney’s support for Mitt Romney at RNC…

Ann Romney received a rapturous welcome from Republican delegates as she declared her love for her husband Mitt and vowed: ‘This man will not fail. This man will not let us down. This man will lift up America!’

Wearing a simple, flame-red dress and looking a little nervous initially during what Romney advisers had described as a high-stakes speech, the would-be First Lady described her marriage before her husband became a multi-millionaire venture capitalist.

Her confidence grew visibly as she was buoyed by the crowd, ultimately delivering a speech with the poise and aplomb that many a skilled politician would envy. Mrs Romney has long been viewed by her husband’s campaign as his biggest asset and she more than lived up to their hopes for the night.

As her speech concluded, her husband walked onto the stage to embrace and kiss her while the crowd cheered and the strains of ‘My Guy’, the 1964 Motown hit by Mary Wells, filled the hall.

‘When Mitt and I met and fell in love, we were determined not to let anything stand in the way of our life together,’ she said earlier. ‘I was an Episcopalian. He was a Mormon. Read full story here…

Congratulations: Mitt Romney took the stage at the end of his wife's speech her and embraced her

Raucous reception: Ann Romney was greeted by applause when she appeared on the Tampa stage

Is Ann Romney channeling Michelle Obama?

Has Ann Romney learned a thing or two from Michelle Obama’s playbook? In her smiling but forceful convention speech, Mrs. Romney showed off many classic political-spouse rhetorical moves: the fond recollection of her romance, the “you don’t know my husband” response to his critics.

A few moments specifically recalled lines of Mrs. Obama’s. Mrs. Romney vowed that her husband would not fail; Mrs. Obama has said countless times that her husband never let her down.

Mrs. Romney also painted a bleak portrait of the struggles that women are facing: late nights, elderly parents, emergency rooms. She spoke about how the burdens of a stalled economy often fall on women.

“It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right,” she said. “You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.” Read more here…

Republican attendees throw nuts at black CNN camera woman…

CnnTwo attendees at the Republican National Convention were thrown out of the convention center in Tampa on Tuesday after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, “this is how we feed the animals.”

CNN reported that multiple witnesses saw it happen, and police immediately removed the two people from the premises. Former MSNBC and Current host David Shuster, who is attending the convention, tweeted about the incident earlier on Tuesday:Talking Points Memo then reached out to CNN, which confirmed that an incident had taken place in a statement it later sent to The Huffington Post.

“CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon,” the statement read. “CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.” There was no immediate mention of the attack on CNN’s air. Read full story here…

Chudney Ross showcases ‘Lone Bean’…

Chudney Ross recently showcased her book ‘Lone Bean’ and her writing process with a group of 6th graders from at SM Alternative School House.

Chudney, one of three daughters born to Diana Ross is a writer, educator, entrepreneur, and TV host.  Her love of children’s literature and her advocacy for children’s causes motivated her to open her first business. Books and Cookies, a children’s book­store, bakery, and enrichment center in Santa Monica, California. Her first children’s book Lone Bean, is available in book stores nationwide.

Heidi Klum & Seal’s divorce gets nasty…

When they first split in January it was hoped that Heidi Klum and Seal’s unexpected divorce would be amicable for the sake of their children, but sadly now the gloves are coming off and things are heating up, the new issue of Star magazine is exclusively reporting.

While the 49-year-old singer was reluctant to take his wedding ring off at first, telling talk show titan Ellen DeGeneres: “When you say, ‘Till death do us part,’ those vows hold value,” it now appears to be war between the parents of four.

Seal has since countered the super model’s request for primary physical custody by demanding that they both get equal time with the kids, and has also contested Heidi’s claim that there weren’t any joint assets that needed to be divvied up, Star reveals. Seal is worth $15 million, Heidi $70 million — so a lot is at stake. Read full story here…

Happy 54th Birthday Michael Jackson

Wednesday, August 29th marked Michael Jackson’s 54th birthday were he still alive.  His kids honored his memory with a family trip to MJ’s boyhood home in Indiana. Prince, Paris and Blanket were spotted in Gary, IN along with their grandmother Katherine Jackson, TJ Jackson and their aunt LaToya. Read more here…0829_mj_kids_inf


Multiracial Love: The Kodjoes cover Rolling Out Magazine…

Love Never Look This Good is the title cover of the Rolling Out Sept/Oct magazine issue. The magazine features one of Hollywood’s favorite Hollywood couple biracial actor Boris Kodjoe and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe. The two who played each other’s love interest on the hit tv show “Soul Food” sparked an instant chemistry both on and off screen and needless to say; their love has blossomed ever since. They are now proud parents to two adorable children, and have been together for seven year.

