*World Mourns Muhammad Ali
After boxing legend, cultural icon, and civil-rights activistMuhammad Ali passed away late Friday evening at the age of 74, the rest of the boxing world collectively mourned. In a statement, George Foreman, Ali’s opponent in the famed “Rumble in the Jungle” match, described the late boxer as “one of the greatest human beings I have ever met.” Alongside a picture of his younger self seated with Ali, Mike Tyson tweeted: “God came for this champion. So long, great one.” Oscar de la Hoya, a fellow ex-world champion, remembered Ali as “a legend who transcended sport and was a true champion for all.” “He stood for something that he really believed in,” five-time championEvander Holyfield said. Famed fight promoter Don Kinglamented, “It’s a sad day for life, man.” Manny Pacquiaotweeted a dramatic photo of Ali, with the caption: “We lost a giant today. You will always be [greatest of all-time].”
*Pope: Bishops Can Be Fired for Ignoring Abuse
Pope Francis on Saturday approved new legal procedures to remove bishops who are found to be negligent towards abuse cases within their parish. Survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of priests have long accused the Vatican of simply shifting around rapists to different locations rather than fire them or report them to authorities. With a new decree, the Pope set about codifying the language around punishing bishops who fail to “undertake a particular diligence in protecting those who are the weakest among their flock.”
*Hillary Opens Double-Digit Lead Over Trump Says Media Expert Levine:
Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by double digits in a hypothetical general election matchup, according to media expert and author Michael Levine(www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) . “Nearly half—46 percent—of likely voters said they support Clinton, while just 35 percent would vote for Trump. A whopping 19 percent said they will not support either candidate” reported Levine. A RealClearPolitics average of all national polling, however, shows Clinton leading 43.8 to 42.3 percent.
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*‘Glee’ Star Pleads Not Guilty, Ordered to Stay Away From Children
Former Glee star Mark Salling appeared Friday in court to plead not guilty to two counts of child pornography. Though he was released on bail, Salling was ordered by a judge to stay at least 100 feet away from locations where children congregate; he was also given a GPS monitoring device and told to surrender his passport and any legally obtained medical marijuana.
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2. China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of Chinese civilization. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.
3. China is the fourth largest country in the world (after Russia, Canada, and the U.S.). It has an area of 3,719,275 square miles (slightly smaller than the U.S.) and its borders with other countries total more than 117,445 miles. Approximately 5,000 islands lie off the Chinese coast.
4. One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is estimated to reach a whopping 1,338,612,968 by July 2009. China’s population is four times that of the United States.
5. Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco.
6. China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world.
7. Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.
8. The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
9. The Chinese invented kites (“paper birds” or “Aeolian harps”) about 3,000 years ago. They were used to frighten the enemies in battle, and Marco Polo (1254-1324) noted that kites were also used to predict the success of a voyage. It was considered bad luck to purposely let a kite go.
10. Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Time to move on. That is theexplanation Tony Fadell, a former star executive at Apple known for his aggressive management style, offers for his departure from Nest, a maker of digital versions of household staples like thermostats and smoke detectors that he helped found and sold to Google. Alphabet, Google’s parent company,announced on Friday that Mr. Fadell was leaving Nest after leading it for six years, including the last two under the ownership of Google, which bought it for $3.2 billion in 2014. His departure comes after months of controversy regarding his leadership.
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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein —–www.TheExcelCommunity.com .
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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Chef Thomas Keller has exited CAA for UTA. Keller is the mastermind behind Beverly Hills’ Bouchon, No. 2 on THR‘s Power Lunch list this year. He is the only American-born chef ever to have more than one Michelin three-star restaurant (Yountville’s The French Laundry and New York City’s Per Se), and he has won multiple James Beard Foundation awards for his restaurants, which also include Yountville’s Ad Hoc as well as Bouchon bistro, bar and bakery locations in New York City, Las Vegas and Yountville in Napa Valley.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***In the third high-profile celebrity split this week, Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama have called it quits after six years together. Demi shared the sad news on her Instagram account on Friday night, just days after Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid andZayn Malik also split up. ***Amber Heard is suing the comedian who accused her of blackmailing Johnny Depp. Days after Depp’s pal Doug Stanhope published a strongly worded column on TheWrap.com titled “Johnny Depp Is Being Blackmailed by Amber Heard – Here’s How I Know,” Heard filed a lawsuit against the comic in an Arizona court. In the lawsuit, the actress, who is divorcing Depp after just 15 months of marriage, calls Stanhope’s claims “completely false and defamatory” before offering further details about the abuse she claims Depp inflicted upon her.
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