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Ron Artest plans to attend name-change hearing

September 15, 2011 |  5:56 pm

Ron Artest

Lakers forward Ron Artest will find out first-hand whether he will become Metta World Peace.

His publicist, Courtney Barnes, told The Times that Artest plans to attend Friday's hearing at L.A. Superior Court, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Artest had an Aug. 26 hearing postponed because of two traffic tickets, but Barnes said that shouldn't be an issue.

"It's all resolved," he said.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Ron Artest. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.