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Archive - Aug 2011

August 29th

Blog: Cedric Benson, Javaris Crittenton

Cedric Myron Benson (born December 28, 1982) is an American football running back for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears fourth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Texas at Austin.

On July 17, 2011, Cedric Benson was arrested in Austin, Texas for a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member. He was sentneced to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.

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Javaris Cortez Crittenton (born December 31, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who played for Los Angeles Lakers & Washington Wizards.

On August 26, 2011, Javaris Crittenton was charged with the August 19 murder of Jullian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four. Atlanta police indicated that Jones was not the intended target; they believe that Crittenton was targeting a person who robbed him in April 2011. Jones was shot in the leg and died during surgery. Crittenton was arrested by the FBI in John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California on August 29.

August 28th

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Chicago blues great dies 96

David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards Cause of Death
On August 29, 2011, Honeyboy Edwards died peacefully at his home of congestive heart failure at around 3 a.m.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards - Gamblin' Man

August 26th

Joe Son, "Austin Powers" actor, convicted of torture in rape case

An actor who had a small part in the movie "Austin Powers" has been convicted of torture in connection with the 1990 Christmas Eve gang rape of a woman in Orange County. Joseph Hyungmin Son was found guilty Thursday of one felony count of torture in connection with the attack.

Joe Son initially was charged with multiple sexual assault and kidnapping counts, but many of those charges were dropped in part because the statute of limitations had expired

Joseph Hyungmin Son (born November 22, 1970) is an American actor, and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.  Son retired from MMA with a record of 0–4.  Son was also Kimo Leopoldo's manager at UFC 3.

Son was found guilty of one felony count of torture on August 25, 2011. Prosecutors say Son and an accomplice pulled the victim into a car on Christmas Eve in 1990 and drove her toward Huntington Beach as they beat her with a gun and raped her. The investigation had gone cold until Son was required to provide a DNA sample in 2008 in connection with a vandalism sentence. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

August 24th

Michael Flanagan, Baltimore Orioles, Cy Youung winner, commits suicide 59

Michael Kendall Flanagan (December 16, 1951 – August 24, 2011) was an American left-handed pitcher, front office executive, and color commentator. With the exception of four years with the Toronto Blue Jays (1987–1990), he was most associated with the Baltimore Orioles during almost all of his time in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career highlights and awards

  • All-Star (1978)
  • World Series champion (1983)
  • 1979 AL Cy Young Award
  • 1979 AL TSN Pitcher of the Year

Michael Flanagan cause of death
On August 24, 2011 police discovered a body on his property but could not immediately determine the identity because the wounds were so severe. The body was later identified as Flanagan, with the cause of death determined to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Police said that Flanagan was distressed about financial issues. WBAL-TV reported that Flanagan was still despondent by perceived failures during his tenure in the Orioles' front office.

August 23rd

Potenza, Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank, dies 77

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"It is with great sadness that the staff and crew of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' mourn the loss of 'Uncle Frank' Potenza," ABC said in a statement.

Aunt Chippy and Uncle Frank learn to draw

August 22nd

Jerry Leiber, Prolific Writer of 1950s Hits, Dies at 78

** As a team, they wrote about 200 songs.

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Jerry Leiber, the lyricist who, with his partner, Mike Stoller, wrote some of the most enduring classics in the history of rock ’n’ roll, including “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “Stand By Me” and “On Broadway,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 78.

The cause was cardio-pulmonary failure...

Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson dies 70

Nickolas Ashford (? - August 22, 2011) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx) were a husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists. They met at Harlem's White Rock Baptist Church in 1963. After having recorded unsuccessfully as a duo, they joined aspiring solo artist and former member of the Ikettes, Josie Jo Armstead, at the Scepter/Wand label where their compositions were recorded by Ronnie Milsap ("Never Had It So Good"), Maxine Brown ("One Step At A Time"), as well as the Shirelles and Chuck Jackson. Another of the trio's songs "Let's Go Get Stoned" gave Ray Charles a number one U.S. R&B hit in 1966. That same year Ashford & Simpson joined Motown where their best-known songs included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)". As performers, Ashford and Simpson's best-known song is "Solid" (1984 US and 1985 UK). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Nick Ashford  Cause of Death
Nick Ashford died August 22, 2011, from complications of throat cancer

Ashford & Simpson - Solid

August 20th

Ross Barbour, Last original member of Four Freshmen, dies 82

The Four Freshmen is a multiple (six) Grammy-nominated American male vocal band quartet that blends open-harmony jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The Modernaires (Glenn Miller), The Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey), and The Mel-Tones (Artie Shaw), founded in the barbershop tradition. The Four Freshmen is considered a vocal band because the singers accompany themselves on guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums, among other instrumental configurations.

The group tours internationally to sold-out audiences and records jazz harmonies since its late '40s founding in the halls of the Jordan School of Music at Butler University (Indianapolis).

Ross Barbour cause of death
The last surviving founding member Ross Barbour died on August 20, 2011 from lung cancer in Simi Valley, California.  Ross Barbour was 82 years old at the time of his death

Related Blog
Bob Flanigan, Four Freshmen Founder, Dies 84 (May 15, 2011)

August 17th

Blog: Gerard Depardieu & Christine O'Donnell

Gerard Depardieu urinates in plane cabin

On August 16, 2011, a French actor Gerard Depardieu was refused access to the toilet on a plane and urinated on the floor of a plane less than 15 minutes after departure

Christine O'Donnell bails on "Piers Morgan" to avoid gay questions

Gualtiero Jacopetti, Maker of ‘Mondo Cane,’ Dies 91

Gualtiero Jacopetti (September 4, 1919 – August 17, 2011) was an Italian director of documentary films.

Gualtiero Jacopetti was born in Barga, in northern Tuscany. With Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi is the originator of Mondo films, also called shockumentaries.

The movie's theme song, "More," was nominated for an Oscar.

Mondo Cane - Movie Trailer

 Mondo Cane(1962) - More. (Ti guardero nel cuore)
Originally instrumental - lyrics were added later

Brooklyn Rapper Kampane Found Torched In An SUV In Jersey

The body of a 33-year-old Brooklyn rapper was found torched and abandoned in the back of an SUV in New Jersey early yesterday. The remains of Rhian "Kampane" Stoute had been charred in multiple places in such a way that it took the Bergen County Medical Examiner most of the day to identify it.

KAMPANE - What You Drinking On (TEASER) feat Pebbelz Da Model

August 16th

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' husband found dead

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband, Russell, was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday night at his Los Angeles home.

He was 47. 

August 13th

Stage collapses at Indiana State Fair before Sugarland concert, kills 4

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High winds caused the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fair on Sunday just before country duo Sugarland was set to take the stage for their headline performance, killing four and injuring 40, according to reports.

Update:

  • 5th person died a few days later. 
  • 6th person died almost a week later.
  • 7th person died Sunday 21st.

Vic Dunlop, zany comic, dies at 62

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Vic Dunlop started out as a prop comic and gained national attention on TV's 'Make Me Laugh,' where he was said to have set a record for making a contestant laugh the fastest.

Vic Dunlop died of complications of diabetes

Vic Dunlop - Clean Comedy

August 12th

Robert Breer, Pioneer of Avant-Garde Animation, Dies 84

Robert Breer (1926 – August 12, 2011)

Robert Breer, an animator whose use of novel techniques to set lines and forms scrambling across the screen opened up a new language for film, died on Aug. 11 at his home in Tucson. He was 84.

 Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons - Robert Breer (1980)

REcreation (Robert Breer)