Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 23, 2012
April 23, 2012
Your tax dollars at work:
There could be even more heads rolling this week as the investigation continues into Secret Service agents cavorting with Columbian prostitutes during a recent trade summit attended by PRESIDENT OBAMA. And with no immediate end in site to the investigation, reports say it'll likely cost U-S taxpayers at least $1.5-million-dollars.
A team of government investigators is looking into reports that a dozen Secret Service agents and 11 military security men cavorted with as many as 20 prostitutes while in Columbia. (Pacelli)
Will the conspiracy theories continue about ANDREW BREITBART's death after the L-A Coroner released a statement Friday saying the conservative blogger died of natural causes?
In the days following Bretibart's death last month, the internet was flooded with wild-eyed claims of suspicious plots, that he was even assassinated and somehow, the president was involved given that just weeks earlier, Breitbart had promised to release "explosive" video that would damage the president.
It turns out Brietbart had no signs of any kind of drugs in his body and his blood alcohol level was at .04 percent, which is not significant. The alcohol came from a glass of wine he'd had at a bar near his house about an hour before his death on Mar 02.
The coroner has theorized that he'd simply had a heart attack, since there were no weird toxicology results from the tests. And the Hollywood Reporter says even though Andrew was just 43 years old, with no apparent no signs of foul play, the LAPD will likely just close the case.
Editor's note: Cause of death? It shouldn't be hard to detect that huge wooden stake protruding from his chest, should it? (Maiman)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
CHARLIZE THERON has been casually dating ALEXANDER SKARSGARD, but he's not the new mommy's only gentleman caller. Sources tell In Touch Weekly the Oscar-winner may have picked out a daddy for her brand-new baby boy and his name is KEANU REEVES! Rumor has it they used to be friends with (ahem) benefits, but it's grown into something more. Sounds like Charlize already has the actor well-trained --he babysits, built the crib, changes diapers and brings toys for the little guy. (Lee)
PAULA DEEN can laugh at anything, including herself. The Food Network star tells Star magazine that she wants to be on "Saturday Night Live" so she can spoof herself. She even sent a basket of cookied, cupcakes and pastries to creator LORNE MICHAELS, begging him to let her host. (Myers)
Round up the usual suspects:
Three men in Australia were arrested after they allegedly got drunk, broke into Sea World, swam with dolphins and stole a penguin. Cops say the trio was so intoxicated, they couldn't remember the incident when they woke up the next day. Not knowing what to do with the penguin, they ditched the animal in a nearby shark-infested lagoon. Luckily, someone spotted the penguin and called police. The trio are due in court to face a number of serious charges. (Still)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Since Friday was 4/20, what better day to unveil a statue of weed lover WILLIE NELSON. A 8-foot bronze likeness of the music legend now stands in front of the Austin City Limits studio in Texas. Austin Mayor LEE LEFFINGWELL said the statue was built with private funds, and as any pot smoker knows, 4:20pm on 4/20 is almost a religious time and day. KRIS KRISTOFFERSON was at the unveiling with Willie, and anyone standing around easily got a contact high. (Marino)
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