Bits and Pieces - April 9, 2015
April 9, 2015
Singer Marilyn Manson was reportedly beaten up at a Denny's restaurant in Canada. Manson was believed to have received two black eyes until they realized that was just his makeup.
KANYE WEST has settled a lawsuit with a photographer in what could be record time. Daniel Ramos was among the paparazzi gathered outside the Los Angeles airport last July when Kanye came out and he asked him, "Can we talk to you?" Ramos filed the lawsuit yesterday claiming West turned and spoke to him before, suddenly attacking him and attempting to wrestle the camera from his hands. Ramos said he managed to hang onto his camera, but fell to his knees and sustained injuries to his right hip, as well as accompanying pain and emotional distress. However, almost immediately after the lawsuit was filed, Kanye settled the matter with a handshake and possibly some money changing hands. Kanye was criminally charged with misdemeanor battery in the case and pleaded no contest and is currently on probation.
Now that she has a break from Empire, TARAJI P. HENSON will return to CBS' Person of Interest as Detective Joss Carter. Fans will recall that she was killed off back in 2013, but she'll return in a flashback on next week's episode.
TAYLOR SWIFT leads the way with 14 nominations for the 2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS. Swift's nominations include top artist, female artist, Billboard 200 album for "1989" and Hot 100 song for "Shake It Off." SAM SMITH is right behind with 13 nominations, and they'll face off in eight categories. The show will air live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 17th.
If you're planning to hit the road this summer, there's good news! The Energy Department says summer gasoline prices are expected to be their lowest in about six years. The national average price is forecast to fall 32 percent from a year ago to $2.45 a gallon between April and September. That would mark the lowest seasonal average since 2009. However, in some regions of the country, gas could even dip below the $2 per gallon mark. The lower prices are due to rising supplies and higher production.
Despite the entire starting five for Kentucky expected to declare for the NBA draft, Las Vegas oddsmakers are picking the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament. North Carolina is second at 9-1, followed by Virginia at 10-1.
The U.S. Postal Service issued a new limited edition "Forever" stamp this week honoring the late poet, author and civil rights champion Maya Angelou. The stamp features the quote: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Unfortunately, children's book author Joan Walsh Anglund pointed out that the quote actually comes from her book of poems called "A Cup of Sun." A Postal Service spokesman said the quotation was included because it's something Angelou referenced frequently.
1894: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that income taxes were unconstitutional, although Congress later changed the law.
singer/actor John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard's Bo Duke) 61