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A grieving mom has filed a $1 million lawsuit after she lost her only son during a swimming pool incident at Carl Crawford's Texas mansion.

According to court papers obtained by TMZ, Liban Hersi claims the former Los Angeles Dodgers star didn't do enough to protect her 5-year-old son during a pool party at his home on May 16.

Hersi said her son was visiting Crawford with a family friend when he fell into the massive custom pool and drowned.

Another partygoer died when she jumped into the pool to try and help the drowning boy.

Hersi said the pool was not equipped with an alarm system and she claimed the pool's design was "unreasonably dangerous."

Hersi was not at the pool party when her son died. She was in another state working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Crawford, 38, shares a son, Carl Leo Crawford, with reality TV personality Evelyn Lozada and two children from a previous relationship.

He called off his engagement to Lozada in August 2017.

Crawford is CEO of Houston independent record label 1501 Certified Entertainment and was the first executive to sign hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion.

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LeBron James was among the athletes who voiced their outrage over the news that someone hung a noose in the garage stall of NASCAR's Bubba Wallace.

The incident happened at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday. The noose was observed by a team member. Wallace did not see the noose.

"Sickening! @BubbaWallace my brother!" James tweeted on Monday. "Know you don't stand alone! I'm right here with you as well as every other athlete. I just want to continue to say how proud I am of you for continuing to take a stand for change here in America and sports! @NASCAR I salute you as well!"

NASCAR said it launched an immediate investigation and will do everything possible to find the perpetrator and "eliminate them from the sport."

NASCAR previously announced the Confederate flag would no longer fly at any of its events or racetracks after Wallace complained about them.

The decision angered redneck drivers who proudly cling to their Confederate flags and tins of chewing tobacco.

On Monday, Wallace tweeted: "Today's act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism."

He added: "As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you.' This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in."

Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series.

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Demonstrations and clashes with police continued for a third day in California after an 18-year-old man was gunned down by LA County sheriff's deputies while working as a security guard at an auto body shop.

"He ran because he was scared," one of the protesters' signs read as the crowd chanted, "Why'd you kill that kid?" during a protest on Sunday.

As protesters blocked traffic, a sheriff's helicopter circled overhead. "We don't want to see your children hurt," a voice announced from the helicopter.

He urged the protesters to leave the area so the women and children weren't exposed to pepper spray or tear gas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed a sheriff's deputy fired six shots at Andres Guardado during a foot pursuit at the rear of a car business at 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd on Thursday, June 18.

The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m., when two Compton Station deputies who were on patrol spotted Guardado talking to someone in a car that was blocking the driveway to the body shop.

Guardado reportedly looked at them, produced a handgun and fled southbound between two businesses.

The police stopped him at the rear of the car business and one of them fired six rounds at him, killing him.

A .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol with no markings or serial number was recovered near his body. The gun had been altered with an illegal, extended 15-round magazine with 13 live rounds in it, police say.

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Guardado's sister, Jennifer Guardado, 22, (pictured above), said her brother ran when he saw armed police because he was scared.

"He was going to have a great career and a family," she said Friday, according to The LA Times. "He'll never get to experience that. They took that away from him. I never got to say goodbye."

She said her brother was a hard-working teenager who held down two jobs and loved going to the gym. He was working at the auto body shop to get back into school.

But police say Guardado was not wearing a security uniform, nor was he wearing a gun belt or holster. He did not have handcuffs or a security badge.

The age requirement to work as a security guard in California is 21.

Guardado's family want an independent investigation into Guardado's murder.

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TikTok teenagers and K-Pop fans claimed responsibility for thousands of empty seats at President Donald Trump's first campaign rally in 3 months on Saturday night.

Trump is accustomed to speaking before packed arenas during his campaign rallies, but Saturday night's rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma was barely half full. The BOK Center has a 19,000-seat capacity.

The half-empty arena almost looked like a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert tour.

Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, had boasted on Twitter that the campaign received requests for more than 1 million tickets.

But reporters at the event on Saturday quickly noted the attendance was much lower than expected. Trump's campaign had events planned for the overflow crowd that was expected outside the arena. But the events were cancelled because there was no overflow crowd.

Within minutes after the rally ended, hundreds of teens took to TikTok to take responsibility for the embarrassing turnout.

The teenagers claimed they registered thousands of free tickets to the rally using their cellphones after @TeamTrump posted a tweet on June 11 asking supporters to register for free tickets.

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Fans of the Korean pop group BTS encouraged other teens to register for the rally -- and then not show up.

"It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism," said YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26. "K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want."

