Gabatron Morning Briefing – 1-13-15: Making A Murderer

Steven Avery has filed to have his murder conviction appealed by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, riding the wave of public sympathy brought on by Making A Murderer. He says the search warrant used to gather evidence was invalid, and his conviction should be thrown out because one of the jurors allegedly said he was “effing guilty” and also because they seated an alternate juror because one had to be dismissed. That last one is interesting, because the defense team actually advised the judge to go with the alternate juror. The seem to be grasping at straws.

One of the guests at the State of the Union? Kim Davis. Are we basically doomed to having her show up and worm her way into the news every couple of months from now on?

Donald Trump was meeting the adoring throngs at a diner in New Hampshire when he was heckled be a woman who shouted“Enjoy your burger, racist!” The woman said she felt like if she hadn’t said something, she would have been agreeing with him tacitly.

A massive glut of people buying tickets has pushed the Powerball up to $1.5 billion. Odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 292 million, and no one has won it since Nov. 7.

More information on the Cook County Jail lockdown: 142 of the 794 workers took the day off, that’s almost 1/5 of the workforce.

The owner of Piatto Pronto got into some hot water last week when a picture of him wearing a t-shirt reading “I can breathe. I obey the law” started floating around. Apparently he decided to make the statement months after the phrase was actually in the news, but that’s beside the point. He’s been flooded with angry messages, phone calls and even a threat or two, while some people are calling for a boycott of his business. Amazingly, since the photo started making the rounds, business is actually up.

A federal appeals court has ruled that wearing unearned military medals is protected by the first amendment. Basically, they ruled that if you’re wearing the medals, you’re trying to convey a message and that rises to the level of protected speech.

Remember the Pennsylvania couple that was trying to sell their house… that just happened to be the house from Silence of The Lambs?They are having trouble finding a buyer. They’ve lowered the asking price from $300,000 to $250,000.

The Chicago Cubs have removed Kyle Schwarber’s homerun ball from high atop the right field video board at Wrigley Field. They haven’t decided what they will be doing with it, but they say it is safely in their possession.

Verizon Wireless gave a Seattle man a cell phone number that was once Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s back in 2012. To this day he gets raunchy texts from people thinking it’s still his number.

Following up on our “Guess what happens to the chicks at MSI after they hatch!” post yesterday, guess what they do when they have to euthanize a beached whale. Apparently they blow them up.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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