Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 21, 2015
September 21, 2015
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
CARLY FIORINA's performance in last week's Republican debate has provided her with a nice spike in at least one new poll. A CNN/ORC International poll released yesterday morning gives the former Hewlett-Packard CEO 15-percent support among Republican respondents --up from just three-percent in a similar poll earlier this month-- and good enough for second place behind DONALD TRUMP's 24-percent.
Trump's support dropped eight-points from earlier this month.
BEN CARSON also slipped in the latest ranking, down five points to 14 percent. FL Sen. MARCO RUBIO finished fourth with 11-percent, up eight points. (Pacelli)
Big Money, Big Problems:
Being vigilant about loss prevention makes sense if your store sells insanely popular high-end tech gear. But Philadelphia magazine reports two former employees of a Pennsylvania Apple store have filed a class action suit against the iPhone maker. The workers say they spent an average of 17 minutes of uncompensated time per day undergoing security checks after clocking out of work and during break time. State-wide, it would mean Apple could owe millions for the violations.
The case was originally filed in Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court but has now been removed to federal court. Apple denies the allegations and denies that the company violated the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. (Kaye)
Did someone pony up a fortune for HEIDI FLEISS' little Black Book? TMZ.com reports a mystery seller promised to release one name from the dirty list until they received a cool hundred-grand for the Gucci planner that's supposedly filled with famous actors, sports figures, agency executives and politicians. Luckily, this won't become another Ashley-Madison scandal --as of press time, the site claims the auction is over. (Lee)
Setting a good example:
Most 13-year-olds think they know everything. A mom in Australia wasn't about to let her son keep thinking that so she cured him real quick --by treating him like an adult. She started charging him $700 bucks a month for rent, food, electricity and Internet privileges. Mom is jobless right now and her oh-so-smart kid makes some money from his YouTube channel so she figured if he wanted to be treated like an adult, as he told her during a fight over homework, she would make him one.
She also charges him three bucks a day to rent his clothes and has given him chores to do. No word on whether or not he still wants to be treated like an adult. (Myers)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
THE WHO has canceled the rest of its 50th anniversary North American tour. The band released an official statement on Friday that singer ROGER DALTREY has viral meningitis and has to rest. PETE TOWNSHEND said the concerts will be rescheduled for the spring of 2016. The Who was supposed to kick off the tour tonight in San Diego, but last week, the first four shows were postponed due to an illness but no one said it was Roger who was sick. Roger said (quote), "I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better, but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year." (Marino)
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