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LeBron James Los Angeles mural defaced

Apparently not everyone is happy that LeBron James is joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans of King James put up a King of LA mural, but a fan of the team offered $300 to someone who would destroy it, Sports Illustrated reported.

An unidentified person took the person who put up the bounty, only identified as Lakers Fanbase, up on the offer, according to SI.

>>Read: LeBron James to sign four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Photos of the graffiti-covered mural hit social media, saying “a LeBron-hating Laker fanatic put out a contract to get this mural of #LeBronJames vandalized today in California. Dude need to get extra security around town. The hate is real,” according to Bleacher Report.

The graffiti included “we don’t want you” and 3-6 referring to James’ record in the NBA finals, according to Bleacher Report.

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The mural was fixed shortly after the vandalism, CBS Sports reported.

Ichiro dons fake mustache, hoodie to sit in Mariners' dugout

A mysterious man was sitting in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout Thursday night, sporting a bushy mustache and wearing a hoodie. 

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And shades -- shades reminiscent of Bobby Valentine’s failed disguise in 1999 when he was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back into the dugout.

The mystery man was no stranger to Mariners fans -- Ichiro Suzuki, now an executive in the Seattle front office.

Suzuki sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch the first inning of the Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, The New York Post reported.

"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,'' Valentine texted to the The Associated Press.

Officially, Suzuki, 44, is not allowed to be in the dugout during games, ESPN reported. He was removed from the Mariners’ roster in May and moved into the front office as a special assistant to the team chairman, the AP reported.

AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki hiding in the dugout during the first inning. He had exited the dugout by the second inning as the Mariners lost 4-3 to the Yankees.Perhaps Suzuki had dropped a hint when he moved into his new position.

"During the game I will be doing the same preparations I've been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player," Suzuki said. "But I can't say for certain that maybe I won't put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout."

Valentine, who was managing the New York Mets in 1999, was ejected from a game in the 12th inning. He later put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and attempted to sit in the dugout.

Valentine was caught and was suspended for two games. He also was fined $5,000.

CMT Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, who will perform?

The 2018 CMT Music Awards is set for Wednesday, live from Nashville.

>>NEW: Photos from the 2018 CMT Music Awards red carpet

Leading the list of nominees is Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, with four nominations each.

Underwood holds the record for most CMT Music Award wins, with 17 trophies. 

Celebrity presenters include the Backstreet Boys, Hoda Kotb, Joel McHale, Johnny Knoxville, Kaitlin Doubleday, Katie Cook, Lindsey Vonn, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland.

The CMT Awards is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show.

Here is how to watch the 2018 CMT Awards, a list of nominees and some of the artists scheduled to perform on Wednesday. 

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What time: The CMT Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EST

Where is the ceremony: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

What channel: CMT is broadcasting the show

Livestream: Click here for the CMT livestream

Who is hosting: Little Big Town, opening with the live world premiere of its new single “Summer Fever.”

Who is performing:  Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform Wednesday:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Blake Shelton
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Sam Hunt

Who is nominated: Here is the full list of nominees for the 2018 CMT Awards:

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
  • Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy”
  • Jon Pardi “Heartache On The Dance Floor”
  • Luke Bryan, “Light It Up”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Kelsea Ballerini, “Legends”
  • Lauren Alaina, “Doin’ Fine”
  • Maren Morris, “I Could Use a Love Song”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man” (from 2017 ACM Awards)

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Big & Rich, “California”
  • Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault”
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
  • Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth”
  • High Valley, “She’s With Me”
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Speak To A Girl”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Little Big Town, “When Someone Stops Loving You”
  • Midland, “Make A Little”
  • Old Dominion, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Yours If You Want It”
  • Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Danielle Bradbery, “Sway”
  • Devin Dawson, “All On Me”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Russell Dickerson, “Yours”
  • Walker Hayes, “You Broke Up With Me”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley, “Flatliner”
  • Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton, “Say Something”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack And Danielle Bradbery, “Stand Up For Something” (from 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Backstreet Boys And Florida Georgia Line, “Everybody” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Derek Trucks, “Midnight Rider” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)
  • Earth Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum, “September” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town, “I Won't Back Down” (From 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”
  • Brett Young, “Mercy”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours”

Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted woman

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan.

A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of a former friend of groping and inappropriately touching her numerous times between 2016 and 2017.

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Tech said that Athletic Director Todd Stansbury would be meeting with Pastner to discuss access to the basketball program by outsiders.

Pastner had been coach at the University of Memphis from 2009 before going to Georgia Tech.

Click here for updates.

NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League

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According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.

Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played. 

The official statement from the National Football League states:

“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities. 

The membership also strongly believes that:

  1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
  3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
  4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. 

The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. 

It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. 

This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s wife announces birth of baby girl

There’s a new Earnhardt on the racing scene.

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Amy Earnhardt announced the birth of Isla Rose Earnhardt on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“She’s finally here!” the wife of former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “It feels like a dream. The best dream ever.”

It is the first child for the couple.

Dale Jr. has been busy since retiring from active racing, working as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.” Before that, he covered the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics for NBC.

The baby was due May 2, but arrived a day early. Had she been born on April 29, she would have shared a birthday with her grandfather, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, and the former Amy Riemann, 36, were married on Dec. 31, 2016.

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

>>  Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Blood Drive TODAY @ EASY93.1 Headquarters

After Wednesday’s tragedy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, OneBlood responded immediately by rushing additional blood to Broward Health North Hospital and Broward Health Medical Center

While the immediate blood needs have been met, there is a need to replenish blood supply; specifically O NegativeO Negative is the universal blood type and is used to treat trauma patients. 

Please join us at The EASY93.1 Headquarters at 2741 North 29th Avenue in Hollywood, just west of I-95’s Sheridan Street exit, TODAY - Thursday February 15th, from 12noon until 7pm!

