Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 6, 2013
May 6, 2013
Ex-Presidents at play:
BILL and HILLARY CLINTON were on hand Friday for the formal dedication of the Little Rock airport renamed in their honor.
From now on, Little Rock National Airport will be known as Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. It's the only such facility in the country named after a president and a first lady.
Editor's note: The Lewinsky Memorial Lost & Found will be located underneath the customer service desk.
--Can we just call it the Hill-Billy International?
--Which way to the cigar store?
--You think this is annoying to conservatives? Try flight attendants. They're they ones who have to say it all the time. (Maiman)
Regardless of studies outlining the dangers of the practice, teens continue to text while driving. It's so common that researchers are calling it an epidemic.
According to a survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46-percent of 17-year-olds admit to texting while driving. That figure goes up to 52-percent for drivers over age 18. Researchers were alarmed by the findings because of all the evidence available that shows distracted driving is the single leading cause of teenage fatalities.
Researchers say the impairment that accompanies texting while driving is worse than drinking while driving. The danger from the practice has led to more proposals for car-based software that can disable texting. (Page)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Well, LINDSAY LOHAN is in rehab, solving the problem about whether she'd get charged with a parole violation after the judge ordered her to go into rehab for 90 days after being involved in that car crash last year.
As of last Friday, Lindsay decided not to go to the Seafield Center in New York, but changed her mind after realizing she wouldn't be allowed to smoke cigarettes at Seafield.
Then she went to Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, CA, but was there for just a few minutes before leaving. A source told the NY Daily News she was making last-minute demands regarding guests and cell phone usage. But, as it turns out, Morningside does not allow guests in patient rooms or the use of cell phones.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports late Thursday night she checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, CA --and is still there as of press time (although with Lindsay, who can really know?).
Some rehab background on Lindsay: This is not Lindsay's first stint --or even the second-- in rehab. She's been in a total of five times before: The Wonderland Center (Jan, 2007), Promises (May, 2007), Cirque Lodge (Aug, 2007), Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Aug, 2010), and finally, Betty Ford (Nov, 2010).
And the last time she was at the Betty Ford Center, she didn't have a good stay --she was accused of fighting with a staff member while receiving treatment, resulting in a bunch of civil lawsuits. We'll see what happens this time.
Finally, LINDSAY LOHAN says she's not an addict.
On the eve of her most recent jaunt to rehab, LiLo spoke to PIERS MORGAN for the London Daily Mail, telling him that she's only done cocaine "maybe four or five times," that the lowest point in her life was the look on her mother's face when she was hauled off to jail --and the happiest moment of her life was the day she got the "Parent Trap" role.
Lohan said the first time she had a drink was when she was 17 years old --and "Mom made me sleep with vomit still on me so I'd understand how it felt"-- and insists she's never had a drinking problem. (Maiman)
Gossip Central: tabloids with Cory Myers:
It's not cheap to be a star in Hollywood. According to Star magazine, BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE spend just over $601-thousand dollars to keep themselves looking hot. Treatments on their bill include bee venom facials, acid peels, laser resurfacing and Russian bovine placenta facials....ewww!
Taking everything much too seriously:
A six-story tall inflatable rubber duck has been unveiled in Hong Kong.
The giant duck is the work of Dutch artist FLORENTIJN HOFMAN. It has been making its way around the world, being towed by a tugboat. Hofman describes the inflatable bird as a floating message of peace and harmony. (Still)
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