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Blacc Youngsta Arrested in Connection to Young Dolph Shooting

Memphis rapper Blac Youngsta on Tuesday was arrested on felony weapons charges in connection to the Young Dolph shooting in Charlotte during CIAA Weekend. Young Dolph, who was present for the festivities, was on his way to a show when his SUV was lit up with more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

Blacc Youngsta Arrested in Connection to Young Dolph Shooting

Earlier today [May 16th] Youngsta turned himself into police custody in connection with the shooting, although it is not clear to what extent he was involved. A representative for Youngsta had this to say: “Memphis-based rap artist Blac Youngsta has turned himself in on charges filed in Charlotte NC. The warrants served were based on lyrics from rapper Young Dolph’s Bulletproof mixtape. Youngsta will await arraignment while he maintains innocence and no involvement with the incident.”

Blacc Youngsta Arrested in Connection to Young Dolph Shooting

3 charges of “diss weap occ dwell/moving veh,” are listed, each with a bond amount of $15,000. Blac Youngsta, given name Sammie Marquez Benson, was arrested in North Carolina.

The story is still developing.

SOURCE: VLADTV

United passenger launches legal action over forceful removal

Lawyers for the passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court on Wednesday to require the carrier to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident.

Citing the risk of “serious prejudice” to their client, Dr. David Dao, the lawyers want United and the City of Chicago, which runs O’Hare International Airport, to preserve surveillance videos, cockpit voice recordings, passenger and crew lists, and other materials related to United Flight 3411.

Chicago’s Aviation Department said on Wednesday that two more officers had been placed on leave in connection with the April 9 incident, during which airport security officers dragged Dao from his seat aboard a United jet headed for Louisville, Kentucky. One officer was placed on leave on Tuesday.

Paul Callan, a civil and criminal trial lawyer in New York, said the public outcry over Dao’s treatment would likely push the airline to a quick and generous settlement.

“Because United has such a catastrophic PR problem, this case has a much greater value than such a case would normally have,” he said.

United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz on Wednesday apologized to Dao, his family and United customers in an ABC News interview, saying the company would no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights.

“This can never, will never happen again,” he said.

Munoz is under pressure to contain a torrent of bad publicity and calls for boycotts against United unleashed by videos that captured Dao’s rough treatment by airline and airport security staff.

Dao was removed to make room for additional crew members, United said.

Footage from the incident shows Dao, bloodied and disheveled, returning to the cabin and repeating: “Just kill me. Kill me,” and “I have to go home.”

As of Tuesday, Dao was still in a Chicago hospital recovering from his injuries, his lawyer said.

On Wednesday, United said it would compensate all passengers on board the flight the cost of their tickets.

Munoz said United would be examining the way it compensates customers who volunteer to give up seats on overbooked planes, adding that it would likely not demand that seated passengers surrender their places.

 

SOURCE: REUTERS

Charlie Murphy Dies At 57

Charlie Murphy, the beloved comedian, writer and older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died after a battle with leukemia. He was 57.

Charlie Murphy Dies At 57

The funnyman passed away Wednesday morning at a New York City hospital, TMZ reported, citing his manager. He had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Murphy earned a tremendous fan base as a writer for “Chappelle’s Show,” on which he frequently appeared in sketches alongside star Dave Chappelle. He had a recurring segment on the Comedy Central series called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” which featured him comically recalling his unfortunate interactions with major 1980s stars such as Prince and Rick James when he was a member of his brother’s crew.

Charlie Murphy Dies At 57
The Prince sketch was particularly memorable and detailed a pick-up basketball game where the pop icon (played by Chappelle) and his team beat Murphy’s.

Prince later revealed the game did in fact take place, telling MTV that “the whupping is true.” Murphy, who was Eddie’s only sibling, teamed up with the “Saturday Night Live” alum as a writer for several of his movies, including “Norbit.” He also appeared in front of the camera for many movie and TV roles outside of his work with Chappelle, including recurring gigs on “Are We There Yet?” and “The Boondocks,” and had a lengthy touring career as a stand-up comic as well.

Charlie Murphy Dies At 57

Murphy’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The couple married in 1997 and had two kids together: daughter Ava and son Xavier. Murphy also had another child from a previous relationship.

Murphy’s death rocked the entertainment world and led to an outpour of condolences from many of the comedian’s friends and admirers. “We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time,” Chris Rock tweeted. “Charlie Murphy RIP.” Russell Simmons shared a similar sentiment. “Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed,” he wrote. “Damn I loved Charlie Murphy.”

SOURCE: WWF 

Doctor ‘knocked out’ as he’s forcibly removed from overbooked plane

United Airlines had asked four passengers to leave at random after realising that a flight to Louisville from Chicago last night was overbooked.

However, when no one agreed to take up their offer of $800 and a free hotel stay, the airline began to pick passengers at random.

But the passenger had refused telling staff that he was doctor and needed to see his patients in the morning.

Footage, shot by passenger Audra Bridges, shows the passenger strike his head as he is removed.

She said that after initially being removed the doctor made his way back on the plane but had a bloody face and seemed disorientated, before being removed again.

She told the Courier Journal:that after a young couple had left voluntarily, the doctor had refused leading to the confrontation.

‘Everyone was shocked and appalled,’ she said. ‘There were several children on the flight as well that were very upset.’

The man was the only passenger forcibly removed form the flight, United Airlines said.

They added: ‘Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked,” the spokesperson said. “After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.

‘We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.’

SOURCE: METRO

Kevin Gates’ Back in Jail on Day He Was Supposed to Get Out

Today, rapper Kevin Gates completed his sentence for kicking a woman at a concert in 2015 and was scheduled to be released from jail.

