TRINI LOPEZ, 1960S-ERA SINGER MENTORED BY SINATRA, DIES
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) – Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, has died. He was 83. Filmmaker P. David Ebersole confirms that Lopez died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19. Lopez was mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra and became an international star, performing in English and Spanish. Unlike Mexican American singers such as Ritchie Valens, Lopez rejected advice to change his name. Lopez crossed over into acting, appearing in the World War II drama “The Dirty Dozen,” the comedy “The Phynx” and credits on television’s “Adam-12.”
COSBY SEX ASSAULT APPEAL TAKES ON NON-PROSECUTION DEAL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Bill Cosby’s lawyers are arguing in a new appeals filing that it was “fundamentally unfair” to let prosecutors use Cosby’s damaging deposition from a sex accuser’s lawsuit against him at trial. The filing made Tuesday largely focuses on what Cosby believes was a binding promise from a district attorney that he wouldn’t be charged in the case. A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County district attorney’s office isn’t commenting but says prosecutors will file a response within a month. The 83-year-old Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for three counts of felony sex assault.
‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ TOPS RATINGS, LOSES COWELL FOR NOW
“America’s Got Talent” topped the ratings last week but faces the absence of Simon Cowell, who was seriously injured in an electric bicycle accident. Cowell is the NBC talent contest’s creator and linchpin of its judging panel. He underwent surgery for a broken back last Saturday, just before the show kicked off its live episodes this week. Fox News Channel continued its summer ratings romp, with Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity’s shows combining to hold nine of the top 20 prime-time slots among all viewers. Broadcaster networks, mostly relying on scripted reruns mixed in with reality shows, were in their usual seasonal slump.
BROKEN CABLE DAMAGES GIANT RADIO TELESCOPE IN PUERTO RICO
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A broken cable has caused severe damage at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, causing operations to be suspended for one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes in the world. The University of Central Florida manages the National Science Foundation facility and said in a statement Tuesday that a cable that helps support a metal platform broke and caused a 100-foot (30-meter) gash on a reflector dish. The cost of the damage wasn’t immediately known. Scientists worldwide use the telescope to detect radio emissions emitted by objects such as stars and galaxies. It has been featured in the Jodie Foster film “Contact” and the James Bond movie “GoldenEye.”