<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usWed, 26 Apr 2017 00:18:09 -0400Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:18:09 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Home in 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians,' 'True Blood' Up for Sale]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:16:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/iredell+4+main.jpg See inside the home famously used in the opening credits of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."]]> <![CDATA[Tony Bennett Honors Legendary Singer Ella Fitzgerald]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:21:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-25+at+4.06.45+PM.png

One singer paid tribute to another at Rockefeller Center on Tuesday as Tony Bennett honored legendary Ella Fitzgerald on what would have been her 100th birthday.  

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<![CDATA[Moran's Husband Reveals Star Died of Throat Cancer ]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/88572146-Erin-Moran%29.jpg

Erin Moran's husband Steve Fleischmann posted a heartfelt note revealing his wife died of an aggressive form of throat cancer. He also said Moran was "happy" and "active" in her final moments before she passed away in her sleep.

In a Facebook post shared by Moran's former "Happy Days" co-star Scott Baio, Fleischmann says the couple first became aware their was a medical issue in November 2016.

"Erin woke up and had about a dime size blood stain on her pillowcase. She said 'I think i bit my tongue.' A couple days go by and there's a bigger spot of blood. We get like 4 days into December, there's more blood. I get a flashlight and say let me look. It was not her tongue it was her tonsil on the left side. I thought it was tonsillitis."

Fleischmann wrote the couple quickly consulted an EMT for a biopsy and were devastated by the diagnosis.

"It came back squamous cell carcinoma. She started radiation and chemo. Five days a week radiation and chemo only on Thursdays. We did that the whole time. It got so bad so fast. By the middle of February, Erin could no longer speak or eat or drink," Fleischmann wrote. "She had a feeding tube implant and i fed her 6 to 8 times a day. She was still happy, she was active, she texted people on her phone all day. On the 21st she was having trouble breathing. She woke up on the 22nd, she was not 100%."

Fleischmann, who wed the Moran in 1993, added a plea to end speculation around his wife's death. Baio added to that frenzy speculating drugs or alcohol may have contributed to Moran's death before autopsy results were released Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Group Buying Miami Marlins: Reports]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042517+jeb+bush+derek+jeter.jpg

A group led by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a deal in place to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a person with knowledge of the deal said the group won the bidding for the team.

An MLB source told The Miami Herald that there's an agreement in place but it's pending MLB approval and other details need to be worked out.

The team is owned by Jeffrey Loria. The Marlins had no comment Tuesday.

The deal could take months to conclude, but Bush will be the "control person," the Herald reported.

"I think Jeb and Jeter are just fine. I think they'll be great owners and I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told reporters Tuesday.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president.

Loria, the former Montreal Expos owner, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, now part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group.

Loria has been an unpopular owner among many Marlins fans, and some local residents, after the team used hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build Marlins Park. The team also hasn't made the postseason since 2003, when they won the World Series.

"It's a great facility, it's just too bad, we just need a good team to fill it up and also put some of the negative and the bad taste that we may have in our mouths away and I think that will go with the new ownership group," Gimenez said.

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<![CDATA[Nordstrom Selling 'Fake Mud' Jeans With Hefty Price Tag]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/nordstrom+fake+mud+jeans.jpg

Nordstrom is lighting up the internet with some expensive jeans that are caked in fake mud.

On its website, the luxury fashion retailer is selling a pair of working class-inspired jeans coated with what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating."

The price? $425!

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and when worn show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty," according to the description online.

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It quickly generated a storm of interest online after TV host Mike Rowe blasted them as "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic" in a Facebook post."

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Even U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tweeted about it:

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Nordstrom didn't immediately reply to request for comment from NBC over the internet's response.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Baio Slammed For Speculating Drugs Caused Moran's Death]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/joaniechachi.jpg

Where's the love Chachi?

Scott Baio is coming under fire for a radio interview where the former "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" star insinuated drugs may have played a role in former co-star Erin Moran's death.

