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16/03/2019

What We Are Reading Today: Truth in our Times by David E. McCraw

In his new book, Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts, David E. McCraw recounts his experiences as the top newsroom lawyer for the New York Times during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations. “McCraw, the New York Times deputy general counsel, takes us behind the scenes of the venerable (or failing, depending on your perspective) New York Times,” said Preet Bharara in a review published in the daily. A self-professed “raving moderate,” McCraw is in prime position to provide this backstage view as he draws equally on his...


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To Batuu and back: Inside Disney's new Star Wars park, Galaxy's Edge: Reporter's notebook

Editor's note: ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell was invited to a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, a 14-acre land opening this summer in California and in the fall at Walt Disney World in Florida. Warning: this piece contains spoilers, from a certain point of view. Get ready for ALL the Star Wars feels, friends. Walking the winding streets of the nearly-complete Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, there’s a key point when you round a corner and see … IT. For this longtime Star Wars fan, it’s a moment that packs such power and...
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Japanese woman honored by Guinness as oldest person at 116

TOKYO: A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honored Saturday as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.The global authority on records officially recognized Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan’s southwest. Her family and the mayor were present to celebrate.Tanaka was born Jan. 2, 1903, the seventh among eight children. She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, and they had four children and adopted another child.She is usually up by 6 a.m. and enjoys studying mathematics.The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman,...
09/03/2019

‘Simpsons’ creators drop classic episode featuring Michael Jackson

NEW YORK: The creators of “The Simpsons” have shelved one of the animated series’ classic episodes because it features Michael Jackson’s voice, the show’s executive producer told The Wall Street Journal Friday.Simpsons producers made the unanimous decision after viewing the bombshell documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which revives pedophilia accusations against the late megastar in excruciating detail.“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks told the WSJ.The move appears to be the first such artistic ban in the United States since the documentary aired on US network HBO earlier this week. Several radio stations in Canada,...

09/03/2019

Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

A grand jury in Chicago indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The Cook County grand jury indictment dated Thursday and made public on Friday gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported he was attacked on Jan. 29 by two masked men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at the black and openly gay actor, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid chemical on him and looped a rope...
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Michael Jackson's brothers say accusers' film neglects facts

The family of Michael Jackson had a feeling the years-old child molestation allegations against the pop superstar would resurface at some point. So they say they weren't entirely surprised to learn that a forthcoming HBO documentary would feature two of his accusers. "I thought, 'Oh here we go again,'" Jackson's oldest brother Jackie Jackson said Tuesday of the moment he learned of "Leaving Neverland" while on tour in Australia. "That's the first thing we said," Jackie Jackson said during an interview with The Associated Press seated next to his brothers Tito, Marlon and his nephew, Taj. The documentary, which premiered...
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SpaceX capsule back on Earth, paves way for new manned US flights

WASHINGTON: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule completed its NASA demonstration mission Friday with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean, paving the way for the resumption of manned space flights from the US.After hours of suspense, the Crew Dragon touched down in the Atlantic Ocean at 8:45 am some 230 miles (370 kilometers) off the coast of the US state of Florida.The capsule brought its “crew” of one test dummy back to Earth in the same way that American astronauts returned to the planet in the Apollo era in the 1960s and 1970s, before the 1981-2011 Space Shuttle Program.Successful splashdown of...