Dozens of soldiers who attempted to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
late Friday surrendered on a bridge near Istanbul on Saturday, bringing an end to a mind-blowing military coup attempt. In dramatic scenes broadcast on Turkish television, about 50 soldiers stood with their hands in the air after abandoning their tanks. In Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, another group of coup plotters surrendered to police after being surrounded. The apparent end to the coup comes after Turkish authorities launched air strikes against tanks controlled by the coup plotters outside the presidential palace in Ankara. Authorities also shot down a military helicopter used by coup plotters to fire on a state satellite operator near Anakara. At least 161 people were killed in the coup attempt, and another 1,440 wounded, according to Al Arabiya. More than 1,500 members of the military were arrested, Turkish authorities said. Twenty-nine colonels and five generals were also removed from their posts, as Erdoğan warns that those who organized the failed coup “will pay” for what they’ve done. All government officials were reportedly in charge of their offices as of Saturday morning.
As France began a day of mourning Saturday for the 84 killed in a terrorist attack in Nice, four men were reportedly arrested over their ties to the suspect in the attack and ISIS apparently claimed responsibility. Al-Amaq, a pro-Islamic State media outlet, said the group was behind the attack on Twitter on Saturday. Meanwhile, in France, one man was arrested late Friday and another three Saturday morning, though their identities have not yet been released, French media reported. French President François Hollande called for three days of mourning following the attack, warning that 50 people injured in the attack are still fighting for their lives in the hospital.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Drunk Driving:
- Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States.
- During the year 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans.
- On average, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.
- Roughly three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related collision at some point in their life.
- Over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2007. This number is less than 1% of the 159 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving in that year.
- According to the law in all 50 U.S. states, a driver is considered to be legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at or above .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).
- To reach a BAC level of .08 g/dL, a man weighing approximately 170 pounds would need to consume four standard drinks in one hour on an empty stomach. A woman weighing about 140 pounds would need to consume three drinks in one hour.
|Alcohol remains in the body for up to six hours after drinking
- It takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of .08 g/dL.
- Because alcohol dilutes itself in the water volume of the body in order to travel through it, vital organs that contain a lot of water (such as the brain) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol.
- Even at BAC levels as low as .02 g/dL, alcohol can affect a person’s response time and driving ability. The probability of a crash increases significantly after .05 BAC, and even more rapidly after .08 BAC.
- A driver with a BAC of .08 g/dL is 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol.
- In 2007, more than half of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had a BAC level of .15 g/dL , nearly twice the legal limit.
- Drivers are far more likely to be alcohol impaired during the night than during the day. In 2007, 36% of drivers involved in nighttime fatal crashes were legally drunk versus just 9% during daytime collisions.
- Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. involve alcohol.
- The highest rates of drunk driving occur among drivers aged 21-24. This age group makes up 35% of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal collisions.
*Pakistani Model Killed After Ramadan Joke:
A Pakistani fashion model has been strangled to death by her brother after posting a photo with a Muslim cleric and joking about Ramadan online. Qandeel Baloch, real name Fauzia Azeem, was killed in her sleep by one of her six brothers, police said Saturday. She had recently posted a photograph with Mufti Qavi, a well-known cleric, saying the two of them had smoked cigarettes and downed soft drinks together during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are meant to be fasting. The joke triggered outrage among conservatives and a scandal as Qavi faced major backlash. Baloch has suffered the same fate as hundreds of other Pakistani women each year, as honor killings continue unabated.
The Saudis refused to cooperate with the US’s pursuit of Osama bin Laden because the Saudis feared retribution.“[The] Saudis had stopped providing background information or other assistance on Bin Laden because Bin Laden had too much information about official Saudi dealings with Islamic extremists in the 1980s for Riyadh to deliver him into U.S. hands,” says the report, citing a CIA memo.
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*Nice Attacker Radicalized ‘Very Rapidly’:
A top French official has said the attacker who killed 84 people in Nice was “very rapidly” radicalized, as the Islamic State identified the suspect as a “soldier” of the group on Saturday. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
told journalists that the investigation has revealed a frighteningly quick radicalization process, and a major influence by the Islamic State. The attacker in Nice, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, represents a new threat, according to Cazeneuve: “individuals who are responding positively to the messages issued by the Islamic State without having had any special training and without having access to weapons that allow them to commit mass murder.” Earlier, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency said Bouhlel had been a member of the group who “executed the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations that fight the Islamic State.”
