A young man who identifies himself as a 12-year-old named Jeremy approached a Las Vegas Metro motorcycle cop who had illegally parked his motorcycle on a sidewalk, apparently in order to get a soft drink. In a video taken by Jeremy and uploaded to YouTube, the young man asks the cop if he had any emergency reason to park, and then requests his badge number. The cop refuses to answer either question, and asks Jeremy if he is a lawyer. Jeremy avows again that he is a 12-year-old, and reiterates his request for a badge number. The cop continues to refuse, and eventually drives off. Is it just me or can you see this kid growing up to be an amazingly irritating adult? He has an early start. You're 12, put your cellphone camera down and go be a kid.
Dash cam video from REESE WITHERSPOON'S arrest last month in Atlanta hit the web yesterday, and it's pretty awesome. Reese drops some classic lines such as, "I'm a U.S. citizen. I am allowed to stand on American ground and ask any question I want to ask." . . . and "I'm obstructing your justice? Really? I'm being anti-American? Wow . . . interesting." The clip shows Reese's husband Jim Toth already in cuffs, when Reese pops into the picture and tries to get involved. By this time the cop has obviously already had enough of her, because he cuffs her and puts her in his car.
Mountain Dew has pulled an offensive ad they did with ODD FUTURE rapper TYLER, THE CREATOR after people complained that it was racist and poked fun at battered women. Odd Future's manager says Tyler didn't mean it to be offensive. It's REALLY hard to understand how this got made in the first place. Mountain Dew's parent company PepsiCo yanked the ad less than 24 hours after it debuted . . . and said, quote, "We understand how this video could be perceived by some as offensive, and we apologize to those who were offended."
A man in India has been charged with endangering the life of a child after police say he let his nine-year-old son get behind the wheel of his Ferrari. A YouTube video filmed by the boy's mother shows the boy driving the red F430 sports car (in Kerala) while another young boy sits in the passenger seat. By the way, the Ferrari F430 has a top speed of 195 miles per hour. The boy's mom said, "It was his ninth birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari. He is a cautious and confident driver. I am proud of him." Mom said her son has been driving since he was five, and has also driven the family's Lamborghini and Bentley. Not sure why Mom wasn't charged as well.
If you live in South Africa, apparently you can't forget to close your windows before you leave the house . . . because BABOONS might break in and destroy everything you own. There's a video online that shows exactly what can happen. The homeowners weren't there at the time, but their neighbors noticed the baboons entering through an open window on the second floor. So they grabbed a camera and filmed themselves trying to get rid of them. Most of the baboons ran away once the neighbors got inside. But one big one wasn't so easy to scare off. Not sure my first option would have been to run in there but these guys don't seem to worried about it.
MICHAEL BUBLÉ'S new album, "To Be Loved", came out last Tuesday . . . so perhaps it isn't surprising that he was in the mood for a good PUBLICITY STUNT. Michael gave a "surprise performance" in New York City's subway at the Lincoln Center stop. He sang the JACKSON 5'S"Who's Lovin' You" with an a cappella group called NATURALLY 7. His version is also on his new album. After the performance, Michael said, quote, "Singing in a New York subway is something that has been done for years and years and years, and I feel like it's the most authentic, organic way to make music."
There was a huge car chase in Boston last night, after a campus police officer was shot and killed at MIT. Two suspects hijacked a car and led police on a chase, and at one point they started throwing EXPLOSIVES from the car. Late last night they started saying there was a suspect in custody, but we still don't know much about it. This is from a video someone posted of the actual shootout between the car chase suspects and the police. You can hear dozens of gunshots, and cops yelling directions to each other about whom to shoot at. (At :16 someone asks, quote, "You guys got rifles?" A few seconds later someone says, quote, "White t-shirt! White t-shirt!" The Boston Globe reported later that there was one suspect from the Boston Marathon bombing in custody and has since died. The the car chase ended in Watertown, about ten miles west of Boston.)
There was a HUGE explosion at a fertilizer plant in a small Texas town called West last night. At least two people were killed, but officials warned the death toll could be as high as 70. Here are the details, some of which are still being sorted out . . .
It happened at 8:50 P.M. Eastern Time at the West Fertilizer Plant, about 18 miles north of Waco, in a town of 2,600 people. A fire started at the plant, and burned for at least half an hour. After emergency personnel responded, a fertilizer tank exploded. The two people killed were Emergency Services personnel, and the blast took out a two-to-five block radius, including somewhere between 60 to 80 homes. About 10 to 15 buildings were demolished, and another 50 were damaged. It registered a 2.1 on the Richter scale. For reference, the Oklahoma City bombing . . . which was a fertilizer bomb . . . registered a 3.0 on the Richter scale. And the blast was felt as far as a mile and a half away. The mayor of West is a guy named Tommy Muska, and he had this to say: "It was a like a nuclear bomb went off. Big old mushroom cloud. There are a lot of people that got hurt. There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow." "This is not the end of the world. This is a big ol' cut that we got across our hearts right now."
If you're not already emotional over the bombings in Boston, this'll get ya. A guy named Rene Rancourt has been singing the National Anthem at Boston Bruins hockey games for the last 37 years. And last night . . . before the Bruins' first game back since the attack . . . he sang the first few lines. But then the crowd overpowered him, and he let THEM sing it. (The crowd was already emotional, because a montage of scenes from the Marathon had just played on the jumbo screen.)