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Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston

12 Feb

Whitney Houston, music legend, died yesterday, February 11th, 2012, and, according to TMZ, was found under water in a bathtub in her hotel room. According to one report on CNN, one music executive said the star looked “healthy and happy” just days before her death. But, according the L.A. Times and other outlets, the singer had appeared disheveled with erratic behavior in the days leading up to that fateful day. The Times also stated that, “while an autopsy on pop star Whitney Houston could occur in the next day, it is likely to take weeks before the L.A. County coroner’s office makes an official cause-of-death ruling.Both the Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner’s office are investigating Houston’s death. No cause has been established, and authorities said Saturday night it’s too early to determine whether she died of natural causes.”

Strangely, a Twitter user by the name of @chilemasgrande broke the news of Houston’s death before the AP or any other major media outlets, but, there were no signs of criminal intent. (Though the user in question has not been able to be reached for comment.)

Houston’s last performance, chillingly, was “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” and appeared to have been Friday night in Los Angeles, where she was in town for a pre-Grammy party. (Sadly, according to multiple media outlets including CNN and The Insider, Houston appeared “dazed” and “aggressive” leaving this particular party. TMZ also reports that Whitney would take Xanax before big performances like she was scheduled to make at the Clive Davis party last night.)

News just broke of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, age 18, being rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital late this afternoon. Sources say that the cause was believed to be panic or anxiety, but this is unconfirmed. This was not her first, but her second trip to the hospital since learning of her mother’s passing.

Many were not surprised by Whitney Houston’s death, but the world is truly mourning at the tragic turn the embattled star’s life had taken.

Despite her struggles with addiction and substance abuse, Houston was, in addition to being a lovely person according to most who knew her, also one of the most talented voices in music history and one of the most acclaimed and successful singers of all time.

Whitney had won 2 Emmy awards, had 4 US number-one albums, 6 People’s Choice awards, 6 Grammy awards, 7 Soul Train music awards, 11 number-one songs, 16 NAACP Image Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 99 RIAA awards, had 562 total award nominations with 415 wins. She sold 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, and starred in a serious of movies, most notably, The Bodyguard. Her album Whitney was also the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts!

She was loved by her many fans, her family, and will be greatly missed. Tonight’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have a special tribute to the late singer.

 

Poll: Can any other singers come close to Whitney Houston’s vocal talents? http://www.civicscience.com/u/Question/?q=11438

Remembering the good times:  Considered by many the best rendition of the United States National Anthem ever – VIDEO, here.

Photos:

Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel Both Getting Divorced

5 Jan

I always thought that there was a slight chance that Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel were the same person, or, at the very least, separated from birth.

And then, they both announced divorces from their respective husbands (Russell Brand and  Ben Gibbard) within days of one another.

Conspiracy?

(All kidding aside – they do look A LOT alike. LOL.)

For your (mind-boggling) viewing pleasure:

That all being said, we’re sorry to hear about the misfortunes of these unlucky-in-love ladies. Seems to be so hard to keep a Hollywood marriage alive….

Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Missing Bridgeville Man Jimmy Slack

22 Dec

Tonight, December 22nd, 2011, a Prayer Vigil will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, PA. The service will be an outdoors candlelight vigil, weather permitting, and will honor Jimmy Slack, age 25, who has been missing for 2 weeks.

Slack is from Bridgeville, and went missing on December 6th, 2011 after a String Cheese Incident concert at Stage AE in the North Shore.

The prayer vigil is to gather together to pray for his safe return, to offer the family support, and to keep hope and faith present in a difficult situation.

We hope that he will be found safe and sound, and that he will be home as soon as possible.

This vigil is open to the public. More information can be found at the links below:

Prayer Vigil for Jimmy Slack and Family 

Help Find Jimmy Slack

Prayer Vigil Planned for Jim Slack – Chartiers Patch

If you have any tips, clues, leads, or information regarding his disappearance, please call the Pittsburgh Police at 412-323-7800. They will accept anonymous calls.

