Don Imus/Rutger Womens BasketBall


SAN FRANCISCO, California, the two brothers who survived a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers’ attorney said Tuesday.

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Tatiana, a 350 pound Siberian tiger, killed one young man and injured two others before being killed.

A zoo spokesman called the claim “unreliable.”
Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, tried to get help for their friend, Carlos Sousa Jr., after unsuccessful attempts to stop a 350 pound Siberian tiger that had attacked Sousa on Christmas Day, attorney Mark Geragos said.

According to Geragos, the tiger initially attacked Sousa and Paul Dhaliwal about 4:30 p.m. While Sousa was seriously hurt, Paul Dhaliwal escaped, and he and his brother ran 300 yards to a zoo cafe where they had eaten earlier.

But Geragos said the brothers were “denied entry” to the cafe because the zoo was closing. At that point the brothers lost sight of the tiger.

The brothers then spotted a female security guard who appeared “diffident” when told of the escaped tiger, Geragos said.

“Who knows what would have happened if the guard had acted earlier?” Geragos said. “But Carlos would have stood a better chance of not dying. And maybe the police would not have shot the tiger as well.”

Parents of dead teen: “It’s hard to believe” After the brothers talked with the security guard, Geragos said, the tiger returned and attacked Kulbir Dhaliwal before police officers arrived and shot and killed the animal.

Zoo spokesman Sam Singer dismissed Geragos’ claims and noted that the San Francisco police have not even finished their investigation.

“I never speculate on defense attorney hypotheses,” Singer said late Tuesday in a phone interview.

According to police dispatch logs from the day of the attack, someone inside the cafe called 911 at 5:07 p.m. It is unclear when the brothers tried to notify people in the cafe about the attack.

The dispatch logs also show that zoo employees initially questioned whether early reports of the attack were coming from a mentally unstable person.

By 5:10 p.m. zoo employees reported that a tiger was loose, and by 5:13 p.m., the zoo was being evacuated and locked down.

For several minutes, the medics refused to enter the zoo until it had been secured. Meanwhile, zookeepers believed several tigers were loose, and hoped to tranquilize them.

“Zoo personnel have the tiger in sight and are dealing with it,” reads a 5:17 p.m. note on the transcript.

By 5:20 p.m., medics had located one victim, presumably Sousa, with a large puncture wound to his neck. The tiger was still loose.

As medics attended to the victim, an officer spotted the tiger sitting down before it fled and began attacking another victim, according to the logs.

At 5:27 p.m., less than 20 minutes after the initial reports, the officers killed the tiger.

Zoo officials say the tiger likely climbed over the wall of its enclosure, which was about 4 feet below the recommended minimum for U.S. zoos.
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Well, it looks like the ZOO has some serious reports against them…I imagine it is all going to boil down to how the Tigress got out…and was the security fortress enough….where rules broken by not having more and a higher enclosure, per regulations.

It seems there are only two witnesses, and they are the survivors.

I can not imaginge having a 300 pound tiger attack me, going for my throat. Which would be her primal instinct.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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458949471_389816cdb6_m.jpgAS YOU CAN SEE BY THIS PIC…THERE IS STILL FALLOUT FROM WHAT Don Imus SAID!

Just in from WASHINGTON…Fired radio host Don Imus plans to sue CBS for breach of contract, saying the radio network approved the racially charged language that led to his removal, his lawyer said on Friday.

Attorney Martin Garbus told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that CBS and MSNBC indicated their approval of Imus’s remarks by failing to use delay buttons to prevent the comments from going on the air.

The former radio host called the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team “nappy headed hos” on his early morning show last month, stirring an uproar about the remarks that many people found racially offensive.

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“He has said similar things before. So you can’t say there was anything different, and the guys who were operating the delay button understood that,” Garbus said.

“CBS basically approved the language,” he added.

Imus is expected to file a $40 million breach-of-contract suit against CBS next week, the New York Times reported on Friday.

CBS could not immediately be reached for comment, but the Times quoted the network as saying: “We terminated Mr. Imus for cause. Based on the comments in question and relevant contract terms, we believe that the termination was appropriate.”

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Thank you Reuters for this report
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40 Million…WOW…I knew he wasn’t out of the picture yet…things were way to quite on the western front to suit my tastes.

I am not in on this fight…he personally apologied to the Ladies from the Ruters Women’s Basketball Team and I am satisfied…perhaps a CBS representative should have done the same!

????What do you think Baby Boomers????

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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In New Jersey Gov., Jon Corzine was released from the hospital Monday, nearly three weeks after he almost died in a car crash.

