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April 2, 2019

LAPD NAMES SUSPECT IN NIPSEY HUSSLE SHOOTING DEATH

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore says the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle involved a personal dispute between Hussle and the suspect identified by authorities and was not gang violence. Moore told reporters Tuesday that 29-year-old suspect Eric Holder and Hussle knew each other, but Moore did not disclose any details about the nature of the dispute or how the two men knew each other. Hussle was shot Sunday afternoon outside his South Los Angeles clothing store. Moore says the suspect repeatedly came up to Hussle and spoke with him, then returned with a gun and opened fire before fleeing in a car driven by an unidentified woman. The chief called on Holder to surrender.

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059568-v-351:36-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Los Angeles police identify suspect in Nipsey Hussle slaying (2 Apr 2019)

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NIPSEY HUSSLE VIGIL TURNS VIOLENT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of the people who turned out to mourn Nipsey Hussle last night ended up in a hospital. The LAPD says 19 people were hurt badly enough to be taken for treatment, two of them in critical condition. Police say one of the seriously hurt people was struck by a car; the other suffered what police call a “penetrating injury.” It’s unclear whether the “penetrating” was done by a knife or by broken glass. Two other injuries are listed as serious while the other 15 are considered non-life threatening. The vigil was held outside Hussle’s The Marathon clothing store — and where he was shot on Sunday afternoon.

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NIPSEY HUSSLE - VIGIL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Someone changed history.” That’s how one mourner describes what happened when “someone” opened fire on rapper Nipsey Hussle, killing him Sunday outside his clothing shop. The shop is in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, where Hussle came up. Instead of making his money in the rap game and heading for a gated community, Hussle maintained ties to the area, looking to use his store as a means to lift the neighborhood. Those efforts endeared him to many — and drew mourners to his now-closed shop yesterday.

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NIPSEY HUSSLE AUTOPSY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homicide. That’s the official finding in the death of Nipsey Hussle, who was shot down in front of his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday. An autopsy finds he was struck by bullets in the head and torso. Two men near Hussle were hit — but they survived.

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NBA PLAYERS AND NIPSEY HUSSLE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bullets that took the life of Nipsey Hussle have also triggered a response among pro athletes, especially those based in Los Angeles. Among those expressing shock is Lakers star LeBron James, who posted several tweets, dotted with emoji. James tweeted, “So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.” Hours after Sunday’s shooting, two L.A. Clippers’ players — Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams — hung replica jerseys with “Hussle” on the back at their lockers. Hussle’s picture was shown on the arena’s video screens before tipoff. Harrell says Hussle “worked his tail off” to earn the love, respect and support from his community.

EAGLES-HOTEL CALIFORNIA

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Eagles will perform their 1976 “Hotel California” album in its entirety in concert for the first time. Live Nation says it will take place on Sept. 27 and 28 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster on April 12. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined by Deacon Frey and Vince Gill for what will be the group’s only North American performances of 2019. Founding member Glenn Frey, Deacon’s father, died in 2016. “Hotel California” is the third best-selling U.S. album in history, and the title song and “New Kid in Town” won Grammys. The Eagles have won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

LORETTA LYNN TRIBUTE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Loretta Lynn has made her first public performance since a stroke in 2017. And it was part of a huge event in Nashville in which she was honored by her fellow country music stars. Lynn turns 87 on April 14 — but she got early “presents” as artists like Keith Urban and Tanya Tucker took to the stage of Bridgestone Arena last night. Urban popped out of a giant birthday cake, Tucker gave Lynn a bouquet — and Alan Jackson gave her a single yellow rose in a Jack Daniel’s bottle. He says that symbolizes country music. The night ended with Lynn singing her signature hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

NYPD INVESTIGATING DAVID BLAINE IN SEX-ASSAULT CASE

NEW YORK (AP) —A publicist for David Blaine says that the magician denies sexual assault allegations under investigation in New York City and that he intends to cooperate with authorities. New York police confirmed Monday that Blaine is under investigation. That followed a Daily Beast report that the department had taken statements from two women accusing Blaine of sexual assault. The Daily Beast, citing unnamed sources, said one of Blaine’s accusers alleges he attacked her inside his Manhattan apartment in 1998, which may fall outside the statute of limitations. The Daily Beast had previously reported that a former model alleged Blaine raped her in London in 2004, an allegation he denied. According to the News website, Scotland Yard detectives later declined to take further action after investigating her claim.

JUDGE TO CONSIDER MEDIA REQUEST TO UNSEAL SMOLLETT FILE

CHICAGO (AP) — It will be several weeks before a judge decides whether the public will get a look at the sealed court file in the Jussie Smollett case. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said during a Tuesday court hearing that he did not agree with attorneys representing media organizations including The Associated Press that there is an emergency that requires him to make an immediate ruling. The judge set a schedule for motions and arguments that he said would result in his written opinion in late May. The file was sealed last week when prosecutors abruptly dropped felony disorderly conduct charges against the “Empire” actor. They have not explained why. The charges were filed after police said their investigation revealed Smollett staged what he claimed was a racist homophobic attack against him in January in downtown Chicago.

CHICAGO PROSECUTOR UNDER FIRE IN TWO CASES

CHICAGO (AP) — They’re two of the biggest cases in Chicago — and in the nation. And the woman who leads prosecutors in both cases is drawing fire for the way she’s handled things. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was elected 2016 mainly because of anger over the way a Chicago police officer was treated in the killing of a black teenager. But her rep has taken a hit lately in the cases of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and R&B star R. Kelly. Her decision to drop all charges against Smollett has been criticized by President Trump, the mayor and the city’s police union. What rankles critics is that after prosecutors dropped the Smollett charges, the actor went around insisting he did nothing wrong.

CINEMACON-STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Charles Rivkin says Netflix’s addition to the group makes the entertainment industry stronger. Rivkin’s remarks are a stark contrast to how the streaming giant is usually referenced at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners and distributors, who generally see the streaming service as a threat to their business model. The MPAA chairman and CEO kicked off CinemaCon Tuesday morning in Las Vegas with his annual state of the industry remarks. Rivkin also touted the record 2018 box office year. The North American box office reached $11.9 billion and the global box office hit $41 billion last year. That growth was helped by an increase in younger and more diverse audiences.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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