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‘Tiger King’ Star ‘Doc’ Antle Convicted Of Wildlife Trafficking In Virginia, 119 Animals Seized

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WINCHESTER, Virginia – The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that a wild animal trainer, ‘Doc’ Antle, featured in the hit Netflix series “Tiger King” was convicted of wildlife trafficking in Virginia.

Attorney General Jason Miyares said in a news release that Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was accused of illegally purchasing endangered lion kittens in Frederick County, Virginia, for display and profit at his South Carolina zoo. On Friday, a jury found Doc guilty of two felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in wildlife.

Antle, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari, appears in the Netflix documentary miniseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” which focuses on tiger breeders.

According to The Winchester Star, a jury cleared Doc of five counts of animal cruelty. Judge Alexander Iden dismissed four further animal cruelty charges against Antle and all allegations against his two adult daughters.

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Wild animal trainer, ‘Doc’ Antle, featured in the hit Netflix series “Tiger King,” was convicted of wildlife trafficking in Virginia.

Prosecutor Michelle Welch said Antle was motivated to keep a regular supply of juvenile lion cubs from Wilson’s Wild Animal Park near Winchester, referring to the agreement as a “cub pipeline” from Virginia to South Carolina.

According to Welch, when Antle and the park’s former owner, Keith Wilson, started doing business in 2015, it was still allowed to purchase and sell lions. However, after lions were declared endangered in December 2015, they could only be exchanged between zoos and wildlife preserves that were part of a well-established breeding program and had licenses. Welch reported three unlawful cub swaps in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Antle was charged with various offenses in 2020, including felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy. In August 2019, 119 animals were taken from Wilson’s roadside zoo, including lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, and water buffalo, after a judge determined that Wilson “cruelly treated, neglected, or deprived” of necessary care.

According to Wilson, Doc paid him in advance under the guise of a contribution. Except for a 2017 transaction in which Doc sold three lynx kittens for three lion cubs, he said Antle paid $2,500 to $3,000 for each cub.

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Wild animal trainer, ‘Doc’, featured in the hit Netflix series “Tiger King,” was convicted of wildlife trafficking in Virginia.

Wilson faces nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and ten felony counts of selling an endangered species, with a hearing scheduled for Friday.

According to defense attorney Erin Harrigan, Antle’s prosecution was politically motivated in response to a growing public uproar against wild animals being used for entertainment.

“This has been an agenda in search of a crime from the beginning of the investigation,” Harrigan explained.

Harrigan insisted that the cubs were a gift from Antle, who sent Wilson cash for a larger tiger enclosure.

“These were not sales,” stated Harrigan.

Antle, who faces up to 20 years in prison, was permitted to remain free on bond until his sentence on September 14.

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

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NEW YORK — MacDowell, one of the country’s finest artist residence programs, has honored Yoko Ono with a lifetime achievement award. The trailblazing artist, filmmaker, and musician will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal this year, following in the footsteps of Stephen Sondheim and Toni Morrison, among others.

“There has never been anyone like her; there has never been work like hers,” MacDowell board chairman Nell Painter said in a statement Sunday.

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

“Over seven decades, she has pleased eyes, aroused mind, encouraged feminism, and supported refugees with imaginative works. Enduringly new and contemporary, her unusually powerful output resonates to our current times, which are in desperate need of her leitmotif: peace.”

In a statement, Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, described the award as “an incredible honor.”

“The history and list of prior awardees are extremely impressive. It makes me very glad to see her work valued and celebrated in this manner,” he remarked.

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Ono, 91, has made few public appearances in recent years and is unlikely to attend the July honors event at the MacDowell campus in Peterborough, New Hampshire. David Newgarden, Ono’s music manager, will receive the award on her behalf.

