Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 8, 2016
July 8, 2016
BEYONCE posted an open letter on her website yesterday about the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, two African American men shot and killed by police just days apart. She wrote (quote), "We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they "stop killing us."
Beyonce goes on to say (quote), "Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win. We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes." You can read her full statement at beyonce.com.
DRAKE also posted some of his thoughts: "This is real, and I'm concerned. Concerned for the safety of my family, my friend and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern."
KANYE WEST linked to the full cell phone video of Alton Sterling's death, which TV new outlets edited for graphic content. (Marino)
Taking everything much too seriously:
If you weren't in San Francisco yesterday, you missed out on the 53rd Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing World Championships.
53-year-old LEONARD OATS took home the grand prize trophy with his version of MICHAEL JACKSON's "Bad." In addition to the trophy, Oats gets a bunch of cash and lots of Ghirardelli chocolate. This year's contest also marks the first time in 50 years that a woman competed. CASSANDRA GRIFFIN didn't win, but says she feels great knowing she's going down in history. (Still)
If you used a credit or debit card at Wendy's in the past year, your data may be at risk.
Wendy's said yesterday that hackers got the info starting last fall at 1,025 of its restaurants in the US --that's about a fifth of the company's restaurants. Wendy's says malware --malicious software-- had been installed on point-of-sale systems in the affected locations, and is offering a year of "complimentary" fraud protection services to people who may have had their data stolen.
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
We've talked before about how Saturday's performance of "Hamilton" will be the last one for LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA --and ticket prices for the show are --even for Broadway-- out of sight.
The Wrapreports that after the news about Miranda's leaving broke, tickets for all "Hamilton" performances up until (but not including) the final day for the original cast jumped to $2,076 apiece in the secondary market. But for Saturday night's final show, the average individual ticket price is $3,391, with the most expensive ticket sold going for a whopping $6,580.
In contrast, the average per-ticket cost for this year's Super Bowl 50 seat was $3,931.
Plastic surgeons say they're seeing an uptick in requests for belly button surgery. CBS News says many people --especially women-- are requesting that their "outies" be turned into "innies" The reason: Patients are paying attention to their belly buttons because they are getting in shape. They want to show off their toned abs by wearing midriff shirts and two-piece bathing suits. Also, social media selfies are leading more women to be self conscious about their belly button shape.
The procedure is called umbilicoplasty. The belly button is where your umbilical cord --which connects a fetus to a pregnant mother's womb-- detaches after birth and falls off. Whether you end up an innie or an outie is largely genetic. Some women start life with innies but it becomes an outie later after pregnancy or weight gain. Others want to correct old belly button piercings. (Bartha)
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