SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS CREATOR DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who squeezed life into SpongeBob SquarePants has died. Stephen Hillenburg, the created the undersea world of Bikini Bottom that became a smash hit with kids and their parents has died. He was 57 and had Lou Gehrig’s disease. SpongeBob came into being as a result of Hillenburg’s love of both drawing and marine biology. The animated show began airing on Nickelodeon in 1999, and went on to spawn hundreds of episodes, movies and a Broadway show. It also generated a giant balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
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ANDREW ZIMMERN APOLOGIZES FOR CHINESE FOOD REMARKS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The host of “Bizarre Foods” is “wok-ing” back his comments about Chinese restaurants. Andrew Zimmern has just opened his own Chinese restaurant in Minnesota. And last week, Fast Company posted an interview in which Zimmern said he hoped his eatery would save the souls of Midwesterners who eat at what he called ”(expletive) restaurants masquerading as Chinese food” in the Midwest. After critics called his comments elitist and insulting, Zimmern backed down. He says what he was trying to say was that many diners in the Twin Cities area eat Chinese food in malls, and he hopes to expose them to what he calls the “greatness of Chinese and Chinese-American cuisines.”
JERRY SPRINGER - TV SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) — On his talk show, Jerry Springer was anything but judgmental, presiding over a daily free-for-all where guests often flung chairs at each other and audience members felt free to insult guests — and sometimes challenge them to fights. Now, Springer is getting a new show where he will be there to judge — literally. In “Judge Jerry,” he will hear testimony and render verdicts before a studio audience. The half-hour court program will begin in syndication next fall. Springer cracks that this will be the first time in his life he’d be called “honorable.”
“BREAKING AWAY” QUARRY FILLED TO THWART TRESPASSERS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana limestone quarry featured in the 1979 movie “Breaking Away” has been filled in. The Sanders Quarry near Bloomington had become a mecca for people who trespass to the rocks to imitate scenes from the movie. Authorities say three people have died in the past 25 years after jumping off quarry ledges. And because of the continuing safety concerns, the quarry has been filled in.
NEW YORK (AP) — A lot of us still have leftover turkey in the fridge — but we are already hearing about movie awards and their potential effect on the Oscars race. The first such awards were handed out last night. And Chloe Zhao’s Western “The Rider” took best feature film at the Gotham Awards, a New York event that honors independent films. The movie premiered at Cannes in 2017. Zhao didn’t attend because she’s working on her next movie.
DIKEMBE MUTOMBO - JERUSALEM
JERUSALEM (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo says he was moved to tears by his visit to the Old City of Jerusalem. He says growing up as a Christian, he read about various places in Jerusalem — and wishes his parents were still alive to take the trip with him. Mutombo is in Jerusalem to launch a new sports center. He hosted a basketball clinic for a mixed group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim children. And as he used to do in the NBA, he wagged his finger and laughed as he blocked the children’s shots.
UNDATED (AP) — Used to be you’d have to be an NFL fanatic to check out all three days of the league’s annual draft. Now all you need to be — is near a TV screen that gets ABC programming. The network will televise all three days of picks next April, joining corporate sister ESPN in carrying the event. NFL Network will also televise huge chunks of the draft. The draft will also be streamed on the NFL and ESPN apps.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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