Archive for December 28th, 2011

28 Dec

No So Neon: Deion Sanders Wife Says She Was Not Informed of Divorce

The wife of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders said Tuesday she learned about his decision to end their marriage when she read it online. Pilar Biggers-Sanders’ lawyer Larry Friedman told TMZ she was “heartbroken and surprised when [she] read . . . that Deion announced his decision, on his own.”
“Pilar’s sole focus and top priority for the last twelve and a half years has been her marriage and children,” he added. “Based on recent discoveries, [Pilar] now realizes that Deion did not view their family the same way.”

Friedman would not elaborate on what the “discoveries” were.

The lawyer said Biggers-Sanders had not negotiated a divorce settlement with the 44-year-old, and that she fully intended to protect herself and their three children. Biggers-Sanders, however, was still not convinced the marriage was over and said she was “confident that he will come to his senses and return to his family as he has in the past.” Sanders made the announcement Dec. 17 in a statement to the entertainment website, saying, “Pilar and I have decided to end our marriage and move on to the next phase of our individual lives with mutual respect. (more…)

28 Dec

Racism, It’s Countrywide: Bank of America to Pay Record Pittance for Discrimination

Bank of America will pay $335 million to settle allegations of discrimination at Countrywide Financial Corp., the troubled lender it bought in 2008. Countrywide was the nation’s largest subprime lender and came to symbolize the real estate collapse that led to the nation’s economic meltdown. The Justice Department said Wednesday that the agreement is the largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history.

“If you were African-American or Hispanic and you went to Countrywide for a loan, and you were qualified, you likely paid more simply because of the color of your skin,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez. People of color also were “far more likely to be steered into an expensive and risky subprime loan than a similarly-qualified white borrower.” Perez said more than 200,000 African-American and Hispanic victims are identified in the complaint and will receive compensation.

The abuses occurred between 2004 and 2007, the peak of the subprime borrowing craze.

28 Dec

Moment of Clarity: Heavy D’s Cause of Death Revealed

Heavy D

Legendary rapper Heavy D died from a pulmonary embolism resulting from deep leg vein thrombosis, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. The coroner’s office spokesman, Craig Harvey, told The Associated Press Tuesday that weight and a transcontinental jet flight were contributing factors. The coroner’s office, which classified the death as “natural,” also said that Heavy D had heart disease, which may have contributed to his death.The rapper, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was found unconscious in his Beverly Hills home on Nov. 8. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Heavy D emerged on the scene in the late 1980s with his group Heavy D & the Boyz. His 1989 release “Big Tyme,” which featured the songs “Somebody for Me” and “We Got Our Own Thang,” was the year’s top-selling soul record.

In addition to his 11 albums, he penned the themes for the FOX comedies “In Living Color” and “MADtv.”

He was just 44 years old.

Source: By David Eckstein Zap2it

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