Tina Fey Addresses Tracy Morgan’s Rant; Police Investigate Brighton Beach Shooting


    • Tina Fey responded to Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant and his apology, saying, “I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to ‘work out’ their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.” [Deadline]
    • Two days after the Brighton Beach shooting that killed a teenage girl and injured four men, the police investigation continues into what happened and why. Cops believe that the shooting arose from a fight on the beach, and that the victim, 16-year-old Tysha Jones, was not involved. [NYT]
  • Remember Cheryl Mercuris, the divorcée from Florida who rented a house in the Hamptons for two weeks last summer for a whopping $500,000 just to meet men? And it didn’t work? She’s doing it again, this time for a whole month. [Curbed]
  • This article leads with, “It just doesn’t get better than this” and then describes a horrific mass brawl on a plane that left a woman in a sling. [HuffPo]
  • John Edwards is trying to delay testimony in the lawsuit over the sex tape with Rielle Hunter, “citing the potential for self-incrimination.” Last week, he was charged with six felonies for allegedly funneling campaign funds to Hunter/covering up his affair with Hunter. [Politico]
  • Some victims of the deadly Joplin, Missouri, tornado have developed a serious fungal infection that can be fatal. It’s no joke: It turns your tissue black and causes mold to grow inside your wounds. The fungus is very rare, and major hospitals usually only see one or two cases a year. Eight cases in Joplin have so far been reported, and three victims have died, although it’s not clear whether they died because of the fungus or from other injuries. [AP]
  • Here’s a baby raccoon waking up. Look at its tiny hands. [City Room]