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« Reply #540 on: August 24, 2009, 05:56:58 PM »

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090824/ap_en_ot/us_michael_jackson_investigation
P Source: Coroner rules Jackson's death homicide
  By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer Thomas Watkins, Associated Press Writer   – 36 mins ago

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, a finding that makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died.

The coroner determined a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died June 25 in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives to cause Jackson's death, the official said.

Dr. Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist who became Jackson's personal physician weeks before his death, is the target of a manslaughter investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday in Houston, Murray told investigators he administered a 25 mg dose of propofol around 10:40 a.m. after spending the night injecting Jackson with two sedatives in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to sleep.

The warrant, dated July 23, states that lethal levels of propofol were found in Jackson's system. Besides the propofol and two sedatives, the coroner's toxicology report found other substances in Jackson's system but they were not believed to have been a factor in the singer's death, the official said.
Murray has spoken to police and last week released a video saying he "told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail." His attorney, Edward Chernoff, had no immediate comment but has previously said Murray never administered anything that "should have" killed Jackson.

A call to the coroner's office was not returned Monday.

Murray did not say anything about the drugs he gave to Jackson.
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« Reply #541 on: August 24, 2009, 07:18:12 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,542221,00.html
Source: Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide

Monday, August 24, 2009
The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, a finding that makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died and is the target of a manslaughter investigation.

The coroner determined a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died June 25 in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives to cause Jackson's death, the official said.

Dr. Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist who became Jackson's personal physician weeks before his death, is the target of the Los Angeles Police Department's manslaughter investigation. According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday in Houston, Murray told investigators he administered a 25 mg dose of propofol around 10:40 a.m. after spending the night injecting Jackson with two sedatives in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to sleep.
The warrant, dated July 23, states that lethal levels of propofol were found in Jackson's system. Besides the propofol and two sedatives, the coroner's toxicology report found other substances in Jackson's system but they were not believed to have been a factor in the singer's death, the official said.

Jackson's family commended the coronor's office in a statement released Monday.

"The Jackson family has full confidence in the legal process, and commends the ongoing efforts of the L.A. County Coroner, the L.A. District Attorney and the L.A. Police Department," the statement said. "The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served."

Murray has spoken to police and last week released a video saying he "told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail." His attorney, Edward Chernoff, had no immediate comment but has previously said Murray never administered anything that "should have" killed Jackson.

A call to the coroner's office was not returned Monday.

Murray did not say anything about the drugs he gave to Jackson.
CONRAD MURRAY SEARCH WARRANT (PDF)   http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/0824_murray_search_warrant_2.pdf
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« Reply #542 on: August 25, 2009, 10:44:09 PM »

I've been following this and what kind of a doctor makes other calls before the 911 call ?  This is way worse than anything I could have imagined.
No matter what anyone thought of MJ, this is so EVIL. None of these persons involved with this had any regard for human life.
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« Reply #543 on: August 28, 2009, 04:12:09 PM »

http://omg.yahoo.com/news/coroner-jackson-death-homicide-sleep-aids-caused/27038?nc
Coroner rules Michael Jackson death a homicide
Associated Press - 43 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County coroner says Michael Jackson's death was a homicide primarily caused by two drugs.

In a statement released Friday, the coroner said the cause of death was acute intoxication from the anesthetic propofol. Other sedatives contributed to the death, most notably lorazepam (LOR-az-eh-pam).

The coroner did not release Jackson's full autopsy report, citing an ongoing security hold at the request of Los Angeles authorities.

Dr. Conrad Murray, the pop star's personal physician, told police he gave Jackson propofol the morning of June 25 after a series of sedatives failed to help Jackson sleep. Murray is the target of what police term a manslaughter investigation.

The 50-year-old Jackson died June 25 in Los Angele
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« Reply #544 on: August 28, 2009, 04:12:50 PM »

I've been following this and what kind of a doctor makes other calls before the 911 call ?  This is way worse than anything I could have imagined.
No matter what anyone thought of MJ, this is so EVIL. None of these persons involved with this had any regard for human life.

