Lil Wayne, Kodak Black get clemency; Joe Exotic does not
President Donald Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 140 people in a last-minute clemency flurry after midnight on Wednesday, a list that included rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. — Rapper Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was given a full pardon. In the pardon, Lil Wayne was praised for his “commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks.” Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders backed the pardon. Lil Wayne is one of the seminal figures in rap in the last two decades, selling more than 20 million albums in the U.S. since releasing his debut in 1999. Supporters included Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, and athletes Lamar Jackson and Jack Brewer.
California sees hopeful signs as counties fight for vaccines
The county health department received 12,000 doses last week and had expected the same amount this week, but it received only 1,775. “This unreliable source makes it very hard to plan,” public health director Dr. Grant Colfax said. Yet Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson said the state is “creating unreasonable expectations” by pushing to inoculate those age 65 and up when the county still lacks enough vaccines even for health care workers. Sacramento County Public Health has just 975 doses allocated for this week, leading Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye to call for patience. So far 3.2 million doses have been shipped to California and 1.5 million have been administered, Ghaly said.
The Latest: 76ers-Thunder game postponed
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Oklahoma City Thunder's scheduled home game Sunday night against the Philadelphia 76ers has been postponed. ___The Green Bay Packers are making 6,500 tickets available to season-ticket holders for the NFC championship game. That marked the first home game this season that the Packers played in front of any paying spectators. The Cornhuskers’ home game against Minnesota on Wednesday and game at Iowa next Sunday have been postponed. Abdul-Jabbar revealed in a magazine article last month that he's had prostate cancer, leukemia and heart bypass surgery.
World Market to close at the Forum in Selma
SELMA, Texas – The World Market located at The Forum at Olympia Parkway shopping center in Selma is set to close its doors permanently on Dec. 31 after what the CEO says has been a “particularly difficult year for all of us.”CEO of Cost Plus World Market Jack Schwefel sent an email to customers explaining that the coronavirus “pandemic has forced us to make really tough decisions,” and that the last thing he wants is to close any stores. Schwefel said for the company to survive and thrive in the current environment “we need to put our company in the best possible position for the years ahead.”Two other World Market locations will still be open in the San Antonio area, including Park North, located at 742 NW Loop 410 and the Rim, located at 17414 La Cantera Parkway. Related: Stein Mart files for bankruptcy; to close nearly 300 stores
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer buys the Forum for $400 million in cash
Steve Ballmer, former chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., gestures as he speaks during a news conference after he was introduced as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, California. The Forum in Inglewood has a new owner, and his name is Steve Ballmer. The tension with MSG threatened to prevent Ballmer, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, from constructing a new arena near the Inglewood venue. The downtown Los Angeles arena is also home to the Lakers and National Hockey League's Kings. "When I bought the team, I thought it was great we didn't need to build an arena," Ballmer the Los Angeles Times in July 2019.cnbc.com
Kodak Black sentenced to 46 months in prison on federal weapons charges
Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in Inglewood, California. APRapper Kodak Black was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Wednesday on federal weapons charges, CBS Miami reported. U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno sentenced Kodak Black to 46 months in prison, along with 3 years of supervised release. Prosecutors said one of the weapons purchased by Black was found at the scene of a shooting in Pompano Beach. A federal judge denied his request for bond saying he was "danger to the community" based on his lengthy criminal record.cbsnews.com
Kanye West finally drops 'Jesus Is King' album
Kanye West performs onstage during his "Jesus Is King" album and film experience at The Forum on Oct. 23, 2019, in Inglewood, California. Kanye West's eagerly awaited "Jesus Is King" album released Friday. His followers had been waiting for the album to arrive at midnight, but West tweeted early Friday that there was a delay. "We are specifically fixing mixes on "Everything We Need" "Follow God" & "Water" We not going to sleep until this album is out!" The album release comes the same day his IMAX film "Jesus Is King" is set to hit select theaters.
Kanye West Previews New Album 'Jesus Is King' And Raps About Chick-Fil-A
Kanye West is embracing religion with his new album, Jesus Is King, and the IMAX film of the same name. The fashion designer sought out artist Meg Webster to create a natural installation including large reeds and grass for attendees to stand in as they watched the IMAX film. Though there were lots of delays getting into the venue due to complications at will call, Kanye, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and her sister Kourtney Kardashian, kept the crowd entertained. The album and IMAX film will officially be released on Friday, Oct. 25. RELATED CONTENT: 'KUWTK': Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Have Vow Renewal Ceremony Following Son Psalm's Birth Embed Code RestartKanye West Donates $1 Million to Charity In Honor of Kim Kardashian as 39th Birthday PresentKanye West Reveals 'Jesus Is King' Album Coming on Oct. 25'KUWTK': Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Have Private Vow Renewal Ceremony Following Son Psalm's Birth