Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 29, 2016
January 29, 2016
Along the Primary trail:
A recent USA Today Millennial Poll finds only 60 percent of young adults plan to vote in the November general election. Other survey findings break down the population segment's complicated orientation towards voting. Most claim to understand the mechanics of voting with 71 percent knowing how to register and only 20 percent saying voting is hard. But there are mixed emotions about the effectiveness of voting, with 37 percent agreeing "my vote doesn't really matter" and 55 percent agreeing "there are better ways of making a difference than voting."
Per the poll, 41 percent of Millennials identify more as Democrats, 28 percent as Republicans, and tend to consider themselves fiscally moderate or conservative, and socially liberal. (Kaye)
Filling a need:
As you know by now, Mattel has unveiled its new line of Barbie dolls, aimed at giving little girls (or boys) a toy that is shaped more like human women actually are. Lost in the flurry of news about Barbie is Lego's new minifigure in a wheelchair. It's part of a new Lego City set the toymaker unveiled this week at toy fairs in Nuremberg and London. It's set to go on sale this summer in the 60134 Fun in the Park set. (Kaye)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Are CAMERON DIAZ and BENJI MADDEN getting ready for the pitter-patter of little feet? Photographers for the National Enquirer spotted the thin blonde wearing a long, baggy sweater while leaving a buddy's house in Studio City, California, this week while trying to cover up her middle with a towel. Rumors are already swirling that she could be in a "delicate condition" after tying the knot with the GOOD CHARLOTTE rocker last January. (Lee)
Today's police blotter:
A British man wearing a SUPERMAN costume saved a woman from a would be robber.
32-year-old ANTONIO CORTES was dressed as the super hero for a charity event in Gloucester when he heard the lady crying for help. Cortes ran outside and spotted a man trying to mug her. That's when he chased the suspect, knocked him to the ground, and held him there until cops arrived. (Still)
Off the beaten path:
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to buy that house in Alabama that was used in "The Silence of the Lambs."
The Fayette County home is best known as the house where killer BUFFALO BILL lived in the 1991 movie. PETA has written to the real estate agent in charge of selling the house to notify them of its intent to turn it into a museum. PETA says the "Empathy Museum" will allow visitors to wear the skins of dead animals to remind them how cruel killing them is. (Still)
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