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Mychal Bell (one of Jena 6) hospitalized after suicide attempt

(trivial - suicide attempt) 

On December 29, 2008, Mychal Bell (one of Jena 6) shot himself in the chest with a .22-caliber pistol in an attempt to take his own life, stating to police that he was tired of all the media attention. His wound was not life-threatening 

On December 24, 2008, Mychal Bell was arrested and charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest, and simple assault, having attempted to steal clothes from a department store and reportedly fought back against a security guard and off-duty police officer. He was released on $1,300 bond.

Jena Six was the name given to a group of six black teenagers charged with the beating of Justin Barker, a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana, United States, on December 4, 2006. Barker was injured, but was released from the emergency room the same day. He has since brought suit against members of the Jena Six, their parents, the school district, and others allegedly involved.

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Vigilante killer Ellie Nesler (56) - Trivial Death

Interesting Trivial Story - Makes us to think

Vigilante Ellie NeslerEllie Nesler (1952- December 26, 2008) shot and killed her son's accused molester in a courtroom Sonora, California, during the trial. She served 3 years of a 10-year sentence, and was released after an appeal based on jury misconduct. She later went back to prison after a conviction on drug charges, for which she served more than 3 years. While in prison, she developed breast cancer. She died on December 26, 2008 at age 56.

Nesler made headlines when she killed Daniel Driver, the man accused of molesting four boys (including her then 6 year old son, William) in 1993, in the Tuolumne County courthouse. She fired five shots into Driver's head, killing him instantly. In 2002, she was convicted of selling and possessing methamphetamine. She was released from a woman's facility near Chowchilla, California in 2006.

Her son, William, was convicted in 2005 of stomping to death a neighbor, David Davis, hired to clean the family's property in Sonora, California. William Nesler is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence.

Mia Farrow's Daughter, Lark Previn, Dies 35

Lark Song Previn (1973 - December 25, 2008) Lark Previn, who had been ailing for a decade, died on Christmas 2008 in New York. So far, no cause of death has been released.

Lark Previn was born in Vietnam in 1973 and was adopted by Mia Farrow and ex-husband Andre Previn.

Also, in 2000, Her adopted daughter Tam Farrow died at the age of 21, following a long illness. 

* Mia Farrow had 3 children with Andre Previn, adopted three children with Andre Previn, 1 child with Woody Allen, adopted two children with Woody Allen, and adopted 6 children as a single mother.

(Home Alone) Macaulay Culkin's sister dies 29

On December 9, 2008, Macaulay Culkin's older sister, Dakota Culkin (29), was struck by a car in Los Angeles after stepping out into its path. She was taken to UCLA with massive head trauma and died the following day

Actor Mark Alan Ruffalo's brother, Scott, killed execution-style

Actor's Brother DiesActor Mark Alan Ruffalo's brother, Scott, was shot at his Beverly Hills condominium, with one report describing the shooting as "execution-style" in the back of the head. Scott died on December 8, 2008. The reason for the shooting is as yet unknown, but police have taken two people into custody: a woman who is considered a suspect and a man considered a "person of interest".

Mark Alan Ruffalo (born November 22, 1967) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for his role as Fanning opposite Tom Cruise in the 2004 film Collateral and Inspector David Toschi in the 2007 film Zodiac.

In 2002, Ruffalo was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor, and had surgery; the tumor was benign, but resulted in a period of partial facial paralysis. He fully recovered from the paralysis and returned to good health as well as an active life and movie career.

Mark Cuban charged with insider trading

On November 17, 2008, it was announced that the SEC filed a civil suit against Mark Cuban relating to alleged insider trading in the shares of A stock dilution occurred shortly after the trade, which gave off red flags of inside knowledge at the time of the trade, which is alleged to have saved Cuban from a loss of $750,000. Cuban is alleged to have ordered the sale of his holdings in after he was approached by the company on a confidential basis to participate in a transaction likely to be dilutive of current shareholders. On his blog, Cuban contended the facts were false and that the investigation was "a product of gross abuse of prosecutorial discretion."

Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh) is an American billionaire entrepreneur. He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA basketball team, and Chairman of HDNet, an HDTV cable network.

Fire destroys Christopher Lloyd's house. Kirk Douglas OK

Wild fire at Montecito, California burned 100 homes and is still burning for the second day.

Number of Hollywood celebrities call Montecito their homes.

Sadly, Christopher Lloyd's house is destroyed (Doc from Back to the Future).
Kirk Douglas' house was in danger, but it's been spared.

Obsessive Paula Abdul fan commits suicide at 30

Paula Goodspeed, whose Idol audition aired during season 5, was found dead outside Abdul's home on November 11, 2008. Police say she appeared to have died of a drug overdose. Abdul told Entertainment Tonight through her representative that she is "shocked and saddened" by the incident, adding that she had been aware of the woman for "several years" who "has issues."

In 2006, Paula Goodspeed sang Proud Mary at American Idol audition, which she received a strong criticism by Simon Cowel.

Obama’s maternal grandmother dies at 86

Obama’s maternal grandmother dies at 86 Madelyn Payne Dunham died on Sunday, 2 days before the election day.

Skinheads held over Obama death plot

Two white supremacist skinheads were arrested in Tennessee over plans to go on a killing spree and eventually shoot Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, court documents showed on Monday.

American Idol Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother murdered.

Death of singer's familyOn October 24, 2008, Hudson's fifty-seven year old mother, Darnell, and twenty-nine year old brother, Jason, were found murdered inside Darnell's home in Chicago, Illinois. The victims were reportedly shot to death before 3 p.m. They were discovered by a family cousin. An AMBER Alert was also issued for Hudson's seven year old nephew, Julian King, after Hudson's sister, Julia, reported him missing. William Balfour, who is married to Julia, is a suspect in the double homicide, but has not been charged

* Nephew's body was found a 3 days later.

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American actress, singer and model. She first gained notice as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX television series American Idol. She went on to star as Effie White in the 2006 motion picture adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls for which she won numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a SAG Award.

Obama's grandmother may not see Election Day

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Barack Obama's "gravely ill" grandmother might not live to see whether her grandson is elected to the White House, the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate said Friday as he took a break from the campaign to visit her in Hawaii.

Madelyn Dunham, 85, who helped raise Obama and is described by the Illinois senator as the "rock" of his family, recently broke her hip. She is also reported to have a heart condition, but Obama has refused to disclose more details of her condition.

"We weren't sure and I'm still not sure whether she makes it to election day," Obama told ABC's Good Morning America in an interview broadcast Friday.

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Kirk Douglas 91 - the oldest member in MySpace

Just a quick trivia.
Did you know the actor Kirk Douglas is the oldest member in MySpace?

Who is Kirk Douglas you ask?
He is Spartakus.

Joe Biden's Mother-in-Law Dies 78

Bonny Jean Jacobs, 78, the mother-in-law of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, died Sunday after a long illness, a spokesman for Mr. Biden said.

Steve Fossett's airplane found

California authorities have confirmed that the wreckage of a plane they found is that of Steve Fossett.

On September 29, 2008, Preston Morrow, 43, a ski shop owner
hiking near Mammoth Lakes, California, about 80 miles (129 km) SSE of Fossett's take-off site, found three crumpled FAA-issued cards confirmed as Fossett's (a Soaring Society of America membership card with Fossett's name) and about 10 weathered $100 bills and one $5 bill. The following day near the same location the same hiker found a sweatshirt that he believed had both human and animal hair on it. On October 2, 2008, air search teams spotted wreckage on the ground within 10 miles (16 km) from where the personal items were found.]

Morrow said they also found "a black Nautica pullover fleece, size XL, in the same area, but left it in place after gathering GPS coordinates to turn over to investigators."

On October 2nd, rescue crews on the ground located the wreckage of a small plane. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that the small airplane first sighted from the air late the previous day "appears to be the aircraft piloted by Steve Fossett" but did not say anything about finding Fossett's remains

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