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Bruce Springsteen To Perform At Reopening Of Historic Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen will join Grammy-winning rock band Portugal. the Man next week in his hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey for the reopening of concert venue Asbury Lanes. On Monday, June 18th, the event celebrates the renovation of Asbury’s bowling alley, newly outfitted as a music venue. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.  An online lottery via the Asbury Lanes website is available only to Asbury Park residents as part of the commitment to honor the local community. The lottery will accept entries until 8 a.m. Eastern Time on June 7th. Asbury Park Now will also host a giveaway for a pair of tickets as well as a night at the newly-established boutique hotel, The Asbury. ...Read more

Jimmy Fallon Surprises Parkland Seniors At Graduation Ceremony

Jimmy Fallon brought laughter to a somber graduation ceremony on Sunday honoring the 2018 class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a surprise speech, Fallon addressed 748 seniors, along with their families and friends during the commencement that honored four classmates who died in the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The school gave posthumous diplomas to Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup. The degrees were accepted by family members. 17 students and educators were killed in the massacre.  At the graduation ceremony, Fallon referred to the time he spent meeting some of the students at the March For Our Lives rally (the gun control rally in March that Stoneman Douglas students organized in Washington and around the country following the attack) and he thanked the whole class for their courage and bravery.  “You are not just the future ― you are the present,” he said. “Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud.” ...Read more

Janet Jackson Calls Police To Perform Welfare Check On 1-Year-Old Son Eissa While In The Care Of His Father

Janet Jackson called the police on Saturday to check on the welfare of her son Eissa Al Mana. The 17-month-old was with his father, Jackson’s estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana, at the Nobu hotel in Malibu, California, when Jackson called authorities around 10 p.m. on Saturday “Deputies were there [and] called to the scene. They decided the child was okay and they left,” according to sources. Jackson, 52, was not at the hotel at the time, authorities confirmed. Jackson was said to be worried Al Mana may have been using drugs around their son. “The concern was that his erratic behavior was tied to that,” a source said. However, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office said there “was zero suspicion of drugs being used,” and that the office was puzzled as to “why Jackson made the allegation.” ...Read more

Serena Williams Withdraws From French Open Before Maria Sharapova Match Due To Injury

Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with a pectoral muscle injury, minutes before she was expected to take the court to face Maria Sharapova in Monday’s fourth round. Williams said the injury has worsened since she first felt it in her last singles match Saturday, saying “Right now I can’t actually serve. It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.” Williams said she would get an MRI on Tuesday and “see as many specialists as I can” before determining whether she can play Wimbledon in four weeks. Williams was favored against the two-time French Open champion Sharapova, whom Williams has beaten 18 straight times since 2005. “It’s difficult because I love playing Maria,” Williams said. “It’s a match I always get up for. Her game matches so well against mine.” ...Read more

At Least 25 killed, 3,100 Evacuated After Guatemala Volcano Eruption

Villages hit by Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire on Monday were met with search and rescue teams, this coming after the volcano spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas, killing at least 25 people. The Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, began erupting ash and lava early Sunday, according to local reports. Fast-moving flows surprised communities that had not been ordered to evacuate. Ash spread through the sky as far as Guatemala City, some 40 miles away. More than 3,200 residents of communities near the volcano have been moved, and 48 people including have been treated at a nearby hospital, according to officials. Authorities expected the death toll to rise and warned of the possibility of further mudslides. ...Read more

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Baker Who Refused To Make Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a narrow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. In a 7-2 decision the Supreme Court faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the claims brought against Jack Phillips, saying it had showed a hostility to religion. In doing so, the commission violated his religious rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The court, however, did not issue a definitive ruling on the circumstances under which people can seek exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on their religious views.  ...Read more

Warriors Take 2-0 Lead Against Cavaliers In NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third straight season, with a 122-103 win. Stephen Curry finished with an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers as he scored 33 points to lead the Warriors to victory. Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Cavs LeBron James had another strong game, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, but it wasn’t enough to give his team the win.  Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland. ...Read more

First Lady Melania Trump Will Not Join President Trump On G7, Singapore Summits

First lady Melania Trump will not be joining President Donald Trump on his upcoming trips to the G7 summit in Quebec and the highly anticipated summit between the United States and North Korea in Singapore. The 48-year-old first lady has not been seen in public since May 10, when she and the president welcomed home three American detainees from North Korea. On May 14, the White House announced that Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. She remained at Walter Reed Medical Center until May 19.  Having not been seen in public for the last 24 days, questions have swirled about the state of her health and the hashtag #whereisMelania trended online.  In response, she tweeted that she was “feeling great” and “working hard on behalf of children and the American people.” ...Read more

Joe Biden Hits Campaign Trail With Eyes On Possible White House Bid

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his advisers are hard at work on plans for a busy campaign schedule this fall that could have him appearing at as many as a dozen events each week. As far as the question of a 2020 run for President, Biden himself has said he’s not ruled out what would be a third run for the White House, but a decision will not come until after the 2018 midterms.  ...Read more

ABC Reportedly Looking To Reboot ‘Roseanne’ With Focus On Sara Gilbert

ABC is reportedly looking into rebooting “Roseanne” – but this time without its namesake Roseanne Barr and instead focusing on Sara Gilbert’s character, Darlene. According to two sources with knowledge of the matter, talks with production company Carsey-Werner, which owns the show, are preliminary — but the idea is definitely enticing to ABC. A re-reboot could help keep many of the “Roseanne” cast and crew members employed.  ...Read more