An estimated 142 million American’s play video games as least three hours a week.
*Poll: Majority Think Hillary Should’ve Been Charged:
More than half of Americans surveyed said they disapprove of FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation to not charge Hillary Clinton over her private email server, according to the results of a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. The 56 percent disapproval number includes 88 percent of Republicans and almost a third of Democrats (31 percent). Additionally, 57 percent of Americans said the former secretary of State’s handling of the email arrangement worries them about how she would handle her job as president.
*NEW LEADER IN ENGLAND:
Britain is set to get a new prime minister within two days, after a tumultuous two weeks that saw the previous one toppled and several potential replacements felled by political intrigue. Home Secretary Theresa May
became the country’s leader-in-waiting after her sole remaining rival unexpectedly withdrew, saying Britain needs stability amid the uncertainty caused by its vote to leave the European Union.
*Dallas Killer’s Parents: He Turned Into a ‘Hermit’ After Military Service:
The parents of Micah X. Johnson, the man who opened fire on police officers in Dallas last week, said their son became a “hermit” after he was discharged from the Army in 2015 following a sexual-harassment allegation during his deployment in Afghanistan. They were unable, however, to pinpoint an exact incident that may have sparked his change in mind-set. Delphine Johnson said her son at one point wanted to be a police officer and was enthusiastic about joining the military because he loved his country. “The military was not what Micah thought it would be,” she said. “He was very disappointed. But it may be that the ideal that he thought of our government, what he thought the military represented, it just didn’t live up to his expectations.”
*WHO READS LBN? Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck:
*NBA’s Tim Duncan Announces Retirement:
San Antonion Spurs power forward Tim Duncan
announced Monday that he is retiring after spending all 19 of his seasons with the team. A five-time NBA championship winner, Duncan, 40, won the Most Valuable Player award twice in his career and the Finals MVP award three times. The Spurs had a .710 winning percentage during Duncan’s tenure—the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and better than any NFL, NHL, and MLB team over the last 19 years.
*Ex-Fox News Reporter Is Pope’s Spokesman:
Former Fox News correspondent Greg Burke, a native of St. Louis, has been tapped as the Vatican’s official spokesperson, easily the most visible job at the Holy See after the pope. As the first American to hold this position of power, Burke will have a direct line to Pope Francis, parsing the pope’s words and managing the local press corps, a group he knows well after more than 20 years in Rome, mostly as one of them. Burke, 56, is a devout member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei and an avid baseball fan. Spanish journalist Paloma García Ovejero, 40, has been named Burke’s deputy director. She is the first-ever female to be named to such a high-ranking position in the Vatican. Burke succeeds Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who, at 73, is retiring from the position he has held since John Paul II died in 2005.
*U.S. to Send 560 More Troops to Iraq:
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Monday the U.S. will send an additional 560 troops to Iraq, marking at least the third time the U.S. has ramped up its effort against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Carter made the announcement while traveling in Iraq. The additional troops will support the Iraqi forces as they move toward the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and capital of the ISIS caliphate there. U.S. Defense officials hope to move on the city by the end of this year as they believe the fall of Mosul would mark the collapse of ISIS in Iraq. The U.S. military plans to use a newly retaken air base 40 miles south of Mosul as a staging area, Carter said, during its push toward the city. All of the 560 troops will be staged there. Either way, Monday’s decision likely is not the last time the U.S. will add more troops as it appears the Pentagon is adding more troops as needed on the move toward Mosul. In March, when Iraqi forces were roughly 60 miles south of Mosul, the U.S. military furtively stationed 200 Marines nearby. The latest decision to ramp up the U.S. presence will mean the U.S. will have roughly 6,000 troops in Iraq. Mosul fell under ISIS control June 10, 2014.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
In 1980, roughly 150,000 people were reported missing per year. Now the number is 900,00.
*Maria Sharapova Banned From Olympics:
Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s
appeal against a two-year doping ban was postponed until September, meaning she won’t be able to play in the Rio Olympics. Sharapova, who tested positive for the substance meldonium in January, agreed to defer the decision, which otherwise would’ve been issued before next week. Both the Russian athlete’s representatives and the International Tennis Federation reportedly wanted more time to prepare their cases.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Chaka Khan is going into rehab — as the legendary soul singer fears she’ll die like Prince. The “Tell Me Something Good” diva added that her sister would be joining her in entering a drug rehab program to beat their addictions. Chaka said in a statement: “The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities. We knew it was time to take action to save our lives. My sister and I would like to thank everyone for their support, love and prayers.” ***Joe Perry, the legendary guitarist of the band Aerosmith, collapsed during a concert with his side project in Coney Island on Sunday night, police sources said. The 65-year-old rocker was playing alongside actor Johnny Depp and frontman Alice Cooper with his super-group the Hollywood Vampires when he apparently went into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, the sources said. Perry was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Ultimate Fighting Championship seemed for years to be a curio, a niche sport for those interested in seeing combatants pummel one another in an octagonal cage. But U.F.C. has become a global sports empire — and now commands an eye-popping price tag. The league, which promotes mixed martial arts, is expected to announce as soon as Monday that it has sold itself to a group led by the talent giant WME-IMG for about $4 billion, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Backing the deal are the private equity heavyweights Silver Lake, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and the investment firm of the billionaire Michael S. Dell.
