*CONDOLENCES: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Friday to offer condolences on the death of his brother, an Israeli official told AFP. Abbas’s brother Omar died in Qatar Thursday, with the funeral taking place on Friday. He had been suffering from cancer and had been undergoing treatment in Tel Aviv’s Assuta Medical Center.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bassist Duff McKagan played a key role in Guns N’ Roses getting back together for their big reunion tour, according to his wife, model and swimsuit designer Susan Holmes-McKagan. “He was a major part of the crew that helped pull this [tour] together,” Holmes-McKagan said, describing her husband as a “good team player” who solves problems in “the most businesslike, peaceful manner.” ***“American Pie” singer Don McLeanhas admitted to domestic violence assault against his estranged wife, and will avoid jail time. The singer-songwriter pleaded guilty in court Thursday to the charge and related counts. His lawyer says the punishment will be a $3,000 fine if he stays out of trouble for a year. McLean, of Camden, Maine, was arrested in January and initially pleaded not guilty.
- Earthquakes kill approximately 8,000 people each year and have caused an estimated 13 million deaths in the past 4,000 years.
- The moment magnitude scale (MMS) replaced the 1930s-era Richter scale in the 1970s as the method of measuring the size of earthquakes in terms of energy released.
- In Japan mythology, a giant catfish called Namazu is responsible for earthquakes.
- The Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004 generated enough energy to power all the homes and businesses in the United States for three days.
- An average earthquake lasts around a minute.
Aftershocks can occur years after a main earthquake
- Aftershocks occur because the displaced fault line and crust are adjusting to the effects of the main earthquake. Larger earthquakes can have aftershocks that last for years.
- Shock waves produced by Rayleigh waves or waves that roll through the Earth’s surface—in contrast to side-to-side waves or Love waves—can travel far enough upward to cause a disturbance in the ionosphere. The ionosphere is the layer of Earth’s atmosphere about 50-300 miles (80-480 km) above Earth’s surface.
- Parkfield, California, is known as “The Earthquake Capital of the World” and has a bridge that spans two tectonic plates.
- Earthquakes are mostly caused by geological faults, but they can also be caused by landslides, nuclear testing, mine tests, and volcanic activity.
- The “focus” or “hypocenter” is the earthquake’s initial point of rupture. Its “epicenter” is the point at ground level above the hypocenter.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Blake Lively, Chris Rock, Katie Holmes and Michael J. Fox at p.r. rep Leslie Sloane’s 50th Birthday at PH-D Rooftop at Dream Downtown in NYC. They were joined by Adam Schweitzer, Barry Watkins, Jason Weinberg, Meryl Poster, Zac Posen, Lorraine Schwartz and Pat Wexler — plus Sloane’s most important guest, her daughter Bailey Zelnik. ***Georgina Bloomberg, John Catsimatidis, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Jean Shafiroff at the Southampton Animal Shelter Benefit. ***Calvin Harris and new girlfriend Tinashe were spotted out on another date. Harris and the pop singer met for drinks at Soho House West Hollywood on Thursday.
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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Tom Shales, the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic who was forced out at the Washington Post in 2010 after 39 years, still takes every opportunity he can to bash the paper. In a Facebook post on Friday, Shales wrote: “I’ll be homeless soon. After years of fighting it, the banks win again: Foreclosure sale of my house has been scheduled (for 3rd time) . . . thanks again to heartless scum at The Washington Post who set this all in motion.” Shales’ Facebook bio is even a dig at the newspaper: “TV critic at the Washington Post for 35 years, until the cheap bastards decided I was too well-paid.”
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dennis Green, a pioneering head coach who led the Vikings to a consistent run of excellence in the 1990s, died on Thursday. He was 67. The cause was cardiac arrest, his family announced in a statement posted on the Arizona Cardinals’ website. Green was the head coach of the Cardinals for three years before being fired after the 2006 season. The statement did not say where he died. ***Gary S. Paxton, who began his career as a teenager in the singing duo Skip & Flip, produced the hit pop singles “Alley-Oop” and “Monster Mash,” composed hundreds of songs and ended his career as a Grammy-winning gospel musician who also performed as the masked Grandpa Rock, died on Sunday in Branson, Mo. He was 77. The cause was complications of heart surgery and liver disease, his wife, Vicki Sue Paxton, said.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Who does not grow, declines.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rick Avery (Stuntman, Author): On the set, my experience is Robert De Niro is always quietly available, typically sitting on his director’s chair with a small table nearby. Usually on the phone or reading a newspaper. By his persona, one might think he is unapproachable. No the case as he is always willing to engage anyone who approaches in his kind, gentle way.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser (Author, Muslim): I don’t believe Israel is a religious issue for Muslims. Hamas and other radical Islamic groups have propagandized the issues for decades and the latest conflict [the 2014 Israel/Gaza War] demonstrates that. It is constant warmongering. Hamas creates, starts these wars, commits acts of terror, and then uses the war as a platform to say all its grievances are Israel’s fault.
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