Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from across the United States. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
Kobe Bryant’s memorial service, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, the South Carolina Democratic presidential debate, sex-abuse allegations against a former University of Michigan doctor and actor Jussie Smollett’s not-guilty pleas make up this week’s five national stories.
Public memorial service remembers the private Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant’s athletic achievements were only part of the reason roughly 20,000 people gathered Monday for a public memorial service honoring him at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event offered another chance to celebrate Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the other seven victims of the crash with tears, memories and laughs. Speakers at the event included Michael Jordan, his agent and friend, Rob Pelinka, his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and others.
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‘The sky is blue again’: Weinstein’s accusers express relief
In what was unquestionably a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of raping an aspiring actress in 2013 and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006 but was found not guilty of predatory sexual assault, a charge that could have resulted in a life sentence. For most of Weinstein’s accusers, the most powerful image — captured in courtroom sketches — was of the once all-powerful producer being led away in handcuffs.
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5 questions before the Democrats’ South Carolina debate
Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls will face off Tuesday night in South Carolina for the 10th Democratic debate. Some questions ahead of the debate include whether Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders can handle attacks from the other candidates, whether former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will remain a target of other candidates and whether former Vice President Joe Biden, the favorite to win South Carolina, can secure a victory in the state.
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Victims turn to media to expose sex abuse by college doctors
Afraid complaints of sexual abuse at the hands of a former University of Michigan doctor would be covered up, Robert Stone turned to the The Detroit News, which last week was the first to report Stone’s allegations against the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, triggering similar reports. It was reminiscent of sex-abuse scandals at other universities where the media reported allegations before officials publicly acknowledged complaints against doctors.
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Actor Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges
Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police the phony attack was real. His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf to six counts of felony disorderly conduct. She also told Judge James B. Linn she has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to halt the case.
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