LBN Examiner 8/23/2020


The homicide rate has spiked across 20 of America’s major cities, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing a criminologist. The reported crime surge comes as the nation faces the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing protests and an upcoming presidential election. The murder rate in 20 major American cities increased an average of 37% from the end of May to the end of June, University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld said, according to The New York Times. In 2019, the murder rate increased an average of 6% from May to June. New York has seen a 30% increase in the homicide rate this year, according to the report. New York City has seen a surge in violent crime over the past several months, including a 205% increase in shooting incidents between June 2 and June 15 compared to that same period last year. Burglary and grand larceny crimes were also higher in June 2020 compared to June 2019.   Police stand at the scene of a shooting which happened as Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) was holding a peace march in response to a surge in shootings in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn on July 16, 2020 in New York City. The march and shooting was held near the scene in Brooklyn where a one-year-old child, Davell Gardner Jr., was recently shot and killed. Davell was shot near a playground during a Sunday picnic when gunfire erupted. Two other adults were wounded in the evening shooting. New York City has witnessed a surge in gun violence over the past month with 9 people killed, including children, and 41 others wounded on the Fourth of July weekend alone. There were 6 killings in Kansas City over the weekend of August 7 to 9, bringing the total number of murders in the city this year to 122. At this time last year, there had been 90 homicides, according to The New York Times. Homicides doubled in May and June compared to those months the previous year. At the end of July, Kansas City had already reported about 490 nonfatal shootings – the same number as it did in all of last year.


Over 10,000 LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries sent in their U.S. Presidential prediction and 55% said that Donald Trump will be re-elected, President. The most common reason given was the frequently stated “The Democratic party has turned way, way too radical Left and seem to genuinely  hate the country.” 

The poll was taken before Vice-President Biden selected Kamala Harris as his V.P. choice


Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor for the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, said this week that he sees “no reason” Americans should avoid voting in-person as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. “I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci said of in-person voting . “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that.” Fauci cited the social distancing guidance at some grocery stores that have placed an “X” every six feet or so where the checkout line forms, as well as signs directing customers to remain on their “X” until the person ahead of them has advanced. However, those who would be in danger if exposed to the coronavirus because of health issues are better off voting by mail, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director said.


  So how are you sleeping these days? Some children — and adolescents — may actually be getting more sleep, or better sleep, while others are struggling with disrupted routines, anxiety and electronics, sometimes all at the same time. And even for those who have settled into new schedules that leave them reasonably well rested, back-to-school season may mean a possibly problematic reset. Two sleep specialists, in Cincinnati and London, published an editorial, “Perils and promise for child and adolescent sleep and associated psychopathology during the Covid-19 pandemic,” at the end of May in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Stephen P. Becker and Alice M. Gregory discussed possible impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s sleep, arguing that because of the importance of sleep for many aspects of children’s well-being, ranging from mental health to immunological well-being and disease resistance, it would be important to look closely at how sleep might be changing, for children and for adolescents, at whether those changes are problematic when children have to return to school, and at which factors are associated with better — and worse — sleep.
  In a study published in late July in the Journal of Sleep Research, researchers looked at how 1,619 children in China were doing in terms of sleep. The children, ages 4, 5 and 6, were recruited from 11 preschools in the province of Guizhou, in the city of Zunyi, about 650 miles from Wuhan. Parents and caregivers completed a questionnaire about how the children were sleeping during their time “sheltering at home” in February, after the children had been confined at home for nearly a month. The reported sleep patterns were compared to a similar group in 2018. Dr. Zhijun Liu, an associate professor in the department of applied psychology at Zunyi Medical University who was the lead author on the study, said in an email that the expectation had been that the confinement would have a negative effect on children’s sleep: “Here in China, most families underwent days of confinement to cope with the pandemic, which means much less outdoor activities, less face-to-face interpersonal communications and even less sunlight for some of them than usual.” Both parents and children spent more time on electronic devices and less time moving around. He continued, “Living in a limited room is usually no good for one’s mood either.”

  The results of the study showed that kids at home in the pandemic were going to sleep later — 57 minutes later, on average, than 2018 weekday bedtimes, and 30 minutes later than weekends — and they were also waking up later, and the differences in wake-up times were larger: They were waking an hour and 52 minutes later than on weekdays in 2018, and an hour later than on weekends. Tellingly, the researchers did not distinguish between weekdays and weekends in the 2020 sample, concluding that the children were essentially on “holiday schedule.”In other words, they were sleeping longer at night than the children in 2018 and, perhaps not surprisingly, sleeping less during the day; only 27.5 percent routinely took daytime naps, compared with 79.8 percent in 2018 (69.4 percent on weekends). It added up to about the same amount of sleep in a 24-hour period, and, interestingly, “somewhat unexpectedly,” as the researchers noted, the caregivers in 2020 reported fewer sleep disturbances. Daytime sleepiness, night wakings, bedtime resistance and sleep anxiety were all lower in the pandemic sample than in the 2018 group.


