Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman continued to impress the judges on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night. The 18-year-old Needham native and her partner Mark Ballas garnered a total of 24 points in the second episode of the season, for what Carrie Ann Inaba called “the best quickstep of the night.” Raisman’s 24-point performance, combined with last week’s 21-point cha-cha, put her in third place with 45 total points. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman and partner Val Chmerkovskiy are in first place with a total of 50 points out of a possible 60, followed by country singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough (47 points). The 12 competitors will find out their fate during the first elimination show of the season Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC. (Emily Wright)
Jolie helps out in Congo
Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant. Jolie, a special envoy for the UN refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The International Rescue Committee says it’s provided care to more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the last year alone. Sexual violence is frequently used as a weapon of war by rebel groups that operate in eastern Congo, as well as by Congolese soldiers. (AP)
Actor enters plea
Actor James Cromwell has pleaded no contest to disrupting a University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents meeting last month while protesting cat experiments at the school. Cromwell, 73, and another activist, Jeremy Beckham, 27, were charged with disorderly conduct after the meeting on the university’s Madison campus Feb. 7. Cromwell’s lawyer, Marcus Jens Berghahn, entered no contest pleas on both men’s behalfs Monday. A court commissioner ordered each to pay $263 in forfeitures and costs. Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1995 film ‘‘Babe.’’ (AP)
VMAs to be in New York
The Video Music Awards are taking a road trip to Brooklyn, N.Y. MTV’s showcase awards show is traditionally held in Los Angeles or Manhattan. This year the show will be held Aug. 25 at the Barclays Center. MTV will celebrate 30 years of the VMAs. From Kanye West and Taylor Swift to the Madonna-Britney Spears-Christina Aguilera kiss, the show has become known more for its pop culture moments than the winners of its signature moonman trophies. (AP)
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead.” — Will Smith, to Entertainment Weekly, on turning down a central role in “Django Unchained,” a role that ultimately went to Jamie Foxx.