*WTF? – Anthony Weiner accused of sexting relationship with 15-year-old girl:
Disgraced former lawmaker Anthony Weiner
had a months-long online relationship with a 15-year-old girl whom he asked to dress up in school uniforms and be part of “rape fantasies,” according to an explosive report on Wednesday. The unidentified high school student claimed she was a sophomore in January when she first connected with the “Carlos Danger” politician, the Daily Mail reported. Weiner knew the girl was a minor, she and her dad told the newspaper. “I thought of you this am,” Weiner reportedly texted to her. “Hard.” He sent bare-chested pictures of himself to the girl and creepily boasted about his prowess. “I would bust that tight p–sy so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week,” Weiner reportedly wrote. The two texted and spoke over Skype, the girl said. Weiner would ask her to dress up in plaid skirts for role playing with him as a teacher.
*Cops: We Gave Keith Scott Many Warnings to Drop His Gun:
Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney
said in a Wednesday morning press conference that officers told Keith Lamont Scott several times to drop his gun before they shot and killed him. Putney said the 43-year-old did not comply and instead emerged from the vehicle with the weapon. Officers, he said, immediately asked for medical help and performed CPR on Scott. A woman who claimed to be Scott’s daughter posted a Facebook video from the scene on Tuesday arguing that her father was reading a book and was unarmed when he was killed. Putney said on Wednesday that the woman’s claim was false and that a handgun was recovered, and that there was no book found. It was unclear Wednesday if the woman is actually related to Scott.
*12 Officers Injured as Protests Erupt Over Charlotte Shooting:
At least 12 police officers were injured in Charlotte onTuesday night as protests against a fatal police shooting turned violent. The injuries came after hundreds of demonstrators surrounded police who were working at the scene of Tuesday’s shooting at an apartment complex in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood. Hours earlier police fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who family members said was unarmed and disabled—and mistaken for a suspect that officers were pursuing. Riot police were called out as the crowd grew, with multiple reports of water bottles thrown at officers as well as smashed windows and attempts to overturn law-enforcement vehicles. By 11 p.m., officers fired tear gas canisters at the crowd numerous times, and by 3 a.m. the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 were blocked by chanting protesters, blocking traffic for miles. CNN reports some protesters started fires in the center of the highway, and fueled the blazes with boxes taken from stalled tractor-trailers in the roadway. A nearby Walmart was hit by looters. Lines of riot police eventually forced the demonstrators from the interstate, which reopened near dawn on Wednesday. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts pleaded for calm and promised a full investigation into the Scott shooting. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department posted on Twitter that a dozen of its officers had been hurt; the News & Observer
reported seven needed to be hospitalized, including one who was hit in the face with a rock.
*NYC Bomb Suspect Ahmad Rahami ‘Praised bin Laden’:
Ahmad Rahami, who has been charged with planting bombs inNew York and New Jersey, is portrayed by federal prosecutors as a militant who praised Osama bin Laden and begged for martyrdom. Rahami’s journal, which was said to be on him when he was arrested Monday, allegedly mentioned bin Laden and said he was angered at the U.S.’s “slaughter” of mujahideen in the Middle East. Rahami wrote, “Inshallah [God willing], the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your oppression.” Rahami, who was charged Tuesday with 10 criminal counts, including the use of weapons of mass destruction, is said to have purchased parts for last weekend’s bombs on eBay and even created a video of himself testing some of the devices.
*Nate Silver: Trump surges from 3% to 48% chance of winning:
The latest vote projection from elections guru Nate Silver has Republican Donald Trump
just six electoral votes short of winning and one point away from equaling Hillary Clinton’s
popular vote. The newest Five Thirty Eight survey Trump at 264 and Clinton at 272, two more than needed. It’s the closest in recent weeks.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
*Obama, in Farewell to U.N., Paints Stark Choices for Unsettled World:
It was President Obama’s
last appearance on the marble dais of the United Nations General Assembly hall, and his farewell speech on Tuesday revealed a man whose eye was fixed as much on the next seven weeks of the American political campaign as on his place in history. Mr. Obama delivered a stinging rebuke of those who would build walls, a message aimed at foreign leaders who he said had fueled rising nationalism, sectarian hatred and economic inequality — but, unmistakably, at Donald J. Trump
, as well. “A nation ringed bywalls would only imprison itself,” Mr. Obama said of the protectionist impulse to resist the forces of global integration. At another point, he declared to the packed chamber in New York, “the world is too small for us to simply be able to build a wall” to keep out extremists. Lest anyone miss the point, he said of the spreading Zika virus, “mosquitoes don’t respect walls.” Mr. Obama has addressed the disruptive forces of globalism before, in speeches at Stanford University and before the Canadian Parliament. But this time, with his days in office ticking down, his legacy up for grabs and the global picture more unsettled than ever, there was a darker tone and a deeper urgency to his plea for international order.
*AT LAST! Chicago to Hire More Than 900 New Cops:
The Chicago Police Department plans to hire more than 900 additional police officers in response to the city’s surge in homicides, the department’s communications director announced. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson
will make the announcement official on Wednesday. The force has more than 12,000 officers and has not had such a big hiring push in many years. In August alone, there were 90 homicides in the city—the highest number in two decades—and there have been 500 overall this year.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Wells Fargo’s longtime chief executive John Stumpf endured more than two hours of pummeling Tuesday on Capitol Hill over a scheme in which bank employees created millions of sham accounts to meet aggressive sales goals. “I have often said that banking is based on trust and that trust was broken at Wells Fargo,” Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said during the hearing. Stumpf, who has been at Wells Fargo for more than 30 years, repeatedly apologized for letting down customers. But the questioning was often tense, and Stumpf was interrupted and chastised by lawmakers for not catching the problem sooner.
