Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 6, 2012
February 6, 2012
With very little hype, former KENNEDY White House intern MIMI ALFORD is releasing a book detailing her affair with JFK. "Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath" his stores and online retailers this week.
But if you don't want to slog though the whole thing, the New York Post has published her account of the first time she and JFK were intimate. (Pacelli)
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means Wednesday night's drawing is valued at $250 million ($156 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.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
JOHN TRAVOLTA is commemorating his late son's life through charity. AbsoluteNow.com reports the actor donated a G-2 Gulfstream to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in honor of JETT, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 16. Fans can look for the plane to go on display this April. (Lee)
WILLOW SMITH won't be whipping her hair for some time. The 11-year-old has a whole new look and posted pictures online showing off her freshly-shaved head!
Phone starter: Right or wrong, children are often extensions of their parents' egos. What would you do if you walked in to the bathroom and discovered your princess pulled a BRITNEY SPEARS meltdown move? Would you be supportive? Inquisitive? Angry? Could you punish the child just for a little thing like choosing their own 'do? (Lee)
The JASON WU for Target collection launched yesterday. And as of last night, it was almost completely sold out. The discount retail giant didn't have a huge website meltdown like they did a couple months ago, when they were selling affordable Missoni products. But it didn't go smoothly either.
Styleite.com says that target didn't announce what time the online sale would start... Target wanted to prevent having their web servers crash again the way they did with the Missoni sale. A lot of people assumed the online sale would go live at 8 am --when Target's physical stores open. But it went live at midnight. So by the time a lot of people logged on to get their flirty-Jason-Wu-skirt-fix, much of the stock was sold out already. (Bartha)
Locked Up for their own good:
What's better than a story about a naked burglar? How about a naked burglar covered in peanut butter?
The NY Post reports 22-year-old ANDREW TOOTHMAN was allegedly found in a Kentucky supermarket coated in both chocolate and peanut butter. Witnesses say he wasn't completely naked --he had on a pair of black boots.
Investigators found peanut butter and chocolate spread on the supermarket floor and all over the manager's office. They also found the word "sorry" spelled out in NyQuil. Toothman was charged with burglary and indecent exposure. (Still)
The late DON CORNELIUS was saluted in New York's Times Square on Saturday. A flash mob included 100 dancers who recreated one of the signature "Soul Train lines." Every week, the show had people dressed in the fashions of the times form a line and take turns dancing towards the camera. This flash mob was also dressed head-to-toe in soulful 70's wear. Tourists had no idea what was going on, but they enjoyed it anyway. Up in Harlem the Reverend AL SHARPTON led a tribute to Don at the headquarters of the Sharpton's National Action Network. Back in 1974, a 19-year-old Al was on "Soul Train" to present an award to his mentor, JAMES BROWN. Years later, Al became Mr. Brown's road manager. (Marino)
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