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            Michelle Obama discusses new memoir at library conference

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Michelle Obama discusses new memoir at library conference

Former first lady Michelle Obama will discuss her upcoming memoir "Becoming" as she kicks off the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans.

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will moderate a conversation Friday with Obama at the city's convention center.

Obama's book chronicles the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive and her time at the White House. It's being released in the U.S. through the Crown Publishing Group, a Penguin Random House division.

The publisher says, "'Becoming' is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations — and whose story inspires us to do the same."

The conference is expected to draw more than 15,000 participants.


            APNewsBreak: Meadowlands plans sports betting near NYC

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APNewsBreak: Meadowlands plans sports betting near NYC

The Meadowlands Racetrack plans to bring legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep next month.

Jeff Gural, who manages the northern New Jersey track, tells The Associated Press that he plans to begin offering sports betting on July 15. That's significantly earlier than a timetable the track laid out just over a week ago when a competing track and an Atlantic City casino became the first in New Jersey to take sports bets following its legalization.

The development came as New York state adjourned its legislative session Wednesday without adopting a sports betting bill, leaving its vast population base available for the Meadowlands track, which Gural predicted will quickly become the state's busiest sports betting outlet.

"New York did me such a favor by not passing sports betting," Gural said. "That leaves me the entirety of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County. There are 15 million people that live within 20 miles (32 kilometers) of the Meadowlands. They gave me a tremendous gift."

It would be a gift for his New Jersey track, anyway; Gural also owns the Tioga Downs track in upstate New York, and was counting on sports betting to help revive it.

New York's failure to act gives New Jersey at least a short-term advantage: many of the customers expected to place sports bets at the track will come from New York, yet the tax money sports book operators are charged on those bets (9.75 to 13 percent, depending on where and how the bets are placed) will go to New Jersey.

New Jersey gambling regulators confirmed Gural's timetable to begin offering sports betting, calling it doable. So far, Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, near the Jersey shore, and Atlantic City's Borgata casino are the only ones in New Jersey offering sports betting.

The Ocean Resort Casino, formerly known as Revel, will become the third on June 28 when it reopens on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The Meadowlands would be next in line just over two weeks later.

Ironically, it was the failed pursuit of a casino at the Meadowlands that led to concern for its future, and it will be sports betting that will ease those concerns somewhat. Gural and Hard Rock International proposed a casino at the track complex in East Rutherford, just over 6 miles (9 kilometers) from New York City, but the proposal was resoundingly rejected by voters, and is unlikely to resurface anytime soon. New Jersey's Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney told The Associated Press in December that the political support for the casino project does not exist, and even Gural and Hard Rock say it could be five years or more before that might start to change.

New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting if they desire. Delaware was the first state to do so following the ruling; New Jersey was close behind.

The Meadowlands has partnered with Betfair US to offer sports betting at the track. It is a subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair, one of the largest publicly traded sports betting companies in the world.

Gural said sports betting will help the track's bottom line, but added it will not, by itself, save the horse racing industry in New Jersey, which continues to struggle competing against neighboring states that subsidize their tracks. New Jersey's tracks used to receive $30 million a year from the state's casinos, but former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, ended those payments in 2011.

Without some sort of subsidy, Gural said, the track could be forced to just offer sports betting and simulcasting.

The track eventually plans to offer online sports betting, but will only offer sports betting at the track in the early going.

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            China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

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China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of "Last Week Tonight" and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country's crackdown on human rights.

Attempts to send posts with either the terms "John Oliver" or "Last Week Tonight" on the Sina Weibo microblog Friday were met with failure messages saying "the content contains information that violates relevant laws and regulations."

Oliver's show on Sunday made satirical references to Xi and the way that Chinese internet users often joke that he resembles Winnie the Pooh. The show also referred to China's internment of hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim Uighur minority groups in political indoctrination camps .

Oliver called Xi "the man who is now emperor for life," referring to the Chinese leader's power grab earlier this year when presidential term limits were eliminated.

On YouTube, the video of the 20-minute segment was viewed more than 3.3 million times by Friday.

The show also turned a critical eye to Xi's signature anti-corruption crackdown that has ensnared political rivals and his hallmark program of overseas infrastructure projects known as the "Belt and Road" initiative.

Oliver's show included a parody of a propaganda music video made to promote the initiative in which children sing about China being an autocracy that abuses its citizens' human rights. "This is the China Xi doesn't want you to see," they sing in chorus.

It also discussed moves to build up a cult of personality around Xi, the ruling Communist Party's attacks on human rights campaigners and the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo last year while serving a prison term for subversion.

The censoring of social media posts was the latest sign of the country's increasing sensitivity over political content and satire. China maintains some of the world's toughest restrictions on content online as well as on foreign news and entertainment broadcasters such as HBO.

Weibo did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.


            Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word

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Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word

The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week.

The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word "rhythm" was misspelled on the rhythm and treble switch. It included the letter "E." The guitar is one of two expected to go up at the new resort, with the second slated for installation Saturday at the resort's entrance.

Hard Rock officials say the typo was corrected Thursday afternoon by removing the extra vinyl letter.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will open at noon on June 28 the same day as the new Ocean Resort Casino.


            Reactions to the death of pundit Charles Krauthammer.

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Reactions to the death of pundit Charles Krauthammer.

Reactions to the death of conservative writer and pundit Charles Krauthammer.

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"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of an intellectual giant and dear friend, Charles Krauthammer. For decades, Charles' words have strengthened our democracy. His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country." — President George W. Bush, in a written statement.

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"Charles Krauthammer was one of the great thinkers of our time. A giant in his intellect and his character. A good and gracious man. And a dear friend. This is such a loss." — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Twitter.

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"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Charles Krauthammer this afternoon." — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter.

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"He was such a decent man. His commentary was principled and piercing. What a loss." — David Gregory, CNN political analyst, on Twitter.

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"We've lost a national treasure." — Megyn Kelly, NBC news anchor, on Twitter.

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"No greater master of the form." — New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, on Twitter.

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"A loss of wisdom and talent." — Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Twitter.

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"One of baseball's greatest fans — Charles Krauthammer — passed away today ... He was loved and admired by many and will be truly missed here at Nationals Park." — Official Twitter account of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, on Twitter.

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"Charles Krauthammer was a man of extraordinary intellect. Truly one of a kind. The conservative movement & the nation will miss his incredible insight, especially in times such as these." — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, on Twitter.

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"Very sad to report the death of Charles Krauthammer — award winning journalist and a courageous, caring man," — Judy Woodruff, anchor of PBS Newshour, on Twitter.

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"Terribly sad news. The great Charles Krauthammer has died." — Brit Hume, political analyst for Fox News, on Twitter.

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"We have lost a great mind, a great conservative and a great American. I, like millions of Americans, will miss the wit and wisdom of Charles Krauthammer." — Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, on Twitter.

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"Charles Krauthammer's columns and commentary shaped American politics for generations." — CNN media analyst Brian Stelter, on Twitter.

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"A remarkable man, whom we all shall miss." — Actor James Woods, on Twitter.

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"Everyone at Fox News is saddened to report that our dear friend — a giant of our industry — Charles Krauthammer has passed away." Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts, on Twitter.

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"RIP good friend. I am sure you will be owning the panel discussion in heaven as well. And we'll make sure your wise words and thoughts — your legacy — will live on here." — Bret Baier, chief political anchor, Fox News, on Twitter.


            ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

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ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when "Roseanne" was canceled last month.

"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from 'Roseanne,' she said, adding, "I wish the best for everyone involved."

The revival of the hit 1988-97 sitcom "Roseanne" was swiftly axed by ABC last month after Barr posted a tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes."

Tom Werner, executive producer of the original series and the revival, said in the statement that he was grateful to reach the deal to keep the team working "as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family."

ABC said that the new series, with "The Conners" as its working title, will star John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.

How Barr's character, the family matriarch, will be erased from their lives was left unexplained for now by ABC.

"After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before," the network said in its announcement, referring to the fictional Illinois town where the family lives.

The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago," ABC said, a nod to the unusual portrayal of a blue-collar family on TV.

In a joint statement, the cast expressed support for the project.

"We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," they said.

After getting the chance last season to tell stories about challenges facing working-class family, they're glad to "continue to share those stories through love and laughter," the actors said.

The new show was ordered from producer Werner Entertainment without a pilot episode, the typical basis for a series to be greenlit.

Barr's tweet had been condemned by ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

Barr initially apologized and deleted the post, which had followed her pattern of making controversial political and social statements on social media. Some observers questioned why ABC had ordered the revival given her history.

But the comedy's return was an instant smash for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., and was counted on to lead the network's fortunes next season.

Its first new episode last March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television.

Kantar Media said "Roseanne" earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC through last season's nine-episode run.

The show tackled hot-button topics such as the opioid epidemic, single parenting and the Trump presidency, with the fictional Roseanne's support mirrored by that of Barr in real life.

The reboot also prompted some outrage, including over a joke about two other TV comedies featuring minority characters that was deemed dismissive and an episode some people called Islamophobic.

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .


            Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died

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Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, died Thursday.

He was 68.

His death was announced by two organizations that were longtime employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.

"I leave this life with no regrets," Krauthammer wrote in The Washington Post, where his column had run since 1984. "It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

Sometimes scornful, sometimes reflective, he was awarded a Pulitzer in 1987 for "his witty and insightful" commentary and was an influential voice among Republicans, whether through his syndicated column or his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was most associated with Brit Hume's nightly newscast and stayed with it when Bret Baier took over in 2009.

Krauthammer is credited with coining the term "The Reagan Doctrine" for President Reagan's policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. He was a leading advocate for the Iraq War and a prominent critic of President Barack Obama, whom he praised for his "first-class intellect and first-class temperament" and denounced for having a "highly suspect" character.

Krauthammer was a former Harvard medical student who graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down because of a diving board accident, continuing his studies from his hospital bed. He was a Democrat in his youth and his political engagement dated back to 1976, when he handed out leaflets for Henry Jackson's unsuccessful presidential campaign.

