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Chicago: 3 dead, at least 21 wounded in weekend shootings

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At least 24 people were shot across Chicago throughout the weekend, with three killed, reported The Chicago Sun-Times via ABC News 7.

One fatality was a 54-year-old man, identified as Harold Green by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, who suffered nine gunshot to the back in his neighborhood of South Shore in the early hours of Sunday, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

One witness, according to police, told officers that they saw a person fire bullets from inside a gray Chrysler.

Another fatality happened Saturday night, when two women in Lawndale on the West Side were shot. One of them, identified as 29-year-old Samone Hill by the medical examiner’s office, was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital after being shot in the back and both arms, according to the report. The other woman, an unnamed 28-year-old, was hit in her lower right leg and was stabilized at the same hospital.

The third fatality was 17-year-old boy, identified as Davion Ward by police and the medical examiner’s office. Ward and two others were in a parked car Friday night in Bridgeport on the South Side, when two men pulled up in a black Dodge Durango, exited the car, and started firing at them, police said.

Ward was hit in the back and pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

A 16-year-old boy sustained a graze wound to the head, while the second person, a man between 18 and 20 years old, was hit in the chest, according to police. The two were transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, according to the report.

For more details about the other shootings and their victims, read the full original report here.

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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