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James Risen, New York Times reporter subpoenaed by U.S. government

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reported that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a subpoena yesterday for the testimony of a New York Times reporter in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA operations officer accused of leaking classified information, highlighting a trend of government attempts to use journalists’ testimony in cases against government employees who reveal government information in exchange for anonymity.
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Federal prosecutors also filed a motion late Monday in support of the subpoena, anticipating that Pulitzer Prize-winner James Risen would seek to have the subpoena quashed. “His testimony is directly relevant to, and powerful evidence of, facts that are squarely at issue in this trial — including the identity of the perpetrator,” the motion says.

In December 2010, a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., indicted Sterling of O’Fallon, Mo., on 10 counts, including unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and obstruction of justice. The government had issued a subpoena for Risen’s testimony in that proceeding, but the trial judge granted his motion to quash without providing an explanation. A 2008 attempt to require Risen to testify before a previous grand jury investigating Sterling failed when that grand jury expired while Risen’s motion to quash the subpoena was pending.

Procedurally, the government’s decision to compel Risen’s testimony by filing a motion in limine — a tool generally used to focus the evidence to be used at trial — along with a subpoena is unusual. Department of Justice spokeswoman Laura Sweeney could not be reached for comment on the move.

Sterling is accused of giving Risen national security information under the condition of anonymity to be published in newspaper articles and Risen’s 2006 book “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.”

Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, confirmed to The Associated Press that Risen will ask a judge to quash the subpoena.

Sterling, who worked at the CIA from 1993 to 2002, had conflicts with the agency, including the filing of a racial discrimination complaint. The indictment alleges these issues served as his motivation for leaking the information.

In its motion, the U.S. government argues that Risen is an eyewitness to the alleged crimes, and no federal law exists that exempts a reporter from his or her obligation to testy.

“The question here, therefore, is not whether the testimony is probative of factual issues that will be before the jury, but whether there exists a reporter’s privilege — either under the First Amendment or common law — that exempts this eyewitness from being called, like any other citizen, to provide relevant facts under oath to the jury . . . the answer is no,” the government lawyers said in the brief.

Indeed, although 40 states and the District of Columbia have shield laws that exempt journalists from having to reveal their confidential sources, there is no such statute at the federal level. However, some federal courts have interpreted the Supreme Court’s 1972Branzburg v. Hayes decision as providing a qualified privilege protecting reporters against compelled disclosure of anonymous sources, especially in civil cases.

According to the motion, the government is also seeking non-confidential information from Risen that would not require revealing his source’s identity, including establishing venue for certain counts, authenticating his book, and providing “necessary foundation to admit the defendant’s statements in the book.” However, many federal courts extend the First Amendment-based reporter’s privilege to unpublished, non-confidential information obtained while newsgathering.

Risen and other reporters have relied on the reporter’s privilege before to avoid giving up source names. He and four other reporters were held in contempt of court in 2004 for refusing to reveal confidential sources in a lawsuit against the government brought by former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee. In that case, a judge ordered a fine of $500 per day until they complied with the order. The five news organizations involved — The New York Times, ABC News, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post — eventually agreed to pay an unprecedented $750,000 as its share of a settlement in exchange for getting the contempt charges dropped.

The case against Sterling represents a trend of the Department of Justice filing criminal charges against those who leak government secrets. Sterling is the fifth known leaker prosecuted by the Obama administration.

Among them is former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, who faces a 10-count indictment after allegedly leaking government secrets to an unnamed reporter and then reportedly later lying about doing so. The reporter is believed to be Siobhan Gorman, then of the The Baltimore Sun, who wrote a series of articles about problems at the National Security Agency. Drake is scheduled to stand trial in Baltimore on June 13.

The other alleged leakers prosecuted by the Obama administration are: Stephen Kim, a former Department of State analyst who allegedly leaked an intelligence report to an unidentified reporter; Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army private alleged to have leaked classified information to WikiLeaks; and Shamai Leibowitz, a former FBI linguist who was convicted in May 2010 of charges related to the leaking of classified information to an unidentified blogger and sentenced to 20 months in prison.

About James Risen:
James Risen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for The New York Times who worked previously for the Los Angeles Times. He has written or co-written many articles concerning U.S. government activities and is the author or co-author of two books about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a book about the American public debate about abortion.

