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16 shot, 2 killed at Orange Mound Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police say 16 people were shot during a block party at Orange Mound Park Saturday evening.

Memphis Police responded to the park on Carnes Avenue near Mound Street at 7:19 p.m.

Police say officers found five victims on the scene. Two were pronounced dead, while three others reportedly went to nearby hospitals in critical condition.

According to police, 11 other victims arrived at local hospitals by private vehicles.

Photos by Oscar Aguilar, WREG

Photos by Oscar Aguilar, WREG

Photos by Oscar Aguilar, WREG
Photo by Oscar Aguilar, WREG

Interim Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said between 200-300 people were attending a block party at the park. Davis, who was joined by Memphis Mayor Paul Young, said the party was happening without a permit.

Davis says police are working to find the suspects involved. She says police know of at least two suspects who opened fire during the block party.

She asked that anyone with video of the shooting send the video to Memphis Police. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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Taylor Swift, Tupac, and Snoop Dogg are now somehow part of the weekslong rap beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar

A photo collage of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac Shakur, Taylor Swift, and Snoop DoggDrake referenced Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, and the late Tupac Shakur to diss Kendrick Lamar

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  • Drake responded to disses from Kendrick Lamar in a track released Friday called “Taylor Made.”
  • The track features AI-generated verses from Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.
  • Drake also uses Taylor Swift’s latest album “The Tortured Poet’s Department” to tease Lamar.

If you thought rap’s latest all-out brawl couldn’t get any more convoluted, enter Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

On Friday, an embattled Drake released “Taylor Made,” his second diss track in response to Kendrick Lamar, which mentions the “Fortnight” singer and uses what sounds like an AI-generated Shakur and Snoop Dogg to try to humble Lamar.

It all began on March 22, when rapper Future and producer Metro Boomin released the song “Like That,” which featured a lengthy verse from Lamar that reignited long-standing feuds between both Drake and J. Cole.

In “Like That,” Lamar calls himself, Drake, and Cole “the Big Three” — a callback to the 2023 Drake and Cole song “First Person Shooter,” in which Cole uses the same phrase to describe the trio. Lamar makes it clear in “Like That,” however, that he sets himself apart from them (“It’s just big me”).

Lamar also compares himself to the artist Prince, who “outlived Mike Jack.” Listeners speculated that the line refers to Michael Jackson, who had a rumored rivalry with the “Purple Rain” singer. Drake recently tied Jackson for male solo artist with the most No. 1 songs in Billboard Hot 100 History, at 13, and often references the King of Pop in his music.

Jackson died in 2009 of acute propofol intoxication. Prince died in 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

The feud, for unclear reasons that have stirred even more internet speculation, prompted other rappers like Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, and Ye to also issue diss tracks and verses targeting Drake and Cole.

“Taylor Made” starts with a potentially AI-generated Shakur speaking to Lamar — somewhat ironic, considering Drake once spoke out about his own voice being used to create AI music.

The fake Tupac gives Lamar advice on how to properly diss Drake by referencing rumors about the Canadian rapper “liking young girls.” Notably, Lamar and Shakur are often compared to each other by fans, and the late rapper received praise from Lamar on the anniversary of his death.

To top it off, the mic is eventually passed to an AI Snoop Dogg, who tells Lamar that he has “Never shot nobody, never stabbed nobody, never did nothing violent to no one.”

The actual human Snoop Dogg humorously responded to the verse in an Instagram video Friday evening.

“Everybody calling my phone, blowing me up. What the fuck? What happened?” Snoop said in his silk scarf and a Death Row Records jacket. Both Tupac and Snoop previously released records under the label.

Eventually, Drake’s verse comes in. He teases Lamar using Swift’s new album release and suggests that Lamar hasn’t responded to Drake’s other diss track, “Push Ups,” because of Swift and her new album “The Tortured Poet’s Department.” The album was released on Friday.

“But now we gotta wait a fuckin’ week ’cause Taylor Swift is your new Top/And if you ’bout to drop, she gotta approve/This girl really ’bout to make you act like you not in a feud,” the OVO founder raps in “Taylor Made,” according to lyrics published by Genius. Top possibly refers to Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar’s old label.

The song could also be a diss about Lamar’s previous collaboration with Swift on “Bad Blood,” suggesting that the 2014 song boosted Lamar’s popularity. Drake sang along to the same song for an Apple Music commercial in 2016.

Representatives for Swift, Snoop Dogg, Drake, and Lamar, and a lawyer for Shakur’s estate did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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Ukrainian Aid Bill of $61 Billion Passes in US House, Senate to Vote Tuesday


After seven months of hold-up, the lower house of the US Congress passes the long-awaited military aid bill, the delay of which has hampered Ukraine’s fight in Russia’s full-scale invasion.

