Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 9, 2016
September 9, 2016
PRESIDENT OBAMA just got a parasitic flatworm named after him... because, well, it's 2016, so why not??? The blood fluke Baracktrema obamai,represents both a new genus and species of parasitic flatworm. The new species of blood fluke was found in the lungs of infected turtles in Malaysia. Popular Sciencesays the blood fluke was named "in honor" (their words) of the President of the United States, who is the fifth cousin (twice removed) of one of the discovering scientists. (Bartha)
The governor of Colorado might have a future as a stand-in for SPIDERMAN.
Governor JOHN HICKENLOOPER rappelled down a 32-story high-rise building in downtown Denver Thursday. He described the experience as "pure fear." Hickenlooper rappelled the 380-foot apartment building as part of the annual Over The Edge fundraiser, which raises money for the Cancer League of Colorado. The event has been held since 2009. (Still)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
DANNY DeVITO is finally ready for his Broadway debut! Playbill.com says he's joined the cast for a revival of ARTHUR MILLER's "The Price" along with JOHN TURTURRO, TONY SHALHOUB and JESSICA HECHT. TERRY KINNEY, who co-founded Chicago's Steppenwolf theater company will direct. Previews begin February 16th, 2017, with opening night set for March 16th at the American Airlines Theater. (Marino)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Warning: drug content.
MONTEL WILLIAMS is much more than just another former talk show host, he's morphing into a pharmaceutical tycoon! TMZ.com reports Montel --who is an outspoken medical marijuana advocate-- is launching a new product called LenitivLabs. Word is patients can expect a high quality strain of Mary Jane without harmful additives and he hopes to use any profits to fund more cannabis research. (Lee)
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