Michael Jackson Death Anniversary, Guided by a thumping bass line from their backing band, the Jackson brothers strut forward to a row of four microphones, thrusting their pelvises along the way, before launching into “Can’t Let Her Get Away,” a song their superstar sibling released on his “Dangerous” album. If they had afros and matching powder blue suits, it might feel like 1977 again.
It doesn’t. They’re casually sporting sunglasses, workout gear and a few more pounds than when they, along with the future King of Pop, were simply known as the Jackson 5. (Also, “Can’t Let Her Get Away” was released in 1991 after the group fizzled out.)
Nearly three years since Michael died while preparing for his comeback tour, four of his brothers – Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie – are set for their own return to the stage as The Jacksons. It hasn’t been easy.
“The brothers don’t know this, but I’ve broken down several times and cried during rehearsals,” said Jermaine during a recent rehearsal break on a soundstage in Burbank, Calif. “I’m so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on. It’s just something we never get used to.”
The brothers are launching their “Unity” tour on Wednesday, five days ahead of the third anniversary of Michael’s death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009.
“For me, this cycle that comes around every year – this day, that day – that doesn’t affect me because it affects me every day,” said Marlon. “When that day comes around, it’s the same. You learn to live with it. I still wake up sometimes and go, ‘Jeez. I can’t believe my brother’s not here.’”
Following Michael’s death, the four brothers appeared in the A&E reality series “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty,” which chronicled their loss and attempt to stage a comeback before their brother died. (AP)
Jerry Lewis Hospitalized, A publicist for Jerry Lewis says the comedian is OK after being hospitalized in New York overnight.The 86-year-old Lewis had a health scare Tuesday night just before he was scheduled to receive an award and present another to Tom Cruise at the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Awards.
Publicist Candi Cazau in Las Vegas says colleagues have told her Lewis is fine. She says he is very busy and simply forgot to eat or drink and his blood sugar level took a dive.
She says she doesn’t know if he collapsed, but he became weak and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. (AP)
Calcium And Vitamin D, The United States Preventive Services Task Force, an influential group that recently recommended against routine P.S.A. tests to detect prostate cancer, issued a draft statement on Tuesday recommending that healthy postmenopausal women should not take low doses of calcium or vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures.
The group, an independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, also considered use of the supplements by healthy premenopausal women and men. For those groups, it said, there was insufficient evidence to recommend taking vitamin D with or without calcium to prevent fractures.
The supplements also have been studied to see if they prevent cancer. But, the group said, there is insufficient evidence to say they do or do not. The cancer studies included ones testing the supplements to prevent all cancers as well as ones asking about colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer.
Their*n*lysis of the effects of the supplements included 137 studies, including randomized controlled trials, the gold standard for clinical evidence.
The low doses that the group referred to, at least for the postmenopausal women, were a typical level of 400 international units or less of vitamin D a day and 1,000 milligrams or less of calcium.
At that dose, said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a member of the task force who is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, “there is sufficient evidence to say they do not prevent fractures.”
“When you take a vitamin supplement or any therapy for an extended period of time, you have to ask, ‘What is the evidence that it works and what is the evidence of harms?’ ” Dr. Bibbins-Domingo said. (New York Times)
George H.W. Bush Gets Choked Up On TV, An interview with granddaughter Jenna turns emotional as he shares a letter he wrote to the family.George H.W. Bush turned 88 on Tuesday, and the former president teared up during an interview with his granddaughter, “Today” show contributor Jenna Bush Hager, broadcast on the NBC morning show.
“I never thought I’d get this part in chronology,” the elder Bush said in the interview, taped over the weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine.
“What’s aging like?” Jenna Bush asked her grandfather.
“Aging is all right,” Bush replied. “Better than the alternative, not being here.”
The one-term president said it was a “terrible, awful feeling” to lose to Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election.
“I really wanted to win and worked hard,” Bush said. “Later on, people said, ‘Well, he didn’t really care,’ which is crazy. I worked my heart out.”
