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February 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman
The principal of the elementary school that Whitney Houston attended in East Orange, N.J. -- the school that was renamed in her honor in 1997 -- was among those invited to the private funeral at New Hope Baptist Church. As Henry W. Hamilton arrived he showed the formal invitation that would grant him access to the church, where celebrities, family and friends of Houston were gathering for what is being called a “home-going ceremony.” The invitation features a close-up picture of Houston smiling and in a glamorous off-the-shoulder dress against a violet background.
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NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
By the time Whitney Houston died in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last February, tracking her deterioration had become a blood sport for the gossip rags. Her struggles with substance abuse had been the subject of speculation for years, fodder for tawdry headlines and jokes spawned by the singer's infamous declaration in 2002 that "crack is whack. " Her death at age 48 on the weekend of the Grammy Awards was declared the result of drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. " Cissy Houston, the performer's mother, has chosen the first anniversary of her death to publish a memoir, "Remembering Whitney" (HarperCollins: 320 pp., $27.99)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
As Whitney Houston's February death is revisited on the pop titan's birthday (she would have been 49 on Thursday), the late singer's label, RCA Records, is prepping a greatest hits package. A source at the label told Pop & Hiss that the catalog release was expected to come out this fall.    Houston's first and sole stateside retrospective, 2000's “Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” has proved to be a lasting smash. To date, the two-disc set has sold 2.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and shifted a staggering 836,000 copies in the wake of her death, making it the fourth bestselling disc of the year.
NATIONAL
February 17, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Whitney Houston's drug history is getting lots of media folks in trouble this week. Popular Southern California radio hosts John & Ken were suspended this week for suggesting she was a crackhead. And a Fox News commentator is in hot water for referring to Houston's use of a crack pipe. Here's the thing: Although Houston publicly acknowledged having used drugs, the late singer denied ever using crack cocaine. In fact, Houston famously suggested that crack was a cheap, trashy drug that was beneath her and her spending abilities.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Ricardo Lopez
In a hometown funeral service that resonated with gospel hymns and preaching that “brought the world to church,” Whitney Houston was remembered Saturday for her beauty, vulnerabilities -- and her powerful gift of voice. As Whitney Houston's private funeral unfolded Saturday full of passionate eulogies, some poignant and some humorous, it became clear it was a service steeped in spirituality. New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., was filled to capacity with celebrities, family and friends for what was described as “home going celebration.” Outside, dozens of fans had gathered in the early morning hours to say farewell, but were kept several blocks away and when the service began most quietly left, perhaps to watch a live video stream of the event on a computer or television.
NEWS
October 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Whitney Houston, I don't know exactly what happened on the Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta on Wednesday as you were en route to begin filming "Sparkle. " TMZ cites "multiple sources" (none named) who say you had a kerfuffle with members of the flight crew and refused to buckle your seat belt. Eventually, TMZ reports, a flight attendant buckled it for you. Really? OK, I'm not going to judge. But for everyone, celebrity or plebe, who might be unaware of the potential consequences of their behavior aboard a plane, consider this: It's illegal to interfere with the duties of an in-flight crew member.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Three hours before Whitney Houston's funeral was to begin Saturday, about three dozen fans gathered at a corner four blocks up the street from the New Hope Baptist Church, the closest police permitted them to be. Catherine Graham Ross peered through a pair of opera glasses toward the church at the flashing lights of police cars, past metal barricades and yellow police ropes, and said she understood the need to keep people back. "They're hurting and they need their time," she said, referring to Houston's family.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | Mikael Wood
Whitney Houston, the superstar vocalist whose hit tunes helped bridge the gap between pop and soul music, was born 50 years ago Friday, on Aug. 9, 1963, in Newark, N.J. The birthday, of course, is one she didn't live to see: Houston died last year in Beverly Hills at the age of 48, plunging the music industry into turmoil the night before the Grammy Awards, which she so often dominated over the course of her nearly three-decade career. Yet Houston's music lives on in recorded form -- Sirius XM is in the midst of a day-long tribute to the singer's work -- and in renditions by younger artists, including Beyoncé, whose Mrs. Carter Show tour has her tackling "I Will Always Love You," the Dolly Parton song Houston all but made her own. PHOTOS: Celebrities react to the death of Whitney Houston Listen to that classic -- along with four of Houston's other finest moments -- below.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Monday afternoon, not quite 48 hours after the discovery of her lifeless body in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel, Whitney Houston and her death site were added to the tour-bus itinerary of Dearly Departed, the Tragical History Tour. “We didn't add it yesterday because there was a lot of madness at the hotel,” said Scott Michaels, owner and founder of 7-year-old Dearly Departed. "But this is what we do. And it's not far off our current route. " Michaels said the hotel, at 9876 Wilshire Blvd.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The death of Whitney Houston over the weekend is still being investigated, and it might take weeks to get toxicology reports back, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said. That's not an unusual time frame for such a case, but why does it take so long? Several factors may be involved, experts said. The main issue may be a big backlog of cases, said Dr. Doug Rollins, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City: “Funding to most of these labs has been decreased,” he said, “so they don't have the staff to handle that large of a caseload.” Then there are the tests themselves.
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