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LATEST “STAR WARS” MOVIE LAUNCHES TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Force” is back. And that means people will be flocking to the multiplex – and staying off social media, lest any of their soon-to-be-former friends start dropping spoiler alerts. “The Rise of Skywalker” is the third trilogy in the movie series that got under way back in 1977. The cast includes a mix of veterans and newbies. Mark Hamill is back in his role as Skywalker. Meanwhile, Naomi Ackie makes her franchise debut as the noble warrior named Jannah. She hadn’t even been born yet when the original “Star Wars” movie premiered.

 

JURY GIVES LARGE REWARD IN STUNTMAN DEATH
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia jury has granted a hefty award to the family of a stuntman killed on a TV set. The panel has awarded $8.6 million to the family of John Bernecker. He died in 2017 after missing a landing pad while plunging from a balcony during a staged fight for “The Walking Dead.” The jury award comes after a week-long trial in Lawrenceville. The defendants say they will appeal.

 

J.K. ROWLING CATCHES FLAK FOR SEX-CHANGE COMMENTS
NEW YORK (AP) – J.K. Rowling is facing widespread criticism from activists in the transgender community because of comments she has made. The controversy began when the “Harry Potter” novelist came to the defense of a researcher who was fired for saying people can’t change their biological sex. Rowling tweeted people are free to love who they want to but said that one’s sex – that is, the one they’re born with – “is real.”

 

“MEET THE PRESS” LOOKS AT DISINFORMATION
NEW YORK (AP) – A journalist who President Trump rips as “sleepy eyed Chuck” and who is on a network Trump describes as “fake news” has a special show lined up for Sunday. “Meet the Press” featuring Chuck Todd will focus on disinformation in politics. The in-depth report is like one Todd did last December on climate change.

 

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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