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    On Thursday, October 17, 2019, DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit arrested Lyndon 'Sas' Smith, 26, and James Ruffin, 27, for attempting to pimp underage girls. The investigation concluded that Smith and Ruffin were planning to travel out-of-state with two teenage girls for the purpose of prostitution. Smith and Ruffin were each charged with Criminal Attempt Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude and Criminal Attempt Pimping of a Person less than 18 years of age. The teenage girls were safely recovered. Smith is best known for his role in the VH1 reality TV show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”
  • Migos’ Quavo has a lot of love for his mama. The 28-year-old Athens native gifted mom Edna Marshall a brand new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for her recent birthday, documenting the surprise on Instagram. “Happy Bday I love You Til Death My Bestfriend U Are the Founder No 530 NO Gang I Always Will Reward You For Your Greatness !!!Your Only SON!!!! Quavo,” he captioned the videos and photos. Last year, the artist surprised his mom with a Range Rover.
  • The Chicago Police Department released almost 70 hours of video Monday connected to the Jussie Smollett hate crime investigation, including police body camera video that shows Smollett with a noose around his neck. >> Read more trending news  In the video taken at Smollett’s downtown apartment after the alleged attack in late January and obtained by WBBM-TV, Smollett still had a noose around his neck when police arrived.  “Do you want to take it off or anything?” an officer asks him in the clip. Smollett responds that he wanted police to see it. “There’s bleach on me. They poured bleach on me,” he also told them in the video. Other video clips show the Osundairo brothers allegedly getting ready for the assault on Smollett and running away afterward. The actor told police he was attacked in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29 by two men who yelled racist and anti-gay slurs, looped a rope around his neck and poured a chemical on him. >> Related: Jussie Smollett indicted by grand jury on 16 felony counts By February, investigators alleged Smollett had recruited the two men to stage the attack because he was upset with his pay on the Fox television show “Empire.” Smollett has denied playing a role in the attack. A grand jury returned 16 felony counts against Smollett in March for falsely reporting a hate crime, but the charges were abruptly dropped. According to documents released last month, police had located and interviewed the Osundairo brothers, who they said confessed to carrying out the attack that Smollett planned and staged, according to WBBM-TV. The documents also showed that a month before the case against Smollett was dropped, Chicago police investigators were told the charges would be resolved by the actor forfeiting to the city a $10,000 bond and agreeing to community service, which is what happened. Smollett also refused to a look at a photo lineup of possible attackers, which included the Osundairo brothers, on the advice of his attorney, the documents showed. Smollett has denied fabricating the attack, and in late February, all the charges were dropped in a deal with prosecutors in exchange for community service and the $10,000 bond forfeiture. >> Related: Jussie Smollett not returning to ‘Empire’ after allegations of lying about hate crime The city of Chicago then filed a lawsuit against Smollett to try and recover the costs of the investigation and redeem its reputation in the case.
  • The BET Awards kicked off Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honoring African American stars of television, movies and music, but the surprise guests of the night had nothing to do with entertainment. >> Read more trending news  The men, introduced as the Exonerated Five, formerly the so-called Central Park Five, appeared on stage to a standing ovation from the star-studded audience. Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray were there to introduce Grammy Award-winning singer H.E.R. >> Related: 2019 BET Awards: Mary J. Blige to be honored with lifetime achievement award Their lives and what happened when they were wrongly convicted and later exonerated of raping a Central Park jogger in 1989 was the subject of the recent Netflix series “When They See Us.” The award show, which included performances by some of the best and the brightest in movies and TV, also included a posthumous humanitarian award for rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed near his Los Angeles clothing store in late March. >> Related: 2019 BET Awards: Nipsey Hussle to be posthumously honored with humanitarian award Singer Mary J. Blige received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and movie mogul Tyler Perry received BET’s Ultimate Icon Award.      
  • Nine days after leaving prison, Apollo Nida of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” fame was sent back to prison after violating unspecified terms of his parole while living in a halfway house in Philadelphia. >> Read more trending news  According to The Blast, the reality star and former husband of Phaedra Parks was taken into custody at the Philadelphia Federal Court House and placed back into the prison system. As a result, he may now remain inside a prison cell until his original release date of October 15, 2019. Nida spent six years in prison from 2003 to 2009 for racketeering. Soon after his release, he orchestrated schemes to rip off at least 50 people over five years, pocketing at least $2 million. Eventually, the federal authorities sentenced him for bank, mail and identity fraud.  >> Trending: Lightning strike kills 2 recent high school grads fishing in park He was originally sentenced to eight years in prison in 2014.
