Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 22, 2012
June 22, 2012
Sidebar war stories:
It's kind of sad to hear about an out-of-work veteran who felt he had to sell his Army medal on eBay to raise money to start a new business. The medal went for $5,200 on eBay yesterday.
"When I saw the amount that was posted on eBay, when I saw that it was $2,000, it was just, it was overwhelming," said BILL SHEPHARD, who returned from Iraq two-and-a-half years ago and couldn't drum up work in Woodbury.
He played by the rules, too: Going back to school, applying for jobs, reaching out to veterans organizations, but no luck. "Instead of going under a bridge with a sign, 'Will Work for Food,'" Shephard says, "I decided to place the award online for a bid."
He plans to use the money to expand his landscaping business with a new lawn mower and trailer. But his sergeant has criticized him, saying the eBay auction is an insult to the Army and his fellow soldiers. (Maiman)
Many people don't like flying, but a new Travel and Leisure magazine poll breaks down people's in-flight pet peeves for us:
--32 percent hate when the person in front of them reclines
--31 percent hate small seats
--31 percent hate screaming children
The final six percent were split evenly:
--three percent hated bad food
--three percent hated paying for headsets. (AB)
JULIANNE HOUGH isn't everyone's cup of tea. The "Rock of Ages" actress and "Dancing with the Stars" pro tells In Touch magazine that when she was an extra on a Harry Potter movie, she passed star DANIEL RADCLIFFE a love note but he never responded. (Myers)
Yves Saint Laurent is dropping the "Yves" from its name. Women's Wear Daily says creative director HEDI SLIMANE is changing the name change of the iconic design house to push the brand into "a more modern, youthful era." YVES SAINT LAURENT founded the label in 1960 and died just four years ago. The new name: Saint Laurent Paris. (Bartha)
Movies opening this weekend (Jun 22):
Hollywood trades believe Disney's 3-D animated flick, "Brave," will be the big winner this weekend at the box office.
It's up against "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and STEVE CARRELL and KIERA KNIGHTLEY's "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World."
"Abraham Lincoln" is said to be faithful to the Lincoln biography, with just the addition of his vampire-hunting quest; while "Seeking a Friend" is about a guy who goes looking for his high-school sweetheart to see her one last time after news breaks that an asteroid will hit the Earth, destroying everything.
Food and Nutrition:
If you want to make your salad healthier, opt for the full-fat dressing!
A study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research shows the healthy nutrients in veggies are better absorbed by the body when accompanied by fat. And some fats are better than others when it comes to aiding nutrient absorption.
Canola and olive oil contain monounsaturated fats, which work best to help your body absorb nutrients. Saturated fats --like those found in butter and cream-- came in second. And polyunsaturated fats found in corn and soybean oils were the least effective in aiding absorption. (Page)
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