As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the global travel industry, British billionaire Richard Branson‘s Virgin Group, whose business sprawls across cruises, hotels, airlines and trains, is being devastated from all angles. Increasingly, its long-shot space tourism and hyperloop businesses represent its last shreds of hope. Last week, Virgin’s flagship airline, Virgin Atlantic, filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. as the company raced to secure a $1.5 billion restructuring plan to maintain solvency. The airline has resumed passenger flight after months of service suspension due to COVID-19, but it doesn’t expect to turn a profit again until 2022. Three months earlier, Virgin Atlantic’s sister company, Virgin Australia, declared insolvency in Australia. The airline is currently undergoing a restructuring under its new private equity owner, Bain Capital.


Scientists who are studying immune responses to the novel coronavirus say there are encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity after exposure, even in people who develop only mild symptoms of COVID-19. According to The New York Times, studies have shown that disease-fighting antibodies appear to stick around for months after infections have cleared up. “Things are really working as they’re supposed to,” said Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona and an author on one of the new studies, which has not yet been peer-reviewed. While protection against reinfection cannot be fully confirmed until there’s proof that most people who encounter the virus a second time are actually able to keep it at bay, Marion Pepper of the University of Washington, said: “This is exactly what you would hope for. All the pieces are there to have a totally protective immune response.” However, researchers can’t say how long these encouraging immune responses will last.



Since 2004, Scott Levin, a California native, husband, and father of three young children, has been practicing law. Having graduated with his law degree from the University of Virginia, he got his start as a family law litigator. Nearly a decade consisting of endless battles spent in court, Scott felt defeated and disillusioned by the inability of the common couple to achieve peaceful agreements. The first step of a litigation attorney when engaging a new client is to try to understand as many negative things about the other party as possible, according to Mr. Levin. While one spouse is busy digging up dirt on the other, you can be sure that the other party with their own attorney is doing exactly the same. When ample “dirt” is revealed, the proceedings will begin. This procedure is not only frustrating but also extremely lengthy; California’s typical court case is around 2 years in duration. This process can prove to be extremely toxic in many cases and both parties are forced to live in the past, constantly digging up bad memories, and unable to look forward to or achieve any real growth during this season. The situation becomes even more difficult when children are involved, as many parents struggle with the co-parent and exist amicably while the proceedings are still in motion.

Mr. Levin is known among his clients as the “Chief Peacekeeper.” In comparison to a litigation attorney, Scott does not represent one spouse, but instead enters into a relationship with both spouses with the intention of achieving an amicable arrangement, saving the assets, and ensuring the future of each party. After Mr. Levin and his female co-mediator have completed the initial meeting and decided that all sides are in a mutually beneficial match, Scott establishes a team with the spouses, stating that they are all on the same side from here on, to battle the challenges of divorces itself, not one another.

From here, Chief Peacekeeper Levin is willing to listen to the wishes and needs of both spouses to best help them come up with innovative solutions that will benefit both parties, protect the children, if applicable, and allow each spouse to prepare for their future. This process involves the division of all assets and debts, and the establishment of a parenting plan that addresses all co-parenting ins and outs. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), Mr. Levin is highly knowledgeable in financial matters and is able to provide his clients with the best financial advice possible. Because of his incredible success and the impact his methods have had on the lives of countless couples and families, Scott rapidly became one of Southern California ‘s top mediation lawyers, though his services are available to clients across the nation.

Even though nothing can change the painful aspects of a divorce, the proceedings should not be mischievous, and the emotional distress prevented by finding an agreement quickly and comfortably cannot be priced at. Mr. Levin is hopeful for most people that reconciliation is feasible, and that they emerge from a divorce as supportive co-parents and even friends.

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In 1955 James Dean returned to his roots, the town of Fairmount where he was raised and educated. He visits the farm of his uncle Marcus Winslow, and in the dining room reads some poetry by James Whitcomb Riley.


Health experts say around half of American adults are overweight or obese. While excessive body weight is linked to a number of serious health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, a new study reveals it can also reduce blood flow to the brain. Researchers warn this can put overweight individuals at great risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The study examines brain blood flow in 17,721 adults between 18 and 94. To do this, researchers use a brain imaging technique known as single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). SPECT’s results showing the decrease in blood flow based on body mass.

SPECT is a technique in which doctors inject a radioactive tracer into a patient’s blood and then use a special camera to look at the flow of blood. Participants were then split into five categories: underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese, and morbidly obese — to examine blood flow in each of their brains. The brain scan data reveals lower blood flow across virtually all brain regions as body weight increases. These findings have important implications for learning and memory disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Low brain blood flow is a strong predictor of future Alzheimer’s cases. The study also finds particularly strong links between body weight and blood flow in several brain regions known to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. These areas includes the temporal and parietal lobes, hippocampus, posterior cingulate gyrus, and precuneus.


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Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris co-sponsored a bill that would force public schools to allow biologically male athletes who identify as transgender on girls’ sports teams. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris as his running mate on Tuesday. In March 2019, Harris cosponsored the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law.Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls, as both supporters and opponents of the bill have acknowledged.


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