I agree Kat.
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« Reply #545 on: September 04, 2009, 06:31:42 AM »

http://omg.yahoo.com/news/guest-many-wept-during-jacksons-funeral/27331
Guest: Many wept during Jackson's funeral
Associated Press - 47 seconds ago
GLENDALE, California - Paris Jackson wept as she stepped into the mausoleum where her father, Michael, was to be entombed. Katherine Jackson, overcome by sorrow, turned back when she was faced with her son's final resting place.

On a sultry Thursday evening, amid a sea of white flowers and with a bejeweled crown placed atop his casket by his children, the King of Pop was given an intimate, private version of the lavish public memorial held shortly after his death in June.

The funeral at Glendale Memorial Park was simple but touching, according to one guest. The person, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the day, said Gladys Knight's performance of the hymn "Our Father" (The Lord's Prayer) soared in the vast mausoleum and moved many to tears.

When it was over, many of the 200 mourners hugged each other. Among them were Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Macaulay Culkin.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave a eulogy at the public event and at Thursday's service, also extolled Knight's earlier performance of "His Eye is on the Sparrow."

"Gladys Knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him to rest," Sharpton posted on his Twitter account during the service that was held outside and then within the marble mausoleum.
The mourners followed the crowned, lushly flower-draped casket as Jackson's five brothers — each wearing a bright red tie and a single crystal-studded glove — carried it into the mausoleum. The 11-year-old Paris cried as the group entered the imposing building and was comforted by her aunt, LaToya.

Paris and brothers Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, known as Blanket, began the service by placing the crown on their father's golden casket. They were composed through most of the hour-and-a-half ceremony.

As it ended, Katherine Jackson appeared extremely weary and had to be helped to her car, according to the guest. Earlier, she had a difficult time going into the mausoleum; she was overcome, turned back, and it wasn't clear if she went in at all, the guest said.

The Jackson family's tardy arrival delayed the service for nearly two hours; no explanation was given to mourners. The invitation notice indicated the service would begin promptly at 7 p.m.; it began closer to 8:30.

The 77-year-old Taylor and others were left waiting in the late summer heat, with the temperature stuck at 90 degrees just before sunset, and some mourners fanned themselves with programs for the service. As darkness fell, police escorted the family's motorcade of 31 cars, including Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs, from their compound in Encino to Forest Lawn, about a 20-minute journey, with the hearse bearing Jackson's body at the end.

About 250 seats were arranged for mourners over artificial turf laid roadside at the mausoleum, and a vivid orange moon, a mark of the devastating wildfire about 10 miles (16 kilometers) distant, hung over the cemetery.

There were two oversized portraits of a youthful, vibrant Jackson mounted next to the casket amid displays of white lilies and roses. At Jackson's lavish public memorial, red roses covered his casket.
A large, blimp-like inflated light, the type used in film and television production, and a boom camera hovered over the seating area placed in front of the elaborate marble mausoleum. The equipment raised the possibility that the footage would be used for the Jackson concert documentary "This Is It," or perhaps the Jackson brothers' upcoming reality show.

More than 400 media credentials were issued to reporters and film crews who remained at a distance from the service and behind barricades. The few clusters of fans who gathered around the secure perimeter that encircled the cemetery entrance struggled to see.

Maria Martinez, 25, a fan from Riverside, California, who was joined by a dozen other Jackson admirers at a gas station near the security perimeter, gave a handful of pink flowers she had picked at a nearby park to a man with an invitation driving into the funeral.

"Can you please put these flowers on his grave?" she told him. "They were small and ugly, but I did that with my heart. I'm not going to be able to get close, so this is as close as I could get to him."

The man consented, adding, "God bless."

Glendale police said all went smoothly and there were no arrests.

Jackson will share eternity at Forest Lawn with the likes of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields, entombed alongside them in the mausoleum that will be all but off-limits to adoring fans who might otherwise turn the pop star's grave into a shrine.

The closest the public will be able to get to Jackson's vault is a portion of the mausoleum that displays "The Last Supper Window," a life-size stained-glass re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece. Several 10-minute presentations about the window are held regularly 365 days a year, but most of the building is restricted.
The Jackson family had booked an Italian restaurant in Pasadena for a gathering Thursday night, and family members and guests were seen coming and going late into the night.

"I feel like I watched Michael finally given some peace and I made a commitment to make sure his legacy and what he stood for lives on," Sharpton said outside the restaurant around midnight. "So at one level we're relieved; another level we're obligated."

