Partial Government Shutdown Enters 13th Day with Little Progress Toward Trump’s Demands for Billions to Build Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persisted over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll all try again Friday.

In public, Trump renewed his dire warnings of rapists and others at the border. But when pressed in private Wednesday by Democrats asking why he wouldn’t end the shutdown, he responded at one point, “I would look foolish if I did that.” A White House official, one of two people who described that exchange only on condition of anonymity, said the president had been trying to explain that it would be foolish not to pay for border security.

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A closed sign is displayed on a door at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, as a partial government shutdown stretches into its third week. A high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump as Democrats come into control of the House. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

In one big shift, the new Congress convenes Thursday with Democrats taking majority control of the House, and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said they’d quickly pass legislation to re-open the government — without funds for Trump’s border wall.

“There is no amount of persuasion he can use” to get her to fund his wall, Pelosi said in an interview airing Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show. She added: “We can go through the back and forth. No. How many more times can we say no?”

But the White House has rejected the Democratic package, and Republicans who control the Senate are hesitant to take it up without Trump on board. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a “total nonstarter.” Trump said ahead of his White House session with the congressional leaders that the partial shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get the funding he wants.

“Could be a long time or could be quickly,” Trump said during lengthy public comments at a Cabinet meeting, his first public appearance of the new year. Meanwhile, the shutdown dragged through a second week, closing some parks and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay.

Democrats said they asked Trump directly during Wednesday’s private meeting held in the Situation Room why he wouldn’t consider their package of bills. One measure would open most of the shuttered government departments at funding levels already agreed to by all sides. The other would provide temporary funding for Homeland Security, through Feb. 8, allowing talks to continue over border security.

“I said, Mr. President, Give me one good reason why you should continue your shutdown,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said afterward. “He could not give a good answer.”

Trump’s response about looking foolish was confirmed by a White House official and another person familiar with the exchange, neither of whom was authorized to describe the exchange by name. Trump had campaigned saying Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused.

At another point Wednesday, Trump told Pelosi that, as a “good Catholic,” she should support the wall because Vatican City has a wall, according to a congressional aide. Trump has mentioned the Vatican’s centuries-old fortifications before, including at the earlier Cabinet meeting. But Democrats have said they don’t want medieval barriers, and Pelosi has called Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border immoral.

“I remain ready and willing to work with Democrats,” Trump tweeted after the meeting. “Let’s get it done!”

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said that there’s no need to prolong the shutdown and that he was disappointed the talks did not produce a resolution. He complained that Democrats interrupted Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen as she was trying to describe a dreadful situation at the border.

Nielsen, participating in the meeting by teleconference, had data about unaccompanied minors crossing the border and a spike in illegal crossings, and she tried to make the case to the group that current funding levels won’t suffice, according to the White House.

“We were hopeful that we could get more of a negotiation,” said McCarthy.

He said the leaders plan to return to the White House Friday to continue negotiations. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox that Pelosi will be “more able to negotiate” once she is elected speaker, as expected Thursday.

The two sides have traded offers, but their talks broke down ahead of the holidays. On Wednesday, Trump also rejected his own administration’s offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall. That proposal was made when Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials met at the start of the shutdown with Schumer, who left saying they remained far apart. On Wednesday Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded.

Making his case ahead of the private afternoon session, Trump said the current border is “like a sieve” and noted the tear gas “flying” overnight to deter arrivals.

“If they knew they couldn’t come through, they wouldn’t even start,” he said at the meeting, joined by Cabinet secretaries and top advisers, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

With no negotiations over the holidays, Trump complained he had been “lonely ” at the White House, having skipped his getaway to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He claimed his only companions were the “machine gunners,” referring to security personnel, and “they don’t wave, they don’t smile.” He also criticized Pelosi for visiting Hawaii.

At the Capitol on Wednesday, Pelosi said she hoped Republicans and the White House “are hearing what we have offered” to end the shutdown.

The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. Funding for the wall has been the sticking point in passing essential spending bills for several government departments.

