DMX, gravel-voiced rapper and actor, dies at 50

DMX, the gravel-voiced rapper and actor who topped the charts with tracks including “Party Up” and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” has died at age 50, his family said Friday in a statement. The rapper, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had a heart attack on April 2, according to his lawyer, Murray Richman. … Read more

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine shortage to hit U.S. next week

Shipments of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine are expected to be down by 80 percent nationwide next week as the company struggles with manufacturing problems, the Biden Administration reported Friday. Just 700,000 doses have been allocated, compared to the 4.9 million doses that were distributed across the country this week,White House Covid-19 coordinator … Read more

YouTube pulls Florida governor’s video, says his panel spread Covid-19 misinformation

Video of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a panel of scientists apparently trading in Covid-19 misinformation has been pulled from YouTube. The video of DeSantis’ roundtable discussion last month at the state Capitol in Tallahassee was removed on Wednesday because it violated the social media platform’s standards, YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez said. It had been … Read more

Parent involved in college admissions scandal sues Netflix over documentary

A Massachusetts financier who pleaded not guilty in the college admissions scandal is suing Netflix for defamation following the release of the streaming giant’s new documentary “Operation Varsity Blues.” John B. Wilson, his wife, Leslie Wilson, and their son filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Superior Court in Essex claiming that the documentary, which premiered March … Read more

Beloved doctor slain in South Carolina shooting remembered for deep involvement in community

Friends of the South Carolina doctor who, along with three family members, was killed by a former pro football player on Friday recalled the physician’s love of writing and passion for medicine and animals. Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, and heating and air conditioning … Read more