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Whitney Houston's Funeral on Saturday, Hugh Hefner's son in Domestic Dispute, and 'House' to end its run in May

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Whitney Houston's Funeral on Saturday 

This past weekend the world was shocked to learn that Whitney Houston was found dead in an LA hotel room. While the singer has been known in recent years for problems with substance abuse, she had managed to stay out of the media spotlight. Whitney Houston photo: songonlyrics.comFans were hopeful she was kicking her habits and would once again climb back up to the top in the music world.

 Unfortunately, that hope was dashed when she was found unconscious and unresponsive in a Beverly Hilton bathtub. Houston was pronounced dead shortly before 4 p.m.

As of right now, her death is not being ruled a homicide. Instead, it’s being considered a “death case.”  It will take some time to find out if drugs and/or alcohol played the key role in Houston’s death, although many speculate that will be exactly what toxicology results will reveal.

Houston's body has been transported to Newark, NJ, the singer’s hometown and also her final resting place.  A private funeral will take place there on Saturday.

Hugh Hefner’s Son in Domestic Dispute

Hugh Hefner may be known for being suave, debonair, and being able to literally charm the pants off of beautiful women.  But it looks like his son hasn’t gotten any of dear old dad’s charming genes.

While Marston Hefner does seem to be able to get beautiful women like Hef—he is dating 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair—he doesn’t seem to know how to treat them.

According to reports, police were called to the couple’s home after Hef’s son allegedly had a physical altercation with the Playmate.  Marston was charged with battery and later released after he posted the hefty $20,000 bail.  It has been said that Sinclair had some minor injuries.

Sinclair has said that she doesn’t plan to press charges, as she has supposedly gotten a protective order from the Pasadena Police Department.

So far nothing has been said about whether or not the two will remain a couple or part ways for good.

‘House’ set to end its runHouse photo: goldderby.com

House has been a wildly popular show since it debuted in 2004.  However, after 8 seasons and more than 160 episodes, an announcement has been made that the show will be ending for good once this current season wraps up.

Prior to the announcement, fans of the show may have already had an inkling of what would be happening.  Hugh Laurie, the star of the show who has done a stellar job of portraying the show’s title character, hadn’t announced that he would be renewing his contract, which is set to expire at the end of this season. That alone was a major sign that something was amiss.

From what has been said, it looks as if the show’s ratings weren’t a factor in the decision to end the show.  Instead, it sounds like the powers that be wanted to bring it to a close before the show went downhill.

The show’s final episode is set to air on May 21st.

Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

Contact Valerie at writerval@comcast.net

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