Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
What's the Buzz:
It's not going to change its name anytime soon, but Triple A, the auto membership club, is increasingly in the business of fixing bikes and giving rides to cyclists who run into trouble.
Triple A clubs in Colorado and Southern New England announced the new service in time for this week's Bike to Work Day, following the lead of other regional auto clubs in places like Minneapolis, Washington State, Oregon and Idaho.
In some of those cases, cyclists will have to make their way to a road to receive help since trucks can't get to isolated bike paths. In some cases, you may have to pay a slight fee for extra miles driven to get to the bike path.
The new benefit comes with existing memberships.
Editor's note: Do cyclists text? That would be a disaster. (Maiman)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
KANYE WEST and KIM KARDASHIAN may be a lot of things, but cheap isn't one of them. RadarOnline.com reports the attention-loving twosome is dropping a fortune to build their new home and the digs will include a $750-thousand dollar glamour room, music studio, covered patio, gym, his-and-hers sinks and toilets and an $83-thousand dollar infinity pool. (Lee)
Celebs love to use sex as a revenge tool. According to Star magazine, ORLANDO BLOOM and MIRANDA KERR are fighting over custody of their son FLYNN, who's three. Since they don't want to fight in front of Flynn, Orlando is using an affair with SELENA GOMEZ to tick Miranda off and she's doing tons of sexy photo shoots. (Myers)
It has come to this... we are so tied to our technology that a Tokyo-based designer, has created an entire line of clothing that blocks cell phone signals for the person wearing it. Once a garment from the collection is put on, any calls are sent straight to voicemail. The Huffington Post says KUNIHIKO MORINAGA created the collection to protect its wearers from "the virtual world." These new clothes-of-silence debuted at Toronto Fashion Week.
Phone starter: Would you go so far as to wear no-cell-phone-clothes to get a break from being connected? What hoops do you jump through now to get away from your phone? (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
We already told you that NBC would be doing "Peter Pan" as its next live musical production, but yesterday during the network's "upfront" presentation, they announced they were working on a production of "The Music Man" as well.
NBC's Entertainment Chairman, BOB GREENBLATT, said "Peter Pan" would be first, but "The Sound of Music" would follow.
The original production of "The Music Man" starred ROBERT PRESTON and SHIRLEY JONES when it was on Broadway in 1957; then was made into a film version as well.
There was one sure way for CLAY AIKEN to win that seat in Congress: his opponent dying! That's exactly what happened.
KEITH CRISCO fell while he was at home yesterday afternoon and was dead by the time the paramedics showed up. He was 71. Crisco was battling Clay for the Democratic District 2 House nomination in North Carolina.
The election was last week, with Clay ahead by 369 votes, but Crisco refused to concede until every last ballot was counted, including military and absentee entries, which could have drawn things out another few weeks. Aiken issued a classy statement of condolence.
So, now it looks like Clay has the nomination and he'll take on Republican incumbent RENEE ELMERS in November. (Marino)
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