Daniel said the teens deleted their posts so the news media wouldn't catch on to their plan and alert the Trump campaign.

"The majority of people who made them deleted them after the first day because we didn't want the Trump campaign to catch wind. These kids are smart and they thought of everything."

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Ansel Elgort denies sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl after a Twitter user said the 'Baby Driver' actor took advantage of her when she was young and impressionable.

In an emotional message on Twitter.com on Friday, a woman named "Gabby" said she was "sobbing in pain" during the alleged assault when she was a teenager.

She said she began communicating with Elgort on Snapchat in 2014 when she was 16. The actor soon made arrangements to meet the starstruck teenager offline.

But the teenager's dream of meeting her celebrity crush turned into a nightmare when he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

"He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be," the woman said in her post. She said she told him she was a virgin, and that she was in pain, but he was unsympathetic.

"Instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn't want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were 'we need to break you in.' I WASNT there in that moment mentally," she wrote.

"I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone I was in shock I couldn't leave I was only 5'2 and 98 pounds. He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be."

As her since-deleted post began trending on Twitter, Elgort sought advice from associates and friends to mitigate the damage.

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Rather than let a professional handle the damage control, he decided to tackle the job himself by posting a public apology on Instagram.

"I was distressed to see the social media post about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours," he told his 10 million followers on Saturday.

"I cannot claim to understand Gabby's feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone."

Elgort admitted having a relationship with the girl when she was a minor, but he described their relationship as "brief, legal and entirely consensual".

He suggested the woman revealed their intimate relationship now because he cut her off and stopped responding to her messages.

"I know this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared," he wrote. "As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn, and work to grow in empathy."
 

Elgort's post sparked angry responses on social media.

"Of course you’re claiming it was legal and consensual. Classic move trying to make the girl sound like she accused you because you dumped her," wrote one user.

Another user wrote: "if she's 17 that's not consentual or legal [sic]. take the L and go to jail!"

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Right-wing conservative Chadwick Moore angered Black Twitter when he denounced Juneteenth as a holiday in America.

Moore, who is homosexual, tweeted on June 20, "I'm sorry, blacks, but you already have a month. Juneteenth isn't a thing. Don't colonize our month as well. thanks. Signed, the gays."

Moore managed to trigger Black people, liberals, and even other gays -- all of whom tried to "cancel" him. Unfortunately, their efforts fell flat because Moore himself is in the protected category.

Moore also refused to capitalize the 'B' in reference to Black people, writing: "Firstly, black is not with a capital 'B.' That's a recent, weird leftist media style guide thing."

Moore spent the rest of the evening taunting those who tried to cancel him:

"I'm living proof you can beat the mob. I've done it three times now. Why aren't more people like me?"

Moore is a 36-year-old journalist, public speaker, political commentator, and a regular guest on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News. He was a lifelong liberal until he came out as a conservative in 2016.

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XXXTentacion's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, responded to the $11 million lawsuit filed by the late rapper's half-brother, Corey Pack, who claims he is entitled to 25% of his brother's estate.

XXXTentacion was shot and killed by armed robbers outside a motorcycle dealership on June 18, 2018 in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

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Three suspects were arrested and charged in the rapper's death.

Pack filed the lawsuit in a Broward Court, Florida court last week, claiming the rapper's will left him 25% -- or $11 million -- from X's estate.

Pack claimed Bernard conspired with X's baby mama, Jenesis Sanchez, to deprive him of his inheritance.

Bernard responded to the lawsuit via a statement through her attorney on Friday afternoon.

"The lawsuit filed by XXXTentacion’s half-brother, Corey Pack against XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, is completely without merit. Contrary to the allegations of the complaint, a court has already determined that Corey Pack is entitled to nothing from XXXTentacion’s estate or trust. XXXTentacion's only child, and sole heir, is his son, Gekyume Onfroy. Any attempts by Corey Pack or his mother to take money from XXXTentacion’s only child or to extract money from XXXTentacion’s mother are completely without merit."

Edit: According to court records obtained by the New Times, Onfroy designated his mother as his personal representative. His trust names Bernard and his two brothers, Aiden Kerr and Corey Pack, as his beneficiaries.

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One of the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's shooting death was fired for "blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment.

On Friday, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced the termination of Officer Brett Hankison for displaying "an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he "wantonly and blindly" opened fire inside Taylor's apartment on March 13, while executing a no-knock warrant in search of a drug dealer who was already in custody.

