Obama Vacation

The Obamas descended upon Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday for the last hurrah of summer and the President has packed along an ecclectic summer reading list.

White House spokesman Bill Burton revealed to reporters on Monday the five books on President Barack Obama‘s reading agenda during his week-long vacation:

“The Way Home” by George Pelecanos
“Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman
“Lush Life” by Richard Price
“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf
“John Adams” by David McCullough

However, the President did everything besides read on his first day on the island. On Monday, he worked out at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, played tennis with wife Michelle Obama, then played golf at Farm Neck Golf Club.

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mjThe LA coroner’s office has ruled Michael Jackson‘s death as a homicide citing “lethal levels” of an anesthetic.

Conrad Murray, one of Jackson’s many doctors, told police he had been treating the singer for insomnia for six weeks and had been administering the drug propofol.

Murray says he had feared Jackson was forming an addiciton to the anesthetic and had begun lowering the dosage and administering a mixture of the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam. Yet on the night Jackson died, Murray had relented to the singer’s requests for the drug and finally gave him 25 milligrams of propofol.

In addition to continuing the investigation into Dr. Murray, authorities have also subpoenaed the medical records of Dr. Arnold Klein, Dr. Allan Metzger, Dr. David Adams, Dr. David Slavitt, who conducted the independent medical examination of Jackson for Anschutz Entertainment Group, Dr. Randy Rosen and nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee and Dr. Mark Tadrissi, who stored medical records with Adams.

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[caption id="attachment_4299" align="alignright" width="451" caption="Photo:AP"]Bahamas Miss Universe[/caption]

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez won the Miss Universe 2009 crown on Sunday at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, marking the sixth title win for the South American country.

The 18 year-old is the 58th winner of the Miss Universe title and received the crown from last year’s winner Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza.

The first runner-up is Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee de la Cruz and the second runner-up is Miss Kosovo Gona Dragusha.

The other top 15 contestants includes Miss France Chloe Mortaud, who is of African American descent, along with Miss Australia Rachael Finch, Miss Puerto Rico Mayra Matos Perez, Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar, Miss Czech Republic Iveta Lutovska, Miss Switzerland Whitney Toyloy, Miss USA Kristen Dalton, Miss Albania Hasna Xhukici, Miss Belgium Zeynep Sever, Miss Croatia Sarah Cosic, Miss Iceland Ingibjorg Egilsdottir, and Miss Sweden Renate Cerljen.

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