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November 20, 2018

HARVEY WEINSTEIN - PROSECUTORS RESPOND

NEW YORK (AP) — Like most things this time of the year, the Harvey Weinstein case is taking a little break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Prosecutors in New York have presented arguments to counter the defense’s request that the charges against Weinstein be dismissed. In their filing, the district attorney’s office says there is “ample evidence” to continue the case against Weinstein — and that defense claims of witness coaching by the lead detective have no legal merit. Weinstein’s defense attorney Ben Brafman says he will respond to the DA’s newest brief — but will wait until after the holiday weekend to do so.

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TEKASHI 6IX9INE - NO BAIL

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Tekashi 6ix9ine (teh-KAH’-shee sihks-NYN’) says the rapper poses no threat to anyone. But prosecutors feel otherwise — and a federal magistrate judge in New York agrees. 6ix9ine was held overnight without bail — and faces a hearing today on whether he can be released. Prosecutors say there is evidence the rapper was engaged in an armed robbery and that there was an automatic pistol found in his home. 6ix9ine was among five people arrested on racketeering and firearms charges. If he’s convicted on the charges he faces, 6ix9ine could get a mandatory 32-year prison sentence — and possibly life.

ROY CLARK - MEMORIAL

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — He lived a public life. And one of the memorial services for country legend Roy Clark will be for the public. A “celebration of life” service is set for tomorrow at a church near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was 85 when he died last week at his home from complications of pneumonia. Clark was a master guitarist who also played the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. He was the co-host of the TV show “Hee Haw” its entire 24-year run.

ROLLING STONES TO TOUR NEXT YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — Lately, the Rolling Stones have been doing much of their touring in Europe. That will change come this spring, when the legendary rock band adds a 13-show American leg to its “No Filter” tour. Among the stops will be Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. The first of the shows will be in Miami on April 20. Tickets go on sale Nov. 20.

NO COMEDIAN TO PERFORM AT WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION DINNER

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s come to be known as Washington D.C.‘s “nerd prom” is getting a lot nerdier. The White House Correspondents’ Association says it won’t have a comedian perform at next year’s event. The move is aimed at cutting down the kind of furor that erupted last year when Michelle Wolf performed. She was criticized for being too personal in her jokes about President Trump, his daughter Ivanka, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and counselor Kellyanne Conway. Wolf was displeased about the change, calling the correspondents association “cowards” for not inviting another comedian aboard for the next event.

TRUMP VS. MEDIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s currently a cease-fire between the White House and CNN’s Jim Acosta. But like with cease-fire between warring factions, there’s no telling whether the cessation of hostilities will lead to peace — or is just a pause before the battle resumes. Yesterday, the Trump administration announced it would fully restore Acosta’s White House credentials. In return, CNN said it was dropping its lawsuit against the president, his press secretary and other administration officials involved with revoking Acosta’s “hard pass.” But in obeying the judge’s ruling to return the pass, the White House said if Acosta didn’t follow the new rules going forward, he could lose his pass again. One of the new rules limits each reporter to one question, with follow-ups permitted only at the discretion of the president.

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OSCARS UP FOR AUCTION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. And yes, you heard that right — two Oscars are going to be sold at auction. One was awarded to “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1936 and the other was given for “Gentleman’s Agreement” in 1948. If you’re thinking, “doesn’t the motion picture academy have rules against selling Oscars” — you’re right. But these are exceptions. The academy rule against selling Oscars only applies to those awarded since 1951 — when recipients had to agree their Oscars can’t be sold. Since these two were awarded before the rules, they can be sold at whatever the market will bear. The “Mutiny” Oscar is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 — while the other is expected to bring bids from $150,000 to $200,000.

NBC’S THANKSGIVING WRINKLE

NEW YORK (AP) — It isn’t quite like busting open a can of jellied cranberry sauce when your family is used to the whole kind. But NBC is trotting out a little something new for this Thursday’s NFL telecast. The men calling the game will be the same people who usually do the pregame and halftime shows for the network. The network has assigned Mike Tirico (tur-REE’-koh) with Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison to work the game. Tirico says though the three will be in an unfamiliar position come Thursday, he expects viewers to notice how comfortable they are with each other, since they work together so much.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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