90 hospitalized at concert featuring Chance the Rapper

More than 90 people were hospitalized during a concert Friday night featuring Chance the Rapper, authorities said.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday that officers made 50 underage drinking referrals at Hot 93.7’s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre. Most of those charged were issued a summons to appear in court. Several other arrests were made throughout the evening.

The crowd was apparently made up of people in their late teens and early 20s, Foley said. Tailgating, partying and excessive alcohol consumption was “extremely prevalent,” he said.

Foley said a large number of people hospitalized were underage attendees experiencing “severe intoxication.”

— Associated Press

A 5-year-old boy whose reaction to learning he’d be receiving a new heart captivated people on social media earlier this year, died Friday evening in Massachusetts, his family said.

Ari Schultz died while listening to his beloved Boston Red Sox, his family said on Facebook. The post did not give the cause of death.

Ari, who was born with a heart syndrome, waited more than 200 days for a heart transplant at a Boston hospital in March. His parents had posted a YouTube video of them telling him he was getting a new heart. It drew more than 450,000 views.

Ari’s father said in the post that Ari had a seizure Thursday and was taken to the hospital. He was later placed on life support.

— Associated Press

The NAACP announced a new interim leader Saturday, along with a nationwide listening tour that will allow the group to talk to local members and determine the future of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.

Derrick Johnson, vice chair of the NAACP board of directors, will be interim president and chief executive officer, officials announced at the 108th national convention in Baltimore.

Leon Russell, national board chairman, said the NAACP needs to figure out how best to support communities working on issues like police brutality, redistricting and voter suppression.

— Associated Press

Mother gets life in twins’ death: An Arizona woman with mental problems has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years in the 2015 drowning deaths of her 2-year-old twins and the attempted killing of a 3-year-old son at their home. Judge Bradley Astrowsky of Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced Mireya Alejandra Lopez, 24, on Friday after finding her guilty but insane on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Same-sex couples’ suit dismissed: Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled Friday. The ruling dismissed a lawsuit brought by four married lesbian couples over a state law requiring the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle said the couples didn’t prove their rights had been violated.

— From news reports

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