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Demi Lovato To Enter Rehab Following Hospital Release

Demi Lovato will seek drug abuse treatment following her hospitalization for an overdose, according to a source close to Lovato. The singer and actress has been surrounded by family and friends at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles since she was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, and should be released from the hospital “soon.”  This will not be the first time Lovato has sought professional help for substance abuse. She previously entered rehab in 2010. Lovato has been open about her struggles with an addiction to cocaine and alcohol, as well as mental health issues and an eating disorder. In the hours after news of her hospitalization broke, fans of the singer took to social media with the hashtag, #HowDemiHasHelpedMe to talk about how she and her music have helped them with their own struggles. Lovato has been touring and promoting her music in recent months. She last performed July 22 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California. ...Read more

Actor Michelle Williams Quietly Married Musician Phil Elverum In A “Secret Ceremony”

Oscar-nominated actor Michelle Williams dropped some big news in a new Vanity Fair profile — the 37-year-old married musician Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie in a “secret ceremony in the Adirondacks.” The two met through a mutual friend, the profile revealed. Both Williams and Elverum have young daughters. Williams was in a relationship with actor Heath Ledger from 2004 to 2007 and the two had a daughter together, named Matilda. Ledger died in 2008 of an accidental overdose. Elverum, a singer-songwriter who performs under the name Mount Eerie, has been married before, to Geneviève Castrée. Castrée was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in 2015, just months after the birth of the couple’s daughter; she died shortly after. Elverum moved to Brooklyn, New York, to live with Williams and each of their daughters in July. “I never gave up on love,” Williams told Vanity Fair.  Williams said that she wanted to share her story in the hopes that it could help or inspire other women who have “struggled as much as I struggled.” ...Read more

Falcons WR Julio Jones Will Report To Training Camp

After reaching an agreement to renegotiate the star receiver’s contract next year, Julio Jones will report to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, the team said late Wednesday  General manager Thomas Dimitroff announced the compromise about 16 hours ahead of Thursday’s 4 p.m. reporting deadline. “We have had continued dialogue all offseason with Julio and his representation,” Dimitroff said. The Falcons had informed Jones several weeks ago that they wouldn’t be able to renegotiate his current $71.5 million package, which still has three years remaining and included $47 million in guaranteed money. Jones skipped offseason workouts at the team’s training facility as well as a mandatory minicamp to demonstrate his unhappiness. His next option was to hold out during training camp, which could have led to fines of $40,000 per day. ...Read more

MMA Star Conor McGregor Pleads Guilty In New York Melee Case

Conor McGregor pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and will perform five days of community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters. McGregor will also be evaluated for an anger management program and barred from contact with fighters injured in the mayhem after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in April. “I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said outside a Brooklyn courthouse. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support.” The UFC stripped him of its 155-pound championship belt in April because he had not fought in 17 months. The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor’s case. ...Read more

House Republicans Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Republican House members introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday evening against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accusing him of trying to stymie congressional oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The resolution alleges that Rosenstein has withheld documents from and made misleading statements to Congress. Conservative lawmakers have accused the Justice Department of trying both to tar President Donald Trump with the Russia investigation and to downplay the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. ...Read more

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Right To Carry Gun In Public

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense.  The ruling on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, makes the San Francisco-based court the sixth U.S. circuit court to interpret the Second Amendment that way and could set the issue on a path toward the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 2-1 decision on Tuesday, the panel found Hawaii infringed on the rights of plaintiff George Young when it twice denied him a permit the state requires to openly carry a gun in public.  ...Read more

Ready Player One’s Lena Waithe Signs Deal With Showtime

On Tuesday, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe signed a first-look deal with Showtime. Waithe will be developing comedy and drama projects for the premium cable network in which she will both write and produce. Showtime’s President of Programming Gary Levine said in a statement: “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.” Waithe has written for such shows as M.O. Diaries, Hello Cupid, and Bones before her winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master Of None. She went on to create The Chi and has also worked in front of the camera in projects like The Comeback, Transparent, This Is Us, Dear White People and this year’s Steven Spielberg-directed Pop Culture epic Ready Player One. Waithe’s latest script, Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya, will be going into production this January at Universal. ...Read more

Chris Hardwick Reinstated By AMC As “Talking Dead” Host

Chris Hardwick has been reinstated as host of the Talking Dead by the network effective on Aug. 12 after the midseason premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Hardwick had his show Talking with Chris Hardwick pulled off the channel a day before season 2 was to premiere after ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of sexual assault and emotional abuse. Frequent Talking Dead guest Yvette Nicole Brown was announced as an interim host for a Walking Dead season 9 preview special on Aug. 5. and the Aug. 12 edition after the Fear TWD midseason premiere. The network issued the following statement: “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.” ...Read more

New York Yankees Agree To Deal For Closer Zach Britton Of Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees have acquired former All-Star reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for three minor league pitchers in a trade announced Tuesday night. The deal will send right-handed starter Dillon Tate, left-handed starter Josh Rogers and righty reliever Cody Carroll to Baltimore. Britton, 30, has garnered 139 saves for the Orioles since 2013. Britton had ruptured his right Achilles during an offseason workout session and didn’t make his 2018 debut until June 12. He joins Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and David Robertson as part of the Yankees bullpen, which leads the major leagues with a 2.75 ERA and 448 strikeouts. ...Read more

United States Announces Billions To Help Farmers Hurt By Trump Tariffs

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to ease the pain of American farmers affected by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other countries. The Agriculture Department said it would tap an existing program to provide billions in direct payments to farmers and ranchers hurt by foreign retaliation to Trump’s tariffs.  The administration said the program was just temporary. “This is a short-term solution that will give President Trump and his administration the time to work on long-term trade deals,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as administration officials argued that the plan was not a “bailout” of the nation’s farmers. ...Read more