Star Wars’ Stormtroopers Invade Latest Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

"Star Wars" First Order Stormtroopers are the latest to invdate Walt Disney Animation’s "Wreck-It Ralph" franchise, as seen in the new trailer for "Ralph Breaks the Internet." Take a look above!

The Stormtroopers appear to chase Vanellope von Schweetz, the 9-year-old princess of the Sugar Rush racing game from the first "Wreck-It Ralph" film, through a metropolis-like Internet until she runs into a room filled with Disney princesses.

"Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" is scheduled to open in theaters November 21.

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Italy’s Political Drama Raises Stakes For Euro

ROME—Italy hurtled toward a political crisis that is reigniting debate over Europe’s future, including whether the eurozone’s third-largest economy should remain in the currency union.

The impasse, sparked by President Sergio Mattarella’s decision on Sunday to block the formation of a euroskeptic government, revived longstanding European fears that Italy, with €2.3 trillion in debt and a perennially sick economy, could trigger a new existential crisis in the eurozone.

European officials on Monday expressed the hope that Italy will stick to a pro-euro path, mindful of concerns that its exit could cause huge damage to Europe’s financial system.

The crisis comes amid a raft of challenges to the vision of a deeper political and economic integration promoted by Europe’s centrist establishment.

Eurozone members are divided over proposals to pool their budgets to provide mutual support in the event of a new debt crunch. Brexit, too, is presenting painful choices for both the U.K. and the rest of Europe, while Eastern European countries are repudiating Brussels in key areas such as the rule of law and immigration.

Italy’s emergency emerged from a weekend clash over the euroskepticism of the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement, the country’s largest single party, and the hard-right League party, which regard the euro as a failed project. Both have flirted openly with the idea of pulling Italy from the common currency.

On Sunday, President Mattarella rejected the choice of Paolo Savona, an 81-year-old euroskeptic economist whom the 5 Star and League parties had picked as their economy minister, an especially delicate role given Italy’s precarious public finances and weak banks. Mr. Savona, a former Bank of Italy official, has sharply criticized the euro and likened Berlin’s dominant role in setting eurozone economic policy to wartime aggression by Nazi Germany. The president said he feared a new government with Mr. Savona as economy minister could endanger Italy’s membership in the single currency.

On Monday, as the two antiestablishment parties protested his decision, Mr. Mattarella picked Carlo Cottarelli, an International Monetary Fund veteran, as prime minister-designate, and asked him to try to form a new government. The move stirred accusations that the president had usurped the popular will expressed in March parliamentary elections. The 5 Star and League together won about half of all votes cast.

Mr. Cottarelli, who headed the IMF’s fiscal affairs department, has vigorously defended Italy’s membership in the euro and led an effort to help bring Italy’s public finances in line through large cuts in public spending and waste.

Even if Mr. Cottarelli is able to form a new government, the prime minister-designate is unlikely to win a vote of confidence in parliament. Instead, he will likely lead a caretaker government only until fresh elections are called, which could occur in September.

The leaders of both the 5 Star and the League left little doubt that they would conduct an electoral campaign railing against the strictures of the common currency. That could make the vote a de facto referendum on Italy’s membership in the euro.

“It won’t be an election,” said Matteo Salvini, the 45-year-old firebrand head of the League on Sunday. “It will be a referendum between Italy and those on the outside who want us to be a servile, enslaved nation on our knees.”

European officials on Monday expressed concern about the developments.

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“We hope that Italy will have a stable, pro-European government soon,” said Michael Roth, Germany’s minister for European affairs.

However, the combative stance of Italy’s populists drew cheers from their brethren elsewhere in the region, signaling the pan-European importance the Italian impasse is assuming.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s hard-right National Front and an ally of the League, said on Twitter that “the European Union and the financial markets are again confiscating democracy. What is happening in Italy is a coup d’état, a holdup of the Italian people by illegitimate institutions.” In a statement, her party said that Italy is a victim of “financial fascism.”

A full-blown return to runs on Italian debt that threatened the survival of the eurozone in 2011 and 2012 isn’t visible so far. Yields on Italian 10-year bonds jumped to 2.63% Monday as prices of the bonds fell. That is the highest since late 2013, although far from the peak of more than 7% in late 2011. The euro weakened on the Italian news, while shares on the Milan stock exchange fell 2.1%.