For directions to Bethany Church visit http://bethanypresby.org/ –– again, the prayer vigil is 12/22/11 at 7pm-10pm EST. If you cannot attend, please keep spreading the word about his disappearance to help bring him home! Or, at least keep him and his family in your prayers.

Read the past two Glitzburgh entries on the story, below:

Missing Person: Jimmy Slack, Last Seen at Stage AE on Tuesday – Have You Seen Him? Please Re-Post! [UPDATED]

MISSING PERSON: Update on James Slack: Help Find Jimmy! – Reward

PHOTOS BELOW ARE: JIM SLACK’S CURRENT FACEBOOK PROFILE PHOTO, THE LAST KNOWN PHOTO OF JIM SLACK TAKEN THE NIGHT HE WENT MISSING (MIDDLE), and the MISSING PERSON FLYER (RIGHT)

MISSING PERSON: Update on James Slack: Help Find Jimmy – REWARD

16 Dec

Thank you to the Steelers’ Ryan Clark, the Pariots’ Ross Ventrone, and employees of 96.1 KISS fm who, among many other kindhearted individuals and news outlets, have tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged about missing person Jimmy Slack (a.k.a. James Slack II, Jim Slack) of Bridgeville, PA.

I wanted to share with you some of the latest links for information, the Facebook page dedicated to finding Jimmy, as well as the Missing Person poster if you’d like to share it.

Please continue to spread the word, and remember that he may not be in the Pittsburgh area anymore – he could be anywhere.

He was last seen on December 6th, at Stage AE in the North Shore for a String Cheese Incident concert.

LINKS:

Pittsburgh Cops Take Up Search for Bridgeville Man

Help Find Jimmy Slack Facebook Page

Search for Missing Man Continues; Slack Family to Offer Reward

Missing Person: Jimmy Slack, Last Seen at Stage AE on Tuesday – Have You Seen Him? Please Re-Post! [UPDATED]

MSNBC Local Report on James Slack, II – Reward Being Offered

** The family is begging anyone who knows anything at all to come forward. Any lead, clue, or piece of information will help. They are offering a $1,000 reward. People can call with any information including anonymous tips at 412-323-7800

Glitzburgh has been trying to get in touch with Nancy Grace, to no avail. But, let’s not leave any avenue unexplored.

Bring Jim home for the Holidays!

 

Glitzburgh Glam: The Iconic Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

7 Dec

Elizabeth Taylor is a name synonymous with glamour, luxury, and a lush life filled with adventure and style. The legend was a star who lavished herself in all things beautiful — and for this, she has become a fashion icon who will be sorely missed. If you were a fan of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, you can own a piece of her life’s collection — but it will cost you a pretty penny.

The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond is one of the (many) highlights of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor that is being auctioned off at Christie’s. It is a Rectangular-Cut Diamond Ring of 33.19 carats
D color, Potentially Internally Flawless, Type IIa, and will sell for an estimated $2,500,000 – 3,500,000. There’s also the LA PEREGRINA 16th century Natural Pearl, Ruby, Diamond and Cultured Pearl Necklace, by Cartier, which should also fetch an easy $2,000,000 – 3,000,000.

Oh, is that all?

Other stunners include The Burton Wedding Bands, which were given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton upon their marriages in 1964 and 1975, and will fetch a much more affordable (ha!)  $6,000 – 8,000, and an Emile Galle  Marquetrie-Sur-Verre Glass Vase, circa 1900 with gold foil inclusions and artist signature, that should go for approximately $15,000 – 20,000.

Taylor, known most for her jewelry, was a fashion icon. Other looks that are up for auction include A Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir by BVLGARI, circa 1971, worth $600,000 – 800,000, and TWO SATELLITE SUITCASES, A NICE BEAUTY CASE AND A DEAUVILLE BEAUTY BAG by Louis Vuitton, 20th Century, at an estimated $2,500 – 3,500.

You can buy the clothes once worn by the world-famous icon, too, from a lovely  pinky-peach 2-piece CHRISTIAN DIOR EVENING ENSEMBLE worth $6,000 – 8,000, to a AN EMANUEL UNGARO RED, PINK, BROWN AND YELLOW STRIPED WOOL COAT for around $900.

