Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 26, 2013
June 26, 2013
For his next stunt, would you like to see NIK WALLENDA walk between the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building in New York City?
That would be about nine city blocks in Manhattan, or about three times as far as the little hike he took over the Grand Canyon.
But it ain't gonna happen, because NYC Police Commissioner RAY KELLY told CBS-TV in the Big Apple that he won't give Nik a permit for the four-thousand-foot-long stunt.
Alaska is more known for its rough winters than for hot summers, but right now, the state is undergoing a record-breaking heat wave. Temperatures have soared into the 90s just after the state experienced a record-breaking cold snap.
That one-two punch melted large amounts of snow around the state, leading to huge floods. Much of Alaska has been flagged for wildfire warnings. Meteorologists are asking people not to throw cigarettes on the ground. The state has also banned fireworks in many areas. (Maiman)
A group of Chinese middle school students from Shenzhen, China say that Prada has ripped off its school uniform --and they're selling the $5-dollar shirt for well over $250 U-S-dollars! The students posted photos of the blue polo shirt they've been wearing as a school uniform since 2006. The Daily Mail says that shirt costs 35, which is equal to about $5.70. A nearly identical shirt is being sold by Prada for $257 dollars. The students said they discovered the high-end-ripoff in a Prada boutique window. The only differences between the two shirts: Prada's is a lighter shade of blue, and they have a breast pocket in the location where the students' school logo appears.
Phone starter: Would you spend hundreds of dollars on a designer shirt if you knew that somewhere in the world, you could have gotten it for just $5 bucks? (Bartha)
Today's police blotter:
An elderly carjacker in Australia failed to escape police because he couldn't load his walker into the car fast enough.
Cops say the unidentified 64-year-old tried to steal a woman's car by holding a knife to her throat. But, he was still trying to pack his walking frame into the vehicle when police showed up to arrest him. Cops say he was also loading up several packages, which might have been stuff he had picked up at the mall. The graying thug has been charged with armed robbery. (Still)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
CHRIS BROWN is in trouble, yet again. TMZ says the Los Angeles City Attorney has filed criminal charges against him in that minor car accident from last month. Chris rear-ended a Mercedes, then refused to give the driver he hit his driver's license number, came up with phony insurance numbers, then took off before the police got there. So, Chris has been charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging proper info, and driving with an expired license. Chris could get six months in jail for each charge, plus, this could also be a violation of his parole. He could be looking at four years behind bars. (Marino)
Taking everything much too seriously:
Fans of Star Trek will probably start a new trek soon --to Sacramento, California.
That's because two streets in the California capital have just been named after aliens from the show. Next time you visit Sacramento, be sure to take a stroll down Klingon Court or Romulan Court.
MICHAEL LEE, who lives at the intersection, doesn't think much of it. He didn't even know the names were references to the iconic series until a reporter told him. (Still/Maiman)
Editor's note: Guess he lives in the Neutral Zone.
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