Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 6, 2015
April 6, 2015
The President at play:
PRESIDENT OBAMA will host the 137th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll today. Over 35-thousand people are expected to gather on the White House lawn.
POPE FRANCIS used his global Easter message on Sunday to praise a preliminary deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program. He said, "In hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world."
He added, "We ask for peace, above all, for Syria and Iraq, that the roar of arms may cease and that peaceful relations may be restored among the various groups which make up those beloved countries." (Pacelli)
The city of Sacramento, California, attempted to set a new world record on Easter Sunday. But, they made more than a few families furious instead.
The city tried to organize the world's largest Easter egg hunt yesterday. But, as one parent puts it "There was no organization at all... Little two and three year olds were crying... it was horrible." Some families complained of getting trampled in all the confusion. Others said they heard flurries of profanity during the rush to collect eggs. Several parents left the Easter egg hunt furious, claiming the family-friendly event was less-than-festive. (Still)
KARL LAGERFELD's very fashionable cat makes so much more money than you. And me --and most humans, for that matter. The Chanel designer claims his cat Choupette "did two jobs and made three million Euros last year!" (That comes to about $3.9 million U.S. dollars, by the way!) The Hollywood Reporter says Choupette --who also has two personal maids dedicated to her every need and a major cult following-- earned the money by giving her paw of approval to a German car maker and a Japanese beauty product. The Chanel designer added that he doesn't allow the cat to endorse anything as mundane as "foodstuffs" because, "She's too sophisticated for that." (Bartha)
Face time with the judge:
Warning --note content:
Interesting details emerging from two new lawsuits against MICHAEL JACKSON's estate.
The NY Post reports two men, who claim they were abused by Michael as children, are suing his estate for punitive damages. And because they are civil cases, their lawyers will reportedly be able to use evidence which has been --up until now-- excluded from any criminal proceedings.
The details allegedly show that Michael paid out nearly $200 million to at least 20 alleged victims and their families over the years. One of the men, JAMES SAFECHUCK, claims Michael wrote a $1 million check to his father.
One problem for the lawsuits --both of the cases were filed over a year after Michael's death, which reportedly misses the statutory deadline.
The cases will be heard by a judge in Los Angeles on Thursday, who will then decide if the cases can proceed.
Broadcast, cable and video news:
There's a "Muppet Show" reboot in the works.
The big news Friday was that ABC is working on a new show called "Muppets 2015" with TVLine reporting the pilot show plot has the Muppets excitedly gathering at ABC for a meeting about their new show, but it can't move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on."
The original Muppet Show ran from 1976-81. ABC revived the franchise in 1996 with "Muppets Tonight," but the series was cancelled after 10 episodes.
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