September 6, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 4
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Itation Sound succesfully defends reggae clash title

Victor Kakulu

“It’s a battlefield — hot, hot, hot …”

As the lyrics of Jamaican reggae artist Tarrus Riley’s “Beware” blared from the speakers at Kay’s Oasis in Dorchester, a simulated warning shot ripped over the P.A. and through the near-capacity crowd gathered to witness the 5th Annual Forward Sound Clash, held last Friday night.

The jarring sound set the tone for the crews that traveled to Blue Hill Avenue in search of bragging rights. At the clash, either you come to the set with heavy-caliber skills, or you might as well be shooting blanks. Full story

Whoopi defends Vick in her ‘View’ debut

NEW YORK — So much for the sedate alternative to Rosie O’Donnell on “The View.”

Whoopi Goldberg used her first day on the daytime chat show Tuesday to defend football star Michael Vick in his dogfighting case.

Goldberg said that “from where he comes from” in the South, dogfighting isn’t that unusual.

“It’s like cockfighting in Puerto Rico,” she said. “There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country.”
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New book: Rice thought Palestinian leader weak

Anne Gearan

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice thought Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a weak disappointment, and she once judged President Bush’s signature Mideast peace program unworkable, according to a new biography.

Months into her term as secretary of state in 2005, Rice considered Abbas “a nice man but ineffective,” and she worried Abbas was unworthy of the investment in trust and money the U.S. had placed in him, the book says.
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Houston and Brown battle over custody

ORANGE, Calif. — Bobby Brown claims in a lawsuit that Whitney Houston has kept him from contact with their teenage daughter since she won custody of the girl at the end of their rocky marriage.

“I have not seen or spoken to my daughter since early June and I have no prospect of speaking to her anytime soon due to Whitney’s actions,” Brown declared in Orange County Superior Court filings released last month.

Brown has been trying to overturn a judge’s default judgment to nullify the couple’s marriage and grant Houston sole custody of 14-year-old Bobbi Kristina.

During a court hearing in April, Houston testified that Brown was “unreliable” and that she didn’t need spousal or child support. Full story

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