Sources: http://www.rcfp.org & Wikipedia

Samira Chatila Wins Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 & Maria Amor Birthday Gala Benefiting Exotifit for Humanity

Samira Chatila Wins DNM cover page June 2011It took about 3 months for Exotifit International Inc to put together a beauty pageant competition for the first time ever. The event was held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA from 6 pm to 2am. The set up crew were the first to arrive at the Ballroom C&D at Universal Hilton located next to the famous Universal Studios.
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During the event they featured 5 red carpets with about 100 media outlet representatives and close to 1000 guests. Some of the sponsors were also able to display items for the silent auction that was held during the show.
“I want to thank every single beautiful people who came and graced our event. It was a tremendous success, we are still in euphoric state! We will send out our thank you’s in the following days. I want you to know that we at Exotifit always recognize those who support and help us. We love you and more to come from Exotifit!” Said Maria Amor, Event Producer.
The Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 judges, some sponsors and celebrities arrived in a limo where they were interviewed and photographed on the red carpet. Something different was that on the event media wall there were most of the sponsor’s logos and some celebrities’ images. The event emcees were Anne Judson-Yager & Jesse Jam Miranda, who kept the audience entertained during the entire show.

“Thank you Maria and Exotifit, All the Pageants, the media, my friends, Edy and the supporters. I really love you all. It’s a dream come true”. Said Samira Kazemeni Ms. Exoti Lady World Pageant 2011 Winner.
The show’s rundown was as follows. First the Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 opened the night with a special dance performance, and then Shane Atoms, top 90 contestant from American Idol season 10 and The Exoti-Angels took the stage and performed a couple of hit songs. The contestants came back on stage to compete in the swimsuit competition. The judges were introduced and then event producer Maria Amor spoke at the event and introduced author Jeraldine Saunders as the event’s guest speaker. Then Exoti-Lady returned to compete in the fashion wear competition, followed by a special performance by Justin Chase. After Justin Chase, the contestants returned to compete in the evening gown competition. Justin Chase was back to serenade the candidates. Special awards were presented to the candidates and finally the winner of Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 was announced. After the pageant was over, guests were invited to stay to join the after party which celebrated the event, including Maria Amor’s 29th birthday.
“Thank you so much for all the Birthday shout-outs!!! I had the perfect birthday celebration with my Exoti-Ladies, my Angels and Goddesses, Exoti-Family, Exoti-Friends, Exoti-Sponsors, Exoti-Media Partners and Exoti-Guests! I couldn’t ask for more except I miss my family in the Philippines”. Concluded Ms. Amor.

It started with 14 candidates, but 11 finalists made it to the finals and the following ladies made to the final show: Christine Ames (Ms. Exoti-Lady USA), Maricris Bautista (Ms. Exoti-Lady Philippines), Lucie Volotzky (Ms. Exoti-Lady Canada), Marie Bogacz (Ms. Exoti-Lady El Salvador), Monica Farah (Ms. Exoti-Lady Hungary), Elena Berman (Ms. Exoti-Lady Ukraine), Samira Chatila (Ms. Exoti-Lady Iran), Nikki Storm (Ms. Exoti-Lady Washington USA), Mercy Alpert (Ms. Exoti-Lady Malasia), Laura Villescaz (Ms. Exoti-Lady Mexico) and Soraya Fallah (Ms. Exoti-Lady Kurdistan).
“Last night was an incredible experience. Congratulations to all of the beautiful women of the Ms. Exoti=Lady world, The birthday queen Maria Amor, and every single person who made the pageant possible including our wonderful family and friends who came to support”, said former candidate Ms. Kurdistan Soraya Fallah.
The 1st place prize went to Samira Chatila who won the crown and official title of Ms Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011, the first runner up was Mercy Alpert (Ms. Exoti-Lady Malasia) and 2nd place went to Maricris Bautista (Ms. Exoti-Lady Philippines).
Special awards were handed out to Marie Bogacz (Ms. Exoti-Lady El Salvador) for Ms. Exoti-Congeniality, Samira Chatila (Ms. Exoti-Lady Iran) for People’ Choice Award and ), and Maricris Bautista (Ms. Exoti-Lady Philippines) for Exoti-Supermodel.
The gold sponsors were Ingrid’s Café, Cesar’s Photography, Marina Berberyan, Ninet Ghookassian, Tarzana Cosmetic & Wellness Center (Dr. Kamran Safvati), Shekhar Rehate, Eleite Team Services Inc and Crystal Heelz. The silver sponsors were Parris Harris, D’Nasip, The Law offices of Jeffrey Jackson, Pinhi Golf, D’Moiselle Couture, Tatyana Peter. Bronze sponsors Sumthin’sweet creations, Casablanca Pro-Sound & Lighting, G&B Fashion Accessories, Nora Demirijian, Bizarre Make-Up by Gayane Martirosyan, AMG Consulting Group Inc, Hayavi Live International DJ & Dancers and Wanda Patterson (The Image Maker).
Some of the media sponsors  were Diversity News Magazine, Model Vanity Magazine, ModelforUS, Manila-US Times, Close-Up, Biz Mag, Palos Verdes TV, Rick Girl Production and Philippine Press (PPP).

