Bits and Pieces - February 23, 2015
February 23, 2015
Queen Elizabeth has a job opening for a personal driver. Apparently the queen got tired of hitchhiking.
People who've seen the BRUCE JENNER car crash video are saying he was clearly at fault. Bruce told officers at the scene that the Lexus driver slammed on her brakes without warning, although the video shows both the Lexus and the Prius moving at a very slow rate of speed in the back of a line of cars stopped for a red light. That would clear the Prius driver of slowing or stopping to make an illegal U-turn. The video shows that Bruce is inattentive and holding his cigarette with one hand and apparently not paying attention to the traffic in front of him. By the time he realizes traffic is slowing, he slams on the brakes, but it's too late. However, police don't believe Bruce was speeding or that he'll be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
DICK VAN DYKE and his brother JERRY VAN DYKE will guest-star on an upcoming episode of THE MIDDLE. Jerry has a recurring role on the show as Tag and Dick will play his brother Dutch. No air date was announced.
BLUR will release their next album, called The Magic Whip, on April 27th. It comes 12 years after their last studio album and 16 since their last as a foursome. They made the announcement via a live stream from a restaurant in London's Chinatown in honor of the Chinese New Year and because the album was recorded in Hong Kong.
There's good news if you work at Wal-Mart. The company has announced they're giving about 40 percent of their hourly workers a raise. Wal-Mart's entry level wages will be raised to at least $9 an hour in April and to at least $10 an hour by February of next year. The company was more or less shamed into it with the reputation they've gotten in recent years for paying their employees substandard wages and many people even boycotting the stores because of it. Wal-Mart also said it plans to make changes to how workers are scheduled.
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders say they're pursuing a shared stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson. Both teams have been unsuccessful in getting new stadiums in their current cities and would seek public subsidies for the $1.7 billion stadium.
Apparently feeling that not enough people with fake guns have been accidentally shot by law enforcement, Colorado business owner Paul Liebe has begun selling Open Carry T-shirts. The shirts are emblazoned with the image of a holstered gun and he's even posted a warning on the website for the shirts saying the image of a gun in a shoulder strap holster on the shirt "looks like a real gun, at a short distance. Law enforcement officers may overreact to your shirt." Liebe said he started selling the shirts locally, but now gets orders from as far away as Italy and Afghanistan, apparently from people that don't follow the news too closely.
2003: Suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured
actor Robert Clary (Hogan's Heroes' Cpl. Louis LeBeau) 89