Reality Check Recap

 

Reality Check Recap: May 29th, 2014

Big problems for Veterans Affairs. An independent report has found that at least 1,700 vets had to wait for treatment at a VA hospital in Phoenix. VA hospitals have already been accused of making two lists: one that made it seem like veterans were being seen very quickly after making an appointment, and an unofficial list that showed the actual, much longer wait times. The average wait time at the Phoenix clinic was 115 days, while the clinic was only reporting an average wait time of 24 days. Forty vets reportedly passed away while they were waiting for treatment.

Source: nbcnews.com

 

Super-leaker Edward Snowden says he doesn’t have any ties with the Russian government and the reason he’s there is because the US has revoked his passport. Snowden’s interview with Brian Williams aired last night. Snowden called himself a “patriot.”

Source: cnn.com

 

A U.S. Navy official says those pings in the Indian Ocean did not come from the black boxes of the missing Malaysian airliner. A Navy's official said that most authorities believe the acoustic pings came from other man-made sources, likely by the search ship or the towed pinger locator. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared March 8th with 239 people on board.

Source: cnn.com

 

Apple has purchased Beats Electronics for $3-billion-dollars. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the acquisition will see Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining the family. Beats Electronics makes Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

 

We told you yesterday as the story broke: Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away. She’s best known for her six autobiographical works, including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She was a civil rights activist, teacher, and poet, among countless other titles. She was 86.

Source: cnn.com

KICKERS

And you know the idea of revenge porn? Last week, Germany took a huge swing against revenge porn. A court has forced a man to delete private erotic photos and videos of his former girlfriend, even though she consented to the photography and took some of the pics herself. She sued her ex over the pics, even though he didn’t intend to publish them. The judge ruled the defendant has to delete the intimate pics but can keep the ones in which she is clothed.

Source: gigaom.com

 

And San Diego backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst has worn the number 6 on his jersey for the past twelve years. But over the offseason, the Chargers brought in punter Brett Kern, who also wears that number. Instead of negotiating for the number with cash, the two guys did the honorable thing: they arm wrestled for it. Unfortunately for Whitehurst, the punter won, and Whitehurst lost his number.

Source: cbssports.com

 

And something weird is going on in Boston. A man is breaking into Boston College student's homes and watching them sleep...or touching their feet. There have been at least 10 sightings, including three on one night back in April. The so-called Tickler hasn't stolen anything from his victims.

Source: nydailynews.com

 

And you know Cialis, that drug that makes your grandpa able to do unspeakable things with your grandma? It may end up being sold over-the-counter. Eli Lilly, the drug company behind Cialis, is working with a French company to make the little happy pill available without a prescription. The FDA says they need look into it.

Source: reuters.com

 

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