(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – A controversial Michael Jackson documentary has won an Emmy award. Leaving Neverland was named Best Documentary during last night’s 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards event in Los Angeles.
RuPaul won his fourth Emmy as Best Reality Host for RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Simpsons won for Best Animated Series, and posthumous honors were given to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
Other winners last night included James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, Springsteen on Broadway, Queer Eye, and the rock-climbing documentary Free Solo. The main Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sept. 22nd.
(Minneapolis, MN-AP) — A Minnesota judge is issuing an arrest warrant for R. Kelly after he failed to show up for a hearing to face child prostitution charges. The singer is accused of paying a 17-year-old to dance for him back in 2001 in Minneapolis.
During that interaction, Kelly is accused of taking off the girl’s clothes and touching her.
Kelly did not show up to Thursday’s hearing because he’s locked up in Chicago awaiting trial on federal sex crime charges. Federal authorities are refusing to make him available to Minnesota authorities until after his federal case wraps up.
(Miami, FL-AP) – Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is opening up about the shooting that temporarily left him in a coma.
“Big Papi” sat down with Univision and became teary-eyed when he reflected on the June shooting in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz says he couldn’t believe some were criticizing him as he fought for his life.
He was shot in the leg, but the bullet passed through his lower back, piercing intestines and lower organs. Ortiz said when the bullet first hit him, he felt a sting and thought he was having a nightmare. He says he was overwhelmed with the feeling to survive.
Police say Ortiz was not the intended target. Ortiz dismissed rumors that he was involved with shady people and deserved the attack.
(Washington, DC) – President Trump says the U.S. is “locked and loaded” following an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil plant.
On Twitter, Trump said the government believes it knows who was behind the attack, but is waiting to hear verification from Saudi Arabia about who they think carried it out.
U.S. authorities have blamed Iran for the attack that knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil supply this weekend. The President has authorized the release of U.S. oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep the oil market stable.
(Birmingham, AL-AP) – Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is warning that “hate is on the rise again.” The former vice president spoke Sunday at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama to mark the 56th anniversary of the bombing that left four dead.
He said the same ideology that lit the fuse in that bombing is responsible for recent atrocities like the mass shooting in El Paso, the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina, and recent shootings at synagogues in California and Pittsburgh.
Biden noted that “we have not relegated racism and white supremacy to the pages of history.”
(AP) – Crude oil prices are rising sharply after a drone attack cut Saudi oil production in half. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures jumped more than ten percent to over 61-dollars a barrel.
Brent crude futures soared even higher, up nearly eight dollars a barrel to around 68 bucks.
Saudi officials expect to restore about a third of its crude output by Monday. President Trump authorized the release of U.S. emergency reserves to help stabilize markets.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels took credit for the Saturday’s attacks on two major plants in Saudi Arabia, including the world’s biggest oil processing plant.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said his team is ”hurting” for defensive end Chris Smith after his girlfriend was killed in an accident.
Petara Cordero, who recently had a daughter with Smith, was struck by a car as she stood on the roadside Wednesday. Smith’s car had blown a tire and the 26-year-old Cordero exited the vehicle when she was stuck by an oncoming car driven by a woman who admitted to police she had been drinking.
Kitchens said the team will continue to support Smith, who is one of the team’s most popular players.
The first-year coach said the incident ”goes beyond football” and has weighed heavily on him. Kitchens said he has ”Chris is on my mind. Her family is on my mind. Her 4-week-old baby is on my mind.”
Kitchens called Smith a ”good dude.” Smith is in his second year with the Browns.
(Queens, NY) – She was so close but it looks like tennis goddess Serena Williams will have to keep swinging to catch that 24th Grand Slam title.
After a pretty impeccable run at the U.S. Open, the G.O.A.T. fell short way short to 19-year old Bianca Andreescu. The Canadian capped an extraordinary 2019 by winning her first major at the U.S. Open.
The teenager beat Serena 6-3, 7-5 Andreescu held on for a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Serena, who is chasing a title held by Margaret Court, has now lost all four major finals she has reached since returning from giving birth.
More work has to be done to get to #24 and #25 to take the top spot in the tennis history books.
(Atlanta, GA) – Whatever the Falcons need to do to keep Julio Jones…they need to do it. He is one of the most if not the most prolific wide receiver in the NFL and the one-two punch that him and Matt Ryan deliver is priceless.
Questions were abound when Julio was absent from preseason action amidst contract talks. But it looks like Uncle Arthur secured the bag and the roster just in time for the Falcons’ official first game of the 2019 season.
The three year extension that locks Julio in until 2023, is pretty much fully guaranteed and worth $66 million dollars. Last season, Julio had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
The Falcons visit the Vikings Sunday. Kickoff is at 1pm.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is entering the race for president in 2020. Sanford announced on Fox News Sunday that he’s challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination.
He’s the third Republican to throw his hat in the ring, joining former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.
Sanford said he decided to run because “We need to have a conversation on what it means to be Republican.” He added, “As a Republican Party, we have lost our way.”