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Monday • August 3, 2015

OBAMA TO SLASH THIRD OF POWER PLANT CO2:

President Obama will unveil new regulations Monday aimed at cutting down on carbon emissions and curbing greenhouse gases. The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan is being billed as the biggest step yet in cutting America’s reliance on coal and natural gas and replacing them with lower-carbon resources. “It’s time for America, and the world, to act on climate change,” Obama said in a video message released by the White House. The plan aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. As an incentive for states, the EPA will give states credit for solar or wind projects that break new ground before 2022

STUDY: U.S.-ISIS WAR KILLS 459 CIVILIANS: A new report from an independent monitoring group alleges the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS has killed at least 459 civilians in airstrikes in the past year. Airwars said it reached that figure by investigating 57 strikes with reporting from “two or more generally credible sources, often with biographical, photographic, or video evidence.” U.S. Central Command said 10 investigations have found two “likely deaths” of children and that six investigations are continuing.

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U.S. WOULD DEFEND REBELS AGAINST ASSAD: President Obama has authorized airstrikes to defend U.S.-trained Syrian rebels should they be attacked by Bashar al-Assad’s regime or ISIS in the region. The move, which was approved July 31, would deepen U.S. involvement in the fight against the terrorist group. The airstrikes remain limited for offensive operations against ISIS, but provide for defense measures for U.S. allies on the ground. The U.S.-trained rebels, numbering only about 60, have no stated goals of fighting Assad’s regime but rather are entirely focused on the threat of ISIS.

DR. DRE TO DROP FIRST ALBUM IN 16 YEARS: Dr. Dre is finally releasing a new album. After years of speculation about an unreleased project called “Detox,” the legendary producer said that Compton: a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre will come out exclusively on iTunes’ Apple Music on Aug. 7. The album is inspired by his work on the upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton. All of the material for another planned album was allegedly scrapped. “I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good,” Dre said on his Beats 1 radio show. “The record, it just wasn’t good.… I worked my ass off on it, and I don’t think I did a good enough job.”

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INDIA BLOCKS HUNDREDS OF PORN SITES: India is blocking a 857 porn websites, according to a government official who made an announcement Monday. “We don’t want them to become a social nuisance,” a spokesman for the department of telecommunications said. The decision comes a month after the country’s high court declined to impose a ban on all Internet pornography. The hashtag #Pornban began to trend on Twitter as backlash to the shutdown.

STOCKS PLUNGE IN GREECE AS ATHENS EXCHANGE REOPENS: Investors issued a vote of no confidence in Greece’s economy on Monday, dumping Greek stocks as trading on the Athens stock exchange resumed for the first time in five weeks. A plunge of more than 20 percent soon after the exchange opened was another blow to the shattered Greek economy. But the resumption of trading was a necessary step as Greece tries to emerge from controls on financial activity that the government, confronted with a bank run, imposed at the end of June. Analysts said stock prices could begin to recover in the weeks to come, bringing much-needed capital into the country, as investors with an appetite for risk look for bargains.

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CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE KILLS ROBOT: A four-faced robotic hitchhiker was found decapitated with its arms torn off in Philadelphia early Sunday. HitchBOT, which was conceived as a social experiment by researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto, was able to manipulate its thumb to hitch rides across Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada. The robot began its U.S. tour in Massachusetts in July, but didn’t make it to the West Coast as planned. “Sadly, sadly it’s come to an end,” said Frauke Zeller, one of the robot’s creators. “I hope that people won’t be too disappointed, too sad.”

MY REVIEW: “I am an avid and devoted reader of LBN. It is the most independent version of the news anywhere.”—-Stewart Butterfield, Huron, South Dakota.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Jason Fine, the editor of Men’s Journal, will take over as the managing editor of Rolling Stone as part of what the magazine’s publisher, Jann S. Wenner, described as a “shake-up.” Mr. Fine will succeed Will Dana, who ran Rolling Stone for a decade before it was announced Wednesday night that he would be leaving. The leadership change comes at a difficult time for the magazine. In April, it retracted a widely criticized article that alleged a gang rape at the University of Virginia.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Dave Grohl has promised to bring the Foo Fighters to Cesena, Italy after a video showing 1,000 Italian musicians performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” in unison went viral. 350 guitarists, 250 singers, 250 drummers and 150 bassists all banded together for the Cesena spectacle, which already racked up over 15 million views on YouTube in just three days. Grohl was so moved by the performance that he quickly recorded a video utilizing the very little Italian he spoke to promise the people of Cesena that Foo Fighters would come there eventually, The Guardian reports. “We’re coming, I swear,” Grohl said in Italian. “We will see each other soon.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Adam Sandler and his wife dining at Philippe in NYC near Eliot Spitzer and his daughters.   ***Sanford Rubenstein at Antonucci’s on the Upper East Side in NYC, dining with a young African-American woman.   ***Ricky Gervais at Swifty’s in NYC.   ***Billy Joel and new wife Alexis at Osteria Salina in Wainscott, nearby Lloyd and Laura Blankfein.   ***Scott Rudin at Sotto Sopra in Amagansett two nights in a row.   ***Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore belting out “On Broadway” at Sushi Roxx in NYC.   ***Paul Anka with pals at China Fun in NYC.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Kearney and Linda, two LBN readers from Hays, Kansas.


LBN-VIDEO LINK: A Group Of Guys Wore Bras For A Week, And It Went Exactly As You’d Expect


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Presidents: Discover Our Nation’s Leaders

“Research every U.S. President in one place. Includes facts, election results and links to presidential resources from across the Internet.”

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jerry Berrigan, a Catholic peace activist who, like his better known brothers Philip and Daniel, was arrested frequently for protesting the Vietnam War and other conflicts, died on July 26, at his home in Syracuse. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his daughter Carla Berrigan Pittarelli.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elie Wiesel: Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: A new report says that San Francisco is the most expensive city for single people in the U.S., due to the cost of gym memberships, date nights, and clothing. So if you don’t mind being overweight, alone and naked, San Francisco is actually quite affordable.

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Sunday • August 2, 2015

NYT: JOE BIDEN MULLING WHITE HOUSE RUN:

The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd reports that the death of Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, has prompted the vice president to consider a run for the White House. Dowd writes that in Beau Biden’s final days, “he tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.” As a result, Biden is “talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in” and is “having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire.” In a separate report, the Times claimed that Biden “and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign” and begun to hit up operatives and donors who have not committed to Clinton. Several Democrats have said Biden is likely to wait until after August to decide.

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OBAMA TO UNVEIL NEW GREENHOUSE GAS CUTS: President Obama will unveil new regulations Monday aimed at cutting down on carbon emissions and curbing greenhouse gases. The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan is being billed as the biggest step yet in cutting America’s reliance on coal and natural gas and replacing them with lower-carbon resources. “It’s time for America, and the world, to act on climate change,” Obama said in a video message released by the White House. The plain aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. As incentive for states, the EPA will give states credit for solar or wind projects that break new ground before 2022.

GARLAND SHOOTER GOT GUN IN CARTEL STING: The gunman who shot and wounded a Garland, Texas security guard in May outside a convention center hosting a Muhammad cartoon contest bought his weapon at a gun shop that was the center of a federal sting operation targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. Operation Fast and Furious allowed Lone Wolf Trading Co. in Phoenix to sell weapons to criminals and straw purchasers in order to trace the guns back to cartels and smuggling networks. But the shop also sold a 9-millimeter pistol to Nadir Soofi, a Dallas-born pizza shop owner. His history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges effected a seven-day hold on his gun transaction, but it was inexplicably lifted after 24 hours. Soofi was killed by police after opening fire at the convention center.

WHO READS LBN? Prominent lawyer and political commentator Susan Estrich along with


SMALL POOL OF RICH DONORS DOMINATES ELECTION GIVING: Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era. The vast majority of the $388 million backing presidential candidates this year is being channeled to groups that can accept unlimited contributions in support of candidates from almost any source. The speed with which such “super PACs” can raise money — sometimes bringing in tens of millions of dollars from a few businesses or individuals in a matter of days — has allowed them to build enormous campaign war chests in a fraction of the time that it would take the candidates, who are restricted in how much they can accept from a single donor.

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TEXAS A.G. INDICTED FOR FRAUD: The attorney general of Texas has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of securities fraud and failing to register with the state securities board. Ken Paxton, a Republican former state legislator, is accused of misleading investors in tech company Servergy Inc. and failing to tell them he was making a commission on their investments, which totaled over $600,000. He is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Monday, when the indictment will be unsealed.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Friends gathered last night at the beautiful Santa Monica home of attorney and political commentator Susan Estrich for a birthday celebration for two friends.  ***Jack Nicholson snacking on zucchini chips with two friends Thursday night at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, while at a nearby ­table Jimmy Fallon and his wife dined with Lorne Michaels and a friend.   ***Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill leaving The Griffin in NYC.   ***Aviva Drescher hosting a party for Dr. Kenneth Mark at 75 Main in Southampton.   ***“Ugly Betty” star Michael Urie at A.G. Kitchen on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Conan O’Brien dining with his wife and kids at the West Street Grill in Litchfield, Conn.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 37 Professors from Yale University read LBN daily?


LBN-SPORT INSIDER: ***It’s not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey some extra motivation. Hurt by comments about her family and moved by the death of a close friend and idol, Rousey got off to a quick start and knocked out home-crowd favorite Bethe Correia only 34 seconds into the first round at UFC 190 on Saturday night. Rousey defended her bantamweight title by throwing a rapid sequence of punches at the Brazilian’s head, landing a combination of right and left strikes that sent her opponent face-first into the ground and disappointed the local fans packing the HSBC Arena. It was yet another impressive performance by Rousey, who improved to 12-0 in her incredible MMA career.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Donald Trump, an LBN reader from New York City, New York.


SITE OF THE DAY:

The iPhone FAQ: Information about the Apple iPhone

“The iPhone FAQ is an online resource dedicated to providing information about the Apple iPhone. News, usage tips, tutorials, technical specifications, general information, and more.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Women often feel loved when talking face to face with their partner; men, on the other hand, often feel emotionally close when they work, play, or talk side by side.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this. Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investigations while acting all innocent about wiping out sensitive material. Avoiding reporters after giving disingenuous explanations at uncomfortable news conferences. Claiming egregious transgressions are a private matter and faux controversy while sending out high-power lawyers and spin doctors to deflect and minimize. Two controlling superstars with mutable hair and militant fans, married to two magnetic superstars who can make a gazillion an hour for flashing their faces and who have been known to stir up trouble. A pair of team captains craving a championship doing something surreptitious that they never needed to do to win. It turns out Tom Brady and Hillary Clinton have more in common than you would think.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After being dumped by Charlize Theron, volatile and violent Sean Penn is gearing up for round two with ex-wife Madonna – after her 14-year-old son, Rocco, played Cupid. The guys bonded when Rocco accompanied Sean, 54, on a 2013 humanitarian trip to Haiti, and the boy considers him a second dad, sources said. “Within a day of the breakup, Rocco was calling Sean, begging him to ask his mom out,” an insider revealed. “Sean’s always loved Madonna. He thinks she’s the only woman strong enough to handle him. They’re planning a vacation together with Rocco before her tour begins in September. The Material Girl, 56, dated a string of boytoys after splitting from Rocco’s dad, British director Guy Ritchie.   ***Giuliana Rancic is still seething that her rival Maria Menounos is replacing her as anchor of E! News, according to a source. Although Rancic has been plotting her exit for some time, our source says that Menounos being named co-anchor at E! News was “a major slap in the face for Giuliana.   ***Sandy Gallin, the music manager-turned-interior designer, and his much younger husband, Bryan Fox, have split after less than a year and a-half of marriage. Sources said the couple will file for divorce. They quietly tied the knot in February of last year after five years together. We reported then that Fox and Gallin, who repped such stars as Cher and Barbra Streisand, were spontaneously married at the Manhattan firm of Gallin’s attorney when they stopped by to plan their nuptials. They celebrated months later at Nobu Malibu with guests including Ron Meyer, Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg, David Geffen, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Carole Bayer Sager.

LBN-ETC: HAVE AN IDEA FOR A NOVEL BUT NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP? NY Times and international best-selling author Steve Alten has openings in his WRITING COACH program. Alten helps develop your story, a beat sheet, then edits your work, making sure the writing is tight. When the manuscript is finished he’ll help find an agent and publisher (8 of 22 clients have been published to date). Email a one paragraph synopsis of your story to Meg82159@aol.com SUBJECT: Writing Coach. If Alten sees potential he’ll schedule a free brainstorming call — then you decide. Cost of the program: $3,599 (reg $4995).

LBN-ETC: Help Wanted: Prominent author seeking research assistant. Must be very reliable, resourceful and tech-savvy. Work from home. E-mail full contact details (no attachment).: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Help Wanted: Part time (flexible hours) job coordinator for prominent entertainment industry executive. Smart, very reliable, tech savvy, resourceful individual to work from home coordinating job interviews for ongoing projects. Responsibilities include: Placing ads – Screening resumes – Coordinating interviews – Approximately 5-10 flexible hours per week – Must have good communication skills and people skills. Email resume (no attachments) to : SLanders415@gmail.com .

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LBN-ETC: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH HAPPY! The Secret Society of Happy People wants to celebrate the 16th Happiness Happens Month with YOU! HOW? 31 DAYS + 31 HAPPINESS CHALLENGES – Each day you’ll get a new challenge to complete that will make you and others smile. Everyone who participates is encouraged to share the challenge with friends and family. WHEN? The fun starts August 1 and runs through August. WHERE? Wherever you are! WHY? Creating happy moments gives us happy memories! Come JOIN US (it’s FREE) and get your happy on! http://sohp.com/HappinessHappensMonth2015

LBN-ETC: Scientific research has shown that eating well plays a pivotal role in getting well and staying well. If you’re looking for a way to improve your profile, NutriFit® has plans that help you protect and preserve your health, featuring the deliciously healthy foods that you need to stay well while eating well. By allowing us to provide highly customized meals, you’ll be better able to enjoy lifelong well-being. No single medicine is as powerful as a healthful diet. – in the words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be food”. For more information, visit www.nutrifitonline.com, contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com, or call 800-341-4190.

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Saturday • August 1, 2015

SHOCK REPORT: SUBWAY’S JARED PAID TEEN FOR SEX:

An affidavit subpoenaed by the FBI reportedly contains text messages in which former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle appears to admit via text message to paying a 16-year-old girl $100 for sex. The messages in the affidavit, which Business Insider says it reviewed and verified, were allegedly sent to a former female Subway franchisee. In one exchange, according to the affidavit, Fogle asks the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist for sex, to which she responds, “Is this the same website you found hat 16 year old girl that you f*****? …I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her.” Fogle reportedly responded, “It was amazing!!!!”

U.S. DECIDES TO RETALIATE AGAINST CHINA’S HACKING: The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China for the theft of the personal information of more than 20 million Americans from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, but it is still struggling to decide what it can do without prompting an escalating cyberconflict. The decision came after the administration concluded that the hacking attack was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases did not apply. But in a series of classified meetings, officials have struggled to choose among options that range from largely symbolic responses — for example, diplomatic protests or the ouster of known Chinese agents in the United States — to more significant actions that some officials fear could lead to an escalation of the hacking conflict between the two countries.

UK POLICE CONFIRM 3 BIN LADENS KILLED IN ENGLAND PLANE CRASH: Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were among four people killed when a private jet crashed on landing in southern England, British police confirmed Saturday. The Hampshire Police force said formal post-mortems were still being conducted, but the victims were believed to be “the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the owner of the aircraft, all of whom are from the bin Laden family.” It said all three were Saudi nationals who were visiting Britain on vacation. The plane’s Jordanian pilot also died. Arab media and NBC News named the relatives as Osama Bin Laden’s stepmother Rajaa Hashim, his sister Sana bin Laden and her husband Zuhair Hashim.

NEW TALIBAN LEADER PLEAS FOR UNITY: In his first public message released Saturday, new Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour appeals for unity in the group. “The enemy can’t defeat us if we show unity,” he says in an audio recording. “I will utilize all my energies to follow our late Mullah Mohammad Omar and his mission. We need to be patient and should try to go to those friends who are unhappy. We will have to convince them and take them on board.” Omar was declared dead last month and members of his family reportedly opposed Mansour’s selection.

RIVALS OF ISIS ATTACK U.S.-BACKED SYRIAN REBEL GROUP: A Syrian insurgent group at the heart of the Pentagon’s effort to fight the Islamic State came under intense attack on Friday from a different hard-line Islamist faction, a serious blow to the Obama administration’s plans to create a reliable military force inside Syria. The American-led coalition responded with airstrikes to help the American-aligned unit, known as Division 30, in fighting off the assault, according to an American military spokesman and combatants on both sides. The strikes were the first known use of coalition air power in direct battlefield support of fighters in Syria who were trained by the Pentagon.

TALKS FOR PACIFIC TRADE DEAL STUMBLE: Trade negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific nations failed to reach final agreement on Friday, with difficult talks on the largest regional trade agreement ever deadlocking over protections for drug companies and access to agriculture markets on both sides of the Pacific. Trade ministers, in a joint statement, said late Friday they had made “significant progress” and will return to their home countries to obtain high-level signoffs for a small number of final sticking points on the agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with bilateral talks reconvening soon.

WHO READS LBN? Columnist Richard Johnson along with


LIKE! ZUCKERBERG, CHAN EXPECTING BABY: Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl, the Facebook CEO announced on his page. He also revealed that the pair had been through three miscarriages over the past few years. ”You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child,” Zuckerberg wrote. “You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience.”

LBN-READER QUESTION: Have you heard of the scourge known as “resting bitch face” or, increasingly, just RBF? E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is a very smart, fearlessly independent news and information source.”—–Clay S., an LBN reader from Portland, Maine.


WRESTLING LEGEND RODDY PIPER DIES: Wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who was once named one of the top villains in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment, died at age 61 on Thursday. The star was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006, but had been declared cancer free. His death was apparently of natural causes. John Carpenter, who directed Piper in the film They Live, wrote a tribute on Facebook saying, “He was a great wrestler, a masterful entertainer and a good friend.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Since the collapse last year of Mt. Gox, the Bitcoin exchange that served as the largest hub for storing and trading the virtual currency, law enforcement officials and angry clients have been asking what happened to nearly half a billion dollars in Bitcoins that the company said had vanished from its computer systems. On Saturday, the Japanese police arrested the head of the Tokyo-based exchange, Mark Karpeles, on suspicion that he misused the popular online financial platform he developed to illicitly add $1 million to an account under his control.

LBN-SEE IT: It’s been speculated that Keira Knightley’s dramatic weight fluctuation can be attributed to her smoking habits.


HBO: ‘JON SNOW IS INDEED DEAD’: Game of Thrones fans could enjoy another three seasons of the HBO fantasy-drama hit, but it’s going to be without Jon Snow. Speaking Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said he was “open” to extending the length of the show and dismissed claims that it would end with seven seasons. Lombardo added executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are “feeling probably like two more years after [Season] 6.” But the HBO executive also quashed speculation that Jon Snow might still be alive. “Dead is dead. He is dead,” Lombardo said. “Yes everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Renaldo G., an LBN reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average temperature on Venus’ surface is about 870 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the hottest planet in the solar system and hotter than most ovens.

SITE OF THE DAY:

Grammar-Monster.com

“Free online English grammar lessons and tests. Glossary of grammatical terms and common grammar errors.”

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Francis Scott Key (1779)

After the burning of Washington, DC, by the British in the War of 1812, Key, an American lawyer, was sent to secure the release of a friend from a British ship in Chesapeake Bay. That night, while temporarily detained on a British vessel, Key witnessed the British shelling of Fort McHenry. When he saw the American flag still flying the next morning, he was inspired to write “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” a poem that was adopted as the US national anthem in 1931.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Howard W. Jones Jr., a physician who pushed the boundaries of gynecologic surgery, opened the first sex-change clinic in an American hospital and helped achieve the first birth through in vitro fertilization in the United States, died on Friday in Norfolk, Va. He was 104. His family confirmed his death, of respiratory failure. Dr. Jones, who remained productive into his centenarian years, publishing his final book last fall, died at Sentara Heart Hospital, on the same medical grounds as the hospital in which the historic birth had occurred.   ***Lynn Anderson, who skyrocketed to country music stardom in 1970 singing her signature song, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died on Thursday in Nashville. She was 67. Her death was confirmed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her publicist, Mark Logsdon, said that the cause was cardiac arrest. The newspaper The Tennessean reported that she had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: “Playing the Hitler card” is an infallible sign that a politician has run out of intelligent, substantive and plausible ways to criticize an opponent. This would be amusing (Mel Brooks made Hitler amusing), except “playing the Hitler card” is also an infallible sign that a politician has run out of amusing ways to criticize an opponent. So goodbye to you, Mike Huckabee.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Is there anything more pathetic than a woman living with a bunch of cats? Hell, the f–k, NO! (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Officials at a Maine playhouse say Valerie Harper is resting with her family after falling ill before a performance. A statement released Friday by the Ogunquit Playhouse says the 75-year-old actress, who has battled cancer, is at an undisclosed location and is looking forward to getting back on stage. She was hospitalized Wednesday before an evening performance of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” York General Hospital says she was released Thursday. The playhouse dispelled reports that Harper is or ever was in a coma.

LBN-ETC: HAVE AN IDEA FOR A NOVEL BUT NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP? NY Times and international best-selling author Steve Alten has openings in his WRITING COACH program. Alten helps develop your story, a beat sheet, then edits your work, making sure the writing is tight. When the manuscript is finished he’ll help find an agent and publisher (8 of 22 clients have been published to date). Email a one paragraph synopsis of your story to Meg82159@aol.com SUBJECT: Writing Coach. If Alten sees potential he’ll schedule a free brainstorming call — then you decide. Cost of the program: $3,599 (reg $4995).

LBN-ETC: Help Wanted: Prominent author seeking research assistant. Must be very reliable, resourceful and tech-savvy. Work from home. E-mail full contact details (no attachment).: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Help Wanted: Part time (flexible hours) job coordinator for prominent entertainment industry executive. Smart, very reliable, tech savvy, resourceful individual to work from home coordinating job interviews for ongoing projects. Responsibilities include: Placing ads – Screening resumes – Coordinating interviews – Approximately 5-10 flexible hours per week – Must have good communication skills and people skills. Email resume (no attachments) to : SLanders415@gmail.com .

LBN-ETC: Great Labels Designer Resale: Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEaub3L9UCw

LBN-ETC: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH HAPPY! The Secret Society of Happy People wants to celebrate the 16th Happiness Happens Month with YOU! HOW? 31 DAYS + 31 HAPPINESS CHALLENGES – Each day you’ll get a new challenge to complete that will make you and others smile. Everyone who participates is encouraged to share the challenge with friends and family. WHEN? The fun starts August 1 and runs through August. WHERE? Wherever you are! WHY? Creating happy moments gives us happy memories! Come JOIN US (it’s FREE) and get your happy on! http://sohp.com/HappinessHappensMonth2015

LBN-ETC: Scientific research has shown that eating well plays a pivotal role in getting well and staying well. If you’re looking for a way to improve your profile, NutriFit® has plans that help you protect and preserve your health, featuring the deliciously healthy foods that you need to stay well while eating well. By allowing us to provide highly customized meals, you’ll be better able to enjoy lifelong well-being. No single medicine is as powerful as a healthful diet. – in the words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be food”. For more information, visit www.nutrifitonline.com, contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com, or call 800-341-4190.

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Friday • July 31, 2015

STALEMATE! – U.S. INTEL: WAR HASN’T WEAKENED ISIS:

The yearlong U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS has failed to weaken the terror group, the AP reported Friday, citing American intelligence agencies. Intelligence analysts said the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State has reached a stalemate, with the extremists maintaining a well-funded army despite the loss of more than 10,000 fighters. The group has also managed to expand to Libya, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, and Afghanistan. A Defense Department official told the AP there has been “no meaningful degradation in their numbers,” estimating the terror group’s total numbers reach between 20,000 and 30,000—the same estimate that was given last August, when U.S. airstrikes began. Analysts say it could take 10 years to force ISIS militants from their safe havens under a current campaign that prohibits U.S. troops from accompanying coalition fighters into combat or directing airstrikes from the ground.

