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Kim Porter, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ former longtime girlfriend, found dead in L.A. home at 47

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Authorities are investigating the death of Kim Porter, the former girlfriend of Sean “Diddy” Combs and the mother of three of his children, authorities said Thursday.

Porter, who was born in Columbus, Georgia, and would have turned 48 next month, was found unresponsive Thursday morning in her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Toluca Lake, the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office said.

No cause of death had been determined pending an autopsy, the medical examiner’s office said.

Combs, 49, the multiple Grammy-winning rapper and producer, and Porter, a model, singer and actress who was a member of the groups 3 Brown Girls and Girl 6, were a couple on and off from 1994 until 2007. They had three children — a 20-year-old son and twin 11-year-old daughters.

Porter and Combs also raised Porter’s 27-year-old son from her relationship with the singer Albert Brown, the new jack swing singer and producer better known as Al B. Sure.

When the couple split up in 2007, Porter said she and Combs “will remain friends and committed parents to our children.”

Porter’s death stunned many in the music industry and others who knew her and Combs. The singer Missy Elliott said on Twitter that her “heart aches so much for her four children.”
The rapper 50 Cent expressed his condolences, calling Combs and Porter “soul mate types.”

“I know Puff is hit right now, he loved her for real,” 50 Cent wrote, adding: “Chin up puff, Positive vibes only.”

Dwyane Wade, the National Basketball Association star, tweeted: “In my brief interaction with Kim Porter she was nothing but a bright light. My family and i prayers goes up for her 2 twin daughters and her two sons.”

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/kim-porter-sean-diddy-combs-former-longtime-girlfriend-found-dead-n937021

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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