Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 19, 2013
March 19, 2013
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
A report out of the Caribbean is confirming what the Washington Post has already uncovered about a suspect report from the conservative website, the Daily Caller.
Police in the Dominican Republic say they have determined that three women who said they had sex with Sen BOB MENENDEZ for money were in fact paid to make false claims by a a local attorney.
The Daily Caller had disputed the Washington Post's story, but yesterday at news conference, police say officers traced the payments to attorney MELANIO FIGUERO. Two women received about $425 each and the other was paid about $300 to falsely state on camera that they had sex with the New Jersey Democrat. Authorities intend next to have a friendly neighborhood chat with Figueroa. (Maiman)
Stars and their movies:
"Indiana Jones" star HARRISON FORD is also a big aviation enthusiast and a pilot --and he'll be testifying in front of the US House of Representative's General Aviation Caucus today to discuss various issues. Deadline.com reports yesterday he did the same thing in front of the Senate's committee on flight.
BOBBY SMITH, the original lead singer for the SPINNERS, has passed away. He was 76. Bobby was the frontman in the vocal group's early years when it was signed to HARVEY FUQUA's Tri-Phi label, and then Motown. The Spinners didn't really become stars until they moved over to Atlantic Records. Bobby sang lead on 1972's "I'll Be Around," which peaked at number 3 and began a string of chart hits for the group. Bobby sang lead on most of those hits, with PHILIPPE (fil-EE-pay) WYNNE (win) sharing some of the lead vocals, like on "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)."
FYI: With Bobby Smith gone, the only original Spinner left is HENRY FAMBROUGH. He still performs with a new lineup of the group. (Marino)
Lowest common denominator:
Convenience-store owners in Maine are concerned that the state lottery wants to rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets as "Kwikies."
Highly inappropriate, say the locals. One convenience store owner told the Bangor Daily News that's "gonna be real uncomfortable for my girls behind the register to have guys come in and say, 'Hey, give me a Kwikie.'"
One 19-year-old convenience store clerk got the heebie jeebies thinking about all the "40- and 50-year-old men saying sexual remarks to me."
The newspaper provided some helpful context: "In slang terms, a quickie is a short sexual encounter."
Editor's note: Reminds me of an old joke. This guy tells the waitress "I'd like a quickie." The waitress stomps off. When she comes back, again he says, "I'd like a quickie." This time he gets slapped. That's when the guy at the next table leans over, points at the menu and says "Psst, buddy. It's pronounced 'quiche.'" (Maiman)
That not-so-innocent all-white ensemble LINDSAY LOHAN wore to accept her plea deal yesterday was from 3.1 Phillip Lim's fall 2012 collection. She accessorized with a rosary. (Good choice!) Fashionista says the last time Lindsay wore white for a court date --back in 2011, it was a Kimberly Ovitz shift dress-- it immediately sold out.
Editor's note: Now go wear your prison jumpsuit, do your time and get straightened the hell out this time. We know you won't, but do it anyway. (Bartha)
Filling a need:
A New York man is marketing the world's strongest coffee.
MIKE BROWN claims his "Death Wish Coffee" is guaranteed to cause "many sleepless nights." The special roast is twice the strength of normal espresso. Brown says, the roasting process "is a secret because we have created something revolutionary and we do not want it stolen." The extra-strong coffee is available on Amazon and at DeathWishCoffee.com. (Still)
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