YIKES! Poll: Most Americans Doubt Trump Can Handle Presidential Duties:
Less than half of the Americans who participated in a new poll are confident that President-elect Donald Trump can handle several of the job’s duties once he takes office this month. Solid majorities, however, were confident in Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton when they assumed the executive post. The Gallup poll, conducted Dec. 7 through Dec. 11, showed that only 46 percent of respondents are confident Trump will be able to handle an international crisis. Only 47 percent believe he will wisely use military force. By contrast, 60 percent of those polled believe Trump will be effectively able to work with Congress. Fifty-nine percent of the total respondents believe he will handle the economy effectively. Only 14 percent of the Democrats polled have confidence he will prevent scandals, and a low 35 percent of that same group anticipates he will be able to work with Congress.
8 Held in Turkish Nightclub Attack:
Turkish police have reportedly detained eight people who may be connected to the nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year’sEve, but authorities say the gunman who opened fire using an automatic rifle is not among those who are in custody. The attack with the gun and hand grenades killed 39 people and wounded dozens more. The Islamic State-linked Aamaq News Agency claims the attack was perpetrated by a “heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast.” It was done as “revenge for God’s religion and in response to the orders” of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “We let infidel Turkey know that the blood of Muslims that is being shed by its airstrikes and artillery shelling will turn into fire on its territories.” Most of those killed in the club were foreigners, Turkish media reported.
SNOW-FLAKES! Millennials lack basic survival skills compared to older generations:
Young people are clueless when it comes to basic survival skills such as tying a knot or sparking a fire from scratch, according to research. A survey shows millennials are missing out on practical skills such as map reading or fishing, compared to their grandparents’ generation. More than half of young adults were unable to tie a single knot and 40 per cent had never swum in open water, despite Britain being an island nation. The poll, conducted ahead of the London Boat Show, found simple life skills have been left behind with advances in technology. Researchers also found that most people under the age of 44 prefer to use Google Maps and Sat Navs to get around, but half of over-55s stick to a paper street map. Just a third of the 2,000 surveyed know how to spark a flame by natural means, with less than a third having caught their own fish or seafood.
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Report: Chicago Saw Biggest Surge in Homicides in 60 Years in 2016:
The city of Chicago ended one of the most violent years in its history over the weekend, with a staggering 762 homicides. Compared to 485 reported homicides in 2015, the outgoing year saw the biggest increase in 60 years. The homicide death toll for 2016 is not only more than that of New York and Los Angeles combined, but also the highest number Chicago has seen in two decades. As the debate over gun control in the city continues, data released Sunday by the Chicago Police Department showed that 2016 also saw a surge in shootings, with 1,100 more than the previous year. The new statistics come as authorities seek to combat the spike in violence, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel
announcing last year that 1,000 more officers would be added to the force and youth programs would be rolled out to try and deter young men from picking up guns. Complicating matters, however, is a wave of anger at police over recent police shootings, one of which saw a white officer shoot an unarmed teenager more than a dozen times. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson
said at a news conference Sunday that many criminals now feel like they have nothing to lose. “In Chicago, we just don’t have a deterrent to pick up a gun,” he said. “Any time a guy stealing a loaf of bread spends more time pre-trial in jail than a gun offender, something is wrong.”
Israel to Withhold Bodies of Hamas Militants:
Israel announced a new policy for dealing with Hamas militants on Sunday, saying the bodies of militants killed in clashes will be buried rather than returned. “The security cabinet discussed ways to effect the return of fallen soldiers and of civilians held in the Gaza Strip … and decided that (thebodies of militants) should be buried, rather than returned,” a statement from Israel’s security cabinet said. The new policy is aimed at gaining leverage over the group in a bid to get the militants to hand over missing civilians and the bodies of killed soldiers. Hamas says it is currently holding two Israeli soldiers who were declared dead after going missing in 2014. In addition, the group says it has the bodies of two Israeli civilians. The Israeli side previously returned militants’ bodies, having given back for burial 102 bodies in 2016, the Israeli army said. Now, however, the bodies will immediately be buried and exhumed later only if Hamas militants are willing to make concessions.
‘Rogue One’ Tops New Year’s Box Office:
“Rogue One” dominated the New Year’s box office, taking first place in theaters for the third consecutive weekend. The “Star Wars” spin-off became the second highest grossing domestic release in 2016, with a staggering $425 million in ticket sales. Over New Year’s weekend alone, the film brought in just under $50 million. The blockbuster helped Disney become the first film studio to surpass $7 billion in a single year. “Sing” came in second place over New Year’s, with $41.4 million during its second weekend in theaters.
