Category Archives: Bonds

CBS News won’t speculate over future of Gayle King’s contract

As rumors swirl over Gayle King’s future at CBS News, a network spokesperson told HuffPost on Friday it is “declining to engage in any speculation” over whether the star anchor’s contract will be renewed.

On Thursday, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that King was about to sign a multimillion-dollar deal to remain at the outlet where she’s currently the co-host of “CBS This Morning.”

However, the network didn’t offer details on the matter.

Last month, Variety learned that Norah O’Donnell, another of the show’s co-hosts, could be moving over to a lead role on “CBS Evening News,” which has been anchored by Jeff Glor since 2017. No changes have been announced yet.

Meanwhile King has continued to solidify her standing as a powerhouse cable newser, receiving widespread praise following her interview with singer R. Kelly who’s been hit with a series of sexual abuse charges involving allegations that he’s been operating a sex cult.

Up Next

See Gallery

Though Kelly ranted and raved at King’s line of questioning, even standing up and throwing his fists into the air, she remained cool and collected, continuing the interview despite the chaos.

King has kept quiet on whether she will stay at the network amid its struggle for ratings, which have caused her concern, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Asked by the outlet last month about her plans, King simply said “I really love my job” and “I think it’s kind of foolish to predict the future.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Article source:

‘The Conners’ Renewed for season 2 by ABC

Looks like the Conner family can continue to make themselves at home at ABC, as the network has renewed their titular “Roseanne” spinoff series, “The Conners,” for a second season.

The cast for Season 2 includes series regulars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Additional cast will be announced at a later date.

“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family,” Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, said Friday. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”

The “Roseanne” spinoff follows the titular family — sans Roseanne — as they grapple with parenthood, divorce, dating, aging and financial pressures in working-class America. “Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails,” per ABC.

A-list guest stars on Season 1 included Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke, among others. Additionally, some fan favorites from “Roseanne” reprised their roles, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

“The Conners” hails from Werner Entertainment and executive produced by Tom Werner with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez all serving as executive producers.

Read original story ‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2 by ABC At TheWrap

Up Next

See Gallery

Article source:

March madness ensues with thrilling action on the first day of the NCAA Tournament

The opening day of the 2019 NCAA Tournament gave us everything.

From injury reports and big time matchups, to close games and a handful of upsets, the first 16 games of the tournament were fun, to say the least.

The day started when Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced PJ Washington would not be playing in their game against Abilene Christian.

“The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that @PJWashington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture. Once we determined that PJ was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today’s game,” tweeted Kentucky head coach John Calipari on Thursday morning.

Foot sprains can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months to heal, according to Harvard Medical School.

Washington wasn’t with the Wildcats on Wednesday during their media session and shootaround. Calipari also said on Wednesday that he expected his best player to play today, which is why Thursday morning’s news was so surprising.

The sophomore injured his foot during Kentucky’s SEC Tournament loss to Tennessee, and has been in a boot since Sunday. Washington led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

After Kentucky defeated Abilene Christian 79-44, Calipari announced that Washington would not play in the Wildcats’ game on Saturday against Wofford.

Up Next

See Gallery

Minnesota stuns Louisville in opening game of NCAA tournament

A year after Louisville fired Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino amid the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, the NCAA tournament committee decided it pit Pitino’s old school against Minnesota, the team his son (Richard Pitino) coaches in the very first game of this year’s tournament.

Louisville never had a chance.

The No. 10 seed Golden Gophers upset the No. 7 seed Cardinals 86-76 on Thursday afternoon in the East Regional Round of 64 game in Des Moines, Iowa.

“There is nothing entertaining about this Minnesota-Louisville thing,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said. “It’s just wrong.”

Rick Pitino was not in attendance as he’s currently coaching overseas in Greece, but he does have an ongoing lawsuit against Louisville.

“It’s just hanging over there,” Bilas added. “And it’s not like we don’t have enough problems in college sports that the tournament gets us away from for a little while. … We’ve got all these issues and all everybody wants to talk about is integrity when nobody is showing any.”

Gabe Kalscheur led the way for Minnesota with 24 points and 8 rebounds, as five Gophers scored in double figures. Louisville was led by Christen Cunningham who scored 13 of the Cardinals’ 22 points from the free throw line.

It was the first season for head coach Chris Mack after the Cardinals missed the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Louisville finished the season 20-14.