Paintings by Van Gogh and others are also for sale (for millions of dollars) and you can also purchase the Deluxe Signed Limited Edition of My Love Affair With Jewelry, signed on the justification page by Elizabeth Taylor, numbered from the edition of 50 (copies 26/50-50/50 for general release) and stamped Edition A, which comes in a presentation box together with a copy of The Legendary Jewels: The Evening Sale similarly numbered and stamped Edition A. This will run you about $2,500.

View more, here, or check out photos below!

The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

Singer and Tabloid Target Amy Winehouse Passes Away at Age 27

23 Jul

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse, age 27, was found dead today at her London loft.

Many are saddened by the loss of a young talent, however, there aren’t many people out there who are surprised.

Other celebrities have taken to social media to express their condolences and sadness.

“Not a surprise. SO sad, another loss to addiction. A reminder this is often fatal. Recovery is possible, but sadly not for Amy Winehouse.” – Dr. Drew

“I can’t even breathe right now I’m crying so hard I just lost 1 of my best friends. I love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!” – Kelly Osborne

“I nevr know wht 2 post after paying respect 2 sum1 who died. Just seems lk anything funny is inappropriate. mayB I’ll just go C Harry Potter.” – Ashton Kutcher

“I am genuinely heartbroken about this #DearAmy.” – Rihanna

“Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Kurt Cobain and now Amy Winehouse: all died at 27.” – Richard Roeper

“not surprise but super sad to hear about the news. RIP. Never take life for granted.” – Pete Wentz

“Amy Winehouse lived longer than I expected. Is that awful of me? I’m sorry, Amy #RIP.” – Kevin Williamson

“My heart goes out 2 Amy Winehouse’s family, loved ones. Praying for their strength during this time.” – Janelle Monae

“Singer Amy Winehouse found dead at her home in London, DAMN!!! RIP.” – Jermaine Dupri

“After our show in serbia I wish I’d been able to help amy. I knew this would come, I’m sorry,” – Moby

As troubled as she was – drugs, drinking, violence, and a life of disarray – her talent was undeniable.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Authorities are investigating the cause of the British singer’s death. But, sadly, it was a surprise to virtually no one. Winehouse had been waging a very public struggle with substance abuse since her teens, and after the huge success of her 2006 breakthrough album, Back to Black, her erratic behavior devolved even further, effectively putting her career on hold.” Her death is suspected to be an overdose – whether accidental or suicide remains to be seen but the Hollywood rumor mills are suspecting that it was likely intentional.

Now, the world will never see what could have been.

I hope that news of her passing will serve as a wake-up call to other troubled starlets out there… the  eerie”27 Club” does not need anymore new members! May she rest in peace.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers MVP & DWTS Champ Hines Ward Busted for DUI

9 Jul

He’s a talented athlete who is known for his gregarious smile and his effortless charm. However, today, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward has nothing to smile about.

Earlier in the year, he was handcuffed for a “misunderstanding” in Los Angeles while filming Dancing with the Stars (which he subsequently went on to win.)

But this time, the handcuffs were no mistake. Hines Ward was arrested early this morning in Georgia on DUI charges.

The Steelers receiver and Super Bowl MVP has been largely known as one of the most well-respected players in the NFL, but this drunk-driving charge may tarnish that image.

Ward was arrested in Dekalb County, Georgia, and held on $1,000 bond, posting shortly after the arrest and being thereafter released.

Gossip site TMZ was among the first to break the news. Ward grew up in Georgia and went to school there. Some sports pundits are speculating whether or not the NFL Lockout is giving players too much free time.

Ward is expected to release a statement this afternoon.

The mugshot photo is below. This incident unfortunately comes on the heels of a popular tabloid magazine (on stands now) boasting “Who’s Gay, Who’s Not” with Ward featured as one of the celebrities on the cover. This just isn’t his week.

Oprah: The Farewell Season

10 Sep

Is anyone else feeling as distraught over saying goodbye to Oprah as I am?

I know that she’s set to launch her OWN (pardon the pun) network (yes, it is entitled, OWN – the Oprah Winfrey Network) but, to me, it just isn’t the same!

