Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 13, 2012
June 13, 2012
MICHAEL JACKSON found "not guilty" of child molestation, 2005.
--The Supreme Court ruling was issued in the Miranda vs. Arizona case (1966). The justices ruled that suspects must be informed of their Constitutional Rights prior to questioning by police. The ruling is named for ERNESTO MIRANDA, who wasn't helped by it and went to prison, anyway. Ernesto was stabbed to death during a card game in 1976. If arrested today, he would have to quietly say he was remaining silent.
North Dakota residents have voted to scrap the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.
The measure passed with 60 percent of the vote.
The state's Board of Higher Education is now expected to retire the controversial name and American Indian head logo, which brought sanctions from the NCAA --and led to a state law requiring the university to keep the nickname.
The battle began in 2005 when the NCAA ordered 18 universities to drop Native American logos and nicknames. Some, including Florida State's Seminoles, were allowed to keep the names with permission from local tribes, but North Dakota's Spirit Lake tribe, which supports the Fighting Sioux, couldn't persuade the Standing Rock tribe to agree.
The nickname's supporters are already gathering signatures for another vote this fall. (Maiman)
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $240 million ($139.6 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.
Look for RYAN SEACREST to pop the question to JULIANNE HOUGH soon. According to Star magazine, Ryan asked Julianne to move into his new $37 million dollar mansion with him but because of her strict Mormon upbringing, she told him no --not until she gets a ring. (Myers)
Today's police blotter:
Cops in China thought they'd stumbled onto a crime scene when they found 16 dead bodies littered across the highway.
But, Orange.co.uksays there was a completely reasonable explanation. It turns out a professor from the local medical school had purchased dead bodies for his students to use in class. But, he had a rollover accident while transporting the corpses. Police say the smell was terrible under the hot summer sun. An ambulance eventually arrived, collected the bodies, and dropped them off at the college. (Still)
ZAC BROWN BAND will be part of this year's baseball All-Star Game. The group is set to perform before the Home Run Derby on July 9th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Zac and the gang will be on the field and play "Chicken Fried" and its new single, "The Wind." The new Zac Brown Band album, "Uncaged," will be out on July 10th. (Marino)
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