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Kim Porter to be buried in her Columbus, Georgia, hometown

The funeral arrangements for Kim Porter, the former model and actress who died unexpectedly last week, will reportedly be held in Georgia. 

» RELATED: Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

Her body will be returned to her Columbus, Georgia, hometown, according to the New York Daily News. She will be buried at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery alongside her mom and grandmother, and her memorial service will be held at Cascade Hills Church, the publication reported.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 

Sean “Diddy” Combs, whom she dated on-and-off for 13 years, reportedly hosted a private memorial for her in California Sunday.

Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles home Thursday, Nov. 15. She had been suffering from flulike symptoms for several weeks, according to TMZ. However, her cause of death is currently unknown. She was 47.

Porter acted for many years, landing small parts in the film “The Brothers,” VH1’s “Single Ladies” and the TV series “Wicked Wicked Games.” She also appeared on “I Want to Work for Diddy.”

She had four children, including actor Quincy Brown, who appears on the Atlanta-filmed Fox series “Star,” and three of Combs' kids, Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. 

» RELATED: Who was Kim Porter? Diddy’s ex-girlfriend dead at 47

Passengers chip in to pay for plane’s repairs

We know flying comes with extra costs. A pillow, blanket or even meal now come with price tags on top of your fare, but when did having to pay for repairs to the plane start being added to the tab?

A LOT Polish Airlines flight that was scheduled to take off from Beijing Capital Airport couldn’t get into the air when it needed a new pump for the hydraulic system, Metro reported

A Boeing repair person at the airport wouldn’t take the airline’s bank transfer and would only perform the work if they got the cash in hand.

An airline spokesperson said the two companies are supposed to have non-cash transactions only, RT reported.

Passengers were asked to pass the plate by a member of the airline staff, RT reported.

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The effort collected almost $340 to pay for the repair and get the flight in the air.

One passenger on the flight to Warsaw told Metro, “We are at the international airport. I cannot believe that transactions take place here in cash under the table with the mechanic standing next to the plane. Incredible.”

A spokesperson with LOT Polish Airlines told Metro the employee at the Beijing airport refused all payment methods other than cash, leading to confusion. 

The passengers who chipped in got their money back when they landed in Warsaw. They were also given vouchers and may get compensated for the 10-hour wait they had as the repair was made.

As for the employee who asked the passengers for the donations, the company spokesperson said he or she will face disciplinary action, Metro reported.

“There are no circumstances that justify asking money from passengers,” Adrian Kubicki told Metro.

Petition asks Maroon 5 to drop out of Atlanta Super Bowl halftime show

It’s been more than two months since Maroon 5 was announced as the performer for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta, and many are still upset about the selection. An online petition asking the group to step down is making its rounds on the internet. 

» RELATED: People have a lot of feelings about Maroon 5 performing at Atlanta’s Super Bowl 53

The request is urging the band to drop out of the show, because they have “a chance to stand on the right side of history,” the authors wrote. “If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players.”

Many celebrities have reportedly boycotted the Super Bowl to support Colin Kaepernick, the creators noted. Rihanna and Jay-Z turned down the halftime show this year to back the ex-NFL player and other athletes who’ve taken a knee during the national anthem as a symbol of protest against racial injustice in America.

» RELATED: Here’s why Jermaine Dupri thinks it’s a bad idea for celebs to boycott the Super Bowl

“Until the league changes their policy and support (sic) players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL,” the writers continue.

The petitioners even mentioned that Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s lead singer, has supported civil rights in the past. They said he was a strong advocate for LGBT rights and that the group once changed the location of a concert because the venue supported anti-gay marriage laws.

“If the band can take a stand for LGBT rights, they should do the same for these players,” the creators said.

The petition has nearly hit its goal of 50,000 signatures. As of Tuesday morning, about 49,300 had signed the document. 

» RELATED: Here’s who Quavo thinks should perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show

Finns respond with rakish commentary over Trump's comments

People in Finland are raking President Donald Trump over the coals after his comments that the Scandinavian people regularly rake their country’ forests to prevent fire, Time reported.

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Trump praised what he called Finland’s method for preventing catastrophic wildfires while he was viewing areas in California devastated by the worst fires in state history, the magazine reported.

Trump, after speaking with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, said the Finns spend “a lot of time on raking and cleaning,’’ the BBC reported.

Trump reiterated his claim that poor forest management was to blame for the California wildfires, the BBC reported.

"You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it's a whole different story," Trump said. "I was with the president of Finland, and he said: 'We have a much different (sic) … We're a forest nation.' And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem.”

Niinisto told a Finnish daily he could not remember talking about raking when the two met, the BBC reported.

Finland is an environmentally conscious country, but its citizens do not rake their forests to stop fires, The New York Times reported. Instead, officials rely on an early warning system, aerial surveillance and forest roads to keep wildfires in check, the newspaper reported.

Trump’s comments opened the gate for comments on social media, and people in Finland went outside in large numbers to rake leaves while mocking the president.

See some of the jokes tagged with the hashtags “”#RakeNews,” “rake America great again,” and “#Haravointi,” Time reported.

Now casting: Will Smith’s ‘Bad Boys 3’ seeking actors

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame. 

