CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 |
As he tried to ready himself for his anticipated comeback tour, Michael Jackson was "trembling, rambling, obsessing" and eventually needed a mental health evaluation, the singer's tour director wrote in an email just six days before the pop star died. The email from Kenny Ortega was one of several that AEG Live executive Randy Phillips received in the days before Jackson's death that expressed concern over the singer's mental and physical health as the 2009 "This Is It" tour approached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 |
At the height of his career, Michael Jackson had it all. International fame. Grammy-winning records. Unimaginable wealth. But in the final months of his life, as the King of Pop planned his ill-fated comeback in London, one of his biggest motivators was just to make enough money to buy his own home where he could raise his children, according to testimony Wednesday. Jackson broke down in tears as he confided that he was tired of "living like vagabonds" - shuttling his family between a Las Vegas rental and a Bel-Air hotel - said Randy Phillips, concert promoter AEG Live's chief executive who has spent days testifying in a wrongful-death suit filed by the singer's family.
June 9, 2013 |
— Sweet 16 for Serena Williams came courtesy of yet another ace, an exclamation point drilled into the red clay on the last point of the match. The sizzling serve sealed her 16th Grand Slam title and her place, at age 31, at the pinnacle of women's tennis. In a much-anticipated showdown Saturday between the world's No. 1 and No. 2 female players, Williams took on Maria Sharapova, the reigning titleholder, at the French Open. But Williams' 6-4, 6-4 victory, a career-best 31st in a row, underlined the distance between her and the rest of the pack, which has struggled to match her power, speed and variety since last summer.
June 7, 2013 |
President Obama and China's President Xi Jinping will meet this weekend at Sunnylands, the 200-acre Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. It has hosted five decades of political and Hollywood luminaries behind its pink walls. It opened to the public in March 2012. Consider this 20,000-square-foot dwelling, set in a far-as-the-eye-can-see expanse of golf course green, as a latter-day incarnation of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, R.I. Inside the house, digital reproductions of the Annenbergs' $1-billion-plus Impressionist art collection compete for space on the few walls not made of glass.
June 2, 2013 |
Michael Adams , an offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers was stabbed twice during an attempted carjacking on the city's South Side district, police said. Police said Adams, 23, told officers he was standing near his truck shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday when he was confronted by three men, one armed with a knife and one with a handgun. Adams told officers the trio tried to carjack him, but he didn't have his car keys. He said "the situation escalated" and one man pointed the gun at his face while the other stabbed him twice before all three fled, according to police.
May 30, 2013 |
This week has been a wonderful blur for Columbia outfielder Joey Falcone. Monday, he stood on the mound at Citi Field, which might as well have been a mountaintop. It was Memorial Day. The former Marine medic, with two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan behind him, was to throw out the first pitch before the New York Mets and New York Yankees played. A perfect time to reflect. Yet Falcone said the only thought in his mind was: "I had to throw a strike. " Thursday was another day on another coast.