Spice Girls to tour as four­some

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - NEWS -

A re­port says the Spice Girls are about to give fans what they re­ally, re­ally want: a re­union.

The Sun news­pa­per said Satur­day that the 1990s girl group is about to an­nounce anew tour, but with­out orig­i­nal mem­ber Vic­to­ria “Posh Spice” Beck­ham.

The news­pa­per says the band has recorded a mes­sage that will be broad­cast Mon­day an­nounc­ing a

2019 U.K. sta­dium tour.

Apart from Beck­ham, now a suc­cess­ful fash­ion de­signer, the lineup in­cludes Me­lanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm, Emma “Baby Spice” Bun­ton, Me­lanie “Scary Spice” Brown and Geri “Ginger Spice” Horner.

The band was a 1990s phe­nom­e­non with hits in­clud­ing “Wannabe” and “Viva For­ever.” They per­formed as a four-piece for two years after Horner quit the band in 1998, split in 2000 and last re­united at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics. — Associated Press

Bald­win de­nies ‘click­bait’ charge

Alec Bald­win is deny­ing that he punched any­one over a park­ing spot and says the al­le­ga­tion is be­ing re­ported “for the pur­poses of click­bait en­ter­tain­ment.”

The ac­tor was ar­rested Fri­day and charged with as­sault and ha­rass­ment after al­legedly hit­ting an­other man in the face dur­ing a park­ing dis­pute in New York City.

The other man told po­lice Bald­win hit him with his hand. He said he wasn’t sure if it was a punch or a slap.

Bald­win’s pub­li­cist did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment after the ar­rest.

But Bald­win said later on the Twit­ter ac­count of the Hi­laria and Alec Bald­win Foun­da­tion that “the as­ser­tion that I punched any­one over a park­ing spot” is false. He said he “wanted to go on the record stat­ing as much.”

— Associated Press

Shakira opens two schools in Colom­bia

Shakira has laid the cor­ner­stones for two schools in her na­tive Colom­bia as she wraps up a five-month world tour that in­cluded stops in Ger­many, Brazil and the United States.

The fa­mous pop singer and phi­lan­thropist vis­ited the his­toric city of Carta­gena on Fri­day and laid down the first bricks for a school that will serve around 1,000 chil­dren.

She then rushed to her home­town of Bar­ran­quilla where she in­au­gu­rated con­struc­tion of a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity in front of dozens of ador­ing fans.

The con­struc­tion of the schools will be fi­nanced by Pies Descal­zos, a foun­da­tion run by Shakira that cur­rently man­ages three schools for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren.

Shakira con­cludes her El Do­rado world tour on Satur­day in Bogota, where she will sing at a venue that fits 35,000 peo­ple.

Python presents slith­ery sit­u­a­tion at Texas Good­will store

— Associated Press

Movie: Grindel­wald char­ac­ter not Trump

Johnny Depp’s charis­matic leader at the cen­ter of the new “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” se­quel isn’t mod­eled on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

But the stars of “Crimes of Grindel­wald,” which J.K. Rowl­ing was writ­ing dur­ing the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, say there are some sim­i­lar­i­ties.

Cal­lum Turner, who plays the older brother of Ed­die Red­mayne’s main char­ac­ter, says the movie shines a light on lead­ers both past and present. Turner says the film is about how peo­ple can be drawn in by lead­ers with a se­duc­tive mes­sage.

The film set in the “Harry Pot­ter” uni­verse finds Depp’s char­ac­ter, Gellert Grindel­wald, seek­ing to gain power and di­vide “pure­blood” wizards from hu­mans in 1920s Paris.

Katherine Water­ston plays a mag­i­cal law en­force­ment agent. She says Grindel­wald is far more “sub­tle” than the blunt pres­i­dent.

Do­na­tion cen­ter gets scaly sur­prise

A Good­will worker col­lect­ing clothes and other items at a Texas sort­ing cen­ter was sur­prised to find an al­bino python cling­ing to the side of a bin.

The python was hud­dled in a pile of clothes when the worker dis­cov­ered it Thurs­day at the cen­ter in Fort Worth.

Man­ager James Mur­phy says it’s not clear if the snake slith­ered away from its owner and was ac­ci­den­tally dropped off or if its do­na­tion was in­ten­tional.

The python had a ser­pen­tine jour­ney: It ar­rived at one of nearly 40 Good­will do­na­tion drop-offs in the area be­fore be­ing trans­ported to the Fort Worth sort­ing cen­ter.

Good­will staffers will care for the python un­til the owner claims it or a per­ma­nent home is found.

— Associated Press

Joel Ryan / In­vi­sion / Associated Press

From left, Mel B, Geri Hal­li­well, Emma Bun­ton and Mel C ar­rive, seen here in 2012, will re­unite for a Spice Girls tour with­out the group’s fifth mem­ber, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham.



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