[Morning Briefs] An Answer, an Explosion and a Middle Finger

6 Feb

In this screengrab from NBC's telecast of the Super Bowl, you can clearly see M.I.A.'s offensive gesture. How horrible.

It was a weekend of surprises, wasn’t it? While the Bannock County coroner’s conclusion on the death of those twin infants from Pocatello was about what pretty much what we all knew all along, the death of two more kids in Washington state was a bit more shocking, after their father practically exploded the house, killing all three of them. And at the Super Bowl halftime show, where everybody expected Madonna to give a lackluster performance, M.I.A. stole the show by flipping off the camera. Good grief.

  • The two 3-week-old twins that died back in November, have been officially determined to be victims of accidental suffocation. Gabriel R. and Tryce E. Medrano were found not breathing in their Pocatello home, and rushed to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead. On Friday, Bannock County coroner Kim Quick said the two died of accidental suffocation, presumably a result of their sharing a bed with their mother, a practice Quick said is completely unsafe. [LN8]
  • A 41-year-old Pocatello man is dead after a fatal crash on Old Highway 91 on Saturday morning. Cory Burk, 41, was driving north in a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck when, for unknown reasons, he drove off the right side of the road. The truck swerved back onto the road when it rolled, ejecting Burk, who was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
  • Josh Powell, a man under suspicion for the 2009 disappearance of his wife from their home in West Valley City, Utah, killed himself and his two sons by setting fire to his home in Washington state. Powell had been fighting for custody of his sons, ages 5 and 7, after his wife’s disappearance, and exploded the home on a scheduled visitation after locking out the social worker who brought the boys over. Police said everything Powell did was intentional, ruling the case a “double murder/suicide.” The house burned with such a ferocious magnitude that witnesses thought it had exploded. [SLT]
  • The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, but the news has been abuzz over the game’s halftime show, and the talk isn’t even about headliner Madonna. During the performance of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin,” collaberator M.I.A., known for her 2007 hit “Paper Planes,” flipped off a camera, bringing back the horrors of Janet Jackson’s infamous 2004 “wardrobe malfunction.” The NBC crew tried to blur the offending finger, but was a few seconds too late, exposing the world to the singer’s middle digit. NBC is pretty furious, but Madonna, who was probably relying on the publicity to re-energize her career, is likely to be pretty pissed as well. [ABC]
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