CNN, TOP DEMOCRATS, SENT PIPE BOMBS
NEW YORK (AP) – We don’t know who was behind the mailing of suspicious packages to CNN headquarters and to top Democrats. But the head of CNN says when it comes to the pipe bombs, the White House and President Donald Trump should share some of the blame. CNN president Jeff Zucker says Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “should understand their words matter” – something that he says so far, “they have shown no comprehension” of. CNN has been often labeled by Trump as “fake news” and “enemies of the people.” Some at CNN were rankled that a tweet from Sanders condemned the sending of the bombs – but didn’t specifically mention that CNN was one of the targets. An hour later, another tweet from Sanders said the earlier one “certainly” included the threat to CNN. In his own remarks, President Trump didn’t mention CNN – or any of the other targets of the packages, which included former President Barack Obama and the Clintons.
CNN BOMB THREAT UNFOLDS ON AIR
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN viewers got to see part of the pipe bomb story unfold before them on their screens. Shortly after 10 a.m., Jim Sciutto (SHOO’-toh) and Poppy Harlow were on the air doing a live interview about the devices that were sent to politicians – when the whooping sound of an alarm went off. Sciutto said: “Excuse me, that sounds like a fire alarm here” – and promised to keep viewers posted. After one more question, the network cut to commercial. After the break, Sciutto and Harlow were gone – having evacuated from the building. The network switched its operations to a Washington studio where Rene Marsh was joined by Wolf Blitzer to cover the story, including live reports from Scuitto and Harlow from the street outside their evacuated headquarters.
TRUMP CAMPAIGN APOLOGIZES FOR FUNDRAISING EMAIL MENTIONING CNN
UNDATED (AP) – The Trump campaign is apologizing for a fundraising email that showed up in supporters’ inboxes – even as a bomb scare against CNN and Democratic leaders was playing out. The email mentioned CNN – and called on those receiving it to fight back against what it called “fake news.” Campaign chairman Brad Parscale later apologized, saying the email was a pre-programmed message that wasn’t pulled after news of the bomb threats came out. Parscale says the campaign doesn’t condone violence against CNN – or anyone else.
SHAILENE WOODLEY, MARK RUFFALO – NATIVE AMERICAN VOTERS
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A pair of actors are among those trying to urge Native Americans to vote. Shailene Woodley and Mark Ruffalo are taking part in the Stand-N-Vote campaign, which was launched yesterday. They and American Indian comedian Auntie Beachress are promoting a music concert Saturday on the Standing Rock reservation. Organizers say the get-out-the-vote effort is in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision this month upholding North Dakota’s voter ID law, which requires a street address to vote. Many of those living on reservations have post office boxes – and opponents say the law discriminates against Native Americans.
“THE TONIGHT SHOW” GETS NEW PRODUCER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Tonight Show” has a new showrunner. NBC has tabbed sports and news producer Jim Bell to lead the production team for the show starring Jimmy Fallon. Bell replaces longtime Fallon producer Mike DiCenzo, who announced his departure in a tweet Monday. Bell’s work at NBC includes producing the “Today” show and creating the show’s fourth hour. He also worked on 12 Olympic Games. Bell will start immediately.
OPERA SINGER SUED IN SEX ASSAULT CASE
DETROIT (AP) – Opera singer David Daniels is being sued. A student at the University of Michigan, where Daniel also teaches, claims in the suit that Daniels groped him, sent sexual photos and videos of himself – and asked the student to send sexual photos and videos to him. The suit also claims Daniels gave the student alcohol, gave him sleep meds – and touched him sexually. Daniels is on leave from Michigan amid claims he sexually assaulted a performer nearly a decade ago. He denies the allegation.
STEPHEN KING – ROYALTIES
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Horror writer Stephen King is giving quite a deal to student filmmakers at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales. He has sold them the movie rights to a short story, “Stationary Bike,” for $1. Kevin Phillips, a tutor at the school, tells The Boston Globe the deal is “a great scoop for the academy” and for students who admire King’s work. The story is about a man who begins using a stationary bike after his doctor tells him to lose weight because of high cholesterol. He gets in shape but begins “having strange thoughts” about being followed on his daily rides.
“PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” THEATER BEING SOLD
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Public Radio is selling the theater where Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” was based. The radio network is selling the century-old Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. The facility will become the property of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue. MPR bought the theater in 1980 when it was named The World Theater. It was renamed in honor of St. Paul native author F. Scott Fitzgerald – and was home base for Keillor’s variety show. Keillor retired from the show in July, 2016. Last November, MPR cut all ties with Keillor over accusations he sexually harassed a woman who worked on his show.
YADIER MOLINA NAMED WINNER OF MLB’S CLEMENTE AWARD
BOSTON (AP) – There were many major league baseball players who stepped up to the plate to help Puerto Rico after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last year. But one player is being singled out for his efforts. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-ehr moh-LEE’-nah) is this year’s recipient of the Roberto Clemente award for public service. The award was given out last night before Game 2 of the World Series. Molina grew up on Puerto Rico – and idolized Clemente, the island’s biggest baseball star. Clemente died Dec. 31, 1972, when his airplane carrying supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed after taking off from Puerto Rico.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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