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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has identified the shooter who ambushed and shot two deputies as they sat in a patrol unit outside a Metro bus station in Compton on Saturday.

The suspect's name has not been released and he/she is not yet in custody, Fox News reported Tuesday.

LASD deputy Claudia Apolinar, 31, was shot in the jaw. Her 24-year-old male colleague was shot in the head. Both officers are recovering from emergency surgery in stable but serious condition.

Apolinar's 65-year-old father Adolfo has held a bedside vigil for his daughter. She is a former librarian and the mother of a 6-year-old boy. "I'm here with her right now," he told a reporter in Spanish. He added that an LA Sheriff's Department deputy was standing guard outside her hospital room.

Apolinar and her colleague graduated from the police academy last year.

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A 33-year-old father of two was mistakenly identified as the shooter in a police BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert issued on Monday.

Darrell Hicks, a youth football coach, was described as "armed and dangerous" and incorrectly stated he was wanted for the attempted murder of two LA County deputies.

It is unclear how Hicks' name and photo ended up on the BOLO alert. Hicks said he received death threats on social media after he was named as the gunman.

Hicks said he was out riding a dirt bike all day Saturday and had nothing to do with the shooting. An attorney with the Cochran Group law firm is representing Hicks.

"Any person would suffer greatly when falsely accused of a crime, especially a crime as heinous as this," said attorney Brian Dunn.

Hicks said he is afraid to take his 2 daughters outside, and he believes that his neighbors look at him differently now.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the BOLO circulating on social media was erroneous. He offered a $200,000 award for information leading to the capture of the suspect.

Villanueva challenged NBA star LeBron James to match his award. The sheriff said, as of Tuesday morning, there has been no response from James.

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Tyrese Gibson says Beyonce and LeBron James must be protected "at all costs" because they're such powerful advocates for racial equality.

The 41-year-old singer/ actor just dropped his new single "Legendary" and its powerful accompanying video "8:46," which he says was inspired by the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Tyrese paid tribute to the celebrities who are attacked on social media for sharing their personal views on the controversial topics.

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"Beyonce's 'Black is King' changed my life and changed me forever," he said. "We need to protect Beyonce at all costs. Whatever visions and ideas this powerful Black queen has bouncing around in her mind, we need to be willing to protect her at all costs. We need to protect LeBron James at all costs. He has decided to boldly and specifically step into carrying the torch of speaking up and speaking out."

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James, 35, has taken a lot of heat as the unofficial spokesman for the entire NBA. He called for a 2-day NBA boycott to protest in honor of Jacob Blake, the Black Wisconsin man who was shot 7 times in the back by a white police officer while trying to detain him on an outstanding warrant. Blake is paralyzed below the waist.

Tyrese also said he's "so proud" of NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the practice of bending a knee during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality. "Long before it was ever cool to speak up and speak out, he took a knee on behalf of peaceful protest. He compromised his own survival to peacefully protest and speak up and speak out about something that’s on his heart."

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Remember the hackers who attacked a New York City law firm that represents bold name celebrities and pro athletes?

The hacker group, which calls itself REvil, hacked into the computer network at the prestigious law firm owned by Allen Grubman earlier this year.

They threatened to leak dirt on celebrities and politicians, such as President Trump, if they didn't receive ransom money by a certain date.

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Well, the ransom wasn't paid, so the group posted a new message on the dark Web saying it will "auction" off the dirt it allegedly has on LeBron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and others starting at $600,000 per star.

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The group also threatened to auction off information on the Democratic Party, Sean Combs's Bad Boy Records and other companies for $1 million per company.

The group claims to have information pertaining to the Democrats bribing celebrities and sexual harassment by top politicians.

The group wrote: "Bribery celebrity's [sic] by the Democratical [sic] party, sexual harassment by top politicians, envy of celebrity’s for each other ... all of that is waiting for you in files of Grubman company."

It isn't clear which media outlet or blog has that kind of cash in today's economy to pay for dirt on washed up rappers (Nicki) and pro athletes who are nearing retirement (LeBron).

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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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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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LeBron James voiced his concerns about the plethora of glitches that marred Georgia's primary elections on Tuesday.

The Lakers star questioned whether the faulty machines and long lines were "structurally racist."

"Everyone talking about "how do we fix this?" They say "go out and vote?" What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?" James tweeted.

James responded to a reporter who noticed the lack of problems voting in the suburbs: "I come over to this side of town, and white folks are strolling in. On my side of town, we brought stadium chairs."

An investigation has been launched into the voting machine breakdowns and long lines which resulted.

