At Least 18 People Injured After Man Deliberately Drives Car Into Crowd in Melbourne

A 32-year-old man drove his white Suzuki into a crowd of shoppers in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday at approximately 4:40 p.m. local time. At least 18 people were injured, and several—including one pre-school age child—are in serious condition.

The crash is believed to have been deliberate, but there is no evidence of a link to terrorism, according to chief commissioner of Victoria Police Shane Patton, who spoke with reporters on the scene.

The driver is an Australian citizen of Afghan descent. He had a history of drug use and mental health issues, and he had a previous record with the police, though it was for minor incidents, according to CNN.

The driver was taken into custody by an off-duty officer after resisting arrest. Both men—the driver and officer—sustained injuries in the scuffle.

The crash occurred outside of Flinders Street station, a popular train station and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The area was flooded with shoppers. Witnesses say people were flung into the air after being hit by the car, which was traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour.

A second man, who is 24 years old, was also arrested on the scene. He was filming the incident on his phone, and police found three knives in his bag. He is reportedly not suspected to be connected to the incident.

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Drake Says ‘Free Meek Mill’ While Performing in Australia

Despite Drake and Meek Mill's long history of beef, the Canadian rapper gave Meek Mill a shout out while performing in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While engaging with the crowd during a break in his performance, Drake spotted a fan wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt, to which he commented, “Free Meek Mill too. You right.” 

Meek, who is serving out a seemingly unjust prison sentence for violating his probation, has a long history with Aubrey. After accusing Drake of failing to write his own music, the two went back and forth calling each other out for months. The Philly-native inspired Drake to clap back by releasing “Back to Back” in which he notoriously calls out Meek for piggy-backing on his (now) ex-boo Nicki Minaj's fame. 

With all that behind them, Drake joins the numerous rappers who have shown support for Meek Mill as he serves a sentence many believe he doesn't deserve. In a New York Times op-ed, Jay Z explained that Meek's sentence is another example of the racial injustices that dictate the American criminal justice system. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” HOV wrote. Earlier this week, a large crowd gathered in Philly to show support for the Wins & Losses rapper, and both Rick Ross and PnB Rock were in attendance.  

It's too soon to tell whether or not this shout out officially concludes the Drake/Meek Mill beef. However Drizzy does appear to be prioritizing calling out racist institutions, over upholding some petty drama.

You can watch the full clip above. 

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Woman With ‘F*ck Trump’ Truck Sticker Has Been Arrested

A Texas woman’s pickup truck received national attention this month because of the large and profane decal that read: “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” Of course, this message was pissing a lot of people off in the Lone Star state, so much so that local authorities were considering charging the owner—identified as Karen Fonseca—with disorderly conduct. On Thursday, Fonseca was arrested.

According to Houston’s KHOU, the woman was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. She posted bond and was released shortly after.

“I had just bought me soup was going to go to the house. I turn around and he says, ‘I'm not going to put handcuffs on you. I'll follow you to your house, park your truck and come with us,’” Karen Fonseca said after her release. “I go, 'A warrant? I've been doing background checks recently, and they've all come out clear.’”

The warrant stems from a 2015 incident in which Fonseca was accused of fraudulent possession or use of identifying information. The case was reported reviewed in July of this year, when the warrant was issued.

Fonseca said she was convinced her politics played a part in her arrest.

“I'm almost certain it does have to do with this,” she said. “People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you're in politics, people know how to work the system.”

The women’s truck went viral after Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted an image of it on Facebook asking the public to identify the owner. He wrote: “I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”

After many people and organizations, including the ACLU, accused him of ignoring First Amendment rights, Nehls insisted he wasn’t trying to censor the owner; he just wanted to “prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message.”

Foresca and her husband, Mike Foresca, told KHOU they don’t intend to remove the decal.

“No plans to take it down,” Mike Foresca said. “Unless he can show me where it says that in the law book, it's not coming down until the weather takes it down or I replace it with something else.”

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The Story Behind Chance the Rapper’s Intern

When we first published our interview with Chance the Rapper's intern, Negele Hospedales' story sounded too good to be true. He was working at a bar in Australia at the time, but a week after building his own website as an application, Negele was whisked halfway around the world to join Chance on tour. 

