Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 9, 2013
April 9, 2013
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
CASEY KASEM's house is up for grabs... if you've got $42 million.
The Countdown King and his wife, JEAN, have put his 2.4 acre estate with 12-thousand square-feet on the market. So what do you get for the big bucks? According to the Los Angeles Times, there's seven bedrooms, a beauty salon, English-style library, Bar room, three whirlpool baths and a whole service wing with double maids and chauffeur suites along with laundry facilities. Outside, there's a pool, a guest house, a par-three golf course designed by Bobby Trent and two garages for four cars. When Casey bought the house back in 1989 --24 years ago-- it cost him "just" $1.72 million.
Looking for something on the East Coast? Also on the market: JON BON JOVI's 74-hundred square-foot Manhattan duplex.
Jon and his wife, DOROTHEA, picked up the Soho pad for a mere $24 million in 2007. Now, Zillow.com reports they're trying to cash in, listing it for $42 million and emphasizing its panoramic views. You also get a wood-burning stove, a Zen garden, and four bedrooms, each with its own bath and a master bedroom with a marble bath and arched windows. There's also two kitchens, along with a private screening room as well.
Rumor has it... ADELE has picked a designer for her wedding dress. The ever-reliable Unnamed Source tells ShowBizSpy.com that JENNY PACKHAM has been picked to make the gown for the Grammy winner's big day. The designer is also a big favorite of another beloved Brit... Duchess KATE MIDDLETON. (Bartha)
Ok, so BEYONCE and JAY-Z's trip to Cuba got the offical okey-dokey from the U.S. Treasury Department. A bunch of lawmakers got their knickers in a twist about the voyage which was booked to celebrate the superstar couple's fifth wedding anniversary. It was a "people-to-people contact" event with no political agenda. Let's move on... (Marino)
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places:
A woman's three-year-old police mugshot went viral, earning her declarations of love from around the world.
27-year-old MEAGAN SIMMONS from Tampa, Florida, was charged with drunk-driving back in 2010. But, her arrest photo was recently posted on the website Reddit. The orange-jumpsuit photo has generated a flood of attention for Simmons, including dozens of marriage proposals. Simmons says she isn't happy with all of the attention and has been forced to block people on Facebook. She adds, "I think the pic is terrible honestly." (Still)
Computers, and other techno-geek-a-zoid crap:
A new federal survey estimates that at any given moment, 660-thousand drivers are looking at their phones instead of the road.
What sounds like good news is that 39 states now have laws against driving while texting, or talking, or whatever, but the problem is they don't seem to be working. Stats in California, for example, show no decrease in the practice since 2010. One road-safety advocate tells the LA Times, "Police are finding the laws on distracted driving difficult to enforce." (Maiman)
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