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June 11, 2019 GMT

DAVID ORTIZ RETURNS TO BOSTON AFTER SHOOTING IN NATIVE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A rep for David Ortiz says the former Boston Red Sox slugger is in stable condition _ but was in intensive care _ after a shooting Sunday night. Ortiz has been flown from his native Dominican Republic to Boston for further treatment. The spokesman, Leo López, says doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestines. And the rep says Ortiz’s liver was also damaged in the shooting. Before last night’s game at Fenway Park, Red Sox players stood in tribute to him _ and the scoreboard displayed a message calling for his full and quick recovery. Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history _ in both the Dominican Republic and in Boston.

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RED SOX RALLY AROUND INJURED HERO

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are sending their best wishes to former teammate David Ortiz. Team officials dispatched a plane to the Dominican Republic so he could be transported from his native Dominican Republic after he was shot at a bar Sunday night. Team president Sam Kennedy says he loves Ortiz _ and knows that the city will rally around him. A team assistant, Jason Varitek, who played with Ortiz for almost a decade, says he got little sleep Sunday night as he waited to get updates on his former teammate. And the team’s current manager Alex Cora says Ortiz was a great player _ and remains an even better person.

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GWYNETH PALTROW - SKI INCIDENT

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah ski resort says it should be dismissed from a lawsuit in which actress Gwyneth Paltrow is accused of crashing into and injuring another skier. The Deer Valley Resort in Park City says the matter should be hashed out between the actress and the other skier. An attorney for the resort says ski slopes are traditionally shielded from responsibility from collisions under a law that considers the inherent dangers associated with skiing. An attorney for the man suing Paltrow and the resort disagrees. Lawrence Buhler says Deer Valley should be held responsible for the actions of a ski instructor who was with Paltrow and her family on the day of the 2016 incident. The lawyer says the instructor berated the injured skier _ and didn’t summon the ski patrol for help. The man’s lawsuit seeks $3.1 million. Paltrow’s countersuit seeks $1 in symbolic damages _ plus costs for her lawyer’s fees.

“ROCKETMAN” BANNED IN SAMOA

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Samoa has said “no’ to the Elton John movie “Rocketman.” The nation’s main censor says the movie has been banned because the gay sex depicted in it violates the nation’s laws _ and doesn’t sit well with the country’s cultural and Christian beliefs. About 97% of the people in Samoa identify as Christian and Samoan society is generally considered both traditional and conservative. Under Samoa’s 2013 Crimes Act, sodomy is deemed an offense that can be punished by up to seven years in prison _ even if both parties consent.

ANDY COHEN - SURROGACY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Andy Cohen has joined forces with New York governor Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) to bring about a change in the state’s laws on surrogacy pregnancies. They are pushing to make it legal for people in the state to pay for those who arrange for a woman to carry a baby for its parents. Cohen joined the governor at a news conference yesterday in Albany, New York to ask lawmakers to pass the surrogacy bill before they adjourn for the year next week. New York is one of only two states that expressly forbid gestational surrogacy contracts. Critics say the ban forces infertile or same-sex couples to seek surrogates in other states, making the process expensive and more difficult. Cohen, who’s openly gay, had a son though a surrogate in February.

PROLIFIC SCREENWRITER DIES

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The man who wrote the script for the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove” has died. Bill Wittliff was a prolific writer who shared screenplay credit on the 1970 film, “The Black Stallion” and the 1994 movie “The Legends of the Fall” _ and wrote the screenplay for the 2000 movie “The Perfect Storm.” He was 79 and an official with his company tells The Hollywood Reporter Wittliff died Sunday of a heart attack.

PEPE THE FROG SETTLES WITH INFOWARS

UNDATED (AP) _ The right-wing conspiracy site Infowars has reached a deal to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit over Pepe the Frog. The site will pay $15,000 to the creator of the cartoon character which has been hijacked by far-right extremists and racist internet trolls. Pepe’s creator Matt Furie says in his lawsuit that he didn’t authorize Infowars to sell a “MAGA” poster featuring an image of Pepe alongside Jones, President Donald Trump and other right-wing figures.

FORMER NFL PLAYER CONVICTED OF RAPE

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr. has been convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in San Diego County. A jury returned the verdict in the case yesterday in San Diego Superior Court _ and will return to work tomorrow to deliberate on eight other charges _ including two more counts of rape. Winslow faces up to life in prison on the conviction that has already been handed down. During his NFL career, Winslow played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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