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June 14, 2018

SUICIDES AND MEDIA

NEW YORK (AP) — How much is too much? It’s a question being asked among members of the news media when it comes to coverage of suicide — especially among celebrities. Several media outlets — including The Associated Press — are out with internal guidelines on how suicides should be reported. For example, the AP reminds its staffers not to get specific about the method of suicide — like mentioning the implement used. The fact that a suicide note was left behind may be mentioned, but not the specifics about its contents. Some news outlets have, along with their coverage of the Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain suicides, have publicized the 1-800-273-8255 suicide prevention hotline. Operators say the hotline has received the largest volume of calls in its history following last week’s celebrity suicides.

PRESIDENT TRUMP - MEDIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is back at it with the news media — declaring “Fake News” the nation’s “biggest enemy.” Trump tweeted shortly after returning from Singapore, where he met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. In the tweet, Trump called out CNN and NBC for what he calls negative coverage of his summit. He claims the meeting was a huge triumph that has made the world less vulnerable to North Korea’s nuclear arsenal — but that the media were “fighting hard to downplay the deal.” Critics say said Trump’s deal with North Korea lacks specific restraints on North Korea and notes Trump offered to end joint military exercises with South Korea — with little in return.

MICHAEL JACKSON - STREET NAMING

DETROIT (AP) — Tomorrow, the city of Detroit had planned to name a street after Michael Jackson. Now those plans have changed. The Detroit Free Press reports the name-changing event is canceled — and the reason appears to center on who will be honored. The newspaper says Jackson’s siblings thought the street would be named after the Jackson 5, not just their late brother. But the city bars groups from having streets named for them. The surviving Jacksons will still be in town for the Detroit Music Weekend.

JOHN SCHNEIDER - ARREST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alimony dispute has landed “Dukes of Hazard” star John Schneider in jail — at least for a little while. Schneider was jailed earlier this week — but his three-day stay was cut short because of overcrowding. Schneider — who was also in “Smallville” — says he can’t afford the payments he must make his estranged wife, Elvira. She filed for divorce in 2014, after 21 years of marriage.

REBEL WILSON - DEFAMATION

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was a record for a settlement in a defamation lawsuit. Key word there — “was.” Rebel Wilson has seen her damages award slashed from $3.5 million to under a half million dollars. She had won a suit against German magazine publisher Bauer Media for some 2015 articles claiming she lied about her age, the origin of her first name — and her upbringing in Sydney. The judgment still stands — but was reduced after the publisher appealed the amount.

FARRAH ABRAHAM - ARREST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) —A rep for Farrah Abraham says the actress’ arrest “has been blown out of proportion.” The former reality TV star was arrested early yesterday after attacking a security guard at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Police say the guard asked Abraham to leave because she wouldn’t stop shouting at other guests at restaurant. The guard said she hit him in the face with her forearm, grabbed his ear and pushed him in the face, causing minor injuries. Police say Abraham was busted on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and trespassing. They also say she appeared drunk. Abraham was on MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.”

STAN LEE - ELDER ABUSE INVESTIGATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — What’s going on with Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee? It’s something the Los Angeles police department is trying to get to the bottom of. The LAPD is investigating reports of elder abuse against Lee, who’s 95. The probe is mentioned in a restraining order against Keya Morgan, who in recent months has served as Lee’s business manager and personal adviser. The filing accuses Morgan of taking advantage of Lee’s impaired hearing, vision and judgment — and moving Lee from his longtime family home and secluding him from his family and associates. There’s been a pitched battle over Lee’s business interests and his $50 million fortune since his wife of 69 years died last July. Lee had central roles in creating comic book heroes like the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and other major Marvel characters.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES MADE TARGETS IN MERGER FEVER

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that the AT&T-Time Warner deal is going through, it’s expected to open the floodgates for other deals pairing the nation’s largest content providers with big content deliverers. But what about smaller content producers? Take Lionsgate. It owns two of the bigger modern-day franchises, “Twilight” and “Hunger Games.” It would appear it needs to get bigger to survive. And it may be considered a potential takeover target, with possible suitors being Amazon, Verizon or the combined forces of CBS and Viacom.

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014922-a-106:32-(Daniel Ives, chief strategist, GBH, in AP interview)-“Century Fox assets”-After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal? (13 Jun 2018)

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014924-a-99:12-(Daniel Ives, chief strategist, GBH, in AP interview)-“just watch this”-After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal? (13 Jun 2018)

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DUMBO TRAILER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Disney movie first released in 1941 is headed back to the big screen — as a live-action film. The first trailer for “Dumbo” is out now — and it features the flying elephant taking to the skies with the footage set to Norwegian pop star Aurora singing “Baby Mine.” The new Dumbo stars Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Alan Arkin, Eva Green and Michal Keaton. It’s due in theaters next March.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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