LOUGHLIN, GIANNULLI FIGHTING NEW CHARGES IN ADMISSIONS CASE
BOSTON (AP) – “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) and her fashion designer husband are contesting expanded charges against them in the college admissions bribery scandal.
Lawyers for Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli entered not guilty pleas on their behalf Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.
Earlier this month, the couple waived their right to appear in federal court in Boston to answer to the latest counts.
Prosecutors added the bribery charge for 11 parents who previously pleaded not guilty in the case. Another 19 parents have pleaded guilty or agreed to do so.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits. Their daughters no longer attend USC.
The couple previously pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering.
TOM HANKS DIDN’T WANT TO BE MR. ROGERS. THEN HE MET MARIELLE
NEW YORK (AP) – Since it was first announced, Tom Hanks’ casting as Mr. Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” has felt like kismet.
Here was an actor nearly synonymous with affability playing one of the friendliest faces to ever flicker across a TV screen. But as inevitable as Hanks playing Mr. Rogers may have seemed, it wouldn’t have happened without filmmaker Marielle Heller.
Hanks had passed several times on the script before he happened to meet Heller at a backyard birthday party for his son, Colin.
The two met again and eventually settled on “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The movie opens in theaters this weekend.
When Hanks first donned Rogers’ trademark cardigan sweater, he says he felt “like Batman.”
DRIVE BEHIND OCCUPATION OF ALCATRAZ LINGERS 50 YEARS LATER
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – On a chilly November night in 1969, a 7-year-old Peter Bratt, his four siblings and their mother left their San Francisco home for the pier.
They and a group of indigenous activists rode a small boat in the fog before landing at their destination – Alcatraz Island.
Now a 57-year-old filmmaker, the older brother of actor Benjamin Bratt says the occupation of the former prison was a “game changer.”
The 19-month occupation of Alcatraz, which started on Nov. 20, 1969, is often seen as a seminal event that reinvigorated tribes to organize in the face of a U.S. government steamrolling over their land, their rights and their identities.
Now 50 years later, many Native American activists say they are still struggling to have their voices not only heard but respected.
CBS TAKES WEEKLY NIELSEN CROWN BEHIND ’60 MINUTES’
NEW YORK (AP) – CBS won the weekly television ratings crown despite being without the most valuable ratings commodity in this era, a prime-time football game.
Relatively lackluster games on rivals NBC and Fox helped CBS win. The most popular game was the “Monday Night Football” matchup between Seattle and San Francisco on ESPN. It was a rare week where a cable program topped the Nielsen company’s ratings.
CBS averaged 5.2 million viewers last week. The network’s most popular show was the venerable news magazine “60 Minutes.”
NBC had 4.7 million viewers and ABC had 4.3 million. ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.1 million viewers.
NIELSEN’S TOP PROGRAMS FOR NOV. 11-17
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten prime-time programs by viewership compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 11-17.
1. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, ESPN, 16.95 million.
2. NFL Football: Chicago at L.A. Rams, NBC, 16.85 million.
3. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Fox, 15.66 million.
4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 13.2 million.
5. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 12.2 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.66 million.
7. “CMA Awards,” ABC, 11.28 million.
8. “NFL Pregame Show,” Fox, 9.64 million.
9. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 9.47 million.
10. “Young Sheldon, CBS, 9.06 million.