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Gunman forces man to ‘moonwalk’

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been charged with assault after authorities say he ordered another man to perform the "moonwalk" at gunpoint.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 30-year-old John Ernest Cross was charged with the felony Tuesday in 1st District Court and appointed a public defender.

Police say they were called Monday to Cross' home in Clark Fork after getting a report that he pointed a rifle at another man and demanded that the man perform the dance move popularized by Michael Jackson in the 1980s.

Investigators accuse Cross of using a semiautomatic rifle during the episode, but Cross claimed during his initial court appearance this week that the firearm was simply a pellet gun.

Michael Jackson Doctor Gets 4 Years

Dr. Conrad Murray is remanded into custody after the jury returns with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial earlier this month. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star. This morning, Murray was sentenced to maximum penalty of four years in prison by a judge who called him "a disgrace to the medical profession." Story here. (AP Photo/Al Seib, Pool)


My mom’s first rock concert at 91!

My mom, who turns 91 today, doesn't have much of a bucket list. She's mostly content to wake up every morning alive, with mind intact, and a body that still works pretty darn well.

Seeing a rock concert wasn't ever on her list. But she got to see her one and only Saturday night at Michael Jackson's "IMMORTAL World Tour" at the Spokane Arena. I love Cirque du Soleil performances and expected more along the dance/acrobatic/costume line. But the Jackson show skewed rock concert and the sound was so loud (too loud in my opion) that I plugged my ears most of the show.

It pretty much spoiled the experience for me, but my mom loved it. Why? She had never seen anything like it before and she simply took out her hearing aids.

(S-R archive photo)

Michael Jackson Doctor Found Guilty

Michael Jackson’s doctor was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter after a trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star. The verdict against Dr. Conrad Murray (shown in AP photo listening to the jury's verdict today) marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture’s most shocking tragedies — the death of the King of Pop on the eve of the singer’s heavily promoted comeback concerts. Murray sat stone-faced and showed little reaction at the verdict. There was a shriek in the courtroom when the verdict was read, and the crowd erupted outside the courthouse. The judge polled the jury, and each juror answered “yes” when asked whether their verdict was guilty/Linda Deutsch, AP. More here.


‘Michael Jackson IMMORTAL’ cancels second Spokane show

The second show (Nov. 13) of "Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL' at the Spokane Arena has been canceled because of unforeseen travel and logistical problems, according to Cirque du Soleil.

The Nov. 12 show will proceed as scheduled.

The official reason for the cancellation was given as follows: "Cirque du Soleil has cited that the time it takes to move the production into a facility, and the time it takes to move out of a facility, has conflicted with travel time between cities on the tour. These unforeseen issues are due in-part to the overall size of the production."

Or maybe slow ticket sales? That's always a possibility whenever a show is canceled.  Ticketholders for the Nov. 13 show will be contacted by TicketsWest and offered an opportunity to exchange their tickets for the Nov. 12 show. That implies that there were plenty of seats still left.

However, the show does need to get all set up in Eugene for a Nov. 15 show. And I found that a second show in Detroit was canceled a few weeks ago for the same logistical reasons.

By the way, Nov. 13 ticketholders can get a full refund if they prefer.

Trial For Jackson Doctor Opens

More than two years after Michael Jackson's death from an overdose of a powerful surgical anaesthetic, the irrepressible circus surrounding the King of Pop was back in full swing as the personal physician who attended to him in his dying hours stood trial for involuntary manslaughter. Fans with gold "MJ" armbands and T-shirts bearing the silkscreen likeness of their idol crammed the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for a glimpse of courtroom entourage and a shot at one of the few open seats in the public gallery. Bloggers, gossip columnists and news crews were also out in force, just as they were at Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005 and at the rehearsals for the ill-fated final tour – hauntingly named This Is It – that never took place in 2009/Andrew Gumbel, The Guardian. More here. (AP photo — Michael Jackson fan Bristre Clayton of Las Vegas stands outside court during the trial of Conrad Murray)

  • Originally, I published a post that included a combo photo of Jackson performing the day before his death along with one of him on a gurney after his death. Two respected commenters protested the photo. Therefore, I took it down. But those of you who are curious about it can see a similar one here.

Question: Are you following Michael Jackson death trial?

