Betty on the News: Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin, and more

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Michael Jackson’s death investigation could turn into a criminal case, could you get pregnant from swimming in a pool, eating less could make you live longer, and more

-Kathy Campbell

Michael Jackson1. The Jackson family has reportedly been told that the investigation into the King of Pop’s death could turn into a criminal case, CNN is reporting.

While authorities wait on toxicology reports to determine the exact cause of Michael Jackson‘s death. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said yesterday that detectives have spoken to a number of doctors who treated Michael over the years, and are looking into the singer’s prescription drug history. And a source further reveals that doctors who did not cooperate with investigators were issued subpoenas.

Bratton said that based on the toxicology reports, “We will have an idea of what it is we are dealing [with]: are we dealing with a homicide or are we dealing with an accidental overdose?”

Michael’s father Joe Jackson said on Good Morning American today that he thought there was “foul play” involved in his son’s death, but he didn’t elaborate.

In police interviews conducted in 2004 in relation to the singer’s child molestation case, authorities were told the following by two of Michael’s former bodyguards: The singer took more than 10 Xanax pills a night, asking his employees to get prescription sleep medication under their names and also personally traveling to doctor’s offices in other states to get them himself.

The speculation that prescription drugs may have played a major role in Michael Jackson’s death on June 25 is growing stronger every day. (CNN)

Pool2. A woman is suing a hotel as she claims that her daughter got pregnant from swimming in the resort’s pool.

Britain’s Sun newspaper reports that a Polish woman has filed a suit against an Egyptian hotel after her 13-year-old daughter swam in the pool and returned home pregnant after their vacation.

Magdalena Kwiatkowska believes her child conceived from stray sperm in the pool and is now seeking compensation from the hotel.

A travel industry source said: “The mother is adamant that her daughter didn’t meet any boys while she was there. She is determined to go ahead with the case.” (The Sun)

3. Cutting down the amount of food you eat by 30 percent could help you to live longer.

According to a study conducted on monkeys over 20 years and published in the journal Science, eating fewer calories could be beneficial to the parts of the brain that control motor skills, memory and problem solving.

Studies in mice, worms, and flies have also shown that this type of diet – which is not a form of malnutrition or self-starvation – results in longer lives and a lower risk of some cancers, heart disease, and other age-related illnesses.

But there could be risks in drastically reducing your caloric intake.

“Once you start to restrict calories, there is no guarantee of adequate nutrition unless you are following a plan monitored by a registered dietitian,” says Keri Gans of the American Dietetic Association. “The less calories you consume, the harder it may be to ensure that your diet includes foods that provide proper nutrition.” (CNN)

Sarah Palin4. The father of Sarah Palin‘s grandchild is claiming he knows why the Alaska governor resigned last week-she did it for the money.

Levi Johnson, who was engaged to the governor’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, says he heard the former vice presidential candidate say several times how nice it would be to take advantage of the lucrative deals she was being offered, including a reality show and a book.

(A reality show??? The mind boggles at the delicious possibilities.)

“I think the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars,” said Levi, who is working on a book deal of his own. (Huffington Post)

Hemingway5. A new book is claiming that legendary author Ernest Hemingway was a KGB spy.

Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America reveals that the Nobel Prize winner was on the Russian intelligence agents list of its operatives in America in the 1940s and was given the cover name Argo.

While the book reveals that he met with Soviet agents in Cuba and London, he failed to given the spies any political information, either because he saw his undercover dealings as fodder for a book or was just not very good at gathering intelligence. (The Guardian)

Michael Jackson's kids6. Despite continuous bickering over where Michael Jackson‘s body will be laid to rest, the family is onboard to produce a documentary which will draw a hefty sum. Katherine Jackson and most of the children are interested in the idea, as it could amount to one major payday according to a source. “They’re doing this documentary because with the kids, they will get $20 million,” the insider stated, before adding that Katherine is hoping that all of her children will be a part of it.

Meanwhile, Joe Jackson told ABC that he and his wife, Katherine, should have custody of Michael’s three children. “They’ll grow up to be strong Jacksons,” he said.

He said Michael’s daughter, Paris, who spoke at the Tuesday memorial service, was taking the death hard and was crying whenever Michael’s name is mentioned. He said that she might have a future in the entertainment business along with the youngest son, nicknamed Blanket, who “can really dance.” (New York Post)

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  1. wow I’m pretty darn sure you cannot get pregnant by swimming in a pool. For one, the so-called stray sperm would “die” in the chlorine, among other scientific & medical reasons.

    Her daughter got pregnant the old-fashioned way

  2. How revolting that Joe Jackson is already publicly speculating about how to exploit a new generation of Jackson children. Katherine needs to redeem herself, kick him to the curb (or off a cliff) and do everything in her power to give those children a secure and stable life.

  3. The study on the monkeys and the diet is very flawed. One monkey had a high fat junk food diet, while the other was given veggies and other good foods, as well as less food and fewer calories. In order for the premise of JUST fewer calories being the key to a better life, the monkeys should have been fed the SAME foods, just one given as much as he wanted and the other one restricted. Any dietitian could tell you the number of calories is not nearly as important as the quality of the foods you eat. Anyone who restricted their diet by 30% fewer calories but was still eating at McDonald’s is not going to be a whole lot better off than the person who eats even more calories but is eating all fresh veggies and other healthy foods.

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