  • Nine suspects have been detained in connection to Sunday’s ambush shooting of Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  In a statement released Thursday by the Red Sox, David Ortiz’s wife said he continued to recover in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he’s expected to remain hospitalized for several days. Here are the latest updates: Update 9:55 a.m. EDT June 14: Authorities in the Dominican Republic arrested three more suspects Thursday night suspected of playing roles in Oritz’s shooting, according to multiple reports. The country’s National Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspects as Lanny Estefanny Perez Reyes, José Eduardo “Chuki” Ciprián and Carlos Rafael “Carlos Nike” Álvarez, ABC News reported. Authorities continued searching Friday for at least one suspect in the case, identified as Luis “The Surgeon” Rivas-Clase, The Reading Eagle reported. Update: 5:06 a.m. EDT June 14: According to The Associated Press, prosecutors said they believe two suspects in the shooting of retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz are wanted for crimes in the United States. Meanwhile, the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a Dominican gang of hitmen. New Jersey prosecutors said a bench warrant on armed robbery and gun charges was issued for the man authorities in the Dominican Republic said pulled the trigger, according to the AP. In addition, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said he believes another suspect is wanted for attempted homicide in the state. Update 1:45 p.m. EDT June 13: David Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, thanked surgeons, medics and staff at the Dominican Republic’s Abel Gonzalez Clinic on Thursday and said her husband continued to recover in Boston. “David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit following his second surgery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement, released by the Boston Red Sox. “He continues to heal and make progress.” Tiffany Ortiz also thanked Eliezer Salvador, the man who drove Ortiz to the hospital after Sunday night's shooting in his native Dominican Republic, 'for his quick thinking and swift action.' Officials in the Dominican Republic said they have detained six people in connection to Sunday’s shooting. Authorities continue to investigate. Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 13: Authorities continued searching for four other suspects Thursday connected to Sunday’s shooting, NPR reported. Witnesses said the crime was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars. On Wednesday, authorities announced six people had been detained as part of the investigation, including the alleged gunman. The suspects were allegedly paid 400,000 Dominican pesos (about $7,800) to kill Ortiz, Police Maj. Gen Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said, according to NPR.  Authorities continue to investigate. Update 11:30 p.m. EDT June 12: The chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez said that no one involved in the shooting of will remain in impunity, not even in the intellectual author of the crime. He also said Wednesday the suspects “are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened.” Update 5 p.m. EDT June 12: Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the coordinator of the shooting of David Ortiz was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the crime. The director of the Dominican Republic’s National Police has declined to provide a motive for the shooting of former Red Sox star. But Bautista said in a press conference Wednesday that the alleged coordinator is one of the suspects detained. Update 4:30 p.m. EDT June 12: The chief prosecutor in the Dominican Republic said five people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of David Ortiz. Authorities said a fifth suspect is being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars. According to The Associated Press, the chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez spoke at a news conference on Wednesday. Authorities gave the name of the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferrery, aka Sandy. Prosecutors have said the two men were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in the Accent and in a Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting Sunday night. Update 12:50 p.m. EDT June 12: Tiffany Ortiz said Wednesday in a statement released by the Red Sox that her husband continued to recover in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some small steps,” Tiffany Oritz said. “His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery.” Julieta Tejeda, a spokeswoman for the national prosecutor’s office in the Dominican Republic, told reporters Tuesday night that a second person had been arrested in connection to Sunday’s shooting. It was not immediately clear what role the person allegedly played in the attack. Police previously said the driver of the motorcycle carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar. The gunman has not been arrested. Update 4:08 a.m. EDT June 12: A second suspect has been arrested in connection with Ortiz’s shooting, according to the Dominican Republic’s national prosecutor’s office. According to The Associated Press, “there is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.” No further information was immediately available. Update 7:05 p.m. EDT June 11: The mother of the suspect in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz said her son is innocent. Dominican Republic National Police said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo just before 9 p.m. Sunday when a gunman walked up from behind and shot him at close range.  Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, 25, has been identified as a suspect involved in the shooting. Police said Garcia confessed to taking part in the shooting, but they haven’t been able to confirm if he was the shooter or if he was driving the motorcycle the shooter was arrived at the bar on.  Despite his alleged confession, Garcia’s mother told Telesistema she doesn’t believe her son is involved because she raised him well.  “That happened because of something like, without thinking. You understand?” Justina Garcia said. “I don't think he's a part of that. Because my children… I have given them a very good foundation.' A crowd of people at the bar detained and beat Garcia. He was treated at a hospital before being transferred to police custody.  Meantime, the injured Ortiz has taken his first steps after his latest surgery, according to CNN.  Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 11: David Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said the 43-year-old was recovering Tuesday after undergoing a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “He is stable, awake and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU, where he is expected to remain for the next several days,” she said. David Oritz was flown Monday to Massachusetts, one day after authorities said he was shot in the back in an ambush at a bar in Dominican Republic. Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo López. He said Ortiz's liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night. Update 11:00 p.m. EDT June 10: Former Red Sox player David Ortiz arrived in Boston Monday night after the baseball team sent a medical flight to Santo Domingo to bring back the beloved ex-first baseman, according to news organizations. Ortiz, 43, underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic after the shooting. Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestines, according to The Associated Press.  He was shot in the back Sunday night and “the bullet went through his stomach,” a spokesman for the national police, Felix Durán Mejia, told CNN.  Doctors in the Dominican Republic had said they expected Ortiz to make a full recovery He was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital Monday night for ongoing treatment .  Update 5:50 p.m. EDT June 10: Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is on his way to the U.S. An American medical team  arrived in Santo Domingo to airlift Big Papi back to Boston, according to The Associated Press. The Red Sox icon underwent surgery following an ambush by a gunman Sunday in his native country. Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestines. Spokesman Leo López said Ortiz's liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night. Ortiz is a beloved sports hero in both Boston and the Dominican Republic. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs. It’s still unclear why Ortiz was ambushed and shot. Update 12:15 p.m. EDT June 10: Former President Barack Obama shared well wishes for Ortiz on Monday as the former Red Sox slugger recovers from a gunshot wound. Obama praised Ortiz’s “spirit and resolve” in the wake of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. “Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own,” Obama wrote Monday in a message posted to Twitter. “Get well soon, Papi.” Citing family members, Boston Red Sox officials said in a statement early Monday that Ortiz was shot in the “lower back/abdominal region” while in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night. He was hospitalized Monday after undergoing surgery and expected to recover. Authorities had a suspect in custody after the shooting , although they did not identify the suspect or share a possible motive for the attack. Update 9:20 a.m. EDT June 10: In a statement released early Monday, the Red Sox said Ortiz’s family told team officials he “sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region” in an incident in the Dominican Republic. Team officials said Ortiz was being treated at Santo Domingo’s Clinica Abel Gonzalez and that he was recovering Monday after undergoing surgery. “We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep the in our hearts,” the team said. David Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, told reporters outside the hospital that his son was out of danger and that no damage had been done to his major organs, The Associated Press reported.  “He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said, according to the AP. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.” Leo Oritz told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.  Original report: Red Sox legend David Ortiz has been shot in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports. ESPN baseball reporter Marly Rivera is reporting that, according to David Ortiz’s father, Leo, Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic. Ortiz, affectionately known as 'Big Papi,' reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the back. ESPN is reporting that Ortiz was taken to a medical center. His condition was unknown. 'At the moment, everything is confusing. I'm trying to find out where they took my son,' Ortiz's father told ESPN. Dominican TV station CDN 37 reported that Ortiz was shot in the back after initially reporting he had been wounded in the leg, according to The Associated Press. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte told the AP that the gunman shot Ortiz at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday night. That gunman was captured, Bautista told the AP, and beaten by the bar's patrons. Investigators are determining whether or not Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista told the AP. Felix Duran Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National Police, reportedly told CNN that Ortiz was shot by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz directly.  'The bullet went through his stomach,' Mejia reportedly told CNN, adding that Ortiz's condition is 'confidential.' Rivera, of ESPN, tweeted that Ortiz is out of danger, according to doctors. She also reports that Ortiz was in surgery as of 11:37 p.m. Sunday.  Rivera also cited a journalist in the Dominican Republic, who tweeted that Ortiz is stable and in surgery.  Rivera later tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. Monday that Ortiz was stable and recovering out of surgery.  ESPN is reporting that that same journalist, Dionisio Soldevila, said Ortiz told doctors, 'Please don't let me die. I'm a good man.'  Soldevila tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. on Monday that Ortiz's father told him that the former major-leaguer is resting, no organs were affected and that he is hoping for a full recovery. The 43-year-old Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo. He spent 14 years with the Red Sox, winning three World Series with Boston and making 10 All-Star teams. Ortiz, who played in the MLB for 20 seasons, was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. Ortiz, a beloved baseball player, is also known for the words of strength he gave to the city of Boston in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. ESPN tweeted a series of posts from players in Major League Baseball who expressed their well-wishes for Ortiz. Boston's WFXT has reached out to the Boston Red Sox and is awaiting a reply. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The pleasantries were kept to a minimum. The questions were sharp and to the point. And the dozens of Hollywood figures wanted to know why Stacey Abrams wasn’t joining their call to boycott Georgia because of its new abortion restrictions. >> Read more trending news  The Georgia Democrat traveled to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with this anxious group — and hold quieter conferences with studio leaders — to try to quell growing backlash from film workers furious that Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat” bill into law. She encountered a deeper strain of unrest than expected. Some in the private meeting challenged her to explain why they should stay in a state pushing values they can’t support. Her answer, she said in an interview from the Beverly Hilton, was that ditching Georgia wouldn’t further their cause. “Not everyone agreed, but there was much more agreement when we left than arrived,” she said. “I don’t disparage boycotts. They have their function. But this is a situation where the political realities are that a boycott won’t have the intended effect.” The film business, long the toast of Georgia’s economy, is toying with an open rebellion against the state since Kemp signed the “heartbeat” bill, which is set to outlaw most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women even know they are pregnant. >> Related: Backlash over ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill causes Georgia to lose TV, film productions Some prominent Hollywood figures vowed to no longer work in Georgia, studios have hinted at abandoning projects, and antsy local film executives worry the governor has brought about a “sea change” in the state’s reputation. Abrams warns the fallout is “just the tip of the spear” that could spread to other industries if not handled right. And she used her visit to contrast with Kemp, her rival in last year’s close race for governor, who postponed his own trip to Los Angeles last month amid talk of protests. Kemp has tried to calm nerves by repeating his promise to preserve the tax credits. But he’s also mocked the celebrities who are infuriated by his support for the legislation. The governor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is upholding campaign promises to pass the nation’s strictest abortion laws, a stance he said he won’t reverse even if the “other side is going to continue to push it politically.” “There’s a lot of noise and a lot of chatter, but the people who I’m talking to understand the great business environment we have for film, they know we have the best workforce and it’s only getting better,” he said in an interview. “I’m not worried about what people from Hollywood are saying. The people on the ground know we have a great environment, and it’s going to continue to stay that way,” he added. “They have to work through the politics of that, but I’ve got to keep governing the state.” ‘Silent prayer’ Tuesday’s visit was a visceral reminder of the fallout. Organized with the help of former CBS Chairwoman Nina Tassler, the audience was dotted with a cross section of the industry: executives, producers and actors, but also lower-level staffers who work behind the scenes. >> Related: ‘Ozark’ star Jason Bateman says he won’t work in Georgia if ‘heartbeat bill’ survives court challenges Abrams urged the crowd not to rush to action since a legal battle over the legislation could rage for years. Besides, she told them, next year’s legislative elections and the 2022 race for statewide offices could upend Georgia’s political dynamic. “We’ve got a timetable