Kevin Gates Sentenced 180 Days in Jail

But as Gates was being processed out of jail, authorities discovered an outstanding weapons-related warrant. Gates was re-arrested and led back inside the jail.

SOURCE: VLADTV

20 Years Later, Biggie Smalls’ Mom Has a ‘Very Good Idea’ Who Killed Him

On September 7, 1996, West Coast hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas. Six months later, Brooklyn heavyweight Biggie Smalls—The Notorious B.I.G.—was fatally targeted in a L.A. drive-by shooting. Biggie’s death was also the final nail in the coffin of the West Coast-East Coast, Death Row Records-Bad Boy Records feud that came to define hip-hop’s 1990s glory days. On the anniversary of Biggie’s murder 20 years later, it’s difficult to remember a time when coastal allegiances amounted to more than a preference for Shake Shack or In-N-Out.

While Biggie and Tupac may have been enemies by the end—with Tupac rapping about sleeping with Biggie’s wife, and ‘Pac turning against Biggie in the wake of the 1994 Quad Studios shooting — death is the great equalizer: Now, the once-beefing rappers are equally likely to be found immortalized on the dorm room wall of a college freshman, or momentarily resurrected as a headlining hologram. But incredibly advanced lasers aren’t the only forces bringing these hip-hop legends back to life. Two decades later, the lives and deaths of Tupac and Biggie are getting the USA network treatment. The upcoming series Unsolved, which dives deep into the two cold case murder investigations, stars Wavy Jonez and Marcc Rose as Biggie and Tupac, respectively. For Rose, it will be his second time playing 2Pac, reprising his role from 2015’s Straight Outta Compton.

And while watching Jonez and Rose channeling the rappers on set is unsettling, life is even stranger than fiction. In a new Daily Mail interview Voletta Wallace, the 64-year-old mother of Biggie Smalls, insists that a “conspiracy” is standing in the way of justice being served. Wallace confidently points fingers at the LAPD, claiming, “I have a very good idea who murdered Christopher and I genuinely believe that the LAPD knows exactly who did too.” She adds, “They’ve done their investigation, but they just refuse to move forward. I don’t know why they haven’t arrested who was involved. It seems to me that it’s one giant conspiracy, and someone is definitely being protected somewhere down the line.” For Biggie’s mother, “There’s no closure for me until that murderer is behind bars and sentenced.”

Of course, Wallace isn’t the first to weigh in on Biggie’s killing, and she certainly won’t be the last. The still-unsolved murders of Biggie and Tupac have launched more conspiracy theories than Alex Jones could ever dream of. Among the more outlandish claims are theories that the FBI shot both of the rappers in an effort to curb hip hop-related violence, or that Biggie and Tupac are actually alive and kicking it in a small resort town in New Zealand. Hey, if it’s good enough for Peter Thiel, it’s good enough for Biggie and ‘Pac.

While we don’t have a name or a face to link to Wallace’s claims, there are a good number of details for would-be conspiracists to comb through, courtesy of a cache of FBI files on the case. In 2011 The Daily Beast went through the documents to get a more vivid picture of Notorious B.I.G’s murder. Twenty years ago, Biggie was leaving a Soul Train Awards afterparty in a three-car motorcade; Biggie was in the second car, and his friend and label founder Sean Combs was in the first. At around 12:45 a.m., “An African-American male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie” fired six shots at the vehicles, with four of them hitting Biggie Smalls in the chest. The rapper was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

Death Row Records executive Suge Knight was a main suspect, in keeping with the theory that Biggie’s death was a direct response to Tupac’s murder. Knight denied any and all involvement in B.I.G’s death. The LAPD, which was accused of corruption in the case, made the decision in tandem with the FBI to close the investigation into Biggie’s murder, abandoning the 18-month case they had been trying to build against Knight. Four years later, the case was reopened after new information allegedly surfaced. Biggie’s mother brought a $400 million wrongful death suit against the LAPD in 2006, which was eventually dismissed.

The FBI files are full of juicy details, such as information about LAPD Officer David A. Mack, a suspect in the case who had a Tupac shrine in his garage, along with guns and ammo. Other interesting tidbits include one informant’s accusations that Notorious B.I.G. had secret ties to New York City’s Genovese crime family, and the revelation that the rapper was carrying marijuana, a pen, an asthma inhaler, and three magnum condoms on his person at the time of his death. But according to a new Daily Mail source, Biggie wasn’t even the intended victim. The source, who was allegedly with Biggie on the night of his death, “is convinced the bullets were meant for P. Diddy.” There’s a certain logic to that, seeing as many fans believe that the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy played a pivotal role in Tupac’s death. According to this theory Sean Combs, one of hip-hop’s biggest living moguls, was just one lucky Suburban away from meeting his maker.

SOURCE: DB

 

GOP Calls on Investigation of Trump’s Ties to Russia

Following the news of national security adviser Michael Flynn resigning on Monday (February 13), top GOP lawmakers met on Tuesday to call for an investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. They also want Flynn to testify.

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Sen. Roy Blunt (Rep. MO) said, “I think everybody needs that investigation to happen,” adding, “And the Senate Intelligence Committee, again that I serve on, has been given the principal responsibility to look into this, and I think we should look into it exhaustively so that at the end of this process, nobody wonders whether there was a stone left unturned, and shouldn’t reach conclusions before you have the information that you need to have to make those conclusions.”

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Senator Blunt also spoke on the importance of the trustworthiness of the national security advisor, after reports surfaced of Flynn speaking about sanctions against Russia before Trump was sworn in. Blunt explained, “In this case, absolute trustworthiness is the most important thing, even better than, even more important than knowledge, you’ve got to trust what the national security adviser says and apparently that wasn’t gonna be the case here.”

SOURCE: VLADTV