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North Carolina Approves NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Race At Charlotte In May

The governor of North Carolina said on Tuesday that NASCAR can go forward with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway without fans in attendance at the end of May, unless health conditions deteriorate in the state.

Gov. Roy Cooper said he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway regarding safety protocols for staging the race. Cooper said the state offered input on NASCAR’s plan, but he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year. “We believe that unless health conditions go down, we believe we can hold the Coca-Cola 600,” Cooper said.

He said NASCAR should have an announcement later this week. NASCAR completed four of its 36 races before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The sanctioning body has vowed to run 36 races, although the schedule will change dramatically and some tracks likely will be dropped this season if their state does not permit a sporting event.

North Carolina governor OKs NASCAR to race at Charlotte

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Reports Say MLB Could Start 2020 Season By July 4

The 2020 Major League Baseball season has yet to begin because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however MLB is beginning to formulate plans and a timeline for getting the season underway. According to reports, “the most realistic time range for Opening Day — somewhere between mid-June and July 4, in the view of most officials — would allow for an 80- to 100-game regular season, with the schedule running through October. An expanded postseason at neutral sites might follow, with the World Series ending in late November or early December.”

Obviously, any postseason that stretches into late November/early December is going to require the use of ballparks in warm-weather locales or at least with retractable roofs. With cold-weather, outdoor teams like the Yankees, Twins, Nationals, Cubs, Mets, Phillies, Indians and others plausibly aiming for contention, arranging for neutral sites in advance will be a necessity. 

It was also recently reported that MLB is considering opening in three locations — Florida, Texas, and Arizona — with groups of teams in each location. However the hope is that eventually teams will be able to transition back to their usual home ballparks, as stay-at-home orders are lifted across the country.  There is also no guarantee that fans will be permitted to attend any games, even late in the season.

Report: MLB could resume by July 4

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55th ACM Awards Rescheduled To Air Live On Sept. 16 From Nashville

The Academy of Country Music announced that the 55th ACM Awards will air live from Nashville on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, with Keith Urban serving as hot of the show for the first time.

The 2020 ACM Awards will take place at three iconic Nashville institutions: the Grand Ole Opry House, The Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium.

The show was originally planned to air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5, however was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Postponement, 2020 ACM Awards Will Take Place in Nashville

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Lea Michele Expecting Her First Child With Husband Zandy Reich

Actress and singer Lea Michele is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich. The happy news comes after the couple tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in March 2019 near Napa, Calif. 

The former “Glee’ star’s romance with Reich began in July 2017 with Zandy proposing in April 2018.  This will be the first child for both Michele, 33, and Reich, 37.

                

Congratulations! Lea Michele Is Expecting Her First Child With Husband Zandy Reich

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Heading to Disney+ 2 Months Early For May 4th Release

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit streaming on Disney+ two months early. The final chapter of the Skywalker saga will hit the streaming service on May 4 (i.e. the fan-celebrated May the 4th holiday). This means that all nine entries in the Skywalker saga will now be streamable via Disney+, which recently earned the critical and commercial hit with the series The Mandalorian.

Rise of Skywalker will be joined on May 4 by the launch of the eight-episode docuseries Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, as well as the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Disney+ will start streaming ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ on May 4th

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Ingrid Andress’ Debut Single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” Reaches No. 1 On Country Radio

Ingrid Andress’ debut single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” reached No. 1 on the Mediabase chart this week. “More Hearts Than Mine” is the lead single from Ingrid’s 2020 debut album, Lady Like.

Ingrid’s No. 1 single follows Gabby Barrett’s No. 1, “I Hope,” marking the first time on the chart that two solo female artists have scored No. 1 hits with their debut singles in back-to-back weeks.

Ingrid, who is nominated for New Artist of the Year at the upcoming ACM Awards.