ZIMBABWE: GIVE US LION KILLING DENTIST: Zimbabwe officials are seeking the extradition of the U.S. dentist who illegally killed the country’s famed Cecil the Lion. Environmental Minister Oppah Muchinguri said Friday that the African nation’s prosecutor-general had started the process to request Walter Palmer’s extradition from the U.S. Palmer could face charges in Zimbabwe as the U.S. has an extradition agreement in place with country. The Minnesota resident contends he had relied on his local guides to make sure the hunt was legal, but regretted the killing. The White House said Thursday it would review a petition with 140,000 signatures calling for Palmer’s extradition for the killing.

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CIA KNEW OMAR WAS IN PAKISTAN HOSPITAL: CIA officials were reportedly aware that former Taliban leader Muhammad Omar was being treated at a hospital in southern Pakistan in early 2011, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing diplomatic files. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta had reportedly confronted then-Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari based on “some raw intelligence” that the wanted fugitive was at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi. U.S. officials say they believe Omar likely died in 2013, which supports claims made this week by Afghan officials that he died while being treated for a serious illness at a Karachi hospital. U.S. intelligence agencies have yet to corroborate Afghanistan’s claims on Omar’s death.

ISRAELI ARSONISTS KILL PALESTINIAN CHILD: Jewish extremists are suspected in an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler in a home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday. The boy’s 4-year-old brother and parents were also critically injured by the fire that was set while they were sleeping. The arsonists spray-painted “revenge” in Hebrew and scrawled the Star of David on the home. The family was reportedly sleeping when the fire broke out. Israel Defense Forces called the blaze a terror attack. Two other homes were also burned.

EBOLA VACCINE IS 100% EFFECTIVE: A recently developed vaccine against the Ebola virus provided 100 percent protection in preliminary trials, showing such promise that the World Health Organization is extending vaccination to “all people at risk.” According to a WHO statement Friday, the VSV-EBOV vaccine was hailed as “highly effective” and could help prevent the spread of the deadly disease in current and future outbreaks. Trials began in March in Guinea, one of the three West African nations rocked in the recent outbreak. More than 4,000 people who came in contact with almost 100 Ebola patients participated in the trial, according to the release. WHO officials said it could take as long as two months to develop more supply.  More than 10,000 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia since the epidemic began last year.

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BEIJING TO HOST 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS: Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games. Members of the International Olympic Committee voted for the Chinese capital over Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday, after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a vow to put on a “fantastic, extraordinary and excellent” event. The voting numbers were not immediately available. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics and was considered the favorite for 2022, despite a lack of snow and wintery conditions. A key factor in the award was said to be a promise by Beijing to tackle the air pollution that blights the city.

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THAT WAS FAST- KILLER CINCY COP OUT ON BAIL: Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with the murder of black motorist Samuel DuBose, is out on bail less than eight hours after a judge set it at $1 million, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts’ website. The DuBose family had erupted in cheers when the bond was set, at which point the judge asked for calm. Tensing, 25, pleaded not guilty to the murder of DuBose before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan.

FACEBOOK TO TEST INTERNET-ACCESS DRONES: Facebook officials said Thursday they plan to begin testing flights for a solar-powered drone designed to provide Internet access for remote parts of the world. A Britain-based team of engineers has spent the last 14 months building the unmanned drone, known as Aquila, with a 140-foot wingspan that weighs 880 pounds. The drone is designed to fly at high altitudes for as long as three months and would use lasers to beam data to stations on the ground. The aim is to launch hundreds of drones using helium balloons to sit at altitudes of 60,000 to 90,000 feet, which supplemental satellites orbiting above them. Facebook said in-flight tests would likely begin in the U.S.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Banking regulators just said no to a financial institution that aims to be the first to serve the expanding marijuana industry in Colorado. The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Denver applied in November to the Federal Reserve for a “master account,” which would allow it to interact with other financial institutions and open its doors to some of the hundreds of state-licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado.

LBN-NOTICED: ***This past week,  film producer Jeffery Patterson and the OUAD team went down to Big Surf Waterpark in Arizona on a location scout for the project and also held an open casting call over the weekend. Actor, Frankie Muniz, and writer of the new family drama, Judy Norton, we’re also in attendance having the great opportunity to talk among the many who participated in the open casting interviews.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mike Pyle, the captain of Yale’s last unbeaten and untied football team and of the 1963 N.F.L. champion Chicago Bears, died at 76 on Wednesday in Highland Park, Ill., after a decade-long battle with dementia, which his family believes may have resulted from the battering he took as an offensive lineman. Pyle’s wife, Candy, said the cause was traumatic brain hemorrhage. She said his brain had been sent to a Boston University center pursuing research into brain impairment linked to repeated head trauma.   ***Vasily Pichul, a Soviet reform-era director who, in the 1988 film “Little Vera,” captured international attention with his comically scorching portrait of a teenage girl navigating a grim society that was then adjusting uneasily to social and political change, died on Sunday in Moscow. He was 54. The Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation confirmed his death. Russian news agencies said the cause was lung cancer.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We are clearly heading toward another great debate about the nature of capitalism. Contemporary capitalism’s critics are becoming both bolder and more intellectually rigorous. Protests and discussions are sprouting up all over the place. For example, this week I was attending the Aspen Action Forum, a gathering of young business and NGO leaders selected because of their work for social change. My friend and Times colleague Anand Giridharadas delivered a courageous and provocative keynote address that ruffled some feathers, earned a standing ovation and has had people talking ever since.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tim Egan: The waves of mass shootings continue to roll over the United States like surf on the ship of state’s prow. Every few weeks now we get hit with a jolt of cold water. We shake and shudder, and then brace ourselves for the next one. So we beat on — a nation whose people are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of most other developed countries. The only thing extraordinary about mass shootings in America is how ordinary the killing grounds are — elementary schools, high schools, colleges, military recruitment centers, theaters, parks, churches.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erica Rhodes: I really do feel that what the (evil?) dentist did was wrong. But, I also believe that two wrongs don’t make a right and that people wishing death or violence upon anyone in such a reckless manner is an additional commentary on the evils of human tendencies. Wait and find out more before wishing a man to be hung and crucified. Otherwise, there is no difference between corruption and innocence (in my humble opinion). Humans are complicated. Animals are complicated. The law is complicated. Be patient. Be kind. A bad thing happened. Bad things happen all the time. Is it sad? Of course? Horrible? Probably. But I refuse to jump on another bandwagon of hate even if it’s a popular bandwagon under the guise of “righteousness.” Ok that’s all from me. Jokes later. Promise.

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Thursday • July 30, 2015

LION KILLER GETS POLICE PROTECTION:

The dentist who shot, stalked, and killed Cecil the Lion has received so many violent threats since being publicly identified that local law enforcement told TMZ they will be checking up on him regularly—even though Dr. Walter Palmer has not requested their help. TMZ reports that its sources are on “high alert” for activists stepping over the line, and that they will be conducting regular checks on the dentist’s Minnesota home. Some activist groups, like PETA, called for Palmer to be hanged.

MEET THE NEW BOSS – AKHTAR MANSOUR NAMED NEW TALIBAN LEADER: The Taliban announced Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new leader Thursday, a day after Afghan and U.S. officials said the group’s previous chief, Mullah Omar, likely died in a Karachi hospital in 2013. Mansour was Omar’s deputy, but the BBC reports that his appointment was far from unanimous. The Taliban also postponed peace talks with the Afghan government amid the changes.

WHO READS LBN? Comedian Janeane Garofalo


U.S. GDP GREW 2.3% IN SECOND QUARTER: The U.S. economy got back to growth in the second quarter of 2015, with gross domestic product increasing at a 2.3 percent annual rate, according to Commerce Department data. Even better: First-quarter GDP was revised to a 0.6 percent annual growth rate—a turnaround from the initial estimate that showed it had shrunk by 0.2 percent. Analysts said the growing labor market and increased consumer spending contributed to the expansion, and could lead Fed officials to raise interest rates in September, the first time since 2006. “We had better growth and better inflation in the first half. This should make the Fed feel more comfortable about raising rates this year,” said Eric Green, head of U.S. economic research at TD Securities in New York.

DEBRIS ‘MAJOR LEAD’ IN MH370 SEARCH: Malaysia’s deputy transport minister said Thursday authorities are “almost certain” that plane debris that washed up on the shores of Réunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean belong to a Boeing 777—the same type of aircraft as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared last year. “It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. Our chief investigator here told me this,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said. The possible wing flap was found 4,500 miles from where Australian authorities had predicted its drift pattern. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said authorities are treating the discovery as “a major lead,” but warned further analysis was needed. No evidence of the plane or the 239 people on board was ever recovered after it disappeared in March 2014, despite a multi-nation effort to scour the Indian Ocean for months

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries.

WHO READS LBN? Actor Benedict Cumberbatch


4 CONFEDERATE FLAGS LEFT AT MLK’S CHURCH: Four Confederate flags were left at the historically black Atlanta church where Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. The flags at Ebenezer Baptist Church were placed near a “Black lives matter, hands up” poster. Police are investigating the incident, and the church is expected to release a statement this morning.

STAKES FOR DONALD TRUMP IN FIRST G.O.P. DEBATE (IN A WORD): HUGE: The most pressing question that Donald J. Trump could face next week in the first debate of the 2016 presidential race may not be about Iran or immigration, but this: Can he deploy enough adjectives (“huge!”), superlatives (“the worst!”) and invectives (“loser!”) for him to use up his time without being challenged successfully on the substance of policy? Mr. Trump could come away a winner if he makes cogent points without sounding too hostile, presenting himself as more of a serious-minded, anti-establishment voice in a primary crowded with career Republican politicians. But there are risks for him if he turns the debate stage in Cleveland into another episode of the reality show his campaign has sometimes resembled.

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COURT HALTS PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS: The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday banning an anti-abortion group from releasing any additional footage of officials from a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group, the Center for Medical Progress, is the same organization that previously released sting videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for medical research. The order bars the anti-abortion group from releasing video of three leaders at StemExpress shot at a restaurant in May until a court hearing Aug. 19. The recent release of sting videos has reignited the abortion debate, prompting Republican lawmakers to take up a measure to defund Planned Parenthood. Also Wednesday, Planned Parenthood asked the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study on the issues surrounding fetal-tissue donation in the wake of recent backlash.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Studies note that sometimes those who have a high level of physical attractiveness seek less attractive mates in order to wield more power over them. In other words, less attractive people may attract more attractive mates because they are more likely to yield to their whims.

NFL UNION CHALLENGES BRADY SUSPENSION: Just a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game suspension of New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL players’ union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the decision. It is unclear when a judge will see the complaint. “No player in NFL history has served a suspension for ‘non-cooperation’ or ‘obstruction,’” the NFL Players Association said in the statement. “In this case, the evidence is paper-thin.” The league claimed Brady trashed his cellphone to avoid handing it over to authorities during an investigation on the deflating of footballs leading up to the Super Bowl last year. On Wednesday morning, Brady expressed on Facebook that he and the Patriots hadn’t done anything wrong.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that its profit fell sharply in the second quarter as a strong performance in marketing and refining failed to offset the brunt of lower oil and gas prices. The oil giant also said it would cut its capital investment and eliminate 6,500 jobs as the drop in oil and gas prices squeezes its vast global exploration and production operations.   ***Facebook Inc. offered fresh evidence of its allure to deep-pocketed big brands, as it and Google Inc. increasingly take the lion’s share of the fast-growing mobile advertising market. The social networking company posted a 39% increase in quarterly revenue, nearly three-fourths of which came from advertising on mobile devices. Expenses grew faster than revenue, but executives said the company would spend less than previously forecast this year, which will boost profitability.

ROLLING STONE RAPE STORY EDITOR QUITS: Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana announced Wednesday he would leave the embattled magazine in August, just four months after an article about an alleged University of Virginia gang rape was retracted. Dana said he is not leaving for another job and his successor has yet to be named. “After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it is time to move on,” Dana said in a statement. The news comes the same day three UVA graduates filed a lawsuit against the magazine, one of its journalists, and publisher Wenner Media for alleged defamation and inflicting emotional distress. The three men were all members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, which was at the center of the now-debunked article.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Van Alexander, a composer and arranger who adapted a nursery rhyme into “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” which became Ella Fitzgerald’s breakout hit in 1938, died on July 19 at a hospital near his home in Los Angeles. He was 100. His death was confirmed by his daughter Joyce Harris.   ***Jan Kulczyk, Poland’s richest man, who made his fortune during its economic transformations, died on Tuesday in Vienna, where he had undergone surgery. He was 65. His death was confirmed by his company, Kulczyk Holding.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***For Oscar winner Nicolas Cage life is the exact opposite of a rags-to-riches tale. After living high on the hog and frittering away a $150 million fortune, the “Leaving Las Vegas” star now rents a modest condo in Sin City – and goes incognito to eat at a working-class diner, according to sources.   ***Scandal-plagued celebrity chef Paula Deen has sparked rumors that she may be secretly cooking up a divorce settlement with her husband of 11 years after quietly handing over the deed to a million-dollar home to him. According to documents filed in Georgia earlier this year, Southern cooking queen Deen, 68, granted her husband, Michael Groover, the deed to their three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 5,646-square-foot Savannah, Ga., mansion worth an estimated $1.3 million.   ***Woody Allen says his 23-year relationship with Soon-Yi Previn worked because of their previous parent-child relationship. “I’m 35 years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked,” the 79-year-old director told NPR in an interview published Wednesday. “I was paternal. She responded to someone who was paternal.” “She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things,” he continued. “She flourished. It was just a good luck thing.”

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Wednesday • July 29, 2015

TOM BRADY: NFL ‘MANUFACTURED’ SCANDAL:

Tom Brady ripped NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for upholding his four-game suspension over “Deflategate” in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady wrote. Goodell cited evidence that the New England quarterback destroyed his cellphone while upholding the quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in the ball-deflation scandal. Brady said he wasn’t hiding anything.  “I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances,” he said, adding that he was not made aware that “failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline. … To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong. ”Brady claimed he contacted his carrier to see if they could retrieve text messages so he could give them to the NFL, but he said they were unable to do so. “There is no ‘smoking gun’ and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.”

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AFGHANS: MULLAH OMAR IS DEAD: Afghan officials and intelligence sources said Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar is dead, and died two or three years ago. The one-eyed Omar has had a $10 million bounty on his head for aiding Osama Bin Laden after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Like many wanted men in the region, he has been reported dead several times, but never with the backing of such high-level Afghan officials. The Taliban has not yet confirmed the reports, but is expected to issue a statement soon.

ZIMBABWEAN CECIL KILLERS FACE COURT: Two Zimbabwean men who were hired by the American dentist who killed Cecil the Lion appeared in court on poaching charges Wednesday. Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu are a hunter and private game park owner, respectively, who helped Walter Palmer shoot the beloved protected big cat with an arrow and track him to finish the job. Palmer has since returned to the U.S., and says he believed he was partaking in a legal hunt. He reportedly paid Bronkhorst and Ndlovu $50,000 for the experience.

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L.A. TO BAN HIGH-CAPACITY GUN MAGAZINES: The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of a string of mass shootings across the country. The ordinance, which prohibits possession of firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, would close a loophole in a state law that bans the sale and manufacture of high-capacity magazines. Los Angeles residents who own high-capacity magazines would have 60 days to remove them from the city or hand them over to police. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would sign the measure.

JONATHAN POLLARD, SPY FOR ISRAEL, TO BE RELEASED ON PAROLE: In July 2014, after Jonathan J. Pollard had served 29 years of a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel, his hopes for freedom were thwarted when a federal panel denied his request for parole. But that hearing set in motion an intense scramble by lawyers for Mr. Pollard to ensure a different result a year later, when he would be eligible for parole after serving 30 years. They wrote letters, cited statistics and introduced evidence that their client met two legal standards for parole: that he had behaved well in prison, and that he posed no threat of returning to a life of espionage. On Tuesday, the effort finally succeeded, as the United States Parole Commission announced that Mr. Pollard, 60, met the legal standards and would be released just before Thanksgiving.

TSA TO RETRAIN ‘THOUSANDS’ OF SCREENERS: The Transportation Security Administration will retrain thousands of screeners after agents failed 67 of 70 security checks conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the agency’s new director told The New York Times. Peter Neffenger said they will be trained to better screen security badges and locate prohibited items, among other objectives. Neffenger also plans to cut down on ways to get in expedited security check lines, with the exception of the TSA Pre-Check program. “I’m a big fan of a fully vetted population,” he said.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Facebook has doubled the size of its government and politics team since the last presidential vote, and the company says it is on track to increase its revenue from previous election cycles.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Hillary Clinton put part of Bergdorf Goodman on lockdown on Friday to get a $600 haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon. Clinton, with a huge entourage in tow, was spotted being ushered through a side entrance of the Fifth Avenue store on Friday.   ***David and Victoria Beckham on a family night with Gordon Ramsay and his brood seeing “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.   ***Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield seemed “very much a couple” nearby.   ***Christina Hendricks at Añejo in Hell’s Kitchen . . . ***Lupita Nyong’o and Uzo Aduba at a Brukwine class at Ripley-Grier Studios.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Oscar G., an LBN reader from Hoboken, New Jersey.


MARVEL TO RELEASE MORE NETFLIX SHOWS: Netflix announced at the Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday that it is aiming to release a Marvel superhero series every six months. Marvel partnered with the streaming-video service to bring five new shows featuring comic-book characters from The Defenders, which is a street-level Avengers team. Daredevil was the first to debut in April and the next show, Jessica Jones, is expected to run before the end of 2015. Series for characters Iron Fist and Luke Cage will follow. After each character gets a scripted Marvel series, all four heroes will join forces for a Defenders show.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Benito Mussolini (1883)

An ardent socialist in his youth, Mussolini turned nationalist after serving with the Italian army in WWI. He formed a fascist political group in 1919 and was soon appointed prime minister, becoming the youngest in Italian history. Supported by Adolf Hitler, Mussolini declared war on the Allies in 1940. As German defenses in Italy collapsed, Mussolini tried to escape to Austria but was captured and executed by Italian partisans

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ann Rule, whose 1980 study of the serial killer Ted Bundy, “The Stranger Beside Me,” set her on the road to writing dozens of best-selling true-crime books praised for their insight into criminal psychology, died on Sunday at a medical center in Burien, Wash. She was 83. The cause was congestive heart failure and respiratory failure, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, which operates the Highline Medical Center in Burien.   ***Samuel Pisar, who survived Auschwitz as a boy to become a successful lawyer, an adviser to presidents and the creator of the text for Leonard Bernstein’s symphony “Kaddish,” died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 86. His daughter Leah Pisar-Haas said the cause was pneumonia after a stroke.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: There are several passages in the new book “Overloaded and Underprepared” that fill me with sadness for American high school students, the most driven of whom are forever in search of a competitive edge. Some use stimulants like Adderall. Some cheat. But the part of the book that somehow got to me most was about sleep. It’s a prerequisite for healthy growth. It’s a linchpin of sanity. Before adulthood, a baseline amount is fundamental and nonnegotiable, or should be. But many teenagers today are so hyped up and stressed out that they’re getting only a fraction of the rest they need. The book mentions a high school in Silicon Valley that brought in outside sleep experts, created a kind of sleep curriculum and trained students as “sleep ambassadors,” all to promote shut-eye.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Nukes are hardly the only threats for this region. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia desperately need to make 2015 the end of the 1979 era. It would be fanciful to predict that they will — and utterly realistic to predict the destruction that will visit both if they don’t.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ronen Bergman: When Mr. Pollard is released in November, it will set off rejoicing in Israel. It’s not clear yet if President Obama will allow him to leave the United States and settle there. But if Israelis celebrate his release and possible “homecoming,” there must be a responsible adult in Israel who understands how turning a spy into a returning hero will be interpreted in Washington. Israelis must realize, even if 30 years too late, that Americans see Mr. Pollard as a traitor of the worst kind and that celebrating his release will only further harm Israel’s already strained relations with America.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Ben Affleck is slamming reports that he’s romantically involved with his children’s former nanny. Us Weekly claims the 42-year-old actor began dating one-time nanny Christine Ouzounian, who was hired to care for Affleck and estranged wife Jennifer Garner’s three young kids in the spring of this year, during a 10-month separation period from Garner.

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Tuesday • July 28, 2015

OBAMA SAYS ‘I COULD WIN’ 3RD TERM AS PRESIDENT:

President Obama asserted on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the Constitution, but said he was looking forward to life after the presidency, when he will be able to take a walk and spend more time with his family. As he wrapped up what may be his final trip to Africa while in office, Mr. Obama took aim at some of the continent’s gerontocracy and called on long-entrenched leaders to step down, declaring that “nobody should be president for life.” But it led to an off-the-cuff riff about his own improved political standing and his future. “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Mr. Obama said, departing from his prepared text in a speech at the African Union. “I think if I ran, I could win.”

BLOOMBERG: TRUMP WORTH 1/3 WHAT HE SAYS: Presidential candidate Donald Trump claims he’s worth more than $10 billion, but the real figure is much lower, according to a detailed analysis by Bloomberg News. The Billionaires Index analyzed Trump’s net worth, including information from a 92-page personal financial disclosure that went public last week, and found that Trump is worth only $2.9 billion. It based his real estate earnings on income Trump’s skyscrapers, golf courses and resorts currently produce.

LIBYA SENTENCES GADDAFI SON TO DIE: Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death by firing squad. Saif, who was accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests, was sentenced in absentia Tuesday along with eight other members of his father’s regime. Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in a revolution in 2011. Saif is being held by a rebel group that opposes Libya’s government, and it is unclear if or when they will hand him over to the court.

LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDER-DOGS MEET DAILY!



PUSH TO SCALE BACK SENTENCING LAWS GAINS MOMENTUM: For several years, a handful of lawmakers in Congress have tried to scale back tough sentencing laws that have bloated federal prisons and the cost of running them. But broad-based political will to change those laws remained elusive. Now, with a push from President Obama, and perhaps even more significantly a nod from Speaker John A. Boehner, Congress seems poised to revise four decades of federal policy that greatly expanded the number of Americans — to roughly 750 per 100,000 — now incarcerated, by far the highest of any Western nation.

JON STEWART VISITED OBAMA IN SECRET: President Obama summoned Jon Stewart to the White House at least twice for secret meetings, Politico reported Tuesday. Both meetings came before key moments: the first during the 2011 budget fight, the second during Russia’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine. Obama didn’t merely lobby Stewart, but occasionally it seems he changed policies after The Daily Show host spoke out. In 2009, the administration proposed removing veterans with private insurance from Veterans Affairs rolls. “That can’t be right,” Stewart said on air. A day later, the proposal was dead.

CARDINALS HIRE FIRST FEMALE NFL COACH: The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday they have hired a female as a coaching intern during training camp and preseason. Jen Welter, who will help the inside linebackers, is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position in the National Football League. Welter worked with linebackers and on special teams as an assistant coach for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution this past year. She is believed to be the first woman to coach in a men’s pro football league. Earlier this year, the NFL hired its first female on-field official.

HOUSE PANEL GETTING 5K BENGHAZI DOCS: The State Department will hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, according to House panel investigators. “The State Department has informed the committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow—the second largest production the committee has received and the largest since last summer,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said in a statement Monday night. None of the documents are expected to include emails sent to or from Hillary Clinton’s private email account. Clinton is tentatively expected to testify to the committee in October.

CHATTANOOGA SHOOTER MOHAMMAD YOUSSUF ABDULAZEEZ: When ISIS issued a chilling online call to arms for its Western brothers in June, a twisted “All-American” kid from Tennessee was quick to answer – slaughtering four innocent Marines and wounding three others at two Chattanooga military facilities. Before cops shot him dead, 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez was a well-liked college grad living a seemingly idyllic life in the suburbs. But he spent months visiting terrorist hotbeds in Yemen and Jordan, and radicalizing himself for his murderous mission on July 16. ISIS marked the one-year anniversary of its self-proclaimed existence as an Islamic state on June 29, during the of the holy month of Ramadan, declaring Allah would reward acts of violence “10 TIMES as much as the rest of the year.” “Abdulazeez was the perfect target for their sick propaganda,” a Pentagon source said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.

