Yamaguchi tweet draws attention
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention.
Kerrigan is competing on the current season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Yamaguchi tweeted to Kerrigan on Monday, “Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor,” before adding “break a leg.”
Ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was hit in the leg with a crowbar by a man hired by the ex-husband of fellow Team USA skater Tonya Harding.
Social media users quickly took notice of the wording and responded with memes to express disbelief at Yamaguchi’s words.
Yamaguchi’s spokeswoman says in a statement that “Kristi loves Nancy” and “no ill will was intended.”
Reynolds prepared son for her death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Todd Fisher says his mother, Debbie Reynolds, set him up “for her leaving the planet” the day his sister and Reynolds’ daughter, Carrie Fisher, died in December.
The 84-year-old Reynolds suffered a stroke and died one day after her 60-year-old daughter died following a heart attack. Todd Fisher tells Entertainment Tonight that his mother told him she wanted “to go be with Carrie” before she died.
Fisher says he’s “really OK” with his mother’s death, but “not so OK” with his sister’s. He says the revival of the Star Wars films and Fisher’s role as Princess Leia meant she was in the middle of what he thought to be “her finest hours.”
Fisher and Reynolds will be remembered Saturday at Hollywood memorial service.
Bonnaroo unveils all-night stage
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Music fans will have more options to dance the night away at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is unveiling an all-night stage focusing on dance, electronic and hip-hop artists.
The Other stage will run all night at this year’s festival, scheduled June 8-11 in Manchester, Tennessee. The lineup includes Marshmello, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, D.R.A.M., Motama, Louis the Child, Borgore and more.
The music festival has been expanding its lineup over the past 15 years, including dance artists and DJs such as Skrillex, deadmau5, ODESZA, Flying Lotus, Tycho, Caribou, Jamie xx and Bassnectar. This year’s lineup includes U2, The Weeknd and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Boston Pops to showcase Gershwin
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops is headed to the heartland.
The renowned orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, kicks off a seven-city, seven-state tour around the Midwest this week.
Organizers say the tour will showcase the music of George Gershwin.
The tour gets underway Friday in Kansas City, Missouri, and moves to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday and Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday.
Next week’s stops include Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 27; Chicago on March 31; Van Wert, Ohio, on April 1; and Carmel, Indiana, on April 2.
Actress and celebrated Broadway star Bernadette Peters will join the Pops at the Chicago and Ohio stops.
Property values of theme parks disputed
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are engaged in legal battles with the county appraiser and tax collector regarding what their massive properties are worth. The theme parks claim the Orange County appraiser has assessed the properties too highly, resulting in higher tax bills than they deserve. The market value of a property is what it is worth if it were sold on the open market; the assessed value is usually a lower figure the appraiser uses to arrive at a tax bill.
Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the dispute.
Number of theme park parcels in dispute from lawsuits filed last year: 46
Market value of all the theme park parcels in dispute from lawsuits filed last year: $5.7 billion
Most valuable parcel in dispute, by market value: Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort, valued at $554 million
Priciest theme park in dispute: Walt Disney World’s Epcot, given a market value of $469 million.
Priciest parking garage in dispute: Universal Orlando Resort’s 20,000-vehicle garage complex, which was given a market value of $297 million
Source: Orange County (Florida) Property Appraiser, Orange County Clerk of Courts.
Video imagines Elmo getting fired
A viral online video imagines lovable “Sesame Street” character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS.
The video shows an unseen man delivering the news to Elmo in a nondescript room. Elmo doesn’t take the news well, complaining that he’s worked at “Sesame Street” for 32 years. He also wonders what’s going to happen to his medical insurance, given that he has a pre-existing condition.
The man suggests Elmo take pictures with tourists in New York’s Times Square for his next job.
Elmo isn’t the only “Sesame Street” character laid off in the scenario, the man mentions Cookie Monster and Telly have also been let go.
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget seeks to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps fund PBS.