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Bette Midler, Berry Gordy among new Kennedy Center honorees

The Kennedy Center Honors is returning in December. The honorees will be Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, “Saturday Night Live” mastermind Lorne Michaels, opera singer Justino Diaz, folk music legend Joni Mitchell and actress-singer Bette Midler. All will be honored on Dec. 5 with a program that includes personalized tributes and performances that are kept secret from the honorees until the event. Organizers expect to operate at full capacity. Last year’s Honors ceremony was delayed for months and later conducted […]

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Delaware could get more than $100M in opioid settlement

State officials say Delaware could receive more than $100 million under a proposed $26 billion nationwide settlement with producers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The proposed settlement stems from efforts by state and local governments to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay the costs of opioid addiction. The deal announced earlier this week involves the nation’s three biggest drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson. Delaware lawmakers passed legislation last month establishing a panel to ensure that […]

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Her story: 1st time all-female broadcast crew calls MLB game

There was history in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field. It was her story, too. Because for the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcing crew called a game as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Baltimore Orioles. The YouTube broadcast featured Melanie Newman on play-by-play with Sarah Langs as the analyst. Alanna Rizzo was the on-field reporter, and Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner hosted the pregame and postgame coverage. All contents © copyright 2021 Associated Press. […]

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Afghan war’s end quiets chaplain’s litany of funeral prayers

The end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan is bringing calm to the military mortuary that had the solemn task of receiving the dead. Virtually all of the 2,312 American troops killed in the war were brought in flag-covered transfer cases to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Air Force Chaplain David Sparks has been there from the start, ministering to the families left behind and the workers charged with autopsying, embalming and preparing the remains for burial or cremation. […]

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Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies

Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released. Markie, who real name is Marcel Theo Hall, became known within the rap genre realm as the self-proclaimed “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” for lighthearted lyrics and a humorous nature. He’s made […]

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Delaware woman charged with DUI after hitting police vehicle

A Delaware woman has been charged with vehicular assault and driving under the influence after she was involved in a crash in Rehoboth Beach with a state police vehicle. Delaware State Police said in a news release that the collision happened around 3 a.m. Sunday when the woman, who was speeding, struck the rear of a fully marked police SUV. Both cars left the roadway as a result of the crash. Police said the trooper was taken to a hospital […]

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Eiffel Tower reopens; COVID passes required as of next week

The Eiffel Tower has greeted tourists for the first time in nearly nine months even as France introduces new virus rules to tame the fast-spreading delta variant. The “Iron Lady” of Paris was ordered shut in October as France battled its second virus surge of the pandemic. It opened to the public Friday with “Welcome” messages flashing in multiple languages. This week, President Emmanuel Macron announced that COVID-19 passes would be required to enter restaurants and venues like the Eiffel […]

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Bradley Beal out of Olympics for health and safety reasons

Bradley Beal will miss the Olympics after being placed into health and safety protocols and the U.S. men’s basketball team said it will replace him on its roster at a later date. Hours later, the team’s exhibition game against Australia scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas was canceled because of health and safety protocols. USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision. The Americans also announced Thursday that forward Jerami Grant has also been played in […]

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Chip and Joanna Gaines step up to help lead a new TV network

Chip and Joanna Gaines made a name for themselves thanks to their knack for renovating homes. Now they’re ready to put their skills to work on building an entire TV network. The couple known for restoring old homes and buildings into styles varying from industrial to farmhouse are making the transition to TV executives with the July 15 launch of the first step toward their Magnolia Network. The network will feature dozens of hours of new unscripted content and archive […]

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