Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 23, 2016
March 23, 2016
Easter... and Passover!
Just in time for all Holy season... Bond Street Chocolates in New York City is offering edible deities. The $18 chocolate JESUS stands four inches tall (3.5 ounces) and is gilded with edible 24-carat gold, while chocolate MOSES is a whopping $75 for 15 ounces of copper-dusted goodness in the form of the MICHELANGELO sculpture. BUDDHA, GANESH and the VIRGIN of GUADALUPE also available.
Editor's note: Web site HERE --and make sure you read the reviews! For Jesus: "Chew this in remembrance of me." And "Do not put this on your dashboard." For Moses: "Get lost in this des(s)sert" and "Better not 'let this chocolate go'!" (Kaye)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
The VON TRAPP family will say its final "adieu." The New York Times says the singing group which now features the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp will do one last show on May 3rd at the Star Theater in Portland, Oregon. They released this statement yesterday: "Our family story has been shared in nearly every corner of the world. It has been a surreal honor to continue this musical tradition and be a part of such a hopeful message to the world for these last 15 years. We want to thank our family and friends who have supported and encouraged us throughout all of these adventures." (Marino)
A 12-year-old girl in Florida is in big trouble for pinching a boy at school.
BREANA EVANS allegedly pinched a boy's bottom at at Milwee Middle School in Longwood as "a joke." But, the boy reportedly told his mother, who reported the incident to authorities. Breana claims pinching is a game that many students play just to get a reaction. But, the victim's mother is now prosecuting and Breana has been suspended and arrested. The charges will be dismissed once Breana completes a diversion program, including community service, classes and other requirements.
Breana's father says he's sorry for what his daughter did but he also thinks people are overreacting. RAY EVANS adds, "Lord lord lordy what has this world come to... kids can't even be a kid." (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
SARAH PALIN is getting her own, syndicated daytime court show.
People.com reports the same guys who currently produce "Judge Judy" and "Judge Joe Brown" are putting together the show, which is expected to be much like the other shows, except for one, small thing --Sarah has no legal background whatsoever.
Risky behavior can be "contagious" according to a new study. In other words, when your parents asked, "If your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you do it too?" The correct answer is, "Yes!" The study from the California Institute of Technology found that after observing other people engage in risky behavior, people are more likely to take risks of their own. LiveScience.com says risk-taking can be a sort of "behavioral contagion" --based only on our proximity to other risk takers. (Bartha)
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