But through the 1980s and beyond, Krauthammer followed a journey akin to such neo-conservative predecessors as Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz, turning against his old party on foreign and domestic issues. He aligned with Republicans on everything from confrontation with the Soviet Union to rejection of the "Great Society" programs enacted during the 1960s.

"As I became convinced of the practical and theoretical defects of the social-democratic tendencies of my youth, it was but a short distance to a philosophy of restrained, free-market governance that gave more space and place to the individual and to the civil society that stands between citizen and state," he wrote in the introduction to "Things That Matter," a million-selling compilation of his writings published in 2013.

For the Post, Time magazine, The New Republic and other publications, Krauthammer wrote on a wide range of subjects, and in "Things That Matter" listed chess, baseball, "the innocence of dogs" and "the cunning of cats" among his passions. As a psychiatrist in the 1970s, he did groundbreaking research on bipolar disorder.

But he found nothing could live apart from government and the civic realm. "Science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture" and other fields were "fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics."

Ever blunt in his criticisms, Krauthammer was an "intense disliker" the liberal columnist E.J. Dionne told Politico in 2009. And opponents had words for him. Christopher Hitchens once called him the "newest of the neocon mini-windbags," with the "arduous job, in an arduous time, of being an unpredictable conformist."

He was attacked for his politics, and for his predictions. He was so confident of quick success in Iraq he initially labeled the 2003 invasion "The Three Week War" and defended the conflict for years. He also backed the George W. Bush administration's use of torture as an "uncontrolled experiment" carried out "sometimes clumsily, sometimes cruelly, indeed, sometimes wrongly. But successfully. It kept us safe."

And the former president praised Krauthammer after hearing of his death.

"For decades, Charles' words have strengthened our democracy," George W. Bush said in a statement. "His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country."

Krauthammer was sure that Obama would lose in 2008 because of lingering fears from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and foresaw Mitt Romney defeating him in 2012.

But he prided himself on his rejection of orthodoxy and took on Republicans, too, observing during a Fox special in 2013 that "If you're going to leave the medical profession because you think you have something to say, you betray your whole life if you don't say what you think and if you don't say it honestly and bluntly."

He criticized the death penalty and rejected intelligent design as "today's tarted-up version of creationism." In 2005, he was widely cited as a key factor in convincing Bush to rescind the Supreme Court nomination of the president's friend and legal adviser Harriet Miers, whom Krauthammer and others said lacked the necessary credentials. And he differed with such Fox commentators as Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham as he found himself among the increasingly isolated "Never Trumpers," Republicans regarding the real estate baron and former "Apprentice" star as a vulgarian unfit for the presidency.

"I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully," he wrote in August 2016, around the time Trump officially became the Republican nominee. "I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value — indeed exists — only insofar as it sustains and inflates him."

Trump, of course, tweeted about Krauthammer, who "pretends to be a smart guy, but if you look at his record, he isn't. A dummy who is on too many Fox shows. An overrated clown!"

Krauthammer married Robyn Trethewey, an artist and former attorney, in 1974. They had a son, Daniel, who also became a columnist and commentator.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Europe, Krauthammer was born in New York City and moved with his family to Montreal when he was 5, growing up in a French speaking home. His path to political writing was unexpected. First, at McGill University, he became editor in chief of the student newspaper after his predecessor was ousted over what Krauthammer called his "mindless, humorless Maoism."

In the late 1970s, while a psychiatric resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, a professor with whom he had researched manic depression was appointed to a mental health agency created by President Jimmy Carter. Krauthammer went, too, began writing for The New Republic and was soon recruited to write speeches for Carter's vice president and 1980 running mate, Walter Mondale.

Carter was defeated by Reagan and on Jan. 20, 1981, Reagan's inauguration day, Krauthammer formally joined The New Republic as a writer and editor.

"These quite fantastic twists and turns have given me a profound respect for serendipity," he wrote in 2013. "A long forgotten, utterly trivial student council fight brought me to journalism. A moment of adolescent anger led me to the impulsive decision to quit political studies and enroll in medical school. A decade later, a random presidential appointment having nothing to do with me brought me to a place where my writing and public career could begin.

"When a young journalist asks me today, 'How do I get to a nationally syndicated columnist?' I have my answer: 'First, go to medical school.'"

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AP Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report.

Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46.

Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler.

She became a celebrity who played with the likes of William Shatner, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and Mr. Rogers. At her home preserve, where she was treated like a queen, she ran around with Williams' eyeglasses and unzipped Rogers' famous cardigan sweater.

In so doing, Koko showed the American public that a giant ape didn't have to be scary but wanted to be tickled and hugged.

The Gorilla Foundation said the 280-pound (127-kilogram) western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Santa Cruz mountains Tuesday.

Koko was the not the first animal to learn sign language and communicate, but through books and media appearances she became the most famous. Yet there was debate in the scientific community about how deep and human-like her conversations were.

Koko appeared in many documentaries, including a 2015 PBS one, and twice in National Geographic. The gorilla's 1978 National Geographic cover featured a photo that the animal had taken of herself in a mirror.

"Koko the individual was supersmart, like all the apes, and also sensitive, something not everyone expected from a 'king kong' type animal that movies depict as dangerous and formidable," Emory University primate researcher Frans de Waal said in an email Thursday.

"It changed the image of apes, and gorillas in particular, for the better, such as through the children's book 'Koko's Kitten' that may young people have grown up with. To view apes as nice and caring was new to the public and a big improvement."

Koko watched movies and television, with her handlers saying her favorite book was "The Three Little Kittens," her favorite movies included the Eddie Murphy version of "Doctor Doolittle" and "Free Willy," and her favorite TV show was "Wild Kingdom."

For her 25th birthday, she asked for and received a box of rubber snakes. In 1996, she even asked to be a mother. Despite attempts by her keepers to introduce male partners, Koko never became a mother. Instead, she had a series of kittens as pets.

The first was named All Ball, a gray and white tail-less kitten, given to Koko for her birthday in 1984. Other cats followed after All Ball's death, but researchers reported that the gorilla kept "mourning" the original cat years later.

Koko's real name was Hanabi-Ko, Japanese for fireworks child. She was born July 4, 1971, at the San Francisco Zoo.

Francine Patterson was working on her doctoral dissertation on the linguistic capabilities of gorillas and in 1972 started to teach Koko sign language. Patterson and biologist Ronald Cohn moved Koko to their newly established preserve in 1974 and kept teaching and studying her, adding a male gorilla in 1979.

In 2004, Koko used American Sign Language to communicate that her mouth hurt and used a pain scale of 1 to 10 to show how badly it hurt.

"Koko represents what language may have been 5 million years ago for people," Cohn said in 1996. "That's the time that gorillas and humans separated in evolution."

Other scientists, such as Herbert Terrace at Columbia University, who raised and taught sign language to a primate named Nim Chimpksy (a play on the name of the linguist Noam Chomsky), argued in scientific and popular literature that most of Koko's conversations and those of other primates were "not spontaneous but solicited by questions from her teachers and companions."

"Scientists have often complained about possible overinterpretation of Koko's sign language utterances and the lack of proper documentation of what she has said when and how," deWaal said in an email, adding that "coaching and interpretation by the people around her" may have altered her messages at times.

But the science, deWaal said, was "irrelevant to Koko's pop-image. ... Koko's passing is the end of an era, and a genuine loss."

Koko frequently asked to see people's nipples, a habit that led to controversy more than a dozen years ago, when two former caretakers said they were fired for refusing to bare their breasts to the gorilla. The women settled with the foundation in 2005.

Video shows Koko grabbing for Williams' chest area and Shatner's groin.

Williams, another San Francisco Bay area legend, met Koko in 2001 and called it a "mind-altering experience." The two held hands and tickled each other in a widely shared video.

"We shared something extraordinary: Laughter," he said. He called it "awesome and unforgettable." Williams killed himself in 2014.

Patterson later said she didn't plan on telling Koko about Williams' death, but the gorilla overheard conversation and then later "mourned" the actor by going silent and sullen.

Koko knew about death, primary researcher Patterson said in 2015, relaying in The Atlantic a conversation Koko had with another caretaker:

"The caregiver showed Koko a skeleton and asked, 'Is this alive or dead?' Koko signed, 'Dead, draped.' 'Draped' means 'covered up.' Then the caregiver asked, 'Where do animals go when they die?' Koko said, 'A comfortable hole.' Then she gave a kiss goodbye."

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Borenstein reported from Washington.


            France's presidential palace hosts electronic music show

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France's presidential palace hosts electronic music show

The courtyard of the French presidential palace was converted into a giant dance floor for one evening on the country's Music Day.

The Elysee Palace hosted an unprecedented electronic music show on Thursday that 1,500 people who registered on the presidency's website got to attend for free.

Guests could enjoy food and alcohol-free beer while listening to five French acts. They included electro artists Kavinsky and Busy P, who are regarded as global ambassadors of the house music genre known as French Touch.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, made a brief appearance to shake hands with spectators.

Since its first edition in 1982, the Music Day Festival has evolved into an evening of outdoor concerts at cultural sites and on street corners across France.


            Family: Kate Spade's father dies on eve of her funeral

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Family: Kate Spade's father dies on eve of her funeral

The father of fashion designer Kate Spade died on the eve of her funeral, according to a statement released by her family shortly before her service began Thursday in her hometown of Kansas City.

The family said 89-year-old Earl Brosnahan Jr. had been in ill health before passing away Wednesday night at his home. The statement said he was "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter."

Kate Spade was found dead by suicide in her New York City home on June 5. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter. Her husband said she'd had depression and anxiety for many years.

Mourners flocked to a Kansas City church shortly before her funeral, many carrying her iconic purses.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with her husband Andy Spade in 1993.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $2.4 billion. Kate and Andy Spade recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

Andy Spade said earlier this month that his wife had long suffered from depression and anxiety, but that she had been seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication.

He said he and his wife had been living separately in the 10 months before her death but saw each other or spoke every day. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a Kansas City animal shelter.


