71-year-old Richard Phillips, a Detroit-area man whose murder conviction was thrown out after he spent 45 years in prison, was exonerated Wednesday and won’t face a second trial. A judge granted a request to permanently drop the case against Phillips, whose conviction was erased last year. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said a new investigation by her office backed his claim that he had no role in a 1971 fatal shooting. She said a key witness lied at his 1972 trial. The case was reopened at the urging of the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school after a co-defendant at the ’72 trial told the state parole board that Phillips wasn’t involved in the slaying of Gregory Harris. Phillips had been free on bond since December. He likely will be eligible for more than $2 million under Michigan’s wrongful conviction law. Phillips told reporters when asked about his decades in prison that “I’ve never carried bitterness around, so I’m not a bitter man.”
The attorney for former adult star Stormy Daniels filed a motion Wednesday in federal court seeking to depose both President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen over a $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels attorney, Michael Avenatti, filed the documents in U.S. District Court in California. Daniels has publicly claimed she had a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, and also said Cohen orchestrated a payment to keep her quiet during the election. The White House has denied her claims. At issue is whether the non-disclosure agreement that was signed by Daniels – but not by Trump – is valid. If successful, it would be the first deposition of a sitting president since President Bill Clinton in 1998 had to answer questions about his encounter with Paula Jones.
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NFL owners unanimously approved a new catch rule Tuesday, a change designed specifically to avoid a handful of controversies that have plagued the league for most of this decade. Owners also approved two other rule changes, granting authority to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts — even if it means overruling on-field referees — and making permanent a temporary rule that put touchbacks after kickoffs at the 25-yard line. Michael Signora, NFL vice president of football communications, tweeted out the approved rules and bylaws which you can see here.
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Louisville has hired Xavier’s Chris Mack as it’s new men’s basketball coach, after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation and eventually missed the NCAA Tournament. Louisville’s Athletic Association must approve all contracts and has called a Wednesday meeting about a personnel matter, but did not specify whether it was about coaching vacancy. Mack’s hiring appears to have to only go through the procedural formality of being approved by the ULAA and the school’s board of trustees before becoming official. Mack led the Musketeers to a 29-6 record and the school’s first-ever No. 1 tournament seeding this season but was upset in the second round by Florida State. He was 215-97 in nine seasons at his alma mater with eight NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to last year’s Elite Eight. Mack’s main goal is getting the Cardinals back into the NCAA Tournament.
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Scooby-Doo fans are about to find out what Daphne and Velma were like before they joined the Mystery Gang. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Daphne & Velma, a new live-action film, on digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018. The film, which stars Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions, focuses on Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the nation. Together, the girls discover a number of questionable disappearances on campus as kids who were once full of life appear to become “zombified.” The mystery brings Daphne and Velma together to see if they can solve the case. You can check out the first trailer for Daphne and Velma in the linked article below.
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A Disney Channel alum is the newest member of the Trump administration. Caroline Sunshine, 22, best known for her role in the Disney Channel show Shake It Up opposite Zendaya about teenage dancers, played Tinka Hessenheffer. Now the former actress will be starring in her latest role as a member of the White House’s press team. It’s not Sunshine’s first time serving in the White House, as she was previously an intern. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement “Caroline Sunshine was a White House intern. In college, she was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school’s Model United Nations team. Prior to her internship at the White House, Carolina interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party.”
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Future has just dropped his latest song, “Absolutely Going Brazy.” Along with the song, Future also dropped a video for the record. The video is composed of behind the scenes shots from his “Use Me” video, footage from the Nobody Safe Tour and clips from his daily life. Future’s latest song follows the February release of the TM88 and !llmind-produced “I.C.W.N.T.” The rapper also recently teased a new collaboration with Drake. You can check out the “Absolutely Going Brazy” video below.
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Chris Brown is heading out on the road. Brown announced the “Heartbreak On A Full Moon” tour and added that he will be teaming up with special guests including 6lack, H.E.R.and Rich The Kid. The tour is currently set as a 27-city trek across the country, kicking off in Seattle, Washington and making stops all over the United States before coming to an end in Las Vegas on August 4. Tickets go on-sale beginning on March 30. For more information regarding ticket sales, head to LiveNation.com.
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Chris Stapleton will return for his second official appearance at the annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival south of Nashville this fall. The multi-genre music event takes place September 22nd and 23rd at the Park at Harlinsdale horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee. Stapleton played the inaugural Pilgrimage Festival in 2015, and this year Jack White and Lionel Richie will co-headline. Ticket options for the 2018 fest include a two-day Pilgrimage pass or the two-day VIP Village pass, with on-site parking passes also available. Children 10 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult Pilgrimage Pass. Passes go on sale Friday, March 30th at 10:00 and details can be found at the Pilgrimage Festival website here
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Scotty McCreery has reached the top slot on the album charts with Seasons Change. The album came out on March 23 and has sold more than 40,000 copies, which has sent McCreery to the top of Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. “It’s been quite a journey these last few years, and to learn that Seasons Change has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart is awesome and so gratifying,” said McCreery. Fans can hear McCreery’s new music live, as the singer plans to tour for the next couple months. More information can be found on McCreery’s website.
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