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BLACK PANTHER – MONDAY SALES

NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another box office mark for “Black Panther.” The movie took in $40.2 million in ticket sales yesterday — the biggest Monday ticket sales day in movie history. The Presidents Day total narrowly tops the previous mark, set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. It took in $40.1 million.

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GEORGE CLOONEY DONATES TO STUDENTS’ ANTI GUN-VIOLENCE EFFORT

NEW YORK (AP) —George Clooney and his wife Amal are donating $500,000 to students who are hoping to make the most recent school shooting in this country the last one in this country. In addition to helping fund the effort, the Clooneys are helping to organize nationwide marches against gun violence — and say they’ll also attend next month’s planned protests. In a statement, the couple says they are inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of student-activists at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed there last week.

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DEADLY FIRE AT R.I. NIGHTCLUB REMEMBERED

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Today marks the 15th anniversary of the fire that raced through a nightclub in Rhode Island during a Great White rock show. The blaze killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. The site is now a memorial park. There was to be an event marking the occasion over the weekend — but it was postponed because of a snowstorm. Today activists at the scene are calling for a new law requiring sprinklers in buildings. The blaze in 2003 at The Station started when pyrotechnics for Great White set fire to flammable foam that was installed as soundproofing.

FERGIE’S “STAR-SPANGLED BANNER”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — That “Star-Spangled Banner” controversy does yet wave. Fergie is still getting barrages of criticism online over her botched attempt to “slow jam” the national anthem. Fergie says she was trying to do something special — but now realizes it was a dud. She says she has always been honored to do the anthem — and despite the reaction she has gotten, was doing her very best.

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001-w-35-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor, with introduction of Fergie at NBA All-Star Game)–You may not know who won the NBA All-Star Game. But, as AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports, you’ve probably heard who did the national anthem. ((Wrap opens with raw sound)) (20 Feb 2018)

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002-w-39-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor, with introduction of Fergie at NBA All-Star Game)–The Star-Mangled Banner? AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game was poorly received. ((Wrap opens with raw sound)) (20 Feb 2018)

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003-c-22-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“a thumbs down”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game was a bit of an air-ball. (20 Feb 2018)

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004-c-20-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“a vanguard performance”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Fergie joins a list of performers who made a hash of the national anthem. (20 Feb 2018)

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006-c-18-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“tried her best”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Fergie has called a foul on herself for her rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. (20 Feb 2018)

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007-c-19-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“online ridicule, too”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Fergie is expressing regret over her widely-dissed take on the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game. (20 Feb 2018)

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005-r-2:44-(Sound of Fergie, performing the Star Spangled Banner at the NBA All Star Game)–Sound, of Fergie, performing the Star Spangled Banner at the NBA All Star Game. ((Note: This is the full version of the anthem)) (20 Feb 2018)

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EX-SNL STAR COLIN QUINN HAS HEART ATTACK

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Quinn may have suffered a heart attack — but his wit is still very much intact. The former “Saturday Night Live” comedian was stricken on Valentine’s Day — and is on Twitter to talk it. He says the medical staff at the hospital in New York where he was taken was motivated to patch him up because he was “a precious jewel of comedy.” He also says he is keeping tabs on those friends who have checked in on him — and those who haven’t. Quinn is 58 — and says he is doing better.

GUESS INC. CO-FOUNDER LEAVING COMPANY OVER SEX MISCONDUCT PROBE

NEW YORK (AP) — Guess Inc. will be losing its co-founder — at least for a while. Paul Marciano says he will give up his day-to-day responsibilities at the clothing firm until a sexual misconduct investigation is completed. The complaint is filed by model and actress Kate Upton — who tells Time magazine Marciano forcibly grabbed her breasts during a Guess photo shoot nearly eight years ago. She also says he would show up at hotels where she was staying — and send her inappropriate comments. Marciano denies it.

JESSE JACKSON DEFENDS LeBRON JAMES

CHICAGO (AP) — Lay off LeBron. That’s the message civil rights activist Jesse Jackson is sending to conservative commentator Laura Ingraham — and anyone else getting on the case of NBA stars and other athletes who speak out on social issues. Ingraham said James should “just shut up and dribble” after she saw a clip of James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant criticizing President Donald Trump’s racist remarks about immigrants from Africa and Haiti. She also mocked James for going directly to the NBA after high school, instead of attending college first.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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