Willie D announced the news in an Instagram video and said calling him a pioneer would be an "understatement."
Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr., the father of the late fashion designer Kate Spade, died on Wednesday night at the age of 89, his family confirms to NBC News. Brosnahan was in failing health and “was heartbroken” over his daughter’s recent death.
LeBron James eclipsed another Michael Jordan record on Wednesday night, surpassing His Airness for the most 30-point games in NBA playoff history.
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With his sixth field goal Monday night, LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) to become the NBA’s all-time leader in made postseason field goals.
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The legendary DJ Lovebug Starski has passed away. The Hip-Hop pioneer was just 57.
According to multiple sources, Starski, born Kevin Smith, died suddenly in Las Vegas today (Feb. 8). Per Chuck D, via HipHopDX, the Bronx legend’s cause of death was a heart attack.
Along with the late Cowboy of the Furious 5, Starski is credited with coining the word “Hip-Hop.” Starski was a DJ and MC, and managed to still thrive when Hip-Hop went from street routines to actual recordings.
A number of Hip-hop notables are paying tribute to Lovebug Starski.
Rest in powerful peace.
The tributes are pouring in as we speak.
Jim Nabors, best known for playing Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has passed away at the age of 87. Watch to find out more.
Several notable Hip Hop stars including Juicy J, Post Malone, Lil Pump and Lil Yachty all paid their respects.
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Robert Guillaume, of “Benson” and “Soap” fame, has passed away at age 89. Watch to find out more.
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Renowned comedian and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory has passed away. He was 84.
My father, Dick Gregory remains hospitalized with a serious but stable medical condition. His prognosis is excellent and he should be released within the next few days. After feeling ill last Wednesday (August 9th) Mr. Gregory was taken to the hospital. He was evaluated, treated and released. Showing only minimal improvement we returned him to the hospital Saturday (August 12) he was evaluated and admitted. Balancing a fine line between privacy and his friends and fans (who are his extended family) right to know. We have and will always gladly and freely share this gift with the world. When it comes to sickness and disease one's age is highly significant. There is no such thing as a "simple" condition. In advanced age a simple cold or a simple infection could be catastrophic. At soon to be chronologically 85, my father's true age far exceeds that. A life well-lived but heavily sacrificed, has definitively taken its toll. Laughter is truly good medicine. I've watched my father for a lifetime heal the world. Today he is in need of your healing. We are truly grateful for the phenomenal care he has been receiving. My family and I remain thankful for all of the prayers, positive thoughts, messages and good energy. Most appreciatively, Christian Gregory
Gregory had recently fallen ill, but it was thought he would make a recovery.
However, Roland S. Martin took to Twitter to offer his condolences.
BREAKING NEWS: Legendary comedian and activist @IAmDickGregory has died. He was 84. He was a true legend and barrier breaker.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) August 20, 2017
Many notables and fans immediately took to social media to express their sympathies and tributes.
The family has confirmed the icon’s passing.
It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days – Christian Gregory
Rest in power Dick Gregory. See the social media reactions below and on the following pages.
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dick gregory also was amazing at that blurry line between comedy and tragedy. that's just a technical observation, though.
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RIP to Dick Gregory, the bravest comedian who ever lived pic.twitter.com/kRZlOOXUY3
— 🇻🇪ComSymp Kane🇮🇷 (@cranstonl1972) August 20, 2017
BREAKING: Activist, comedian & speaker Dick Gregory has passed away at the age of 84. Rest In Peace! pic.twitter.com/zQMNmy1wuq
— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) August 20, 2017
Today we lost music legend Glen Campbell who died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. Billy Bush spoke with Glen and his wife Kim as Alzheimer’s began to take its toll.
Peter Dougherty also directed the Beastie Boys’ “Hold It Now, Hit It,” among others.
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Hot new presidential candidate Captain Crunch has outpolled Deez Nuts.
The Duck Down Records recording artist’s wife reportedly says that he has passed away.
After a concert in Uppsala, Sweden, police arrested him to drug test him, so he narrated the experience on Instagram. They found nothing, he says, and so he proceeded on his tour to Georgia.
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PARIS (AP) — Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France’s parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs — while tackling unhealthy stereotypes along the way.
The National Assembly, parliament’s lower house, voted 311-241 on Tuesday to approve the draft law. It now goes to the Senate before a final vote back in the assembly. The Socialist-led government hopes the bill will take effect by the summer.
Health Minister Marisol Touraine, the bill’s champion, said it is “crucial to tackle the challenge of aging and the emergence of new diseases” while preserving France’s generous and highly vaunted health care system.
