Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 13, 2012
April 13, 2012
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
North Korea's latest rocket launch turned out to be pretty much of a dud. The Pyongyang government defied U-S and extensive international warnings late yesterday and launched a long-range rocket that officials in Japan say broke apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere and fell into the sea.
A Japanese government official tells CNN, "It flew about a minute, and it flew into the ocean." And one global security expert added, "It's a humiliation... I wouldn't want to be a North Korean rocket scientist today." (Pacelli)
Getting up to speed:
A Manhattan skyscraper near Ground Zero was temporarily evacuated yesterday morning after a security guard discovered a suspicious-looking item that turned out to be only a novelty toy grenade.
A security guard discovered the item when the postal package it arrived in underwent an X-ray screening. Turns out the item in question was mounted on a plaque that read "Complaint Dept. Pull Pin." (Maiman)
Trolling for publicity:
SNOOKI dyed her hair again. But since she's pregnant, she's letting the world know that she was very responsible about it. She told hollywoodlife.com that she used "ammonia free lightener and an organic color." And just to be extra-safe, she says she also "wore a face mask." (Very Catty Editor's Note: Oh, if only Snooks would be so responsible all the time.)
Snooki also said that she switched up her color to add some blonde for summer because it had been red "since New Year's Eve." You know, when she was partying hard, just a few days before the stick turned blue. (Bartha)
Stars and their movies:
Actor MORGAN FREEMAN and his step-granddaughter E'DENA HINES held a quickie press conference yesterday to deny the National Enquirer's story about their engagement and upcoming marriage.
Their statement said "The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media design to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being [picked up] by the legitimate press as well."
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's Class of 2012 will be inducted tomorrow night in Cleveland. CHRIS ROCK will do the honors for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. BETTE MIDLER is set to induct singer-songwriter LAURA NYRO. JOHN MELLENCAMP welcomes DONOVAN into the Hall. PUBLIC ENEMY's CHUCK D will induct the BEASTIE BOYS, and STEVE VAN ZANT of the E STREET BAND welcomes both the SMALL FACES and the FACES into the Hall, which includes ROD STEWART. GREEN DAY will induct GUNS N' ROSES into the Hall, but as of Wednesday night, AXL ROSE will not be there. HBO will air the best parts of the event on May 5th. (Marino)
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