Chargers Fire Mike McCoy After Second Loss in a Row:
The San Diego Chargers fired coach Mike McCoy
on Sunday after the team’s second consecutive last-place finish. The announcement came shortly after the Chargers lost 37-27 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. “Our team’s disappointing performance has not matched this team’s potential and has fallen short of the demanding standards that we seek to impose throughout our organization,” John Spanos
, the Chargers’ president of football operations, said in a statement after Sunday’s game. McCoy, who was with the team for four seasons, had one year left in his contract. In another NFL shake-up on Sunday, the 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke
for poor performance this season.
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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Mariah Carey sang a furious tune on Sunday — with the pop diva’s camp blaming her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance on “sabotage” by the TV show’s producers. Carey’s manager sent a letter on New Year’s Day to Dick Clark Productions, saying they set the “Emotions” singer up for failure by letting her take the stage before more than a million people in Times Square — andmillions more watching at home — with malfunctioning sound gear. “You know her inner ears were NOT working and your entire production team did not set her up to win,” the manager,Stella Bulochnikov, wrote to Mark Shimmel, whose company produced Carey’s TV nightmare, which was broadcast live on ABC. ***The fight over tragic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s most priceless guitar is heading for a bitter, multimillion-dollar court battle. Cobain’s daughter with Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, has been trying to get the instrument — which her father played in Nirvana’s seminal 1993 “MTV Unplugged” concert — back from her estranged husband, Isaiah Silva, ever since they split in March 2016.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Serena Williams and her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, are celebrating their engagement properly. Thecouple rang in the New Year in Auckland, New Zealand where they were photographed for the first time following their exciting engagement announcement last week. ***LeBron James took his talents to Miami Beach, Fla., for one night to celebrate New Year’s Eve and his birthday at hot spot Rockwell. James flew in on a private jet after Cleveland’s victory over Charlotte, and was joined by his wife, Savannah, and fellow Cavalier Tristan Thompson with his girlfriend Khloé Kardashian. ***Britney Spears rang in the New Year with new boyfriend Sam Asghari at Catch in LA. The pair, who met when Asghari starred in the music video for “Slumber Party,” was “super affectionate,” says a source.
LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Tom Brady has found another way to etch his name into the record books. With three touchdowns and zero interceptions on Sunday’s victory in Miami, Brady increased his season totals to 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions. In doing so, he set a new record for the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in the history of the NFL. That record applies to quarterbacks with at least 20 passing touchdowns.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Huston Smith, a renowned scholar of religion who pursued his own enlightenment in Methodist churches, Zen monasteries and even Timothy Leary’s living room, died on Friday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 97. His wife, Kendra, confirmed his death.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Small business owner): I was in total agreement with Jeff Wald’s commentary regarding Peter Riskind until his troll from the Trump Era comment. Trump would of disagreed with Riskind as strongly as Wald seeing he is a huge fan of the classic movies. Now I think Wald should find a rock to crawl under. Be very aware -all who disagreed with this election will find a way to work Trump into whatever they disagree with and somehow lay blame at his and his supporters feet.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Basketball legend, author): Sad news for the condom industry: millennials are having less sex than recent previous generations. A study published last month in the Archives of Sexual Behavior concludes that younger millennials (born in the 1990s) are more than twice as likely not to be having sex as the generation before them. Many people might be cheering this news as a move in the right moral direction, but that’s short-sighted. Rather than a triumph for increased gender respect it could be a symptom of a greater social problem: the replacement of sturdy realistic romantic love that might last a lifetime with the flimsy bedazzled imposter with the shelf life of a loaf of Wonder Bread. There are many lucrative business reasons for the pimping out of unrealistic romantic love in American popular culture, but the plastic face of it is the trendy Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise. As entertaining as these shows are (and they really are compelling fun), there is an insidious darkness beneath the fairytale pabulum they are serving up.
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***When thinking of the late legend Debbie Reynolds
, you might conjure up images of Hollywood’s glory days—of the spunky actress kicking up her heels in film classics such as “Singin’ in the Rain.” Reynolds’ recent passing at the age of 84—just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher
—has saddened many, and also has them wishing they knew more about the matriarch of one of cinema’s foremost families. There are her movies and numerous interviews, of course. But for a truly illuminating look into the life of the iconic actress, we can also turn to Reynolds’ childhood home in Burbank, CA. It recently went on the market for $749,000.
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