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‘Black Panther’ Reaches $1 Billion Globally

Disney’s Black Panther has passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The studio said Saturday, March 10 that the milestone is based on Disney’s estimate of ticket sales. The announcement comes on the 26th day of release for the blockbuster. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. Black Panther is the fifth film in its Marvel universe to reach the milestone. The others are The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War. To date, the film has made $521 million domestically, becoming the No. 2 superhero release of all time, surpassing The Dark Knight. ...Read more

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stars Jessica Capshaw And Sarah Drew To Exit Show

Two of fictional Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital’s longest-serving doctors are leaving the hit ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy.”  Stars Jessica Capshaw, who plays Dr. Arizona Robbins, and Sarah Drew, known as Dr. April Kepner, are leaving the medical drama in a major casting shake-up. Reports are that producers made the decision despite the fact that ABC hasn’t renewed the show yet for a fifteenth season. Drew got emotional in a statement on Twitter that suggested the news took her by surprise. Capshaw, too, expressed her sadness at saying goodbye to her character.  Drew has been playing April for nine seasons, while Capshaw has been on the show for ten. Creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes admitted she’ll have trouble writing off the characters, but praised Capshaw and Drew for bringing their roles to life. ...Read more

“Suits” Spinoff Starring Gina Torres Receives Series Pickup

The TV show Suits is expanding, as the spin-off starring Gina Torres has received a series pickup at USA Network. The currently untitled series, which will be introduced in Suits‘ season 7 finale, will follow lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she “adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics,” according to the press release announcing the news. “It was an extraordinary pleasure working with Gina on Suits for six years. Beyond her undeniable talent, she is an incredible partner and collaborator, and I always hoped we would work together again,” said Suits creator Aaron Korsh, who will executive produce and write the spin-off alongside EP and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Torres starred on the long-running legal drama as the managing partner of New York law firm Pearson Specter Litt until the season 6 midseason finale when Jessica moved to Chicago, and Torres left the series.  Suits returns March 28 at 9 p.m. on USA Network. ...Read more

IndyCar Season To Open At St. Petersburg This Weekend

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will open with a live telecast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, March 11 on ABC. The 110-lap race will be contested on a 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary racing circuit that includes St. Petersburg city streets as well as part of an adjacent airport.  Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden will carry onboard cameras in his car during the race as will Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Ed Jones, Will Power, Zach Veach and Graham Rahal.  The race will be the first of five Verizon IndyCar Series races airing this season. Included will be the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27 and two days of Indy 500 qualifications May 19-20.  ...Read more

Miami Heat Guard Dwyane Wade Makes Surprise Visit To Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Dwyane Wade went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in the hopes of bringing some much-needed smiles to faces of students and teachers. Speaking Thursday about his surprise visit to the school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed last month, the Miami Heat guard said he was impressed with the students he spoke with. “They are well-prepared and well-aware of what they need to do and what they want to do and the change they want to see,” Wade said. “It’s great. It’s great to hear. It’s great to see that, because I come from a community in Chicago where our youth are getting killed daily and don’t have the same voice, don’t have the same light on them that Parkland has. These kids understand what they have.”  The shooting in Parkland affected Wade because one of the victims was buried in a Wade jersey. Wade has also met with the family of that teen, Joaquin Oliver , and promised them that he would keep using his voice to help facilitate change. ...Read more

Trump Orders New Tariffs With Exemptions For Mexico And Canada

On Thursday, President Donald Trump approved new steel and aluminum tariffs. Shortly before he signed proclamations imposing the tariffs, Trump said in the White House Roosevelt Room, flanked by steel and aluminum workers from Pennsylvania and Kentucky, that “Today, I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel.  You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.” The tariffs — 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum — will take effect March 23, a senior administration official told reporters. ...Read more

Mississippi Passes Law Banning Abortion After 15 Weeks

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday passed what would be the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, making the procedure illegal in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy.  Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Legislature hope the issue will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The House voted 75-34 in favor of the measure, and Gov. Phil Bryant said again Thursday that he would sign it. The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday. There are two exceptions to House Bill 1510: if the fetus has a health problem that would prevent it from surviving outside the womb at full term, or if the pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by the pregnancy. Pregnancies as a result of rape and incest are not exempt.  The state’s only abortion provider pledged to sue, and the attorney general said he expected a tough legal battle ahead. “The Supreme Court has said and re-said again and again that states cannot prohibit women from obtaining abortions prior to viability, which is what a 15-week ban would do,” said Hillary Schneller, staff attorney for the national nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights. The New York-based group, which advocates for free access to abortion, called the bill unconstitutional and “medically unsound.” ...Read more

Hope Hicks Told House Intelligence Committee Email Accounts Were Hacked

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee last week that one of her email accounts was hacked, according to people who were present for her testimony in the panel’s Russia probe. According to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Hicks indicated that she could no longer access two accounts: one that she used as a member of President Donald Trump’s campaign team, and a personal account. Hicks told lawmakers that one of the accounts was hacked, according to two sources who were in the room.  Hicks’ correspondence has been a subject of interest for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump associates. ...Read more

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels Sues President Trump

Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday, alleging that he never signed a nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her.  The civil suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and alleges that the agreement not to disclose Stephanie Clifford’s (known professionally as Stormy Daniels) “intimate” relationship with Trump is invalid because while both Clifford and Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen signed it, Trump never did.  Clifford and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, are asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to declare that both the hush agreement and the side agreement “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.” Avenatti said if the suit is a victory, it would allow his client to “tell her story.” “Ms. Clifford believes it’s important that the public learn the truth about what happened,” he said. “I think it’s time for her to tell her story and for the public to decide who is telling the truth.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ...Read more

South African Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala Attacked With Chainsaw While Training

South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is recovering in a hospital after a roadside attack left him seriously injured.  According to reports, Gwala was on a training ride on his bicycle before dawn in the coastal city of Durban when he was dragged off the road by three attackers, who attempted to cut off his legs with a dull blade. He was found by a local security company and taken to a hospital. Dennis Jackson, director of the Elite Athlete Development program for KwaZulu-Natal province, told The Associated Press that Gwala told him that the attackers sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone. They missed a main artery, and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said. Gwala became an excellent athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, and he represented South Africa at international competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands last year, Jackson said. The athlete’s long-term goals were to compete in half or full ironman triathlons.  ...Read more