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December 3, 2018

BUSH PRAISED AT THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS AS TRUMP MISSES SECOND IN ROW

WASHINGTON (AP) — Usually the Kennedy Center Honors are about the artists who come to the nation’s capital to receive their awards — not the president who drapes the multi-colored ribbons around their necks. But this year, like last year’s event, there was quite a bit of focus on the person who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This time, the attention was on George H.W. Bush, who died this past Friday. Host Gloria Estefan began the show by asking the audience to salute Bush — and the audience responded with a long, standing ovation. Last year’s event was marked by President Donald Trump’s absence, after one recipient threatened to boycott the Honors if he came. This year, there were no such threats — but Trump declined to attend. He spent the weekend at the G-20 summit in Argentina, and returned to Washington early yesterday.

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GLORIA ESTEFAN REMEMBERS GEORGE H.W. BUSH

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one could have known it at the time — but having Gloria Estefan as host of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors — one year after receiving one no less — proved to be an inspired choice. This year’s event came two days after the death of former president George H.W. Bush. Turns out Estefan had a personal experience with the nation’s 41st president. In 1990, she was performing in the Washington D.C. area — and scored an invite to the White House. She recalls that Bush spent 45 minutes talking with her 8-year-son, patiently explaining how government works. What’s more, after she performed in suburban Virginia, Estefan’s tour bus crashed, leaving her badly injured — and nearly paralyzed. Estefan says Bush took the time to call her while she was laid up. In her opening comments, Estefan called Bush “a wonderful man” who attended the Kennedy Center Honors for many years — even after he left office and his son was in the White House.

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TRUMP SETS RECORD FOR MISSING KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s another achievement for President Donald Trump — though not one many people will celebrate. He has become the first president to miss two Kennedy Center Honors while in office. The fact that it’s the second straight year he has passed up the event appears more a trend than a blip. During his campaign and time in office, Trump has often complained about celebrities who have spoken out about him, even as many of those celebrities have made no secret of their dislike of him and his policies. So far in his tenure, Trump has for the most part shunned the arts community. His administration has announced no arts or humanities medals. The last ones were handed out in September of 2016 — when Barack Obama was still in office.

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CHER GETS SURPRISE TRIBUTE

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the cool things about the Kennedy Center Honors is that the recipients often don’t know which artists will pay tribute to them. Last night, Cher got one of the biggest surprises — when her fellow singer and buddy Cyndi Lauper took the stage to perform “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Lauper’s appearance prompted Cher to shout from the presidential balcony that Lauper had told her she’d be in Los Angeles. Lauper shrugged and called back, “I lied.” Another surprise came in the wardrobe department — as Whoopi Goldberg took the stage in a long, sparkly gown, like Cher used to rock. Goldberg cracked that she had raided Cher’s closet for the outfit.

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REBA McENTIRE FETED BY KELLY CLARKSON AT THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kelly Clarkson says sometimes when you meet someone you consider a hero, “it doesn’t always pan out.” But she says that wasn’t the case when she met country music legend Reba McEntire. She says her friendship with McEntire is “one of the highlights” of her life. Clarkson introduced the tribute to McEntire last night at the Kennedy Center Honors. The former “American Idol” winner sang her idol’s hit, “Fancy.”

Aside from McEntire and Cher, last night’s other honorees were composer Philip Glass, jazz icon Wayne Shorter and Lin-Manuel Miranda and the co-creators of “Hamilton” — who were given a special award for their genre-busting musical.

CLIMATE-SCHWARZENEGGER

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger says the United States is “still in” an international accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement. The actor and former California governor told delegates gathered for United Nations climate talks in Poland on Monday that “America is more than just Washington or one leader.” Calling Trump “meshugge” - Yiddish for “crazy” - for deciding to withdraw from the landmark climate accord, Schwarzenegger insisted the 2015 agreement has widespread support at the local and state levels in the U.S. He said local leaders should be invited to next year’s annual conference and emphasized the point in trademark fashion by saying: “And if you do that, I promise you: I’ll be back.”

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH RETURN WITH ALBUM, TOUR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Twenty-five years after “Cracked Rear View” launched their careers, Grammy-winning rockers Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next year after a decade-long break. The Southern pop-rockers, featuring lead singer Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber, broke out with their major label debut in 1994, considered by the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the top-10 most popular albums of all time. Rucker, now a major country star, said they’ve been a band for 30 years and still play together a few times a year but he’s looking forward to playing rock music and headlining New York’s Madison Square Garden again. The band will tour 44 cities starting May 30.

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BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK (AP) — You know how traffic at the malls tends to slow up a bit after the first rush of post-Thanksgiving shoppers? Seems the same happens at the multiplexes. And that lack of turnout helped pave the way for a repeat winner. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” tops the list with $25.8 million in ticket sales. Number two is “The Grinch,” followed by “Creed II.”

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“CRAZY RICH ASIANS” - CHINA

UNDATED (AP) — It was a big hit here in the U.S. But apparently Chinese moviegoers aren’t so crazy about “Crazy Rich Asians.” The popular rom-com got little love in China, taking in just $1.2 million in its debut weekend. Though the Warner Bros. film came out in August here, it took months to land a release date in China, the world’s second-largest movie market. Some attribute the delay to the movie’s depiction of very wealthy Chinese Singaporeans.

KEN BERRY, “F TROOP” STAR, DIES

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — His best-known character was likable — but boy, was he clumsy. Ken Berry has died. He played Capt. Wilton Parmenter in the 1960′s sitcom “F Troop.” Berry was 85 when he died over the weekend at a hospital in Burbank, California. His family provided no cause for death. Aside from “F Troop,” Berry starred in “Mayberry R.F.D.,” a spin-off of “The Andy Griffith Show.” His “F Troop” co-star Larry Storch, calls news of Berry’s death “devastating” and said in a Facebook post: “Goodnight Captain. We miss you already.”

QUEEN - TOUR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Talk about striking while the iron is hot. Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour — on the heels of the release of the Freddie Mercury movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Live Nation says the 23-date tour will feature original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor with Lambert singing lead. It kicks off in Vancouver, Canada, July 10 and ends in Charlotte, North Carolina Aug. 23. Other stops include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

BONO - CHICAGO

CHICAGO (AP) — Bono will be making an important appearance in Chicago this week. But not to sing. The U2 lead singer will discuss efforts to fight AIDS — and to alleviate extreme poverty in Africa. Bono is to appear Thursday at an Economic Club of Chicago dinner meeting. Bono is co-founder of ONE, an advocacy organization that lobbies governments around the world to address poverty.

EGYPTIAN ACTRESS - DRESS

CAIRO (AP) — Imagine if an American actress was put on trial for wearing a revealing dress on a red carpet. That’s what’s happening to Egyptian actress Rania Youssef. She’s charged with public obscenity for wearing a dress showing her legs through embroidered gauze at a Cairo film festival. Youssef says she didn’t mean to offend — and misjudged how people would react to the outfit. She’s due in court on the case next month.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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