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PHOTO: Lance Armstrong speaks at the 15th anniversary celebration of Livestrong, his cancer-fighting charity, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

January 8, 2013

The year before his seventh and final Tour de France victory, Lance Armstrong offered to donate “in excess of $150,000″ to the antidoping agency in charge of keeping American athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the organization’s chief executive.

The latest accusation against Armstrong, the disgraced former cyclist, was made by the current head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, in an interview with CBS News posted online on Tuesday. In October, Usada stripped Armstrong of all of his titles and barred him from competition for life following the release of a 202-page report into what the agency called “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

As my colleague Juliet Macur reported, Armstrong, who has so far denied all allegations of cheating, “has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.” Late Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey announced that she “will speak exclusively with Lance Armstrong in his first no-holds-barred interview,” to be broadcast next week on her network.

BREAKING NEWS: Looking forward to this conversation with@lancearmstrongbit.ly/Xix8Ah 

As the cycling journalist Lionel Birnie notes, the Oprah Winfrey Network is a joint venture with Discovery Communications, the broadcaster that sponsored Armstrong’s team in 2005.

Lance is going on Oprah, partly-produced by Discovery Channel, sponsors of Lance’s 7th and final fraudulent Tour win. Somehow fitting.

The network’s logo was emblazoned across the victor’s yellow jersey Armstrong wore on the top step of the podium in Paris that year, as he lectured “the people that don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the skeptics.”

Directly addressing those who accused him of doping that day, Armstrong said, “I’m sorry for you, I’m sorry you can’t dream big and I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles, but this is one hell of a race, this is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe. You should believe in these athletes and you should believe in these people. I’m a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live and there’s no secrets — hard work wins it.”

Another journalist who writes about cycling, Shane Stokes, suggested that Armstrong might expect Winfrey to go easy on him, since she let another disgraced athlete, Marion Jones, claim during a 2008 interview that she had used performance-enhancing drugs unintentionally.

Just after news of the interview broke, Kathy LeMond, whose husband, Greg, is now the only American to win the Tour de France, offered to put Winfrey in touch with people who could give her a crash course on the culture of professional cycling.

8 Jan 13

BREAKING NEWS: Looking forward to this conversation with@lancearmstrongbit.ly/Xix8Ah 

.@Oprah I hope you get educated before the interview. I know people that can help you.

Joe Lindsey of Bicycling Magazine asked his Twitter followers to help Winfrey by suggesting some tough questions.

I am trying to anticipate some of “no holds barred” questions in Oprah’s Lance interview. How about some suggestions?

That’s pretty good. RT @BBQ44 what did you tell your kids or will/have you? 

The complete CBS interview with the antidoping official is scheduled to be broadcast on Wednesday, during the premier of a new program, “60 Minutes Sports.” In one portion released on Tuesday, Tygart said it was “totally inappropriate” that Armstrong had donated about $100,000 to the International Cycling Union, a regulatory body involved in drug testing, during his career. He then revealed that someone representing Armstrong had offered to give the American antidoping agency more than $150,000 at some point in 2004. “It was a clear conflict of interest for Usada,” Tygart said. “We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer.” Pressed further about the amount of the proposed donation, Tygart said that it was about $250,000.

In another portion of the interview, broadcast on the CBS Evening News on Tuesday, Tygart said that Armstrong had tried to intimidate former teammates who had testified to a federal grand jury about his doping. The official also revealed that he personally had received death threats as a result of his investigation into the cancer survivor who was once a hero to millions.

from:  http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/armstrong-set-to-appear-on-oprah-next-week-as-new-allegation-surfaces/

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Lance Armstrong may not be done confessing.

His interview with Oprah Winfrey hasn’t aired yet, but already some people want to hear more — under oath — before Armstrong is allowed to compete in elite triathlons, a sport he returned to after retiring from cycling in 2011. In addition to stripping him of all seven of his Tour de France titles last year, anti-doping officials banned Armstrong for life from sanctioned events.

“He’s got to follow a certain course,” David Howman, director general of World Anti-Doping Agency, told the AP. “That is not talking to a talk show host.”

Armstrong already has had conversations with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials, touching off speculation that the team leader who demanded loyalty from others soon may face some very tough choices himself: whether to cooperate and name those who aided, knew about or helped cover up a sophisticated doping ring that Armstrong ran on his tour-winning U.S. Postal Service squads. Former teammate Frankie Andreu, one of several riders Armstrong cast aside on his ride to the top of the sport, said no one could provide a better blueprint for cleaning up the sport.

