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Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports.

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Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face and broke his nose.

Jason originally received stitches. While at a doctor’s office for a follow-up two days later to remove the tubes and packing in his nose, his nose began to bleed uncontrollably. A CT scan showed the fracture was worse than realized and there was a tear inside his nose, The Associated Press reported. Since then, doctors were working on controlling the bleeding.

Keith Lockhart, who played with the Braves from 1997 to 2002 and is now a scout with the Chicago Cubs, has provided updates on social media and asked for prayers for his son.

Jason underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his nose, but the bleeding persisted. 

According to a Facebook post by Lockhart’s daughter, Sydney, who also has been providing updates on her brother’s condition, Jason was placed on life support Friday. 

In part, she wrote on Facebook:

“Last night they were able to put Jason into a paralytic state through meds and machines. This has helped stop any movement that could encourage or cause a bleed to begin.”

The bleeding, however, continued.

On Sunday night, Keith Lockhart wrote on Twitter that doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital were closing in on a possible cause for the bleeding:

Late on Sunday, Sydney Lockhart wrote on her Facebook page:

The doctors decided to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today. They went in to his arteries and blood vessels and found the two most practical areas that could be feeding the areas where Jason has been bleeding. They went into both arteries on each side of his nose and cut off the blood supply. They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding. The surgery was a couple of hours long and Jason is now resting still on the ventilator to keep his vitals monitored and keep him comfortable. They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding. We are tired here but hopeful. The prayers and support that everyone has given to us is overwhelming and we are truly touched. Thank you so much. WE FEEL SO SURROUNDED

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

Dali's bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test

A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist's estate.

Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealist art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres.

Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader from the nearby city of Girona who was born in 1956, says she is the offspring of an affair between Dali and her mother, Antonia.

At the time of the alleged affair, Dali was married to his muse, Gala, who died seven years before the painter. Gala had a daughter from an earlier marriage but the couple had no children of their own. Upon his death, at age 84, Dali bestowed his estate to the Spanish state.

On Monday, a Madrid court statement said that tests with DNA from Dali's embalmed body were necessary because there were no other existing biological remains with which to make a genetic comparison.

Abel's court litigation started in 2015 when she sued the Ministry of Finance, as the trustee of Dali's estate, and the Gala Dali Foundation that was created to administer it.

"What she wants is to have a result of the tests with full guarantee in order to finish with this as soon as possible," Abel's lawyer Enrique Blanquez told The Associated Press.

If there's a match, Abel could use Dali as her surname and pursue further legal action to claim her rights over the artist's work and property, which according to regional laws could amount to 25 percent of all of the estate.

The Gala Dali Foundation will appeal Monday's decision, foundation spokeswoman Imma Parada said in an e-mailed statement.

But according to Blanquez, the appeal could not immediately stop the exhuming of Dali's remains.

The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 18, the lawyer said.

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AP writer Ciaran Giles contributed to this story.

JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

Wizarding legend Harry Potter's tale has turned 20.

Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997.

Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. The books' magical world has inspired multiple films, spinoffs, memorabilia and amusement park attractions. The White Elephant Cafe, the Edinburgh spot where Rowling wrote the first book, has become an international tourist destination.

"20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others," Rowling tweeted. "It's been wonderful. Thank you."

Rowling's publisher, Bloomsbury, will release four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary.

Oprah picks debut novel 'Behold the Dreamers' for book club

Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel "Behold the Dreamers" is Oprah Winfrey's latest selection, owes her career in part to the talk-show host.

"Years ago, I went to the library one day in Falls Church, Virginia, to borrow a book and saw a shelf that only had Oprah book club picks," Mbue, 36, told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "And one of the books that caught my eye was Toni Morrison's 'Song of Solomon.' And after reading it, I was very much in awe of it (and) thought maybe I would try writing, too."

Mbue's "Behold the Dreamers" was published in 2016 and won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, an honor previously given to Philip Roth and Ann Patchett, among others. The book tells of an immigrant from Cameroon who becomes the chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive not long before the 2008 financial crisis. In Monday's announcement to The Associated Press, made jointly by Winfrey's OWN network and "O'' magazine, Winfrey said "Behold the Dreamers" was both topical and timeless.

