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Jackson's well-being questioned

by The Associated Press on June 08, 2013 10:20 AM

LOS ANGELES — An investigation into Paris Jackson’s well-being has been ordered by a judge overseeing the guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children, court records show.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered an investigator to look into Paris’ health, education and welfare and recommend whether any changes are necessary on Thursday, one day after she was taken by ambulance from her family’s home and hospitalized.

Authorities have said they were dispatched to the home on a report of a possible overdose, but have not released any additional details.

“There have been communications between the court and counsel and we’re completely supportive of the court’s actions,” Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Perry Sanders Jr., said Friday.

He has said the 15-year-old is physically fine and receiving appropriate medical treatment. He declined further comment on her health status Friday.

Beckloff issued a similar inquiry into the well-being of Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, last year after an incident in which Katherine Jackson was out of communication with them for several days. The Jackson family matriarch had been taken by some of her children to a resort in Arizona, prompting an agreement that led to another guardian being temporarily instated. Tito Jackson’s son, TJ, was appointed co-guardian over the children.

“This is standard protocol in a high profile case,” his attorney Charles Shultz wrote in an email. “The court is doing what we fully expected the court to do.”

An attorney for Jackson’s estate said it would assist Katherine and TJ Jackson however necessary to help Paris Jackson.

“The estate will work with Paris’ guardians to provide whatever is required for her best interests,” estate attorney Howard Weitzman wrote in a statement.

The earlier report to Beckloff was not made public, although he has stated that he believed Katherine Jackson was doing a good job of raising her son’s children.

Beckloff’s order requires an investigator to prepare a report that only he will be allowed to review.

He did not include instructions on how the review should occur or when the report was due.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Stephen King and John Mellencamp had a simple problem when they started the long odyssey to create a musical.

As Mellencamp puts it, “Quite frankly, we didn’t know what the hell we were doing.”

Thirteen years later they’ve created “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a musical that’s not quite like anything out there — as you might expect from two of America’s most independent artists.

Along the way, the author and the singer picked up T Bone Burnett to serve as a general contractor, and enlisted stars like Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and Rosanne Cash.

“Ghost Brothers” is out this week with a CD box set, mini-documentary and e-book, with a theatrical tour starting in October in Bloomington, Ind.

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