ROBERT DE NIRO AMONG THOSE SENT PIPE BOMBS
WASHINGTON (AP) – Investigators are continuing their efforts to track down the culprit or culprits behind a string of pipe bombs mailed to actor Robert De Niro, CNN and several prominent Democrats, including former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. The devices that turned up at De Niro’s office and at former vice president Joe Biden’s home bring to 10 the number of bombs that found their way to people who have been critical of President Donald Trump – or who Trump has blasted with his rhetoric. For now, the search seems focused on Florida. Authorities say at least some of the packages likely originated from the state. Meanwhile, authorities have declined to discuss motives or how the packages found their way into the U.S. postal system.
ROBERT DE NIRO’S SECURITY MAN HELPED TIP POLICE TO BOMB
NEW YORK (AP) – Robert De Niro has played his share of heroes in the movies. But authorities in New York are crediting a retired police detective who works security at De Niro’s office with being a real-life hero in the case of a bomb mailed to the veteran actor. The security man was watching TV coverage of bombs sent to CNN, former presidents Obama and Clinton and others – and noticed the packages looked like one he saw had been addressed to De Niro. Police investigated and confirmed it was, indeed, like the bombs that had been sent elsewhere. As for why De Niro might have been targeted, you need look no further than his recent rhetoric toward President Donald Trump. De Niro dropped an “f-bomb” on Trump at the Tony Awards. He also said he ‘d like to punch Trump in the face – and apologized to Canadians for what he calls Trump’s “idiotic behavior.”
MEGYN KELLY – DAYS AT NBC NUMBERED?
NEW YORK (AP) – Will Megyn Kelly’s ill-advised comments about blackface cause her career at NBC News to fade to black? No one at the network is saying anything publicly, but there are increasing signs that the racial controversy she ignited on the show on Tuesday may cost Kelly her job. Yesterday NBC ran a repeat telecast for her hour of the “Today” show – and will do the same today. It’s unclear what will happen next week. During an on-air discussion about Halloween, Kelly wondered aloud why whites couldn’t don blackface – if the intent was to look like someone they admired or wanted to impersonate. The comment drew widespread condemnation online. It also triggered a strong response from NBC News staffers like Al Roker – and revived talk that NBC brass were looking to jettison her, in part because ratings for her show have been lackluster.
LGBTQ CHARACTERS ON TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) – If your TV screen seems a little rainbow hued – a head count by GLAAD would prove you right. The media advocacy group reports a record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season’s prime-time network series. The GLAAD annual study also found an increase in diversity among LGBTQ characters. The group says for the first time ever, there are slightly more LGBTQ people of color than whites. While the percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on scripted broadcast series rose from last year’s 6.4 percent to hit an all-time high of 8.8 percent, GLAAD said the TV industry is still falling short. They say the number should be closer to 10 percent.
ICE-T CITED FOR TOLL VIOLATIONS
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) – “Law & Order: SUV?” Police have arrested Ice-T for failing to pay tolls. Authorities say the rap star-turned actor was ticketed Wednesday after he failed to pay a toll at the George Washington Bridge. The actor was sported driving though an E-ZPass lane in a sports car. He was also cited for not having license plates and registration. Ice-T reportedly has toll transponder for his various vehicles – but forgot put one in the car he drove this week.
DAVID SCHWIMMER LOOK-ALIKE SOUGHT AS SHOPLIFTER IN GREAT BRITAIN
LONDON (AP) – One of the stars of “Friends” can say with certainty that he wasn’t “there” for this one. British police are hunting a shoplifter who people say looks very much like Ross, the character played by David Schwimmer on “Friends.” When police posted an image of a restaurant theft suspect, people said it looked like Schwimmer. Schwimmer even posted a Twitter video of himself in a U.S. convenience store, picking up cans, like his British doppelganger. And to be on the safe side, British police have confirmed that they have checked out Schwimmer’s alibi – and it’s airtight.
JAMES KAREN – OBIT
NEW YORK (AP) – James Karen has died. He was a prolific and beloved character actor who was in hundreds of movies and TV shows. His screen credits include memorable appearances in “Poltergeist” and “The Return of the Living Dead.” But to some, he will be best remembered as the friendly, bespectacled pitchman for the Pathmark grocery store chain.
James Karen was 94.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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