The popularity of the 5 Star and League parties reflects the fact that Italian voters—like many in southern in Europe—still blame European institutions, Germany and financial markets for the country’s downturn in the past decade.

The European Central Bank, bowing to Germany pressure, demanded tight budgets and painful reforms from Italy as the price for a massive bond-buying program that convinced investors that runs on fragile eurozone countries won’t be repeated.

But continued economic pain in Italy, despite a broad recovery in Europe, has sowed doubts about the euro. The Italian economy is 5% smaller per capita than it was in 2001, the only EU country, other than Greece, to have shrunk over that period, according to think tank Promotor. Across the EU, per capita GDP rose 18%. Youth unemployment is slightly more than 30%.

Write to Giovanni Legorano at and Marcus Walker at

Appeared in the May 29, 2018, print edition.

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Trump Says June Summit With North Korea ‘May Not Work Out’

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said a planned June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “may not work out,” adding if it doesn’t happen then “maybe it would in the future.”

Mr. Trump, speaking from the Oval Office as he greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said he believed Mr. Kim was serious about talks. The president said he was willing to “guarantee his safety” and predicted Mr. Kim would be “extremely happy with the outcome.”

Mr. Trump also said he believed that North Korea had an “opportunity to be a great country” and that South Korea, China and Japan were willing to invest “large sums of money” to that end.

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Top diplomats and government officials discuss risks, hopes and the future of North Korean relations at the WSJ CEO Council in Tokyo ahead of the planned Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore.

The president said he had been disappointed by a second meeting between Mr. Kim and Chinese premier Xi Jinping, adding, “I can’t say I’m happy about it.”

He said Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon could meet soon.

Mr. Moon, replying to Mr. Trump, urged him to move forward with the planned talks, saying he believed the U.S. president would make the summit successful and “establish permanent peace.”

“The person who is in charge is President Trump,” Mr. Moon added.

Mr. Trump replied that reunification of the Korean Peninsula would be “up to them” and that talks on that topic could happen in the future but “not now.”

Mr. Moon’s visit to Washington came as the historic planned meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim looked increasingly at risk. With three weeks to go until the scheduled event in Singapore, doubts have emerged about North Korea’s commitment to the U.S.’s longstanding demand that Pyongyang undertake complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Last week, North Korea lobbed three aggressively worded statements at the U.S. and South Korea through its state media. One of them, attributed to Kim Kye Gwan, Pyongyang’s longtime leading figure on nuclear negotiations, threatened to pull the plug on the June 12 summit if the U.S. was going to focus on North Korea’s “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”

If that were the case, “we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit,” Mr. Kim was quoted as saying, using the abbreviation for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

At the time, the White House said in response that it had fully expected such harsh language and added: “The president is very used to and ready for tough negotiations.”


—Louise Radnofsky contributed to this article.

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Popbar – Handcrafted Frozen Treats on a Stick Opens in Richardson, Texas

RICHARDSON, Texas: Popbar, the maker of customizable popGelato, popSorbetto, and yogurtPops, founded in New York City in 2010 opened its first location in Richardson, Texas. Dedicated to serving ‘the best’ in frozen treats, Popbar serves handcrafted gelato, sorbetto, and yogurt in a new way – on a stick. All pops are made in-house daily with all natural ingredients.

On the menu, you’ll find 40+ rotating flavors ranging from classics (Chocolate, Vanilla) to the more unique (Green Tea, Passion Fruit), and even seasonal ones too (Watermelon, Pumpkin Pie). You can enjoy your pop as-is, or customize to your liking. Premium dippings and toppings include dark, milk, and white chocolate, nuts, sprinkles, waffle cone, caramel corn, and more!

At Popbar, a mouthwatering experience awaits everyone, even those looking for vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free options. All popSorbettos are vegan-dairy-gluten-soy-free, and all popGelatos and yogurtPops are gluten-soy free. Other indulgences include Hot Chocolate on a Stick, Frozen Hot Chocolate, the Double Shake (Popbar’s take on a milkshake, made with any two pops), and the newest addition to the menu, popWich, a gelato sandwich on a stick!

All this decadence can be attributed to Italian roots and a love for supremely delicious treats. Blending authenticity, innovation, and high quality ingredients, Popbar became a recipe for success, and the contemporary concept has been changing the way we enjoy our favorite Italian desserts since – on an international scale.

