Bits and Pieces - September 16, 2013
September 16, 2013
NASA has announced that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, is now in interstellar space. They could tell Voyager was interstellar space when it sent back pictures of a Wookie.
The Talk co-host JULIE CHEN revealed that she had plastic surgery years ago when she was first starting out in television because her boss said she looked "too Chinese." Chen was working as a TV reporter in Dayton, Ohio when she asked the news director if she could fill in when the anchors went on vacation. The news director told her it wasn't going to happen because the city didn't have a large Asian population and they wouldn't relate to her. She said he also told her that because of her Asian eyes, when she was on camera interviewing someone, she looked disinterested and bored because her eyes were so small. Before and after photos showed Julie also had some other work done and the reaction online has been mixed. Some slammed her for selling out, while others said they felt badly for her for being discriminated against. (See photos here)
J.K. ROWLING is returning to the world of HARRY POTTER...sort of. Rowling is writing her first screenplay based on a book mentioned in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." The book is called "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and it appeared on the Hogwart's reading list in the first movie. They're intending to make it a series of movies, but Rowling says it's neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series.
- MUMFORD & SONS were reportedly kicked out of Atlanta's Clermont Lounge strip club this week. After performing a few songs during the club's karaoke night, they took photos and videos of each other on their phones inside the club and caused a scene when they were told to stop.
- LIL' KIM has a new mix tape on the way. Hard Core 2K13: Back 2 Da Streets' will surface on October 31st.
- JASON ALDEAN'S first concert film, Night Train to Georgia, will be released on DVD on October 15th. It was filmed in April when he played to more than 66,000 fans during a sold-out show at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium.
Charleston, South Carolina's Benjamin and Hope Jordan hired 22-year-old Alexis Khan as a babysitter for their newborn son. Alexis has now pleaded guilty to assault and battery after she was caught abusing the boy. It turns out the Jordan's have their dog to thank for making the discovery. After about five months the dog was very defensive of their son when Alexis would arrive and even started getting aggressive towards her. The Jordans got suspicious and placed a hidden iPhone to record what happened while they were at work. They caught Alexis abusing their son and say had their dog not alerted them to it something worse might've happened to their boy. Alexis will serve one to three years in prison and be placed on a child abuse registry, preventing her from ever working with children again.
The NFL has fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David $7,875 for his out of bounds hit on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith that also cost the Bucs last Sunday's game. David plans to appeal the fine.
Deltona, Florida Burger King assistant manager Montrale Hamilton found a deposit bag containing nearly $1,400 on the floor next to the safe. Montrale then decided to teach the co-worker that mistakenly left it there a lesson by taking it home with him. That's his story and he's sticking to it. When the owner noticed the missing bag and threatened the employees with a polygraph, Montrale returned the unopened bag with the cash and has been charged with grand theft.
2004: The TV series Lost premiered on ABC.
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