Branson Globe: Your source for local news and entertainment 3 Pets of the Week: WORDS TO LIVE BY... Carman and Frannie need homes “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela Highs: 70s. Lows: 60s. 10 Your source for local news and entertainment May 15-16, 2020 • Vol. 1, Issue 85 Giving blood? It matters where you donate By Karen Halfpop Digital/Production Director If you’re planning on giving blood during the month of May, good for you. According to a news release issued by Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, reserves of blood products are at a less-than-one-day level, prompting the center to issue a critical appeal for donors. To complicate matters, most of the organization’s mobile blood drives, scheduled for the month of May, have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That adds up to more than 3,000 donations lost in a month. For the more than 40 area hospitals supplied with blood products and plasma solely by CBCO, the shortage could become a large problem. “During the month of April, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a critical appeal for blood donors. (Special to Branson Globe.) blood donors at our fixed site locations gave enough to get us through the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said in the CBCO release. “But hospital usage was down significantly during that time, and now we are really challenged as hospitals increase their blood needs. We are still experiencing multiple cancellations of previously scheduled drives this month and a critical shortage is looming.” To head off a critical shortage, CBCO “is actively seeking and scheduling emergency blood drives” in areas outside Springfield, and strongly encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give. However, CBCO finds itself competing for donors with an unlikely source: Red Cross. In an email obtained by Branson Globe, Roberts reached out to Lebanon city officials and the administrator at Mercy Lebanon, regarding blood drives scheduled in that community by the American Red Cross. In the email, Roberts states that the American Red Cross does not provide any of the blood products that are transfused in area hospitals. That includes Mercy Lebanon, Cox Medical Center Branson, Cox South and Cox North in the American Springfield, Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Citizens Memorial in Bolivar, and 38 more hospitals, and an Air Medical Transport service. In order to receive blood products from American Red Cross donors, a hospital must have a contract to obtain those products. While CBCO is working to schedule more blood donations to supply our area hospitals, the American Red Cross has three blood drives scheduled in the Tri-Lakes area over the next two weeks, according to their website. Roberts wants people to know that any unit of blood collected at these drives will not stay in the community. “Blood drives with any other organization other than CBCO put area patients at risk,” Roberts said. “Unfortunately, most donors do not know this is the case.” All blood types are needed, and eligible donors are strongly encouraged to donate. For more information about Community Blood Center of the Ozarks blood donation, or to schedule a blood drive, visit

2 • May 15-16, 2020 LOCAL Add polling places to your list of favorite drive-thrus By Karen Halfpop Digital/Production Director Taney County voters will have a very different voting experience during the June 2 municipal elections: drive-thru polling places. Taney County Clerk Donna Taney County will follow many areas of the country, such as Wisconsin shown above, with drive-thru voting in the June 2 election. (AP) Neely explained how drive-thru voting will work, and where Taney County voters will drive up to cast their ballots. Election judges will bring an electronic pad to the voter’s car for check-in. The pad will then be sanitized before going to the next voter. Voters will then mark a paper ballot with a pen that won’t be reused. The ballot then goes right into the machine. Neely says voters can opt to stay in their cars, or get out of their cars to vote. Masks are also optional. All election workers will have personal protective equipment. Your polling place may also different. Protecting be a little voters, election workers and the ballots and equipment from the elements was also a concern, so election officials looked for locations that could offer some cover, plus room for circular traffic flow. Here’s where you’ll be voting in Taney County: Hollister wards 1, 2 and 3, and Mount Branson - M. Graham Clark Airport. 