BROADWAY POISED TO MAKE A POST-COVID COMEBACK
NEW YORK (AP) – The lights on Broadway will be back on again soon. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and city officials have set Sept. 14 as the day the Big Apple’s theater district can reopen. Tickets for the first shows go on sale in just days. And it won’t be limited seating; theaters will open at full capacity. Cuomo says it’s up to individual theaters to decide on house policies, like whether people must have a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination to enter. Officials say early ticket sales will indicate how people feel about going to a show again after more than a year of avoiding large public gatherings. Broadway shut down abruptly last March 12 as the pandemic took hold.
JOSH DUGGAR TO REMAIN FREE WHILE AWAITING CHILD PORN TRIAL
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A federal judge in Arkansas says former reality TV star Josh Duggar can go free as he awaits trial on child pornography charges. The judge says Duggar must stay at the home of family friends who agreed to look after him between now and July, when his trial is to start. Under terms of his release, Duggar can’t have access to internet-accessible devices. Duggar was indicted last week, the day after he was arrested by U.S. Marshals. He has pleaded not guilty.
JESSICA ALBA’S COMPANY SOARS IN IPO
NEW YORK (AP) – Jessica Alba is off to a good start as the founder of a publicly traded company. As it goes into its second day of trading, shares of Honest Company are up 44%. Yesterday’s trading action on NASDAQ boosted the value of the company to $2.1 billion. Alba founded Honest a decade ago after using baby laundry detergents that she said triggered allergic reactions.
GLENN CLOSE TO MAKE FORAY INTO MUSIC WITH ALBUM COLLABORATION
NEW YORK (AP) – OK, so Glenn Close probably won’t get the kind of attention for this performance as she did when she wagged her rear to “Da Butt” at the Oscars. But she is taking another step into the music world. She’s dropping an album with Grammy-winning jazz artist Ted Nash. It’s her first album release – and it comes out tomorrow. Close says she is “very, very excited” to see how fans react to it.
MEGHAN MARKLE WINS REST OF COPYRIGHT CLAIM AGAINST BRITISH TABLOID
LONDON (AP) – She’d already won most of her copyright claim against a British tabloid publisher. Now, Meghan Markle has prevailed in the last part of her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Limited, which owns the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website. A court ruled the Duchess of Sussex does hold the copyright of a personal letter she wrote to her estranged father. The tabloid publisher, which published parts of the letter, asked the court to rule the letter belonged to the Crown, not to Markle. But the court refused.