CITY NAMING SEWAGE PLANT AFTER JOHN OLIVER
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut town’s officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city – they’re naming the local sewage treatment plant after him. Mayor Mark Boughton announced the tongue-in-cheek move in a video posted on his Facebook page on Saturday. The new name comes after a recent episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in which he explored the racial disparities in the jury selection process, citing problems in a few Connecticut towns. It wasn’t exactly clear what prompted Oliver to go off on Danbury. An agent for Oliver did not return a message Sunday.
FIRE THAT TORE THROUGH RACHAEL RAY’S HOUSE BEGAN IN CHIMNEY
LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) – A fire that tore through celebrity chef Rachael Ray’s upstate New York home started in a fireplace chimney. The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control says the August 9 fire at the house in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was accidental. The blaze sent flames through the roof of the home, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Albany, New York. More than a dozen local fire departments worked to put out the flames. No firefighters or anyone from the household was injured. Ray had been filming two days a week from her home since April, with her husband working as the show’s cameraman and producer.
FORMER ‘GLEE’ STAR LEA MICHELE GIVES BIRTH TO BABY BOY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lea Michele is a mom of a baby boy. A representative for Michele said Sunday that the former “Glee” star gave birth to her son on Aug. 20. She and her husband Zandy Reich welcomed their first child together. Michele announced her pregnancy on Instagram in May. She shared a photo of her baby bump with the caption “So grateful.” The couple married last year.
MORMON CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The annual Christmas concert by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ choir has been canceled because of lingering concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s holiday concert announced Friday by church officials is the latest sign that disruptions to normal religious activity will continue through the holidays. The Christmas concert has been held for decades without disruption. It features guest performers such as roadway star Kelli O’Hara last year. It’s uncertain how the cancellation will affect PBS, which traditionally broadcasts in December the previous year’s concert.
FILM SHOWS TRAILBLAZING BLACK FEMALE EDITOR, VP CANDIDATE
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) – Kamala Harris made history last week by becoming the first Black woman to be nominated to run for vice president on a major party’s ticket. But the first Black woman to run for vice president in the nation’s history was trailblazing newspaperwoman Charlotta Spears Bass. The groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist who ran in 1952 on the Progressive Party ticket is the subject of a new PBS/WNET “American Masters” short. It’s the final installment of a series focusing on American women. Filmmakers Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley say they wanted to introduce Bass to a new generation. The short is scheduled for release Wednesday.
FORMER CHICAGO, LAS VEGAS MOBSTER FRANK CULLOTTA DIES AT 81
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Frank Cullotta, a former mobster turned government witness who had a cameo role in the 1995 movie “Casino” and later was a Las Vegas mob museum tour guide, has died. He was 81. The Mob Museum says Cullotta died Thursday in a Las Vegas hospital from coronavirus complications. In “Casino,” he had a bit role as a hitman who carries out several murders. Cullotta arrived in Las Vegas from Chicago in 1979 and later admitted to killing a former friend and grand jury witness suspected of informing on a money exchange scam he was working on.