BEYONCE AND JAY-Z PERFORM AFTER STORM PASSES HITS NEW YORK CITY AREA
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Beyoncé And Jay-Z are in the New York City area for a second concert tonight. And both they and their fans are hoping there won’t be a repeat of the weather problems that caused a delay in last night’s show at MetLife Stadium. Storms forced concertgoers to seek cover as heavy rain rolled in. Authorities urged fans to head under the stands, making for crowded conditions on the concourse. After skies cleared, Bey and Jay hit the stage at 11:08 p.m. and played until about 1:30 a.m. Both acknowledged the delay and the audience’s perseverance. Jay-Z said, “Thank you for allowing us to share” and Beyoncé thanked the audience for not “letting the rain stop the night.”
CHICAGO (AP) — Day 2 of Lollapalooza is set for today in Chicago. Also set: extra security for those attending the four-day event. Police have increased security because of last year’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, where 58 died. Authorities say the same man who shot up Vegas booked rooms overlooking last year’s Lollapalooza, but never checked in. Police have closed off more roads to the venue and put up barriers around the event. Police will also be monitoring buildings around Grant Park — including shining lights into hotel rooms.
BROADWAY PERFORMERS TO PROTEST NEAR WHITE HOUSE
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosie O’Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway’s biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — from outside the White House, in protest. The group will gather in Lafayette Park to sing “The People’s Song” from “Les Miserables,” Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” ″A Brand New Day” from “The Wiz” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” The performers will be current and former Broadway cast members from “Wicked,” ″Beautiful,” ″Hamilton,” ″Phantom of the Opera,” ″The King and I,” ″Les Miserables,” ″Cinderella,” ″Xanadu,” ″The Producers,” ″Head Over Heels” and more. The trip is being organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the host and producer of Sirius XM’s “On Broadway.” It will be livestreamed on the MoveOn Facebook page.
WHITE HOUSE VS. MEDIA
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders isn’t directly saying the news media is the “enemy” of the American people. But she certainly isn’t saying that the media is NOT an enemy. During a contentious White House news briefing yesterday, Sanders was asked to clear up the administration’s views on reporters who cover it. Pressed on whether she agrees with President Donald Trump that reporters are “enemies,” Sanders would say only that Trump “has made his position known.” Sanders mentioned she had been assigned Secret Service protection and repeated her beef with comedian Michelle Wolf, who made fun of her eye makeup at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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IVANKA VS. PRESIDENT ON MEDIA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Apparently when it comes to one person in the Trump family, the enemy of her dad is not her enemy. Daughter Ivanka Trump has distanced herself from the president in calling the news media “the enemy of the people.” In an interview with Axios, Ivanka says she disagrees, though some things said and written about her are inaccurate. Her dad took to Twitter later to say his daughter was right to say the media wasn’t an enemy but added, “FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”
OMAROSA TEASING ABOUT CONTENTS OF BOOK
WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember when Omarosa said she was writing a book that would contain explosive things against President Donald Trump? An excerpt from the book has been released — and in this area, she makes good on her promise. Basically, she claims Trump is losing it mentally. She says that became clear to her when she watched Trump’s interview with NBC’s Lester Holt in which he explained his rationale for firing FBI head James Comey. Omarosa says it was clear Trump was in the kind of “mental decline” that she says “could not be denied.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
JANE FONDA - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Jane Fonda is still catching flak for visiting North Vietnam in 1972. The veteran actress was honored with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film fest Wednesday. And there were dozens of Vietnam vets on hand to protest her anti-war acts. Fonda has expressed regret over her actions. Meanwhile, she got a lifetime honor at the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival. Fonda is in the HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” The actress says if Trump hadn’t been elected, she could have been gardening — instead of protesting the government.
ABU’S ROLE IN “THE SIMPSONS” QUESTIONED
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — So, what will be done about Apu — the Kwik-E-Mart clerk on “The Simpsons” — now that people have called the Indian character’s portrayal racist and stereotypical? That’s for the show creators to decide, according to Fox. Network officials say they’ve spoken with the production team — and the matter will be up to them. Comedian Hari Kondabolu wrote “The Problem With Apu” documentary, which addressed how marginalized groups are represented in pop culture. And he’s not happy with the way things are being handled. He says the show’s response is sad and misguided.
9-1-1 SCARES FOR 9-1-1 CAST
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — They are in the TV show “9-1-1.” But have Angela Bassett and Aisha Hinds ever needed to dial the emergency number themselves? Yes. And yes. Bassett says she called 911 when a fire she and a friend started got out of hand. When they couldn’t put out the log with water, they called for help. She says firefighters came, got the log outside and put the fire out. For Hinds, the situation was a bit more dangerous. She was mistakenly shot in the back as a 16-year-old in New York by someone who was chasing a man. The bullet grazed her aorta and she lost a kidney. She says of the three involved in the gunplay, she’s the only one who’s still alive. Hinds credits that to first responders.
FOOD NETWORK CHEF INDICTED
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi chef who was on Food Network shows with Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay is facing an embezzlement charge. The Sun Herald of Biloxi says 46-year-old Stacie Meehan Vande Wetering was indicted on charges that she stole up to $10,000 from the Pascagoula Yacht Club last year. She has pleaded not guilty — and is free on bail. Vande Wetering competed on the Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” and “Beat Bobby Flay” shows.
WOODSTOCK IMAGES POSTED ONLINE
BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — A collection of photos and movies from the 1969 Woodstock music festival has been posted online. The Museum at Bethel (BEH’-thuhl) Woods posted the archival images for the first time, two weeks before the 49th anniversary of the famous concert. The archive features photos and video from almost 30 contributors who were at the scene of the three-day concert that kicked off on Aug. 15, 1969, in Bethel, New York. The museum is located at the Bethel Woods Center for the arts, a 12-year-old amphitheater concert venue built on the site of the music festival. The images are posted at https://photoarchive.museumatbethelwoods.org .
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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