The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels — with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants for the wall — through Feb. 8 as talks would continue.

It would also include a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.

Police: Homicides in Chicago Down by Nearly 100 in 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared to 2017, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined, according to data released Tuesday.

Police in Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, report that 561 homicides were committed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. That compares to 660 homicides in 2017 and more than 770 in 2016, which marked a 19-year high that put a national spotlight on Chicago’s persistently high rates of gun violence.

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FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, accompanied by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, center, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Preliminary numbers show homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 over the last year compared to 2017 according to a police report on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago police credit the decreases in part to the addition of more than 1,000 new officers in recent years. Police also cite the creation of high-tech nerve centers in 20 out of 22 police districts, where officers rely on gunshot-detection technology and predictive analytics that help quickly get police to areas where violence is most likely to erupt.

“Are we where we want to be? Of course not,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Chicago Tribune in a recent interview. But he added: “I do think we are taking steps in the right direction.”

Official numbers for 2018 are expected to be released in several weeks, according to the department. Johnson has previously said “a reasonable goal” would be to one day get the annual number of homicides to below 300.

Although the decrease in 2018 is significant, the homicide total is a repeat of 2016 and 2017, when the number of killings in Chicago was higher than the combined total in the country’s two other largest cities. As of about mid-December, New York reported 278 homicides and Los Angeles had 243.

President Donald Trump has often singled out Chicago’s high homicide rate, tweeting in 2017: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ … I will send in the Feds!” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has accused Trump of oversimplifying the problem and potential solutions.

While homicide numbers dropped in many districts in Chicago in 2018, they went up in several neighborhoods on the city’s South and West Sides. Those areas have been plagued for years by gun and gang-related violence, including Englewood and West Garfield Park.

Victims of gun violence in 2018 included a 12-year-old She’nyah O’Flynn of Covert, Michigan, who was spending time with her father in Chicago over the summer. Police said she likely wasn’t an intended victim when she was shot while getting out of a car in West Garfield Park.

Police have said most killings in Chicago are tied to street gangs, with members vying for control of territory or simply retaliating for perceived slights by gang rivals, which these days are typically communicated through social media.

The number of shootings fell 14 percent in 2018 compared to the same period last year, and the numbers are down by 32 percent since 2016, when there were more than 3,500. Through Dec. 31, 2018, there were 2,391 shootings in Chicago.

More than 9,500 illegal guns were seized in 2018, the most in five years, a police statement on the data said. Closer cooperation between local and federal law enforcement has also led to an increase in federal gun prosecutions in recent years, according to police.

Overall, crime citywide was down 10 percent in 2018 compared to the year before. Robberies and carjackings were both down 19 percent, and car thefts decreased 11 percent, the department figures show.

The addition of more than 200 license-plate reader systems in squad cars, bringing the total number to 240, has also aided police in locating stolen vehicles, the department said.

The release of the crime data comes as a judge continues to mull over whether to approve an over 200-page plan drafted by the city and the Illinois attorney general to reform Chicago police under federal court supervision.

The Police Department and the mayor have been criticized following the 2014 slaying of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of second-degree murder in October. A video, which showed the teen holding a knife and walking away from officers, prompted an investigation of the police department by the Justice Department, which found widespread abuses.

Other officers are accused of trying to coordinate false reports to protect Van Dyke.

Emanuel and police brass began implementing reforms well before the reform plan, also known as a consent decree, was presented to U.S. District Judge Robert Dow for approval.

The draft plan stems from a lawsuit filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, one that was not opposed by Emanuel.

Report on Police Violence Against Black People in Toronto Reveals Canada Has A Big Race Problem

A new report from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, found that between 2013 and 2017, Black people in Toronto were 20 times more likely than whites to be fatally shot by the Toronto Police Service. (Photo: Flickr).


When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a woman heckler that “your racism has no place here,” it turns out he was wrong. The myth of Canada as a model of multiculturalism, in which racism is absent, has been shattered with the release of a report on Black people as the targets of police violence in Toronto, Canada’s largest city.

