Twenty-First Century Fox said on Friday it does not plan to bid for any of the regional sports networks that Walt Disney Co may sell to win U.S. Justice Department's approval for its purchase of Fox's film and TV assets.,REUTERS: Twenty-First Century Fox said (click https://bit.ly/2CisCxJ) on Friday it does not plan to bid for any of the regional sports networks that Walt Disney Co may need to sell to win U.S. Justice Department's approval for its purchase of Fox's film and TV assets.,Fox Chairman Lachlan Murdoch said in November it was still an "open question" whether the company will buy back the regional sports networks it sold to Disney in July as part of the US$71 billion deal.,Disney won a bidding war last year against cable company Comcast Corp to acquire Fox's assets.,But the U.S. Justice Department has said Disney, which owns cable sports network ESPN, must divest Fox's 22 networks that provide sports programming for regional and local markets.

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The judge granted a request by Spacey’s lawyers to preserve the victim’s cellphone data for six months after the alleged assault.,In an emotional press conference back in November of 2017, Heather Unruh, a former news anchor, alleged that Spacey had grabbed her then 18-year-old son’s genitals at the Club Car Restaurant.,The victim sent a Snapchat video to his girlfriend that allegedly showed Spacey touching the front of his pants, according to state police reports filed in Nantucket District Court and obtained by the Cape Cod Times.,On Dec. 24 — the same day the Cape and Island District Attorney charged the Oscar-winning actor — Spacey made his first public appearance since the sexual assault allegations against him surfaced: in the form of a bizarre three-minute video posted to his YouTube channel.,The slew of allegations began in October 2017, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, when actor Anthony Rapp claimed that a 26-year-old Spacey had made sexual advances towards him in 1986 in Spacey’s New York City apartment, when Rapp was 14. read more

Most of the major shopping centers in Butler and Warren counties are set to welcome more new retail and restaurant tenants this year, helping fill vacant storefronts and creating hundreds of new jobs.,But the $350 million mega retail shopping center is not only working with new retailers to fill the location, it’s also continuing to sign more uncommon tenants to the $350 million mega retail center, including Le Macaron, a French patisserie that opened in December, and Molly’s Cupcakes, which is set to open this month.,The apparent resiliency of Liberty Center and others of its kind is evidence that the closing of big-name stores does not sound a death knell for shopping centers, according to Alex Boehnke, manager of public affairs for Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, which represents more than 7,000 retailers of all sizes across the state of Ohio.,The shopping center, which features more than 100 retailers, will see the debut of skateboarding footwear and related action sports apparel brand Vans in February and announce another new tenant this week, one that will fill the last vacant storefront there, according to Annie Winegardner, Cincinnati Premium Outlets Director of Marketing Business Development.,MORE: Kate Spade outlet store opens this week in Monroe

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Most of the major shopping centers in Butler and Warren counties are set to welcome more new retail and restaurant tenants this year, helping fill vacant storefronts and creating hundreds of new jobs.,But the $350 million mega retail shopping center is not only working with new retailers to fill the location, it’s also continuing to sign more uncommon tenants to the $350 million mega retail center, including Le Macaron, a French patisserie that opened in December, and Molly’s Cupcakes, which is set to open this month.,The apparent resiliency of Liberty Center and others of its kind is evidence that the closing of big-name stores does not sound a death knell for shopping centers, according to Alex Boehnke, manager of public affairs for Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, which represents more than 7,000 retailers of all sizes across the state of Ohio.,The shopping center, which features more than 100 retailers, will see the debut of skateboarding footwear and related action sports apparel brand Vans in February and announce another new tenant this week, one that will fill the last vacant storefront there, according to Annie Winegardner, Cincinnati Premium Outlets Director of Marketing Business Development.,MORE: Kate Spade outlet store opens this week in Monroe

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Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

