JERRY STILLER DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller has died. Word of his death comes from his son, Ben Stiller, who posts on Twitter that his dad died of natural causes at age 92. Jerry Stiller launched his comedy career alongside his wife Anne Meara in the 1950s – and remained a comedy force for generations that followed. He is best known for his high-strung characters in “Seinfeld” and “King of Queens.” On Seinfeld, he played Frank Costanza, George’s dad on the TV series – the creator of the holiday “Festivus.”
JAY Z SEEKS ACTION ON SHOOTING OF BLACK MAN IN GA.
ATLANTA (AP) – Some hip-hop musicians are calling for quick action in the case of an unarmed black man shot to death by two white men as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood. The request is from the social justice arm of Jay Z’s Rock Nation entertainment company. Joining Jay Z in signing an open letter to state authorities are Alicia Keys, Yo Gotti, Meek Mill and two attorneys. The letter was published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In a statement, Yo Gotti says, “We are all Ahmaud Arbery,” adding that everyday activities like going for a run “should not end in death sentences.”
SURVEY: AMERICANS WATCH, AVOID COVID-19 NEWS
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s a dilemma many of us are facing these days: we want to get the latest news about the new coronavirus – but also need a break from hearing so much about the pandemic. A new study looks at this. A Pew Research Center survey taken last month says 88 percent of Americans say they’re following COVID-19 news either “very closely” or “fairly closely.” At the same time, the study says 71 percent of Americans said they need to take breaks from watching coronavirus news.
SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND REOPENS
SHANGHAI (AP) – It’s a sign that things in one country are starting to return to normal in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic. Shanghai Disneyland has reopened, doing so for the first time since Jan. 25. Visitors streamed into the park today wearing face masks – some along with their Mickey Mouse ears. For now, Disney is limiting the number of guests – and keeping some of the attractions closed to meet social distancing guidelines. The COVID-19 pandemic began in China and the nation was the first to close its economy. It was also the first to reopen after China’s ruling party declared the disease under control in early March.
ROY HORN OF SIEGFRIED AND ROY DIES OF COVID-19
LAS VEGAS (AP) – His partner in entertainment says while the world has lost Roy Horn as a magician, he has lost his best friend. Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy released a statement after Horn died of complications from the coronavirus on Friday. He was 75. The two had entertained people in Las Vegas and elsewhere for decades – until Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of the act’s famed white tigers. Funeral services will be private, with an expected public memorial.
POLICE SAY JENNIFER LEWIS, OTHERS, SCAMMED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man accused of wooing actress Jenifer Lewis and three other women to con them out of money has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud. Prosecutors say Antonio Wilson of Santa Monica acknowledges conning the women for money for his phony businesses – the admission coming in a plea deal filed in federal court in Los Angeles. Wilson is accused of stealing $50,000 from Lewis, who plays Ruby on the ABC sitcom “black-ish” – after meeting her at a gym where he was a manager. Lewis later sued the gym, settling for $13,000.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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