Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.17.2015

Bloomberg terminals go out globally; Rubio launch pushes him even with Bush in Florida; Group of influential doctors wants Dr. Oz out at Columbia.

1. Bloomberg terminals went dark around the world on Friday morning. The company said it is working to restore service to the ubiquitous news and information portals used in the financial services sector. Bloomberg LP did not provide a reason for the widespread outage.

2. Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s Monday evening campaign launch in Miami and subsequent rollout media blitz has moved him into a tie in Florida with its former governor and presumed GOP candidate Jeb Bush. "A good rollout is like a primary win: you get about three days of good media coverage and a little lift in the polls," pollster Bradford Coker told Politico.

3. A Chinese court sentenced veteran journalist Gao Yu to seven years in jail after he was convicted on state secrets charges. Outsiders called it another case of the country cracking down on human rights activists and dissenters.

4. A group of 10 nationally known doctors has called for Columbia University to cut ties with Dr. Mehmet Oz, saying he has an "egregious lack of integrity" for pushing "quack treatments." The university isn’t budging as of yet.

5. ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry a week for berating a towing company employee in an incident caught on security video and leaked online. "Maybe if I was missing some teeth, they would hire me here," McHenry said, according to NBC Sports.

6. Vanity Fair has updated an article it ran by NBC News correspondent Richard Engel about his 2012 kidnapping in Syria. The reporter originally said he was abducted by forces loyal to the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, but recently changed his account to say rebel forces were responsible. Engel said he changed the record after new information became available. 

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