LOS ANGELES — Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.
Los Angeles police had initially discounted a robbery theory in the days after the 20-year-old rapper’s death Feb. 19 at a home in the Hollywood Hills. Pop Smoke’s legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson.
Capt. Jonathan Tippet, who oversees the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division, said three men and two teenage boys likely went to the home because they knew Pop Smoke was there from social media posts. They stole items from the home, though Tippet said he could not divulge what was taken. The teens were 15 and 17 years old.
“We believe that it was a robbery. Initially we didn’t really have the evidence but then we discovered some other evidence that showed this was likely a home invasion gone bad,” Tippet told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The five suspects were arrested Thursday morning as detectives served several search warrants in Los Angeles. All are believed to be members of a South Los Angeles gang, which Tippet would not name, and at least some of them are believed to be linked to a 2019 homicide when a fight escalated into a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Pop Smoke and his entourage staying at the home are not believed to be associated with the gang, Tippet said. No one else was shot during the incident.
The Los Angeles Times reported in February that the rapper had posted pictures of him posing by an infinity pool in the home’s backyard, as well as a picture of the Los Angeles skyline from what was likely the house’s backyard. In another post, Pop Smoke or a member of his entourage put a picture of a gift bag tagged with the Hollywood Hills address and a different photo showed him posing by a Ranger Rover in a spot where the home’s address was partly visible in the background.
“It’s our belief that (the home-invasion robbery) was based on some of the social media” posts, Tippet said. “It’s based on the fact that he was posting his information may have contributed to him knowing where to find him.”
The home where the shooting occurred is owned by Edwin Arroyave and his wife Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer John Mellencamp and a star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Teddi Mellencamp previously said on Instagram that the couple had been notified of the shooting at their rental property but knew no more than what they had seen in media reports.
Pop Smoke arrived on the rap scene in 2018 and broke out with “Welcome to the Party” a gangsta anthem with boasts about shootings, killings and drugs that became a huge sensation, and prompted Nicki Minaj to drop a verse on a remix.
Earlier this year, Pop Smoke released the mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. It was the follow up to his first official release, “Meet the Woo.” The rapper also had the popular hit “Gatti” with Travis Scott and Jackboys and “Dior.”
Last week, Pop Smoke released his posthumous debut album “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon,” which was met with mostly positive reviews. The 19-track album featured several star-studded guests including 50 Cent, Roddy Rich, Future, Swae Lee, Quavo and others.
Associated Press Writer Jonathan Landrum contributed.
Stefanie Dazio, The Associated Press
City of Brandon – August 2nd Media Release – City of Brandon –
For the last 24 hours:
At around 10:25 AM Sunday morning, an employee from Superstore reported that a male suspect had just stolen approximately $100 of meat from the store. An officer on patrol spotted a male matching the description of the suspect, in the 200 block 10th Street and detained him. Subsequently, the 30 year-old male was found to have the stolen product in his backpack and he was arrested for theft under $5000. He was later released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on September 13th.
Breach of Probation:
Repeated reports were received from Superstore of a male, well known to both staff there and Police, being on their property despite being prohibited from attending. The 27 year-old male was located on the store property and was arrested for failing to comply with a probation Order. He was later released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on September 27th.
Flight from Police:
On July 20th, Police attempted to stop a moped / scooter that had been reported earlier for “ripping around” a south end parking lot. The suspect was seen in the area of 1200 Hill Avenue and a stop was attempted; however, the suspect fled. At the time of the incident, the license plate had been bent up to hide it. Subsequent investigation revealed that an 18 year-old male had been the operator. He was contacted and attended to the Police station on Sunday afternoon, where he was arrested for the criminal offence of flight from police, and issued tickets under the Highway Traffic Act. He was released to appear in court on September 30th.
Drug Trafficking Charges:
Just before 2:00 AM this morning, a vehicle stop was conducted in the 2500 block Victoria Avenue. A small quantity of cocaine was located in the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, a 36 year-old male and a 25 year-old male, both from Brandon, were arrested for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. They were released from custody on appropriate police imposed conditions and are to appear in court on October 14th. Additionally, the 36 year-old male was charged with theft under $5000 relating to him stealing a shop tool from Canadian Tire on June 30th. He is to appear in court on October 18th on that charge.
Several other arrests related to intoxication which resulted in no charges but the subjects being held until sober.
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‘We never want to lose to Canada’: U.S. players, media react to Canada’s win – Sportsnet.ca
Team Canada defeated Team USA in the semifinal of the Olympic women’s soccer tournament on Monday, setting the stage for the Canadians to challenge for gold later this week.
