The Week in Headlines - 3
What happened this week? Lots. The biggest story this week—the crisis in Egypt — is evolving at a breakneck pace, so we won’t cover it here. But stay in the loop about the latest happenings by signing up for daily news emails at theskimm.com !
Repeat After Me
What to Say When You Really Want That Rolex
Too bad I can’t put it on the corporate card. Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty in February to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal things—like $1,500 on a cashmere cape, a “holistic retreat” to Martha’s Vineyard, and Michael Jackson’s fedora. You know, regular business expenses.
The 48-year-old is the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and was once considered a rising political star. He resigned from his House seat in 2012 because of mental health issues. His wife was also sentenced to prison time—only one year though. Jackson, Jr. will serve first. What a gentleman. His cashmere cape should fit in nicely.
What People are Shocked By
The apparent suicide of a former Bachelor contestant. Gia Allemand , a 29-year-old model, was hospitalized after trying to kill herself and then taken off of life support. Her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, found her at home. Allemand was on Jake Pavelka’s season of The Bachelor and appeared on Bachelor Pad . Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
What to Say When You Bump Into a Friend on the Street
Beep Beep. The Department of Transportation just finished testing around 3,000 chatty chatty bang bangs in Michigan. The project was designed to study the viability of Basic Safety Messages—a program that pimps out GPS by informing other drivers in the area of your speed and location. The technology could reduce accidents by warning the driver of danger with vibrating seats, alarms, and flashing lights. Nothing that would distract you, though.
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