Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 20, 2015
October 20, 2015
The hot new Halloween costume in Mexico is one you'll probably recognize --a mask and prison outfit that the country's most infamous drug lord, "El Chapo" wore before his escape from prison in July. In fact, it even has his prison number --3578-AJ-- on it.
"El Chapo" --real name JOAQUIN GUZMÁN-- is still at large and most likely back at the head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, where he reportedly amassed around a billion dollars for selling cocaine in the US, methamphetamine in Canada and ecstasy as far off as Europe.
The Washington Post says Grupo Rev, the company that manufactures the costume, has sold around four-thousand of them at $39 apiece. They also have another big seller --a mask of DONALD TRUMP which has sold around a thousand copies in less than a week since they've been on sale. As you can imagine, Trump is not a favorite of the Mexican people after his remarks earlier this year.
OPRAH WINFREY has picked up 10-percent of Weight Watchers.
Variety says the mega-mogul shelled out around $43 million for the stock and will join the company's board of directors, "bringing her insight to future products and programs" in an effort to transform the corporation into an organization that promotes overall health and wellness.
As part of the move, Oprah says she'll become a member of the Weight Watchers program as well.
PS: Reuters reports that after Oprah picked up the stock, the announcement caused the stock to spike 105 percent, which meant that Oprah made about $45 million yesterday --just for announcing that she bought the stock.
Poor KIM KARDASHIAN has it all --fame, fortune and a beautiful family, but she can't get what she really wants --a bestie named KATE MIDDLETON! Sources tell Star magazine that the bootylicious brunette is "obsessed" with the Duchess, keeps up with her every move and has been badgering Kensington Palace for a playdate with PRINCE GEORGE and PRINCESS CHARLOTTE.
Unfortunately, Kate has no interest in hanging out wit the reality darling which Kim simply can't understand. (Lee)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
Now that he's all done with James Bond movies, or so he says, DANIEL CRAIG is returning to the stage. Theatermania.com says he'll play Iago opposite "Selma" star DAVID OYELOWO in an Off Broadway production of SHAKESPEARE's "Othello." SAM GOLD, who won the Tony for "Fun Home" will direct. New York Theater Workshop is putting the whole thing together for 2016. The rest of the cast, dates and venue will be announced soon. (Marino)
Today's police blotter:
A toddler was found wandering the streets of Philadelphia alone in the middle of the night.
Police say the two-year-old's parents are homeless and the family was sleeping inside cardboard boxes underneath the Fairmount Park Welcome Center. A passerby found the boy wandering at midnight and handed him over to police.
Officers eventually tracked down the parents: 27-year-old ANGELIQUE ROLAND and 24-year-old MICHAEL JONES. It turns out they have another child as well. The toddler and his sister are now in the custody of social services.
The couple says they can't afford rent and the local shelters were full, so they chose to sleep in the park.
The good news is, the local community is coming together to raise money for the family --$12-thousand dollars so far. And, both Jones and Roland have received multiple job offers. (Still)
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