“STRANGER THINGS” STAR DESCRIBES HER CHARACTER AS “ANTI-NERD NERD”
NEW YORK (AP) – Nothing strange about it. As you watch season three of “Stranger Things,” you’ll notice one of the young actresses in the cast will have a much bigger share of the spotlight. And those who have watched the work of Priah (PREE’-ah) Ferguson the first two seasons would agree she deserves more airtime. Priah plays Erica, the younger sister of Lucas. She says her character – who has mad tech skills – is an “anti-nerd nerd.” And she says her catchphrase, “free ice cream for life!” is, well, catching on. She says she was happy to learn her character would be getting more scenes in season three. Priah says she had heard talk that it would happen, but was “amazed” when she saw the scripts for season three – and found that was true.
16-YEAR-OLD CLAIMS “FORTNITE” TITLE
NEW YORK (AP) – Teens – don’t be surprised if your parents suddenly suggest that you spend MORE time playing video games. And it’s not because they no longer believe your brains will turn to mush if you do. Chances are more likely that they’ve heard of a certain young man named Kyle Giersdorf. The 16-year-old from Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania has won $3 million dollars for playing video games – in this case, Fortnite. He became the first solo champion in the Fortnite World Cup, held in New York City on Sunday. To give you an idea of how big that is, Kyle took home more money from playing Fortnite that day than Tiger Woods won for winning the Masters golf tournament. Kyle wasn’t the only big winner; the runner-up won $1.8 million and a team that won as a duo split $3 million.
SMOTHERS BROTHERS REUNION
NEW YORK (AP) – Normally you wouldn’t celebrate the occasion of getting fired from a big-time job. But the Smothers Brothers comedy team was anything but normal, at least during the 1960s, when they were regulars on TV. The duo was canned from their CBS show for being too political – something that seems almost laughable today. And yesterday, Tom and Dick Smothers reunited for a series of appearances at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York. Dick Smothers noted that in their day, they couldn’t use terms like “sex education” or refer to someone as “a known heterosexual.” He says that kind of talk was considered pretty racy back then.
HENRY LOUIS GATES SAYS THERE’S A MESSAGE IN “FINDING YOUR ROOTS”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The host of “Finding Your Roots” says his PBS program has a key message in these deeply divided political times. Henry Louis Gates Jr. says the show should stand as a reminder that all Americans are descended from immigrants and that in the end – we all share a common origin. The Harvard University professor says it’s an idea we all need to remember, given what he says are efforts to divide the country. Gates says for anyone to suggest that some in America have less of a right to be here than others is insulting – and runs against what America is about. It’s a clear reference to President Donald Trump’s recent call for four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to their countries, even though they’re all U.S. citizens.
BUSH DOCUMENTARY COMING TO PBS NEXT YEAR
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Look for a new documentary about George W. Bush soon. PBS is doing a two-part program on the life of the former president – and it will air next year. The documentary, titled simply “W,” will include interviews with historians, journalists and those who worked closely with the nation’s 43rd president. The project will be part of the “American Experience” series, which has done bios of other U.S. presidents, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.
WOODSTOCK – POT LICENSING
NEW YORK (AP) – What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to marketing. And a judge in New York has ruled that the owners of the Woodstock music festival can license that name to create a marijuana brand marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival. The judge rejected a claim that the deal would infringe on the name of another company, Woodstock Roots, which makes pot-smoking gear. Woodstock Ventures, which produced the 1969 festival, says branching into recreational pot is within what it calls its “natural zone of expansion” under federal trademark law – and the judge agrees.
DAVID ORTIZ RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
BOSTON (AP) – Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he’s glad to be home with his family after being shot in his native Dominican Republic in June. Ortiz is out of the hospital and noted his Friday release in an Instagram post. He says being back home with his family “is priceless.” He also thanked fans for their prayers. Ortiz was shot at a Santo Domingo nightclub on June 9. Police say the hit man who pumped a bullet into his back was supposed to have shot someone else. Ortiz was flown to Boston the day after the shooting – and needed three surgeries and time to recuperate before he could be released.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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