The shunning, shaving and cutting of the traditional pay TV cord and the ascendance of content via broadband — admittedly another cord that comes into the home — is supported in another survey released in March by consulting firm Deloitte, which found more than half (55 percent) of U.S. households subscribe to at least one video streaming service.,Here's what you need to know More: Netflix in January: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream The next symbolic milestone — U.S. homes with streaming services surpassing the more than three-fourths (78 percent) that subscribe to traditional pay TV services — could come close to happening in 2019.,The need for content to compete with Netflix and other streaming video services has already led to ATT's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which a federal judge approved in June but the Justice Department is currently appealing, and Disney's $71-billion purchase in July of the Fox movie and TV studios and other assets including Fox's 30 percent stake in streaming service Hulu.,Disney's expanded streaming subscription play "will impact other streaming video providers that previously licensed Disney-owned content — content that will be redeployed exclusively on the new Disney over-the-top (OTT) media services offerings," wrote John Harrison, global media and entertainment sector leader for advisory firm EY in its recently released report.,Consumers are savvy and sensitive to price and value, he says, noting The Diffusion Group's survey found about 21 percent of broadband homes with a pay TV service (traditional or broadband) were at least considering canceling their service in the next six months.

Today, Charlie and I not only live close to each other — we work in the same industry, have offices on the same block in downtown Tallahassee, and share a passion for Florida State University athletics.,“Court filing suggests Ron DeSantis may not challenge ruling on smoking medical pot” via Arek Sarkissian of POLITICO Florida — In a questionnaire, known as a “docketing statement,” filed with the court, House general counsel Adam Tanenbaum held out the “possibility” that the Department of Health “will not defend” a provision in the state medical cannabis law that banned patients from smoking the drug.,Well, duh — “School choice a priority for DeSantis, Richard Corcoran” via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics — DeSantis‘ Education and Workforce Development Committee continued deliberations … A previous meeting of the group emphasized school choice and accountability, concepts that jibe with the reform agenda of incoming Education Commissioner Corcoran.,Meanwhile … “ ” via Jeff Schweers of the Tallahassee Democrat — The Florida Commission on Ethics will hold a probable cause hearing Jan. 25 to decide on a recommendation from the state prosecutor assigned to the case, said Tallahassee businessman Erwin Jackson, who filed the complaint against Gillum.,“ ” via Danny McAuliffe of Florida Politics — Fried, a Democrat, notably opted to hire the agency’s Deputy Commissioner Alan Edwards, who serves in his current capacity under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican.

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The fallout from the Flint water crisis will continue in 2019, with two top state officials facing trial on charges related to the lead contamination of the city’s drinking water.,Buy PhotoDemocratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer  (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News) read more

A fired coach at Norwich Free Academy was accused of having sexual relations with two students while he was at the school, and Norwich police say they expect NFA officials may be arrested as well for failing to report him immediately.,Apparently jealous, Kolodnicki, who was a postal carrier and painter well-known and liked in the Norwich arts community, followed Baker and his wife, who had worked together that day, and then started the fight, Kolodnicki’s wife and Baker told police.,- James Hodgdon, a 58-year-old Norwich man, was sentenced in May to 22.5 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife, Dianna Ruthewicz Hodgdon, during a struggle over a shotgun in September 2015.,- Norwich counselor Susan Britt, 47, was arrested in June on charges she billed the government-run Medicaid health care program nearly $200,000 in fraudulent claims through her home business, with more than half of the claims for herself and family members.,- Norwich mother Dolma Dawa, 45, was arrested on a hot afternoon in July after she left her 1-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s, police said.

A fired coach at Norwich Free Academy was accused of having sexual relations with two students while he was at the school, and Norwich police say they expect NFA officials may be arrested as well for failing to report him immediately.,Apparently jealous, Kolodnicki, who was a postal carrier and painter well-known and liked in the Norwich arts community, followed Baker and his wife, who had worked together that day, and then started the fight, Kolodnicki’s wife and Baker told police.,- James Hodgdon, a 58-year-old Norwich man, was sentenced in May to 22.5 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife, Dianna Ruthewicz Hodgdon, during a struggle over a shotgun in September 2015.,- Norwich counselor Susan Britt, 47, was arrested in June on charges she billed the government-run Medicaid health care program nearly $200,000 in fraudulent claims through her home business, with more than half of the claims for herself and family members.,- Norwich mother Dolma Dawa, 45, was arrested on a hot afternoon in July after she left her 1-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s, police said.