1023oprahOprah Defends Record of South African School
Oprah Winfrey acknowledged in a newspaper interview published Saturday that she has made several mistakes at her elite South African school, but said she remains proud of its success. The recent expulsion of four girls and suspension of three others was the second scandal to hit the Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened in 2007 to groom bright children from deprived backgrounds for a brilliant career. A dorm matron is currently on trial accused of abuse and sexual assault. “I have made several mistakes and one of them was being overprotective of the girls, which has led to an impression that the school is isolating them from society,” Winfrey was quoted as saying in the Weekend Argus. She said she had also underestimated the extent of homesickness among girls at the boarding school. (Continue Reading…)

Snoop Uses Twitter to Prove Wife Still Alive
In addition to releasing a statement affirming that his wife is not dead, Snoop Dogg posted a video on his Twitter page that showed Shante waking him up the morning after she was reported to have died. Early Saturday (or late Friday on the Wessyde), Snoop’s followers on Twitter received this message: “wifey and I brush these rumors off our shoulder! she filmed herself waking me up today so yall can kno she’s alive and well.” A link to the video was attached. The death rumors apparently began with a “tip” posted on a California Highway Patrol Web site which said Shante’s dead body was in Snoop’s basement, reports TMZ.com. (Continue Reading…)

In Rescue of Captain, Navy Kills 3 Pirates
Navy Seal snipers rescued an American cargo ship captain unharmed and killed three Somali pirates in a daring operation in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, ending a five-day standoff between United States naval forces and a small band of brigands in a covered orange lifeboat off the Horn of Africa. Acting with President Obama’s authorization and in the belief that the hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips, was in imminent danger of being killed by captors armed with pistols and AK-47s, snipers on the fantail of the destroyer Bainbridge, which was towing the lifeboat on a 100-foot line, opened fire and picked off the three captors. Two of the captors had poked their heads out of a rear hatch of the lifeboat, exposing themselves to clear shots, and the third could be seen through a window in the bow, pointing an automatic rifle at the captain, who was tied up inside the 18-foot lifeboat, senior Navy officials said. (Continue Reading…)

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