Miami-Dade Mayor: No More ‘Sanctuary’ Status Here:
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez on Thursday ordered county jails to comply with federal requests on detaining undocumented immigrants, fearing the loss of federal dollars for defying executive orders. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order threatening to cut federal grant dollars to counties or cities that don’t fully comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies. Miami-Dade has maintained so-called “sanctuary” status since 2013, refusing to indefinitely detain undocumented immigrants in the county. “In light of the provisions of the Executive Order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” Giménez wrote in his new request.
NYT: Trump Plans More Aggressive Military Action Against ISIS:
President Trump is reportedly preparing a directive calling for U.S. forces to be more aggressive in fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a move which may pave the way for U.S. artillery on the ground and attack helicopters. The New York Times on Thursday cited White House officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying Trump will give the Pentagon 30 days to map out new options for harder tactics in Syria. Trump has repeatedly declared a desire to build up and expand the military, and he repeatedly boasted about a secret plan to defeat ISIS during the presidential campaign. Defense Secretary James Mattis will reportedly be in charge of overseeing that new plan, which will focus on driving the terrorist group out of Raqqa and Mosul. Trump is expected to be present for Mattis’ swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, where he will also sign the new directive on ISIS, according to NYT.
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Trump, Theresa May Prepare for First White House Meeting:
British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first foreign leader to meet with Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, with a news conference to follow in the afternoon. “Sometimes, opposites attract,” she said of the potential to get along with the 45th president of the United States, despite their obvious differences. May on Thursday told Republicans that the two nations must “stand strong together.” She called the trip an “honor,” adding how exceptional it is to visit as “dawn breaks on a new era of American renewal.” She tempered such praise with warnings not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and with advice to the U.S. to defend Russia’s neighboring countries. “The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are decisively over,” she said.
Judy Garland’s corpse makes cross-country trip:
Judy Garland’s remains have been moved from a New York mausoleum and transferred to a celebrity cemetery in Hollywood, according to reports. The transfer was made at the behest of the “Wizard of Oz” star’s daughter Liza Minnelli, because there isn’t enough space at Ferncliff Cemetery in Greenburgh for her children and grandchildren to be buried alongside her. Garland — whose kids are Minnelli, 70, Lorna Luft, 64, and Joey Luft, 61 — had been interred there since her death 48 years ago. On Thursday, her remains were flown from JFK Airport to Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Suspected Florida Airport Gunman Indicted:
The gunman who allegedly attacked the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month has been indicted on 22 counts related to the shooting rampage, in which he killed five people and injured another six. A federal grand jury ruled that Esteban Santiago, 26, be formally charged with 11 counts of causing death or bodily harm at an international airport, five counts of causing death during a crime of violence, and six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, Santiago could face the death penalty. Santiago, an Iraq war veteran, reportedly told officials that he was the victim of government mind control. He lived in Anchorage, Alaska.
Inmates vow to bust El Chapo out of prison:
Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmanhas a new group of “hitmen” ready to bust him out of prison, according to a new report. Five tough-talking inmates shot a video inside a cell at the federal lockdown in, Taft, California, revealing their plans to help Guzman escape if he’s convicted of his American crimes and sent to their institution. “We are the hitmen who are going to take care of him,” one of the prisoner warned, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. “We want to tell the people this: If you bring ‘el señor’ here and if ‘el señor’ asks us to free him, we are going to take him out immediately,’” all five men pledge, speaking in Spanish.
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Cathy Byrd’s New Memoir, ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’ Wins “Best of Los Angeles Award 2017” For Best Up-Coming Nonfiction Book:
Byrd’s memoir is a powerful and inspirational story about her young son’s vivid recollections of being a baseball player in the 1920s and ’30s. At the age of two, baseball prodigy Christian Haupt described historical facts about the life of Lou Gehrig thathe could not have possibly known at the time. Distraught by her son’s uncanny revelations, Christian’s mother, Cathy, embarked on a sacred journey of discovery that would shake her beliefs to the core and forever change her views on life and death. The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed three years ago and consists of over 2,800 professional members living and working in Southern California. It celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles with a slogan “No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best.” The Boy Who Knew Too Much, published by Hay House is on sale now and will be released in March 2017. “I am honored to have received this esteemed award from the Best of Los Angeles Award community. It is a real thrill to receive this positive feedback on my soon-to-be-published book,” says Byrd.
