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The House Community Prepares For The Grand Homegoing For Frankie Knuckles

In March the House community lost its front-runner of the most peaceful genre of music to ever be played.  God Father of House Frankie Knuckles passed on March 31, 2014 from complications with Type 2 Diabetes.  The Grammy Award Winning DJ was Brooklyn born but a native Chicagoan.  We thank him for his positive contributions to the music industry.  Frankie was as humble as he was generous.  His musical contributions will always spark memories for all the “Househeads” to remember the good times.


As the family and friends prepare to send the God Father to the “true House” that Jack built on April 21, 2014,  Earhustle411 will continue to keep the everyone in prayer.


Mammogram Tech Pleads Guilty To Falsifying Cancer Test Results Which Death Resulted In 2 Deaths

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A former Georgia hospital technician was sentenced to up to six months in prison after pleading guilty to manipulating the mammogram records of 1,289 patients. Ten of those women were given false negatives, and two of them are now dead, a prosecutor says.

“You played Russian roulette with the lives of essentially a thousand women in this community,” Houston County Superior Judge Katherine Lumsden told the 33-year-old Macon woman during sentencing on Tuesday.Rachael Rapraeger told the patients at Perry Hospital that their mammograms yielded negative results when a doctor had never reviewed them, according to court documents.

One victim, Sharon Holmes, to whom Rapraeger gave a false mammogram result in December 2009, found out two months later that she had breast cancer and that it had spread to her lymph nodes, CNN affiliate WMAZ reported.

Her cancer has been in remission for three years, the station reported, but that didn’t mitigate her displeasure with Rapraeger. Holmes told WMAZ she wanted Rapraeger to know, “I’m not a name on a piece of paper; I’m a person.”

Holmes had a chance to speak directly to Rapraeger in court, reading from a prepared statement, “You could have made a different decision, and my family and I would not be living this nightmare.”

Rapraeger also received 10 years of probation and a $12,500 fine, according to the sentencing sheet. She also won’t be allowed to hold any job in the health care field for 10 years, the sheet says.

Although Rapraeger initially pleaded not guilty, she accepted a deal in which she pleaded guilty to 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct and one count of felony computer forgery.

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The felony will be wiped from her record if she doesn’t “violate the terms and conditions of the sentence,” said Dan Bibler, deputy assistant district attorney.

Rapraeger will remain free on $50,000 bond, possibly for several weeks until a bed is available at a yet-to-be-determined state probation-detention facility, defense attorney Frank Buford said.

He called the sentence “very fair” and said his client takes responsibility for her crimes and is remorseful that people suffered. Explaining why Rapraeger told so many patients their mammograms were negative, Buford said Rapraeger became overburdened at work and was only trying to please her bosses.

“She just got behind in her work and wanted to try and get caught up,” the attorney said. “She made a poor decision to start entering negative reports just so she could keep up. She didn’t want to fall behind on her work requirements.”

Holmes told WMAZ she was not happy with the sentencing.

“If I’m living a sentence of having cancer then you should live a sentence also: behind bars,” she told the station.

One victim who wasn’t able to opine on the sentence is Miriam Mizell, who died of breast cancer in January 2012 at age 63.

In a September 2010 interview, she told WMAZ that Rapraeger had informed her that her mammogram had come back clean in 2008. In spring of 2010, however, Mizell got a call saying she had been randomly selected to receive a free mammogram, she told the station. That test came back positive, WMAZ reported.

“I was lied to from the beginning,” Mizell told the station.

Asked about Mizell’s allegation, Houston Healthcare, which operates Perry Hospital, responded with only a short statement from CEO Cary Martin.

“Notification efforts to the impacted patients commenced April 2010 and continued to completion or resource exhaustion in the ensuing months,” Martin said.

Source: Ktla.com


X-Men Director Bryan Singer Being Sued By Man Who Claimed Singer Sexually Abused Him


A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing a teenage boy 15 years ago.

Singer allegedly offered the aspiring teen actor a role in an “X-Men” film if he gave in to his sexual demands, while threatening to destroy his career if he didn’t, according to the civil suit filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii Wednesday.

Singer’s representative said the accusations were “completely without merit.”

“We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” Singer’s rep said. “It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’ s new movie is about to open in a few weeks.”

Singer is one of Hollywood’s most successful directors and producers, having directed two installments of the “X-Men” film franchise and a Superman movie in the past 15 years. His next film — “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — is set to hit theaters on May 23.


Attorney Jeff Herman chose Hawaii to file the suit because the legislature there opened a window for two years allowing old sex abuse cases to be filed. The provision expires next week, Herman said.

The alleged sex abuse incidents detailed in the lawsuit happened in 1998 and 1999 when the plaintiff was 17, the suit said.

Most of the alleged sex abuse took place at parties at a California mansion the suit said.

Other incidents allegedly happened during two trips to Hawaii.

Singer “manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries,” the complaint alleged.

Singer “promised acting roles to Plaintiff in an X-Men movie, in commercials, and in other of his projects, and professed that he would arrange for Plaintiff to audition for roles and projects in others’ productions,” it alleged.

Source: CNN

Bill And Hillary Clinton Will Soon Be Proud Grandparents: Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant


Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she is expecting her first child.

The only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton made the announcement while sharing the stage with her mother at a women’s event in New York.

“Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year,” Chelsea said at the end of the event.

“And I certainly feel all the better whether it’s girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong, young female leaders. So thank you for inspiring me and thank you for inspiring future generations.”

Clinton added: “I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me.”

Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010.

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In an October interview with Glamour, Clinton said the couple wants “to start a family.”

“So we decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby,” Clinton said.

Equally important to the plan, she told the reporter: “Call my mother and tell her that. She asks us about it every single day.”

Clinton talked about her mother’s impatience for grandchildren in a 2012 Vogue interview, saying they were thinking about starting a family in “a couple of years.”

Source: CNN

Michelle Obama Speaks To Chicago Students As They Visit Howard University

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First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by rapper Bow Wow, visited Howard University  in Washington on Thursday afternoon to meet with a few dozen high schoolers from Chicago.

She came out to promote the president’s initiative North Star, which aims to put the U.S. back into first place in the world with respect to its proportion of college graduates.

Obama, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law, told the young Chicagoans that she’d had scant exposure to college campuses while at Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School and had visited Princeton only once, to see her brother, before enrolling there.

The Chicagoans are visiting Howard for a campus orientation program.

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Obama arrived shortly before 2 p.m., toured dorm rooms and posed for an outdoor group photo with the high schoolers as Howard students cried out from nearby dorms: “We love you, Michelle.”

She moved on to speak to a campus food court to speak with high school and college students.

“This has been the most phenomenal day of my life,” Pamela Mondane, 17, told the first lady. The girl, a senior at Whitney Young, said she planned to pay her $300 enrollment fee Thursday to signal her intention to enroll at Howard later this year. Mondane, in an press interview, said she was “all over the place” with respect to a major — from neuroscience to marketing.

Bow Wow, formerly L’il Bow Wow, is the 27-year-old co-host of BET’s “106 & Park,” a weekday show on which the first lady has appeared. Because Bow Wow, who had a hit record as a teenager, did not attend college, but pursued an entertainment career, according to his manager, Bart Waters, 33, of New York, who was on hand.

“Chicago, whassup?” Bow Wow asked as he began to moderate a discussion the students had with the first lady. He told the students the first time he voted, he cast a ballot for Barack Obama.

Chicago Public Schools officials said 37 students were on the campus visit from 18 area schools.

“When the press leaves, we’ll really get candid,” the first lady said. Reporters were later ushered out.

Source: Chicago Tribune