IDRIS ELBA RECOVERED AFTER COVID-19 INFECTION
UNDATED (AP) – Idris Elba says he and his wife had their lives “turned around” after contracting the coronavirus. The actor says getting COVID-19 was “definitely scary and unsettling and nervous.” The British-born movie and TV star tells The Associated Press his diagnosis led to “a complete upheaval” of his life even though his symptoms were mild, as are most of the cases of the disease. Elba says the pandemic is a reminder that “the world doesn’t tick on your time.” Now that Elba and his wife are over the disease, they are working with the U.N. to lessen the effects of COVID-19 on farmers and food producers in rural areas.
LADY GAGA, BEYONCE, STEVIE WONDER DO TV SPECIAL ON COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) – Everyone knew Lady Gaga would be on hand for Saturday’s TV special to fight the coronavirus; she arranged for the event. But Beyonce made a surprise appearance at Saturday’s “One World: Together At Home” event. During her appearance, she thanked delivery workers, mail carriers and sanitation workers for their hard work in the pandemic. Alicia Keys joined Beyonce in mentioning how the virus has proportionately affected African Americans. Others on the show were Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o and former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. The eight-hour event was aimed at raising money to help the World Health Organization. Organizers say it raised nearly $128 million.
TV DOCTORS ON FIRING LINE OVER CORONAVIRUS REMARKS
NEW YORK (AP) – Their fame and familiarity to TV viewers usually leave Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil with legions of followers who take what they say as the gospel truth. But these days, the two TV docs are finding their air of infallibility questioned over comments made on Fox News about coronavirus restrictions. Mehmet Oz recently said reopening schools is a “very appetizing opportunity,” even if it means more die from the spread of COVID-19. And Phil McGraw drew heat on social media for comparing coronavirus deaths to those caused by auto accidents and swimming pool accidents. Both have tried to walk back their comments. Fox News hosts have joined President Donald Trump in a chorus of voices saying it’s important to reopen the economy after a nearly month-long pause because of the pandemic.
BROADWAY ACTOR LOSES LEG TO COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) – Another Broadway star has been hit by the coronavirus. Nick Cordero had to have his right leg amputated because of complications from COVID-19. His wife says the Tony Award-nominated actor survived the surgery – and is now resting and recovering. Cordero was placed in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 31. He has been unconscious – and was put on a breathing machine. Cordero’s credits include “Bullets Over Broadway,” which earned him his Tony nod.
JUDGE SEEKS PROSECUTION RESPONSE TO COLLEGE SCAM CLAIMS
UNDATED (AP) – A judge in Boston has asked federal prosecutors to defend themselves against allegations of wrongdoing in how they handled the case of actress Lori Laughlin. She and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli are charged, along with other upper-crust parents, of cheating the college admissions process. Lawyers for the defendants say prosecutors withheld evidence that they urged the mastermind in the scheme to say the money parents paid were bribes, not legitimate donations. The judge ruled Friday the allegations are “serious and disturbing” – and warrant a formal response.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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