- The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.d
- The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day.”g
- The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.k
- Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.m
- The term “carpet bagger” is a derogatory reference to Northerners who sought to take political and economic advantage of the South’s defeat after the Civil War. The name refers to the travel bag made from carpet that many Northerners used to carry their possessions.g
|From the Sanskrit, swasti (well being), the swastika was both an ancient symbol of good luck and a common motif on carpets
- The swastika design has been traditionally a symbol of good fortune and can be found on carpets from America, Europe, India, and China.l
- The phrase “to sweep under the carpet” in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963.k
- Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.e
- The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.j
- Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.e
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Kendall Jenner, a crew of models, Scott Disick and Young Thug having 15 bottles of Champagne delivered to their table and partying at Up&Down in NYC until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. ***Sienna Miller, Diane Keaton andFreida Pinto at the Polo Ralph Lauren VIP suite at Wimbledon on Sunday. ***Leo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas at Jewel nightclub at Aria Resort & Casino in Vegas on Friday night. ***Comedian Jerry Seinfeld at the Malibu Pantry.
*IS DIRTY COMEDY DEAD?
Certainly not. But. According to the Christian Science Monitor
, the business of clean comedy is growing. Corporate event planners want to bring humor to their meetings–without damaging their brands. According to Adam Christing,
the founder of CleanComedians.com, “Humor doesn’t have to be filthy to be funny. You can get big laughs without getting dirty.” Apparently, funny is money. Nicole Birrell
was a guest at a recent fundraiser dinner featuring a clean comedian. She says, “It’s fun and funny and you can tell people are dropping more cash.” Read the full article here: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0709/Why-clean-comedy-is-becoming-big-business
*LBN – SITE OF THE DAY:
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman:
What with everything else going on, from Trump
to Brexit to the horror in Dallas, it’s hard to focus on developments in financial markets — especially because we’re not facing any immediate crisis. But extraordinary things have been happening lately, especially in bond markets. And because money still makes the world go ’round, attention must be paid to what the markets are trying to tell us. Specifically, there has been an extraordinary plunge in long-term interest rates. Late last year the yield on 10-year U.S. government bonds was around 2.3 percent, already historically low; on Friday it was just 1.36 percent. German bonds, the safe asset of the eurozone, are yielding minus — that’s right, minus — 0.19 percent. Basically, investors are willing to offer governments money for nothing, or less than nothing. What does it mean?
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dolly Parton: When I wear this big hair, because I’m so tiny, my husband always says I look like a Q-tip. It’s nothing but a big white wad on my head!
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Ryan Gosling: I think [America] needs a woman’s touch. I’ve always liked women more. I was brought up by my mother and older sister…My home life now is mostly women. They are better than us. They make me better.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jeff Beck (Rock guitarist) : I’m fit as a fiddle. Eric Clapton’s got a nerve complaint. It sounds horrible. It would be so sad if it impairs his playing. I did sprain my wrist, carrying something heavy. And I have a bad back. They had to operate in the lower back. As long as I rest every so often – lie flat – I’m fine. But I keep lifting stuff.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
is no longer the only lady of the house. On Sunday, the 39-year-old actress announced she and fiancé David Gardner
welcomed their second child together, baby Lula Rose. ***Billionaire David Geffen
is having a good summer. The mogul, who joined Instagram in May, has been posting enviable shots of his trip to Capri, including one this weekend of his 453-foot luxury yacht Rising Sun coasting through the water, lit up at night. ***Friends of Taylor Swift’s
ex Calvin Harris
told Page Six the jilted DJ is peeved at how she’s been flaunting her new “relationship” with actor Tom Hiddleston
. “He’s not happy about their relationship. He was hurt. Looking back, some friends do feel like Taylor’s team manipulated and orchestrated part of [her] relationship [with Calvin] after seeing how public she is with her new guy. It makes sense,” a source said.
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