JOYCE MITCHELL, NEW YORK PRISON WORKER, PLEADS GUILTY TO AIDING MURDERERS’ ESCAPE: A prison employee pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that she helped two convicted killers stage a dramatic escape from a maximum-security prison in June in northern New York. Dabbing tears from her eyes, the employee, Joyce E. Mitchell, 51, pleaded guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a felony, and criminal facilitation in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. She was charged with providing the inmates, David Sweat and Richard W. Matt, with tools that aided in their escape, including hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit.

LIZA MINNELLI’S DAUGHTERLY DUTY: Liza Minnelli’s is feeling young enough to play a middle-aged Judy Garland! “I want to tell the true story of my mother’s life,” the daughter of the showbiz legend told a friend, “and maybe put some of my own demons to rest!” Liza, 69, is pitching a biopic in which she’d take on the role of her mom later in life – and she wants Zooey Deschanel to play Judy during her younger years! The “Cabaret” star is on her own comeback trail, with Liza booking live concerts after a recent return to rehab. “There are things about my mother that the public still wants to know,” Liza said to her inner circle. “She was a caring and wonderful woman who was a smart business lady. The story needs to be told – and I’m the one to tell it!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Ethiopia

1.     The name “Ethiopia” comes from the Greek words aitho and ops, which together mean “burnt face.” This was how the ancient Greeks referred to the dark-skinned people of eastern Africa.

2.     Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that was never formally colonized; however, it had to defeat the Italians twice to remain independent.

3.     Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world, having been founded in 980 B.C.

4.     Thirteen percent of Ethiopian children are missing one or both parents. Nearly a quarter of these parents have been lost in the AIDS epidemic.

5.     Ethiopians have one of the lowest life expectancies in the world. Current figures estimate that women can expect to live for about 50 years, and men for about 48 years.


MEL GIBSON IN MAD RUSH TO MARRY YOUNG LOVER!: Lovestruck Mel Gibson wants to wed a sexy young writer – even though at 24, she’s less than half his age. But the actor’s seven children are warning him to pressure brunette beauty Rosalind “Rosey” Ross into signing an ironclad prenup so he won’t get taken to the cleaners again. The “Mad Max” star, 59, is still worth a whopping $425 million, even after giving half his fortune to ex-wife Robyn Moore in their 2011 divorce settlement. Mel also had a bitter breakup in 2010 with girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, agreeing to pay her $750,000 over five years to support their love child, Lucia. That was later cut to $350,000 when Oksana blabbed on “The Howard Stern Show.” “Mel’s kids are happy he’s found love with Rosey,” said a source, “but they’re pushing him to have her sign a prenuptial agreement. “They’re worried their hot-tempered, hot-blooded dad is so enamored right now, he’s liable to do anything. “They want to make sure he protects his fortune!” Rosey was a writer on the short-lived El Rey Network series “Matador.”

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***City National Bank’s Steve Shapiro has been won the “Best of Los Angeles Award ” – 2015 for best business bank in L.A. for the second straight year.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bad-boy pop star JUSTIN BIEBER is asking God to help change his image as a spoiled brat. He ran off to Australia in early July for a five-day stint at the Hillsong Church conference. Pastor Carl Lentz couldn’t lie, of course, and later said 21-year-old Justin was “a challenge,” while Pastor Joel Houston confessed: “I think we just want to help him live as normal a life as possible.”

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Baby Name Wizard

The name-hunter’s paradise, from best-selling name expert Laura Wattenberg. Popularity graphs and maps, Name Finder, and Namipedia for full info on every name.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Zoey L., an LBN reader from Boulder, Colorado.


LBN-R.I.P.: India’s 11th president, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, whose role in advancing India’s nuclear program made him one of his country’s most beloved figures, died on Monday after collapsing at an event where he was to deliver a lecture. He was 83. The cause was cardiac arrest, doctors told NDTV, an Indian news channel.   ***Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the pop stars Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, who set off a media frenzy after she was found unconscious in a bathtub on Jan. 31, died on Sunday. She was 22. Her death was confirmed by a statement from the Houston family provided by their representatives

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’m sometimes grumpier when I stay at a nice hotel. I have certain expectations about the service that’s going to be provided. I get impatient if I have to crawl around looking for a power outlet, if the shower controls are unfathomable, if the place considers itself too fancy to put a coffee machine in each room. I’m sometimes happier at a budget motel, where my expectations are lower, and where a functioning iron is a bonus and the waffle maker in the breakfast area is a treat. This little phenomenon shows how powerfully expectations structure our moods and emotions, none more so than the beautiful emotion of gratitude.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M. Zuhdi Jasser: How will Europe’s human rights court respond to a government that treats a pacifist religious group as a dangerous extremist cell? The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will answer that question this summer when it rules on whether Russia’s prosecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses under its extremism law criminalizes freedom of religion or belief. A ruling against the Kremlin could be a landmark decision for Russia, affecting not only Jehovah’s Witnesses. From Muslims to dissenting members of the Moscow Patriarchate Russian Orthodox Church (MPROC), other Russians are also caught in the wide net cast by this overly broad law

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: My son Nick, a podcast aficionado, suggested recently that I’d enjoy a podcast called “StartUp,” which tells stories of companies that are just starting out. In its first season, the show’s host, Alex Blumberg, and his new business partner, Matt Lieber, train their microphones on their own company, Gimlet Media, which Blumberg, who is also the chief executive, hopes to turn into a podcast juggernaut. The second season, in which Blumberg is joined by a co-host, Lisa Chow, chronicles the highs and lows of a new dating app. Nick was right. Blumberg, a co-creator of NPR’s “Planet Money,” and Chow, formerly of NPR and WNYC, prove to be first-rate storytellers, hardly a surprise given their backgrounds. What was a surprise were the commercials spliced into each episode. “StartUp’s” second season was sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the email marketer MailChimp, and Personal Capital, a financial firm. But instead of running a traditional ad, the co-hosts crafted little stories, often conducting on-air interviews with a company official.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jackie Keller (Professional Wellness Coach): Here’s to my morning cuppa Starbucks dark roast: A new, large study of Korean coffee drinkers shows that those drinking “three to five cups of coffee daily were 41% less likely to show signs of coronary artery calcium than non-coffee drinkers. This calcification is an early indicator of the artery-clogging plaques (atherosclerosis) that cause coronary artery disease. The experts also noted observational studies indicating that coffee intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***There’s a reason Whitney Cummings looks so different lately. “I did get a new face,” the 32-year-old actress joked to Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on “Today” Monday. “I bought it on eBay!” She continued, “I did this weird thing that nobody likes to do anymore where I gained weight. I gained, like, 25 pounds, which I think I needed to.”   ***The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church’s flagship temple and headquarters. The Tony Award-winning “The Book of Mormon” has earned rave reviews while appalling some with its crudeness. But this will mark the first time the show’s gleefully naive missionaries come to Utah, where about two-thirds of residents are estimated to be Mormon.

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LBN-ETC: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH HAPPY! The Secret Society of Happy People wants to celebrate the 16th Happiness Happens Month with YOU! HOW? 31 DAYS + 31 HAPPINESS CHALLENGES – Each day you’ll get a new challenge to complete that will make you and others smile. Everyone who participates is encouraged to share the challenge with friends and family. WHEN? The fun starts August 1 and runs through August. WHERE? Wherever you are! WHY? Creating happy moments gives us happy memories! Come JOIN US (it’s FREE) and get your happy on! http://sohp.com/HappinessHappensMonth2015

LBN-ETC: Scientific research has shown that eating well plays a pivotal role in getting well and staying well. If you’re looking for a way to improve your profile, NutriFit® has plans that help you protect and preserve your health, featuring the deliciously healthy foods that you need to stay well while eating well. By allowing us to provide highly customized meals, you’ll be better able to enjoy lifelong well-being. No single medicine is as powerful as a healthful diet. – in the words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be food”. For more information, visit www.nutrifitonline.com, contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com, or call 800-341-4190.

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Monday • July 27, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Money

  1. Cattle (which include sheep, camels, and other livestock) are the first and oldest form of money. In parts of Africa, cows were used as money until the mid-1900s. Each head of cattle was called a caput, which is Latin for “head.” So, a person with a lot of cattle had lots of caput or “capital,” a word still used today to describe money.
  2. Throughout history, people have used many forms of money, such as soap, cocoa beans, elephant tail hairs, entire elephants, grain, animal skins, fishhooks, feathers, tea tobacco, bird claws, and bear teeth.
  3. The Romans made their coins in the temple of Juno Moneta, the goddess of marriage and women. From the name Moneta, we get our words “mint” and “money.” The word “money” now refers to anything that can be used to pay for goods and services or to pay a debt.
  4. The largest U.S. bill ever in circulation was the $10,000 bill, which was issued until 1945.  As of May 30, 2009, only 336 of these large bills have been known to survive. Salmon P. Chase is depicted on the bill.
  5. Though discontinued, technically, high-denomination bills ($500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $100,000) are still legal tender. They were last printed in 1945 and discontinued by July 14, 1969. The present denominations of U.S. currency in production are the $1, $2, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills.c
  6. The Romans were the first to stamp the image of a living person on a coin. After winning in war, Julius Caesar featured his portrait on a coin in 44 B.C.
  7. The Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) were the first people to use ingots, the first form of metal money. The value of ingots depended on their weight.
  8. A stack of dollar bills one mile high would be worth 14.5 million dollars.
  9. Worn coins are melted down and used to make new coins. Worn bills are shredded. Some shredded bills are recycled and made into roof shingles or fireplace logs.
  10. Abraham Lincoln was the first American to be pictured on an American coin in 1909. The designer Victor David Brenner put his initial VDB at the base of the portrait on Lincoln’s arm.
  11. During the Middle Ages, knights did not want to carry cash around because of robbers. Instead, knights wore special rings. When a knight stayed at an inn, for example, he would stamp the bill with his ring. The innkeeper later took the stamped bill to the knight’s castle to be paid.
  12. The U.S. Secret Service was originally created on July 5, 1865, during the Civil War to fight counterfeiting, which was a huge problem. By the end of the war, between 1/3 and 1/2 of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit.
  13. In 2001, counterfeiters managed to pass off $47.5 million in fake U.S. money. However, that’s only 0.02%, or 2 in every 10,000 genuine bills.
  14. At the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 37 million notes roll off the presses—per day. Almost half are $1 bills. Almost 95% of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in circulation.
  15. The bird pictured on the American silver dollar was a real eagle named Peter. From 1830 to 1836, people who worked at the United States Mint adopted him to use as model for the drawings. When he died after getting his wing injured in the coining press, they stuffed him. He is still on display in the lobby of the mint.
  16. Not only do money engravers work with incredible precision, but they also have to illustrate backwards. The design they cut into the plates is the mirror image of what it will look like when it is printed. It takes 12-15 years of training to become an engraver.
  17. A modern coin-counting machine can count 2,500 coins a minute. A bank note-counting machine can tally up to 100 bills in 4 seconds. It can also tell what denomination they are and if they are fake.c
  18. The word “bankrupt” is from the Italian banca rotta, literally “broken bench.” In the years of early banking, people who exchanged, stored, and lent money did their business in the public marketplace at a bench. If the man at the bench, or the “banker,” ran out of money or was unfair, his bench would be broken.
  19. There are more than 1.6 million ATMs in the world. There is even one in Antarctica. Friday is the most popular day at the ATM. The average amount withdrawn from an ATM is $80.
  20. Icelanders use credit cards and debit cards more than any other country in the world. Seventy percent of all consumer business in Iceland is done with plastic, compared to 39% in North America.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors. He has been the face model for several Hugo Boss fragrances advertising campaigns. In 2013, Meyers appeared as the villain Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassandra Clare’s novel, City of Bones. He also starred in the NBC drama series Dracula as the titular character. Rhys Meyers has also been cast in the upcoming film Stonewall by Roland Emmerich.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hollywood

1. The Hollywood sign is only slightly younger than the district itself.
Harvey and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887 as a community for likeminded followers of the temperance movement. No one knows for sure why they chose that name. One theory is that Daeida met a woman on a train with a summer home called Hollywood. Alternatively, it may have been a reference to the area’s abundant toyon, a red-berried shrub also known as California holly. Either way, Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in 1903 and merged with Los Angeles in 1910, the year before the first film studio moved there.

2. The sign was created as a real-estate advertisement.
By 1923 Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler had decided to invest in an upscale real-estate development called Hollywoodland, which capitalized on the growing recognition of Hollywood as a movie-industry mecca. In order to promote the project, Chandler and his partners put up $21,000 (over $250,000 in today’s money) for 45-foot-high white block letters that were anchored to telephone poles and illuminated by 4,000 light bulbs. At night the billboard flashed in four stages: “Holly,” then “Wood,” then “Land” and then the entire word, “Hollywoodland.” Newspaper articles from the time show that the sign was completed in 1923; however, the exact date is disputed.

3. A struggling actress took her life there.
Although the Hollywood sign symbolizes glamour and stardom, it can also represent broken dreams. In spring 1932 stage actress Peg Entwistle moved from New York City to Los Angeles to try her luck with movies. Soon after she received a part in a murder-mystery film, but the studio reportedly did not renew the option on her contract upon its completion. That September the 24-year-old allegedly climbed a ladder to the “H” on the Hollywoodland sign and jumped off. Her body was later discovered in a ravine downhill. Various newspapers cited her failing acting career as the reason she killed herself. Ironically, a letter had been mailed to her just before her death offering her the lead role in a play about a young woman who commits suicide.

4. Four letters on the sign were eventually removed.
Regular maintenance on the sign stopped when the Hollywoodland real-estate development went under due to the Great Depression. The “H” even toppled over, so that it briefly read “Ollywoodland.” After ownership of the sign passed to the city in the mid-1940s, the L.A. Recreation and Parks Commission apparently wanted it razed. But the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped in, and in 1949 it removed the last four letters and restored the rest.

5. A new sign replaced the old one in the 1970s.
Despite the 1949 restoration, the Hollywood sign eventually began to deteriorate once again. The third “O,” for example, tumbled down the side of Mount Lee, and arsonists set fire to the bottom of the second “L.” In 1978, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner held a gala at his mansion, where he and eight other donors, including rock musician Alice Cooper, pledged nearly $28,000 each to fund a replacement. After a three-month period without a sign, construction finished up later that year. The new sign was the same size as the old one, but with structural improvements such as steel footings rather than telephone poles. Since then, it has periodically received a fresh coat of white paint, most recently in December 2012.

6. Pranksters have used the sign for all sorts of mischief.
On January 1, 1976, Cal State Northridge student Danny Finegood and some friends made their way to the Hollywood sign with about $50-worth of black and white fabric, which they used to make it read “Hollyweed” in celebration of a state law that essentially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. He did this as part of an art project for which he reportedly received an A. Finegood would go on to change the sign three more times: once to read “Holywood” on Easter, once to read “Ollywood” in protest of Oliver North’s Iran-Contra testimony and once to read “Oil War” in protest of the Persian Gulf War. Other pranksters have changed the sign prior to college football games, and to express support for the third-party presidential candidacy of Ross Perot. In addition, people have both dangled from the letters and vandalized them. As a result of such shenanigans, public access to the site is prohibited and security cameras have been installed, along with a razor-wire fence, motion sensors and microphones.

7. Luxury homes almost went up around it.
Eccentric business tycoon Howard Hughes bought 138 acres west of the Hollywood sign in 1940 with the intention of building a mansion there for himself and his girlfriend, the actress Ginger Rogers. Those plans were abandoned, however, after Rogers broke up with him. Nothing more happened with the land until 2002, when Hughes’ estate sold it to a Chicago-based investment firm. To prevent luxury homes from going up, a number of movie studios, actors and foundations raised the $12.5 million asking price, with Hugh Hefner providing the final $900,000. The site is now protected parkland.

8. The sign has been destroyed in several movies.
The Hollywood sign has appeared in dozens of movies, from Gangster Squad (2013), Argo (2012) and Friends with Benefits (2011) to older flicks like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) and Down Three Dark Streets (1954). Directors seem to especially enjoy destroying it: In Earthquake (1974) the sign’s letters fall down Mount Lee one by one; in Superman (1978) it bends during a quake; in 1941 (1979) a pilot shoots it up; in The Rocketeer (1991) a villain with a faulty rocket pack crashes into it; in Escape from L.A. (1996) it appears to be on the verge of catching fire; in Mighty Joe Young (1998) a gorilla breaks off an “O” and chucks it; in The Day After Tomorrow (2004) a tornado eviscerates it; and in Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) a zombie apocalypse leaves it in tatters.

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LBN-ETC: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH HAPPY! The Secret Society of Happy People wants to celebrate the 16th Happiness Happens Month with YOU! HOW? 31 DAYS + 31 HAPPINESS CHALLENGES – Each day you’ll get a new challenge to complete that will make you and others smile. Everyone who participates is encouraged to share the challenge with friends and family. WHEN? The fun starts August 1 and runs through August. WHERE? Wherever you are! WHY? Creating happy moments gives us happy memories! Come JOIN US (it’s FREE) and get your happy on! http://sohp.com/HappinessHappensMonth2015

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Sunday • July 26, 2015

ISIS NURSE FACES TERRORISM CHARGES:

Adam Brookman, a nurse in Melbourne, was arrested in the Sydney airport Friday and is now facing charges of terrorism-related offenses. The nurse allegedly provided support to the Islamic State while he was in Syria. Brookman allegedly served as a guard and did reconnaissance work for ISIS between April 2010 and August 2014.

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JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE OF IMMIGRANT CHILDREN DETAINED BY U.S.: A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible. In a decision late Friday roundly rejecting the administration’s arguments for holding the families, Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found that two detention centers in Texas that the administration opened last summer fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children.

FOR RANSOM, BITCOIN REPLACES THE BAG OF BILLS: In the old days, criminals liked their ransom payments in briefcases full of unmarked bills. These days, there’s a new preferred method for hostage takers: the virtual currency Bitcoin. In a modern day version of a mob shakedown, hackers around the world have seized files on millions of computers, taken down public websites and even, in a few cases, threatened physical harm. The victims — who have ranged from ordinary computer users to financial firms and police departments — are told that their only way out is through a Bitcoin payment that is sometimes more than $20,000.

WHOOPS – LORDS SPEAKER QUITS AFTER DRUG VIDEO: Lord Sewel, the deputy speaker of the House of Lords in British Parliament, resigned after a video surfaced of him allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes. The footage showed Sewel snorting powder off of a woman’s breast with money. Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza called his behavior “shocking and unacceptable.” Sewel is currently under a police inquiry. “These serious allegations will be referred to the House of Lords commissioner for standards and the Metropolitan Police for investigation as a matter of urgency,” D’Souza said.

FIAT CHRYSLER FACES $105M FINE: Fiat Chrysler will face an impending $105 million fine from the federal government this week for violating vehicle safety recall laws. The company will have to buy back recalled vehicles to get them off the road. Part of the punitive arrangement also includes installing an independent monitor to supervise and review recalls. The problem stems from older Jeeps which have a defect causing gas tanks to leak in the vehicles have rear impact collisions. This fine beats the previous record held by Honda Motor Co. which faced a $70 million punishment for airbag recall issues.

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OBAMA DELIVERS TOUGH-LOVE MESSAGE TO END KENYA TRIP: President Obama challenged the land of his father on Sunday to break the cycle of corruption, strengthen its shaky democracy, overcome ethnic divisions and end discrimination against women and girls as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Kenya full of potent symbolism. Delivering a tough-love message, Mr. Obama hailed the economic and political advances of recent years and forecast a bright future for the country, but he said that further progress would require it to confront “the dark corners” of its past and tackle problems that have plagued it for generations.

CHINA ENDS VIDEO GAME BAN: China’s Ministry of Culture released a statement Saturday lifting a 15-year ban on video game consoles in the country. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft among others will now be able to manufacture and sell consoles and games throughout the country. In 2000, video games were banned due to concerns about their potential negative effects on the physical and mental wellbeing of children. China created a free trade zone in Shanghai last year that allowed console-makers to work within an 11-mile area.

JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE OF IMMIGRANT CHILDREN DETAINED BY U.S.: A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible. In a decision late Friday roundly rejecting the administration’s arguments for holding the families, Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found that two detention centers in Texas that the administration opened last summer fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: These troubles have become all too common on the Northeast Corridor, the nation’s busiest rail sector, which stretches from Washington to Boston and carries about 750,000 riders each day on Amtrak and several commuter rail lines. The corridor’s ridership has doubled in the last 30 years even as its old and overloaded infrastructure of tracks, power lines, bridges and tunnels has begun to wear out. And with Amtrak and local transit agencies struggling to secure funding, many fear the disruptions will continue to worsen in the years ahead.

‘VETERANS FOR TRUMP’ WEREN’T CONSULTED: Several of the veterans listed as part of the “Veterans for Trump coalition” say they never endorsed Trump and deny being part of the group. The New Hampshire-based group was formed after Trump ignited controversy by calling John McCain, a Vietnam war veteran who was captured and held for five years in a North Vietnamese jail, “not a war hero.” The Guardian contacted several of the veterans listed as members of the group. One veteran named Ernie Fusi, who fought in World War II, said, “I don’t know anything about it.” “I don’t like it,” Fusi said. “’Cause I haven’t given anyone permission to send my name around.” Another veteran also denied being part of Trump’s campaign. “I have no connection any more than anybody else does to him,” said Donald Richards, a veteran in New Hampshire.

BOY SCOUTS EXPECTED TO END BAN ON GAY LEADERS: The Boy Scouts of America is expected on Monday to end its blanket ban on gay leaders — a turning point for an organization that has been in turmoil over the issue. But some scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals. To gain the acquiescence of conservative religious groups that sponsor many dens and troops, like the Mormon and Roman Catholic Churches, the policy will allow church-run units to pick leaders who agree with their moral precepts

MY REVIEW: “In today’s world, information is power and LBN is a power-tool. It makes me smarter every day.”—-Mark Y., an LBN reader from Alberta, Canada.



LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran personal manager Kay Douglas hosted a beautiful, elegant dinner for her mother’s birthday at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night. Guests included: Priscilla Presley, Frank Stallone and media expert and author Michael Levine.   ***Monica Lewinsky at No. 8 in NYC.   ***Victor Cruz and Fabolous with a bunch of friends and bodyguards at Añejo Tribeca in NYC.   ***Christina Hendricks being surprised by “Mad Men” co-stars Rich Sommer and Michael Gladis at the LA premiere of her film “Dark Places”.   ***Jerry Bruckheimer, James Toback and Andrew Stein lunching at Michael’s in NYC.   ***Sports Illustrated model Sara Sampaio celebrating her 24th birthday at Upland in NYC.    ***Aviva Drescher checking out a $2.2 million condo at Ponquogue Point in Hampton Bays.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Netflix now counts more than 65 million streaming members in more than 50 countries and plans to expand across the world in the next 18 months. But that breakneck growth comes at a cost: The company expects its streaming business to just break even globally through 2016 as it pours billions of dollars into content and an aggressive expansion

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average life expectancy at birth for a Canadian is 81.16 years, the eighth highest in the world. The United States ranks 46th, at 78.14 years.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Pianist Alan Asher, an LBN reader from Los Angeles, California.


