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Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Strip club employees, customers hit with coronavirus outbreak, Michigan officials say
The outbreak comes as more than 150 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in a Michigan college town.

FDA commissioner refuses to comment on Trump's claim that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are 'harmless' (Yahoo! Books)

VultureJul 05, 2020
Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dead at 41 Due to Coronavirus Complications
The Broadway performer was nominated for a Tony in 2014 for his turn in Bullets Over Broadway.

Tony-nominated Broadway star Nick Cordero dies at 41 after protracted battle with COVID-19 (Yahoo! TV)
Nick Cordero, Standout Actor in Broadway Musicals, Dies of COVID-19 Complications at 41 (Billboard Music News)

NYTimes ArtsJul 05, 2020
Nick Cordero, Nominated for Tony as Tap-Dancing Tough Guy, Dies at 41
The Broadway actor's battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

VultureJul 05, 2020
The Baby-Sitters Club Season-Finale Recap: Forever and Always, the BSC
Okay, now it truly is the best summer ever.

Search Party Season-Finale Recap: Blind Justice (Vulture)

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
A white man, woman vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4, called racism 'a leftist lie,' California police say
Police are looking for two white people who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Martinez, California, on the Fourth of July.

Billboard Music NewsJul 05, 2020
Kanye West Shares a Look at His ‘YZY SHLTRS' as Part of #2020VISION Campaign
A day after Kanye West announced a 2020 presidential run, his #2020VISION campaign is underway.

Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Bolton: Trump claim he wasn't told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works'
Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would ‘certainly not' be ‘made only by the briefer' * Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and raceDonald Trump's claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is "just not the way the system works", former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.Bolton was appearing on Face the Nation, the Sunday talk show from ViacomCBS, the communications giant which owns Simon & Schuster, the publisher which put out Bolton's Trump White House memoir, The Room Where It Happened, over the president's objection.Elsewhere, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said Bolton would have known about the bounties intelligence while he was in the role, which he left in September 2019, and would therefore have briefed Trump himself."I don't buy this story that he was never briefed," Rice told NBC's Meet The Press. "I believe that … when the information first came to light in 2019, my successor, John Bolton, would have walked straight into the Oval Office, as I would have, and informed the president of this intelligence."Bolton's book, a tell-all which sold nearly 800,000 copies in its first week in stores, is named for the Oval Office and contains numerous shocking descriptions of Trump's behaviour. But it does not mention the alleged bounties plot."I'm not going to disclose classified information," Bolton t

Billboard Music NewsJul 05, 2020
Taylor Swift Fans Call for Singer to Run for President Amid Kanye West's White House Bid
Taylor Swift fans are calling for the pop superstar to run for president following Kanye West's announcement that he'll be running in the 2020 election.

Tiffany Haddish, Eric Balfour & More React to Kanye West's Presidential Run: ‘This Is the Height of Privilege' (Billboard Music News)

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
The protesters all carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. Although African Americans appeared to account for the bulk of the marchers, protesters of various races, men and women alike, were among the group. One video clip showed a leader of the demonstrators, who was not identified, shouting into a loudspeaker in a challenge to white supremacists who historically have used Stone Mountain as a rallying spot of their own.

Playbill NewsJul 05, 2020
Nick Cordero Passes Away at Age 41
The actor, who fought a long battle with the coronavirus, was Tony-nominated for creating the role of Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway.

VultureJul 05, 2020
Hannibal Buress Drops Comedy Special Miami Nights on YouTube
The prophecy has been fulfilled.

Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Police clear officer who appeared to flash white power sign at Oregon protest
President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia's "progressive development" for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. "They will strengthen our nationhood and create conditions for the progressive development of our country for decades to come," he said.

Billboard Music NewsJul 05, 2020
2 Dead, 8 Injured After Shooting at Foogiano Concert in South Carolina
A shooting at a nightclub early Sunday left two people dead and eight wounded in South Carolina, a sheriff's official said.

Billboard Music NewsJul 05, 2020
The Killers Honor George Floyd With ‘Land of the Free' on ‘Macy's 4th of July' Special
The Killers paid tribute to George Floyd with a stripped-down performance of "Land of the Free" during the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular."

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
South Carolina: Two dead and eight injured after US nightclub shooting
Two people have died and eight have been injured after a shooting at a nightclub in South Carolina in the early hours of Sunday, a sheriff's official said.A pair of Greenville County sheriff's deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge just before 2am, and saw a large crowd running out of the building, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglas and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.

Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Washington-based lobbyist declined to represent Prince Andrew, New York Times claims
A lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration and a client list that includes governments accused of human rights abuses has declined to represent Prince Andrew, it was claimed on Sunday night. The New York Times said the Duke of York's lawyers approached the Washington-based lobbyist Robert Stryk "in recent weeks". Mr Stryk has a history of "taking on clients with unsavoury reputations" the newspaper reported but it claimed that he "expressed discomfort about the possibility of assisting Prince Andrew". The Telegraph understands a "conversation" took place between Mr Stryk and Blackfords, the London law firm representing the Duke, but no deal was struck. A spokesman for Prince Andrew declined to comment. A source said: "This looks like a lobbying firm advertising. No engagement has been made or sought." Mr Stryk was unavailable for comment on Sunday. According to The New York Times, he owns a company called Sonoran Policy Group which runs a "global private diplomacy" firm. Mr Stryk has represented a Saudi prince who fell out of favour with the country's rulers as well as the Venezuelan government which Mr Trump considers "illegitimate". His clients also include Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman and the daughter of Angola's former president, who is accused of embezzlement, a charge she denies. Previous clients include the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo when it was run by Joseph Kabila, who has been accused of human rights abu

Billboard Music NewsJul 05, 2020
Netflix Greenlights Pharrell Williams Gospel Docu-Series ‘Voices of Fire'
Pharrell Williams has teamed with Netflix for the unscripted project "Voices of Fire," which will follow the musician's uncle as he sets out to find undiscovered talent in Virginia.

Pharrell To Build A Gospel Choir in His Hometown in Netflix's Voices of Fire (Vulture)

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
At 550,000 coronavirus tests daily in the USA, testing still far below level for safe reopening
President Trump suggested testing be slowed because it uncovers more cases. Experts say the rise is due mainly to wider exposure to the virus.

Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Taj Mahal remains shut as India reports record daily virus cases
India's top tourist attraction the Taj Mahal will remain shut, officials said Sunday, as the vast nation registered a record daily number of coronavirus cases and opened a sprawling treatment centre in the capital to fight the pandemic. The health ministry reported just under 25,000 cases and 613 deaths in 24 hours -- the biggest daily spike since the first case was detected in late January. The surge took India's total tally to more than 673,000 cases and 19,268 deaths, pulling the country closer to surpassing badly-hit Russia, the world's third-most infected nation.

Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Life on the Vice Presidential Short List
There will be blood tests. Interrogations about junior high. An analysis of tax returns.It is an experience Joe Biden knows all too well from his time on the vice presidential short list 12 years ago.Much about Biden's own search for a running mate has been nontraditional. He has publicly mused about his criteria. He is not considering men. Above all, his choice could be the most important in years: At 77, Biden has said he views himself as a "transition candidate." Left unsaid: His vice president could very well end up being the president next.Yet as much as Biden's process is unique, its contours are familiar. Late last month, he told a local television station that his campaign had begun "doing the background checks" -- the latest sign that he is moving toward a short list of candidates.If history is a guide, Biden's top contenders should expect to submit themselves to a process that veterans liken to a series of graphic medical procedures. Extraneous? Maybe. But, well, sometimes that's the vice presidency, too."They basically are disassembling your entire life," said Kathleen Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas who, along with Biden, was vetted extensively by the Obama campaign in 2008. "It was as intrusive and probing as anything I've ever been through or would hope to ever go through again."Evan Bayh, a former Democratic senator from Indiana and a repeat vice presidential contestant, somewhat famously compared the vetting process to a colonoscopy -- "except they use the Hubble telescope on you."Indeed, when Barack Obama cal

BBC Entertainment & ArtsJul 05, 2020
Kanye West again says he will run for president
The US rapper claims that he has entered the 2020 race but it is unclear if he has actually registered.

Yahoo! BooksJul 05, 2020
Protesters mourn the killing of a Black transgender woman in Pompano Beach
Following the shooting death of a Black transgender woman in South Florida on Friday, about 25 people gathered Sunday afternoon in Pompano Beach to mourn her death.

Billboard Music NewsJul 05, 2020
Patti LaBelle Gives Awe-Inspiring ‘Over the Rainbow' Performance for ‘A Capitol Fourth' PBS Special
Patti LaBelle delivered a powerful rendition of the classic ballad "Over the Rainbow" during PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" special on July 4.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
Third highest single-day total, 10,059, pushes Florida past 200,000 COVID-19 cases
It took three months, from early March to June 22, for Florida to cross 100,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump's Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump's fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia's premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump's mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow's friend, even Moscow's "agent" in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More. But there were signs on Saturday, July 4, that, for now, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are trying to keep their longstanding bromance in check, at least where the official record is concerned. Putin sent a telegram congratulating U.S. President Donald J. Trump on America's Independence Day. Interesting move. By avoiding a phone call Putin also avoided any direct pressure to address reports about the Kremlin paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers and coalition forces in Afghanistan.Prior to the bounty leaks flooding out of the U.S. intelligence community, the calls between Trump and Putin had become unusually frequent, but those revelations put the brakes on the presidential chatter. Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Event to Sic Supporters on ‘Evil' ProtestersTrump—who is at least as reluctant as Putin to discuss the matter—had also

NYTimes ArtsJul 05, 2020
‘Bébé's Kids' Shared a Lesson About Racial Injustice
This 1992 animated movie about Black children running into trouble at a theme park is meant to be a comedy. But for one viewer, it no longer seems so funny.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
I flew on the 4 biggest US airlines during the pandemic to see which is handling it best, and found one blew the rest out of the water
I found that, above all, social distancing is a concept that varies depending on what airline you choose to fly on during the pandemic.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus
Campers and staff members promise to isolate before they arrive at camp, but in several cases the pandemic has arrived with them.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 05, 2020
I flew out of the new LaGuardia Airport terminal 2 weeks after it opened and couldn't believe it was the same airport I hated. Here's what it was like.
Many of the shops and eateries had been closed to the pandemic but the passenger experience was unlike any I'd had before at LaGuardia.