Some of the pageant judges were: Sabrina Parisi, Wanda Patterson, Larry D Eudine, Esteban Steven Escobar (our magazine editor), Jeffrey C Jackson, Pamela Asobo Anchang and Jarvee E. Hutcherson.
“The program was well organized. The sheer amount of detailed work going into this pageant and the success of its outcome is reason to celebrate. I think future event planners need to learn from the team of creative minds who worked so tirelessly to make this pageant what it was” said Cklara Moradian.
She concluded, “I was moved while being entertained. The Exoti-ladies blew everyone away. To torture a cliche, I was truly inspired. If at the age of 40, I have the strength, courage, and gorgeous body of the women of the Exoti-World pageant, I will feel like a queen. It has motivated me to work on my health and get into a better shape so that one day I can inspire other young women and encourage them to take care of themselves. Maria Amor is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit and I am honored to have met her.”
The celebrities and personalities who attended the event were: Jeraldine Saunders (The Love Boat Creator, Book author),  Jack Jones (Legendary award winning Artist), Steve Railsback (Actor), Jimmy Morian (Producer), Larry D. Eudine (Actor), Dina BarEl (Fashion Designer), Fawn (Recording Artist),  Exoti-Angels & Goddesses (Performers), Ali Dean (The Unit), Tatyana Peter (Celebrity Couturier), Johnny V (Actor/Host), Sam Sarpong (Model), Chris Getz (Baseball Player), Ernie Singleton (Personality), Rebecca Whitman (Actress), Harmony Blossom (Model), Gregory Hatanaka (Producer Director, Distributor), Wonna De Jong  (Producer, Investor), Heidi Fiamengo (Fashion Designer), Chelsea Autumn (TV Personality from Bravo’s Millionaire Match), John Palisano (Film Maker/Musician), Ingrid Bedrosian (Celebrity Chef & owner of Ingrid’s Cafe Chef), Thushari Jayasekera (Outsourced), Bogdan Szumilas (Producer, actor, talent manager), Noa G (Fashion Designer), Hollywood Men (Models), Mirriam Chui (Beauty Queen), Mike Torchia (Fitness Celebrity), Anoush Sadegh (Host) and Michelle Andria (Singer), Em Roberts (Exotifit For Humanity), Eva Barry (Exotifit For Humanity) and Amber Rice (Exotifit For Humanity). Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 event was directed by Maria Amor and produced by Exotifit by Maria Amor.
Our own Esteban Steven Escobar was one of the pageant judges and our sister company Diversity News Magazine with our parent company were media sponsors.

About Exotifit for Humanity: Founded in 2011, Is a 501(c)(3) non organization to help promote health, fitness, wellness, beauty and arts to underprivileged women, children as well the disabled. For more information visithttp://exotifitforhumanity.org/ or exotifit.com

About Maria Amor:
Maria Amor is an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Certified Aerobics Intructor, DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) Certified Ballroom Dance Instructor, a Paint Artist and Entrepreneur. Maria Amor is also the Founder and President of Exotifit for Humanity, Founder/CEO of Exotifit and President of MLT Enterprises. For more information visit http://www.exotifit.com/mariaamor.html

