(Needham, MA) — Trip Advisor is releasing its list of top travel destinations. The world’s number-one travel destination is Paris, but New York City still ranks as the number-one U.S. destination for travelers. That’s according to Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations. This is the eighth consecutive year that New York City has been at the top of the list. Trip Advisor says the average annual rate for a hotel is about 400-dollars per night. The least expensive month to go to the Big Apple is August, when travelers can save about four-percent.
(Queens, NY) – A Rikers Island correction officer is in the hospital following a brutal attack that left him with a broken back. It happened Saturday afternoon at the George Motchan Detention Center in Queens.
The correction officer’s union says an inmate punched the officer and knocked him to the ground, after which three other gang-members began kicking him. A Ultimately the officer lost consciousness during the assault. A union rep called it one of the worst attacks on record against a correction officer.
(SL) – One person is in custody after a device exploded at New York City’s Port Authority. Authorities believe the man was carrying an explosive that went off. Police say he had wires attached to his body and that his bomb either went off prematurely or malfunctioned shortly before 7:30 local time this morning inside an entrance to a subway platform. NBC says the suspect sustained a minor injury and it does not appear that anyone else had been hurt.
The subways are being evacuated and there’s a heavy police presence at the scene. The A, C and E lines are impacted at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Trains are bypassing the Times Square-42nd Street station.
The New York Daily News reports, The alleged blast also shuttered the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines and locked down the area around the bus depot, which is between West 40th and West 42nd Sts. and Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
“I was exiting the Port Authority and the National Guard was running towards something shouting “Go, Go, Go,”” commuter Keith Woodfin tweeted Monday morning.
Designer Chelsea LaSalle tweeted that she was “stuck in a running stampede at port authority bus terminal due to bomb scare. cops EVERYWHERE.”
This story is developing.
(SL) – The first thing someone is going to say is, “How much did we spend on Obama?” So, let’s get that out of the way. As Donald Trump even pointed out in one of his tweets .. After 2,360 days in office, taxpayers were on the hook for $44 million for President Obama’s golf outings. For Donald Trump, after 261 days, we’ve spent $72,392,178 on his golf outings. Even more alarming, his businesses are profiting.
The Economist focused on the conflict of interest in a post two months ago and it seems that here we are still dealing with the same blatant issue and disregard for the constitution and it is in fact worse than ever.
The Economist reported, “PRETTY close to a laughing stock.” That is Walter Shaub’s verdict on America’s standing in the world, at least from an ethics point of view, under President Donald Trump. Mr Shaub’s stepped down as head of the Office of Government Ethics, a federal watchdog.
He left his job early, frustrated at the president’s failure to separate himself from his businesses, at White House foot-dragging on disclosing ethics waivers for staff, at its failure to admonish a Trump adviser who plugged the family’s products in an interview, and more. “It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean,” Mr Shaub told the New York Times.
(Washington, DC) — Nearly 40-thousand pounds of turkey sold in nine states are being recalled. The USDA says the turkey is produced by Prestage Foods and might be contaminated with metal shavings.
It was sold as a store brand at Publix in one-point-three pound white styrofoam trays labeled “Publix ground turkey with natural flavorings” in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Anyone who bought the product is urged to throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.
(SL) – A new study says breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015. According to the American Cancer Society, the decline averted more than 322 thousand deaths, and can be attributed to both advances in treatment and to early detection by mammography.
A breast cancer surgeon at UCLA, who was not involved in the study, said those medical advances include improved chemotherapy regimens and modern medication. Even still, the disease remains dangerous.
One in eight American women have a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and that risk is even greater for American women of color. The study also found that 81 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women ages 50 years and older. The median age at diagnosis for women overall was 62 years old.
(SL) – The head of a leading medical association says there’s a way to ease the opioid crisis here in the U.S. Doctor David Ring, the chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Safety Committee, says one key is to start prescribing opioids only sparingly and using other things like over-the-counter medications and cold compresses.
Doctor Ring says the opioid crisis came out of a push starting about 20 years ago for more and more use of opioids.
(Washington, DC) — The House of Representatives is trying to ban late term abortions. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act yesterday, which criminalizes abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape and incest.
Offenders could be fined, spend up to five years in prison, or both. The future of the bill now depends on Senate approval, where it’s unlikely to get the 60 votes needed to move on to the White House.
(SL) – I’m starting to think that agents are turning to police websites more than Instagram to find the next big thing :).
First Jeremy Meeks, whose mugshot launched a modeling career for the felon and now Mekhi Alante Lucky is proving to really be lucky after his prison photo went viral and caught the attention of St. Claire Modeling agency in New York.
Lucky, was arrested for speeding and driving a stolen vehicle, and he also faced charges of assault and breaking and entering. However, it’s being reported that he didn’t serve jail time.
What most find striking about Mekhi outside of his bone structure, are his eyes. He has a condition called heterochromia that causes one to have two different colored eyes.
The 20-year old is taking full advantage of the opportunity though, embracing his knew career and focused on making money.
The Czech, 27, lost 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) to Venus Williams. It was her 21st match since returning to competitive action in May.
(SL) – SytonniaLIVE is back with season 2! Episode 1 features a 3-part interview with Tupac Shakur’s cousin William Lesane! If you missed it on Comcast/Xfinity check it out here!
Sytonnia LIVE airs Tuesday nights at Midnight on Comcast/Xfinity Chs. 25 & 26.