*WHO READS LBN? L.A. Realtor, Mike Grunning
Men over 40 who are plagued with the omnipresent of generalized anxiety disorder are more than twice as likely to die of cancer than are men who do not have the mental affliction, new research finds. But for women who suffer from severe anxiety, the research found no increased risk of cancer death. That finding, presented Tuesday at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s Congress in Vienna, emerges from the largest study ever to explore a link between anxiety and cancer. It tracked 15,938 Britons over 40 for 15 years.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Curtis Hanson, the renowned screenwriter and director behind L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday. He was 71. TMZ reported that Hanson died of a heart attack, though the Los Angeles Police Department said he died of “natural causes.” With a string of box-office hits under his belt, Hanson left the production of his latest film in 2012 due to an undisclosed illness. An Oscar winner for his adaptation of L.A. Confidential, Hanson was also behind The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, In Her Shoes, and 8 Mile, among many others.
Donna Cooper (http://gallagherfg.com/
): I am reading again Michael Levine’s book, “How to Survive A Flood In Your Own Life” (https://www.amazon.com/Life-Lessons-Noahs-Ark-Survive/dp/1587612003
) We all have floods: death, divorce, disease, desertions (betrayals), despair, depression, destitution (broke). Levine shows how to ride the floods rather than be drowned by them. Not just “stay afloat” but stay on top of the rising waters of the threats and problems and move vigorously forward to new adventures and outstanding success.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dwight Garner: Long dark highwaysand thin white lines; fire roads and Interstates; the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets; barefoot girls sitting on the hoods of Dodges; pink Cadillacs; last-chance power drives; men who go out for a ride and never come back. Bruce Springsteen’s song lyrics have injected more drama and mystery into the myths of the American road than any figure since Jack Kerouac. He knows this, of course. So it’s one of the running jokes in his big, loose, rangy and intensely satisfying new memoir, “Born to Run” (what else was he going to call it?), that he didn’t begin to drive until he was well into his 20s — around the time he landed simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
A few weeks ago I met a guy in Kentucky who’d lived through every trend of de-industrializing America. He grew up about 65 years ago on a tobacco and cattle farm, but he always liked engines, so evenwhile in high school he worked 40 hours a week in a garage. Then he went to work in a series of factories — making airplane parts, car seats, sheet metal and casings for those big air-conditioning fans you see on the top of buildings. Every few years as the economy would shift, or jobs would go to Mexico, he’d get hit with a layoff. But the periods of unemployment were never longer than six months and he pieced together a career. He’s in semiretirement now, but he hasn’t been able to take a vacation for four years because he and his wife take care of her elderly mother, who has trouble swallowing. He’s saved her life 10 times so far with the Heimlich maneuver, and they have to be nearby, in case she needs it again.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: When it comes to assessing the presidential race, I prefer to listen to the spies. They tend to be brutally unsentimental, see through the nonsense and cut to the cold, hard bottom line. And right now, two of the world’s foremost former spymasters are sending uncoded messages about what it will mean for America and the Western alliance if Donald Trump is elected president. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce former C.I.A. Director Robert Gates and his longtime nemesis and former K.G.B. agent, President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Putin is voting Trump. Gates is not. In an essay in The Wall Street Journal, Gates, who also was defense secretary for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, criticized both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for failing to take the threat posed by Putin’s Russia seriously. But Trump, Gates added, has gone places with Putin no would-be American president should: “Mr. Trump’s expressions of admiration for the man and his authoritarian regime are naïve and irresponsible.” Yes, Clinton has her own credibility issues on national security, Gates explained, but “Donald Trump is in a league of his own. He has expressed support for building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico; for torturing suspected terrorists and killing their families; for Mr. Putin’s dictatorial leadership and for Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent successes against terrorism. He also has said he is for using defense spending by NATO allies as the litmus test on whether the U.S. will keep its treaty commitments to them; for withdrawing U.S. troops from Europe, South Korea and Japan and for the latter two developing nuclear weapons — a highly destabilizing prospect.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY By Richard Cohen: The Economist, a fine British newsmagazine, is rarely wrong, but it was recently in strongly suggesting that the casual disregard for truth that is the very soul of Donald Trump’s campaign is something new under the sun. The technology — tweets and such — certainly is, but his cascade of immense lies certainly is not. I’d like to familiarize The Economist with Adolf Hitler. I realize that the name Hitler has the distractive quality of pornography and so I cite it only with reluctance. Hitler, however, was not a fictional creation, but a real man who was legally chosen to be Germany’s chancellor, and while Trump is neither an anti-Semite nor does he have designs on neighboring countries, he is Hitlerian in his thinking. He thinks the truth is what he says it is.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
, Sienna Miller
and Bobby Cannavale
at Capitale for the Labyrinth Theater’s charades fundraiser. ***Leo DiCaprio
and Goldie Hawn
separately at Polo Bar in NYC. ***Vera Wang
at Nello in NYC.
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