A healthy resolution
Valisia LeKae has a New Year’s resolution that has nothing to do with weight loss, money or watching less TV.
“I will be cancer-free in 2014,” she’s vowed.
The budding Broadway star who played Diana Ross in the hit show “Motown the Musical” was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in late 2013. She went through surgery and this week endured the first of six planned rounds of chemotherapy.
The 34-year-old who was raised in Memphis, Tenn., and attended the University of Tennessee had to pull out of the musical and refocus her life on beating the disease, something she’s done with grace and wit.
“I lost my ovary. I don’t need to lose my sense of humor,” she says.
Ruling halts Jackson retrial
A judge has issued a tentative ruling against granting a new trial in a negligence case filed by the mother of Michael Jackson claiming a concert promoter is financially liable for the singer’s death.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the lengthy ruling on Friday but did not immediately finalize it after hearing more than two hours of arguments from lawyers.
A jury in October rejected Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit claiming AEG Live LLC negligently hired the doctor convicted of giving her son an overdose of anesthetic in 2009.
Her lawyers argued the verdict form didn’t allow jurors to fully consider evidence in the case.
MSNBC’s Roberts gets new gig
MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will be getting used to early hours as the new host of the network’s “Way Too Early” program.
The cable network on Friday gave Roberts the job as anchor of the newscast, which airs from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern just before “Morning Joe.” Roberts will also be a contributor to “Morning Joe.”
The irreverent “Way Too Early” was a springboard for former host Willie Geist, who is now a regular on “Morning Joe” and hosts an hour of NBC’s “Today” show.
Roberts will give up his current 11 a.m. anchoring slot, a post that hasn’t been filled yet.
Speed cited in Walker autopsy
The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner’s report released Friday.
Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial adviser, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, and witnesses interviewed by deputies estimated it was going 100 mph or more.
No alcohol or drugs were detected in the system of either man on the day of the fiery one-car crash.
The Nov. 30 deaths were ruled accidents and were due to combined traumatic and thermal injuries, the report said. It said both men were burned over 100 percent of their bodies.
Investigators found no mechanical problems with the Porsche or debris or other problems on the roadway in an industrial park in Santa Clarita about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.