Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 1, 2014
April 1, 2014
Trolling for publicity:
NICK CANNON has all the spots of a cheetah... but none of the stealth. MARIAH CAREY'S husband stepped out on New York City's Times Square to promote "White People Party Music" with his hair spotted like a cheetah. Us Weekly's website says Nick accessorized the new 'do with an all-white suit, sequined cheetah print loafers and an oversized cream coat. So, you know, it was subtle. Nick later posted a selfie of the crazy hairstyle, saying it took five hours to get his cheetah spots. (Bartha)
Auto World /Gas Guzzlin' Update:
General Motors announced yesterday that it's recalling another 1.5 million vehicles worldwide because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.
The announcement of the ever-expanding recall comes on the heels of a weekend announcement by GM over faulty ignition switches.
The new recall brings to 6.3 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February.
The latest round of problems for the carmaker also comes a day before GM CEO MARY BARRA is scheduled to testify (today) before Congress about why it's taken GM so long to recall cars with faulty ignition switches. The problem was first spotted in 2001 and has been linked to 13 deaths.
On Sunday, federal investigators said that regulators twice declined to open formal probes into complaints about the cars and that the auto maker rejected a proposed fix for the problem in 2005 because it would have taken too long and cost too much. (Maiman)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Three months after it was made official, JOHNNY DEPP has finally admitted it! He is, indeed, engaged to marry AMBER HEARD. The typically quirky actor-of-few-word finally admitted it when cornered by a reporter in Beijing. "The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle." A source told Us Weekly that the engagement ring Johnny gave to Amber was too big, so he started wearing it. Their engagement was confirmed back in January. (Bartha)
The Florida driver caught on video getting "instant karma" when he crashed his truck right after tailgating a woman and flipping her off (see RBR 3/28) has now received regular-speed karma, too. He's been arrested.
After seeing his license plate number in the video, police identified the driver of the truck as 33-year-old JEFFREY WHITE. They booked him for reckless driving, leaving the scene, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
The woman says that although she's received criticism for filming while driving, she kept her eyes on the road the entire time, and police thanked her for reporting White's reckless behavior. (Maiman)
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