Oprah’s show is 25 years old. I’m almost 27. Do the math – Oprah has been around my entire life, and, I’ve loved the show since I was old enough to watch it!

I have to admit, as much as some people will mock me for it, Oprah is one of my idols! She is definitely a role model to me, as she should be for many women. It really is bittersweet having to “say goodbye” to her – almost like a breakup or the end of a friendship! It really is the close of an important chapter in pop culture history.

That being said, we all know that “The Big O” is not ACTUALLY going anywhere. I mean, Oprah will probably surpass Betty White in longevity. She’ll be the Brett Favre of TV – she’s not ever going to actually retire. So, I know that this “farewell season” is just farewell to THIS era of the O, and not goodbye forever.

So, a part of me is anticipating what she’ll do next, and it’s kind of exciting. Even moreso than that, I’m really anxious to see what Oprah has in store for her final season. What surprises is she going to have in store? What big names will she wow us with? I can’t imagine all the stops she’ll pull out this year.

It does make me sad that a lifelong goal of mine was to appear on the Oprah show as a guest – ok, or at the very least, to attend a taping as a member of the audience – and now, I see that this will not be happening. Bummer!

I’m still excited to see what awesomeness Queen Oprah will bring us with her 25th season.

Everybody set your DVR’s for that series recording! The farewell season starts Monday, 9.13.10…I know I’ll be watching, will you?
PS: Who do you guys think will REPLACE Oprah? Such speculation. My guess? Has to be Ellen. Thoughts?

Pittsburgh Marathon Was Da’ Bomb … (Too Soon?)

2 May

Soooo, I went down to the Marathon this morning to watch my Boyfriend cross the Finish Line and was yelled at by a Police Officer that I “couldn’t go down that street, there was an emergency.”

So, I started walking in another direction.

“Or that street!”

I was then told to turn around and go back to my car.

But then I got a “M’am, you can’t go that way.”

“Well, where is the finish line,” I asked.

The officer replied that he had no idea, “where the runners would finish now.”

I grew very confused.

To my left, a girl was bawling that she got diverted from the race course and couldn’t finish the race because the finish line was closed. She’d trained for this all year.

Cop tells us there’s a “situation.” Guy next to him tells me there’s a bomb at the finish line. Runners are MAD that they can’t finish the race. Lots of crying, swearing, breathless phone calls, people roaming aimlessly. (and, on an unrelated note, body odor.)

Next, a large group of people, myself included, are sent across the Clemente bridge in the midst of the choas.

Wait….a bomb? Really?

Yes. It was true. A female officer proceeds to tell me they’re considering canceling the race and closing down the Convention Center.

Way to cause panic amidst a crowd!

It turns out that there was truly a bomb threat at today’s Pittsburgh Marathon, which boasted 16,000 participants and thousands of additional attendees and spectators.

The threat was real, but the race went on.

Apparently, a pipe bomb was found in an abandoned microwave oven left on a sidewalk near the finish line of the race.

A bomb squad robot dismantled the bomb and no harm was done.

Many runners were told to stop running, and, at least from my point of view, there was chaos for about a half an hour, though, local news outlets are reporting that the whole event took place and was averted in a matter of 12 minutes or so.

Luckily, not too many people were affected by this scare, and the race, for the most part, went on as scheduled. Once they opened roads back up and let us walk over to the finish line, most people were blissfully ignorant and unaware that the bomb scare had even taken place.

The police on the scene and the media did a pretty good job of keeping it on the DL until the Marathon was finished. (I, on the other hand, was frantic because I had no way of getting in touch with my boyfriend, or back to my car, for about half an hour!)

After yesterday’s car-bomb scare in New York City’s Times Square, one has to wonder what’s going on lately. I mean, who DOES that?!?

That being said, I’m glad everything is well, and, I’d rather be inconvenienced for a half an hour than have them be lax on security. So kudos to the Pittsburgh police. It may have messed with my plans for the day but, it is ALWAYS “better to be safe than sorry” in my book!

(It WAS kind of unnerving for a brief time, though! Whew)