for when the bomb is going to explode. People are deciding when they’re going to leave the room,” she said. “Some decided they’re out now, others are waiting it out. My point is we need people to stay as long as possible to defuse it.” There’s room to maneuver. Several of the major studios that have criticized the legislation added an important caveat: that they will rethink their investments in Georgia if the legislation is enforced. >> Related: Ron Howard says he will boycott Georgia if abortion law takes effect The law will face a certain legal challenge before it takes effect in January, and even conservative supporters concede it’s bound to be blocked by a federal judge. In fact, they hope it will: They want it to get bounced to the U.S. Supreme Court and become the test case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Leaving Georgia, however, is no easy task. The industry has invested in a web of costly studios, soundstages and equipment now firmly rooted in the state. “The infrastructure in Georgia is not easy to pull out,” said Matt Donnelly, the senior film writer for Variety, the trade publication that tracks Hollywood. “There are lucrative multiyear deals, subleases on soundstages — you can’t just move out of town.” The industry has thrived thanks to the nation’s most lucrative film tax incentives. Direct film spending in Georgia reached $2.7 billion last year, and the roughly 450 projects shot in the state in the past year supported roughly 92,000 jobs. >> Related: Alyssa Milano calls for “sex strike” in protest of Georgia’s strict anti-abortion bill From the studio perspective, Donnelly added, “there’s still a massive silent prayer this issue gets kicked to the courts — and shot down.” ‘Perfect place’ State officials privately grumble that an industry showered with generous incentives — more than $800 million in film tax breaks last year — is trying to dictate Georgia policy. And Republicans used the occasion to needle Abrams for her refusal to concede the race for governor. “She is not the governor,” Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer said, “but Hollywood is the perfect place for her to pretend to be one.” Kemp, meanwhile, said the law preserves the sanctity of life and upholds a campaign vow to sign the nation’s “toughest” abortion restrictions. And he told Republican activists in Savannah last month that he would defend the law “even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.” >> Related: Georgia Democrats respond to fetal heartbeat bill, propose ‘men’s reproductive health’ bill He has promised to preserve the tax incentives and said he will fight for “hardworking” film crew members. But he postponed a visit to Los Angeles in May amid threats of protests and no-shows. Instead, he conducted a closed-door tour of the state-financed Georgia Film Academy. “From my perspective, it doesn’t change the fundamentals that we have in the state,” he said of the blowback. “And it doesn’t change my position, which has been consistent for two years: I support life, and I support the film tax credit. I support the great business environment of the state.” With a potential 2022 rematch looming, Abrams has pummeled Kemp for not responding to a group of Georgia executives who sought a meeting and said she’s been forced to speak with leaders of every major Hollywood studio because “they are not hearing from anyone” in Kemp’s office. >> Related: Who is Stacey Abrams, chosen to deliver Democratic response to State of the Union? “I would prefer it if our elected leader did his job and had these conversations and took the hits if he has to. But the absence of engagement puts all of us at risk,” she said. “Those who are upset that I’m speaking aloud should call the question: Why am I the only voice?”
  • Pop singer Ariana Grande donated the proceeds from her June 8 concert in Atlanta to Planned Parenthood after a wave of stringent anti-abortion laws were passed around the country. Georgia is one of many states that has taken steps to limit access to abortion, essentially banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.  >> Read more trending news  The move came just days after a fan and other concertgoers were harassed by anti-Pride protesters. A fan tweeted a video of a man standing outside the Atlanta concert venue with a poster with the word “Pride” crossed out.  The man was arguing with fans while speaking into a loud speaker.  “Man... saddened but not surprised by this one bit. i’m so sorry any of my fans had to encounter this,” Grande tweeted. “We will do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen again. proud of u all for not fighting / engaging violently. never worth it. wishing him peace & a healed heart cause girl yikes.” People reports the donation was $250,000. Grande has not commented on the donation, but Planned Parenthood did. “Ariana Grande’s generous donation comes at a critical time — in Georgia and across the country, anti-women’s health politicians are trying to ban all safe, legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement to People.  “This is not what the American people want, nor is it something they’ll stand for. “Thanks to inspiring support like hers, Planned Parenthood can continue to fight back — in the courts, in Congress, in state houses, and in the streets — against these dangerous attacks on people’s health and lives. We are so grateful to Ariana for her longstanding commitment to supporting women’s rights and standing with Planned Parenthood to defend access to reproductive health care. We won’t stop fighting — no matter what.”
