ROY CLARK, LONGTIME HOST OF “HEE HAW,” DIES
UNDATED (AP) – He was a big country music star, to be sure. But as a co-host of the TV show “Hee Haw,” Roy Clark helped bring a slice of country life into the homes of non-rural America even as he kept his core audience entertained. Clark died yesterday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 85. Clark was on Hee Haw throughout its 24-year run on CBS – while Buck Owens was his best-known co-host. The show featured performances from some of the top stars in country music, including Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride and Tammy Wynette. The first president George Bush said the show was one of his favorites. Clark guest-hosted “The Tonight Show” in the 1960s and 70s – when it was rare for a country artist to score such a gig. And one of Clark’s biggest fans was baseball star Mickey Mantle. It’s said that Mantle was moved to tears by Clark’s hit “Yesterday When I Was Young” – and for years he made Clark promise to sing it at his memorial. Clark made good on that promise after Mantle died in 1995.
DECISION EXPECTED TODAY ON ACOSTA’S PRESS PASS
WASHINGTON (AP) – It was supposed to be yesterday, But a federal judge in Washington says it will be today that he will issue a ruling on whether CNN correspondent Jim Acosta can get his press credential back. Acosta’s bosses have sued President Trump, press secretary Sarah Sanders and other top administration officials after his West Wing “hard pass” was pulled last week. Acosta has clashed frequently with Trump and Sanders – though the administration says it denied him access because he made physical contact with a White House aide who tried to take his microphone during a news conference. CNN says taking Acosta’s credential is a thinly veiled attempt to censor the press.
TRUMP VS. MEDIA – CORRECTION
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a story Nov. 14 about CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the AP and other news organizations had filed an amicus brief in support of CNN on Wednesday. The amicus brief had not yet been filed.
MAN CHARGED IN CNN PHONE THREATS PLEADS NOT GUILTY
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas charged with making threatening phone calls to CNN anchor Don Lemon has pleaded not guilty. The Baxter Bulletin newspaper reports Benjamin Craig Matthews entered his plea at a court appearance yesterday. He is currently free on $15,000 bail. Police say Matthews called CNN more than three dozen times between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, with some of those calls making violent racial or sexual threats against Lemon. Matthews faces 18 counts of terroristic threats and harassing communications.
GOLDEN GLOBES – WILDFIRES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help victims of California’s deadly wildfires. The group best known for the Golden Globes Awards says the money will go to four organizations. The HFPA also says some of the money will go to the victims and families of last week’s mass shooting in Southern California.
AMY SCHUMER AILING
UNDATED (AP) – Amy Schumer has had to cancel a comedy show in Dallas – because of her pregnancy. The comedian says she has had to be hospitalized for severe, second-trimester nausea. In an Instagram post, Schumer says she and the baby are fine. And she says, she hopes to reschedule the Dallas show. Last month Schumer and husband Chris Fischer announced they were expecting their first child together.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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