Billboard Music NewsJul 04, 2020
John Legend Joined by Socially-Distanced Choir on ‘Never Break' for ‘Macy's 4th of July' Special
John Legend brought his emotional ballad 'Never Break' to 2020's 'Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular' on NBC.

NYTimes ArtsJul 04, 2020
Where You Can See the Stars of ‘Hamilton' Now
Since their time in the Broadway show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and company have gone on to movies, TV and theater.

AV Club FilmsJul 04, 2020
Neil Young still decidedly "not OK" with Trump putting his tiny hands all over his songs
Neil Young has never been shy about letting the world know who can, in his opinion, go fuck themselves. In the past, that august list has included everybody from record executives, to any number of former collaborators, to all who dared speak against the power of Pono. But these days, it's mostly just the one guy who…


NYTimes ArtsJul 04, 2020
Marc Fumaroli, Defender of French Culture, Is Dead at 88
A leading historian, he wrote and taught in defense of the French language and its heritage and against "globish English."

Billboard Music NewsJul 04, 2020
Neil Young Slams Trump Over Use of His Music at Mount Rushmore Event: ‘This Is Not OK With Me'
Neil Young is speaking out against Donald Trump for using his music during the president's Mount Rushmore event in South Dakota.

AV Club FilmsJul 04, 2020
Seth Rogen hugs Seth Rogen in trailer for Seth Rogen's pickle-man movie
Forcing us to contemplate—not for the first time—the question of who the entertainment industry's most beloved and dynamic pickled hero might be, HBO Max has now released the first trailer for An American Pickle, the film where Seth Rogen plays a 1920s European immigrant who falls into a pickle vat and emerges 100…


Billboard Music NewsJul 04, 2020
How to Watch ‘A Capitol Fourth' 40th Anniversary Special on PBS
Capital Concerts will be hosting a 40th anniversary presentation of its July 4th tradition on PBS, A Capitol Fourth.

NYTimes ArtsJul 04, 2020
8 Picture Books That Let Young Minds Wonder and Wander on Their Own
These journeys of the imagination explore what it means to be human.

Playbill NewsJul 04, 2020
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Mandy Gonzalez, More Are Part of PBS' A Capitol Fourth Concert July 4
Vanessa Williams and John Stamos host the annual celebration.

VultureJul 03, 2020
Seth Rogen's An American Pickle Trailer Will Make You Verklempt

BBC Entertainment & ArtsJul 03, 2020
JK Rowling: Harry Potter fan sites reject author's trans comments
The sites take issue with her views on "marginalised" people and say they will not use her photo.

Yahoo! TVJul 02, 2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Hamilton' cast on why it's the perfect time for film release: 'We're in a moment where we're talking about systemic injustice'
"Hamilton" stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry and more tall about the Broadway hit-turned-Disney movie's current relevance.

AV Club FilmsJun 30, 2020
Seth Rogen to produce new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
Some fictional characters are just timeless, with new creators coming along to create new interpretations of them for new generations of fans. Characters like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. According to Deadline, Nickelodeon and Paramount are developing yet another new Teenage Mutant…


Yahoo! TVJun 27, 2020
Bill Maher Says White People Should Go Easy on Other White People ‘Whose Heart Is in The Right Place' About BLM
On Friday's episode of "Real Time," Bill Maher used the "New Rules" segment to mock white people for "culturally appropriating" the Black Lives Matter movement. But he also asked activists to go just a little bit easier on white people who might be trying to join the movement but still have some more learning to do to get caught up.‘New rule: black people have to demand that white people stop culturally appropriating how mad they are about racism. It's great that Caucasians have finally joined the fight for racial justice in unprecedented numbers, but hating racism the most? You can't steal that," Maher began.Maher joked that "Elvis taking little Richard's act, that was bad enough," and then he mentioned Victor Sengbe, a Black Oakland resident who hung ropes around his local park to serve as exercise aids, but ended up being condemned as racist by Oakland's mayor, Libby Schaaf, because they resembled nooses.Also Read: Bill Maher Imagines Future Headlines From His Summer Break: 'All Musicians on Earth Demand Trump Stop Playing Their Music'"She said, ‘These incidents will be investigated as a hate crime.' Why is this white woman seeing racism where a black man isn't? The mayor also said, ‘intentions don't matter.' But they do matter," Maher said before transitioning to his main point. "And white people need to stop trying to cancel other white people whose heart is in the right place but don't get it exactly right

Reuters EntertainmentJun 06, 2020
'Am I going to get shot?' kids ask, as brands try to explain racism and violence to children
For 8 minutes and 46 seconds - the length of time it took George Floyd, an unarmed black man, to die at the hands of Minneapolis police - cable TV kids channel Nickelodeon's screen went black on Tuesday to sounds of inhaling and exhaling, as white text flashed "I can't breathe."
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