Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 16, 2016
August 16, 2016
Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
A new NBC News Battleground Map projection says HILLARY CLINTON tops the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Clinton has 288 electoral votes in the network's map, with DONALD TRUMP grabbing 174 votes. Another 76 are in the toss-up category.
It's Tuesday, so let's talk Ruby Tuesday, which announced yesterday it was closing 95 of its underperforming locations, although there's been no details on which ones of the 724 restaurants in 44 states and 14 countries that it plans to close.
The company has already closed 12 locations during the past 12 months. CEO J-J BUETTGEN did not give any timetable for the closings, but company officials say the closures would occur quickly. He also said their full-time and part-time employees impacted by closures will be offered positions in nearby restaurants if it's possible.
A spokesperson for Panda Express says their restaurants may be getting the chork, which is half chopstick and half fork, later this month.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Ladies, start your engines and book your trip to Sin City! Peoplemagazine reports NYLE DIMARCO, who boogied and sashayed his way to fame on "Dancing With the Stars" and "America's Next Top Model" --will be joining the cast of Chippendales as a celebrity guest host next month. Nyle says the show is downright "iconic," "legendary" and calls it a "once-in-a-lifetime experience." The reality stud will throw on the bowtie and spray tan beginning September 22nd at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. (Lee)
KATY PERRY is launching her own footwear collection! Peoplesays the singer recently struck a deal with the Global Brands Group, the company behind collections by JENNIFER LOPEZ, SEAN JOHN and DAVID BECKHAM. The Katy Perry Footwear debut collection will include a sandals, sneakers, stilettos and pumps in bold and outlandish styles, with "lucite and vinyl" designs mixed in with floral prints. Prices will range from $59 to $299 and it officially launches in stores Spring 2017. (Bartha)
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