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Billy Graham Dead at 99

2/21/2018 6:00 AM PST
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Billy Graham, perhaps the most famous evangelist in U.S. history, is dead.

Graham died at his home early Wednesday morning in North Carolina. He had been ill for more than a decade. His death was attributed to natural causes.

Graham got involved in evangelism at 16 and rose to fame in his 30s when he held "sin-smashing" revival meetings under a circus tent in an L.A. parking lot. He then created his own ministry -- the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Graham was at one time a segregationist but, after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Brown vs. Board of Education -- which ended segregation in public schools -- he flipped the switch and became a civil rights leader. He integrated seating at his revival meetings, and became a close ally of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They preached together to millions who listened to their message.

He also refused to visit South Africa during the Apartheid era until the government allowed blacks and whites to sit together at his revival meetings.

Graham rubbed elbows with world dignitaries for decades, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. He was counsel to a number of presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

And this is interesting ... Graham was a Democrat, but fiercely opposed the candidacy of John F. Kennedy because he thought no good would come from a Roman Catholic leading the country.

Graham was married for 64 years to Ruth McCue Bell, who died in 2007. They had 5 children.

Graham was 99.

RIP

Lamar Odom Advice for Manziel Here's How to Keep Your Life On Track

2/19/2018 12:50 AM PST
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Lamar Odom's battle with drugs, alcohol and depression almost cost him everything -- so he's telling Johnny Manziel the #1 thing he's gotta do to avoid the same traps.

"Put higher power first," Odom told TMZ Sports, "Whoever his God may be."

Lamar, of course, was in a coma for days after OD'ing at a brothel in Nevada ... but he continues to party hard despite his brush with death.

Johnny, meanwhile, says he's got his life back on track ... after years of hitting the bottle while he struggled with bipolar disorder.

Lamar doesn't want him to go through that pain again -- telling us he's a big-time Johnny Football fan ... and that he truly believes JM can make an NFL comeback.

But Odom says work's gotta be put in off the field, too ... with a focus on faith.

Carson Wentz I'm the Backup Now! Filling In for Mike Pence at National Prayer Event

2/7/2018 6:51 AM PST
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Now Carson Wentz will know what it's like to come off the bench ... 

The Eagles QB got the call to fill in for Vice President Mike Pence at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday ... since Pence will be in South Korea for the Olympics. 

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer told Valley News Live ... Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the event -- which is usually attended by some pretty powerful politicians and business leaders. 

It'll cap off a crazy day for Wentz ... the Eagles Super Bowl parade goes down in Philly a few hours before the event!!

Better hydrate!

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Together, Religious and Sarcastic

2/1/2018 6:44 AM PST

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez hadn't been seen together for almost a month ... until Wednesday night.

Justin and Selena were leaving a Hillsong Church service in L.A. when he spotted photogs, gave an audible grunt, and then got downright sarcastic when they screamed Selena's name.

Earlier in the day Justin hit the ice for a little hockey and Selena watched rinkside snapping pics.

The last time we saw them was at a Pilates class just after the Christmas holidays, but clearly they're still tight. 

Mel Gibson My 'Passion' Project's No Secret ... But, I'm Not Talkin'

1/31/2018 4:35 PM PST
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Mel Gibson's not dishing out any details about the reported upcoming sequel to "The Passion of the Christ" ... even if everyone else can't shut up about it.

We got the 'Passion' director leaving E. Baldi restaurant Wednesday and asked if the big news is true -- will there be a 'Resurrection' to his 2004 blockbuster? He certainly doesn't deny it.

Gibson playfully suggests it's an industry secret, but with Jim Caviezel -- aka the dude who plays Jesus -- declaring Mel's sequel is going to be "the biggest film in history" ... it's fair to say the secret's out and the buzz has risen.

For the record, Gibson has talked publicly about a 'Passion' sequel ... telling Stephen Colbert in 2016 the project was about 3 years away. It's just way more real now.