Baio gave the interview before a statement was released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department citing an autopsy which revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer.

In the Monday morning interview with the The Bernie and Sid Show, Baio said he was "a little shocked" at the news  "but not completely shocked that this happened.” 

“My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.”

After the cancer revelation Baio was heavily criticized across social media.

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Baio later took to Facebook defending his interviewing, saying he was only speculating as to Moran's cause of death and said much of the criticism being lobbied his way was politically motivated. Baio is an ardent Donald Trump supporter.

"I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt living that kind of lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it," Baio wrote. "This was before the cause of death was announced stating Stage four cancer. Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me and what really happened. This is so wrong. Now I truly understand the meaning of "Fake News."

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<![CDATA[Saluting Ella Fitzgerald at 100]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:29:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ellabirthday.jpg

Some 27 years ago this week, Tony Bennett surprised Ella Fitzgerald a day after her 73rd birthday by wheeling a cake onto the stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall as she performed for a packed house.

Now it was her turn to be serenaded as Bennett led a 6,000-voice chorus in "Happy Birthday."

Fitzgerald, appearing taken aback by the fuss, struggled to speak – so she just sang: "I'll be loving you, always," she started, before Bennett and the band joined in on Irving Berlin's classic.

The moment stood out as late vintage Ella: An ageless entertainer endlessly modest – except in her ability to improvise and turn a song into dream.

Tuesday marks what would have been Fitzgerald's 100th birthday. The landmark date hasn’t quite generated the hoopla that greeted Frank Sinatra's centennial in 2015 or even last year's 90th birthday commemoration of the still-crooning Bennett.

But more than two decades after her death, Fitzgerald's centennial offers an opportunity to celebrate the First Lady of American Song.

Like first ladies in other realms, Fitzgerald didn't always attract widespread acclaim on par with some flashier male contemporaries. 

Sinatra, her peer in masterful interpretation of the 20th Century American songbook, extended his celebrity to movies and beyond, while living his private life in public.

He proved among the most outspoken acolytes of Fitzgerald, whose voice, by turns sweet, powerful and flexible, became as much an indelible instrument of jazz as Charlie Parker's sax or the trumpets of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, her greatest duet partner.

If Sinatra's magic rested in his phrasing, Fitzgerald's alchemy manifested in her ability to bend syllables, whether scatting in her own spontaneously composed language or rendering the lyrics of great songwriters. 

"I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them," lyricist Ira Gershwin, who put the words to many of his brother George's melodies, famously said. (A guess: Maybe Gershwin’s remarks came after listening to Fitzgerald fill "Someone to Watch Over Me" with glorious, bittersweet longing.)

Fitzgerald rose to fame in 1938 by transforming "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," a childhood nursery rhyme, into a buoyant classic that transcended novelty. But the heart of her work lies in her takes on the likes of the output of Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington, whose orchestra backed her on 1957's "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook," perhaps her pinnacle.

While her centennial won't get the star-studded network TV specials that Sinatra and Bennett's birthdays spurred, her career is being commemorated with exhibitions at the Smithsonian and the Grammy Museum. A yearlong series of tribute performances is planned, as are recording compilations, including the recently released "Ella Fitzgerald: 100 Songs for a Centennial.”

Perhaps Fitzgerald would have been startled at any recognition of her birthday, as she was at Radio City all those years ago. But anytime is a good time to hail a first lady whose music lives forever, in a key all her own.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Shea Moisture's 'Hair Hate' Ad Pulled After Backlash]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:48:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/170424-shea-moisture-combo-se-1040p_9a3fc3962f13245566ed6f7614cef9d2.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Skin care company Shea Moisture delivered a mea culpa Monday after a new ad campaign sparked outrage on social media, NBC News reported.

The brand is known for celebrating black women, its target audience, but many were taken aback to see that its #EverybodyGetsLove campaign only featured one black woman among four in the ad who say Shea Moisture products delivered them from "hair hate."

