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Jordan Hill charged with assault

Lakers reserve forward charged with third-degree felony in Texas

Jordan Hill was charged with a third-degree felony Monday for allegedly choking a woman with whom he was having a “dating relationship” according to the Harris County district attorney’s office in Texas.

Lakers reserve forward Jordan Hill faces up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. He is required to return to Houston for a court appearance that has yet to be scheduled.

Jordan Hill was playing for the Houston Rockets at the time of the incident. The Rockets had a game that, day but Hill did not dress for the game.

The L.A. Times obtained the relevant court documents, which detail the accusations against Jordan Hill. Hill allegedly got into a dispute with the woman, Darlene Luna, on February 29 while they were discussing their future at his apartment. The woman threw his two cell phones to the floor and was hit in the legs by Hill who then pulled her off of a sofa before throwing her against a wall. According to the complaint, Hill then put her in a chokehold, causing her to gasp for air. Luna flew back to Orlando, where she resides and called the police in Houston about four weeks later, on March 29. She emailed pictures of bruises on her legs and upper body and also copies of her plane tickets to and from Houston.

The Lakers issued a statement later Monday stating, “We are aware of the media reports alleging an incident involving Jordan Hill from two months ago when he was a member of the Houston Rockets. We do not have any details regarding these reports and therefore, as well as due to the personal and legal aspects, it would not be appropriate for us to comment. Any further inquiries regarding this should be directed to Jordan’s representative.”

As word of the charge spread Monday morning, Jordan Hill posted two new messages on Twitter, “Wowwwww,” and “Unbelievable!!!!!!!!”

Derrick Rose to miss rest of playoffs

Torn ACL will prevent him from playing

Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee during Saturday’s playoff opener.

With the Bulls up by 12 and just over a minute left in the game, Derrick Rose was going for a layup when he came to a jump-stop and seemingly changed his mind, passing off to a teammate before awkwardly landing. He crumpled to the floor, and team medical personnel immediately rushed out and tended to him for several minutes before helping him to the locker room.

Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the playoffs and is looking at six to nine months of rehab.

Many fans are blaming coach Tom Thibodeau for the injury, questioning whether Derrick Rose should have even been in the game at that point. During the fourth quarter, the Bulls had a 20-point lead, and at the time of the injury, they were still up 12. The 76ers had pulled most of their starters, but Thibodeau must have thought the game was in doubt. Starters Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng were still on the floor as well.

It is possible that Derrick Rose’s previous injuries had not fully healed, causing him to overcompensate. Perhaps it was due to the pressure of the condensed schedule that was caused by the lockout. Or maybe it was a result of a combination of these factors.

Regardless, the loss of Derrick Rose is certainly a huge blow to the Bulls, but the team insists it is not a death sentence. “We’re not going to start backing down now,” Joakim Noah said. “We’re a team of fighters. We’re going to keep fighting and make the city proud. The whole team has to step up. Our margin of error is a lot smaller with Derrick out. Can you replace Derrick? No. But we’re not going to let the media or anybody paint the picture for us. We’ve played well without Derrick before.”

Selena Gomez shows her sultry side

New perfume ad turns heads

Selena Gomez debuted her sexy side in her new fragrance ad. More and more young stars are creating their own fragrance lines, including Selena’s best friend Taylor Swift and Selena’s boyfriend Justin Bieber.

After announcing last year that she was coming out with a fragrance, Selena Gomez asked her fans to help choose the specific scents. “They’re the ones wearing it, so I trust them — their opinions and everything that they’ve done for me,” she said in an interview with Us Weekly.

The polls determined that the fragrance would be made up of raspberry, freesia and vanilla.

In a recent interview, Selena Gomez described the scent as “yummy.” “It’s romantic. It’s not over-bearing. Simple! My mom legitimately likes it. She’s so honest with me; she’ll tell me that she doesn’t like my clothes or the dress I wore, but she wears this everyday. So, I wanted to make sure that it was something that could appease everybody, which is why there’s not a picture of me on the box. I wanted it to be about the fragrance.”

Selena’s mom isn’t the only one excited about the perfume. Fans are super pumped about the fragrance as well. GomezingwithJB tweeted “Can’t wait to walk down the street & people like look at me like ‘you smell good’ & imma be like ‘Selena Gomez’s perfume dude, go buy it’.”

The ad for the Selena Gomez perfume displays a sexier side of the Disney star, showing her in a soaking wet, skin-tight dress, in a sea of purple, featuring a bottle of the perfume in the corner.

As for the design of the bottle, “The bottle was really the hardest part because I wanted it to be tall. I like the fact that it stands out because I always go to the ones that are tallest in the morning. The design of the bottle is almost like a gown, so it represents me on the red carpet. The lips are fun! It makes it more youthful, and you can play with it. I get bored and play with things, so I think it’s perfect,” Selena Gomez told Us Weekly.

The fragrance, called “Selena Gomez,” will be available in May. It will initially be sold only at Macy’s and will be available at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Bonton, SSI and Ulta later in the summer.

