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We could all learn a thing or two about healthy living from this sassy 90-year-old woman:

Live long and prosper.

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Although many have wondered about his birthplace, President Obama is indeed a natural-born U.S. citizen. State officials in Hawaii confirmed again that he was born in Honolulu. One question: Since when is “African” a race?

Digital scan of President Obama's birth certificate

Digital scan of President Obama's birth certificate

Your baby could one day become the president of the United States, too.
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Sony Pictures is reportedly paying close to $60 million to AEG Entertainment for the 80 hours of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” concert rehearsal footage. Before the icon’s sudden death on June 25, the 50-night concert was set to begin this month in London at the O2 arena. Sony is planning to release a film on October 30, using the rehearsal footage and music videos (possibly in 3-D), including a new version of “Thriller.” The film is a perfect fit for Sony Pictures, since sister unit Sony Music Entertainment owns the music publishing rights to Jackson’s songs.

Fortunately, the Jackson family estate will likely get about 90% of the proceeds from the deal after AEG covers the tour’s production costs.

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Last month, Brown pled guilty to a felony assault charge for physically engaging singer Rihanna in February. His sentence includes five years of supervised probation, completion of a domestic violence counseling program, and six months of community service in his home state of Virginia.

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AP

AP

Update: The Cambridge police just dropped the charges!

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., best known for his work in African-American ancestral research, was arrested last week by Cambridge, Mass., police on his own front porch. Gates had just returned from China and found his front door jammed. He went to the backdoor of the home he leases from Harvard University and shut off the alarm—he then opened the front door with the help of his driver.

Lucia Whalen, an employee of the university’s news and alumni periodical, Harvard Magazine, called police after reportedly seeing “two black males with backpacks on the porch,” and one of the men “wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry.” The magazine’s offices are down the street from Gates’ home.

By the time the police arrived at the home, Gates had managed to get the front door open and was inside—on the phone with the property manager. Although Gates produced his Harvard I.D. and driver’s license when questioned by police moments later, Cambridge police arrested him anyway for disorderly conduct. The officer on the scene claimed Gates “exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior” and handcuffed Gates right on his porch. According to Gates’ attorney, fellow Harvard faculty member Charles Ogletree, Gates is suffering from “an infection that has impacted his breathing since he came back from China, so he’s been in a very delicate physical state.” And probably can’t speak loudly…

Gates was released the same day on his own recognizance. His arraignment is set for August 26. Rev. Al Sharpton will attend the arraignment.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 58, is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Only 19 other faculty members have been honored as a “University Professor.”

Professor Gates earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge, and his B.A. summa cum laude in History from Yale University in 1973. He joined the faculty of Harvard in 1991, but has also taught at Yale, Cornell, and Duke. In 2006, he wrote and produced the PBS documentary, “African American Lives,” the first work of its kind to use genealogy and genetic science to better understand African-American history and lineage.

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