About Exotifit:
“It’s the sexiest workout ever”, says Maria Amor, founder of Exotifit, which blends diverse styles of musical dance with an invigorating soundtrack that gets you dancing to the rhythm. It’s far from a boring and unmotivating workout; it’s sexy. Exotifil is taught by Maria and some of her ExotiAngels, a
sister group comprised of some students and teachers who also perform at large functions and conventions such as the California Gift show and LA Fitness Expo.
Exotifit offers classes in groups or via private tutelage and also offers teacher certification for those interested in teaching Exotifit classes. Maria Amors’ Exotifit isn’t just a sexy and affordable workout for adults, but it’s a fun and energetic routine for children as well. Dances featured are African, salsa, chacha, tango, belly-dancing and many more. If you are looking for a fun, motivating workout, rush to your local fitness center for an Exotifit. For more information visit http://www.exotifit.com

Photos credit to: Travis Jourdain from 5 Minutes Photos, Nelson Shen & Stella Gomez

Source: Examiner.com

Editor’s Note: Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com
Congratulations to Samira Chatila for winning the crown and title of Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011. We want to wish her the best luck as the pageant carrier.

Recording Artist FAWN to Host and Report as Celebrity for Diversity News TV at Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011

May 19, 2011 by  
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Hollywood, CA — Diversity News Publications PR announced on Thursday, May 19, 2011 that Recording Artist FAWN has been selected as the celebrity reporter hosting for Diversity News TV, a subsidiary of Diversity News Publications for the Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 at Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA.

“I’m very honored and thrilled to be the Celebrity Host for Diversity News TV at the Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011.” Said FAWN, Recording Artist.

FAWN will be interviewing on the red carpet selected celebrities, pageant candidates, judges, sponsors and performers at the Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 benefiting Exotifit For Humanity.

“I am very excited and happy to work again with Ms. FAWN in another elegant and classy project.” Said Esteban Steven Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications and Producer of Diversity News TV.

Our celebrity friends Ingrid Bedrosian (Ingrid’s Café owner and chef), Aura Imbarus (Book author of Out of the Transylvania Night), Heidy Fiamengo (Celebrity fashion designer), Justin Chase (Recording artist) and Shane Atoms (Local Celebrity LA winner, Former American Idol contestant, recording Artist), John Palisano (Film maker/musician), Chelsea Autumn (TV personality of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker) will join us on the red carpet. Our parent company Diversity News Publications and Diversity News Magazine are proud sponsors of Ms. Exoti_Lady World Pageant 2011, including our sponsors Ingrid’s Café, Hayavi Live International, Pacific West Health Medical Center.
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“FAWN has the skills to host this event and since I met her over a year ago, we have collaborated in various projects benefitting one other in our individual careers.” Concluded Mr. Escobar.

Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am at The Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA located at 555 Universal Terrace Parkway in Universal City, CA 91608-1001. To purchase tickets online visit http://msexoti-ladypageant.eventbrite.com/

About Fawn:
Fawn is an award-winning recording artist and songwriter. Her song “Wish U Love” made it to #6 on the Billboard dance charts and was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Fawn’s songs have been heard in TV Shows and Films such as The Natalee Holloway Story, Ugly Betty, The Young and The Restless and many more. She won 2 coveted JPF Music Award For Best Dance Album and Best Dance Single, and her song ‘Wish U Love’ made it into the top 150 hit dance songs for 2009. Her music video of the same song remained in the top music videos for 5 months on MTV’s Logo Channel. Fawn is available for bookings, interviews, appearances and shows. Please contact donna_musicpr@yahoo.com and for more information about Fawn visit her official website at http://www.fawnmusic.com or at www.imdb.com under Fawn (II).
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About Steven Escobar:
Esteban A. Escobar (born in El Salvador on September 6th) is an American Journalist, Reporter, Editor, Columnist, Writer, Publicist and Philanthropist. Also he has over 10 years experience in Healthcare Finance as Account Receivables Specialist. Esteban is known as Steven Escobar. He is the Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, an online consumer news magazine that is visited by more than half a million visitors per month and growing each day. Esteban Steven Escobar is also the President of Diversity News Publications, a media and public relations firm in Hollywood, CA. Steven Escobar owns E.E.Enterprises and an affiliate of The Diversity News Family of Companies. Steven Escobar is also the Hollywood and Los Angeles County Events Examiner for Examiner.com and contributor for Yahoo.com distributed via Associated Content. Steven Escobar also gives back to the community by helping charities, and since 2003 he has been raising money and awareness for AIDS Walk LA benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. In 2011 he joined Saddle UP LA benefiting The Life Group LA and Exotifit For Humanity. Steven Escobar currently resides in Los Angeles County in the City of Hollywood, CA. For more information visit http://www.stevenescobar.blogspot.com/

