SUNDANCE CO-FOUNDER SENTENCED IN CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE
AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) – The man who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival is going to prison. A judge in Utah has sentenced Sterling Van Wagenen (WAG’-nen) to at least six years behind bars. And he could be held for as long as the rest of his life. The filmmaker pleaded guilty to charges of touching a young girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015. The judge who delivered the decision said he hopes the parole board will keep Van Wagenen in prison longer than the minimum. During the sentencing hearing, the sister of the victim says she believes that the only thing Van Wagenen is “torn up about” – is that he got caught.
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO – CLIMATE CHANGE
NEW YORK (AP) – Leonardo DiCaprio is launching a new front in his campaign to protect the environment. The Oscar-winning actor is teaming up with some billionaire investors and two key philanthropists to forge a new organization, called Earth Alliance. In a statement, the group says it will work to protect ecosystems and wildlife – as well as ensure climate justice and support renewable energy. DiCaprio has long been a champion for the environment. His own foundation has given out $100 million in grants for a number of projects to protect the earth. Now, DiCaprio’s own foundation will be folded into the new entity, Earth Alliance.
LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY OF VICTIM IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The family of a woman killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting wants to make gun manufacturers and the companies that sell them held financially responsible for the massacre. A lawsuit targets eight gun makers and three dealers. And it’s being filed by the family of 31-yearo-old Carrie Parsons of Seattle, one of those mowed down when a gunman sprayed bullets on a crowd attending an outdoor music festival. The suit, among other things, alleges that those who make AR-15-style rifles knew their product could be easily modified to fire like automatic weapons. The suit is the latest legal challenge to a federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability in shooting deaths.
FAKE MONEY ABOUNDS IN MISSISSIPPI TOWN AFTER MOVIE STUNT
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi police chief is reminding people that, like most things you see in the movies, the money displayed in them isn’t real. The chief of the Natchez Police Department is issuing the reminder because of an incident on Monday. During shooting for a movie called “Breaking News in Yuba County,” actors threw dozens of bills out of a window. And when they fell to the ground, some people ran off with some of it. Turns out not only are the $100 bills tossed not real – they are really not real. Each fake bill has the phrase, “It’s not the money, it’s the joke” on the back.
TYLER SKAGGS: ANGELS’ PITCHER’S SUDDEN DEATH MOURNED
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – It wasn’t just teammates of pitcher Tyler Skaggs who paid tribute to the Los Angeles Angles hurler last night. Players on other teams took note of his sudden death in various ways. In Kansas City, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer had Skaggs’ number (hash)45 and his former teammate’s initials written on his cap. Bauer also used his cleat to scuff “TS45” into the dirt behind the mound before throwing his first pitch. The pitcher who started the first game for the Angles since they lost their teammate also offered a public gesture. Jose Suarez had “RIP 45” on one side of his cap while the initials “TSK” were written on the other side. Meanwhile Angels’ officials are offering condolences to Skaggs’ family and teammates. The pitcher died Monday in the team’s hotel room in Texas. There has been no comment on what caused the 27-year-old ballplayer’s death.
CHARGES PENDING IN GRAFFITI ATTACK ON “THE BEAN” IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) – The mayor of Chicago says she’s outraged that someone painted graffiti on two downtown landmarks, including the popular metallic sculpture known as “The Bean.” The sculpture was vandalized late Monday – and police took seven suspects into custody the following day. The vandals are also suspected in the spray-painting at the Cancer Survivors’ Garden in a different Chicago park. Crews are reported to be in the process of removing the graffiti, which consists of gang-related tags.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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