Bits and Pieces - October 24, 2014
October 24, 2014
A New Jersey woman has been charged with stealing $3.7 million in high-end merchandise from the Sears warehouse where she worked. That's unbelievable. Sears has high-end merchandise?
Real Housewives of New Jersey star TERESA GIUDICE has had her request to serve her prison sentence in a halfway house denied by the judge in her case. During a conference call with Teresa's lawyer and federal prosecutors, the judge said Teresa should have asked for the halfway house during her sentencing earlier this month, but added that she probably wouldn't have granted it anyway. However, unconfirmed reports say Teresa will at least get the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut that she requested. That's the prison that inspired "Orange Is The New Black."
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS will host the 87th Academy Awards in February, but it's now reported that he wasn't the first choice...or even the second or third. Word is that producers were turned down by Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus before landing Harris.
- It turns out that BRITNEY SPEARS' Las Vegas shows were even more lucrative than first thought! Britney signed a deal paying her $310,000 per performance, which worked out to just under $30 million for two years. However, Britney's run at Planet Hollywood was such a huge moneymaker that they cut a new deal and tossed in merchandising and other perks that pays her around $475,000 a show!
A terrorist attack in Canada left one soldier dead near the War Memorial in Ottawa. The gunman was later shot down by sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers while mounting an attack inside the Canadian Parliament building. The shooter was identified as a Canadian of Algerian descent whose passport had recently been seized after being designated a "high risk traveler." The attack is believed to be in retaliation for Canada pledging support to the U.S.-led air offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
A judge has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to testify at the hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension. The hearing is scheduled for November 5-6.
Transit workers in Olympia, Washington found a suspicious bag on one of their busses and opened it to see if they could find some ID so it could be returned to its rightful owner. Luckily, they found a wallet with $440 cash and several pieces of identification for 43-year-old Michael Henderson. They also found marijuana and magic mushrooms packaged for sale, plus small baggies and scales. Yes, Michael did go to lost and found to claim his bag and police showed up to place him under arrest. Michael originally claimed he didn't know how the drugs got into his bag before admitting it was time for a change in his life. That change started in jail.
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