Hudson sisters thankful for verdict

After a Chicago jury convicted Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and nephew, the Oscar winner and her sister, Julia Hudson, released a statement Friday night extending a prayer to William Balfour’s family, saying “we have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy.”

“It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday,” they said, also thanking prosecutors for “dedication and tireless work” and praising police and trial witnesses.

Young cancer patients’ ‘Stronger’ video a hit

A video featuring cancer-stricken children, their nurses, doctors and parents lip-synching and dancing to the popular Kelly Clarkson song “Stronger” has become an online sensation.

Clarkson, in a video message to the children at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said the video, which went online May 6, is “amazing.”

“It made my day. I know it’s making everybody else’s day online,” she said in a message on her website. “I just can’t wait to meet you.”

The youngsters — many attached to IVs and holding signs that say “Stronger,” “Fighter” and “Hope” — dance with parents and medical staff. The video is part of a creative arts program with cancer patients at the hospital.

The video was the idea of Chris Rumble, 22, a patient at the hospital who was diagnosed with leukemia in April. He wanted to do something to share with his old hockey team in Wenatchee, Wash.

Wire reports