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MORE PERFORMERS ADDED TO OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Motion Picture Academy has added to its list of presenters for this month’s Oscars ceremony. Among those added to the mix for the event a week from Sunday are Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Bailey, Diddy, Jamie Lee Curtis. Also signing on as presenters are Tyler Perry, Woody Harrelson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Previously announced presenters include Kevin Costner, Daniel Kaluuya, Zoe Kravitz, Mila Kunis, Lady Gaga, John Leguizamo Rami Malek, Lupita Nyong’o, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Wesley Snipes and Uma Thurman.

 

RUSSIAN STATE TV EMPLOYEE FINED FOR ANTI-WAR PROTEST
NEW YORK (AP) – You’d figure it wouldn’t go well for the Russian state TV worker who walked on set during a live newscast with a sign protesting the war in Ukraine. And she has gotten in trouble for that televised act of defiance. A Russian court has ordered Marina Ovsyannikova to pay a fine. The employee of state-run Channel One walked into the studio with a poster that read, “no war” and “Russians against the war.” In a video made before she crashed the studio, the woman said her dad is Ukrainian and her mom is Russian. She also called President Vladimir Putin “the aggressor” in the war on Ukraine – and urged Russians to join anti-war protests.

 

TWO FOX NEWS JOURNALISTS DIE IN UKRAINIAN INVASION
NEW YORK (AP) – Two more journalists have died in Russia’s war on Ukraine. A videographer and a 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist working for Fox News were killed when their vehicle came under fire near Kyiv. A third reporter working with them, Benjamin Hall, remains hospitalized. On Sunday, documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed when Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle near Kyiv. The death of three journalists in a matter of days shows the dangers faced by those who cover the war in Ukraine, even those with experience of being in war zones.

 

“60 MINUTES” WINS RATINGS WAR
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s three-in-a-row for “60 Minutes.” The CBS news magazine has ranked as the nation’s most-watched live TV show for a third straight week. This past Sunday’s show featured reports on the Ukraine invasion, voting rights, Pete Buttigieg and the TV show “Ted Lasso.” The recent numbers are more impressive lately because “60 Minutes” doesn’t have the benefit of an NFL game to goose the ratings, as is the case during the fall and early winter months.