The ceremony ends months of speculation that the singer's body would be buried at Neverland Ranch, in part to make the property a Graceland-style attraction. An amended copy of Jackson's death certificate was filed Thursday in Los Angeles County to reflect Forest Lawn as his final resting place.

In court on Wednesday, it was disclosed that 12 burial spaces were being purchased by Jackson's estate at Forest Lawn Glendale, about eight miles (13 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles, but no details were offered on how they would be used.

The King of Pop died a drug-induced death June 25 at age 50 as he was about to embark on a comeback attempt. The coroner's office has labeled the death a homicide, and Jackson's death certificate lists "injection by another" as the cause.

Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, told detectives he gave the singer a series of sedatives and the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. But prosecutors are still investigating, and no charges have been filed.
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« Reply #546 on: September 04, 2009, 06:59:52 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,546441,00.html
Family, Friends Mourn as Jackson Is Laid to Rest

Friday, September 04, 2009

GLENDALE, Calif. —  Paris Jackson wept as she stepped into the mausoleum where her father, Michael, was to be entombed. Katherine Jackson, overcome by sorrow, turned back when she was faced with her son's final resting place.

On a sultry Thursday evening, amid a sea of white flowers and with a bejeweled crown placed atop his casket by his children, the King of Pop was given an intimate, private version of the lavish public memorial held shortly after his death in June.

The funeral at Glendale Memorial Park was simple but touching, according to one guest. The person, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the day, said Gladys Knight's performance of the hymn "Our Father" (The Lord's Prayer) was soared in the vast mausoleum and moved many to tears.

When it was over, many of the the 200 mourners hugged each other. Among them were Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Macaulay Culkin.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave a eulogy at the public event and at Thursday's service, also extolled Knight's earlier performance of "His Eye is on the Sparrow."

"Gladys Knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him to rest," Sharpton posted on his Twitter account during the service that was held outside and then within the marble mausoleum.

The mourners followed the crowned, lushly flower-draped casket as Jackson's five brothers — each wearing a bright red tie and a single crystal-studded glove — carried it into the mausoleum. The 11-year-old Paris cried as the group entered the imposing building and was comforted by her aunt, LaToya.

Paris and brothers Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, known as Blanket, began the service by placing the crown on their father's golden casket. They were composed through most of the hour-and-a-half ceremony.

As it ended, Katherine Jackson appeared extremely weary and had to be helped to her car, according to the guest. Earlier, she had a difficult time going into the mausoleum; she was overcome, turned back, and it wasn't clear if she went in at all, the guest said.
The Jackson family's tardy arrival delayed the service for nearly two hours; no explanation was given to mourners. The invitation notice indicated the service would begin promptly at 7 p.m.; it began closer to 8:30.

The 77-year-old Taylor and others were left waiting in the late summer heat, with the temperature stuck at 90 degrees just before sunset, and some mourners fanned themselves with programs for the service. As darkness fell, police escorted the family's motorcade of 31 cars, including Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs, from their compound in Encino to Forest Lawn, about a 20-minute journey, with the hearse bearing Jackson's body at the end.

About 250 seats were arranged for mourners over artificial turf laid roadside at the mausoleum, and a vivid orange moon, a mark of the devastating wildfire about 10 miles distant, hung over the cemetery.

There were two oversized portraits of a youthful, vibrant Jackson mounted next to the casket amid displays of white lilies and roses. At Jackson's lavish public memorial, red roses covered his casket.

A large, blimp-like inflated light, the type used in film and television production, and a boom camera hovered over the seating area placed in front of the elaborate marble mausoleum. The equipment raised the possibility that the footage would be used for the Jackson concert documentary "This Is It," or perhaps the Jackson brothers' upcoming reality show.
More than 400 media credentials were issued to reporters and film crews who remained at a distance from the service and behind barricades. The few clusters of fans who gathered around the secure perimeter that encircled the cemetery entrance struggled to see.

Maria Martinez, 25, a fan from Riverside, Calif., who was joined by a dozen other Jackson admirers at a gas station near the security perimeter, gave a handful of pink flowers she had picked at a nearby park to a man with an invitation driving into the funeral.

"Can you please put these flowers on his grave?" she told him. "They were small and ugly, but I did that with my heart. I'm not going to be able to get close, so this is as close as I could get to him."

