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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011
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                                    People & Places


      Family attends

 UK kicks off
 MJ ‘tribute’
 CARDIFF, Wales, Oct 8, (AP):
 Three generations of Michael
 Jackson’s family — with a few
 notable absentees — joined an
 eclectic roster of entertainers
 Saturday to pay tribute to the King
 of Pop, a celebration of the late
 star’s life overshadowed by the Los
 Angeles manslaughter trial of his
    Participants urged fans to ignore
 the criticism and planning glitches
 that marked preparations for the
 show in Wales, and to revel in the
                        celebration of
                        musical lega-
                           “It’s     not
                        about the con-
                        troversy,” said
                        R&B star Ne-
                        Yo,        who
                        kicked off the
                        show with a
                        rendition of
       Jackson          “Billie Jean,”
                        complete with
 some passable moonwalking. “It’s
 not about the trial. It’s not about his
 death. It’s about celebrating his life.
 It’s about celebrating his music.”
    The      crowd      at     Cardiff’s
 Millennium Stadium did just that,
 roaring with approval as Jackson’s
 brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie —
 three-fifths of the original Jackson
 5 — took the stage to perform
 “Blame It On the Boogie” with
 British boyband JLS.
    “Can you feel his spirit in the
 house tonight?” asked Marlon.
 Judging by the cheers, the fedora
 hats and the sequined gloves in the
 audience, many could.
    The lineup for the “Michael
 Forever” show includes Christina
 Aguilera, Smokey Robinson,
 Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis,
 Jennifer Hudson, Cee Lo Green —
 and, via video, Beyonce.
    The concert has divided the King
 of Pop’s family and followers. The        Dr Conrad Murray (also inset) is shown leaving UCLA Medical Center in this surveillance video introduced as evidence during Dr Conrad Murray’s trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, Oct 7,
 three brothers and sister La Toya         in Los Angeles. Jurors hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s doctor on Friday heard the physician begin to describe his relationship with the singer in detail for the first
 were performing, while Michael                                                                                                         time. (AP)
 Jackson’s mother Katherine and his
 children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and 9-
 year-old Michael Joseph Jr., known
 as Blanket, were due to attend.
    But brothers Jermaine and Randy
 and sister Janet have stayed away,
 saying it is wrong to hold the show
 at the same time as the manslaugh-
 ter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.                                                                                                         ‘He was my friend … I wanted to help him’
    Before the show, Marlon Jackson
 said he respected his siblings’ deci-

                                                                                              Doctor recounts Jackson death
    “Each one of us grieves differ-
 ently,” he said. “We want to cele-
 brate the positive side of his life,
 the positive things that he did.”
    Jackson died in June 2009, at age
 50, as he was preparing for a string                                                         LOS ANGELES, Oct 8, (Agencies):            left the room. Murray has pleaded not       room. The only sound came from              because they thought they had already
 of comeback concerts in London.                                                              Dr Conrad Murray says in a police          guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If      jurors turning pages of the 125-page        found three bags filled with medical
    His last hours are being relived                                                          interview played for a jury that he        convicted, he could face up to four         transcripts given to them.                  equipment, syringes and propofol bot-
 in graphic detail at the trial of                                                            spent months trying to help Michael        years behind bars and the loss of his          The doctor’s story, interrupted          tles in Jackson’s closet. Detectives
 Murray, accused of giving Jackson                                                            Jackson with his insomnia, giving him      medical license.                            infrequently by detectives’ questions,      wouldn’t find the items until two days
 a lethal dose of the anesthetic                                                              nightly infusions of an anesthetic until                 Emotional                     was probably his substitute for testify-    after the interview with Murray.
 propofol and other sedatives in the                                                          realizing the singer was becoming             Jurors got about two-thirds of the       ing in the two-week old trial. It offered      Murray told the detectives he
 bedroom of his rented mansion on                                                             addicted.                                  way through the interview and will          him the chance to describe his treat-       always put the medications and equip-
 June 25, 2009.                                                                                  Given two days after the King of        hear the remainder of the interview —       ment of Jackson without cross-exami-        ment he used on Jackson away
    Some fans have said it’s inappro-                                                         Pop died, Murray is heard in the more-     and some of its most emotional              nation.                                     “because he wanted me not to have
                                           Irish musician Bob Geldof performs
 priate to hold the tribute show dur-      on stage in Berlin on Oct 7. Geldof                than two hour recording describing his     moments — when the trial resumes on            The interview made clear that detec-     anything hanging around.”
 ing the trial, but those who came to      presented songs from his new album                 relationship with the star, the medica-    Tuesday.                                    tives knew nothing about propofol              Smith then asked, “Where’s your
 Cardiff said it was a fitting antidote    ‘How to Compose Popular Songs                      tions he gave him and the efforts to          According to a transcript released       before Murray mentioned Jackson’s           bag where those syringes would be
 to the grim courtroom spectacle.                  That Will Sell’. (AFP)                     save his life.                             Friday, detectives asked Murray about       dependence on it. When Murray said          now?”
