Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 16, 2013
September 16, 2013
What's the Buzz:
Salvage experts are going to try and right the capsized cruise ship Costa Condordia today. During the next 12 hours, dozens of pulleys will be attached to the ship, as engineers try to rotate it upright. Then, they'll see what kind of damage it has and try to re-float the ship.
The other option --of breaking up the ship where it sits-- was not considered because the ship is in the middle of Europe's biggest marine sanctuary for whales, dolphins and the last surviving monk seals.
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means Wednesday night's drawing is valued at $400 million ($223.6 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.
Hey, at least give 'em credit for owning their mistake.
Last week, air travelers visiting United Airlines' website discovered, much to their pleasant surprise, that plane tickets were incredibly cheap. In fact, they were practically free.
What happened was, someone at United accidentally flagged certain trips as costing zero dollars, and customers who purchased their tickets in the two hours it allegedly took the airline to fix the problem only had to pay a few extra dollars in security and airport fees. People rushed to buy tickets.
When the dust settled on the pricey glitch, the airline was left with the question of whether or not to honor the tickets that were sold during the inadvertent fire sale. United eventually decided to honor the sale.
It remains unclear how many tickets United gave away or how much the "mistake fares" will end up costing the company.
Editor's note: Class act from an industry that isn't familiar with the adjective. (Maiman)
Like you really care:
Alert the media: Former "Baywatch" babe PAMELA ANDERSON says she'll be running in the upcoming New York City Marathon this Nov 03.
Pamela tweeted the reason: she's "raising funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization," which was founded by SEAN PENN.
Unlikely: that she'll be wearing a version of the red bathing suit she wore on "Baywatch," given the November weather in the Big Apple.
Feel free to call her "Mrs. Timberlake." Life & Style magazine reports JESSICA ALBA has officially changed her name to JESSICA TIMBERLAKE, but will keep using her original moniker in showbiz. (Lee)
LADY GAGA wants to be buried in her stripper boots. In Touch magazine reports that the singer has left instructions to never be separated from her beloved Penthouse Savannah stripper boots, telling everyone that she wants to wear them into the after life.
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