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Arrest made in killing of brother of popular Atlanta music producer Drumma Boy

Nearly one year after the brother of popular Atlanta music producer Drumma Boy was shot and killed, the FBI has made an arrest in the case.

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Syranard Eugene Watson, 28, was captured Friday morning in Gwinnett County on a charge of felony murder in connection with the Feb. 10, 2018, shooting death of Ferrell Miles.

The FBI identified Watson as a suspect in the case weeks after the deadly shooting outside of House of Fresh, Drumma Boy’s northwest Atlanta clothing boutique. The federal agency released Watson’s picture last March, hoping someone would recognize him.

It was a Crime Stoppers tip that gave agents the break they needed in the case, FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson said.

That tip led authorities to a residence in the 1200 block of Thorncliff Court in Lawrenceville, where Watson was taken into custody.

>>Related: Brother of Atlanta music producer killed in shooting

According to police, Watson shot Miles several times following an argument outside of the clothing store in the 1700 block of Howell Mill Road. Witnesses told police he sped from the scene in a black sedan.

Miles, 48, of Atlanta, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. In music circles, Miles went by the name Ensayne Wayne. He worked with Three 6 Mafia, 8Ball and MJG and Lil Wayne. He produced the beat for "Shawty," the 2008 hit from rappers Plies and T-Pain.

>> Related: FBI seeks man accused of killing Atlanta music producer's brother

In an Instagram post shortly after the deadly shooting, Drumma Boy wrote: “I lost the first person I ever looked up (to) in life ... the first person I ever wanted to be like ... my big blood-brother.”

Saints owner Gayle Benson responds to fumbled interference call

As thousands of football fans sign a petition calling for a rematch, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson responded Monday to the uproar surrounding a failed interference call in Sunday’s NFC championship game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams that may have cost the Saints a Super Bowl berth.

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The controversial call occurred in the final minutes of a tied game when referees missed an obvious pass interference call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman when he appeared to make helmet-to-helmet contact with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. The Rams went on to beat the Saints 26-23 in overtime.

Benson said the results of the game were “difficult to accept.”

>> Related: Saints fans blast officials over missed pass interference call in NFC championship loss

“I am thoroughly disappointed by the events that led to the outcome of yesterday’s game,” she said in a statement.

“No team should ever be denied the opportunity to reach the title game (or simply win a game) based on the actions, or inactions, of those charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field. As is clear to all who watched the game, it is undeniable that our team and fans were unfairly deprived of that opportunity.” 

Benson said she’s been in touch with the NFL and “will aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again.”

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The NFL is expected to discuss whether to make pass-interference penalties reviewable, something that is not done now, according to ESPN, citing The Washington Post, which reported such a rule change is expected to be “discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review.”

Notre Dame to cover up murals of Columbus in the New World

The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school's president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers.

The 12 murals created in the 1880s by Luis Gregori were intended to encourage immigrants who had come to the U.S. during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment. But they conceal another side of Columbus: the exploitation and repression of Native Americans , said the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame.

It is a "darker side of this story, a side we must acknowledge," Jenkins said in a letter Sunday.

The murals in the Catholic university's Main Building are painted directly on walls. Jenkins said they will be covered, although they still could be occasionally displayed. A permanent display of photos of the paintings will be created elsewhere with an explanation of their context.

"We wish to preserve artistic works originally intended to celebrate immigrant Catholics who were marginalized at the time in society, but do so in a way that avoids unintentionally marginalizing others," Jenkins said.

In 2017, more than 300 students, employees and Notre Dame alumni signed a letter in the campus newspaper that called for the removal of the murals.

The president of the Native American Student Association praised Jenkins' decision.

"This is a good step towards acknowledging the full humanity of those native people who have come before us," said Marcus Winchester-Jones of Dowagiac, Michigan.

But Notre Dame law student Grant Strobl said the decision was disappointing.

"If we adopt the standard of judging previous generations by current standards, we may reach a point where there are no longer accomplishments to celebrate," Strobl said.