Considering the dominance of the U.S. women’s national team over the past several years — not to mention, their 20-year win streak against Canada — the 1-0 outcome was a bit of a stunner for many watching the match.
Criticism lobbed at U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s tactics, as well post-game quotes from American players about their own lacklustre performance, are among the many takeaways from this closely-contested game that ended 1-0 thanks to a perfectly-executed penalty kick from Jessie Fleming in the 74th minute.
Here’s a roundup of reaction following the game from players, various U.S. news outlets, and from those around the game.
Notable post-game quotes
Rapinoe: Loss to Canada ‘a bitter one to swallow’
Following the game, veteran U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe blamed “too many errors” made by her club, saying, “Obviously we never want to lose to Canada.” Here’s her full quote, via ESPN:
“It’s terrible. We just didn’t have it today,” Rapinoe said after the match. “Just too many errors from us again. I felt like the space was there for us to play and we just couldn’t get into it, too many touches or, you know, an errant touch.
“That’s football. They got, I think, one shot on goal, a PK, and from what it sounds like it was a PK. So yeah, it’s a bitter one to swallow. Obviously we never want to lose to Canada. I don’t think I’ve ever lost to Canada.
“So it’s a bitter one. Obviously there’s still a lot to compete for. That’s what I told the girls and what we talked about in the huddle. It’s not the colour we want, but there’s still a medal on the line. That’s a huge thing and we want to win that game, but yeah, this is … this sucks. It sucks.”
Sinclair: ‘It’s nice to get a little revenge’
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, who has led the national women’s team through triumph as well as heartbreak on the Olympic field, referenced the team’s loss to the Americans in extra time back in London 2012 — a controversial loss that still stings, thanks to some questionable calls by the referee ultimately affecting the game’s outcome.
“For those of us that were part of the 2012 team [Canada lost to the USWNT in the semifinal after extra time at the London Olympics], it’s nice to get a little revenge in an Olympic semifinal,” Sinclair said (quote also via ESPN).
“I was just sitting there thinking how proud I am of this team … It’s a very unique group. It’s a special group and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”
Sinclair was also pretty candid while talking about not going for bronze again:
“Back-to-back bronzes, we were kind of sick of that,” Sinclair said. “And this team, I mean, wow, what a performance, what a fight. Just so proud of our team, and one more to go.”
Morgan: U.S. had freshest legs, but Canada had consistency
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski was quick to rotate his roster with a long list of substitutions — something that brought in a steady stream of fresh legs but also provided stark difference in strategy from Canada, as noted by U.S. star forward Alex Morgan, via the Sporting News:
“There was a lot of rotation, so in a way I think we had the freshest legs of any team.
“But they [Canada] also had the consistency in the lineup. So that’s what you have to weigh in a tournament like this. It’s very different than a World Cup. There was more substitutions than there’s ever been. So it’s a completely different tournament to manage.”
What U.S. media outlets are saying
Coaching his first major tournament, Andonovski approached the Olympics as though he were playing chess. Everyone else, though, was playing soccer. His constant player rotation left the team disjointed. Against the Netherlands and Canada in the knockout rounds, he subbed out his entire, three-person forward line. In neither of those games did the change produce a goal. – Michael DeCourcy, Sporting News
…their downfall had been coming, for weeks, maybe months, arguably for years. History tried to warn them. They ignored it.
No women’s soccer team has ever won a World Cup and Olympic gold back-to-back, and one reason often postulated is that success restrains evolution. Formulas that lead to trophies are retained, and trotted out again 13 months later, by which point stars have aged, opponents have caught on and tactics have become outdated. … They’d clung to past success, and hoped to recreate it. They couldn’t. – Henry Bushnell, Yahoo! Sports
A team rich with talent could not establish any rhythm at these Games, and the Americans’ struggles culminated with a semi-final loss to Canada on Monday in which the US had ample time on the ball but few ideas in the final third – a criticism which haunted the team after its previous Olympic failure. – Jeff Kassouf, The Guardian
Canada came out exactly as the USWNT should have expected. It was physical, gritty and sought to close down the spaces the USWNT loves to play in. Canada’s four-player diamond midfield especially managed to overrun and overwhelm the USWNT’s central trio. But the Americans also made it a lot easier for Canada. They were static in their off-the-ball movement and rarely found the space to create outlets; and when they did try to the move the ball, they did it sloppily. – Caitlin Murray, ESPN
Twitter reaction: Canada will ‘change the colour’ with Olympic final berth
Last fall, during her introductory press conference as Team Canada head coach, Bev Priestman made it clear that while Olympic bronze is an incredible achievement, it’s time to diversify the collection.
