Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 5, 2012
October 5, 2012
Chocolate, Caffeine, Alcohol Dep't:
New studies raise concerns over your morning cup of joe. Findings published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science suggest caffeinated coffee may cause vision loss.
Researchers found those who drink three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day have a greater risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma, the primary cause of secondary glaucoma. They didn't find the same results with other caffeinated beverages like soda and tea or with chocolate.
This is the first study of its kind to look at the link between caffeinated coffee and exfoliation glaucoma, so researchers say another study will have to be done to confirm these findings. (Page)
A 19-year-old monkey in Florida has been placed under house arrest.
The Huffington Post says a capuchin monkey named MOOKIE is in trouble after biting a man. The incident happened outside of a convenience store when the 32-year-old victim saw Mookie and asked the primate's owner if he could pet the animal. That's when the monkey became startled, allegedly biting the victim on the shin.
Now, the simian has been confined to owner BRAD BERMAN's until authorities can test it for rabies. That decision is driving Berman ape since Mookie's 20th birthday party is planned for this month. That means a huge beach party planned for the monkey's big day will have to be canceled. (Still)
Stars and their movies:
They've finally got a date for that NatGeo movie about the killing of OSAMA bin LADEN.
It'll be shown on the cable channel on Sun, Nov 04; two days before the presidential election.
"Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" will be the first film out on the subject; the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" will be in theatres about a month later.
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Don't forget about this weekend's debate between "The Daily Show's" JON STEWART and Fox News pundit BILL O'REILLY. Moderated by CNN's E.D. HILL, the debate at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium is already sold out, but it will be live-streamed at TheRumble2012.com, with half the proceeds from your $4.95 viewing fee going to charity.
What will happen? According to Jon's cohort, STEPHEN COLBERT, Jon will eat Bill O'Reilly's liver. As for Bill, he told USA Today, "What I'm going in for is a few laughs. I'm going to have my facts. I always do. I'm going to confound Stewart with the facts. He'll confound me with his 16 writers."
On, off and way-off Broadway:
JERRY SEINFELD was on stage last night for the first time in 14 years.
It was the first of five shows --one in each NYC borough-- doing stand-up at the Beacon Theatre.
"When you got the tickets it seemed like a good idea," he said. "Now, not so much." The NY Daily News reports he did his usual "observational comedy" shtick on everything from cell phone to Twitter to other people's children on the show. He devoted nearly 10 minutes to Pop-Tarts and whined about how annoying it is to connect with people on Facebook.
THE BEATLES released their first UK single, 50 years ago today. That's a half-century! "Love Me Do" backed with "P.S. I Love You" hit record stores in England on October 5th, 1962. It only got up to number 17 on the UK charts, and producer GEORGE MARTIN's bosses at EMI were ready to send the boys back up to Liverpool for good. All of that changed a few months later with their second single, "Please Please Me." RINGO is on that original Parlophone single, but the version we got to hear in the U.S. had a studio drummer named ANDY WHITE behind the kit with Ringo on tambourine. That version went to number one on the U.S. charts in 1964. (Marino)
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