About Diversity News Magazine:
Is a consumer news magazine covering News, Entertainment, Features, Awards, Sports, Events and much more. It is another venue for advertisers to advertise their products or services on the Classified and Display pages. The purpose of the magazine is to educate and inform their Diverse community world wide and focusing in local, nation and international News, Entertainment, Features, Sports and more importantly newsworthy items that would be of interest to our Diverse cultures affecting their specific town and the Diverse World. For more information visit http://www.diversitynewspublications.com/

About Diversity News Publications:
Founded in 2003 Diversity News Publications, is a media and public relations firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one.

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12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Returns to Las Vegas & Air on Univision Network

On Thursday, May 19, 2011 from Miami The Latin Recording Academy announced that Latin music’s most prestigious awards telecast, the 12thAnnual Latin GRAMMY® Awards (www.latingrammy.com), returns once again to Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 10,2011, and will air live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).
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Nominations for the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at a live press conference in Los Angeles (venue to be announced shortly).

“What better place to host the Latin GRAMMYs than Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center and once again offer music lovers unique and memorable performances,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy®. “We are delighted to return to the entertainment capital of the world and showcase the best and brightest in Latin music, as well as highlight new and established programs and initiatives throughout Latin GRAMMY Week. We look forward to another successful Latin GRAMMY season.”

Since the annual Latin GRAMMY telecast debuted on Univision entirely in Spanish in 2005, the show has consistently earned increased ratings year after year worldwide. Additionally, the Latin GRAMMYs has become one of Univision’s highest rated shows, as well as the most watched and highly regarded award events by Hispanics.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.latingrammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/latingrammys, and a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/latingrammys.

Source: The Latin Recording Academy
Photos credit to: Wikipedia

Editor’s Note: For coverage, photos, videos, updates and breaking news on The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, please come back to Diversity News Magazine

Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell Forbes Magazine 100 World Most Powerful Celebrities of 2011

Justin BieberOn Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Forbes.com (magazine) released The 100 World Most Powerful Celebrities for year 2011.

Once again from last year Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Tiger Woods, Johnny Depp, U2 made it to the list. New comer to the list Justin Bieber.
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Forbes (forbes.com) magazine selected 100 but Diversity News Magazine is unique and our editorial team decided to select the top 25 powerful entertainment celebrities. Last year we selected the top 10 powerful entertainment celebrities.

Please tell us what you think about our exclusive selection.

Here is our featured list of the Top 25 World Most Powerful Celebrities:

Rank Name Pay Money
1 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

$90M 8 3 2 1 1
2 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

$290M 1 1 7 13 13
3 Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

$53M 24 4 8 2 3
4  U2


$195M 2 59 10 16 17
5 Elton John

Elton John

$100M 7 18 19 28 54
6 Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

$75M 14 6 5 40 38
7 Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

$45M 33 14 45 6 6
8 Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

$125M 4 63 49 44 12
9 Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

$90M 8 22 17 62 74
10 Lebron James

Lebron James

$48M 29 2 6 27 20
Rank Name Pay Money
11 Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

$30M 61 16 12 4 71
12 Katy Perry

Katy Perry

$44M 38 20 15 3 4
13 Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

$50M 27 33 20 22 26
14 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

$53M 24 24 14 34 18
15 Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

$77M 12 55 27 45 40
16 Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

$61M 20 41 31 16 11
17 Donald Trump

Donald Trump

$60M 22 5 38 15 57
18 Dr. Phil Mcgraw

Dr. Phil Mcgraw

$80M 11 30 73 80 48
19 Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

$130M 3 71 83 82 27
20 Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

$67M 18 45 25 47 52
Rank Name Pay Money
21 Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

$28M 64 25 39 19 78
22 Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

$107M 6 68 42 61 85
23 Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

$64M 19 19 69 71 56
24 Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest

$61M 20 32 78 70 29
25 Roger Federer

Roger Federer

$47M 30 48 1 64 23

For the complete list you can visit Forbes Magazine at http://www.forbes.com/wealth/celebrities/list or look for the magazine in your newsstands.