            Fox News Channel chides rivals for not airing Trump speech

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Fox News Channel chides rivals for not airing Trump speech

Fox News Channel is not content simply to televise President Donald Trump at a campaign-style rally. The network is compelled to point it out when its rivals don't.

Fox's onscreen message during Trump's speech on Wednesday night is the latest example of how formerly little-noticed news judgment decisions can become political issues in themselves.

Fox carried the entirety of Trump's address to a crowd in Minnesota, pre-empting most of Tucker Carlson's prime-time show. MSNBC stuck with its regular lineup, streaming Trump's speech online and airing clips from it later news coverage. CNN also showed its regular lineup as producers monitored the speech for news.

During the speech, Fox aired an onscreen message that said: "Trump rally live only on Fox News, other networks ignore presidential rally."

For Fox viewers who constantly hear that the "mainstream media" dislikes the president, the message could drive home the notion that only Fox has their backs. Yet it could also reinforce a statement for which Carlson received criticism last week, when he told his viewers that stories on other news outlets were not to be believed.

It's an example of Fox appealing explicitly to viewers who support the president, said Tom Bettag, a veteran network news producer who now teaches journalism at the University of Maryland.

"I'm not sure that it plays to the average person, who would be inclined to say 'don't tell me what to watch, don't tell me what to think. I can make up my own mind,'" Bettag said. "But I don't think they're trying to appeal to a general audience."

MSNBC and CNN declined to comment on Thursday. A Fox representative noted that the president's address was particularly newsworthy on the same day the president reversed course on a policy of separating families that cross the border illegally, and just after his summit with North Korea. When Barack Obama was president, interest groups would occasionally criticize Fox for giving less airtime to his events than his rivals did.

News organizations have also received criticism from Trump opponents for giving the president too much airtime, or reporting things that he says that are demonstrably false. Cable news networks reliably televise White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' daily briefings live, even as they become contentious and some critics say shed little light on the news.

Bettag said he didn't believe Fox's rivals would be persuaded to televise events that they otherwise might not have for fear of those decisions becoming fodder for critics.

"Being attacked by Fox is a little bit like being attacked by Trump," he said. "Being told by Fox that your news organization is terrible, that's not the worst thing in the world for the 80 percent of people who are not Fox viewers."


            The Latest: Hundreds attend funeral for designer Kate Spade

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The Latest: Hundreds attend funeral for designer Kate Spade

The Latest on funeral services for fashion designer Kate Spade (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Hundreds of mourners braved drizzling rain to attend the funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

Many of those attending the Thursday church service carried her iconic purses.

Her family released a statement shortly before the funeral began, saying her father had died the night before. The statement said 89-year-old Earl Brosnahan Jr. had been in failing health and was "heartbroken" after his daughter's suicide.

The 55-year-old mother was found dead in her New York City home on June 5. Her husband says she'd had depression and anxiety for years, and that she'd been seeing a doctor.

A high school classmate said Thursday that Spade was "incredibly kind" and had a memorable laugh.

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3:50 p.m.

The family of fashion designer Kate Spade says her father died on the eve of her funeral.

The family released a statement Thursday saying Earl Brosnahan, Jr. died Wednesday night at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. The family says he was 89 and had been in failing health.

The statement says he was "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter."

The statement was released as a funeral began for his daughter Thursday afternoon at church in Kansas City, her hometown. Kate Spade was found dead by suicide in her New York City home on June 5.

She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter. Her husband, Andy Spade, says she had depression and anxiety for many years.

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11:13 p.m.

Fashion designer Kate Spade is being buried in Kansas City, where she was born.

Services for Spade are planned for 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. That's where her grandparents wed.

Spade was found dead by suicide on June 5 in her New York City home. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy Spade in 1993. Andy Spade says she had depression and anxiety for many years.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a Kansas City animal shelter.

Kate Spade’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan dead at 89

Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., the father of late fashion designer Kate Spade, has died, according to a family statement to ABC News.

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Brosnahan, who went by his middle name, Frank, was 89 and in failing health.

“He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter,” the statement said.

Brosnahan’s death comes after Spade died of suicide in New York City June 5. Her funeral was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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            Demi Lovato sings about addiction struggles on 'Sober'

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Demi Lovato sings about addiction struggles on 'Sober'

Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety in March, but her new song indicates she may no longer be sober.

The pop star released "Sober " on YouTube on Thursday, singing lyrics like: "Momma, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor."

Lovato tweeted a link to the song with the words "My truth."

The singer-actress struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues, entering rehab in 2010. She has spoken out about her battles with drugs and alcohol over the years, and she's become a role model for young women and men who have faced their own issues.

Representatives for the 25-year-old singer didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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            Abloh's historic debut at Vuitton is a big draw in Paris

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Abloh's historic debut at Vuitton is a big draw in Paris

The debut Louis Vuitton collection by Virgil Abloh, the first African-American to head a major European fashion house, drew stars of all stripes to Paris for his rainbow-themed menswear show.

Kanye West was there with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who had returned to Paris for the first time since she was tied up and robbed at gunpoint during an October 2016 jewelry heist. Model Bella Hadid weathered a prevailing hot spell behind shades, while Rihanna and Naomi Campbell arrived for the big event of Paris Fashion Week at the last minute.

Here are some highlights from Thursday's spring-summer menswear shows:

LOUIS VUITTON'S INCLUSIVE RAINBOW

"It is a big, big day," Bella Hadid said as she took her seat in the yellow section of Louis Vuitton's multicolored set.

"It's great," chimed in Rihanna, who rocked a hip, white LV jumpsuit.

It was clear by the mood at the show that expectations for artistic director Abloh's debut were at stratospheric levels.

And Abloh did not squander his moment. There was deep and thoughtful symbolism throughout the 56 multicolored looks.

White dominated the first designs. The hue, which signifies purity or new beginnings, also inspired Abloh's first main fashion venture, the Milan-based house Off-White.

On Thursday, it was the base color for sheer T-shirts, LV fitted jackets and loose pleated pants that were accessorized with broken white chains that hung from bags and dragged on the floor. All of the models displaying the garments were black.

Colors then flourished.

A fluorescent yellow breast-plate top began a leitmotif of cage-like garments, such as orange ribbed vests and fluorescent side bibs.

Abloh literally went over the rainbow for the show's best looks, which channeled "The Wizard of Oz." A black and white jacquard double-breasted tailored jacket had an image of Judy Garland on the back.

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VICTOR CRUZ IS PROUD OF HISTORIC MOMENT

Abloh's Louis Vuitton debut was recognized as a history-making moment for fashion.

American football player Victor Cruz, 31, who has African-American and Puerto Rican roots, told The Associated Press: "I'm happy to be alive and be part of this, because this hasn't happened before in my generation."

Cruz, who arrived with Hadid, said having an African-American designer leading a European heritage house for the first time was "opening the door. People now have to pay attention to minorities and the culture that we are shaping for ourselves."

"This forces them to pay attention to us now," he continued. "Pay attention in a real way, and not just inviting us to their shows. There are more doors opening to us now."

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RICK OWENS' BABEL

"Confusion" and age-old drama reigned in the styles of Rick Owens' spring-summer ode to the Tower of Babel.

Set outside against the art deco columns of Paris' Palais de Tokyo, his show featured machines spitting mood-setting smoke out across the constructed geometric stage. The accomplished designs themselves followed this architectural theme.

Crisscross patterns — as seen in a torn vest silhouette or in a graphic print — were ubiquitous on looks that often capped gargantuan, 90s-era black pants.

Much like the Biblical tower that Owens' used as a touchstone for the 40 looks, the weight of the silhouette seemed visually to carry down from the torso to solid legs.

The pants, which were sometimes adorned with studs or imagined in geometric panels, were highly artistic in their play on proportion.

Three-dimensional tent structures adorning torsos added an eccentric edge, as did billowing white coats in multiple layers that carried an ecclesiastical-meets-sci-fi air.

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THE ART OF THE INVITATION

The age of email doesn't seem to have left a mark on the fashion industry's antiquated system for extending invitations.

Season after season, gasoline-guzzling couriers crisscross Paris to hand-deliver elaborate invites to fashion insiders.

Top houses vie to see which will come up the funniest or most imaginative one.

The invitation to Rick Owens' menswear show on Thursday arrived in the shape of a black cotton mouth mask that fastened around the ears.

The Yoshiokubo label sent out an invite to its "Bank Robbery" show that was fashioned as a thick wad of pretend $500,000 bills.

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ISSEY MIYAKE'S SUMMER

Loose summer vibes were in the breeze at the open-air Issey Miyake presentation.

Flowing silhouettes of cotton jersey — hybrids between T-shirts and shirts — led the eye to baggy printed pants inspired by sunlight.

The sun theme continued in woven jackets. The zigzag patterns that evoked summer rays were made using a computerized jacquard fabric.

It was a reminder why Issey Miyake is known as the house of techno-fabrics.

Some jackets looked businesslike or preppy — a fitting reference for the show venue, Paris' Sorbonne university.

"The boundaries between work, leisure, privacy have become blurred. One can work everywhere. A park, a cafe, a library or at home," the show notes pointed out.

This fact was certainly not lost on the myriad fashion writers, bunched up after the show with coffees, working to meet deadlines.


            Jon Dorenbos shares in Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl magic

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Jon Dorenbos shares in Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl magic

Former Philadelphia Eagles player and "America's Got Talent" finalist Jon Dorenbos is sharing in the Super Bowl magic despite not playing with the team last season.

The Eagles posted a video Thursday on Twitter of Dorenbos receiving a Super Bowl ring. Dorenbos was a popular figure in the Eagles locker room, known for his gregarious personality and for entertaining teammates with magic tricks.

He was traded to the Saints before the start of last season but retired in September when it was discovered he needed heart surgery, ending his football career.

Dorenbos learned magic as a kid to help him cope with the death of his mother, who was killed by his father. He performed on NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2016 and finished in third place.

Arrest made in death of rapper XXXTentacion

Police in Florida have arrested a man in connection to the death of rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach on Monday, according to sheriff’s deputies.

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Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter confirmed Thursday that Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested in connection to the death of 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion.

