CNN’S ACOSTA REMAINS BANNED
WASHINGTON (AP) – CNN’s Jim Acosta remains persona non grata at the White House – after the Trump administration pulled his credential to cover the president. The move Wednesday came hours after Trump and Acosta had a heated exchange during a televised news conference. The two sparred after Acosta asked Trump about his use of the word “invasion” to describe the band of migrants headed from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta asked a follow-up, Trump declared, “that’s enough!” and a female White House aide tried to take the microphone from Acosta. Later, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta of “putting his hands on” the aide. Acosta and his bosses at CNN called that account “a lie.” The White House Correspondents Association has called on the White House to restore Acosta’s credentials.
TUCKER CARLSON PROTEST
WASHINGTON (AP) – Police in Washington D.C. are looking into a protest at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a possible hate crime. D.C. police say officers were sent to Carlson’s home Wednesday evening – and found about 20 protesters outside. They also found a commonly used anarchy symbol spray-painted on the driveway of Carlson’s home. A video posted on social media shows people standing outside the house chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.” The video was later removed from Twitter. There were no arrests. In a phone interview with his Fox colleagues last night, Carlson called the incident “chilling” and “upsetting.”
S.F. OPERA REMOVES SINGER AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco Opera has ditched countertenor David Daniels from an upcoming production because of sexual assault allegations. He was sued for sexual assault last month by a student at the University of Michigan, where Daniels teaches. The opera says the suit is why he’s been cut from a June 2019 production of Handel’s “Orlando.” No replacement has been named.
MICHELLE OBAMA – BOOK
WASHINGTON (AP) – Former first lady Michelle Obama says she was shocked two years ago when she heard Donald Trump would be replacing her husband as president. In her new book, Mrs. Obama says she tried to “block it all out” in the period after the 2016 presidential election. In the book, “Becoming,” Obama denounces Trump’s efforts to claim her husband was born in Africa – and therefore ineligible to be president. She says that was bigoted and dangerous – and was, as she put it, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
Obama’s memoir “Becoming” is to be released Tuesday.
FRANCIS LAI OBIT
PARIS (AP) – The French composer who won an Oscar for the soundtrack of the movie “Love Story” has died. The French Culture Ministry announced the death of Francis Lai, who was 86. Lai started as an accordionist, but quickly rose through the ranks as a composer, writing songs for top French singers like Yves Montand. Lai’s success peaked with his 1970 Academy Award for the score of “Love Story,” one of the most enduring romantic movies of all time. Its theme “Where Do I Begin?” is familiar even to those who never saw the film because pop stars like Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey covered the song back in the day.
GABRIELLE UNION-WADE, DWAYNE WADE WELCOME A BABY
MIAMI (AP) – Over the years, actress Gabrielle Union-Wade has been very open about her struggles to have a child – and has mentioned she has gone through several miscarriages. But now, she is welcoming a baby into the world – and is ecstatic about it. Wade announced the birth on social media calling the arrival “our miracle baby.” The couple didn’t reveal the girl’s name. The baby was born via surrogate on Wednesday. It’s their first child together; the NBA star has three sons and the couple is also raising one of Wade’s nephews.
ANTONIO BROWN – SPEEDING
PITTSBURGH (AP) – He’s known for being fast on the football field – and that’s cool. But police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been flagged for speeding on the road – and that isn’t so cool. Police say Brown was traveling over 100 mph in his Porsche, hours before his team’s game last night against the Carolina Panthers. Police tell an area TV station an officer was searching for a bank robbery suspect when Brown’s black Porsche flew by. He’s been cited for reckless driving.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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