“Lance knows everything that happened,” Andreu told The Associated Press. “He’s the one who knows who did what because he was the ringleader. It’s up to him how much he wants to expose.”

World Anti-Doping Agency officials said nothing short of “a full confession under oath” would even cause them to reconsider the ban. Although Armstrong admitted to Winfrey on Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs, Howman said that is “hardly the same as giving evidence to a relevant authority.” The International Cycling Union also urged Armstrong to tell his story to an independent commission it has set up to examine claims that the sport’s governing body hid suspicious samples, accepted financial donations, and helped Armstrong avoid detection in doping tests.

Winfrey wouldn’t detail what Armstrong said during their interview at a downtown Austin hotel. In an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” she said she was “mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.” What had been planned as a 90-minute broadcast will be shown as a two-part special, Thursday and Friday, on Winfrey’s OWN network.

The lifetime ban was imposed after a 1,000-page report by USADA last year outlined a complex, long-running doping program led by Armstrong. The cyclist also lost nearly all of his endorsements and was forced to cut ties with the Livestrong cancer charity he founded in 1997. The damage to Armstrong’s reputation was just as severe.

The report portrayed him as well-versed in the use of a wide range of performance-enhancers, including steroids and blood boosters such as EPO, and willing to exploit them to dominate. Nearly a dozen teammates provided testimony about that drug regimen, among them Andreu and his wife, Betsy.

“A lot of it was news and shocking to me,” Andreu said. “I am sure it’s shocking to the world. There’s been signs leading up to this moment for a long time. For my wife and I, we’ve been attacked and ripped apart by Lance and all of his people, and all his supporters repeatedly for a long time. I just wish they wouldn’t have been so blind and opened up their eyes earlier to all the signs that indicated there was deception there, so that we wouldn’t have had to suffer as much.

“And it’s not only us,” he added, “he’s ruined a lot of people’s lives.”

Armstrong was believed to have left for Hawaii. The street outside his Spanish-style villa on Austin’s west side was quiet the day after international TV crews gathered there hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Meanwhile, members of his legal team mapped out a strategy on how to handle at least two pending lawsuits against Armstrong, and possibly a third.

Former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, alleges in one of the lawsuits that Armstrong defrauded the U.S. government by repeatedly denying he used performance-enhancing drugs. The False Claims Act lawsuit could require Armstrong to return substantial sponsorship fees and pay a hefty fine. The AP reported earlier Tuesday that Justice Department officials were likely to join the whistleblower lawsuit before a Thursday deadline.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/winfrey-armstrong-interview-intense-18222607

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Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29th, 1954 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oprah

January 29th, 1954

January 29th

1 + 29 +2+0+1+2 = 35 = her personal year = Lance Armstrong being defensive and defending himself.

Nine of Wands Tarot card

35 year + 12 (December) = 47 = her personal month = Going international.  Legacy.

Seven of Cups Tarot card

47 month + 17 (17th of the month) = 64 = It’s done.  Stick a fork in it.  All is lost.

Ten of Swords Tarot card

47 month + 18 (18th of the month on Friday January 18th, 2013) = 65 = her personal day = Corruption.  Ringleader.

King of Pentacles Tarot card

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June 1, 2012             3:20 pm

Just in time for the summer reading season, Oprah Winfrey announced Friday that she’s bringing back her book club. In a video posted on the website of her OWN network, Winfrey said, “This time, it’s an interactive, online book club for our digital world. That’s why we’re calling it Book Club 2.0.

Her book club reboot is designed to take advantage of the new technologies available to readers. The e-book editions of her selections will be enhanced especially for the Oprah Book Club, with sharing capacities and notations from Winfrey herself. She also promises to use social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to conduct the discussion about the book.

In the online video [see after the jump], Winfrey said was so enthusiastic about a book that she had to revive her book club in order to share it. That book is Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild,” a memoir about her 1,110-mile hike down the Pacific Crest Trail.

Holding up a hardcover edition of “Wild” to the camera, Winfrey said, “I still believe in books.” She urged readers in her book club to go and purchase the book from a neighborhood bookstore, if that was how they liked to read. Book Club 2.0 is not leaving print books behind.

Founded in 1996, Oprah’s Book Club became a fast track to fame and bestsellerdom. Sometimes she picked new novels, like Janet Fitch’s “White Oleander,” or an older book, like Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” After picking Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections” in 2001, a controversy erupted over comments he made, and Winfrey suspended the Book Club. When she brought it back, it was less frequent, and initially stuck to classic works. In 2010, in a grand gesture of reconciliation and forgiveness, she selected Franzen’s next novel, “Freedom,” and he appeared on her show. She officially retired the book club later that year.

