Thousands view rapper’s casket

Thousands of fans of the late rapper XXXTentacion chanted his lyrics and made “X” signs at a Florida stadium Wednesday as people lined up for hours to file past a casket where he was laid out in a denim jacket and with two braids splayed over the side.

Security guards flanked both sides of the casket, surrounded by black roses and silver leaves, and a row of spotlights lit the stage at the 20,000-seat BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Loudspeakers at the viewing blasted songs by the rapper, who was gunned down last week at age 20 while departing a motorcycle shop in his luxury electric sports car in what police said was an apparent robbery. Police have arrested one suspect and on Wednesday identified another man as a person of interest.

‘Today’ show marks milestone

Matt who? NBC is marking six months with its new team of Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb at the Today show, a pairing made necessary by Matt Lauer’s firing on sexual misconduct charges.

By the numbers, it has gone well. The show is down 2 percent in viewers compared with last year at the same time, a rate of decline slower than rivals Good Morning America on ABC and CBS This Morning. Still, NBC consistently trails ABC for first place.

Guthrie said the new team has given Today the chance to be bold and not always be hemmed in by the way things used to be.

Comedian’s museum gets funds

Months after California legalized recreational marijuana, the state is giving stoner comedian Cheech Marin’s Chicano art museum $9.7 million. It must be fate.

The money was tucked away in the $139 billion California budget Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry is scheduled to open in 2020 in Riverside. It will include about 700 paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works from Marin’s personal collection.