The man consented, adding, "God bless."

Glendale police said all went smoothly and there were no arrests.

Jackson will share eternity at Forest Lawn with the likes of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields, entombed alongside them in the mausoleum that will be all but off-limits to adoring fans who might otherwise turn the pop star's grave into a shrine.
The closest the public will be able to get to Jackson's vault is a portion of the mausoleum that displays "The Last Supper Window," a life-size stained-glass re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece. Several 10-minute presentations about the window are held regularly 365 days a year, but most of the building is restricted.

The Jackson family had booked an Italian restaurant in Pasadena for a gathering Thursday night, and family members and guests were seen coming and going late into the night.

"I feel like I watched Michael finally given some peace and I made a commitment to make sure his legacy and what he stood for lives on," Sharpton said outside the restaurant around midnight. "So at one level we're relieved; another level we're obligated."

The ceremony ends months of speculation that the singer's body would be buried at Neverland Ranch, in part to make the property a Graceland-style attraction. An amended copy of Jackson's death certificate was filed Thursday in Los Angeles County to reflect Forest Lawn as his final resting place.

In court on Wednesday, it was disclosed that 12 burial spaces were being purchased by Jackson's estate at Forest Lawn Glendale, about eight miles north of downtown Los Angeles, but no details were offered on how they would be used.
The King of Pop died a drug-induced death June 25 at age 50 as he was about to embark on a comeback attempt. The coroner's office has labeled the death a homicide, and Jackson's death certificate lists "injection by another" as the cause.

Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, told detectives he gave the singer a series of sedatives and the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. But prosecutors are still investigating, and no charges have been filed.
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« Reply #547 on: September 05, 2009, 02:12:18 PM »

When and if this ever goes to trial, it will be MJ on trial. I was a big fan, but
everything "Michael " is way too wierd. He was talented as a singer and dancer. He didn't save the world and he didn't walk on water. He invented wearing one sparkly glove, which was never something the world copied.
So much talent, so much money. Just wasted his gifts. 
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« Reply #548 on: September 07, 2009, 07:39:45 AM »

http://www.thestar.com/article/691899
Michael Jackson's glove grabs $53,000
  Sep 07, 2009 04:30 AM
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MELBOURNE–A white glove worn by the late singer Michael Jackson sold at auction for about $53,000 in Australia yesterday, nearly twice the price auctioneers expected.

The glove was worn by Jackson in Sydney in 1996, the day he married Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two elder children. After a bidding war between collectors in Australia and the U.S., it was bought by Warwick Stone on behalf of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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« Reply #549 on: September 09, 2009, 08:08:18 AM »

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/international/2009/09/867697/
Michael Jackson tribute concert set for Sept. 26 in Vienna
18:15' 09/09/2009 (GMT+7)

A tribute concert for the late pop king Michael Jackson will be held in front of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna on Sept. 26, the concert organizer told a press conference Tuesday.
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« Reply #550 on: September 11, 2009, 02:05:38 PM »

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1621238/20090911/jackson_michael.jhtml
Sep 11 2009 10:33 AM EDT
Michael Jackson Tribute Postponed, Moved To London
Concert will take place in June 2010, due to scheduling conflicts with performers.

By Gil Kaufman
A day after its top-billed artists fell off the performers list, the organizers of a Michael Jackson tribute concert slated to take place on September 26 in Vienna announced that they were postponing the show until next year and moving it to London.

According to Reuters, Jackson's brother Jermaine and event promoter Georg Kindel announced on Friday (September 11) that the show originally scheduled to take place later this month on the steps of the 17th-century Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna had been pushed back because too many of the top promised acts had scheduling conflicts.

Less than 24 hours after it was announced that Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige would be among the headliners of the show, spokespeople for both acts said neither had definitively committed to performing. On Thursday, Blige told MTV News that she was "really, really sorry" she could not participate in the show because she had a previous commitment. Brown's spokespeople had notified MTV earlier that the 20-year-old singer had not confirmed his appearance either. TMZ reported on Friday that yet another headliner, Natalie Cole, would not be able to attend either, due to a previous engagement.

With just Akon and 1970s disco act Sister Sledge as the only true headliners, Kindel said "maybe we underestimated these [scheduling] issues," in announcing the postponement of the show.

