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'One Day at a Time' rescued from cancellation by Pop TV
7/4/2019 12:11:54 PM

There are more days ahead for “One Day at a Time.” The CBS Corp.-owned cable channel Pop TV says Thursday it's greenlighted a new season of the reboot canceled by Netflix. In a statement, Pop TV President Brad Schwartz called the series both “culturally significant” and funny. The original 1975-84 sitcom about a single white mom was reimagined with a Latino family at its center, a TV rarity. Justina Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban American parent and military veteran, with Rita Moreno playing her mother, Lydia. “One Day at a Time”...

Elba says race talk around Bond casting disappointing
7/4/2019 12:09:31 PM

Even though Idris Elba isn't trying to become the next James Bond, he's disheartened that some people don't think he should be considered for the spy role because he's Black. The British actor says in the August issue of Vanity Fair that it's frustrating that there are people who say “'It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin.” Some have speculated that the “Luther” star would make the perfect Bond. Elba says although Bond is a coveted, beloved character that he would be fascinated to play, he doesn't...

XFL's plans for upcoming season starting to take shape
7/4/2019 12:05:51 PM

By Joe Reedy   LONG BEACH (AP)—Oliver Luck's first year as the XFL's commissioner has mostly been confined to the office and getting the league's framework set up. The next couple months are what Luck refers to as the fun part of preparing for next year's return. “We're still a long way from a football game but we are starting to see more of what we are trying to do,” Luck said. The league—which will begin play the week after Super Bowl 54—is in the middle of conducting “Summer Showcases” in the eight cities where...

Trump Administration Agrees to Delay Health Care Rule
7/4/2019 12:03:22 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The Trump administration has agreed to postpone implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while the so-called “conscience” rule is challenged in a California court. The rule was supposed to take effect on July 22 but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit mutually agreed Friday to delay a final ruling on the matter until Nov. 22. The agency called it the “most efficient way to adjudicate” the rule. A...

68-Year-Old Swimmer Competes in National Senior Olympics
7/4/2019 12:01:15 PM

By Jannelle Walker   Last week, 68-year-old Loretta Griffin became the first African-American Memphian to compete in the National Senior Olympics for swimming, coming full circle from her days of doing water aerobics at the Davis YMCA in Whitehaven. The New Tri-State Defender talked to Griffin before she left for Albuquerque, N.M., where the swimming competitions were being held. Griffin, a retired teacher, began swimming five years ago. She had been taking water aerobics classes at the YMCA for about three years and when she became comfortable with the water, she decided it...

Health Panel: Millions of U.S. Kids Should Get Hepatitis Shot
7/4/2019 11:59:01 AM

A scientific panel is recommending that more than 2 million U.S. kids get vaccinated against hepatitis A. Thirteen years ago, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended hepatitis A shots for all U.S. children at age 1. On Thursday, the panel said the shots should be given to older children who weren't vaccinated earlier, including 14- to 18-year-olds who turned 1 before the recommendation was made. The panel also recommended the shots for every person with HIV. About 1.1 million Americans are estimated to have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. People with HIV tend...

'Michael Jackson Drug' still prompts curiosity from patients By Carla K. Johnson
6/27/2019 10:15:33 AM

It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson. Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get “the Michael Jackson drug” before an operation. And most of them will. Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los Angeles home after receiving a lethal dose of the drug intended for use only during surgery and other medical procedures—not for insomnia. As Jackson rehearsed for his comeback tour, he struggled to sleep. Prosecutors said...

New Parents and a Newborn with Sickle Cell Disease: What Now? By Dr. Kevin Williams
6/27/2019 10:14:11 AM

Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer   The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease.      Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer where he leads a Medical Affairs organization of approximately 150 medical colleagues around the globe. He pursued medicine after being inspired by his father’s work as a general practitioner in his hometown of Baton Rouge,...

Two new measles cases connected to West Los Angeles
6/27/2019 10:11:47 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Los Angeles County health officials are trying to identify anyone who may have been exposed to two residents who recently traveled and became ill with measles shortly after returning to the U.S. Potential exposure locations and times were between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on June 7 at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., and June 8 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Toscana Restaurant-Brentwood, 11633 San Vincente Blvd., according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Officials added there was no known current risk related to measles at either venue at...

Dave Bartholomew, Co-Wrote 'Ain't That a Shame," Dies at 100 By Hillie Italie and Rebecca Santana
6/27/2019 10:08:30 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n' roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain't That a Shame,” “I'm Walkin”' and “Let the Four Winds Blow,” has died. He was 100 years old. Bartholomew, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Sunday in a hospital in a New Orleans suburb, his eldest son Dave Bartholomew Jr. told The Associated Press. “His body simply broke down. Daddy was 100 years and six months old. It was...