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May 27, 2019

DUMP TRUCK HITS ESTEFAN STUDIO AFTER CRASH, HURTS 2 IN MIAMI

MIAMI (AP) _ Authorities say a dump truck hit a sports utility vehicle before crashing into a recording studio owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted that two people were taken to the hospital and two others were treated at the scene on Monday morning. The truck then slammed into the Estefan’s Crescent Moon Studios although TV footage showed that damage to the building appeared to be minor.

“ALADDIN” TOPS BOX OFFICE LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was expected to do well, given it’s a Disney remake of a popular animated movie. But in the end, “Aladdin” did even better than expected. The live-action remake of the 1992 film took in an estimated $86.1 million over the weekend. And once the estimates from today come in, it’s expected to crack the $100 million barrier. Overall, moviegoers opted for the familiar rather than the new this weekend, with three holdovers staying high on the list. Number two is “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” with $24.4 million. Number three is “Avengers: Endgame,” with $16.8 million _ and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is fourth with $13.3 million.

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BOX OFFICE - NEWCOMERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ With Hollywood putting so much emphasis on retreading past hits and rolling them back into theaters, how do original films get a foothold on the market? The answer for this holiday weekend at least seems to be: they don’t. With “Aladdin,” “John Wick” and “Avenger” movies grabbing the top three spots, two films expected to make a big impact ended up cratering instead. “Brightburn” opened in fifth place during the holiday weekend with $7.5 million in ticket sales. And despite getting excellent reviews and continuous buzz from its South by Southwest debut, “Booksmart” failed to make the grade. It makes its debut in sixth place with just $6.5 million in ticket sales.

ADAM LEVINE LEAVING “THE VOICE “

NEW YORK (AP) — And then, there was one. When the 17th season of “The Voice” begins, there will be only one celebrity coach on set who has been there for the entire ride. That is Blake Shelton. His coaching rival and often personal foil, Adam Levine says he is leaving the show after 16 seasons. The Maroon 5 frontman says though he’s leaving, the show will be in his heart forever. The NBC singing competition has been on the air since 2011.

MARIO BATALI - PLEA

BOSTON (AP) — He may stay in the headlines for a while. But Mario Batali won’t have to make any court dates for a while. The next hearing date in his sexual misconduct trial is set for July. But he isn’t required to be there. This past Friday, the celebrity chef was in court as a not guilty plea was entered in his behalf in Boston. He faces charges that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at restaurant in 2017.

SCOTT PELLEY SOUNDS OFF

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To hear former “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley tell it, he lost his job on the nightly broadcast because he blew the whistle on his superiors. Pelly tells CNN says he was cut loose because he complained about a hostile work environment for both men and women. Pelley says he was warned to cool it on the beefing or he’d lose the anchoring gig. He says he persisted and was cut. Pelley says he feels vindicated now because many of those he complained about have since been purged from the news department management ranks. Pelley is still with CBS, working as a correspondent on “60 Minutes.”

STAN LEE’S EX MANAGER ARRESTED IN ARIZONA, FACES EXTRADITION TO CALIFORNIA

PHOENIX (AP) — It’s unclear when the former business manager of late comic book legend Stan Lee will be extradited to California. Keya Morgan was arrested over the weekend in Arizona, where he fled after being charged with elder abuse. Now, Morgan also faces charges of being a fugitive from justice. Prosecutors in Los Angeles say Morgan took financial advantage of Lee’s wealth and made business decisions for him before he died, though he had no right to do so.

STANLEY CUP FINALS BEGIN TONIGHT - ARE YOU GONNA WATCH?

UNDATED (AP) _ Marketing the Stanley Cup playoffs in the United States has always been an uphill push _ since the sport originates in Canada and many causal viewers have trouble understanding what all the fuss is about chasing around a hard black rubber disk on a sheet of ice. This year’s playoffs have been a tougher slog since many top market teams haven’t qualified and the finalists from the past two years were eliminated in the first round way back in April. NBC hopes the tide will turn starting tonight, when the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues lock horns for the right to hoist Lord Stanley’s trophy. So far, things have been promising; ratings for this year’s playoffs so far have been steady, though nowhere near spectacular.

EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS CARTOONISTS’ FOCUS ON FIRST AMENDMENT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon library in Ohio underscores an old tradition: political cartooning as a First Amendment right. The display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching by Paul Revere criticizing Britain’s use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018 cartoon lampooning the blocking of online conservative commentary. Other cartoons take on political correctness, flag desecration, fake news, campus conduct codes, and the role of Twitter in public discourse. Twenty years ago, the country had about 150 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today it’s down to about 40. Just last week, longtime Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler lost his job amid a series of nationwide layoffs by GateHouse Media. Beeler has a cartoon in the Ohio State exhibit that satirizes campus free speech “safe spaces.” “Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment” runs through October at Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

SPANISH EX-MONARCH JUAN CARLOS I RETIRES FROM PUBLIC LIFE

MADRID (AP) _ Spain’s former monarch, Juan Carlos I, says he wants to completely retire from public life on June 2, five years after abdicating the throne. The king emeritus has said in a letter published on the Spanish royals’ website and addressed to his son, King Felipe VI, that “I think the moment has arrived to turn a page over in my life and complete my retirement from public life.” Juan Carlos added that he began thinking about fully retiring when he turned 80 last year and was honored in the Spanish parliament. That event coincided with the anniversary of the country’s 1978 constitution, which marked Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democratic rule. Despite health problems, Juan Carlos had maintained a busy public agenda since stepping down.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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