Broward County Jail records show Williams was charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, among other charges. He was being held Thursday without bond at the Broward County Jail, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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The newspaper reported that deputies pulled over Williams around 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pompano Beach. He was wanted on a warrant for driving with an invalid Florida license and a suspended ID, according to the Post. Broward County Jail records show Williams is on a felony probation.

Williams is believed to have had an “active part” in Onfroy’s deaeth, deputies said in an arrest warrant obtained by the Post.

Onfroy was shot Monday outside a motorcycle dealership. Deputies said he was leaving RIVA Motorsports when he was approached by two armed people in an apparent robbery. At least one of them opened fire, hitting the rapper.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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BET Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, performing

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BET Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, performing

Some of the biggest artists in rap, hip-hop and R&B, movies and TV will be at the BET Awards on Sunday.

Nicki Minaj, Migos, DJ Khaled and Janelle Monae are among those scheduled to be at the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

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Here’s what you need to know before the show:

What time: 8 p.m. ET

What channel: BET, with livestreams on BET.com and YouTube

Who is hosting: Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx

Who is performing: Bruno Mars will open the show. Migos, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Ella Mai, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Miguel, Daniel Casear, H.E.R., YG, Jay Rock, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams and SiR are among the announced performers.

Who is nominated: Nominees for each category, including special honors, are below.

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Beyonce

Kehlani

H.E.R.

Rihanna

SZA

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Bruno Mars

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Khalid

Daniel Caesar 

VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

SZA featuring Travis Scott, “Love Galore”

Drake, “God’s Plan”

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Migos featuring Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj, “Motorsport”

BEST GROUP 

Chloe x Halle

A Tribe Called Quest

N.E.R.D.

Migos

Rae Sremmurd

BEST COLLABORATION 

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, “Finesse (Remix)”

Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”

DJ Khaled featuring Future, Beyonce and JAY-Z, “Top Off”

Cardi B featuring 21 Savage, “Bartier Cardi”

French Montana featuring Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

DJ Khaled

JAY-Z

Drake

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Cardi B

Rapsody

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Dej Loaf

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, “Finesse (Remix)”

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

Migos featuring Drake, “Walk It Like I Talk It”

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Drake, “God’s Plan”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Ava DuVernay

Chris Brown

Director X 

Dave Meyers

Benny Boom

BEST NEW ARTIST

GoldLink

SZA

H.E.R.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Daniel Caesar

BEST ACTRESS

Angela Bassett

Issa Rae

Tiffany Haddish

Taraji P. Henson

Lupita Nyong’o

Letitia Wright

BEST ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman

Denzel Washington

Donald Glover

Daniel Kaluuya

Michael B. Jordan

Sterling K. Brown

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”

Snoop Dogg featuring B. Slade, “Words Are Few”

Ledisi and Kirk Franklin, “If You Don’t Mind”

Marvin Sapp, “Close”

Tasha Cobbs Leondard featuring Nicki Minaj, “I’m Getting Ready”

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Caleb McLaughlin

Lonnie Chavis

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown

Yara Shahidi

Ashton Taylor

BEST MOVIE

“A Wrinkle In Time”

“Black Panther”

“Girls Trip”

“Mudbound”

“Detroit”

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Elana Meyers Taylor

Serena Williams

Candace Parker

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Venus Williams

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

LeBron James

Odell Beckam Jr.

Stephen Curry

Kevin Durant

Dwyane Wade

BET HER AWARD

Janelle Monae, “Django Jane”

Lizzo, “Water Me”

Mary J. Blige, “Strength of a Woman”

Remy Ma featuring Chris Brown, “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”

Chloe x Haller, “The Kids Are Alright”

Leikeli47, “2nd Fiddle”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

DJ Khaled, “Grateful”

Migos, “Culture II”

SZA, “Ctrl”

Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”

JAY-Z, “4:44”

Kendrick Lamar and various artists, “Black Panther”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Stormzy (UK)

Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Davido (Nigeria)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Niska (France)

Distruction Boyz (South Africa)

Stefflon Don (UK)

J Hus (UK)

Dadju (France)

Booba (France)


            Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa hospitalized after fall at home

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Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa hospitalized after fall at home

Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa is under observation at a Madrid hospital after sustaining light injuries in a fall at home.

The Spanish capital's Hospital Ruber Juan Bravo says it admitted the 82-year-old Peruvian writer early Thursday with a bruised left buttock and a slight head injury.

The hospital says in a statement that Vargas Llosa was in severe pain from his bruised buttock, and doctors recommended that he remain in hospital for the time being.

It says the novelist underwent a series of tests. The statement provides no further details about his health.

The hospital says Vargas Llosa had recently returned from a trip to La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands off northwest Africa.


            Envoy: Filmmaker on hunger strike has heart, kidney problems

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Envoy: Filmmaker on hunger strike has heart, kidney problems

Ukraine's human rights envoy said Thursday that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has heart and kidney problems after a hunger strike lasting more than a month.

Lyudmila Denisova said on Facebook that she spoke to Sentsov's Russian lawyer who visited him Thursday and said that he was at a prison hospital with an unspecified heart and kidney condition.

She said she learned from the lawyer that Sentsov was drinking some 3.5 liters of water a day and was also taking another 2 liters of liquid daily through IV.

Denisova said that Sentsov had a crisis on the 26th day of his hunger strike and was taken to a hospital, where doctors proposed to force-feed him, but he refused.

Sentsov's lawyer couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia's annexation of Crimea, has been refusing food since mid-May. He was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for conspiracy to commit terror acts. He rejected the verdict as politically motivated, and politicians and public figures in the West and in Russia have called for his release.

According to the state RIA-Novosti news agency, Anatoliy Sak, a human rights official in the Siberian region where Sentsov is serving time, said Thursday he visited him recently and said that the filmmaker looked fine, was alert and communicated easily.


            Things to Do: Village People, Athfest, Big Boi at SunTrust

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Things to Do: Village People, Athfest, Big Boi at SunTrust

June 9 - July 27

Stone Mountain Summer at the Rock

Summer is the perfect time to explore Stone Mountain Park. Take the fam for some fun at attractions like Dinosaur Explore, Geyser Towers, Skyhike and more. Ride the scenic railroad, climb the mountain and catch a laser show.

Happy opening to the cast and crew of King John! pic.twitter.com/fj8ehDTmtL — Shakespeare Tavern (@shakespearetav) June 16, 2018

June 14 - July 1

'The Life and Death of King John'

A story of murder, betrayal, and religious intolerance at the highest levels of government at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

June 15 - 24

'Mamma Mia!' 

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! 'Mamma Mia!' combines the timeless tunes of super group ABBA with a sunny, funny tale that unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

All it takes is a bit of pixie dust to fly to Serenbe this summer for an ALL NEW MUSICAL ADVENTURE! Peter Pan is taking to the seas for a voyage the whole family will love! Visit https://t.co/cNFv9zz8ly for tickets! #spPETERPAN #TinkerBell pic.twitter.com/GvuHnrzuNN — Serenbe Playhouse (@OnStageSerenbe) May 9, 2018

June 15 - August 25

'Peter Pan'

'Peter Pan' is a new version of the famous story about Peter, Wendy, pixie dust, and pirates, performed in the forest at Serenbe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills. After defeating Captain Hook and taking over his ship, join Peter deep in the forests of Neverland where he lives it up with his band of Lost Boys. 

June 22 - 24

ATHENS! We're gearing up for our favorite weekend of music! We'll be headlining the outdoor mainstage THIS SATURDAY night at 9pm for @AthFest ~ Come get rowdy with us ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/kAHrW42Klw — Family And Friends (@FamAndPals) June 20, 2018

Athfest Music and Arts Festival

The streets of Athens fill with music during the Athfest Music and Arts Festival. Catch over 100 bands on 2 outdoor stages and over a dozen clubs and music venues.

Atlanta Braves vs. Baltimore Orioles

It wouldn’t be summer without catching a Braves game. The Braves take on the Baltimore Orioles this weekend with games on Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

June 23

#TheBowl2018 - Village People Sister Sledge on June 23rd! Tickets on sale March 8th at 10 AM. https://t.co/L85vjC2Edq #inmysweetcity #sweetlife #thebowlatsugarhill #livemusic #gamusic pic.twitter.com/6clCdsHXQw — City of Sugar Hill (@CityOfSugarHill) March 1, 2018

The Village People 

International phenomenon, the Village People will have everyone off their seats and dancing in The Bowl at Sugar Hill. Sister Sledge co-headlines the concert.

Big Boi at SunTrust Park

Big Boi is performing at SunTrust Park  after the 4:10 p.m. game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Comedy Get Down 

Get ready to laugh. Comedians Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez come together for The Comedy Get Down at the Fox Theatre. Tickets start at $55.

West End Tour of Homes

Take an evening tour through Atlanta’s historic and diverse West End neighborhood during the West End Tour of Homes. Explore 10 beautiful houses on this self-guided tour. Tickets are $25.

Spring Into Summer

Spring Into Summer in Lawrenceville features wellness exhibitors and family activities, plus a 3K glow-in-the-dark walk/run for $10 at 8:30 p.m., followed by a free movie on the lawn at roughly 9 p.m.

June 24

Stand Up for the Hooch

Stand Up for the Hooch is a race that goes 2 and 6 miles on the Chattahoochee River from Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs. Free for spectators.


            Jane Fonda to be honored at Traverse City Film Festival

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Jane Fonda to be honored at Traverse City Film Festival

Jane Fonda will receive a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival led by fellow Oscar winner Michael Moore.

Moore announced Thursday that the actress, author and political activist will be honored during the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 5.

Details of her appearance and this year's film and event schedule will be announced June 29.

Fonda won Best Actress academy awards for her performances in "Klute" in 1971 and "Coming Home" in 1978. She has received five other nominations.

Since 2015, she has starred in the Netflix sitcom "Grace and Frankie." Her most recent film was the comedy "Book Club."

About 100 movies will be screened at the festival in the Lake Michigan community of Traverse City.


