BROADWAY STARS RAISING MONEY TO FIGHT LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some of Broadway’s biggest stars have teamed up to pay tribute to the late three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Rebecca Luker – and raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Among those taking part in last night’s online tribute were Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Santino Fontana, Judy Kuhn, Howard McGillin, Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Sally Wilfert. They performed stories and songs from Luker’s career. The veteran performer died in December of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 59.
ASPIRING ACTOR INDICTED ON SUSPICION OF RUNNING PONZI SCHEME
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An aspiring actor has been indicted in what authorities in Los Angeles say was his part in running a huge Ponzi scheme. The L.A. Times reports a grand jury has indicted Zachary Joseph Horwitz on multiple charges, including securities fraud, wire fraud and identity theft. Authorities say the scheme solicited hundreds of millions of dollars from investors for phony Hollywood film licensing deals.
SPORTING EVENTS DRAW LARGE TV AUDIENCES
NEW YORK (AP) – Two sporting events last week helped their respective networks score big ratings points. Nielsen reports the Kentucky Derby and the first round of the NFL draft managed to pull in more TV viewers combined than the Oscars. That’s a feat that would have been seen as inconceivable just a few years ago. Nielsen says 14.5 million people watched the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday, while the NFL Draft was seen by 12.6 million people. Last month’s Oscars barely eked past the 10 million mark. It used to be one of the most-watched TV events every year.
RICK SANTORUM COMMENTS DRAW FIRE FROM CNN COLLEAGUES
NEW YORK (AP) – So far, CNN has yet to weigh in on Rock Santorum’s future with the network – this after the former Pennsylvania senator said there was “nothing here” when the U.S. was founded. The National Congress of American Indians renewed its call that CNN drop Santorum after watching him defend his comments on Chris Cuomo’s show Monday night. Group president Fawn Sharp called Santorum “arrogant” for failing to apologize for his comments. Speaking to a conservative youth group last month, he bragged that Europeans who came to the U.S. “birthed a nation from nothing.”