    “There’s a lot of negativity in                                                              Murray’s account, in an interview       his actions at the hospital after Jackson   that Jackson had demanded “his milk,”          “Oh, really?” Chernoff replied,
 that courtroom,” said Ronnie Lee, a                                                          played publicly for the first time         was declared dead, which led the doc-       his nickname for the drug, Detective        according to the transcript.
 32-year-old truck driver from                                                                Friday, was so detailed and graphic        tor to describe telling the singer’s        Scott Smith asked, “Hot milk?”                 “I don’t have them,” Murray
 Pembroke, Wales, sporting a                       People                                     that Jackson’s sister, Rebbie, arose and
                                                                                              rushed from the courtroom during the
                                                                                                                                         mother and children that the singer            No, the doctor said. Murray then
                                                                                                                                                                                     described the anesthetic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 replied, before telling the detectives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 exactly where to find the bags.
 “Thriller” T-shirt. “This is a chance                                                                                                   had died.
 to say, ‘Thank you Michael’ and                                                              description of the singer’s death scene.      Paris Jackson, the doctor said, was         Jackson remained awake for hours                      Precautions
 celebrate the music.”                                                                           Murray sounded calm. As he neared       worried about being an orphan and           after returning home around 1 a.m. on          During the interview, Murray also
    Fans from across Europe gath-
                                           LOS ANGELES: Talks between AFTRA                   the end of his story, emotion crept in.                                                June 25, 2009, after rehearsals. “It was
                                           and record labels have broken down.                                                           expressed questions about why her                                                       told detectives how he took all possi-
 ered outside the stadium, where              The American Federation of Television
                                                                                                 “I loved Mr Jackson,” he told the       father was dead.                            4 o’clock in the morning, and then he       ble precautions — keeping oxygen
 vendors did a brisk trade in King of      and Radio Artists and the labels have been         detectives. “He was my friend. He             “‘Dr Murray, you said you save a lot     complained,” Murray said. “‘I’ve got        and a pulse monitoring machine near-
 Pop T-shirts and fedora hats like         negotiating since August and despite               opened up to me in different ways. I       of patients, you know, you save people      to sleep Dr Conrad. I have these            by — and constantly warned Jackson
 those once worn by Jackson.               about 16 meetings, have been unable to             wanted to help him ... I cared for him.    with heart attacks and you couldn’t         rehearsals to perform.’”                    that using propofol was an artificial
    “Whatever happens in that court,       come to an agreement.                              I had no intention of hurting him. I did   save my dad,’” Murray told the detec-          Jackson threatened to cancel that        way to sleep.
 we’ll never get Michael back,” said          No more negotiating sessions are                not want him to fail.”                     tives Paris Jackson, then 11-years-old,     day’s rehearsal, so Murray gave him            Murray said Jackson told him
 Karin Kiewiet, 40, a local govern-        scheduled.                                            He added, “I realized Michael           said.                                       some more lorazepam.                        before he agreed to be his personal
 ment worker from Emmen,                      Major issues standing between the two           Jackson had a dependency and I was            “‘I know you tried your best, but           Over the course of the interview,        physician that he might need help. The
 Netherlands. “This is a good oppor-       sides include health care and pension              trying to wean him off it.”                I’m really sad,” he continued, recount-     Murray told police that other doctors       physician said Jackson told him that
 tunity for us to begin grieving.”         security and transparency of accounting.              The June 27, 2009, interview out-       ing her words. “‘I will wake up in the      had given the anesthetic before.            he expected to sleep for 15 to 18 hours
    The show has suffered teething            The current contract, which covers              side a noisy hotel ballroom gave           morning, and I won’t be able to see my      Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told the       at a time.
 problems, with producers strug-           about 14,500 people, expires Dec. 31.              police their first hint that Jackson’s     daddy.’”                                    detectives that Jackson was familiar           Jackson had battled insomnia before
 gling to line up top-name acts for           AFTRA and representatives from Sony,            death was not from natural causes and         Murray’s account disclosed a long        with how the drug was administered          he came to Murray. Repeatedly,
 the tribute, hosted by actor Jamie        UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of               that he had been given the powerful        history of Jackson’s reliance on propo-     through an IV and certain dosages.          Murray said, Jackson talked of can-
 Foxx and British TV host Fearne           their subsidiary labels began formal nego-         anesthetic propofol in an effort to cure   fol.                                           Murray said Jackson actually asked       celling his landmark “This Is It”
 Cotton.                                   tiations Aug 15 in New York. Talks went            his extreme insomnia.                         Jackson told him he had received         him if he could “push it” through the       comeback concert in London if he
    The Black Eyed Peas pulled out         for two weeks. After that, the sides met              “He’s not able to sleep naturally,”     the drug from doctors in Germany and        IV himself and said he had done it          could not sleep.
 of the lineup this week, citing           for another week in Los Angeles.                   Murray told the detectives early in the                                                before.
