2 Chainz faces drug charge
Prosecutors have charged Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz with felony drug possession after his arrest last year at Los Angeles International Airport.
The 36-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of codeine possession.
The rapper was arrested in June after airport officials reported finding ingredients for the cough syrup-based concoction known as “sizzurp” in his checked baggage.
Publicist Sarah Cunningham said the rapper had no comment.
Chris Brown in custody
Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday.
Brown was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington.
The singer and his bodyguard are accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel in October. Brown is set to go on trial later this month.
A judge in Los Angeles sent Brown to jail in mid-March after the singer was dismissed from a court-mandated rehab program for anger management and other issues.
Chicago next for Wallenda
Nik Wallenda is taking his high-wire act to Chicago for a tightrope walk to be televised this fall on Discovery, part of the network’s strategy to entice viewers with live events.
Wallenda’s walk across the Grand Canyon area of Arizona last year reached more than 10 million viewers live on Discovery, an unusually big number for the cable network. In June 2012, Wallenda enthralled another live television audience with his daring walk across Niagara Falls. The Chicago encore will probably take place in November, Discovery said Thursday.
“We wanted to make a shift from the natural – the Grand Canyon – to an urban environment,” said Eileen O’Neill, Discovery president. “Chicago is a place where Nik’s relatives have performed before. It just provides a number of interesting challenges for him.”
Discovery isn’t saying exactly where Wallenda will be skywalking in Chicago, saying it is still seeking a permit.
White House cries foul
The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone.
Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president’s image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says that in this case, “We certainly object.”
Carney didn’t say whether the White House has asked Samsung to stop using the image.
Ortiz tweeted the photo of him with President Obama to followers Tuesday. It’s been resent by tens of thousands of Twitter users, and Samsung retweeted the photo in an ad.
The company also tweeted that the Obama photo was taken with a Samsung phone.