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May 2, 2019

RICK SCHRODER ARRESTED AGAIN

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) —Rick Schroder has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence for the second time in a month. In the most recent case, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department says deputies were called to Schroder’s home near Malibu early yesterday — and when they did, they saw evidence of a fight between the actor and a woman, whose name wasn’t released. Based on that evidence, Schroder was arrested and jailed. He was released after posting $50,000 bond. Authorities say Schroder was busted for a similar incident with the same woman on April 2. Schroder is 49. He was a child star known for the TV series “Silver Spoons” and the movie “The Champ.” As an adult, he was on the police drama “NYPD Blue.”

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT TURNS DOWN APPEARANCE AT CHICAGO HEARING TODAY

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s unclear whether it’s an offer that he can actually refuse. But a rep for Jussie Smollett says the former “Empire” actor doesn’t plan to attend a hearing today in Chicago today. The hearing is part of a process to see whether a special prosecutor will be appointed to investigate the dismissal of felony charges against him. Smollett reported in late January that he was the victim of a racist and anti-gay beating in Chicago, where he was working on “Empire.” But police determined he staged the attack himself — and prosecutors socked him with a series of felony disorderly conduct charges for lying to authorities. Earlier this week, Fox announced that Smollett won’t be returning to the show for its sixth season.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

BOSTON (AP) — Imagine if a person who was caught speeding began giving police evidence about others who had been speeding along the same stretch of highway. That’s the issue federal prosecutors are facing as they continue their investigation into the huge college admissions scandal. They say a growing number of parents and coaches who have already pleaded guilty in the case are now giving up the goods on other parents and school officials involved in the scam. The result, one insider predicts, is that there’ll be “a new wave of indictments.” The cooperation of those already caught in the federal dragnet may also spell doom for actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli. They’re fighting the allegations against them. But one of those said to be cooperating with authorities is a USC soccer coach who was paid to make up fake athletic profiles of Loughlin’s children to make them appear to be sports stars when they weren’t.

MUELLER REPORT BECOMES A BEST-SELLER

NEW YORK (AP) — You can read it for free. But the paid edition of “The Mueller Report” is now officially a best-seller. The published form of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has sold about 42,000 copies since being released last week. NDP BookScan says that represents more sales than any other nonfiction book on the market. The book, jointly edited by Scribner and The Washington Post, will also top The New York Times best-sellers list due out a week from Sunday.

CRUISE-SHIP PRODUCTIONS BRUSH UP THEIR ACTS

MIAMI (AP) — When you think of stage productions, you’d think the leaders would be on Broadway or, maybe London. But there is an operation that puts on more live productions a year than Broadway and London’s West End combined. It’s the production arm of Royal Caribbean International, which directs 134 shows in 50 theaters on 26 ships as they cruise the seas. An official with the cruise line company says their shows are seen by a nightly audience of 100,000. Usually it takes from two to four weeks for a troupe to learn a show before hitting the waves with it. Often dismissed in the past as second-rate, cruise entertainment has evolved to the point where Royal Caribbean says it commands some of the best talent and technology around.

“MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” BOOTH CUT BACK TO TWO THIS YEAR

UNDATED (AP) — It’s back to the future for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” The weekly gridiron matchup returns to a two-man booth when it returns for its 50th season. The network says Joe Tessitore will do play-by-play while Booger McFarland joins him in the booth this fall. McFarland worked before as an on-field analyst. Speaking of those on the field, Lisa Salters will return for an eighth season as sideline reporter. “Monday Night Football” had a three-man booth for all but 12 of its first 49 seasons.

WORLD VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME GETS NEW MEMBERS TODAY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame is ready to honor a new group of games. The class of 2019 will be revealed this morning at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York. The 12 finalists were announced in March — and included “Candy Crush,” ″Centipede,” ″Colossal Cave Adventure,” ″Dance Dance Revolution,” ″Half-Life,” ″Microsoft Solitaire,” ″Mortal Kombat,” ″Myst,” ″NBA 2K,” ″Sid Meier’s Civilization,” ″Super Mario Kart” and “Super Smash Bros. Melee.” Today’s selections will become the fifth class of titles inducted since the World Video Game Hall was established in 2015.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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