Monthly Archives: January 2013

Obama’s Day, Jan. 31: Presidential Daily Briefing

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

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Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 48

Thursday, Jan. 31, 11:14 a.m. EST: Florida Senate leader wants “Stand your ground” tweaks: Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith said Wednesday that the state’s culture of violence calls for changes to the “Stand your ground” self-defense law, WPTV reports. “To put our heads in the sand when it comes to this controversial [law] is wrong,” he told a gathering of newspaper editors. But Republican Senate President Don Gaetz, who spoke at the same event, said he won’t support any major changes.  

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:07 p.m. EST: Zimmerman asks to delay trial: Attorneys for George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death, have asked for more time to prepare his case, the Associated Press reports. Their reason? They say prosecutors were slow to turn over the evidence they need

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Slain Chicago Teen Was in Anti-Violence PSA

“Hi, my name is Hadiya. This commercial is information for you and your future children … So many children out there are in gangs, and it is your job as students to say no to gangs and yes to a great future.” That’s the voice of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side the week after she performed as a majorette at events surrounding President Obama’s second Inauguration.

It turns out the ambitious and active teen played a role in a public service announcement targeting the very type of violence that’s being blamed for her death.

On Thursday in Hadiya’s hometown, the Black Youth Project is using Change.org to petition President Obama to make a speech in Chicago addressing gun violence. With 42 homicides this month, the city is already seeing

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Former Jacksonville exec guilty of price fixing


Frank Peake was convicted in Puerto Rico of conspiring with executives of other shipping companies to rig bids for shipping contracts and set rates.

Frank Peake was convicted in Puerto Rico of conspiring with executives of other shipping companies to rig bids for shipping contracts and set rates.


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Clearwater properties key in Ponzi scheme charges


Cay Clubs Clearwater ponzi



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Bubba wins shock jock defamation suit


MJ Bubba lawsuit



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CAA Seeks $1M in Unpaid Commissions from Tony Scott Estate

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CAA has filed a creditor claim against the estate of late filmmaker Tony Scott seeking more than $1 million in unpaid commissions from several projects he worked on before jumping to his death last year.

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In a 10-page filing in Los Angeles Superior Court obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, CAA says Scott owes the agency a 10 percent cut of his fees on several

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Katy Perry Lawyer Joins Hirsch Wallerstein Entertainment Firm

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Ken Burry, a veteran music lawyer whose clients include Katy Perry, David Lee Roth and Gary Clark Jr., has joined the Hollywood law firm Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.

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Burry was previously at Greenberg Traurig, where he was partner, a title he’ll maintain at his new firm.

The move expands the music practice at Hirsch Wallerstein, known for its roster of actors (Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges), filmmakers

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Lawsuit Over ‘Rebecca’ Musical Now Focuses on Role of Publicist

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The task of whistle-blowing is not one that’s ordinarily associated with the job of being an entertainment industry publicist. But in the strange saga of what went wrong with a $12 million Broadway musical adaptation of Rebecca, based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier book, that’s the defensive posture now being taken by Marc Thibodeau, the show’s former publicist.

FBI Arrests Financier of Broadway’s Failed ‘Rebecca’ on Charges of Fraud

In an amended complaint filed in New York Superior Court, Thibodeau is being accused of breaching contract and committing defamation by warning an investor against attempting to

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Top Food Poisoning Sources Revealed: CDC

You know the top sources of food poisoning, right? Don’t be so confident because you might be surprised by what a new CDC study shows.

Food poisoning happens all the time. It sickens 48 million Americans each year, according to the CDC, but for most of us it’s not too serious. Still, about 3,000 people die every year from illnesses related to food poisoning.

The biggest culprit: Salmonella bacteria, which shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. But what is interesting is where most Salmonella and other infections come from.

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