Here’s a look at some of the key reforms:
In a measure that could cause ripples in France’s famed fashion industry, the bill would make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia.
It would forbid anyone with a body mass index, or BMI, below a certain level from earning money as a model. The exact level — based on height and weight — would be defined later by decree if the bill becomes law.
Any modeling agency or individual who pays a model with a BMI below the designated level would face up to six months in prison and 75,000 euros ($ 80,000) in fines if convicted.
Some 40,000 people are estimated to have anorexia in France — 90 percent of them women, according to the Health Ministry.
PLAIN CIGARETTE PACKS
The government’s plan includes a measure that would require manufacturers to package cigarettes in plain containers by May 2016. Packs would have the same shape, size, color and typeset. Brands would still be mentioned, but would be restricted to a small discreet place on the packaging.
The government believes less attractive packaging would help discourage young people from starting to smoke. Around 30 percent of French people smoke — a habit linked to some 73,000 deaths a year in France, according to official statistics.
People who encourage minors to drink excessively could face a year behind bars and a $ 16,000 (15,000 euro) fine.
The sale to minors of products inciting people to get drunk, such as T-shirts, would be forbidden.
Touraine, the health minister, has cautioned against the ills of binge-drinking, and has used the English-language term to describe the act of excessive imbibing over a short period of time.
As many as 49,000 people die every year in France from the consequences of drinking alcohol, according to a 2013 study published in the European Journal of Public Health.
Other measures, including requiring the labeling of alcohol-related risks in advertising, were scrapped during the Assembly debate, under pressure from the conservative opposition and France’s influential wine lobby.
In a step that would require changes to the business model of some fast-food chains, the bill would ban free-refill soda fountains in restaurants in a move aimed at combatting obesity.
Touraine, speaking in parliament, noted that the free-refill policy was “common in other countries, … is spreading in our country and could be attractive to young people.”
SUN-BED BAN FOR MINORS
Amid concerns about skin cancer, the bill would bar tanning salons from selling sun-bed services to customers under 18 years old or to engage in advertising targeting minors.
FACILITIES FOR DRUG USERS
The bill would allow for a six-year test period in which intravenous drug users would be given access to clean needles under medical supervision and in the presence of drug counselors.
The conservative opposition — which controls the Senate — has criticized the measure as a “very bad signal” to French youth, saying it trivializes the use of drugs.
Under France’s legislative system, the National Assembly has final say in the passage of laws — so even if the Senate alters or rejects the bill, it could become law.
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March 27 (Reuters) – The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people.
The Republican governor of Indiana signed into law a similar “religious freedom” bill on Thursday, prompting protests from human rights groups and criticism from some business leaders.
The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says “governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification.”
Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner.
Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure.
“We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state,” a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, referring to the measures in the two states, said in a tweet: “Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana’s new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar HB1228.”
The measure passed the Arkansas House in February by a comfortable margin and now goes back to it for consideration of amendments in the Senate version. Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, has said he would sign the measure into law.
A U.S. judge last year struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage but the decision has been put on hold pending appeals. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz and Steve Barnes; Editing by Sandra Maler & Kim Coghill)
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Matt Fairbanks, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “marijuana eradication” team in Utah, testified to a state Senate panel last week, and said rabbits could get addicted to pot, lose their natural instincts and sit around getting high all the time should a bill pass that would allow medical marijuana edibles in the state.
Fairbanks testified in opposition to the bill, and spent some of his testimony splitting hares, according to The Washington Post. He claimed that illegal pot farms could have bad environmental consequences, and said he saw rabbits addicted to weed at illegal grow sites.
“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” Fairbanks said at the hearing (48-minute mark).
“One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” he added.
Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham wrote that illegal pot grows can indeed harm the environment, but noted that those consequences aren’t unique to weed.
Now, regarding rabbits. Some wild animals apparently do develop a taste for bud (and, yes, best to keep it away from your pets). But I don’t know that the occasional high rabbit constitutes grounds for keeping marijuana prohibition in place, any more than drunk squirrels are an argument for outlawing alcohol. And let’s not even get started on the nationwide epidemic of catnip abuse.
Fairbanks’ “marijuana eradication” colleagues were reportedly in the news lately when they mistook okra for marijuana in Georgia and brought in the big guns.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady’s third touchdown pass gave New England its first lead with about five minutes remaining and the Patriots reached their fourth straight AFC championship game with a 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.
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