Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
Along the Primary trail:
It looks like the path to Congress for former American Idol finalist CLAY AIKEN just got a whole lo easier. As we mentioned, his Democratic primary opponent dropped dead on Monday from a fall.
At the time of his death, Crisco was running a very close second in his battle with Aiken, but after the final tally, when absentee and provisional ballots were counted, the state Board of Elections declared Aiken the primary winner. He received 11,678 votes, or 40.86 percent, to Crisco's 11,288 votes, or 39.49 percent. A third candidate, Toni Morris, received the remaining 19.65 percent. Aiken needed 40 percent to avoid a runoff.
Those crazy, inflatable bounce houses you see at kids' birthday parties can be fun, but extremely dangerous! Buzzfeed.com reports three children were playing inside an inflatable castle in upstate New York last Monday when it was blown away ...by a gust of wind! Two little boys in kindergarten were treated for serious injuries after falling onto the pavement and a parked car, a ten-year-old little girl suffered minor scrapes and the castle was eventually found in a field behind a middle school. (Lee)
Men's shorts have taken a sudden (and unfortunate) turn into "Daisy Dukes" territory. New York magazine's The Cut says inseams for men's shorts are shrinking as low as five inches. Super-short Adidas soccer shorts and O-P trunks have also become hot properties on eBay. And the Wall Street Journal reports that "If men's shorts were a glacier in Greenland, scientists would be freaking out." (Bartha)
The new iPhone app is taking Hollywood by storm. Star magazine reports that COMMON, MARIA MENOUNOS and JOE MANGANIELLO have all been seen using the new Isis Wallet, an app that lets you pay with your phone. www.paywiththis.com (Myers)
BOB DYLAN released a new single yesterday. It's a cover of FRANK SINATRA's 1945 hit, "Fool Moon And Empty Arms," and you can hear it right now at bobdylan.com. The song will be on Bob's new album, which is due out later this year. RollingStone.com says it could be an all standards album, and the front page of Dylan's website has an image that looks like an old Blue Note jazz record with the title, "Shadows In The Night." No one would confirm if that is the name of the album, but it probably is. This will be the follow-up to Bob's last studio album, 2012's "Tempest." He continues his never-ending tour in Europe with dates running from June 16th in Cork, Ireland, through July 17th in Pori, Finland.
FYI: "Full Moon And Empty Arms" is based on RACHMANINOFF's "Piano Concerto Number 2 in C Minor." (Marino)
Look what I found:
A fisherman in Maine caught a highly unusual lobster.
BEN MURDOCK pulled in a rare two-toned black-and-white lobster near Monhegan Island. How rare is it? Officials at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute say "split-colored lobsters are estimated to occur only once out of every 50 million or more." So, what did Murdock do with his ultra-rare lobster? He says he was forced to throw it back because it was too small and keeping it would have meant breaking the law. Ben explains, "No matter how rare, a good lobsterman throws back an illegal lobster." (Still)
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