Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 16, 2016
May 16, 2016
Judge says internet followers can violate protection orders:
A New York judge has ruled that a man who tried to follow his ex-girlfriend on Instagram violated a restraining order against him. Manhattan criminal court judge STEVEN STATSINGER said the guy was going to be charged with criminal contempt for violating the order of protection that forbade him contacting his ex-girlfriend through any means, including electronically.
The boyfriend claimed that he didn't violate the restraining order because his follow request merely "triggered a notification by Instagram" and there was no direct contact. But the judge turned his claim down, saying "The situation described here is exactly the same as if the defendant, using his iPhone, had asked Siri to place a call to the complainant, instead of dialing her number himself."
Ancient tools and bone found in Florida could help rewrite the story of the first Americans. The Washington Post says the artifacts are at least 14,550 years old, making them the most ancient human remnants ever found in the southeastern United States. Researchers says the find is unequivocal proof that people were in Florida more than a thousand years earlier than anyone had imagined --a discovery that could help rewrite the history of humans on the continent. (Bartha)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
Help the police, score "Hamilton" tickets. The New York Post says Danielle Posner was the victim of a Craigslist scammer who sold her fake seats for the mega-hot Broadway musical for $350-dollars. She called the NYPD and then helped them set up a sting to nab the guy. They did, bit Danielle still didn't have tickets to see the show. A few weeks later, the Richard Rodgers Theater called Danielle and said that an anonymous donor who read about happened to her had two free "Hamilton" tix waiting for her at the box office. She went this past Wednesday, and, of course, had a great time. (Marino)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Want to own a piece of Hollywood history without the smog and fake tans in Tinseltown? Today's your lucky day as the San Francisco condominium where ALFRED HITCHCOCK filmed the opening scenes of "Vertigo" just hit the market. The three-bedroom, three-story unit features skylights, views of the TransAmerica Pyramid and Coit Tower, an elevator, high-end applicances and can be yours for just $2.198-million-dollars. (Lee)
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