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“Fuller House” Creator Jeff Franklin Fired After Complaints Of Inappropriate Behavior

Fuller House creator and show runner Jeff Franklin has been fired, and will no longer be a part of the Netflix sitcom. His firing follows reported complaints about his behavior in the writers’ room. Franklin, who created Full House and it’s sequel Fuller House, has been accused of being verbally abusive and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room and on set, according to Variety. As a result of the allegations, Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series, has declined to renew the veteran TV writer’s production deal.  A Netflix spokesperson said, “Fuller House will return for a fourth season, as planned. We hope to go into production in the next few months.” Fuller House was renewed in January for season 4.  Representatives for Fuller did not immediately respond to comment as of press time. ...Read more

Yankees Outfielder Clint Frazier Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is continuing to deal with symptoms related to a concussion after his head hit an outfield wall during Sunday’s spring training game. Frazier, 23, first reported concussion symptoms to the team Monday morning, and has since said in a statement “I can’t even sit in my living room without feeling like s—,” Frazier said before Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “My head hurts, and it’s just the headaches. I can’t shake the headache all day. I have a goal to attain, and it’s not fun watching it kind of feel like it dwindles away when you’re sitting on the shelf.”  In the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida, Frazier was drifting back for a fly ball and when the left fielder reached the warning track, he leaped just short of the wall and caught the ball as his head made contact with the bottom of the fence. As part of the concussion evaluation process, Frazier has spent the past three days working with trainers. He said Wednesday that the warm-ups have been going well, it’s when he starts trying to hit that the symptoms return. ...Read more

Kansas City Royals Sign First Baseman Lucas Duda To A One-Year Deal

The Royals have signed first baseman Lucas Duda to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The 32-year old left-handed hitter is likely the favorite to start at first base for the Royals.  Duda is best-known to Royals fans as the Mets first baseman whose wild throw in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series allowed Eric Hosmer to score on an infield grounder. While not widely considered to have a good glove, his bat is what attracted the Royals, smacking 30 home runs last season. To make room for Duda on the roster, the Royals have designated outfielder Billy Burns for assignment. ...Read more

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump Over Handling Of Justice Department Surveillance Probe

Jeff Sessions fired back Wednesday at criticism from President Donald Trump, saying in a statement that “as long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.” Mr. Sessions’s statement came hours after Mr. Trump criticized the Attorney General’s decision to refer a probe of the Justice Department’s handling of secret surveillance warrants to the agency’s inspector general rather than another office.  The President’s tweet followed a disclosure by Mr. Sessions on Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, would investigate how the FBI and federal prosecutors obtained warrants from the nation’s secret spy court to spy on a former Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser who had previously been targeted by Russian intelligence for recruitment. ...Read more

Dick’s Sporting Goods Will No Longer Sell Assault-Style Rifles

Effective immediately, retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said it will no longer sell “assault-style rifles,” nor sell any firearm to anyone under 21 years of age, and is banning the sale of high capacity magazines. The company also emphasized it has never and will never sell bump stocks and other devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon shoot more quickly.  According to Chairman and CEO Edward Stack, the shooter in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, bought a gun from the company in 2017. While the gun wasn’t used in the school shooting, the company feels it’s necessary to scale back the type of firearms it sells. “We did everything that the law required and still he was able to buy a gun,” Stack said of the shooter. “When we looked at that, we said, ‘The systems that are in place across the board just aren’t effective enough to keep us from selling someone a gun like that.’”  ...Read more

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker Says He Will Not Run For Re-Election

Sen. Bob Corker, one of the most outspoken Republican critics of President Trump, has decided not to run for re-election, ending weeks of uncertainty about his future. The Tennessee U.S. senator has spent much of this month rethinking his decision to forgo a third term and saying little in public about his status. On Tuesday, his chief of staff Todd Womack issued a written statement cementing his plans. After Corker initially said he was stepping down, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., entered the contest. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has the inside track for his party’s nomination.  ...Read more

West Virginia Schools Still Closed As Teachers Strike For Better Wages Enters Its Fourth Day

Public schools in West Virginia remained closed Tuesday as thousands of schoolteachers continued their demands for better wages. Teachers on strike have demanded a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the state legislature to address their complaints, a union official said Monday. Schoolteachers announced they would continue to strike until they are granted a meeting with the state’s leaders, said Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teacher’s West Virginia chapter.  The average pay for West Virginia teachers ranks among the lowest in the nation. Last week the state’s Republican governor signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. Teachers would see a pay increase of $808 next year and $404 the following two year; however teachers said the increases are not enough, especially as health care costs rise. Missed class time as a result of the strike will be automatically added to the end of the school year. ...Read more

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones To Appeal NFL’s Demand For $2M Reimbursement

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will appeal the NFL’s decision to seek reimbursement of legal fees stemming from his actions related to Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension as well as Roger Goodell’s contract extension. The NFL is seeking in excess of $2 million from Jones, citing a resolution that was added to the NFL constitution in 1997 that says if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees. The Cowboys offered a letter of support in the Elliott case as the running back fought the NFL’s six-game suspension. “Really don’t have any comment,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Tuesday. “I’ll let Jerry address that at the appropriate time, but don’t really have anything to say about that right now.” Stephen Jones said he was not aware of any other time the rule has been enforced, “but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened,” he said. ...Read more

Cavaliers Issue Indefinite Ban To Fan For Taunting Spurs’ Patty Mills

The Cleveland Cavaliers have identified the fan who directed racial taunts at San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills during Sunday’s game at Quicken Loans Arena and have banned him indefinitely. The fan, whom the team did not publicly identify, is barred from events at Quicken Loans Arena. The team will review the ban after one year. When Mills was at the foul line late during the Spurs’ 110-94 win, the fan was heard on the ABC broadcast yelling, “Hey Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back.” Mills, who is black, is from Australia and is of Aboriginal heritage. Mills responded to a Twitter user who shared a video of the incident on Sunday, saying he hoped to “enlighten this confused, hateful fan.” ...Read more

Steve Martin And Martin Short Announce Netflix Comedy Special

Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to Netflix. The comedy legends announced a new special for the streaming service, which will be called “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.”  The special will launch globally on Netflix later this year. Martin tweeted a brief video announcement, where he and Short promised that they’ll be working with “the best video people in the business.”  Martin and Short taped the special at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina during their current tour.  “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” was directed by Marcus Raboy and executive producers include Martin, Short, Lorne Michaels, Erin David and Marc Gurvitz.  You can watch the announcement video from Martin and Short here. ...Read more