The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 12.29.2015

Hollywood legend Murray Weissman dead at 90; San Francisco not amused by Bieber graffiti campaign; Protests expected over Tamir Rice grand jury; Sixty nine journalists died on the job in 2015.

Justin Bieber performing in 2011. ("Justin Bieber Hallenstadion Zurich Switzerland" by Pascal Parvex. Image via Wikimedia Commons).
Justin Bieber performing in 2011. ("Justin Bieber Hallenstadion Zurich Switzerland" by Pascal Parvex. Image via Wikimedia Commons).

Legendary Hollywood publicist dead at 90
Longtime entertainment publicity heavyweight Murray Weissman died on Monday from complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 90. He worked on Oscar pushes for seven Best Picture winners and with stars such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Steven Spielberg.

Bieber graffiti campaign gets wrong kind of attention
San Francisco authorities want answers from Justin Bieber’s music publisher after a graffiti guerrilla marketing campaign popped up in the city. The push is promoting Bieber’s latest album, Purpose. San Francisco’s city attorney said he’s been getting complaints for weeks.

Protests expected over Rice grand jury
Demonstrations are set to pick up in Cleveland today after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was holding a toy gun when he was shot in late 2014. Rice’s family has said the prosecutor manipulated the case.

Nearly six dozen journalists died on the job in 2015
The Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday that 69 journalists died on the job this year, including 28 who were killed by militant Islamic groups such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Syria was the deadliest place for working journalists with 13 deaths there.

On the campaign trail
Donald Trump in war of words with the New Hampshire Union Leader after critical front-page editorial. Candidates in both parties speak out against Pacific trade pact. Bill Clinton to hit campaign trail next month. Seventy-five percent of Americans dissatisfied with way country is being governed.

Tuesday morning wrap-up

  • Mark Zuckerberg giving away $4.5 billion to 1,000 Facebook users? It’s a hoax.
  • Judge throws out ‘our whales are happy’ false advertising lawsuit against SeaWorld.
  • Providence City Council brings on communications adviser.
  • Wall Street Journal picks ‘biggest PR headaches’ of 2015. 

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