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Justin Draper

Justin's Favorite Stories for 02/17/16: Free Bridge, Grammy's, and Star Wars

"THE TONIGHT SHOW" - TRUMP PARODY
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Imagine watching as Donald Trump returns to his boyhood home. Now, picture The Donald being one of the Tanner kids from "Full House." That was the premise of a bit on "The Tonight Show" last night. Jimmy Fallon, as Trump, says he's worried people will think he's a loser if he doesn't get the GOP nomination.
 
 
The bit was a reunion for most of the Full House cast, including Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Couiler. Stamos, as Uncle Jesse, assures Trump they'll be proud of him if he becomes president, and even prouder if he loses. Most of the Full House cast is also in the series reboot "Fuller House," which makes its debut on Netflix this month.
 
Judge warns Chicago about starting Lucas Museum construction
 
    CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has warned Chicago officials that if the court allows construction to start on "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' lakefront museum, it may have to be torn down later if opponents of the project win their civil case. Judge John Darrah said Wednesday he'll rule by April 21 on a city request to lift an order barring construction from starting. Lucas wants to build the $400 million, 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Lake Michigan near Soldier Field. The nonprofit Friends of the Parks is suing, arguing that building the museum at the site violates laws restricting development along the lake. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Darrah suggested both sides try to agree on preliminary steps the city could take while the lawsuit continues.
 
BALD EAGLE NEST
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Now you can watch Mr. President and The First Lady, streaming live from Washington. But we're not talking about President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Mr. President and The First Lady are nesting bald eagles. They're minding a pair of eggs in a tulip poplar tree at the U.S. National Arboretum. The American Eagle Foundation has launched the Bald Eagle Nest Cam, so folks can watch the eagles live. The foundation says the birds raised one eaglet last summer.
 
FREE BRIDGE
 
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Hey buddy, wanna a bridge? In this case it's no scam. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is giving away a historic North Little Rock bridge. The department says it will give away the Locust Street Overpass. The new owner has to move it and preserve its history, while taking on financial responsibility for maintenance. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports there are no takers, yet. The deadline to express interest in the free bridge is Sunday.
 
LOW PLATE NUMBER
 
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - When does 14 equal 325,000? When it's a rare license plate up for auction. Ray and Donna White of Wilmington, Delaware, have bought the number-14 state license plate for $325,000. Under Delaware law, plate numbers can be transferred or passed down through generations. Low-digit plates are prized. Two other tags were also sold at the auction, with number 457 going for 32-K and number 1785 fetching eight-grand.
 
GRAMMYS - RATINGS
 
NEW YORK (AP) - It had more emotion than recent Grammy Awards shows. But it also had fewer viewers. The numbers are out for Monday's Grammys telecast on CBS. And the Nielsen ratings say it was seen by an average of nearly 25 million viewers. That was 300,000 fewer viewers than for last year's show - and last year's edition was the smallest Grammys audience since 2009. This year's Grammys show was held on a Monday for the first time ever - which may have cut into the audience. It was also aired live in the Pacific and Mountain time zones - regions where it is usually shown on a tape delay.
 
VANESSA HUDGENS - HEART BREAKS (LAW?)
 
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - Vanessa Hudgens may be getting in trouble for a public display of love. Not THAT kind of PDA, but it's still may get her in trouble. The actress posted a photo of Instagram bearing the names "Vanessa" and "Austin" in a heart carved into the towering red rocks of the Sedona area of the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. It's illegal to carve up the area - no matter how much in love you think you are. And an official with the agency that manages the land around Sedona says an investigation is under way. A rep for Hudgens didn't respond to messages left by The Associated Press. Damaging a natural feature on U.S. Forest Service land is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $5,000 fine.
 
GERALD BUTLER - NASCAR
 
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Gerard Butler will be the man to give the command "start your engines" at this weekend's Daytona 500. The actor will serve as grand marshal and take part in other pre-race ceremonies. Butler - who is in the upcoming movie "London Has Fallen" - will attend other pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the grand marshal cars during the pace laps before the green flag is waved to start the race. Other celebrities taking part in the pre-race events include ex-baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. and WWE star and actor John Cena (SEEN'-ah).
 
 
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