Today is a big day at the Georgia State capitol, it’s crossover day. If proposed bills don’t pass at least the House or the Senate the bills are dead for this session. The campus carry bill will likely come up for a vote in the House and we expect a big fight over a redistricting bill that critics say will dilute black voting strength in Cobb county. A lot of tax bills will be debated today including the fuel tax break for Delta and tax breaks for musicians.
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APS could be closing and merging schools
Atlanta school superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen plans to close and merge schools, her plans has some parents fired up. Dr. Carstarphen states that law enrollment and cost are forcing the district to redistribute the children. Community leaders are planning a 3 days of protest against the plan on Saturday there is a Save Our Children march at Collier Heights Plaza on Sunday there is a overnight camp out rally in front of the APS headquarters (130 Trinity Ave, SW Atlanta, GA 30303) and Monday rally participants are asked to be at the APS headquarters by 4 pm sign up to speak at 5 pm the school board votes Monday night (March 6) all the school superintendent needs is 5 votes to terminate some neighborhood schools, so attend the rally to show the entire board that the community does not agree with Dr. Meria Carstarphen plans to redistribute children.
1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.
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2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.
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3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”
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4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.
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5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.
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6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.
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7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.
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9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”
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10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.
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11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.
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12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”
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13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.
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14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.
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15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.
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16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.
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17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.
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18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.
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19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.
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20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Legendary Michael Jackson