The first lady of Zimbabwe has filed a defamation suit demanding $15 million from a newspaper that quoted a 2008 diplomatic cable alleging she profited from the illegal diamond trade.
The Standard, a Harare-based Sunday newspaper, this week quoted WikiLeaks-released U.S. cables saying rumors that Mugabe and Gideon Gono, the Reserve Bank governor, were profiting off of the diamonds are true.
In short, the paper alleged the cables show that Gono made thousands of dollars each month off diamond dealing and funneled money to Mugabe, her sister-in-law and members of Zimbabwe‚Äôs ruling party.
‚ÄúThe diamonds that are sold to regime members and elites are sold for freshly printed Zimbabwean notes issued by the (Reserve Bank),‚ÄĚ The Standard quoted British mining executive Andrew Cranswick as saying in a 2008 document.
According to Britain‚Äôs The Guardian, the Marange district of Zimbabwe has been the ‚Äúscene of a frenzied diamond rush in recent years.‚ÄĚ
In court papers, Mugabe called the allegations printed in The Standard false and malicious and said they damaged her credibility, Al-Jazeera reported.
‚ÄúWhatever it prints is regarded as gospel truth by those people in Zimbabwe and abroad,‚ÄĚ the network quoted court documents as saying.
Mugabe, in the past, has been the subject of¬†media reports questioning her lavish tastes as first lady of a country where inflation has soared and a majority of citizens live below the poverty line.
The Cleveland radio DJ has edited Jay-Z‚Äôs ‚ÄúEmpire State of Mind‚ÄĚ to omit a word deemed highly offensive in the city.
No, it‚Äôs not one of the words the Federal Communications Commission deems inappropriate for radio. It‚Äôs not about drugs or sex. It‚Äôs not a racial epithet.
The word? LeBron.
In the song featuring Alicia Keys on piano and the hook, Hova makes reference to a Young Jeezy lyric, reportedly about the price of cocaine: ‚ÄúIf Jeezy‚Äôs payin‚Äô LeBron, I‚Äôm paying Dwyane Wade.‚ÄĚ (Supposedly, the players‚Äô jersey numbers correspond with the price of a kilo.)
Now, when the song is broadcast on WAKS 96.5 FM, the Cavaliers-turned-Heat forward‚Äôs name is indecipherable. Murphy explained his rationale to Waiting For Next Year, an Ohio sports blog.
‚ÄúI was playing the song and realized that the word LeBron is as offensive to some people as the ‚ÄėSeven Words You Can‚Äôt Say On The Radio,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúAnytime one of those words shows up in a song, we either bleep it, cut it out completely or obscure it by flipping it backwards. So, I suggested to our programming (department) that we should treat the name LeBron similarly.‚ÄĚ
The NBA blog at CBSSports.com called the edit creative and said it would consider a similar policy. The sports blog, Deadspin, had fun as well, filing its post during Wednesday‚Äôs Heat-Cavaliers game.
‚ÄúThe Heat currently hold a slim lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Miami tonight. L***** has 21 points,‚ÄĚ Deadspin joked.
The convicted murderer is scheduled to be executed Thursday using a drug typically reserved for animal euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, The Oklahoman reported.
The newspaper reported that a federal judge OK‚Äôd the use of the substitute drug, pentobarbital, after prison officials complained about a shortage of sodium thiopental, used in the first phase of Oklahoma‚Äôs three-drug lethal cocktail.
According to NPR, attorneys for Duty and death row inmate Jeffrey Matthews filed several complaints about the plan. Among them, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved pentobarbital, and it is not an ‚Äúultra-short-acting barbiturate as the new law requires.‚ÄĚ
KRMG talk radio in Tulsa reported that Oklahoma would be the first to use the drug, barring a last-minute stay.
Duty‚Äôs last appeal was denied in October. He was first imprisoned in 1978 after convictions of rape, robbery and shooting with intent to kill, according to The Express-Star in Grady County, Oklahoma, where Duty is on death row.
In December 2001, Duty strangled his 22-year-old cellmate, the paper reported, adding that Duty subsequently wrote the district attorney requesting the death penalty.
In a letter to his mother written shortly after the strangulation, Duty boasted about the killing, saying, ‚ÄúI told him I wanted to use him as a hostage. ‚Ä¶ (H)e went right for it, thinking he was gonna get some¬†smokes out of the deal,‚ÄĚ according to The Express-Star.