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Caleb Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25.
Moore was being treated at a hospital in Grand Junction since the Jan. 24 crash. Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson confirmed his death, the first in the 18 year history of the X Games.
“He lived his life to the fullest. He was an inspiration,” Lawson said.
A former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager and quickly rose to the top of the sport. He won four Winter X Games medals, including a bronze last season when his younger brother, Colten, captured gold.
Caleb Moore was attempting a backflip in the freestyle event in Aspen when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.
Moore stayed down for quite some time, before walking off with help and going to a hospital to treat a concussion. Moore developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain.
Colten Moore was injured in a separate crash that same night. He suffered a separated pelvis in the spill.
The family said in a statement they were grateful for all the prayers and support they have received from people around the world.
X Games officials expressed their condolences and said Moore, a 4-time X Games medalist, would be remembered “for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends.”
B.C. Vaught, Caleb Moore’s agent for almost a decade, said he first saw Moore when he was racing an ATV in Minnesota and signed him up to star in some action sports movies.
Later, Moore wanted to make the switch from ATVs to snowmobiles and Vaught helped him. A natural talent, it only took Moore two weeks to master a difficult backflip.
Moore’s brother also got involved in snowmobiling, the close-knit duo pushing each other to become better.
Moore honed his skills in Krum, a town about 5,000 people 50 miles northwest of Dallas that rarely sees snow. Instead, he worked on tricks by launching his sled into a foam pit. After a brief training run on snow ramps in Michigan, he was ready for his sport’s biggest stage – the 2010 Winter X Games. Read the rest of this entry »
Two fugitive women were captured on Thursday in Memphis, one of which was wanted in connection with a bizarre murder.
Memphis hip hop model, Natasha Stewart, also known as Pebbelz Da Model, was questioned for the death of a Mississippi woman who was murdered by way of an injection of concrete into her buttocks. Pebbelz allegedly referred several people, some transgendered, to the “doctor” giving the illegal butt enhancements. Pebbelz was taken in on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant.
The friend she was with, 21-year-old Shannetria Newberry, was charged with aggravated assault, failure to appear on a felony case, bodily harm, and criminal forfeiture.
Both are being held at the Shelby County Jail in Tennessee.
Nas previously had a problem with federal property taxes, owing approximately $6 million in unpaid debt. Now, the State of Georgia has another bone to pick with him, this time for $1 million.
According to TMZ, the State of Georgia has filed legal documents looking to collect $1,083,435 from Nas for the years 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The Georgia Department of Revenue is commanding Live Nation to garnish wages made from Nas’ current tour with Lauryn Hill in an effort to garnish his wages.
A representative for Nas says that the matter has been settled, but the GDR’s case is still open and they’re looking to recoup the money.
The U.S. government previously took a similar approach for Nas’ federal taxes, claiming that he owed approximately $6 million. The IRS filed documents in Georgia to garnish his wages through BMI and ASCAP until his debt was settled.
Kid CuDi has given up on a bitter custody battle with his baby’s mother over the full custody of their daughter.
According to TMZ, the former couple has been in a quiet legal war over the past year. CuDi explains that he purchased a home in Chicago, Illinois to be closer to his daughter and gave her “generous support,” but the child’s mother denies that claim, stating that he gave only “sporadic and inconsistent amounts” of support. She also accuses him of being an absentee father, as well as having violent tendencies and a “long history of consistent drug and alcohol abuse.”
On August 3rd, Cudders finally agreed to let the mother have full custody of the child. She is allowing him visitation rights and he will also pay child support.
UPDATE: Kid CuDi has addressed a report that he had given up on the custody battle for his daughter. In a statement released by the rapper and his lawyer, CuDi says that he and his baby’s mother reached an “amicable agreement” and that those details will not be revealed.
A Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus was marred by gun violence Wednesday (Oct. 31). Four victims were injured in the shooting.
According to police, the violence erupted following an argument between two parties, at which point one person pulled out a gun and started firing. While the suspect hit the intended target, three other bystanders were also caught in the crossfire.
USC officials sent text messages to students telling them of the shooting at around 11:30 p.m. “Everyone started running. I saw a guy who was shot in the leg. He was limping and screaming for his friends to help him. ‘I got shot. Can someone give me a ride?’ His friends were helping him walk,” a witness told the Los Angeles Times. “People were screaming and running away.”
Police detained two suspects, one of which was said to be the shooter, and are looking into whether or not the second person was an accomplice.