Rajon Rondo ejected after bumping official

Status for Game 2 on Tuesday is unknown

Rajon Rondo was ejected from the Atlanta Hawks-Boston Celtics game on Sunday with just 41 seconds left in the game.

Boston star Rajon Rondo shined throughout the game with 20 points and 11 assists before he was sent to the locker room for contact with an official. The Hawks built up a lead early in the game and were clinging to a four-point lead when Rondo objected to a foul call one of the officials made and chest bumped him.

Boston’s Brandon Bass was called for a foul on Josh Smith tussling for a loose ball out beyond the foul line. Rajon Rondo screamed at official Marc Davis who called a technical, which is when Rondo bumped Davis.

Now it’s NBA Commissioner David Stern to determine the consequence.

“I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him, but that’s what it appears to be,” Rajon Rondo admitted. “Obviously I was upset about the call and I said some words to Marc. I deserved the first tech,” Rondo said. “As I was walking, I thought he stopped. My momentum carried me into him. I even think I tripped on his foot.”

Coach Doc Rivers is hoping Rajon Rondo won’t face suspension. “I’m always worried, but I would be surprised if that happens. I thought Rondo was walking toward Marc, and Marc turned back toward him, and that’s when Rondo bumped him. […] That’s all it was, in my opinion. But we’ll see,” Rivers said, echoing Rondo’s version of events.

The game was a disappointment for the Celtics overall with a 83-74 victory for the Hawks in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Will Rondo be available for Game Two?

“I don’t think it was on purpose,” Paul Pierce said, “but it’s up to the league.”

Dan Savage offends Christian teens

Denies attacking Christianity

Dan Savage sparked much debate recently when he said, “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people,” at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle, a remark that prompted some students to walk out of the conference.

After the students walked out of the speech, Dan Savage said, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.”

For those who are unfamiliar, Dan Savage is an outspoken columnist and LGBT-rights activist who founded It Gets Better, an Internet-based project intended to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

In a blog post on Sunday, Dan Savage apologized for his word choice on the walk out, but he stood by his remarks about homosexuality and the Bible. “I would like to apologize for describing that walk out as a pansy-assed move. I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies (2800+ students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walk-out itself… my use of “pansy-assed” was insulting, it was name-calling, and it was wrong. And I apologize for saying it.”

As for what Dan Savage said about the Bible, “I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised. I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against—and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying “motivated by faith”)—because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong. Yet the same people who make that claim choose to ignore what the Bible has to say about a great deal else. I did not attack Christianity. I attacked hypocrisy. My remarks can only be read as an attack on all Christians if you believe that all Christians are hypocrites. Which I don’t believe… …and maybe I shouldn’t have used the word bullshit in this instance. But while it may have been a regrettable word choice, my larger point stands: If believers can ignore what the Bible says about slavery, they can ignore what the Bible says about homosexuality.”

Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pakistan

Third Westerner killed in such a fashion in Pakistan

The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found on Sunday, police and Red Cross officials stated.

Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was kidnapped by suspected militants on Jan. 5. Police found Dale’s beheaded body by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta. Dale was found wrapped in a white plastic bag. His name was written on the bag with a black marker.

“A sharp knife was used to sever his head from the body,” said Safdar Hussain, the first doctor to examine the body. “He was killed about 12 hours ago.”

Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq before going to Pakistan. He had been managing a health program for Baluchistan for almost a year at the time of his abduction.

“We are devastated,” ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said. “Khalil was a trusted and very experienced Red Cross staff member who significantly contributed to the humanitarian cause.”

“This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr. Dale,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

The Pakistani foreign office said they are committed to combat terrorism and hold the killers of Mr. Dale accountable. “The government of Pakistan condemns this barbaric act in the strongest terms and is determined to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice,” noted the foreign office in a statement.

A senior police officer said the Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the killing, saying a ransom had not been paid. Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and Polish geologist Piotr Stanczak were killed in the same fashion in 2002 and 2009.

Spinal muscular atrophy: Avery's Bucket List

Blog raises awareness of fatal disease

Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of inherited diseases that cause muscle damage and weakness, which worsen over time and eventually lead to death.

Five-month-old Avery Canahuati was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy Type 1, also called Werdnig-Hoffman disease, and it’s the most severe type. Infants born with SMA Type 1 are born with very little muscle tone, weak muscles and feeding and breathing problems.

“Imagine you’ve been diagnosed with an incurable genetic disease and you are told you will not only lose your ability to walk and move your arms, but you will die between now and the next 18 months. What would you do?” says the blog that Avery’s parents have created to raise awareness about spinal muscular atrophy. The blog, Avery’s Bucket List, is written in Avery’s voice and has received over 100,000 page views and has more than 4,000 followers.

Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disease that usually comes from a defective gene in both parents, according to the National Library of Medicine. SMA affects 4 out of every 100,000 people. There is no cure for the disease, but the SMA Foundation says “new therapeutics have entered clinical trials or are approaching trials in the near future.”

