Around the industry: Confederate statues painted with 'Black Lives Matter'

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  • California: Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested after an alleged confrontation Monday in an athletic complex at the University of California-Los Angeles, where his son plays football. According to police, Combs used a kettlebell, a piece of weightlifting equipment, during the confrontation. Representatives for Combs say his actions were taken in self-defense. The other person in the conflict has not been identified, but police say no one was seriously injured. Combs has been released on bail (AP/U.S. News & World Report, 6/23).
  • North Carolina: William Aycock, venerated former chancellor of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, died Saturday at age 99. Aycock is remembered for his public activism against a 1963 ban on Communist speakers on campus and for an impassioned speech defending the mission of a liberal arts university he made to the state legislature in 1957 (Murawski, News & Observer, 6/21).
  • Texas: Greg Fenves, president of the University of Texas at Austin, announced a task force on Tuesday that will decide whether to remove three statues of Confederate leaders on campus. The night before, the three statues had been painted with graffiti reading "Black Lives Matter." In March, the student body president and vice-president vowed to force the removal of one of the statues, which commemorates Jefferson Davis (Watkins, Texas Tribune, 6/23).       

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