Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 30, 2014
September 30, 2014
The White House:
Look for some key testimony at a hearing later today on Capitol Hill after word broke yesterday regarding a recent security incident at the White House. Several sources report that the man who breached White House security earlier this month got far further into the building than initially said.
Several reports, including a detailed account in the Washington Post, say intruder OMAR GONZALEZ actually made it hundreds of feet deeper into the White House than originally reported, before being tackled by a counter-assault agent at the south end of the East Room, near the doorway that leads into the Green Room. (Pacelli)
Top talkables of the day:
With all the hubbub about the 20-cent tip Philadelphia Eagles player LeSEAN McCOY left at a restaurant, there's finally a nice note about somebody who actually over-tipped after getting bad service.
MAKENZIE SCHULTZ and her husband, STEVE, went out to dinner and waited 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for our entree. But when the check (for $66.65) arrived, they left a $100 tip. Why? Her note on the check explained "We've both been in your shoes. paying it forward."
On her Facebook page she posted the sales slip with a note which said "People all around us were making fun of the restaurant & how bad the service was. [The waiter] was running around like crazy and never acted annoyed with any table" even though he had to take care of "12 tables plus the bar."
Makenzie says she hopes this can be a friendly reminder not to judge situations too harshly. And apparently it is, since it's been shared over a million times.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
With all the hubbub of GEORGE CLOONEY and his wife, AMAL's, wedding over the weekend, it was almost an anti-climax to see the pair showing up at Venice's municipal hall yesterday around 1:30 pm in order to finish the paperwork to make their nuptials official.
Took them around 14 minutes and --what a surprise-- they both looked great as they came out, flashing their wedding bands for the gathered paparazzi.
PS: GEORGE CLOONEY runs a tight ship. TMZ.com reports that guests at his weekend wedding to AMAL ALAMUDDIN were given strict instructions to leave their cell phones in their hotel room, then handed burner phones and cameras that were encoded so the groom's people could access the images. If a picture leaked out, the powers that be would know exactly where it came from! (Lee)
Luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter.com sold about $200-thousand-dollars worth of KARL LAGERFELD Barbie dolls yesterday. Fashionista.com says Net-a-Porter has sold out of its 999 limited edition Barbies dressed to look like the eccentric Chanel designer. They were originally priced at $200 dollars. But now that they're gone, you'll have to pony up the big bucks. Some of the dolls are listed on eBay anywhere from $900 up to $35-hundred bucks. (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
If you liked the "Family Guy"-"Simpsons" crossover this past weekend, NBC has already one-upped FOX.
Later this year (Nov 11-12 to be exact), they've scheduled a crossover between not two, but THREE different network shows. The casts of "Law & Order: SVU," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" will be getting together for a three part episode that will begin Nov 11 on "Chicago Fire," then whip thru "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago PD," which are back-to-back on Nov 12.
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