OSCAR RATINGS REVISED UPWARD, BUT STILL RECORD LOW
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s an Oscar bounce, but it doesn’t change much about Sunday’s show. Nielsen has updated its TV ratings for the Academy Awards broadcast – saying it drew 10.4 million viewers, not the 9.85 million the preliminary numbers show. But that does nothing for the overall results: that the show drew the smallest TV audience of any Oscars ceremony.
MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY TO WORK ON GLOBAL CITIZEN EFFORT
UNDATED (AP) – Chrissy Teigen (TY’-gen), David Letterman, Gayle King and Jimmy Kimmel will be the hosts. But among the high-profile names to appear at a Global Citizen-sponsored event next month will be President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The royals will serve as campaign chairs for “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.” It’s goal is to get COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of medical workers in the world’s poorest countries. The May 8 event in Los Angeles will feature musical performances by H.E.R. (her), Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, and J Balvin.
JUDGE REJECTS PLEA DEAL FOR MAN WHO RAN ON FIELD DURING SUPER BOWL
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – It was one of the few moments of drama in this year’s lopsided Super Bowl: would the intruders who ran on the field toward the end of the game make it to the goal line. They didn’t. And now they’re also coming up short in an effort to cop a plea in the case. A lawyer for Yuri Andrade and Douglas Schaffer says her clients had a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor trespassing charges for going on the field. But the judge rejected the deal – and rescheduled the case for next month.
BURNING MAN CANCELED
RENO, Nev. (AP) – Burning Man has been snuffed out again. Organizers have decided to cancel this summer’s annual counter-culture festival set for the Nevada desert. It’s the second year in a row that the event has been canceled because of the pandemic. The group running the event says in a video posted on its website that there are too many uncertainties to try to pull things together. The event had been set from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 in the Black Rock Desert, 100 miles north of Reno.