The Morning Wrap: July 15th

It’s been a pretty busy weekend but if you were relaxing and staying away from the internet and the 24 hour news networks, we got you covered with the big stories you need to know to start your week.

Zimmerman is Acquitted

Setting off protests around the country, most peaceful but some less so, George Zimmerman has been acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin.  In so many words, the jury believed that Zimmerman used acceptable force when defending himself against Trayvon Martin and that the boy had, in fact, assaulted Zimmerman.  Lots of people disagree and likely this case will be a contentious point on both sides of arguments about use of force, neighborhood watches, racial profiling and gun control for a long time to come. 

Naughty Roddy

Speaking of Zimmerman, Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White had something to say about the verdict.

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Apparently Justice for Trayvon just meant the trial was supposed to find Zimmerman guilty and since it didn’t, we’re all entitled to be awful, awful people.

Casey Anthony is Pregnant?

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In a story that can only serve to make you shake your head, another infamous would-be killer is back in the news.  Casey Anthony, who many believe was wrongfully acquitted of killing her own daughter, is pregnant.  Or is she?  Lots of people think she is even though it seems to be based on nothing more than Twitter rumors which are as reliable as everything else on Twitter.

Whether or not Anthony actually killed her daughter, it’s pretty indisputable she was a terrible mother given what came out at the trial and it’s also pretty clear that if some dude impregnated her he must have either been living under a rock or had a real thing for the ultimate crazy.  In any event, hope if it’s true, that kid sleeps with a nightlight and a lawyer’s number on speed dial.  But it’s probably not true.  So if people mention it to you, ask them where they read it.  If they say Twitter, you can laugh.


Corey Monteith is Dead

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Corey Monteith, the 31 year old star of Glee, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia.  No cause of death has been released though most media outlets are quick to point out that Monteith himself was pretty open about his history of excessive drug use.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Despicable Me Rules Again

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On Friday there was a lot of back and forth about what movie might win the box office this weekend – Grown Ups 2 or Pacific Rim.  Turns out Despicable Me 2 pulled in another $44.8 million this weekend while Grown Ups 2, the Adam Sandler travesty, made $42.5 million while Pacific Rim made $38 million.  Now here’s a question – no critics like Adam Sandler movies and most people online make fun of them, including former fans who feel his movies now are not as funny as his older films, so who the hell paid $42.5 million to see Grown Ups 2?  We may never know.  Incidentally, Pacific Rim was awesome.