ACTOR BRIAN DENNEHY DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Dennehy has died. The veteran actor who mastered his craft on both the screen and stage died Wednesday night in Connecticut. He was 81. Known for his burly frame, booming voice – and his ability to play both good guys and bad guys convincingly, Dennehy was nominated for six Emmys for his work in TV. He was also renowned for his stage work, capturing two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and a Laurence Olivier Award. And he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2010. Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” calls Dennehy a “colossus.” Sylvester Stallone says Dennehy helped him hone his “Rocky” character.
CINEMATOGRAPHER ALLEN DAVIAU DEAD FROM CORONAVIRUS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A cinematographer who shot three of Steven Spielberg’s movies, including “E.T.” and “The Color Purple” has died. A rep for Allen Daviau says he died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. Daviau was a presence behind the scenes in Hollywood. Besides his work on Spielberg’s movies, he also ran the camera on “Bugsy,” “Avalon” and “Defending Your Life.” Daviau was 77.
DR. FAUCI GETS BEER NAMED AFTER HIM
ATLANTA (AP) – It’s pretty “head-y” stuff for Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW’-chee). The nation’s top infectious disease specialist has had a beer named after him. It was created by Wild Heaven, a brewery based in Atlanta – and is called “Fauci Spring.” The brewery describes it as a pale ale brewed with acai berries and an experimental variety of hops. Fauci has achieved celebrity status because of his frequent and plain-spoken appearances on TV as he explains the coronavirus – and the nation’s effort to keep it in check.
DR. DEBORAH BIRX TO GET BOBBLEHEAD TREATMENT
UNDATED (AP) – Is fame contagious? Looks that way, at least in the case of two people who have been in the forefront of dispensing information about the new coronavirus. Recently Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW’-chee) saw his likeness converted into a bobblehead. And now, that level of fame has been “transmitted” to Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House task force on the coronavirus. Like Fauci, Birx has won praise for the way she has handled the crisis.
MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO KILLING DREW CAREY’S FORMER FINANCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles man has pleaded not guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend, who was also once engaged to game show host Drew Carey. Gareth Pursehouse is charged with one count of murder and one count of first-degree residential burglary – along with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait. The special circumstance makes him eligible for the death penalty, if convicted. The charges stem from the death of Dr. Amie Harwick, who was thrown from the third-floor balcony of her Hollywood Woods apartment in February. An autopsy found she had been strangled first.
NFL STAR VON MILLER HAS CORONAVIRUS
AURORA, Colo. (AP) – NFL star Von Miller says he has the coronavirus – and he wants people to know that so they can understand how serious the disease is. His agent says Miller wants people to realize COVID-19 is something that “doesn’t just happen to old people in nursing homes.” Miller tells KUSA-TV in Denver he developed a cough a couple of days ago and when his nebulizer for asthma didn’t clear it up, he decided to get tested for COVID-19. The test came back positive yesterday. Still, Miller says he’s “in good spirits” and isn’t feeling ill or in pain.
MICHAEL JORDAN ON FINAL SEASON
CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) – Michael Jordan says his final NBA championship season with the Chicago Bulls was a “trying year.” Speaking on “Good Morning America,” Jordan says he and his teammates “were all trying to enjoy that year knowing it was coming to an end.” Jordan, appearing remotely, made the appearance to promote the “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series that focuses on that final year of the 1990s Bulls dynasty that won six NBA titles in eight years.
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