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Ron Artest now Metta World Peace

Updated: September 16, 2011, 3:51 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Let there be peace.

As in Metta World Peace.

A brief hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday morning made it official -- Ron Artest has changed his name to Metta World Peace.

According to Artest's publicist, Courtney Barnes, Artest was not present for the ruling, but his attorney, Nahla Rajan, represented her client in front of commissioner Matthew C. St. George.

"[Rajan] walked up, the judge said, 'We understand he wants to change his name ...

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