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American NBA player James Harden, left, and rapper Lil Baby, 2nd from right, were briefly detained by the French police on Thursday.

Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, was in a car that was pulled over by police on Avenue Montaigne in Paris after officers observed thick plumes of smoke wafting from the car.

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Lil Baby and his small entourage were taken to the police station for questioning. Harden, who was nearby, attempted to intervene and was also detained.

Police found 20 grams of cannabis in the car. The noxious plant is illegal in France, according to ESPN. A female police officer was seen checking a vaporizer found in the vehicle.

There were no arrests and the men were never taken into custody.

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The rapper and the Brooklyn Nets star are in Paris to attend 2021 Paris Fashion Week events.

In June, Harden was named to the board of luxury brand Saks Fifth Avenue. In a press release, Harden claimed he had "a love of fashion."

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Sha'Carri Richardson's name was left off the roster for the 4x100 relay team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The American sprinter received a 30-day suspension for a failed drug test after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

Richardson tested positive for THC, an ingredient found in marijuana. The positive test meant she would lose her spot on Team USA's 100-meter dash.

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The 21-year-old held out hope that she would still be part of the 4x100 relay team since her suspension was up before the start of the relays on Aug. 4.

However, her name was left off the roster USATF released on Tuesday.

Richardson received the bad news over the weekend. She sent out a series of tweets that suggested she didn't take the news well.

Richardson told her followers the Olympic Games will not be the same without her.

"The support [from] my community I thank y'all, the negative [people] forget y'all and enjoy the games because we all know it won't be the same... I'm sorry, I can't be y'all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I'll be your World Champ next year... All these perfect people that know how to live life, I'm glad I'm not one of them!"

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Celebrities and politicians are calling on Joe Biden to show support for track & field star Sha'Carri Richardson following her suspension for smoking marijuana.

The 30-day suspension means Richardson is out of the Tokyo Olympics where she was the favorite to win a gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted Friday:

"The press who love to bathe in the intersectionality of race-gender-sports should ask @JoeBiden if he believes Sha'carri Richardson should be barred from representing America for using a drug legal in most states that doesn’t impact performance.

I sure as hell don't."

Last week, Biden showed support for disgraced track and field athlete Gwen Berry after she turned her back on the American flag at the U.S. trials.

So far, the 46th president has not responded to Richardson's 30-day suspension.

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Other celebrities and notables who defended Richardson include actress Gabrielle Union who tweeted:

"Weed is great for many a thing but running faster isn't one of them. LET HER RUN!!! #ShacarriRichardson."

And ex-ESPN journo Jemele Hill tweeted:

"Between Sha'Carri Richardson and this, the Olympics really are sending quite the message to black women."

Sponsor Nike is standing by its athlete: "We appreciate Sha'Carri's honesty and accountability and will continue to support her through this time."

Others noted say the suspension is karma for Richardson's anti-Lil Nas X tweet in March.


 

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American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson apologized to her fans for failing a drug test, that resulted in a 30-day suspension.

A source tells NBC that Richardson tested positive for THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

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The positive test result means Richardson won't be allowed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which kicks off on July 23 in Japan.

The 21-year-old Dallas native issued an apology on NBC's "Today" show on Friday morning. "I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I'm supposed to do. I know what I'm allowed not to do, and I still made that decision."

Richardson blamed her mother's sudden death last month for her lapse in good judgment. She said learning of her mother's death sent her into a state of "emotional panic."

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Richardson, who was raised by her aunt and grandmother, added:

"(I'm) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me ... that definitely was a very heavy topic on me. I greatly apologize if I let you guys down, and I did."

She dismissed rumors that she used performance-enhancing steroids. "It's never been a steroid. It will never be a steroid."

"Don't judge me because I am human. I'm you, I just happen to run a little faster."
 

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American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson may miss the Tokyo Olympic Games this month after she reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance.

According to The Jamaican Gleaner, Richardson, 21, tested positive for cannabis, aka marijuana, and could miss her chance to win a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which kicks off on July 23 in Japan.

Richardson faces a 30-day suspension from international competition.

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She has already withdrawn from a track and field meet in Stockholm, where she was scheduled to run in the 200-meter race.

Speculation ran rampant on social media that Richardson tested positive for performance enhancing drugs such as steroids.

However, it was reported by Reuters on Thursday that Richardson tested positive for cannabis at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

Richardson won the women's 100-meter dash in 10.86 seconds at the U.S. Trials.

Reuters also reported that the U.S trials' 4th place finisher Jenna Prandini was already asked to fill in the third spot on the USA Olympic team if Richardson is disqualified.

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Richardson's agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, former NFL star and record holder in the 110 meters, did not respond to Reuters' request for a comment.

The news prompted anger on social media. Many users questioned why Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was allowed to compete in the Olympics after he admitted to smoking marijuana in 2009.

Phelps was suspended for 6 months in February 2009, but his suspension occurred during the off-season.

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White House staffers who smoked marijuana in the past are not welcome in the Biden administration.

The Biden administration shocked White House staffers by asking them to resign their positions if they have ever smoked weed.

According to multiple reports, "dozens" of White House staffers were either suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program because they confessed to past marijuana use.

The White House staffers were asked during the background-check process if they had ever used marijuana in the past.

The ones who answered "yes" were told the Biden administration was willing to overlook some marijuana use, but they were later asked to resign.

The staffers who didn't lose their jobs despite marking "yes" to marijuana use were retained to "ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people."

