Flavor Flav admits knife crime
Entertainer Flavor Flav has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a Las Vegas domestic violence case in a move that will avoid a trial and possible jail time.
The 55-year-old rapper and reality TV star acknowledged Monday in Clark County District Court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an October 2012 argument at home with his longtime girlfriend’s 17-year-old son.
A judge sentenced him to probation and four more months of domestic violence counseling.
The clock-wearing entertainer’s legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr.
He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of attempted battery that could have caused substantial injury and battery constituting domestic violence.
His next court date is Aug. 18.
Man to ‘fly’ off Mount Everest
Discovery Channel has set the date for its live coverage of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.
High-altitude climber Joby Ogwyn will make the attempt.
The network plans to air “Everest Jump Live” at 9 p.m. May 11, weather permitting.
Discovery will air a live two-hour broadcast showing the California native as he battles conditions on the way to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, then takes the plunge. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds exceeding 150 mph.
Jackson’s mom owes $800,000
A judge has indicated that Michael Jackson’s mother should pay the promoter of her son’s ill-fated comeback concerts more than $800,000 in costs associated with her failed negligent hiring lawsuit.
Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued a tentative ruling Monday against Katherine Jackson.
The five-month trial ended with a jury determining that AEG Live LLC did not negligently hire the doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.
AEG Live initially sought more than $1.2 million to cover the cost of court reporters and exhibits. Katherine Jackson’s lawyers claimed only about a quarter of that amount was justified.
First lady shows appreciation
Michelle Obama says she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.
The first lady visited the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Monday as families decorated Easter cards.
She thanked the Fisher House for providing military families with “a home away from home” during tough times. The program gives temporary housing for military families while their loved ones receive medical care.
Mrs. Obama was accompanied by first dogs Bo and Sunny, as she handed out cookies made by the White House pastry chefs in the shape of the Portuguese water dogs and the White House.
She also brought tickets for next Monday’s White House Egg Roll.
From News and wire service reports