The report, issued by the Ontario Human Rights Commission using data from the Special Investigations Unit civilian police review organization, found that between 2013 and 2017, Black people in Toronto were 20 times more likely than their white counterparts to be fatally shot by the Toronto Police Service, or TPS. The commission spoke with 130 people in Toronto’s Black community in preparation for the report, and learned of the “fear, trauma, humiliation, mistrust and expectations of negative treatment” people have of the police, including the “collective impact” of police violence. Although Black people are 8.8 percent of Toronto’s population, they are involved in 28.8 percent of use-of-force cases, 36 percent of shootings, 61.5 percent of deadly encounters, and 70 percent of fatal shootings. Further, although Black men are a mere 4.1 percent of the Toronto population, they were one quarter of complainants alleging sexual assault by police.

“SIU Director’s Reports reveal a lack of legal basis for police stopping or detaining Black civilians in the first place; inappropriate or unjustified searches during encounters; and unnecessary charges or arrests,” the report said. “The information analyzed by the OHRC also raises broader concerns about officer misconduct, transparency and accountability. Courts and arms-length oversight bodies have found that TPS officers have sometimes provided biased and untrustworthy testimony, have inappropriately tried to stop the recording of incidents and/or have failed to cooperate with the SIU.”

Racism in Canada extends to the job market. According to a study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, nonwhite women are at the greatest disadvantage in employment in the province of Ontario, earning only 58 cents for every dollar a white man earns. Nonwhite people are 29 percent of Ontario’s population.

Although racially-motivated acts are on the rise in Canada, a survey of 1,503 Canadians found that half of people believe racism is getting better and 43 percent think racism is worsening in their country, while 60 percent believe it is a growing problem in other nations.

While many white Canadians will argue Canada is anti-racist, Black and indigenous Canadians, who are overrepresented in the courts and prisons, disagree. Black Canadians are more likely to face arrest, pretrial detention, restrictive bail and harsher sentences, and civilian deaths at the hands of police through “street checks.”

Other recent news reports point to an endemic problem of racism in Canada.

In Thunder Bay, Ontario, two reports — from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director —condemned the local police oversight board and the police service for findings of systemic racism and a crisis of trust between the police and the Indigenous community. Law enforcement has faced accusations of racism and indifference in how it investigates deaths and disappearances of indigenous people. Thunder Bay is known for the highest homicide rate and hate crime rate in Canada, and deaths of nine high school students. Police have looked the other way in the face of an alarming rate of violence against indigenous people. Similarly, in Quebec, hundreds of indigenous people have come forward with stories of abuse, sexual abuse of women and misconduct while in police custody.

The Ontario Judicial Council ruled that Justice Donald McLeod, a Black judge, crossed the line yet did not engage in misconduct when he founded the Federation of Black Canadians —an anti-racism and anti-poverty advocacy group for Black people. McLeod has lobbied politicians, including the prime minister, and engaged in activism through the organization, which arose in the wake of the 2016 shooting death of a pregnant Black woman, to address the cycle of violence among Black Canadians.

In a number of universities across Canada, indigenous deans and faculty members have resigned from their posts over systemic racism and discrimination and efforts by the institutions to frustrate their anti-racism efforts.

Stacey Lee Kong, a Canadian who moved from Trinidad as a young child, commented in Canadian magazine Flare that racism is getting worse in Canada, and people are expressing their racial hatred more openly, yet somehow people believe they are better than their southern neighbors, or immune to the type of bigotry taking place in the U.S. Pointing to the rise in hate crimes and racial attacks on Black, Muslim and indigenous people, she noted that she fears for her safety and that of her loved ones because of a culture shift rather than isolated incidents in Canada. “Racist violence is on the rise in Canada, the U.S. and overseas. And even though some of these incidents are ‘just words,’ well, that’s still a precursor to racially-motivated violence, as we’ve seen in the aftermath of Trump’s election, both in the U.S. and here at home,” she wrote.