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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Rosie O’donnell and latest gal pal Sophie B. Hawkins are proud parents. “Our family is now complete!” the singer said after she gave birth to baby daughter Esther on July 7. Rosie filed for divorce from her ex, Michelle Rounds, on February 27. By early March, Rosie and Sophie, 50, were spotted “all over each other,” perhaps validating rumors that Rosie was cheating on Michelle with the singer.   ***Supermodel Elle Macpherson went super ballistic on billionaire husband Jeffrey Soffer after she caught him canoodling with his cute ex – Kate Hudson. Jeffrey, 47, and Kate, 36, had a brief but torrid fling five years ago, before he fell for the Aussie stunner. But when Elle, 51, discovered the two were still communicating, she called Jeffrey out! “She was furious!” according to an insider. But Jeffrey bought Elle’s forgiveness with a $250,000 necklace, and a yacht trip to the south of France. “She took him back,” the source said, “but she’s watching him like a hawk!”   ***Sharon Stone has played a lot of roles on-screen, but at the Surrey hotel on Thursday she took on the part of officiant at the chic wedding of WSJ Magazine publisher Anthony Cenname and fashion designer/creative director David Witkewicz. Stone — a close friend of the couple and whom Cenname first met in 1996, when he worked at Italian Vogue — wore a killer red, fringed gown and was “very moved and choked up with tears,” said a guest.

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LBN-ETC: “Best of Los Angeles Award” winner – 2015 – Best Florist —- www.FleursDuJour.net. — Call Edward —- 310-399-9131

LBN-ETC: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH HAPPY! The Secret Society of Happy People wants to celebrate the 16th Happiness Happens Month with YOU! HOW? 31 DAYS + 31 HAPPINESS CHALLENGES – Each day you’ll get a new challenge to complete that will make you and others smile. Everyone who participates is encouraged to share the challenge with friends and family. WHEN? The fun starts August 1 and runs through August. WHERE? Wherever you are! WHY? Creating happy moments gives us happy memories! Come JOIN US (it’s FREE) and get your happy on! http://sohp.com/HappinessHappensMonth2015

LBN-ETC: Scientific research has shown that eating well plays a pivotal role in getting well and staying well. If you’re looking for a way to improve your profile, NutriFit® has plans that help you protect and preserve your health, featuring the deliciously healthy foods that you need to stay well while eating well. By allowing us to provide highly customized meals, you’ll be better able to enjoy lifelong well-being. No single medicine is as powerful as a healthful diet. – in the words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be food”. For more information, visit www.nutrifitonline.com, contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com, or call 800-341-4190.

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Saturday • July 25, 2015

U.S. FEARS DATA STOLEN BY CHINESE HACKER COULD IDENTIFY SPIES:

American officials are concerned that the Chinese government could use the stolen records of millions of federal workers and contractors to piece together the identities of intelligence officers secretly posted in China over the years. The potential exposure of the intelligence officers could prevent a large cadre of American spies from ever being posted abroad again, current and former intelligence officials said. It would be a significant setback for intelligence agencies already concerned that a recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management is a major windfall for Chinese espionage efforts.

FIGHTING BACK – TURKEY ARRESTS 600 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS: Turkey has arrested almost 600 terror suspects, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday. The country has ramped up efforts to combat ISIS, with warplanes targeting the terror group and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, which the government believes is exploiting ISIS efforts. The PKK reportedly assassinated two Turkish police officers Wednesday and a Turkish soldier was killed by ISIS militants this week in border clashes. “We will not stay silent in the face of those who kill our police officers in their sleep,” Davutoglu said

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OPPS!  – HILLARY CLINTON EMAILS SAID TO CONTAIN CLASSIFIED DATA: Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems. Mrs. Clinton has said for months that she kept no classified information on the private server that she set up in her house so she would not have to carry both a personal phone and a work phone. Her campaign said Friday that any government secrets found on the server had been classified after the fact.

COPS: THEATER SHOOTER BOUGHT GUN LEGALLY: John Russell Houser, the right-wing extremist who killed two and injured nine at a Thursday night showing of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana, was armed with a semi-automatic handgun that he purchased legally. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft says Houser bought the gun at a pawn shop in Phenix City, Alabama last year. Craft also said Houser had visited the theater more than once, ostensibly to see “whether there was anything that could be a soft target for him.” Houser killed himself after the Thursday night rampage with a single shot.

SHE WILL BE MISSED BY LBN: Ingrid Sischy in 1996, with Andy’s Warhol painting of Mao Zedong. Ms. Sischy became editor of Artforum magazine at 27. Sischy passed away yesterday. She had been a long-time reader of LBN and would write use occasionally.

CHANGE OF HEART – U.S. TO RELEASE CONVICTED ISRAELI SPY: Hoping to improve relations with Israel after inking an Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. is preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, according to U.S. officials who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life in prison; Israel has sought his early release for years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who strongly opposed the Iran deal, has personally pressed for Pollard’s release for years. Pollard, 60, is currently held in a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 10-15% of anorexics or bulimics are male. White males are the least likely to try to control their weight; Latino males are the most likely.

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OBAMA BRINGS $1B IN INVESTMENTS TO KENYA: President Obama kicked off a busy weekend at Kenya on Saturday, his first visit to his father’s homeland since becoming president. After arriving Friday evening and having dinner with extended family, Obama dove into a schedule that included addressing economic development, counter-terrorism and human rights, beginning with Nairobi’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He brought $1 billion in new investments to the country, half of which he said would go to young and female entrepreneurs. “This is personal for me,” Obama said. “There’s a reason why my name’s Barack Hussein Obama. My father comes from these parts.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Feminism

1.     The term “feminism” appeared in the English language in the 1890s, though women’s conscious struggle against discrimination and sexism is much older.

2.     The definition of “feminism” is fraught with controversy and challenges, such as whom to include, what to leave out, and what constitutes feminism’s unifying themes. Generally, as author bell hooks famously defines it, feminism is “the struggle to end sexist oppression.”

3.     Most varieties of feminism have fought to dispel the belief that there is a natural, biologically determined essence of the feminine that is universal and unchangeable. Many feminists feel that essentialism has contributed to the belief that women were not as efficient as men in the political and public spheres.

4.     According to a recent survey, just 20% of Americans consider themselves feminists. Approximately 8% consider themselves as anti-feminists, while 63% said they are neither. However most respondents (82%) believed that men and women should be equal, with just 9% saying that men and women should not be equal.

5.     Early modern feminist activity aimed to dispel the early modern (1550–1700) belief that society was founded on the rule of the father. This meant that the man was the head of household, just as the monarch was the head of state and Jesus the head of the church. Consequently, women had very few formal rights and were not represented in the law. One political event that challenged this belief was the successful accession of Queen Elizabeth I to the English throne.

6.     Globally, about 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.

7.     American lawyer Martha Wright Griffiths helped push the Sex Discrimination Act in 1964 as part of the Civil Rights Act. The act aims to help protect women against discrimination on the job and in their everyday lives.

8.     The first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Price was Jane Addams (1860–1935). She is also considered to be the founder of the social work profession in the United Sates.

9.     Approximately 38% of all murders of women globally are committed by their intimate partners.

10.  According to the U.N., 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt have been subjected to sexual harassment.

*LBN-NOTICED: ***Stars stayed on to party in St-Tropez after Leonardo DiCaprio’s blockbuster environmental gala this week that raised $40 million for his foundation. On Thursday night, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Adrien Brody, “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly, Michelle Rodriguez, Nina Dobrev and models Irina Shayk and Jessica Stam were spotted at club VIP Room, which was taken over by 1Oak’s owners Richie Akiva, Ronnie Madra and Darren Dzienciol as a pop-up.   ***Mick Jagger at the Lion in NYC with a friend .   ***Misty Copeland at a Lambs Club in NYC after-party for Taye Diggs’ debut in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”.   ***Susan Sarandon with a “younger mystery man” at Meatpacking music spot Subrosa in NYC.   ***Kevin Bacon ordering a green protein smoothie at Juice Press on West 55th Street in NYC.   ***Alicia Silverstone having lunch with producer Meryl Poster at Freds at Barneys New York.   ***Spike Lee at a karaoke party for Jennifer Hudson’s New York & Company Soho Jeans campaign.

COMPARED TO A LAWSUIT, MEDIATION IS SWIFT, CONFIDENTIAL, SOLUTION ORIENTED, AND LOW COST NOTES TOP L.A. MEDIATOR AND ATTORNEY MARK BAER: If you’ve given up on negotiating a settlement of your dispute directly with the other party, mediation may be the most painless and efficient way to proceed according to top L.A. mediator, Mark Baer. “People need to realize that the higher the conflict level, the more time it takes to resolve a dispute and the more it costs, both financially and emotionally.  Lawsuits and litigated negotiation are processes based upon a win/lose paradigm and since nobody wants to lose, they inherently tend to escalate the conflict level in order to resolve a legal dispute.  Mediation is essentially conflict intervention and well-qualified mediators have the skills to de-escalate the level of conflict and facilitate settlement of the dispute.  Mediation is quick, private, solution-focused, and inexpensive compared to a lawsuit,” explains Pasadena based Baer. Baer, who has mediated cases for over 15 years and is also a well-respected attorney, has been practicing law since 1991.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Scott Foundas, the chief film critic for Variety, is leaving the business to join Amazon Studios as a film acquisitions and development executive. Foundas returned to Variety in 2013. He previously had been the film critic for LA Weekly and at the Village Voice. He began his career writing for Variety.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is a cool kids club.”—–R.P., an LBN reader from Boston, Mass.


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***ESPN dropped radio host Colin Cowherd on Friday, a day after he made comments insulting the intelligence of Dominicans. “Like I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball’s just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic,” Cowherd said on his program Thursday. Major League Baseball demanded an apology and called the remarks “inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game.” Cowherd doubled down during Friday’s show, offering statistics on the Dominican Republic’s world rankings in education. In a statement on Friday, ESPN said, “Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Iraq, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Spain, Columbia, among others.

LBN-R.I.P: ***Ingrid Sischy, a writer, editor and cultural critic known for her long, authoritative associations with Interview magazine, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, died on Friday in Manhattan. She was 63. Her death, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was from breast cancer, a friend, Ed Filipowski, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jan Hoffman: “The fast-track kids didn’t turn out O.K.,” said Joseph P. Allen, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. He is the lead author of a new study, published this month in the journal Child Development, that followed these risk-taking, socially precocious cool kids for a decade. In high school, their social status often plummeted, the study showed, and they began struggling in many ways. It was their early rush into what Dr. Allen calls pseudomature behavior that set them up for trouble. Now in their early 20s, many of them have had difficulties with intimate relationships, alcohol and marijuana, and even criminal activity. “They are doing more extreme things to try to act cool, bragging about drinking three six-packs on a Saturday night, and their peers are thinking, ‘These kids are not socially competent,’ ” Dr. Allen said. “They’re still living in their middle-school world.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It was a gynecologist who supplied Bill Cosby with Quaaludes to give to women he hoped to sleep with. The disgraced comedian got his hands on the drug via a friend who was a Hollywood gynecologist named Leroy Amar, reports the Washington Post. Cosby, now 78, admitted to receiving seven prescriptions for the pills – known as “disco biscuits” during the ‘70s — from Amar, under guise of using them for his sore back.

LBN-ETC: Help Wanted: Part time (flexible hours) job coordinator for prominent entertainment industry executive. Smart, very reliable, tech savvy, resourceful individual to work from home coordinating job interviews for ongoing projects. Responsibilities include: Placing ads – Screening resumes – Coordinating interviews – Approximately 5-10 flexible hours per week – Must have good communication skills and people skills. Email resume (no attachments) to : SLanders415@gmail.com .

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CRIMINAL PROBE REQUESTED ON HILLARY: The Justice Department has been asked to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mismanaged classified government information on a private email account she used while serving as secretary of state, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing senior government officials. Two inspectors general made the request following a June 29 memo from the State Department and intelligence agencies that said the Democratic presidential contender’s private account included “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” It’s still unclear if information included in the emails was marked as classified by the State Department when Clinton sent or received them. Clinton has said no classified information was handled on the account. The Justice Department has not decided if it will launch an investigation, senior officials said.

U.S. KILLS TOP AL QAEDA TERRORIST: U.S. officials announced overnight that airstrikes in Afghanistan killed Abu Khalil al-Sudani, who was described as a senior al Qaeda official. The terrorist organization has not yet confirmed his death. According to officials, Sudani was directly involved in planning strikes against U.S. forces and a close associate of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. They also say he was part of the group’s shura council, its top decision-making body.

LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA, GUNMAN IDENTIFIED AS ‘DRIFTER’: The gunman who killed two women and wounded nine people in a theater here Thursday night was a 59-year-old drifter from Alabama who was estranged from his family and appeared to have made getaway plans, law enforcement officials said Friday. But they said they knew little else about him. The attacker, who took his own life, was identified as John R. Houser. He had lived a 500-mile drive away, in Phenix City, Ala., but had been in Lafayette since early July and was staying in a motel, Chief Jim Craft of the Lafayette Police Department said. He appealed to the public for help in learning more about the gunman.

OBAMA: WE LACK ‘COMMON SENSE’ GUN LAWS: President Barack Obama expressed his frustrations over a lack of sufficient “common-sense gun-safety laws” in the United States during a BBC News interview published Thursday, the same day a gunman opened fire on a Louisiana movie theater and killed three people. Obama said he’s felt “most frustrated” and “most stymied” over the nation’s failure to enact gun-safety laws during his presidency. “If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100,” he said. “If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands.” The interview was filmed before the shooting in Lafayette, where three people, including the gunmen, were killed. Several others were injured.

WWE ERASES HULK HOGAN OVER N-WORD: World Wrestling Entertainment has reportedly removed references to Hulk Hogan from websites and online stores after an audio of him saying the N-word during a 2012 radio interview. “On WWE.com, Hogan is no longer listed on the WWE Hall of Fame page, and all of his merchandise has also been removed from WWEShop.com,” the Wrestling News Source reports. “The only thing currently remaining that mentions Hogan involves WWE’s upcoming Australian tour, which Hogan was scheduled to take part in as general manager. However, when any attempt to access this page is made, a message appears stating ‘You are not authorized to access this page.’” The organization has previously come under fire for its CEO, Vince McMahon, using the same word.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted last week reveals that nearly six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad, and that nearly four in 10 think the situation is getting worse. By comparison, two-thirds of Americans surveyed shortly after President Obama took office said they believed that race relations were generally good.

TURKEY LAUNCHES FIRST STRIKES ON ISIS: Turkey’s government said its warplanes bombed ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, just a day after clashes broke out between the two sides near the border. Three F-16s reportedly took off early Friday morning and used “smart” bombs to strike three ISIS targets, according to a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s office. The news comes as Turkey announced U.S. warplanes would be allowed to facilitate airstrikes against ISIS at an air base near the Syrian border in the wake of Thursday’s clashes. ISIS militants shot and killed a Turkish soldier and wounded five others at a Turkish outpost. Also Friday, Turkish police launched raids to arrest suspected ISIS militants in more than 100 locations throughout Istanbul

BERGDAHL CAUGHT AT POT FARM DURING RAID: Bowe Bergdahl, a former missing U.S. prisoner of war who is facing charges of desertion, was a surprise guest at a drug raid Tuesday morning at a marijuana farm in Northern California. Bergdahl was visiting a friend in Mendocino Country when the police force arrived. He was not arrested or connected with the farming of drugs. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told The Daily Beast that Bergdahl told him he knew the target of the raid, who had 181 plants, for 10 years. “He was very polite,” Allman said. “He was very clear that he had not smoked marijuana.” According to a spokesman at Fort Houston, Bergdahl was on authorized leave when the raid happened. “He did not do anything wrong,” the spokesman told The Daily Beast. “He was not the target of the sheriff’s investigation.” Bergdahl has since returned to the military base.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The health insurer Anthem said on Friday that it had agreed to acquire its rival Cigna for $48.3 billion in a deal that would further concentrate the United States market to just a few major players. The combined company would have estimated revenue of about $115 billion and serve more than 53 million people with medical coverage.

LBN-NOTICED: ***At last night’s red carpet premiere of the SyFy Channels Sharknado3, cast members and media conservatives Lou Ferrigno and Anne Coulter were laughing it up over Shark cake and champagne with Lou’s publicist Edward Lozzi at the after party at iPic Theaters and Tanzy Restaurant complex in Westwood.

‘JURASSIC WORLD’ SEQUEL SET FOR 2018: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to return for a Jurassic World sequel, which is scheduled to hit theaters June 22, 2018, Universal said Thursday. Steven Spielberg has signed on to executive produce under his Amblin Entertainment banner. Director Colin Trevorrow will co-write the screenplay with Derek Connolly. Jurassic World has become the No. 3 highest-grossing film of all time, with $1.52 billion in ticket sales.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Angelina Jolie is teaming up with Netflix to direct an adaptation of “First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.” The online streaming service announced the news Thursday.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Zappa Family Trust has given its approval to a new documentary about the original Mother of Invention, Frank Zappa. The film is in the early stages of development and will likely come out in 2017, according to Variety.   ***Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown is finally on his way out of the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert last New Year’s Eve. Brown was able to obtain late Friday a certificate that allows him to leave the country, said Elaine Tan, spokeswoman of the Immigration Bureau.


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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Some of my Democratic friends are arguing that forcing businesses to raise their minimum wage will not only help low-wage workers; it will actually boost profits, because companies will better retain workers. Some economists have reported that there is no longer any evidence that raising wages will cost jobs. Unfortunately, that last claim is inaccurate. There are in fact many studies on each side of the issue. David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine and William Wascher of the Federal Reserve have done their own studies and point to dozens of others showing significant job losses

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Reports of their romantic demise have been greatly exaggerated. “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm and his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, were seen “canoodling” at a steamy outdoor ­after-party for new Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”   ***Mariah Carey has fallen in love while her estranged hubby Nick Cannon has fallen ill. Carey’s billionaire boyfriend, James Packer, was seeing her perform in Las Vegas on Wednesday at Caesars Palace, where the diva announced, while singing her ballad “Hero,” “James is in my heart tonight.” Meanwhile, Cannon posted a photo on Instagram from a hospital bed Wednesday, after apparently suffering from exhaustion.

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Thursday • July 23, 2015

SICKO! ISIS BOY IN NEW VIDEO: “GIVE ME MY WEAPON”:

ISIS’s official media wing in Iraq’s Dijla province released a new video Wednesday that boasts the terror group’s boy fighters and ups the ante of a bellicose propaganda campaign championing child soldiers. The video, called “The Cubs of Dijla” in a reference to the young boys being indoctrinated and groomed to fight, shows children as the clip’s primary speakers. They deliver monologues and recite verses of the Quran, marking the first time the Islamic State has depicted boys—one as young as three—speaking at length directly into the camera. “Where are the martrys? Where are the suicide attackers?” a young boy asks, urging Muslims and Arabs to stop talking and start acting. “Give me my weapon,” he declares as he grabs a gun almost as long as his body. He later fires the rifle.

TRUMP THREATENS A THIRD-PARTY RUN: Donald Trump told The Hill that he will run as a third-party candidate if the Republican establishment is unfair to him in the party primary. “The [Republican National Committee] has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” he said. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.” The business mogul claimed that he has a lot of support for a third-party run if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination. “I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”

LIKE? 87% OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS CAN STAY: As many as 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would not be targets of deportation under plans put in place by President Obama. The remaining 1.4 million people have criminal records or are very recent border-crossers—making them prime targets for the immigration rules. The Migration Policy Institute says the rules, implemented July 1, will cut total deportations while making it harder for felons to escape the law.

PAPAL APPROVAL DROPS IN U.S. NOTES MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, Pope Francis’s approval ratings have dropped sharply in the United States ahead of his September visit.  The decline appears to be led by falling favor among conservatives and Roman Catholics. “The pope enjoyed a healthy 76 percent approval rating in February 2014—but that figure is now down to 59 percent” reported Levine.  ”Support among conservatives fell from 45 to 27 percent, and among Roman Catholics from 89 to 71 percent.” said Levine.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Drug enforcement personnel estimate that about 2,500 Americans every day try cocaine for the first time.

FBI: ISIS IS BIGGEST THREAT TO U.S.: The self-proclaimed Islamic State is the danger “we’re worrying about in the homeland most of all,” FBI Director James Comey told the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday. These are “not your parents’ al Qaeda,” Comey explained. To join the older terror group, you needed to send an email and hope a recruiter gets back to you, he said. “ISIL is buzzing on your hip,” said Comey, using the government’s preferred acronym for ISIS. “If you want to talk to a terrorist, he’s right there… on Twitter.” Still, Comey’s comments are controversial in counterterrorism circles because ISIS—unlike al Qaeda—hasn’t made a priority of attacks on the West. Instead, ISIS has encouraged Westerners to carry out such attacks on their own.

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GREECE APPROVES SECOND ROUND OF REFORMS: The Greek parliament approved a second round of economic overhaul measures demanded by the country’s creditors, clearing the way for a third European Union bailout. Prime Minister Alex Tsipras again faced dissent from his own ruling party, but the draft legislation passed overwhelmingly, 230 to 63, in favor of the changes. The measures include overhauling the judiciary and changes to Greece’s banking system. Enacting the reforms was the final hurdle before Greece can begin negotiations with creditors on its third bailout—for around $93 billion. Bailout talks are expected to begin in Athens on Friday.

EUROPE TO SUE DISNEY, SONY AND NBC: The EU has opened an antitrust case against major American movie studios that prevent a British satellite broadcaster from showing their movies outside the U.K. and Ireland. Issues about “contractual restrictions” apply to Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros. If confirmed, “the clauses would constitute a serious violation of EU rules that prohibit anticompetitive agreements,” according to an EU statement. “European consumers want to watch the Pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU,” the European Commission’s antitrust chief said. “Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today.”

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DRUG PRICES SOAR, PROMPTING CALLS FOR JUSTIFICATION: As complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those medicines and the rationale for charging what they do. So-called pharmaceutical cost transparency bills have been introduced in at least six state legislatures in the last year, aiming to make drug companies justify their prices, which are often attributed to high research and development costs.

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS DROP TO 41-YEAR LOW: The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41-1/2 years, suggesting the labor market maintained a solid pace of job growth in July. The sturdy jobs picture together with a strengthening housing market brings the Federal Reserve a step closer to raising interest rates this year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2009, retailers lost $2.7 billion due to return fraud during the holiday season. The most common form of return fraud is the return of stolen merchandise. It is also common for criminals to return merchandise that was bought with counterfeit receipts or currency. In the 2010 holiday season, return fraud was expected to cost retailers $3.7 billion.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Nikkei, the Japanese media group, is paying about $1.3 billion to acquire the FT Group, which includes The Financial Times, the companies said on Thursday, as the pink broadsheet’s British parent company, Pearson, exits the newspaper business to focus on its core educational publishing. The Financial Times, one of the world’s most respected and distinctive newspapers, had been rumored to be for sale for some time, as Pearson has reshaped its business in recent years and its new leadership toned down its longtime devotion for print.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS FACE CUTS IN 2016, TRUSTEES SAY: Eleven million people face a deep, abrupt cut in disability insurance benefits in late 2016 if Congress fails to replenish Social Security’s disability trust fund, which is running out of money, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials expressed concern about the program as they issued their annual report on the financial condition of Medicare and Social Security, which together account for about 40 percent of all federal spending.

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JAMAICA UPSETS US IN GOLD CUP SEMIFINAL: Jamaica pulled off a shocking upset Wednesday over the U.S. men’s soccer team in the Gold Cup semifinal in Atlanta, scoring twice in the first half for a 2-1 victory. The U.S. will not advance to the final for the first time since 2003. The U.S. has won three of the last five titles at the Gold Cup, which is the biennial championship tournament for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Jamaica, ranked 76th in the world, will head to the final Sunday against Mexico, which beat Panama 2-1. The U.S. will play for third place on Saturday.