“I’m a blessed human being. I could not be more grateful for the support I have had,” he said with his two adult children at his side as he left the hospital in a wheelchair.

Corzine, an aide and a state trooper who was driving the vehicle in which they were traveling were hurt in the high-speed crash. The governor — who was not wearing a seat belt — was hurt the worst. (Watch the governor apologize outside the hospital )

The governor fought back tears as he told reporters he planned to work hard to “set the right kind of example to make a difference in people’s lives.”

“I understand that I set a very poor example for a lot of young people, and people in general,” the governor said outside the Cooper University Hospital hospital.

“I hope the state will forgive me,” he said.

The governor was riding in the front seat when his vehicle hit a guardrail on the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township, just north of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The vehicle was traveling at about 90 mph at the time of the accident.

The governor’s left femur was broken in two places and pierced through his skin. He also broke 11 ribs, his sternum, his collarbone, fractured a lower vertebra and suffered a deep facial cut that was repaired by a plastic surgeon.

The 60-year-old governor spent days on a ventilator in critical condition.

Police believe the crash happened after a Dodge Ram clipped the governor’s vehicle when it swerved to avoid hitting a red pickup truck that officials said made an erratic move.

Police found the driver of the truck with help from the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department, surveillance cameras and toll information.

No charges were filed because the driver, a 20-year-old Atlantic County man, was unaware he was involved in the accident, police said.

Corzine will not return to work immediately because he has to undergo extensive physical therapy.

Is Tom DeLay in a WITCH HUNT…or just looking for revenge???

Fanning the flames of discontent sparked by the Imus controversy, former congressman Tom DeLay is making a plea for his fellow conservatives to get Rosie O’Donnell fired for recent remarks she made.

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Below is a YOU-TUBE for you to watch…I only see controvercy…isn’t that what the show is about…different “VIEWS”…??? By Women???

Being a PEACE-NIC…I am sure you know what side of the fence I am on.
Like Rosie, I make no quams about my views.

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“I’m calling for conservatives to take on Rosie O’Donnell,” DeLay said during an interview with CNN. “She criticized and ridiculed Chinese-Americans, she accused the president of being responsible for 9/11. Let’s now start calling for her resignation.”

He also recently penned an article on TownHall.com titled “If the Left Takes Imus, We’ll Take Rosie.”

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DeLay’s comments come just as Don Imus ‘ career was brought to a screeching halt after he referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s.”

O’Donnell responded to DeLay on her blog with a post titled “Tommy D,” calling him a “criminal” and “sad slug,” and also says his claims about her 9/11 comments are wrong. She then goes on to post a wikipedia transcript of Delay’s indictments for illegal acceptance of funds while he was U.S. House Majority Leader.

O’Donnell’s spurned quite a bit of controversy lately. She recently questioned the cause of collapse for World Trade Center 7, a building near the Twin Towers that collapsed eight hours after the planes first hit. That led to a feud between O’Donnell and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

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Before the O’Reilly spat, O’Donnell and Donald Trump were involved in a back-and-forth feud after O’Donnell criticized Donald Trump ‘s ethics during the Miss USA scandal. Trump shot back at her, mocking her weight and looks.
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Thank you AOL News and You Tube for the help in making this post.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Gov. Jon S. Corzine on right…picture from “Save the Shores Project.”

Gov. Jon S. Corzine was apparently not wearing his seat belt as required by law when his official SUV crashed into a guard rail, leaving the governor hospitalized in critical condition, a spokesman said Friday.

A state trooper was driving Corzine to a meeting between Don Imus and the Rutgers women’s basketball team Thursday night when another vehicle, swerving to avoid a pickup truck, hit the governor’s SUV and sent it into the guard rail on the Garden State Parkway.

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Imus was fired from his CBS radio program Thursday amid furor about racially charged comments he made about the team on air. The closed-door meeting went on without Corzine, and lasted for about three hours.

Corzine, a Democrat who gave up his seat in the U.S. Senate to become governor, went into politics after being ousted from Goldman Sachs, where he had been CEO, in a power dispute in 1999. He was elected to the Senate the following year.

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The acting governor, Codey, also served as acting governor for about 14 months before Corzine took office last year following former Gov. James McGreevey’s resignation over an extramarital affair with a man.

Corzine was the third straight New Jersey governor to break a leg while in office. James E. McGreevey broke his left leg in 2002 during a nighttime walk on the beach, and Christie Whitman broke her right leg while skiing in the Swiss Alps in 1999.

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press Writer

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Sometimes what you do has HUGE repercussions…the snow ball effect…and so many lives can be touched by it.

But, I do wonder why Imus’s Producer has not be reprimanded.
Has anyone heard on that???