"It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the Us vs. Them mentality," she said in a video. "And underneath it all comes the heart and soul of family, love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means."

Winfrey has championed other debut works in recent years, including Ayana Mathis' "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" and Cynthia Bond's "Ruby." She began her club in 1996 and has helped dozens of books become best-sellers. Last year, she provided a major boost to Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," which went on to receive the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Within hours of Monday's announcement, "Behold the Dreamers" had jumped from No. 2,493 to No. 6 on Amazon.com's best-seller list.

Mbue's novel was partly based on personal experience. A native of Cameroon, Mbue is a New York City resident who lost her job working in a media marketing department after the crash and wondered how others managed, including the drivers she saw parked in front of the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan.

Mbue has remained a fan of Winfrey's club, reading such selections as Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible" and Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex," while never imagining she would be invited to the inner circle. When Mbue was told this spring that she would be hearing from someone at "O'' magazine, she assumed they wanted her to review a book.

"And then the phone rings and I hear, 'Hi, Imbolo, it's Oprah,' and she said my book was her next selection," Mbue recalled. "And I really lost it. I was screaming, 'Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!'"

Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it

Former first lady Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance via video message at Sunday night’s BET Awards and Twitter is still overflowing with feelings.

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“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” she said as Chance The Rapper was honored with the Humanitarian Award, recognizing his activism and philanthropic work in Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, Chance.

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“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways,” she continued. “In addition to making some really amazing music Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago.”

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The video clip, which highlights Chance’s work with the young people of Chicago and concludes with Obama’s remarks, is online here.

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Twitter users working to process their emotions turned to GIF therapy:

“Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve,” the former first lady concluded. “With these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter, that they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country. Chance, you are an outstanding role model and an inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves, fulfilling their God-given potential and then reaching back and lifting up other people along the way.

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“I can think of no greater legacy to leave. And I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call you my friend.”

Prince Philip back in the driver's seat with Queen Elizabeth II after hospitalization

Prince Philip is back behind the wheel following his brief hospitalization.

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Last week, the 96-year-old royal was hospitalized for a two-night stay for an infection stemming from a “pre-existing condition” but has since been released. According to People, he was spotted driving his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, on Sunday.

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The royal couple was reportedly on their way to watch granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of Prince Edward, participate in a Guards Polo Club event.

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Officials stated that Prince Philip was in “good spirits” during his hospital stay and was sad to miss the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday and one day of the Royal Ascot horse race.

In May, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip would be taking a step back from his royal duties after 70 years of public service.

Dunwoody officer helps driver pick out car seat for his child after traffic stop

DUNWOODY, Ga. – The Dunwoody Police Department is recognizing one of its officers for turning a traffic stop into a teaching moment. Officer Jeffrey Leach stopped an SUV after noticing a child in a car without a car seat. The officer learned the driver did not have a car seat for his youngest child, the department said in a Facebook post Saturday. “Rather than just issue a citation, Officer Leach used the stop as a teaching moment,” the post said. Leach offered the driver a chance to accompany him to Target to buy a car seat. “Leach is one of our car seat installation technicians, so he knows a thing or two about child car seats and their installation. The driver happily agreed and agreed to share his story. Officer Leach helped the driver pick out the perfect seat and installed it,” the department said. “We’re super proud of Officer Leach for exercising a little compassion and helping keep our Dunwoody streets safe.”  (Source: WSB-TV)

Floating Eggs & Other Food Hacks

I called my wife to ask her whether or not the eggs in the fridge were fresh enough to eat.  She said “I have no clue, put them in a bowl of water… if they’re good enough to eat, they’ll sink to the bottom of the bowl.  If they float, they’re bad!  What???  How have I gone all this time not knowing this? Here are a couple other food hacks that’ll make your life easier this summer: How to tell if an avocado is perfectly ripe Have a hack to tell us about?  Email here!

WATCH: Xscape reunites for performance at BET Awards

Consider the Xscape reunion launched.

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Performing for the first time in 18 years, the original quartet of Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris hit the stage at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Wearing various forms of sequins and sparkles, the ladies thrilled the crowd with a throwback medley of their '90s-era hits “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run To” and “Just Kickin’ It.”

