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Tony Stewart To Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit With Family Of Racer Killed On Track

Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart has agreed to settle with the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. five weeks before the wrongful death lawsuit over Ward’s death was supposed to go to trial. Ward died after being hit by Stewart’s car at a race during the Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Speedway in on August 9, 2014. Ward was struck by Stewart’s car after leaving his own vehicle on track during a caution period of a race to express his displeasure with Stewart, as he’d wrecked while battling for position with Stewart. Stewart’s car hit Ward, tossing him 25 feet. Ward died 45 minutes later from blunt force trauma. He was 20 years old.  Stewart had sought to dismiss the wrongful death and gross negligence claims brought against him in the Ward family lawsuit as both Ward and his father had waived their right to legal claims when they acknowledged the risks involved in racing in signing a waiver for the event.  ...Read more

Villanova Fans Celebrate Around Campus After NCAA Win

Students at Villanova flooded the streets around campus to celebrate the Wildcats’ second NCAA men’s basketball championship in three years, and police reported two arrests following the partying. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in Monday’s title game in San Antonio and the celebration began on and around campus. As soon as the game ended, fans streamed into the streets, cheering and chanting. Light poles around the university had been greased in anticipation of celebrations, but that didn’t stop some fans from climbing. News helicopter video showed students climbing trees and grabbing branches to add fuel to a small bonfire that was set. Police moved in to get people away from the flames. Police said early on Tuesday there were two arrests, but no other details were available. ...Read more

Actors Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan Split After Nearly 9 Years Of Marriage

Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan, are separating after nearly nine years of marriage. The couple released a joint statement late Monday saying, in part … “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now.”  The actors met in 2005 on Step Up, the dance film in which they played high schoolers from different sides of the tracks who fall for each other. The couple, who were married on July 11, 2009, share a 4-year-old daughter, Everly. ...Read more

NY Jets Claim Ex-Raiders TE Clive Walford Via Waivers

Less than a week after being released by the Oakland Raiders, tight end Clive Walford  has been claimed by the New York Jets, the team announced Monday afternoon. Walford departed Oakland after a disappointing 2017 season that also included Jared Cook and Lee Smith at the tight end position. Walford recorded just nine receptions for 80 yards in 13 games and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to a concussion.  With Cook dominating the role of No. 1 tight end, Walford was let go. The Jets are welcoming Walford, who replaces Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Combined with second-year tight end Jordan Leggett (who missed all of 2017 due to a knee injury) the Jets hope to have a good group at the position. ...Read more

Notre Dame Welcome Home Their National Champions

After their incredible win against Mississippi State, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team came back home Monday and they were welcomed with open arms. The Notre Dame women’s basketball team won the NCAA national championship on Sunday, and hundreds of fans showed up at the University of Notre Dame and they gathered to welcome the team back . Notre Dame fans haven’t celebrated a victory since 2001, the last year that the Irish women brought home a national championship. ...Read more

Steven Bochco, ‘Hill Street Blues’ And ‘NYPD Blue’ Creator, Dead At 74

Steven Bochco, the legendary TV creator responsible for hits including “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “NYPD Blue,” died of cancer Sunday morning at the age of 74. He began his career working on shows like “Ironside” and “Columbo,” however “Hill Street Blues” was his first big hit, earning eight Emmy Awards in its pilot season and accumulating 98 nominations over a seven-season run.The show featured his signature style, ensemble casts and provocative plots. Bochco also created “L.A. Law” which premiered on NBC in 1986, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989) and “Cop Rock” in 1990.  “Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor,” his family said in a statement. “He died peacefully in his sleep with is family close by.” Bochco was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago. In late 2014, he received a stem cell transplant from an anonymous 23-year-old. He is survived by three children, daughter Melissa and sons Jeffrey and Jesse. ...Read more

‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ Tops Easter Night Programming With 9.6 Million Viewers

NBC’s broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” topped its Easter Sunday competition, garnering 9.607 million total viewers for the night. The live TV musical earned a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, which was also better than ABC’s “American Idol” and all other competition during the broadcast’s primetime hours. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” aired from 8 p.m. to 10:23 p.m. Elsewhere, a two-hour “Idol” from 8-10 put up a 1.6 rating and 7.4 million viewers, per fast national numbers. Also of note, CBS’ “60 Minutes” nabbed 8.1 million viewers. Those were the closest any other show came to the NBC musical’s numbers. NBC edged ABC across primetime averages by one-tenth of a Nielsen point in the key 18-49 demographic. It beat CBS by a couple hundred thousand viewers. ...Read more

Third Woman Sues To Void Nondisclosure Agreement Linked To President Trump

A third woman has come forward with a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”) related to President Donald Trump. Jessica Denson, a former Trump campaign staffer, signed an NDA as a condition of her employment with the campaign. Denson, who says she joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as a national phone bank administrator, says that her employment was contingent on signing the NDA, which covers anything related to Mr. Trump, his family, his personal life or his business affairs. In November 2017, she sued the campaign for employment discrimination and defamation. Denson claims she was discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment at the Trump campaign. Denson claimed the campaign accused her of illegally leaking portions of Mr. Trump’s taxes. Denson is representing herself in both the original lawsuit and the lawsuit to invalidate the NDA. The current lawsuit was filed on March 26 in federal court in New York. ...Read more

Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies At 81

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died. She was 81. Madikizela-Mandela will be honored by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township Monday evening. Many South Africans described Madikizela-Mandela as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority.  She died “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family. Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Nelson Mandela’s three wives, and was married to him from 1958 to 1996. ...Read more

Thousands Of Teachers Planning Rallies And Classroom Walkouts

Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma plan to attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation’s educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources. The demonstrations come less than a month after West Virginia teachers went on a nine-day strike that ended with the governor there signing legislation giving them a 5 percent pay hike — their first raise in four years. The planned rallies also come on the heels of one on Wednesday in which 2,500 teachers in Arizona — who are demanding a 20 percent raise — demonstrated at the state’s capitol in Phoenix.  ...Read more