Despite Janet Jackson’s decision to put her “Unbreakable” world tour on hold indefinitely, fans who purchased tickets will not receive any refunds. Ticketmaster sent out an email on Thursday informing fans. Outraged by the news, many took to Twitter to express their anger. “Janet Jackson better guess again if she thinks I’m not getting a refund for this concert that’s postponed into perpetuity,” wrote one user. Jackson announced in a video message on Wednesday that she would postpone the tour to focus on having a child with her husband, Wissam Al Mana. “Please, if you can, try to understand that it’s important that I do this now,” she said in the two-minute video. “I have to rest up — doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you.” There is no word on when the tour will resume. Read more.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Slapped With Lawsuit by Flint Residents
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is being sued by Flint residents affected by the water crisis. Gov. Snyder and his former team were hit with a lawsuit from 15 residents seeking financial reimbursement for property damage, loss of business, and other monetary hurdles they faced during the crisis. The lawsuit, filed on April 6 in a U.S. District Court, is also calling for funds for forthcoming medical care. “He wants to run the state like a business,” said attorney Marc J. Bern. “Well. The citizens of Flint, as shareholders in the corporation of the state of Michigan, I don’t think they were treated in an appropriate way.” Flint residents will be questioned by federal officials this weekend. Between April 2014 and October 2015, one hundred residents filed complaints with the White House and EPA about water issues. Read more.
President Obama Makes Case for Garland to Join Supreme Court
During a town hall-style event at the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday, President Obama made his case for why Merrick Garland should be elected to the Supreme Court. He said Republicans are putting a halt on Garland’s nomination for political reasons. President Obama spoke highly of Garland’s character and career accomplishments. “Merrick Garland is an extraordinary jurist who is indisputably qualified to serve on the highest court of the land. And nobody really argues otherwise,” said Obama. “No one has plausibly made an argument that this is not the kind of person we’d want on the Supreme Court. The question then becomes: Why is it so hard for the guy just to get a hearing and a vote?” During the visit, he was also questioned about the Democratic race. “The thing that Democrats have to guard against is something the Republicans are going much further along on, and that is this sense that we are just going to get our way, and if we don’t we’re going to cannibalize our own,” he said. Read more.
LeBron James Teams Up With Warner Bros. For Feature Film
NBA star LeBron James is teaming up with Warner Bros. to produce a new project. The feature film will be based on a true story about a comedian who falsified his way into the 2015 NBA Draft. James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment, which is overseen by Maverick Carter and New Line Cinema, bought the rights to Elite Daily comedy writer Connor Toole’s video. James and Carter will produce the project with Shawn Sachs. James is no stranger to the producer seat. CNBC recently teamed up with the Cavaliers player for an unscripted Cleveland-based series about entrepreneurship. James is also an executive producer on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse. Read more.
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