Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 23, 2015
June 23, 2015
Take Your Kids To Work Day is overrated. Celebrate the real holiday, Take Your Dogs To Work Day this Friday, June 26th.
The holiday was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International to promote adoption of dogs and celebrate how cool they are. Over three hundred businesses participated the first year, with thousands participating each year.
The holiday continues to grow each year, as thousands of visitors visit takeyourdog.com. (AB)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Break out your spiral notebooks, Professor KIM KARDASHIAN is getting up on the podium.
That's right, your favorite glamazon is going to be giving a lecture hosted by Inforum at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. Inforum's website describes it's mission as "[creating] meaningful conversations around the things that matter." Like the Kardashians, apparently.
The lecture's rubric states that, "Kim Kardashian-West has taken everything that is modern day society --from selfies to self-promotion to sexuality-- embraced it, monetized it and now we're going to talk about it." In particular, Professor Kardashian will discuss her family, their place in Millennial culture, and the objectification of women in media. PowerPoint TBH.
In keeping with the college theme, one VIP ticket to the lecture costs three-hundred dollars. It also includes a cocktail party, which beats the heck out of that guest lecturer's donut holes. (AB)
Army veteran and "Dancing with the Stars" favorite NOAH GALLOWWAY is the new face of Armitron watches. The third-place finisher on the reality competition series lost his left arm and leg to an improvised explosive device in Iraq. And People magazine says Noah was actually wearing an Armitron watch when he was injured in that explosion.
The $20 Armitron was on the wrist of the arm he lost, and medics made certain to save the watch. It was returned to him when he reached Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. It sat in a drawer, unused for years until he decided to get back into shape.
Noah told the magazine, "I needed it to time my workouts. All I had to do with the watch was clean it, dry the blood off of it and set it to the correct time. It still worked as if it were new, but now it was better because it had a story behind it."
As part of his new partnership with Armitron, the watch maker is also supporting Noah's "No Excuses Charitable Fund," which helps reduce childhood obesity in Alabama and empowers injured veterans with physical rehabilitative activities and programs. (Bartha)
Popped by the cops:
SEAN DIDDY COMBS was arrested yesterday for felony assault with a deadly weapon at UCLA. TMZ.com says his son, JUSTIN COMBS, is a defensive back on the school's football team and Diddy showed up to watch him practice on Sunday. Diddy got upset that strength and conditioning coach SAL ALOSI was (quote) "riding Justin badly" and yelled at him to not come back until the end of the summer.
Diddy went to speak to Coach Alosi yesterday afternoon but was told to leave. Diddy wasn't having any of that and went to the coach's office anyway where Alosi told him to get out or he'd call campus security. Diddy claims he said that he'd call the cops himself and that's when Alosi went for him. Diddy grabbed a kettleball and swung it at the coach, missing him by a few inches. UCLA staff says if Diddy had connected, the blow could have killed the coach. Diddy insists he was acting in self-defense.
FYI: Sal Alosi was suspended by the NFL in 2010 when he was a coach for the New York Jets and tripped a Miami Dolphins player who was covering a punt. (Marino)
Off the beaten path:
How did you celebrate this year's Summer Solstice?
In England, 23-thousand people gathered at Stonehenge to mark the event. And, another seven-thousand people gathered at the nearby Avebury stone circle. Many of the attendees were dressed up like druids. People lit candles and banged on tribal drums. Local police said the celebrations were "positive and peaceful." (Still)
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