DR. ANTHONY FAUCI THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AS BASEBALL RETURNS DURING PANDEMIC
WASHINGTON (AP) – For months as the U.S. struggled to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about “flattening the curve.” But when he got the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to open the major league baseball season, Fauci unleashed what can only be a curvy delivery that fell flat. Decked out in Washington Nationals gear – including a face mask with the team logo – Fauci went to the mound to throw out the pitch – but his awkward right-handed toss sailed well left of its target and dribbled into foul territory between home plate and first base, where it was retrieved by Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle.
BASEBALL TAKES UP BLACK LIVES MATTER CAUSE AS SEASON BEGINS
UNDATED (AP) – If someone told you at the end of last baseball season that when this season began, teams, players and managers would be expressing on-field support for the Black Lives Matter movement – you might have said they were crazy. But a lot of things about 2020 have been unusual, including the support for an end to police brutality and racism displayed during Opening Day yesterday. In Washington, players from the Nationals and the New York Yankees went to one knee in a semi-circle, each clutching part of a black banner to symbolize racial unity. Several players from the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants took to a knee before the start of their opener – and the players did a similar banner kneel. And in Boston, team officials put up a 250-foot-long sign in support of Black Lives Matter outside Fenway Park, where it is visible by fans passing by outside.
THEATERS IMPLORE HOLLYWOOD TO RELEASE THE BLOCKBUSTERS
NEW YORK (AP) – Think you’re among those desperate to see a blockbuster movie in a theater? Imagine what it’s like to be a theater owner – or owner of a theater chain. As the coronavirus pandemic continues with no sign of abating, theaters are starting to ask studios what movie fans have been asking for months: where are the big movies? Hollywood has been mothballing its biggest movies instead of releasing them in theaters – or putting them on streaming portals. Theaters are now calling for Hollywood to release some hit films so moviegoers will have movies to go see.
AMBER HEARD FINISHES TESTIMONY IN JOHNNY DEPP’S LIBEL SUIT
LONDON (AP) – Amber Heard says she didn’t set out to air all the dirty laundry in her tumultuous marriage to fellow actor Johnny Depp. But because she was on the stand on trial – and under oath – she says she told the truth about what happened. Heard finished a fourth and final day of testimony yesterday in a libel suit filed by Depp against the Sun tabloid. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star objected to the newspaper calling him a “wife-beater.” Attorneys for the tabloid called Heard to the stand to talk about the marriage – and she related more than a few cases in which she said Depp was violent toward her. Next week, the trial moves to final arguments, and ultimately closer to a verdict.
DEMI LOVATO AND MAX EHRICH ARE ENGAGED
NEW YORK (AP) – A pair of singer-actors are looking to forge a harmonious relationship as a married couple. Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich are engaged. They announced their planned union yesterday, posting the news on their Instagram accounts. The couple began dating earlier this year. Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer who also starred in the Disney Channel musical “Camp Rock.” Ehrich is a regular on “The Young and the Restless,” where his work has earned him multiple Daytime Emmy nominations.
PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE SUE TO STOP PUBLICATION OF THEIR SON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be living on a different continent these days – but they’re still fighting for their privacy. The royal couple has sued to stop the sale and publication of a photo of their son, Archie. The lawsuit alleges the photo was shot at the couple’s Los Angeles-area home – but wasn’t authorized. They say the photographer either shot the image from hundreds of yards away – or deployed a drone. Either way, they don’t want it in the papers. In their lawsuit, the couple says they are going to court to stop what they call “the relentless and quite frankly shocking efforts of the tabloid media” to profit off the invasion of their family’s privacy.