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Rep. Elijah Cummings dead at age 68

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BALTIMORE – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has died at age 68, his office announced Thursday morning.
 
According to WBAL, the Maryland Democrat died about 2:45 a.m. Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said in a statement.
 
The news came one day after the Baltimore Sun reported that Cummings had not returned to Washington after having a recent “medical procedure.” His office did not say what the procedure was.
 
Cummings, who represented Maryland’s 7th District for more than 23 years, was the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The Sun described him as “a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.” In a statement published Thursday morning on Twitter, Trump shared condolences for Cummings’ family.
 
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader,” he said. “His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”
 
“I’m devastated by the loss,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday after meeting with Cummings’ wife to share condolences from her caucus. “She said what we all knew — he just fought to the end. But that’s the way he was.”
 
According to Cummings’ congressional website, the Baltimore native graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in political science before completing law school at the University of Maryland. He eventually was awarded 13 honorary doctorates, the website says.
 
Before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cummings was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1996. Cummings’ website says he was “the first African American in Maryland history to be named speaker pro tem.”
 
Cummings is survived by his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and three children, the Washington Post reported.
 
After learning of his death, friends, colleagues and other public figures remembered Cummings on Twitter, calling him a “patriot” and a “warrior.”
 

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Jeannie Mai Says Yes to Jeezy: They’re Engaged!

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“The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai and rapper Jeezy are now engaged.

According to People, the rapper/businessman popped the question during a special date night. The publication says the proposal went down at his LA crib on March 27.

People – which reported the news first – says Jeezy was planning to propose to Mai on a scheduled trip to Vietnam in April. However, the trip was scrapped due to the coronavirus crisis and related travel restrictions. Apparently dude couldn’t wait any longer to wife her up and surprised Jeannie with the proposal during date night inside.

“Jeannie and Jay were set for a trip to Vietnam this April. What Jeannie didn’t know is that Jay was planning to propose. Instead, Jay decided to bring Vietnam to Jeannie with a surprise quarantine date night in his home filled with Vietnamese food and decor,” a rep for Mai said.

 

For those that don’t know how they got hooked up or forgot, they met on the set of her daytime talk show, “The Real,” and started dating in November 2018. Mai and Jeezy didn’t confirm their romance until August 2019.

“We both went through enough in our life to connect on the understanding that love should feel safe, honest, and pure,” Mai told People about the relationship last November. “Immediately that was a magnetic attraction. We are very attracted to each other’s passions to serve. So because we have a mutual joy of having a purpose, we’re going to find a way to do that together.”

Jeezy, 42 and Mai, 41, also spent Thanksgiving together for the first time in his hometown of Atlanta, where Mai mingled with Jeezy’s extended family and gave back by working with two local nonprofits.

“It was so wonderful to meet his family and be able to spend time together,” she said on The Real at the time. “It was special.”

Mai was previously married to Freddy Harteis. The divorce was officially settled in January 2019.

In the divorce agreement, both parties agreed to waive the right to spousal support. Mai walked away with her $1.2 million Sherman Oaks home, clothing, jewelry and other personal effects. The talk show host kept several bank accounts and her entertainment company Mai Dream Inc.

Her ex-husband walked away with a 2003 Mercedes Benz C-Class, a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon, a Sprinter Pull Log Trailer, and several other bank accounts.

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Former UM, Dolphins player Mark Walton arrested

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Former University of Miami and Dolphins running back Mark Walton has been arrested.

Opa-Locka Police responded to a domestic dispute call at 3261 NW 132nd Terrace, at around 3:30 a.m., Thurday.

According to police, Walton got into a verbal dispute with the mother of his child.

There was no physical contact between Walton and the woman, according to police, but he violated a restraining order she filed against him in Broward County.

Police arrested Walton and transported him to TGK.

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Dwyane Wade recalls telling Gabrielle Union he had a child with another woman

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In upcoming ESPN documentary “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” NBA baller Dwyane Wade not only discusses his life on the court, but his personal relationships as well, opening up about the moment he had to tell his now-wife, actress Gabrielle Union, that he fathered a child while the two were “on a break.”

“I had a child with someone else and I had to tell her. Hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is man up and tell Gabrielle Union that I’ve had a child with somebody else,” he says in the upcoming sports special, ET reports. “I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t eating.”

Wade was already father to son Zaire, 18, daughter Zaya, 12, and nephew Dahveon, 18 when he and “Basketball Wives” star Aja Metoyer conceived 6-year-old Xavier shortly before reuniting with and proposing to the former “AGT” judge. 

He continued, “When you hold something in that you know is going to come out and you have this information and you know it’s gonna f–k somebody’s life up, that you care about, that you love, if it don’t hurt you, then you’re not human.”

Wade, 38, went on to say he and Union, 47, “went through something that you never want to go through and we still came out of it.”

The Wades married in August 2014 and welcomed daughter Kaavia, 1, via surrogate in 2018.

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