“IRON MAN” ACTOR MESSAGES TEEN BITTEN BY SHARK
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Robert Downey Jr. says a North Carolina teenager who lost a leg in a shark attack is crafting “a heroic story of resilience.” The “Iron Man” sent a personal message to 17-year-old Paige Winter on his Instagram feed. She was attacked on North Carolina’s Atlantic Beach on June 2 by what was likely a large bull shark. Paige suffered severe wounds to both her hands – and her left leg. At a news conference last week, Paige’s dad asked Downey to follow the teen on Instagram – and said she was “probably his biggest fan.” Downey complied.
JOHN CUSACK APOLOGIZES FOR ANTI-SEMITIC CARTOON ONLINE
UNDATED (AP) – John Cusack took the scenic route in doing so. But the actor is now apologizing for tweeting an anti-Jewish cartoon and quotation online. The image showed a blue Star of David above a hand pushing down on a group of people. The image includes the quote, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” In his tweet, Cusack added, “Follow the money.” At first, Cusack defended the tweet against online critics, by claiming that Israel is guilty of atrocities against Palestinians. Then, he blamed a “bot” for the post. Now, Cusack has deleted it and apologized for it.
MARISKA HARGITAY – “CENTRAL PARK FIVE” PROSECUTOR
NEW YORK (AP) – Mariska Hargitay says she’s a friend of “Central Park Five” prosecutor Linda Fairstein. But the “Law & Order: SVU” star says they haven’t been in touch since the uproar over her role in the 1990 rape case was renewed – with the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us.” Fairstein has pushed back against her portrayal in the series directed by Ava DuVernay. She says she’s been unfairly painted as an overzealous prosecutor who ignored DNA evidence suggesting the suspects were innocent. The five teens, four blacks and one Latino, say their confessions were coerced. Their convictions were overturned in 2002 – after a convicted murderer and serial rapist confessed.
JON STEWART – 9/11 RESPONDERS
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s no laughing matter for Jon Stewart. The comedian is continuing his crusade to push the Senate to pass legislation to restore money to a victims’ fund for those who responded to the 9/11 attacks. He appeared on Stephen Colbert’s (kol-BEHRZ’) late night show on Monday to call for fund to be replenished. The former “Daily Show” host testified at a public hearing last week on Capitol Hill – and assailed lawmakers who failed to show up for it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News this past weekend he didn’t know why Stewart is “bent out of shape” over the issue – because he says lawmakers will address it.
“QUEER EYE” RETURNING
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Can’t get enough of “Queer Eye?” Not to worry – Netflix has given the green light to two more seasons of the show. The streaming service says Season Four makes its debut next month. The eight episodes for the new season were shot in and around Kansas City. The season after that will focus on Philadelphia. The show features fashion expert Tan France along with food guru Antoni Porowski, hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness, culture expert Karamo Brown and home designer Bobby Berk. It’s a reboot of the 2003 series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
NEW YORK (AP) – Ten million viewers. If anyone ever asks about the popularity of the NBA versus that of the National Hockey League, just mention that number. Nielsen reports that when the two winter sports crowned their champs last week as summer neared – the viewership gap between the two sports was a whopping 10 million. The clinching game of the NBA Finals was seen by 18.76 million viewers in the U.S. while the winner-take-all Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals drew 8.76 million sets of eyes. Overall for the week, ABC used the audience for the NBA Finals to propel it to the only title that really matters to TV execs – the week’s ratings winner.
TEEN SENTENCED TO IN GORY IMAGE OF PRINCE HARRY
LONDON (AP) – A British judge says has sent a young man off to 4 years and 3 months in an institution – for creating what the judge calls an “abhorrent” online image of Prince Harry. The judge criticized the 19-year-old offender for posting an image of Harry with a pistol to his head – and a blood-spattered background. The post, which went up months after Harry married biracial actress Meghan Markle, included the phrase, “See Ya Later Race Traitor.” The suspect pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism.
TREE SAID TO HAVE INSPIRED “THE LORAX” GOES DOWN
SAN DIEGO (AP) – It’s a tree some insist was the inspiration for the ones featured in the Dr. Seuss book, “The Lorax.” And now, officials in San Diego are trying to figure out why the century-old Monterey cypress toppled last week. The tree wasn’t dead at the time – and was described as being “generally in good shape.” Legend has it that Dr. Seuss was inspired by the tree to create the Truffula trees in “The Lorax.” But there are no facts to back that up. And his wife said in an interview the idea for the fictional trees came from a trip Seuss made to Africa.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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