SHOCKING CRIME

The story about the 29-year old woman in a vegetative state who gave birth to a baby boy has got to be one of the most disturbing stories ever. Who could do this to someone? No one saw a thing? And no one noticed she was pregnant? So awful! Police are currently gathering DNA from all male employees at Hacienda HealthCare, the long-term care facility in Phoenix where the horrendous sexual assault took place. The CEO of the facility resigned earlier in the week. And the victim’s family, “outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse,” according to their attorney, is caring for the child.

U.S. CANCER DEATH RATE

This seems hard to believe, but the rate of people dying from cancer in the United States has apparently been dropping…steadily…for 25 years. This is according to a new report that came out this past week, attributing the decline to lower smoking rates and advances in early detection and treatment. That all sounds fine and good, but what’s concerning about this report is what’s buried in the fine print: obesity-related cancer deaths have been steadily rising, accounting for a growing share of total cases, much the way tobacco use drove cancer death rates to its peak in 1991.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

The Consumer Electronics Show, which has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years, wraps up its week-long event today. All sorts of cool stuff – from TVs, tricked out cars, and giant drones – dominated the show floor in an event that drew several hundred thousand attendees. Among our favorite next generation innovations/aka gadgets: Coleen, a smart, electric bicycle with built-in GPS and navigation; FightCamp, which brings the boxing experience into the comfort of your living room [meant to email you back about this, Terry!]; Urgonight, a sleep-tracking headset that trains your brain to sleep better; Y-Brush, a toothbrush that cleans your teeth in 10 seconds; and Kohler’s music-blasting Alexa-enabled smart toilet because…just because…

NoPo GOLDEN GLOBES

For the first time in, like, forever, the Golden Globes awards ceremony was a bit more old school this year.  Old school as in…There were fewer obnoxious, self-indulgent, fiery speeches by Hollywood’s self-righteous elite. Suffice to say, the three-hour-plus ceremony – hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh – was almost watchable. That’s not to say we watched. We didn’t, but some 18.6 million people did. That’s down a bit from last year’s 19 million (despite the huge NFL game lead-in), but is a number that is considered steady given the more notable drop-offs we’ve seen at the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys.

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