Student Brittany Garuk refers to racism in Canada as a type of “hidden racism” lying beneath “a veneer of normality.” Under these circumstances, people view only overt and raw forms of racism as a problem. The “unity in diversity” slogan of Canada’s multiculturalism erases race and racism, and fails to acknowledge the role of white supremacy and that society is not racially neutral. Issues of racial justice and equity are eschewed in favor of a focus on ethnic dance, music, food and clothing. “We need to stop asking if racism is a problem here, and talk about ‘why’ it is a problem here” she said, noting she created an awareness campaign to “show the overwhelming amount of pain caused by racism, here in Canada, pointing at the excuse that multiculturalism gives us not to worry about it.”

In a commentary in Maclean’s, writer Scott Gilmore says Canada’s race problem is even worse than the situation in America, and dismisses the notion that the U.S. can learn from its neighbor to the north, comparing the plight of Indigenous Canadians and African-Americans. Despite Canada’s second-place international ranking for social tolerance and inclusion, Gilmore argues the country has a national crisis that is not easily seen. As a result, the nation buys into its own hype on inclusion and denies Canada has a race problem. “49 per cent of First Nations members live on remote reserves. Those who do live in urban centres are mostly confined to a few cities in the Prairies. Fewer than 40,000 live in Toronto, not even one per cent of the total population of the Greater Toronto Area. Our racial problems are literally over the horizon, out of sight and out of mind,” Gilmore said.

The Canadian Public Health Association has spoken out against racism in Canada, and has deemed it a pubic health issue. “Unfortunately Canada remains a nation where a person’s colour, religion, culture or ethnic origin are determinants of health that result in inequities in social inclusion, economic outcomes, personal health, and access to and quality of health and social services,” the association said in a statement, noting racism is insidious and impacts all aspects of life. “Those who experience racism exhibit poorer health outcomes including negative mental health outcomes, negative physical health outcomes, and negative health-related behaviours.” The organization cited the country’s egregious racist laws and policies, particularly as they relate to the violence, colonization, dislocation and genocide against indigenous peoples.

The Canadian Labour Congress, Canada’s largest organization, recently recognized Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by standing up to racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, and encouraging people to support the Charter for Inclusive Communities, which promotes “inclusive, just, and respectful communities in Canada.” The labor group cited the dramatic 47 percent rise in hate crimes in 2017 over the previous year, including a 50 percent rise in incidents against Black people, a 63 percent increase in hate crimes targeting the Jewish community, and a 151 percent rise in Islamophobic hate crimes.

The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ (USA) are participating in the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024), which, among other things, is designed to implement measures to fight racism, xenophobia and intolerance, and implement measures for the full inclusion of people of African descent.

Canada is going through a reckoning with its racist legacy, including the removal of statues of racist historical figures, racist place names, the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in Western Canada, and racial segregation and civil rights struggles. The recently issued Canadian $10 bill bears the likeness of the Viola Desmond, the Black businesswoman and civil rights activist who, nine years before Rosa Parks, was arrested when she refused to get up from her seat in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, movie theater.

In 2016, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent expressed “serious concerns” about systemic anti-Black racism in the Canadian criminal justice system. “There is clear evidence that racial profiling is endemic in the strategies and practices used by law enforcement,” said Ricardo Sunga, the head of the UN panel during its visit to Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal. “Arbitrary use of ‘carding’ or street checks disproportionately affects people of African descent.” After speaking with African-Canadians, the panel found that the nation’s history of enslavement, segregation and marginalization has had a harmful impact on people of African descent. However the Working Group welcomed the establishment of an Anti-Racism Directorate in Ontario to deal with systemic racism and promote just policies and practices.

The federal government is formulating a national anti-racism strategy, yet has faced criticism for holding their meetings closed to the public and by invitation only. To make matters worse, statements from Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez— who said racism is not a part of his vocabulary and systemic racism is “not a part of his vocabulary” — suggest Canada will not pursue a serious study of racism in Canada.

Despite the image of Canada as a multicultural oasis, and the place where as many as 30,000 enslaved African refugees fled from the United States, it is clear that racism is a prominent issue that must be acknowledged if it is to be tackled.

