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Russian synchronized swimming duo Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina didn't just perform a Michael Jackson-themed routine at the Olympics this week ... they won a gold medal for it! Technically and artistically, it was awesome!

Watch them perform - MJ swimsuits and all - to "They Dont Care About Us" ...

Natalia and Svetlana even got a shout-out from La Toya Jackson, who said, "I'm thankful for the honor that the Olympian swimmers paid to my brother Michael's memory."

"It is so wonderful to see how many global fans he has!"

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Paris Jackson lost her father far too soon, but he's still the first and last thing she sees each and every day. The 14-year-old made sure of that with a really cool collage of Michael Jackson pictures on her bedroom wall.

Check out the photo of it she put on Instagram:

Paris Jackson Wall Tribute to Michael

"My new wall **took me 3 effing hours**," Paris wrote, adding that it was worth it. "A whole wall of his pics is the LEAST i could do #dedication."

Paris, who was recently caught in the middle of a bizarre custody battle between her aunts, uncles, grandmother Katherine and cousin T.J. Jackson, says she's also considering another, edgier tribute to the late King of Pop.

"i kinda want to get August XXIX tatted on my back," she tweeted, adding some clarification for people who were rather opposed to the idea.

"lol y'all are trippin trying to tell me not to get the tat , when u guys don't even know what it means .. it's my dads bday get over it lmao."

LMAO.

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Dr. Conrad Murray, the terrible physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, is still not showing remorse.

Moreover, he's taking new shots at MJ's mother.

In a phone interview, Conrad Murray accuses 82-year-old Katherine Jackson of letting him down and "failing to be there" while he was alive.

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Asked if he'd ask forgiveness from Katherine for giving the insomniac star a cocktail of drugs that led to his death, Murray was incredulous.

"Mrs Jackson does not have to forgive me because I am not responsible for his death," he said. "There is nothing for her to forgive me for."

"I would say this: Is anyone willing to ever forgive Mrs. Jackson for failing to be the mother she could have been for her son? Would Michael forgive his mother for not being the mother that he wanted to be there all the time?"

Yeah.

Now serving four years at Los Angeles County Jail, Murray said he would be more than happy to sit down and talk with Katherine Jackson.

Somehow we don't see that invite being extended.

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Janet Jackson's attorney has released a new statement reiterating the star's concern with the executors of her late brother Michael Jackson‘s will.

The statement makes clear that Janet, who is barred from mother Katherine Jackson's home, is not motivated by money with her criticisms.

The 46-year-old, whose net work is estimated at $150 million, alleges that the executors do not have his children's best interests at heart.

Janet Jackson Cleavage

Her lawyer, Blair Brown, released the following statement Friday:

“Since the loss of Michael Jackson, Janet, Randy, and Rebbie's principal concern has been and continues to be for the safety and well-being of Michael's children, their mother Katherine Jackson, and the entire family."

"Unfortunately, those people have been harmed by actions of the executors of Michael's estate, the estate's lawyer, and those installed and paid to do their bidding.”

"The effect of that notice [barring Janet, Randy and Rebbie from KJ's home] is not only is to damage fundamental family relationships, it is also to isolate Katherine Jackson from anyone questioning the validity of Michael's will."

"It is important to stress that Janet, Randy and Rebbie have all questioned the validity of the will with no financial motive whatsoever - they stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid."

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The Jackson family turmoil appears to be simmering down as matriarch Katherine Jackson was reinstated as a guardian of her grandchildren today.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Jermaine Jackson put forth an "olive branch" and backed off his challenge to late brother Michael's will.

At a hearing Thursday, Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Katherine was doing a "wonderful job" with MJ's kids, Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.

Michael Jackson Kids on X Factor

"It's clear that the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson," he said, according to the L.A. Times. "It is clear to me they love her very much."

The judge also said that the kids' cousin T.J. Jackson, 34, who was named temporary guardian at an earlier emergency hearing, would remain so.

The ruling came after MJ's brother Jermaine said he had withdrawn his signature from a letter calling Michael's will "fake, flawed and fraudulent."

Jermaine, Tito, Rebbie, Randy and Janet Jackson accused the executors of the estate of mismanagement and possibly harming Katherine Jackson.

