Friday, August 10th, 2018

 

People donate millions of frequent flyer miles to help reunite families after professor's viral tweet

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A viral tweet has inspired people to donate millions of frequent flyer miles to help reunite separated immigrant families. Non-profit organizations have been working to reunite hundreds of children and parents who were separated from each other at the U.S.-Mexico border. This week, they got a little bit of help from University of Michigan Law School professor Beth Wilensky. On Aug. 6, Wilensky tweeted: “My husband travels a lot. Downside: he’s gone a lot. Upside: frequent flyer miles. We just used some to fly a 3-yr-old andRead More


Jay Ellis shares his thoughts on the third season of 'Insecure' without his character, Lawrence

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Anne Marie Fox/HBO(NEW YORK) — On Sunday night’s return of the hit HBO series Insecure, one of the show’s central characters will be noticeably absent. Jay Ellis, who’s played Lawrence Walker and Issa Rae’s boyfriend on the series, will not be returning for season three. Ellis tells ABC Radio that after last season, there really wasn’t much to his character’s story. “At the end of season two we see Lawrence and Issa come full circle and have closure and say goodbye to each other,” he says. “And so from there,Read More


Rare $100,000 cello used to score 'Star Wars' soundtrack stolen

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San Diego Crime Stoppers (SAN DIEGO) — A rare cello worth $100,000 that was used in the soundtrack of the “Star Wars” films has been stolen from a hotel room in San Diego. The cello belongs to John Walz, the principal cellist of the LA Opera Orchestra, who returned after a dinner on Thursday night to find everything from his room gone, including his beloved instrument. Walz told ABC News the cello was custom-made for him by famed violin-maker Mario Miralles. He took it around the world for various performancesRead More


DNA links Nevada prisoner to multiple 1984 cold case murders, including 3 family members, authorities say

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State of Nevada Department of Corrections(CARSON CITY, Nev.) — Authorities have used DNA to link four cold case murders from 1984 in Colorado to a man already serving time for attempted murder and deadly assault charges in Nevada. Prosecutors from Arphahoe and Jefferson Counties as well as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director John Camper announced Friday that investigators used DNA matching to connect four brutal murders in the state — including a home invasion that left three family members dead — to 57-year-old Alexander Christoper Ewing, who is currentlyRead More


Denzel Washington beams over son & 'BlacKkKlansman' star John David's rise as an actor: "I knew he was talented and...it's happening"

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Marion Curtis/StarPix for Focus Features(NEW YORK) — Denzel Washington is one proud papa. With the release of BlacKkKlansman, in which his eldest son, John David Washington, takes on the lead role of real-life detective Ron Stallworth — a black police officer who infiltrated the KKK– Denzel is more than ready to support his son’s meteoric rise. “Yeah, they said that they had his billboard next to mine,” Denzel tells ABC Radio, recalling the moment when he first learned that his son’s BlacKkKlansman billboard was next to his own of EqualizerRead More


Ahead of Charlottesville anniversary, Heather Heyer's mom urges people to 'think about what she was here for'

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ABC News(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The spot where counter protester Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed down a street during the Charlottesville protest last year has become an unlikely space of refuge for her mother. “This is where I feel a connection to Heather,” Susan Bro said while visiting that area on 4th Street, now renamed “Honorary Heather Heyer Way,” with ABC News’ Eva Pilgrim. Bro noted that Heyer “is with me all the time” but “this is where she was taken from me.” “Sometimes I come in theRead More


Man named William Shakespeare convicted of murder for 'cold-blooded' shooting outside barbershop

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Google, 2017(BOSTON) — A man who shares a name with the Bard was convicted of a “brazen daytime murder” in Boston committed while the victim’s 4-year-old son sat nearby. William Shakespeare shot and killed Marcus Hall, 31, in broad daylight outside the Hair It Is barbershop in Boston on June 14, 2016, while his son was getting a haircut inside, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley stated in a press release Friday. The men had a “tense verbal exchange” in the parking lot before the shooting, Conley said. Shakespeare thenRead More


Lady Gaga says previous "A Star Is Born" actress Barbra Streisand was "so, so kind" to her

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Peter Lindbergh/Warner Bros/Entertainment WeeklyLady Gaga‘s upcoming movie A Star Is Born marks the fourth version of the film — there were also versions of it in 1937, 1954 and 1976. Most people these days remember the 1976 version, which starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, so it’s no wonder everyone on the set of the new version freaked out when Streisand dropped by for a visit. Director, co-writer and star Bradley Cooper tells Entertainment Weekly that Barbra, who played the role of the ingenue in the 1976 movie — theRead More


All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is for her son not to write dirty holiday songs

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicYou’d expect Mariah Carey‘s twins to have some musical talent, but it turns out that her son Moroccan, at least, is a chip off the old block: He wrote a Christmas song when he was just five. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly appropriate for caroling. Mariah’s ex Nick Cannon tells Entertainment Tonight that Moroccan is now seven, but when he was around five, “He wrote a Christmas song and I was really excited.” Nick continues, “I told [Mariah], like, ‘Yo, he told me he wrote a Christmas song,’ and she wasRead More


'Freaky Friday' gets musical makeover tonight on the Disney Channel

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Disney Channel/David Bukach(NEW YORK) — Tonight, the Disney Channel airs the fifth re-telling of the mom/daughter body-swap comedy Freaky Friday — but the first-ever as movie musical. This time ’round, Broadway star Heidi Blickenstaff and actress and musician Cozi Zuehlsdorff [ZoolzDorf], respectively, play a busy mom and a ‘tude-filled high school-aged daughter magically swapping bodies. Blickenstaff actually played the same role on stage, and she tells ABC Radio how she had to change her performance from stage to the small screen. “I definitely need needed to learn how to turnRead More