Carol Channing |Legendary Broadway Actress Dead at 97

Carol Channing, the bubbly, platinum blond singer-actress who collected Tony awards and Oscar nominations alike, has died at age 97. Her publicist, B. Harlan Boll, announced that Channing died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. just after midnight on Tuesday.

Carol Channing (January 31, 1921-January 15, 2019)

“It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon, Miss Carol Channing,” Boll said in a statement to Broadway World. “I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped … or fell rather … into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone.”

The Seattle-born Channing, who would have turned 98 on Jan. 31, was famed for her work on Broadway, winning a Best Actress Tony in 1964 for her portrayal of the lead character in Hello, Dolly! as well as a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 1995. Her performances in The Vamp (1956), Show Girl (1961) and Lorelei (1974) — the latter a reworking of her 1949 debut in the original run of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — were also nominated.

Channing also won praise for her work on the big screen, starring in films such as Skidoo and The First Traveling Sales Lady. Her role of Muzzy Van Hossmere in the 1967 musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie won her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Fans are paying tribute to the star on social media.

An egg has beaten Kylie Jenner to Become the most liked Instagram post

It’s a picture of a plain, brown egg – and it’s had more than 40 million likes.

The image was posted 10 days ago by an account called @world_record_egg in an attempt to beat @kyliejenner‘s record of 18 million for an Instagram photo.

It isn’t clear whether there’s any deeper meaning to it.

But Kylie didn’t take the defeat lying down.

She responded with her own post, cracking an egg on the street.

It quickly got more than 16 million views (not likes, as we wrote earlier); “Take that little egg,” she wrote.

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Tulsi Gabbard | US Congresswoman, Who Met Syria’s Assad To Run For President

Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran who met dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria during that country’s devastating civil war, said Friday that she is launching a US presidential bid.

“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told CNN.

Tulsi Gabbard

If elected, the 37-year-old lawmaker would be the youngest president in US history. She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American.

“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve,” she said, citing health care access and climate change among them.

Gabbard sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is able to influence US foreign policy.

“There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace,” Gabbard added. “I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement.”

Gabbard was born in American Samoa and was raised in Hawaii, where she is known to surf.

The previous Democratic president, Barack Obama, was also raised in Hawaii, and is the only president who was born in the island state.

Gabbard’s announcement comes ahead of what is expected to be a wave of high-profile candidates throwing their hats in the ring.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential bid, and last week took a high-profile trip to the early voting state of Iowa.

Former vice president Joe Biden and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Gabbard supported over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries, are also mulling entering the race.

Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio who served in Barack Obama’s cabinet as housing secretary, says he will announce his 2020 plans on Saturday.

Gabbard drew heavy criticism when she met secretly with Assad in Damascus in 2017 during a fact-finding mission that also took her to the decimated city of Aleppo. She also met with refugees and Syrian opposition leaders.

“Originally, I had no intention of meeting with Assad, but when given the opportunity, I felt it was important to take it,” Gabbard said when her trip became public.

“I think we should be ready to meet with anyone if there’s a chance it can help bring about an end to this war, which is causing the Syrian people so much suffering.”

Gabbard was deployed to Iraq in 2005, and she maintains her role as a member of the Hawaii National Guard.

Kevin Fret | First Openly Gay Latin Rapper shot dead at 24 in Puerto Rico

Kevin Fret Rapper and LGBT activist has been shot dead in Puerto Rico.

The 24-year-old musician, known as Latin trap music’s first openly gay artist who has been credited with “transforming the genre”, was killed in the country’s capital San Juan on Thursday, according to police.

Kevin Fret

Fret was shot eight times while riding his motorbike in the street at around 5.30am, according to local media.

Fret’s manager, Eduardo Rodriguez, confirmed the artist’s death and described the rapper as “an artistic soul”.

He said: “Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and still had a lot to do.

“This violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go.

“We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.”

Fret gained acclaim for his single Soy Asi, which has more than 600,000 views on YouTube,

His death brings the number of murders in Puerto Rico this year to 22, police said.

Fret, who spent time living in Miami, told magazine Paper last year: “I’m a person that doesn’t care what anybody has to say… [I see] young gay guys or young lesbians that are looking at me now like a role model, like wow, if he did it, and he doesn’t care what anybody else has to say, I can do it.”

The magazine described his music as “transcending the machismo and transforming the genre”.