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Leon Spinks, the former heavyweight champion best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978, died Friday after a long-time battle with cancer.

According to CNN, Spinks had been battling prostate and other cancers for about five years.

“Leon fought his battle with numerous illnesses resiliently, never losing his trademark smile. Showing true Spinks determination, he never threw in the towel,” a statement released by his publisher read.

At the time of his passing his wife Brenda Glur Spinks was by his side. Due to COVID restrictions, only a few close friends and other family were present.

The St. Louis native first made a name for himself in 1976 when he represented the United States in the Olympics, winning a gold medal.

It was not until two years later, in 1978, that Spinks became the heavyweight boxing champion over Ali. In only his eighth professional match, Spinks defeated Ali in what is now known as “one of the greatest upsets in boxing history.”

In 1981, Spinks would fight once again for the heavyweight title. Yet this bout was unsuccessful as Larry Holmes took home the win.

According to CNN, Spinks retired in 1995 with a 26-17-3 record with 14 knockouts. He was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.

“You gave me a hell of a fight, but you were a good guy. You lived your life the way you wanted, and it was a good one. I pray you Rest In Peace,” Holmes wrote on Twitter.

He was 67.




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Janet Jackson Two-Night Documentary Coming To Lifetime And A&E

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut album, Janet Jackson will be the subject of a two-night documentary airing on Lifetime and A&E next year. 

The two-part, four-hour project is said to offer “unprecedented” access to Jackson. The film will examine Jackson’s most polarizing moments, including the death of her famous brother Michael, and her father, Joseph. It will also touch on her controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake and more intimate moments like motherhood.

Filming for the doc, tentatively titled “JANET,”  has been underway for the last three years. Jackson has given filmmakers access to archival footage, unseen home videos, and interviews with famous contemporaries. The documentary is targeting an early 2022 release. 

The doc is executive produced by Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson. It is co-produced by Workerbee and Associated Entertainment Corporation. The executive producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray, and Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E Networks. Ben Hirsch is directing.

News of Jackson’s doc came during A+E’s virtual upfront, where 2500 hours of new programming were announced, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and more than 200 movies. 




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Following Deadly Texas Blackouts, ERCOT Terminates Its CEO

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Following the deadly blackouts that left millions of people without electricity and heat for days in subfreezing conditions, the Texas power grid president and CEO has been terminated.

On Wednesday, The board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, responsible for 90% of the state’s power, sent Bill Magness a two-month notice of termination.

During one of the worst blackouts in US history, the state’s top utility regulator resigned on Monday.

In a statement, the organization said, “During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve as President and CEO and work with state leaders and regulators on potential reforms to ERCOT.”

Magness was slammed during the blackouts that started Feb. 15 when a winter storm plunged temperatures into the single digits, creating skyrocketing demand for electricity to heat homes. Magness made over $876,000 in salary and other benefits in 2019.

As the system buckled, grid operators disconnected more than 4 million customers, which Magness claims was important to avoid a more devastating outage that might have lasted months.

During the storm, the power grid was “four minutes 37 seconds away from total collapse,” suggesting the Lone Star State may have been without power for weeks.

In his opening remarks at a recent board meeting, Magness said, “This was a devastating event.” He said,  “Power is essential to civilization.”

KHOU reported that during the storm, 356 generators were knocked inactive, nearly doubling what Texas witnessed during its last big winter storm in 2011.

 




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Mariah Carey’s Brother Suing Over False Claims In Memoir

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Mariah Carey is being sued by another one of her siblings, Morgan Carey, for falsely accusing him of being a violent person in her memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.”

Morgan is the second Carey family member to sue her over the book, following Mariah’s sister Alison, who described it as containing “cruel and outrageous allegations.”

In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Morgan alleges that Mariah damaged his reputation when she wrote about an alleged violent struggle he had with their father and an alleged attack against their mother.

The lawsuit includes a passage from the memoir that reads: “It took twelve cops to pull my brother and father apart. The big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane, crashed loudly into the living room. I was a little girl with very few memories of a big brother who protected me. More often, I felt I had to protect myself from him, and sometimes I would find myself protecting my mother from him too.”

Morgan believes Mariah’s account of the fight portrays him as a violent man and claims actual fights with his father never occurred when Mariah was a child. In either case, he claims that 12 cops would never respond to a domestic violence complaint.

According to the documents, Mariah’s memoir also alleges, “Suddenly there was a loud, sharp noise, like an actual gunshot. My brother had pushed my mother with such force that her body slammed into the wall, making a loud cracking sound.”

Morgan insists it’s all a lie, claiming that many people experienced his “deep affection” for his mother and claims that Mariah contradicted herself later in the book when she recalled her mother saying, “Morgan is the only one I love.”

He’s suing his younger sister for slander and deliberate infliction of emotional distress, and it appears that he’s seeking a large sum of money in damages.

 

 




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