‘It’s Like We’re a Forgotten Population’: Baltimore Trying to Stem Decades-Long Disappearing Act of Neighborhoods

BALTIMORE (AP) — LaShelle Rollins’ rental house in West Baltimore is wedged between a line of derelict properties valued only by street gangs, drug addicts and firefighters conducting arson drills. And even though her family’s $700-a-month address sits across from a public school, they are among the only occupants of this desolate block.

Life in an emptied-out, rundown cityscape is a slog and Rollins is worn out by all of it: The sounds of late-night interlopers stomping down the stairs of a musty wreck next door; a constant fear of fire set by vandals; the social isolation; the rats. With no faith in a prompt police response, they keep a bat at the ready.

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In this Oct. 26, 2018 photo, LaShelle Rollins and her daughter Arrianna, 6, pose for a photo in front of boarded-up rowhomes on their block in the Harlem Park neighborhood of Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“It’s like we’re a forgotten population,” said Rollins, a Baltimore native who’s studying for a community college degree that she hopes will get her family out of this gloomy neighborhood — maybe even out of the city that part of her still loves.

The African-American woman with a bright-eyed 6-year-old daughter and a husband on disability isn’t the only one with leaving on her mind. At a time when rival cities are gaining population, Baltimore’s decades-long disappearing act is only continuing.

In 1950, Baltimore was America’s sixth most populous city, with nearly a million residents, many employed by Bethlehem Steel. Over decades, with factories closed and “white flight” in the 1960s and ’70s followed by waves of “black flight,” it’s shrunk to the country’s 30th largest, a loss of nearly 350,000 people.

According to U.S. Census estimates, Baltimore led all American cities in population loss for the last two years running. Census figures indicate the city saw more people leave its boundaries than Chicago, which also reported significant losses, even though Baltimore is only a quarter of its size.

Even with job gains, stately historic districts, and gleaming waterfront areas, Baltimore overall has about the same population today as it did 100 years ago. Only 17 of Baltimore’s 55 communities gained households between 2010 and 2016, according to the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance. Many are in the city’s prosperous and mostly white areas.

Maryland’s biggest city is hardly alone in dealing with issues of urban decay. Nationwide, places like Detroit and Newark have struggled with similar problems. Out of 33 U.S. cities with a population larger than 500,000, only Baltimore and Detroit have seen overall declines since 2010.

But Baltimore’s sea of vacant lots and roughly 16,000 uninhabitable row homes with weeds growing out of boarded-up windows have proven especially intractable in racially segregated, deeply poor areas. Housing researchers say some 20,000 other city properties are unoccupied and pose a risk of becoming crumbling shells. They largely sit in downtrodden swaths of West and East Baltimore.

Those predominantly African-American neighborhoods with a concentration of derelict buildings offer ghostly scenes: A silenced piano coated in chipped paint, bowed floors with stacks of pulpy notebooks, an entire row house given way to a tree bursting through its roof. Scavengers can easily get inside boarded up properties to wrench pipes from walls. Criminals stash contraband there.

“There are whole sections of our city that look like 1980’s Beirut,” said Carol Ott, a Baltimore tenants’ rights advocate who has helped bring the punishing scope of the decades-old problem to light.

Despite political rhetoric to the contrary, policymakers have often ignored the deterioration as fewer households meant a smaller tax base. Meanwhile, speculators bought cut-rate row homes and sat on them, waiting for a payday.

But Michael Braverman, the energetic director of Baltimore’s Department of Housing and Community Development since 2017, is confident the city is turning a corner. Braverman says city government is focused on stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods that can grow, and on building from areas of strength.

Disenfranchised areas are expected to see new investment via federal “opportunity zones” and a public-private Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund, created by Mayor Catherine Pugh earlier this year in part with $55 million from city-owned garages. Other grants and funds aim to boost affordable housing and foster what Pugh touts as an inclusive “new era of neighborhood investment.”

