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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday called on Disney to share its Avengers: Endgame profits among the workers who labored to make the film an instant success.

The final saga of the Marvel superhero franchise raked in $1.2 billion since opening on Friday, shattering all previous opening weekend records. Sanders also took aim at Disney CEO Bob Iger's astronomical salary.

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In the wake of the devastating Notre Dame fire, many are coming together to help with reconstruction costs. But not Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He'd rather heckle from the sidelines.

On Monday, a fire ripped through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, threatening to destroy centuries of irreplaceable art and relics. Firefighters worked to minimize the damage while people around the world held vigils and watched helplessly as the cathedral's spire fell, engulfed by flames. Somehow, the damage inside wasn't as devastating as feared - many items, including the pipe organ featured in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, were damaged, but not destroyed.

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Yesterday it was announced that Disney is set to recreate their 1996 animated musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a live-action feature. David Henry Hwang, the Tony winner behind M. Butterfly, has been picked to write the script and will pull from both the cartoon and the Victor Hugo novel it was based off—but not the stage production that did not move to Broadway. That version, which debuted at La Jolla Playhouse in 2014, was based off a 1999 Berlin production.

The stage musical was described as unusually dark compared to other Disney productions, with Variety writing, "The prevailing tone is far and away the most somber of the three Disney film-to-stage shows yet... the relentlessly cutesy 'Quasi,' bears scant relation to the afflicted figure... complete with a soaring tenor that suggests him as a potential Phantom."

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Dion Cini, a former Marine who lives on New York's Upper West Side, was banned from Walt Disney World after he held up a "Trump 2020" sign on the park's Splash Mountain Ride.

Disney World banned Cini for partaking in one of the park's “prohibited activities,” which includes “unauthorized events, demonstrations or speeches, or the usage of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd.”

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As back to school shopping season gets into full swing (gulp, already!?), the cost of college is top of mind for many – and with good reason. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.

That’s why Walmart’s announcement that it will pay for associate’s or bachelor’s college degrees for its 1.5 million full- and part-time employees is kind of a big deal. The nation’s largest retail employer announced in late May that employees will be able to pursue degrees in business or supply-chain management at three non-profit schools for just one dollar a day. The program, which is available to all Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club employees, will subsidize the cost of higher education. Degrees are being offered through the University of Florida, Brandman University in Irvine, California, and Bellevue University in Nebraska – nonprofit schools selected for their focus and strong outcomes on serving working adult learners.

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After her 10-year marriage to Taye Diggs, which ended in 2013, Idina Menzel has found love again in her second husband, Aaron Lohr, whom she married in 2017. As a guest mentor on American Idol, Idina will surely tap into her singing expertise. She has starred in films and Broadway shows such as Disney's Frozen and the musical Rent. Rent has clearly been a pivotal touchstone in Menzel's life since it brought her to both her first and second husbands. Idina Menzel has been quoted saying that husband Lohr is the love of her life. Read on for everything to know about Aaron Lohr, the man who captured Idina Menzel's heart.

Who is Aaron Lohr?

Aaron Lohr is an actor born and raised in Los Angeles, where he attended university at UCLA. There, he majored in theater.

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[DIGEST: People, Orlando Sentinel]

The Walt Disney Corporation pledged a $1 million donation on Tuesday to assist those affected by Sunday’s mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, which left 49 dead and 53 injured. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history.

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