Inside a big top, Dior puts on circus-themed couture

Dior drew inspiration from the top of the big top for a playful couture show held Monday in Paris, where models inside a circus-style tent walked through a human arch made of moving acrobats.

The theme seemed to well serve designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has struggled to fly in recent seasons.

The acrobatics also dovetailed with some of the recent film roles of Dior's VIP guest, British actress Felicity Jones, who explained all to The Associated Press.

Here are some highlights of Monday's spring-summer 2019 couture collections in Paris.

DIOR CIRCUS

Hundreds of vintage light bulbs like the ones used at fairgrounds lit up Dior's life-sized circus and a giant wooden pole held up the big top. Guests at the show inside the Rodin Museum gardens gawped at the decor.

Acrobats dressed in the black-and-white costumes of Pierrot, the clown character from French pantomime, entered the stage area on each other's shoulders to begin the whimsical collection that riffed on the circus theme.

Dior has had a long history with the big top — from a famous 1955 photo shoot with elephants in Paris' Winter Circus to the circus theme picked for one of former designer John Galliano's most memorable shows.

And the circus seems to have provided Chiuri, who's struggled to take off since taking Dior's creative helm in 2016, the perfect muse to unlock her creativity.

It was light and fun, without being heavy-handed or overly literal.

A model in a chic sequined helmet wore a white origami skirt inspired by a clown's ruff and featuring a slightly dropped waist.

A clown's multi-colored costume spawned a fantastic knitted tulle playsuit with a stylish Juliette sleeve — a shape repeated throughout the 68-look collection.

Another tulle jumpsuit sported a multi-colored streak in satin bands and dramatically square shoulders.

It was worn atop a "tattooed" body suit that conjured up images of Victorian-era circus performers, one of many details that gave this collection a historic depth.

FELICITY JONES ON ACROBATS

Felicity Jones spoke to the AP from under Dior's big top and said she coincidentally she had just finished playing an acrobat for a movie called "The Aeronauts" that reunited with "The Theory of Everything" co-star Eddie Redmayne.

"This set is so fitting. It's obviously in the air," she said, smiling.

The feminist edge Chiuri has brought to Dior since becoming the first female designer in house history also mirrored the "kick-ass women" Jones chooses to play, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the biopic "On the Basis of Sex."

"She's a formidable woman. She's someone who's changed the face of gender equality in the world, so it was an enormous privilege to be playing her," Jones added.

IRIS VAN HERPEN TAKES FLIGHT

Dutch wunderkind Iris Van Herpen's couture took flight in the Palais de Beaux Arts in Paris' chic Left Bank.

The show evoked winged forms and organic life, and was inspired by visual artist Kim Keever, who drops paint pigment into water.

The arty setting was an appropriate backdrop for the sculptural creations that seemed to borrow from works housed at the Louvre, located hundreds of meters (yards) away.

An organic cobalt blue gown featured bare shoulders and a pair of pleated wings that created a highly dramatic dynamic, similar to the Louvre's famed Hellenistic sculpture, The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Elsewhere, the marbled form of insects — or perhaps the intricate molecular structures of stones and crystals? — were reflected in a beautiful series of draped and loosely fitted silk gowns.

Long Asian sleeves on vivid red and pearly white dresses added elegance and an opportunity to create an interesting trapeze silhouette.

Van Herpen is a couture poet.

SCHIAPARELLI IS WHIMSICAL

Whimsical would be the word to best describe Schiaparelli's spring-summer couture. Designer Bertrand Guyon presented a fantastical universe of sheeny silks, softly architectural silhouettes and beautiful colors.

The embellishments and shimmering embroideries on diverse designs were more than a match for the gilded gold of the show venue, Paris' ornate Garnier Opera House.

Anachronism and contrast ruled.

Cowboy boots cut a dramatic style below a medieval mini dress with speckled and billowing Juliette sleeves.