76 Entertainment CID expansion petition is certified Special to Branson Globe The 76 Entertainment Community Improvement District (76ECID) was notified by Lisa Westfall, City Clerk of the City of Branson on Tuesday that the petition submitted to amend boundaries and expand the 76ECID has been verified by her office. The petition, submitted on February 14, 2020, “substantially complies with the requirements of Section 67.1421 of the CID Act,” according to the signed and sealed document provided to the 76ECID. The original 76ECID was formed in May 2016 when property owners along West 76 from Presleys’ Theatre to the Branson Ferris Wheel, (Segment 3 or Phase 1A of the overall project) established the District and voted in support of a 1 percent sales tax to fund the revitalization and ongoing maintenance and operation of the District. This expansion of the 76ECID boundaries extend the District west to Shepherd of the Hills Expressway (segments 1 and 2) and east to Branson Farm and Auto Museum (segments 4 through 6). To expand the District, at least 51 percent of the unique property owners representing at least 51 percent of the assessed property value within the area had to request annexation via petition. Gail Myer, Chairman of the 76ECID said, “We are grateful to the property owners and community leaders who have shown vision, courage and patience through this process. Their support will allow us to move forward, in collaboration with the City of Branson, to improve the beauty, safety and functionality of this vital economic corridor.” Approval by the City of Branson Board of Aldermen is the next step in the 76ECID expansion process. Have a news tip? Send it to us at info@ Rockaway Beach, Merriam Woods, and Forsyth ward 1 - Forsyth Catholic Church. Forsyth ward 2 and Kirbyville - Forsyth First Baptist Church. North Branson, Boston Center, and Walnut Shade - Life Christian Church Skyline and Branson ward 3 - Skyline Baptist Church. Branson wards 1 and 2 - Branson Church of Christ. Taneyville, Bradleyville, Mark Twain, Cedar Creek and Kissee Mills - New Vision Baptist Church, Taneyville. For more information on voting, please contact the Taney County Clerk’s office at 417-546-7249. LOCAL Correction to April 17 article ‘Branson couple makes condos available to healthcare workers’ By Brenda Meadows Branson Globe Staff Writer Our April 17 article ‘Branson couple makes condos available to healthcare workers’ required some correction. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. This is how the article should read: Branson Performer Christopher James and his wife Rachael own a number of empty rental units. The couple thought their half dozen units could provide free housing for local health care workers needing to quarantine themselves or their families since they work in such a contagious environment. The calls for lodging they’ve received have mostly been from local Cox employees taking advantage of their offer. “I haven’t had to stay yet, but as I said to him, I have four young daughters all with respiratory issues and a wife with severe asthma which puts them all in a higher risk category with this virus,” Alan Hickman said. “TCAD has provided beds for us to stay in if we want to isolate from our families, but if we are quarantined we obviously can’t use those beds without exposing the rest of the company. Before I saw his offer I didn’t have a plan on where I’d stay if I do have an exposure. All of us on our shift have been very humbled by the support of the community, in food donations, hand sewn masks, kind words of encouragement and with Christopher a safe clean place to stay.” City Finance Department creates a detailed report on fiscal health Submitted to the Branson Globe The City of Branson’s Finance Department has reviewed and adjusted all budgets to come up with a solid financial plan that will sustain all ongoing operations of the community in light of any financial impacts of COVID-19. Overall, the City is in good financial health due to being fiscally responsible, budget cuts and maintaining healthy reserves. The City Finance Department has created a detailed report on its fiscal health update. You can find that report by clicking on “2020 Fiscal Update” under “Financial” on our website at Travis Bell is a Physicians Assistant who works in the Emergency Room at Cox Branson. and lives in Springfield. “A PA is a different kind of medical degree than MD or DO,” he said. “I have a masters degree instead of doctorate, but I still pretty much take care of the same patients a doctor does in the ER. Everything from strokes and heart attacks to COVID-19 patients. My wife found Christopher online when we were looking for me a place to stay.” His wife Bethany is expecting a baby, and he is wanting to keep her safe and near him. “I am trying to do everything I can to prevent her from getting sick and losing the baby,” he said. “I am currently sleeping in a different room from my wife and we try to keep our distance from each other while I am home. I am not that concerned about my own well being since the death rate for a 30 year old is only ~.2%. I got the keys to the condo yesterday, but have not moved in yet. I am trying to get some projects done at home first since I don’t know when I will be back. I hope all of this is over by August so I can be at the birth of my son and meet him in person.” May 15-16, 2020 • 3 Pets of the Week Tri-Lakes Humane Society, Reeds Spring Call (417) 272-8113 or visit CARMAN: “At just 1-1/2 years old, I found myself alone with a litter of kittens to care for. We had a wonderful rescuer, but she could no longer afford to care for us and brought us here to the shelter. Now that the kittens are weaned, I’m ready to be your sweet kitty!” FRANNIE: “I am a 3-year-old Terrier mix who was all alone in the world, which I don’t understand because I am so much fun! I love tennis balls and kong toys, and I know how to use a doggy door, and behave on a leash. I would love to be your one and only girl. Come meet me!