  • Editor's note: A previous version of this story was corrected to reflect that Bushwick Bill was alive Sunday afternoon, according to his publicist. That publicist later told news outlets that Bill died Sunday night. Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill has died, his publicist said Sunday night. He was 52. Here are the latest updates: Update 12:56 a.m. EDT June 10: The publicist, Dawn P., told TMZ that Bill, whose real name was Richard Shaw, died at 9:35 p.m. in Houston. “He was surrounded by his immediate family,” the publicist told Rolling Stone. “There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.” The rapper had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Original report: Bushwick Bill, a member of the rap group Geto Boys, is in the hospital fighting after revealing last month that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  TMZ reported that a publicist for the 52-year-old rapper says Bill is “still alive and fighting cancer.” She spoke to hospital staff to confirm and said someone got incorrect information which led to death reports and a bandmate posting on Instagram that he died. That post has since been deleted. >> Read more trending news  The Associated Press reported that Dawn P., Bill’s publicist, said the rapper is on a ventilator at a hospital in Colorado. Bill drew attention in 1991 when he was shot in the eye. The incident led him to wear a patch over his right eye, which is seen on the graphic cover of the rap trio’s album, “We Can't Be Stopped.” It was one of the group’s most successful albums, but over the years, band members began expressing regret over the cover. “It still hurts me to look at that cover because that was a personal thing I went through,” Bill said in the 2007 book “Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies.” “I still feel the pain from the fact that I’ve got a bullet in my brain. To see that picture only brings it back more so. I think it was pretty wrong of them to do it, even though I went along with the program at first. I really didn’t understand why that picture was so important for them, important enough to take the IV out of my arm and endanger my life by taking the patch off my eye. I could have been blinded for life.” Related: Geto Boys’ rapper Bushwick Bill fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reports say “If you look at my face on the We Can’t Be Stopped album cover, you can tell I didn’t want to be a part of that photo shoot,” Scarface said in a 2010 Vibe interview. “Bill was still in the hospital. He was highly sedated, man. … I strongly believe that what goes on in this house stays in this house. I didn’t really want to put Bill out there like that. How many people have gotten their eye shot out and captured it on an album cover for everyone to remember? It’s hard to wake up in the morning and deal with that one.” Although reports at the time said he got into a fight with a girlfriend, Bill later said in a Vice interview that he lost his eye while trying to get insurance money for his mother in a plan gone bad. 'I was trying to find a way to, you know, have something happen to me so my mom could get insurance money,” he said in a 2016 interview. “If you commit suicide, I don't think life insurance honors that. So I was trying to make an accident happen.” The rapper was set to go on a reunion tour with Geto Boys this year, but he pulled out after revealing his cancer diagnosis. The tour was later canceled.
  • First it was her husband. Then it was herself.  But actress Marcia Cross is determined it won’t be their daughters. >> Read more trending news  The “Desperate Housewives” star is speaking out about the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV.  Cross’ husband, actor Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009, and Cross found out a year and a half ago she had anal cancer.  But she’s hoping to prevent the same fate for their 12-year-old twins. “My girls don’t know it, but they’re up for their first shot at the end of the school year,” the actress told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. Related: HPV vaccine: What to know about human papillomavirus That shot will likely be of the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9, which was previously recommended for ages 9-26 but was expanded in October 2018 to include ages 27-45. According to cancer.gov, Gardasil 9 is the only HPV vaccine available for use in the United States. Cross said Wednesday that doctors suspect her and her husband’s cancers were caused by the same type of HPV.  About 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. About 14 million people become infected each year. HPV is so common that almost every person who is sexually active will get HPV at some time in their life if they don’t get the vaccine. The CDC recommends all kids ages 11 or 12 get vaccinated, with catch-up vaccines for boys and men through age 21 and for girls and women through age 26, if they did not get vaccinated when they were younger. Related: One in nine American men infected with oral HPV, study says HPV vaccine is also recommended for the following people, if they did not get vaccinated when they were younger: young men who have sex with men, including young men who identify as gay or bisexual or who intend to have sex with men through age 26; young adults who are transgender through age 26; and young adults with certain immunocompromising conditions (including HIV) through age 26. There is currently no test to find out your HPV status. There is also no test to find the virus in the mouth or throat. That’s likely why Cross was exposed to it by her husband. The actress said she had no clue a routine visit to her gynecologist was going to end with a cancer diagnosis. 'I was so not thinking anything was wrong because I didn't have any symptoms, and she gave me an exam and came around and said, 'Well, I just want you to know, whatever it is it's curable,'' she said. 'It was like 'What? What are you talking about?'' Related: HPV vaccination of adolescents increases; suburban, rural areas lag Cross said she’s also speaking out about her anal cancer in order to destigmatize it.  'I know that there are people who are ashamed,' she told “CBS This Morning.” 'You have cancer. Should you then also feel like ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really? There’s enough on your plate.” Cross said she and Mahoney are both in remission.