Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 14, 2014
October 14, 2014
Chicago Center is back up and running.
The FAA's Chicago-area radar facility that was taken out by a fire 17 days ago, came back online yesterday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration said there were no technical problems and operations were (finally) progressing normally Monday.
We told you yesterday that as many as 200-thousand intercepted Snapchat images, many of them explicit, were leaked by 4chan, over the weekend. Turns out now that the pictures were allegedly taken off a third-party app called SnapSaved.com, which allows people to save their photos. People use Snapchat to send images that will eventually disappear, but third party apps like SnapSaved are intended to let you save those photos.
PC magazine reports Snapsaved.com has admitted they were hacked, and "immediately" deleted their entire database upon discovering the breach.
As for Snapchat, they noted again that they've warned about using non-official apps to interface with the service for quite some time.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Turns out it was BRITNEY SPEARS former "manager," SAM LUFTI, who got AMANDA BYNES into the hospital she was put for the 5150 psychiatric hold last Friday. According to TMZ, he reportedly convinced Amanda to return to the West Coast so she could sue her parents. But rather than taking her to a lawyer's office, Lufti took her to a medical facility in Pasadena where she was placed on the 72-hour psych hold. It didn't help any when Amanda told paparazzi at Los Angeles International that she wanted to be "like Marilyn Monroe" and that she couldn't wait for her father to be "dead in his grave."
Meanwhile, TAMAR ARMINAK, the attorney representing Bynes' family, said Amanda will now stay at the facility for two more weeks, where she reportedly having a tough time. Sources tell PerezHilton.com that the starlet isn't adjusting well, but is in a first-class facility that provides a calming environment to work out her "issues." (Lee)
Fashion Emergency (Warning: note content):
Customers buying the luxury Hermes Birkin bag are returning their purses to stores in droves because they say their Birkin bags smell more like bong-bags. Customers who are returning their $20-thousand-dollar bags are being told there was a problem with a "badly tanned" batch of leather from one of the French fashion house's suppliers. The process of tanning the leather somehow made the Birkins smell like marijuana whenever the bags were exposed to warm temperatures, like direct sunlight on being left in a hot car.
New York Post's Page Six says returned bags are being shipped back to Hermes' headquarters in Paris, where the skunk-stunk leather panels are being replaced and the bags rebuilt. The weedy aroma problem is apparently a worldwide phenomenon. It is affecting multiple lines from Hermes' exclusive bag collections. That includes the iconic Birkin bag, as well as Hermes' Kelly and Elan clutch bags. Those bags can range anywhere from $5 thousand to $20-thousand dollars. (Bartha)
Small town, small people:
One of the shortest men in the UK says he was mistakenly handed a coloring book and crayons at a restaurant.
26-year-old JAMES LUSTED, who is three-feet, seven-inches tall, was eating at the Harvester Inn in Cardiff with his 20-year-old bride-to-be. When the waitress handed them two menus, crayons, and a coloring book, James spoke up. That's when his deep voice resonated and the server realized her mistake. Lusted says, "She immediately put the coloring book behind her back in shock." The waitress was so embarrassed, she vanished and didn't come out again for the rest of the evening.
A spokesman for the restaurant has apologized for the mistake, and Lusted says he's "man enough to see the funny side." (Still)
Global warming update:
September 2014 was the warmest on record, according to newly updated NASA data . LiveScience.com says August was also the warmest August on record, putting 2014 on the fast track to be the warmest year on record. NASA'S Goddard Institute for Space Studies recorded about 1.4-degrees-Fahrenheit above average. That edged out the previous September record set back in 2005. Goddard Institute records extend back to 1880. (Bartha)
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