Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 2, 2015
March 2, 2015
How low can you go? How about stealing cookies from a Girl Scout?
Saturday, thieves made off with more than $12-hundred dollars worth of Girl Scout cookies from a six year-old and her father, who's an Army veteran.
DAVID HUNIAK's SUV was parked in a garage in downtown St Louis and police say although the garage had surveillance cameras, they weren't working and a guard, who patrols the garage, saw nothing, either.
Still, 150 boxes of cookies are gone and St Louis police say there have been more than 40 vehicle break-ins just in the downtown area since the first of the year.
David is now hoping insurance money will cover the cost of the cookies.
Google just shelled out $25-million dollars to buy the domain name, dot app (.app).
PC magazine says it's reportedly the highest purchase price yet paid for a top-level domain in an auction, and more than triple the price of the previous record-holder, dot Tech (.tech).
Obviously, the domain name will probably be restricted to people developing apps for various mobile devices, but experts say it could also be used for web- and browser-based apps, cloud-hosted apps and even desktop apps.
Trendspotting: Black lipstick is all the rage on fashion runways. That doesn't necessarily make it a good thing, but that does make it a trendy thing. The Hollywood Reporter says the super-goth black lipped look was huge in London at the Giles show, where KENDALL JENNER, EDIE CAMPBELL, LILY DONALDSON and ANDREJA PEJIC all wore blacked out lips. It also showed up at the Ashley Williams show on the lips of GEORGIA MAY JAGGER (daughter of MICK JAGGER) ALICE DELLAL and IMMY WATERHOUSE. (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Everybody was talking about the "Saturday Night Live" take-off of the Toyota Camry Super Bowl commercial where an emotional dad drops his daughter off at the airport, taking her backpack and walking through the doors to join the military.
Except that the "SNL" parody had DAKOTA JOHNSON saying goodbye to her father, played by TARAN KILLAM, until HER ride arrived --a white pick-up truck with the Islamic State's black flag on the side, along with three men dressed like insurgents and carrying AK47s.
Dakota says, "Dad, it's just ISIS," then gets aboard the pickup and drives away, with the insurgents shooting off their guns in the air.
The bit was not amusing to some people in the wake of last week's report that three teenaged girls had left England to join ISIS, and there were plenty of angry posts on sites which posted the video of the bit (on YouTube, in case you want to re-post).
Health and Medical Briefs:
The World Health Organization is warning that at least one billion teens and young adults are at risk for hearing loss from too much exposure to loud music --on their smartphones and at concerts and sporting events. U.S. News and World Report says the W-H-O recommends listening to loud music be limited to no more than one hour each day. Volumes above 85 decibels for eight hours or above 100 decibels for 15 minutes were deemed unsafe. In middle- and high-income countries, the W-H-O says almost half of all people aged 12 to 35 listened to music at unsafe levels on their personal devices or smartphones. And almost 40 percent are exposed to loud music at nightclubs, bars and sporting events. (Bartha)
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