In the news
■ Mena Massoud, a Canadian actor, was announced at Disney’s fan expo in Anaheim, Calif., as the star of the live-action remake of Aladdin and will appear alongside Power Rangers’ Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.
■ Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, hosted a gala at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for his space education nonprofit, ShareSpace Foundation, the first part of what the foundation calls a campaign to fund advancements that will lead to the future habitation of Mars.
■ James Grippando, an attorney from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the author of Gone Again, was awarded the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, which recognizes fiction that best depicts the role of attorneys in effecting change in society.
■ Ana de la Merced Guimaraes, who runs a museum in Rio de Janeiro that chronicles Brazil’s slave-trade era, called the addition of Valongo Wharf, where hundreds of thousands of Africans were unloaded and sold, to UNESCO’s World Heritage List a fitting, if overdue, step.
■ Desiree Fairooz of Bluemont, Va., a protester arrested after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing in January and later convicted of disorderly, disruptive conduct, is to be retried on the charges after a D.C. Superior Court judge tossed her conviction.
■ Kristie Hofer, a police sergeant in Kalamazoo, Mich., helped deliver a boy alongside a street after the mother, who was being driven to the hospital, started giving birth en route.
■ Mark Vendetto, of the New Haven, Conn., Fire Department, denied reports that workers at Yale New Haven Hospital were exposed to radioactive material after someone broke in to a nuclear medicine laboratory to steal an air conditioner and triggered a hazardous-materials alarm, saying that no contamination was found.
■ Mohsen Dehnavi, an Iranian researcher denied entry to the U.S. despite holding a J-1 visa for visiting scholars, said his past involvement as a student with a group linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had nothing to do with his planned cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital.
■ John Woods of Pocatello, Idaho, who set off some illegal aerial fireworks and started a brush fire that burned his neighbor’s house down, apologized, adding, “Now I see why they’re illegal.”