Jesse Jackson Jr.: ‘I Want My Name Back’
.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Friday that he was fighting to get “my name back” after he was identified as “Senate Candidate 5” in a criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Jackson, the son of famed civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a six-term Democratic congressman from Chicago, had publicly sought to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. Jackson had talked to Blagojevich, the person with the sole power to make the appointment, on Monday, just one day before federal agents arrested the Illinois governor. Jackson said he only presented his credentials and polling information that suggests he could win re-election in 2010. Jackson said he had fought corruption “since day one” but said he could not serve as Illinois senator until his name was cleared in the public eye. (Continue Reading…)

Jenny Craig tabs Rashad as new spokeswoman
Actress Phylicia Rashad, known best for her role on “The Cosby Show,” is the new spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, the U.S. weight-loss group says. An unidentified Jenny Craig representative told People.com exclusively Friday that the 60-year-old actress would serve as the new face of the weight-loss and nutrition group. “Jenny Craig confirms a new relationship with Phylicia Rashad,” the representative said. “We look forward to sharing the details at a press conference in late January.” (Continue Reading…)

How a Gift Allegedly Triggered Jennifer Hudson Murders
Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia, celebrated turning 31 on Oct. 23 with cake and a small party at home. The next morning, police say, Julia’s estranged husband William Balfour – booted last February from the house on Chicago’s South Side where they lived with Julia’s mother and 7-year-old son – showed up and spotted a gift he believed came from another man. That jealousy is the motive that led Balfour, 27, to return to the house after Julia had left for work and shoot her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, Jennifer’s brother Jason, 29, then take Julia’s son, 7-year-old Julian King, and later kill him as well, prosecutors allege. (Continue Reading…)

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