Relations haven't thawed entirely, however. In a court declaration, Katherine seems to suggest she was tricked into traveling to Arizona last month.

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Jermaine Jackson, one of the main players in the family revolt against the Michael Jackson Estate, has officially defected from the rebellion ... mostly.

While he has "deep reservations" about their conduct, Jermaine is bowing out of official efforts to challenge the power of his late brother's executors.

"I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the Estate, and which should never have gone public," Jermaine Tweeted Wednesday.

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"I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate," he adds.

"I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have great cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict."

"In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch."

That would be long overdue, following their apparent coup attempt to wrest guardianship of Michael's kids away from their grandmother and guardian.

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The Jackson family feud has simmered down somewhat, but relations are still icy as four of Michael's siblings are now banned from their mom's house.

Michael Jackson's kids Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson - subjects of a bizarre custody feud - are currently staying at Katherine Jackson's L.A. home.

The kids' cousin and temporary guardian, T.J. Jackson, has been advised by lawyers for the Michael Jackson estate on who should not be allowed in.

As such, Jermaine, Randy, Rebbie and Janet Jackson have been 86'd.

Janet, Jermaine

T.J.'s lawyer Charles Shultz says he's instructed the security team accordingly and his actions are "in compliance" with a judge's orders, not arbitrary.

Those on the not-allowed list were either present on July 23 "or in some way participated in the events surrounding that date," Shultz stated.

It was then that Jermaine, Randy and Janet Jackson arrived at Katherine's home and allegedly tried to physically remove Prince, Paris and Blanket.

Randy, Jermaine, Janet and sister Rebbie Jackson have been accused by some of being motivated by money to separate Katherine from the kids.

Michael's will, which left his estate to his children and provided an ample allowance to their guardian (Katherine), obviously stands in their way.

Since Michael's death in 2009, Katherine Jackson had been receiving a monthly allowance of $86,000 as guardian of Prince, Paris and Blanket.

For the time being, that sum goes to T.J. Jackson.

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Katherine Jackson is resting safely at home and has even agreed to split guardianship of her grandchildren with TJ Jackson.

So all is relatively calm on this family's front, right? Very wrong.

Randy Jackson went off on a Twitter rant this afternoon, accusing the executors of his brother's will of an assassination plot against his mom.

Randy Jackson on Stage

"It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother’s life," Randy wrote of those in charge of Michael's estate, adding that they are attempting to "isolate Katherine just like they did to Michael, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will."

And that's what it all comes down to for Randy, sources say: he is not mentioned in his brother's will and many believe he will go to any length necessary to change that.

"It is clear that anyone who stands up against the Executors of the Estate - John Branca, John McClain and their attorney Howard Weitzman - is denied access to my mother."

What an absolute mess. Try to rest in peace, Michael, even as your family makes that very difficult.

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It looks like the Jackson family drama may be coming to an end. Kind of. Sort of. But probably not.

A day after she returned to her grandchildren in California, and a couple days after TJ Jackson was granted temporary custody of Prince, Paris and Blanket, Katherine Jackson has agreed to share legal guardianship of Michael's three kids.

A court filing is expectde to take place next week.

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"That pleading will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and TJ have often shared responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing," Katherine's attorney, Perry Sanders, tells TMZ.

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grandma's here! #thankyougod.

So Paris Jackson Tweeted this morning, expressing gratitude that Katherine Jackson returned home after 10 days apart from the three children for whom she had been serving as legal guardian.

But the scandal surrounding this 82-year old, her extended disappearance and the alleged plot surrounding her children trying to change Michael Jackson's will is far from over.

Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson

Prince Jackson actually got involved in the saga today, posting a text message from July 23 on Twitter today that reads: "This is enough so I am texting you for the simple fact that WE DEMAND TO SPEAK TO MY GRANDMA NOW!!!"

The creepy response appears to be from Janet Jackson and it says: "Don't let them pls."

Prince goes on to bash the relatives that supposedly took Katherine from her California home - led by uncle Randy Jackson - and writes:

"Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt. For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother. If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth.”

Katherine Jackson spoke out last night for the first time and claimed she just needed a brief vacation. But her state in the interview and the fact that she never made contact with Prince, Paris and Blanket raise many questions over just what the heck has been going on.

Conclude Prince, the oldest of MJ's three kids: "As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways."

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