Twitter users mocked the campaign as "#AllHairMatters" and whitewashing. Many black women who spoke up online felt it was an erasure of the loyal demographic who have used the product for years, though some were supportive.

By Monday evening Shea Moisture pulled the ad from Facebook and offered an apology: "Wow, okay - so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up."

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<![CDATA[Andrea Martin Raps a Lin-Manuel Miranda Original Song]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:45:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/andrea-martin-late-night.jpg

"Great News" star Andrea Martin shows off her rapping skills with a song Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote just for her. 

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's First 100 Days]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:14:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers dives into President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, taking a look at what he promised to do and what he still needs to accomplish.

<![CDATA['Tonight': SI Kids Reporter Interviews Kobe Bryant]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:29:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sports-illustrated-kobe-bryant.jpg

Kobe Bryant answers tough questions from 13-year-old Sports Illustrated Kids reporter Max Bonnstetter, like how he spent his first big paycheck and which defender haunts his nightmares.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Kobe Bryant Performs Slam Poem About Steve Urkel]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:58:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kobe-bryant-tonight.jpg

Kobe Bryant performs a slam poem about the 1990s sitcom "Family Matters" and its characters.

<![CDATA[Kenny G Surprises Delta Passengers With In-Flight Performance ]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:57:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-510341972.jpg

It may not have been on the in-flight entertainment program, but the soothing sounds of Kenny G filled the cabin of a Delta flight Saturday morning.

Passengers on board the Los Angeles-bound flight from Tampa were treated to an impromptu live performance by the famed saxophonist.

Kenny G was seated next to an off-duty flight attendant who lost a daughter to brain cancer, according to a passenger. The famed musician agreed to perform a spontaneous concert if passengers helped raise $1,000 for a cancer charity.

They ended up raising $2,000 for “Relay for Life” and the Grammy-winning artist fulfilled his promise, walking up and down the aisle as surprised passengers enjoyed the mile-high jazz serenade. 

Kenny G was in Tampa for a performance Friday night at Coachman Park in Clearwater. 

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Coming to Kennedy Center for 14 Weeks in 2018]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:56:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hamiton.jpg

The Tony Award winning musical "Hamilton" will run at the Kennedy Center for 14 weeks, but the Washington premiere of the popular musical will not begin until next year.

The national tour of "Hamilton" will play at the Kennedy Center Opera House from June 12, 2018 until September 16, 2018, the Kennedy Center announced Monday.

"The Humans," "The Color Purple," "On Your Feet," "An American in Paris" and "The Book of Mormon" will also be a part of the 2017-2018 season. 

The Kennedy Center has not said when tickets will go on sale. 

"Hamilton," which centers around the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, made history earlier this month when it earned a record 16 Tony nominations and has also won a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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<![CDATA['Happy Days' Star Moran Likely Died From Cancer: Officials]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:50:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/88572146-Erin-Moran%29.jpg

Authorities say former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern Indiana home.

A statement released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, but doesn't specify what type.

The department says Moran died Saturday in the rural community of New Salisbury, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Officials say standard toxicology test results are pending but that no illegal narcotics were found at the home.

A Burbank, California, native, Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old. In 1974, she was cast in "Happy Days" as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard.

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<![CDATA[2017 Coachella Pics: Music, Stars and Style]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:37:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672144374_master.jpg The second weekend of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off Friday, April 21 and runs through Sunday, April 23. Check out the latest performances, scenes from last week and star-style photos from the annual event in the Southern California desert.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Tribeca Film Festival, Miss USSR UK]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:57:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tribeca_Fest_Legend_Teigen.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.]]> <![CDATA[Co-Stars Mourn Erin Moran, Joanie in Hit Show 'Happy Days']]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/joaniefeuerherd.jpg

Stars of the classic television sitcom "Happy Days," including Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, mourned the death of Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the series and in the spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi." 

Moran died Saturday at age 56. The cause of her death was not immediately determined, but an autopsy is pending, The Associated Press reported. 

Winkler and Howard shared their grief on Twitter Saturday. 

"OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon," Winkler wrote.

"Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens," Howard added.


Actress Marion Ross, who played Moran's mother on the sitcom, remembered her as the "quickest, fastest little kid," she told the "Today" show Sunday. 

"This breaks my heart," Ross told "Today." 

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Thank You Notes: Coachella, United]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:33:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-TYNotes-WH-easter-bunny.jpg

Jimmy pens thank you notes to Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino, the White House Easter Bunny and more.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Ramen Challenge With Salma Hayek]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/TSJF-Ramen-challenge-Salma-Hayek.jpg

Salma Hayek and Jimmy race to be the first to finish three four-foot-long ramen noodles and three shots of sake, while the loser has to lead an invisible marching band out of the studio.

<![CDATA[The True Heroine of HBO’s Latest Movie, Starring Oprah]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Henrietta+Lacks+Oprah.jpg

When Oprah Winfrey signs her name to something, it captures attention far and wide. Her latest project is no exception.

Winfrey stars Saturday in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a movie based on the national bestseller that tells the real story of a woman whose cervical cancer cells propelled advancements in medical research.

"I was really like, how could I have been a reporter all those years and never heard of HeLa cells and never heard the name Henrietta Lacks?" Winfrey, who was once a reporter in Baltimore, told NBC News.

From countless medical advancements to a family torn apart, the story of Henrietta Lacks' cells is multi-faceted.

Below are six things to know about Henrietta Lacks' contribution to science ahead of the HBO premiere.

Henrietta Lacks (HeLa)

Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old African American mother of five from rural southern Virginia. She died in 1951 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

As told in Rebecca Skloot's bestseller, doctors took her cells without her knowing during her cancer treatment and discovered the cancer cells' remarkable ability to keep growing -- something that had never been seen before. They called them HeLa cells for the first two letters of her first and last name.

Immortal Cells

As the title of the book and movie implies, Lacks lives on through her cells that continue to grow in laboratories to this day.

For decades, scientists grew and sold HeLa cells around the world, but didn't know why or how her cancer cells managed to replicate and thrive.

In the 1980s, German virologist Harald zur Hausen discovered the cells had human papillomavirus or HPV. HeLa cells contain a strain of the virus which doctors now know can cause cervical cancer.

Two HPV genes in HeLa cells are what allow them to keep growing and growing, according to Dr. Richard Schlegel, the chair of Georgetown University's Department of Pathology.

"If you turn off those two genes in that cell, the cell stops growing. It doesn't form tumors anymore," Schlegel said.

HeLa cells are the oldest and most commonly used cell line and the "workhorse" cells, as Skloot called them, are so hardy that they are known to sometimes contaminate experiments.

"It's a very durable cell line. It's very easy to grow. It's almost like the equivalent of a weed in a lawn, you know, when the summer gets hot, your grass dies and these weeds somehow maintain themselves and that cell is like that," Schlegel said.

Major Strides in Medicine

Schlegel used zur Hausen's groundbreaking research on HeLa cells in developing the technology for the HPV vaccine, which now helps prevent women from dying from the same illness that took Lacks' life.

HeLa cells have also helped in eliminating polio, developing in vitro fertilization and creating cancer drugs. Lacks' cells have traveled the globe and gone to space.

They were critical for scientists to answer questions about basic biology, such as how cells move, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, Schlegel said.

"It really opened up the era of cell biology and molecular biology and understanding it at a new level," Schlegel said.

In more recent research, scientists have found that the Zika virus cannot multiply in HeLa cells.

A Different Era

While HeLa cells have led to extraordinary advancements, the way in which Lacks' cells were taken and the lack of transparency with her family is in conflict with current ethical standards in medicine.

In 1951, there was no consent required from patients.

"Medicine was not really a business yet, it was just coming out of the 'family doctor comes with his little black bag' era," said Dr. Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Medical Center. "In 1951, we have no kidney dialysis, no ventilator, no heart-lung machine, no intensive care unit, almost no drugs -- much less -- no gigantic pharmaceutical companies."

