Friday News Bites: McKinney Protests, Tony Awards, Obits + More

Greetings, all. We have some notable deaths to cover, some interesting entertainment news, and more, so let’s get started:

If you missed it in Karishma’s latest PoC News in America update, McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt was at first put on administrative leave after video surfaced of him pulling his weapon on a group of black teenagers at a local pool. He has since resigned[last link contains auto-loading video]

Further Duggar Disturbance: Older daughters Jessa and Jill Duggar appeared on Fox News to defend their molester brother, Josh. I just don’t even know where to begin on how unsettling they all are.

On a related note: Remember how Mike Huckabee was also defending him? Turns out Huckabee’s book co-author, John Perry, has been accused of child molestation on two separate occasions. My, what charming company this presidential candidate keeps…

Speaking of presidential candidates, Planned Parenthood has rounded up their stances on reproductive rights.

The Supreme Court has ruled against a law that would allow “American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports, saying it unlawfully encroached on the president’s powers to set foreign policy.”


Kalief Browder, a man who spent three years in prison without a trial, committed suicide at his home this week. He was 22.

Jazz composer and musician Ornette Coleman died on Thursday from heart failure. He was 85.

Actor, musician, and WWII-fighting machine Christopher Lee died on Sunday, age 93. What a life.

President Obama delivered the eulogy at Beau Biden’s funeral, held on Saturday. Vice President Joe Biden chose not to speak. [auto-loading video]

In Entertainment:

The Tony Awards were held on Sunday, and my favorite, Dame Helen Mirren, won for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.

The adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home won five awards, which is outstanding. When I was in New York recently, if I’d been able to see one more show, I would’ve wanted to see this. (I did see The Audience though!)

Tim Curry also turned up for the awards viewing party, one of his very few appearances after having a stroke three years ago. He was awarded with The Actors Fund Lifetime Achievement Award.

Actress Nichelle Nichols has also just suffered a stroke, though she appears to be recovering well.

The Royal Family has released portraits of Prince George with his new baby sister, Princess Charlotte. Awww.

Did you know there’s such a thing as a bibliotherapist? As in, a person who treats what ails you via reading lists? This is a fascinating article on the subject.

And finally, a new study shows that kids can learn just as much watching Sesame Street as they do attending preschool. Anecdotally, I can confirm that PBS programming was a major contributor to my children’s reading skills, and neither of them attended preschool.

This story gives me the excuse to share the following 70s-era Jean Marsh-related video (Okay, and a bunch of other celebrities too):

Thanks for indulging me. See you next time, friends.

Jean Marsh with Grover

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Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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