dailyphoto091127‘Princess’ star’s dream realized
Disney returns to its roots in classic hand-drawn animation for its latest film “The Princess and the Frog.” Along with the onscreen animated artistry you’ll see, you’ll also hear music from composer Randy Newman, and the voices of several actors, including “Dreamgirls” star Anika Noni Rose. Actress Anika Noni Rose lends her voice to the newest Disney heroine in “The Princess and the Frog.” The Tony-Award-winning actress is thrilled that her latest role will introduce her to a much younger set of fans. (Continue Reading…)

Shaquille O’Neal pays for North Carolina girl’s funeral
Professional basketball star Shaquille O’Neal paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl whose body was found last week, O’Neal’s team confirmed Thursday. Authorities believe the child, Shaniya Davis, was kidnapped, raped and murdered after being reported missing November 10. Her body was found six days later on a roadside about 30 miles from her hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her funeral was Sunday. (Continue Reading…)

Judge denies Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s mistrial motion
Visiting Judge Dennis M. Sweeney has denied Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s motion for a mistrial, as the jury continues well into their fifth day of deliberations on charges that Dixon stole or misused gift cards intended for Baltimore’s needy families. After Sweeney denied the motion, he cleared the courtroom while attempting to respond to a jury note asking for transcripts of testimony from several witnesses. Sweeney said he needs time to determine whether the court has the “technological capabilities” to produce redacted versions of the audio and video testimony. He will also consider whether to allow the jurors to watch portions of the testimony in a closed courtroom, where only the jurors and parties involved are permitted and reporters are excluded. (Continue Reading…)

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