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Shaquille O'Neal Will Help Pay For Jazmine Barnes' Funeral

The four-time NBA champion presented Jazmine's mother with a cashiers check to cover the funeral cost of her late 7-year-old daughter. 

Shaquille O'Neal has reportedly offered to help pay for Jazmine Barnes' funeral, which will take place Tuesday. (Jan. 8) O'Neal is following in the footsteps of Houston Texan wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who said announced

The four-time NBA champion presented Jazmine's family with a cashiers check. This isn't the first time O'Neal has helped a family in need. In April 2017, O'Neal also covered the expenses of Atlanta teen Malachi Hemphill, who accidentally killed himself on Instagram Live.

On Dec. 30, 7-year-old Jazmine, along with her sibling and mother LaPorsha Washington, drove to get coffee when two men opened fire shooting LaPorsha in the arm and killing Jazmine.

Initial reports of Jazmine's death detailed the shooter was a white man in his 40s. However, on Saturday (Jan. 6) suspects Eric Black Jr, 20 and Larry Woodruffe, 24, were brought into custody without incident. Black, who drove the vehicle, has been charged with capital murder. Woodruffe who sat in the passenger will likely be charged Monday. (Jan. 7)

"That could have been anyone in my family," Hopkins said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Jazmine and her mother, LaPorsha Washington were not the intended targets.

"We do not believe in any way that the family was involved in anything nefarious," he said. "You are talking about small children, they witnessed something very traumatic. Very likely the last thing they saw was the red truck."

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Eric Trump went to Chicago's Aviary cocktail bar Tuesday, (June 25) but instead of enjoying a drink, the 35-year-old said an employee spat on him.

Trump told Breitbart News the encounter was "disgusting" and was a bit taken back since he and his family promote "tolerance."

“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Trump said. “For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”

The woman was taken into custody by Secret Service but later released. The Chicago police department was on hand to deal with a "law enforcement matter.”

CPD was on scene and assisting the United States Secret Service with a law enforcement matter. Any and all inquiries regarding a federal protectee must be directed to the Secret Service. https://t.co/ecq5TaMiQ0

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) June 26, 2019

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Parental Rights Revoked For Alabama Residents Convicted Of Rape

A new Alabama law requires judges to prohibit the parental rights of residents convicted of first-degree rape and certain sex crimes. The piece of legislation now closes a legal window that previously allowed rapists custody of their children, which were conceived through sexual assault.

News of the law comes a little more than a month after the state passed one of the nation's strictest anti-abortion laws, only allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy in cases of rape and or incest. The mandate is reportedly part of a new statue titled Jessi's Law.

However, phrasing found inside the 10-page legal text has pro-choice activists concerned. For anyone found guilty of rape and certain sex crimes, their rights as parents are forfeited, yet many have argued that countless rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, and if they are told to authorities, getting a conviction is difficult to do.

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San Francisco Becomes First Major U.S. City To Ban E-Cigarettes

San Francisco became the first major U.S. City to ban electronic cigarettes Tuesday (June 25). The measure restricts the purchase of e-cigarettes in the city in addition to barring residents from ordering them online and having them shipped to a San Francisco address, USA Today reports.

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