Source: Forbes.com
Photo credit to: Allen Berezovsky / StarPicsToday

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all and we hope this rich powerful people can share part of the pie with needed hard working Americans. Dear celebrities do not forget the we support everything you do and that is why you are on the level now.

Tycoon Donald Trump Not Running for USA President Statement

Donald TrumpFox News Insider reported on Monday, May 16, 2011 that Donald Trump released statement that he is no longer interested in running for USA President for 2012.
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Please read his press release statement:

For Immediate Release:
New York, New York: May 16, 2011

“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.

Thank you and God Bless America!”

Donald J. Trump

About Donald J. Trump:

Donald John Trump, Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, author, and television personality. He is the Chairman and CEO of The Trump Organization, a real-estate developer based in the United States. Trump is also the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates numerous casinos and hotels worldwide. Trump’s extravagant lifestyle and outspoken manner have made him a celebrity for years, and more recently with his NBC reality showThe Apprentice, where he serves as host and executive producer. In 2010, Trump expressed interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in 2012.[6][7] On May 16, 2011, he announed he would not run.[8]

Trump is the fourth of five children of Fred Trump, a real-estate developer based in New York City and real-estate tycoon. Donald was inspired to follow his father into real-estate development,[9] and began working on projects for his father’s real-estate firm while still in college. Upon his graduation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, Trump formally joined his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son.[10] He took the helm in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.[11][12]

Sources: http://foxnewsinsider.com & Wikipedia
Photo credit to: Wikipedia

Demi Moore Husband Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’

May 12, 2011 by  
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Ashton KutcherOn Thursday, May 12, 2011 night time, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’ the number one television comedy show on the CBS Network.
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The magazine reports as follows: Ashton Kutcher appears to have won the Two and a Half Men sweepstakes. Two sources close to the deal-making tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen as the star of TV’s No. 1 comedy. CBS, studio Warner Bros. and Kutcher’s reps at CAA declined to comment on the situation but a deal is said to be all but signed. The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a “huge payday” to join the hit sitcom.

The deal came together quickly in the wake of Hugh Grant passing on the opportunity to join the show. Now sources say Men creator Chuck Lorre has crafted a storyline to introduce Kutcher in a way that satisfies the network and studio. “It’s really funny,” says one source. “People are going to love it.”

Kutcher brings a youthful fan base to the CBS show, as well as a big online profile with 6.7 million Twitter followers, which could help CBS promote the show. “Chuck’s really happy,” another source says.

About Ashton Kutcher:
Christopher Ashton Kutcher (pronounced /ˈkʊtʃər/; born February 7, 1978), best known asAshton Kutcher, is an American actor, producer, former fashion model and comedian, best known for his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. He also created, produced and hosted Punk’d, and played lead roles in the Hollywood films Dude, Where’s My Car?Just MarriedThe Butterfly EffectThe Guardian, and What Happens in Vegas. He is also the producer and co-creator of the supernatural TV show Room 401 and the reality TV showBeauty and the Geek.

About Charlie Sheen: Carlos Irwin Estévez (born September 3, 1965), better known by his stage name Charlie Sheen, is an American film and television actor. He is the youngest son of actor Martin Sheen.

His character roles in films have included Chris Taylor in the 1986 Vietnam War drama Platoon, Jake Kesey in the 1986 film The Wraith, and Bud Fox in the 1987 film Wall Street. His career has also included more comedic films such as Major League, the Hot Shots! films, and Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. On television, Sheen is known for his roles on two sitcoms: as Charlie Crawford on Spin City and as Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men. In 2010, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, earning US$1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men.[2]

Sheen’s personal life has also made headlines, including reports about alcohol and drug abuse and marital problems as well as allegations of domestic violence. He was fired from his role onTwo and a Half Men by CBS and Warner Bros. on March 7, 2011. Sheen subsequently announced a nationwide tour.[3]

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San Diego County DA Bonnie Dumanis Suing former CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced that her office has filed a civil lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court, seeking to nullify the Governor’s commutation of Esteban Nunez’ prison sentence.  The lawsuit is believed to be the first-of-its kind in the nation filed by a District Attorney on behalf of the victims.

