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A Philadelphia man was convicted of fatally stabbing Nicki Minaj's manager outside a Philadelphia bar in 2015.

After two trials, Khaliyfa Neely was convicted Friday of stabbing Devon Andre Pickett to death on Feb. 18, 2015 outside a bar in Germantown.

Neely, 38, was found guilty of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

The first trial ended in a hung jury, but District Attorney Larry Krasner's office continued to pursue justice in the case. Krasner said his office had "solid evidence" to convict Neely.

"It is our duty to persist in the pursuit of justice, even in the face of challenges," said Krasner.

Neely's sentencing hearing is set for April 24. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of murder.

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A dance coach for the Lifetime reality show "Bring It" was sentenced to only 9 months in prison for exposing a 16-year-old boy to HIV.

John Conner III was also sentenced to four years probation and he must register as a sex offender for life.

Conner, 30, pleaded guilty in November to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor for indecent purposes.

Police said Conner met the teenager o social media in 2015 and invited the boy to join his Infamous Dancerettes dance team. Conner and the boy had unprotected sex on several occasions, according to the affidavit.

Conner didn't tell the teenager he was diagnosed with HIV in 2015. The teenager later tested positive for HIV.

After Conner cut a plea deal with the Memphis District Attorney's office, a judge sentenced him to only 9 months in prison and four months probation.

The DA decided Conner's crime was "minor" and punishable by less than a year in prison.

Lifetime's "Bring It" was a television dance competition that featured teams from the Mid-South, including Conner's.

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Steven Spielberg's troubled daughter Mikaela Spielberg has been arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, for domestic violence, RadarOnline.com reports exclusively.

According to an inmate report from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Mikaela, 23, was arrested Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6:33 a.m. and booked into Hill Detention Center.

The report noted that Mikaela wasn't eligible for release "at this time" as she was being held under suspicion of "Domestic Violence - 12 Hour Hold."

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor under Tennessee law.

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Mikaela made headlines last week when she announced her plans to pursue a career in adult entertainment.

Her announcement reportedly broke her father's heart. Mikaela was adopted in South Africa as an infant by Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw.

Mikaela, who lives in Nashville with her 47-year-old boyfriend, said she was molested as a child. But she said the predators were not family members or family friends.

She said her childhood abuse helped contribute to her emotional and psychological problems as an adult.

She explained that adult entertainment would give her the opportunity to use her body to satisfy others on her own terms.

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On the night he died, rapper Pop Smoke held a private party at the $2.5 million home he leased from Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.

The 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, had signed the lease a month before he was gunned down inside the house by four masked home invaders at 4:29 a.m. on Feb. 19.

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10 days after his death, the LAPD have hit a roadblock, unable to identify the four suspects seen on surveillance video entering the house on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive in Los Angeles.

About 20 people attended a party at the home to celebrate Pop Smoke's recent album release. But detectives say they have no leads due to a lack of witnesses.

Law enforcement tell TMZ that people are unwilling to talk about what they saw.

The potential witnesses cops have spoken to keep changing their stories, or telling outright lies. To make matters worse, cops wasted precious hours viewing videos online that turned out to have no connection to the case.

One Instagram blog with thousands of followers posted surveillance footage that purportedly showed the shooting inside the house. But the video turned out to be footage from a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Cops are having trouble coming up with a motive for the murder. Adding to their frustration, the victim lived in Brooklyn, but spent time on the West Coast. Which means cops have had to spend extra time tracking down witnesses who returned to the East Coast.

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Pop Smoke was not a household name when he died, but his murder boosted sales of his music, including his 2019 breakout hit "Welcome to the Party."

For two days after his death, Hercules Drive was lined with TV trucks and fans paying tribute to the drill rapper.

When a reporter visited on Friday afternoon, the street was all but empty, except for two construction workers painting a house nearby.

"It was impossible for a few days," one neighbor told reporter Tarpley Hitt, of theDailyBeast.com. "But now it seems weirdly normal."

While Hitt canvased the neighborhood looking for witnesses, three young girls drove up to the cream colored house, taking pictures of the small shrine that included flowers and a crumpled dollar bill.

"We love him," one of the girls told Hitt. "We only heard about him when he died, from the Internet."

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Atlanta police say a man pretended to be same-sex oriented in order to gain the trust of a lesbian before raping her.

36-year-old Taurence Callagain met the unidentified woman at a MARTA commuter train station in Atlanta's West End in 2015, and the two struck up a conversation before exchanging numbers.

Police say Callagain pretended to be same-sex oriented to gain the woman's trust after she confided she was a lesbian.

According to a statement from the Fulton County District Attorney's office, "The victim is a lesbian and has a female partner who she was is in a relationship with when she met the defendant."

The statement continues: "Callagain led the victim to believe he was gay, so she was under the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic."

Weeks later, after the victim missed the last MARTA bus of the night, Callagain offered to give drive her home, according to the DA's office.

