“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” RETURNS UNDER COVID-19 RULES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They used to call themselves the “Not Ready for Prime-Time Players.” But tomorrow night, we’ll see if the “Saturday Night Live” cast is ready to make us laugh in the middle of a pandemic. The NBC comedy show returns to the air for its first original show since March 9. How can you do a comedy show while practicing COVID-19? NBC isn’t offering many details, other than that it will abide by social-distancing rules — and that the show will have its usual “Weekend Update” news segment.

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“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” WILL MOURN MUSIC SUPERVISOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While seeing “Saturday Night Live” return to the air amid the coronavirus pandemic is considered a slight return to normalcy, it is not without some sadness for the cast. Earlier this week, the show’s music supervisor died. Hal Willner had symptoms linked to COVID-19 but wasn’t diagnosed.

WHITE HOUSE REPORTERS TESTED FOR COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some members of the White House press corps are being tested to avoid the possibility of infecting President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence or other officials at daily press briefings. The testing began yesterday, with reporters getting the same quick screening President Trump says he took this week. The White House has said anyone expected to be close to Trump or Pence must be tested for COVID-19.

BROADWAY SINGERS GO ONLINE TO PERFORM

NEW YORK (AP) — The show must go on-line? That’s what two Broadway stars have decided to do to keep their singing chops intact — and entertain people shut out of seeing live theater by COVID-19. Samantha Pauly and Brittney Mack play two of the wives of Henry VIII in the musical “Six.” Many other Broadway stars and others have been performing online as a way to connect with fans who have become shut-ins because of the pandemic.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL UPDATE

BOSTON (AP) — One of the big stories in the news before COVID-19 became a big deal was the scandal in which celebrities and other well-heeled people bribed their kids into colleges. Here’s an update. Federal prosecutors are denying claims that they deliberately withheld and fabricated evidence to entrap defendants, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband. She and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli joined other defendants in demanding their charges be dismissed because of the alleged prosecutorial misconduct. But prosecutors claim in a response filed this week that the allegations are “baseless.”

THE BUSINESS OF BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, baseball is out of business right now because of the coronavirus outbreak. But that doesn’t mean they can’t do business. And despite teams being idled by the pandemic, they’re still making bank. Forbes reports all Major League Baseball franchises have managed to increase in value this year, without throwing a pitch, playing a game or selling a single hot dog or beer. The most lucrative franchise is the New York Yankees, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals — and Philadelphia Phillies.

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HOCKEY STAR P.K. SUBBAN HOSTING NHL TRIVIA SHOW

UNDATED (AP) — He can’t unleash his rocket-like slap shot at goalies. But that doesn’t mean hockey star P.K. Subban is idle while the NHL waits out the coronavirus pandemic. He is hosting a hockey trivia quiz show. NHL Hat Trick Trivia makes its debut tomorrow. Contestants must answer up to three hockey trivia questions for prizes, with the top one being two tickets to an NHL game next season. And in case you’re wondering, the show is following social distancing guidelines. Subban hosts from his Los Angeles living room, contestants are filmed at their homes and there’s a guest player each week.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SEAN PENN

UNDATED (AP) — Sean Penn says he wants to “save lives” with free coronavirus test sites in Los Angeles County to combat the pandemic. The Oscar winner’s disaster relief organization called CORE has teamed up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and the city’s fire department to safely distribute free drive-thru COVID-19 test sites for those with qualifying symptoms.

SOCIAL YOWLING

DENVER (AP) — From California to New York state, some Americans are taking a moment each night at 8 o’clock to howl as a way of thanking the health care workers and first responders who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The nightly howl is an American twist on the balcony applause and singing for besieged health care workers in Italy and Spain. It’s also become a way for those of us who are cooped up, isolated and anxious to reduce pain and isolation, show support for the homeless, let out anger and frustration, and even let children yowl back and forth with the friends they can’t play with.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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