Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012
In the Dumper:
If this guy comes into your fast-food drive-thru, you'd better get his order right.
The NY Post says MICHAEL SMITH of Ohio is accused of intentionally crashing his truck into a Taco Bell drive-thru. The reason? Employees forgot to put his 99-cent taco in his bag. After the collision, Smith's truck was leaking fluid. And, cops followed the trail to his house. A police spokesman said, "He admitted that he purposely hit the building because he was mad because they messed up his order." (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
The Hollywood Reporter says HBO is putting together a new, hour-long drama about a professional basketball team. The new series will reportedly "feature the money, sex, power and temptation that often accompany the world of pro sports, both for its millionaire players and billionaire owners."
Getting excited for this weekend's Miss USA Pageant? How about a photo gallery of the various contestants? You're welcome.
The President at play:
President BARACK OBAMA awarded 13 people the Medal of Freedom yesterday. The honor, which was first awarded by President JOHN F KENNEDY in 1963, is given to people from all walks of life who have made exceptional contributions to society.
This year's winners included:
--singer BOB DYLAN. President BARACK OBAMA put the medal around Bob's neck. It's the highest civilian honor in the nation, so that's really cool. Obama said (quote), "There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music. All these years later, he's still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth. And I have to say that I am a really big fan." (Marino)
Also getting awards:
--novelist TONI MORRISON,
--Former Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT,
--1960s civil rights lawyer JOHN DOAR, who was assistant attorney general in the 1960s
--WILLIAM FOEGE, the former director of the CDC, who led the campaign to eradicate smallpox
--GORDON HIRABAYASHI, who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and died this past January
--DOLORES HUERTA, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association in 1962
--JAN KARSKI, officer in the Polish Underground in World War II and later a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, who died in 2000
--JULIETTE GORDON LOW, founder of the Girl Scouts in 1912.
--Former US Supreme Court justice JOHN PAUL STEVENS,
--basketball coach PAT SUMMITT, who has won more games than any other coach
Health and Medical Briefs:
A new study finds that while smoking marijuana does help ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), it does nothing to slow the progression of the disease.
According to the BBC, there's a lot of evidence cannabis reduces pain and muscle stiffness, and makes the spasms better. But there's no proof it actually slows the disease down.
Researchers are very disappointed in the results. This is the biggest study of its kind in the U-K, and researchers had hoped to find a new treatment. There are very few treatments for neuro-degenerative diseases, such as MS, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. Researchers believe further trials will be necessary, but at this point there's no financial backing for additional research. (Page)
Why they were dumped:
Are you nursing a broken heart? It may not make you feel better, but you're not alone! The love gurus over at WotWentWrong.com discovered the top reasons both sexes were given their walking papers:
Top 5 Reasons Men Were Dumped:
5. You Don't Earn Enough Money for the Lifestyle I Want To Have
4. Too Short 10% 1 There's someone else
3. Too High Maintenance
2. Our Dietary Habits Differ Too Much
1. Found Someone Else
Top Five Reasons Women Were Dumped:
5. Your Sex Drive Is Too Low
4. Too Much Fighting
3. I Don't Feel Like I'm a Priority
2. Bad Hygiene
1. I'm Not Ready for a Relationship (Lee)
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