Grizzlies lose first game of Western Conference series

Clippers triumph with a fourth quarter comeback

The Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night.

The Clippers managed to triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 in the opening game of the Western Conference series, despite previously being down 21 points. “Unfortunately, that’s how we play,” Chris Paul said. “We get killed in the first three quarters, and in the fourth quarter, we like to try to stand up for ourselves, and we found a way to win tonight.”

Paul finished with 14 points including a pair of free throws with 23.7 seconds left in the game. Nick Young scored 19 points, Blake Griffin had 17 and Caron Butler 12 before leaving the game due to a broken left hand.

Rudy Gay finished with 19 for Memphis. Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo had 17, and Marc Gasol scored 14.

The Grizzlies had a 20 point lead in the first quarters and were up by 27 twice in the third. As the Clippers got going in the fourth, the Grizzlies looked lost. “We just got careless,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. “We just lost a little bit of our discipline from a defensive perspective. But offensively, we just started walking it up and trying to throw it into the post instead of running it in. We ran earlier. We attacked. We were in transition earlier. We just stopped doing that and got conservative and it cost us.”

“We turned something that we worked so hard for – home-court advantage – to an ugly loss in Game one,” said O.J. Mayo. “We’ve got to come back Game two with the attitude we can’t quit.”

Game two is Wednesday night.

Jimmy Kimmel roasts everyone at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Obama brought his best material as well

Jimmy Kimmel and President Obama got some laughs at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Obama got the first laugh, taking jabs at Hollywood celebrities and even poking fun at himself. The president ended his speech saying that he had more jokes to share, but there was one catch. “I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew,” he cracked, referring to the agency’s recent prostitution scandal.

The official comedian of the evening, Jimmy Kimmel, spared no one, including the president. “I know you won’t be able to laugh at my jokes about the Secret Service. Please cover your ears, if that’s physically possible.”

“Remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious,” Jimmy Kimmel joked as President Obama smiled on.

Referring to the first lady’s fitness push, Jimmy Kimmel joked, “They say diplomacy is a matter of carrot and sticks, and since Michelle Obama got to the White House – so is dinner.”

For the record, the menu started with a salad of black lentil terrine with lump crabmeat, tango green and red artisan greens, red and yellow tear drop tomatoes paired with a dill vinaigrette. The entrée was a Texas-rubbed petite filet with a calvados demi, paired with duo of jump shrimp seasoned with red curry, roasted haricot verts, baby pepper, patty pan squash, tasso mache choux risotto. Dessert was “The Galaxy” – a rich chocolate truffle mousse layered with chocolate genoise and almond macaroon, ganache truffle center finished in chocolate glaze, garnished with fresh raspberries.

Not everyone was amused by Jimmy Kimmel, however. Keith Olbermann was not at the dinner, but he was still one of Kimmel’s many targets. “I’d like everyone to look under your seats,” he joked. “Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume. Is Keith here tonight? Limo wouldn’t pick him up?”

Olbermann immediately responded via Twitter, “Funny that Jimmy Kimmel ripped me after his people desperately wanted me to fly to LA to be on his show this past Wednesday,” he tweeted Saturday night.

The White House Correspondents’ Association was formed in 1914 as a liaison between the press and the president. Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended the dinner.

Also known as nerd prom, once a year journalists sit down with those they cover —  the political elite and a smattering of Hollywood’s boldface names.

“It’s very interesting; I like the mesh of people,” said Alicia Keys, who stayed close to her husband, Swizz Beatz. “The convergence of all politics and entertainment, it’s very interesting.”

Remembering Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Singer’s death commemorated with previously unreleased song

Ten years ago today, April 25, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes lost her life in a fatal car accident at the age of 30.

Left Eye was working on a documentary of her “spiritual journey” and a headed to herbal healing village, The Usha Resource Institute in Roma, Honduras, when she lost control of her car, veered off the road and flipped over several times. She died on the scene.

Left Eye was the “crazy” one from the “crazy, sexy, cool” trio TLC. The multi-platinum group sold 15.6 million albums in the U.S. and is the second-biggest selling female R&B group of the past 20 years.

The two surviving members of TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas don’t think the word “anniversary” is the right word to describe the day. T-Boz said in a statement, “the word anniversary means a celebration. For us her death will never be a celebration, it’s still something that hurts.”

Chilli added that Left Eye “is our sister. You never get over losing a family member. We love her and we miss her and that isn’t ever going to change.”

Yesterday, a previously unreleased song featuring Left Eye began to surface on the web, giving fans yet another way to remember the rapper. The song, Fantasies, was recorded three years before her death for Bootleg, a member of Midwest gangsta rap group the Dayton Family. It was recently released by Block Starz Music, a German label recently acquired by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary for TLC. T-Boz and Chilli are planning to highlight the milestone with tour dates, a new album and a biopic about the group that will air on VH1.