Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 12/10
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U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela’s universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium. In a speech that received thunderous applause, Obama urged people to apply the lessons of Mandela, who emerged from 27 years in prison under a racist regime, embraced his enemies when he finally walked to freedom and promoted forgiveness and reconciliation in South Africa.
Prosecutors are considering whether to move forward with domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman even though his girlfriend is asking them not to do so. Without a witness willing to testify, prosecutors can still use law enforcement reports, 911 calls and other witnesses to build a case. But such cases are more difficult to prove, State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lynne Bumpus Hooper said.
Former NBA player Lamar Odom pleaded no contest Monday to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years’ probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment. In a deal with prosecutors, Odom entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was also ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and penalties, Los Angeles city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Odom had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
A California court has scheduled arguments next month for Michael Jackson’s doctor to appeal his involuntary manslaughter conviction. The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles set arguments in the case for Jan. 9. Former cardiologist Conrad Murray is appealing his 2011 conviction on various grounds. He says a judge excluded jurors from hearing key evidence and should have sequestered jurors on the high-profile case.
With Britain’s new law banning anyone sentenced to more than four years in prison from entering the country, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson had to reroute the promotional appearances for his new book, Undisputed Truth.
Oprah Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings as her latest book club pick. Winfrey will feature Kidd in her magazine as well as bring her on the show for an interview. This 19th-century narrative was a sure pick for Winfrey as she feels it gives a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.
The artist formerly known as the Pied Piper may want to go hide back in the mountains after an embarrassing attempt at a Twitter chat. R. Kelly opened himself up for questions, and mockery, while promoting his latest, Black Panties. Among the zingers, he only answered 16 questions because he doesn’t like anything over 18. **dead** To see the full roasting—complete with marshmallows—click here and let the hilarity ensue.