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The mind wanders about 30% of the time and sometimes as much as 70%, say, for example, when someone is driving down an uncrowded freeway.
*2 Tennis Stars Withdraw From Rio Over Zika:
Two tennis stars have withdrawn from the upcoming Rio Olympics over fears of catching the Zika virus. Canadian Milos Raonic, 25, and Romanian Simona Halep, 24, both among the top 10 tennis players, issued statements on Friday announcing their decisions. Halep wrote on her Facebook page that she did not want to risk damaging her reproductive health by catching the Zika virus, which has been shown to cause encephalitis in the babies of infected women. “Family is much too important for me and I can’t risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over,” Halep wrote. Raonic cited a “variety of health concerns” in his statement. Both made their announcements after they were included on the International Tennis Federation’s roster for the upcoming games.
***A two-page, handwritten letter from Paul McCartney
has sold at auction for nearly $15,000. The note, which begins “Dear Princely person,” reveals the former Beatle asking for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which McCartney co-founded in 1996. The letter recently sold for $14,822 at Boston’s RR Auction.
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took time off on Thursday from his tour to reunite with Ringo Starr
and John Lennon’s
widow, Yoko Ono.
The trio were at a 10th anniversary celebration of Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles LOVE” at the Mirage in Las Vegas, along with a random mix of celebs such as Ron Howard, Josh Hutcherson, Kevin Dillon, Chris Harrison
of “The Bachelor,” and Eagles rocker Joe Walsh.
Howard recently directed the documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” which will be released in September. ***When guests at a Paris Theatre premiere of Woody Allen’s
“Café Society” saw private EMTs on the scene, one attendee speculated, “It might be because this crowd is really old.”Spry guests included Patti Smith
, Barbara Walters
, Martha Stewart
, Anna Wintour
and Regis Philbin.
But an event rep huffed, “Amazon’s head of security requires that [EMTs] be on-site for all events [with] over 200 people. The crowd definitely wasn’t ‘older.’” The crowd later headed to the Carlyle, where Bobby Flay
was spotted with new girlfriend Heléne Yorke
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Amazing Trials of O.J. Simpson and Michael Levine : https://youtu.be/nraZ8DuduAU
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Judy Feiffer, a photographer, novelist and book editor who fostered best-selling memoirs by two fledgling authors, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and “Mommie Dearest” by Christina Crawford, died on June 27 at her home in Manhattan. She was 87. Her death was confirmed by Kate Feiffer, her daughter with her ex-husband, Jules Feiffer, the cartoonist and author.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Elan Young: National Simplicity Day was last Tuesday, which I learned from a hashtag. Is it ironic that I learned of this day – chosen because it’s the birthday of the godfather of simplicity himself, Henry David Thoreau – while surfing Twitter? Undoubtedly. Feeling inspired, I installed the Unroll.me app, which allows users to clean up their email inbox and receive a daily digest. Simply select the delivery and layout options — and voilà, instant sanity. It also lets you to unsubscribe from emails with a single click. It’s also free. With so much extra time saved, maybe I’ll read some Thoreau.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Amber Ann Jamal (Marketing Manager):
If you look at statistics, the average run time of feature films haven’t changed that drastically from what they were in the ’60s. Gone With The Wind, arguably one of the best movies of all time, is around 4 hours long. I can appreciate a movie whether it’s 50 minutes or 3 hours long, as long as it has a good plot line and keeps me on my toes. If people think movies are getting longer, it’s probably a misconception; I think it’s our attention spans that are getting shorter.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, her hubby of four years, officially filed for divorce Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The couple separated in April of this year. Barrymore, 41, and art consultant Kopelman have two daughters, ages 3 and 2. Kopleman, 38, is her third husband. Barrymore’s first two marriages lasted two and five months. ***Cooking time for a “conscious uncoupling”: 28 months. Morethan two years after they coined the phrase while announcing their breakup, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s divorce is final, reports People. The former couple are said to have reached a settlement in May, but the judgment wasn’t entered into a Los Angeles courthouse until this Thursday. According to the court documents, Paltrow, 43, and Martin, 39, have reached a written agreement regarding property and child support, and both parties have agreed to never seek spousal support.
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