Quick hitters for Jan. 2, 2017 – ISIS claims responsibility for Turkey attack, MASH actor passes away, Hawks to face Lions
Here are some headlines rolling around the newsphere for Jan. 2, 2017…
ISIS Claims Responsibility In Turkish Nightclub Attack; U.S. Man Among The Wounded – The Islamic State issued a statement on Monday saying it was responsible for the attack on a New Year’s Eve celebration at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, in which at least 39 people were killed.
Donald Trump-themed restaurant opens in Iraqi Kurdistan – Could he help make Iraqi Kurdistan great again? Some people here are so convinced he will that they are showing their love for Donald Trump in unusual ways. One, Nadyar Zawiti, has jumped on the Trump train particularly enthusiastically, naming his fish restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk after the US President-elect.
Queen Elizabeth II Misses Church Again, Raising Health Concerns – For the second week in a row, Queen Elizabeth II was a no-show at church with a bad cold that forced her to skip the New Year’s Day holiday service, according to the palace. “The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement Sunday.
Remembering Debbie Reynolds – In 2013 NPR’s Scott Simon interviewed Debbie Reynolds. She shared a lesson she learned from Fred Astaire on the set of Singin’ in the Rain – that even great artists have to work hard.
‘M*A*S*H’ Actor William Christopher Dies At 84 – William Christopher, an actor best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the sitcom M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 84. Christopher’s agent, Robert Malcolm, told The Associated Press he died early Saturday morning at home in Pasadena, Calif., after a battle with lung cancer.
Mariah Carey’s Manager Lashes Out at ‘Rockin’ Eve’ Producers – Mariah Carey’s manager lashed out at Dick Clark Productions, the company behind the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special, following the singer’s disastrous Times Square performance. Millions of viewers and thousands more congregated in New York City witnessed Carey’s technical difficulties-marred performance, which featured the singer proceeding with the choreographed dance moves while making little effort to actually sing the music, often just speaking directly to the crowd about the sound issues.
Lions lose division to Packers, 31-24, stumble to Seattle for playoffs – The Lions lost their third straight game Sunday, falling to the Green Bay Packers at jam-packed Ford Field, 31-24, to complete a stunning late-season collapse.
Hawks end regular season with weird win over Niners – There wasn’t a lot for the Seahawks to play for in Sunday’s regular-season finale versus the San Francisco 49ers other than playoff seeding and nothing for San Francisco to play for other than pride. But true to form, this year’s Seattle squad made things interesting versus the lowly 49ers. The Seahawks’ strange 25-23 victory included Seattle falling behind 14-3 early in the second quarter while being outgained 155 yards to 10. And when it came time to ice the game with a couple of late offensive drives, it was undrafted rookie backup Trevone Boykin, not Russell Wilson, leading the offense.
Washington’s proud offense shut down by Tide in Peach Bowl – Washington’s proud, high-scoring offense was no match for Alabama. In a way, Huskies coach Chris Peterson could see it coming. The more he studied the Crimson Tide defense, the more he understood the challenge awaiting Washington on Saturday in a 24-7 Peach Bowl semifinal loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Washington state sees healthy snowpack levels – Monitors say Washington state is starting the new year with much better snowpack levels than in previous years. Other news sources report that mountain snowpack was at 110 percent of normal as of Friday, compared to two years ago when several regions in the state were well below 100 percent.
Flynn helps Cougs take down Huskies – Malachi Flynn scored eight of his 16 points in the final 2:13 and Washington State rallied in the closing moments for a 79-74 win over Washington on Sunday night. Washington State (8-5, 1-0 Pac-12) closed the game on a 12-3 run thanks to Flynn and Josh Hawkinson. Trailing 71-67, Flynn and Hawkinson took over, combining to score the final 12 points for the Cougars and give them their first conference victory in nearly a calendar year.