Popbar currently has 17 stores in the US in states like AZ, CA, FL, NC, NY, and TX, and 11 stores internationally in countries like Canada, Panama, Singapore and Russia, but this is just the beginning. There are currently 4 stores under construction in new territories, and many more to come. Popbar Richardson is the third to open this year.

"It’s an exciting day! We’re officially open and I couldn’t be more thrilled," says Raymond Nguyen, Popbar Richardson franchisee. "Our pops are so incredibly delicious and all natural too. My personal favorite is hazelnut popGelato with white chocolate, and crushed waffle cone, but what makes us special is the option to customize your own!"

While Popbar is expanding rapidly, the brand maintains a ‘mom and pop’ feel at all locations with the help of its hand-selected franchisees. Each store prides itself on Popbar’s original values – superior quality, in-house production, outstanding service, authenticity, and family-friendly fun. New stores quickly become classic neighborhood spots, and supplies like fruit and milk are purchased locally.

Popbar is a perfect treat for anyone – baby to adult, and for any occasion – dessert date to post-game celebratory treat to midnight snack. With so many flavors and combinations to try, just one visit won’t do. You’ll definitely want to stop in for a "love at first bite" experience, but if you’re a foodie, don’t forget to snap a picture of your pop first – that is, if you can wait.

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Lawsuits filed: April 8 to 14

Cases filed from April 8 to 14 in Gregg County Civil Court. Cases that end in an “A” were considered in the 188th District Court; “B” in the 124th District Court; and “CCL2” in the County Court at Law 2:

■ 2018-696-B ex parte v. Claudia Nicole Beekman, expunction of records

■ 2018-699-B Discover Bank v. Zoe A. Ferguson, breach of contract

■ 2018-713-B Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. Alexa Griffin, breach of contract

■ 2018-721-B Linda J. Corvin v. Melissa G. Yount, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2098-H State of Texas v. Nickie Barton, writ of habeas corpus

■ 2099-H State of Texas v. Shaglenda Reddix, writ of habeas corpus

■ 2018-695-A Capital One Bank USA NA v. Matthew Maxwell, breach of contract

■ 2018-709-A Thomas Mitchell and Lucienda Crook v. East Texas Bridge Inc. and Donald Glenn Spence, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2018-720-A Autovest LLC, assignee of GFC Lending LLC v. Linda Turner, breach of contract

■ 2018-688-CCL2 Allstate Insurance, as subrogee of Chris Broers v. Mason McAlexander, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2018-694-CCL2 Kasha Williams v. Shannon Brown, other civil

■ 2018-700-CCL2 The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. NA, as successor in interest to all permitted successors and assigns of the First National Bank of Chicago as Trustee, of the Greenpoint manufactured housing contract trust, pass-through certificates, series 1999-1 by Ditech Financial LLC, as servicer v. Robert McKee, Phyllis McKee, and/or all occupants of 5198 FM 2207, Kilgore, TX 75662, breach of contract

■ 2018-701-CCL2 Dedric Woods v. Babeth Fuller, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2018-715-CCL2 American Express National Bank v. Michael Hester, also known as Michael Chester, breach of contract

■ 2018-719-CCL2 Autovest LLC, assignee of GFC Lending LLC v. Cody Reddick and Keyonta Marie Anderson, breach of contract

■ 2018-725-CCL2 Gordon Dangel, attorney-in-fact for Elfriede Dangel v. Lieslotter R. Richardson and unknown heirs of Herbert Glynn Richardson, suit to remove cloud from title

■ 2018-726-CCL2 21st Mortgage Corp. v. William L. Wilson, Elizabeth K. Harris and Brenda Wilson, breach of contract

■ 021482-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Mark A. Langston, tax

■ 021483-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Snow E. Bush, tax

■ 021484-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Earnest M. Pfaff, tax

■ 021485-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Alejandra Coronado, tax

■ 021486-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Toby Ray Green, tax

■ 021487-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD, White Oak ISD v. Togs Energy Inc., tax

■ 021488-CCL2 Gladewater ISD v. Lem Scott, tax

■ 021489-CCL2 Kilgore ISD, Gregg County, city of Kilgore, Kilgore College v. Moises Neave, tax

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Henderson Avenue makeover wins Dallas City Council approval


The Dallas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a rezoning plan that will reshape a stretch of Henderson Avenue.

