Bits and Pieces - February 25, 2015
February 25, 2015
Mattel is introducing a new version of Barbie that connects to the internet. Unfortunately, she then gives Ken a computer virus.
Make that 100 problems for JAY Z! An old photo of Jay Z and Wanda Satterthwaite has surfaced. She's the woman claiming to be the mother of his son, Rymir. A source tells an online gossip site, "Jay Z knows he used to smash Wanda [regularly] back in the day," adding that "Wanda told Rymir that Jay Z is his dad." Rymir and his godmother Lillie Coley have taken legal action against Jay, demanding that he take a paternity test. This isn't a first for Jay Z as a model named Shanelle Scott made similar claims a few years ago and he reportedly cut her a seven-figure check to go away.
The TV ratings for THE ACADEMY AWARDS were down 16 percent from last year with an average of just 36.6 million viewers tuning in. It was the lowest ratings for the Oscars since 2009 when Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner.
BEN HARPER got married on New Year's Day to social advocate Jaclyn Matfus, although they kept it under wraps until now. Harper and actor Laura Dern divorced in 2013. Harper also announced plans to reunite The Innocent Criminals and they'll kick off a world tour on May 25th in San Francisco.
United Airlines recently goofed and accidentally posted $50 fares for first-class overseas flights. A bunch of people snapped them up before United realized the mistake and the airline said it wouldn't honor the tickets. The people that bought them went to the U.S. Department of Transportation arguing that United should be bound by the agency's consumer protection rules requiring airlines to honor so-called mistake fares. However, the hopeful travelers are out of luck as the department ruled United was off the hook in part because customers "had to manipulate the search process" to produce a "conversion error" to get the low fares.
For the fourth straight week the Kentucky Wildcats are the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll. The rest of the top five in the poll were Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke and Wisconsin, while Northern Iowa cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history.
Stamford, Connecticut's Alan Becker had a bad hair day. After getting a $50 haircut and seeing his new look in the mirror, the 47-year-old Becker was somewhat less than pleased. Becker expressed his displeasure towards the staff by kicking a hole in the wall of the salon and throwing a candle display and other items around before leaving. Becker later returned and demanded that the staff fix his haircut, but they refused and he was later arrested on charges of breach of the peace and criminal mischief.
1868: President Andrew Johnson was impeached
actor Abe Vigoda (The Godfather, Barney Miller, Fish) 94