Ono first rose to prominence as a member of the avant-garde Fluxus movement of the 1960s, before becoming internationally famous after meeting John Lennon, with whom she married from 1969 until his death in 1980. Their many collaborations included the songs “Give Peace a Chance,” “Imagine,” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which served as the foundation for “War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,” this year’s Oscar-winning animated short film.

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Over the last 40 years, Ono has had a busy career as a visual and recording artist, with albums like “Season of Glass,” “Starpeace,” and “Take Me to the Land of Hell.” She was recently featured in a career retrospective at London’s Tate Modern.

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Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

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Phoenix — A little blue dog with an Australian accent has captivated the hearts of people all around the world.

She is the titular character of “Bluey,” a seven-minute children’s show that has captivated both kids and adults. This week’s publication of its longest episode yet, at 28 minutes, elicited an outpouring of praise for the show, even from those who are neither toddlers nor parents.

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Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

“Bluey” follows an Australian blue heeler and her sister, a red heeler named Bingo, as they navigate the days between home and school. It’s popular with kids because of its fun comedy, but it also appeals to adults who miss their childhood.

“My childhood experience wasn’t the best, so I’ve always identified with shows where life is good,” says Miriam Neel, who lives in Colorado. “The parents in ‘Bluey’ enable imagination and creativity and really get involved with their kids, and I wish I had those experiences.”

Neel is 32 and has decided not to have any children of her own. She claims the show has become a part of her morning ritual and is frequently used as background noise when working from home.

“I won’t speak for the entire generation, but millennials find solace in cartoons. “It’s what most of us grew up watching,” she explained. “And if I’m going to spend time watching something, I’d rather watch something that doesn’t make me afraid of the world, like any of the ‘Law & Order’ shows.”

Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

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“Bluey,” which currently has over 150 episodes, aired in Australia in 2018 and will begin streaming on Disney+ in 2020. It has also been transformed into a digital series in which prominent fans such as Bindi Irwin and Eva Mendes read excerpts from popular storybooks, as well as a live theater act that travels the world.

The show has also received numerous accolades, including the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Children’s Television Drama every year since 2019 and an International Emmy Kids Award.

The series presents a child’s viewpoint on morning routines, errands, and chores, as well as a glimpse into the lives of parents through mother Chilli and father Bandit.

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Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

This week’s special episode, “The Sign,” delves into the emotions surrounding subjects that are relevant to both children and adults, such as moving residences, marriage, infertility, and post-divorce relationships. In addition to these universal themes, the episode concludes the third season with Easter eggs for loyal viewers.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

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Los Angeles — Dick Van Dyke, 98, is contending for a historic Daytime Emmy.

The actor was nominated Friday as a guest star in a daytime drama series for his role as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s “Days of Our Lives.

Van Dyke is the oldest daytime Emmy nominee. When producer Norman Lear won his final Primetime Emmy nomination in 2022, he was 100 years old. He died the following year.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

Van Dyke is up against Guy Pearce, an Australian actor from Amazon Prime Video’s “Neighbours.”

Van Dyke earned four Primetime Emmys, including three in the 1960s, for his legendary comedy series “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Selena Gomez, an actor and singer, is nominated in the culinary series category for her Food Network special “Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays.” The Food Network’s “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” hosted by actor Valerie Bertinelli and which concluded last year, is also nominated in that category.

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CBS will cancel “The Talk” after its 15th season later this year. Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, and Sheryl Underwood were nominated for daytime talk show hosting.

The main actress nominations are Tamara Braun of “Days of Our Lives,” Finola Hughes and Cynthia Watros of “General Hospital,” Katherine Kelly Lang and Annika Noelle of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless.”

The lead actor nominees include Eric Braeden of “The Young and the Restless,” Scott Clifton, Thorsten Kaye, and John McCook of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Eric Martsolf of “Days of Our Lives.”

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

The Daytime Emmys will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7 in Los Angeles. The show is back to its regular schedule after being postponed until December due to strikes by Hollywood performers and writers. The hosts and Lifetime Achievement award recipients will be announced later.

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