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WaxJacksonMichael Jackson fans around the world lit candles in honor of the late pop star on Friday, June 25, the one-year anniversary of his death. As people around the world remembered him, plans are in the works for a museum in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. The museum project, which would include a performing arts center, is charging ahead with an estimated cost of nearly $300 million. Funded by private investors and donations, the project is expected to bring thousands of jobs and draw millions of people to the city.

City officials and the Jackson Family Foundation have been working for months on the project that has the potential to generate 100 to 150 million dollars annually to the Gary community. The complex will include world class hotels, restaurants, a golf course, retail stores and housing. The foundation also plans to provide scholarships to students. It is expected to take three to five years to complete with groundbreaking expected in early 2011.

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Anxiety and excitement continues today Friday June 11th, that is, the World Cup Kickoff!  Among the most fretful are the Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) soccer team and all of its fans, as it is remains unclear whether Didier Drogba, their super-star striker, who is rated as the third best player in the world by the Castrol Ranking, will be able to compete in the games.

Breaking an arm on Friday, June 4 during a warm-up match in Switzerland against Japan, Drogba announced that he would not be able to participate in the World Cup matches. Over the past weekend, however, Drogba underwent emergency surgery that could potentially ready him for the highly anticipated South African matches. Côte D’Ivoire, a Group G team, which will face off first with Portugal on the 15th, then with Brazil on the 20th, and finally, with North Korea (DPR) on the 25th,  is expected to experience significant set-backs should Drogba’s less-than-two-week recovery time not be sufficient to allow him considerable playing time.


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In a village deep in west Sri Lanka, one of the island's few remaining communities of African descent breaks into song - a poignant elegy to a disappearing culture. Sri Lanka's communities of African descent fear that their traditions are dying out. The music starts with a slow, gentle rhythm played on a tambourine, spoons and coconut shells, before it builds to a climax with dancers swinging their hips, hands and feet wildly.

The performance is a direct link back to the small minority's distant African past. "We are forgotten people," Peter Luis, 52, said. "We are losing our language and,

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