STOLEN RUBY SLIPPERS FROM “WIZARD OF OZ” FOUND
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that was stolen from a Minnesota museum was recovered in a sting operation. The slippers were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids by a thief who broke into a small display case. The FBI says a man approached the company that had insured the shoes about a year ago and said he had information about how the shoes could be returned. The FBI says it set up a sting operation and recovered the slippers. The slippers’ authenticity was verified by comparing them with another pair at the Smithsonian’s American history museum in Washington, D.C. The FBI says it has multiple suspects in the extortion and that the investigation continues. It says anyone with information about the theft should get in touch.
026676-w-292:32-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-“I’m Warren Levinson”-Garland’s stolen ruby slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’ are found (4 Sep 2018)
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JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS RETURNS TO SET OF “VEEP”
NEW YORK (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back at work on “Veep” and says it feels “fantastic.” The star of the HBO comedy series revealed last September that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The news came soon after her sixth consecutive Emmy win for the role of Selina Meyer. Louis-Dreyfus tells The Associated Press that she feels “good” and “strong.” The “Seinfeld” alum is helping Carolina Herrera designer Wes Gordon design a flower-adorned T-shirt as part of Saks Fifth Avenue’s 20th year raising money through its Key to the Cure program. The limited-edition shirt will sell for $35 at Saks stores Oct. 1-31, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the AiRS Foundation, a nonprofit that Louis-Dreyfus supports for its work in helping women with the costs of breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
026668-w-294:48-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Julia Louis-Dreyfus is thrilled about her ‘Veep’ return (4 Sep 2018)
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‘COSBY’ ACTOR THANKFUL FOR SUPPORT ABOUT GROCERY STORE JOB
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An actor who was a former regular on “The Cosby Show” says he’s thankful for the support he has received since photos of him working a regular job at a grocery store showed up on news sites. Geoffrey Owens said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he did feel some people were trying to job shame him. But he stressed that “every job is worthwhile and valuable.” Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of the eldest daughter of Bill Cosby’s character on the TV show. The photos showed him at a register scanning items at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s complete with a “Geoffrey” name tag, but he no longer works there. The woman who submitted the photos seemed stunned to see someone from such a popular show doing that type of work. But several actors pointed out they have to make a living between gigs.
TYLER PERRY SUES EX-DEPUTY OVER DISAPPEARANCE OF FLORIDA MEN
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Filmmaker Tyler Perry and a prominent attorney have announced a lawsuit against a former Florida sheriff’s deputy connected to the disappearance of two minority men almost 15 years ago. Perry and Benjamin Crump said Tuesday that the lawsuit in a state court alleges former Collier County deputy Steve Calkins was responsible for the death of Terrance Williams, a black man who disappeared in 2003. Calkins had picked him up after Williams’ car broke down. Calkins also was the last person seen with Felipe Santos, an illegal immigrant who disappeared after the deputy arrested him following a fender bender. In 2013, Perry offered a $100,000 reward for information about the men’s disappearance. He raised that to $200,000 Tuesday, saying no information had come in. Calkins did not return a call seeking comment but he has said he dropped both men off at a convenience store. Santos was Hispanic and Williams was black. Calkins is white.
ARETHA FRANKLIN’S FAMILY SAYS EULOGY WAS OFFENSIVE AND DISTASTEFUL
NEW YORK (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin’s family says it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The singer’s nephew Vaughn Franklin said Monday that the family was taken by surprise at the Reverend Jasper Williams Jr.‘s words. There was heavy social media criticism of his eulogy on Friday. Williams described children being in a home without a father as “abortion after birth” and said black lives do not matter unless blacks stop killing each other. Vaughn Franklin said the family expected a proper eulogy that concentrated on his aunt’s life. Williams’ spokesman said in statement Monday evening that Williams respects the family’s opinion and that he’s sorry they feel that way.
TICKET RESELLER SUES SHEERAN PROMOTER IN GERMANY FOR FRAUD
BERLIN (AP) — International ticket reseller Viagogo says it’s suing superstar Ed Sheeran’s promoter for fraud on allegations the company confiscated genuine tickets from concert-goers and forced them to purchase new tickets. Viagogo said its suit filed Tuesday in Germany alleges Stuart Galbraith and his company, Britain-based Kilimanjaro Live Ltd., defrauded fans out of several million dollars on Sheeran’s recent 2017 tour. It alleges the promoter set up fake Viagogo booths at venues “luring fans into declaring that they were Viagogo customers. The promoter then confiscated their authentic tickets and forced fans to buy new ones.” Kilimanjaro didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Viagogo wouldn’t say why it chose Germany to file its initial suit, citing “legal reasons” but says it’s the start of litigation “being taken in multiple countries.”
RONAN FARROW SAYS NBC MISLEADING IN EXPLANATION OF STORY
NEW YORK (AP) — Ronan Farrow says NBC News Chairman Andy Lack’s explanation of why the network wouldn’t air his story alleging sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein contains several false and misleading statements. Farrow tweeted that it was NBC who urged him to take the story to The New Yorker magazine and that he did so only after it became clear that he was being blocked from further reporting. Farrow later shared a Pulitzer Prize with The New York Times for their stories on Weinstein’s behavior. On Monday, Lack had sent a detailed email to NBC staff outlining NBC’s decision to pass on Farrow’s reporting. He said it wasn’t ready to be aired at the time, and that NBC had done nothing to block his reporting.