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Archive for February, 2012

New voting districts mean plenty of changes

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The once-a-decade redistricting process has adjusted district boundaries.

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Whitney Houston dead at 48

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

By Sheila Marikar
ABC News

Whitney Houston, the iconic American singer whose battles with drugs, alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown marred her star power, has died. She was 48.

Houston’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to ABC News. Her cause and location of death are not yet known. Six police cars were spotted in front of her Beverly Hills, CA, home today.

Houston was last seen publicly on Thursday, when she appeared disheveled and disoriented in front of a Hollywood nightclub. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she got into an altercation with “X Factor” finalist Stacy Francis on Thursday at an event where she was said to be acting “belligerent.”

Houston returned to rehab in May of last year seeking treatment for drug and alcohol dependence. “Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process,” her publicist said at the time.

The six-time Grammy winner staged a comeback in 2009, but was dogged by rumors that she was using drugs again. That year, she told Oprah Winfrey that marijuana laced with cocaine was her substance of choice during her 1992 to 2006 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown. They have a daughter together, Houston’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Houston’s appearance on “Oprah” was her first major television interview since 2002, when she talked to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.

At the time, Sawyer asked Houston about ongoing drug rumors that had started in 2000, when airport security guards found marijuana in Houston and Brown’s bags at a Hawaiian airport. The singer alluded to having used cocaine, pills and marijuana — but drew the line at crack in what turned into an infamous rant.

“First of all, let’s get one thing straight,” she told Sawyer. “Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. Okay? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is wack.”

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Law enforcement, school officials focus on prevention

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Schools are required to report 16 types of offenses if they happen on school property.

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Shake-ups could be coming among area incumbents

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The candidate filing period runs Monday through Feb. 29.

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Ports Authority board eating well despite deficits

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Since February 2011, the Ports Authority has spent nearly $3,600 on four board dinners.

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