Broadcasting Icon Hugh Downs Dies At Age 99

Iconic broadcaster Hugh Downs died peacefully in his Scottsdale home at the age of 99 Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the family. His family said his death was not related to coronavirus. 

Downs’s career spanned more than 60 years, leading shows like 20/20, The Today Show and as an announcer for Tonight Starring Jack Paar. He was a Emmy-award winning broadcaster, author and host..

Downs hosted NBC’s Today Show from 1962-1971, subsequently anchoring the ABC News magazine 20/20, joined by Barbara Walters, from 1978-99. Downs hosted the program from the show’s second episode in 1978 until his retirement in 1999. 

Downs was married to Ruth Shaheen from 1944 until she died in 2017. He is survived by their two children, Hugh Raymond and Deirdre Downs, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Hugh Downs, whose broadcasting career spanned a century, dies at 99


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Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Hospitalized With Covid-19 After President Trump’s Tulsa Rally

Herman Cain, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate, is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account. Cain was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma; however, he did not meet with the President. Cain, 74, was hospitalized after developing “serious” symptoms but is “awake and alert,” according to the statement. 

Cain was named by the Trump campaign as a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump. Dan Calabrese, who has been editor of, wrote, “I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking. I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”

Asked whether Cain met at the rally with other senior campaign or administration officials, Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh responded that “contact tracing was conducted after the Tulsa rally but we do not comment regarding the medical information of individuals.”  At least six campaign staffers and two members of the Secret Service working in advance of the Tulsa rally tested positive for COVID-19. An Oklahoma-based journalist has also confirmed testing positive soon after attending the rally.

Coronavirus updates: Herman Cain, who attended Trump Tulsa rally, hospitalized


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MLB Players Held Secret Training Camp In Florida Amid Shutdown

A group of over 30 Major League Baseball players organized an informal training camp in Florida during the coronavirus pandemic. The players formed a “secret baseball group” that was playing games at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, Paul Goldschmidt and Giancarlo Stanton were among those who took part in the camp that had “quietly been working togetherfrom a safe distance.” Many players whose teams held spring training in Florida remained in the state after MLB canceled its spring training schedule on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been no known COVID-19 cases among players who took part in the informal camp. 

MLB’s regular season is scheduled to being July 23.

Players held secret workouts, games in Florida – report


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Nine More NBA Players Test Positive For COVID-19 A Week Before Season Restart

Nine more NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, less than a week before teams are set to travel to Florida to resume the 2020 season. The National Basketball Association said in a statement on Thursday that this brings the total up to 25 players and 10 team staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began June 23rd.

NBA teams are expected to travel on July 7 to Orlando, Florida, where the league plans to resume play on July 30. Players, coaches and other members of staff will practice, compete and live at Walt Disney World, with daily COVID-19 testing and no fans allowed inside the so-called “bubble.”

Nine Players Testing Positive For COVID-19 On FC Dallas In Orlando Bubble Undoubtedly Concerning For NBA


Jason Momoa Will Voice Frosty The Snowman In New Live-Action Movie

Jason Momoa will be the voice Frosty the Snowman, bringing him to life in an upcoming live-action remake as a new computer-generated version of Frosty.

David Berenbaum, who wrote the classic Christmas movie Elf, is penning the new Frosty script, with Jon Berg, Greg Silverman, Geoff Johns and Momoa as producers. Berg said in a statement, “From his role as a fearsome count in a land of ice and fire to the oceanic success we all had with Aquaman, it felt only right to realize Jason this time out of snow.” Silverman added, “we know Jason’s as a true human being filled with love, compassion and a deep connection to ohana – all of which is the living spirit of Xmas and Frosty.”

The classic character made his animated debut in the 1969, based on the 1950s Christmas song of the same name.

Jason Momoa set for live action Frosty the Snowman film





Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Renewed For Season 2

Netflix’s hit comedy series Never Have I Ever has been renewed for season 2. The comedy series, created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, follows Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl.

In addition to Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan (Nalini), Richa Moorjani (Kamala), Jaren Lewison (Ben Gross), Darren Barnet (Paxton Hall-Yoshida), Lee Rodriguez (Fabiola) and Ramona Young (Eleanor) will return for season 2.

Catch the season 2 announcement at the link: here.

Netflix Renews Mindy Kaling’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ for Season 2


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Seattle Police Clear “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” After Executive Order By Mayor

Seattle have cleared out the city” durkan. Police in Seattle were ordered to clear out the city’s ‘autonomous zone’ and arrested over 30 protesters following an executive order from Mayor Jenny Durkan. The “occupied” zone, which has been dubbed the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, was cleared by police on Wednesday. The order from Durkan came after four shootings, two of which were fatal, occurred in the area within the last month.

Seattle have cleared out the city” durkan. The Seattle Police Department wrote on Twitter, “due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area. Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor’s order.”

statement shared by Chief Carmen Best of the Seattle Police Department, he added, "Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community, but enough is enough." Tensions over how to handle the area, which was set up as protests against police brutality and systemic racism started to take place across the country, have been fraught for some time now. Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of the area, while local business owners have shared their intentions to sue the city of Seattle over the situation.” data-reactid=”21″ type=”text”>In a statement shared by Chief Carmen Best of the Seattle Police Department, he added, “Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community, but enough is enough.” 

Seattle police move in to clear Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone


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Fox News Anchor Ed Henry Fired After Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Fox News has fired national correspondent Ed Henry after the network was made aware of sexual harassment allegations.

Sandra Smith, Henry’s co-anchor on the weekday current affairs program “America’s Newsroom,” addressed the issue on air, reading from an internal memo issued to staffers: “On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago. Based on the investigative findings, Ed has been terminated.”

Henry’s attorney, Catherine Foti, said in a statement Wednesday that “Ed Henry denies the allegations referenced in the Fox announcement and is confident that he will be vindicated after a full hearing in an appropriate forum.”

Fox News will put rotating anchors in place on “America’s Newsroom” until a replacement is found, the network said.

Fox News’ Ed Henry fired after sexual misconduct allegation


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Cardinals Will Replace Yankees For “Field Of Dreams” Game In Iowa This Summer

A Major League Baseball game is still scheduled at the Field of Dreams movie site this summer; but the New York Yankees won’t be traveling to Iowa to compete. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to play the Chicago White Sox in the Aug. 13 game near the iconic Dyersville diamond. MLB is continuing with the originally scheduled date.

The game is being played in a specially constructed 8,000-seat stadium where the 1989 movie was filmed. The Yankees and White Sox were originally set to play, but with the coronavirus pandemic shortening the regular-season schedule to 60 games, a game between the White Sox and Yankees was no longer possible. 

The new Dyersville park has been under construction since shortly after last year’s announcement of the game.  It will include a pathway through a cornfield to take fans to the ballpark, which will overlook the famous movie location. The right-field wall will include windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark.

‘Field of Dreams’ game still set for August in Iowa, without the Yankees


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NFL Cuts Two Weeks Of Preseason Games Due To Coronavirus Preparation

The NFL announced on Wednesday that they have decided to cancel two weeks of preseason games. The first and fourth weeks of the exhibition slate will be eliminated. Schedules will be reconfigured so that each team has one home game and one away contest.

NFL teams are still scheduled to have veterans report for training camp by July 28. Canceling the first week of games provides a longer acclimation period as teams try to establish and implement protocols to mitigate exposure to and transmission of the virus, while also providing additional time for players to work on conditioning after conducting the offseason virtually.  Eliminating the final week provides a greater buffer before the anticipated start of the season on Sept. 10.

Source: NFL to shorten preseason to two weeks


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