Ramped-up demolition aims to increase odds of redevelopment. Entire blighted blocks are slated for demolition through Project CORE, a $75 million initiative to raze a chunk of the city’s 16,000 uninhabitable buildings — a total that’s stayed constant for years. Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled Project CORE in 2016, eight months after a young black man’s death in police custody thrust the city into chaos.

“Whether Baltimore is on the right track to inclusive economic growth, I am not sure. I know the city’s leadership is focused on these issues. They’re battling a decades-long legacy of racial and economic segregation, industrial change, and transformed consumer preferences,” said Alan Berube, an expert on metro U.S. economies at the Brookings Institution.

Seema Iyer, associate director of the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, believes real momentum is building.

“The mayor’s put together a really strong team. All the pieces are there. Whether they can connect the dots remains to be seen,” said Iyer, whose research suggests that commute times of more than 45 minutes to get to work are the strongest factor in population loss.

Many citizens living in neighborhoods crushed by decades of neglect remain skeptical. They’ve seen numerous government plans to combat blight come and go. Some fear success could breed gentrification, which could push them out.

But in West Baltimore’s Harlem Park, Rollins is among those watching the urban deterioration all around them with indignation, exasperated that her child is growing up in a harsh environment with no easy escape hatch. She wants to see some genuine transformation, not cosmetic brushstrokes. She’s concerned about the psychological impact of living amid ruins.

“People around here want real changes, real opportunities,” she said, watching her little girl play in the yard of her public school. “I say a prayer every day we walk out the door and face those empty houses: God, please keep us safe.”

Ski Mask The Slump God’s ‘Stokeley’ Album Is a Bridge to Artistic Freedom

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Chris Brown ARRESTED In Florida For Outstanding Warrant, Still Hitting The Stage Tonight

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Chris Brown landed in handcuffs once agan last night, but he’s unbothered about already gearing up to get back on stage tonight.  Deets inside…

Chris Brown was arrested last night as soon as he hopped off stage after his show in West Palm Beach at the Coral Sky Ampitheatre.  Officers were waiting in the cut for him to wrap up his “Heartbreak On A Full Moon” tour stop.  They caught him as soon as he exited the stage, and promptly threw him in an awaiting cop car.

TMZ reports the arrest stems from a warrant that was issued in connection with an alleged attack at a Tampa nightclub in April 2017.  He reportedly attacked a photographer while in the DJ booth who was doing his job and taking pics and video.

Y’all know those Florida cops didn’t forget ish though.  Chris apparently was a wanted man again in the city, and had an outstanding felony arrest warrant. He was in jail for 52 minutes and released on $2000 bail.

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As for why his lawyers didn’t know he had a warrant out for his arrest in the state and/or properly get things handled in advance, is beyond us.

Breezy posted pics from the night as soon as he got out, and said he’ll be back on stage (in Tampa) tonight:

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#BlackLivesMatter: Georgia Cop Charged With Manslaughter For Shooting Unarmed Anthony Green In The Back

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Georgia Cop Charged With Manslaughter Of Anthony Green

Another day, another report of a white police officer killing an unarmed Black person for no reason.

According to NBCNews, a Georgia police officer, Zechariah Presley of the Kingsland Police Department, has turned himself in and been charged with the manslaughter of a Black man. 33-year-old Anthony Green was gunned down by Presley after fleeing a traffic stop on foot.

The account states that upon fleeing, Presley caught Green and had a physical confrontation. Green was able to break away from that confrontation and was subsequently shot in the back multiple times.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation is studying the body camera footage and is attempting to “enhance” it, whatever that means, but they do not plan to release it to the public.

Hopefully a lil’ public pressure will change that.

R.I.P. Anthony Green

NBA draft prospect Arnoldas Kulboka: ‘Basketball is like religion in Lithuania’

Lithuanian-born basketball prospect Arnoldas Kulboka, a 20-year-old sharpshooter, will keep his name in the upcoming 2018 NBA draft.

Kulboka, who recently scored 13 points in a five-on-five scrimmage at the NBA Global Camp for international players, has already worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

The prospect spoke to HoopsHype about playing in the NBA and his journey to get to where he is today.

