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Conrad Murray defends lawyer as appeal nears

Conrad Murray defends lawyer as appeal nears

LOS ANGELES – Dr. Conrad Murray defended his appellate lawyer from "a slew of disparaging remarks" just days before she files the appeal of the doctor's involuntary manslaughter conviction in Michael Jackson's death.

CNN has obtained sections of that 300-page appeal, including the defense argument that the trial judge erred by not allowing the testimony of Dr. Arnold Klein, a dermatologist the defense contended addicted Jackson to Demerol in his last weeks.

Murray's appeal, which will be filed Monday, also argues that prosecutors never proved Jackson was hooked up to an IV drip of the drug that killed him. The defense theory was that Jackson had administered the fatal dosage himself while the doctor was away.

The coroner ruled that Jackson died from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol in combination with sedatives on June 25, 2009. Murray told investigators he used propofol to induce sleep because Jackson was suffering from insomnia.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
  • Category: News

Is it time for ‘COPS’ to go?

Is it time for ‘COPS’ to go?

ColorOfChange.org and its members are urging FOX, and corporate advertisers of the television show "COPS," to make the 25th season of show its last in primetime.

Since its debut in 1989, FOX, "COPS" producers, and corporate advertisers have built a profit model around distorted and dehumanizing portrayals of black Americans and the criminal justice system.

American culture unfairly views young men like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Russell Davis with suspicion. Moreover, in the last decade, New York has had close to 5 million incidents of "stop and frisk" by police officers, most of which have targeted black and Hispanic males, so right now the stakes couldn't be higher for minority communities or their families.

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
  • Category: News

Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale to produce life-story film

Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale to produce life-story film

Bobby Seale, chairman, co-founder and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, is producing a biographical motion picture that will dramatize his life and the tumultuous 1960's and 70's, the era in which the Black Panthers emerged as "the prominent revolutionary civil rights movement of it's time."

Seale and his partner, Stephen Edwards, a filmmaker and former member of the Panthers, have written a screenplay with the title, "Seize the Time, The Eighth Defendant."

"Seize the Time" is also the title of Seale's autobiography, which has sold over one million copies since first published in 1970. A studio executive at Fox Search Light Pictures suggested that Seale and Edwards produce this dramatized feature instead of the more traditional documentary they had originally been working on.

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KKK in the classroom

KKK in the classroom

The Washington Times reports that members of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and Westboro Baptist Church are being integrated into the lesson plans – and invited to the actual classrooms – of teachers around the country.

No, these aren't white-pride types, and it's not backlash by those who think ethnic-studies programs could rip apart the fiber of the country.

Rather, educators' aim is that "students can witness the extreme views such groups espouse and know how to avoid them."

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Michael Baisden bids farewell to radio

Michael Baisden bids farewell to radio

Nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden announced a hiatus from his radio show on his Facebook page Wednesday morning. That separation is to begin on April 1.

Baisden, who commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners, said he was unable to discuss the particulars but concluded that a deal could not be made on mutually agreeable terms.

Recognized as one of the most influential men in radio, his "Michael Baisden Show" is one of the top rated afternoon drive radio programs heard in the top urban markets. He is also a TV talk show host, film-maker and New York Times best-selling author with nearly two million books in print.

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Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide

Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide

Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference.

"This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking sugary beverages," says study author Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Among the world's 35 largest countries, Mexico had the highest death rates from sugary drinks, and Bangladesh had the lowest, according to the study. The United States ranked third.

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  • Written by Leslie Wade/CNN
  • Category: News

GOP faces tough racial issues in minority outreach

GOP faces tough racial issues in minority outreach

WASHINGTON – Republican K. Carl Smith is African-American and he knows that the GOP's racial reckoning won't come from 100-page reports from party headquarters with carefully worded prescriptions about "outreach" to "demographic partners."

Instead, the type of sea change needed to shake the GOP's image as a party of old, white and culturally-insulated men will require the type of profound grassroots shakeup that might make some in the GOP uneasy."

"You got your establishment Republicans who want to keep things the same," said Smith, an Army veteran who grew up in Alabama during the Civil Rights era. "The status quo needs to go through some, I won't say diversity classes, but I'll say liberty classes and learn about helping people on the bottom of the ladder."

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  • Written by Halimah Abdullah/CNN
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