Details about Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 will be available in the forthcoming issue of “O Magazine,” which hits shelves next week.

story from and video at:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/06/oprah-relaunches-book-club-saying-i-still-believe-in-books.html

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June 4th, 2012

6 + 4 +2+0+1+2 = 15 = the life lesson and personal year for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 = Sales.  Advertising.  Commerce.

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June 23rd, 2011

Makeover shows are dime a dozen these days (hell, entire channels are  dedicated to them!), so it’s easy to forget that Carson Kressley kicked started  this wave in 2003 along with his “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” cohorts.

Now, four years after the last breeder was buffed up, he is returning to the  genre with a new show, OWN’s “Carson Nation.” But in addition to going at it  solo this time, Carson says the big distinction between this and those other  shows is his approach. This is all about the “make better” not the “makeover.”

A concept he explained to me when we caught up in NYC yesterday — also up  for discussion, what it’s like having Oprah Winfrey’s number on speed dial.

PopWrap: Explain to be the idea behind the “Make Better.”
Carson Kressley: First of all, your show needs to be entertaining, second of  all, it needs to be different and there are so many makeover shows that are  truly superficial. It’s “we’ve changed your clothes, hair and make-up, so go  conquer the world.” In this show, we’re really taking time to get to know people  and hear their stories. You have to get to know someone to learn what’s going to  work for them and what they can maintain. What I always try to do is do a  version of the person, that is them – only better!

PW: Ok, but how do you do that?
Carson: It boils down to  me caring – I want to hear their story, I want to hear how I  can make it better. That’s something Oprah has professed many times: people need  someone in their life who cares. Who listens. Even though a makeover is an  inherently superficial process, making sure they believe they are worth  investing in through that process is an important message. By the time we’re  done, not only do they look cuter, but they also feel better about themselves. I  can literally hold that mirror up to them and say, “look at your potential! You  didn’t think you could look like this, so there’s probably a lot of other things  you can conquer that are way more important than having cute shoes.” Although  cute shoes are very important [laughs].

PW: Earlier this year you also hosted “Your OWN Show” — for you, how  does this experience differ?
Carson: This is my wheelhouse. Hosting  is fine, but walking out to give someone their challenge and then adjudicating  to send them home is really hard for me. Which is why I made Nancy O’Dell kick  everyone off [laughs]. I just couldn’t do it. I’ve been doing makeovers on TV  for years and years and years. It’s something I really know how to do. I also  know personally what it’s like to not feel good about yourself. I wasn’t always  this confident. Growing up as the awkward gay kid in a small town in  Pennsylvania, you’re constantly told “don’t be yourself, don’t be proud of who  you are.”

PW: When did that change for you?
Carson: Moving to New  York and being more of my authentic self was a big part of it, but certainly  after the tremendous success of “Queer Eye,” there was a lot of validation. You  learn that it’s ok to celebrate who you are. I love having a medium where I can  instill that same celebration of people being themselves.

PW: Like most people, I was a huge “Queer Eye” fan — and it’s crazy  to think about now, but without that show, there might be no Bravo  network.
Carson: I know! What would we do without the “Housewives of  Orange County?!?” Where would we be as a society?!?! Can I ask you, why aren’t  the “Housewives of Orange County” actually orange? I just don’t get it.

PW: Um … aren’t they?
Carson: Yea that’s true – they  could also use smaller hair and bigger clothes while we’re at it. One day at a  time.

PW: What is the number one question fans ask you?
Carson:  When was the last time the five of us were together? Always. And for the record,  I think the last time was probably very close to when we were filming “Queer  Eye.” I see the guys all the time, but we’re scattered all around. Whenever I’m  in their cities, we get together – people also ask if we were really friends.  There’s no way we couldn’t be friends because that experience bonded  us. Reality TV was just starting, none of us knew what would happen. We all quit  our jobs and took this risk. We ended up on this crazy successful ride of a  million highs and lows – but we went through it together, and that has bonded us  forever.

PW: Obviously they were good teammates, but it doesn’t get much  better than having Oprah on speeddial, does it?
Carson: No. if  you’re gonna have someone in your corner, you want it to be Oprah. She just  stands for all things that are good in this world, so I’m happy to be on her  team.

PW: Well, I am a huge “Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes”  fan.
Carson: Oh my god, isn’t it the best!

PW: The best. I’m honestly more upset about that ending than I am  about her actual talk show.
Carson: I know! And it’s so eye-opening  to see how it all really works. When you see the Oprah Winfrey show, it’s so  polished and smooth – you have no idea that Liza Minnelli was just smoking in  the ladies room [laughs]. It’s a great look into why the show was so successful  and who helped to make it that way. But the good news is there is an Oprah  Behind The Scenes Marathon all Saturday afternoon leading up to the premiere of “Carson Nation,” so you can’t ask for anything better than that!