"You used deadly force by blindly firing ten rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment without supporting facts that your deadly force was directed at a person (who) posed an immediate threat of danger or serious injury to yourself or others," police chief Robert Schroeder said in a letter advising Hankison of his termination.

“In fact, the ten rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more importantly any innocent persons present," the chief wrote.

"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion,” the chief added.

The LMPD shared the letter on Twitter.com on Friday.

Taylor, 26, and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, 27 were asleep in bed when three officers broke down their front door.

Walker grabbed his firearm and shot at the officers, believing they were home invaders. Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing chaos.

"Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend," a distraught Walker said in a 911 call.

Walker was not injured in the shootout but he was arrested and charged with attempted murder. All charges against him were later dropped and he was released.

Two other officers who discharged their weapons -- Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- are still on the police force.

No arrests were announced.

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New York City has declared Juneteenth an official holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced that June 19 -- the date that slaves were emancipated in the U.S. -- is an official holiday.

Juneteenth is a Texas state holiday celebrated annually throughout the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger announcing in the city of Galveston, Texas, that all slaves in Texas were freed on June 19, 1865.

Mayor de Blasio's announcement comes as millions of Black Americans plan to observe the day as an official holiday this weekend.

"We'll work with all the unions to work through the plan, give this day the importance and recognition it deserves," de Blasio said in a press statement. "Every city worker, every student will have the opportunity to reflect the meaning of our history and the truth."


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Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an order making Juneteenth - also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day - a paid holiday for state workers.

California Senator Kamala Harris says she will push for legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

In related news, Snapchat removed a Juneteenth filter following backlash on Friday. The filter asked users to smile in order to break chains of slavery.

"We deeply apologize to the members of the Snapchat community who found this Lens offensive," a Snapchat spokesperson told CNN Business. "A diverse group of Snap team members were involved in developing the concept, but a version of the Lens that went live for Snapchatters this morning had not been approved through our review process."

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The NBA is using smart technology to keep players safe when the league returns from a 3-month coronavirus hiatus in July.

NBA players will wear a "smart ring" that detects symptoms of COVID-19 up to three days in advance.

According to CNBC, players will wear the new "Oura Smart Ring" that is capable of detecting COVID-19 symptoms up to 3 days in advance with 90% accuracy.

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Wearing the ring is not mandatory. Some players, including Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, have suggested they may not play when the NBA returns in July.

The ring can monitor body temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate, according to the manufacturer.

The Oura Ring was originally designed as a sleep tracker, but Oura Health, the company that manufactures the ring, soon find out the metrics could help detect coronavirus symptoms by monitoring the body temperature and other metrics.

According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco,2,000 medical workers wore the Oura Ring and completed daily surveys.

The study's objective was to monitor "the onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which can characterize COVID-19," according to the UCSF.

The study's results were incomplete by the time the Oura Rings were purchased by the NBA.

West Virginia Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute conducted a similar study that found the Oura Ring was 90% accurate in predicting COVID-19.

But the study was carried out in conjunction with Oura Health, which raised the suspicion of a conflict of interest.

The Oura Ring is on sale for $299 on the company website and Amazon.com.

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A week after NBC News announced it was capitalizing the 'B' when referring to Black people, CNN announced it would also capitalize the 'B' in reference to Black people and capitalize the 'W' for whites.

CNN announced its decision after viewers called them out for referring to Black people with a lower case 'b' on their website.

"When referring to the racial categories of Black and White, CNN style is changing to capitalizing both words," wrote Tim Langmaid, vice president and senior editorial director, in an evening email to staffers.

"Both words denote a racial or ethnic identity and therefore should be upper case when referring to a person, community, culture, etc., in the same way CNN capitalizes other descriptors of race, ethnicity and shared identity, including African American, Native American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Asian American, African, and other terms," he explained.

Blogs such as Sandrarose.com have always capitalized the 'B', but mainstream news outlets began adjusting their reporting style amid racial tensions following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, at the hands of police.

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Criminal charges have been filed against Kansas City detective Eric De Valkenaere, six months after the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

The 26-year-old father-of-three boys was shot to death as he sat in his pickup truck at his home in the 4100 block of College Avenue on Dec. 3, 2019.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced the charges against De Valkenaere on Thursday, June 18, KCTV5 News reports.

According to prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, De Valkenaere was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

According to an affidavit, Des. Troy Schwalm and Det. De Valkenaere responded to a radio call about a traffic incident in the area of College Avenue and 41st on Dec. 3.

A police helicopter observed a red pickup truck being driven to a house at 4154 College Avenue, according to KCTV5 News.

Det. Schwalm arrived at the location first. With gun drawn, he entered the backyard without the resident's permission.

