Aaron Hernandez Arrested

The New England Patriots have released their celebrated tight end Aaron Hernandez just hours after he was taken into police custody this morning.

Hernandez, 23, is a suspect in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. A rental car connected to Hernandez was located near the body. Hernandez will be charged with, at the least, obstruction of justice for destroying evidence in the ongoing homicide investigation.

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RIP Rapper Lil Snupe

Another rapper has been shot dead. Meek Mill artist Lil Snupe has reportedly died as a result of a shooting. He was just 17-years-old. His manager tweeted the news an hour ago.

From HotNewHipHop.com:

Lil Snupe, 17 years old, was reportedly shot dead, news which has been confirmed by his manager, Leem7st, on Twitter. Meek Mill also tweeted about Snupe early this morning, obviously in disbelief. There are very few details available at the moment, but we'll keep you informed once more news on Snupe's death surfaces.

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Raphael Ward

A popular 16-year-old Lower East Side teenager was gunned down after he refused to hand over his expensive winter parka to a gang of thugs, the NY Post reports.

Raphael Ward became the first shooting victim of the New Year in New York City. Ironically, he predicted his own death on his social networking account hours before he was shot.

Ward, whose Facebook name was “BloccBoy Tokyo” wrote "I'm dead," according to friends. The teen was shot once in the chest in front of the DeWitt Reformed Church at 280 Rivington St. about 9 p.m. on Friday, according to the NY Post. Ward died near the apartment he shared with his single mother and younger brother. His mother was too distraught to speak to a reporter.

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Lena Horne
The legendary actress Lena Horne passed away last night at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center following a long illness. She was 92.

I wasn't a Lena Horne fan (she was way before my time), but what I remember most about her (actually, the only thing I remember about her) was back in 2004 when she threw a fit after hearing that Janet Jackson would play her in a made-for TV biopic based on her life.

Horne got ABC's top brass on the phone and she loudly demanded that they drop Janet, who earlier that year had exposed her breast in a near career-ending publicity stunt that she has never fully recovered from. The network initially resisted Horne's request, but Janet gracefully backed out of the plum role to spare herself any further embarrassment.

Here's what Janet (or whoever updates her Twitter page) had to say about the great lady's passing:
Janet Jackson

There's one more 'Word' after the break!

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