4 • May 15-16, 2020 STATE COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Wednesday advanced a proposal to ensure voters can cast absentee ballots this year if they’re worried about in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic. House lawmakers on Wednesday approved an amendment to another election-related bill that would allow voters to request to have ballots mailed to them so they could avoid Election Day crowds. Voters would need to get their absentee ballots notarized. Missouri currently requires Kim Rohde Publisher (417) 872-2951 Brenda Meadows Editor & Staff Writer (417) 231-7601 David Stoltz News Correspondent (228) 355-2900 Gary Groman, a.k.a. The Ole Seagull Opinion Writer Rob Doherty Account Representative & Distribution Manager (504) 583-8907 Karen Halfpop Digital/Production Director production@ Missouri State University. (File photo) Submit a letter to the editor: Letters to the editor that are sent via e-mail and are fewer than 400 words are given preference. Published or unpublished letters become the property of the newspaper and will not be returned. All letters must include name, address, and verifiable phone number. voters to give an excuse to vote absentee. One excuse is illness, but the law is unclear on whether that covers people who are not sick with coronavirus but are worried about catching it. House lawmakers in response are trying to make it clear that any voter this year can request an absentee ballot. “There will be no gray area in the law,” Republican Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch said. “If they are afraid to go vote, this year only, because of COVID, they can request an absentee ballot.” Senate approval is needed to pass the bill by lawmakers’ Friday deadline. The proposal also would need to be approved by Republican Gov. Mike Parson. The policy won bipartisan approval in the House. Still, Democratic Rep. Deb Lavender questioned the point of absentee voting if ballots still need to be notarized. “If I’m worried about going to the polls because I might get COVID, why would I not be worried about going to get it notarized?” she said. Missouri State graduate gives millions to school, foundation SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A graduate of Missouri State University plans to donate up to $12 million to be divided between the school and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The gift from the estate of Linda Hale will provide scholarships for Missouri State students from Barton and Vernon counties. The two organizations announced Monday they had each received the first part of the gift, about $2.25 million each. The organizations are expected to each receive about $6 million by the time the estate is settled. Linda Hale and her late husband, Larry, were graduates of Missouri State. The Hales were in real estate for over 40 years, and also farmed and raised cattle all of their lives. The gift to Missouri State will fund agriculture scholarships. The CFO gift if also designated for Missouri State students from Barton and Vernon counties. House members also on Wednesday approved Lawmakers move to expand Missouri absentee voting amid virus legislation that would make Missouri the final state to create a database to track prescription opioids and other potentially addictive medications. Supporters of such programs argue they can help battle the opioid epidemic by alerting doctors of possible prescription drug misuse by patients. Primarily Republican critics for years have pushed back against prescription drug monitoring programs over concerns about patient privacy and disbelief that such a program will do much to help stop and prevent addiction. The measure passed the House on Wednesday with support from Democrats, who earlier this week deserted the bill after it was paired with an increase in criminal penalties for getting caught with the deadly opioid fentanyl. That provision has been stripped from the bill, which needs another vote of approval from the notoriously skeptical Senate. University of Missouri to pay $175,000 in open records case ST. LOUIS (AP) — The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group over a public records request. Four year ago, the Beagle Freedom Project