JON STEWART – CONGRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of Congress say they weren’t as unconcerned about the plight of 9/11 responders as Jon Stewart made them out to be. Yesterday, the comedian blasted lawmakers about their apparent lack of interest in helping to keep the fund solvent. As “proof,” Stewart noted the number of empty seats in the hearing room yesterday as he railed against the lack of action – and called it “an embarrassment” that there were so many no-shows. However, several members of Congress later said it’s’ common practice for lawmakers to drift in and out of such sessions – while they juggle other matters. And they said that they have already taken concrete steps to make sure the fund for 9/11 responders remains flush.
DAVE CHAPPELLE – BROADWAY
NEW YORK (AP) – Dave Chappelle is about to make his debut on Broadway. The comedian will be doing five shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater starting next month. The dates are from July 9 through July 13. If you plan to go, plan to leave your cellphone home – or give it up when you arrive. Producers say all phones will be put in a locked pouch during the show – and anyone caught sneaking one in will be tossed out. Chappelle is the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He has also received Grammys for best comedy album in 2018 and 2019 – and won his second Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special with “Equanimity” in 2018
“EGOT” WINNER JOHN LEGEND CALLS FOR BOYCOTTS OVER ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – John Legend says he isn’t sure whether a Hollywood boycott will stop states like Georgia from backing off implementing a strict anti-abortion law. But he says the discussion is “a conversation that needs to happen.” The musician says he believes Hollywood should put financial pressure on the states to try to get the laws erased from the books. The focus on Georgia is because the state offers generous tax incentives for people who make movies and TV shows – and opponents of the laws say if the states passing those laws start to lose money, lawmakers may repeal the law.
AVA DuVERNAY CLAPS BACK AT “CENTRAL PARK FIVE” PROSECUTOR’S COMPLAINTS ABOUT NETFLIX SERIES
NEW YORK (AP) – The producer of the Netflix documentary about the “Central Park Five” suggests she doesn’t really care that the prosecutor for that case feels she is being painted as the bad guy. Ava DuVernay didn’t address the complaint made by Linda Fairstein in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal. But when a Netflix official noted that Fairstein and others have been complaining about the way they were portrayed, DuVernay tweeted that the response was “expected and typical.” In her op-ed, Fairstein complained that “When They See Us” was “full of distortions and falsehoods.”
W. VA. PRINCIPAL SUSPENDED OVER KUTCHER ADDRESS
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school’s graduating class has been suspended without pay. The News and Sentinel newspaper reports that Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss was suspended yesterday – and will have to sit out for five days. DeMoss has apologized for heavily basing his May address on Kutcher’s 2013 Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards speech. He has said that he should’ve cited his sources but that the ideas were his own.
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO DAVID ORTIZ SHOOTING
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – It’s starting to look like perhaps the shooting of David Ortiz may not have been the act of a lone gunman. Prosecutors in Santo Domingo say both witnesses and security camera footage show that the attempt to kill the former Red Sox star was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars. The details – contained in a court document obtained by The Associated Press – indicates a new level of sophistication in the attack. Meanwhile, Ortiz’s wife says her husband is making some progress as he recovers from his gunshot wound. She says Ortiz was able to sit up and take a few steps while in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His condition is listed as guarded.
NBA FINALS RATINGS
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA Finals may have made for inspired basketball, but it has made for pretty lame ratings. Game three between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors was down 25 percent from the similar contest last year, while Game 4’s viewership was down 22 percent. So far, the reaction from the league seems to be, “blame Canada.” The NBA notes that Canadian audiences aren’t included in the Nielsen numbers. And since the Raptors are from Toronto, that should be factored in when it comes to the sluggish numbers. Meantime, Monday’s one-point Warriors victory in Game 5 has somewhat higher ratings in preliminary ratings. That’s an indication that the series can recover if it goes the full seven games.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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