Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check
January 12, 2011
What's hot in Hollywood from Star magazine:
--Sonia Kashuk polka-dot travel duffle bag - $35 bucks at Target
--The Aisle New York, a members-only website to find a bargain wedding dress - theaislenewyork.com
--Portugal's 'The Best Chocolate Cake in the World' bakery opened in New York City's Nolita area with only two cakes available, Bittersweet and Traditional. Both flourless cakes are made with layers of meringue and mousse and drizzled with chocolate ganache. Nationwide delivery - thebestchocolatecake.com. (Myers)
High School Hijinks:
Nobody hurt but two 16-year-old students have been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a urinal explosion in the bathroom of a Tacoma, WA, high school.
KIRO-TV reports that the urinal was destroyed in the incident. (pic)
Editor's note: Just when you think there's no hope for the younger generation, something happens to change your mind.
--Obviously a urinal that's not up to an American Standard. (See, a company called American Standard makes urinals and ...ah forget it! --Maiman)
Setting a good example:
Just days after the annual "No Pants Subway Ride" in New York and some 50 other cities across the U-S, comes word that a bunch of copycats around the world are emulating the stunt.
But, Agence France-Presse says it didn't go so well for dozens of commuters in South Africa. Police ended up arresting 34-people who dropped trou on the country's high-speed railway yesterday (Tuesday).
Officials confirm they were each fined about a hundred bucks and released. (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
JUSTIN BIEBER will be back on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." CBS announced yesterday that the teen dream will once again play the troubled teenwhose brother was killed by the CSI gang and the end of Justin's first episode. The follow-up is now being filmed and will air on February 17th. (Marino)
Drugs and drug companies:
The hardest thing about developing a flu vaccine each year is determining which strains to use. The vaccine only covers three strains, including H1N1. But researchers may have found a way to develop a universal flu vaccine -- one that would protect people from all strains of influenza for decades or possibly a lifetime.
According to findings published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers studied the immune systems of nine surviving patients who were infected with the swine flu in 2009. They found these people produced antibodies that could protect them from all strains of H1N1 from the last decade, the Spanish flu and at least one strain of bird flu. Researchers say these findings offer hope that it is possible to create a universal flu vaccine. (Page)
JAY-Z now owns a chicken restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. MTV says the rapper invested in his cousin Jamar White's place, Buffalo Boss, that serves organic chicken wings, along with deep-fried Snickers, Twinkies and Oreos. Jay's mother and sister are also business partners in the operation. Jay was born and raised in Brooklyn, so he's giving something back to his community. (Marino)
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