Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 2, 2012
February 2, 2012
Broadcast, cable and video news:
KELLY RIPA won't be lonely for long --sources tell PEREZ HILTON the big wigs over at her "Live" daytime talk show have finally decided who will replace REGIS PHILBIN. Word is HOWIE MANDEL is almost a shoo-in for the gig and there's about a 90% chance he'll fill "Reeg's" shoes. (Lee)
Looks like KEVIN BACON will be doing his first-ever TV series. Hollywood tabloids say Kevin will be playing a retired FBI profiler who's looking for a serial killer who's got a cult of followers on the as-yet-untitled show. Deadline.com reports FOX has picked up 15 episodes of the drama so far.
MADONNA hasn't officially announced what songs she'll be performing during halftime at the Super Bowl, but a set list is all over the internet. She'll do five songs during her 12-minute set:
--Her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (with NICKI MINAJ and M.I.A.)
--"Ray Of Light"
If it's true, that sounds like a great set. You'll find out on Sunday. (Marino)
If you like to wash your hair every day... stop it! You're actually ruining your hair. Beauty website BellaSugar.com says your hair looks healthier when the natural oils in your hair are allowed to stay there. They provide shine and protection, and your hair holds its style when those oils can remain in the hair. The better bet: Wash every other day, or every two days. If you're worried about hygiene, a dry shampoo helps keep hair healthy in between the wet washes. Other things that can damage your hair: cold weather and excessive towel drying. (Bartha)
They've been celebrating this thing in Puxatawney, PA, about an hour northeast of Pittsburgh, since 1886. The Groundhog legend is based on an old Scottish rhyme: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year." February second used to be referred to as Candlemas, and German tradition holds that if the sun comes out on Candlemas, the hedgehog (or badger) will see its shadow and six more weeks of winter will follow. When German settlers came to Pennsylvania they continued this tradition, using groundhogs instead of hedgehogs to predict the weather.
The whole Gobbler's Knob thing got started the following year when a bunch of "Groundhog Hunters" calling themselves the "Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" started the whole proclamation thing, headed up by the town's newspaper editor, who reported it faithfully every year.
These days, Punxatawney Phil lives in a climate-controlled burrow at the Punxsutawney Library, and is pulled out each Groundhog Day at 7:25 am (Eastern) to make his prediction.
Editor's note: Groundhogs, by the way, drink no water. It's the only way they can make it through the winter without having to go to the bathroom. (Maiman)
No winner in last night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means Saturday night's drawing is valued at $200 million ($125.1 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 195.2 million.
Today's police blotter:
A Wyoming man paid dearly for a donut. The NY Post reports 19-year-old ZACH O'DELL allegedly grabbed a pastry and chowed down right in the middle of the supermarket. Then, he tried to walk out without paying. He was busted by security and later found guilty of theft.
The donut ended up costing Zach 210-dollars and 79-cents. That's 200-dollars in fines, 10-dollars in court fees... and 79-cents for the donut. (Still)
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