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■ 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.”

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