LORI LAUGHLIN – COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM
BOSTON (AP) – It isn’t the delay they wanted. But actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have gotten a slight push-back in the day they’re to make a court appearance in connection with a college admissions bribery case. A judge agreed to postpone their hearing until April 3. The couple had asked the judge to delay the hearing until April 15. The original appearance had been set for a week from today – but Loughlin’s lawyers said they had a scheduling conflict. The couple is charged with paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SENDING BOMBS TO CNN, TRUMP CRITICS
NEW YORK (AP) – The man who helped spread fear of political violence in the days before last year’s midterm elections has pleaded guilty to sending a series of bombs. Cesar Sayoc acknowledged in a New York City courtroom yesterday that he sent pipe bombs to CNN and other prominent critics of President Donald Trump. A sobbing Sayoc told the court he was “extremely sorry” – and while he said he never meant for the devices to explode, he acknowledged that he knew they could. Sayoc is to be sentenced Sept. 12. He could get life in prison.
DAVID LETTERMAN – HANGING ON?
NEW YORK (AP) – David Letterman says the only reason he stayed on the air as long as he did – was that nobody had the guts to fire him. The former network TV host says he should have let himself go – but stuck around longer than he should have. Speaking on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, Letterman said he stayed on the air about a decade too long. He quit in 2015 – after 33 years as a late-night host on CBS and NBC.
EMILIA CLARKE – HEALTH
NEW YORK (AP) – The woman who plays the “Mother of Dragons” on “Game of Thrones” is talking about some health issues. Emilia Clarke says she has had two life-threatening aneurysms – and two brain surgeries – since the show began. The actress tells her story in The New Yorker magazine. In it, she says she had been healthy all her life before having an aneurysm in 2011, when she was 24. She had surgery to repair a second aneurysm after doing the third season of the popular HBO fantasy series.
FOX 2000 CLOSING WITH DISNEY TAKEOVER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Fox specialty unit behind such diverse movies as “Hidden Figures,” ”Love, Simon” and “Life of Pi,” is closing. The closing of Fox 2000 is part of the fallout of the company being swallowed up by the Walt Disney Co. A person familiar with the situation says Disney will finish the films now in production under the Fox 2000 label – but after that, it goes away. Fox 2000 films like “The Fault In Our Stars,” ”The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley & Me” will be under the Disney umbrella now.
DONNY AND MARIE ENDING VEGAS RUN
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Donny and Marie Osmond are saying goodbye to Vegas. The brother-sister duo says they will end their residency in Las Vegas later this year. The final show at the Flamingo will be Nov. 16 – and it will end an 11-year run on the Strip. It was originally set to be a six-week engagement, but it got extended again and again – now stretching beyond a decade.
GEORGE W. BUSH MAKES HOLE-IN-ONE
DALLAS (AP) – George W. Bush has something to brag about on the golf course. The former president made a hole-in-one at a Dallas course this week. It happened at the Trinity Forest Golf Club – as Bush aced the par-3 12th hole. Bush can be seen on his Instagram account showing off the ball he sank on a single shot.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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