Like most [or should we say a few fortunate] successful married couples, we all want to know what their secret to love is and what has kept their marriage strong and healthy. Read the interview here to find out. 

The photographs from the photoshoot are stunning:

Condoleezza Rice: An invited guest from the Bush years..

Condoleezza Rice’s nationally televised appearance at the convention on Wednesday night seals her status as the one major figure from the Bush-Cheney administration to emerge as a welcome force in today’s Republican politics.

While the convention included a tribute video to both President Bushes earlier Wednesday night, Ms. Rice is the only veteran of the Bush years given a speaking slot in the prime-time hour carried live by the broadcast networks. She has been at Mitt Romney’s side on several occasions in recent months and was highlighted as a possible vice-presidential choice.

Her return to the political spotlight is intriguing because while she was at the center of many of the foreign policy decisions that were so controversial under President George W. Bush, particularly the Iraq war, she has not been blamed as intensely as Mr. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Read full story here…Condoleezza Rice waved to supporters before beginning her speech on Wednesday in the Republican National Convention.

Halle Berry poses for Autumn/Winter 2012 Deichmann footwear collection…

Halle Berry recently posed for German company Deichmann’s Autumn/Winter 2012 footwear collection. The shoes are already available at Deichmann’s flagship store in Berlin!

Pics: Pacific Coast News

Check out the photographs from the photoshoot:

Ms. Berry confirming the shots…

Paul Ryan’s black girlfriend revealed…

1992The cheerleader who Paul Ryan dated in college and helped forge his uncompromising opposition to racism says that she may not be a Republican but still supports the ‘nice guy’.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Deneeta Pope said she met the future vice presidential candidate through friends at Miami University some 20 years ago.

Pope, 40, said: ‘Paul is a very nice guy, a kind guy and a family guy. He’s very approachable and a very likeable person.’

The relationship and the negative reaction he said he suffered from his so-called friends were a formative experience in the political evolution of the VP pick who described himself as a ‘big, big fan’ of Martin Luther King and is a staunch advocate of civil rights.

But Pope, an I.T. specialist and realtor living in Chicago, denies that they experienced any racism as a couple. Pope also said that while their relationship was not very serious, they have remained friends through the years.

‘It tells you the kind of guy Paul is when you learn that he has remained friends with all of his friends that he met in college.’

Michael Steel, campaign spokesman for Ryan, confirmed to MailOnline on Thursday that ‘Mr Ryan dated Ms Pope in college’ in the 1990s. In a 2005 interview, Mitt Romney’s future running mate said that he had been confronted with racism personally, because he had dated an African- American and also had a brother with a black wife. ‘I have a sister-in-law who’s African American,’ he told Milwaukee Magazine. Read more here…School

Paul Ryan during his College years

Pope in 2010

Michael Thompson

Clint Eastwood makes RNC appearance…

Legendary actor Clint Eastwood gave an odd performance last night at the RNC, ad-libbing a long, critical conversation with an imaginary Barack Obama onstage at the RNC. Reviews weren’t good.

Michael Moore called the speech “crazy” and wrote the film legend sounded “delusional” and “detached from reality.”

Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted, “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn’t need to do this to himself. It’s unworthy of him.” The Obama campaign’s response to the speech was subtler: their account tweeted a photo of the president’s chair, with the line, “This seat’s taken.”

Clint Eastwood‘s RNC appearance prompts gag account…

Eastwood‘s gag of talking to an invisible Obama in an empty chair on the stage drew some of the loudest ovations of the night. Minutes later, a new twitter account @InvisibleObama was created which drew more than 10,000 followers.


2 thoughts on “Weekly News 09/01/2012: Public School Campaign, Jerry Springer, Mo Farrah, Boris Becker, Election 2012, the Ross Children and more…

  1. Those photographs of Boris and Nicole are so beautiful. So are the ones with Halle Berry. I like your weekly news. I think I’m going to subscribe to your blog. Good job.

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