The response on social media was swift. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson wrote it's "incredibly stupid for many reasons," considering "that cannabis is legal is Washington, DC."

While Bloomberg's Steven Dennis wondered aloud if a "young Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or JFK would have been excluded from this White House" for smoking weed.

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Doctors are concerned about the effects of smoking marijuana among young people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Weed smokers put themselves at risk of dying if they contract the coronavirus.

Weed smokers are among the COVID-19 high-risk categories and explains why more young people are succumbing to the virus in recent weeks.

Doctors say marijuana smoke weakens the heart muscles, putting weed smokers and vapers at higher risk of dying due to COVID-19. Doctors have previously linked weed smoking to deaths of young people who contract COVID-19.

"The American Heart Association recommends that people not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels," said Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, the deputy chief science and medical officer for the American Heart Association, in a statement.

Experts say anyone considering smoking mary jane recreationally should consult with their doctors first.

In addition to COVID-19 risk factor, doctors also found weed smoking has "the potential to interfere with prescribed medications" as well as "trigger cardiovascular conditions or events, such as heart attacks and strokes," said clinical pharmacologist Robert Page II.

"If people choose to use cannabis for its medicinal or recreational effects, the oral and topical forms, for which doses can be measured, may reduce some of the potential harms," Page said in a statement.

"It is also vitally important that people only use legal cannabis products because there are no controls on the quality or the contents of cannabis products sold on the street," he added.

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Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher who married a former student she was convicted of raping, has died from cancer. She was 58.

Letourneau was a 6th grade teacher at an elementary school in Burien, a suburb of Seattle, when she began an inappropriate sexual relationship with then-12-year-old Vili Fualaau in 1996.

A friend of Letourneau's then-husband alerted the authorities about the relationship. Police caught Letourneau with the boy in a parked minivan at a marina in Des Moines, WA. at 1:20 a.m. on June 19, 1996.

Letourneau, a mother of four, initially told police the boy was 18. Both were fully clothed at the time, but police suspected something of a sexual nature had occurred.

Back at the police station, Letourneau, then 34, said she was babysitting Fualaau and took him home after she and her husband had a fight.

Letourneau and Fualaau's first daughter was conceived about two months later.

Letourneau pleaded guilty to two counts of child rape and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of sex offender treatment.

The jail sentence was suspended on the condition that she agreed not to contact her adolescent baby daddy.

By then, Letourneau's husband had filed for divorce and moved out of state with their four minor children.

The couple's second daughter was conceived in 1998, before Letourneau was sentenced to serve more than 7 years in prison for child rape.

After Letourneau's early release from prison in 2004, Fualaau, then 20, applied to the court for permission to see her. The couple was married in 2005.

In 2017, Fualaau, then 33, filed for a legal separation from Letourneau, 55.

Fualaau told the NY Post he still loved his wife and they were happy together. He said the separation was for business purposes "in order to sell cannabis."

He said the separation would make it easier for him to obtain a license to sell "cigaweed" - marijuana cigarettes.

"It's not necessarily what you think. When you want to get licensed, they do background checks on both parties," he told the New York Post. "If I decide to be a part of it, I have to be licensed, and I have to be vetted, and so does a spouse. She has a past. She has a history."

Fualaau worked as a DJ in the Washington area but he wanted to start his own business.
The couple's story was the subject of books and a movie on USA Network, titled "All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story."
 

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Snoop Dogg is not afraid of catching Coronavirus. He assured his fans that he has some lung function left after smoking weed like a chimney for most of his life.

The 48-year-old rapper recorded a P.S.A. video on his Instagram stories to demonstrate how long he can hold his breath without having coughing fits.

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The PSA was Snoop's effort to prove to his fans that he has some lung function left. He thinks holding his breath for 10 seconds is proof that he is healthy.

Snoop, who is best known for his platinum-selling debut rap album Doggystyle (1993), also had a message for his younger fans.

"Stay close to your loved ones. Stay hydrated," Snoop said in his video.

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People who smoke cigarettes or weed are most at risk if they contract the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The virus targets ACE2 enzymes in the lungs (and other organs) which it attaches to in order to infect human cells to make copies of itself.

A crucial lung process is the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide. People who smoke have less lung capacity and more damaged areas of their lungs where this crucial life process will not occur efficiently.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus to vulnerable elders like Snoop:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.
 

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Media reports about the coronavirus (Covid-19) have caused widespread panic around the world. But health experts say the virus is only a danger to certain populations such as the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and smokers.

Dr. Norman Swan is urging smokers to quit to avoid developing a fatal pneumonia if you catch the virus.

For most of us, the Covid-19 virus will cause mild symptoms such as cough, sore throat and a low-grade fever. But health experts warn the effects of nicotine and smoke inside the lungs makes smokers more vulnerable to the virus.

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People who smoke have weaker lungs because smoke is caustic and damages the fragile lining inside the lungs. If the lining of the lung is damaged, it causes the lungs to leak, prevents the exchange of oxygen and C02, and may require the patient to be placed on a ventilator.

Dr. Swan said smokers are particularly at risk of getting sick -- and dying.

"If you are a smoker, the lining of your lungs is more vulnerable and you're producing more of the (ACE2) receptors which the COVID-19 virus latches on to.

"So quit now -- there are plenty of resources around to help you [quit]."

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Professor Chris Whitby, Englands's chief medical officer, said: "For most respiratory infections, you worry about people who smoke a bit more. They're more likely to get it and their immune system is less good. If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it."

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds

2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

3. Avoid close contact with sick people

4. Stay home if you are sick

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.