Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 16, 2016
February 16, 2016
Politics as usual:
DONALD TRUMP (Sensing a pattern here?) hinted Monday at a possible third-party run, saying that the Republican National Committee is "in default" of an agreement and is not treating him fairly. In South Carolina, he said, "When somebody's in default, that means the other side can do what they have to do... The RNC is in default."
He added, "I signed a pledge (not to run on a third party line) but it's a double-edge pledge, and as far as I'm concerned they're in default of the pledge." (Pacelli)
Cash falls outta armored car dep't:
Gas in northwest Ohio was just pennies a gallon on Sunday.
No, it wasn't a Valentine's Day promotion --it was a computer glitch. A computer malfunction reportedly caused prices at one north Toledo gas station to drop dramatically. Then, another station across the street dropped its own prices to keep up. One customer said he was able to fill his entire tank for only 26-cents. The ridiculously low prices lasted for about three hours before the gas station owners put everything back to normal. Ohio's average price for regular gas was $1.55 a gallon at the time. (Still)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
As if it wasn't hard enough to get tickets to see "Hamilton," the Grammys went live to the Richard Rodgers Theater last night where the cast of the hit musical performed the show's opening number, "Alexander Hamilton." Monday is usually a dark night, but a spot on the Grammys is worth it. A live audience was brought in for the number, and to see if "Hamilton" would win the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. It did. Then, Composer-star LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA rapped his entire acceptance speech. (Marino)
Stupid people, stupid places:
A University of Iowa student has been expelled for allegedly threatening instructors.
22-year old HANXIANG NI allegedly posted on social media that he planned to shoot his teachers if he failed his exams. University administrators got wind of the threats and reportedly kicked him out of school. It's also believed Ni was deported back to his home country of China. (Still)
Diseases and Dat Boid Flu:
Having a physically demanding job and high blood pressure may triple a woman's risk of heart disease. The new study out of Denmark looked specifically at more than 12-thousand female nurses. U.S. News & World Report says they found that the two risk factors resulted in an even greater incidence of heart disease, a finding that had not been seen before in women. The study defined "high-activity jobs" as those that included standing and walking with lifting, carrying and other physical exertion. Moderately active jobs involved mainly standing and walking with no physical exertion. (Bartha)
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