Minnesota will face Michigan State on Saturday.

Ja Morant leads Murray State to upset victory over Marquette

Murray State kept the obligatory No. 12 versus No. 5 seed upset alive in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as Ja Morant led the Racers with 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds in an 83-64 victory over Marquette.

All season long the sophomore point guard had been listed as a probable top-3 pick in this summer’s upcoming NBA Draft, but Thursday was the first time that the nation got a chance to see him on the big stage.

Morant exceeded the hype, as he notched his third triple-double of the season and the 17th in NCAA Tournament history. It was the first time a player had accomplished the feat since Michigan State’s Draymond Green did it in 2012.

Whether it was a step-back 3-pointer to the end the first half, or a nasty two-handed dunk over a Marquette defender twice his size, Morant gave fans and scouts everything they needed to see as he scored or assisted through 53 of the Racers 83 points.

After leading 42-35 at halftime, Murray State cruised in the second half as they started bleeding the clock with a 20-point lead with five minutes left.

It was the second consecutive season that the Racers found themselves in a 5-12 game in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Murray State lost 85-68 to West Virginia in the first round, as Morant was held to just 14 points.

“I would say last year was our first time so guys are happy to be there,” said Murray State’s Shaq Buchanan before the game. “But this year with me and Ja and Brion (Sanchious), we have the focus that we can go far in this tournament. We have the team to do it.”

This year marked the 17th NCAA Tournament appearance for Murray State, as the Racers have now won four first-round games, beating North Carolina State in 1988, Vanderbilt in 2010, Colorado State in 2012, and now Marquette.

Tevin Brown led Murray State in scoring with 19 points, while KJ Williams had 16, with Buchanan adding 14.

Marquette was led by their star guard Markus Howard who put up 26 points in the loss. Sam Hauser added 16 points of his own, as the tandem were the only ones to score in double figures for the Golden Eagles.

Florida upsets Nevada in the Round of 64

As the saying goes, “you’re either a Gator or Gator bait.”

That was the case on Thursday night for the No. 7 seed Nevada Wolf Pack, when they were upset by the No. 10 seed Florida Gators.

In the third upset of the day, the Gators used an 11-point halftime lead as a cushion to hold off the Wolf Pack down the stretch in their 70-61 first-round victory in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kevarrius Hayes led the Gators with 16 points, as Jalen Hudson chipped 15 of his own. The Martin twins combined for 42 points, 13 rebounds, and seven steals for Nevada.

The Wolf Pack were 2.5-point favorites before the game. Last year, Nevada made it all the way to the Sweet 16 as the No. 7 seed in the South before being upset by Loyola and Sister Jean. The Wolf Pack had been ranked in the Top 25 all season. Nevada arrived at the NCAA tourney this year after being upset by San Diego State in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Meanwhile the Gators entered the tourney after an SEC Tournament semifinal run that included wins over Arkansas and LSU. Florida was No. 8 in the SEC during the regular season and finished with a 9-9 record in conference play. Thursday marked the Gators’ 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, as Florida’s record improved to 5-2 under Mike White in the tournament.

Thursday, however, was the first time the two teams have ever met.

Florida will play the winner of the No. 2 Michigan and No. 15 Montana game on Saturday.

Article source:

FSU’s Phil Cofer learns of his father’s death in NCAA tournament locker room

Florida State forward Phil Cofer learned tragic news in the locker room after the Seminoles’ NCAA tournament win over Vermont on Thursday.

His father Mike Cofer had died after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

Florida State athletic department spokesman Chuck Walsh confirmed the news to multiple outlets.

Mike Cofer was a Pro Bowl LB with Detroit Lions

Mike Cofer played 10 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker, all with the Detroit Lions. He made the Pro Bowl in 1988 and retired in 1992.

The Detroit Free Press describes Mike Cofer’s fatal illness as uncommon disease that affects organs and tissue. He was 58 years old.

Walsh said that Phil Cofer received a phone call with the news in the postgame locker room. Phil Cofer did not speak with the media, and FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton did not address the news in his postgame news conference.

Phil Cofer was sidelined with a foot injury Thursday and did not play.

Up Next

See Gallery

Article source:

Ramona Singer apologizes to Bethenny Frankel for drug comment about Dennis Shields

Ramona Singer has issued an apology.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, Singer took to her Instagram Story to apologize for comments she made about castmate Bethenny Frankel‘s late boyfriend, Dennis Shields.

