Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 22, 2014
April 22, 2014
Today is the 44th anniversary of Earth Day.
In 1970, GAYLORD NELSON, then a U-S senator from Wisconsin, proposed a nationwide protest to put environmental issues on the national agenda. It's considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since its inception, over 20 million people have participated in annual gatherings to promote good environmental stewardship of the planet. It's now observed each year by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.
Ways to celebrate Earth Day (Maiman):
--Go to work without pants, blame it on global warming
--Spell your name in aerosol cheese
--Switch to wearing cloth diapers (Larry King only)
--Carve "Save the Whales" into the oak tree
--Replace fruitcake in toilet tank
Wish you lived somewhere that really cared about the environment? The Green Guide found the top 10 "greenest" cities in the U-S-of-A. The places where it's easy being green?
10. Huntsville, Alabama
9. Santa Rosa, California
8. Chicago, Illinois
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
6. St Paul, Minnesota
5. Austin, Texas
4. Berkeley, California
3. Oakland, California
2. Portland, Oregon
1. Eugene, Oregon
Lots of women owe their fabulous figure to a sneaky pair of Spanx --even REESE WITHERSPOON. Photographers from the UK's Daily Mail spotted the slim and trim actress heading into church last Sunday when the wind blew up her skirt and revealed a pair of the popular foundation garments. (Lee)
Starting today, the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei is enacting a new law that will make it legal to stone people to death "as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature." The controversial penal code has sparked backlash from L-G-B-T groups, and fashion designers BRIAN ATWOOD and PETER SOM are leading the charge with a social media campaign to get the fashion industry to boycott luxury hotels owned by the Sultan HASSANAL BOLKIAH worldwide.
On Tuesday, Atwood, a shoe designer, posted an Instagram message that read: "Send a clear signal to their owner, The Sultan of Brunei, that stoning people to death for being gay in Brunei is not acceptable."
Since the law comes into effect on Tuesday, he added: "Why not cancel your bookings tomorrow?" Fashion designer Som immediately re-grammed Atwood's message.
The Hollywood Reporter says all of the hotels are favorites for fashion industry previews and parties. They include the Beverly Hills Hotel, The Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, the Principe di Savoia in Milan, Le Meurice in Paris or the Dorchester in London. (Bartha)
CHRIS BROWN will have to chill in prison a bit more. His assault trial was supposed to start yesterday, but the Washington Post says it's been delayed until tomorrow. The singer's bodyguard was convicted of assault in a separate trial on the same situation where a man claimed he was beat up by Chris and the bodyguard. Brown's lawyers want Christopher Hollosy to testify that he punched Parker Adams that night, and that Chris Brown was not involved.(Marino)
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