Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 10, 2014
March 10, 2014
an historic event in the cookie business. It was on this date 38 years ago that WALLY AMOS opened the first store in the world to exclusively sell handmade cookies (1975). Wally named them "Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies," and using a recipe from 1929, became the first person to market gourmet cookies. Wally had to sell the company due to financial difficulties in the early 1990s; he's now 77 and splits his time bewteen Kailua, Hawaii and Long Island, NY --and that's the way the cookie...
St. Patrick's Day:
This is why we can't have nice St Paddy's Day parties.
With more than a week to go before the holiday honoring all things green and boozy, (oh, and a 5th-century Catholic bishop), cops in Massachusetts had to break up a gathering that sounds more war zone-themed than a party.
At least 73 revelers were arrested near the UMass Amherst campus Saturday in what a police spokeswoman called an "extremely disturbing and unsafe" annual exercise in revelry called the "Blarney Blowout."
Incredibly, alcohol was involved. (Ahem!)
The party, traditionally held the Saturday before spring break, got started early Saturday morning and police in riot gear spent most of the day trying to break it up. They fired "paintball-style guns loaded with pepper spray," there were fights, fireworks, and "thousands" of liquored-up people hurling beer cans and snowballs. Four cops were injured.
A police spokesperson called it "one of the worst scenes we have ever had with drunkenness and unruliness." This despite a report last week from the Amherst Bulletinthat the town was ready for revelers after last year's event, which featured a relatively tame six arrests. Apparently, the "strongly worded emails" sent out by the university didn't quite resonate.
Editor's note: Wait, a St. Patrick's Day pre-party at a college resulting in over six dozen arrests? I'm shocked, SHOCKED! --Maiman)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Talk about a tough crowd! The megahit Broadway musical, "The Book Of Mormon," is headed to Salt Lake City where every six out of ten residents is a card-carrying Mormon, and that includes the entire OSMOND clan. The show is a send-up of Mormons, written by the "South Park" guys, MATT STONE and TREY PARKER. The touring company of the musical is booked into the Capitol Theater from July 28th to August 9th of 2015. A spokesperson for the Mormon church told the Salt Lake Tribune, "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ." (Marino)
Stars and their movies:
There's a "Mean Girls" reunion in the works --this is the tenth anniversary of the classic film, and TMZ reports there'll be a cast reunion happening which is already being planned by the movie's co-writer, TINA FEY, who's been talking to LORNE MICHAELS about the possibility.
Now, the question is where --and people up to and including JIMMY FALLON have been offering their shows for the event.
Original stars up for the event include LINDSAY LOHAN, AMY POEHLER, JOHNATHAN BENNETT (who played Lindsay's love-interest, Aaron), RAJIV SURENDRA (who was the Math class fanatic), and DANIEL FRANZESE (who was Too Gay to Function).
A New York tattoo artist is under fire for inking his dog while it was under anesthetic after surgery.
MISTAH METRO posted a snapshot online showing his pooch lying sedated with a brand new heart-shaped tattoo with an arrow through it. The tat has led to widespread backlash online, with animal lovers condemning the artist and demanding the dog be removed from his home. Technically, the act is not illegal. But, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is condemning Metro's actions. (Still)
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