In a preview for the episode, Singer questioned, “How smart can Dennis be? I mean, he was on drugs.” The episode was film three weeks after Shields’ deathPeople reports.

“I cringed when I saw what I said about Dennis in tonight’s episode,” Singer, 62, wrote. “It definitely wasn’t one of my finer moments. I respected and liked him very much and I sincerely apologize to his family and Bethenny for my thoughtless comments.”

Also on Wednesday’s episode, Frankel opened up to Dorinda Medley about Shields’ proposal prior to his death on Aug. 10, the cause of which was ruled “undetermined” after an autopsy was not performed due to religious objection. Authorities initially suspected it was an accidental overdose.

“It was not even close to a perfect relationship. Part of me died inside, it was really bad, but I couldn’t get out, though, either,” Frankel, 48, said. “I loved him so much and we were family and my daughter was so close to him and I knew him for so many years.”

“He proposed on April 25th… I didn’t tell anybody that… It’s very sad,” she continued of the 51-year-old. “… So I kept it to myself because I didn’t want another circus of my life. I didn’t want to start telling people. We had our own private engagement.”

“He bought Bryn a ring too,” she added of her 8-year-old daughter with her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy. 

A source previously told ET about Shields’ April proposal, saying, “She wanted to marry him, but there were some things that needed to be worked out first and some hurdles to overcome. He was her family, her best friend, her partner.”

Up Next

See Gallery


‘RHONY’: Bethenny Frankel Reveals Her Final Words to Late Boyfriend Dennis Shields (Exclusive)

Bethenny Frankel Dedicates Song to Late Boyfriend Dennis Shields

Bethenny Frankel Reveals She’s Lost Weight on a ‘Grief Diet’ After Dennis Shields’ Shocking Death


Article source:

Country singer Justin Carter dies in accidental shooting on music video set

Singer Justin Carter has died in an accidental shooting. The rising country music star was killed by a gun that was being used as a music video prop, according to Houston’s ABC 11. Carter’s death was confirmed on his Instagram page.

The Texas native signed a deal with Triple Threat Management just days before his death.

“Justin had a potential to, you know, in our eyes, and a lot of people’s eyes, to be the next Garth Brooks,” Triple Threat’s Mark Atherton told ABC 11.

Atherton said a gun that was going to be used for the music video shoot was the same one that ultimately killed Carter at his apartment. Other details are unknown at this time.

“His music was his world,” Carter’s mother, Cindy McClellan, added. “He was always there for everybody.”

According to Carter’s bio on his Facebook page, he was a “Texas raised country boy to his core,” drawing inspiration from Clay Walker, Garth Brooks and George Strait.

Peter Tork of The Monkees, 77: Read more here

Karl Lagerfeld, 85: Read more here

Up Next

See Gallery

“Justin’s passion is derived from the sound of old country, and he clings to that feeling he gets when he hears it and tries to push that into his music,” the bio reads. “Times are changing and so are the generations taste in music, but Justin tries to keep a happy medium between both old and new to satisfy everyone.”

Triple Threat plans on releasing the rest of Carter’s music with the proceeds going to his family, who are also collecting donations for burial expenses.

Carter released the music video for his song “Love Affair” one week ago and was finishing up a new solo album.

Read more on Yahoo Entertainment:

Want daily pop culture news delivered to your inbox? Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment Lifestyle’s newsletter.

Article source:

Woman who encased her dead son in concrete told fellow inmate he died months before discovery

A 7-year-old boy whose body was found stuffed into a pet carrier that had been encased in concrete and stashed in a storage unit died last July, months before the grisly December discovery of his corpse, according to information in a newly unsealed affidavit.

His mother, Elisha Pankey, 43, has been charged with child abuse resulting in death, and with abuse of a corpse. She revealed the details to a fellow inmate while they were jailed on drug charges before the grisly discovery, the Associated Press reported.

The dog crate is where Caden MacWilliams died, crying for water and overheated in the blanket-swathed carrier. Investigators found his body on Dec. 23 inside a storage unit and arrested Pankey on Jan. 2, according to the Denver Post.

The new information came to light in an affidavit that police made public on Tuesday. In it, police detailed how a conversation with a fellow inmate, who she roomed with while briefly jailed on drug charges in December, led to the discovery of Caden’s body .