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said Friday the team had accepted radio host Don Imus’ apology. She said he deserves a chance to move on but hopes the furor his racist and sexist insult caused will be a catalyst for change.

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“We, the Rutgers University Scarlet Knight basketball team, accept — accept — Mr. Imus’ apology, and we are in the process of forgiving,” Stringer read from a team statement a day after the women met personally with Imus and his wife.

“We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget,” she said.

The team had just played for the NCAA national championship last week and lost when Imus, on his nationally syndicated radio show, called the players “nappy-headed hos.” The statement outraged listeners and set off a national debate about taste and tolerance. It also led his firing by CBS on Thursday.

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“These comments are indicative of greater ills in our culture,” Stringer said. “It is not just Mr. Imus, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change. Let us continue to work hard together to make this world a better place.”

Imus was in the middle of a two-day radio fundraiser for children’s charities when he was dropped by CBS. On Friday, his wife took over the show and also talked about the meeting with the Rutgers players.

“They gave us the opportunity to listen to what they had to say and why they’re hurting and how awful this is,” author Deirdre Imus said.

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“He feels awful,” she said. “He asked them, ‘I want to know the pain I caused, and I want to know how to fix this and change this.'”

Deirdre Imus also said that the Rutgers players have been receiving hate e-mail, and she demanded that it stop. She told listeners “if you must send e-mail, send it to my husband,” not the team.

“I have to say that these women are unbelievably courageous and beautiful women,” she said.

Stringer declined to discuss the hate mail Friday. Rutgers team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team had received “two or three e-mails” but had also received “over 600 wonderful e-mails.”

The team members respected Imus’ willingness to apologize, but they also wanted him to understand how they were hurt, said the Rev. DeForest Soaries, Stringer’s pastor, who joined the meeting. Imus tried to explain what he meant, “but there was really no explanation that they could understand,” Soaries said on NBC’s “Today” show.

The cantankerous Imus, once named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine and a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was one of radio’s original shock jocks.

His career took flight in the 1970s and with a cocaine- and vodka-fueled outrageous humor. After sobering up, he settled into a mix of highbrow talk about politics and culture, with locker room humor sprinkled in.

Critics have said his remark about the Rutgers women was just the latest in a line of objectionable statements by the ringmaster of a show that mixed high-minded talk about politics and culture with crude, locker-room humor.

Imus apologized on the air late last week and also tried to explain himself before the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio audience, appearing alternately contrite and combative. But many of his advertisers still bailed in disgust, particularly after the Rutgers women spoke publicly of their hurt.

On Wednesday, a week after the remark, MSNBC said it would no longer televise the show. CBS fired Imus Thursday from the radio show that he has hosted for nearly 30 years.

“He has flourished in a culture that permits a certain level of objectionable expression that hurts and demeans a wide range of people,” CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said in a memo to his staff.

Sharpton praised Moonves’ decision Friday and said it was time to change the culture of publicly degrading other people.”I think we’ve got to really used this to really stop this across the board,” he told CBS’s “The Early Show.”

Some Imus fans, however, considered the radio host’s punishment too harsh.

Mike Francesa, whose WFAN sports show with partner Chris Russo is considered a possible successor to “Imus in the Morning,” said he was embarrassed by the company. “I’m embarrassed by their decision. It shows, really, the worst lack of taste I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Losing Imus will be a financial hit to CBS Radio, which also suffered when Howard Stern left for satellite radio. The program earns about $15 million in annual revenue for CBS, which owns Imus’ home radio station WFAN-AM and manages Westwood One, the company that syndicates the show nationally WFAN.

The show’s charity fundraiser had raised more than $1.3 million Thursday before Imus learned he had lost his job. The total had grown Friday to more than $2.3 million for Tomorrows Children’s Fund, CJ Foundation for SIDS and the Imus Ranch, Deirdre Imus said. The annual event has raised more than $40 million since 1990.

“This may be our last radiothon, so we need to raise about $100 million,” Don Imus had cracked at the start of the event.

Volunteers were getting about 200 more pledges per hour Thursday than they did last year, with most callers expressing support for Imus, said phone bank supervisor Tony Gonzalez. The event benefited Tomorrows Children’s Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS and the Imus Ranch.

Imus’ troubles have also affected his wife, the founder of a medical center that studies links between cancers and environmental hazards whose book “Green This!” came out this week. Her promotional tour was called off “because of the enormous pressure that Deirdre and her family are under,” said Simon; Schuster publicist Victoria Meyer.

Cworks to identify and control exposures to environmental hazards that may cause adult and childhood cancers. Imus Ranch in New Mexico invites children who have been ill to spend time on a working cattle ranch.

