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Four years after her death...
Before Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007, she was locked in a complicated legal battle over money supposedly left (or not left) to her by her late husband's estate.
Anna's estate had been fighting for a piece of her billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall's estate. After Marshall's death in the first year of his marriage to Smith discovered she has not been included in his will. She proceeded to accuse Marshall's heirs of conspiring to deny her the $300 million she said her husband promised her, and launched a complicated legal battle. Today, the Supreme Court ultimately sided with a Texas probate court that had sided with the Marshalls. IF you feel so inclined, the official court papers are here.
And all is right with the world again...
BY DISH CONTRIBUTOR MARK YZAGUIRRE:
I previously wrote about the implosion of Newt Gingrich's Presidential campaign here at Dish-Houston, and it appears that the implosion is continuing. (How can an implosion continue for so long? Well, maybe it's like a black hole.) Key members of his fundraising staff resigned earlier this week, and most of his top campaign staffers quit earlier this month. Gingrich explains the situation as follows:
"Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with," Gingrich said in a speech to the Atlanta Press Club. "We have big ideas. I just think that's part of how you campaign. You talk to the American people about big things."
So, according to Gingrich, his recent campaign setbacks can be attributed to the fact that he's a very unique man that other, more strait-laced and linear-minded people can't handle. And that's fine with him. He was born this way, and it's up to others to deal with that. Newt, you go, girl!
As we all know, the Dallas Mavericks' won the NBA Champs title but it was the after party that seems to be getting all of ht buzz! Team owner Mark Cuban bought a bottle of champagne for his team, but this wasn't your everyday bottle....
it was huge even for of the 7-foot Dirk Nowitzki, (this pic showed up in his twitter feed) AND it cost $90,000. This came with your basic 22% tip...which if you"re a math person euqals to $20,000. The New York Post reports that this made up the entirety of his tab for the night, but we suspect Cuban bought more than that.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spent $110,000 in four hours celebrating at club Liv at Miami's Fontainebleau after his Mavs beat the Heat to take the NBA Championship. Cuban spent most of it on a $90,000 bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne for teammates Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry(notes), Brian Cardinal(notes) and Shawn Marion(notes). After partying with the trophy until 5 a.m. yesterday and taking in a performance by Lil Wayne, Cuban left a $20,000 tip for the wait staff. "Worth every penny," he cheerily told us via e-mail.
It's true that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they tip...if they have thought for the hard work the wait staff puts in etc...but to me...it's a sign of what's happening in the bank account, let's be real! And we all know what's happening in Mark's! He's not just a good tipper....he's a good party thrower! He's financing the official parade for Dallas sometime this week:
Cuban repeated Monday that he will personally pay for the celebration. Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway says the city is in a budget crunch but still plans a parade, with details to be announced later.
Don't worry for Cuban though...it will be a long time before he or his future generations will have to worry about pinching a penny...According to Forbes, Cuban is ranked 459th on the "World's Richest People" list, with a net worth of $2.5 billion.
Now that the season is over...but before the parade...he's having a small vacation with some buddies in the Cayman Islands... Lorne Michaels and Alec Baldwin.
By DISH Contributor Mark Yzaguirre:
The big political news on Thursday involved the en masse resignation of Newt Gingrich's Presidential campaign staff. It goes without saying that this isn't good news for Newt Gingrich. But it may be good news for someone else - Texas Governor Rick Perry. A Wall Street Journal article that came out before the Gingrich news said the following regarding a possible Presidential run by Perry:
Should he run, Mr. Perry would first have to overcome an organizational hurdle. Assured that he wasn't running, his two top campaign aides, Mr. [David] Carney and former campaign manager Rob Johnson, both signed up with Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker.
According to this article, Carney and Johnson were among the Gingrich staffers that resigned. So that's one organizational hurdle for Perry that may have just become easier to overcome, should he decide to run. Once again, Rick Perry has some good fortune.
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