None of those injured face life-threatening danger.
Asst. Chief John Thomas of the USC Department of Public Safety said the situation was“totally an isolated incident,” and stating that there was “no pending danger” to the university.
As of Thursday (Nov. 1) the campus had re-opened to students and faculty, but area where the shooting took place has been restricted, while LAPD officers continues their investigation.
A woman in Louisiana has become the victim of a brutal racist attack. Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, was set on fire by a group of men likely belonging to the well known hate group, Sunday (Oct. 21), and has been left in critical condition due to her injures.
“Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs-one. Basically her arms are real bad,” said her mother Edna Moffitt.
Moffitt was admitted to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. According to police, she phoned 911 from Civitan Park, at around 8 p.m. on the night of the incident. According to her recount, three men in white hoodies doused her in flammable liquid before setting her on fire and fleeing the scene, police confirmed. She distinguished the flames using water from a faucet before police arrived at the scene.
“This is a horrific event for our community,” said Franklin Parish Kevin Cobb. “It makes everyone uneasy. It is our hope that everyone stands together at this time, and follow the information that is gathered, follow the facts, follow the evidence, and hopefully that will lead us to justice in this case.”
Police have yet to classify the attack as a hate crime, but the FBI has signed on to investigate the possibility of the incident being racially charged.
In addition to being set on fire, the letters “K-K-K” were written into her car above a racial slur.
As of Monday (Oct. 22) no arrests had been made in the case.
There is a digital music service that is making it easy to discover, listen to and share music. The new service, Rdio (pronounced Ar-dee-o) has millions of songs with on-demand access and a slogan that reads, “Human powered music discovery.” Listeners can search for and play any song in a database of more than 18 million tracks and have a community with friends and music-industry insiders.
Promoted as a “music discovery” service that is “for the people, by the people,” Rdio allows listeners to discover new music from friends, critics, deejays and/or artists. Listeners can also explore playlists like the ones created by HipHopDX and enjoy them without any ads.
Rdio is presently available on all devices, from phones to computers. Rdio also boasts that one can sync and listen to music even when not connected to the Internet.
The feud between Mobb Deep members Havoc and Prodigy has become an on-going dispute. Along the way, Havoc accused Prodigy of snitching and said that he was hiding his homosexuality. There was even a rumor of the two being involved in a physical altercation and disses have been handed out. However, in a recent interview Prodigy declined to speak badly of Havoc, shouting him out and saying he feels good.
When the topic of Havoc came up, Prodigy refused to speak badly of his Mobb brother. Instead, he focused on what he’s been up to since being released from jail and even shouted Hav out.
“I’m getting a lot of work done. It feels good,” he explained in the interview with ThisIs50. “I’m independent. I feel I’m in a good place right now. I feel good. I’m just gonna continue doing that. Shout out to Havoc too. Shout out to Hav. That’s my dog.”
Later in the interview, Prodigy did say that some “people deserve to get shot.”
“Some people just need that. Some people deserve to get shot,” he said. “Some people deserve to get shot and die. Certain people just deserve the worst shit to happen to them.”
However, when asked if he was talking about Havoc, he said that he wasn’t, adding, “Nah. Hav don’t deserve that.”
Prodigy was also asked if he has ever participated in homosexual activity. When asked, he replied, “Hell fuckin’ no. Hell no.”
It looks like with every new job comes new financial woes for “106 & Park” host Bow Wow. The bank that repossessed his Lamborghini is suing the rapper/host for the cost of repossession and auction. You most certainly read that correctly.
SunTrust Bank in Georgia is suing Bow Wow alleging he took out a business loan for $300,165. Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss, agreed to fork over $4,730 a month for 84 months to wipe out the loan. According to bank records, the Cash Money artist began defaulting on payments and the bank repossessed the luxury sports car and auctioned it off for $161, 000. As if that weren’t enough, the bank added $25,000 onto Bow Wow’s bill calling it “repossession expenses.” In total, Mr. 106 still owes SunTrust Bank $21,371.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened to the “Like You” rhymer. it was reported a while back Bo Wow was ducking and dodging a collection agency who wanted their $283,000. That debt stems from a Ferrari he stop making payments on.
People close to the rapper say all of Bow Wow’s financial issues are due to the crappy ex-managers he had. Now that he’s fired all of the shady business people around him and is starting fresh. He is also working with his new team to settle all debts he’s incurred.