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Monday, January 21, 2019

Rockets agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Bulls - The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Anthony reportedly will be waived by the Bulls and become a free agent if he clears waivers.

Anthony and the Rockets agreed to part ways in mid-November after the team's slow start to the season. The 10-time All-Star played just 10 games for Houston after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the off season.

The Rockets reportedly will sign Kenneth Faried with the open roster spot.

Manny Pacquiao's Home Broken Into Less Than 24 Hours After Broner Fight - Manny Pacquiao won his recent match against Adrien Broner, but it seems his Los Angeles home was burglarized not too long after his bout according to reports.

A spokesman for Pacquiao spoke to NBC News and confirmed that the boxer was robbed. Mike Quinn told the outlet, “Yep he was robbed. No other info is being released right now.” The burglary was reported to police on Sunday and took place in the Larchmont section of Los Angeles.

Police have not confirmed if there is a lead on any suspects, or if anything was stolen from the boxer’s home.

source: NBC News

Yo-Yo Says R. Kelly Tried to Sneak His Phone Number to Her Daughter - TMZ recently caught up with legendary rapper Yo-Yo, who revealed an interesting experience her and her daughter had with R. Kelly.

While at the Trumpet Awards in Atlanta, Yo-Yo was asked how she feels about the whole R. Kelly situation. She responded by saying she didn’t trip too hard until she went to R. Kelly’s studio. She said her and her daughter went to the studio to listen to some of his new music and went on to say that her daughter told her that someone slipped her R. Kelly’s number while they were at the studio.

Yo-Yo called him a weirdo, saying her daughter was over 21 at the time but said it was weird that he or his team would even do that her. Yo-Yo also said she sympathizes with the parents of the alleged victims after that experience she had.


Damon Dash Uses Lee Daniels Settlement to Pay off $400,000 Debt - Damon Dash is using the money Lee Daniels paid him to settle a $400,000 legal battle he’s been dealing with for years. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Dash recently settled a debt owed to a company named Kerison & Willougby Capital. The company had been trying to collect on a 2011 judgment they were awarded for years and even tried unsuccessfully to sell off interest in his company with ex-wife Rachel Roy to satisfy the debt.

In the docs, Dash says that in November 2018, he reached a confidential settlement with Kerison. Per the terms of their deal, “monies owed to Dash from a third-party are being paid” to Kerison.

Dash boasts that he, “through his own exclusive efforts,” satisfied the debt and wants the court to order it’s been paid in full.

The deal came the same month that Dash dropped his legal battle against Daniels, in which he accused the director of breach of contract involving the Richard Pryor biopic they had both planned to work on.

In the lawsuit, Damon Dash sued Daniels claiming that a 2015 agreement made it clear that Dash would get a co-executive producing credit on the Pryor project and also 5% of the profits that Daniels would eventually earn on the back end.

Dash said Daniels did not make an effort to fulfill his obligations and had been kept in the dark about the details of production and the progress of the film.

The two sides reached a confidential settlement.

Source The Blast

Baltimore Under Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert Until Tuesday - Baltimore City is under a code blue extreme cold alert until Tuesday morning. It's the fourth code blue declaration this season. Baltimore City officials are urging residents to stay inside.

The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has reported three cold-weather-related deaths this season.

A code blue extreme cold alert can be declared when temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13 degrees or below, or when other conditions are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of city residents.

During a code blue, the city's response partners work to ensure those in need find shelter.

For those who have to be outside, officials suggest dressing in layers, wearing a hat and scarf and drinking plenty of fluids.

"The weather today is out of control. It is cold out here. You need to go in the house, wrap up, gloves, you know what I mean, hats and everything. Nobody needs to be out here. This is pneumonia weather," said Rashaad Smith, of Baltimore.

"It's the wind, it's the wind. It's not even the temperature. The temperature is not that cold. It's just the wind that is horrible," said Hannah Guan, of Baltimore.

During the code blue season, city officials work with homeless shelter providers to extend their hours and provide expanded bed capacity.

