May 25, 2018: What to Know 

  • The disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested by New York City police early today. He now faces official charges of first degree and third degree rape, and a first degree criminal sexual act charge. The Associated Press reports that the man who was once the most powerful producer in Hollywood exited a New York City  police precinct in handcuffs and was escorted to a courthouse.
  • An Idaho man who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Thursday charged a Nampa Papa Murphy's restaurant with sickening him with romaine lettuce. William Whitt's complaint is the eighth lawsuit filed nationally by the food safety law firm Marler Clark, in the wake of a nationwide outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine. Whitt's suit is to be handled locally by the Boise-based law firm of Eberle, Berlin, Kading, Turnbow & McKlveen. Whitt said he purchased food, which included romaine, at a the Papa Murphy's on 12th Ave. Road in Nampa on March 24, and two days later began suffering severe gastrointestinal pain. He was hospitalized soon after. You can read his full legal complaint below.
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  • Rachel Dolezal, the controversial Washington State woman and former official with the NAACP who was discovered lying about being black, has been charged with welfare fraud. Spokane's KHQ-TV reports that Dolezal was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, as well as perjury and false verification for public assistance.

  • A Portland family says their Amazon Alexa recorded a private in-home conversation and sent the audio to the phone of a random person in Seattle. KIRO-TV reports that Amazon offered to "de-provision" the family's Alexa, but the family says they want a refund.

  • Television networks have had varying degrees of success with live broadcasts of Broadway musicals. The Sound of Music was a huge hit for NBC in 2013, Peter Pan was a dud in 2014 and the musical version of A Christmas Story, which aired on Fox last December, was an outright flop. But NBC execs say they want to give it another try. Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC announced Thursday that the 1960s era musical Hair will be broadcast live in the spring of 2019.

  • One of the highlights of James Corden's late night chat show on CBS is "Carpool Karaoke," where Corden drives around Hollywood with famous singers as they belt out musical hits. But USA Today reports that when Corden and Adam Levine were driving and singing in the latest Carpool Karaoke, they had a surprise guestβ€”a traffic cop who told Corden, "You caused a traffic hazard."
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