1. DUCK DYNASTY SUSPENSION
Rumpled feathers: Will A&E’s popular reality show “Duck Dynasty” survive this? The family behind the show broached that question yesterday. They released a statement backing patriarch Phil Robertson, one day after the network suspended him over controversial remarks he made about gays and blacks. “While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible,” the Robertson family said. The statement went on to question the future of the reality show. “We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.” Whoa. This all stems from just released interview with GQ magazine when Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and seemed to put it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. The debate from Robertson’s statements has been intense
2. LONDON THEATER
Crumbling ceiling: A real life drama unfolded yesterday at London’s historic Apollo Theatre. Part of the century-old structure’s ornate plaster ceiling tumbled five stories. Dozens were injured –seven seriously. The panic occurred during a play, a mystery called the “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” About 40 minutes into the play, one of the actors yelled “Watch Out!” Some thought it was part of the play. It wasn’t. A loud creak followed, and the ceiling began to come down. Officials said none of the injuries appeared life threatening. Now the mystery is what caused the collapse. Police say it was an accident and not deliberate but it will take engineers to really determine the true cause.
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