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MISSHAPPEN MEG RYAN: Meg Ryan’s shocking new appearance has pals and cosmetic surgeons terrified she’s gone too far. “When Meg’s out and about in Martha’s Vineyard, where she has a home, the locals hardly recognize her,” said a concerned friend. Meg, 53 – famous for “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally” – stars in two films set for release later this year. Determined to put her best face forward, she’s undergone multiple procedures, according to insiders. “It’s rumored Meg had a facelift and fillers,” said a source. “Actually, it’s obvious because her forehead and the area between her eyes don’t move.” While Meg has never publicly admitted it, experts believe she’s undergone extensive work

LBN-BOOK NEWS: Barbra Streisand’s 17-year marriage has exploded over her plans to reveal the names in her “little black book,” according to sources. The showbiz diva wants to spill the juicy details of her wild love life in her upcoming autobiography, but irate husband James Brolin has demanded Barbra ditch the memoir for fear it will embarrass him, according to insiders. Now sources have said “the fight to end all fights” could propel the couple to a $550 million split, and spill their dirty divorce secrets before her book is published in 2017.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Singer Chris Brown is barred from leaving the Philippines amid a disagreement with the powerful Manila-based Church of Christ. “Can somebody please tell me what the **** is going on? I don’t know. I’m reading headline after headline. What the ****? What the **** is going on,” the singer said in a since-deleted video posted to Instagram. The church group is accusing him of fraud because he didn’t attend its planned New Year’s Eve concert, but Brown’s people insist that he lost his passport and was unable to travel. Philippine officials said Brown must prove there are no grounds for a fraud complaint before he is permitted to leave the country.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Fast rising comedian Erica Rhodes at LAX airport at 4am leaving for large 10 day comedy tour including New York, Boston and Florida.   ***New York Giant Odell Beckham Jr. dining with friends at Philippe in NYC.   ***Cyndi Lauper ordering linguine with clams at Sotto Sopra in the Hamptons with four friends.   ***Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at lunch at Villagio on the Park in NYC.   ***Designer Catherine Malandrino at Bagatelle Beach in St-Tropez lunching with artist Domingo Zapata and Adrien Brody.   ***Howard Stern and his wife, Beth, celebrating her birthday by dining on the porch at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton.   ***Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart at Beverly Glen Center in L.A.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***American Crime has added two more cast members for the second season of ABC’s drama anthology. Falling Skies alum Connor Jessup has signed a one-year deal and has been cast in the role of “Connor Blaine”, a young man at the center of accusations that roil two high schools along socio-economic lines. Meanwhile, newcomer Angelique Rivera has been cast in the role of “Evy” according to her manager Joan Green. The only witness to a crime, her testimony could alter the lives of the young men who stand accused.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: A movie now in the works detailing Marie Osmond’s hellish second marriage could send the troubled singer right back to a mental hospital, worried friends say. The TV movie is based on the new book “The Life and Career of Marie Osmond,” by Randy Jernigan, and will center on her 21-year marriage to producer Brian Blosil. While the book features some painful and humiliating events, “the movie is going to delve deeper into some of Marie’s darkest secrets and difficult times,” Randy said. That’s precisely the problem, said Marie’s friends. “It’s one thing to read about the horrific things you went through, but to actually see it being played out on screen is like reliving the drama all over again,” said one pal. Marie and Brian were married from 1986 to 2007, and had seven adopted and biological children together.   ***Rapper Flavor Flav has been charged with DUI and other counts after being arrested in May near the Las Vegas airport. Clark County prosecutors charged the reality television star on July 16 with driving under the influence involving cocaine, speeding and having an open container of alcohol.

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Wednesday • July 22, 2015

DEFENSE SECRETARY STALLS ON GITMO CLOSE:

President Obama’s longstanding aim to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay has hit a roadblock, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter reportedly has yet to decide on the newest wave of proposed deals to transfer the remaining detainees from the detention center, causing mounting concern in the White House and State Department, officials told the Times. Carter reportedly left a meeting on how to close the prison before the president leaves office without committing to making any decisions on the newly proposed transfers, according to several officials familiar with the deliberations. It was unclear if he signed a National Security Council memo setting a 30-day deadline for him to decide on the transfers. There are 116 detainees remaining at Guantánamo, of whom 52 have been recommended for transfer if security conditions can be met. Most of those 52 are from Yemen, where competing groups are fighting for control.

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CHATTANOOGA GUNMAN RESEARCHED ISLAMIC MARTYRDOM, OFFICIALS SAY: Counterterrorism investigators have uncovered evidence the gunman who killed five service members last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., searched the Internet in the days leading up to the attack for Islamic materials about whether martyrdom would lead to forgiveness for his sins, like drunkenness and financial debt, according to law enforcement officials. The searches are one part of a nuanced portrait of the 24-year-old gunman, Mohammod Abdulazeez, that investigators have patched together based on examinations of his electronic and online communications and interviews with his family and friends. The F.B.I., which is leading the investigation, has become increasingly convinced that Mr. Abdulazeez, who died in a shootout with police, turned to radical ideology as he struggled with severe mental health and financial issues, the officials said.

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AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES STRUGGLE JUST TO MAINTAIN STALEMATE: After suffering setbacks and heavy casualties at the hands of the Taliban in 2014, Afghan security forces came into this year with what Afghan and Western officials acknowledge were relatively modest goals: hang on till the end of the fighting season without major collapses. But with months of heavy fighting still ahead, 2015 is already shaping up to be worse for the Afghan Army and the national police, even as President Obama is set to begin deliberating this year on whether to follow through with a complete withdrawal of the United States military assistance mission here in 2016. The forces are struggling to maintain a stalemate: an at-least token government presence in the hundreds of district capitals handed over by departing NATO combat troops.

OBAMA TELLS STEWART HE ‘CANNOT LEAVE’: President Barack Obama expressed his dismay Tuesday over The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s impending retirement while making his third appearance as president (seventh overall) on the show. “I can’t believe you’re leaving before me. I’m going to issue an executive order,” he said in his final interview with Stewart as the host. “Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in the courts.” The president stopped by to pitch the Iran nuclear deal while also sharing his thoughts on the media, Republican politics, and tackling climate change before he leaves office. Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show after Stewart’s final episode on Aug. 6.

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BILL COSBY LEGAL TEAM COMPLAINS OF ‘SMEAR’: Bill Cosby’s lawyers fought back Tuesday, asserting in a legal filing that he has been damaged by news media accounts that they said inaccurately portrayed him as having testified that he used powerful sedatives to drug women so he could molest them. In Mr. Cosby’s first public defense since parts of his deposition in a 2005 lawsuit became public this month, his lawyers said he had actually “admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”

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AI WEIWEI GETS PASSPORT BACK FROM CHINA: Artist Ai Weiwei got his passport back from the Chinese government Wednesday, after being banned from leaving the country by authorities since 2011. “Today, I received a passport,” Ai wrote on social media. The renowned artist and activist was detained in Beijing in 2011, interrogated for months, and then told his studio owed $2.4 million in taxes and fees in what Ai has said was a political attack. Ai says his first trip will be to Germany, where his young son has been living for the last year.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.  Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did several generations ago.  City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.   ***New data released Wednesday raised hopes somewhat that an experimental Alzheimer’s drug from Eli Lilly and Company might be effective. At the same time, other data was released on Wednesday that could dampen expectations a bit for a similar drug being developed by Biogen. The drugs are designed to prevent or remove so-called amyloid plaques in the brain. The buildup of the plaques has become a leading hypothesis about the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. But so far in clinical trials, drugs aimed at reducing the plaques have failed to stem the decline in cognition that marks the disease, which afflicts more than five million Americans.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Research clearly indicates that children as young as age 5 who continually observe bullying that goes unchecked or ignored by adults are at greater risk of becoming bullies themselves.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Elvis Presley’s light blue “Starburst” jumpsuit, as well as a guitar signed by the King and his Million Dollar Quartet bandmates — Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis — are among numerous items set to go up for auction at Graceland in August. The auction will take place in the Graceland Archives Studio on Thursday, August 13th at 8 p.m. EDT, and simultaneously online via eBay’s Live Auctions platform. The 174 new lots comprise the third, and largest, auction of Presley artifacts and memorabilia set to be held during Elvis Week 2015, August 8th through the 16th.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Last night, a packed house attended “City Talk” at the popular Luna Park restaurant featuring L.A. Weekly Managing Editor Jill Stewart. Thought leader from all over L.A. discussed politics and media with the veteran editor. The discussion was moderated by media expert and author Michael Levine.   ***Coldplay frontman Chris Martin with his kids, a pal and a baby sitter seeing “Minions” at the UA East Hampton Cinema.   ***Oliver Stone dining with former New York Gov. David Paterson at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton.   ***Kelly Clarkson at Il Mulino Prime in NYC.   ***Keith Urban giving a fan a guitar in the middle of his PlentiTogether Live gig .   ***Bridget Moynahan at Andy Gershon’s Hamptons photo exhibition.   ***“SNL” star Cecily Strong belting out Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” in the DJ booth at No. 8  in NYC.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 84 and lived in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, N.Y. The cause was complications from lung cancer, his son, Richard, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: From the minute Iran detected that the U.S. was unwilling to use its overwhelming military force to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program — and that dates back to the George W. Bush administration, which would neither accept Iran’s right to a nuclear fuel cycle nor structure a military or diplomatic option to stop it — no perfect deal overwhelmingly favorable to America and its allies was ever going to emerge from negotiations with Iran. The balance of power became too equal. But there are degrees of imperfect, and the diplomatic option structured by the Obama team — if properly implemented and augmented by muscular diplomacy — serves core American interests better than any options I hear coming from the deal’s critics: It prevents Iran from producing the fissile material to break out with a nuclear weapon for 15 years and creates a context that could empower the more pragmatic forces inside Iran over time — at the price of constraining, but not eliminating, Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and sanctions relief that will strengthen Tehran as a regional power.

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Tuesday • July 21, 2015

FAT STUDY: PROBABILITY OF OBESE PEOPLE REACHING ‘NORMAL’ WEIGHT LESS THAN 1%:

Programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are designed to help overweight and obese people shed extra pounds with the help of a support system — but a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that most obese people who don’t get some kind of weight loss surgery will never achieve a “normal” weight.

The Centers for Disease Control classify a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 as “overweight,” anything above that as obese.

Data for 76,704 obese men and 99,791 obese women from the United Kingdom were analyzed over the course of nine years, and researchers found that the annual probability of reaching a normal weight was just 1 in 210 for obese men and 1 in 124 for obese women (obese = 30.0–34.9 BMI).

For those with morbid obesity (BMI = 40.0–44.9), those odds decreased to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women.

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Tuesday • July 21, 2015

ISIS TRANSFORMING INTO FUNCTIONING STATE THAT USES TERROR AS TOOL:

The Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced women into sexual slavery and turned children into killers. But its officials are apparently resistant to bribes, and in that way, at least, it has outdone the corrupt Syrian and Iraqi governments it routed, residents and experts say. “You can travel from Raqqa to Mosul and no one will dare to stop you even if you carry $1 million,” said Bilal, who lives in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, and insisted out of fear on being identified only by his first name. “No one would dare to take even one dollar.”

N. KOREA ON IRAN-LIKE DEAL: NO THANKS: North Korea has no interest in participating in negotiations to give up its nuclear capabilities, similar to the Iran agreement reached last week, the reclusive nation’s foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The statement, reported by state media, said it was “not logical to compare our situation with the Iranian nuclear agreement because we are always subjected to provocative U.S. military hostilities.” A foreign ministry spokesman reportedly added North Korea does not have “any interest at all on a dialogue” on the issue. “We are clearly a nuclear power and nuclear powers have their own interests,” the statement said.

NEW YORK PRISONER’S KEYS TO ESCAPE: Lapsed Rules, Tools and Luck: Night after night for months, David Sweat slipped through a hole he had sawed at the back of his cell in the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York. He would plumb the catacomb-like tunnels beneath the prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murder, searching for an escape route, confident that the guards would have no idea he was gone because they were asleep. Then he would return to his empty bunk. His explorations began this past winter and continued through the spring. They took him underground almost every night for hours until he finally stumbled on what would become, through trial and error and countless hours of grueling work, his subterranean route out. Mr. Sweat felt free during his nightly journeys into the maze, as though he had already escaped the ugliness of his day-to-day prison life.

UNARMED MAN DIED IN POLICE HOGTIE: An attorney for a Memphis man who died in police custody Saturday says the victim was hogtied and struggled to breathe because of his asthma. Troy Goode, 30, got out of the car his wife was driving and was behaving “erratically” when approached by police. He was detained and placed in a hogtie on a stretcher, all while telling officers that he couldn’t breathe. The attorney emphasized that he’s not speculating about the cause of death, but that it doesn’t appear that Goode posed a threat. “Paramedics arrived on scene, and I see them put him in a four-point restraint or hogtie, I don’t know how else to describe it,” a witness said. “He looked to me like he was struggling or convulsing or both. He appeared to be in distress to me.”

FIRST-EVER TV AD FOR POT AXED BY STATION REPORTS MEDIA EXPERT: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, Denver television station KMGH axed the country’s first-ever television ad for recreational marijuana Monday night, out of fear of running afoul of federal prohibitions. Parent company E.W. Scripps said it is “proud to be a company of free speech and open expression, but we have concerns about the lack of clarity around federal regulations that govern broadcast involving such ads.” The station was preparing to air two commercials this week, including for Neos, a purveyor of vaporizers and products to be used with them. “It is only a matter of time until TV stations will be airing Pot ads.” said Levine.

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COLLAPSED CA BRIDGE PASSED INSPECTION: The California bridge that collapsed onto Interstate 10 amid heavy rains over the weekend passed inspection and received an “A” rating last year, The Desert Sun reported Monday. The eastbound portion of the Tex Wash Bridge, which was swept away in flooding, earned 91.5 out of 100 inspection points, Federal Highway Administration records show. The bridge also received one of the highest possible flood-safety ratings, which means it should have been able to withstand the more than 5 inches of rain that fell Sunday. Officials said they were investigating why the bridge scored such a high rating.

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ANOTHER ONE IN: Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced his 2016 presidential bid today, the 16th contender to join the field of GOP candidates. The 63-year-old Republican has a resume tailor-made for presidential politics: Elected twice statewide in battleground Ohio, he worked in the private sector and served nearly two decades in Congress, including a six-year run as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

TOSHIBA HEAD RESIGNS IN PROFITS SCANDAL: Toshiba Chief Executive Hisao Tanaka resigned from his position Tuesday amid allegations that he was involved in efforts to overstate the company’s profits over several years. Half of the company’s 16 board members will resign in a sweeping overhaul after the directors were accused of exaggerating earnings by $1.2 billion. A review by an independent panel paid for by the company, published Tuesday, said the three most recent CEOs were involved in inflating the numbers. “The improper accounting procedures were continuously carried out as a de facto policy of the management,” said the report. “And it was impossible for anyone to go against the intention amid Toshiba’s corporate culture.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Alec Baldwin jogging on Further Lane in the Hamptons.   ***Katie Couric at Flywheel in East Hampton.    ***Model Charlotte McKinney at Edition nightclub Basement Miami .   ***Andy Cohen walking with a Ralph Lauren shopping bag and a “little dog in tow”.   ***Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, curator Donna De Salvo and model Lindsay Ellingson at the opening of art space Fort Gansevoort.   ***Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane jumping in a DJ booth and playing One Direction at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicagot.    ***Author Sandra Sellini having dinner last night at Earth, Wind and Flour in Santa Monica.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Relativity Media’s future hangs in the balance — but even if the cash-strapped studio survives its latest financial troubles, will its leader, Ryan Kavanaugh, be kicked out in the cold? As Kavanaugh races the clock, and potentially Chapter 11, Hollywood sources wonder whether the executive known for his 11th-hour deal-making miracles could finally be out of tricks. A source said Kavanaugh has no intention of stepping down as CEO and chairman of Relativity. But multiple other sources say that debt-holders have already chosen a new CEO, and Kavanaugh could be out as soon as next month.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, says he means it this time: He’s retiring. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

RUSSELL CROWE BLOATED, SAD & SMOKING LIKE CRAZY: Actor Russell Crowe is pigging out in despair over a career and love life caught in a downward spiral according to sources. The 51-year-old star is far from his trim “Gladiator” days, and friends worry the situation is getting worse. “Russell is not in a good place,” a close pal said. “He’s depressed, lonely, and eating and smoking too much!” Our insider said Russell has been on shaky ground since splitting from his wife, Danielle Spencer, in 2012. Since then, the pudgy former A-lister has struck out with old flame Meg Ryan and his “L.A. Confidential” co-star Kim Basinger.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Don Knotts (1924)

Knotts was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of the bumbling but earnest sheriff’s deputy Barney Fife on the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. When the show first aired, Griffith—as Sheriff Andy Taylor—was to be the comedic lead, and Knotts was to play his straight man, but Knotts’s Fife proved so funny that this was soon reversed. The role earned Knotts 5 Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Buddy Buie, a songwriter and record producer who helped propel the Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section to pop prominence with melodic soft-rock hits including “Spooky” and “So Into You,” died on Saturday in Dothan, Ala., his hometown. He was 74. The cause was a heart attack, said his son, Ben.   ***Lou Lenart, passed away in his home in Ranana, Israel today Monday, July 20, 2015, at the age of 94. He also has a residence in Los Angeles. He was suffering congestive heart failure. A legendary fighter pilot in World War II, with the US Marine Corp, Lou went on to help establish the Israel Air Force, during the war of Independence in1948.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes the Iran nuclear deal is a “stunning historical mistake.” Meanwhile, Israel’s opposition Labor Party, Republicans here at home and much of the American Jewish community are joining him in denouncing the agreement signed last week. But many former senior intelligence and national security officials in Israel disagree. While they think the deal is flawed and that Netanyahu deserves credit for raising the alarm on Iran years ago, they also believe that the historic agreement is–on balance–in the national security interest of the State of Israel.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright, so painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence. Why? Because once people acknowledge evil’s existence, they know they have to confront it. And most people prefer not to confront evil. That is what led to World War II. Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism. They looked the other way when that evil could have been stopped and then appeased it as it became stronger.

LBN-RANT: My father was a ugly, unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool. But as I got older, I came to understand that he was also an asshole, too.


LBN-RANT: My father was an ugly, unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought  him  a harmless fool. But as I got older, I came to understand that he was also an asshole, too. (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The death of his mother has left actor Michael Douglas haunted by fears of his own cancer returning. Michael’s friends are worried, too, with the “Wall Street” star already overwhelmed by a marriage torn apart by wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ struggle with mental illness – plus a son behind bars. Diana Douglas’ death from cancer at the age of 92 has Michael “in a tailspin,” a close friend said. “There’s obviously a genetic chink in the family armor when it comes to cancer, and his mom’s death only makes that clearer!” The 70-year-old star is in remission after his battle with Stage 4 tongue cancer in 2010.   ***Actress Jennifer Garner desperately wants to reconcile with estranged husband Ben Affleck – but sources have said  that the Oscar-winning hunk insists it won’t happen. “Jen’s obsessed with getting a second chance,” a close family friend revealed. “She’s trying everything she can to salvage the marriage!” That includes Jen, 43, sending Ben, 42, a message by still wearing her wedding ring, and “calling him constantly,” sources said.

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Monday • July 20, 2015

YIKES! REPORT: 2.5 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS UNDER OBAMA, 400,000 YEARLY:

Some 2.5 million illegal immigrants have flowed into the United States under President Obama, with 790,000 rushing in since 2013, according to a new analysis. Calculations from the Center for Migration Studies and the Pew Research Center indicate 1.5 to 1.7 million aliens joined the illegal population from 2009 to 2013 — either overstaying a temporary visa or sneaking into the country, according to a Center for Immigration Studies report out Monday morning. The immigration watchdog’s analysis of Census Bureau data also showed that an additional 790,000 illegals entered from the middle of 2013 to May of 2015, for a total of 2.5 million new illegal immigrants since Obama took office in January of 2009. That is a rate of 300,000 to 400,000 a year.

DOUBLE-YIKES! ADULTERY SITE ASHLEY MADISON HACKED: Hackers are threatening to release information obtained from adulterer social network Ashley Madison unless the site is shut down. A data breach has exposed the personal data of some of its 37 million users, the blog Krebs on Security reported Monday. An individual or group of hackers called “The Impact Team” posted a sample of the leaked data, which has since been taken down. The hackers have threatened to publish more personal information unless parent company Avid Life Media, which owns the social network, permanently takes down Ashley Madison and the hookup site Established Men. The hackers accused ALM of keeping user information even after a $19 service promises to delete full profiles. ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack and said the company believes someone who had inside access is behind the attack.

MCCAIN: TRUMP SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO HEROES: In Sen. John McCain’s first public response to Donald Trump saying he is “not a real war hero… because he was captured,” the former prisoner of war said Trump “owes an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone a prison experience in serving their country.” McCain continued: “The great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes, I’m not a hero,” but his commanding and the 55,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial were. “Those are the people he owes an apology to.” Trump said he was angry that McCain called his supporters “crazies.” McCain, smiling: “I thought it was a term of endearment.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Over 75% of people who marry partners from an affair eventually divorce.


CUBA, U.S. EMBASSIES FORMALLY REOPEN: Cuba’s official embassy in Washington will open its doors Monday as the island nation fully restored diplomatic relations with the U.S. at midnight. The U.S. Interests Section in Cuba has also transitioned into an official diplomatic mission, marking the first time the two countries have operated full-fledged embassies in Havana and Washington since they cut ties in 1961. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will lead a ceremony to memorialize the occasion at the newly upgraded embassy with some 500 guests, including a 30-member delegation of Cuban leaders. Rodriguez is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry later in the day. The U.S. Interests Section in Havana is not expected to raise an American flag until Kerry visits to lead a formal ceremony in August.

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CHATTANOOGA GUNMAN WAS A DRUG ADDICT: The 24-year-old gunman who killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being killed by police reportedly suffered from depression and battled drug and alcohol addiction, a family spokesman told the AP on Sunday. The spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Muhammad Abdulazeez spent time in Jordan last year in an effort to rehabilitate himself under an apparent agreement with his parents. The spokesman added that family members believe those struggles contributed to his attack on two military sites last week. Abdulazeez was first treated by a child psychiatrist for depression at 12 or 13 years old, the spokesman said. More recently, he was arrested for a DUI and was fired from a nuclear plant after he failed a background check.

MEGA! CHINA PLANS TO BUILD KANSAS-SIZED CITY: China is planning to build a new supercity around Beijing in a radical experiment in urban growth. The mega-city will be the size of Kansas, and authorities say it will house as many people as one-third of the United States. It will combine Beijing’s metropolis with the port city of Tianjin, and the less-developed regions of Hebei province. A new high-speed railroad would link the major cities with a commute of less than an hour.

ISIS BLAMED FOR ATTACK IN TURKEY: A devastating explosion killed at least 20 people in the Turkish border town of Suruc on Monday. The bomb ripped through an encampment of youth workers who were planning to travel to Kobane, an ISIS-besieged city on the Iraqi side of the border. A Turkish official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters: “Our initial evidence shows that this was a suicide attack by the Islamic State.”

ISIS IS CUTTING PRIVATE INTERNET ACCESS: Citizens of the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa will no longer be allowed to use the Internet at home or in private, AFP reports. According to a group of activists known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, the terrorist group distributed leaflets warning that citizens had four days to cut Internet connections. Citizens and militants will be forced to use Internet cafes to get online, where they can be monitored by the jihadis. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports it’s also part of the group “trying to cut communications between its non-Syrian fighters and their families for fear of them trying to return home.”

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YURI MILNER, RUSSIAN ENTREPRENEUR, PROMISES $100 MILLION FOR ALIEN SEARCH: Extending his idea of philanthropy beyond the earth and even the human species, Yuri Milner, the Russian Internet entrepreneur and founder of science giveaways like the annual $3 million Fundamental Physics Prizes, announced in London on Monday that he would spend at least $100 million in the next decade to search for signals from alien civilizations.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Mark Miller, author of “500 Dates” and Julie Spira, author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating” hosted an event at the Santa Monica Library complete with music, comedy, and a “He said, She said” debate on which gender has it tougher in the dating world; men or women. Approximately 60 people attended.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is phenomenal. Just the best.”—–Dr. Lawrence Bloomberg, an LBN reader from Tampa, Florida.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Next week, when Microsoft releases Windows 10, the latest version of the company’s operating system, the software will offer a mix of the familiar and new to the people who run earlier versions of it on more than 1.5 billion computers and other devices. There will be a virtual assistant in the software that keeps track of users’ schedules, and Microsoft will regularly trickle out updates with new features to its users over the Internet. And the Start menu, a fixture of Windows for decades, will make a formal reappearance. But one of the biggest changes is the price. Microsoft will not charge customers to upgrade Windows on computers, a shift that shows how power dynamics in the tech industry have changed.