            America Ferrera editing anthology of essays about culture

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America Ferrera editing anthology of essays about culture

Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, author Roxane Gay and Olympic skater Michelle Kwan are among those contributing essays to an anthology about navigating between cultures.

"American Like Me" will feature stories from those trying find an identity in a culture that often "underrepresents or ignores" their experiences.

"American Like Me" will be edited by the actress and activist America Ferrera. She is donating a portion of her proceeds to the nonprofit Immigrants We Get the Job Done Coalition, which provides legal support for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Others writing essays include Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, actor Kal Penn and author Jenny Zhang.

Gallery Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Thursday that the book comes out Sept. 25.


            Serena Williams: Young boys need domestic abuse education

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Serena Williams: Young boys need domestic abuse education

Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn't just center around women, but men as well.

The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start when men are young boys.

"I think expanding the conversation to men and expanding the conversation to young boys, it's so important," she said in an interview on Wednesday.

"This is a human rights issue. We should all be treated the same. We should be treated equal. With domestic abuse, it doesn't care what color you are, what background you're from," she continued.

"It's important to get the message out there — to our young men, to our boys, to our daughters — to let that new generation, and let the generation now know that, let's stop this. Let's change this. Let's create a better us."

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion is the ambassador for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse initiative, which aims to help stop domestic abuse and what it calls the financial abuse that can accompany such relationships.

Williams says being the mother of an infant daughter makes the issue more important to her.

"This could be something that my daughter could face and that's not cool," she said at a Purple Purse event. "I want her to know that she can always talk to me, and talk to other people. That maybe she doesn't have a voice, maybe she can't use her voice, but we can be her voice, we can support her in so many different ways," Williams said.

Williams was pregnant with 9-month-old Olympia Ohanian when she won the Australian Open in January 2017. She returned to Grand Slam play last month at the French Open but had to withdraw after reaching the fourth round due to a pectoral chest injury.

Williams says she anticipates being healthy for next month's Wimbledon tournament.

"Oh that's a plan, absolutely, absolutely, and I've been working toward it," she said.

She also spoke about her father, Richard Williams, and his upcoming induction into the American Tennis Association's Hall of Fame. Williams coached Serena and her fellow champion sister, Venus, from when they were children until they were winning titles as adults.

"That's really wonderful and I know he is really excited about that and I am, too," she said. "I was just with him yesterday and we talked about it. It was great."

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the foundation is the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and the age of Williams' daughter.

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Pete Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson has confirmed his whirlwind engagement to singer Ariana Grande.

The 24-year-old appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday and said he’s gotten support from other men on the street.

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“You know you didn’t have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show,” Fallon joked.

“But I did, though,” Davidson said. “I feel like I won a contest. It’s so sick. It’s so (expletive) lit. It’s so lit, it’s so funny when you’re walking down the street, dudes are walking by and (tipping their hat).

“Some guy came up to me and said, ‘Yo man, you like gave me hope.’ I didn’t know I was that ugly.” 

Getting more serious, Davidson admitted he was lucky to be with Grande.

“I’m a lucky (expletive),” he said. “I’m forever known as her plus-one.”

Davidson appeared to confirm the engagement before his “Tonight Show” appearance in the form of an Instagram post. In the photo, Davidson hold Grande in his lap and her reported $93,000 engagement ring is on display.

The couple seems to be moving fast. According to TMZ, they purchased a $16 million apartment in New York. Refinery29 reported that, over the weekend, Grande made a post on her Instagram story that seemed to indicate that the couple moved in together. 

Reports emerged that Grande and Davidson were dating in May. 

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            Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion's shooting death

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Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion's shooting death

A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murder days after the killing of rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in his luxury BMW electric car as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership in Florida.

Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday after a traffic stop, the Broward Sheriff's Office said a statement Thursday. Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, 20, who went by the stage name pronounced "Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN," was gunned down Monday, bringing a violent end to a brief music career that was marked by controversy and arrests.

Authorities said the rapper was ambushed by two suspects. They did not give a motive in announcing Williams' arrest but had previously said the shooting was an apparent robbery attempt.

After Williams' arrest, Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said homicide detectives also were seeking additional suspects.

An arrest report said Williams was alone in the silver 2004 Honda and driving without a license when he was spotted by an officer in Pompano Beach. He was taken into custody on an active felony warrant.

XXXTentacion's attorney, David Bogenschutz, said Tuesday that investigators told him the rapper had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, a probation violation and for not having a valid driver's license. He appeared before Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica via video Thursday afternoon. He wore an orange jumpsuit and did not speak during the minutes-long hearing and he was represented by a public defender.

Mollica ordered Williams to be held without bond. Williams also was scheduled to appear Monday before a different judge regarding the probation violation charge that stems from a 2014 grand theft auto case.

Court records show Williams has been charged previously with several felonies, including grand theft auto, domestic violence, cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It does not appear, however, that he has ever done prison time for these charges and some of them were dropped. Williams does not appear in the Florida Department of Corrections offender database, but was on probation for the auto theft conviction.

Nobody responded at Williams' home, a rental bungalow in a modest neighborhood of Pompano Beach. Debris littered the yard in front and back along with the aftermath of some automotive work, with a tarp, oil and tools.

Neighbors, many of whom did not want to be quoted, said they knew Williams as a tattoo artist. They complained of noise from his riding of all-terrain vehicles but said they didn't otherwise have any trouble with the family that lived at the home.

Richard Slappy, 58, an electrician who lives a few houses down and across the street, said a woman and children also lived there.

"I've seen him riding them 4-wheelers," Slappy said. "I was glad I didn't stay next to him because there was all that 4-wheeler noise going on down there."

XXXTentacion, who sported dreadlocks and facial tattoos, was a rising star. He notched a No. 1 album in March with his sophomore effort "?''and had a top 10 hit with "Sad!"

But he also generated controversy. In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was jailed on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time. Later, he faced more charges including witness tampering.

In a recent interview with the Miami New Times, XXXTentacion described his upbringing, which included seeing his mother infrequently and being raised by friends, family and baby-sitters. His mother bought him clothes, phones and other gifts. He said he used violence so she would engage with him.

In one video on social media, he said: "If worse things come to worse, I (expletive) die a tragic death or some (expletive), and I'm not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves."

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Kay reported from Miami. Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed to this report.

Selena Gomez, Horror Movie Star? Watch Her Creepy Turn in Petra Collins' New Short Film

Move over, Jamie Lee CurtisSelena Gomez is coming for your scream queen-status.

On Wednesday, the former Disney Channel star returned to her acting roots, teaming up with Canadian artist and director Petra Collins for a new bizarre and nightmarish short horror film.

Rolling out exclusively on Instagram’s new long-form video platform IGTV, the film is filled with disturbing imagery.

There’s Gomez, 25, naked in a bathtub, playing with a dismembered face in one clip from the film. And Gomez sucking on a singular eyeball. At one point, she lays at the legs of a woman with a face made out of a dismembered fingers. Later, the star just casually scrapes icing off her own leg with a knife and eats it.

All the while, Gomez hums an unidentifiable tune while American Horror Story-esque music plays in the background.

Perhaps most creepy, the film is titled “A Love Story.”

(audio got caught off but it’s not like you’re missing anything) selena needs to be in a horror movie asap // @nicole.finessed EDIT: don’t get hyped up it’s not fetish 2.0, not a movie, and not a mv. ???? A post shared by Justin B & Selena G. Updates™? (@gomezbieberdayli) on Jun 20, 2018 at 12:31pm PDT A Love Story dir by mee ???? lil short with @selenagomez ???? u can watch excerpts from it on IGTV on my profile? bts: @monibelle dp: @kevinhayden prop master: @sarahsitkin set: @davidjameswhite_ cd: @nathanmitchell_ edited by : @sofia___________ producded by: @itsevaevans @anchor_light first ac: @kudos2yuya written by: @realmelissabroder wrangler lol : @annaballins A post shared by Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) on Jun 20, 2018 at 1:25pm PDT

Collins and Gomez have worked together before: She directed the singer’s 2017 music videos for “Bad Liar” and “Fetish” — the latter which featured its own fair share of strange imagery (including Gomez flailing around the kitchen, eating lipstick and glass).

The two are good friends, and talked for well over a year about collaborating together on a horror movie.

Collins told Vanity Fair last May, “I love The Exorcist and the things that come from inside you, the things that are a little more subtle, and things that you deal with from inwards, and I feel like it’s something Selena and I both love talking about … that topic is sort of dear to us.”

Petra Collins and Selena Gomez

As part of A Love Story‘s rollout, Collins, 25, also shared a series of behind-the-scenes shots of the film to her Instagram account.

A Love Story dir by mee ???? lil short with @selenagomez ???? u can watch excerpts from it on IGTV on my profile? bts: @monibelle dp: @kevinhayden prop master: @sarahsitkin set: @davidjameswhite_ cd: @nathanmitchell_ edited by : @sofia___________ producded by: @itsevaevans @anchor_light first ac: @kudos2yuya written by: @realmelissabroder wrangler lol : @annaballins A post shared by Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) on Jun 20, 2018 at 12:33pm PDT bts from A Love Story dir by me? which you can see excerpts from on IGTV? bts @monibelle with insane prop head by @sarahsitkin A post shared by Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) on Jun 20, 2018 at 12:55pm PDT a love story A post shared by Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) on Jun 20, 2018 at 4:23pm PDT

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Gomez released a video of her own: The music video to her latest hit about being stuck on an ex-boyfriend, “Back to You.”

The Scott Cudmore-directed retro-style video — which features Gomez, sporting bangs and a short bob, leaving a boring party with a love interest to steal a car — had fans questioning whether the singer was slyly referred to her own past relationships.

“So where are we going?” asks her blond beau in the clip, who bears a slight resemblance to ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, 24. The star then lists several seemingly random destinations: “Italy. France. Canada. Russia. Michigan.”

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According to fans, the destinations may actually have significant meaning.

After going public with their relationship, Gomez, 26, and her ex-boyfriend The Weeknd, 28, were spotted vacationing in Italy together. The entertainer was also photographed supporting the Canadian star at one of his concerts in France.

