May 22, 2012 |
2 Chainz, a rapper named and known for his predilection for flashy jewelry, was arrested Tuesday at New York's LaGuardia Airport for toting an off-limits accessory: an alleged set of brass knuckles. Born Tauheed Epps, and featured on recent songs by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz was detained at the Delta Airlines terminal when airport officials found “metal knuckles” in his carry-on luggage, according to MTV News. A Port Authority officer confirmed the arrest to MTV and said, “The knuckles were in his personal bag and sounded the alarm.” Fellow hip-hop artists Big Sean and DJ Drama rushed to 2 Chainz's defense on Twitter, saying that the offending item was not a set of brass knuckles but rather a four-finger ring, a staple hip-hop accessory since the days of Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane in the 1980s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2012 |
In Philadelphia last week, a child sexual abuse trial involving Catholic clergy led to a bombshell - a bishop from West Virginia was accused of abuse. In Kansas City, a Catholic bishop goes on trial in September, accused of failing to report suspected child abuse. Last year church officials paid $144 million to settle abuse allegations and cover legal bills, and although many of the cases went back decades, church auditors have warned of "growing complacency" about protecting children today.
December 9, 2011
'Knuckle' MPAA rating: R for violent content and language Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes Playing: At Laemmle Monica, Santa Monica
December 9, 2011 |
Everything about "Knuckle" is raw — the bloody, bare-fisted boxing it portrays, the hand-held footage it employs and the unrestrained passion of director Ian Palmer in his first feature-length documentary. The film is very much like a home movie in trying to tell its story of families and feuds complete with the bad lighting, bad camera angles and meandering observations. Though you will wish for more polish and insight, its unruly action is hard to resist. The world that the filmmaker admits sucked him in and overwhelmed him, centers around long-running disputes between Ireland's once nomadic clans, called the Travellers, and the boxing matches they devised as a way to settle scores.
October 21, 2011 |
"Dead in a Zip Code that doesn't matter. " — A homicide detective in "The Wire. " Knuckles' wife said it was wrong. "The detective didn't show respect when he put that picture on Twitter," Maria Rios told me. A cellphone photograph of her just-slain husband covered with a blanket on a Watts street was posted last week on the social media site by a veteran Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective. It wasn't just Rios who was upset. The photo drew the ire of a local blogger who called it callous, and a story on the LA Weekly blog "The Informer" kept the controversy going, launching follow-ups in newspapers and their blogs as far away as London (the Daily Mail)
July 6, 2011 |
He was chained to a cot, a lone prisoner in a small cell facing eight guards who beat him while a summoned ambulance crew was kept waiting outside. When the doctors were finally admitted to the prison, they found Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky dead, his body bruised, most of his knuckles smashed, one of his arms dark blue from a grip of the handcuffs lying nearby. The attorney's death in Moscow's infamous Sailor's Silence prison was described Tuesday in a report delivered to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by his advisory human rights council.