NFL GAMES, NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS RETURN
UNDATED (AP) — Game back on. The start of the NFL exhibition season also marked the return of player protests during the national anthem. And that has drawn more criticism from President Donald Trump. In Philadelphia, Eagles defenders Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem — and Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. In Miami, Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Robert Quinn protested. Stills and Wilson kneeled behind teammates standing along the sideline while Quinn stood and raised his right fist. Says Quinn, “as a black man in this world, I’ve got an obligation to raise awareness.” Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson, and added after mentioning them, “Stay strong brothers!”
TRUMP BLASTS ANTHEM PROTESTS
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is once again lashing out at football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. Trump claimed on Twitter Friday that “most of them are unable to define” what they’re demonstrating against. Trump says players should “Be happy, be cool!” Trump tweeted from his New Jersey golf resort that players “make a fortune doing what they love” and that those who refuse to stand “proudly” for the anthem should be suspended without pay.
KANYE WEST - TRUMP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West answered with silence when asked whether he thinks President Donald Trump cares for black people. Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” West discussed his support for Trump and questioned why people go after the president instead of trying “love.” Kimmel brought up West’s past comment that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” and said he wonders “what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?” Kanye considered the question without answering before Kimmel took a commercial break.
MICHAEL MOORE - TRUMP
NEW YORK (AP) — The history books tell us Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. But if you believe Michael Moore, Trump is “the last president of the United States.” It’s one of the statements made in the trailer for his new movie — which, as you might expect, is not a cinematic love letter to Trump. Moore has titled it “Fahrenheit 11/9″ — and no, you aren’t seeing that backward. It’s a play on one of his earlier films, “Fahrenheit 9/11, which took on George W. Bush. The 11/9 reference is for Nov. 9, 2016 — the date Trump officially won enough Electoral College votes to be the next president. Moore’s document hits theaters on Sept. 11. Before that, it will make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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OMAROSA - TRUMP
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The White House is slamming a new book by ex-staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her “a disgruntled former White House employee.” The Guardian newspaper reports that in the memoir, Manigault Newman labels Trump a “racist” and claims she’s been told there are tapes of him using the N-word repeatedly while filming “The Apprentice” reality series on which she appeared. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Friday, “Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous,” Manigault-Newman’s book is “riddled with lies and false accusations.”
HIDDEN FIGURES-CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Senate may award a Congressional Gold Medal to the women portrayed in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures.” The Daily Press reports that the award would go to Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, and posthumously to Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan. The women crunched numbers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, during the early days of the U.S. space program. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would award the medal to the mathematicians. They worked in the pre-computer age, calculating rocket trajectories and earth orbits for the earliest American space flights. Much attention has been given to Johnson, who will turn 100 on Aug. 26. But Katherine Moore, Johnson’s daughter, said she likes to stress that she was part of a team.
DEMI LOVATO QUITS TOUR TO FOCUS ON RECOVERY
NEW YORK (AP) — Singing or sobriety? For now, Demi Lovato is putting her sobriety in the spotlight. She has canceled the rest of her fall tour to focus on her recovery from a relapse into drugs. She was to perform next month in Mexico, then play South America in November. But she won’t be touring for now. Barely a week ago, Lovato checked out of the Los Angeles hospital she was rushed to last month for what’s widely been reported as a drug overdose. Neither Lovato nor her reps have confirmed that she OD’d. But in an Instagram post last weekend, she spoke about recommitting herself to overcoming addiction.
CASEY AFFLECK - THE INTERVIEW
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck says while lots of people talked during the #MeToo movement last year, he listened. And he says some of what he heard helped him understand his “culpability” in a situation that led to two civil lawsuits filed against him. Affleck tells The Associated Press that while he was making “I’m Still Here,” he let a lot of things go on that he shouldn’t have, including things he did himself. He says while he didn’t think of himself as “a boss” in the movie, he now realizes as a co-producer, he was responsible for what happened — and says he’s sorry about that. Affleck kept a low profile in the wake of the #MeToo movement. With allegations of his misconduct lingering this year, he declined to present the Oscar for best actress.
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GEOFFREY RUSH - LAWSUIT
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian newspaper sued for defamation by actor Geoffrey Rush will be getting some help in its defense. That help will come from the actress it reported was the target of Rush’s unwanted advances. The Daily Telegraph of Sydney says it will present allegations made by the actress, now identified as Eyrn Jean Norvill. In her claim, she says Rush touched her breast and lower back during a Shakespeare production three years ago. The 67-year old Oscar-winning actor sued the Telegraph over articles in December that reported the Sydney Theater Company had received a complaint of “inappropriate behavior” against Rush. The company said the actress who complained had requested anonymity — and didn’t want Rush to be told.
OSCAR AND POPULARITY
NEW YORK (AP) — It will be the same size, weight and color as the other Oscar trophies. But will the newly-created Academy Award for the best “popular” film be considered the same as the Oscars that came before it? It’s one of the questions being raised in the wake of the motion picture academy’s decision to create a new award for best popular film. The decision has raised eyebrows in Hollywood, where some feel it creates a category of movies considered to be either too good to be popular — or too popular to be good. Another issue to be decided: What does it mean to be popular? Some movies sell well but get poor reviews. And others are considered popular, but don’t do particularly well at the box office.
SEAN YOUNG WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say actress Sean Young is wanted for questioning after she was caught on surveillance video stealing laptops and video production software from a store in New York City. Police say employees at a store in Queens reported a burglary Thursday. They say surveillance video showed Young and a male companion breaking in and stealing laptops and software worth about $12,000. The 58-year-old Young starred in 1980s movies including “Blade Runner,” ″No Way Out” and “Wall Street.” She recently appeared in “The Alienist” on TNT. Young has been known for erratic behavior over the years. She was arrested outside an Oscars party in 2012 after she was accused of slapping a security guard.
PHILLY-AREA RAPPER SHOT TO DEATH
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are continuing their efforts to find out who killed an area rap star. General Reezy and a woman died in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night. Authorities say a minivan stopped and an assault rifle strafed a crowd gathered on a corner. Aside from the two who died, four other people were injured, one critically. There’s no immediate word on suspects — or a motive.
PHOTOGRAPHER REPORTS RUN-IN WITH BILL MURRAY
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant. Peter Simon tells The Boston Globe he was on an assignment for The Martha’s Vineyard Times at Lola’s in Oak Bluffs on Wednesday when Murray accosted him, swore at him and threatened him. Simon, who is singer Carly Simon’s brother, said the band invited him and he was not there to take pictures of Murray. A police report says Murray told police Simon was taking pictures of him. No one was charged.
SHOOTER JENNINGS - ROOTS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If anybody would be a cinch to become a country music star, it would be Shooter Jennings. His dad is country legend Waylon Jennings and his mom, Jessi Colter. But Shooter Jennings has spent a lot of his career trying to elude his country roots, at least musically. He has recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock and teamed with disco-era pioneer Giorgio Moroder. But now he’s come back “home” — by dropping a classic, honky-tonk country album. “Shooter” is out today. And Jennings says in view of his own musical history, doing a straight country album would be considered “a left turn” for him.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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