Though she could also be referencing The Weeknd with Canada, most fans know that Bieber grew up in Ontario. And Gomez previously confirmed she had a short-lived romance with her former collaborator Zedd, 28, who was born in Russia.

As for Michigan, the singer may be reaching as far back as 2009, when she dated now 26-year-old Taylor Lautner (who was raised in Grand Rapids).


            Paul McCartney ready to release his 17th solo album

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Paul McCartney ready to release his 17th solo album

Paul McCartney is inviting fans on a musical journey as he prepares to release his 17th solo album.

The former Beatle, who turned 76 on Monday, announced on social media on Wednesday that "Egypt Station" will be released on Sept. 7. The title comes from the name of one of McCartney's paintings and it will be McCartney's first full album since "NEW" in 2013.

McCartney posted the singles "I Don't Know" and "Come On To Me."

In a statement, McCartney says he thinks of the album "as a dream location that the music emanates from."

"Egypt Station" was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, England.


            Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

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Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next?

The short answer is probably not.

The new "gaming disorder" classification from the World Health Organization revives a debate in the medical community about whether behaviors can cause the same kind of addictive illness as drugs.

The strictest definition of addiction refers to a disease resulting from changes in brain chemistry caused by compulsive use of drugs or alcohol. The definition includes excessive use that damages health, relationships, jobs and other parts of normal life. Brain research supports that definition, and some imaging studies have suggested that excessive gaming might affect the brain in similar ways.

Under a looser definition, addiction is considered "a disease of extreme behavior. Any behavior carried to extreme that consumes you and keeps you from doing what you should be doing becomes an addiction as far as life is concerned," said Dr. Walter Ling, a UCLA psychiatrist.

In its widely used manual for diagnosing mental illness, the American Psychiatric Association calls excessive video gaming a "condition" but not a formal diagnosis or disease, and says more research is needed to determine if it qualifies as an addiction.

DRUGS AND THE BRAIN

Certain drugs including opioids and alcohol can over-activate the brain's reward circuit. That's the system that under normal circumstances is activated when people engage in "behaviors conducive to survival" including eating and drinking water when thirsty, explained Dr. Andrew Saxon, chairman of the association's addiction psychiatry council. The brain chemical dopamine regulates these behaviors, but narcotic drugs can flood the brain with dopamine, encouraging repeated use and making drug use more rewarding that healthy behaviors, Saxon said. Eventually increasing amounts are needed to get the same effect, and brain changes lead to an inability to control use.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER SUBSTANCES?

Caffeine is a stimulant and also activates the brain's reward system, but to a much lesser degree than addictive drugs. The "reward" can make people feel more alert, and frequent users can develop mild withdrawal symptoms when they stop, including headaches and tiredness. Caffeine-containing chocolate may produce similar effects. Neither substance causes the kinds of life problems found in drug addiction, although some coffee drinkers develop a tolerance to caffeine and need to drink more to get the same "buzz" or sense of alertness.

The World Health Organization recognizes caffeine "dependence" as a disorder; the American Psychiatric Association does not and says more research is needed.

"The term 'addiction' is tossed around pretty commonly, like 'chocoholic' or saying you're addicted to reality TV," said Dr. Ellen Selkie, a University of Michigan physician who studies teens' use of digital technology. But addiction means an inability to control use "to the point where you're failing at life," she said.

WHAT ABOUT BEHAVIOR?

The only behavior classified as an addiction in the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual is compulsive gambling. To be diagnosed, gamblers must have several symptoms including repeatedly gambling increasing amounts of money, lying to hide gambling activity, feeling irritable or restless when trying to stop, and losing jobs or relationships because of gambling. Research suggests excessive gambling can affect the brain in ways similar to addictive drugs. Since the diagnostic manual was last updated, in 2013, studies have bolstered evidence that excessive video gaming may do the same thing, and some experts speculate that it may be added to the next update.

The manual doesn't include sex addiction because there's little evidence that compulsive sexual behavior has similar effects on the brain.

Many excessive gamblers, gamers and sex "addicts" have other psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, attention deficit disorder and depression, and some mental health specialists believe their compulsive behaviors are merely symptoms of those diseases rather than separate addictions.

Excessive use of the internet and smartphones is also absent from the psychiatric manual and World Health Organization's update. Psychiatrists disagree on whether that is a true addiction — partly because overuse is hard to measure when so many people need to use their smartphones and the internet for their jobs.

DOES THE TERM MATTER?

The World Health Organization's decision to classify excessive video gaming as an addiction means "gaming disorder" will be added to this year's update to the organization's International Classification of Diseases. Doctors worldwide use that document to diagnose physical and mental illnesses. Insurers, including Medicaid and Medicare, use billing codes listed there to make coverage decisions. The American Psychiatric Association's manual is widely used for defining and diagnosing mental disorders. If conditions aren't listed in these documents, insurance coverage for treatment is unlikely.

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            Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson are engaged

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Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson are engaged

It's true, Pete Davidson says: He and Ariana Grande are engaged.

The "Saturday Night Live" cast member confirmed their rumored engagement to Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "Tonight Show."

Fallon put Davidson on the spot Wednesday, telling him he didn't have to get engaged to the pop star to come on the talk show.

Replied Davidson: "But I did, though."

When Fallon congratulated him and shook his hand, Davidson said he felt like he'd won a contest.

He's getting nods of approval on the street from other men, the comedian said, with one telling him, "Whoa, man, you gave me hope."

Robert Pattinson also was on the show, smiling as the host and Davidson bantered.

Grande and Davidson reportedly began dating in May after Grande's breakup with Mac Miller. Davidson and girlfriend Cazzie David also split around the same time.

NBC released a pre-air clip of the "Tonight Show" exchange between Davidson and Fallon.


            Another big week of sales for Bill Clinton's first novel

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Another big week of sales for Bill Clinton's first novel

For the second straight week, a thriller co-written by former President Bill Clinton is NPD BookScan's top seller.

"The President is Missing," co-written by James Patterson, tells of a president trying to prevent a devastating cyberattack. BookScan announced Wednesday that it sold 121,300 copies last week, just a slight drop from its opening week of 152,000. BookScan tracks around 85 percent of the print market. Published June 4, "The President is Missing" is Clinton's first novel. It has now sold more than 350,000 combined print, e-book and audio copies despite mixed reviews and some awkward interviews as Clinton responded to questions about the #MeToo movement.

Last week's second most popular book, with 66,400 sales, was Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential." Bourdain was found dead June 8 of an apparent suicide.


            Son of Sean Penn, Robin Wright settles Nebraska drug case

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Son of Sean Penn, Robin Wright settles Nebraska drug case

The son of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in his Nebraska drug case.

Twenty-four-year-old Hopper Penn and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested during a traffic stop on April 4 on Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol says a search of their vehicle turned up 14 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and 3 grams of psychedelic mushrooms.

Both were initially charged with felony drug possession. Court records show they later pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of attempt of a felony. Each was ordered to pay $1,000.

A no-contest plea allows a defendant to not admit guilt but acknowledge that there's enough evidence for a conviction.


            Peter Fonda apologizes for 'vulgar' Barron Trump tweet

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Peter Fonda apologizes for 'vulgar' Barron Trump tweet

Peter Fonda apologized Wednesday for a late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from "his mother's arms and put in a cage with pedophiles."

The all-capitals tweet in the wee hours went on to call President Donald Trump an expletive. The actor later deleted the tweet and drew sharp rebukes from first lady Melania Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

The two-time Oscar nominee, brother of Jane Fonda and son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda said in a statement hours later that he was upset over children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television," Fonda said in the statement, released by both his manager and his publicist. "Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused."

In another tweet, Fonda suggested people opposed to the border policy should track down the addresses of federal agents and "surround their homes in protest," adding: "We should find out what schools their children go to and surround the schools in protest."

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, said via email regarding the Barron remarks: "The tweet is sick and irresponsible." She said the U.S. Secret Service was notified. A spokesman for the agency said via email the Secret Service is aware of Fonda's tweets but "as a matter of practice" would have no additional comment.

Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, did some tweeting of his own, addressing Fonda: "You're clearly a sick individual" who behaved "like a bully and a coward."

Trump Jr. called on Sony Pictures Classics to stop the release of its film "Boundaries," in which Fonda has a small role. The company condemned Fonda's tweets as "abhorrent" but said the film would be released as planned.

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Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.


            After 4,000 episodes, a halt for Jerry Springer's show

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After 4,000 episodes, a halt for Jerry Springer's show

Somehow it doesn't seem right for Jerry Springer to exit quietly.

There should be one last thrown chair or a bleep-filled tirade, at the very least. Instead, it was announced with no fanfare this week that he will stop making new episodes of his memorably raucous talk show, and neither Springer nor his bosses will talk about it.

"The Jerry Springer Show" won't fully disappear; NBC Universal said this week that the CW and other networks that have bought the show in syndication will air reruns of the slugfest. Producers said "there is a possibility" that more original episodes could be ordered sometime in the future but, since they wouldn't answer questions, it's not known how serious that possibility is.

At its heyday in the 1990s, Springer's show challenged Oprah Winfrey for daytime television supremacy with TV studios filled with seething spurned lovers, gender fluid guests before that was a term and pretty much anyone who was spoiling for a fight. It even provoked serious end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it talk.

Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor who realized he had to do something to distinguish himself in a competitive market, was the low-key ringmaster who didn't take himself too seriously and let you know he was in on the joke.

During an interview with The Associated Press at his show's 25th anniversary three years ago, Springer said that anyone could do his job if they learned three phrases: "You did what?" ''Come on out!" and "We'll be right back." He presided over 4,000 episodes.

Some of his shows last month illustrated that the formula hadn't changed much: "Stripper Sex Turned Me Straight," ''Stop Pimpin' My Twin Sister," ''My Bestie is Stalkin' You," ''Hooking Up With My Therapist" and "Babes with Baguettes."

After more than 4,000 episodes, it's hard for things to register on the outrage meter. Between reality television and the verbal slugfests of cable television news, there are plenty of places viewers can turn for experiences that fill the role that Springer once did.

