PRESIDENT TRUMP – OSCARS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Everybody’s got a theory about why the viewership for the Oscars this year is down — including President Trump. In a tweet this morning, said the problem with the show is that — quote “we don’t have Stars anymore — except your President.” He said he was “just kidding, of course.” The audience for last year’s Academy Awards broadcast dropped to 26.5 million people. That’s a 20-percent drop to the 33 million who watched last year.
FRANCES MCDORMAND-STOLEN OSCAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man suspected of swiping Frances McDormand’s Oscar remains behind bars. The thief, Terry Bryant, is seen on video walking from the official Academy Awards after-party late Sunday night. Though he’s charged with making off with one of the night’s biggest prizes, at least he isn’t accused of crashing the annual Governor’s Ball. Los Angeles police say he had a ticket for the event.
001-v-22-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)–Los Angeles police say they have arrested a man for stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar. AP Entertainment correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. (6 Mar 2018)
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002-c-13-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)-“McDormand’s trophy disappeared”-AP Entertainment Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports Los Angeles police are holding a man for allegedly taking Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar. (6 Mar 2018)
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BILL COSBY HEARING CONTINUES
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Bill Cosby retrial isn’t coming about for a few more weeks. But some of the decisions that will be made as a result of a pretrial hearing that is now in its second day will go a long way toward determining how the proceedings will play out. Cosby’s legal team is trying to persuade the judge to keep a parade of women from testifying against the comedian come April. The prosecution wants to call as many as 19 other accusers to tell their story about Cosby molesting them after giving them something to drink. The defense also would like the judge to allow the jury to hear about Cosby’s financial settlement with the accuser who is at the heart of the criminal case against him. That was off-limits in the first trial. And only one additional accuser was allowed to testify at the first trial, which ended when a hung jury forced a mistrial.
008-c-17-(Michael Sisak, AP correspondent)-“on April second”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports that the judge denied a defense motion to throw out the case against Bill Cosby. (6 Mar 2018)
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007-c-25-(Michael Sisak, AP correspondent)-“defend himself against”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports that the judge in Bill Cosby’s retrial says he needs time to consider whether to call other accusers to the witness stand. (6 Mar 2018)
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028-c-17-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“a monetary payout”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports that Bill Cosby’s new defense team seems more willing to go after the primary accuser in his sexual assault case. (6 Mar 2018)
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027-c-26-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“that civil lawsuit”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports that a pre-trial hearing before Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges continues for a second day. (6 Mar 2018)
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103-c-25-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“she was paid”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports lawyer Tom Mesereau said he wants to make the settlement paid to Andrea Constand a focal point of Cosby’s retrial. (6 Mar 2018)
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104-c-16-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“about a month”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports the retrial should start early next month. (6 Mar 2018)
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102-c-16-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“and sexual misconduct”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports Bill Cosby’s lawyers have argued against the prosecutors desire to have as many as 19 other accusers testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. (6 Mar 2018)
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SUGE KNIGHT ATTORNEYS INDICTED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They were lawyers for a man accused of murder. But now one current and one former attorney for Suge Knight have indictments of their own. They have been charged with conspiring to bribe potential witnesses in Knight’s upcoming murder trial. The attorneys — Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper — were also charged with conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to a felony. Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, remains jailed while awaiting trial for running over two men in January 2015. One of the men died. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.
DANNY GLOVER HECKLED
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn’t one of Danny Glover’s acting appearances. But it still got panned by critics. In this case, Glover was appearing at a rally for Airbnb hosts in Albany, New York. But he was shouted down when activists for a union for hotel workers infiltrated the event — and began heckling Glover. As Glover began to speak, the protests began yelling over his remarks, accusing him of betraying minorities and the poor by taking a paid position with Airbnb.
JOHN LEGEND – “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR”
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend says he has pastors in his family — so he understands how people can disagree on matters related to the Bible. The singer plays Jesus in a live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” that airs on NBC on April 1. Legend says NBC wanted a multicultural cast in order to make people think in different ways about the characters in the Bible.
009-a-11-(John Legend, singer-songwriter, in AP interview)-“iconic characters as”-Singer-songwriter John Legend says the racially diverse cast for “Jesus Christ Superstar” is supposed to make viewers think of biblical characters in a new way. (6 Mar 2018)
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010-a-18-(John Legend, singer-songwriter, in AP interview)-“but it’s OK (laughs)”-Singer-songwriter John Legend says his grandfather and uncles were pastors, so he can understand why people have their own ways of thinking about the New Testament. (6 Mar 2018)
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011-a-12-(Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs), singer-songwriter, in AP interview)-“have been accurate”-Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles says some viewers may bristle at the idea of a black man portraying Jesus. (6 Mar 2018)
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012-a-20-(Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs), singer-songwriter, in AP interview)-“in the world”-Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles says it’s a good thing to challenge people by portraying Jesus as a black man. (note length of cut) (6 Mar 2018)
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FRYE FESTIVAL PROMOTER
NEW YORK (AP) — The promoter of a failed Bahamas music festival is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges. Billy McFarland was due in Manhattan federal court this afternoon. McFarland was charged last year with using fake documents to trick investors of the Fyre Festival. He has been free on bail since his arrest.