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“SHAZAM!” WINS BOX OFFICE RACE

NEW YORK (AP) – It’s one of the oldest characters in the DC Comics stable of superheroes. And now “Shazam!” has become the newest movie in the DC Extended Universe to score well with moviegoers. It took in $53.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend, good for first place. “Shazam!” finished well ahead of the other big new movie. “Pet Sematary” was second with $25 million. It’s a remake of the 1989 movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Finishing third with a 60% drop in revenue is “Dumbo,” taking in $18.2 million.

 

JUSSIE SMOLLETT – PROSECUTOR

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago prosecutor who dismissed criminal charges against Jussie Smollett is defending her department’s actions. Speaking this past Saturday, Kim Foxx said the “Empire” actor’s case was treated no differently than thousands of other defendants whose charges were dropped since she took office. Foxx has been under fire for the decision to drop criminal charges against Smollett, who told police he was the victim of a hate crime – only to have police determine he staged the attack himself.

 

BILL COSBY – DEFAMATION LAWSUITS

UNDATED (AP) – There’s some Bill Cosby news to talk about. Seven women who say the now-imprisoned comedian assaulted them decades ago – then branded them liars for coming forward – have settled lawsuits with Cosby. Court documents filed Friday in Massachusetts show the settlements were reached since Cosby went to prison last year in a Pennsylvania sex assault case. He’s serving 3-to-10. Cosby’s rep says the 81-year-old comedian didn’t authorize the payout by Cosby’s insurance agency – and “vehemently denies the allegations.”

 

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – There’s been a plea deal in the college admissions scandal that has also involved actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Court papers in Florida show a prep school administrator will plead guilty to charges of taking college admissions tests. It’s just one act in what federal prosecutors describe as a nationwide scheme in which wealthy parents – including Huffman and Loughlin – bribed their kids’ way into universities. Had Mark Riddell been convicted, he could have gotten up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

AVENGERS – CHARITIES

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Some of Marvel’s top Avengers – or at least the people who play them – have banded together to help seriously kids around the world. Among those taking part in an event this past Friday to trumpet the effort were Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson. The $5 million donation for the program will help seriously ill kids in hospitals worldwide.

 

BODY FOUND IN HOME OF ORIGINAL “MICKEY MOUSE CLUB” MEMBER

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -A body has been found in the Oregon home of an original member of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Dennis Day had been missing since July. So far, police haven’t identified the body or released details on how it was found. Day is 76 – and was reported missing July 15 by his husband, Ernie Caswell, who suffers from memory loss. Caswell was in a hospital when he reported Day missing.

 

“CORONATION STREET” GETS BLACK FAMILY

LONDON (AP) – It’s never too late to integrate. Just ask the long-running British TV soap “Coronation Street.” For the first time in its 59-year history, it will have its first black family. They’re the Baileys, a family with two sons. Producers say the presence of the Baileys will let the show explore themes of racism and homophobia in sport. One story line features one of the sons, a soccer player, coming out as gay. “Coronation Street” has been on since 1960, chronicling the lives of people in the fictional England community of Weatherfield. It has cast individual black characters over the decades – but until now, not a black family.

 

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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