Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 10, 2012
July 10, 2012
Need a gentle pick-me-up for that 3pm slump? Starbucks says its new line of energy drinks offers a safe energy boost with just a fraction of the caffeine found in coffee.
The so-called Starbucks Refreshers hit stores today and will come in three formats: Ready to drink, handcrafted (by baristas), and VIA --an instant drink power you can dissolve in water.
Depending on which format you choose, the flavors include Cool Lime, Very Berry and Strawberry Lemonade, among others. Each drink contains a green coffee extract made from un-roasted beans (Starbucks calls its use in a drink a "breakthrough innovation"), and 45 to 55mg of caffeine --about 200mg less than a Grande Brewed Coffee. And they're apparently all-natural. (Maiman)
Hot wax is the least of an East Coast salon's worries this week.
Uni K Waxing, based out of Florida and New York, has gotten into some trouble with a new advertising campaign targeted at girls 15 and under. Many people believe that the company shouldn't be promoting waxes to children so young, despite the fact that minors under 18 require parental consent before getting anything done. The company maintains that they "do not believe the ad sexualizes young girls at all," according to founder NAOMI GRUPENMAGER.
See the ad here. (AB)
Looking for love in all the wrong places:
A Florida woman faces battery charges for allegedly hitting her husband over the head with a bag of ice cream after she caught him with his girlfriend inside a Walgreen's store.
She happened to walk into the store on her own and bumped into her husband and the girlfriend at the cash register as they were buying the ice cream. Witnesses say they started arguing and then she grabbed the ice cream and began beating him over the head, chasing him out of the store. She just kept hitting him out in the parking lot until he finally managed to get away.
Police later arrested the wife at her home. The husband suffered minor scratches to his left hand and chest.
No word on what kind of ice cream he was buying.
Editor's note: Sounds like it might've been Rocky Road. Haw haw! (Maiman)
Looking for some of ERNEST BORGNINE's classic performances? Turner Classic Movies (TCM) hears you and will be doing a 24-hour movie marathon starting Thu, Jul 26 at 6 am (Eastern). The films will include "Marty," for which he won the Oscar, among with "Ice Station Zebra," "The Dirty Dozen," "From Here to Eternity" and "The Wild Bunch."
Running with the Bulls:
Today's update: This morning's run featured the bulls from El Pilar. This was only their fourth time in the Festival, and the six bulls, despite the large number of runners, quickly charged straight ahead with little thought to using their horns to charge the runners or clear the way. With that in mind, here's today's Running of the Bulls "Goreboard":
Jul 07: 5 people injured, 1 gored with the bulls from Dolores Aguirre; 2 min, 53 sec.
Jul 08: 2 people injured, nobody gored with the bulls from Miura; 2 min, 27 sec.
Jul 09: 4 people injured, 3 gored with the bulls from Cebada Gago; 3 min, 10 sec.
Jul 10: 5 people injured, nobody gored with the bulls from El Pilar; 2 min, 22 sec.
"Goreboard" Total: 16 injured, 4 gored.
FYI and disclaimer: I do not speak anything more than rudimentary Spanish, and the early postings at press time (4:30 am) are usually not in English. Thanks to WOGL-FM News Director Bill Zimpfer for the use of the term, "Goreboard" (trademark pending).
They got knocked down, but they won't be getting up again. CHUMBAWAMBA is splitting up after 30 years. Yes, they were together that long, even though the band is a one-hit wonder here thanks to 1997 hit "Tubthumping." Chumbawamba will do a bunch of shows towards the end of the year, then call it a day. (Marino)
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