SUGE KNIGHT COPS PLEA IN MURDER CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jury selection for the murder trial of the man who co-founded Death Row Records was to begin Monday. But that won’t happen – now that Suge (SHUG) Knight has pleaded no contest in the case. Knight had been charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after a January, 2015 incident at a burger stand in Compton, California. He could have gotten life if convicted. But instead, Knight pleads out to voluntary manslaughter – and agrees to serve 28 years behind bars. He will be formally sentenced on Oct. 4.
Suge Knight is 53. He was a key player in the rise of gangsta rap in the 1990s. His label had Dr. Dre (DRAY), Tupac Shakur (TOO’-pahk shah-KOOR’) and Snoop Dogg in its stable of artists. Knight lost control of Death Row Records after it was forced into bankruptcy.
BILL COSBY SENTENCING SET FOR MONDAY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Bill Cosby is due in court next week for a sentencing hearing. A Pennsylvania judge will sentence the comedian for drugging and molesting a woman at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. There will be two days of hearings starting Monday. Cosby was convicted in April on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. The judge has a wide range of sentencing options; state guidelines provide anywhere between one to four years – and could span from a prison term, to house arrest – or to probation.
BRAD PITT’S FOUNDATION SUES OVER KATRINA RECOVERY
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Brad Pitt’s foundation is going to court against a New Orleans architect, saying his shoddy work caused problems for homes built after Hurricane Katrina. The suit was filed this week against John C. Williams and it says defective design work led to leaks and other flaws in houses built in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans after the 2005 storm. The suit says the problems could end up costing Pitt’s Make It Right foundation more than $15 million. The lawsuit comes after a New Orleans attorney filed a class-action suit against Pitt’s foundation, accusing it of building substandard homes that are now falling apart.
DRAKE – YOUNG HEART PATIENT
CHICAGO (AP) – Someone provided a donor heart – and it was the doctors who actually did the surgery. But Drake is getting lots of credit for helping a suburban Chicago girl make it through a heart transplant. Last month, Drake visited Sofia Sanchez after seeing a video of her dancing in a hospital to one of his songs – all while she was tethered to an IV pump. Sofia says Drake’s advice to stay strong and keep fighting helped her through some tough times. Sanchez got the new heart less than a month ago – and she says it “feels different, but in a good way.”
CONTEMPT CHARGE AGAINST IOWA TV REPORTER DISMISSED
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa TV reporter is off the hook in a case stemming from a crash involving a man who was on “The Bachelor.” The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports a judge has dropped a contempt charge against former KWWL reporter Elizabeth Amanieh. She was nailed for violating a court order not to take courtroom video of Chris Soules, who faces charges in a road crash that killed an Iowa farmer. Police say Soules rear-ended the farmer’s tractor – then left the scene. He has pleaded not guilty.
DAVE CHAPPELE, COLIN CAEPERNICK BEING HONORED BY HARVARD UNIVERSITY
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – One is a comedian. The other is a former NFL quarterback. And both Dave Chappelle (shuh-PEHL’) and Colin Kaepernick are being honored by Harvard University. The school says they are among the eight recipients of this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal. It’s given to those who’ve made contributions to black history and culture. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony Oct. 11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is home to Harvard.
BILLIE JEAN KING TEAMS UP WITH LOS ANGELES DODGERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The world knows her as a great tennis player. But Billie Jean King has some strong ties to baseball, too. She grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and her brother, Randy Moffitt, pitched 12 seasons in the major leagues. Those ties are getting stronger. King and her partner have joined the Dodgers’ ownership team. King says she and the team share a commitment to equality and inclusion – and she hopes to expand the Dodgers’ efforts in those areas.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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