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All Four No. 1 Seeds Reach Women’s Final Four

The women’s Final Four is set, and  UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio.  This will mark the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals. It’s the 11th consecutive Final Four appearance for the Huskies. UConn has made it into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall. The Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night. The Cardinals will play the Bulldogs in the other game. ...Read more

Larry Nassar’s Former Boss At Michigan State Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

Larry Nassar’s former boss at Michigan State has been arrested, and charged with sex crimes. Dr. William Strampel, 70, is facing criminal charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a student and storing nude photos of female students on his work computer. Strampel also has been accused of failing to monitor Nassar and enforce guidelines put into place after Nassar was investigated in 2014 for sexual harassment. The former dean of the Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was charged Tuesday with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors and is due to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State confirmed Strampel’s arrest, but didn’t provide any other details at the time. Nassar is in prison for possessing child pornography, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexually assaulting girls and women across multiple sports at Michigan State and with the national gymnastics program, including U.S. Olympic teams.  ...Read more

Linda Brown, Student At The Center Of “Brown v. Board of Education” Dies At 76

Linda Brown Thompson, who as a young girl was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case “Brown v. Board of Education” that declared school segregation unconstitutional, has died in Topeka, Kansas. She was 76. Born in 1943, Brown was in third grade in 1950 when she was denied admission to an all-white elementary school in her hometown of Topeka. She lived 20 blocks from her segregated school, but just five blocks from the all-white school. Kansas schools at the time were segregated by state law. Brown’s father, Rev. Oliver Brown, sued the school district in 1951. The NAACP took up the case, with future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall as the lead attorney for the NAACP. In a unanimous ruling in 1954, the court declared school segregation an unconstitutional violation of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.  ...Read more

Serena Williams Documentary ‘Being Serena’ Coming To HBO

Serena Williams will be featured in a documentary series coming up that will take you through the tennis legend’s journey to motherhood and beyond. Being Serena will premiere on HBO on May 2, and based on the preview Serena shared, the film will chronicle the changes she’s gone through as an athlete, wife, and human. The five-part documentary series will give fans a more intimate look into the icon’s life than ever before. In the trailer, we hear Serena say, “When I realized that I was pregnant, I was like, ‘Oh my god, how am I gonna play?'” Touching on whether or not she’ll put as much focus on her tennis career as she always has, she said, “I put so much pressure on myself. I want to make sure that I’m the best. I don’t know if there’s anything left for me in tennis, but I’m not done yet.” You can see HBO’s sneak peek of the series in the article below, which includes clips of Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their adorable baby, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. ...Read more

Prince Toxicology Report Shows High Levels Of Fentanyl At Time Of Death

According to a toxicology report obtained from his autopsy, legendary music artist Prince had what experts call an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body at the time of his death. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is said to be 50 times more powerful than heroin. Prince was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate; news that he had the drug in his system is not new, as that information came to light roughly six weeks after his death.  Experts say the amount in his system was high, even for someone suffering from chronic pain. The report notes that he had 67.8 micrograms per liter in his system. Based on findings of the drug in his stomach and blood, it’s clear that he took the drug orally and had enough time for it to spread into his system a bit before he died. Reports from the time of Prince’s death indicated that police found multiple bottles of pills around his residence and that the origin of those pills was still undetermined. ...Read more

Gina Rodriguez To Produce And Star In Live-Action ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Movie For Netfli

Gina Rodriguez, the start of the TV show Jane the Virgin, is set to produce and star in a live-action film adaptation of the beloved computer game and media franchise Carmen Sandiego – which centers around a globe-trotting thief. Netflix has acquired the rights to the project, which is being billed as a standalone adventure. Rodriguez will also voice Carmen in a new animated series for Netflix, and publisher and learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is set to release a new series of Carmen Sandiego books tied to the series’ planned 2019 premiere. No release date, writer or director has yet been announced for the live-action film. The animated series was announced last spring; it will see Carmen “back and ready for a new crop of international capers” in addition to exploring “who in the world is Carmen Sandiego, and why she became a super thief.” ...Read more

Gina Rodriguez To Produce And Star In Live-Action ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Movie For Netflix

Gina Rodriguez, the star of the TV show Jane the Virgin, is set to produce and star in a live-action film adaptation of the beloved computer game and media franchise Carmen Sandiego – which centers around a globe-trotting thief. Netflix has acquired the rights to the project, which is being billed as a standalone adventure. Rodriguez will also voice Carmen in a new animated series for Netflix, and publisher and learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is set to release a new series of Carmen Sandiego books tied to the series’ planned 2019 premiere. No release date, writer or director has yet been announced for the live-action film. The animated series was announced last spring; it will see Carmen “back and ready for a new crop of international capers” in addition to exploring “who in the world is Carmen Sandiego, and why she became a super thief.” ...Read more

Senior Grayson Allen, Along With Several Duke Freshmen, To Leave For The NBA

Duke started the season at No. 1, but their season ended before the Final Four. The Blue Devils now await the NBA draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen. The team started four freshmen, but they may have played their final game at Duke. An 85-81 overtime loss to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final brought an end to the season for Duke (29-8), and to the four-year college career of captain Grayson Allen.  “I’ve learned so much in my four years here, coming out a completely different person and for the better,” Allen said.  Players Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., and guards Duval and Gary Trent Jr. have big decisions to make in the coming weeks, as well. Duke finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference, four full games behind a Virginia team that claimed the No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll. The Blue Devils lost to rival North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals, and reached their third regional final in six years. ...Read more

NBA G-League Player Zeke Upshaw Dies At 26 After Collapse On Court

NBA G-League player Zeke Upshaw is dead after collapsing on the court during a basketball game on Sunday. He was 26. Upshaw, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Chicago, was in his second season for the Grand Rapids Drive, the development league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. He collapsed at the end of a game Saturday against the Long Island Nets and was taken off the court on a stretcher. Upshaw was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead Monday morning,  While initial reports suggested cardiac arrest, a cause of death has not been announced. Upshaw played college basketball at Illinois State for three seasons before transferring to Hofstra University. As a senior in 2013-14, he averaged 19.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. The team said it was mourning the loss in a statement Monday afternoon. ...Read more

Michael Bublé And Wife Luisana Lopilato Expecting Third Child

Michael Bublé and his wife, Argentine actress and model Luisana Lopilato, are expecting a third child together.  Bublé made the announcement on Sunday while hosting the Juno Awards in Vancouver.  Bublé, 42, told the audience during his opening monologue at the Canadian music awards: “five years ago, when I hosted the first time in Regina, you brought me luck and I was pregnant ― I mean, my wife was ― I mean, we were pregnant with our first child.” The pair has two sons, Elias, 2, and Noah, 4, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016. Both Bublé and Lopilato put their careers on hold to focus on their family. Last February, Bublé gave an update on Noah’s treatment, telling fans that the child had been “progressing well” and that his doctors were “optimistic” about his future.   ...Read more