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“America’s Got Talent” Finalist Michael Ketterer Will Not Perform With Garth Brooks Following His Arrest

“America’s Got Talent” finalist Michael Ketterer will no long perform at the Garth Brooks concert at Notre Dame Stadium after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge last week. The 41-year-old Ketterer, a father of six, came in fifth place on the most recent season of AGT. On Wednesday’s finale, Ketterer — a pediatric mental health nurse from Knoxville, Tennessee — performed the song that Brooks wrote for him, and Brooks also invited the singer to perform the song in front of 86,000 people at his upcoming show. However following the arrest, both men decided together that it’s best for him to not perform. “Called him this weekend, we talked. We decided it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and not perform there,” Garth said on his Inside Studio G Facebook Live show on Monday, September 24. “That family will figure it out and find it within themselves, and of course the good Lord, and figure it out. Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.” ...Read more

Evacuations Advised Ahead of Florence River Flooding In South Carolina

More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, officials in South Carolina are advising thousands of people to evacuate amid an imminent threat of river flooding. Record flooding is expected in Georgetown County, where residents received a pre-recorded phone message alerting them about the threat on Saturday. The message explained that even areas that aren’t predicted to flood are at risk because they could become isolated if roadways flood. “If you’ve received a message from your county emergency management office telling you to evacuate due to flooding … you need to do exactly that: leave,” the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted.  The SCEMD has also designated multiple shelters for both residents and their pets, which were set to open at 7:00 a.m. EDT on Monday. Ahead of the anticipated cresting of the Waccamaw River, the SCEMD advised residents who weren’t ordered to leave to prepare to evacuate if needed, avoid flooded roads and limit unnecessary travel. Flooding from four rivers in South Carolina were the primary concerns for the National Weather Service (NWS), sparking flood warnings for multiple counties. ...Read more

Celine Dion Announces She’s Ending Her Las Vegas Residency After Eight Years

On Monday, Celine Dion announced she’s ending her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace after eight years. Her last show will be on June 8, 2019. Pre-sale for the final shows (Feb. 26 to June 8) will start on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT, before the public on-sale date of Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PT. Dion said in a statement posted on Facebook: “I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run. Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special.”  ...Read more

Rookie Baker Mayfield Officially Named The Cleveland Browns’ Starting Quarterback

Baker Mayfield was named the Cleveland Browns‘ new starting QB on Monday, the 30th since the franchise’s rebirth in 1999. Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick,m will make his first start Sunday at Oakland. Coach Hue Jackson made the move to replace Tyrod Taylor with Mayfield after rookie brought the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind win Thursday night over the New York Jets; which was also Cleveland’s first win since 2016. Mayfield came in for the injured Taylor and impressed during his pro debut, completing 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards in just more than one half. Taylor sustained a concussion and remains in protocol.  ...Read more

Miami Dolphins Defensive End William Hayes Out For Season With Torn ACL

Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes is out for the 2018 season after suffering an injury while trying to abide by a controversial new NFL rule. Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee while sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter of this past Sunday’s 28-20 win. Hayes sustained the injury while trying to not put his body weight on Carr to avoid drawing a flag as a result of the NFL’s revised roughing-the-passer penalty. “He was not trying to put body weight on the quarterback, so his foot got in the ground,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said on Monday. The new rule states a player will be penalized if he applies all or most of his body weight onto a quarterback and drives him to the ground. Hayes is in his 11th season, and leads the Dolphins with two of the team’s six sacks. ...Read more

Accuser Of U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh To Testify On Thursday

On Sunday, attorneys for California professor Christine Blasey Ford said she has agreed to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday morning about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This news comes after a week of developments that cast doubt on the Senate’s confirmation of Kavanaugh, once considered a safe bet. Ford has said that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 36 years ago. Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, has denied the allegations and said he would be willing to testify. “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” said the statement from her attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Thursday. ...Read more

‘Jane Fonda In Five Acts’ Documentary To Debut On HBO

Jane Fonda in Five Acts, a documentary premiering this month on HBO, explores the complicated and fascinating life of one of America’s most famous celebrities. “There’s a whole segment of the population who only knows her from the workout tape or who only knows her [as] Hanoi Jane, or who only knows her from Grace and Frankie,” Jane Fonda in Five Acts’s director, Susan Lacy said in an interview. “I would say that this is a woman who has led the way for six decades or more as a great actress, a great activist, [and] an extraordinary beacon for feminism…That’s why it’s called Jane Fonda in Five Acts. Because there’s so many different parts to Jane.” “Jane Fonda in Five Acts ” will receive a brief theatrical opening ahead of its Sept. 24 premiere on HBO and its streaming platforms.  ...Read more

Nigerian-American Comedian Ego Nwodim Is The Newest Cast Addition To “Saturday Night Live’s” 44th Season

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” announced Friday that comedienne Ego Nwodim will join the cast of late-night show when Season 44 kicks off later this month. Nwodim made a name for herself at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles and has appeared in roles in several film and TV projects, including “Law & Order True Crime” and “2 Broke Girls.”  SNL has also added four new writers to the mix: Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang. Nwodim will make her debut on “SNL’s” season premiere on September 29, which Adam Driver is set to host along with Kanye West as the musical guest. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Clinch NL East; NY Yankees Claim AL Wild Card

The Atlanta Braves clinched their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta makes its first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. The Braves won their 18th division title, tying the New York Yankees for the most in the majors since division play began in 1969. Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks of the NY Yankees doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning off Paul Fry (0-2), and New York clinched an AL wild card spot. The Yankees will play the wild-card game on October 3rd, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees remained 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage are are 53-27 at home this season. ...Read more