Michael Jackson “Immortal” seats released

New seats have been released for "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," at the Spokane Arena on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. and Nov. 13, 4 p.m.

These are apparently tickets that have been held back up until now. This is a Cirque du Soleil tribute to Jackson and his "creative world."

Tickets are $50, $80, $125, $175 and $250 through TicketsWest outlets. 

A Thriller From Beyond The Grave?

OK, this is the photo I almost published to run with the post re: the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. But I chickened out b/c it’s too irreverent. Only to post it on my Facebook page, where Digger correctly pointed out that HucksOnline is all about irreverence. Hilerie & D.J. also thought it shoulda been the one I used. And John said he’d like me to post it here “with a bit of Vincent Price narration. In the photo: Michael Jackson impersonator Carlo Riley of Denver, Colo., strikes a pose outside Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif., today, to recognize the first year anniversary of Jackson’s death.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Michael Jackson Recalled On Anniversary

A hat and glove once worn by Michael Jackson, mark his name plaque in the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame today in Harlem, New York. Jackson, who first performed at the theater with his brothers in the late 1960s, is being remembered with tributes on the anniversary of his death. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Question: Do you remain a fan of the late Michael Jackson? Or do you wonder why many fans are still crazy about him?

The news byte that won’t go away…

Good afternoon, Netizens…

You may have thought you had heard the last of Michael Jackson’s homicide, or at least the last of the allegations of how and why he died.

Well, the coroner’s report, while not publicly disclosed, at least is cited as giving the reason Michael Jackson died. He died of too much medicine. The lawyers have been summoned and it still may take decades before they are through nursing on Jackson’s financial empire and Jackson’s doctor(s).

LOS ANGELES —AP—  Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide caused primarily by the powerful anesthetic propofol and another sedative, the coroner announced Friday in a highly anticipated ruling that increases the likelihood of criminal charges against the pop star’s personal doctor.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office determined the cause of death was “acute propofol intoxication.” Other sedatives contributed to the death, most notably lorazepam, sold under the brand name Ativan. Additional drugs detected in Jackson’s system were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine.


Michael Jackson in retrospect…

Good evening, Netizens…

In a moment of being utterly candid, I’ll admit that the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, was never precisely my cup of tea, although I was impressed with how he plied the top of the charts with his music and several of his dance moves bordered on the line of sheer genius. However, I always had issues with the ever-changing face of Michael Jackson: one month he was one face, the next month his face had evolved into something different, and in later years becoming more macabre over time. Toward the end of his life, despite the rumors he was gamely fighting to win his place back atop the pile of Pop music, I had simply stopped watching, for I no longer felt certain who he was.

If I pause to remember Michael Jackson, I probably would think first of the number of plastic surgeons he kept employed over the years, and ponder the meaning of all that glitz and sequins it took for him to take the stage. However, I will remember him most for his performance as a 5 year-old prodigy on stage with his family performing “I’ll be there”, and for me, one of his first and most-durable hits.

In his later years, however, his increasingly-macabre behavior, his stupid statements and his irrational dependence upon facial alterations drove me away.

I cannot forget nor forgive his comments about having little boys sleeping in his bed. I will not go into what I probably would do if any ordinary adult male made such a comment to me, but it wouldn’t be pretty to watch. Likewise dangling his infant over the railing of a hotel where he was staying: to a normal person that should be good for a few years in prison for reckless endangerment of an infant, but Michael Jackson was anything but a “normal” person.

My heroes and heroines have always been ordinary people who, when thrust into extraordinary places in life through talent, still somehow managed to remain decent people with sensible values. I guess that is where I drew the invisible line with Michael Jackson. I was never certain, especially toward the end exactly where his values lay, however great his talent and skill.

Your results, of course, may differ.


Michael Jackson dead…

Good afternoon, Netizens…

Michael Jackson died this afternoon of what the news media are terming cardiac arrest.


Times: Michael Jackson Dead @ 50

In this Aug. 29, 1993, file photo, pop singer Michael Jackson performs during his “Dangerous” concert in National Stadium, Singapore. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a heart attack has claimed Jackson at age 50. Story here. (AP Photo/C.F. Tham, file)

  • H/T: Katrina

Question: How will Michael Jackson be remembered?