“A team like Canada should be on that podium. I do think we need to change the colour of the medal. Two bronzes [are] unbelievable and it’s a fantastic achievement, and credit to John [Herdman] and the staff and the players that achieved that. [But] to keep moving forward, we have to aim higher than that,” Priestman said.
That idea — to “change the colour” — became a bit of rallying cry for the Canadians. Here’s some reaction from those chiming on on Twitter following the game:
— Perdita Felicien (@perditafelicien) August 2, 2021
makes history & wins 1-0vs
As a former player the emotions got the best of https://t.co/7IiCuIbehK much as I was trying to keep it together for TV,to see @AndiPetrillo be emotional as well made me realize the power of this moment
is playing for a Gold Medal
Anyone else pic.twitter.com/RmkI9uJVpE
— Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) August 2, 2021
By reaching the #Tokyo2020 Final, Canada will become just the third nation to win medals at three successive Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments (2012 to 2021), following in the steps of USA (1996 to 2012) & Germany (2000 to 2008).#CANWNT #RiseHigher pic.twitter.com/HwlYyjhlJe
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) August 2, 2021
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine sold to new media firm from former Disney execs – TechCrunch
Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media company that has produced content for streaming services like Hulu, Apple and HBO, among others, has been sold to a yet-unnamed new media firm run by former Disney execs, Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, the company announced this morning.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on the sale.
Deal terms were not officially disclosed, but reportedly, the sale values Hello Sunshine’s business at around $900 million, The WSJ says. The news outlet had previously reported Hello Sunshine was exploring a sale after receiving interest from a number of suitors, including Apple.
Hello Sunshine was co-founded by Witherspoon and Strand Equity founder and managing partner Seth Rodsky in 2016, and is best known for producing series like HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Apple’s “The Morning Show,” which feature Witherspoon in starring roles.
But the company has also invested in other film and media projects, ranging from a Facebook Watch series to collaborations with Amazon’s Audible. It now has upcoming film and TV projects on the slate with Netflix, Amazon, ABC and Starz, and recently announced a Kids & Animation division as well as the acquisition of Sara Rea’s SKR Production to expand into unscripted content.
In addition, the company operates an online and mobile book club app, Reese’s Book Club, now with 2.1 million followers. The club’s more popular picks are often turned into the shows and movies Hello Sunshine later produces.
Per Hello Sunshine’s announcement, the company will be the first acquisition by the new media venture run by Mayer and Staggs, which is backed by private equity firm Blackstone. The firm is spending more than $500 million in cash to purchase shares of Hello Sunshine from its investors, including AT&T and Emerson Collective, The WSJ noted.
Following the deal’s closure, the senior management team will continue to run Hello Sunshine’s day-to-day operations. Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine Chief Executive Sarah Harden will join the board of the new company and retain significant equity holders in the new business.
Hello Sunshine will become a cornerstone of the new media company’s strategy, which will involve being an “independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises,” it says.
“Today marks a tremendous moment for Hello Sunshine. I started this company to change the way all women are seen in media. Over the past few years, we have watched our mission thrive through books, TV, film and social platforms. Today, we’re taking a huge step forward by partnering with Blackstone, which will enable us to tell even more entertaining, impactful and illuminating stories about women’s lives globally. I couldn’t be more excited about what this means for our future,” said Witherspoon in a statement about the deal.
The deal arrives at a time when there’s an uptick in consolidation happening in the media business, as companies adjust to the shift away from traditional TV and standard movie releases to the always-on world of streaming and cord cutting. For example, Amazon in May announced it would buy MGM Studios for $8.45 billion — a deal being investigated by the FTC for potential antitrust issues. Meanwhile, WarnerMedia and Discovery around the same time announced their plans to merge operations, in hopes of taking a bigger bite out of the streaming market. Now, Comcast and ViacomCBS are exploring ways to work together, too.
But as traditional media companies begin to stream, like NBCU did with Peacock, for instance, they also pull back content licensed to other streamers, like Netflix. That drives demand for new sources of independent programming, like what Hello Sunshine produces.
The company’s value in this market comes from its pipeline of quality projects, many of which are pre-vetted by its book club members, who serve as a built-in audience and fan base for the later film or televised release. Plus, the projects it backs are also those that tell women’s stories — a historically neglected segment of the market, and one that Hello Sunshine’s success proves there’s pent-up demand for among viewers.
Blackstone’s investment in the new company is being made through its private equity business, which previously acquired a majority stake in dating app Bumble. Blackstone has made other entertainment industry investments, as well, including music rights organization SESAC; a Hollywood studio space and Burbank office real estate portfolio; global theme park operator Merlin Entertainments; online genealogy platform Ancestry.com; online mobile ad platforms Vungle and Liftoff; and Epidemic Sound, which delivers music to internet content creators.
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