Police had initially arrested Pankey on drug charges, and she was jailed for a few days with another woman, the Denver Post said. After their release they roomed together for a few more days. During that time, Pankey told the woman that her son was missing and that she and her husband, Leland Pankey, would force Caden into the dog crate and make him stay there. On one night in July, she told the unnamed woman, they had left him there, the carrier covered in blankets, as he cried and called for water.

In the morning he was dead, and the couple disposed of the body.

When Caden was found months later, his body was decomposed. He was malnourished, weighed 27 pounds and had several broken bones, authorities told the Denver Post. Traces of cocaine and meth were in his liver.

Her husband, the boy’s stepfather, was already in jail on drug charges and has not been officially charged in the boy’s death. Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler would not tell the Denver Post whether charges would be filed.

Elisha Pankey has not entered a plea, the AP said, and will reappear in court on April 2.

Article source:

Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade enjoyed being mobbed by fans at USC

Soaking up the spotlight? Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade didn’t mind when fans mobbed her while she was a student at the University of Southern California.

When asked via Twitter if she was ever bothered by her fanbase in a newly resurfaced video, posted in February 2018, the YouTuber, 19, said: “I’ve never been annoyed at a fan, ever. I get really excited if I meet subscribers, or ‘fans,’ if you will. So no, I haven’t gotten annoyed.”

When the same Twitter user brought up a specific time the beauty guru was hounded by her fandom at her university, she responded: “And at USC, when I got mobbed, that wasn’t annoying to me. That was fun and funny and exciting. I was, like, there’s so much adrenaline and it was game day. But yeah, no, I really don’t get annoyed and I love you guys.”

Up Next

See Gallery

The social media influencer encouraged her supporters to introduce themselves to her in public. “So if you ever see me, please say ‘hi.’ I hate when people look at me and then don’t say ‘hi’ and we know, we both know what’s going on, but they’re too shy,” she noted. “I don’t want to approach someone if I think or assume, because if it’s the wrong assumption, that would be super embarrassing.”

Olivia’s comments re-emerged in the aftermath of her mother and father Mossimo Giannulli’s alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions scam, otherwise known as Operation Varsity Blues. The Fuller House star, 54, and the fashion designer, 55, have been accused of paying $500,000 to secure Olivia and 20-year-old daughter Bella’s admission into USC by staging them as recruits for the crew team. Loughlin and Giannulli were arrested last week and each released on $1 million bonds and are set to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29.

Although Olivia and Bella will reportedly not return to USC in the wake of the scandal due to fears of bullying, according to TMZ, Loughlin never meant to hurt her daughters. 

“Lori is a really great mom who is completely into her kids and family life. She lives and breathes for her husband and children,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly. “Her intentions were pure. In her mind, the end result made everything she had to do worth it. And she really didn’t even see it as being a huge deal.

Up Next

See Gallery

Felicity Huffman, who was also arrested last week for her alleged involvement in the racketeering scheme, feels the same way. “They haven’t fully grasped the extent of their alleged crimes or the possibility of prison time,” a second source told Us of the Desperate Housewives alum, 56, and Loughlin.

Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to improve her daughter 18-year-old Sofia’s SATs score. The actress, who also shares daughter Georgia, 17, with husband William H. Macy, will also appear in court in Boston on March 29.

Article source:

Amazon’s Alexa and celebrity holistic health coach Koya Webb are making it easy for you to workout

It’s officially the third month of the new year and while some of us have not given up on our New Year’s resolution to get into shape, many of us, frankly, have. Here is where Amazon’s Alexa can help.

If you’re a person on the go, it can be tedious to set up your music, videos, and timers for every  single workout move. According to celebrity holistic health coach and yoga instructor, Koya Webb, programming Alexa with these tasks can make it easy for you to squeeze in a quick workout to keep healthy.

“Taking the time to connect with ourselves, before we’re on the go, and do for the world, do for our job, our families, is so, so very important,” says Webb. “You just tell Alexa what you want to do.”

Especially if you are strapped for time, Webb suggests that setting up a timer for 10 minutes is plenty of time to get a workout in — no matter if you’re at home or the office.

“You can set it up with four or five [yoga] poses and just tell Alexa what to do and she’ll set up your playlist,” says the yoga instructor. “So you have the music you want, you have the poses you want.”

