JUDGE SAYS R KELLY MUST REMAIN BEHIND BARS
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has denied singer R Kelly's request to be released from jail because he was concerned he might contract the coronavirus. In a ruling released on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly of Brooklyn wrote that Kelly will remain in custody because there's a risk that he might flee or attempt to threaten or intimidate witnesses if he is released. She says Kelly hasn't explained how those risks have changed. Kelly has been locked up in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since he was indicted last summer on federal child pornography, obstruction of justice and racketeering charges.
CELEBRITIES WITH CORONAVIRUS SUFFER, SHARE
UNDATED (AP) — One thing about coronavirus: it doesn’t care who gets it. And some celebrities who have contracted COVID-19 are talking about their experiences. Singer Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs) tells her Instagram followers she had a couple of rough days — but most of her symptoms were mild. She says she’s better now. Christopher Cross tells Facebook COVID-19 was “the worst illness” he’s ever endured. The virus has affected other celebrities, including a pair of CNN anchors, Chris Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) and Brooke Baldwin. Cuomo continues to do his show from his basement. Baldwin isn’t; fellow anchor Don Lemon says she’ll be resting at home until she’s up to being back on the air again.
MEEK MILL AND JAY Z PROVIDE FACE MASKS FOR PRISONERS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two popular rappers are raising their voices on behalf of some people at high risk for coronavirus: prisoners. The justice reform organization headed by Jay Z and Meek Mill is sending masks to help protect inmates. Meanwhile they are asking prison officials nationwide to provide prisoners protective gear and step up cleaning procedures to keep the virus from spreading among those serving time.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND ANDREA BOCELLI CONNECT WITH MUSIC
UNDATED (AP) — Hoping to raise moods, Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music; The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance. Bocelli will give a solo livestreamed performance on Easter Sunday from the main historic cathedral in Milan, Italy. The concert will be exclusively streamed live globally on the tenor’s YouTube channel. Springsteen will appear on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio at 10 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday. E Street Radio host Jim Rotolo says Springsteen will be DJing music he’s been listening to during the pandemic.
CORONAVIRUS DENIES FACE THEIR OWN WORDS
NEW YORK (AP) — Contradicting the contradictions? Those who’ve been pooh-poohing the coronavirus — only to find that it’s more serious than they thought — are facing a reckoning on the internet. Look online on every social networking site and you can find video mashups of people from President Donald Trump to Fox News host to government officials saying one thing about COVID-19 in one clip — and just the opposite in another clip. The one Comedy Central did about Trump and other officials has received millions of views. Meanwhile, Dr. Drew apologized after the spread of a montage in which he mocked COVID-19 concerns. He now says he was wrong for that.
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CELEBRITIES ONLINE APPEARANCES
UNDATED (AP) — With red carpets, movie premieres, parties and other forms of exposure shut down because of the coronavirus, many celebrities are using the internet to connect directly with fans. And the unfiltered view has in some cases made fans feel they can relate to them more than they did before. Rather than the glammed-up view fostered by publicists and glam squads, many fans are seeing their favorite stars in casual clothes at home, doing things like cooking or other mundane things as they deal with the coronavirus lockdown.
WINFREY CHOOSES ‘HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD’ FOR BOOK CLUB
NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus spread around the country, Oprah Winfrey briefly considered holding off on book club choices. But she decided that books were needed more than ever. Her new pick is Robert Kolker’s “Hidden Valley Road.” It's an in-depth account of a 1950s family in which six children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Kolker’s book is Winfrey’s fourth selection since starting a partnership with Apple last fall. She usually tapes a live appearance with the author that runs on Apple TV Plus. Because of the coronavirus, she will interview Kolker remotely for a program expected to air in May.
“SCHITT’S CREEK” FINALE IS TONIGHT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time’s up for “Schitt’s Creek.” The show’s finale airs tonight on Pop TV, leaving a legacy that has grown in its six seasons. The comedy is about a shallow, rich family that loses its money and has to live in a small town they had bought as a lark. After finding a home on Netflix, it grew in popularity — and landed its first Emmy nominations last year, including one for best comedy.
“MODERN FAMILY” FINALE DRAWS CLOSER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s the end of an era for another series. “Modern Family’s” final original episode will air on ABC tomorrow night. The cast says when they taped the final show, everyone was in tears, except Ed O’Neill, who plays family patriarch Jay Pritchett. Co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson says when he asked O’Neill about that, his co-star told him he was likely to have it hit him a couple of weeks later as he’s doing something like getting a facial. Ferguson says the only thing he got out of O’Neill’s comment was, “Ed gets facials?”
“Modern Family” has been on for 11 seasons.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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