It’s been a snowy week (at least in certain parts of the country), and if you have been trapped at home binging on Netflix, you might have missed some of the news stories that have happened in the past few days. But don’t worry, I’ll fill you in. It’s very unusual for celebrities, large corporations, or government agencies to admit they’re wrong, but today I have stories about all three doing just that. Plus, the details on winter storm Juno.
So, was the reaction to the storm an overreaction? An under reaction? Is everyone safe now? Does Lance Armstrong calling himself an asshole make him any less of one? Discuss these or any news story in the comments or tweet me directly @AmandaLauren.
Lance Armstrong Admits He Was an Asshole and Liked Dope
Ousted cycling champion Lance Armstrong, who is currently promoting his documentary, Lance Armstrong: The Road Ahead, admitted in an interview with BBC Sport, that he had been an asshole.
"For 15 years I was a complete asshole to a dozen people ... that’s the man that really needed to change and never come back. If I go back to 1995, I think we're all sorry. You know what we are sorry for? We're sorry we were put in that place. None of us wanted to be in that place. We all would have loved to compete man on man ... naturally, clean. Yeah, we're sorry. We all looked around as desperate kids."
Armstrong also admitted that if he were still competing today, he would not take performance enhancing drugs, but if he had to go back in time, he wouldn’t have changed a thing,
"If I was racing in 2015, I wouldn't do it again. Take me back to 1995 when it was completely and totally pervasive, I'd probably do it again. People don't like to hear that. That’s the honest answer."
At least he was being honest, but he also clarified his statement:
"It's an answer that needs some explanation. I look at everything when I made that decision, when my teammates made that decision. It was a bad decision in an imperfect time, but it happened."
Armstrong dodged doping rumors after years of accusations. But, in 2013, Armstrong finally came out with the truth in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which resulted in having seven of his Tour de France titles taken away.
Blizzard of 2015
After much hype, #Blizzard2015 was more like #Overreaction2015. Mayor Bill de Blasio essentially shut down New York City, forbidding all non-emergency vehicles to be on the road. He also shut the down the subways — the first time that's been done in history for a snowstorm. Anticlimactically, New York City received less than a foot of snow.
On Tuesday, the mayor held a press conference where he made fun of himself in a dramatic reading of an Onion article (I can’t make this up) where he declared,
"This shall be a tempest the likes of which has never been glimpsed by man or beast. Clutch your babes close to your breast and take small comfort in knowing that they will howl for but a few hours before death becalms them forever."
So, why the weather fail? Well, it’s kind of National Weather Service’s fault and they totally admitted it was their bad (and science’s too) on Facebook,
"The storm has moved further east and will be departing faster than our forecasts of the past two days. The result is much less snow than previously predicted for the western half of our region. The heaviest of the snow will be over Long Island and southern Connecticut with lighter snow elsewhere through the morning hours.
The science of forecasting storms, while continually improving, still can be subject to error, especially if we're on the edge of the heavy precipitation shield. Efforts, including research, are already underway to more easily communicate that forecast uncertainty."
But, as much as it spared NYC, that’s how bad Juno hit parts of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, eastern Long Island and Rhode Island, with over 20 inches of snow. Auburn, Massachusetts was one of the hardest hit areas with 32.5 inches of snow. The wind gusts in Massachusetts topped over 70 mph and some roads closed due to coastal flooding. Heading North, things were really bad in Maine where Governor Paul LePage declared a state of emergency. So, basically, if you live anywhere in New England, things probably won’t be back to normal until Thursday.
Overall, 7000 flights were cancelled and the snow cost the economy $230 million.
Melissa Rivers Sues Yorkville Endoscopy For Medical Malpractice
Melissa Rivers is suing Yorkville Endoscopy, the medical clinic where the staff’s negligence lead to the death of her mother, the legendary Joan Rivers. While it’s clear Melissa wants justice served, she is suing to prevent future catastrophes due to medical negligence,
"Filing this lawsuit was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, Cooper, and I have been through. The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible. Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better. It is my goal to make sure that this kind of horrific medical treatment never happens to anyone again."
Rivers’ attorneys, Jeffrey Bloom and Ben Rubinowtiz offered their own statement to US magazine, emphasizing the suit is more about patient care and advocacy than cash,
"To put it mildly, we are not just disappointed by the acts and omissions leading to the death of Joan Rivers, but we are outraged by the lack of care and concern for Ms. Rivers on the part of her treating physicians and the endoscopy center where the treatment was rendered. In filing this lawsuit on behalf of Melissa and Cooper we have two goals: first, to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve and second, to make certain that the many medical deficiencies that lead to Joan Rivers’ death are never repeated by any outpatient surgery center."
Bloom also told The NY Daily News,
"Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing 'Fashion Police' last week."
Rivers was recently replaced on "Fashion Police" with comedian Kathy Griffin, with the blessing of Melissa, of course.
- First C. Wonder, and now two other retailers are shutting down. Piperlime, Gap’s mostly online brand (they have one brick-and-mortar location in SoHo) is shutting down and should be closed by end of February. Enjoy that liquidation sale. Skymall, everyone’s favorite (and only) place to shop 35,000 feet in the air is also going the way of the birds. The catalog’s parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate its assets in March. Also, if you didn’t know, you can buy electronic cat litter boxes online.
- Brittany Maynard’s legacy is living on. The late death with dignity activist’s mother and husband, along with two senators in California recently introduced the End of Life Option Act. This law would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives on their terms. Maynard was a resident of California, but was forced to move to Oregon so she could legally end her own life after she was diagnosed with an aggressive terminal brain tumor.
- Go Daddy has agreed to pull a disturbing Super Bowl ad they planned to air this Sunday. "Journey Home" features an adorable puppy, who falls out of a truck, but after nearly being run over by a car, makes his way home, only to find his owner has sold him to someone with the help of a site she built on, you guessed it ... Go Daddy. After pressure from animal activists, CEO Blake Irving tweeted, “What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it.”