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Jury Still Out on Butcher ‘Guru to The Stars’ Trial

queenlatifah.jpgThe jury is still out on the Feline Butcher — holistic health guru to such stars as Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley and Queen Latifah — who is facing 17 counts of practicing medicine without a license and one count of grand theft.

The jury’s verdict could put Butcher’s holistic health clinic out of business, but it could also put her behind bars. It would weigh heavily on the Church of Scientology, which is a big supporter of Butcher’s anti-drug regimen for treatment. Butcher is an avowed high-ranking church member.lisamarie.jpg

The trial for the faux practitioner came to a close Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with numerous Scientology disciples present in the courtroom and the jury has been deliberating ever since.

Butcher, who has treated with holistic techniques other stars like Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, was investigated specifically by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Halt Authority Task Force in the case of photographer Clive McLean, who died in 2005.

Mclean’s widow, Erica McLean, says that Butcher, being a Scientologist, encouraged her husband to abandon chemotherapy in favor of a regimen of “vitamins and magic drops.”

McLean, who was assisted by private investigator Paul Barresi, claims that the couple paid close to $120,000 on useless treatments. Barresi was a friend to Clive McLean as well, having been photographed by McLean for Hustler Magazine. Barresi turned over a cache of information about Butcher to the Halt Authority Task Force.

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Howard Brandy, inspiration for Dudley Do-Right, 79

brandy_howard.jpg From Variety (with some additional info by guest Fishie Dan Cox):

Howard Brandy, a publicist in film and music over a career spanning nearly five decades and known as the model for the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, died last Monday after a long illness. He was 79.

In the 1950s, Brandy represented teen heartthrobs Fabian and Frankie Avalon before going on to work with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, the Fifth Dimension, Lionel Richie, Captain & Tennille and the Monkees. He also headed publicity for A&M records, Uni Records and Motown.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Jason Toney

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Jason Toney, in his own words, was once the editor of LAist and a b-level blogebrity. Now, he’s a senior producer at Disney.com. Toney’s own blog, Negro Please is famous for music recommendations. And he’s everywhere, Twitter, SXSW, Linkedin. But, no matter where he is, he made time for our foolish, yet curiously revealing, questions.

1. What newspapers do you read? Well, I keep forgetting to cancel my LA Times subscription. Does that count?

2. Which ones do you move your lips while reading? I’m part of the digerati, so you know I click on Salon and Slate and Alternet links but I truly get all my news from youtube kidz. Lip-dubbing “Crazy” counts, right?

3. Which Web sites, besides FBLA, are on your favorites bookmark?
Popmatters and Disney.com (plug) and Go Fug Yourself (plug)

4. Where do you get your car washed?
I’ve decided not washing my car is good for the environment.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? No, but it’s Armenian and hard to spell.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? No, but the paperless newspaper is what’s happenin’.

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