1. NELSON MANDELA
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an icon of peace, died at his home on Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid. South African President Jacob Zuma said, ”Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” CNN
Here’s a look at Mandela’s life in photos: TIME
Here are some of his most memorable and inspirational quotes: USA TODAY
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Gunmen in Libya shot and killed American Ronnie Smith while he was out jogging in Benghazi, the city where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed last year. Smith was a chemistry teacher at an international school. REUTERS
3. CRIME & PUNISHMENT
The carjackers who stole a truckload of radioactive material in Mexico earlier this week will probably die soon from radiation poisoning, Mexican authorities said. The truckload of cobalt-60, found yesterday in a field, was being moved from a hospital in Tijuana to a storage facility in central Mexico. WASHINGTON POST
We didn’t think ‘Dumb & Dumber 2′ was coming out until next year.
A massive ice storm threatens 32 million people in the South and Midwest, where temperatures are expected to drop by as much as 50 degrees. Some places could get a half-inch or more of ice, enough to cause widespread power outages. NBC NEWS
Fast-food workers walked off the job in hundreds of cities across the U.S. to demand a raise in the minimum wage to $15 from $7.25. Nearly 70% of fast-food workers are now the primary bread winners for their family. The restaurant industry says higher wages would mean higher prices. YAHOO NEWS
“Smile! You’re at Mr. Smiley’s.” #AmericanBeauty
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named William Bratton, former police chief under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as the next NYPD commissioner. The move may signal a willingness on de Blasio’s part to embrace Giuliani-era policing policies like “broken windows,” an aggressive approach to quality-of-life and violent offenses. WALL STREET JOURNAL
Broken Windows? Sounds like a song by TLC.
Security experts say passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online. Some services including Twitter have responded by disabling the affected passwords. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself: FOX NEWS
Might be time to make our password something other than our ex’s dog. So long, ‘Snowflake1234.’
In a battle of two of the worst teams in the NBA, the Knicks snapped a nine-game losing streak by blowing out the Nets, 113-83.
The Knicks improved to 4-13 while the Nets dropped to 5-14.
Robinson Cano visited the Seattle Mariners last night. According to the New York Times, the Mariners may be willing to offer a nine-year, $225 million deal. The Yankees have reportedly offered a seven-year, $170 million deal.
…Beyonce and Jay Z at the vegan L.A. restaurant Cafe Gratitude on Jay Z’s birthday. On Wednesday Jay Z said he was committing to a “plant-based” lifestyle for 22 days. SEE PHOTO
Question of the Day: Does a rapper officially lose his street cred when he says ”plant-based lifestyle” and it means vegan — not weed?
10. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
‘Out of the Furnace’ - Starring Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale. Russell Baze works a dead-end job by day and cares for his ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney returns home from Iraq and mysteriously disappears, Russell puts his life on the line for his brother. LA TIMES
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ – Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.The story of an aspiring singer-songwriter as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. NY TIMES
And they won’t even have to change the name for the porn version.
11. OTHER SHTUFF
In a new Rolling Stone interview Will Ferrell reveals that his ‘Anchorman’ character Ron Burgundy was based on a real-life– and notoriously sexist– news anchor named Mort Crim. Ferrell said: “What made me laugh was watching him. He still spoke like this… He still used his on-camera voice.” ROLLING STONE
Somehow, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Mort Crim’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
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@johnmoe: I always resent it when people say “you’re better than this”. I think I know how awful I truly am, thank you very much.
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, December 6th, 2013…