Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 7, 2013
June 7, 2013
If it's free, it's me, dep't: Dunkin' Donuts is celebrating National Donut Day today by giving customers a FREE donut with any beverage purchase.
Ever wanted to get a McDonalds' Egg or Sausage McMuffin as a late-night snack on the way home?
The folks at the Golden Arches took a survey of customers and found lots of people wanted to grab one and will be putting the breakfast entree on the late night menu at its restaurants that are open 24-hours a day.
So far, it's only available in Mickey D's test markets including parts of Delaware, Texas and some Southern California locations, but you can expect to see the roll-out nationwide.
Your tax dollars at work:
Another hearing on Captiol Hill yesterday regarding the Internal Revenue Service, and this one centered on a $4-million-dollar "training conference" and a "Star Trek" parody video that cost the agency about $50,000-dollars. And on the hot seat --FARIS FINK-- who helps run the IRS small business division.
He also appeared as Mr. Spock in that "Star Trek." (Pacelli)
Like you really care:
KRIS and BRUCE JENNER have a very unconventional marriage. The missus' daughter KHLOE KARDASHIAN fessed up to JAY LENO last Wednesday night that her mom and stepfather like living apart and actually reside in different cities! (Lee)
There's a rumor that PARIS JACKSON tried to kill herself because she wasn't allowed to go to a MARILYN MANSON concert. TMZ says the shock rocker heard that rumor and has offered Paris an all-access pass to any of his concerts, anytime she wants to go. Marilyn Tweeted, "I hope you feel better. You will be on my guest list anytime you want." Paris is still recovering in the hospital. (Marino)
Riding on the smaller, special bus:
A man in China had to go to the bathroom so bad --he died.
22-year-old CHEN JIE was on a long bus trip when he asked the driver to stop so he could relieve himself. But, according to the driver, "I asked him to wait because it's not safe to park on the freeway." Witnesses say Chen had to go so badly, he jumped out of the window of the moving bus --right onto the freeway. Turns out that didn't really help his situation. He didn't survive the jump. (Still)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Brush, floss & eat cheese. A new study suggests cheese may help prevent cavities.
It's pretty common knowledge that dairy consumption reduces the likelihood of developing cavities, but research published in the journal General Dentistry suggests cheese may be especially effective.
Volunteers were divided into three groups: one that ate cheddar cheese, one that drank milk and the third that ate sugar-free yogurt. Each group consumed their product for three minutes then swished with water. Researchers measured the pH level of each person's mouth at 10, 20 and 30 minutes after consumption.
The people who had the milk and yogurt showed no changes in the pH levels of their mouths. But those who ate the cheese showed a rapid increase in pH levels at each time interval, suggesting cheese has anti-cavity properties.
It's possible the increased pH levels associated with the cheese could be caused by increased production of saliva created by the action of chewing. Saliva is how the mouth maintains a baseline level of acidity. But in addition to this, there are some compounds found in cheese that could adhere to tooth enamel and help further protect teeth from acid. (Page)
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