While the plan had strong support from neighbors, it faced fierce opposition from some vocal East Dallas residents who believe the project is too big and will bring too much traffic to the area. But the developer, Mark Masinter, agreed to scale back portions of the project.

That was enough to win Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano’s support.

"I know a lot of people are going to still be upset," he said. "I think a lot of folks wanted to deny it outright."

Masinter had sold the plan for retail, offices, green space, greenhouses and restaurants as an antidote to "stick-built apartments and bars" that the area could get with zoning in place. But some active residents, such as musician Bruce Richardson, decried it as ruinous to the area. Richardson said Wednesday that the project’s size and scope caused him "abject terror."

The vote on the case had been postponed several times as Medrano and council member Philip Kingston tried to work out a compromise.

"This was a hard zoning case, and I have friends on both sides," Medrano said. He said he received 51 emails in support of Masinter’s plans and 29 opposed.

The 4.5-acre development will be along the north side of Henderson between Glencoe Street to McMillan Ave. Since the City Plan Commission approved it last June, the buildings have been scaled back both in height and size during negotiations with residents and city officials.

The square footage has been cut twice from 190,000 square feet to the 156,500-square-foot project that was approved Wednesday. That breaks down to about 72,500 square feet of office, 72,000 square feet of retail and 12,000 square feet of restaurant space. The total retail space is equivalent to the size of a traditional supermarket, but the plan is to have several small shops facing Henderson. There’s a two-level underground parking garage with 575 spaces, down from the 820 originally proposed.

"I’m incredibly relieved. We’ve worked so hard and long on this," Masinter said after the approval.

"I started having conversations with the community about five years ago, and I received strong points of view for what people wanted to see there." He started out going door-to-door meeting with residents, he said, "because it’s a very precious part of Dallas."

That’s the same reason that some residents used to object to the development.

Neighborhood angst

Cheryl Kellis has lived in the Lower Greenville area since 1980 and said she’s concerned that the characteristics of the area that make it desirable — the old homes and mature trees — are going away.

"Developers are calling the shots. They want to turn the area into Plano," she said.

She and others spoke up during the meeting about concerns that cars will cut through the neighborhood side streets and create traffic problems. There was a request for another traffic study to be done.

Virginia McAlester, a preservationist and longtime resident of East Dallas, said the project’s height and size of the buildings break with the design of the area. "What’s most depressing to me is that this will set a precedent for other zoning changes," she said.

The Plan Commission rezoned the parcel from residential to commercial. Other residents said the zoning that carefully crafted stretches of residential with commercial districts in the 1990s is being disregarded.

Neighborhood support

But younger residents moving in said they would like to see Henderson have more of a walkable feel to it, with more places to shop and eat. Some who spoke in support of the project said they shared Masinter’s vision.

"What I see is a cluster of properties that are disjointed. The area lacks any daytime activities. There are only bars and apartments, and no one is there during the day," said Ian Blair, owner of a four-plex near Masinter’s planned development.

The City Plan Commission staff sent 214 notices to property owners within 500 feet of the development and 126 were in favor with 22 in opposition.

Masinter wanted to put an urban garden on top of the office building, but that idea died when the building was lowered. Instead, there will be about 2,000 square feet of garden at street level, he said.

"There’s still a lot to do before construction can begin," Masinter said. The renderings have to be turned into construction plans. Work could start by the end of this year. Construction will take about 20 months, so the buildings will be completed by the end of 2020, he said.

Masinter’s project is moving ahead as ownership of several buildings on the other side of the N. Central Expressway has changed hands. The family investment arm of Austin tech billionaire Michael Dell has purchased several blocks along Knox and Travis streets and McKinney and Cole avenues.

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ESPN predictions: All-in on Villanova

Villanova has dismantled every team in its path this NCAA tournament. Should the Wildcats beat Michigan by at least 10 points in Monday’s title game, Villanova would be the first team in history to win every tournament game by double figures.

The tournament has tipped off. Your picks are locked in. It’s time to find out how your bracket is holding up. Check your brackets

In the Wildcats’ way is the Wolverines, with the combo of Moe Wagner and a maddening defense. How will it all end?

If you believe our experts, Villanova is on its way to another title.

Expert predictions: National title game

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