                                              Because they couldn’t reach an agree-                                                      then from a Las Vegas physician, Dr                                                        “He said he would not satisfy his
 “unavoidable circumstances” amid          ment, they met for a final day in New
                                                                                              interview.                                 David Adams, who came to Murray’s              The doctor said he did not allow         fans if he was not rested,” Murray
 reports the chart-topping band is         York on Oct 5 — but still couldn’t agree.             Prosecutors contend that Murray         office and put Jackson to sleep for         Jackson to do it.                           said. “There was a lot of pressure.”
 splitting up.                                On Oct 2, AFTRA’s national board of             was reckless by giving Jackson propo-      hours with the anesthetic. Adams is            At times during later portions of the       In his account of Jackson’s final
    Organizer Chris Hunt said that         directors gave the union’s negotiating             fol outside a hospital setting and with-   slated to testify later in the trial.       interview that will be played Tuesday,      hours, Murray told of how he infused
 despite the last-minute loss, fans        committee permission to seek a strike              out proper monitoring equipment.              Adams’ lawyer, Liborius Agwara,          Murray expresses his frustration that       Jackson with lorazepam and another
 could expect “a very, very spectac-       authorization vote.                                They claim he gave the singer a lethal     previously said Adams administered          he didn’t know what other doctors           drug, Versed, during a 10-hour strug-
 ular show.”                                  ``While AFTRA is not currently on               dose of the drug and other sedatives on    propofol to Jackson four times in 2008      were giving Jackson.                        gle to get the singer to sleep. At one
    “Everything we’ve done has             strike in Sound Recordings, the AFTRA              the day Jackson died.                      to assist a dental surgeon.                    But by the end of the interview, it      point, he said, he checked to make
 been governed by one criterion —          National Board has unanimously author-                Defense attorneys say Jackson gave         Murray sat next to his lawyers as        becomes clear that Murray and his           sure the sedatives weren’t leaking out
 would Michael have done it this           ized the Negotiating Committee to take all         himself the lethal dose after Murray       the tape played in the hushed court-        attorney sat down with detectives           of the IV bag.
 way, would he approve, would he           actions necessary, up to and including ... a
 like it?” said Hunt, chief executive      strike authorization vote,’’ according to a
 of Global Live Events. “We’re try-        statement AFTRA released Friday.
 ing to do something worthy of one         (RTRS)
 of the greatest showmen of modern                     ❑        ❑         ❑               Marylebone Register Office before 30                                                          McCartney’s partnership with Lennon        family.”
 times.”                                                                                  invited guests.                                                                            in The Beatles in 1960s Britain produced         The wedding will be followed by a
                                           LONDON: Former Beatle Paul                        It is the same venue where McCartney                                                    some of the most famous and enduring          reception held in McCartney’s back gar-
    Several fan groups around the          McCartney will wed for the third time on       married his late first wife Linda in 1969,                                                 pop songs of the past 50 years.               den, the paper said.
 world have criticized the event, not      Sunday when he and New York heiress            at the height of the Beatles’ fame. Linda                                                     The Daily Mirror quoted a source close        Shevell, 51, who is divorced, and
 just for its timing, but for ticket       Nancy Shevell are married in a civil cere-     died of breast cancer in 1998.                                                             to McCartney as saying: “The wedding is       McCartney, 69, are believed to have
 prices that started at about $100 and     mony in London, British newspapers                “They have been given special dispen-                                                   in keeping with the way Paul and Nancy        begun dating after his bitter split with sec-
 for what some regard as an out-of-        reported.                                      sation by the council to marry on Sunday                                                   have conducted their entire relationship      ond wife, former model Heather Mills.
 the-way location in Cardiff, 150             The Daily Mirror and The Sun tabloids       and have chosen what would have been                                                       — low-key, understated and fuelled by            McCartney and Mills were wed in 2002
 miles (240 kilometers) west of            said on Saturday that McCartney and            the groom’s former bandmate John                                                           goodwill.                                     in a lavish ceremony at Castle Leslie in
 London.                                   Shevell, who posted wedding banns last         Lennon’s 71st birthday for their big day,”                                                    “Neither of them want a huge fuss          Ireland estimated by celebrity magazines
                                           month, would be married at London’s            the Daily Mirror said.                          McCartney                Lennon            made and the main priority for both was       to have cost around $3.2 million. (RTRS)

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