North Korea’s vice foreign minister said Friday that PresidentDonald Trump’s
comments and incendiary tweets have added fuel to a “vicious cycle” of foreign tensions and that Pyongyang is prepared to launch its own pre-emptive strike. Vice MinisterHan Song Ryol
said Pyongyang feels that Trump’s administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than was Obama’s. North Korea, Han said, will continue to stockpile its nuclear arsenal in both “quality and quantity” if Trump wants to go to war. “Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” Han said. “It’s not the DPRK but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble.” Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
warned the U.S. and North Korea to stop the escalation before it reaches a point of no return. “We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage,” Wang told reporters Friday
. Pyongyang claims it will soon finish developing an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead that will be capable of attacking the U.S. mainland. International experts put that milestone at a few years from now.
A new review of the police response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, shows that nearly half of the 49 people killed in the June 12th massacre died where they were dancing and had no chance to react. When emergency services finally entered the building, there were so many dead and wounded on the dance floor that one officer asked, “If you’re alive, raise your hand.” The 78-page presentation, given by Orlando Police Chief John Mina
to about 10 police groups internationally, admits that authorities should have done some things differently and that officials still don’t know how many civilians, if any, might have been killed by friendly fire. Thirteen victims died in the bathrooms while awaiting help during the three-hour hostage standoff that night. Survivors and families have publicly criticized the police department for choosing not to use explosives to breach the club sooner. Mina has said that decision was made because the shooter, Omar Mateen
, told police he strapped bombs to people in all four corners of the club and that he himself was wearing a bomb vest and had an explosive-packed vehicle in the parking lot. No explosives were ever found in the club. Mina also notes that Orlando law-enforcement teams should have coordinated with local fire departments on duty, who were not aware that officials would be using explosives until after they were detonated. “Would that have saved any more lives? No. The people who needed care got care,” Mina said. “But the communication would have been better between our two agencies if someone from the fire department would have been in our command post.
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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: **According to TMZ, Sandy Gallin — who repped the likes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Cher, Richard Pryor, Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Diamond, Donny and Marie, and many, many others — is fighting for his life at an L.A. hospital after his cancer came back. Gallin has been at UCLA Medical Center in ICU after suffering a relapse of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Over the last few days, close friends including Calvin Klein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen and many others visited Sandy in the hospital. Sandy became one of the top Hollywood managers and, with best friend David Geffen, helped run a political machine for the Democratic Party, raising millions for various candidates and causes. The 76-year-old segued into real estate decades ago, and made untold millions buying, rehabbing and selling some of the best properties in L.A.
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. – Episode 1: The Early Years —- https://youtu.be/V1bxMYxTJtE
Trudeau Unveils Legal Recreational Pot Bill in Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation Thursday that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Trudeau’s bill is expected to pass, which would make Canada the second country, after Uruguay to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product. “Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities,” said Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who Trudeau appointed to manage the legislation. Blair said the government hopes to begin allowing sales by the middle of 2018. Under the new legislation, Canada’s provinces would be able to decide how marijuana would be distributed and sold within their respective individual boundaries.
LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
LBN-INVESTIGATES: From sweet 16, to the milestone 21st birthday, to life supposedly beginning at 40, there are all sorts of theories about the age that signifies you’re in you’re prime. But now researchers have pinpointed the two ages in adult life when you’re likely to be at your happiest – and they might well surprise you. According to experts from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, happiness peaks at the ages of 23 and 69, My Domaine reported. To draw this conclusion, researchers questioned 23,000 volunteers, aged 17 to 85, and found that happiness goes in a U-shape, bottoming out in middle age and peaking again at the other end of the spectrum.
LBN-NOTICED: ***L.A. attorney Konrad Trope having dinner at a quiet Palamino restaurant in Westwood in L.A. on Wednesday night ***Sen. Chuck Schumer and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at Arte Café in NYC. ***Macy Gray at Gallaghers Steakhouse in NYC. ***Emma Roberts at Rebecca Minkoff in LA. ***Liv Tyler at Bianca Bianconi’s birthday at Rumpus Room in NYC. **Artist Bentley Meeker at the opening of his installation Weed World, part of Grassland at Canada’s Penticton Art Gallery.
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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dan Rooney, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers chairman who helped shape the modern National Football League and was one of the last surviving links to its founders, died on Thursday in Pittsburgh. He was 84. The Steelers announced his death on their website.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Betsy Woodruff: Trump
hasn’t yet made good on his bombastic campaign trail promises. The wall is still just a twinkle in his eye, and the deportation force hiring sprees haven’t happened yet. ICE agents have conducted raids targeting undocumented immigrants, but they aren’t actually that different in scale from raids that happened during the early years of the Obama
administration. But the symbolism of Trump in the Oval Office and the threat of extended detention has already deterred many migrants. Migrants are scared, explained Jose, a young Honduran man staying at the San Bosco shelter in hopes of getting to the U.S. They might be less scared in the future, he said, but for now they’re waiting. The Trump administration seems to have figured this out. In a speech on the Arizona side of the border the day before, Attorney General Jeff Sessions
noted that the number of people caught illegally crossing the border had dropped by 72 percent from December 2016 to March 2017. “This is no accident,” Sessions told an audience of reporters and Customs and Border Protections officials.
LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Donald Trump
sets the bar very high, but the award for the worst public policy idea of the year goes to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
. Cuomo presides over a state with a rich diversity of educational institutions. But he also presides over a state, like all states, where many students don’t complete college and where many are unprepared for the information economy. For example, fewer than half of the African-American and Hispanic students in New York public colleges graduate within six years
. Cuomo could have done many things to improve New York’s higher ed system. He could have poured all available money into the Tuition Assistance Program, which is directed at poorer students. He could have spent more to help students become academically ready for college, which is the biggest barrier to graduation. He could have done more to help students pay room and board expenses. He could have massively improved overstretched mental health services. He could have massively improved career counseling. But in 2016 Bernie Sanders
made a big splash on the campaign trail with a plan to make college “free.” So Cuomo proposed and on Wednesday
signed legislation to make tuition free at New York public colleges for anybody coming from a family making no more than $100,000 a year, with the cap rising to $125,000 in 2019.
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
***This time it’s for real. Jennifer Garner
has officially filed for divorce from Ben Affleck
in the Hollywood couple’s long-running marital saga. But we’re told the move was mutual. “It was amicable. In California, one spouse has to serve the other, but they [technically] filed together without lawyers. It was as coordinated as can be,” an insider told us.
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