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Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

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(CelebNMusic247-News) Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

Former Prime Minister Margret  Thatcher has died.

The veteran politician/Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away in her sleep at the age of 87 on Monday (08Apr13) after suffering a stroke.  A family spokesman Lord Tim Bell confirmed the news from Thatcher’s son, Mark, and daughter, Carol, saying in a statement:

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”

Thatcher was known as the The Iron Lady in which Meryl Streep portrayed in her Oscar winning role.

The Conservative politician made history when she became the U.K.’s first female Prime Minister in 1979, and she remained in office until 1990, making her the longest-serving British leader of the 20th century.

Current Prime Minister David Cameron says in a statement:

“It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton,” while a statement from Buckingham Palace on behalf of Queen Elizabeth Ii reads, “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.”

Thatcher, whose father was a grocery store owner, was born Margaret Roberts in Lincolnshire, England and she entered politics in the 1950s. She married her husband Denis Thatcher in 1951.

She trained as a lawyer and gave birth to twins before finally winning a seat for the Conservative Party in Finchley, London in the U.K.’s 1959 election.

Thatcher rose through the party ranks to become Secretary of State for Education and Science in the 1970 administration of Prime Minister Edward Heath, and took over from him as Conservative Party leader in 1975.

She went on to wage a successful general election campaign and brought the Conservatives back to power in 1979.

Thatcher endured a turbulent first few years in office, bearing out a recession, but bouncing back to economic growth following the 1982 Falklands War, which was triggered when Argentine forces invaded the British-held territory.

She also had to face troubles in Northern Ireland, including an increase in violence in the region, and a series of hunger strikes among prisoners, and she narrowly escaped assassination in 1984 when an Irish Republican Army (Ira) bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people during the Conservative Party conference in the city.

During her time in office, Thatcher’s controversial policies included a clampdown on the country’s influential trade unions, which led to crippling walkouts, most famously the miners’ strike of 1984, as well as privatisation of national state-owned companies such as gas and electricity providers.

She was also instrumental in reforming tax laws in the U.K., but many of the policies were unpopular and led to an outbreak of riots and civil unrest in the late 1980s. Thatcher’s highly controversial community charge, also known as the ‘Poll Tax’, blighted her third term in office and she resigned as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in 1990.

After her time in office came to an end, she was bestowed with a life peerage, becoming Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire, England – an honour which entitled her to sit in Britain’s House of Lords.

Her health went into decline in recent years, she lost her husband in 2003 and later suffered a number of strokes which limited her public appearances.

She was famously portrayed on the big screen by Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for playing the frail elder Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She has also been played by Lindsay Duncan in 2009 Tv movie Margaret, as well as Andrea Riseborough in 2008’s The Long Walk to Finchley.

Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, which will be followed by a private cremation. Details will be announced in the coming days.


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4 Gay NFL Players May Come Out Together

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(CelebNMusic247-News) 4 Gay NFL Players May Come Out Together:

Shocking news coming from the NFL that will be turning heads is about to hit the headlines as 4 NFL players have decided to come out of the closet.

Our friends at 4UMF have this scoop:

While backtracking from a statement in which he suggested the Baltimore Ravens cut him because of his gay rights activism, Brendon Ayanbadejo said that a group of four NFL players could come out at the same time in order to “share the backlash” that might accompany such an announcement.

The tidbit was included in a Baltimore Sun story about Ayanbadejo’s continued support for the Ravens, even after his release. One day earlier, the linebacker and special teams stalwart insinuated that his outspoken views on gay rights played a role in getting cut. He claarified that statement by saying he “loves the Ravens” and thinks his release had to do with football and finances, not his views.

But it was a quote buried at the bottom of the piece that was most interesting. Ayanbadejo was asked about his recent statement that an NFL player would come out as gay during his playing career.

“I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo told the Baltimore Sun. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.”

This is one of those ideas that’s so brilliant it’s amazing it hasn’t been mentioned before. There’s always strength in numbers. While I don’t think the backlash will be as bad as Ayanbadejo expects, spreading out the attention minimizes the media focus. Instead of press hordes in one locker room, they’ll have to be in four.

Four men coming out together also sends the powerful message that the gay athlete isn’t a novelty, just an underrepresented group that can finally gain acceptance.


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Amy Winehouse’s Father SLAMS Beyonce’s Cover Song

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(CelebNMusic247-NewsAmy Winehouse’s Father SLAMS Beyonce’s Cover Song

The Great Gatsby will be hitting theaters this summer and Beyonce’s “Back to Black” cover, which features Andre 3000 is on the soundtrack – the only problem is the song has hit a snag with Amy’s father.

Mitch explains that he isn’t all that impressed with the idea of his daughter’s song being covered by the “Single Ladies” singer.

Mitch Winehouse took to Twitter to express his befuddlement with the song’s inclusion in the soundtrack and suggesting that Beyonce should make a sizable donation to the Amy Winehouse Foundation (£100,000 is about $152,000):

Here is what Mitch Winehouse had to say about Beyonce on Twitter:

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Beyonce should give all proceeds of the song to Amy Winehouse’s foundation – its what real divas do!

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