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The public return is the first step of the Xscape reunion roll-out.

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Since confirming their reunion in March, the foursome has announced a performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans in July (and two dates immediately following in Detroit) and plans for a reality show on Bravo.

Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards

CHANCE'S GOOD WORK

At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper was honored as a humanitarian during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, with accolades from the Obamas to Kendrick Lamar.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a taped message for the rapper, saying he was an "outstanding role model" she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, had known since he was a "wee little baby rapper." Lamar gave him a shout-out later on as well, saying Chance was just getting started.

Chance acknowledged that the honor felt early in his young career. But he said, "My God doesn't make mistakes. And I like to think he puts this immense pressure on me to see how I react. "

His wide-ranging speech, which he said was off the cuff, called out several institutions, including the federal government, the Chicago public school system and the judicial system. But he ended by saying he wanted simply to be a better father and person.

"I am a good man, and I will be a better man," he said.

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MARS' LATE RECOGNITION

Bruno Mars had a big night with his first-ever BET Award for best male R&B/pop artist, which seems a little late in coming for a star whose been putting out multiplatinum albums and hit singles for years.

The singer though was grateful to the network for giving him his first-ever award, a Soul Train honor for the collaboration he did with B.o.B "Nothin' On You."

"Ever since then, BET has shown me nothing but love and support of my career throughout the years," Mars said in his acceptance speech.

Mars, who was nominated for four awards that night, kicked off the show with an energetic and fun performance of his song "Perm," with his band the Hooligans, all performing and singing in perfect synchronization.

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THE FEUD CONTINUES

Remy Ma ended Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak for best female hip hop artist at the BET Awards and further extended a rivalry that has been going on for years.

Ma took home the award at the end of the four-hour award show in one of the night's most anticipated award announcements.

Ma, who served six years in jail for a shooting, thanked God and named two correctional facilities in her speech and told others that they can come back.

"It's hard, but you can do it," Ma said. "You can make mistakes and come back."

In March, Ma released the diss track "Shether," which was hostile toward Minaj and earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song, and she wasn't at the BET Awards on Sunday.

Ma ended by quoting from one of her songs with Fat Joe and walked away with the award high in her hands.

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'90s NOSTALGIA PARTY

The BET Awards paid tribute to two '90s era groups with extended performances of soulful, harmony-laced R&B.

The all-female quartet Xscape, featuring LaTocha and Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, reunited at the award show with a medley of their hits including "Just Kickin' It," ''Understanding" and "Who Can I Run To?"

A lifetime achievement tribute to New Edition came in a three-part performance with help from the actors from the BET biopic about the band. It started with the child actors singing "Candy Girl," later followed by the older actors for some of the band's hits apart from the group, including BBD's "Poison" and Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity."

Finally the real group, clad all in white suits, hit the stage to sing together again with the finale for all the singers and actors together on "If It Isn't Love."

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THE SISTER ACT

Beyonce was the leading nominee of the night with seven, but she was not in attendance. She reportedly had her twins earlier this month, but she hasn't publicly commented on it.

Still Beyonce had words to share when she won the viewers' choice award through a young duo, Chloe x Halle, that the pop star asked to pick up her award.

"This has been a journey of love, of celebrating our culture, honoring the past, and approaching the present and future with hope and resolve," Beyonce said in the letter.

Her younger sister, Solange, also picked up the Centric award and celebrated her birthday after turning 31 on Saturday.

"My armpits are sweating so much right now," Solange said.

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POLICE VIOLENCE

Some of the artists reflected on police violence against blacks during the awards show, which came just days after a police officer in Minnesota was acquitted in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

Solange had a moment of silence for "the lives of our brothers and sisters that we have lost due to brutality and violence," during a presentation to honor activist Tamika Mallory.

"Black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi, who won the young stars award, noted in her acceptance speech that the night was also the birthday of Tamir Rice, who was 12 when he was shot in Cleveland in 2014.

"So in the midst of this celebration, I'd love to honor his life," Shahidi said.

Actors from the upcoming film "Detroit" also listed names of black men and women killed by police and others, including Castile.

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