Bits and Pieces - March 24, 2014
March 24, 2014
The NCAA college basketball tournament is in full swing and you can tell everyone has March Madness fever. Even Dick Vitale asked his boss for time off so he could watch the tournament.
Is the fix in on "THE VOICE"? A 32-page legal document that contestants are forced to sign has surfaced and it says that the singers can be booted at any time, and producers can manipulate the show's outcome by ignoring fans' votes. Famed attorney Raoul Felder told the National Enquirer, "Based on these reports, if I was a fan of 'The Voice,' I would be very upset by this. The network is playing not just the contestants, but the audience too." The wording of the contract also states that the contestant agrees to be depicted in a way that 'may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing (and) may expose them to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation.' For the record, a rep for NBC said: "The integrity of our competition shows, including 'The Voice,' is of the utmost importance to NBC. All audience votes on 'The Voice' are administered and certified."
NBC renewed CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO P.D. and GRIMM for new seasons. No word yet on PARENTHOOD, REVOLUTION and HANNIBAL, but of those three Parenthood is considered very likely to come back.
- Seattle police re-examined the case files in connection with KURT COBAIN'S suicide and found several rolls of undeveloped film. While some media outlets reported that the case was being re-opened, police were just responding to requests for information that are coming in due to the upcoming 20th anniversary of his death. Seattle police found a roll of film among the evidence and released a couple of photos that show drug paraphernalia at the death scene.
The Internal Revenue Service says scammers masquerading as agents have bilked thousands of taxpayers out of more than $1 million in the largest such phone scam they've seen. Bogus tax agents call people and claim they owe taxes and demand they pay with a prepaid debit card or by wire transfer. The scammers tell victims they could be arrested, deported or lose their business or driver's license if they refuse. The IRS says that they almost always contact you first by mail, and agents never insist on payment by debit card or wire transfer, and they don't ask for credit card numbers over the phone.
The Detroit Tigers say shortstop Jose Iglesias will be sidelined four to six months due to stress fractures in his legs and could miss the entire season.
The Regent's Park homeowners association in Naples, Florida recently told resident Linda Karp to remove a sign from her property that they said violated HOA rules. The sign in question is a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon poster hung inside her home. Linda beat breast cancer 16 years ago and while the homeowners association won't comment, she says, "Oh I'm very angry. These people are being outrageously unkind." Linda added, "I'm not removing it."
2002: Queen Mother Elizabeth of England died at the age of 101.
actor Simon Baker (Into the West, Shanghai Noon, The Devil Wears Prada) 28