» RELATED: Long-awaited ‘Bad Boys’ 2nd sequel to shoot in Georgia

‘Bad Boys 3’

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be in Atlanta soon to shoot part of “Bad Boys III,” which is currently titled “Bad Boys For Life.” The movie is currently in pre-production, according to the Georgia film office.

What are they looking for?

Casting directors are looking for talent of all ages and ethnicities to submit for speaking roles. They are looking for SAG or SAG eligible actors. A video reel is required.

» RELATED: How to get cast in the TV shows filming in Atlanta right now

When are they filming?

It’s set to shoot from November through February in Atlanta.

How much does it pay?

Details about the pay have not been released. 

How do I submit? 

Go here to apply:

» RELATED: Take these classes and workshops to break into Georgia's film and TV industry

Man stung by stingray dies off Tasmania coast

A 42-year old man died from cardiac arrest Saturday off the coast of Tasmania, apparently after being stung by a stingray, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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The man was swimming east of Hobart, the television station reported. Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, the BBC reported.

While stingrays are not considered dangerous and attacks are rare, one killed Australian conservationist and television star Steve Irwin in 2006, according to the BBC.

The victim, who was not named, “was removed from the water by friends prior to the arrival of emergency services,” The Guardian reported, citing a statement from Tasmanian police. “It was reported he was unaccompanied in the water at the time of sustaining a puncture wound to his lower abdomen.” 

The Australian Museum lists the smooth stingray species as "not aggressive and is often observed by divers," the ABC reported.

"It usually has one venomous spine (the sting) halfway along the tail which is capable of inflicting severe or potentially fatal wounds. This species is sometimes observed raising its tail above its back like a scorpion," the network reported, citing the museum’s website.

Rolling Stones announce U.S. portion of 2019 'No Filter' tour

The Rolling Stones are bringing their No Filter tour to the United States with a 13-date schedule at stadiums beginning April 20, the band said on its website Monday.

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The tour will open at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and will end June 21 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, according to the website.

There will be a presale on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. through the band’s site at Tickets for the general public will go on sale Nov. 30 at 10 a.m., the band said.

The tour also will make stops in Jacksonville, Florida; Seattle; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Pasadena and Santa Clara, California; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the states,” lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement. “The energy is always amazing.”

“I’ve always loved playing in the states,” lead guitarist Keith Richards said in a statement. “It’s a great crowd.”

This will be the iconic rock ’n’ roll band’s first extended U.S. tour since 2015’s Zip Code tour, Rolling Stone reported.

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: 9 must-see photos of the celestial light show

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.

>> On Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: How to see this weekend’s celestial spectacle

Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram

2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram

4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada

Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram

5. Blauen, Germany

Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook

6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana

Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram

7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram

8. Oregon

Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram

9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @_belial, Instagram

Record setter: David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M

A painting by David Hockney fetched $90.3 million Thursday night, a record price for a living artist’s work, The New York Times reported. 

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Hockney’s 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” sold in nine minutes at Christie’s, The Guardian reported.

The British artist’s work topped the previous record of $58.4 million, set in 2013 for one of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” sculptures, the Times reported.

The high bid for the 81-year-old artist’s work was $80 million but soared to $90,312,500 after the buyer’s premium, the Guardian reported.

Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported.

“We rarely can say, ‘This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.’ This is it,” Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan.

The buyer was not identified.

Who was Kim Porter? Diddy’s ex-girlfriend dead at 47

Former model Kim Porter has reportedly died at age 47.

» RELATED: Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

The actress, producer and model, who dated music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs for several years, was found dead in her Los Angeles home, according to TMZ. The publication revealed she had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for several weeks. However, her cause of death is currently unknown. 

Here’s what you should know about Porter.

She is a Georgia native.

Porter was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1971. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1988, according to IMDB. Shortly after earning her diploma, she moved to Atlanta. 

She worked as a model and actress.

The entertainer began her career as a model. She later became an actress, landing small parts in the film “The Brothers,” VH1’s “Single Ladies” and the TV series “Wicked Wicked Games.” She also appeared on Comb's reality show, “I Want to Work for Diddy.”

She began dating Combs in the 1990s.

Porter met Combsin the 1990s when he was an A&R executive at Uptown Records. 

“The first time I saw her, she was at the studio with her ex-boyfriend,” Combs said in a 2006 Essence magazine interview. “I wasn’t trying to holler at her or anything, but I was admiring her—her lips, her eyes, her mouth, her shape, her energy—and thinking, ‘I wish I had a girl like that.'”

The couple dated on-and-off from 1994 to 2007. In that time, Porter gave birth to their son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. The two remained friendly after their breakup. 

She had a child with singer Al B Sure!.

Before dating Combs, she was in a relationship with Grammy-nominated singer Al B. Sure. In 1991, they had a child together, Quincy Brown. He is a singer and actor, who stars on the Fox show “Star,” which is filmed in Atlanta. 

Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” was written about her.

Al B. Sure! was also a producer and songwriter, penning hits for acts including Tevin Campbell and Jodeci. In 1991, he wrote Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” while Porter was pregnant with their son. During an episode of TV One’s “Unsung,” he revealed the tune, which became a No. 1 Billboard 200 hit, was about Porter.

» RELATED: 5 things to know about Sean "Diddy" Combs

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