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Newark gathers to bid Whitney Houston farewell

NEWARK, N.J. – Fans and celebrities are now streaming into the neighborhood surrounding the New Hope Baptist Church where pop icon Whitney Houston will be memorialized today in the church where she was discovered. “She had such a beautiful spirit, and it will show today,” said Unique Redd, 34, of Long Island, N.Y., who began standing a block away from the church at 7 a.m. The celebrity-studded funeral is scheduled to begin at noon. Houston died one week ago today in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub at…