Origin Records To Release Sarah Partridge’s Tribute Album To Legendary Songwriter Janis Ian:
Jazz vocalist and songwriter Sarah Partridge http://sarahpartridge.com announces the release ofher sixth CD, a salute to the legendary singer/songwriter, Janis Ian http://www.janisian.com. The album, titled “Bright Lights & Promises”. Redefining Janis Ian, will be released in mid- April on Seattle based, Origin Records. Now in her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian received her most recent Grammy nomination in 2016, making a total of 10 nominations and 2 wins over the years in 8 categories. Partridge, according to the New York Times, “belongs to a great tradition of jazz singers who use hard rhythm as a kind of emotional armor”. In addition to new arrangements of 11 Ian classics, the two singer/songwriters penned a couple of new songs for the forthcoming album… “A Quarter Past Heartache” and “Somebody’s Child”. They sing together on the former.
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***It is almost boring how predictably good Alphabet’s earnings are these days — a trait not always shared by the company’s tech conglomerate peers. Apple is wildly profitable, but its results hinge on the fickle preferences of smartphone buyers who may or may not bemoved by the iPhone’s latest design. Amazon seems prepared to abandon quarterly profits to invest even more in faster delivery times or in another huge data center. Facebook is still young enough that a little volatility is not out of character. ***The American economy finished 2016 on a soft note, the government reported on Friday, lowering the annual pace of growth to 1.6 percent, the lowest level in five years. That is less than half the rate President Trump vowed he could deliver during the campaign — a promise repeated on the White House website — and the economy’s underlying lack of momentum complicates the new administration’s plans. Indeed, it underscores why analysts say that Mr. Trump’s growth rate target of 4 percent is audacious at best, fanciful at worst, especially given the 2 percent or so growth that has prevailed since the current recovery began in 2009. Last year’s increase in output also represented a drop from the 2.6 percent rate recorded in 2015. ***Not everyone is willing to wait in a line for a Starbucks fix. The coffee chain reported disappointing sales growth on Thursday and partly blamed the “congestion” in its stores for prompting some people to leave without buying anything. Starbucks said the popularity of its mobile order-and-pay option, which was supposed to make getting a drink easier, has caused bottlenecks at the areas where people pick up their drinks.
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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Rafael Nadal completed a slate of throwback finals at the Australian Open, beating Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4, in a battle that took 4 hours 56 minutes on Friday night. Nadal fell to the ground in relief when Dimitrov’s final backhand landed long to end a 13-shot rally on his third match point.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Jay Z at an intimate Sundance reception at Main & Sky for his film project with Harvey Weinstein for Spike TV, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” ***Dennis Quaidin the audience of Cate Blanchett’s new play “The Present” in NYC. ***Justin Bieber performing a surprise 30-minute set at the Peppermint Club in LA. ***Ben Vereen at Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale” in NYC. ***Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian sharing a porterhouse for two at Royal 35 Steakhouse in NYC. ***Luann de Lesseps and husband Tom D’Agostino Jr. dining at Santina. ***Famed film producerMike Medavoy and media expert and author Michael Levinetalking about President Trump yesterday in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel. ***“Today” host Matt Lauer surprised his former co-star Katie Couric at a Manhattan eatery. Sources say that Lauer was at Fresco by Scotto with a party of 10, including “Today” colleague Al Roker and NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons, when he noticed Couric coincidently arrived.
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***“Live by Night” mostly fired blanks when it debuted in theaters in December, and its failure has resulted in a lot of financial carnage. The expensive gangster picture was a passion project for Ben Affleck, who directed, wrote, produced and starred in the story of a Florida rum runner. But critics ripped the picture, calling it dramatically inert and a muddle. That’s left Warner Bros., the studio behind the film flop, looking at a $75 million loss, according to insiders with knowledge of its financing and rival studio executives.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This is a column directed at high school and college students. I’m going to try to convey to you how astoundingly different the Republican Party felt when I was your age. The big guy then was Ronald Reagan. Temperamentally, though not politically, Reagan was heir to the two Roosevelts. He inherited a love of audacity from T.R. and optimism and charm from F.D.R. He had a sunny faith in America’s destiny and in America’s ability to bend global history toward freedom. He had a sunny faith in the free market to deliver prosperity to all. He had a sunny faith in the power of technology to deliver bounty and even protect us from nuclear missiles. He could be very hard on big government or the Soviet Union, but he generally saw the world as a welcoming place; he looked for the good news in others and saw the arc of history bending toward progress.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer: (Acclaimed security expert): Another simple solution for Ca. cites that want to be sanctuary cities. Defund them. The Federal Government gives 18 billion to California. A simple solution is to stop that funding. No argument, no hassle, & no negotiation.
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