A 1950s bar jacket and peplum ensemble and contemporary pants sported floral scenes that made it appear the pieces were used as a painter's canvas.

And colored feathers that embellished several dresses gave the collection a dreamy quality as they slowly floated by, with the occasional plume falling gently to the ground.

LANVIN APPOINTS NEW DESIGNER

Lanvin, the world's oldest continually running couture house, has suffered creative turbulence and questions about its direction ever since the departure of lauded couturier Alber Elbaz in 2015.

Since then, there has been a steady stream of disappointing designers whose collections have prompted lukewarm reviews.

On Monday, the house named a new creative director: Bruno Sialelli.

"After a thorough and extensive application process involving an incredible array of talented designers," Sialelli's profile was that which embodied best "this new chapter in the house's history," Lanvin said.

Sialelli was poached from his position as the men's design director for Loewe.

He said he aims to bring "emotions through compelling stories" and to define "a modern attitude" while continuing Lanvin's iconic legacy.

The French hold a precious place in their hearts and culture for Lanvin, founded in 1889 by female fashion trailblazer Jeanne Lanvin.

RALPH AND RUSSO GO FULL-ON RED CARPET

Red carpet favorites Ralph and Russo unabashedly turned on the Hollywood glitz Monday.

A thousand-watt showbiz lights at the foot of the runway spelled out the surnames of creative partners Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, as couture looks spilled out in va-va-voom haute glamour.

Day wear was reasonably restrained, featuring details such as a snake embellishment across a tight double-breasted jacket in malachite or a circular hat with an oversize rim.

But for the evening, the house put away its subtlety and got out its tulles, feathers and skin-baring bodices in black, white and neon pink. They will soon likely crop up on a red carpet in the French Riviera.

Despite being relative fashion newcomers — they have already had star clients like Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez.

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Trump tweets late Hall of Fame support for Curt Schilling

President Donald Trump made a late push for former major league pitcher Curt Schilling to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, tweeting Sunday night that the right-hander had a “Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most.”

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The endorsement came three weeks too late, however, as ballots for the Hall of Fame were due Dec. 31, Sports Illustrated reported. 

The results of the votes will be announced Tuesday, and the new members will be inducted July 21 in Cooperstown, New York.

Schilling, 52, is an outspoken conservative and Trump supporter. He appeared in four World Series, winning with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He also appeared in the 1993 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies.Schilling had a 162-111 record during his 20-year major league career, but was 11-2 during the postseason and won four of five World Series decisions. He is considered an outside shot to earn election to Cooperstown this year, according to Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker. 

Schilling has appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot every year since 2013 but has only received a high of 52.3 percent support, Sports Illustrated reported.

Geddy Lee Refuses to 'Live Off the Fumes' Of His Past: Exclusive Interview

Geddy Lee talks about his new book and what his post-Rush future looks like so far.

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Jimmy Buffett drops mic after singing national anthem at NFC title game

Singer Jimmy Buffett caused a stir on social media after his a cappella performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s NFC Championship game, several media outlets reported.

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Reactions were mixed after Buffett’s emphatic drop before the New Orleans Saints hosted the Los Angeles Rams. After the final line of the song, the “Margaritaville” singer raised his right arm and dropped the microphone near the 50-yard line, Rolling Stone reported.

“Wonderful honor. Thank you,” Buffett posted on Twitter.

Buffett’s actions were met with sharp criticism by some.

“Wow. One of the worst renditions of all time. Awful,” New England Patriots color analyst Scott Zolak tweeted.

“Are Jimmy Buffet (sic) concerts as bad as his national anthem?” People quoted one social media poster.

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“Bring in Danny DeVito for the Super Bowl. America is ready,” tweeted Foster the People.

A representative for Buffett “did not immediately return a request for comment,” Fox News reported.

Here is a sampling of reactions posted on social media.

Huey Lewis and the News Sign Deal for First Album in 10 Years

10th LP due for release in the spring, although doubts remain over frontman’s ability to tour.

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