Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
On a 14-to-1 vote, the Senate Intelligence Committee passed a controversial cybersecurity bill markup yesterday. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) would enhance the sharing of information about cybersecurity threats between the private sector and government agencies by granting liability protections to companies offering the data.
Government officials and several business groups say the bill is necessary to mitigate the impact of cyberattacks, which have hit giant retailers like Target and Home Depot and Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer. However, the bill is being chided by the ire of the privacy community, including OR Democratic Sen. RON WYDEN, who cast the lone "no" vote opposing the CISA. (Pacelli)
St Patrick's Day:
With St. Patrick's Day upon us, consider the health benefits of... beer. HellaWella.com informs us that moderate beer consumption has been linked to a number of health benefits, including providing heavy amounts of B vitamins and reducing the risk of kidney stones.
Silicon is found in beer and promotes bone strength, important in preventing osteoporosis. It's highest in pale beers and those with higher levels of hops.
Dark beers contain more fiber than light beers, and are packed with iron. Fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels and iron carries oxygen in the blood and regulates cell growth. (Kaye)
Baseball season hasn't begin yet, but already ballparks are ramping up for all-new stadium food to entice the fans.
One of them is the Wilmington (Delaware) Blue Rocks, a farm team for the Kansas City Royals, who've partnered with Krispy Kreme donuts to put together a hot dog topped with bacon, raspberry jelly, and nestled in a bun made from a Krispy Kreme donut.
Right now, the creation doesn't have a name, but you can enter a contest to name it and win four tickets to opening night, $50 in Stadium bucks and a commemorative plaque which goes in the park announcing that you named it. Your suggestions can be submitted on the team's official website by Mar 17.
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Tony winner LEA SALONGA will join the Broadway cast of GEORGE TAKEI's musical, "Allegiance." She was the original "Miss Saigon" in London and New York, and she was also in the Broadway revival of "Flower Drum Song" in 2002. Former "Rent" and "Godspell" cast member TELLY LEUNG was in the premiere cast of "Allegiance" in 2012 at the Old Globe in San Diego along with Lea. The musical looks at George's life with his family in an internment camp during World War II when he was just five years old. Previews begin October 6th at the Longacre Theater and opening night is set for November 8th. (Marino)
Locked Up for their own good:
A lady in Nebraska is accused of making a bomb threat because she was unhappy with her cable guy.
Officers with the Lincoln Police Department say 23-year-old MIKKA PHILLIPS phoned Time Warner Cable to complain that the cable guy didn't show up. That's when she allegedly told the customer service rep, "I swear to God I'm blowing up that building." Time Warner's Lincoln office was evacuated while officials carried out a 20-minute search. No explosives were found. (Still)
Stars and their movies:
Congratulation to actor ED HARRIS, who's starred in films including "The Right Stuff," "The Abyss," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Apollo 13" and "Pollack." He's getting a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning at 11:30 am (Pacific) in front of the historic Egyptian Theatre. MARCIA GAY HARDEN and ANDY GARCIA will be speaking at the ceremony.
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