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LeBron James Los Angeles mural defaced

Apparently not everyone is happy that LeBron James is joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans of King James put up a King of LA mural, but a fan of the team offered $300 to someone who would destroy it, Sports Illustrated reported.

An unidentified person took the person who put up the bounty, only identified as Lakers Fanbase, up on the offer, according to SI.

>>Read: LeBron James to sign four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Photos of the graffiti-covered mural hit social media, saying “a LeBron-hating Laker fanatic put out a contract to get this mural of #LeBronJames vandalized today in California. Dude need to get extra security around town. The hate is real,” according to Bleacher Report.

The graffiti included “we don’t want you” and 3-6 referring to James’ record in the NBA finals, according to Bleacher Report.

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The mural was fixed shortly after the vandalism, CBS Sports reported.

KISS 104.1 at East Point 4th of July

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Listen to back-to-back songs from your favorite KISS 104.1 artists. 

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4th of July Events and Festivals

RED, WHITE & BREW Date: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 7:00 AM End Time: 10:00 PM Location / Venue: Georgia Aquarium | 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313 Cost: $65 general admission, $50 members. More info 

FANTASTIC FOURTH CELEBRATION Date: 7/1/2018 - 7/7/2018 Start Time: Attraction hours, 10:30 AM.-8 PM | Laser show starts @ 9:30 PM (It last 45 minutes) End Time: N/A Location / Venue: Stone Mountain Park | 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Cost: $15.00 FOR DAILY AND $40.00 FOR ANNUAL! (Parking is $20.00 per vehicle.) More info 

GWCCA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Date: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 6:00 PM End Time: 11:00 PM Location / Venue: International Plaza, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303 More info 

2018 INDEPENDENCE DAY HOMETOWN CELEBRATION Date: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 11:00 PM Location / Venue: Downtown East Point, 2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344  

ANNUAL STARS AND STRIPES CELEBRATION Date: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 6:30 PM | Fireworks begin @ 9:45 PM End Time: N/A Location: Concourse Corporate Center Lawn, 5 Concourse Parkway NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 More info 

STARS AND STRIPES FEST 2018 Date: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 2:00 PM End Time: 10:00 PM Location: Downtown Covington, 2101 Clark St, Covington, GA 30014 More info

TERMINUS CITY JULY 4TH BACKYARD BBQ Date: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Time: 4:00 PM Location / Venue: Revival, 129 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030 More infoJULY 4TH STAR SPANGLED BEACH PARTYDate: 7/4/2018 Start Time: 5:30 pm End Time: N/A Location: 755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315 More infoJULY 4TH FESTIVITIES AND FIREWORKSDate: July 4, 2018 Start Time: 6:00 pm End Time: 10:00 PM Location: Wills Park Recreation Center | 11925 Wills Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009 More infoANNUAL 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZADate: July 4, 2018 Start Time: 5:30 pm | Firework start @ 9:30 pm End Time: N/A Location: Roswell High School | 11595 King Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 Type: Family & Kids More infoKENNESAW’S TRADITIONAL PRE-INDEPENDENCE DAY SALUTE TO AMERICAN CELEBRATIONDate: July 3, 2018 Start Time: 6pm to 10pm Location: 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144 More infoLITHONIA 4TH OF JULY FUNK PARTY IN THE PARKDate: July 4, 2018 Start Time: 3:00 PM-11:00 PM Location: Lithonia City Park & Amphitheater | 2515 Park Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058 More infoFESTIVAL AT THE PARKDate: July 4, 2018 Start Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Location: 8830 Gurley Rd, Douglasville, GA 30134 More info

Ichiro dons fake mustache, hoodie to sit in Mariners' dugout

A mysterious man was sitting in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout Thursday night, sporting a bushy mustache and wearing a hoodie. 

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And shades -- shades reminiscent of Bobby Valentine’s failed disguise in 1999 when he was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back into the dugout.

The mystery man was no stranger to Mariners fans -- Ichiro Suzuki, now an executive in the Seattle front office.

Suzuki sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch the first inning of the Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, The New York Post reported.

"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,'' Valentine texted to the The Associated Press.

Officially, Suzuki, 44, is not allowed to be in the dugout during games, ESPN reported. He was removed from the Mariners’ roster in May and moved into the front office as a special assistant to the team chairman, the AP reported.

AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki hiding in the dugout during the first inning. He had exited the dugout by the second inning as the Mariners lost 4-3 to the Yankees.Perhaps Suzuki had dropped a hint when he moved into his new position.

"During the game I will be doing the same preparations I've been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player," Suzuki said. "But I can't say for certain that maybe I won't put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout."

Valentine, who was managing the New York Mets in 1999, was ejected from a game in the 12th inning. He later put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and attempted to sit in the dugout.

Valentine was caught and was suspended for two games. He also was fined $5,000.

5 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery

Today marks a pivotal point in American history. On June 19, 1865,  the last slaves in Texas and more broadly the Confederate South were freed.

»RELATED: Photos: Juneteenth commemorated at Atlanta History Center 

Nationally and in cities like Atlanta, the day has been celebrated with parades, plays and other festivities that honor the African-American culture that developed during and after slavery. 

Here are 5 answers to some of the questions posed about Juneteenth:

Didn’t the Emancipation Proclamation end slavery years earlier?

Yes and No. Abraham Lincoln made slavery illegal with the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, which became federal law on Jan. 1, 1863. However, it took nearly two-and-half years for that message to be relayed to Texas.

How did Juneteenth begin? 

 

On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform a reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier had freed the slaves and to press locals to comply with his directive.  On this day, Granger announced “General Order No. 3.”

Prior to Granger’s declaration, there was an estimated 250,000 slaves residing in Texas, according to historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr

What caused the delay in Texans receiving this news?

 

Some have noted that Texas geographic isolation may have played a role in the delay. According to Juneteenth.com, some accounts place the delay on a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news, while others say the news was deliberately withheld.

Even with the order,  slavery did not end in Texas overnight, according to a report by Gates. Many slave owners traveled to Texas with their slaves to escape regulations enforced by the Union Army in other states for some time.

»RELATED: What’s cooking? 13 black-owned restaurants to try in Atlanta

Why is it called Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a combination of "June" and "nineteenth," in honor of the day that Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas. The day is also called Freedom Day. 

RELATED: Quiz: Slavery in the U.S.

How are people honoring Juneteenth?

Parades, concerts and festivals will take place across country to keep the history of Juneteenth alive.

Some Twitter users have already begun to share tidbits about the day’s history and plans for the holiday online.

 

 

 

»RELATED: Elementary school’s name changes from honoring Confederate general to honoring Barack Obama

The Morning Groove: Cookies and Coffee - June 8, 2018

Cookies and Coffee with Aaron Paxton Arnold. Man-on-the street segment in Atlanta.

Photo Booth: Flashback Festival 2018 

KISS 104.1 Flashback Festival 2018 series

Father’s Day: Marion ‘D Luva’ Davis

In honor of Father’s Day, the crew of The Morning Groove share their thoughts on fatherhood.

Father’s Day: Checka Cee

In honor of Father’s Day, the crew of The Morning Groove share their thoughts on fatherhood.

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