Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
The White House:
The Justice Department is expected today to issue a report that will accuse the police department in Ferguson, MO, of racial bias and routinely violating the constitutional rights of black citizens by stopping drivers without reasonable suspicion, making arrests without probable cause and using excessive force. That investigation was triggered by violence surrounding the fatal shooting last August of unarmed black 18-year-old MICHAEL BROWN by white Ferguson police officer DARREN WILSON. (Pacelli)
You can add the Smithsonian Institution to the list of museums which won't let you use a so-called "selfie stick" to take pictures inside.
In a statement released yesterday, the Museum said it was concerned about safety of the visitors to the crowded museum, as well as objects which could be damaged. More than 28 million visitors passed through its doors last year.
The Smithsonian will still let you take a selfie with the T-Rex dinosaur or other items --you just have to leave the selfie stick in your bag, along with other banned items, including tripods, monopods and large backpacks.
New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art was the first major museum to ban the sticks.
GIORGO ARMANI blames MADONNA for her fall offstage earlier this week. People magazine says Armani has called Madonna "very difficult" about the cape he designed. Armani said he originally designed the cape with a hook, but Madonna insisted it be tied around her neck instead. In the video of Madonna's now-infamous Brit Awards fall, the superstar can be seen struggling with the cape tie before her backup dancers pull it away, accidentally yanking Madonna down by the neck. (Bartha)
Although BRIAN WILLIAMS was not there for almost all of the February TV sweeps, guess which network newscast came in first?
If you said "NBC Nightly News," you'd be right. "Nightly News," with LESTER HOLT filling in, was first with total viewers (9.8 million) and also among the coveted 18-to-49 age group.
ABC's "World News Tonight" was second, with 9.45 million viewers and the "CBS Evening News" was third with just over 8 million viewers.
The WU-TANG CLAN is finally ready to sell the one and only copy of the "secret" double album, "The Wu --Once Upon A Time In Shaolin." Forbes.com says Paddle-8 will handle the auction of this unique item, which is being sold as a work of art. Founding member RZA said (quote), "Owning a Picasso doesn't mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you're the sole owner of a unique original." The plan was to sell the one and only copy of the album to the highest bidder, then let that person do whatever they wanted to with the music. Well, the Wu-Tang Clan has changed their minds about that. Now, the deal is the owner can't do anything with the music on the album for 88 years! That means no uploading, no CD pressings, no leaks, nothing. After 88 years, all bets are off. All of the details on the auction will be announced later this month. (Marino)
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