MAN ARRESTED IN NIPSEY HUSSLE SHOOTING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – They have their suspect. Now the Los Angeles Police Department will try to nail down a motive for the shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle. Authorities arrested the man they’d been seeking in the case yesterday. Eric Holder, age 29, was captured in Bellflower, California – about 20 miles southeast of the clothing store Hussle owned and where the shooting took place on Sunday. Police say Hussle and Holder knew each other – and that there was some kind of personal beef between the two in the hours before the shooting. The nature of the dispute is unclear, though authorities say gang ties played no role in the shooting.
NIPSEY HUSSLE – FIANCEE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “I’m lost without you.” With those words, Nipsey Hussle’s finance has made her first comments on the shooting of the rap star. Lauren London posted a tribute on social media two days after Hussle was shot to death outside the clothing store he owned in South Los Angeles. The Instagram post featured the actress and rapper together – as well as a solo picture of Hussle and images of them with their 2-year-old son. The online tribute came hours after the LAPD announced that the suspect in the shooting had been taken into custody.
NIPSEY HUSSLE – HERBALIST
UNDATED (AP) – The death of Nipsey Hussle has given rise to a bunch of conspiracy theories. Some on social media say the rapper was working on a documentary about an herbalist who claimed he had a cure for AIDS in the 1980s. Dr. Sebi died in 2016 while jailed in Honduras. It’s unclear how the rapper’s interest in Dr. Sebi would amount to a reason for killing Hussle. For their part, police in Los Angeles say Hussle was killed over a personal dispute with the man now in custody in the case.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT – COURT FILE
CHICAGO (AP) – Why did prosecutors in Chicago dismiss charges against Jussie Smollett that he faked his own hate crime? Those who’ve been covering the case believe the answers can be found in the case filed put together on the case. But it will be a while before anybody will know what’s in that file. A judge says it will be several weeks before he decides whether to make the Smollett case file public. During a hearing yesterday, Cook County Judge Steven Watkins disagreed with media groups, including The Associated Press, that the material be released right away.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – EQUAL PAY
WASHINGTON (AP) – A big-name actress has taken her fight for equal pay to the halls of Congress. Michelle Williams spent time on Capitol Hill yesterday to call for lawmakers to support the concept of equal pay for equal work. Williams has been in the spotlight for her experience in the fight for equality. In 2017, reports surfaced that Mark Wahlberg got $1.5 million to reshoot parts of the Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World” – while she got less than $1,000 for the same work.
ALYSSA MILANO – ABORTION
ATLANTA (AP) – Alyssa Milano has joined several Georgia-based TV and film industry workers in protesting a statewide ban on abortion under consideration. The actress has delivered a letter signed by other prominent actors to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp has promised to sign a measure that would ban almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.
FLORIDA PIPE BOMBER – PLEA
NEW YORK (AP) – The Florida man who pleaded guilty to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump says he’s being misunderstood. Cesar Sayoc has written the judge, saying he never meant to harm anyone – just frighten them. The judge handling the case has asked prosecutors and defense lawyers to let him know if they think the letter should affect Sayoc’s guilty plea two weeks ago. He could get life in prison.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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