FIVE ARRESTED IN VIOLENT DOGNAPPING OF LADY GAGA’S FRENCH BULLDOGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Five people are under arrest in the theft of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs – and the shooting of her dogwalker – in February. Authorities in Los Angeles say one of the people arrested is the woman who returned the dogs days after they were snatched at gunpoint. Police say three men took part in the crime, which left the dogwalker with a gunshot wound. Two others, including the woman who returned the dogs, are charged as accessories. Detectives in L.A. believe the dognapping was for money – not because the thieves knew the pets belonged to Lady Gaga.
ACTOR-DIRECTOR NOEL CLARKE SUSPENDED AMID (hash)METOO ALLEGATIONS
LONDON (AP) – A month ago, BAFTA gave one of its highest honors to actor/director Noel Clarke. Now not only is BAFTA pulling the award, it has suspended Clarke from the group. The suspensions go in effect “immediately” and will last “until further notice.” The move comes after a newspaper reported 20 women accuse Clarke of misconduct. The Guardian reports the accusers say he engaged in misconduct ranging from sexual harassment to bullying. Clarke, who is 45 and was in “Dr, Who,” denies the claims. But in a statement, he apologized to anyone he made feel “uncomfortable or disrespected.”
EX-REALITY TV STAR BUSTED BY FEDS IN ARKANSAS
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – We don’t know what federal authorities in Arkansas have on former reality TV star Josh Duggar. But we do know they have their hands on him, arresting yesterday him on charges that haven’t yet been specified. Duggar is 33 and was with his family on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” It was yanked off the air in 2015, after it came out that Duggar had molested four of his sisters – and a babysitter. His parents said he confessed to the misconduct- – and apologized for it. Before that, he had apologized for being addicted to pornography – and cheating on his wife.
BIDEN’S SPEECH TO CONGRESS DRAWS LOW AUDIENCE
NEW YORK (AP) – President Joe Biden’s address to Congress this week was historic. In some ways that’s good and others, not-so-good. Nielsen estimates 26.9 million watched Biden’s first address to Congress. It’s the smallest TV crowd for the speech since 1993, when Nielsen began tracking it. The previous low was the 31.1 million who saw Barack Obama give his final State of the Union in 2016. It was the first presidential address to Congress during a pandemic. It was also historic because two women sat behind the president: Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
DISNEYLAND TO REOPEN TODAY
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Is it a post-COVID world, after all? Today, Disneyland reopens after being idle 13 months by the pandemic. But to say things at the California park are back to normal is a stretch. For now, Disneyland is only allowing in-state visitors. And it will operate at limited capacity. Still the reopening is another big sign in California’s rebound from coronavirus. At one point, the state was so overwhelmed, hundreds died each day – and patients fighting for their lives had to be packed into outdoor tents.
KIRK DOUGLAS’ WIDOW DIES
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The widow of Kirk Douglas has died. Anne Douglas died yesterday in California of undisclosed causes. She was 102. Her death comes a little over a year after her husband died. Anne Douglas was stepmother to Michael Douglas, who followed his dad into acting.