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Katherine Jackson’s lawyer met with her Thursday evening for the first time since her Arizona trip that led to her losing custody of Michael Jackson’s children.

The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch even found humor in some of the speculation about her health that emerged in the past week, the attorney, Perry Sanders, told CNN.

“I had a long and productive meeting today with Mrs. Jackson,” Sanders said. “I am pleased to report that she is fine and she laughed at the widely publicized report that she had suffered a stroke.”

A letter signed by several of her children accusing executors of her estate of abusing her referred to a “mini-stroke,” which her lawyer said never happened.

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Man accused in hepatitis C outbreak was fired from Arizona hospital

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The man accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C at a New Hampshire hospital was fired from a job in Arizona two years ago after testing positive for cocaine and marijuana, a public relations agency for Arizona Heart Hospital said Thursday.

David Kwiatkowski was arrested this month in connection with spreading the disease to 30 patients at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.

Kwiatkowski, 33, also worked as a traveling medical technician on a contract basis for hospitals in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania in the past five years, hospitals and health officials in those states said.

They are trying to get the hundreds or thousands of patients who may have come in contact with him to be tested for the disease.

Kwiatkowski has been treated for the disease, which can pass through contact with contaminated blood, most often via shared needles.

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Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Victim from Ahwatukee, Ariz.

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Police are pictured outside of a Century 16 movie theater where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting during the showing of a movie at the in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (Associated Press / Ed Andrieski) [Source: www.AP.org]

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QB Major Concern for AZ Cards

By Derek Evans
Gilbert Gumption Intern

Just two days ago the Arizona Cardinals reported for their training camp, located in Flagstaff, Ariz. on the Northern Arizona University campus. Hard to believe that just four years ago this team made an amazing and shocking run to Super Bowl XLIII (43). This team has two major concerns for the upcoming 2012 season – 1) The defense, according to www.ESPN.com last season they Cardinals ranked 21st in rush-defense and 17th in pass-defense.


The other major concern is the question of who will start for the Cards as quarterback. The major problem for Arizona is the team doesn’t really like either Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. If the team had their way, the starting quarterback would be Peyton Manning. Since Manning’s in Denver (with the Broncos) and the Cards are stuck with Kolb and Skelton.

Kolb had some very good games during his brief time with the Philadelphia Eagles, and because of that I think people prematurely rushed to assume that he was a very good quarterback. Skelton on the other hand was able to gain the Cards some wins last year, which made their season seem more respectful at eight wins and eight losses, when at one point it looked like they could’ve been heading to 2–and–14, or 3–and–13.

It’s very hard to predict who will win the starting job – my guess – Kevin Kolb. He’s making far more money than Skelton; but he will be on a very short leash. Also, if the season is a disappointment – which many fans would consider six wins or less – head coach Ken Whisenhunt might be fired. The season will at least prove to be interesting.

Investigating charity’s donations

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Standing amid pallets of bottled water, suntan lotion and boxes of candies, Roy Tidwell says he is providing a service that can’t be duplicated: shipping needed goods to dozens of charities at a low cost.

“Well, my portion of it is getting goods to help people who are suffering, goods that I can deliver for pennies on the dollar,” he said. “And most places that get them are very appreciative.”

Tidwell runs Charity Services International, which he says has 50 clients, all charities, including the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and SPCA International.

His business is in the middle of a debate over how charities put a monetary value on the items they donate.

In one instance, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, using Tidwell’s organization as a broker, shipped what it claimed were more than $800,000 worth of goods including chef’s coats, hats and football pants to a small charity called…

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After 10 years in minors, former Expos pick debuts

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29-year-old Jim Henderson, called up by the Brewers earlier in the day, made his major league debut Thursday night, retiring all three Nationals he faced in his inning of work.

Henderson was a 10-year minor league veteran, having been picked by Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 draft. After he failed as a starter in low-A ball in 2005, the Nationals shifted him to the bullpen, where he’s been ever since. His results have largely been mixed in stints in three different farm systems, but he broke through in Triple-A this year, amassing a 1.69 ERA and 15 saves as Nashville’s closer.

While Henderson had a 5.46 ERA in Double-A in 2010 and a 4.28 mark between Double- and Triple-A last year, his mid-90s fastball has kept him employed. He probably doesn’t have enough to go with it to contribute as more than a middle reliever, but it’d…

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Aurora shooting victim called “I love you” to daughters

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Gordon Cowden, a father of four, was with two of his daughters when he was shot and killed in theater 9.

“We have strength but at moments you’ll just breakdown and lose it,” Brooke, who was with her father when he died, tells Anderson Cooper.

A makeshift memorial of 12 white crosses sits close to the Colorado theater. On the cross that has Gordon’s name written across the top, there is this message: “Dad, it was a surreal disorienting night, what was certain was your calling to us, I love you both.”

“My dad taught me what it meant to be a man. He was a father first and last and always,” says Gordon’s son, Weston. “He lived so passionately and lived life like it was supposed to be lived.”

Brooke reminisces about one of the last days she spent with her father. “We went to a local park where…

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Matt Harvey strikes out 11 in major league debut

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The Mets weren’t entirely sure Matt Harvey was ready, but the 2010 first-round pick sure looked the part in his debut Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

While pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings, Harvey became just the 13th pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 11 batters in his debut. He allowed three hits and walked three on his way to getting the victory in the Mets’ 3-1 win.

The major league record of strikeouts in a debut is 15, established by the Dodgers’ Karl Spooner in 1954 and matched by the Astros’ J.R. Richard in 1971. Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 in his first start two years ago. Besides Strasburg, the most recent pitcher to strike out at least 11 batters in his debut was Oakland’s Tim Hudson in 1999.

Harvey definitely seemed amped up tonight, throwing 95-98 mph instead of his usual 93-96 mph. He wasn’t flawless…

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