sought public records pertaining to cats and dogs used for research at the university. University officials tried to charge the group $82,222 to fulfill the request. The Beagle Freedom Project sued, arguing the university’s charge was so high it essentially prevented the release of the records. The California-based nonprofit won in court in November, when Boone County Judge Jeff Harris ruled the university had knowingly violated the Sunshine Law. BransonGlobe Your source for local news and entertainment • Phone: (417) 334-9100 • Fax: (417) 334-3767 • 1447 US Hwy. 248, Suite EE, Branson, MO 65616 On Monday, the case ended when the judge approved a final settlement. At one point during the negotiations, Dan Kolde, an attorney for the Beagle Freedom Project, had publicly offered to settle the dispute for $1 and policy changes at the university, St. Louis Public Radio reported. A University of Missouri spokesman said the school officials continue to believe the university did not violate the open records law but is pleased to have reached the settlement. The Missouri Sunshine Law allows a maximum fine of $1,000 for violations but also allows lawyers to recoup fees as an incentive to take on such cases, Kolde said. @BransonGlobe BransonGlobe @BransonGlobe #Branson Globe May 15-16, 2020 • 5

6 • May 15-16, 2020 STATE JEFFERSON CITY – Road striping operations have begun throughout the state and the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when encountering work crews. MoDOT is currently striping two-lane roadways and will be working on freeways and expressways in June, July and August. Drivers will see slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway. “Safety is critically important to us – both the safety of our workers and the safety of motorists on Missouri highways,” said State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “Our striping crews are traveling at really slow speeds so please don’t drive distracted and pay attention. Buckle Up Phone Down.” Striping crews must travel slowly as they paint roadway markings to ensure a good quality line. The striping trains move between 8 and 12 mph when workers are painting white and yellow lines on the highways. The trucks have flashing lights, boards with flashing arrows and signs that say, “SLOW VEHICLES” and “WET PAINT.” Crisp, easy-to-see striping is a significant safety feature on roadways. MoDOT uses paint embedded with glass beads. The beads reflect headlight beams back in the direction of the motorist to make the stripes more visible, especially at night, wet road or low light conditions. Most of the striping is done during daylight hours. However, it is not uncommon to see crews working at night on interstate highways and other high-volume divided highways. Rain or very damp conditions will cancel or cut short any striping work that is scheduled. Safety Tips • Don’t drive distracted, wear your seat beat and put your cellphone down. Be patient if you come across MoDOT crews and give them the space to do their job safely. • Slow down as soon as you see the lights and signs and keep your distance until it is safe to go around the trucks. • On four-lane divided highways, pull around the striping train by merging carefully into the open lane, passing all the trucks in the train before moving back into the driving lane. • On two-lane highways, stay behind the last truck in the striping train. This vehicle is placed well behind the striping truck to give the new paint the few minutes it needs to dry. If traffic backs up behind the striping train, MoDOT crews will pull off the road where it is safe to do so to let congestion clear. • MoDOT uses water-based paint in all its highway operations. If you drive through wet paint, clean your car as quickly as possible with a high-powered water hose, such as those used in car washes. Scheduled striping operations are posted on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at The map is also available May 15-16, 2020 • 7 MoDOT: Be alert for seasonal striping operations on roadways as a free app for Apple and Android devices. MoDOT is currently striping two-lane roadways and will be working on freeways and expressways this summer. (Special to Branson Globe) Support Our Local Veterans!

