ARRESTS MADE IN CELEBRITY BURGLARIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Looks like some celebrities in the Los Angeles area might be getting their stolen stuff back soon. Police in Los Angeles have arrested four people in a series of break-ins at the homes of famous folk like Rihanna and Christina Milian. In custody are three men, ages 18 and 19 – and the mother of one of the men. At a news conference yesterday, police showed reporters some of the items they believe were swiped – including expensive watches, handbags, jewelry and cellphones. Investigators say they found a list of additional burglary targets, which included Viola Davis, Matt Damon and LeBron James.
PRESIDENT TRUMP – KAVANAUGH ACCUSER
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – President Donald Trump is drawing criticism for mocking the woman who claims his Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her decades ago. Trump held a campaign rally in Mississippi last night – and during it, he poked fun at testimony that Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford gave at last week’s nationally televised Senate Judiciary Committee session. The Mississippi audience laughed as Trump ran through what he describes as holes in Ford’s account. Ford’s lawyer has responded, calling Trump’s attack “vicious, vile and soulless.” The rally came hours after Trump told reporters at the White House this is a “scary time” for men – since, according to Trump, they can have their lives ruined by false accusations.
NBC – KAVANAUGH
NEW YORK (AP) – NBC is defending its decision to air parts of an interview with a third woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Reporter Kate Snow interviewed Julie Swetnick – and a 10-minute story ran on the network’s “Nightly News” program. In the interview, Snow said there are inconsistencies between what Swetnick said in a sworn affidavit and what Snow says she told her. Kavanaugh denies Swetnick’s allegations, suggesting they are “from the Twilight Zone.”
STORMY DANIELS’ FELLOW DANCERS SUE
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Remember when porn star Stormy Daniels and two fellow exotic dancers were arrested in Columbus, Ohio? The other two women remember, too – and they’re suing. Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters are suing the vice detectives who took them in, claiming they conspired against Daniels for claiming she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president. The city of Columbus has since said the law that was used to arrest the women was “glaringly inequitable” – and shouldn’t be enforced. The lawsuit seeks a minimum of $50,000 damages.
NEW YORK (AP) – In the battle of politically active sitcom stars, Tim Allen can claim bragging rights over Candice Bergen. Allen’s returning show “Last Man Standing” reached 8.1 million viewers on Fox this past Friday. That eclipsed the 7.5 million who watched Bergen’s “Murphy Brown” reboot. Allen backs President Donald Trump – and his character Mike Baxter has been described as Archie Bunker with a college degree. Bergen is a liberal who had Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on in a cameo during the season premiere of the reboot last week.
NEW YORK (AP) – These days, baseball is striking out at the box office. Attendance for Major League Baseball games dropped 4 percent this season. The average crowd showing up at games was 28,830, the lowest total since 2003. The totals also represent the lowest average attendance since 2003 – and they end a streak of 14 straight seasons with an average of 30,000 fans or more. What’s more, six stadiums posted record lows in attendance this season.
GARRISON KEILLOR APPEARANCE IN VERMONT CANCELED
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A Vermont festival has shut the book on a scheduled appearance by Garrison Keillor. The head of the Burlington Book Festival says the Oct. 14 event featuring the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” won’t happen. Festival organizers have been criticized for inviting Keillor to the event after his ouster from Minnesota Public Radio over sexual harassment allegations. Keillor denies the claims. In an email, the head of the festival says reaction on social media made it clear that people saw Keillor’s booking as condoning sexual harassment – but nothing can be further from the truth.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN INSPIRES COOKING CLASS
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) – A college in Louisiana will be serving up a class inspired by the late globe-trotting foodie Anthony Bourdain. News reports say the three-credit course – titled “Anthony Bourdain and His Influencers – will be offered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, starting in the spring. The course is more about culture than food. Professor Todd Kennedy of the university’s film department says the course will have students compare some of Bourdain’s most famous work with the writings and films that influenced him. Bourdain killed himself in June while in France. He was 61 years old.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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