"He was lapped not only by other programs but by real life," said David Bianculli, a television historian and professor at Monmouth University.

At this point, asking to talk about Springer's legacy is a little like commenting on an obituary for someone you forgot was alive, he said. Only very dedicated viewers may be able to tell next fall that they're not watching an original episode.

"There was a time that Jerry Springer was running at a minimum of two times a day," said Bill Carroll, a veteran analyst of the syndication market. "Realistically, I don't think the audience is able to look at the show and say, 'that's one from this year, or two years ago or four years ago.' It has become so homogenous."


            Jimmy Fallon reveals personal pain following Trump fallout

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Jimmy Fallon reveals personal pain following Trump fallout

Jimmy Fallon is opening up about the personal anguish he felt following the backlash to his now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump.

The host of "The Tonight Show" tells The Hollywood Reporter he "made a mistake" and apologized "if I made anyone mad." He adds that he "would do it differently" looking back on the Sept. 15, 2016 episode.

Trump opponents criticized Fallon for a cringeworthy interview only weeks before the election where Fallon playfully stroked Trump's hair. Fallon's show eventually lost more than one-fifth of its audience and its late-night crown to Stephen Colbert's new and more political "The Late Show" for CBS.

Fallon said in a Hollywood Reporter podcast that he wasn't approving of Trump or his beliefs just because he joked with him: "I did not do it to 'normalize' him or to say I believe in his political beliefs or any of that stuff."

The talk show host has discussed the episode before, explaining in a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair that he was just "trying to have fun" with Trump, but revealed that he was "devastated" to learn that people had a negative reaction. He also told The New York Times: "If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn't like it. I got it."

But in the podcast, Fallon reveals the backstage fallout to the criticism that he had been too soft on Trump. "It's tough for morale," he said. "You go, 'Alright, we get it. I heard you. You made me feel bad. So now what? Are you happy? I'm depressed. Do you want to push me more? What do you want me to do? You want me to kill myself? What would make you happy? Get over it.'"

He said he works hard and is one of the "good people," but faced a "gang-mentality" online. "People just jump on the train, and some people don't even want to hear anything else. They're like, 'No, you did that!' You go, 'Well, just calm down and just look at the whole thing and actually see my body of work.'"

Kate Spade funeral to be held in her hometown of Kansas City on Thursday

The funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade will be held in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reported that a funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church.

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According to Spade’s father, Frank Brosnahan, the funeral will be in the same church where her grandparents were married.

Spade, who co-founded the fashion brand Kate Spade New York with her husband, Andy Spade, died by suicide at age 55 in New York. 

People reported that Spade’s family has asked for donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Wayside Waifs, a no-kill animal shelter in Kansas City, in lieu of flowers.

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            Barbershop Harmony Society to integrate women after 80 years

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Barbershop Harmony Society to integrate women after 80 years

After 80 years of being a male-only organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society has announced that women will be allowed to join the a capella singing organization.

The organization, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a statement Wednesday on its website that membership to the society is open to everyone, effective immediately.

But the statement also says that its local chapters will get to decide how to, or whether to integrate their chapters, such as keeping male-only groups, or having female-only groups or mixed groups. Chapters can start accepting women in January 2019.

In 2009, women were allowed to participate in the organization as associates, but couldn't join chapters or quartets.

CEO Skipp Kropp said in a statement Wednesday that preserving male singing groups and welcoming women into the organization were "compatible ideas."

"Everyone means EVERYONE — people of every age, of every background, every gender identity, every race, every sexual orientation, every political opinion or spiritual belief," Kropp's statement said. "Every person who loves to harmonize has a place in our family."

The singing style has evolved over the years, gaining more recognition in recent due to due to the "Pitch Perfect" films and the new-found popularity of school glee clubs, who have adapted current music to the singing style. They have convention and international competitions with singers coming from all over the world.

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Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants.

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Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent his summers at the Jersey shore.

Bourdain, 61, was found dead almost two weeks ago in his luxury hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, while working on an episode of “Parts Unknown.” The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

Fans around the world were grief-stricken with news of his death, including those in New Jersey. 

Camden Assemblyman Paul Moriarty wanted to find a way to honor the renowned globetrotter and proposed an official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail that would include the 10 restaurants he visited during a 2015 episode of “Parts Unknown,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

>> Related: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to U.S.

The proposed trail, which the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism would need to establish, would include “Kubel’s in Barnegat Light, Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee, Knife & Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, Tony and Ruth Steaks and Donkey’s Place in Camden, Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat, and Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park,” the Inquirer reported.

Moriarty called Bourdain a New Jersey food icon and said the state should create a food trail as a way to honor him.

“There’s no question that Anthony’s road to fame was not an easy one,” Moriarty said in a statement, according to the newspaper

“Even after international fame, he never forgot his Jersey roots. Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to his viewers,” he said.

>> Related: Chef, author, TV star Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Bourdain rose to fame in the late 1990s with an article that became a bestselling, tell-all book called “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” which was as much a memoir as a gritty, unfiltered description of life in New York restaurant kitchens.

AMC Theatres offering $20 movie subscription plan to rival MoviePass

AMC Theatres has announced it will offer a movie subscription service that will compete with MoviePass.

Variety reported that the service will allow guests to see up to three movies a week for $19.95 a month through AMC’s loyalty program. Called AMC Stubs A-List, the price point is higher than MoviePass’s $9.99 plan. On the MoviePass service, customers can see one movie a day.

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"We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers: the very best of AMC, including IMAX, Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D up to 3 times per week, for one simple, sustainable price," AMC Theatres CEO and president Adam Aron said in a statement, likely referring to MoviePass.

AMC Stubs A-List subscribers can also see all three movies in one day, see the same film more than once and get tickets in advance. MoviePass subscribers must be within a certain range of the theater to book tickets to 2D movies and cannot buy tickets for the same film. However, they can see a movie anywhere Mastercard is accepted. The company provides the service through a MoviePass-enabled Mastercard.

Related: MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

"AMC Stubs A-List is being taken to market at more than double the price of that charged by some of our competitors," Aron said in a conference call with investors, according to The Associated Press. "A good deal to consumers to be sure, but being done at a sustainable price point where we can be very confident that we will be profitable across the membership base and in turn, that we can share that increased profitability with our studio and premium format partners." 

"Other discounters, by contrast, will continue to be hemorrhaging cash."

The latter comment is likely another dig at MoviePass, which was the subject of an April Business Insider report. In the report, an independent auditor for the company’s owner expressed doubt that MoviePass could stay in business.

CNN reported that, according to AMC, MoviePass will still be accepted at all its locations. 

MoviePass responded to the news in a couple of tweets, saying, "Heard AMC Theaters jumped on board the movie subscription train. Twice the price for 1/4 the theater network and 60% fewer movies. Thanks for making us look good AMC!

"AMC has repeatedly disparaged our model as a way to discourage our growth because all along they wanted to launch their own, more expensive plan. We want to make movies more accessible, they want more profit."

AMC’s AMC Stubs A-List program starts June 26.


            Sons of Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago face off in 'Creed II'

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Sons of Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago face off in 'Creed II'

The sons of Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago will pick up where their fathers left off more than 30 years ago.

MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures on Wednesday released the first trailer for "Creed II," the sequel to the 2015 "Rocky" spinoff.

Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, with Sylvester Stallone by his side as former heavyweight champ and trainer Rocky Balboa. In the trailer, Balboa warns Creed his opponent is dangerous.

Creed is training to box Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo Creed in "Rocky IV." Romanian boxer and kickboxer Florian Munteanu plays Viktor.

"Creed II" is directed by Steven Caple Jr.

The eighth film in the "Rocky" franchise is scheduled to be in theaters Nov. 21.


            Film starring Kevin Spacey to be released in August

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Film starring Kevin Spacey to be released in August

Kevin Spacey was erased from "All the Money in the World" and booted from "House of Cards," but a movie starring the disgraced actor is going forward with a summer release.

Vertical Entertainment announced that it will release "Billionaire Boys Club" on video-on-demand on July 17 and in theaters August 17. The film is about young wealthy men in Los Angeles who run a Ponzi scheme. It stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton and Spacey.

"Billionaire Boys Club" was shot in 2015, before Spacey was accused last fall of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by numerous people. Spacey apologized to one accuser, "Star Trek" actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey tried to force himself on Rapp in the 1980s. At the time, Rapp was 14.

"We don't condone sexual harassment on any level and we fully support victims of it," the film distributor said in a statement. "At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theaters, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences."

Other companies have elected to remove Spacey entirely from their productions.

After shooting was completed but before the film was released, Sony Pictures and director Ridley Scott chose to reshoot large parts of "All the Money in the World" with Christopher Plummer in Spacey's role. "House of Cards" producer Media Rights Capital, opted to move forward with a sixth and final season of "House of Cards," but without Spacey. Netflix scrapped a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey.

Legendary WWE wrestler Big Van Vader dead at 63

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Legendary WWE wrestler Big Van Vader dead at 63

Former WWE superstar Big Van Vader has died after battling congestive heart failure, according to a Twitter post from his son. 

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TMZ reported that the athlete's son confirmed the news, saying, “Around a month ago, my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”

The WWE also confirmed the news. 

Vader, whose real name is Leon White, started out in national sports in 1978 when he was drafted by the Rams. He played in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He retired from the NFL in the mid-1980s due to injury and joined the WWE roster in 1996. He also had a recurring guest role on the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” during that time.


            Paris Fashion Week menswear shows kick off

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Paris Fashion Week menswear shows kick off

Fashion editors, bloggers, photographers and buyers cried "Bonjour Paris" Wednesday as the first full day of menswear fashion shows kicked off in the French capital.

Edgy brand Off-White drew renewed attention at its show, thanks to the meteoric rise of its African-American designer Virgil Abloh — now chief of Louis Vuitton menswear.

Some highlights of the spring and summer menswear shows:

PROUD FAMILY AT OFF-WHITE

The parents of American-Ghanaian designer Virgil Abloh were the image of pride as they sat front row at Off-White — the Milan-based house their son founded in 2013 — in the sweltering Palace of Chaillol that overlooks the Eiffel Tower.

