National Newswatch

Kanye West Announces 2020 Presidential Run on Twitter

Jul 5 2020 — — Rapper Kanye West marked the Fourth of July holiday with a major announcement regarding his plan to run for president this year. “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” Kanye, 43, tweeted on Saturday evening. “I am running for president of the United States!” […]

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Jul 2 2020 — — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his great-niece, Molly Shaheen. “The Guinness Book of World […]

Blue Jays to hold summer training camp at Toronto’s Rogers Centre

Jul 2 2020 — — The Toronto Blue Jays will train for the upcoming season at Rogers Centre, the team announced Thursday. The Blue Jays, the lone MLB team north of the Canada-U.S. border, had to ask for special permission from the Canadian government to use their Toronto stadium during the COVID-19 pandemic. Training camps are set to begin around […]

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies at 98

Jun 30 2020 — — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. He was 98. Reiner, who was […]

Blue Jays closer to getting full approval for training in Toronto

Jun 29 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays appear one step closer to being able to train at Rogers Centre for the upcoming season.  Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday that "municipal, provincial and federal health folks" have given the team the OK, but they are still awaiting a letter of support from the federal government. The Blue Jays, the […]

Cirque du Soleil files for creditor protection, terminates 3,480 jobs

Jun 29 2020 — The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Cirque du Soleil, whose aerobatic shows have been halted by COVID-19, has filed for creditor protection while it develops a plan to restart its business. The company says it will seek court protection from creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act at a hearing Tuesday at Quebec Superior Court. Cirque du Soleil […]

Wendy Mesley disciplined for use of ‘offensive language’ on 2 occasions

Jun 25 2020 — — CBC News host Wendy Mesley has been disciplined after an internal investigation found she used “offensive language on two separate occasions during editorial meetings,” both the host and CBC confirmed Thursday. The first incident took place last fall, according to a statement from Chuck Thompson, CBC’s head of public affairs, “while discussing a book title, […]

Adult film star Ron Jeremy charged with rape, sexual assault

Jun 23 2020 — — Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday. Jeremy, 67, whose real name is Ron Jeremy Hyatt, was charged with three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation […]

Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 23 2020 — — Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. “The […]