Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check
February 23, 2011
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. There's a stunt waitin' to happen.
ROSIE O'DONNELL is throwing out the "single and lookin' to mingle" sign. Sources tell the NY Post's Page Six gossip column the sassy comedienne has parted ways with a gal named TRACY, but the two remain on good terms. The love birds got very serious, very fast, and quickly became a huge family with ten kids between them. (Lee)
Chicago has a new foul-mouthed mayor: RAHM EMANUEL won yesterday's mayoral race, grabbing more than half the vote and thus avoiding a runoff election. His closest challenger was former Chicago school board member GERY CHICO, who won about 24 percent of the vote.
The Rahmster blitzed the city with campaigning since being allowed back on the ballot: He made 357 informal stops to meet voters and also blanketed television and radio ads.
Yesterday's election marked the first time since 1989 that current Mayor RICHARD DALEY's name did not appear on the ballot. Emanuel will officially step in for Daley on May 16.
Editor's note: I wonder if anyone has made a joke about voting irregularities in Chicago. Nah! (Maiman)
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $155 million ($75.9 million cash value). Powerball is played in 41 states, Washington DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 195.2 million.
Looking at Logos:
The California Milk Processor Board created and owns the "Got Milk?" tagline, but will loan it to the organization supporting nursing mothers. CMPB has signed a licensing agreement to give La Leche League International permission to use the slogan "Got Breast Milk?" La Leche League promotes breastfeeding worldwide. (Kaye)
Technology zings students:
Ferris Bueller's principal would have used this in a second if the technology had been available.
Fox News reports the Anaheim, CA, Union High School District is making kids with records of chronic class-cutting a GPS device to keep track of them.
Here's how it works: each day the kids have to enter a code which enables the GPS to track their location on their way to and from school, during their lunch period, and at 8 pm at night.
They also get assigned a coach who checks in with them at least three times a day and helps ensure they get to class on time.
Broadcast, cable and video news:
LARRY KING is making good on his promise to do a 'world tour' --yesterday he announced a one-man comedy show called "Larry King: Standing Up." TV Guide reports the first show is scheduled for Apr 14 in Torrington, CT, about half-way between Hartford and New Haven.
During the show, Larry will reportedly make jokes about his life and career as well as answer audience questions.
Off the beaten path:
If you weren't in Germany over the weekend, chances are you missed the Naked Sledding World Championships (picture).
Orange.co.uk says dozens of butt-nekkid sledders competed in front of more than 17-thousand spectators. One of the judges said, "It's a very closely fought contest which is good for us because we're all very keen on studying the photo finishes."
Contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes competed for the 16-hundred dollar grand prize.
Phoner topic: What game, sport or everyday activity would you like to see performed in the nude? (Still)
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