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■ Mark Hamill has been be­stowed one of Dis­ney’s high­est hon­ors, but he can’t be­lieve Car­rie Fisher wasn ’t there to see it. Hamill and Fisher were named Dis­ney Leg­ends dur­ing a cer­e­mony Fri­day at the com­pany’s bian­nual fan con­ven­tion, the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. “I wish Car­rie were here,” he said. “She would be mak­ing me laugh and be off cam­era ex­tend­ing her mid­dle fin­ger — one of her fa­vorite ges­tures.” Fisher died in De­cem­ber. “I re­ally wish she were here, but, she would also want us to be hav­ing a good time and not be sad,” he said. Hamill said that even hours be­fore the cer­e­mony, he hadn’t wrapped his head around re­ceiv­ing the honor, which was also be­stowed Fri­day to Oprah Win­frey, Marvel Comics leg­end Stan Lee and others. Star Wars cre­ator Ge­orge Lu­cas and Johnny Depp were among the Dis­ney Leg­ends in­ductees in 2015. Hamill, 65, reprises his role as Luke Sky­walker in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi, which will be re­leased in De­cem­ber. Fisher also ap­pears in the film as Sky­walker’s sis­ter, Leia Or­gana, a princess-turned-gen­eral.

■ The New York Times has asked a judge to toss out a defama­tion l aw su i t that for - mer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin filed against it, say­ing there was not ac­tual mal­ice in a re­cent ed­i­to­rial it quickly cor­rected af­ter read­ers com­plained. The news­pa­per said in court pa­pers late Fri­day that its prompt and full cor­rec­tion of an ed­i­to­rial that re­ferred to Palin’s po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee nul­li­fies her claims. Palin sued the Times in Man­hat­tan fed­eral court last month, say­ing the news­pa­per had ac­cused her of in­cit­ing the mass shoot­ing that se­verely wounded then-Ari­zona U.S. Rep. Gabby Gif­fords. The law­suit re­ferred to a June ed­i­to­rial in the Times on the re­cent shoot­ing of U. S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. In the ed­i­to­rial, the Times wrote that be­fore the shoot­ing of Gif­fords, Palin’s po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee, SarahPAC, cir­cu­lated a map of tar­geted elec­toral dis­tricts that put Gif­fords and 19 other Democrats un­der styl­ized cross hairs. The ed­i­to­rial was crit­i­cized by some read­ers who chal­lenged the no­tion that the map con­sti­tuted “po­lit­i­cal in­cite­ment” or that there was any “link” between it and the Ari­zona shoot­ings, the Times lawyers said. They said the Times re­vised the on­line ver­sion of the ed­i­to­rial the next morn­ing to re­move those ref­er­ences and to make clear that the cross hair on the map ap­peared over Gif­fords’ dis­trict rather than over her name or im­age.



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