Popular house flipping duo Chip and Joanna Gaines have shared more details about their in-the-works cable channel, which is set to debut in the summer of 2020. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced Wednesday that the new channel, which remains unnamed, will replace the existing DIY Network, seen in about 52 million homes in the United States. It will feature shows on community, home, garden, food, and wellness. Discovery also plans to offer a dedicated app and subscription streaming service. It will provide viewers with a complete library of Fixer Upper, the HGTV series that launched the Gaines’ media career and became one of the network’s highest-rated series during its four-year run. —M.J.
A jury failed to reach a verdict on Tuesday for a Delaware man who admitted to drunkenly vandalizing a millennia-old Chinese terra cotta warrior statue at a Philadelphia museum. Michael Rohana, 25, was attending a Christmas party in December 2017 at the Franklin Institute when he snuck into a closed exhibit, took selfies with the statue, and snapped off its thumb, taking it home with him. The incident enraged the Chinese government, which loaned 10 of its clay warrior statues to the museum. Thousands of the figures were sculpted around 200 B.C. to guard the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang. The one Rohana broke was valued at an estimated $4.5 million.
After 11 hours of deliberating, the jury remained deadlocked on whether to charge Rohana with theft and concealment of an object of cultural heritage.
“These charges were made for art thieves—think like Ocean’s Eleven or Mission: Impossible,” the suspect’s lawyer, federal public defender Catherine C. Henry, told the jury. “Rohana wasn’t in ninja clothing sneaking around the museum. He was a drunk kid in a bright green ugly Christmas sweater.”
Rohana, a shoe salesman who lives with his parents, admitted he made a dumb mistake: “Every time I see this video now, I’m trying to figure out, ‘What was going through your mind? What were you thinking?’ I don’t know how I could have been so stupid.” —M.J.