Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 9, 2013
July 9, 2013
The Islamic holiday of Ramadan begins at Sunset today. Muslims traditionally fast for 30 days from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, which ends with the sighting of a new moon and the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the month when the Prophet Mohammed began to receive the Quran. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat during the daylight hours, but a communal meal known as an iftar is served on most evenings after the sun goes down.
It is perfectly appropriate to say "Happy Ramadan" to Muslims celebrating the holiday.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Looks like the rumors that have been going around for a month or so are true --STACY KEIBLER and GEORGE CLOONEY have split.
Last month, Star magazine reported both of them have spotted out with other people after two years of dating each other. Then, yesterday, People.com talked to a source who confirmed the rumor, saying "Stacy called it quits. She wants to have children and a family someday. She knows where George stands on that. They talked and they quietly stopped being a couple several weeks ago."
With KATE MIDDLETON's baby due on Saturday (July 13), the British news crews have already set up camp outside the London hospital where the baby will be born and Scotland Yard along with members of other services have already performed seccurity sweeps as well.
While Kate is in the final days and awaiting the birth at home, her husband, PRINCE WILLIAM, is off with the Royal Air Force. But he has vowed to be by his wife's side when the time comes, and a helicopter is sitting in a field next to his home in Wales on standby, waiting to fly him to London if he's on duty.
The London Daily Mail reports the couple has an encrypted phone which they will use to call QUEEN ELIZABETH when the baby arrives; she will be the first person outside the delivery room to hear the news --and find out the sex of the baby.
What we do know, is that the baby will already have a title when he or she arrives --yesterday St James Palace announced that the baby will be called His (or Her) Royal Highness, Prince (or Princess) of Cambridge. That would, of course, make sense, since the Queen bestowed the title Duke of Cambridge upon Prince William on his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Stores in England are awash with baby souvenirs already --a big business in England-- with everything from commemorative cookie tins to royal morning sickness bags and a bunch of children's outfits for newborns, including one that makes the tot look like a British Grenadier.
President BARACK OBAMA and his stunning wife, MICHELLE, have something in common with ZAC EFRON, MILEY CYRUS, JENNY McCARTHY, JAY-Z and good old Dr. DREW --they've all been called "ugly" by AMANDA BYNES. The hot mess "tweeted" her opinion of the Commander-in-Chief and his First Lady yesterday morning and this isn't the first time she's tried to catch the leader's attention --she begged him to fire the cop that popped her on DUI charges on the grounds that she doesn't drink.
If you're not keeping track at home, Amanda loves to called people "ugly" and even used the word to describe her own mother and father! (Lee)
The ONE DIRECTION nail polish line has already sold out. The five-color collection was part of a line of school supplies being sold at Office Depot. The nail polish, along with the rest of their school supplies, went on sale Friday. But don't worry Directioners, SheFinds.com says there are still plenty of HARRY STYLES locker decals and SillyBandz available. Proceeds from the Office Depot/One Direction collection benefit an anti-bullying campaign.
If you want to fake an official One Direction manicure, here's how the colors broke down:
--ZAYN MALIK was a bright yellow
--HARRY STYLES was a turquoise blue
--LOUIS TOMLINSON was a dark orange
--NIALL HORAN was a light purple
--LIAM PAYNE was black. (Bartha)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Sick bay: Country singer RANDY TRAVIS is in critical condition at a hospital in Texas. His publicist said Randy has a viral infection of his heart which could lead to serious cardiac damage and congestive heart failure. Unfortunately, Randy is best known these days for his recent drunk driving escapades, but he's scored 16 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Randy is 54 years old. (Marino)
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