Taxes, Janet Tours & More in the Week in Review
Blade Going Behind Bars
It looks like Wesley Snipes will be spending the next three years behind bars after his request for an appeal in his federal tax evasion case was denied. The “Blade” trilogy star had been out on bail for the past two years while his case was being reviewed. “The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” said Judge Terrell Hodges of Florida. In 2008 Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failure to file tax returns. He was given 36 months – the maximum – due to the high dollar amounts involved.
JANET JACKSON TO THE STAGE
Janet Jackson announced Friday that she will be going on a 35 city world tour – her largest to date – in 2011. But that’s not all. Fans will be able to pick what cities the singer/Tyler Perry muse comes to. In the show, Janet will only perform each of her 35 #1 hits. The littlest of the Joe Jackson clan is also choosing to perform in some smaller venues in order to get more face time with her fiercely loyal fans. While that obviously means there will be a ton of fan favorites that won’t make the final show, it is poised to be an incredible experience nonetheless. Now you know we’ll have a good time!
VICK’S STILL GOT IT
Michael Vick, PETA’s favorite quarterback, shut down critics during Monday night’s Eagles vs. Redskins game, when the embattled athlete ran two touchdowns, while throwing four touchdown passes, and racking up the yardage as he ran the field like he was Usain Bolt. Vick’s enormous contributions helped the Philadelphia Eagles obliterate the Washington Redskins, 59 – 28. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall summed up Vick’s playing best, saying, “I don’t think you can prepare for Michael Vick.” If Monday’s game is any indication of Vick’s determination, skill, and prowess, then Hall might just be right.
REP. CHARLIE RANGEL GUILTY
Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, of New York, was convicted Tuesday of 11 ethics violations by the House of Representatives ethics panel. One charge against the 20-term Harlem representative was a “House gift ban and restrictions on solicitations,” in which Rangel used congressional resources to obtain donations. The donations were for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service the City College of New York (CUNY). Another violation was a “U.S. government code of ethics” charge that cited Rangel’s use of a rent-subsidized apartment as a campaign office.
On Thursday, the ethics panel recommended that Rangel be sentenced to a censure, a formal reprimand by members of the House. Censure is the most serious congressional disciplinary action, short of expulsion. Rangel supporters however are urging House members to vote against the censure, which has yet to be scheduled. Voting on the censure is scheduled for after Thanksgiving.
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