SITE OF THE DAY:

Univ. of Albany: Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

“Statistics on crime and criminal justice topics in the United States, including data on arrests, police officers and agencies, courts, convictions, sentences, drugs, corrections, inmates in local jails, State and Federal prisoners, death penalty, violent crime victims, terrorism, and public opinion.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Alex Rocco, the gravelly-voiced actor whose gallery of memorable characters included Moe Greene, the cocky, bespectacled Las Vegas casino owner who made the mistake of talking back to Michael Corleone in “The Godfather,” died on Saturday at his home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 79. The cause was cancer, his manager, Susan Zachary, said.   ***Claudia Alexander, who played a pioneering role in NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter and the international Rosetta space-exploration project, died on July 11 in Arcadia, Calif. She was 56. The cause was breast cancer, her sister, Suzanne Alexander, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Mediator, attorney): On July 18, 2015, the New York Times published an article titled by Penelope Green titled “A New Cadre of Experts Helps Women Navigate Their Divorces.” I am well aware of the existence of such so-called “experts.” Having been through a divorce does not make one an “expert.” In fact, some of the most destructive family law attorneys, mediators, divorce coaches, divorce concierges and the like are themselves divorced and lack the self-awareness to realize what they brought to the party that led to their divorce and what they did to escalate the level of conflict in their own divorce. In fact, when I have met some such individuals over the years and asked them which lawyers they refer their clients to, the names they have given me are often some of the most contentious and destructive family law attorneys in town. People would be far better off without assistance from such so-called “experts.”

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Things that piss me off bad: 1. Whores that whistle or sing on line at Starbucks.   2. Whores that wear too much perfume.   3. Whores that yawn in public. (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

WHO READS LBN? David Hopwood, SVP of Development for Film/TV  at Atmosphere Entertainment along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a Los Angeles home she owns. “I am in absolute shock,” the 52-year-old actress said in a statement released through her publicist, Heidi Lopata. “I was out of the country traveling to meet my daughters for a birthday celebration when I got the devastating news.” Moore said the death, which occurred at a party held by her assistant in her absence, was an “unthinkable tragedy, and my heart goes out to this young man’s family and friends.”

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Sunday • July 19, 2015

U.S. VS. HACKERS: STILL LOPSIDED DESPITE YEARS OF WARNINGS AND A RECENT PUSH:

In the month since a devastating computer systems breach at the Office of Personnel Management, digital Swat teams have been racing to plug the most glaring security holes in government computer networks and prevent another embarrassing theft of personal information, financial data and national security secrets.But senior cybersecurity officials, lawmakers and technology experts said in interviews that the 30-day “cybersprint” ordered by President Obama after the attacks is little more than digital triage on federal computer networks that are cobbled together with out-of-date equipment and defended with the software equivalent of Bubble Wrap. In an effort to highlight its corrective actions, the White House will announce shortly that teams of federal employees and volunteer hackers have made progress over the last month. At some agencies, 100 percent of users are, for the first time, logging in with two-factor authentication, a basic security feature, officials said. Security holes that have lingered for years despite obvious fixes are being patched. And thousands of low-level employees and contractors with access to the nation’s most sensitive secrets have been cut off.

TRUMP SAYS HE DOESN’T OWE MCCAIN APOLOGY: During a Sunday segment on ABC’s “This Week,” Donald Trump said he does not owe John McCain an apology for his incendiary remarks about his military history. “No, not at all,” Trump said when asked on during the program Sunday morning. After the initial inciting words Saturday, Trump released another statement backing up his beliefs saying “I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans.”

COSBY DEPOSITION REVEALS SHOCKING FACTS: The New York Times obtained access to a deposition Saturday detailing Bill Cosby’s admittal to coercing women into sex acts with drugs and his fame. The deposition is the result of four days of questioning in a Philadelphia hotel 10 years ago, after 19-year-old Andrea Constand sought legal action against the comedian. At this stage, Cosby has never been charged with a crime and has denied all the numerous accusations of sexual assault. Within the deposition though, he cavalierly describes courting Constand including a graphic passage where he recalls asking her to tell her mother “about the orgasm” to demonstrate that the sex was consensual. The deposition also reveals that during some of his travels in the 1970s, Cosby would go by the alias Seymour Rapaport so as to hide his actions more discreetly.

SAUDIS CAST NET FOR ISIS SYMPATHIZERS: The security forces in Saudi Arabia have carried out a nationwide dragnet in recent months that resulted in the arrest of more than 400 people believed to be connected to the Islamic State jihadist group, the Saudi Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The people who were arrested were linked to recent attacks inside the kingdom; they planned attacks or monitored potential targets, or used social media to spread extremist ideology and entice new recruits, the Interior Ministry said.

WHO READS LBN? Columnist Jimmy Breslin along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Sofia Vergara toasting Joe Manganiello’s Haute Living cover at Nobu Malibu.   ***Zoë Kravitz and new beau Twin Shadow at Public School’s Men’s Fashion Week party, along with Victor Cruz and Angela Simmons.   ***Jasmine Chess spinning at Intermix East Hampton’s preview of Jonathan Simkhai’s new collection .   ***Uma Thurman and “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox at the launch of educational app Dino Tales & Safari Tales at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is bad-ass!” —–Gerri Y., an LBN reader from Austin, Texas.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock. Wearing a black leather jacket, the darling of the folk movement and singer of protest songs launched into a searing, distortion-filled, three-song electric set that brought boos from folk purists but thrilled others. Fifty years later, it’s considered one of the most important events in rock history, the high-voltage moment when Dylan broke away from folk and helped show fellow musicians the poetic possibilities of rock

MISTRESS KILLS EX-NFL PLAYER’S WIFE: Former NFL player Buster Barnett’s mistress kidnapped his wife, Sandra, this week and shot her to death before turning the gun on herself, according to police. Sandra Barnett, 49, was kidnapped from her home in Ellenwood, Ga. on Wednesday by Lisa Brown, a woman said to be Buster’s mistress of several years. “Sandra was actually on the telephone with a friend when Lisa showed up at the front door,” said Clayton County Police Capt. Richard Gandee. “Lisa Brown was driving a vehicle owned by Buster.” Police spotted the Dodge Durango on Thursday and chased it into Alabama, where it stopped suddenly. Police say Brown shot Barnett then turned the gun on herself.

LBN-MEET:…Comedian Sandra Bernhard


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Visa: Practical Money Skills

“To help consumers and students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program. At practicalmoneyskills.com and whatsmyscore.org, consumers, educators, parents, students and policymakers can access free educational resources, including personal finance articles, games and lesson plans.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: In the midst of Iran mania, the president got tossed a question about Bill Cosby. Would he revoke the Medal of Freedom given to a comedian who has been accused of subverting the free will of dozens of women, and counting? It was a riveting moment. It has been said that Cliff Huxtable was instrumental in paving the way for Barack Obama. Until the nation began watching the sterling Obamas, the sterling Huxtables were the most celebrated positive image of a wholesome, engaging, upper-middle-class black family.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Seemingly super suave Tilda Swinton admits even she has acted like a fool for love — but as an awkward teen. “I once pretended to know about sports when I was about 16” to get the attention of a boy, she admitted at the premiere of the Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck.” “I said I knew something about some cricket player . . . My brother outed me in front of this guy and humiliated me.”

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Saturday • July 18, 2015

LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET DAILY!:


5TH SERVICE MEMBER DIES AFTER SHOOTING: A Navy petty officer has become the fifth U.S. service member to have died as a result of Thursday’s shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Navy confirmed the petty officer’s death Saturday morning. Four Marines—Thomas Sullivan, Squire “Skip” Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist—were killed on Thursday and three others wounded. The alleged shooter, 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was also killed.

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI, BACKING IRAN NEGOTIATORS, ENDORSES NUCLEAR DEAL: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, voiced support on Saturday for his country’s nuclear deal with world powers while emphasizing that the agreement did not signal an end to Iran’s hostility toward the United States and its allies, especially Israel. “Their actions in the region are 180 degrees different from ours,” he said, while also praising Iran’s annual anti-Israel rally, known here as Quds Day, and the slogans of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Speaking after a special prayer marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Mr. Khamenei portrayed the nuclear agreement as a victory for Iran, not least because it does not require the country to completely stop enriching uranium, as some in the West had wanted. The speech appeared to remove a main obstacle to formal approval of the agreement in Iran.

ISIS HAS FIRED CHEMICAL MORTAR SHELLS, EVIDENCE INDICATES: The Islamic State appears to have manufactured rudimentary chemical warfare shells and attacked Kurdish positions in Iraq and Syria with them as many as three times in recent weeks, according to field investigators, Kurdish officials and a Western ordnance disposal technician who examined the incidents and recovered one of the shells. The development, which the investigators said involved toxic industrial or agricultural chemicals repurposed as weapons, signaled a potential escalation of the group’s capabilities, though it was not entirely without precedent.

KKK PLANS RALLY AT S. CAROLINA CAPITOL: A local Ku Klux Klan chapter is planning a rally in front of the South Carolina State House on Saturday, the same day that an African-American group is planning a demonstration in the same place. Around 200 Klan members are expected at the rally from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, overlapping with the time that Black Educators for Justice will assemble. “Our family hopes the people of South Carolina will join us in staying away from the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create over the weekend and instead focus on what brings us together,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement. State officials finally removed the Confederate flag from the State House last week.

MY REVIEW: “Words to describe LBN: 1. Fearless 2. Independent 3. Bold 4. Passionate 5. Honest 6. Real 7. Sexy.”—–Lola D., an LBN reader from Montreal, Canada.


RAND PAUL: RESTRICT MUSLIM IMMIGRATION: In the aftermath of the Chattanooga shooting in which four Marines were killed on military sites, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wants to restrict immigration from Muslim countries. During an interview with Breitbart News, Paul said, “I’m very concerned about immigration to this country from countries that have hotbeds of jihadism and hotbeds of this Islamism. There was a program in place that Bush had put in place—it stood for entry-exit program from about 25 different countries with a lot of Islamic radicals, frankly. I think there does need to be heightened security. Nobody has a right to come to America, so this isn’t something that we can say ‘oh their rights are being violated.’” Federal authorities believe alleged Chattanooga shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

DRONES DELAYED FIREFIGHTERS ON FREEWAY: Firefighting planes on their way to battle a wildfire that spread to a Southern California freeway were delayed by five drones buzzing around the area. Firefighters were forced to remain grounded an extra 26 minutes out of fear they would collide with the drones near the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15. “There’s an area not too far from where the fire started that’s a pretty popular area for folks to come out and essentially play with their drones,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer said. It was the fourth time in four weeks that drones interfered with firefighting efforts in Southern California. Friday’s fire—which motorists escaped by leaving their cars behind—had grown to 3,500 actress and was 5 percent contained early Saturday.

ISIS SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS 115 IN IRAQ: An ISIS suicide attack claimed the lives of 115 people in an Iraqi marketplace on Saturday, one of the deadliest single attacks of the past decade. A small truck detonated in a crowd of mostly Shiite people who had gathered to mark the end of Ramadan in the country’s eastern Diyala province. At least 170 were injured in the attack. ISIS claimed responsibility in a statement posted on Twitter. “This horrible carnage is truly outside all boundaries of civilized behavior,” said Jan Kubis, special representative of the United Nations mission in Iraq.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Marie F., an LBN reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


LBN-NOTICED: *** Priscilla Presley and Michael Levine at the legendary Rainbow on the Sunset Strip last night celebrating the birthday of friend, manager Kay Douglas.   ***Tina Fey at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***George Lucas at Serendipity 3 in NYC with Melody Hobson and their daughter.   ***All-star Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández at Primola in NYC.   ***“Glee” star Max Adler singing an impromptu rendition of “New York, New York” at new restaurant Sushi Roxx in NYC, and mentioning he’s been cast in an upcoming Woody Allen project.   ***Tyson Beckford at Da Silvano Cantinetta in NYC, twice .   ***Alec Baldwin dining at Serafina East Hampton with his family.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Rapper 50 Cent made a desperate attempt Friday to protect his pocketbook by telling a federal bankruptcy judge his sad-sack life story, but the judge wasn’t moved. “It is easy to forget that Mr. Jackson grew up in poverty in South Jamaica, a rough neighborhood of Queens, New York,” papers submitted in the Connecticut bankruptcy court by the rapper’s lawyer say.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The staff of the Los Angeles Times was notified this afternoon that a longtime colleague, Bob Baker, died this morning after fighting a succession of illnesses in recent years. He was 67.  Bob worked for the Times for 26 years, as a reporter and editor in the San Fernando Valley and later in Metro and on the city desk downtown.

SITE OF THE DAY:

American Library Association: Great Websites for Kids

“Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Bill Arnsparger, the architect of the unheralded No Name Defense that propelled the Miami Dolphins of the early 1970s to the only unbeaten and untied season in N.F.L. history and two consecutive Super Bowl championships, died on Friday at his home in Athens, Ala. He was 88. His death was announced on the Dolphins’ website.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The reality star Kim Kardashian, set to give birth to her son in December, is packing on the pounds – and all on her chest! “Kim’s breasts have exploded in size the past two months,” an insider told All The Buzz. “She actually put her breasts on a scale, and was shocked to learn that her boobs now weigh 25 pounds!” The 34-year-old socialite isn’t happy with her new curves, either. “Kim loves sexy cleavage,” said the source, “but she’s afraid that she’ll be bed-bound for the last part of her pregnancy!”Fortunately, there’s an old-fashioned Kardashian kure. “Kim’s already consulted with doctors about a post-birth breast lift!”

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Friday • July 17, 2015

CHATTANOOGA VICTIM GOT PURPLE HEART IN IRAQ:

A Marine who received a Purple Heart in Iraq was one of four Marines killed in Chattanooga on Thursday, his family said. Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, 40, is from Springfield, Massachusetts. “The family produced the sterile military document announcing Tommy’s death, a piece of paper that didn’t seem any more important than the TV Guide, reporting his passing matter-of-factly and without much detail,” the Springfield Republican reports. “They looked at it, sipped their beers, then tried to process what had happened.” CNN reports the family of Skip Wells of Marietta, Georgia said he was also killed.

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SHOOTER’S MOSQUE MOURNS MARINES: The mosque where reported Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Abdulazeez worshipped canceled its annual Eid al Fitr dinner, signaling the end of Ramadan, after Thursday’s attack. “We have canceled out of respect and remembrance for our fallen Marines,” said Azhar Sheikh, a founding board member of The Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga. About 1,000 people typically attend the celebration, he said. Sheikh called the Abdulazeez family “very upstanding people” who regularly attended the mosque, and that Mohammad Abdulazeez showed no signs of radicalization when he started attending again a few months ago. “We certainly do not want to be part of that demented ideology,” Sheikh said. “That is not the message we preach here. What people do on the Internet or the World Wide Web or in their own homes, we can’t control that.”

‘EL CHAPO’ EXTRADITION SOUGHT BY U.S. BEFORE ESCAPE: Less than three weeks before Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug kingpin known as El Chapo, escaped from Mexico’s highest security prison, the United States issued a formal request for his extradition, according to a statement by the Mexican attorney general late Thursday night. The request, issued on June 25, was made public after testimony by the attorney general, Arely Gómez González, before senators and representatives of the country, raising fresh questions about the relationship between the two nations.

WHO READS LBN? Actor Donald Sutherland along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


EU GROUP: MANDATE 2 PILOTS IN COCKPIT: The European Aviation Safety Agency has called on the European Union to mandate two pilots in the cockpit at all times and stronger psychological oversight, in a report that seeks to avoid the conditions that allowed a Germanwings co-pilot to drive his plane into the French Alps earlier this year. The pilot was later revealed to have had ongoing medical and psychological issues, including suicidal tendencies. The report also calls on airlines to implement random drug and alcohol testing for employees, but officials say implementing these suggestions may require a battle with pilots’ unions, which are skeptical of increased oversight.

GREEK BANKS TO REOPEN MONDAY: Greek banks are set to reopen Monday after the European Central Bank increased the level of emergency cash available to the country’s lenders, officials said Thursday. However, limited cash withdrawals—€60 a day—would be lifted gradually and may include a weekly maximum rather than daily limits, said Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas. Eurozone ministers earlier agreed on a bridge loan of €7 billion from an EU-wide fund to help keep Greece afloat. Germany’s parliament will vote Friday on a new bailout for Greece despite approval from the eurozone. Banks have been closed since June 29.

GUILTY!: Inside Courtroom 201, the families of the dead and wounded watched in taut silence on Thursday afternoon as the judge shuffled through a stack of verdict forms containing the fate of James E. Holmes, the gunman who slipped into a Colorado movie theater in 2012 and opened fire on their sons and daughters, friends and loved ones.As the judge began reading the verdicts — guilty, guilty, guilty — repeated 165 times over an entire hour, for each count of murder and attempted murder, the families sobbed quietly, clutched one another’s shoulders and nodded along to a recitation of guilt that many had been waiting nearly three years to hear.

MY REVIEW: “LBN has taught me that information is power.”—–Katie N., an LBN reader from Nashville, Tenn.


WHOOPS! – GOOGLE SELF-DRIVING CAR GETS IN ACCIDENT: One of Google’s self-driving car prototypes was involved in a collision while navigating a public road, the company said Thursday. The Lexus SUV prototype was rear-ended in Mountain View, California, on July 1 with three Google employees in the car. The employees complained of minor whiplash symptoms and were treated at a hospital. The driver of the other car also complained of neck and back pain. More than 20 Google prototypes are being tested on public roads. The collision was the 14th accident in six years and part of around 1.9 million miles of testing, Google said. In 11 of those 14, the car was rear-ended, according to the company.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average life expectancy on the African continent ranges from 74 years in the island nation of Mauritius to just under 32 years in sub-Saharan Swaziland.

BRITISH PILOTS SECRETLY BOMBING SYRIA: British pilots embedded with coalition forces have been conducting airstrikes in Syria, despite the British Parliament’s vote against military action in the region. The revelation, obtained through a Freedom of Information request by a human-rights group, has sparked outrage among members of parliament, who are demanding the forces be withdrawn immediately. “Those troops or individuals should be withdrawn from the embedded program whilst this vote holds sway, while it stills hold authority, until we vote again,” said MP John Baron. But the defense ministry said it has been “authorized” to use personnel for such strikes. “U.K. embeds operate as if they were the host nation’s personnel, under that nation’s chain of command,” it said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Marlo Thomas having a breakfast meeting with Ryan Seacrest at the Greenwich Hotel in NYC.    ***Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s 17-year-old son, Dylan Jagger, dining with friends at Beautique in NYC after modeling in a Men’s Fashion Week show.   ***“Southpaw” star 50 Cent at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills with his son, Sire, 2.   ***Martha Stewart at a reception for Frances Schultz’s book “The Bee Cottage Story”.    ***Chazz Palminteri at Sunshine Cinema seeing Robin Williams in his last role in “Boulevard”.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Kim S.L., an LBN reader from Kansas City, Missouri.


SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Dept of Education: College Navigator

“College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States – such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Gary Mack, a Dallas broadcaster whose fascination with the Kennedy assassination led him to become a widely consulted expert on the event and, eventually, the curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, which is devoted to the assassination, died on Wednesday in Arlington, Tex. He was 68. The museum said on its website that he had died after a long illness. The Dallas Morning News reported that his wife, Karin Strohbeck, said the cause was a rare and aggressive cancer.   ***William Diamond, a New York designer known for wildly colored, theatrical interiors that upended scale and proportion to near-hallucinogenic degrees, died on July 9 in Chicago. He was 63. He had depression for the last few years and took his own life, his sister, Leslie Hodes, said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Dear Ta-Nehisi Coates, The last year has been an education for white people. There has been a depth, power and richness to the African-American conversation about Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston and the other killings that has been humbling and instructive. Your new book, “Between the World and Me,” is a great and searing contribution to this public education. It is a mind-altering account of the black male experience. Every conscientious American should read it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Rita F. Redberg and Sanket S. Dhruva: The Food and Drug Administration has been regulating the approval of medical devices since 1976, but its regulatory oversight has not kept pace with the increasing complexity of this technology. Many high-risk medical devices today are approved on the basis of just one clinical trial (as opposed to new medications, which usually require two trials). And only a small minority of clinical studies of medical devices are randomized, controlled and blinded — the gold standard for reliable evidence (and the benchmark to which studies of drugs are held). As a result, there have been many warnings about, and recalls and withdrawals of, medical devices that were found to be dangerous only after they were on the market. (In 2009, for example, the Sprint Fidelis defibrillator, which by that time had been implanted in hundreds of thousands of heart patients, was recalled because it frequently malfunctioned, harming many patients and leading to numerous deaths.) And because the F.D.A.’s oversight of medical devices once they are on the market is also weak, it is very likely that many malfunctions and other problems remain undetected.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Confession time: Years of wearing f–king uncomfortable stilettos had left a large, ugly clavus on my foot. I pay a big price for my beauty! (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” is one of his serious works, but several audience members laughed during the most dramatic part at a Cinema Society screening at MoMA. “I’ve got the magic touch,” Allen told us of people taking his films as comedy. “I don’t know why. It’s a very serious movie, but they laugh . . . I mean, it gets more laughs than ‘Macbeth.’”   ***President Obama will not stay at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday amid fears the place could be bugged after it was sold to a Chinese company. The Department of State changed a tradition of putting up US officials at the Waldorf — where every president since Herbert Hoover has hung his hat — after Hilton Worldwide announced it was selling the hotel to Anbang Insurance Group. Reports say there are fears the Chinese might set up a bugging system.

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Thursday • July 16, 2015

GREECE OKS AUSTERITY, STREETS EXPLODE:

Eurozone finance ministers were expected to hold a conference call Thursday providing rescue financing for Greece after the country pushed through an austerity package in parliament, fracturing the ruling Syriza party and sparking violent protests in Athens. The European Central Bank is also expected to consider Greece’s request to increase emergency assistance to its banks. Passing the austerity bill was the first step to begin negotiations on a third Greek bailout. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pushed the legislation through despite 38 of his party’s lawmakers voting against or abstaining from the measure. Police said 16 people were arrested and 37 others detained in demonstrations that involved protesters throwing rocks and petrol bombs outside parliament. Riot police used tear gas and baton charges.

TLC CANCELS DUGGARS: TLC has canceled the Duggar family’s 19 Kids and Counting reality-TV show, the cable network announced Thursday. The Arkansas family was embroiled in controversy when it was revealed that Josh Duggar, their 27-year-old son, molested five underage girls as a teenager. Four the girls were his sisters. Later, the Duggar family admitted that it had put locks on the girls’ doors after the incidents .The network will conclude its coverage of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s family with a one-time special episode about child molestation, as part of an ongoing campaign about child sexual abuse. It will air without commercials and include two of the Duggar women. “TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help,” TLC said.

BRUTAL – VIDEO: COP KNOCKS OUT HANDCUFFED WOMAN’S TEETH IN HOSPITAL: Newly released video shows a Colorado Springs police officer knocking out a woman’s teeth while she is handcuffed in a hospital. In the video, Officer Tyler Walker is seen hitting Alexis Acker, then age 18, who appears to be standing calmly with her hands behind her back after a November 2013 arrest. The blow to Acker’s stomach sends her into a chair. When Acker kicks Walker from the chair, he body-slams her into the floor. Two of Acker’s teeth were knocked out, and she says she suffers from PTSD, migraines, and cognitive difficulties. Walker remains on the police force, and the department won’t say whether he has been disciplined.

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FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH BREAKS BONE IN NECK: Former President George H. W. Bush broke a bone in his neck in a fall at his home in Kennebunkport on Wednesday, his official spokesman said. Mr. Bush, the 41st president, was in stable condition, but he will have to wear a neck brace, the spokesman, Jim McGrath, said on Twitter. The former commander-in-chief has Parkinson’s disease and uses a wheelchair. In December, he was hospitalized in Houston for treatment of shortness of breath. He turned 91 last month and is the oldest living former president

CAITLYN JENNER WOWS ESPY AWARDS: While accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner told the crowd she was promoting a “very simple idea” of “accepting people for who they are.” Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, is the 1976 men’s Olympic decathlon champion and came out as a transgender woman earlier this year. “Trans people deserve something vital,” she said in one of her first major public appearances. “They deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society, and a better world for all of us.” Women’s World Cup champion Abby Wambach presented the award to Jenner before a video montage highlighted Jenner’s story. Jenner thanked her family and ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, who she came out to in an interview. Not all reactions were positive though: Lone Survivor director Peter Berg slammed the decision to give Jenner the award over an amputee army veteran.