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Lithuania has obviously been in the news quite a bit for basketball reasons with LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball playing there. How did you feel about the added attention from Americans?

Arnoldas Kulboka: When they came there, they were like celebrities. People expected a lot from them. They went to one of the worst teams in the league and had some big problems with the club. People expected they would be a little bit better. But you can’t expect too much from kids out of high school against grown men and professional basketball players. You have to play defense. You have to play physical. LaMelo is so young. I don’t think he was ready. LiAngelo was doing pretty okay. Media was tweeting about them a lot. Sometimes it was very good and people thought they were scoring so much against pro teams but those games were actually against kids their age in friendly games. There was a lot of attention on the club. They really got so many Instagram followers!

How did you become so interested in basketball at such a young age?

AK: Basketball is like religion in Lithuania. When I was small, I already had a mini-basketball when I was like two or three. When I was six years old, I knew I wanted to attend because I wanted to eventually play basketball. It was pretty early and it is the biggest passion for so many people in my home country. I’m really proud that I come from an extremely small village. I’m still trying to reach my goals but I’m already professional basketball. It’s hard to come from a place like that, with less than one thousand people, and make it.

What is the biggest difference in declaring for the draft this season compared to when you made the same decision last year?

AK: Last year, I didn’t have as much experience as I do now. I didn’t play in the first league. But this year, I had a lot of playing time in the first league in Italy. I feel more mature. I gained a lot of muscle, I’m bigger. I think I gained like 12 or 13 pounds during the season. I feel stronger. The playing time against growing men was the biggest thing for me. I improved a lot on defense. That was one of the biggest weaknesses that I had. I’m still working on it, too. I improved my body and I’m working on everything. I’m a much better defender than I’ve ever been.

Are there any NBA sharpshooters you’ve tried to model your style after?

AK: I really like the games of both Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic. They are both similar to me. They played in Europe and I like them a lot.

Have you played against people who have played in the NBA before?

AK: I’ve played against many former NBA players. This year, one of my teammates was Eric Maynor. He told me to work on my game. He knows I’m a good shooter and tells me to keep shooting no matter what because that is what shooters do. If I miss a few shots, he said not to obsess over it. Just take another one with more confidence. He told me some main things about life in the NBA. Stay focused all the time, no matter what. Don’t have any distractions. I don’t need a luxurious life. I just want to play basketball at the highest level of competition.

You’ve played all over the world, which could help your transition to the NBA. How has that impacted your global understanding of the sport?

AK: It’s nice because I’ve played in many places. I’ve been in Lithuania, Germany and Italy. Basketball is different everywhere. You can learn from different coaches. I always wanted to play in other countries to see not only basketball but also different cultures, people and languages. It’s been a good experience.

What will be the biggest change if you end up moving to the United States?

AK: It’ll be the time difference. Like, when I call my girlfriend or my family and it’s 11 pm and they ask what I’m going to do today because I just woke up. That will be weird.

How did you end up playing in Sicily? It seems a long way from home.

AK: The thing I wanted to have was playing time. We had many options. I was talking with my team in Bamberg and my agent. We just came up with this decision that Italy is a pretty good level for basketball. The Italian league is solid. I had a chance to play in the Champions League, which is a high level of competition. My coach gave me that chance and I took it.

What are some lifestyle changes you’ve noticed in each new place that you’ve lived?

AK: Honestly, I’m kind of used to living alone because I left my home when I was 15. It’s not a big deal for me. I just need a gym, ball and coaches.

Did you get a chance to travel much growing up or is that mostly through your playing career?

AK: I didn’t travel at all when I was young. I’m coming from a really small village. I just started traveling when I met basketball when I was like the age of 12 or 13. That’s when everything started. By last year, we had to fly to every game in different countries because we lived on an island in Italy.

Is there anything about your game that may surprise folks when they see you at their pre-draft workouts?

AK: This year, I wasn’t able to play much pick-and-roll or much off the ball. But I think I’m able to do that stuff. I think scouts will see that. Many people think I’m not athletic. Actually, I think I’m kind of athletic.

