Mantenna – Donald Trump Bows Out of Presidential Race

May 16, 2011
Donald Trump bows out of the Presidential race, a Miss USA contender gets charged with identity theft, and DJ AM's sister tragically passes away…the Mantenna must break you!

Donald Trump Bows Out of Presidential Race

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He might be riding high in the polls, but Donald Trump would rather host a reality television show and build skyscrapers than become President of the United States. The real estate mogul and reality television star ended months of speculation today by officially announcing he will not seek the 2012 Republic nomination and run for President. The Trump released a statement saying, “After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” Trumps decision follows Mike Huckabee’s announcement over the weekend that he will not run for President again. This leaves the Republican Party without a clear front-runner for next year’s election. Who’s gonna the fill void? [AP]

Miss USA Contender Charged with Identity Theft

Miss Wisconsin USA Shaletta Porterfield was set to represent her state in next month’s Miss USA contest until she was charged with three counts of identity theft. The charges stem from Porterfield’s dodgy practice of falsifying signatures on several business contracts while working at a marketing firm last summer. The former beauty queen has admitted to the wrongdoing. Her attorney Robert Nagel, released a statement saying, “It's unfortunate, but she has a lot going for her, and she's ready to move on.” Porterfield was considered a top contender in the beauty queen pageant. Miss Wisconsin USA runner-up Jordan Marie Morkin will now represent the state. [New York Daily News]

DJ AM's Sister Tragically Passes Away

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Lara Long, sister of DJ AM, has lost a serious battle with colon cancer at the young age of 40. According to reports, just two months away from turning 41, Lara Long lost her life to an extremely rare form of colon cancer. Jenni Weinman, a rep for Lara's family, officially stated: "It is with unbearable sadness that I can confirm that Lara Long, the sister to DJ AM passed away late Monday night, May 9th after a fierce four month battle with an extremely rare colon cancer." She went on to say that "Lara was an amazing woman, with a huge personality, a heart of gold and an incredible laugh” and that “there are no words to explain how she will be missed.” Such horrible news for a family that seems to be pretty freakin’ rad. RIP Lara Long [Us Magazine]

Cali Swag District Member Dies in Shooting

According to reports, Montae Talbert, M-Bone of the hip-pop outfit Cali Swag District, was shot and killed late last evening during a drive-by shooting in his hometown of Inglewood, CA. Talbert apparently "sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head" and was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead. Following the horrific incident, Cali Swag District released an official statement to friends and fans of the group. “As police are still investigating the shooting and untimely death we ask that anyone with information contact the Inglewood Police Department. Mante, aged 22, was the comedic entertainer of Cali Swag District (who helped launch "The Dougie" to mainstream audiences) and was an inspiration to his family, friends and fans. He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed." For those of you that don’t know, Cali Swag District is best known for their smash dance hit "Teach Me How to Dougie." RIP Montae Talbert [TMZ]