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No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

Ron Artest Parade

Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day.

Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it.

But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the Associated Press explains.

A Los Angeles court commissioner delayed ruling on a name change petition by the Lakers forward until Sept. 16. Superior Court spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez says the court cited Artest’s outstanding traffic warrants as the reason for the delay.

If we’ve all waited this long for World Peace, we can wait another few weeks, can’t we?