8 •May 15-16, 2020 SPORTS Michael Jordan’s daughter learns more about her dad By Gary Gerard Hamilton (AP) Jasmine Jordan is getting an intimate look into the psyche of her heralded father, Michael, just like the rest of the world. The 27-yearold wasn’t born when her dad won the first two of his six championships with the Chicago Bulls, so like many watching “The Last Dance,” there are some things she’s learning for the first time. “I’m definitely texting him nonstop. I think there hasn’t been an episode, a Sunday where I haven’t been like, ‘This happened—let me know your thoughts,’” says the youngest and only daughter of his three adult children with Juanita Vanoy. (Jordan has 6-year-old twin girls with current wife Yvette Prieto Jordan.) “I was super young, so I’m really taking this in as a fan.” The 10-part docuseries, airing on ESPN in the United States and on Netflix elsewhere, details the 1998 Bulls’ season, Jordan’s final year with the team and the organization’s last championship. While it focuses on the challenges and triumphs of Jordan’s illustrious basketball career, it also delves into personal tragedies, such as the murder of his father, and scandal, such as his public gambling habits. The Associated Press talked with Jasmine Jordan about growing up as his child, his legacy, and what can turn one of the most intimidating players in the history of basketball turn into Silly Putty. The conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity. AP: Everybody’s been going crazy over “The Last Dance.” What’s been your perspective? Jordan: It’s been incredible to watch. You know, I didn’t get any previews or anything like that, so I’m watching it real time with everyone else and really just taking it in as a fan, essentially. So it’s been really eye opening. I think if you remove the basketball aspect and all the accolades he achieved for obvious reasons, I think I’m definitely learning that my dad was really trying to take in the pressures and the expectations and not allowing it to weigh on him and really manifesting it to his own. ...I’ve definitely been seeing him really take on that role and embracing that role and not running from it and really becoming the greatest player to ever play the game. That’s because he always wanted to do that. AP: When you see some of those like emotional moments, do you recognize that person as your dad? Jordan: Some of them, yes. Some of them I do. I know when it comes to the game, his passion is unmatched. His energy’s unmatched. So when he’s going at Steve Kerr or checking Scottie and trying to get that fire and tenacity out of them, I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s Dad.’ I mean, he’ll do that to me just so I can get an A out of a test or two. (laughs) And I’m just trying to pass school, I’m not even winning championships. So that is definitely totally him. AP: What type of father was he to you? SEE JORDAN, PAGE 9 Jasmine Jordan wasn’t born when her dad won the first two of his six championships with the Chicago Bulls, so there are some things she’s learning for the first time. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP, File) SPORTS • JORDAN Continued from page 8 Jordan: I was definitely a daddy’s girl growing up. And, you know, he still calls me ‘Princess’ to this day and I’m almost 30. ... He definitely wanted to coddle and protect and nurture and baby me as much as he can. But you also knew the harsh reality of the burden that I was going to have to endure the older I got. So he wanted to make sure I had tough skin. And I understood that, hey, there’s going to be a target on my back. AP: How did your relationship, change after your dad retired? Jordan: When he was playing, he did his best to be as involved as he could be while I was growing up. He made sure to take me to school when he could or go to my recitals and dance and things like that that I was a part of. So once he retired, it definitely was a change in gears, and it was something that he and I really had a conversation about. It’s like, “OK, you’re done. So how do we work on the relationship? How do we even make it stronger than what it was like?” So we definitely really worked hard and put forth that effort because obviously once you take something you love away Bat maker says loan resulted in return of furloughed workers LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats says it put 171 furloughed employees back on the payroll after receiving a loan from a government program aimed at helping small businesses. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. resumed production at its wood bat factory in Louisville on Monday as parts of Kentucky’s economy reopened after weeks of shutdowns because of the coronavirus outbreak. The bat factory had been idled for nearly two months amid the global pandemic. The company did not disclose the amount of the loan it received under the Paycheck Protection Program. But it said the cash infusion was instrumental in restoring all 171 furloughed employees — or about 90% of its work force — to the payroll last week. “Ending furloughs and putting everyone back on payroll was made possible when H&B received funds from the PPP program,” Hillerich & Bradsby spokesman Rick Redman said in a statement Tuesday. Many of the furloughed employees have returned to work, including several dozen who work in the factory, Redman said. Others are being phased back into various operations, he said. Thirty-eight timber division