Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015
The former President at play:
Former President BILL CLINTON said yesterday that he'd continue to give paid speeches while his wife HILLARY runs for president, and said that he may consider stepping down or taking "less of an executive role" at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president.
He told NBC, "I gotta pay our bills... We do our best to vet them (the speeches). And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there's something wrong with it, I don't take it." (Pacelli)
I'm a Poll Man:
A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds a higher percentage of Americans now describe race relations in our nation as bad than at any time since 1992. That figure is 61-percent.
For the first time since 1997, majorities of both blacks and whites say race relations are bad. And while 61-percent say the unrest in Baltimore after FREDDIE GRAY's death was unjustified, 28-percent say it was. (Pacelli)
Cinco de Mayo Freebies:
Note: check your local restaurant before heading out... some locations will vary.
--Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill: Groupon is offering two restaurant coupons for Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill: $30 worth of food and drink for two people for $16 and $60 worth of food and drink for four people for $32.
--Baja Fresh is offering a $0.99 seafood taco with the purchase of a combo with two seafood tacos and rice and beans.
--On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina: Drink specials and menu items vary by location, but you can expect deals on domestic and imported drafts and margaritas, as well as menu items like fajitas, guacamole and appetizer samplers.
--Tío Juan's Margarita's Mexican Restaurant: is celebrating with extended late-night hours and you can even win dinner for two for an entire year, with a winner selected from each restaurant location.
--Starbuck's: From 3-5 p.m. Starbuck's will offer half off Frappucinos through May 11.
A new Piper-Jaffray survey on teens and social media finds Instagram is the "most important" social network to the largest proportion (32 percent) of young'uns surveyed, up a couple of points from a year earlier. Twitter continues to be the second-most important social network, cited by 24 percent; and Facebook (14 percent) is narrowly ahead of Snapchat (13 percent) for the third spot.
To understand just how important Instagram is for Piper-Jaffray's aged 13-24 survey group, consider:
--33 percent say they check Instagram first thing in the morning
--39 percent say it's the last thing they do before falling asleep at night
--53 percent say Instagram helped "define who they were"
--68 percent admit to engaging with brands regularly on this medium (Kaye)
Overheard on Sunset Blvd:
Your neighbors may drive a boring minivan and mow their lawn twice-a-week, but are probably kinkier than you could ever imagine! PerezHilton.com reports "Fifty Shades of Grey" is now available for pre-order on Amazon and is the most popular flick in the site's history. The very blue tale of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele beat out other, bigger blockbusters like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay --Part 1," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Guardians of the Past" and "Frozen."
The flick hits Blu-ray and DVD on Friday. (Lee)
Idiots or Insane:
A bodybuilder wanted to look like the Incredible Hulk so badly that he injected both arms himself with oil and alcohol, and almost had to have both his arms amputated.
ROMERIO DOS SANTOS ALVES, who's 25 and the father of one, got turned onto synthol by some guys at his gym in Brazil. He used it to pump his biceps and trapezius muscles to an unnatural size. A doctor told him that he might lose both his arms because the injections turned his muscles to rock.
He even tried to commit suicide when he wife was six months pregnant with their child.
Alves was so scary looking that children in his hometown were terrified calling him a 'beast' and a 'monster'. 'If you take it once there will definitely be a second time --it's addictive,' he said.
See his big, scary, unnatural bulges here. (Myers)
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