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Thank you Associated Press writers Rebecca Santana, Karen Matthews, Warren Levinson, Seth Sutel, Tara Burghart, Colleen Long and Hillel Italie who contributed to this report.

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Behind ever man there appears to be a good woman…I applaud The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology in Hackensack, N.J.

Here is a good cause to back, Baby Boomers.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Hours after CBS fired him, radio host Don Imus met Thursday night with the Rutgers University women athletes whom he had ridiculed with racist and sexist comments.

The Rutgers women’s basketball coach called the meeting with Imus “productive.”

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CBS’ decision to dump Imus came a day after NBC Universal decided to cancel his TV simulcast on MSNBC cable channel and followed nearly a week of cries for the firing of the radio host.

The Rev. Al Sharpton applauded the Imus firings as a victory in the battle against abuse of the airwaves.

“I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS president and chief executive officer, in a statement announcing the decision.

CBS, which carried Imus on 61 radio stations, originally had said it would suspend his show for two weeks.

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CNNMoney.com reports “Imus in the Morning” generated about $20 million in revenue last year, about 1 percent of CBS Radio division’s total. (Full story)

The Rutgers team including the 10 players, their parents, coaches, administrators and religious leaders met with Imus at the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion in Princeton.

“We were able to really dialogue,” said coach C. Vivian Stringer. “I thought it was productive. I am extremely proud of our 10 young basketball members. I have been throughout this entire ordeal.”

Stringer declined to talk about what was said during the meeting or the CBS decision.

Imus’ wife, Deirdre, who filled in for him on a radio fundraiser Friday morning, also attended the meeting with the basketball team.

“They gave us the opportunity to listen to what they had to say, why they are hurting, and how awful this is,” she said. “I have to say that these women are unbelievably courageous and beautiful women.”

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She added, “The hate mail that’s being sent to them must stop. This is wrong. If you want to send hate mail, send it to my husband.”

Asked about the hate mail on Friday, a team spokeswoman told The Associated Press there had been “two or three” negative e-mails, but that the team had also received “over 600 wonderful e-mails.”

Imus: ‘I’ve apologized enough’
The outrage started last week, when Imus described the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos” the day after the team lost the NCAA championship to the University of Tennessee.

Amid the outcry over his on-air racial slur, Imus said Thursday that he had “apologized enough” and that he will not go on “some talk-show tour.”

“I’m not going to go talk to Larry King or Barbara Walters or anyone else,” Imus said on his flagship station in New York, WFAN-AM, which is owned by CBS Corp. and distributed “Imus in the Morning” nationally.

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“The only other people I want to talk to are these young women at the team, and then that’s it,” Imus said.

NBC News President Steve Capus, appearing on CNN, said Imus’ comments had “touched a nerve” within the organization and firing him was “the only action we could take.” (Vote: Is Imus’ career over?)

Despite being dropped by NBC, Imus hosted his show Thursday from the MSNBC studios in New Jersey, though he did not appear on TV.

“As you know, MSNBC folded up yesterday, so we’re just on the radio,” he said.

Imus was broadcasting his 18th annual radio charity fundraiser, which has pulled in $50 million since 1990. It ends Friday.

“This may be our last radio-thon, so we need to raise $100 million,” Imus said, chuckling.

According to AP, Imus raised $1 million in the first five hours of Thursday’s fundraiser.

Imus’ disparaging remarks about the Rutgers players prompted eight companies to pull their ads from his show: Staples, General Motors, Sprint Nextel, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, PetMed Express, American Express and Bigelow Tea.

Sharpton: ‘No champagne bottle popping’
Sharpton had pressured CBS to cancel Imus’ morning show, but the issue “was never about Don Imus,” he said Thursday.

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“It was about the misuse of the airwaves,” he said.

“We cannot afford a precedent established that the airwaves can be used to commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism. But there will be no champagne bottle popping by those of us involved in this. This is not about gloating.”

Sharpton said he wants to show the media and the public that it is not necessary to “be misogynist and racist to be creative or to be commercial in this country.”

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Well, There you have it Baby Boomers…Don Imus kept his word and talked to the Rutger Team. I aplaud him for that.

I applaud the Rutger Women Basketball Team for being good sports and up standing young ladies and hope that they can find it in their hearts to forgive and go on with their lives.

Life is about living and part of that is making mistakes and having the ability to acknowledge them…learn from them…correct them if you are able to and move on.

For those of you who have brought up rap music so much…I don’t believe that you know that the demographics of rap music…it is not the black culture that is buying rap…it is the white culture.

Don’t kill the messenger! LOL

Smiles and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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