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Cartels infiltrating native reservations with fentanyl: Tribal leader

(NewsNation) — Tribal leaders in Montana issued an urgent plea to Congress, saying they are overwhelmed and outmatched as Mexican drug cartels exploit jurisdictional loopholes to embed themselves on Native American reservations with devastating effects.

Jeffrey Stiffarm, president of the Fort Belknap Indian Community, testified that the Sinaloa Cartel operates with near impunity in his region, capitalizing on chronic underfunding of law enforcement on the 652,000-acre reservation patrolled by just nine officers.

“We are fighting a losing battle. The cartels are winning, the drug dealers are winning,” Stiffarm told Congress. “We are left alone to fight this battle against them.”

Stuffarm told “NewsNation Prime” that up to hundreds of thousands of cartel operatives have infiltrated reservations across the American West, using the isolated lands as havens to traffic fentanyl pills and other drugs into the United States without scrutiny from federal authorities.

“They know we’re short-staffed, underfunded, under-trained and outnumbered,” said Stiffarm, a former law enforcement officer for two decades. “They’re preying on our people, our children, our women. They get a foothold in and they’re here.”

The Fort Belknap leader described cartel tactics like staging fake emergencies to divert the limited police presence, then quickly shuttling narcotics across other parts of the reservation undercover.

But the devastation transcends drug running, as cartel operatives deeply embed themselves in tribal communities grappling with 70% unemployment rates and that are hours from urban centers. Stiffarm said rapes and murders committed by cartels have become tragically commonplace.

Montana’s health department data shows Native American overdose death rates over twice that of other state residents. The Blackfeet Nation declared an emergency last year after 17 overdoses in just one week.

Stiffarm said federal agencies including the FBI, Border Patrol and Bureau of Indian Affairs have failed to intervene, paralyzed by jurisdictional gaps that cartel operatives expertly exploit. The Belknap law enforcement budget has only grown from $1.2 million to $1.3 million since 1997, according to Stiffarm.

“We’re the first people of this country, and we’re always overlooked, pushed aside,” Stiffarm said referring to the foreign aid bill Congress passed Saturday. “They send $95 billion to kill people overseas but can’t spare pennies to save their own on reservations being ravaged by cartels.”

Stiffarm, who said he feared retaliation from cartels, made the appeal in hopes of finally receiving backup to combat forces he warned are overtaking tribal lands across the northern plains.

“If it’s at the risk of my own life, then so be it,” he said. “That’s my job – to protect our people.”

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Australian researchers develop prototype device to devour carbon dioxide to make electricity

Sydney — Australian researchers have built an electrical generator that consumes carbon dioxide, generates electricity and admits no exhausts.  They say the technology could create a new industrial-scale carbon capture method.  

Scientists say too much carbon dioxide, or CO2, in the atmosphere is main driver of warming temperatures.  

Researchers at the University of Queensland have created a generator that consumes carbon dioxide and produces electricity.

The carbon-negative “nano-generator” has been built by the university’s Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation.

The prototype device uses what is known as a poly amine gel to absorb carbon dioxide to create an electrical current.  

The design team acknowledges the technology needs further development and refinement but believes it could help to significantly curb global CO2 emissions.

Zhuyuan Wang from the University of Queensland told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the concept has great potential.  

“We actually just finished the proof of concept that proves this can work but the current power density and efficiency is not high enough to compete with other energy sources, like solar panel[s], like the wind turbine,” he said.

The Queensland researchers hope their prototype could have industrial applications to help, for example, power plants reduce their emissions, as well as smaller units for use at home.

Carbon capture and storage techniques are used by the oil and gas sector to try to offset its emissions of greenhouse gases. Current methods involve harnessing CO2 produced by power companies, for example, and then burying it deep underground where it becomes trapped in rock formations. There are several large-scale CO2 burial sites in the United States.

However, the Climate Council, an Australian advocacy organization, claims that carbon capture and storage technology “has not been trialled and tested – anywhere in the world – at the scale required to tackle the climate crisis.” 

Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation, states that “emissions of CO2 from fossil fuels make the largest contribution to climate change.” 

Australia is the world’s 14th highest emitter, contributing just over 1% of global emissions.  It has, however, some of the world’s highest per capita emissions.  Coal and gas generate much of Australia’s electricity, but solar and wind are leading an energy transformation. 

The Climate Council states that almost a third of Australia’s energy is renewable and will soon reach 50%.

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Аббас: Одобрение военной помощи Израилю является “агрессией против палестинского народа”


Президент Палестинской автономии (ПА) Махмуд Аббас заявил, что одобрение палатой представителей США миллиардов долларов новой военной помощи Израилю представляет собой “агрессию против палестинского народа”.

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Депутат Дубинский: Киев получит от США крохи “с барского стола”


Новый пакет помощи от США не принесет Украине ничего хорошего, она получит лишь “крохи с барского стола”, отработав интересы политических и лоббистских групп. Такое мнение высказал депутат Верховной рады Александр Дубинский.