TRACY MORGAN IN MINOR CRASH
NEW YORK (AP) – Tracy Morgan has been involved in a traffic crash – but unlike the one he was in five years ago, he wasn’t injured. It happened in New York, as the comedian was driving his brand new Bugatti in midtown Manhattan. There was a collision between Morgan’s vehicle and a Honda CR-V driven by a 61-year-old man. Police say everyone involved refused medical attention – and that both vehicles sustained minor damage. However, it’s certain Morgan’s bill to fix the damage to his car will be much steeper than that of the other driver. The Bugatti is said to be worth around $2 billion dollars. Almost exactly five years ago, Morgan suffered severe head trauma when a Walmart tractor trailer slammed into the back of the limo van he was riding in. Comedian James McNair, his friend and collaborator, was killed.
JAMES BOND MOVIE SET ROCKED BY EXPLOSION
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s been another incident on the set of the new James Bond movie. This time, an explosion injured one crew member and damaged a stage at Pinewood Studios. Word of this is from the official Twitter account of “Bond 25.” It’s the second time within a month that a mishap has affected the production. Last month, shooting was interrupted after Daniel Craig hurt his foot while performing a stunt in Jamaica. He had surgery on his ankle – which required him to spend two weeks in recovery.
FORMER CENTRAL PARK FIVE PROSECUTOR QUITTING NONPROFIT BOARDS
NEW YORK (AP) – A former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case has decided to step down from two nonprofit boards in the wake of the release of the Netflix series, “When They See Us.” Yesterday, the head of Vassar College posted a letter on the school’s website saying Linda Fairstein had resigned as a member of the Board of Trustees. In the letter, the school president wrote that Fairstein decided that because of renewed criticism of how she handled the case, she felt staying on the board would hurt the school. The other board, Safe Horizon, also confirmed Fairstein’s resignation. The Central Park case is getting new scrutiny as a result of the Netflix series. The teens say they were coerced into confessing to the crime. The convictions were overturned in 2002 when a convicted murderer and serial rapist confessed to the crime.
SPIKE LEE – DENZEL WASHINGTON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Spike Lee will honor Denzel Washington’s career by presenting his friend and collaborator with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. AFI says Lee will present the honor tomorrow at an event to be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Lee has directed Washington in four films, including “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.” And Lee worked with Washington’s son, John David, on Oscar best-picture nominated movie, “BlacKkKlansman.”
RON HOWARD DOING DOCUMENTARY ON “PAVAROTTI”
NEW YORK (AP) – Ron Howard says he saw his very first opera when he was just 4 years old. He doesn’t remember much about it – except that it was fascinating. He says he isn’t a big fan now, but that isn’t stopping him from doing a documentary on Luciano Pavarotti. Howard says he hopes telling the Italian tenor’s story will help people see how he used music in an effort to share his life’s journey with others.
ACTRESS TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH TO ONE
CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, Mass. (AP) – It’s being called a commencement address. But it could probably be delivered at a small table, instead of a large auditorium or athletic field. Actress and comedian Jenny Slate will handle the graduation speech for Cuttyhunk Elementary School in Massachusetts later this month. And she’ll be speaking to an audience of one. Gwen Lynch is the lone graduate this year of the school that goes up to eighth grade.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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