Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 25, 2012
April 25, 2012
Today's Anthrax /Smallpox /Norwalk /West Nile virus update:
The Agriculture Department confirmed yesterday that a case of mad cow disease has been discovered in California, but they said the diseased animal had not entered the food chain.
A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as it is known scientifically, was found in a California dairy cow, but authorities said the nation's supply of beef has not been tainted.
This is the fourth confirmed case of the disease in the U-S. (Maiman)
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $173 million ($107.7 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.
The sales of "concealed carry" clothes for the "fashion-aware gun owner" are seeing a rise in sales. The NY Times says that's partly thanks to changes to many states' concealed handgun laws. Thirty-seven states now have laws that allow people to carry a concealed handgun.
The Woolrich company pioneered the 'concealed carry' clothing trend back in 2010 with three t-shirts. Now their line includes jackets, pants and short-sleeved button down shirts The clothes are all designed with hidden Velcro pockets and stretchable waistbands to make it easy to reach hidden weapons. Other companies are also looking to get in on the growing market. Under Armor, the company moisture-wicking sports gear. They have plans to add a concealed carry jacket and a plaid shirt to their line. (Bartha)
A new documentary about THE BEATLES' first full-length concert in America will be in theaters next month. "The Beatles: The Lost Concert" includes long-lost footage of the band's February 11th, 1964, show at the Washington Coliseum in DC.
Some eight-thousand fans packed into the venue to hear the Fab Four do 12 songs in around 30 minutes. The rest of the documentary features new interviews with folks like STEVEN TYLER and CHUCK BERRY about The Beatles arriving in the U.S. The world premiere of the movie will be on May 6th at the Ziegfield Theater in New York City, and then it will open all over the country on May 17th.
FYI: For that concert, The Beatles were in the middle of the arena on a rotating stage. After every song, the stage was literally turned by hand so that the band could face another part of the audience. (Marino)
The NFL draft starts tonight and to the surprise of no one, the Indianapolis Colts will make former Stanford QB ANDREW LUCK the first overall pick.
Colts GM RYAN GRIGSON made that announcement yesterday at a voluntary team minicamp practice, even though he didn't have to: Everyone knew it was coming.
Luck will be the 12th quarterback in the past 15 drafts to be selected first overall.
Getting the second round pick, the Washington Redskins are expected to take former Baylor QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III with the number two pick. (Maiman)
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