"The purpose for this show is to give something back to the fans ... we have to do this right," Jermaine Jackson added, hitting out at critics who complained that more big-name headliners such as Madonna had not signed on for the show. "It's not about name-dropping."
Kindel said that one of the reasons organizers decided to move the show from Vienna to London was in part because "renowned artists of the tribute were disrespectfully treated as B-list artists or even losers." The show is now slated to take place at London's Wembley Stadium in the first half of June 2010. Everyone who bought tickets for the Vienna show will receive refunds, and tickets for the rescheduled show will go on sale on December 1.
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« Reply #551 on: September 11, 2009, 04:07:11 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE58A5AQ20090911

Jackson buried with glove, pearls and shades
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:05pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson was buried with one of his iconic white gloves, sunglasses and dressed with pearl beads and a large gold belt, his sister, La Toya, said in a television interview to air on Friday.

"He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across (and) a beautiful big gold belt ... like a belt that you win being a boxer," La Toya Jackson told journalist Barbara Walters in a "20/20" interview to air on ABC on Friday night.

Jackson, 50, died on June 25 of a prescription drug overdose and was buried eight days ago in a Los Angeles suburb.

Aside from full make-up, Michael Jackson also was buried with one of his iconic white gloves, La Toya Jackson said.

She described him as a man with a great heart.

"He wasn't God, but he was certainly God-like," she told Walters. "He was the closest thing to a god that I knew."

La Toya Jackson dismissed questions about the parentage of her brother's three children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7, also known as Blanket.

"It doesn't really matter, those are Michael's kids," she said in the interview. "He raised those kids. They were in his arms when they were born."

Media reports have suggested that Jackson's dermatologist, Dr Arnold Klein, was the sperm donor for Jackson's two oldest children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe. The biological parents of Blanket have never been revealed.

In other developments, the private company with an ownership stake in Michael Jackson's famed central California estate, Neverland Ranch, this week withdrew official applications made in August to trademark various names for the property.

The applications were filed in the event that the Neverland owners and Jackson's estate decided to transform it into a tourist attraction with a museum. A spokesman for the company, Colony Capital, declined to comment.
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« Reply #552 on: September 11, 2009, 04:09:08 PM »

http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2009/09/la_toya_michael_was_god-like.php

La Toya: Michael was 'God-Like'

Posted on September 11, 2009 11:59 AM
La Toya Jackson talked with Barbara Walters about the loss of her brother Michael -- and how his three children are coping.

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La Toya Jackson talked with Barbara Walters about the loss of her brother Michael -- and how his three children are coping.

The 53-year-old told Walters her brother thought he would be murdered. She admitted, "When I found out he had actually passed, I said, 'No. I wasn't an accident. Michael was murdered.'"

"I don't think we'll find a person as talented, a person who thought the way he thought... a person with the heart that Michael had," La Toya lamented. "People aren't that way anymore. He was special. He wasn't God, but he was certainly god-like. He was the closest thing to a god that I knew."

Jackson was laid to rest last week at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif. La Toya said, "He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across... and a beautiful big gold belt." She also confirms the late superstar's makeup and hair were done "beautifully."

La Toya also explained that Michael's three children, now being raised by their grandmother Katherine, have a good relationship with grandfather Joe Jackson. "They love their grandfather," she said. "They... like the fact that he's very outspoken. And they say that, 'Grandpa, he tells you like it is.'" She added that Prince Michael, Paris and "Blanket" will continue home schooling.

Barbara Walters' interview with La Toya Jackson airs on "20/20" on Friday, Sept. 11.


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« Reply #553 on: September 11, 2009, 04:20:34 PM »

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« Reply #554 on: September 14, 2009, 08:15:08 AM »

For those of you that may have not seen the VMA awards last night here is the tribute they did at the beginning of the show.   Janet's performance considering she has been away from the stage for some time & still grieving was incredible - its just so sad because the song she performed to was a duet she did with Michael "Scream" the lyrics now haunting.   As she kissed up to the heavens (to her brother) there seemed to be glimpses of bottled up anger written on her face.   The choregraphy to Michael's work on panaromic video was brilliantly done, especially Janet mirroring her brother's dance moves.   Madonna started the tribute with some rather serious words & personal reflections, that is not on this youtube but Im sure it will be available to view as well, I just didnt look for it right now.

