CHRIS CUOMO’S SON HAS COVID-19
UNDATED (AP) — If you thought Chris Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) felt bad when his wife got the coronavirus after he did — imagine how both parents feel to know one of their kids now has it, too. Cuomo and his wife Cristina say their teenage son Mario has COVID-19. Like his dad and mom — and most who get the disease — Mario’s symptoms are mostly minor. His mon notes her son has lost his sense of smell and taste. She says the upside there — is that she can get him to eat all the healthy food he needs to boost his immune system. She cracks on Instagram that her son usually wouldn’t go near any of that stuff.
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SINGER MARIANNE FAITHFULL RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
NEW YORK (AP) — After three weeks of treatment, Marianne Faithfull has been sprung from a London hospital where she’d been treated for COVID-19. The singer’s social media pages say she will continue her recovery in London. Faithfull is 73. Her battle with the coronavirus is the latest in a series of health challenges for her. She’s also had hepatitis C and breast cancer.
SHAGGY IS LEARNING HOW TO COOK AGAIN
NEW YORK (AP) — Shaggy is trying to get his groove back. Not at music — but at cooking. He ended up stuck in New York when he couldn’t get a flight home to Jamaica before the borders closed. He says that means he’s had to do more cooking for himself. He says he knew how to cook before — but was out of practice. Because of that, he’s had to resort to a little “trial and error” to get his favorite comfort foods to come out the way he likes.
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ACTRESS CHARLIZE THERON DONATES $1 MILLION TO ANTI-VIRUS EFFORT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s one of the sadder consequences of life in this, the coronavirus age. Because many families are under orders to stay home, it means those guilty of domestic violence are sequestered with those they’ve abused. The isolation and frustration can lead to a repeat of violence. It’s an issue Charlize Theron is trying to address. The actress has donated a half million dollars to help prevent domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak. Another half million is going toward other relief efforts.
INDIE FILM OUTLET AUCTIONS MEMORBAILA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s one way for an independent film studio to give back during the fight against COVID-19. A24 in Los Angeles is auctioning some of the wardrobe, sets and props it has. The money will go to charities helping vanguard health workers in coronavirus-ravaged areas of New York.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT LAWSUIT REJECTED
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jussie Smollett. The former “Empire” actor sued Chicago and members of its police force for malicious prosecution. But the judge says since the case hasn’t ended, he can’t determine whether it was malicious. The judge also notes there’s a sound basis for the charges Smollett faces. He’s charged with staging his own hate crime, then reporting to police — and the world — that he was beaten by thugs who hurled racist and anti-gay insults at him during the attack.
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WHITNEY HOUSTON’S LIFE BEING MADE INTO A MOVE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a life that had a lot of success — and a lot of drama. Now, Whitney Houston’s story is being turned into a movie. It’s too soon to talk about who will play Whitney and all that. But we do know the movie will be written by the guy who did “Bohemian Rhapsody” — the movie about Freddie Mercury. The movie has the blessing of Houston’s estate and her longtime music producer and mentor, Clive Davis. Even so, moviemakers say it will be “frank” about handling stuff like Houston’s drug addiction and failed marriage to R&B star Bobby Brown.
LOUIS C.K. DONATION TO JOE BIDEN RETURNED
WASHINGTON (AP) — Awwwkward. That’s about the best way to describe a donation for Joe Biden’s White House bid. The former vice president got a check of $2,800 from comedian Louis C.K. And yes, that’s the same guy whose career was wrecked when he acknowledged engaging in sexual misconduct. The campaign says it is returning the money.
SHIRLEY KNIGHT, VETERAN ACTRESS, DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Shirley Knight has died. Her daughter says it happened yesterday in Texas. Knight made a splash in Hollywood early. She got her first Oscar nod in just her second movie, the 1960 film “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.” She got her second two years later. More recently she was in “Desperate Housewives,” a TV show that earned her one of her many Emmy nods. Shirley Knight was 83.
NFL DRAFT DAY - THE CORONAVIRUS EDITION - BETTORS
UNDATED (AP) — Wanna bet there will be a lot of people closely watching the NFL draft who aren’t football fans? The draft, which starts tonight, is one of the few sports events still going on with the coronavirus outbreak. And that means a lot of the action will focus on punters — not the ones who kick, but those who bet. Bettors desperate to place a wager on anything live will be laying down money to predict who gets taken when — and by which team.
NFL DRAFT DAY - THE CORONAVIRUS EDITION - PLAYERS
UNDATED (AP) — College players looking to become NFL picks today will face a different draft than there’s ever been before. Usually, they’d gather in a packed arena, waiting to step before the cameras and don their new NFL gear. But this year, you’ll see the top players the way many of us see our co-workers or families these days — in a pop-up window. The league has sent phones, lights stands and headsets to the top prospects, so they’ll be camera-ready when picked. They also have a set of caps from all 32 teams, so they can yank the right one out of the box — and put it on when they are drafted.
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