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Game Recognize Game: Who's To Blame?

I still find myself trying to gauge the more shocking revelation: Gilbert Arenas' mind-boggling act of bringing pistols into the Washington Wizards locker room, or the quickness with which his teammates have chosen to dime him out about it.

No matter what side of the ledger you fall, the consistent appears D.C. cops clearly seem to have the goods on Agent Zero, who was charged with felony firearm possession earlier today. Thus, why the overkill? Might be the big payback be in effect for Arenas, who, without question, has been known to alienate an NBA exec or two over the course of his eight-year career.

But is it truly all Gilbert's fault? Consider the NBA has long granted the veteran All-Star guard a no-holds barred role as its residence prankster, rendering him free to readily make light of even the most serious or germane of issues as he saw fit.

As he set course on becoming one of the league's most prolific bloggers, using that platform to slam whomever, whenever he chose to, the powers-that-be convinced themselves his act was all to the good by rationalizing how much it could aid league officials in their quest to be a player in the still simmering digital revolution. When he regularly seemed to place showmanship and individualism over victories and team success, management cheered him on to the tune of awarding him with a $111 million contract.

Sense the pattern here? And you wonder why Gilbert Arenas may have come to view himself as Mr. Untouchable. When all is said and done in this episode, Agent Zero may indeed rate as the unquestionable fall guy. Just know there'll enough blame to go around to fill the Verizon Center a few times over. ––Glenn Minnis

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The Boss Is Back: Diana Ross Announces 2019 Tour Dates

Legendary musician Diana Ross will be embarking on a multi-city tour.

The Motown staple will begin her excursion today (Feb. 20) in Las Vegas. The tour will hit cities like New Orleans and New York before concluding on Jul. 22 in Morrison, CO.

Ross' concert series continues the celebration of her 75th birthday. Earlier this month at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Ross gave a special "75th Diamond Diana birthday performance," which was reminiscent of her iconic 1983 performance in Central Park. During the Grammys, she performed her hits such as  "The Best Years Of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Her performance was preceded by an adorable introduction by her nine-year-old grandson.

Check out her tour dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday (Feb. 22) via Ticketmaster.

Feb. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Feb. 22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Feb. 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas April 13 - Catoosa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Tulsa April 25 - New Orleans, LA @ Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots June 22 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall June 27 - Vienna, VA @ The Barns at Wolf Trap July 22 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Hello New York” I’m PROUD to be back in New York in June [email protected] Music Hall #DiamondDiana pic.twitter.com/KkWynJvLzT

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 19, 2019

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Blueface Reportedly Facing Prison Time For Unregistered Handgun Possession

According to The Blast, rapper Blueface could face jail time for unregistered handgun possession.

A few weeks ago, the "Thotiana" MC was arrested for possession of a fully-loaded handgun in Los Angeles. The charge is a felony, and carries a maximum of three years behind bars. Coupled with an existing firearm charge, this spells trouble for the California native.

"Back in November, Blueface was busted in Santa Clarita, CA for his alleged involvement in a robbery and vehicle-to-vehicle gunfight," writes The Blast. "He was in a car that crashed into the center divider on the freeway, and he was arrested on a $50,000 bond for assault with a deadly weapon." The rapper (born Jonathan Porter) is due back in court next week.

Despite issues within his personal life, the 22-year-old's professional life continues to thrive. His hit song "Thotiana" currently sits at the No. 20 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rappers such as YG, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have put their respective spins on the track, and Young M.A. reportedly teased her own version of the song in a now-deleted clip posted to her Instagram.

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Stockton Launches Basic Income Program Gifting Residents With $500 A Month

Stockton, California has launched its basic income plan gifting dozens of residents with $500 a month, the Huffington Post reports.

Last year, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs responded to criticism over the program which was designed to help close the poverty gap as residents struggle to stay afloat amid California's skyrocketing rent prices and increase in homelessness.

The basic income plan -- the first of its kind to be launched by a U.S. city -- was announced by Tubbs and the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) in 2017. Under the program, 130 residents will receive a monthly stipend via prepaid debit cards for the next 18 months.

Exciting! Congrats to the team, the city, and to the recipients. We’ve learned so much getting to this point and I am looking forward to learning more. Stockton lead the way @stocktondemo #ReinventStockton https://t.co/j2OPkA4zG8

— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 15, 2019

Stockton's median household income is just under $50,000 a year. Residents are chosen through an “algorithm” to make sure that the selection is representative of the community’s diversity.

The money is funded by a grant from the Economic Security Project, in addition to other funds raised, Tubbs said.

“There’s no restriction on how people can use the money,” he pointed out. “If people use it for drugs and alcohol that’s there prerogative. [But] if I didn’t believe in the capacity of the folks who elected me to make good decisions, I probably shouldn’t be mayor.”

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