Ingrid Andress Follows Gabby Barrett at No. 1, Making Country History

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The Offspring Cover “Tiger King” Track Titled ‘Here Kitty Kitty’

The Offspring have released a new lockdown video of their cover of The Clinton Johnson Band’s “Here Kitty Kitty,” which gained notoriety from the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King”.

The band said about the cover of “Here Kitty Kitty:  “Hey, Guys! Like many of you, we are going a little stir crazy these days and we wanted to do something fun to put a smile on our faces, and hopefully on some of yours too. This song, Here Kitty Kitty, was originally by The Clinton Johnson Band, and *not* by anyone in that recent documentary we all got caught up in.

“The Offspring wives were group texting recently, and while they all agreed that they truly love their husbands, there are times when they’ve absolutely felt like feeding us to the tigers. In that spirit, we hope you enjoy this random song & video.” 

Watch the video at the link here.

The Offspring Covers ‘Here Kitty Kitty,’ of ‘Tiger King’ Fame (Watch)

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Canadian Artists Sing “Lean On Me” For COVID-19 Relief

Rock artists Bryan Adams and Rush’s Geddy Lee are among 25 Canadian artists under the group name ArtistsCAN who have recorded all-star charity cover of the classic Bill Withers’ song ‘Lean On Me’. 

The single also includes Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Jann Arden, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Johnny Orlando and Walk Off The Earth. The initiative, led by artists Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson, will see all proceeds support the Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 in Canada. The official music video for the charity single debuted during the TV special ‘Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble’, which saw Canadian artists, activists, actors and athletes sharing their stories of hope and inspiration to frontline workers. Canadians were invited to donate to Food Banks Canada in association with the broadcast to support local food banks as they face the impacts of COVID-19.

The ArtistsCAN version of ‘Lean On Me’ is available now via all digital retail platforms.  You can check out the video at the link here.

Watch Geddy Lee, Bryan Adams Join All-Star ‘Lean on Me’ Video

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British PM Boris Johnson Returns To Work After Recovering From COVID-19

On his first day back at work in three weeks after a bout of COVID-19 that left him hospitalized, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged his nation to be patient and argued that easing social and economic restrictions too soon would create a second deadly spike of coronavirus infections. 

Speaking outside his 10 Downing St. office on Monday, Johnson said the country was reaching “the end of the first phase of this conflict” but warned that a quick end to a lockdown due to last at least until May 7 was not in sight. “I refuse to throw away all the effort and the sacrifice of the British people and to risk a second major outbreak and huge loss of life and the overwhelming of the (health system),” said Johnson.  The 55-year-old Johnson appeared thinner but healthier than when he was last seen in public earlier this month, after spending a week in St. Thomas’ Hospital in London earlier this month, including three nights in intensive care. 

As of Sunday, Britain had recorded 20,732 deaths among people hospitalized with COVID-19, the fifth country in the world to surpass 20,000 deaths. Despite the death toll, Johnson’s government is under mounting pressure to set out a blueprint for easing the lockdown that has sharply curtailed business and daily life since March 23.When he was discharged on April 13, he thanked medical workers at the hospital for saving his life, saying his condition “could have gone either way.”

UK PM Johnson back to work after coronavirus hospitalization

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Suspect In Custody In Milwaukee House Shooting Which Killed Five

Police took into custody the man who dialed 911 to report five people had been shot to death inside a Milwaukee home on Monday. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said during a brief news conference that when officers arrived at the house on the city’s north side they found five victims ranging in age from 14 to 41.

Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at the house that a baby was found alive in the house. Investigators believe the shooter decided to spare the infant. Morales said investigators recovered a weapon and believe the shooter acted alone, adding that that there’s no threat to the public. The man who called authorities to the house has been taken into custody, and detectives were trying to determine the relationship between the caller and the victims, Morales said. No names have been provided.

The attack is the second mass shooting in Milwaukee this year. Molson Coors brewery worker Anthony Ferrill gunned down five co-workers on Feb. 26 before turning his gun on himself. His motive remains unknown.

Milwaukee shooting kills 5 inside home; suspect in custody, police say

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