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Sep 17, 2008

Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Damon Dash's Ex

(WENN) An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of hip-hop mogul Damon Dash's 16-year-old son, after the woman failed to return the teen to his father following a custody ruling last week.

New York judge Susan Knipps ruled that Linda Williams must hand over the couple's son Damon Jr. to the star last Wednesday as part of their ongoing custody battle.

Dash, who has sole custody of the teenager, took Williams to court when she allegedly enrolled the boy at a school in Long Island, New York, while he was visiting her home at the start of the month. Dash had reportedly planned for their son to attend school in the city's Upper West Side.

Williams, who was not present for last week's decision, was due to make a court appearance on Monday, Sept. 15 but after she failed to show for that hearing, Knipps issued a bench warrant for her arrest, reports website

The whereabouts of Damon Jr. are currently unknown, and a spokesperson for Dash has yet to issue a comment.

Barack Obama Raked in $9 Million at Hollywood Party

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raked in some big bucks, as he partied with Hollywood celebrities on Tuesday night. With the help of Oscar-winning singer and actress Barbra Streisand, the senator raised an eye-popping $9 million for his presidential campaign and the Democratic Party.

The night was split into two glitzy events, a reception and dinner costing $28,500 each at the Greystone Mansion, followed by entertainment by Streisand at the nearby Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. About 250-300 people were expected at the dinner and about 800 at the entertainment, which cost $2,500 a ticket, according to

Obama spent more than an hour before dinner getting his picture taken with guests. He said later that people had encouraged him to be tougher and had questioned why he was so calm in a close race against Republican John McCain.

"I'm skinny but I'm tough," he said. "I'm from Chicago and we don't play. Just keep steady."

"If we can cut through the nonsense and the lipstick and the pigs and the silliness, then I'm absolutely convinced that we are going to win," Obama said, referring to some of the offbeat charges raised against him.

"The reason I'm calm ... is I've got confidence in the American people," he said. "I really think they want to see us do better."

He said the economic turmoil in recent days had been sobering for America. "It's reminded people that this is not a game. This is not a reality show, no offense to any of you," Obama said to laughter. "This is not a sitcom."

McCain groused about Obama mixing it up with celebrities. He told a rally in Vienna, Ohio on Tuesday that Obama "talks about siding with the people, siding with the people just before he flies off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends. Let me tell you my friends, there's no place I'd rather be than here with the working men and women of Ohio."

While the final total was not determined, Obama's campaign did not dispute estimates that the twin events would bring in $9 million for Obama and the Democratic Party. That would be his second-biggest, fundraising day. Obama received $10 million from online donors the day after McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, delivered her speech at the Republican convention.

On another big fundraising night in California, Obama raised $7 million in August in San Francisco.

Obama is financing his presidential race with private contributions after abandoning a pledge to take public financing capped at $84 million. His campaign announced Sunday it had collected $66 million in August, a fundraising record for any presidential candidate in a monthlong period.

By comparison, McCain raised $47 million in August, a personal best for his campaign as well. After claiming the GOP nomination, McCain accepted the $84 million in taxpayer funds allotted by the public financing system for the race.