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.

EASY’S COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Community Announcements

The FBI's Miami Office is holding a Diversity AgentRecruitment Event Monday, February 5th. They're looking for people in a wide range of areas, from STEM to attorneys, CPA's, detectives and foreign language speakers. Pre-registration is required. Click here for information.

Miami-Dade County has several ways to recycle your Christmas Tree, including Curbside Pickup. All the details are here.

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Easy 93.1 invites you to join us supporting the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

Girl Scouts in the 21st Century are a force to be reckoned with, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) to change the world.

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Selling Girl Scout Cookies enables girls to develop five esssential skills:
Goal Setting
Decision Making
Money Management
People Skills
Business Ethics

When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you help the girls learn these skills and achieve their goals.
Girl Scout Cookies Sales run from January 18th through February 11th this year. Find the cookie booth nearest you with the Cookie Booth Locator on the home page at www.gssef.org. 
And plan to join Easy 93.1 with the Girl Scouts for the annual 'Give A Box, Get A Box'event to provide Cookies for the Military. On February 9th, 5pm - 9pm at all Duffy's Sports Grill locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies for our troops overseas and receive a FREE box for yourself! We'll be onsite with the Girls and Veterans from Mission United at the Duffy's at The Fountains on University Drive in Plantation..

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February is HEART MONTH

Easy 93.1 partners with the American Heart Association year-round to raise awareness of the issue of women and heart disease.

Why it Matters#lifeiswhy

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Campaign reminds you that heart disease is still the #1 killer of women. 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease - yet 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index / BMI) and schedule your annual well-woman visit. Learn more about the causes, your risk factors, and prevention tips here.

Learn more about the Go Red for Women movement and Go Red Por Tu Corazon.

Heart Month is in February, but you can take steps toward healthier living all year round. Check out their Eat Smart tips and upcoming events here.

Kids' Health, courtesy of the American Heart Association:

THE AHA says lowering your kids' sodium intake now can protect their health later. Visit www.sodiumbreakup.heart.org for tips on how to stay healthy through the school year.

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--------------- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS --------------

Easy 93.1 supports Women in Distress and the SafeSpace Foundation shelters in Broward and Miami-Dade County.
Both provide a wide range of services for people seeking to leave an abusive relationship, including counseling and safe shelter.
Any time you need assistance or guidance, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines:
954-761-1133
800-500-1119
In an emergency always call 911.

You can support Women in Distress by donating items for their Thrift Shop year-round; and take a look at other ways to support Women in Distress with Donation Drives here.

The Broward Victims Rights Coalition provides a list of more than 2 dozen agencies that offer support and services for people in, or trying to leave an abusive relationship, here.

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The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative is an outreach organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast & heart health while providing them with the resources to beat these diseases.

Check their Outreach Schedule here, or call for information: 1-866-315-7711.

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SERVICES FOR VETERANS

Join Easy 93.1 in honoring our Veterans by supporting Mission United – helping Veterans with employment, legal, health, educational services and more. Find details at MissionUnited.org.
To see upcoming events including Job Fairs and Homeowners Workshops, visit the Mission United Facebook page.

You'll also find links to a number of organizations that provide resources and support for Veterans on our Veteran's Resource Page.

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Easy 93.1 invites you to join us supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward Countyand the great work they do for our young people, including after-school programs, homework assistance, vocational training and more. Find more info about programs, how to support them, and how to get your child involved here.

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Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

Here are links to important information about Hurricane Readiness and what do before, during and after a storm:
Miami Dade County Emergency Management.
Broward County Emergency Operations.
Our TV news partner, WSVN 7.
The National Hurricane Center.
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Caring For the Environment
Take care of the planet all year! Click the link to learn simple things you can do to Heal the Planet (and you’ll probably save money, too!).

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Information about the Zika Virus:

Miami-Dade Public Schools Zika Info Broward Public Schools Zika Info

Click here for regular updates from the Florida Department of Health, including information about protecting yourself from mosquito-borne illness.

Resources - links you can use:

Miami-Dade County Government Call 311

Broward County Government Call 211

Your City Connections - click the city name to go to the city website.

Miami-Dade County

Allapattah

Aventura

Bal Harbour

Bay Harbor Islands

Biscayne Park

Coconut Grove

Coral Gables

Cutler Bay

Doral

El Portal

Florida City

Golden Beach

Hialeah

Hialeah Gardens

Homestead

Key Biscayne

Medley

Miami

Miami Beach

Miami Gardens

Miami Lakes

Miami Shores

Miami Springs

North Bay Village

North Miami

North Miami Beach

Opa Locka

Palmetto Bay

Pinecrest

South Miami

Sunny Isles Beach

Surfside

Sweetwater

Virginia Gardens

West Miami

Broward County

Coconut Creek

Cooper City

Coral Springs

Dania Beach

Davie

Deerfield Beach

Fort Lauderdale

Hallandale Beach

Hillsboro Beach

Hollywood

Lauderdale By the Sea

Lauderdale Lakes

Lauderhill

Lighthouse Point

Margate

Miramar

North Lauderdale

Oakland Park

Parkland

Pembroke Park

Pembroke Pines

Plantation

Pompano Beach

Southwest Ranches

Sunrise

Tamarac

West Park

Weston

Wilton Manors

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade star lineup announced

Big-named stars will headlining this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 2017.

Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, Wyclef Jean and Leslie Odom, Jr. will be joining 98 Degrees and the Goo Goo Dolls for the annual New York City spectacular, People reported.

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Broadway will also highlight new shows like “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once on This Island” and “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Don’t forget about the massive balloons the parade is known for.

This year Olaf will join the parade, along with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

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