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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Trump Says ‘Enormous Work’ Ahead on Budget to Deliver Priorities

President Donald Trump said his team has "enormous work to do" to assemble a federal budget that will bring down deficits and deliver on priorities such as a military buildup, public infrastructure investments, expansion of immigration enforcement and tax cuts.

Trump said he would release a health plan in early to mid-March, ahead of tackling his promised tax overhaul. The health care plan is "moving along nicely," told reporters as he gathered with top advisers for a lunch to discuss the federal budget.

Brad Grey Officially Out at Paramount


Brad Grey is officially out as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures after 12 rocky years at the helm of the studio. He will be replaced on an interim basis by a committee of executives that will include Andrew Gumpert, the Sony alum who joined Paramount as chief operating officer in November; Megan Colligan, president of distribution and marketing; Marc Evans, president of the motion picture group; Mark Badagliacca, chief financial officer, and Amy Powell, president of TV and digital.

Box Office: ‘Get Out’s’ Rave Reviews Will Power Jordan Peele Thriller to Strong Opening

“Get Out” is getting some of the best reviews of this or any year. The thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate has scored raves for mixing scares and social commentary, enjoying a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Not to be outdone in the plaudits, TalkToAlabama‘s Masakela Rawls hailed the bloody riff on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” as both “a must-see event” and “a no-holds-barred critique of black-white relations.”

The raves are ensuring that “Get Out” will get a warm reception at the multiplexes when it opens in 2,773 North American theaters on Friday, where it’s expected to pull in $18 million and challenge “The Lego Batman Movie” for box office supremacy. Universal is distributing the movie, which marks a departure of sorts for Jordan Peele, a writer and director best known for his Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It was produced by Blumhouse, the purveyor of low-budget horror hits like “Split” and “Paranormal Activity,” and cost a modest $4.5 million to produce.

Lady Tigers Split With Columbia College


COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Benedict College softball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over cross-town rival Columbia College in the second game of a doubleheader at Columbia College.

AUM hires alumna Jessie Rosa to lead Athletics Department

Auburn Montgomery/Montgomery, Ala. (Feb. 22, 2017) —Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton has named Jessie Rosa Director of Athletics, effective March 1, 2017.

Rosa previously served as the department's Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). She has served as interim AD since the departure of Jim Herlihy. Rosa, an AUM alumna and former student-athlete, has spent 10 years working within AUM Athletics. Following her career in women’s soccer, Rosa spent two years as a graduate assistant before beginning her steady ascent through the ranks, including time as Senior Program Associate and Assistant Athletics Director for Finance.

“I thank Dr. Stockton and the selection committee for this opportunity and for entrusting me with the leadership of AUM Athletics through our transition into NCAA Division II and on to a successful future in the conference,” said Rosa. “The passion that I have for this institution — as a former student-athlete, a two-time alumna and a long-time department administrator — will continue to drive me to serve our coaches and staff to ensure they are in a position to succeed and to provide our student-athletes the ultimate Warhawk experience.”