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September 19, 2018

MICHAEL JORDAN TOSSES IN $2 MILLION IN HURRICANE RELIEF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan says it “just hits home” for him to see people in North Carolina suffering from the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. And for him, the decision to help was a slam dunk. The former NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner has donated $2 million to help residents of the Carolinas recover from the storm and its aftermath. Jordan says while he isn’t a North Carolina native, he’s familiar with coastal areas like Wilmington, Myrtle Beach and Wallace, where his dad grew up. He says when he saw the storm damage, he felt the need to act as though the state was his home. Jordan has relatives in the state; he says they’re safe. He says he plans to visit the area — once it’s safer to do so.

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CONGRESS AND MUSIC

WASHINGTON (AP) — When many members of Congress were growing up, they likely listened to music on vinyl — or maybe cassettes. And while you might not take them for the Spotify types, lawmakers are trying to address an issue involving music that’s played online. Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill that would create a new, independent, entity to license songs to companies that play online music. The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters for their work. Those covered would include those who wrote pre-1970s music. They often suffer from online use of their music, since the copyright protections don’t apply to older songs. The House has passed a similar measure, with both bills receiving rare bipartisan support.

EMMYS RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) — The ratings for another major awards show have come in. And once again, they are majorly down. The Emmys on Sunday drew their lowest audience ever — 11 percent down from the past two years. It’s something you might have to get used to hearing, not just for the Emmys, but for the Oscars and Grammys, too. All three shows have seen drop-offs in viewership in recent years and there’s no sign the trend will reverse anytime soon. These days, audiences for TV, music and movies are fragmented. And the explosion of outlets for entertainment of all types makes it unlikely that industry awards shows will ever attract traditionally huge audiences again.

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JULIE CHEN DEPARTS FROM CBS TALK SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) — So, will the other shoe drop when it comes to Julie Chen? She’s announced she’s leaving the popular daytime show “The Talk.” The move comes one week after her husband, Les Moonves, was ditched by CBS as chief executive in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Now, it’s unclear if Chen will stay at her other CBS gig: host of “Big Brother.” It’s also unclear how she feels about the scandal itself. One indication came last week, when she departed from her usual signoff on Big Brother, closing the show as “Julie Chen Moonves.” In past statements, Chen has expressed support for her husband — and in her statement aired yesterday on The Talk, she said she was planning to spend more time at home with Moonves and their young son.

“FEAR” HITS MILLION SALES MARK

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Stormy Daniels make it a threesome? So far, Bob Woodward’s “Fear” and Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” have become books about the Trump administration that have reached the one million sales mark. And with Daniels’ book on the horizon, it will be interesting to see if a book by the porn star who says she had sex with President Donald Trump will sell as many copies. Some of the more salacious details of the book are already leaking out. One thing the book has going for it: like the others, it has a word with an “F″ in the title. “Full Disclosure” is out next month.

PRINCE-FAN PETITION

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death. The petition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been signed by more than 6,000 people. One of the petition’s organizers, Nicole Welage, says more answers are needed about the rock star’s accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016. Welage tells the Star Tribune that the person who supplied the drug must be held accountable. Federal, state and county investigators spent nearly two years looking into Prince’s death , but were unable to trace the source of the drug that killed him.

WINNIE-THE-POOH EXHIBIT

BOSTON (AP) — He’s been the subject of many a children’s book, TV cartoon and loads of stuffed animals. Now, Winnie-the-Pooh is the subject of a museum exhibit. “Winnie-the Pooh: Exploring a Classic” opens Saturday at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit traces the nearly century-long history of the honey-loving bear and his buds. The show’s curator says one thing the exhibit will explore is that while Pooh is popular the world over, few people are familiar with the origin of his story.

“MARY POPPINS” RETURNS TO THEATERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary Poppins is ready to take off again. The beloved nanny is going to be featured in a movie sequel. Disney has released a trailer for “Mary Poppins Return.” It will star Emily Blunt in the role made famous by Julie Andrews in 1964. Lin-Manuel Miranda will star as Jack, Mary’s lamplighter friend. There will even be a cameo by Dick Van Dyke, who was in the original film. Others in the cast include Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury.

“Mary Poppins Returns” opens in theaters Dec. 19.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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