DWAYNE JOHNSON, FAMILY, HAD CORONAVIRUS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The man who rose to fame as the pro wrestler called “The Rock” says he and his family were pinned down for a while by the coronavirus. Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to post a long video to talk about his family’s ordeal. He says he, his wife and his two young daughters were stricken by COVID-19, the disease spawned by the new coronavirus. He says he was shocked to hear they all had the disease – and that dealing with the illness was “one of the most challenging and difficult things” they’ve had to endure. He says he and his wife had a “rough go” of it with the virus. But he says his daughters “bounced back” quickly after having sore throats.
KANYE WEST – ARIZONA BALLOT
PHOENIX (AP) – Kanye West’s effort to win the White House has run into another possible roadblock. An Arizona resident has asked a judge to keep West off the presidential ballot in the state. An attorney for Rasean Clayton says the hip-hop star is only running to gum-up the battle between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Clayton says West doesn’t qualify to run in Arizona because he is a registered Republican. And the suit claims the rapper is trying to play spoiler in the Trump-Biden race. West was an ardent backer of Trump until this summer, when he announced he’d be running himself. Some have seen the move as a way for West to siphon young and minority votes away from Biden.
DEBATE MODERATORS NAMED
WASHINGTON (AP) – We already know the candidates. And now, we know the lineup of moderators for the presidential and vice presidential debates. The Commission on President Debates has released the roster. The first debate, set for Sept. 29, will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News. Steve Scully of C-SPAN will handle the “town meeting” set for Oct. 15 in Miami. And the third debate, on Oct. 22 in Nashville, will be moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker. Meanwhile, the vice presidential clash between Mike Pence and challenger Kamala Harris on Oct. 7 will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today.
CAROL BURNETT WINS TEMPORARY CUSTODY OF TEEN GRANDSON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carol Burnett has been granted temporary custody of her teenage grandson. A Los Angeles Superior Court granted the comedy legend and her husband custody of 14-year-old Dylan West. The order says they can keep him until Jan. 8. The ruling comes two weeks after Burnett and husband Brian Miller filed for custody, saying her daughter, Erin Hamilton, was struggling with drug addiction. In a statement, Burnett says the move was taken to protect the boy’s health, education and welfare – not to deny him contact with his parents.
NEW EPISODES OF “THE MANDALORIAN” COMING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Not even a pandemic and production shutdown can keep a good TV series down. And fans of “The Mandalorian” are happy to hear the series featuring “Baby Yoda” and other “Star Wars” heroes will soon be back for second season. The Star Wars Twitter account says new episodes of the series will be on Disney Plus starting Oct. 30. Meanwhile the debut season for “The Mandalorian” is up for a best drama Emmy Award this month. The status of season two was unclear after the pandemic shuttered Hollywood TV and movie operations. But the show is made with “virtual production” techniques, including LED video walls that display alien landscape backgrounds.