employees in Pennsylvania also returned to work Monday, according to Redman. The company said it resumed bat production at the Louisville plant with new health and safety protocols that include twice-daily temperature checks and masks for its employees and social distancing standards at work stations and in the break room. Workers started filling orders for some big leaguers. Bat production resumed the same day that Major League Baseball owners approved making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. An agreement with the players’ association is needed. H&B, a family-owned business, is the wood bat manufacturing partner for Wilson Sporting Goods, which purchased the famed Louisville Slugger brand from H&B in 2015. from somebody, it’s that hole — it’s a void. So do you fill it or do you just adjust? He definitely adjusted versus trying to find something else to fill it, and that’s something I appreciated. That’s how we’re so close today. AP: What type of grandfather has he been to your son? Jordan: He’s Silly Putty. My son has him wrapped around his fingers already. He’s been very hands on and very involved in my son, even during these crazy times. He FaceTimes everyday or Zoom or something just so that way, that relationship can continue to cultivate and bond and grow. But no, my dad would probably let my son get away with murder at this point. … It’s an incredible relationship to see them develop. AP: I’m surprised your dad has been this open, just being a fan. So are you surprised at his candor and his openness? Jordan: Absolutely. It’s definitely surprising because my father is very private. He doesn’t like to comment on social matters or he doesn’t like May 15-16, 2020 • 9 to respond to things when people want him to. He definitely likes to move methodically on his terms and on his time. And then with saying that, seeing the documentary unfold and he’s getting emotional and he’s sharing his insight and perspective, it’s been incredible to really see. And I love it because it gives him that human nature that I think people forget. You know, he is this incredible phenom, and he’s the G.O.A.T., and everything along those lines. But he’s also human.

10 • May 15-16, 2020 SPORTS By Stefanie Dazio and Tim Reynolds LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon’s death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 as they flew to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy. The Thousand Oaks-based facility said it would return to its original name of Sports Academy. It was founded in 2016. Bryant, who spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and helped the franchise win five NBA championships, joined in 2018. Games were being played at the academy when the news broke of Bryant’s death. Players immediately stopped and many people in the gym burst into tears when told that Bryant was aboard the helicopter that crashed. The academy is under considerThe Thousand Oaks-based Mamba Sports Academy announced Tuesday, May 12, 2020, it would return to its original name of Sports Academy and retire the “Mamba” name to the rafters. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) ation as a home base for an NBA minor league program that will provide one year of preparation, on and off the court, for some elite players who chose to bypass college but are not yet eligible for the NBA draft. Bryant is the only NBA player to have his team retire two numbers in his honor. He was selected last month for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bryant’s production company, Granity Studios, has remained active since his Branson News & Weather 5-Day Outlook FRI SAT 78 Mostly Cloudy Possible Thunderstorms 63 SUN MON TUE Kobe Bryant’s sports academy retires ‘Mamba’ nickname death. The latest children’s book released by Bryant’s company last month — “The Wizenard Series: Season One” — became his fifth book to reach No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller lists. The helicopter crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. In February, Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan and the charter company that owned the helicopter, Island Express. She claimed Zobayan failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and alleged negligence. On Friday, Zobayan’s brother, Berge Zobayan, said in a court filing that Kobe Bryant knew the risks of helicopter flying and his survivors aren’t entitled to damages from the pilot’s estate, t he Los Angeles Times reported. Island Express responded in court papers Monday saying they are not responsible for damages, calling the crash, among other things, “an act of God” and “an unavoidable accident” that was beyond their control. The charter company also said the Bryants knew of the risks and dangers of flying in a helicopter and “voluntarily assume(d) the risk of the accident, injury, and damages” when they got on the chopper. Vanessa Bryant separately last 76 Scattered Showers & Thunderstorms 62 53 76 Showers & Thunderstorms Partly To Mostly Sunny Skes 75 79 52 week filed a claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after deputies were accused of sharing unauthorized photos of the crash site. The claim was first reported by PEOPLE; the investigation into the deputies’ photos was initially published by the Times. The sheriff has declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation Mostly Sunny The survivors of crash victims Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton