Reports: Rapper Guru in coma after heart attack
Rapper Guru, whose real name is Keith Elam, is reportedly recuperating after heart surgery after suffering a massive heart attack that left him in a coma. The artist, who rose to fame with the duo Gang Starr before a string of successful solo records, was due to undergo surgery Monday, according to a Sirius radio interview with his former partner in Gang Starr, DJ Premier. Premier reportedly characterized Guru as “fighting for his life.” He was joined in the hospital by his sister, Tricia, who said, “The family is handling it as best they can.” (Continue Reading…)
Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act
President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation’s main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act. Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama’s signature Saturday. The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government’s ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security.
Three sections of the Patriot Act that stay in force will: _Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. _Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations. (Continue Reading…)
Suggestive NJ billboard of jeans ad to come down
Like the pair of jeans it depicts, a billboard poster in downtown Newark is coming down.
The ad for Akoo jeans shows a woman kneeling in front of a man and facing the camera. The man’s jeans are unbuckled, and the woman appears to be pulling them off. The billboard, which hovers over a busy intersection, sparked criticism after a local columnist questioned its taste. On Monday, a spokeswoman for CBS Outdoor, the company that owns the billboard, said the ad will be taken down, though she did not specify a date. In a statement, the company acknowledged it had responded to feedback from Newark residents. An e-mailed request for comment from Akoo Clothing was not answered Monday. (Continue Reading…)