Vladimir Putin Strips for Jesus ... And Frozen Lake Dip

1/19/2018 6:44 AM PST

Vladimir Putin is not losing his religion -- he IS getting half naked for it though ... in public.

The Russian President took off a perfectly warm sheepskin coat and boots to take a dip in an icy lake about 250 miles north of Moscow. He wasn't alone. Putin was commemorating the baptism of Jesus in Orthodox Christian tradition ... and people do it all over Russia every year.

This was the first time Putin publicly marked the Epiphany.

His favorite horse was spared from the bone-chilling tradition.

Pope Francis Stops Papal Procession Helps Cop Who Fell Off a Horse

1/18/2018 10:51 AM PST
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Pope Francis went from Pontiff to Good Samaritan on a dime, after a police officer fell off her horse during a procession in Chile.

The Pope was in Iquique, Chile to urge the country to end its ongoing conflict with the Mapuche people -- the indigenous people of Chile -- when the incident occurred.

The Pope got off the Popemobile and stood by the cop until an ambulance arrived.

The Vatican says the woman "received words of consolation from the Holy Father."

She was taken away in the ambulance and her condition is unknown, although the Vatican stated she was conscious the entire time.

NFL Heiress Arrested Alleged Anti-Semitic, Drunk Attack

1/4/2018 6:37 AM PST
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The daughter of former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke allegedly yelled at a woman, "Hurry up, Jew" ... and then bashed her son with a purse. 

She was arrested ... and there's video of the crazy aftermath. 

The woman who wound up in cuffs is 29-year-old Jacqueline Kent Cooke -- her dad owned the NFL team from '61 to '97. He also owned the Lakers from '65 to '79. The family is rich as hell. 

Fast-forward to New Year's Eve when Cooke allegedly got pissed off while waiting for her coat at Caravaggio restaurant in Manhattan ... and yelled at the 77-year-old woman in front of her, "Hurry up, Jew. I got places to be."

The situation escalated and the woman's son -- 52-year-old Matthew Haberkorn told the NY Daily News he followed Cooke and her boyfriend outside to confront them about the comments. 

That's when Cooke allegedly struck Haberkorn with her glass purse -- causing 2 lacerations on his head.

The video begins right after the alleged purse strike ... you can hear Matthew say, "She just f*cking hit me!"

Cooke responds, "You called me a f*cking bitch. You called me a c*nt."

Matthew fired back, "You called me a f*cking Jew.”

Cooke then tries to tackle him to the ground. She fails. Cooke's boyfriend yells out, "What are you doing? You're throwing a woman on the floor."

Matthew responds, "I didn't f*cking touch her."

Cooke and her BF left the scene -- but cops later arrested her for felony assault.

West Hollywood Jesus Dead at 57 Just Before Christmas

1/3/2018 8:18 PM PST
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One last reminder 2017 totally sucked -- the most photographed Jesus ever didn't make it to Christmas ... TMZ has learned.

Family members tell us the man known as West Hollywood Jesus died Dec. 13 after a brief hospitalization in L.A. for pulmonary issues.

WeHo Jesus, real name Kevin Short, was a mainstay up and down Hollywood Boulevard, and famously posed for pics with countless tourists over the years. If you've been, you know there are multiple Batmans and Supermans, but only one Jesus. And now he's gone. Again.

WeHo Jesus was 57 ... 20 some years more than the O.G. made it.

Of course, WHJ didn't have Pontius Pilate on his ass.

RIP JESUS

Rabbi Shmuley Lorde's Age No Excuse for Bigotry Jewish People Sick of It!!!

1/3/2018 12:30 AM PST
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Rabbi Shmuley isn't giving Lorde a pass for what he calls "the height of bigotry" ... and has one question for her -- What did Israel ever do to you?

We got Michael Jackson's old pal on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and asked him about the singer's recent decision to cancel her show in Israel ... while keeping 2 concert dates in Russia. He's still very fired up about it.

