THAW. Donald Trump says hi to Chuck Schumer: “It was the first six words exchanged between the president and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in more than two months.”
BRIDGEGATE. Bill Baroni sentenced to two years in prison for role in scandal: “Mr. Baroni, 45, had been found guilty by a federal jury last fall of conspiracy and fraud following a seven-week trial. Bridget Anne Kelly, 44, who was Mr. Christie’s deputy chief of staff, was also convicted and will be sentenced later on Wednesday.”
AARON SCHOCK. Staffer was FBI informant: “The staffer, who is not named, secretly taped conversations with Schock and people working in his office while Schock was still a member of Congress, according to a 30-page motion and attached memo that cites documents from the court discovery process. The informant took documents from Schock’s Illinois district office, including from another staffer’s desk and email inbox, and provided them to federal investigators, the documents say.”
RIP. Gilbert Grape mom Darlene Cates dies in her sleep at 69. “Cates was born in Borger, Texas and grew up in Dumas. Her breakout role in Hollywood was also her first when she was offered the role of a housebound mother in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” The drama, which starred a young Johnny Depp, notably earned Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar nomination.”
SKY NEWS. Host sacked after pegging student who appeared in feminist video “gay”. Mark Latham: “I thought he was gay. Well, yes, who wouldn’t think that? Only later in the video did it become clear the students were reciting the words of women as part of some strange social media presentation.”
LAID TO REST. Friends and family say good-bye to George Michael: “”George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.”
ORLANDO. Mayors criticized for not saying LGBTQ in their announcement of the one-year anniversary memorial of the Pulse massacre. “If you’re going to be inclusive, you have to talk about everyone who was impacted. That’s not happening,” Sheehan said of the shootings in which 49 people were slain and dozens more wounded. “Frankly, I was afraid this was going to happen. I didn’t want it to be about the politicians. I wanted it to be about the people who were impacted.”
SCARLETT JOHANSSON. I may run for office. “I’ve always been interested in local politics. Right now I think with my young daughter, and also as my career is going right now, it’s not the right time. But eventually, maybe if my daughter was older and I could totally focus myself on something like that. I think it could be interesting.”
ILLINOIS. Monmouth mayoral candidate DuWayne Brooks attacked online with anti-gay, racist slurs. “I cannot vote for you because you’re gay,” read one post. “I do not want a gay mayor for Monmouth.”
HARRY STYLES. One Direction singer will make solo live debut on SNL.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Billy Eichner cast in Season 7: “As usual, details about Eichner’s character are being kept under wraps, but sources say he is playing a close confidant of Paulson’s character and mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops. I hear Eichner will be in six or seven of the 11 episodes in Season 7, which begins shooting in May.”
TRAILER OF THE DAY. Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Edwin S.