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March 5, 2019

CANADA-MICHAEL JACKSON

3 Quebec radio stations stop playing Michael Jackson songs

MONTREAL (AP) — Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs as a result of child-molestation allegations against the late musician that aired Sunday in an HBO documentary.

A spokeswoman for the owner of the French-language Cogeco stations CKOI, Rythme and the English-language The Beat says Jackson’s music was pulled starting Monday morning.

The company says the action is in response to listener reactions to the documentary.

The decision will also apply to other company stations in smaller markets in Quebec. The company operates 23 radio stations.

The documentary “Leaving Neverland” began airing on HBO Sunday. It details the abuse allegations of two men who had previously denied Jackson molested them and actually supported him to authorities.

WENDY WILLIAMS - HEALTH

NEW YORK (AP) — “How YOU doin’?” It’s a question Wendy Williams asks at the start of her talk show. And now, she’s given her fans a response to that same question. She returned to work yesterday — making it back to the set for the first time since December. After getting a standing ovation from her audience, Williams addressed her physical health and the health of her marriage. She took time off for treatment of Graves’ disease and says she’s doing “swell” — now that her doctors have tweaked her thyroid meds. There’s also been talk that her marriage to Kevin Hunter is in trouble. But she shot those reports down by flashing her diamond-encrusted wedding ring, saying she’s still wearing it — and it isn’t going anywhere.

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FELLOW CELEBRITIES PAY TRIBUTE TO LUKE PERRY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Viola Davis, Molly Ringwald and Rosario Dawson are among those who have taken to social media to mourn the loss of Luke Perry. The actor best known for starring in “Beverly Hills 90210” died yesterday after suffering a stroke last week. He was 52. DiCaprio calls Perry “a kindhearted and incredibly talented artist” and says it “was an honor” to work with him. They are in the upcoming movie “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.” Molly Ringwald says her “heart is broken.” Rosario Dawson says Perry was her “teen crush” — and that she’s glad she got to tell him that, “sheepishly red faced and all.” And Jon Cryer seemed to sum up Perry’s work best when he described him on Twitter as “a character actor in the body of a heartthrob.”

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LUKE PERRY - MOVIE ROLE IN CAN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As is often the case when an actor dies unexpectedly, fans will get to see Luke Perry in a project completed before his death. In this case, Perry’s fans can see him later this year, when he appears in “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.” It’s directed by Quentin Tarantino, and co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is set in Los Angeles in 1969 and is about a former Western star and his longtime stunt double who struggle to survive in a movie industry that has changed dramatically since their heyday.

LUKE PERRY - REACTION

UNDATED (AP) — Reaction to the death of Luke Perry, whose credits included “Beverly Hills, 90210,” ″Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Riverdale.”

— “Luke Perry was a kindhearted and incredibly talented artist. It was an honor to be able to work with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones.” — Leonardo DiCaprio, who co-stars with Perry in the upcoming film “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” via Twitter.

— “I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us. I’m thinking of his family. His children. I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss. I just can’t believe it.” — “Riverdale” co-star Lili Reinhart, via Twitter.

— “My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.” — Jennie Garth, to People.

— “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.” — Molly Ringwald, via Twitter.

—“Luke Perry was my 1st crush. Eh, more like obsession (I wore pins w his face on them to school) I used to dream of making it to LA just to meet him. I never got to, but I’ve always heard he was a really great person.” — Olivia Munn, via Twitter.

— “Luke Perry. My teen crush. I’m glad I got to tell you. Sheepishly red faced and all. You were lovely and you gave great hugs. Grateful to witness and experience your kindness and warmth. #RestInPeace love. Blessings to your family.” — Rosario Dawson, via Twitter.

— “Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking.” — Josh Gad, via Twitter.

— “Luke Perry was a character actor in the body of a heartthrob. Much respect.” — Jon Cryer, via Twitter.

— “Rest Luke — the way you always treated me (and anyone I ever introduced you to, no matter how much they screamed and squealed with joy and excitement) — in peace.” — Donnie Wahlberg, via Twitter.

— “RIP Luke Perry. My heart hurts for your family.” — Viola Davis, via Twitter.

— “one of the kindest most gentle souls this world has ever known #riplukeperry” — “Riverdale” co-star Robin Givens, via Twitter.

— “I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each other back & I will always remember you this way...” — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film co-star Kristy Swanson, via Twitter .

KEVIN SPACEY’S ATTORNEYS TO HAVE MORE PHONE RECORDS PRESERVED

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — It’s a boost for Kevin Spacey as he defends himself against charges of sexual assault. A judge in Nantucket, Massachusetts has agreed to let his legal team preserve more phone records related to the case. The records deal with communication between the alleged victim and his former girlfriend. The judge issued the ruling yesterday at a hearing which Spacey didn’t attend — because he didn’t have to.

TELEVISA STAR GETS BLASTED FOR DRESSING IN “BROWNFACE”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lately, we have heard quite a bit about people getting busted for doing blackface. Now, a TV star for Mexican-based Televisa is drawing fire for dressing in “brownface.” Yeka Rosales has been criticized for making herself up to look like Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio, a best actress nominee at the Oscars last month. Rosales posted images on social media of herself wearing brown makeup and a prosthetic nose to mock the indigenous actress. The stunt was done for a comedy show — but not everyone finds it amusing. Some critics say the appearance highlights the racism indigenous people in Latin America still face. Televisa says it condemns racism or discrimination in any form — but that it doesn’t feel Rosales’ getup fell into that category. Rosales is defending her actions too, saying she has done parodies of people of all races.

SMOKEY ROBINSON REMEMBERS ARETHA FRANKLIN AT TRIBUTE CONCERT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smokey Robinson recalls some of his favorite memories with Aretha Franklin at a taped tribute concert honoring The Queen of Soul. Robinson says he looked at Franklin as his “little sister” whom he still misses at the “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration for The Queen of Soul” during a Jan. 13 taped tribute in Los Angeles. He took the stage along with Alicia Keys, Celine Dion and Patti LaBelle to help bring Franklin’s favorite songs back to life. The tribute will air March 10 on CBS. Franklin died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit last year. Robinson says he remembered when he first met a 6-year-old Franklin at her family’s home in Detroit before she became a “game-changing sensation.”

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NEW ORLEANS - MARDI GRAS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s been three months now since the New Orleans Saints were denied a possible trip to the Super Bowl after referees botched a pass interference call in the NFC title game. But it still sticks in the craw of those in crawfish country. During the Mardi Gras festival which began on Jan. 6, many revelers let the NFL have it over the non-call. More than a few donned costumes depicting blind NFL refs. Those who want to vent in costume have one last chance today; at midnight, police on horseback will ride down Bourbon Street to officially “clear” it. And that will mark the end of the festival and — for those who observe it — the beginning of Lent.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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