Nahshon Shelton pulled a gun on a store clerk Saturday because he did not want to pay a 22-cent soda tax on a two-liter of Pepsi he was purchasing. The 36-year-old allegedly took a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun out of a Gucci satchel and threatened to kill everyone in the store, reports NBC Chicago. Read more.
According to TMZ, Drake is reportedly being sued for more than $300,000 for failing to properly attribute the opening monologue on his song “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2″ from his most recent album, “Nothing Was The Same.” The Jay Z-assisted track begins with a spoken-word section from the song “Jimmy Smith Rap,” recorded by jazz musician Jimmy Smith in 1982. Despite Smith’s death in 2005, his estate claims that Drake never received permission to use the sample. Further, in the credits to the Boi-1da track, it states “Speech sample provided by Christian Rich and Utters.” There are no further details. Read more.
Darren Sharper could find out on Thursday if an Arizona judge will grant him bail, just a day after authorities gave testimony saying they found semen matching the former NFL star’s DNA, USA Today reports. According to the report, the sample was found on the leggings of one of his alleged Arizona victims, with testing also uncovering a partial DNA match to Sharper on the genitals of the same victim who, before the alleged rape last November, did not have a relationship with Sharper. Read more.
A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County court on behalf of four voters it says will be harmed by the law, which was approved by the Republican-led Legislature last year. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed the measure, but lawmakers overrode his objection with simple majority votes in the House and Senate. Read more.
The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries. Jay Z and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a news conference Wednesday to announce the music festival, which is planned for Labor Day weekend and will be held simultaneously with one in Philadelphia. They did not announce the lineup of performers or address residents’ concerns about the venue — a park in downtown Los Angeles that is crossed by several streets and partially surrounded by residential buildings. Read more.
Washington & Lee University President Ken Ruscio promised Wednesday to meet with a group of students who demanded the school remove all confederate flags from campus and begin to cancel classes for undergraduates on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The president was responding to demands issued by a group of 12 W&L Law students, collectively known as The Committee, that were sent to the administration and members of the Board of Trustees. Read more.
A group of New York lawmakers have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice conduct an investigation into the fatal 2012 shooting of an unarmed black teen by New York City police officers. “In the interest of seeking truth and justice, we are asking for an extensive and exhaustive investigation into the killing of Ramarley Graham,” reads the letter, which the New York Daily News reports was sent to Holder’s office last month by members of the state’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Read more.