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BrianWilliamsKenyaTV Newser: It happens. And in the case of this particular Brian Williams gaffe, at least the anchor and his NBC Nightly News colleagues do not have to worry about an angry Arsenio Hall-Suge Knight response.

TV Spy: We saw this Tuesday. While the local TV interview most definitely does not rank as one of Tommy Lasorda‘s finer moments, it also reminds how much more forgiving people are when the person uttering the offensive words is beloved.

App Newser: If you’re looking to keep things civil with Grandpa and-or any elderly neighbors, avoid mention of the fact that a Kickstarter campaign for a canine video games console is three-quarters of the way towards its $100,000 goal.

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Sylvester Stallone vs. Suge Knight

Michael Gross‘ wonderful new book Unreal Estate, which recounts the sometimes sordid history of sixteen of LA’s most luxurious residential compounds, starts off with a bang.

When the author ran into Roger on a bluff overlooking gated McMansion community Beverly Park, he already knew the details of resident Sylvester Stallone having thwarted Suge Knight‘s efforts to move into a neighboring house around 2001. Based on conversations with the seller of said house and other sources, Gross reports that under cover of the actor’s lawyer and a trust, Stallone swooped in with an all-cash offer that exceeded that of Knight’s by a cool $1 million. But Gross has yet to verify the additional characterization relayed that day by the Cadillac-driving stranger accompanied by a buxom blonde:

Roger told a good story, which may even be true. It goes like this:

“So next thing, Suge and his posse somehow show up at Sly’s door,” Roger says. “You don’t like black people?” one of them asks Stallone.

“No, assh*le, I don’t like you,” Stallone says. At least according to Roger.

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LAPD Cop Turned Author Re-Ignites Tupac Shakur Murder Investigation

The release this week of Murder Rap, a cleverly titled book by former LAPD detective Greg Kading, has stoked a whole new round of explosive media coverage about the unsolved killings of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Beginning with the LA Weekly, which blasted out a sensational headline tying Sean Combs and Suge Knight to, respectively, the killings of Shakur and Smalls.

Kading, after giving the Weekly an exclusive first look and interview, has talked with website HipHopDX.com. Although Knight has yet to be heard from, Combs told local reporters Chris Vogel and Simone Wilson via email that the Kading allegations are “pure fiction and completely ridiculous.” Per the pair’s article:

Perhaps luckily for the rappers’ families and fans still seeking closure, Kading made copies of nearly every investigative report and taped confession before he left LAPD. His explosive book details the behind-the-scenes failure by LAPD to bring Shakur’s and Smalls’ killers to justice.

In a taped confession fully reviewed by LA Weekly, Keffe D says, “[Combs] took me downstairs and he’s like, ‘Man, I want to get rid of them dudes.’ … I was like, ‘We’ll wipe their ass out, quick. It’s nothing.’ … We wanted a million.”

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Chuck Philips Involved With New Suge Knight Documentary

LA’s scariest music producer Suge Knight will be the subject of a new documentary produced by Showtime. Knight and his new music company Black Kapital will be handling the film’s soundtrack, which obviously means Knight is onboard with the film.

Tentatively titled…Suge Knight…the film will be helmed by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Interestingly, Pulitzer Prize-winning former LA Times reporter Chuck Philips will co-produce the film. Philips, you probably remember, took a voluntary buyout from the Times shortly after his story on the death of Tupac was found to contain info from forged FBI documents. Over the summer he demanded a retraction to the Times‘ retraction of his story. He didn’t get one. Looks like he got a movie deal instead.

Press release after the jump.

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Author Recalls Impromptu Breakfast with Suge Knight

Essence magazine editor and blogger Demetria Lucas has a funny LA story in her debut tome, A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Loving Your Best Single Life.

She tells Washington Post reporter Erin Williams the episode is in fact one of her favorites to read out lout at book signing events. The chapter in question is all about how Lucas, while in LA for the ESPY Awards, spied a car belonging to music industry behemoth Suge Knight and decided to try and track him down:

I’ll read the LA story and be like, “What was I thinking? Who decides we’re gonna follow Suge Knight?”…

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Cops Pursuing New Leads in Biggie Smalls Murder Case

The 1997 Los Angeles murder of rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.-Christopher Wallace, remains one of the city’s most egregious unsolved celebrity murders. But according to a new report by CNN, LAPD are back on the case.

Unspecified information provided to police last year has “reinvigorated” the investigation. The CNN article does a great job of actively touching all the bases, from then-police chief Bernard Parks (notions of an LAPD cover-up are “absurd”) to an attorney for the Wallace family (their lawsuit against the city was put on hold last April so as to not interfere with the renewed investigation).

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