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    Tempers Flare As Whitney Houston Fans
    Cry Foul Over Being Left Out Of
    Star’s Viewing
    As Who's Who Of Hollywood Arrives, The Taxpayer Wonders Why Not Us, Too?
    February 17, 2012 11:59 PM

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    A woman signs a display for singer Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church February 16, 2012 in Newark, New
    Jersey. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)


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    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Whitney Houston’s
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    Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, 18, appeared at the
    private viewing. It was the first time she saw her



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    mother since she died.

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    Security was very tight around the funeral home in                                  LifeLock® Official Site
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    had been been set up around the church, 1010 WINS’
    Steve Sandberg reported.

    The service inside was said to be sad, but at the same
    time celebratory, with Houston dressed in all white, her                         TRI-STATE NEWS
    slender body not in a coffin, but fully displayed for                              HEADLINES                                                VIDEO ON DEMAND
    family and friends who were sworn to secrecy.

    “We want to keep it more peaceful and keep it quiet,                      From our newsroom to your inbox
    and keep love and understanding and let’s keep the                           weekday mornings at 9AM.
    ministry of the music and what she meant,” family
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    friend Steven Kahn told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.

    As three limos pulled out of the funeral home with a
    police escort fans were pushed away and moved up
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    the street behind barricades. According to CBS 2’s
    Christine Sloan, that’s when tempers started to flare.                                                                        Poet, Author Maya Angelou Dies At 86

    “I’m a taxpayer in the city … born and raised in this city                                                                                       More Videos
    … They should stop treating us like animals. We’re
    taxpayers … We made this lady who she is today,”
    resident Floyd Bishop said.                                                Outrageous Celebs                                MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK
    “Cissy Houston should come out and wave to us and
    say thank you. She shouldn’t have them keep us
    away. We bought her music. We helped succeed in
    what she had done over the years,” added Charlene
    Williams.

    “Taxpayers paying for all this, treating us like we’re                     Notable Deaths 2014
    from the street or something. Make no sense,” resident
    Shawn Holsted said.

    Because of the Houston family’s request for privacy                                                                           Follow CBS New York
    police have had no choice but to keep the crowds
    away. Many fans understood.                                                                                                            CBS New York
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    “She came back to her home and we love her for that,”                                                                                             You like this.278,935
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    Carol Ray said.                                                            Conservative Celebs
    “We would like closer … We are here to honor her
    memory … She’s from Newark and East Orange so                                                                                     Follow @CBSnewyork     55K followers
    everybody knows and we want to give her that
    respect,” Estelle Buchanan said.

    Later, the Houston family funeral director, Carolyn Whigham, hand-delivered a small, colorful
    brochure on the life of Houston to those that had gathered — a token of thanks for disappointed
    fans.                                                                                                                         Follow More Stations and Personalities

    “C’mon fans, thank you, you’re more than welcome. This is what Whigham Funeral Home is doing
    on behalf, I believe, in giving,” she said.                                                                                 LATEST GALLERIES
    Earlier Friday, fans were able to share their memories of Whitney Houston in a condolence book.

    Following the private service on Saturday, Houston will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in



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    Westfield next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who was buried there in 2003.

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    Fans and childhood friends who won’t be attending the funeral have been leaving heartfelt
    messages of sympathy outside the funeral home.

    “It’s the least that I could do for her, just to say goodbye,” said fan Simone Mercury. “My last final
    goodbyes to her.”                                                                                                                 Roaring Great Falls   Subway Train Derails
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    The throngs of fans being kept out of the private funeral are people who traveled here from near
    and far, reports CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

    “Greatest singer in the world as far as I’m concerned. The least I could do, really, is come here                           NEW YORK CITY GUIDES
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    Houston’s funeral will be a who’s who of Hollywood. Among the invited celebrities is Kevin                                                              Family & Pets
    Costner, who co-starred with the singer in “The Bodyguard,” her mentor Clive Davis, Elton John,                                                         Plan a weekend getaway
    Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, and Houston’s Ex Husband,                                                                    with the kids, share tips
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    Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, is expected to sing. On Friday night, while pleasing a                                                            your pooch.
    packed crowd inside Radio City Music Hall, the “Queen of Soul” sat behind a piano and gave a
    touching and heartfelt tribute to her goddaughter with her rendition of “I Will Always Love You,”
    reports CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez.

    Franklin will continue her emotional dedication at Houston’s funeral Saturday at the request
    Houston’s mother, Cissy.

    Cece Winans, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson are also expected to perform. Houston’s
    mother may also speak.

                                                                         A dress, shoes and picture of Whitney Houston on
                                                                         display outside the Whigham Funeral Home in
                                                                         Newark on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 (credit: Kathryn
                                                                         Brown/CBS 2)




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    The pastor of New Hope Baptist Church said the service will be similar to what Houston
    experienced as a child singing in the choir.

    “This is a church and we’re going to have some church in the celebration,” said Pastor Joe A.
    Carter.

    It’s a celebration that will steer clear of the cloud that engulfed Houston in recent years.

    There is new video of a disheveled looking Houston outside a Los Angeles nightclub last Thursday
    and reports of hard partying at the Beverly Hilton, with the star drinking heavily as early as 10 a.m.
    on the Saturday before she died.

    Police are looking at surveillance tapes and have subpoenaed Houston’s doctors.

    A cause of death is listed as “deferred” for now, pending toxicology reports.

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