After stopping at his home to pick up marijuana, Callagain lured the victim inside the house to smoke weed.

The woman followed the man to his bedroom "when he began to strangle her and proceeded to violently rape her," according to the DA's office.

"During the rape, Callagain told the victim if she fought or screamed, 'I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.'"

After the rape, the victim fled the home and ran 3 miles in the middle of the night to her home. She later went to a hospital to seek treatment and called police.

Callagain, who is facing a separate aggravated assault case in Fulton County, claimed at his trial that the encounter was consensual.

He was convicted of rape on Tuesday. A sentencing hearing date has not been set.

In Georgia, punishment for a rape conviction can range from 25 years in prison to the death penalty.

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Anthony Mackie has confirmed his character Sam Wilson will become the first Black Captain America in Disney Plus's upcoming series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Chris Evans originally portrayed the iconic superhero in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, but his character Steve Rogers passed his iconic shield on to Mackie's Sam Wilson to take the mantle of Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

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Speaking at the premiere of Altered Carbon, the 41-year-old actor, who is Black, confirmed to website shadowandact.com he'll take on the "daunting" task of "being a black man and becoming Captain America".

Mackie said he thinks America is ready to welcome a Black Captain America superhero.

"At this day and age in America, I think we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us, as a country," Anthony said. "And my race represent us as a country because we're truly a melting pot. So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American. We're all Americans."

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Mackie suggests his Captain America won't reflect his African roots or be too ethnic.

"To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody. Not just a specific group of people."

The star also hinted fans will get to know Sam more in the Disney series, which launches in August.

"You really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes, as individuals and human beings and their thoughts and feelings. So I'm excited for people to see that part of Sam," he said.

He continued: "These shows are very different than the movies. These shows are art pieces. They are individual… They're not origin stories. They're more a day in the life story."

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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"
 

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Critics were outraged when President Trump named Vice President Mike Pence to head a task force overseeing the nation's response to the Coronavirus.

They pointed to Pence's handling of the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana when he was governor.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noticed a spike of new HIV cases clustered in Scott County in March 2015.

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Nearly 200 people tested positive for HIV in small time period in tiny area of the US. The HIV outbreak was eventually traced to intravenous drug users sharing dirty needles.

The CDC and the local health department suggested a needle exchange program similar to the one in California that allowed IV drug users to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones.

But Pence, a devout Christian, had his doubts about enabling intravenous drug users by giving them needles to feed their habit.

After pressure from the CDC, he eventually issued an executive order allowing a program in Scott County before signing a law allowing the state to approve the program for counties on a case-by-case basis.

But critics said Pence's action was too little too late.

They claim Pence dragged his feet for a year - allowing more drug addicts to contract HIV and hepatitis C.

Greg Millett, director of public policy at amfAR, said Indiana's HIV outbreak would have been "entirely preventable" if Pence had only acted sooner.

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Pence took credit for Indiana's successful needle exchange program in an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.

"We worked the problem early in the year from a law enforcement standpoint, from a health standpoint. I don't believe in needle exchanges as a way to combat drug abuse, but in this case we came to the conclusion that we had a public health emergency, and so I took executive action to make a limited needle exchange available."

Needle exchanges were illegal in Indiana before Pence changed the law. The needle exchange program now operates in nine of Indiana's 92 counties.

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An L.A County Sheriff's trainee is in hot water for trying to impress a woman with gruesome death scene photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site.

The trainee reportedly met the woman at a bar and tried to impress her by pulling out his cell phone and showing her gruesome pictures of the mangled bodies at the crash site.

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Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

The trainee was busted when a bartender overheard the conversation and called the cops.

The horrific photos were passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire Dept. and, according to TMZ, the department is now investigating.

The Sheriff's Dept. contacted family members of all the victims on Wednesday, after TMZ called them and inquired about the crime scene photos.

The Sheriff's Department would only tell TMZ "The matter is being looked into."

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Pictures and video have surfaced of the male nanny hired by Dwyane Wade to watch his two young sons 24 hours-a-day.

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Wade had just divorced his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, and received full custody of his young sons. But he was a star NBA player who was often on the road. He needed someone to watch his kids. So, rather than call their mother, he turned to a male nanny.

Wade, 38, recently made headlines when he announced his 12-year-old son, Zion Wade, calls himself "Zaya" and prefers feminine pronouns.

The Internet wondered if someone influenced young Zaya to lean towards an alternative lifestyle.

In one video uploaded to social media by activist Tariq Nasheed, the nanny is seen boating with young Zion, who seems to be every bit a wide-eyed, fun-loving boy.

The Internet believes someone touched Zion when he was very young. Child experts say young children are eager to please adults in their lives. Some children are very easily manipulated by trusting adults.

Was Dwyane Wade a little too trusting with a non-family male around his sons? Is that why all images of the male nanny were scrubbed from Wade's social media?

So many questions.
 


 

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