CANCELED: Golden Globes
The Golden Globes need a temporary home. The Biden administration reversed another Trump-era policy. And can Medina Spirit still compete?
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NBC cancels Golden Globes for 2022
NBC dropped the biggest hammer on the scandal-plagued Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday, announcing it will not broadcast the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022. The 87-member HFPA has been immersed in issues ranging from preferential treatment sought and received by its members to lack of racial representation in its ranks, which included no Black members, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation this year. NBC said it wants to give the HFPA time to resolve its problems and hopes it will be possible to broadcast the event in 2023. It’s unlikely the Globes can move to another broadcast outlet under the terms of NBC’s contract.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Feb. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. TV shows and films were honored in a hybrid virtual/in-person show. (Photo: NBC)
US restores health care protections for transgender people
In a reversal of a Trump-era policy, the United States will again protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. “Everyone – including LGBTQ people – should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period,” said Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services secretary. Essentially, the action restores protections established during the Obama years through the Affordable Care Act. Unlike the Trump administration, which defined “sex” to mean the gender assigned at birth, the policy relied on a broad understanding of sex shaped by a person’s inner sense of being.
- Biden tells transgender youth he’s on their side. Advocates say that’s huge for the community.
What everyone’s talking about
- The Food and Drug Administration gives Pfizer nod to provide COVID vaccine to younger teens.
- The police officer who saved a 4-year-old shot in Times Square is praised as a hero after her “motherly instincts” kicked in.
- Ukrainian authorities seize shipment of alcohol made near Chernobyl, the first consumer product believed to come from the area since the 1986 nuclear disaster.
- Flu cases were at an all-time lowthis year. Here’s what to expect next influenza season.
- Two Oklahoma students were pulled from class for wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, mother says: “He’s simply sayin’ his life matters.”
Hamas fires rockets after clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque; 20 reported dead in Gaza from Israeli airstrikes
Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Monday, including a barrage that set off air raid sirens as far away as Jerusalem, after hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli police at a flashpoint religious site in the contested holy city. The rocket fire drew heavy Israeli retaliation in the Gaza Strip. Health officials said at least 20 people, including nine children, were killed. The fighting escalated already heightened tensions throughout the region after weeks of confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem. In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price condemned “in the strongest terms” the rocket fire on Israel and called on all sides to calm the situation.
Earlier, Israeli police firing tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians at the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque. More than 300 Palestinians were hurt, including 228 who went to hospitals and clinics for treatment, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Police said 21 officers were hurt, including three who were hospitalized. Israeli paramedics said seven Israeli civilians were hurt.
Israeli police fire tear gas at Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on May 10. (Photo: Mahmoud Illean, AP)
‘Not what we expected on Mother’s Day’
Police in Colorado searched for a motive Monday after a gunman fired at a birthday party over the weekend, killing six people and himself. “The suspect, a boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a statement. The shooting at a mobile home park marks the 13th mass killing this year. Freddy Marquez told the Denver Post he was at the party before the shooting with his wife and children, and the victims were all of the same extended family. “It’s just crazy, it’s not what we expected on Mother’s Day,” he told the Post. “I’m at a loss for words.”
- The fossilized remains of nine Neanderthals were discovered in an Italian cave. They were probably killed and eaten by hyenas.
- A man walking on a glass-bottom bridge in China was left stranded temporarily after some of the panels shattered underneath his feet.
- President Joe Biden’s support of labor unions is historic. Here’s what it means.
- Teen Vogue has a new editor-in-chief after Alexi McCammond’s highly controversial resignation in March.
Medina Spirit trainer responds to Churchill Downs suspension
Trainer Bob Baffert was suspended by Churchill Downs from entering horses at the track after his Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, tested positive for a banned substance. His response? It’s “a cancel culture kind of a thing.” Baffert, appearing on Fox News, also called the penalty “pretty harsh.” In a statement released Sunday, Churchill Downs announced the immediate suspension of Baffert and said runner-up Mandaloun would be declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby if a split sample comes back positive. According to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission regulations, a second positive test – called a “split sample” – is required before a horse can be disqualified. Monday, Baffert said the result won’t be known for a while.
- Can Medina Spirit still take part in the upcoming Preakness Stakes? This is what a positive drug test means for the horse’s next race.
Bob Baffert's Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby, but the victory could be negated. (Photo: Pat McDonogh/The Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC)
A break from the news
- The largest collection of Bob Dylan’s artwork ever seen will go on display this year in the USA.
- See Woody Harrelson and Tom Hardy tussle in chaotic first ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ trailer.
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