“Carson Nation” premieres June 25th at 10pm on OWN

story from and video at:  http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/carson_kressley_POYeiCaIvX5z9IIlV2JdhJ#ixzz1QJTFeZ5k

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Carson Kressley was born on November 11th, 1969 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Kressly

November 11th, 1969

11 + 11 +1+9+6+9 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.

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June 23, 2011 10:44 AM EDT

Is there anything Oprah can’t do? Allegedly, OJ Simpson confessed to her claiming he killed his wife in
self-defence.

According to The National Enquirer OJ Simpson allegedly confessed to Oprah
that he did indeed kill his wife, Nicole Brown in 1994. If it’s true, it’s
basically the confession of the century.

OJ stood trial for the murders in the highly public case. OJ was found not
guilty by the jury on Oct. 3 1995 on live T.V. by more than half of the U.S.
population. OJ’s innocence was short-lived, however, in 1997 a civil jury in
Santa Monica found him liable for ‘wrongful death and battery’ agaisnt Ronald
Goldman, Brown’s friend who was found dead next to her outside of her apartment
in 1994. Simpson was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages to Goldman’s
family.

In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison after being convicted of
robbery, criminal conspiracy, assault, kidnapping and suing a deadly weapon.

It hasn’t been confirmed if OJ did confess to Oprah but either way, Oprah
will air an interview with Simpson where we’ll find out.

from:  http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/168473/20110623/oj-simpson-murder-confess-oprah-wife-nicole-brown.htm

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Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29th, 1954 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oprah_Winfrey

January 29th, 1954

January 29th

1 + 29 +2+0+1+1 = 34 = her personal year (from January 29th, 2011 to January 28th, 2012) = Generating a buzz.

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O. J. Simpson was born on July 9th, 1947 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oj_simpson

July 9th, 1947

July 9th

7 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 20 = his personal year (from July 9th, 2011 to July 8th, 2012) = Confession.

 

 

 

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April 12, 2010

Oprah and John Tesh Briefly Dated, Lived Together, New Book Claims 

A new biography of the talk-show queen claims Tesh broke it off because he couldn’t deal with pressures of being an interracial relationship in 1970s Nashville.

Oprah Winfrey and John Tesh were once a live-in couple? Get out of here!

In one of the more eyebrow-raising excerpts from Kitty Kelley’s new biography of Oprah, the author reports the talk show queen and Tesh, a 6’6” composer, syndicated radio host and longtime host of ET, were a romantic item in Nashville in the 1970s, according to the New York Daily News.

The News said the book – due out Tuesday – reports they shared an apartment there until Tesh bolted in the middle of the night, unable to take the social pressure of being half of an interracial couple.

On Monday, Tesh told the News, “Oprah and I were cub reporters in Nashville nearly 40 years ago and we dated for a short time.”

He added, “we remain friends to this day.”

from:  http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/04/12/oprah-john-tesh-briefly-dated-lived-toger-new-book-claims/?test=faces

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Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29th, 1954

source:  http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Winfrey%2C_Oprah

January 29th

1 + 29 + 2+0+1+0 = 33 = her personal year (from January 29th, 2010 to January 28th, 2011) = Be brave.  Be courageous.  Taking a stand.  Standing up for yourself.  Standing your ground.  Standing firm.  Having a strong backbone.  Not backing down.  Not caving in.  Not letting people walk all over you. 

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John Tesh was born on July 9th, 1952 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tesh

July 9th, 1952

7 + 9 +1+9+5+2 = 33 = his life lesson =  Be brave.  Be courageous.  Taking a stand.  Standing up for yourself.  Standing your ground.  Standing firm.  Having a strong backbone.  Not backing down.  Not caving in.  Not letting people walk all over you. 

One’s life lesson number stands for themself.  John Tesh’s life lesson is 33 (7 + 9 +1+9+5+2 = 33).  That it is Oprah’s 33 year indicates that John Tesh (33 life lesson) is a part of her year, and indeed he is mentioned in the book about Oprah.

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July 9th
7 + 9 +2+0+0+9 = 27 = his personal year (from July 9th, 2009 to July 8th, 2010)
27 year + 4 (April) = 31 = his personal month (from April 9th, 2010 to May 8th, 2010) = Reaction.  Controversy.  Scandal.
31 month + 12 (12th of the month on Monday April 12th, 2010) = 43 = Friends.
  

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