Shmuley thinks Lorde's joined a movement seeking the "economic annihilation" of Israel, and though he doesn't call her an anti-Semite ... he believes she needs to be more responsible as an influential celeb.

In case you don't think he's serious ... the Rabbi took out a full-page ad blasting Lorde for boycotting Israel while ignoring Putin's beyond-checkered past with human rights.

Lorde's cancellation came after Palestine supporters blasted her, saying she prides herself on being "informed." Shmuley says she still needs a lot more informing.

Delta Sued 4 Flight Attendants Unite Against Alleged Anti-Semitism

1/2/2018 11:03 AM PST
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11:50 AM PT -- A Delta spokesperson tells TMZ ... "As a global airline that brings people across the world together every day, Delta values diversity in all aspects of its business and has zero tolerance for discrimination." We're told Delta condemns the allegations in the suit and will defend itself against them.

Delta Air Lines doesn't just treat Jewish people unfairly, it also punishes its flight attendants who are friendly with them ... according to a new suit.

Four Delta flight attendants from New York -- with work experience ranging from 10 to 40 years -- are suing the airline for what they call "a pattern of intentionally discriminating and retaliating against ethnically Jewish, Hebrew and/or Israeli employees and passengers" ... specifically on the flight they worked from NYC to Israel.

Among the allegations of rampant anti-Semitism -- Delta fired a female flight attendant in March 2017 because she was Jewish, but tried to say it was because she missed a flight ... even though she was granted FMLA leave for a medical emergency. 

Another female flight attendant -- who's not Jewish -- claims she was suspended without pay and demoted because she shared her Delta "Travel Companion" pass with a Jewish friend. Delta allegedly claimed the flight attendant didn't know her travel companion so she violated company policy, but she claims she's been friends with the man for 40 years. She alleges Delta investigated her and took away her travel benefits simply because her pass was given to a Jewish person.

Other allegations include being passed up for deserved promotions and a "hostile" and "intimidating environment" on the Israel flight.

The 4 attendants are suing for damages over the alleged illegal discrimination. They're also asking for the fired employee to get her job back and a reinstatement of travel privileges for the other attendant.

Tom Glavine Buy My Catholic Antiques ... In the Name of Jesus!!

1/1/2018 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Betcha didn't know Tom Glavine was a huge Catholic antiques collector!!

Well ... he WAS a huge antiques collector, but the Hall of Famer is parting ways with some of his beloved historic items ... and now they're hitting the auction block!!

TMZ Sports spoke with Charles Pharr -- owner of Four Seasons Auction Gallery -- who says Glavine  and his wife are looking to move into a new house and wanna get rid of some extra stuff.

Some of the notable items include:

French cabinet -- estimated $1,600

Church offering podium -- est. $1,000

7 Gothic chairs previously owned by Cher (yes, you read that correctly) -- est. $3,000

Executive office chair -- est. $500

18th century door Jesus painting -- est. $800

Not only would the winning bidders get the cool stuff, Pharr took advantage of the opportunity to create some really unique sports memorabilia and had Glavine sign his autograph on each item.

The auction takes place on January 21, but you can already start placing bids online ... if religious sports memorabilia is your thing.

Lorde Israel Gets the Ax Russia Keeps the Green Light

12/26/2017 7:38 AM PST

Lorde has a funny way of picking and choosing countries in which to perform -- she canceled her show next year in Israel ... but kept her tour dates in Russia.  

Lorde pulled the plug Sunday in reaction to backlash over her upcoming Tel Aviv concert next June, with some fans saying she shouldn't support what they call "ethnic cleansing" of Palestinians.

President Trump recently recognized Jerusalem as Israel's new capital, and stirred up a new wave of controversy in the region. 

Lorde said in a statement, "i've received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and i think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show." She adds ... "i pride myself on being an informed young citizen ... but I'm not too proud to admit i didn't make the right call on this one."

What's interesting is that Lorde has decided -- at least for now -- to keep her 2 Russia tour dates intact, which are set to take place in May. If she's going the human rights route ... she might want to rethink this one, too. 

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