NETFLIX CEO: BRACE FOR HIGHER PRICES: The CEO of Netflix warned consumers that the popular video-streaming service plans to expand services—and raise prices—in coming years. “We want to take it very slow,” Reed Hastings said. “Over the next decade, I think we’ll be able to add more content and have more value and then price that appropriately.” One of the initial crackdowns may be on password sharing. The announcement came as Netflix topped 65 million subscribers this quarter. The cost of third-party content, however, still outpaces its net revenue.

CALIFORNIA FINES UBER $7.3 MILLION: A California judge on Wednesday recommended that Uber be suspended from state operations and fined $7.3 million for failing to give regulators enough information about its service. Chief administrative law judge Karen V. Cloptonk at the California Public Utilities Commission, which allows Uber to operate in the state, said the company did not provide the required data on ensuring service to people with disability. Cloptonk said Uber was in violation of the 2013 law legalizing ride-hailing companies by failing to submit reporting requirements such as number of requests from rides from people with service animals or wheelchairs and how many of those rides were completed. Uber said it plans to appeal the decision.

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DEPP’S WIFE CHARGED FOR SMUGGLING DOGS: Australian authorities on Thursday charged actress Amber Heard, who is married to Johnny Depp, with illegally importing the couple’s dogs in May. Heard faces two counts of illegally importing her Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, and one count of producing a false document. The couple reportedly smuggled the animals aboard their private jet to the country before Depp resumed filming the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and fines of more than $74,000. The charges come two months after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce called for the dogs to leave the country or face death. Heard is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 7.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Former Walton TV star and current screenwriter Judy Norton and acclaimed Hollywood producer Jeffery Patterson are hosting an old-fashioned, authentic Hollywood Casting Call in Tempe, Arizona this Sunday, July 19th from 11am to 3pm at the legendary Big Surf Waterpark, 1500 N. McClintock Drive to fill speaking roles along with hundreds of background roles. Patterson, founder of Once Up A Dream Productions, which is a feature film productions company based in Hollywood, has made the focus of his company the production of family friendly theatrical content.  He has produced  three award winning films including the first two installments of the period Western trilogy “Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink” and the modern day Country drama “Finding Harmony”. The first two of the trilogy for “Hot Bath Stiff Drink” we’re filmed at Old Tucson Studios. “Judy Norton and I are coming to Tempe, Arizona to find real people with special qualities” said producer Jeffery Patterson. For information on the open casting call, contact Producer Jeffery Patterson’s production office at (323) 472-0048 or e-mail: Press@OnceUponADreamProductions.com.   ***WME/IMG is beefing up its representation of fashion-related artisans with the acquisition of management-consulting shingle Wall Group. The company represents a broad roster of fashion stylists, hairstylists, makeup artists and production designers based in New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles. The company, headed by founder Brooke Wall, also provides consulting services to brands ranging from Procter & Gamble and Target to Chanel and LVMH.

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DRUG DEALER’S OVERDOSE DEATH: The man who confessed to dealing drugs to Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon has fallen victim to the illicit substances he sold for thousands of dollars. Steven Stepho, 22, was found dead of an apparent overdose just four days after Bobbi Kristina was moved to a hospice, sources confirmed. Before his death, Stepho admitted how Bobbi Kristina and her lover sometimes spent about $1,000 a day on drugs. “There were times when …they would be completely passed out for hours,” said Stepho, who was busted twice for heroin possession. Stepho had entered rehab in an attempt to clean up, but suffered a relapse, a source said. His death on June 28 was confirmed by a Georgia Medical Examiner’s Office, which is conducting toxicology tests to determine the exact cause of death.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Marlene Sanders, one of the first women to break into television journalism, where she compiled a stellar résumé as a reporter in the field and an Emmy-winning writer and producer of documentaries, died on Tuesday at a hospice in Manhattan. She was 84. The cause was cancer, said her son, Jeffrey Toobin, a writer for The New Yorker and legal analyst for CNN.   ***Robert Broadbent, a retailing executive who was instrumental in luring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland in 1986 and then in raising the money to finance it, died on Monday in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his son, William.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Chris Voss (President, www.BlackSwanLtd.com): Donald Trump: Genius.   To break through the noise these days, “haters” do wonders to elevate the velocity of the discussion quickly.  Getting critics/haters piling on is the one of the easiest “hacks” to fame.  “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about” etc.  What is the financial cost to Mr. Trump for this strategy?  He always seems to be able to turn it into something he can monetize.   ”Do I want the same reputation he has?” and “Can I learn from what he is doing?” are 2 separate questions.  “No” and “yes”.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Let’s f–king talk straight for once: Like many  Democrats, Hillary Clinton prefers to talk about expanding opportunity without actually saying “redistribution.” She ain’t fooling me, bitch. (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Embattled Subway poster boy Jared Fogle has socked away a hefty $15 million fortune from ad campaigns touting him as a role model for American families.   ***A judge slammed Hulk Hogan with a dress code before his lawsuit over his stolen sex tape could start. The wrestling legend is suing a website for publishing pics from his private movie – and Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell has ruled that Hulk can only wear one “plain bandana” in her Florida courtroom.   ***Can we walk … down the aisle    “Fashion Police” chief Melissa Rivers has slapped the cuffs on talent agent boyfriend Mark Rousso by getting engaged. Mark helped Melissa, 47, cope with the death of her comedy legend mom and “Police” predecessor, Joan Rivers, last September.

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Wednesday • July 15, 2015

OBAMA: I’M LIKE NIXON, REAGAN:

In an interview with The New York Times, President Obama likened his approach to the historic deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program to Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon’s foreign policies. “You know, I have a lot of differences with Ronald Reagan, but where I completely admire him was his recognition that if you were able to verify an agreement that [was negotiated] with the evil empire that was hellbent on our destruction and was a far greater existential threat to us than Iran will ever be,” then it would be worth doing, Obama said. Similarly, he said he “had a lot of disagreements with Richard Nixon, but he understood there was the prospect, the possibility, that China could take a different path.” The president also disagreed with the notion that world powers did not use all the leverage available to them in brokering the deal, calling that criticism “misguided.”

ADIÓS AMIGOS!VIDEO: THE MOMENT EL CHAPO DISAPPEARS: Surveillance footage published Wednesday reveals the minutes before Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman began his escape from a Mexican prison to a mile-long tunnel, where he disappeared from authorities. The video shows Guzman changing his shoes before heading into the shower to bend down and never return. Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said while the notorious drug kingpin was videotaped 24 hours a day, the surveillance had two blind spots in the shower and on the toilet, which Guzman used to his advantage. The interior minister said Guzman also wore a monitoring bracelet to track his movement, but the device was left in his cell before he crawled into the tunnel. Osorio Chong said it’s likely prison workers helped Guzman escape.

TEXAS DENIES BIRTH CERTIFICATES TO KIDS OF IMMIGRANTS: Texas has refused to issue birth certificates to children born in America to undocumented immigrants over the last year, The Texas Observer reports, and several of parents have taken the state to court. “I’ve never seen such a large number of women with this problem,” said a Texas RioGrande Legal Aide lawyer. “They are locking out a huge chunk of the undocumented immigrant community.” Despite Texas law allowing parents to use foreign IDs for identification, hospitals run by the Texas Department of State Health Services have told parents that their foreign IDs—or passports without current U.S. visas—are no longer acceptable. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, all persons born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship.

IMF DEMANDS MORE DEBT RELIEF FOR GREECE: The International Monetary Fund blasted the eurozone’s bailout deal offered to Greece late Tuesday, calling for more debt relief on a scale “well beyond what has been under consideration to date.” The IMF threatened to withdraw support and publicized the advice it gave to eurozone finance ministers over the weekend, which included proposals to write off some of Greece’s debt of more than €300 billion. The IMF report suggested Athens write off part of its debt or at least allow Greece to not make payments for 30 years. The report comes as Greece’s parliament is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to accept the creditors’ demands.

NAZI SOLDIER SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS: A former SS soldier who served for two years at Auschwitz has been sentenced to four years in prison as an accessory to murder. Oskar Gröning seized valuables from prisoners arriving at the Nazi concentration camp. A court found him complicit in the killing of 300,000 Jews brought through the camp, even though he wasn’t operating the gas chambers himself, and gave him a sentence longer than the 3.5 years requested by prosecutors. Gröning said he was “truly sorry” about what transpired, but did not ask for forgiveness from his victims.

U.S. RETURNS ANTIQUITIES TAKEN BY ISIS: American forces returned antiquities taken during a raid on ISIS to Iraq on Wednesday. The items, which included bracelets and stamps, were taken from a raid on an Islamic State group commander known as Abu Sayyaf in May. “Today’s effort represents one success in the efforts to return Iraq’s historic patrimony, but the campaign to return all of Iraq’s treasures continues,” said Ambassador Stuart Jones. According to U.S. officials, the raid provided proof that antiquities are being used to fund the war in Syria. The Daily Beast previously reported that Abu Sayyaf’s wife, Umm Sayyaf, is considered by many to be one of the most valuable sources of information on the inner workings of the terrorist group.

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YELLEN WARNS CONGRESS AGAINST ADDING TO FED’S OVERSIGHT: Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, told lawmakers on Wednesday that proposals to increase congressional oversight of the central bank could cause collateral damage to the broader economy. “Efforts to further increase transparency, no matter how well-intentioned, must avoid unintended consequences that could undermine the Federal Reserve’s ability to make policy in the long-run best interest of American families and businesses,” Ms. Yellen told the House Financial Services Committee.

SAMSUNG PULLS ANTI-SEMITIC CARTOON REPORTS MEDIA EXPERT: Samsung has removed online caricatures portraying a hedge-fund founder as a beak-nosed man after widespread outrage accusing the company of anti-Semitism according to media expert and author Michael Levine. The cartoon, posted on a South Korean Samsung website, described Elliott Management CEO Paul Singer as “Vulture Man.” In one cartoon, he is depicted “hiding an axe behind his back while taking money from a man in ragged clothes.” The hedge fund earned Samsung’s ire because it opposes a takeover between two of its companies, which gives preference to the Samsung family over other shareholders. “We categorically denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms, and we are committed to respect for all individuals,” Samsung said in a statement.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Video of ‘El Chapo’ Prison Break in Mexico Surfaces

NEW HORIZONS PHONES HOME FROM PLUTO: New Horizons, the NASA spacecraft giving humanity its first up-close look at Pluto, has survived its 3 billion-mile journey and phoned home to confirm its survival. Confirmation of mission success came around 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, around 13 hours after the flyby. The spacecraft flew within 7,700 miles of Pluto at 31,000 mph and beamed back images that showed an “extraordinarily interesting and complex world,” said John Grunsfeld, head of NASA’s science mission directorate. More photos from the encounter will become available Wednesday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The number of men and women age 65 and older cohabiting outside of marriage nearly doubled between 1990 and 2000.

TROUT LEADS AL TO ALL-STAR GAME VICTORY: The American League has secured home-field advantage in the World Series after defeating the National League at the 86th All-Star Game in a 6-3 victory. MVP Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout drove the AL to a win, homering to lead off the game and scoring a run a few innings later. Trout was also named the All-Star Game MVP in 2014, making him the first player ever to win back-to-back MVP awards and the fifth player to notch two overall. The American League has won the last 15 of 19 All-Star Games.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Woody Allen and Soon-Yi dining at Sette Mezzo on the Upper East Side in NYC with actor Tony Roberts, while at another table were S.I. and Victoria Newhouse with Donald Newhouse and friends.   ***Paul McCartney having lunch with a friend and a small dog at La Fondita in Amagansett on Saturday.   ***Amy Schumer, Murray Hill, Chris Rock, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman at Joe’s Pub in NYC on Saturday for a private screening of downtown cabaret star Bridget Everett’s first Comedy Central special.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: WME/IMG is focused on broadening its asset base and expanding IMG’s ownership of content, co-CEO Ari Emanuel said Monday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. He also took a swipe at CAA, asserting that WME’s rival is “still stuck in the 1990s” and that he no longer sees them as a fierce competitor. “I compete with them on three things. I kind of think about them a third of the time – ish,” Emanuel said when asked to comment on the recent round of agent defections out of CAA.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Joan Sebastian, a Mexican singer and songwriter whose sultry ballads won a total of 11 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards and made him one of the top-selling Latin musicians, died on Monday at his ranch in Juliantla, Mexico. He was 64. His death was confirmed in a family statement to the Spanish-language news media. Mr. Sebastian learned he had bone cancer in 1999.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Arthur Cave, the 15-year-old son of Nick Cave and wife Susie Bick, died suddenly Tuesday after falling off a cliff in Brighton, England. In a statement, Cave and Bick confirmed their son’s death, “Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy, loving boy. We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time.” Investigators said that Cave’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

LBN-COMMENTARY by A.O. Scott: Comic-Con is a trade show and a bazaar, an academic conference tucked into a pop-up theme park, a wholesome family outing and a bonanza for every bar nearby. Even though it’s all one big event, it can be hard to locate the principle that makes its parts cohere. The Comic-Con cosmos includes fans of science fiction and fantasy novels, video and role-playing gamers, steampunks and Trekkies, would-be Tarantinos and binge-watchers of just about any television show whose characters are either animated or costumed or both.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Leslie H. Gelb: Both Iran and the United States essentially got what they wanted from the 159-page nuclear deal agreed upon Tuesday in Vienna. The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s gains were more tangible than President Barack Obama’s. The Supreme Leader got significant sanctions relief for his ailing economy, the launch pad for Iran to become a more formidable Mideast power. Mr. Obama stretched Iran’s nuclear breakout time from a few months to over a year with strengthened inspection rights. But according to top administration officials, Mr. Obama has always been after something much bigger than capping Iran’s nuclear program, and he got it—the strategic opportunity to begin converting Iran from foe to “friend.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Only hours after the conclusion of an agreement with Iran to lift oil and financial sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, President Obama is a man who evinces no second thoughts whatsoever about the deal he struck. In a 45-minute interview in the Cabinet Room, the president kept stressing one argument: Don’t judge me on whether this deal transforms Iran, ends Iran’s aggressive behavior toward some of its Arab neighbors or leads to détente between Shiites and Sunnis. Judge me on one thing: Does this deal prevent Iran from breaking out with a nuclear weapon for the next 10 years and is that a better outcome for America, Israel and our Arab allies than any other alternative on the table?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher’s son and invoked religion repeatedly, as he has throughout a perpetual candidacy that stretches back to his college days, when he told the Marquette University yearbook: “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.” But what I see in him is the kind of soullessness too common in American politicians and the kind of careerism that makes American politics such a dreary spectacle. I see an ambition even more pronounced than any ideology. I see an interest in personal advancement that eclipses any investment in personal growth.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steve Rattner: In dominating the debate over how to address the Greek crisis, Germany has shown that economic success brings political influence, which it wielded last weekend to brush away requests from France and Italy for more lenient treatment of their neighbor. Not everyone loves German rigidity, but Europe should be grateful for it. While we don’t yet know whether the latest accord will stick, let alone succeed, the requirements are necessary to bring the Aegean country back to economic health and to save its participation in the common currency.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sinead O’Connor is not a Kim Kardashian fan. “What is this c–t … doing on the cover of Rolling Stone?” she angrily posted to her Facebook page on Tuesday about Kardashian’s recent Rolling Stone cover, adding that, “Music has officially died.”

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Tuesday • July 14, 2015

MORE! MORE! MORE! $2,446,920,000,000: Federal Taxes Set Record Through June; $16,451 Per U.S. Worker—Feds Still Run $313B Deficit

The federal government raked in a record of approximately $2,446,920,000,000 in tax revenues through the first nine months of fiscal 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 through the end of June), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

That equaled approximately $16,451 for every person in the country who had either a full-time or part-time job in June.

It is also up about $178,156,270,000 in constant 2015 dollars from the $2,268,763,730,000 in revenue (in inflation-adjusted 2015 dollars) that the Treasury raked in during the first nine months of fiscal 2014.

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Tuesday • July 14, 2015

WOW! DONALD TRUMP’S BIG MOUTH HAS COST HIM $50+ MILLION SAYS MEDIA EXPERT  LEVINE:

Not a day goes by, it seems, that Donald Trump doesn’t lose money thanks to his notorious comments about Mexican immigrants. NBC, Univision, Macy’s, and even Perfumania, which makes the Trump “Success” cologne, have all said “no mas” to The Donald. “Trump officials won’t comment on the cost, but most estimates have Trump losing between $50 million and $80 million” said media expert and author Michael Levine. “Most media reports say as many as 12 companies have severed ties with Trump since the “Mexicans are rapists” comments. Trump’s people say he’s really only lost business with the aforementioned five companies: NBC, Univision, Perfumania, Macy’s, and Serta” Levine continued.

OBAMA: ‘WAR’ IF CONGRESS NIXES IRAN DEAL: President Obama said Tuesday that the peace of the world rests upon letting the nuclear deal with Iran stand. “Put simply, no deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East,” Obama indirectly warned Congress, which now has 60 days to review the deal. The president, speaking from the White House, said the agreement met “every single one” of his bottom lines. Iran right now has enough enriched uranium to create 10 nuclear weapons, Obama said, and this deal would get rid of 98 percent of that stockpile. Republicans and several Democrats have stressed their wariness or opposition to the deal.

NETANYAHU DENOUNCES IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AS A ‘HISTORIC MISTAKE’: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu furiously denounced a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program on Tuesday as a “historic mistake for the world,” accusing the United States and five other global powers of making “far-reaching concessions” in order to achieve an agreement “at any price.” Speaking before a formal announcement of the deal, Mr. Netanyahu said that initial reports indicated that the concessions were made “in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability.”

PENTAGON ‘WORRIED’ ABOUT IRAN DEAL: News of a nuclear deal that will lift an arms embargo on Iran was met with tepid optimism from military officials, many of whom lost soldiers to Iranian weapons during the war in Iraq. “Of course we are worried, but we believe a nuclear-armed Iran is a greater worry,” one defense official explained to The Daily Beast. Just last week, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified on Capitol Hill that “under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms-trafficking.”

HUMANITY REACHES PLUTO: The New Horizons spacecraft has reached Pluto. NASA’s probe sped past the dwarf planet at 31,000 miles per hour early Tuesday, as the agency released its most detailed image of the outlying body yet. “We have completed the initial reconnaissance of the solar system, an endeavour started under President Kennedy more than 50 years ago and continuing to today under President Obama,” said mission head Alan Stern. New images of Pluto won’t be available until New Horizons safely commits them all to memory—likely a little after midnight Wednesday.

MEXICAN PRISON OFFICIALS FIRED: A slew of Mexican officials have been fired over the prison break of Mexican cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including the director of the prison from which he escaped via a mile-long tunnel. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio announced the firings of Valentín Cárdenas Lerma and others late Monday, while dodging calls for his own resignation. “[Chapo] must have counted on staff or officials of the Altiplano prison,” Osorio said. “If confirmed, this would constitute corruption, disloyalty, and treason against the Mexicans, the institution, and the federal forces who risked their lives to capture him.”

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PETA: SEAWORLD HACK POSED AS ACTIVIST: A SeaWorld employee posed as an animal-welfare activist for years to infiltrate groups working against the theme park, a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treament of Animals alleges. The group says the man they came to know as Thomas Jones may in fact be 28-year-old Paul McComb, a man whose online résumé shows he’s worked at SeaWorld since 2008, most recently in a human-resources position. Among other things, Jones sought advance information on protest tactics at SeaWorld facilities. “We are focused on the safety of our team members, guests, and animals, and beyond that we do not comment on our security operations,” a SeaWorld spokesman said Monday. “This is a responsibility that we take very seriously, especially as animal-rights groups have become increasingly extreme in their rhetoric and tactics.” McComb hung up on Bloomberg News when he was contacted and asked if he is also known as Thomas Jones.

TOP DEM BLASTS OBAMA’S IRAN DEAL: Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that the deal between the U.S. and Iran is not all it’s cracked up to be for three reasons. “No. 1 is that we are recognizing Iran as a threshold nuclear state. Two, that we are not ending Iran’s nuclear program. We are preserving it. Three, that we were supposed to have as one of our red lines anytime, anywhere inspections…. While under this agreement, there is a process that takes nearly a month before you would ever get access to the site. Within a month, you can clean up the site. So that’s a problem.”  Menendez would not say how he will vote. “I’m not ready to do anything until I read the agreement.”

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NYC PAYS GARNER FAMILY $5.9 MILLION: The family of Eric Garner received a $5.9 million settlement from New York City on Monday, according to the family lawyer. Garner was killed by police while selling cigarettes on a Staten Island street last summer. This agreement came just a few days before a deadline the family set before filing a civil-rights lawsuit. In December, a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved in Garner’s death, and the family filed a notice of claim that sought $75 million in damages last year. There are pending investigations into his death by a number of agencies and officials.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: To stay cool and avoid lice, both men and women in ancient Egypt shaved their heads and often wore wigs. In fact, because wigs indicated social status, they became one of the most important fashion accessories in ancient Egypt. Rich people wore wigs made from human hair, while poor people wore wigs made from wool or vegetable fiber.

TEEN WALKS FOR 2 DAYS AFTER PLANE CRASH: A teenage girl survived a small plane crash and walked for two days until being found by a driver on Monday in Washington state. The 16-year-old and her step-grandparents were flying from Montana to Washington state Saturday when their plane dropped off the radar in a mountainous area of Washington. She made her way to a trailhead and was taken to a local hospital, where she’s in stable condition. An aerial search team has failed to locate the two other passengers.

LBN-NOTICED: ***January Jones was a party pooper at a Playboy and “Self/less” party at Comic-Con. The “Mad Men” actress showed up to the Parq Restaurant & Nightclub with friends and “appeared absolutely miserable,” a spy said. “She was in a really foul mood and sat by herself, chain-smoking an e-cigarette while her friends danced. She was completely disinterested, and no one knew why she was there” among guests Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, Kendra Wilkinson and Hannibal Buress.   ***Matt Harvey celebrating his first career home run with friends Saturday at Asia De Cuba in NYC.   ***Jimmy Fallon with a bandaged hand at the Palm in East Hampton.   ***Billy Joel and bride Alexis having a romantic dinner at 1770 House in East Hampton.   ***Former US National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft at Primola in NYC.   ***Pam Anderson at Beautique in NYC sipping Cristal with friends.   ***Hoda Kotb at Cowfish in Hampton Bays.   ***Steven Tyler watching daughter Chelsea’s band Kaneholler at an LA event for art site Mirror Cube .

