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dailyphoto080311b.jpgHBO Turns To ‘Ladies’ For New Drama Series
HBO has bought the rights to a 13-part drama series derived from bestselling book series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and also will air the two-hour film that serves as series pilot, directed by Anthony Minghella from the script he co-wrote with Richard Curtis. Grammy winner Jill Scott (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?) will star in the series, whose two-hour pilot (originally to be a stand-alone movie) was filmed on location in Botswana. Curtis and Minghella are executive producers; producers are Oscar winner Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa) and Timothy Bricknell for Mirage Enterprises, along with Amy Moore for Cinechicks. (Continue Reading…)

The Role of Race in the Mortgage Mess
Just six months after buying his home in New York City, CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston reports, Michael Wiggins fell behind on his payments. Pinkston asked Wiggins if he was afraid at that point that he would lose his home. “Yes,” Wiggins told him, adding, “I knew I was going to lose it.” Wiggins, a city bus driver, was one of millions of Americans caught in the subprime mortgage crisis. His Mortgage Lenders Network loan gave him an 11 percent interest rate with a payment of $3,900 a month. But that jumped to $4,200 a month because of delinquency fees and penalties. (Continue Reading…)

Poison Letter Sent to SAfrica Prosecutor
letter allegedly tainted with a poisonous substance was sent to South Africa’s top prosecutor, who is pursuing corruption cases against senior government leaders and politicians, his office said Monday. (Continue Reading…)

`Redneck Shop’ Creates Dispute in S.C.
A black civil rights activist is fighting to close a store that sells KKK robes and T-shirts emblazoned with racial slurs. David Kennedy is confident he can make it happen. After all, he says he owns the building. Since 1996, the Redneck Shop has operated in an old movie theater that, according to court records, was transferred in 1997 to Kennedy and the Baptist church he leads. (Continue Reading…)

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