Now that the internship is over and he's had some time to reflect, Negele told us that he's “making better work than ever and going that much harder.” From his first day taking notes to scheduling in time for Dave Chappelle and basketball with Migos, Negele's internship with Chance sounded nothing short of amazing. You can read his first-person account of the experience here, and check out the exclusive pictures in the video above. 

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Jerry Seinfeld Trolls Kesha Over Infamous Hug Debacle

Once upon a time, Jerry Seinfeld curved the entire fuck out of Kesha. If you haven't heard this story before, my God, are you in for a treat. Back in June, Seinfeld and Kesha were attending an event, when Kesha came across Seinfeld giving a red carpet interview. Kesha, a huge Seinfeld fan, eagerly approached the comedian, hoping for a chance to show and receive love from one of her favorite comics.

“I’m Kesha! I love you so much. Can I give you a hug?” she chirped while going for it. But Seinfeld swerved, put up a hand and hit Kesha with a dramatic “no thanks.” He did this a total of three times—three times—before Kesha finally gave up and scurried away. Seinfeld ended up admitting he didn't know who she was, and like most of us, he doesn't exactly go around hugging strangers. It was a phenomenal moment in contemporary pop culture history (I'm exaggerating, but only a little), and it made people across the world cringe with secondhand embarrassment. 

Lucky for us, the story doesn't end there. On Tuesday afternoon, the comedian posted a photo to Twitter, and it can best be described as part-subtweet, part-troll. In the photo, Seinfeld is hugging his longtime manager, George Shapiro. No big deal on the surface; it's not like he's barred from hugging just because he doesn't like to hug strangers. But the scene behind Seinfeld and Shapiro is what takes this to another level. Lurking behind the two men is an incredible mural of the exact moment Seinfeld rejected Kesha. Seinfeld mentions in the tweet that he's in Melbourne, Australia, which makes this moment that much more special: it was the Curve heard 'round the world. 

In Kesha's defense, she realizes in hindsight that she messed up. She spoke to Sirius XM Hits 1 about the awkward situation last month. “I should have known better,” she said. “I've seen the hugging episode [of Seinfeld]! That was my fault, that was my fault.”

Hey, we all make mistakes. Just not quite so publicly. 

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Stephen A. Smith’s Bizarre History of Beefing With NBA Players

Stephen A. Smith has criticized LeBron James for all kinds of crazy reasons over the course of the last decade. From the time he ripped him for tweeting about playing in the NFL rather than worrying about winning his first NBA title, to the time he said LeBron will never be able to match Michael Jordan’s legacy, SAS has gone in on James early and often, on TV shows like ESPN First Take and on his various social media accounts.

Despite all of the shots SAS has taken at LeBron over the years, though, there has never really been any “beef” between the two men because, for the most part, LeBron has steered clear of responding to anything SAS has said about him. Even though some of the stuff has no doubt gotten under LeBron’s skin, he's shied away from responding to almost everything SAS has said and reported about him, so tensions between the two haven’t escalated.

But that all changed on Tuesday when LeBron decided to respond to a report that SAS put out earlier this week. If you somehow missed it, SAS was doing his daily ESPN Radio show on Monday when he revealed that “sources” in LeBron's camp told him that LeBron is “tempted to beat [Kyrie Irving's] ass” as a result of the recent trade rumors swirling around Irving and the Cavaliers. SAS reported that a source told him LeBron wasn’t necessarily upset with Irving because of the rumors, but rather, he was upset because his name was being dragged into the discussion and he was being cited as one of the reasons Irving wanted out of Cleveland.

LeBron took to Twitter to shoot down that report. He used the hashtag #NotFacts and told people to “get another source” if they want the truth about the state of his current relationship with Irving:

SAS very well could have just taken to Twitter himself and said that he was standing behind his original report. But if you know SAS, then you know that he would never do something that quietly. So rather than going in that direction, SAS unloaded on LeBron during a 15-minute rant on his radio show on Tuesday. He reiterated what he said in his original report on LeBron and Irving.