Caplan said doctors also weren't truthful with patients about their diagnosis during that time -- no matter the patient's race or economic class. Doctors often wouldn't tell patients they had cancer for fear of scaring the patient.

"The basic idea of truthfulness with patients, much less with subjects, wasn't in place," Caplan said.

Henrietta was informed of and underwent radiation for her aggressive cancer, but like most patients during that time, did not have a say in her cells being used for research. Her family didn't know about HeLa cells until 20 years after her death, when doctors tested the family's blood for more research. But the family didn't understand what was happening and doctors continued to withhold information.

This lack of transparency created the distrust voiced by Deborah Lacks, Henrietta's daughter who is portrayed by Winfrey in the movie.

Lacks Family "Torn Apart"

"I could [cry] when I think about Deborah and hear her voice from the tapes, how eager she was to know about her mother and to have this story told," Winfrey said in an interview with NBC News.

For decades, no one knew about the woman behind the amazing immortal cells, which is what inspired author Rebecca Skloot to tell her story. Skloot found Deborah and discovered the family of the woman whose cells led to major medical breakthroughs could not afford their own health care.

The Lacks family was never compensated or profited from HeLa cells, although the cells have led to millions of dollars in profits as they have been sold for a myriad of studies. Johns Hopkins has said it never profited from HeLa cells, but some of Henrietta's descendants maintained they should receive payment.

"Unfortunately some members of the family are still being torn apart... by the burden of those cells," Winfrey said.

According to Caplan, research subjects and their families are not paid today, but one simple change has been made since the 1950s.

"It's not different than it was for Henrietta Lacks or anybody else... But now institutions, to protect themselves, basically say, 'We're not going to pay you if something valuable is made from your cells,'" Caplan said.

In 2013, three years after the book was published, more concerns came for the family after a group of scientists in Europe published the genetic makeup of the cells. The family was concerned that anyone who had the full genome map could learn personal medical information about them and asked for the researchers to withdraw the paper.

After the study was withdrawn, the Lacks family met with the National Institutes of Health and came to an agreement about how to proceed with publishing information about the genome.

Lessons Learned

Caplan said the Lacks family will never profit from HeLa cells, but their agreement with the NIH is a major milestone in medical ethics.

"I think they do have the right to control [the genome]… anything that identifies somebody or potentially identifies somebody -- you have the right to consent to its use or not," Caplan said.

Out of the agreement came the HeLa Genome Working Group, which includes two representatives of the Lacks family. Those family members now choose which researchers can have access to HeLa cells.

Meanwhile, Skloot has set up a foundation for the family using proceeds from the book and movie. The foundation provides scholarships for Lacks' descendants and health care for Henrietta's children.

The Lacks family is still hoping that research organizations and companies that have profited from HeLa cells will do something to honor Henrietta and recognize what her family went through, according to Skloot.

HBO's movie will premiere Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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<![CDATA[Steve Madden Brings Back the Slinky]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:13:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Steve+Madden+Slinky.jpg

From high-waisted mom jeans to crop tops and chokers, fashion trends from the '90s are back with a vengeance.   

The only thing that has been missing to complete that back-to-school look every girl in class had was the iconic Steve Madden Slinky — until now.

The New York-based footwear company has revived the popular platform slide. The 2017 version has been slightly altered with a flatter heel and added elastic in the "stretchy upper" for more flexibility, according to the Steve Madden website. 

The Slinky isn't on store shelves just yet, but they are available for pre-order on Steve Madden's website. The $69.99 shoes are expected to ship in July.

News of the retro shoe's return brought back nostalgic memories for the Slinky-wearing girl who head bopped to alternative rock and cited Cher quotes from "Clueless" while eating candy necklaces.

And despite the fact the shoes' insoles continuously slapped the bottom of your heels, announcing your arrival with loud clapping-like noises, Slinky girls can't wait to get their hands on a pair and stomp around town.


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