filed a complaint Monday against the helicopter company and the pilot’s estate. Families of other victims previously filed lawsuits. SPORTS May 15-16, 2020 • 11 Jerry Stiller, comedian and ‘Seinfeld’ actor, dies at 92 NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Stiller, who for decades teamed with wife Anne Meara in a beloved comedy duo and then reached new heights in his senior years as the high-strung Frank Costanza on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” and the basement-dwelling father-in-law on “The King of Queens,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday. “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” his son said in a tweet. “He was a great dad and grandfather and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad,” wrote Ben, who followed in his father’s comedic footsteps and became an A-list box office star with movies like “Tropic Thunder,” “Dodgeball” and “There’s Something About Mary.” Jerry Stiller was a multi-talented performer who appeared in an assortment of movies, playing Walter Matthau’s police sidekick in the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and Divine’s husband Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters’ twisted comedy “Hairspray.” He also wrote an autobiography, “Married to Laughter,” about his 50-plus year marriage to soul mate and comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015. And his myriad television spots included everything from “Murder She Wrote” to “Law & Order” — along with 36 appearances alongside Meara on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Stiller and Anne Meara pose with their children as they’re honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 (AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes, File) Stiller, although a supporting player on “Seinfeld,” created some of the Emmy-winning show’s most enduring moments: co-creator and model for the “bro,” a brassiere for men; a Korean War cook who inflicted food poisoning on his entire unit; an ever-simmering salesman controlling his explosive temper with the shouted mantra, “Serenity now!” Jason Alexander, his former TV son on “Seinfeld,” said Stiller “was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside. He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him.” Added Billy Eichner “Seeing Jerry Stiller on screen instantly made you happy.” Stiller earned an 1997 Emmy nomination for his indelible “Seinfeld” performance. In a 2005 Esquire interview, Stiller recalled that he was out of work and not the first choice for the role of Frank SEE STILLER, PAGE 12 In this Feb. 9, 2007, file photo, actors Jerry Stiller, far left, and Anne Meara, second from right, pose with their children, Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller as they are honored with a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

12 • May 15-16, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT Peacock on the prowl falls for officer’s decoy, not love BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police officer used an electronic mating call Monday to help capture a peacock that had escaped from a nearby zoo. An officer lured the curious peacock that had escaped from Franklin Park Zoo into a fenced-in yard while playing a mating call on his cell phone, The Boston Globe reported. The officers on patrol in the Roxbury area were approached by a concerned citizen, who reported that the bird, named Snowbank, had escaped from the zoo, Boston police said in a statement. “Additional officers arrived at the scene and were met by an extremely large, slightly intimidating, and quite beautiful, male peacock,” police said. One of the officers began to look up a peacock mating call on his cellphone. When he played it, the 6-year-old bird was lured into the secure area and remained there until Boston Animal Control and zoo officials arrived. Snowbank was then returned to the zoo and is reported to be doing well, according to zoo officials. Normally, peacocks at the zoo are free-roaming but officials believe its possible that Snowbank was on a mission when he made his escape. “It is currently mating season, and it’s possible he ventured out looking for love, in search of a peahen,” a female peacock, zoo officials said. • STILLER Continued from page 11 Costanza, father to Jason Alexander’s neurotic George. “My manager had retired,” he said. “I was close to 70 years old, and had nowhere to go.” He was initially told to play the role as a milquetoast husband with an overbearing wife, Estelle, played by Estelle Harris. But the character wasn’t working — until Stiller suggested his reincarnation as an overthe-top crank who matched his wife scream for scream. It jump-started the septuagenarian’s career, landing him a spot playing Vince Lombardi in a Nike commercial and the role of another over-the-top dad on the long-running sitcom “King of Queens.” A Boston police officer used an electronic mating call Monday to help capture the peacock that had escaped from a nearby zoo. (Boston Police Department via AP) While he was known as a nutjob father on the small screen, Stiller and wife Meara raised two children in their longtime home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side: daughter Amy, who became an actress, and son Ben, who would become perhaps the most famous Stiller as a writer, director and actor. He and Ben performed together in “Shoeshine,” which