(Altamonte Springs, FL) — The ex-boyfriend of Whitney Houston’s daughter, the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, is dead. Nick Gordon passed away Wednesday at a hospital in Florida from an apparent drug overdose. Gordon was found liable for Bobbi Kristina’s 2015 death. Gordon’s younger brother, Junior Walker, publicly mourned his untimely death on Facebook, writing alongside a series of photos of the two growing up, “You were [sic] best friend and I never in a million years thought I’d be writing this for my ACE I was there through every step we all love you no matter what and we’ll all stay strong for you.”Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face down in a bathtub and was in a coma for months before her death at the age of 22.Her family, including singer Bobby Brown, sued Gordon for wrongful death, accusing him of giving her a toxic drug cocktail that led to her death.He was ordered to pay 36-million-dollars after he didn’t show up to court. Nick Gordon was 30 years old. Whitney Houston died in a bathtub in 2012. Houston died in February of “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use,” according to a toxicology report, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs were present in Houston’s system at the time of her death.While the cause of Gordon’s death is unknown, ABC News obtained a statement from his attorney, Joe Habachy, who wrote, “While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends.”
COUNTY cricketers will continue to take pay cuts of up to 20% in June and July, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) has confirmed.Salaries have been reduced since April and some players have been furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The domestic season has been postponed until at least 1 August.Options for playing first-class and limited-overs competitions later in the summer will be presented to the England and Wales Cricket Board in June.But at least 10 rounds of the County Championship campaign, which was scheduled to start on 12 April, will be lost.The deal would see players on multi-year contracts accept a pay cut of no more than 20%, with 12% the limit for single-year contracts unless agreed otherwise.A total of 134 county players are out of contract at the end of the year.Worcestershire all-rounder and PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell said: “This has not been an easy decision and causes a great deal of disruption to many of our members. However, the PCA Players’ Committee ultimately agreed this is the right thing to do.”Mitchell continued: “Working collaboratively through this crisis has always been one of our top priorities and I appreciate the collective spirit of these discussions with the first-class counties, particularly at this most challenging of times.“The understanding and support I have had from the PCA Players’ Committee and senior players around the counties has continued to be vital.“As a group we have been in constant communication to ensure we are supporting the interests of all professional players in England and Wales while being alert to the need for players to play their part.”(BBC Sport).
On Monday night, USC hosted noted Puerto Rican actress and singer Rita Moreno at the Visions and Voices event “Rita Moreno: A Celebration of Artistic Achievement.”The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Latino Alumni Association jointly organized the event, and it was co-sponsored by the Program Board Performing Arts Committee. The program took place in Bovard Auditorium and was preceded by a welcome reception.Lovely Rita · Rita Moreno, an award-winning entertainer, said she knew from an early age that she wanted to be in show business. She told the audience that she was motivated to work harder after facing discrimination. – Audey Shen | Daily Trojan“We are thrilled to have this amazing leader in the artistic community come here,” said Domenika Lynch, executive director of the Latino Alumni Association. “She worked her way up during a time that wasn’t easy for her demographic, and she has opened so many doors for Latinas in entertainment.”Moreno has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards during her lifetime. She is the first person of Hispanic descent to accomplish such a feat, and one of a mere handful of entertainers to ever claim this achievement.“First and foremost, [Moreno] is among the most respected figures in the performing arts,” English professor David Román said. “Her stature secures USC’s investment, and especially the mission of Visions and Voices, in supporting the arts.”Román was invited by Dornsife Dean of Diversity and professor of history George Sanchez to moderate the conversation with Moreno.“Rita Moreno is a pioneer and a living legend,” Román said. “Her presence at USC demonstrates our commitment to excellence and diversity.”Moreno recounted her daunting move to New York City as a young Puerto Rican girl who spoke no English and was marginalized by her peers.“I ran home from school every day to avoid the gangs of kids calling me names, and later, I would run from myself,” Moreno said. “I was the niña whose skin was too dark, whose hair was too curly. I realized that people thought something was wrong with me, and what do you do when reality hits? You dream.”Moreno knew early on she wanted to be in show business, and the industry soon recognized her talent. After landing a seven-year contract with MGM Studios at age 17, though, she was often typecast for her ethnicity.“The roles I played objectified minority women,” Moreno said. “We were portrayed as ignorant, unable to read and write, and morally bankrupt. We were usually a white man’s mistress. It was degrading, but in those times, it was to pay the rent.”By the 1960s, Moreno became a civil rights activist as well. She spoke for political causes and participated in the March on Washington, even coming within 15 feet of Martin Luther King Jr.“I began to see myself as a bigger part of the picture than just entertainment,” Moreno said. “I was becoming a public figure as well, so it wasn’t just about me and my own troubles anymore.”One of Moreno’s most iconic and life changing roles was Anita in the Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ film adaptation of the Broadway musical West Side Story.“Becoming Anita would alter my trajectory and change my life and my career forever,” Moreno said. “I discovered I could actually be a person of strength, and it became a personal mission for me outside of that role.”Those in attendance included faculty, alumni and students.“I was interested in attending the event because I am involved in theater and Rita Moreno not only had an amazing performance in West Side Story, but is one of the most successful people in entertainment,” said Ezie Nguyen, a freshman majoring in human biology.Now 82, Moreno remains active in entertainment. Since 2000, she has released a jazz album under the American record label Varèse Sarabande in addition to playing recurring roles in TV shows such as the drama Law and Order: Criminal Intent and the sitcom Happily Divorced.“She is such an inspiration,” Lynch said. “It’s great that someone her age is still doing what she loves and is willing to share her passion with the Trojan family.”Moreno’s career has now spanned more than six decades, and she insisted to the audience she is not finished yet.“Every day is a new adventure,” Moreno said. “I think of all the things I have to accomplish, and I do them. I often remind myself of the phrase, ‘No spirit is ever diminished by a passion for life.’”
DES MOINES — The Government Oversight Committee in the Iowa House will meet March 16th to hear from the state agency director Governor Reynolds has put in charge of changes at the state-run Glenwood Resource Center.Department of Human Services director Kelly Garcia started in the job November 1st and 21 days later the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was investigating allegations of the disabled patients at Glenwood were being mistreated and being subjected to human experiments.House Speaker Pat Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, says enough information has been made public that the committee can have a productive meeting without jeopardizing any investigation.“We weren’t just going to hold a meeting to say we held a meeting,” Grassley says.Grassley credits the DHS director for meeting with the families or guardians of the patients at Glenwood as well as staff and for notifying key legislators of changes she’s making at the facility. Grassley says next month’s hearing will give Garcia a chance to address a larger audience.“One individual hasn’t had the chance to sit down with every single legislator to show the reaction that’s happened,” Grassley says.Earlier this week Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Senate unanimously confirmed Garcia to serve as director of the Department of Human Services.