Before I let you go: Do you come from a tall family? When did you get to be so tall?

AK: My brother is 6-foot-4 but my parents are pretty short. My granddad said that his cousin was around 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-7. But that’s about it. I really don’t know how this happened. My mom and dad joke maybe I’m the neighbor’s kid. I never had a growth spurt. I was always growing the same, like six or seven inches every year. I used to be the tallest kid, then people jumped and then stopped. I kept growing the entire time. I’m 6-foot-9 barefoot. That is enough for me.

Ranking the top 10 NBA draft classes over the last 40 years

The 2018 NBA draft is quickly approaching, so while we get ready for that, let’s take a look back at the best draft classes over the past 40 years.

10. 1997 NBA Draft

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Tim Duncan and his five championships and two MVPs obviously makes this a strong draft right from the very first pick, but it also had Tracy McGrady and produced 28 total All-Star appearances, 27 All-NBA, and two MVP awards (both Duncan).

Aggregate NBA mock draft 3.0: Lonnie Walker, Elie Okobo are on rise

For the third version of our aggregate big board, two guards Lonnie Walker (Miami) and Elie Okobo (France) have jumped on many draft boards.

Deandre Ayton remains in the pole slot followed by Marvin Bagley II and Luka Doncic. Next in line on the list are Jaren Jackson Jr.Mo Bamba and Trae Young. We looked at the latest analysis from basketball experts at NBAdraft.netESPNThe Ringer, and CBS Sports. We added projections from The Athletic as well.

To review, here’s how the formula works: for each mock draft that the prospect was selected number one overall, he was given 60 points. If he was listed at number two overall, the prospect was awarded 59 points. This was then continued until the last pick and if the play was not included in a mock draft, he was given zero points.

Based on these calculations, Walker was projected outside of the lottery in the first two versions of our model. After either participating in or scheduling workouts with four teams in the lottery, recent mock drafts and our own intel suggests Walker could be one of the first 14 players selected in the draft later this month.

Walker jumped Kentucky teammates Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox as well as Texas A&M’s Robert Williams in this update. He spoke with our own Alex Kennedy in a recent interview for HoopsHype.

Okobo is another player gaining momentum and will meet with five teams that have first-round picks in the upcoming draft. Last month, he scored 44 points while shooting 8-for-11 from three-point range for his team. While he ranked No. 30 in the first version and No. 23 in the second version, Okobo has now cracked the Top 20.

Other prospects who have improved in our rankings include 18-year-old Ukranian prospect Issuf Sanon and Kentucky big man Jarred Vanderbilt, who was limited due to injury last season.

We will continue to post new results as more mock drafts are released and the draft date nears. Expect some to join the list and some to leave the list on our later posts.

Kanye West’s Life Explored in New Documentary

A new documentary takes viewers on a journey through Kanye West’s life.

A new, unauthorized Kanye West film from YouTuber True Geordie documents the Chicago artist’s early days in music, as well as the controversial antics of modern day Yeezy.

The documentary is actually episode two of True Geordie’s True Life Stories and starts off in ‘Ye’s early days in Chicago, linking up with No I.D. and making a name for himself. The film also touches on Kanye’s well-known struggles of being taking seriously as a rapper and finding it difficult to sign with a label.



While not known for tackling hip-hop in his YouTube videos, True Geordie has made a name for himself on the website with his popular soccer videos. The English YouTuber is known for uploading rants about the Newcastle United soccer team, as well as previews of upcoming matches.

In related Kanye West news, the “Yikes” rapper has earned his eighth No. 1 album after Ye reached the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart. The project moved 208,000 equivalent album units for the week ending on June 7, with 85,000 of those units coming from traditional album sales.

Ye also found success on streaming services, dominating the charts during its first few days of release. On Spotify and Apple Music, all seven songs on the album held the top seven spots on the songs charts. The record also became the No. 1 album in 83 countries on Apple Music.
Check out the Kanye West documentary below.