CORONAVIRUS AND MORNING TV NEWS SHOWS
NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans are finding it’s hard to work from home. For those whose “work” is to inform and entertain us on the AM network TV shows, it’s no different. Except instead of a few co-workers looking on, millions see co-anchors in their makeshift home studios. For example, a “CBS This Morning” viewer got irked by a pillow that lay askew on a chair in the room co-host Gayle King uses as her studio. The complaint eventually got back to her — and she had to tell viewers she and cohorts are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
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CHEF ANDRES HELPS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Celebrity chef Jose Andres says America gave him a home when he needed one. And now that he’s made it, he feels the need to repay his debt to the U.S. He’s doing that by helping people amid the coronavirus crisis. His World Central Kitchen has served more than three-quarters of a million meals in various cities.
“SESAME STREET” SPECIAL ON PANDEMIC
UNDATED (AP) — You’ve probably heard about how “Sesame Street” is doing a special program to help kids and parents cope with the COVID-19 outbreak. The show airs next Tuesday. Joining the Muppets are Anne Hathaway, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tracee Ellis Ross. The show will feature a tribute to medical workers fighting the disease.
TRUMP’S GIFTS TO WORLD LEADERS
WASHINGTON (AP) — You know presidents exchange gifts with foreign leaders in office. But it’s not until the government releases its list that we learn what President Trump gave. One has ties to Hollywood. Trump gave Japanese Prime Minister Abe a boxing glove from “Million Dollar Baby” signed by movie director Clint Eastwood. He gave several other leaders a tray featuring a tray featuring a painting of his Mar-A-Lago resort.
THOMAS L. MILLER, TV PRODUCER, DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — He helped bring us TV shows like “Full House” and “Perfect Strangers” — as well as movies like “Silver Streak” and “Foul Play.” Producer Thomas L. Miller has died. A family rep says he died of complications from heart disease. He was 79 years old.
KOBE BRYANT’S BOOK SALES SOAR
UNDATED (AP) — When Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash back in January, sales of his books spiked upward. Those sales are up again, this time because Bryant was named to the basketball Hall of Fame. That has pushed his book to the top of the Amazon best-seller list — and it will be No. 1 on a New York Times’ list later this month.
LINDA TRIPP OF CLINTON IMPEACHMENT SAGA DIES
WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember when President Bill Clinton got impeached? One of the people who helped get him in that position has died. Linda Tripp became a confidante to White House intern Monica Lewinsky and later secretly recorded her talking about her affair with Clinton. Tripp was 70 years old.
MAD MAGAZINE ILLUSTRAOTR MORT DRUCKER DIES
NEW YORK (AP) — One of Mad Magazine's most loved and enduring illustrators has died. Cartoonist Mort Drucker was 91. For decades, Drucker lovingly spoofed politicians, celebrities and popular culture. Drucker joined Mad in its early days, the mid-1950s, and remained well into the 21st century. Few major events or public figures during that time escaped Drucker’s attention. Drucker's daughter, Laurie Bachner, told The Associated Press that he fell ill last week, having difficulty walking and breathing problems. She did not give a specific cause of death and said that he was not tested for the coronavirus.
FORMER MLB STAR JOSH HAMILTON INDICTED
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former baseball star Josh Hamilton is facing a serious legal issue. The ex-Texas Rangers outfielder has been indicted after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her. He turned himself in last October and a grand jury indicted him earlier this week. He’s free on $30,000 bond. If Hamilton is convicted, he faces two to 10 years in prison.
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