Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
Checking the Food Chain:
America's War on Drugs has its critics but across the pond, the British are snorting so much cocaine that scientists in say its found its way into the water supply.
Scientists discovered traces even after the water had gone through intensive purification treatments. Officials say it's still safe to drink the water since the detected compounds are at least thousands of times below doses seen to produce adverse effects in animals and hundreds of thousands below human therapeutic doses.
According to one estimate, there are around 180-thousand dependent users of crack cocaine in England, and nearly 700-thousand people aged 16-59 are estimated to take cocaine every year in Britain.
Editor's note: No big deal. In L-A they just breathe it in along with the smog.
--It's a little different here in the States. Here, Xanax in the water supply helps us deal with the anxiety brought on by thinking about our water supply. (Maiman)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Is KIM KARDASHIAN stalking the leader of the free world? Sources tell RadarOnline.com the bootylicious brunette was dying to meet President BARACK OBAMA at a gala event in Los Angeles last Wednesday, but the First Couple wanted "nothing to do" with the reality darling.
Insiders say K-squared is "political poison," but dead-set on showing her support for the Commander-in-Chief despite the fact that he's called her fiance KANYE WEST a "jackass" on two different occasions. (Lee)
There's a new bra on the market that claims it will hide your armpit fat. In other news, apparently there is such a thing as armpit fat.
Warner's "No Side Effects" bra claims it will get rid of "sleeve-age" and look smoother under your clothing. People magazine's Stylewatch says the $38-dollar bra has extra fabric on the sides meant to cover armpit "bulge." The adjustable portions of the straps are also located on the front of the bra instead of the back to better fit the custom underarm concealers. (Bartha)
Now that STEPHEN COLBERT is leaving Comedy Central for his own late-night show at CBS, what will happen to the gaping hole that housed "The Colbert Report"?
The Hollywood Reporter says Comedy Central has picked LARRY WILMORE to host its new show, to be called "The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore." Larry has a pretty good leg up --he's been "The Daily Show's" "Senior Black Correspondent" since 2006, and he'll be relocating to NYC for the new show.
"I love the city of New York," he said, "And I promise to only wear my Laker t-shirts when I'm layering."
Most experts were positive that BRITNEY SPEARS was going to fail, big time, in Las Vegas. Wrong! The Review-Journal says she has been offered $12-million dollars to extend her run at Planet Hollywood's Axis theater for two more years. Her original $30-million dollar deal expires at the end of 2015, but if she signs this new deal, Britney will be in Vegas until Christmas 2016. (Marino)
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