Some of the moves Webb recommends are: Chair, Child’s, Boat and Ragdoll poses for some tension-releasing action.

“It’s grounding, it’s nurturing,” says the yogi. “Especially if you’re doing a million things.”

Alexa uses voice-control technology so you don’t have to keep constantly looking at your phone and getting distracted by other notifications. You can also program it with other fitness apps so they work together to help you stay on track towards your fitness goals. The device can even send you healthy meal recipes, class reminders and control your lights around your home for an instant meditation sanctuary. 

Working on our New Year’s resolutions round two.

RELATED: Amazon’s best wellness products

Up Next

See Gallery

Article source:

Joe Biden’s support for Iraq war problematic for 2020 bid

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden’s voted in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which began 16 years ago on Wednesday.
  • In the months leading up to the start of the conflict, Biden cited former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to defend his stance, and contended the US invasion was not preemptive.
  • Biden is expected to run for president in 2020, and could face questions about his foreign policy record on the campaign trail.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s vote in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which began 16 years ago today, could cause the long-rumored presidential candidate problems during the 2020 Democratic primaries.

Biden, a US senator for Delaware at the time, defended the conflict as not preemptive in nature and made the case for the war in speeches.

“I will vote for the Lieberman-Warner amendment to authorize the use of military force against Iraq,” Biden said in October 2002. “I do not believe this is a rush to war. I believe it is a march to peace and security.”

Read more: Human rights group accuses the US of killing at least 14 civilians in Trump’s shadowy drone war in Somalia

In the speech Biden also invoked for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has been heavily criticized by many on the political left:

“As the most powerful nation in the world, the United States has a special unilateral capacity and indeed obligation to lead in implementing its convictions. But it also has a special obligation to justify its actions by principles that transcend the assertions of preponderant power. It cannot be in either the American national interest or the world’s interest to develop principles that grant every nation an unfettered right of preemption against its own definition of threats to its security.”

“Dr. Kissinger is right,” Biden added. “What message would declaring a policy of prevention send to the Indians and Pakistanis, the Chinese and the Taiwanese, the Israelis and the Arabs, the Russians and Georgians?”

The 2003 Iraq War was met with pushback from many parts of the international community, who said the US was launching a unilateral, preemptive invasion without the support of the UN. In 2004, then-UN secretary general Kofi Annan condemned the conflict as illegal.

In the run-up to the conflict, Biden argued that the invasion would not be preemptive.

Read more: America’s year in war: All the places US armed forces took or gave fire in 2018

“If we go to war with our partners to disarm Saddam, it will be to enforce the UN resolutions, which I would argue in terms of international law are the equivalent of a peace agreement,” Biden said in February 2003. “This is not — is not — preemption. There’s nothing preemptive about it. If you turned on now and the television showed aircraft striking Baghdad, it would not be a preemptive attack. There is nothing preemptive about it. It’s an enforcement.”

RELATED: Saddam Hussein’s life

Up Next

See Gallery

More recently, Biden has been teasing a possible 2020 presidential run. If he declares, Biden will likely face questions on his long record in Washington, which could include scrutiny of his defense of the Iraq invasion.

Many of the liberal voters who will decide the Democratic primary are staunchly anti-war and anti-intervention, hence the growing popularity of candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders — who voted against the invasion.

The issue already came up in 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced significant criticism over the fact she voted for the Iraq invasion while a US senator for New York. Overall, 29 Democratic senators voted in favor of authorizing the use of military force in Iraq

Read more: Here are the biggest endorsements all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have received so far

Biden hasn’t even announced yet, but has already seen his record on race relations dissected at a time when Democrats seem to crave diverse, progressive candidates. Biden’s support for one of the most divisive conflicts in the modern era will likely be no exception to this trend of scrutiny. With that said, Biden has been at the top of recent polls, even though he hasn’t officially joined the race.

The US justified the invasion of Iraq by citing what ultimately proved to be false intelligence that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Biden in 2005 expressed regret about voting in favor of the invasion.

“It was a mistake,” Biden said on NBC’s Meet the Press at the time. “It was a mistake to assume the president would use the authority we gave him properly…We gave the president the authority to unite the world to isolate Saddam. And the fact of the matter is, we went too soon. We went without sufficient force, and we went without a plan.”

Article source:

WP Facebook Auto Publish Powered By :
Bunk Beds