AMY SCHUMER – EXPECTING
UNDATED (AP) – First, Amy Schumer said not to expect her to do ay Super Bowl ads, because of her support for players who have taken a knee to protest police brutality. Now, the comedian says she herself is expecting – her first child. Schumer announced the pending arrival in a round-about way on Instagram. She posted a list of her picks for the upcoming midterm elections – and ended with the entry: I’m pregnant-Amy Schumer.” The father is her husband, chef Chris Fischer – they were married in February. Schumer is 37 – and is known for her liberal politics. She was recently arrested while protesting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS – MARK TWAIN PRIZE
WASHINGTON (AP) – Of course, this year’s Mark Twain Award was all about this year’s recipient, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. But it also was briefly about a comedian who had been given the award – only to have it rescinded earlier this year after he was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman. Sunday night’s event in Washington was the first since the Kennedy Center stripped Bill Cosby of his honor. And some of these who took part in the show didn’t let the moment pass without notice. During last year’s ceremony to honor David Letterman, Cosby’s name wasn’t mentioned. But this year, two performers felt comfortable making Cosby jokes. Late night host Stephen Colbert displayed a sign proclaiming, “167 days since the last Un-Twaining.” Later, Keegan-Michael Key come onstage, dressed as Mark Twain – and roasted many of the previous recipients. When a picture of Cosby was shown, Michael Key quickly moved along and said he didn’t think Cosby was watching because PBS wasn’t all that popular “in the penitentiary.”
KELSEY GRAMMER – POLITICS
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Kelsey Grammer is trying to use his star power to urge voters in two states to approve a crime victims’ amendment. The “Frasier” actor has appeared in TV ads to promote a referendum in North Carolina that would expand the rights of crime victims. He is backing a similar measure in Georgia. Grammer has history when it comes to dealing with violent crime. His father was shot to death – and that he found about the release of his dad’s killer in a tabloid newspaper. He also says his sister was raped and murdered. Grammer says the amendments he supports will give crime victims “the equal rights they deserve.”
“WONDER WOMAN” DELAYED – AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another delay has people wondering: what’s the deal with the new Wonder Woman movie. Warner Bros. has announced the film is being pushed back a little further. The new target date is June 5, 2020. Previously, Warner had said “Wonder Woman 1984” would hit theaters in November of next year. The movie, when it finally arrives, will reunite star Gal Gadot with director Patty Jenkins. They teamed up on the original, which was a major blockbuster for the DC Comics franchise, earning more than $800 million worldwide.
FORMER NFL PLAYER FREED FROM PRISON AFTER 18-PLUS YEARS
UNDATED (AP) – A former NFL receiver convicted for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child has been freed from prison. Rae Carruth (kar-RUTH’) walked out of prison wearing a knit cap – and there was a smattering of applause as he climbed into a white SUV and was driven away. Carruth didn’t speak to reporters. He is now 44 and will be in a nine-month post-release program – after which he could leave the state or country if he chooses. Carruth was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica (che-REE’-kah) Adams on Nov. 16, 1999, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to avoid paying child support. Adams was shot four times while driving her car but managed to make a 911 call that helped implicate Carruth. Adams went into a coma and died less than a month later after the shooting. The child she was carrying was delivered by emergency cesarean section but suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
MICHAEL AVENATTI – LAWSUIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has been hit with a huge ruling against him. A California judge has ruled he must pay $4.85 million to an attorney who worked at his former law firm. That ruling came the same day as a separate ruling that evicts his law firm from its Southern California office space. Avenatti, who is best known for representing Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump following an alleged 2006 affair, did not appear at yesterday’s hearing – and never filed arguments in the case.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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