What’s Trending? Beyonce Boycott, Samsung Galaxy S7, Daytona Photo Finish
Will they or won’t they? Police unions in a number of cities call for a boycott of officers working security for Beyoncé’s concerts because of her new song “Formation.” Unions in Miami; Tampa, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee want members to skip volunteering to do security for her shows. The president of Nashville’s Fraternal Order of Police says officers are being asked to “refuse to support the efforts of artists who promote a false narrative of law enforcement attacks on black citizens.” Beyoncé’s tour kicks off in Miami April 27.
Harper Lee has been laid to rest in Alabama – and her funeral reflected the way she lived her life: privately and simply. A few dozen people who made up her inner circle gathered this weekend for the funeral service in the small Alabama town of Monroeville. That’s the town Lee used as the model for the town in her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Lee died Friday at the age of 89.
So what might be the next “big thing” in smartphones? It has little with making calls. Samsung previewed its next generation of devices at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. Two new Samsung phones – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – will work with the new Gear VR headset Samsung released last fall. The company will also provide a 360-degree camera for people to capture and share VR images.
Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 on Sunday by just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Martin Truex Jr. The photo finish was the closest end in race history. Hamlin paced the field for 95 of 200 laps, but he was running fourth on the final lap — before making a strong move to the outside, nudging teammate Matt Kenseth and then powering by Truex. It was the first victory for Toyota in the annual race, and the first for team owner Joe Gibbs since 1993.
It’s now two for two in “Deadpool.” The Marvel R-rated antihero movie has held on to its box office title staying number one for a second straight weekend. It took in another $55 million – bringing its ten-day total to over $235-million. At this rate, Deadpool is in position to become one of the most successful R-rated movies ever. The movie was made for just $58 million.