The investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett unleashed a withering attack on Donald J. Trump on Monday for refusing to release his tax returns, asserting he had something to hide, and for misleading voters about his success as a businessman and ability to improve the American economy. Mr. Buffett, known to investors as the Sage of Omaha, said a monkey throwing darts at the stock pages in 1995, when Mr. Trump first offered stock in his Atlantic City hotels, would have come out far ahead of anyone who listened to Mr. Trump’s “siren song” and invested in his company that lost money year over year. The attack from perhaps the nation’s most revered investor undercut a core argument of Mr. Trump’s presidential candidacy: that his success as a businessman qualified him to run the country despite his lack of political experience.
In an effort to resolve a longstanding conflict within the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has directed his administration to establish a commission to study whether to allow women to be appointed as deacons. Deacons can officiate at a wedding or funeral, but cannot preside over a Mass. The pope is not, however, considering women as priests, which is one rank above a deacon. The commission will be comprised of seven men and six women.
Dental floss might not be as effective as originally believed, according to a new report. One year after the Associated Press asked the federal government for scientific evidence of the effectiveness of flossing—a requirement in order to be listed as a guideline—it was omitted from the newest version this year. The government acknowledged to the Associated Press that it was never researched. In a separate review, the news organization found the evidence was “weak” and “very unreliable.” Additionally, studies conducted by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology were using “outdated methods or tested few people.”
*LBN-READER QUESTION? Why Aren’t Feminists Up in Arms About the Slut-Shaming of Nude Melania Trump?
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The parents of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin are planning to sue the companies they believe are responsible for his death. Yelchin was found dead in June after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled and pinned him against a security gate in Los Angeles. The Like Crazy star’s parents are seeking punitive damages “for the wrongful death of their son due to significant defects” in the vehicle, TMZ reports. A class-action suit has already been filed against automaker Fiat Chrysler with claims the model had a faulty e-shift that led drivers to believe the vehicle was safely in park when it was, in fact, in neutral. The Yelchins’ suit will reportedly seek damages from Fiat Chrysler, AutoNation, and ZF North America.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Nick Denton, the founder and chief executive of Gawker Media, filed for personal bankruptcy on Monday to protect himself from a legal judgment awarded in March to the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. “Ever since the verdict, this was a likely outcome,” Mr. Denton said in an instant message. Gawker, which faces a $140 million judgment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June and put itself up for sale. The company will be sold at an auction that is expected to occur later this month.
*LBN-SEE IT: On May 26, 1996, Mariana Cook visited Barack and Michelle Obama in Hyde Park as part of a photography project on couples in America.
- The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.
- The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.
- Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.
- The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between three and five million people worldwide get a serious case of the regular flu each year; tens of millions get milder cases. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people globally die of the flu every year.
- There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900. The most recent pandemic is the current swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”). The last global pandemic was the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969) which killed approximately one million people. The Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958) originated in China and is estimated to have killed between one and four million people. The Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) killed between 50-100 million people worldwide.
- Scientists believe that flu pandemics occur two or three times each century.
- The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.
- The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
- At the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, any student caught without a mask during the Spanish flu was automatically suspended, and a town in Arizona passed a law forbidding people to shake hands.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Gloria DeHaven, the perky daughter of vaudeville stars who grew up to sing, dance and play vulnerable, pouty-lipped ingénues in movie musicals of the 1940s and ’50s, died on Saturday in Las Vegas. She was 91. Her publicist, Scott Stander, confirmed her death. ***Elio Guaitolini, whose namesake restaurant on the Upper East Side, Elio’s, has served as an informal clubhouse for Manhattan’s social and media elite since opening in 1981, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. The cause was complications of pneumonia, his wife, Colleen Croft, said.
“Crime in the United States, 2013, presents data tables containing information on the topics listed below. Data users can download Microsoft Excel spreadsheets of the data tables and Adobe PDFs of most of the text. Offenses Known to Law Enforcement – Includes information about violent crime offenses (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime offenses (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson).”
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