Nunez pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with his role in the assault on four young men, including Luis Santos who died as a result of the attack.  Nunez was sentenced to 16 years in state prison.  On his last day in office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted Nunez’s sentence to seven years.

“Once again, we are going to court seeking justice for the victims in this case— Luis Santos, Evan Henderson, Keith Robertson, Brandon Scheerer and their families.” said DA Dumanis.  “A governor who is considering a commutation has a constitutional duty under Marsy’s Law to include the voices of the victims.  In this case, that clearly didn’t happen.”

The civil suit names the Governor of California, Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Warden of Mule Creek State Prison as defendants and respondents and Esteban Nunez as a real party of interest.  In the suit, the DA’s Office argues that the Governor was constitutionally obligated to notify the victims of crime of his intent to commute a sentence and provide them with an opportunity to be heard.  As a result of the Governor’s failure to do that, the victims’ constitutional rights were violated and the Governor’s Executive Order commuting Nunez’ sentence is void and unenforceable.

Nunez, along with a co-defendant, pleaded guilty in 2010 to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.  The assault occurred during a fight near San Diego State University that left Luis Santos dead from knife wounds and three other victims injured.  Nunez’ guilty plea was accepted by the court with no promises for leniency and he was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for his crimes.  Nunez’ case was being appealed when the commutation was suddenly announced by Governor Schwarzenegger on his last day in office.  Victims in the case learned of the commutation through news reports.

“Marsy’s Law was designed to keep people from being re-victimized and the former Governor’s action violated that law,” said DA Dumanis.   “We don’t argue with the Governor’s constitutional ability to grant pardons or commutations.  Historically, the Governor was entrusted with this power in order to represent the conscience of the community and to insure against miscarriages of justice.  Instead, this last-minute commutation made without all the facts or input from the parties, only fueled the public’s mistrust of government and greatly diminished justice.”

“I support the effort of the District Attorney to achieve justice for the victim’s family and all of San Diego,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Earlier this year, the District Attorney’s Office also announced support of Assembly Bill 648, which would require the applicant for a commutation of sentence notify the District Attorney 30 days before the governor acts upon the application.  The District Attorney must then notify the victims, and both the District Attorneys and the victims will have the opportunity to provide written recommendations to the Governor for or against the commutation or pardon.  AB 648 is being co-authored by California Assemblymembers Marty Block and Nathan Fletcher.

About San Diego County District Attorney:
The employees of the San Diego District Attorney, in partnership with the Community they serve, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, justice and protection of the innocent and the prevention of crime through the vigorous  and  professional  prosecution  of those  who  violate the law.

Source: http://www.sdcda.org
Photo credit to: The San Diego County District Attorney Office

General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, Sesame Street Nominated for 38th Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

May 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Awards, Entertainment News, FEATURES

2011 Emmy Awards
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On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from New York The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards will be broadcast from Las Vegas for the second year in a row on June 19th, 2011 over the CBS Television Network, hosted by Wayne Brady, the Emmy® Award winning actor, singer, and comedian and host of the CBS game show, Let’s Make a Deal.

“It is with great pleasure that the Daytime Emmy® Awards returns to the CBS Network again,” said Darryl Cohen, Chairman, NATAS. “The Daytime Emmy Awards is one of the cornerstones of our business and this year’s Las Vegas-based celebration, produced with our broadcast partner, Associated Television International, and hosted by Wayne Brady promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment.”

The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to game show hosts Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! “In honoring Pat and Alex, we’re honoring not only two of the great game shows throughout the history of television,” said Cohen, “but two individuals whose talent and personality have given us an additional reason to tune in and watch.”

Associated Television International’s (ATI) President and Emmy® award-winning producer David McKenzie will serve as executive producer of the broadcast.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards gala, which honors the craft behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre will return to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, June 17th, 2011.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2010 calendar year.

Today’s announcement of Nominees includes four Winners in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation chosen by a juried panel of peer judges. They are “Diamond” Dave Merritt, Background Design for Toot & Puddle, NICK Jr., Vince Toyama, Background Design for Transformers Prime, The Hub, Christophe Vacher, Color Design for Transformers Prime, The Hub and Kaz Aizawa, Background Painter for T.U.F.F. Puppy, Nickelodeon.

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A breakdown of the awards by network, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP, follows.

