Russell Simmons attends HBO’s Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party held at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles
*Russell Simmons and Jennifer Hudson have joined a group of celebrities and other activists lobbying for President Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan stops slaughtering dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji.
Also backing the effort are J-Hud’s fellow Oscar winners Sean Penn, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron as well as TV stars Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner, and many others.
The Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” chronicled the dolphin roundup in Taiji and helped spark protests over the annual hunt and ensuing slaughter. Japanese law allows a hunting season for dolphins, and fishermen defend it as a tradition.
*As we prepare to strap on the old food bag for Thanksgiving day, we have a full menu in our minds of what we want to eat. Now some of us are meant to remain on the eating side of the holiday rather than cooking.
But for both the novice and those who believe they’re some sort of savant chef, everyone thinking of frying a turkey can use this funny, but serious tutorial. (more…)
*In a new jailhouse interview, convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said he and his partner attempted to recruit fellow shooters for their 2002 spree and that his accomplice killed one man for backing out.
Malvo was interviewed for the one-hour TV special “Confessions of the DC Sniper with William Shatner: An Aftermath Special,” which aired Thursday on A&E. In a telephone call from a southwest Virginia prison, Malvo told Shatner two men planned to join in the attacks to make them more deadly but reneged. Malvo said his fellow shooter, John Allen Muhammad, killed one of the men in retaliation. Malvo did not identify them.
Malvo’s revelations came in response to questions about claims by a psychiatrist that the duo had co-conspirators. The psychiatrist, Neil Blumberg, who worked with Malvo before his trial, also said Malvo had confessed to more shootings in addition to the spree that terrorized the Washington region in 2002, when 13 people were hit and 10 of them died.
In the TV interview, Malvo initially denies his psychiatrist’s claims that he and Muhammad had co-conspirators. Once pressured, he says someone in Arizona helped them get weapons and explosives, and a man in New York was supposed to help them get out of the country “when it’s all said and done.” He said both later backed out of plans to help with the shootings.
“There was supposed to be three to four snipers with silenced weapons,” said Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings. “In this way we could do a lot more damage along the entire Eastern Seaboard.”
Blumberg said Malvo told him Muhammad made him shoot two of the co-conspirators once they backed out of the plan. Malvo told Shatner only one of the men was killed, and that Muhammad did it. Blumberg also said Malvo told him there was a third co-conspirator who was supposed to have joined them in Washington but did not. Malvo does not mention that person during the interview with Shatner.
Previously, Malvo and Muhammad had been linked to as many as 27 shootings resulting in 17 deaths in 10 states and Washington DC. Blumberg told the show Malvo had confessed to him to at least 42 shootings. When Shatner asked about the number of shootings, Malvo rattles off states where he claims he and Muhammad shot people but doesn’t give an exact number.
Malvo’s statements have been inconsistent in the past, and authorities have cast doubt on some of his reported confessions since he was sentenced to life in prison. Muhammad was executed in Virginia last year.
The sniper-style attacks all but paralyzed the nation’s capital, as people were shot at random while going about their everyday life — pumping gas, buying groceries, and for one young boy, as he went to school. The shooters used a high-powered rifle, firing from the trunk of a modified Chevy Caprice until they were tracked down at a Maryland rest stop.
Watch Shatner’s interview about the special on “Good Morning America” in the video below.