April 26th, 2018

Entertainment News

‘Oh! Susanna’ songwriter’s statue removed amid criticism

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A 118-year-old statue of the “Oh! Susanna” songwriter was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo. In October, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to take the Stephen Foster sculpture out of Schenley Plaza and find ... Read More »

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Donald Trump: Country star Shania Twain ‘made a mistake’ not supporting him

By The Canadian Press on April 26th, 2018

TORONTO – Donald Trump is cutting Shania Twain some slack, even though he says the Canadian singer “made a mistake” when she backed away from supporting him. The U.S. president called in to Fox News morning show “Fox and Friends” on Thursday and responded to Twain’s recent apology to her fans. “Shania, who I think ... Read More »

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Jury focuses on Cosby’s star witness; his lawyers face heat

By Michael R. Sisak And Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial began its second day of deliberations Thursday by revisiting the testimony of a star defence witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a celebrity for the money. The jurors were having Marguerite Jackson’s testimony read back to them after a marathon, ... Read More »

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3 student gun control activists to be honoured by PEN

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

NEW YORK – Two survivors of the Parkland school massacre in Florida and the twin sibling of a gun victim from Washington, D.C., will be honoured at next month’s PEN America gala. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Washington, D.C., high school student Zion Kelly will be presented the ... Read More »

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‘I was destroyed’: Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor says hearing loss made tour difficult

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on April 26th, 2018

TORONTO – Coming off Blue Rodeo’s most recent tour, co-frontman Greg Keelor thought he was nearing the end of the road. After years of struggling with progressive hearing loss, he found this run of nearly 30 nationwide shows too much to handle. His ability to tolerate high-pitched sounds was worsening and he was “quite defensive ... Read More »

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Avicii’s family releases 2nd statement about late DJ

By Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

NEW YORK – Avicii’s family has released a second statement about their late son this week, saying the famed DJ “could not go on any longer” and that “he wanted to find peace.” The Grammy-nominated electronic dance musician, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week in Muscat, Oman at age 28. Details about his ... Read More »

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The Latest: Alternate Cosby jurors get time with comfort dog

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial says the six alternate jurors will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog before being sent back to their hotel. Judge Steven O’Neill said Thursday he planned to meet with ... Read More »

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Band pulls out of rock festival, citing lack of gender, racial diversity

By The Canadian Press on April 26th, 2018

HALIFAX – A Halifax indie rock band is pulling out of a Nova Scotia music festival, saying the lineup lacks diversity. In-Flight Safety frontman John Mullane tweeted that he felt out of sorts after Truro’s Rock the Hub festival revealed a lineup consisting almost entirely of all-male and “nearly all-white” bands. He says he found ... Read More »

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The Latest: Jury reviewing testimony of star defence witness

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are having the testimony of the star defence witness read back to them. The jury is back for Day 2 of deliberations. The panel of seven men and five women started its ... Read More »

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The Latest: Cosby at courthouse as jury debates his fate

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse where jurors are deliberating in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial. The 80-year-old Cosby arrived on Thursday and said “good morning” twice as he entered the courthouse. The jury of seven ... Read More »

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MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

By Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press on April 26th, 2018

BOSTON – MGM is planning to open its $960 million Massachusetts casino earlier than expected. MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle said in a Wednesday interview with The Associated Press that Aug. 24 is the new planned opening date for its resort casino complex in downtown Springfield. The company had previously envisioned opening it sometime ... Read More »

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