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MMA Star Conor McGregor Pleads Guilty In New York Melee Case

Conor McGregor pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and will perform five days of community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters. McGregor will also be evaluated for an anger management program and barred from contact with fighters injured in the mayhem after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in April. “I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said outside a Brooklyn courthouse. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support.” The UFC stripped him of its 155-pound championship belt in April because he had not fought in 17 months. The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor’s case. ...Read more

House Republicans Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Republican House members introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday evening against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accusing him of trying to stymie congressional oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The resolution alleges that Rosenstein has withheld documents from and made misleading statements to Congress. Conservative lawmakers have accused the Justice Department of trying both to tar President Donald Trump with the Russia investigation and to downplay the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. ...Read more

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Right To Carry Gun In Public

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense.  The ruling on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, makes the San Francisco-based court the sixth U.S. circuit court to interpret the Second Amendment that way and could set the issue on a path toward the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 2-1 decision on Tuesday, the panel found Hawaii infringed on the rights of plaintiff George Young when it twice denied him a permit the state requires to openly carry a gun in public.  ...Read more

Ready Player One’s Lena Waithe Signs Deal With Showtime

On Tuesday, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe signed a first-look deal with Showtime. Waithe will be developing comedy and drama projects for the premium cable network in which she will both write and produce. Showtime’s President of Programming Gary Levine said in a statement: “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.” Waithe has written for such shows as M.O. Diaries, Hello Cupid, and Bones before her winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master Of None. She went on to create The Chi and has also worked in front of the camera in projects like The Comeback, Transparent, This Is Us, Dear White People and this year’s Steven Spielberg-directed Pop Culture epic Ready Player One. Waithe’s latest script, Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya, will be going into production this January at Universal. ...Read more

Chris Hardwick Reinstated By AMC As “Talking Dead” Host

Chris Hardwick has been reinstated as host of the Talking Dead by the network effective on Aug. 12 after the midseason premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Hardwick had his show Talking with Chris Hardwick pulled off the channel a day before season 2 was to premiere after ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of sexual assault and emotional abuse. Frequent Talking Dead guest Yvette Nicole Brown was announced as an interim host for a Walking Dead season 9 preview special on Aug. 5. and the Aug. 12 edition after the Fear TWD midseason premiere. The network issued the following statement: “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.” ...Read more

New York Yankees Agree To Deal For Closer Zach Britton Of Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees have acquired former All-Star reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for three minor league pitchers in a trade announced Tuesday night. The deal will send right-handed starter Dillon Tate, left-handed starter Josh Rogers and righty reliever Cody Carroll to Baltimore. Britton, 30, has garnered 139 saves for the Orioles since 2013. Britton had ruptured his right Achilles during an offseason workout session and didn’t make his 2018 debut until June 12. He joins Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and David Robertson as part of the Yankees bullpen, which leads the major leagues with a 2.75 ERA and 448 strikeouts. ...Read more

United States Announces Billions To Help Farmers Hurt By Trump Tariffs

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to ease the pain of American farmers affected by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other countries. The Agriculture Department said it would tap an existing program to provide billions in direct payments to farmers and ranchers hurt by foreign retaliation to Trump’s tariffs.  The administration said the program was just temporary. “This is a short-term solution that will give President Trump and his administration the time to work on long-term trade deals,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as administration officials argued that the plan was not a “bailout” of the nation’s farmers. ...Read more

NBC Announces May 2019 Air Date For Musical “Hair Live!”

The live TV presentation of Hair will arrive on NBC on May 19, 2019. Tony winner Diane Paulus, who helmed the Tony-winning 2009 Broadway revival, has signed on to co-direct the small-screen musical alongside Alex Rudzinski, who will serve as live television director as he did for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have produced each of NBC’s live musicals, will executive-produce Hair Live!—along with MGM and Universal. Hair tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs. Casting will be announced at a later date.  ...Read more

Singer Demi Lovato Hospitalized For Drug Overdose

This news comes on the heels of the release of Lovato’s song “Sober,” in which Lovato revealed that she had fallen off the wagonLovato has always been open about her struggles with mental illness, substance abuse, eating disorders, and cutting. In speaking about her struggle with addiction, the focus has been on alcohol and cocaine; she has never mentioned heroin.In 2011, she entered treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm, and addiction. Unfortunately, she relapsed shortly afterward but then entered a sober-living facility for a year. Lovato had celebrated six years of sobriety in March before relapsing. ...Read more