“If LeBron James was in front of Kyrie Irving, I was told, quote, he would be tempted to whoop his ass,” SAS said. “That’s what was told to me. I did not speculate, I did not put that out there, it was told to me. Verbatim.”

SAS also seemed to threaten LeBron during his rant; he said if LeBron wanted to play hard ball with him, he was prepared to tell “the real story about what happened with LeBron James against Boston the spring before he decided to leave Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach.” It was a reference to the struggles LeBron endured during his final playoff series as a Cavalier prior to his signing with the Heat in 2010.

You can listen to SAS go off on LeBron here:

SAS followed that up with another rant on First Take Wednesday morning. Even though he’s on vacation from the show right now, he made a special appearance to continue ripping LeBron:

He went on The Dan LeBatard Show With Stugotz and continued his anti-LeBron rant there, too:

Does the idea of one of ESPN’s leading NBA analysts/reporters going off on the best basketball player in the world seem crazy to you? Us, too. While we admit we’ve been entertained by the SAS vs. LeBron drama—especially since this is traditionally a pretty dead time of year for sports—it seems strange to see a beef like this playing out on ESPN.

But we really shouldn’t be all that surprised by it. SAS has, after all, spent quite a bit of time beefing with professional athletes in recent years. From Arian Foster and Josh Gordon to Martavis Bryant and Michael Bennett, he has refused to fall back when pro athletes have called him out for one reason or another. But in particular, SAS has been involved in some really bizarre beefs with NBA players.

Back in May 2014, SAS was involved in a brief beef with then-Warriors center Andrew Bogut, one that was pretty tame when compared to his most recent beef with LeBron. It started after SAS accused Bogut of having “no heart.” He went as far as to suggest Bogut’s teammates called him the “Tin Man” behind his back:

SAS also referred to Bogut as “Andrew Bogus.” At that point, Bogut decided he had heard enough. A few weeks later, Bogut made an appearance on a podcast in Australia and said that SAS is “just a wanker.”

A few months later, SAS also got into it with then-76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams after Carter-Williams wrote a lengthy article for The Players’ Tribune. In the piece, he touched on the time the Sixers set a new NBA record by losing their 27th game in a row in the spring of 2014. He accused reporters like SAS of suggesting that the Sixers were losing games on purpose.

Carter-Williams also said he believes SAS is “playing a character” every time he goes on TV. That prompted SAS to fire back at him on social media, where he seemingly warned Carter-Williams by telling him to “be careful who you try and call out”:

But SAS’ most notable beef with an NBA player—prior to his beef with LeBron, at least—took place in the fall of 2015 when he got into a war of words with Kevin Durant. During the NBA offseason that year, SAS reported that he had heard KD might end up on the Knicks alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. KD responded to that report by saying SAS was “lying.” He also said SAS didn’t know anyone in his inner circle, as he had suggested in his initial report.

KD's comments led SAS to go on a now-infamous rant on First Take that included him saying, “You do not want to make an enemy out of me”:

SAS added: “This implication that I don’t know stuff? Y’all better think twice about that. Because when these NBA games come, you’re going to see me at these arenas, and remember what I said to you: I can find out more in 10 minutes at a basketball arena than I can on the phone with 50 different people inside of two weeks. Think about that, and ask yourself: Do you really want to go there?”

Some people might have toned down their act after all of the controversy that the situation with KD caused. But SAS has continued to beef with NBA players since then.

In early 2016, SAS engaged in a back-and-forth with former NBA star Glenn Robinson. According to an interview Robinson did with TMZ Sports, the beef started back when he was still playing in the league, after SAS wrote something about him that he didn’t like. It reignited after SAS appeared on SiriusXM’s Karen Hunter Show and accused Robinson of not following the pro-black agenda he preached during his playing days:

“I saw this man march lock step with what [former Bucks head coach] George Karl wanted to do…but Randy Ayers became the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers…you treated this man like trash,” SAS said. “But you’ll come and talk to reporters about how brothers need to facilitate brothers being hired, but you had one and how’d you treat him?”