Atlanta voters were forced to wait as long as four hours to vote.

Multiple counties reported problems with the voting machines, and confusion reigned over coronavirus rules.

Georgia also received over 1.2 million mail-in ballots -- a record for elections in Georgia.

Georgia usually receives around 40,000 mail-in ballots in any given election, UPI reported.
 

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham defended Drew Brees after the New Orleans Saints quarterback spoke out against Black and white NFL players kneeling in solidarity during the national anthem.

In 2018, Ingraham, who hosts "The Ingraham Angle" famously told NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant to "shut up and dribble" after they criticized President Donald Trump.

"It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball," Ingraham said in 2018. "Oh and, LeBron and Kevin, you're great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble."

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But rather than tell Brees to shut up and throw the football, Ingraham came to his defense this week, saying he had the right to express his opinions.

"Well, he's allowed to have his view of what kneeling and the flag means to him," Ingraham said. She added, "By the way, on the streets of New Orleans, they're shouting '(expletive) Drew Brees.' That's what this moment has done to the beautiful team spirit of the New Orleans Saints."

James took to Twitter.com on Thursday to call out Ingraham for her double standard.

"If you still haven't figured out why the protesting is going on. Why we're acting as we are is because we are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here! Can we break it down for you any simpler than this right here????" he tweeted alongside a retweet by @ComplexSports.

The 41-year-old quarterback apologized for a second time on Thursday for his racially insensitive comments. He also addressed his comments with teammates in a team meeting.
 

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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening...and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

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LeBron James's eldest son Bronny James is over people constantly asking him if he would date Dwyane Wade's MtF transgender child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, 13, was born a boy named Zion, but he changed his name in 2019 after coming out during a Pride parade in Miami.

Bronny, 15, was repeatedly asked the question during his Twitch livestream sessions. The star high school player was asked by someone if he'd date Zaya Wade.

"Did I just hear that?" Bronny said, while frowning.

In another video, while playing a basketball game, a fan asked if Bronny would "smash" Zaya. He looked perplexed and said, "Why would you ask that?" Before asking his followers to "flame" the person for asking the question.

Bronny, who is heterosexual, has come under scrutiny for mentioning the type of females he is attracted to on TikTok.

Black females were upset when Bronny declared his preference for light-skinned exoticals or Hispanic women.
 

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Celebrities and pro athletes are sweating bricks after a prestigious law firm that represents them was hacked and their personal data was compromised.

The hackers threaten to release the personal data to the public if $21 million ransom isn't paid very soon.

Hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a law firm based in New York City that represents a long list of high-powered VIPs, corporations, A- and B-list celebrities and pro athletes.

The hackers used a phishing link in an email to trick an employee into giving them access to the company servers. Then they downloaded over 756 GIGs of data including contracts and personal e-mails sent and received by clients, according to Page Six.

Now the hackers are demanding $21 million ransom to restore the data and unlock the firm's website, which is down.

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The long list of clients include Drake, LeBron James, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Nicki Minaj, Mike Tyson, Maria Carey, Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee, Lil Nas X, and many more.

The corporations repped by the law firm include MTV, HBO, EMI Music, Playboy Enterprises, Spotify, and more.

The law firm can't access any client files online because the hackers have the files encrypted. Only the hackers can access the files.

The police are powerless to help the law firm because the hackers are based in Russia or some other far flung country.

The police usually advise hacked hospitals, municipalities, and corporations to pay the ransom.

Some social media users are hoping the law firm doesn't pay the ransom so they can learn if LeBron is indeed paying child support for a love child.

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LeBron James was criticized on Twitter by ESPN journo Jason Whitaker for saying Black men are hunted in America "everyday/everytime".

James reacted angrily to the graphic video that shows Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

"We're literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the....."

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Whitlock tweeted that James's response was "not helpful", "Twitter trolling" and "shit stirring."

"This isn't helpful. It's twitter trolling. It's using this man's tragedy to build a brand as more outspoken than Michael Jordan. There are all kinds of ways to draw attention to this tragedy. Suggesting that we are hunted everyday/every time is just shit-stirring."

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Former NBA star Matt Barnes defended James, tweeting: "You always got some shit to say.. wtf are you doing, besides coonin?"

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Arbery, 25, was shot and killed by Travis McMichael, 34, who, along with his father, former cop Greg McMichael, 64, pursued the former high school football player through an upscale majority white neighborhood.

The McMichaels would later say they believed Arbery was burglarizing homes in the neighborhood.

A grand jury will decide whether to charge the McMichaels with murder. There have been no arrests.