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« Reply #555 on: September 14, 2009, 10:59:36 AM »

Thank you Capp!  Great job.

Here is the link to Madonna's tribute:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htpm8hidIPc

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« Reply #556 on: September 14, 2009, 11:09:08 AM »

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/2009/09/14/madonna-leads-tributes-to-michael-jackson-at-mtv-awards-91466-24683624/


Madonna leads tributes to Michael Jackson at MTV awards

Madonna opened the MTV Video Music Awards 2009 in New York with a personal tribute to Michael Jackson, accusing herself and the world of “abandoning him”.

The Queen of Pop described her early friendship with Jackson and said she regretted the fact she had lost touch with the star over time.

Speaking to the audience, Madonna said: “For one reason or another we fell out of touch, then the witch hunt began and it seemed like one story after another came out about Michael.

“I felt his pain, I know what it’s like to walk down the street and feel like the whole world is turned against you.

“I know what it’s like to feel hopeless and not able to defend yourself because the roar of the witch hunt is so loud you’re convinced your voice can never be heard except I had a childhood and was allowed to make mistakes and find my own way in the world without being in the spotlight.”

She spoke of her emotions when she heard that Jackson had died.

She said: “When I first heard that Michael had died I was in London, days away from the opening of my tour, Michael was supposed to perform in the same venue as me a week later, all I could think about in that moment was I had abandoned him, that we had abandoned him, that we had allowed this magnificent creature who once set the world on fire to somehow slip through the cracks.

“While he was trying to build a family and rebuild his career, we were all busy passing judgment, most of us had turned our backs on him.

“There will never be anyone like him ever again, he was a king.”

The sombre note to the award ceremony was followed by a musical tribute to the late star.

A montage of his music videos, including Thriller and Bad, were played on the big screen, while performers dressed like Jackson danced in his signature style on the stage in front.

They were joined by Jackson’s sister Janet who came out to perform her part of the song Scream, which she had released as a duet with Michael in 1995.

Host Russell Brand played it safe, with his own tribute to Jackson.

He said: “Tonight is about great videos but it is also about the great Michael Jackson. What a phenomenal tribute that was with Janet, in celebration of a true genius who was all about love and self-expression and what makes us human.. Michael stayed magical and beautiful to the end, let’s honour Michael Jackson tonight by loving one another in his memory.”

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« Reply #557 on: September 14, 2009, 09:02:54 PM »

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« Reply #558 on: September 17, 2009, 07:24:40 AM »

http://www.cfnews13.com/Entertainment/HeyJohn/2009/9/16/jackson_this_is_it_trailer.html
 Michael Jackson Movie Trailer Released
Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:26:05 AM
Reported By Allison Walker

ORLANDO -- In just a few weeks, tickets go on sale for the "THIS IS IT" movie showing never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson.

Central Florida on Demand has obtained the movie trailer -- giving you a raw look at the King of Pop.

Before now, just over a minute of video from Jackson’s last rehearsals had been released. Now we’re giving you a more in depth look at the film the world is waiting for.

"THIS IS IT" will give fans and music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at Jackson as he rehearsed for his sold out concerts that were to take place at London O2 Arena.

More than 100 hours of footage are being poured through as the film is being completed.

Audiences will see a candid side of Jackson and his creative genius that made him the King of Pop.

The film will play for just two weeks worldwide beginning in Oct. 28. Due to the high anticipation for the film, tickets will go on sale one month in advance starting Sept. 27, 2009.
To see the entire trailer, tune in the special Michael Jackson section on Central Florida On Demand, Digital Cable Channel 300.
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« Reply #559 on: September 18, 2009, 02:38:28 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R12QVtuB0_Q

Michael Jackson Medley


Sam Tsui - Vocals

Kurt Schneider - Arrangement,


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/R12QVtuB0_Q&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/R12QVtuB0_Q&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
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I stand with the girl, Natalee Holloway.

"I can look back over the past 10 years and there were no steps wasted, and there are no regrets,'' she said. "I did all I knew to do and I think that gives me greater peace now." "I've lived every parent's worst nightmare and I'm the parent that nobody wants to be," she said.

Beth Holloway, 2015 interview with Greta van Susteren
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