That beef ended with Robinson proposing a cage match between him and SAS:

And as recently as June, SAS got tangled up with former NBA player Lamar Odom after he made a wildly disrespectful comment on First Take. While criticizing then-Knicks team president Phil Jackson on the show, SAS pointed out that one of Jackson’s first moves with the Knicks in 2015 was to sign Odom, who was, in his words, “on crack”:

Odom fired back through his lawyer, who sent a letter to ESPN concerning SAS’ comments about his battle with drug addiction. “To say his conduct was outrageous and unacceptable does not scratch the surface,” the letter said. “We hope those at ESPN will actively voice their disdain for Mr. Smith’s inappropriate statement and take the proper action to support those that are fighting this disease.”

SAS responded by issuing an apology of sorts, in which he said that the comments he made were meant to be directed at Jackson and “were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction.”

He added: “Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson.”

If all of this proves anything, it’s that when you spend as much time as SAS does debating sports on TV, on the radio, and on social media, you’re going to upset athletes eventually. They’re going to take issue with some of the things that you say and report, and they’re going to call you out for it. It comes with the territory, especially when you're as vocal about your opinions as SAS often is.

But it’s still pretty crazy to see just how willing SAS is to beef with some of the biggest names in the sport that he covers the closest. And after seeing how far he’s been willing to take his beef with LeBron this week, we can’t help but wonder how long he’s going to keep this up.

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Louis Vuitton Finally Announces First Pop-Up Shop for Supreme Collaboration

Louis Vuitton finally announced the first pop-up shop for their long-awaited Supreme collaboration Wednesday. The first Louis Vuitton x Supreme shop will open in Sydney, Australia this Friday:

“No New York City men's conversation is complete without Supreme,” Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton style director, said in a press release after the house's Fall/Winter show in Paris in January.​ According to XXL, the pop-up shop is expected to remain in service through July 13.

Additional pop-up locations are expected to be announced. In May, an attempt at opening one in New York City hit a wall when all 32 members of Manhattan's Community Board No. 2 voted to reject the proposal for a location at 25 Bond St. Fashionista reported that several Bond St. residents showed up to a public hearing to express their “strong disapproval” of the shop. Additionally, Supreme reportedly failed to present a management plan for handling such a high amount of customers.

“The applicant presented no plan as to where these 1000+ customers would use the bathroom while waiting hours upon hours in the line,” the Board said.

The Supreme x Louis Vuitton collection includes a skate deck, a box logo tee, bags, and (so much) more.

 

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Good luck at the pop-ups.

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Nevada Approved Syringe Vending Machines to Combat the Heroin Crisis

With reports by the Center for Disease Control showing the number of heroin-related overdose deaths quadrupling between 2002 and 2013, drug treatment centers are looking to alternative methods that get around a recent congressional ban on federally funded syringe exchange programs. One such example is a new joint effort by the Southern Nevada Health District, the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society, and Trac-B Exchange, which uses vending machines to distribute clean needles.

Instead of cash, credit, or debit cards, the vending machines use a combination of an ID card and a PIN number. In return, the machine vends a nondescript kit containing alcohol wipes, syringes, safe sex supplies, and a disposal box. While Nevada is the first state in the U.S. to introduce a syringe vending machine, similar programs have been launched in Europe and Australia.

“This is a harm reduction approach,” said Trac-B Exchange Program Manager Chelsi Cheatom, while speaking with Las Vegas NBC affiliate SLV3. “By providing them with clean syringes as well as other clean instruments they can use, they are reducing the risk of sharing any items and they are also reducing the risk of reusing.”

The harm reduction approach has been debated, given how similar epidemics in low-income black and Latino communities were treated in past decades.

“When the perception of the user population is primarily people of color, then the response is to demonize and punish,” noted Marc Mauer, the executive director of the Sentencing Project, in a 2015 article published in The Atlantic. “When it's white, then we search for answers. Think of the difference between marijuana attitudes in the ‘reefer madness’ days of the 1930s when the drug was perceived to be used in the ‘racy’ parts of town, and then the 1960s (white) college town explosion in use.”

As for the syringe vending machines, they will be located at Trac-B Exchange, Aid for AIDS Nevada (AFAN) and the Community Counseling Center. Program organizers say drug users aren’t required to stop using drugs or enroll in one of the recovery programs in order to use the machines.

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