State protests, storms in the South, Global Citizen special: 5 things to know this weekend

Protests planned over stay-at-home orders

Multiple states have seen protests as stay-at-home orders meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus continue. On Saturday, another protest is planned, outside Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's mansion in Indianapolis.Thousands of motorists gridlocked Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday in perhaps the largest protest so far. Other rallies took place for example in the capitals of Kentucky, Oklahoma and North Carolina, where Raleigh police declared that "protesting is not listed as an essential function."

Tornadoes, big storms could hit the South again

A week after the deadly Easter Sunday tornado outbreak, another round of severe weather is forecast for Sunday across portions of the South. Severe storms are most likely across the Gulf Coast states, the Storm Prediction Center said. "The greatest threat appears to be from Louisiana to Georgia, with significant severe storms expected including tornadoes and damaging winds. Large hail is likely as well," the center warned. Cities within the greatest risk area include Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Montgomery and Mobile in Alabama. New Orleans, Houston and Atlanta could also see powerful storms. 

Lady Gaga, Global Citizen special includes McCartney, Stones, Eilish

Lady Gaga and advocacy organization Global Citizen, who have already raised $35 million to fight the coronavirus, will launch a TV special Saturday to support healthcare workers and the World Health Organization. Featuring Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Billie Eilish and many more stars, "One World: Together At Home" will air at 8 p.m. ET across multiple networks and stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms. The multi-hour special will be hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel and will include appearances by Elton John, John Legend, Eddie Vedder, Lizzo and Andrea Bocelli. Idris Elba and his wife, who both tested posted for coronavirus, also will take part.

Documentary series on Michael Jordan, 1990s Bulls begins Sunday on ESPN

"The Last Dance," a 10-part documentary series that primarily focuses on Michael Jordan's sixth and final championship season with the Chicago Bulls will premiere Sunday on ESPN (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). Two one-hour episodes will air each Sunday through May 17. Outside of the U.S., episodes will be available on Netflix the morning after they air. The series was scheduled to air in June in conjunction with the NBA Finals. But because the coronavirus pandemic has altered the sports landscape, ESPN and its partners – Jordan himself, the NBA, Netflix and Mandalay Sports Media – agreed to help the fill the void by moving up the air date. The series will include never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season and features interviews with dozens of ex-NBA players and celebrities. Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson, former president Barack Obama and the late Kobe Bryant are among those who make appearances. 

Disney parks start furloughs Sunday

With Disneyland and Disney World closed "until further notice" amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Walt Disney Company will furlough workers starting Sunday. Disney said in a statement last week that employees will be paid through Saturday. They will remain company employees and will get full healthcare benefits, Disney said, adding it would pay the cost of both the employee and company premiums. The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment has around 177,000 employees at its theme parks and retail locations like Disney Stores, which also are closed across the nation.

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