The tears came when Bush 41 shared a letter he had written to the family reflecting on his life:
As the summers finish out, and the seas get a little higher, winds a little colder, I’ll be making some notes, writing it down lest I forget so I can add to the report on getting older. Who knows, maybe they will come out with a new drug that makes legs bend easier, joints hurt less, drives go farther, memory come roaring back and all fears about falling off fishing rafts go away. Remember the old song, ‘I’ll be there ready when you are’? Well, I’ll be there, ready when you are, because there’s so much excitement ahead, so many grandkids to watch grow. If you need me, I’m here. Devotedly, Dad.
“I’m trying not to cry,” Jenna Bush said in the “Today” studio after watching the taped interview. “The good news is my grandfather says he’s not done skydiving. Yes, his next goal, jumping out of a plane on his 90th.”
The 41st president famously went skydiving to mark his 85th birthday in 2009.
Guatemala Vs USA, Preamble: So having defeated the might of Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 in Florida on Friday night, the USMNT travel to Guatemala for the second game of their World Cup Qualifying campaign. Upon arrival they will be greeted with garlands of flowers likely find themselves on the receiving end of a pretty hostile welcome on and off the pitch. This one might be lively…
The hosts are coming into the game on the back of a defeat to Jamaica in their opening game, but with two games against Antigua up next, that may not necessarily translate into urgency to go for the win tonight – though if history is any guide they will definitely try to create a hostile environment for the US. Los Chapines are expected to play a 4-4-2 that resets to a defensive 4-5-1 off the ball, and force the US to try to break them down – prompting a suggestion that Klinsmann may drop Maurice Edu in midfield, ask Michael Bradley to stay deep and bring in another striker alongside Herculez Gomez. The problem with this approach (and why we won’t see it from the start tonight) is not so much the additional vulnerability on the counter, as the evidence during the recent run of US games that 4-4-2 just isn’t working for them. The most notable example of its failure came just last weekend, in a rather flat-footed tie against Canada (cue outraged e-mails on the nuances of 4-4-1-1 and Dempsey in the withdrawn role – and rather fewer e-mails on how brilliantly that worked out…).
One definite bright spot has been the emergence of Herculez Gomez as a credible starting striker, while there is optimism for the future with the fact that Terrence Boyd, who just signed for Rapid Vienna, is also now cap-tied to the US through his cameo sub appearance vs Antigua (though he’s not expected to suit up tonight). The problems remain in finding the most fluid formation to balance the midfield personnel in, while the left back crisis has been deepened by problem injuries during the run of 5 games that have made up Klinsmann’s “mini-tournament” for this national team camp. Fabian Johnson faces a struggle to be fit in time for tonight, and if he can’t last the evening Bocanegra may have to move left and set up a mini-shiffle of center backs that Klinsmann could do without. (The Guardian)
Casey Anthony Journals Public, Casey Anthony’s journals could become public when she appears in court next January. On Tuesday it was reported that Anthony had been keeping a journal since getting locked up before acquitted on murder charges last year. She has since been in hiding but those “private” writings could be read to the jury when she goes to court. Anthony will be appearing in front of a judge and jury because a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez is suing her. According to Radar Online, Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation, after Anthony said a woman with a similar name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee. Gonzalez believes Anthony’s journals will prove her case.
“Casey is going to be grilled by Zenaida’s lawyers about her journals because they believe that Zenaida is mentioned in them and that is relevant information that the jury needs to hear,” said a source.
Casey Anthony’s journals becoming public could be a huge break. Although many believe that she has gotten away with murder, some think these journals could provide additional evidence needed to prove her guilty after all. It is believed that these so-called journals have been confiscated already, otherwise Anthony could just burn them before the trial. Also, would she actually write any confessions down with a chance that someone else could easily take the book and read it? It sounds like a bunch of false hope. It is hard to say if anything will come out of these journals, but people are very curious nonetheless.
Casey Anthony’s journals going public could be bad news for her. However, it is unknown if all of the writings will be released to the public. Chances are, the parts of the journals that do not mention Zenaida will not be read aloud to the jury or may not even be read at all. (Examiner)