Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 29, 2013
August 29, 2013
He's dead, Jim:
The Central Park Zoo's resident polar bear, Gus, passed away on Tuesday after veterinarians found an inoperable tumor. He was 27 years old and around 700 pounds. Interestingly, Gus battled depression during his stay at the zoo, which zookeepers diagnosed because of his strangely repetitive swimming patterns. He would swim in a tight little figure eight for hours, which zookeepers said he did because he had very little to do in his enclosure. Eventually officials "enriched" his stay, which helped him with his depression.
Editor's note: So I guess you could say he was a bi-polar bear.... (Marino)
Customers may have to forgo supersizing it today as fast-food workers are planning walkouts in dozens of cities to pressure chains like Taco Bell, McDonald's and Wendy's to pay higher wages.
Employees are demanding $15 an hour, for a full-time employee yearly salary of $31-thousand dollars, more than double the federal minimum wage ($7.25 an hour, or $15-grand yearly).
Organizers claim todays strike will be the largest ever by fast-food workers. (Maiman)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Former heavyweight champ-turned-Broadway star MIKE TYSON will be on the "Today" show this morning. Iron Mike reportedly sat down with MATT LAUER in Las Vegas for the interview, which could very possibly have more details on his dramatic revelation at a press conference last week about his battle with alcohol.
At that time he told surprised reporters he'd been lying for years about being sober.
Taking everything much too seriously:
Unfortunately our strict policy prohibits us from bringing you this week's edition of Gospel Recordings in the News.
According to India's Hueiyen News Service, a CD entitled "Anal Gospel Vol III" has been released.
This has been your weekly this week's edition of Gospel Recordings in the News.
Editor's note: Anal Singers? That's the show I'm sure I don't want to miss.
--I don't know about singing, but I have, from time to time, been accused of talking out of my... well. (Maiman)
Global warming update:
During the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, a radioactive stream of toxic fluids was released into the air. Researchers believe the toxins will reach the West Coast of the US by March 2014, but new findings suggest it probably won't be harmful.
A paper published in the journal Deep-Sea Research explains most radioactive materials will stay in the North Pacific, with very little crossing south of the Equator in the next ten years. However, a measurable yet harmless signature of the radiation will likely spread into other ocean basins over the next few decades. (Page)
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