Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 9, 2016
March 9, 2016
WILLOW SMITH is the new face of Chanel. People magazine says the daughter of WILL SMITH and JADA PINKETT-SMITH made her debut as "brand ambassadress" at the French fashion house's Paris Fashion Week show yesterday. (Bartha)
Cops & robbers:
Our dumb criminal of the day award goes to this would-be robber in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Cops say 18-year-old VICTOR MARTINEZ-HERRERA pulled a gun on his taxi driver and demanded cash while stopped at a red light. Unfortunately for Martinez-Herrera, he didn't notice the police cruiser right behind them. The light turned green during the alleged robbery. When the cab failed to pull forward, Deputy TERRY ELY approached the taxi and immediately saw what was happening. Ely pulled out his gun and ordered Martinez-Herrera out of the cab.
In surveillance video from the scene, the cabbie can be heard telling the deputy, "You're a lifesaver."
Martinez-Herrera was charged with robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault. The cab driver says it's his third time being robbed on the job. (Still)
JARED FOGLE may be a convicted felon, but wants the world to know he's not fat! The disgraced Subway spokesperson's attorney RONALD ELBERGER tells TMZ.com that rumors about his client packing on the pounds are false, he's eating meals like soups, burgers, beef stew, chicken and enchilada casserole and gets lots of exercise on the prison track. (Lee)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
There will be no "Nerds" on Broadway. The New York Times says the new musical about BILL GATES and STEVE JOBS was supposed to begin previews April 1st at the Longacre Theater, but a major investor pulled out of the production. So, the show will hit the road and tour for now, hoping to eventually make it back to Broadway. (Marino)
FedEx is serious about their slogan: "When it absolutely, positively has to get there overnight." Us Weekly reports the shipping giant helped out when a little girl named BROOKLYN FARIS got the gift of a lifetime --a spot right at the top of the liver transplant list at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Unfortunately, her family lives in Memphis and all flights to the Windy City were cancelled back on February 24th. Mom JESSE says the only option was to pony up $10-thousand dollars to charter a plane and they simply couldn't afford the trip. Luckily, a quick-thinking friend called St. Jude's Children Hospital, they called FedEx and the company offered everyone a ride on their corporate jet.
Mrs. Faris says everyone showed "genuine concern for our comfort and for Brooklyn," the two-year-old underwent surgery 13-hours after their arrival and was released 11 days later. Brooklyn was adopted from China, while her big sister RHET --who hails from Ethiopia-- turned six the day after the transplant operation. (Lee)
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