COMEDIAN SINBAD SUFFERS STROKE
NEW YORK (AP) – Sinbad is recovering from a stroke. The family of the comedian-actor has shared that news in a statement to The Associated Press. The statement doesn’t say when or where it happened – or what Sinbad’s current condition is. But it says he is “beginning his road to recovery” – and his family is “faithful and optimistic” that he will bring laughter into their hearts again soon. Sinbad, born David Adkins, is 64. He’s known for his work as a stand-up comedian and for appearances in the TV sitcom “A Different World” and in several movies.
MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING RICK MORANIS SUSPECTED IN OTHER ATTACKS
NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors say the man accused of punching actor Rick Moranis is a suspect in multiple other unprovoked attacks on people in New York City. The New York Post reports prosecutors said at a hearing on Sunday that 35-year-old Marquis Ventura is charged in five assaults on strangers that took place in the last six months. Judge Nicholas Moyne ordered a psychiatric examination for Ventura. An attorney for him said he has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a serious mental illness. Ventura was arrested Saturday but the charges naming him as a suspect in other assaults were not known until yesterday’s hearing.
DONNIE WAHLBERG LEAVES ANOTHER BIG TIP
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) – Donnie Wahlberg has done it again. The actor recently left another huge tip at a restaurant, continuing his habit of leaving generous gratuities for the wait staff. The latest incident was Nov. 7, when Marshland 3A in Plymouth, Massachusetts reported Wahlberg left a $2,020 tip on a $35.27 lunch tab. A photo of the receipt, posted on Facebook, has the hashtag (hash)2020TipChallenge, an effort to urge people to tip generously. It’s at least the third time Wahlberg has done this. He left a $2,020 tip at an Illinois IHOP earlier this year. And in 2017, he left a $2,000 tip at a Waffle House in North Carolina.
HOLLYWOOD STARS BUY SOCCER TEAM
WREXHAM, Wales (AP) – Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are now owners of a sports franchise. They have purchased one of the world’s oldest soccer teams: the Welsh club Wrexham. The deal was finalized today, at a cost of $2.5 million. Reynolds announced the purchase of the 156-year-old club – and describes Wrexham as “a sleeping giant.” Reynolds vows that he and McElhenny will transform the team into a “global force.” As part of the effort to increase exposure for the soccer club, the owners will feature Wrexham in a TV series.
JOHN LEGEND’S PRODUCTION SQUAD PRODUCES CHRISTMAS MOVIE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s said money makes the world go ’round. And John Legend says it can also do wonders when it comes to making a Christmas movie. The performer says having a large budget from Netflix helped give the storytelling a boost in his new project, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.” He says having a robust budget let him and producer Mike Jackson invest in things like computer-generated images and create a more “fantastical” storyline. He says that’s a departure from many Christmas movies that target Black audiences – which Legend says often focus on real-life situations or family drama.
RAPPER BENNY THE BUTCHER SHOT IN HOUSTON ROBBERY
HOUSTON (AP) – Police in Houston are trying to find the person who shot New York-based rapper Benny the Butcher. They say he was the victim of a robbery attempt outside a Walmart on Saturday afternoon. When the rapper got out of his Rolls Royce, he and two companions were set upon by five people wearing masks – and demanding their chains. When the three didn’t move fast enough for the robbers’ tastes, one opened fire and hit Benny the Butcher in the leg. He’s hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to survive.