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Was James Brown murdered? More than a dozen people want his death investigated

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In a new bombshell investigation, 13 people say they suspect James Brown did not die of natural causes.

In a three-part investigation by CNN, published Tuesday, more than a dozen people who knew the late singer say they want a criminal investigation into his death or would like the singer’s body to be exhumed for an autopsy.

After Brown died on Dec. 25, 2006, at age 73, his official cause of death was listed as congestive heart failure, resulting from complications of pneumonia.

One of the nearly 140 people interviewed for the CNN piece was Dr. Marvin Crawford, the doctor who treated Brown at an Atlanta hospital prior to his death and the one who signed his death certificate. Crawford now says he too doubts Brown died of natural cause. Instead, he believes it was an overdose, accidental or otherwise.

Brown’s condition “changed too fast,” Crawford told CNN.

“He was a patient I would never have predicted would have coded,” referring to a medical slang term used to describe a patient in cardiopulmonary arrest. “But he died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room?”

Another event that prompted suspicion was the seemingly ever-changing official story of Brown’s death from his personal manager at the time, Charles Bobbit. Those interviewed by CNN said Bobbit’s story “didn’t make sense” and described it as “always a little vague.”

Andre Moses White, a friend who helped Brown check into the hospital in December 2006, told the outlet that he was so convinced Brown’s death wasn’t what it appeared that he took a vial of the singer’s blood from an IV tube shortly after Brown’s death in hopes authorities could use it to investigate. Brown’s daughter, Yamma Brown, declined to provide the news outlet with a statement regarding why the family declined to have an autopsy performed at the time of her father’s death.

Questions have also been raised as to whether Brown’s body is in the crypt in his daughter Deanna Brown Thomas’s yard. She did not respond to CNN’s questions regarding the location of her late father’s body.

The investigation also examines the death of Brown’s third wife, Adrienne Brown, and delves into the legendary singer’s past.

Although police found no foul play in Adrienne Brown’s Jan. 6, 1996, death, her friend Jacque Hollander told CNN that she believes otherwise.

CNN obtained the pages of a confidential informant’s notebook from Steve Miller, the retired detective who investigated Adrienne’s death. In the 2001 notebook, the informant, who has since died, alleges that a doctor confessed to murdering Adrienne Brown, 45, with a fatal drug overdose. The doctor in question denied the allegations to CNN.

Hollander also alleges that she was raped by James Brown in 1988, which she says she told his wife Adrienne about at the time. Brown was never prosecuted.

Police reports from the time of their marriage show Adrienne claimed her husband became violent with her around the same time. Brown was arrested after a neighbor confirmed to police that she saw the singer pull a trigger on Adrienne, the bullet of which hit her car tire and trunk.

According to Hollander, Adrienne said the case against her husband had disappeared because she had been told to drop the charges or be killed.

USA TODAY has reached out to the Brown family attorney for comment on the allegations.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/02/05/james-brown-murdered-bombshell-report-raises-questions/2775870002/

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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