Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 11, 2013
June 11, 2013
On the Beat:
A man in Iowa City, IA, claims he was treated like a terrorist just because he lit off a firecracker.
STEVEN CRITTENDEN says he had no idea cops were already nearby investigating a suspicious package just as he tossed a firecracker into the street.
Crittenden was jailed and charged with "reckless use of explosives." (Still)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Yes, people do watch the Tony Awards. CBS says Sunday night's live telecast of Broadway's biggest night scored its biggest ratings since 2009. 7.2-million viewers tuned in, which is 20-percent more than last year, although the show was beaten by ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals Game 2 and NBC's "America's Got Talent" re-run. Host NEIL PATRICK HARRIS was a real draw since he's done so well as host over the last four years, and with CYNDI LAUPER and TOM HANKS in the mix, even folks who don't care about Broadway tuned in. (Marino)
Trolling for publicity:
Need more proof that life isn't fair? KYLIE JENNER is the proud owner of a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon at the tender age of 15! The reality "star" sent out a "tweet" last weekend announcing that her car was getting a "spa day," despite the fact that she doesn't even have a license. If you're keeping track at home, the high-end European automobile comes with a whopping $125-thousand dollar price tag. (Lee)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Did you like that NAT GEO series, "The 80s"?
The series did very well for the cable channel --so well that they're putting together a mini-series sequel for (wait for it...) "The 90s."
Deadline.com says the series will explore the "time of innocence and innovation in a pre-9/11 world" and feature interviews with celebrities of all fields along with music and clips from TV shows and movies.
Checking the Food Chain:
Florida residents will have a new pest to fend off this summer: a giant, hairy-legged mosquito. According to MSN, these monster mosquitos are known as gallinippers. They're up to twenty times the size of a regular skeeter and have been popping up a lot more frequently since recent rains.
These giant mosquitos originate near the Mississippi River delta, but made their way to Florida after heavy rains brought on by tropical storms. Last summer there was a big jump in the number of gallinippers, and the eggs laid back then could produce a bumper crop of the bugs this summer.
Fortunately this particular type of mosquito does not carry disease, but the bite of this huge insect is said to feel more like a poke from a knife. And since they're able to bite through your clothing, it's a good idea to cover up and wear bug repellant with DEET. (Page)
Idiots or Insane:
A man in Germany gave away his life savings in cash to passersby on the street.
The unidentified 49-year-old stood outside his bank, passing out over 15-hundred bucks to random strangers. Okay, it's not exactly a fortune --but the man said he just didn't want his ex wife to end up getting it.
Locals reported the incident to police, fearing the cash was counterfeit or stolen. But, a police spokesman said, "We can't find any evidence of a crime." (Still)
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