Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 7, 2011
October 7, 2011
Top talkables of the day:
AZ Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS --still rehabbing from a gunshot wound to the head in an assassination attempt-- made her second trip back to Washington yesterday to attend a ceremony honoring her husband MARK KELLY's retirement from NASA's astronaut program. Giffords --who's still undergoing rehab-- looked a bit stronger than she did in her first visit back to Washington earlier this year for a vote on the debt ceiling.
Gifford's and her husband are set to tell their story to ABC News in a special to air on November 14. (Pacelli)
The Stock Market:
There's been a long-standing fear that Apple's normally bullish stock would sink like a stone if STEVE JOBS passed away. It didn't happen. Apple's stock stayed steady through the trading day, proving that investors weren't immediately discouraged about the company's future.
Meanwhile, the Dow closed up 183 points, as Europe made moves to curtail its debt crisis and U-S retailers reported good September sales. It was the third consecutive day of gains on the big board.
Incidentally, news of Jobs' death broke Twitter's records for tweet volume on Wednesday night --10,000 per second. (Maiman)
Gossip Central: tabloids with Cory Myers:
L'WREN SCOTT is being called the woman who tamed MICK JAGGER. Us Weekly reports that the fashion.designer and singer have been together for 10 years and she celebrates his every achievement.
Editor's note: Mick's not tame, he's worn out. He's 68 and still a rock star and doesn't remember most of it anyway. He's damn tired. (Myers)
Jobs: Fashion Icon:
The company that makes STEVE JOBS' favorite sweater claim they had an “almost 100% increase in sales” since news broke of his death. Jobs’ favorite clothes for product rollouts were almost as iconic as the Apple products he created: jeans, sneakers and a mock turtleneck sweater.
TMZ.com says the St. Croix sweaters have been flying off the shelves the last two days. And they ain’t cheap. They cost anywhere from $190 to almost $500. A St.Croix spokesperson said, “We have a great respect for everything he did and we’re glad he believed in our American-made product.” Word is St. Croix is planning a memorial for their loyal customer, but hasn't decided exactly how to honor Steve. (Bartha/Lee)
The Reel Deal:
The company that's behind the "Twilight" franchise is counting down the weeks until "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" gets to theatres by running the other three movies in the "Twilight" saga each Tuesday in November before "Breaking Dawn's" debut the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
"Twilight" will be shown Tue, Nov 01; "New Moon" on Tue, Nov 08; and "Eclipse" on Tue, Nov 15, each with exclusive "never-before-seen" footage, cast interviews and fans fest films as well.
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