Source WBAL

Sen. Kamala Harris Says She is Running for President in 2020 - Confirming what had been speculated for months, senator Kamala Harris will enter the Democratic presidential race for 2020. “I am running for president of the United States,” Harris said today on Good Morning America, “and I’m very excited about it.”

Harris is currently a first-term senator of California and formerly the state's attorney general, while recently having become one of the most prominent names of the Democratic party due to her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees over the last few years.

In a video that was simultaneously released with her announcement, Harris portrays herself as a fighter for justice, decency, and equality, suggesting those to be the "values we as Americans cherish, and they’re all on the line now. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.”

For the Democratic nomination, Harris is expected to face competition from senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, in addition to potential campaigns from Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Corey Booker of New Jersey.

If elected, the Oakland native (with parents from Jamaica and India) will be the first woman and the second African-American to hold the office of the presidency, while it should be noted that Harris made the announcement on a day that the nation is observing what would have been the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: AssociatedPress

Erykah Badu Defends R. Kelly During Concert, Gets Booed - Erykah Badu recently had a concert in Chicago and stopped the show to speak on the R. Kelly situation.

While on stage, Badu seemingly defended Kelly by saying “I dunno how everybody else feel about it but I’m putting up a prayer right now for R. I hope he sees the light of day if he done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”

Badu went on to say “What y’all say, f**k him? That’s not love. That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them?” From there, Badu was met with boos.

Since then, she took to Twitter address the situation once more, saying “I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices. I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you?”

NFL's Response to Controversial No Call in Saints vs Rams: 'We Messed It Up' - Last night (Jan. 20) the Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints in epic fashion to advance to Super Bowl LIII, however, the victory wasn't without its fair share of controversy, specifically in regards to a missed pass interference penalty late in the 4th Quarter. There was under 2 minutes left in regulation when the Saints faced a 3rd and 10 inside the Rams 12 yard line, when Drew Brees threw a back shoulder throw to Tommylee Lewis on a wheel route towards the goalline. Lewis appeared to be clearly interfered with by Nickell Robey-Coleman who arrived early with helmet-to-helmet contact, yet the officials decided on the field that it was a legal defensive play.

Immediately, the Saints and all of New Orleans looked for the call that would have made it 1st & Goal inside the 5, yet they instead had to settle for a field goal, ultimately losing in overtime after a Brees interception and a 57-yard strike from Rams kicker, Greg Zuerlein. In respect to the no call, Saints coach Sean Payton said that the team will "probably never get over it," adding that he wasn't sure if there "was ever a more obvious pass interference call than that [in NFL history], and here it is, the NFC Championship Game."

Payton also made it clear that after the game he got a phone call from the NFL's head of officiating, Alberto Riveron, who explicitly said to the losing coach that the NFL "messed it up." Payton continued to infer that Riveron admitted that they blew the call, saying that the explanation he received was that "it should never have not been a call, they said not only was it interference, but it was also helmet-to-helmet. They just -- they couldn't believe it."

For his role in the moment, Rams cornerback Robey-Coleman even conceded that he believed that it should have been a penalty, adding that he figured that Saints would have then scored a touchdown on the next play. "It is what it is," he said. "You get a break like that, you have to take advantage of that."

Sure enough, the Rams took full advantage, as they are set to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LIII.


Ja Rule Defends Himself and His Role in Fyre Festival After Documentary Drops - Recently, two documentaries related to the Fyre Festival that was set to take place in 2017 released. Since then, Ja Rule, who reportedly had a part in the festival has taken to Twitter to defend himself.

The rapper said, “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers…” Along with that, Ja said “I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???” Check out all of the tweets above.

2 Killed In Ohio Plane Crash: Reports - Two people were killed in a pane crash near Apple Creek Monday morning, officials told local media outlets.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. near Hackett Road, Ohio State Highway Patrol told Cleveland 19 News. It was about two miles from Stoltzfus Airfield in Apple Creek.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office told Fox 8 that two people were killed in the crash.