They had jetted to Paris for the first time from Rockford, Illinois to support their son, who on Thursday debuts his wares at the Louis Vuitton show. He's the first African-American to head up a major global design house.

"It's unbelievable. We're so proud of him. Very incredible," said his mother Eunice Abloh, who sat next to her husband Nee.

"We flew in. We're being treated very well. It's my first time in Paris — and it's beautiful," she added.

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OFF-WHITE'S BLUE DENIM

Denim, denim and then more denim.

That was the formula employed at the Milan-based house for spring-summer to produce a hip, urban, loose and highly masculine aesthetic.

Steel-blue denim opened the show. A denim shirt with frayed sleeve edges sported utilitarian metal zippers and was accessorized with a jangling key chain, while the hem down denim pants curved round, instead of vertically down, in a hip-hop style.

Oversize white T-shirts with logos, retro sneakers and an oversize color-blocked, tie-dye style coat added an on-trend whiff of the '80s in the collection that never forgot to have fun.

White confetti fell from snow machines at one point to a slurred remix of Bing Crosby's "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," prompting chuckles from front row attendees who saw irony at the snowfall during a spring-summer collection, in the sweltering Paris heat, in which many of the models were topless.

The collection stood out for using models from different ethnic backgrounds — sadly, a rarity for many Paris shows.

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI

The edgy styles of Off-White that have garnered Abloh a cult-like following attract diverse guests.

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami — who's famed for blurring the lines between high- and low-art and whom Christie's ranks as the sixth highest-selling living artist — said he attended the show to support his friend.

"Virgil and I we've got a really good friendship. That's why I'm here. But I'm very much excited about Vuitton," he said from beneath an oversize silver toggle hat.

Murakami said that Abloh's appointment will be positive for the industry as his aesthetic is inclusive, and added it's a good direction for fashion to have an African-American at the helm of the major brand.

"It's much more democratic so young people can get involved more and more," he said.

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FACETASM'S BRIDAL WORKMAN

Designer Hiromichi Ochiai didn't disappoint those expecting the wackily-creative from Japanese house Facetasm.

The fashion-forward designer's touchstone of workman's clothes was given an unusual bridal twist in Wednesday's collection that mixed mens' and women's styles, as well as punk, preppy and eclectic aesthetics.

One of the first looks showcased on a female model was a hybrid between a workman's overall — with big utilitarian pocket — and a white tulle bridal gown.

The model's hair channeled Madonna's "Like a Virgin" styles, worn with voluminous '80s earrings, and evoked a punk going down the church aisle.

Elsewhere, a blue navy shirt had the oversize silhouette of a worker's top, yet was gently perforated like lace.

It was a clever touch that demonstrates why Ochiai commands a strong following. The Tokyo-founded company has won plaudits for its conceptual styles with hints of punk.

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            Halsey added to Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival lineup

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Halsey added to Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival lineup

Pop singer Halsey has been added as a headliner to the 2018 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival.

The two-day event takes place Aug. 18-19 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York.

Hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and Halsey will headline the first day of the festival, where other performers include Cheat Codes, Kehlani, Lil Xan, Taylor Bennett and Gnash.

Rapper-singer Future and DJ Snake will headline day two, which also includes French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Daya, Justine Skye, Sabrina Carpenter and Jacquees.

Two-day passes, ranging from $80 to $275, are on sale. Single-day tickets go on sale June 29.

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is in its fourth year.

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Online: https://www.hot100fest.com


            Esoteric 'brencheese' and buzzy 'spoiler alert' added to OED

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Esoteric 'brencheese' and buzzy 'spoiler alert' added to OED

From the positively medieval to the beat of contemporary music: Brencheese, deathshildy and hip-pop are among about 1,000 new or refreshed entries added in June to the online Oxford English Dictionary.

The additions are part of the company's quarterly update of its searchable subscription website, Oed.com . The dictionary's 20-volume third edition in print has been in process since 2000 and likely won't be ready for more than a decade, said Katherine Connor Martin, who heads U.S. dictionary operations.

Generally, the OED tracks usage for at least 10 years before deciding whether to add a new entry, new definition or word related to an existing entry, she said. The rule of thumb is sometimes not followed, as in the case of "tweet," which was added well before that benchmark. But the OED has other roles as well.

"It's funny because we talk about new words but many of the words we add are already obsolete. It's just that they were never in the dictionary before," Martin said in a recent interview.

That, she noted, is the nature of a historical dictionary looking to put more than 1,000 years of English into context in volumes already stuffed with more than 855,000 words, senses and compounds. Hence, brencheese, a rare reference to bread and cheese when eaten together. It stretches back to 1665. The word deathshildy references Old English for someone guilty of a capital crime and condemned to death.

On the way, way, way more recent front: hip-pop, for music that combines elements of hip-hop and pop. The OED found a 1985 reference in a Pennsylvania newspaper to "hip-hip pop," and a 1991 reference in a Florida newspaper to M.C. Hammer's "hip-pop."

Along with the ancient esoterics are some cultural obligations: binge-watching, spoiler alert and microaggression, all buzzy today.

Some other highlights:

IMPOSTOR SYNDROME: It dates to 1982, when Vogue magazine ran a story about women who felt they were suffering from "impostor phenomenon," a term used by psychologists for the "persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills." The two are synonymous — the syndrome the more popular of the two at present. They're most often used in relation to the workplace, Martin said. The phenomenon dates to a psychotherapy journal article published in 1978.

SILENT GENERATION: There's the greatest generation, generally describing people who reached adulthood during World War II (1939-45). The silent generation, Martin said, describes "people born before that of the baby boomers," spanning roughly the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s. They're "perceived as tending towards conformism or restraint in their outlook and behaviour," according to the new dictionary entry. Time magazine used the term in a 1951 cover story. Pollsters today commonly split the silents into their own group, Martin said.

HETEROROMANTIC, BIROMANTIC, AROMANTIC, HOMOROMANTIC: "This all comes from an evolving idea about human sexuality and human relationships. People have begun to self-identify as asexual, but they may still have romantic feelings short of actual sex, so there was sort of a semantic gap for what your romantic orientation is," Martin said. Translation: One who identifies as asexual does not desire sex from anybody but can still want a romantic relationship that doesn't involve the act. If they do not want sex or romance of any kind, they are both asexual and aromantic, Martin explained. And so on.

HOMOPHILY: Consider the adages "birds of a feather flock together" and "like attracts like" and you've got homophily. It's defined by the OED as the "tendency of people to be drawn to or seek out those they perceive to be most like themselves," and more generally as "similarities between individuals or groups." It reflects all the talk about "filter bubbles in our society" leading to self-segregation online, Martin said. The dictionary traced homophily to 1953, in a sociological journal.


            Nickelodeon, HQ Trivia mark 'Double Dare' reboot's debut

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Nickelodeon, HQ Trivia mark 'Double Dare' reboot's debut

Nickelodeon is joining with HQ Trivia to celebrate the "Double Dare" reboot.

A 1990s-themed trivia game will pair the Nickelodeon show's original host, Marc Summers, with HQ host Scott Rogowsky.

The game will include "Double Dare" trivia questions and moments familiar to fans of the 1986 to 1993 series, including physical challenges and toss-ups.

The HQ Trivia game will end with one contestant winning a cash prize and chance to appear on "Double Dare," the companies said Wednesday.

The game will be available on smart phones at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Liza Koshy is host of the "Double Dare" reboot premiering 8 p.m. EDT Monday on Nickelodeon. Original host Summers is an executive producer and will provide color commentary.

Series guests will include Rico Rodriguez, Chloe Kim and Lindsey Vonn.


            Georgia town braces for up to 10,000 for Rainbow Family gathering

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Georgia town braces for up to 10,000 for Rainbow Family gathering

A small north Georgia town is bracing for as many as 10,000 self-proclaimed "hippies."

They're setting up camp in the Bull Mountain area of the Chattahoochee National Forest for what they call The Rainbow Family Gathering.

A lot of preparation is underway in Dahlonega to handle the mass arrival.

The counterculture event goes back to the early '70s. 

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"The center of American counterculture is going to be right here," Barry Sacharow said.

Sacharow is a 63-year-old teacher from Florida. He belongs to the Rainbow Family of Living Light, a leaderless, loosely knit collection of so-called tribes that congregate each year in remote forests.

They told Channel 2 Action News they share of bond of peace, harmony, freedom and respect. 

"Each camp is set up for a different purpose -- some for food, some faith, art, entertainments," Sacharow said.

The migration of thousands into the national forest poses a logistical challenge for forest rangers, along with local law enforcement officers.

"Our primary concern is traffic. This is a remote and rugged area," said Steven Bekkerus, with the U.S. Forest Service.

There are also concerns about trash, sanitation, the health and safety of campers, and illegal drug use.

"We are asking our festival visitors to obey state and local laws and we plan on enforcing those laws," Bekkerus said.

One attendee told Channel 2 Action News he was stopped at a checkpoint where rangers unloaded and searched his vehicle.

"They found nothing on me, and let me clean it up by myself," the man said.

Dahlonega tourists do not quite know what to make of the gathering.

"It's kind of a throwback to the '60s," Tom and Bob McKill said. Channel 2's Tom Regan asked if they would be attending. "Probably not," they said.

But others said there's no place they would rather be.

"There's love here. It's family. We're one giant family," a woman said.

The Rainbow Family Gathering comes to a peak July 4.


            Kate Spade Foundation to donate $1M for suicide prevention

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Kate Spade Foundation to donate $1M for suicide prevention

Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company's late founder.

To start, the company said Wednesday the Kate Spade New York Foundation is giving $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line , a free, 24-hour confidential text message service for people in crisis.

The company also said it will match public donations made to the service from June 20 through June 29, up to an amount of $100,000.

Kate Spade New York also says it will host a Global Mental Health Awareness Day for employees as part of its Wellness Program.

The 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead by suicide June 5. Her husband says she had depression and anxiety for many years.

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This story has been corrected to show that Spade was found dead June 5, not last month.