The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations:


General Hospital—————————————– 21
The Young and the Restless————————— 20
Sesame Street——————————————— 16
The Bold and the Beautiful—————————- 14
All My Children—————————————— 13
The Ellen DeGeneres Show—————————- 12
One Life To Live—————————————– 12
Penguins of Madagascar——————————— 8
The Electric Company———————————– 7
Today Show————————————————- 6
Transformers Prime————————————– 6
The View—————————————————- 6
Days of Our Lives—————————————– 5
The Oprah Winfrey Show——————————- 5
84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—- 4
As the World Turns————————————— 4
Between the Lions—————————————– 4
Private Sessions——————————————– 4
The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear———- 4
Biz Kid$—————————————————– 3
Disney Kick Buttowski———————————– 3
Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse———————- 3
The Doctors————————————————- 3
Fanboy and Chum Chum——————————– 3
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman—————————- 3
Giada At Home——————————————– 3
Live with Regis and Kelly——————————- 3
Rachael Ray———————————————— 3
SciGirls—————————————————— 3
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee——— 3
The Wendy Williams Show—————————— 3
Americas Test Kitchen———————————- 2
Back at the Barnyard———————————— 2
Cash Cab—————————————————- 2
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!—— 2
Dinosaur Train——————————————— 2
The Dr. Oz Show—————————————— 2
Dr. Phil——————————————————- 2
The Martha Stewart Show—————————— 2
The Nate Berkus Show———————————– 2
New Orleans: Getting Back to Normal————— 2
Paula’s Best Dishes—————————————- 2
The Price Is Right—————————————– 2
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef————————— 2
The Wonder Pets!—————————————– 2
Toot & Puddle———————————————- 2
WordGirl—————————————————- 2
Yo Gabba Gabba!—————————————– 2

FOR THE COMPLETE NOMINATIONS LIST VISIT: http://www.emmyonline.org/mediacenter/daytime_38th_nominations.html

or click to 38th annual daytime emmy awards nominations

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting.  Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. NATAS also presents the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technology. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv

About Associated Television International:
Associated Television International is an Emmy Award-winning company that has been successfully producing and distributing television series, specials and feature films for over three decades.  ATI’s programs have aired on all U.S. broadcast networks, major cable channels and with television partners all over the world.  Current series in production include “Heroes Among Us,” “Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World,” “World’s Funniest Moments,” the Emmy-nominated “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler,” and the recently announced untitled Bristol Palin, Christopher Massey and Kyle Massey real-life docu-series for Bio.  ATI has also been Emmy-nominated for its socially conscious programming and won for “America’s Invisible Children” and “On the Edge: The Poverty Crisis in Africa.”

Source: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Photo credit to: Steven Escobar, Diversity News Publications

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Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all the nominees and we wish them good luck.

John Henry, Jess Bravin & Jim Rubin Elected to Reporters Committee Leadership

May 10, 2011 by  
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On Tuesday, May 10, 2011 The Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced that they elected new officers, re-elected nine members and welcomed a newly elected member.
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The top new journalists that were selected for the Reporters Committee executive leadership are:

  • Chairman: John Henry, a freelance journalist who previously was news editor for The Associated Press in Washington and Washington bureau chief of The Houston Chronicle
  • Chairman-elect: Jess Bravin, senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Rubin, co-executive editor of Bloomberg News’ View.

Newly elected to the Steering Committee was Maggie Mulvihill, co-director and co-founder of the non-profit New England Center for Investigative Reporting based at Boston University, where she is also a clinical professor of journalism. A former Nieman fellow at Harvard University, Mulvihill is a former media lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in legal affairs and investigative reporting in New England. She is also a member of the board of directors of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Steering Committee members re-elected to three-year terms were: Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor and anchor of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”; David Boardman, executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times; Michael Duffy, assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief for Time Magazine; Rick Dunham, Washington bureau chief for Hearst Newspapers; Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes Magazine staff writer; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate; Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for the National Law Journal; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”; and Pierre Thomas, Justice Department correspondent for ABC News. About The RCFP: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was created in 1970 at a time when the nation’s news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. 

The Reporters Committee is a nonprofit organization that operates solely on donations and the sale of publications.

Source:  http://www.rcfp.org

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to John Henry, Jess Bravin and Jim Rubin. We want to wish them the best while contributing to RCFP.

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