Det. De Valkenaere then arrived, and observed the red pickup, being driven by victim lamb, backing into the garage.

De Valkenaere later stated he could see Lamb's hands on the steering wheel and he saw Lamb's left hand slide down his body toward his waistband, pull a gun and point it toward Det. Schwalm who was standing on the driver's side of the truck.

De Valkenaere then fired his weapon four times through the windshield. Two bullets hit Lamb, mortally wounding him.

When investigators arrived, they saw Lamb's left arm outside the open driver's window. A gun was on the ground under the driver's side window.

But medical records show that Lamb was right-handed and did not have full use of his left hand as a result of an injury he sustained in 2015.

Lamb made a phone call around the time he was shot. His phone recorded audio of the incident. The phone was found by his right side when crime technicians processed the scene.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $30,000 for De Valkenaere, according to KCTV5 News.

Attorney S. Lee Merritt is representing the family.

"We're hoping law enforcement will learn there is accountability if they use deadly for without the proper justification," Merritt said.

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The grandson of the real "Aunt Jemima" Anna Short Harrington is speaking out about Quaker Oats Company's plan to "erase" his grandmother from the brand.

"This is an injustice for me and my family. This is part of my history, sir," Larnell Evans Sr. told Patch.com.

"The racism they talk about, using images from slavery, that comes from the other side -- white people. This company profits off images of our slavery. And their answer is to erase my great-grandmother's history. A black female... It hurts."

Evans said his grandmother took the place of the original "Aunt Jemima" character, enslaved woman Nancy Green who debuted the first "Aunt Jemima" at the Chicago's World Fair in 1893.

Harrington replaced Green when she died in 1923.

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The erasure of Black characters from brand packaging continues. The B&G Foods company said Wednesday it will "review" its Cream of Wheat packaging to ensure the brand did not contribute to "systemic racism."

The Cream of Wheat packaging features a logo of a Black chef. B&G foods made the announcement on Wednesday.

"B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS) today announced that we are initiating an immediate review of the Cream of Wheat brand packaging. We understand there are concerns regarding the Chef image, and we are committed to evaluating our packaging and will proactively take steps to ensure that we and our brands do not inadvertently contribute to systemic racism. B&G Foods unequivocally stands against prejudice and injustice of any kind."

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The decision follows on the heels of Quaker Oats company's plan to retire Aunt Jemima, and Mars, Inc said it will retire the Black character on Uncle Ben's rice packaging.

Also on Wednesday, Conagra Brands food company said Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup packaging is "under review".

"We understand that our actions help play an important role in eliminating racial bias and as a result, we have begun a complete brand and packaging review on Mrs. Butterworth’s," said Communications Manager Dan Skinner.

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Researchers working on a COVID-19 vaccine say the vaccine will only work if Black people participate in the clinical trials.

Calethia Hodges, a Black clinician who recruits Black people for human trials has a tough job. She is struggling to convince Black Atlantans to participate in the clinical trials.

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She said researchers need Black people to volunteer to determine "how genetic factors affect relations to drugs."

So far, she has had no success recruiting Black volunteers in Atlanta.

Researchers put it bluntly: "A vaccine might not work in African Americans if African Americans do not participate in the clinical trials to create the drug."

But Black people are overwhelmingly saying "No, thanks."

Hodges is having difficulty recruiting Black men due to the fear of clinical trials after the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment that spanned 40 years from 1932 to 1972.

28 of the original 399 volunteers died of syphilis because they never received the drug to treat it. Another 100 died of related complications, 40 of their wives were infected, and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis.

"The reasons I hear African Americans will not participate are heartbreaking and disappointing," Hodges said. "I have heard about the Tuskegee experiment a lot. And I have heard 'They [doctors] will give me the virus.' And 'They will put a chip inside me.' Many say their parents raised them 'to never participate in medical research.' It's all tough to overcome."

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A teenager was found hanged in an elementary school parking lot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Police say the boy was not a victim of foul play.

The Harris County Sheriff's Department in Texas confirmed a 17-year-old boy was found dead, hanging from a tree in the parking lot at Ehrhardt Elementary School.

Schools are closed for the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Police say the deceased teen had a "history of suicide attempts" with one of the attempts occurring "as recently as a few weeks ago."

Suicides among children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years.

The boy's death brings the total to 6 Black people who were recently found hanging from trees in the United States.

Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, were found hanging from trees in California. Officials ruled both deaths as suicides.

But Fuller's death is now being investigated after his family rejected the official cause of death.

"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."

If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.