was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the short subject category. Stiller was considerably quieter and reflective in person than in character — although just as funny. The son of a bus driver and a housewife, Stiller grew up in Depression-era Brooklyn. His inspiration to enter show business came at age 8, when his father took him to see the Marx Brothers in the comedy classic “A Night at the Opera.” Years later, Stiller met Groucho Marx and thanked him. Stiller earned a drama degree at Syracuse University after serving in World War II, and then headed to New York City to launch his career. There was a brief involvement in Shakespearean theater, including a $55 a week job with Jack Klugman in “Coriolanus.” But his life and career took off after he met Meara in spring 1953. They were married that fall. The seemingly mismatched pair — he a short, stocky Jewish guy from Brooklyn, she a tall, Irish Catholic from the Long Island suburbs — shared an immediate onstage chemistry, too. They were soon appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and working nightclubs nationwide. The pair also wrote and performed radio commercials, most memorably a series of bits for a little-known wine called Blue Nun. The duo’s ads boosted sales by 500%. Ben Stiller recalled trips with his sister to California when his parents would head west to do television appearances. The couple went on to appear as a team in dozens of film, stage and television productions. One of them was “After-Play,” a 1995 off-Broadway show written by Meara. Actor Michael McKean honored Stiller on Twitter as “a great comic actor and a splendid man. He and his wife, Anne, were royalty but they would’ve laughed in your face if you said so. And then hugged the hell out of you.” Jerry Seinfeld also shared a tribute, posting a photo of himself holding “The Last Two People in the World,” a 1967 comedy album from Stiller and Meara. Seth Rogen tweeted: “He made me laugh till I cried on many occasions.” Stiller joined “Seinfeld” in 1993, and moved on to “King of Queens” when the other Jerry & company went off the air in 1998. He also appeared in Ben Stiller’s spoof on modeling, “Zoolander,” released in 2001. HISTORY May 15-16, 2020 • 13 Today in History: Sports, movies and more 1536 Anne Boleyn and her brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest 1817 First private mental health hospital opens in the US, Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1862 US Department of Agriculture created 1862 Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores 1869 National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1897 The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee is founded in Berlin by Magnus Hirschfeld, the first-ever LGBT rights organization 1905 Las Vegas founded in Nevada 1930 Ellen Church becomes 1st female airline stewardess aboard a United flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne 1934 US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive 1940 Richard and Maurice McDonald open the 1st McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California 1944 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill and King George VI discuss the plan for D-Day 1951 AT&T becomes the 1st US corporation to have a million stockholders after young car salesman Brady Denton purchases 7 shares worth $1,078 1957 Evangelist Billy Graham launches his “crusade” in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in NYC 1968 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36 1972 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland 1988 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan 2008 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional. Music 1963 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins 1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman 2001 “Fiesta” single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) Movies & TV 1928 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film “Plane Crazy” 1958 “Gigi” based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959) 1968 “Wonderwall” with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival 1968 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host 1981 “Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” airs 1987 Last episode of “The Late Show with Joan Rivers” after the host is fired by the Fox network 2002 “Bowling for Columbine”, a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 “Farrah’s Story” documentary following Farrah Fawcett’s battle with cancer airs on NBC in the US Sports 1862 First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn 1912 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended 1918 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game 1941 Joe DiMaggio starts 56game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1 1948 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation, 2nd leg of successful Triple Crown 1953 In his first world heavyweight title defence, Rocky Marciano KOs former champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 1st round at Chicago Stadium 1973 California Angel Nolan Ryan’s 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0 1991 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A’s-Baltimore Oriole game 2010 Jessica Watson at age 16 becomes the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world KEEP CALM AND WASH YOUR HANDS EXP 5/31/20

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