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ROBERT MUELLER TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT HIS REPORT
WASHINGTON (AP) – For the most part, America didn’t read “the book.” Today, we’ll find out how many are willing to catch the TV version of Robert Mueller’s 448-page report. The former special counsel is to give testimony before two congressional panels today. And what he does – or doesn’t say – is expected to have a major effect on President Donald Trump’s future in the White House. Or not. The long-term effect of the hearings will hinge on how much Mueller expounds on his two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – and what, if any, role Trump or those close to him played in that interference. Mueller is known for being terse in his remarks – and it’s unclear whether lawmakers will be able to get him to elaborate. Meanwhile, President Trump has already said he won’t watch much. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t either.

 

MEDIA CLIPS SHOWING HYPOCRISY MAKING HEADWAY ONLINE
NEW YORK (AP) – There are a lot of people who complain that some in the news media are biased toward one side or the other. But one of the more effective ways of showing that these days isn’t being done by people – but by videotape. The news outlet NowThis has gained a lot of attention lately with clips showing inconsistencies by Fox News personalities when it comes to coverage of President Trump versus coverage of President Obama. For example, one clip shows Fox commentators criticizing Michelle Obama’s wardrobe, saying she was overweight and looking like a “merchant of death.” Meanwhile, Melania Trump was described on Fox as stunning, spectacular and a woman “who should be revered.” The president of NowThis suggests the contrasting clips literally speak for themselves. Says Athan Stephanopoulos, “you can’t dispute video when you see the hypocrisy very directly.”

 

STUNTMAN INJURY STOPS PRODUCTION OF “FAST & FURIOUS” SEQUEL
LONDON (AP) – Production on the movie “Fast & Furious 9” has been halted because of a serious injury to a stuntman. It happened Monday at the Warner Bros. studios, 35 miles northwest of London. Police say Joe Watts was airlifted from the movie’s set with what police call “serious injuries.” He was still reported as being hospitalized yesterday. There’s no immediate word on how Watts was injured. Watts is a professional stuntman who teaches tumbling at a performing arts school near London. “Fast & Furious 9” features Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez – and is due out next year.

 

TOM HANKS, JOAQUIN PHOENIX FILMS AMONG THOSE HITTING TORONTO FILM FEST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tom Hanks and Joaquin Phoenix are among the stars who will be featured in movies that will make their premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Festival organizers are out with the list of films that will be screened. It includes Hanks’ portrayal of Mr. Rogers and Phoenix in a movie about the origins of the Joker, one of Batman’s archenemies. The Toronto film fest will feature 16 main selections and three dozen more in the special presentation category. The mid-September Toronto festival can be seen as a barometer for how future awards races might go. Last year, the audience award winner “Green Book” went on to win the Oscar for best picture.

 

LIFETIME TO DO MORE R. KELLY STUFF
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Lifetime is ready to take another shot at the R. Kelly case. The network says it has ordered a four-part series on the R&B star titled, “Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath.” As the title suggests, it’s a look at what’s happened since its “Surviving R. Kelly” series aired in January. After the first series aired, renewed attention was given to the case – and the singer is now in custody after being indicted in both Chicago and New York on charges of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the alleged crimes.

 

“AMERICAN GANGSTER” EX-PROSECUTOR PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT CASE
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) – The former New Jersey prosecutor portrayed by actor Russell Crowe in the film “American Gangster” has pleaded guilty to stealing from his law clients. Richard Roberts was being tried in Morristown, New Jersey yesterday when he copped to perjury and theft charges. He faces a year in prison when he’s sentenced in August – and will lose his law license permanently. Roberts acknowledged having taken $20,000 in client funds from his law firm’s attorney trust account – and using the money to pay alimony.

 

GORDON RAMSEY – MICHELIN
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Gordon Ramsay has something to say about chefs who reject Michelin stars. But, being that it’s Gordon Ramsay, we can’t tell you what the often profane chef had to say. Suffice to say, he says chefs should stop the practice of turning up their noses at Michelin star ratings. Ramsay says the stars rightfully belong to a restaurant, not a chef. Ramsay says turning down a Michelin star is an insult to the company that doles out the accolades – and he views the stars as a useful consumer guide.

 

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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