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***The Food and Drug Administration warned last week that the risk of heart attack and stroke from widely used painkillers that include Motrin IB, Aleve and Celebrex but not aspirin was greater than it previously had said. But what does that mean for people who take them? Experts said that the warning reflected the gathering evidence that there was risk even in small amounts of the drug, so-called nonaspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, and that everyone taking them should use them sparingly for brief periods. Millions of Americans take them.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***JPMorgan Chase said on Tuesday that second-quarter earnings rose 5 percent from a year ago as the bank grew its loan portfolio and reduced expenses. JPMorgan, the nation’s largest bank, earned $6.3 billion, or $1.54 a share, up from $6 billion, or $1.46 cents a share a year ago. Wall Street analysts had expected earnings of $1.44 a share, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A Las Vegas coroner’s report found that B.B. King showed no traces of poisoning at the time of his May 14th death and that the blues legend died of natural causes. Clark County coroner John Fudenberg tells Rolling Stone that Alzheimer’s disease was the “primary contributing factor” in the musician’s death, with type 2 diabetes, coronary artery atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, hypertension and cerebral vascular disease acting as ”significant contributing factors.” ”There was no evidence of poisoning,” Fudenberg says.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***D’Army Bailey, a lifelong civil rights crusader who successfully campaigned to transform the forlorn motel where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 into a civil rights museum, died on Sunday in Memphis. He was 73. The cause was cancer, his brother, Walter L. Bailey Jr., said.   ***Christian Audigier, the French fashion designer best known for the Von Dutch and Ed Hardy lines, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 57. The cause was cancer, said Michele Elyzabeth, Mr. Audigier’s former publicist. Mr. Audigier told TMZ this year that he had received a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer affecting bone marrow and blood.   ***Michael Masser, a stockbroker-turned-composer whose lush melodies were recorded by Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack and many other star vocalists, died on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 74. The cause was complications of a stroke he had suffered three years ago, said Kurt Vitolo, his business manager.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Well, Hillary Clinton hasn’t gone crazy. At a time when some in her party are drifting toward Bernie Sanders/Occupy Wall Street-style rhetoric, Clinton delivered her first major economic address of the campaign. It was solidly liberal — very solidly — but in tone and substance it was well within the general election mainstream. If any Republicans were hoping that Clinton would make herself unelectable by wandering into the class warfare fever swamps, they can forget about it. The main narrative of the Sanders camp is that the economic game is rigged against ordinary people. The top 1 percent controls the fundamental economic conditions. Major transformation is required. There’s not much individuals can do given the structure of economic power.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Attorney, Mediator): I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the production and development of Disney Pixar’s film “Inside Out.” The film is named “Inside Out” because it is about the inner workings of the mind, which controls how people behave. In the film, each person has five emotions living inside their head – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. Joy is responsible for our happiness. Disgust protects us from being poisoned or embarrassed. Fear keeps us out of harm’s way. Anger safeguards us from unfairness and injustice. Sadness’ purpose is not understood and fully appreciated until the very end of the film.  In the beginning of the film, the various emotions don’t recognize the importance that each of them holds. However, as the film progresses, they come to appreciate one another and learn the appropriateness of one over another for any given situation. For example, Joy slowly recognized the power of empathy and Sadness’ role in that regard.  Empathy involves understanding another person’s situation from their perspective. As such, you must be able to place yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they are feeling and without judging them. According to Dr. Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, “empathy moves us to a place of courage and compassion. Through it, we come to realize that our perspective is not the perspective.”

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Monday • July 13, 2015

FINALLY! GREECE STRIKES DEAL, EUROZONE SAVED:

Eurozone leaders have struck a unanimous agreement on a bailout deal for Greece following all-night talks in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Monday. Tusk described the deal as including “serious reforms” and “financial support.” Eurozone leaders had missed a self-imposed midnight deadline to work through a deal preventing a Greek exit from the euro. While the details of the deal were not immediately clear, over the weekend eurozone finance ministers had proposed a list of measures including a temporary Greek time-out from the eurozone and transferring proceeds from privatizations of Greek assets valued at €50 billion into a fund to help pay down the country’s more than €300 billion in debt. It may also include pension and tax reforms rejected by voters in a referendum. Greece is expected to pass the reforms demanded by its creditors by Wednesday. Following the announcement of a deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said eurozone leaders would be willing to give Greece debt relief, but ruled out cutting the country’s debt level, adding that trust in Greece “needs to be rebuilt.”

ARMS FOR IRAN STICKING POINT OF DEAL: Diplomats from Iran and the United States said Sunday they could announce an agreement on a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program on Monday. The program would be curbed for the next decade in return for the lifting of sanctions by the U.S. and United Nations. The thorniest of the sanctions involves an arms embargo imposed on Iran in 2006. Iran says this is part of “nuclear-related” sanctions, but the U.S. and Europe fear lifting them—and giving Iran billions of dollars in newly available oil revenue and assets—would allow Tehran to expand its power even further across the Middle East.

ICE: 1 IN 4 WOULD-BE DEPORTEES OFFENDS: Roughly a quarter of the 8,145 undocumented people released from local jails between January and August of last year were later arrested for various crimes, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement report. The details of the report were obtained by the virulently anti-immigration group Center for Immigration Studies. According to the report, most of the offenses were drunk driving and drug-related, though a handful were more serious. As many as 250 jurisdictions in the U.S. have stopped holding imprisoned illegal immigrants past their scheduled release dates—on so-called immigration detainers—saying they can’t hold arrestees without probable cause.

WHO READS LBN? Columnist and author Paul Krugman along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


NOPE! GARNER WIDOW REJECTS $5M NYC SETTLEMENT: Eric Garner’s widow turned down a $5 million settlement from New York City last week, a source told The Daily News, ahead of Friday’s deadline on the one-year anniversary of Garner’s death. According to the source, Esaw Garner’s attorney is telling her to accept the offer and get more through a separate suit against a hospital whose EMTs they say didn’t help Garner. The family has previously stated that it plans to sue the city for $75 million.

SCOTT WALKER: ‘I’M RUNNING FOR PREZ’: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in a tweet Monday morning. “I’m in,” he wrote. “I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.” Walker is expected to hold a campaign launch event Monday in the ultra-conservative Waukesha County.

COMCAST LAUNCHES NEW STREAMING SERVICE: Comcast announced plans Sunday to launch a new streaming television service for its cable Xfinity customers, offering shows from networks including HBO, NBC, and Fox. Subscribers will pay $15 a month for Stream, to get access to both live TV and on-demand movies and shows on computers and mobile devices. Stream will launch in beta in Boston by the end of the summer with plans to expand to Chicago and Seattle. The company is aiming to roll out the service everywhere by early 2016.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2008, a council of muftis in Malaysia banned yoga for Muslims. The believed that the Hindu elements of a standard 60-minute yoga class could “destroy the faith of Muslims.”

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NINTENDO PRESIDENT DIES OF CANCER AT 55: Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata died of cancer, the videogame company said Monday. He was 55. Iwata passed away Saturday “due to a bile duct growth,” according to a company statement. Iwata became president of the company in 2002, overseeing the release of the Wii and Nintendo DS game consoles. He took leave last year for surgery, but had told executives the illness had been discovered at an early stage.

LBN-SEE IT: Federal police searched a drainage pipe Sunday outside the maximum security Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juárez, Mexico.


LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Harper Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, is suggesting that the To Kill a Mockingbird author may have written a third book—a typeset she found in the writer’s safety-deposit box—in her first public statement about the release of Lee’s second novel. Carter wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal Monday describing how she uncovered the transcripts and defending herself against criticism. Carter has said she’s been “pilloried” for her role as the lawyer and spokeswoman for the author, with many insinuating that Go Set a Watchman, the second novel, is being released without the author’s full consent. She now says it was found under a stack of other papers. “Was it an earlier draft of Watchman, or of Mockingbird, or even, as early correspondence indicates it might be, a third book bridging the two?” she wrote. “I don’t know.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell having a romantic dinner at Philippe in the Hamptons Saturday night. He was seen tapping his feet to the music, and the couple were fully engrossed in conversation before leaving hand-in-hand.   ***Top model Gigi Hadid heading out to lunch with boyfriend Joe Jonas in Midtown in NYC on Saturday.   ***Famed attorney Mickey Sherman among the spectators at Greenwich Polo Club on Sunday.   ***Elle Macpherson and billionaire husband Jeff Soffer on vacation with her sons in St-Tropez.

‘MINIONS’ TAKE $115.2M IN BOX OFFICE: This weekend’s debut of Minions, the Despicable Me spinoff starring the film’s incomprehensible yellow henchmen, took in a whopping $115.2 million at U.S. box offices this weekend—the second biggest opening of all time for an animated film. (Shrek the Third holds the record, with $121.6 million in 2007.) “They’re bigger than Spongebob. They just have that mass appeal right now and are basically a merchandiser’s dream,” a senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations told USA Today.

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1. My mom was a lousy cook:  No

2. I hate the smell of nail polish: No

3. I get a flu shot ever year: Yes

4. I wish I were more humble: Yes

5. I love the color green: Yes

6. Aging sucks: No

7. One of my relatives have been in prison: No

8. President Obama has been a disappointment: No

9. I like midnight movies: No

10. James Taylor is overrated: No

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erica Rhodes (Comedian): My mom just reminded me that when I was ten I starred in an Operetta called “Amahl and the night visitors” and I didn’t take it seriously because they didn’t have a “professional” make-up artist and I didn’t think they were charging enough for tickets. Ummm… If I could give my ten yr old diva self a good whooping I would, but I don’t have to, because life did it for me.

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Sunday • July 12, 2015

DISGRACE – MEXICO’S TOP DRUG KINGPIN BREAKS OUT:

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman broke out of prison a little more than a year after he was captured by Mexican authorities following a 2001 escape. Guzman  escaped through a mile-long tunnel dug below the maximum-security prison where he was incarcerated. (Eighteen prison workers are being interrogated.) Guzman was in charge of the Sinaloa Cartel cartel, which smuggled cocaine and other drugs into the U.S. The cartel’s work was so lucrative that Guzman was named one of Forbes’s richest people with a net worth of more than $1 billion.

IRAN DEAL COULD BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY: Diplomats from Iran and the United States said Sunday they plan to announce an agreement on a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The announcement could even come by late Sunday. That said, the deal is not final yet and “they cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out and a formal agreement still awaits a review from the capitals of the seven nations at the talks,” the AP reports.

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1 MILLION EVACUATED FROM CHINA TYPHOON: More than one million people have been evacuated from Chinese provinces Zhejiang and Jiangsu as typhoon Chan-Hom bears down. Winds of up to 108 mph have been recorded in the city of Zhoushan and the National Meteorological Center has said it could be the most powerful typhoon to strike Zheijiang since 1949. No casualties have been reported.

WHO READS LBN? Actress Gwyneth Paltrow along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


AFGHANS: US KILLS SENIOR ISIS LEADER: Officials from Afghanistan’s spy agency say the leader of ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed Khan, has been killed by a U.S. drone strike. Khan was reportedly killed in Nangarhar province, though U.S. officials say there is no proof or confirmation of his death. “Were there some leaders among those killed? Probably, but we have no confirmation,” a senior U.S. military official told NBC News.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Brain

1.     The human brain weighs approximately 3.0 pounds. Human skin (all three layers) weighs approximately 20 pounds, intestines 7.5 pounds (large intestine: 4.0 lbs., small intestine: 3.5 lbs.), lungs 5 pounds (2.5 lbs. each), the liver 3.2 pounds, and the heart 0.6 pounds.

2.     Déjà vu (French for “already seen”) has never been fully explained, though some scientists believe that a neurological glitch causes an experience to be registered in the memory before reaching consciousness.

3.     Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within seven hours of his death by Princeton pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey (1912-2007). Harvey sectioned the preserved brain into 240 blocks and removed the eyes and gave them away. He kept pieces of the brain for himself and gave other pieces to other prominent pathologists. He was fired from Princeton Hospital because he refused to return the brain. Other brains that have been preserved include German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Vladimir Lenin, and the Native American Ishi.

4.     While Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, which is within normal human range, the brain had no parietal operculum in either hemisphere and had an enlarged Sylvan fissure. Certain parts of his brain also had more glial cells in relation to neurons.

5.     A mother’s illness may severely affect fetal brain cells; studies suggest that influenza or malnutrition during pregnancy may be associated with the development of schizophrenia. Damage to developing cells may also occur from maternal smoking and drinking, prenatal exposure to chemicals, or excess heat.

6.     The brain takes the longest of any organ to develop and goes through more changes than any other organ.

7.     A UCLA study found that both Caucasians and African Americans have similar brain activity when seeing photographs of African Americans. Both races showed more activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with alarm, when shown expressionless photographs of African Americans than when they were shown expressionless photographs of Caucasians.

8.     What appears as random bursts of light when people hit their heads is actually caused by a jolt to the brain cells responsible for vision. Stars most often appear following a blow to the back of the head because that is the location of the visual cortex.

9.     A human brain is 75% water and has the consistency of tofu or gelatin.

10.  The human brain consists of approximately 100 billion neurons (which is as many cells as there are stars in the Milky Way). Each neuron has somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 synapses, equaling about 1 quadrillion synapses. If all the neurons in the human brain were lined up, they would stretch 600 miles. As a comparison, an octopus has 300,000 neurons, a honeybee has 950,000, and a jellyfish has no brain at all.

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ATTICUS FINCH IS A RACIST: The reviews are in for Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird “sequel,” Go Set a Watchman, and it looks like Atticus Finch, the original novel’s moral center, is a racist in the newly released book. The New York Times’ Michiko Kakutani writes in her review, “Atticus is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting, who says things like ‘The Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people.’ Or asks his daughter: ‘Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?’” In the Wall Street Journal, Sam Sacks notes that Atticus is a segregationist who asks things like, “Do you want your children going to a school that’s been dragged down to accommodate Negro children?”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The current population of Africa is nearly one billion people. Due to rapid population growth in the continent over the last 40 years, its general population is relatively young. In many African states, more than half of the population is under the age of 25.

SERENA WILLIAMS WINS 6TH WIMBLEDON TITLE: Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon championship on Saturday, beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4. Williams coasted through the second set 5-1 until Murugunza put up a last-minute fight and brought the score to 5-4. It was not enough to beat Williams, of course, who ultimately dominated with a score of 6-4. This is Williams’s fourth straight major championship win and her 21st overall.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Close friends, media experts Elliot Mintz and Michael Levine attending the Concern Foundation annual Block Party at the Paramount Studios last night.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Rock stars of today have much bigger wardrobe budgets than Jim Morrison.  The Doors legend got a whopping $2.50 clothing allowance for his performance on “American Bandstand” in 1967.  The contract detailing a $210 payment and small clothing budget is up for bidding at RR Auction as part of a Marvels of Modern ­Music Auction, kicking off Thursday.  The contract could sell for anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000, estimates RR executive VP Bobby Livingston.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Tony Award-winning Welsh actor Roger Reese, perhaps best known in America for playing condescending Englishman Robin Colcord in Cheers, died after a short illness Friday night at his home in New York. He was 71. Reese won an Olivier Award and a Tony for the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and enjoyed a long TV career in the U.S., where he lived for 25 years. He is also known for playing Lord John Marbury in The West Wing.   ***Paul J. Lioy, an environmental scientist widely known for his analysis of the dust spawned by the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and for his studies of its health effects over time, died on Wednesday after collapsing at Newark Liberty International Airport. He was 68. The cause had not been determined, his wife, Jean Lioy, said.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey was arrested in Los Angeles for his graffiti artwork in Detroit, according to reports.  Fairey, who became well-known for creating the Obama “Hope” poster, was detained by Customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday while traveling from Europe. He was arrested for allegedly vandalizing 14 buildings in Detroit.  “Our warrant was evidently discovered as he went through customs, and he was placed under arrest,” said Douglas Baker, chief of criminal enforcement for the ­Detroit Law Department.  Fairey spent one night in a Los Angeles jail, and Baker says the city is discussing when Fairey will return to Detroit to face charges.

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Saturday • July 11, 2015

OBAMA TO SPEAK AT FEDERAL PRISON:

On Thursday, President Obama will become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison when he stops in El Reno, Oklahoma, to deliver a speech on criminal-justice reform. Obama is expected to voice his ideas on how to make this happen on Tuesday, when he speaks at the NAACP’s annual conference in Philadelphia. The president will address how nonviolent offenses have kept many people of color in prison for decades and is likely to “commute the sentences of dozens of nonviolent offenders,” according to The Washington Post

OPM DIRECTOR QUITS MASSIVE HACKS: The director of the Office of Personnel Management resigned from her post Friday after it was revealed that the personal information of at least 22 million people who applied for jobs with the federal government was stolen in a massive cyberattack. According to The New York Times, Katherine Archuleta personally went to the White House to tell President Obama that a resignation would best allow the office to “move beyond the current challenges.” The move comes a day after OPM revealed that people who applied for government background checks since 2000 likely had their Social Security numbers stolen, among other personal information thrity firms believe China is behind the hacks.at even included fingerprints. The Daily Beast’s Shane Harris reported Thursday that leading cybersecu

PSYCHOLOGISTS SHIELDED CIA TORTURE: A new report examining the relationship between the American Psychological Association and the U.S. government’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation programs has found that psychologists hoping to curry favor with the Pentagon kept the APA’s ethics policies in line with the torture programs, despite criticism from the CIA’s in-house health professionals. The 542-page report finds that several prominent psychologists helped protect the CIA’s interrogation tactics and “prioritized the protection of psychologists—even those who might have engaged in unethical behavior—above the protection of the public.” One former president of the APA, for example, gave the CIA the opinion that sleep deprivation does not constitute torture, and appears to have been rewarded with a small ownership stake in a company founded by two CIA interrogation overseers. The American Psychological Association issued an apology after the report went public on Friday. “The actions, policies and lack of independence from government influence described in the Hoffman report represented a failure to live up to our core values,” said Nadine Kaslow, an ex-president of the organization. “We profoundly regret and apologize for the behavior and the consequences that ensued.”

BAGHDAD BOMBINGS, SHOOTING KILL 11: At least 11 people were killed Saturday in bombings and a shooting in and around Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. Four soldiers were killed and another nine wounded when three roadside bombs detonated simultaneously near an army convoy southeast of Baghdad. In Youssifiya, a town south of Baghdad, a bomb near an outdoor market killed two. In Rashidiya, another bomb near a market killed three and wounded five. And in the suburbs northeast of the capital, two people were killed in a drive-by shooting, according to police.

WHO READS LBN? Senator Elizabeth Warren along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


CANCER DOCTOR SENTENCED TO 45 YEARS: A Detroit oncologist has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for a Medicare fraud scheme that involved him giving healthy people chemotherapy. As many as 553 people may have been hurt in the get-rich-quick scheme carried out by Farid Fata. The judge called what transpired “a huge, horrific series of criminal acts” and said a restitution hearing will come soon. Fata will give up $17.6 million and other assets as part of his sentencing.

LBN HISTORY: Did you know? Did you know that LBN began in 2002, over 13 years ago, with only 500 initial readers? It has now grown to one of the most influencial news and information blogs in the world with almost a half a million readers a day in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

NICE JOB! – FBI’S MISTAKE LET DYLANN ROOF BUY GUN: Dylann Roof was able to legally buy a gun despite admitting to drug possession because the paperwork reviewed by the FBI was wrong. The stunning admission was made Friday by Director James Comey, who said a background-check reviewer never saw Roof’s arrest report because the wrong arresting agency was listed on his gun application. After three days, the application automatically went through because the reviewer didn’t have enough time to deny or authorize the gun purchase. “If she had seen that police report, that purchase would have been denied,” Comey said. Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for attacking a Bible study group at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

91% OF LBN READERS AGREE: 91% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries agree that Muslims have a moral responsibility to speak out more loudly against radical Islam.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Julia Stiles and Vanessa Carlton eating pasta and drinking white wine at Osteria Morini in Soho in NYC.   ***Former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan at Napa Valley landmark Mustards Grill on Route 29 on Friday .   ***Comedian Jim Gaffigan having dinner at the Neapolitan pizza spot Ribalta on Thursday. His new show airs next week on TV Land .   ***Rainn Wilson at a performance of Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theatre in NYC.   ***Lisa Bonet filming an episode of “Girls” in Brooklyn.    ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass ride a bike on Fairfax Ave. last night around mid-night.

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GREAT-GRANDAD MICK JAGGER ‘IN LOVE’ WITH 26-YEAR-OLD MODEL: Mick Jagger is playing with fire by getting satisfaction from a 26-year-old model. The 72-year-old singer is touring with the Rolling Stones – and cheating on girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, 28, with Slavic beauty Masha Rudenko! “Mick is in love again,” a band insider revealed. “He’s crazy about Masha!” But Melanie won’t be the only person flipping out over Mick still acting like a teen heartthrob! It’s only been 14 months since Mick’s late girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, hanged herself in her New York condo – and L’Wren’s family was already upset that Mick had moved on with Melanie!

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Ellen Pao, the embattled CEO of Reddit, has resigned. Pao was the interim executive of the self-described “front page of the Internet” after a revolt last week by sub-reddit moderators. The website exploded when Reddit brass dismissed Victoria Taylor without explanation last week and many users launched racist and misogynistic messages against Pao. Reddit has 160 million regular users and is owned in part by Conde Nast.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is fair, balanced, independent and fearless. I read it daily because it is by far the best new and information source anywhere.”—–Charles T., an LBN E-Lert reader from New Orleans, Louisiana.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Even as South Carolina and major retailers officially disconnect themselves from the Confederate flag, the controversial symbol continues to have a prominent presence at Kid Rock’s concerts. On Monday, the National Action Network’s Michigan chapter protested outside the Detroit Historical Museum, which houses a Kid Rock exhibit, demanding that the rocker stop displaying the Confederate flag, Deadline Detroit reports. In a statement to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Kid Rock relayed his message to those upset in his native Detroit: “Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my ass/Ask me some questions.”

SITE OF THE DAY:

Federal Research: What’s a Dollar Worth?

“Directions: Enter years as 4 digits (i.e. 1913) through 2014. Enter dollar amount without commas or $ sign in box on first line. Click Calculate button to compute dollar amount shown on second line.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Clyde W., an LBN reader from Selma, Alabama.


LBN-R.I.P.: ***James Tate, a poet whose offhand style, ingenious wordplay and wild flights of surrealism won him a devoted following, a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, died on Wednesday in Springfield, Mass. He was 71. His wife, Dara Wier, said he died after a long illness.

LBN-COMMENTARY by B. Koplen: It ended too soon; her difficult life she’d infused with normalcy was over. Having read The Diary of Anne Frank before my daughters were born and again after both had married, I’d experienced their insights; Anne’s candor meant even more this time. I knew exactly what she’d lost, knew how well she’d managed adversity. Her Diary didn’t end with, “The Nazis are here!” Instead, her life ended in a flash too close to the end of WWII. That timeline of Nazi evil made me think of her as having being caught on a floor too high to escape from the insidious horror of 9/11.

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Friday • July 10, 2015

YIKES! HALF OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE U.S. HAVE LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:

Half of the immigrants in the United States have limited English proficiency (LEP), according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.

According to the most recent data, of the total 41.3 million immigrants in the United States in 2013 about half, 20.4 million, spoke English less than “very well.”

The report notes that LEP individuals tend to be less educated and poorer than English speakers.

“Compared to the English-proficient population, the LEP population was less educated and more likely to live in poverty,” the Migration Policy Institute reports. “Employed LEP men in 2013 were more likely to work in construction, natural resources, and maintenance occupations than English-proficient men, while LEP women were much more likely to be employed in service and personal-care occupations than English-proficient women.

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Friday • July 10, 2015

BYE-BYE! CONFEDERATE FLAG REMOVED FROM STATEHOUSE:

The Confederate flag flying near South Carolina’s statehouse was taken down shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, less than 24 hours after Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill authorizing its removal. Crowds shouted “Take it down” in anticipation of the removal. It will be taken to the Confederate relic room, and will eventually have a specially made display.

 

WHO DID READ LBN? Prince Saud al-Faisal, the urbane diplomat who used quiet diplomacy to maintain Saudi Arabia’s regional influence and alliance with the United States during his four decades as foreign minister, died on Thursday. The Prince had been a regular reader of LBN for the last four years and would occasionally write to us praising our “tough but fair” coverage of the war on terror.


 

HACKING OF GOVERNMENT COMPUTERS EXPOSED 21.5 MILLION PEOPLE: The Obama administration on Thursday revealed that 21.5 million people were swept up in a colossal breach of government computer systems that was far more damaging than initially thought, resulting in the theft of a vast trove of personal information, including Social Security numbers and some fingerprints. Every person given a government background check for the last 15 years was probably affected, the Office of Personnel Management said in announcing the results of a forensic investigation of the episode, whose existence was known but not its sweeping toll.

 

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GREEK PARLIAMENT TO BACK REFORM DEAL: Greece’s parliament is expected to support Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ reform proposals in a snap vote Friday, a spokesman for the ruling Syriza party told reporters. Tsipras is asking for parliamentary backing to negotiate a list of “prior actions,” or measures his government would take to persuade creditors in a bailout deal. Party spokesman Nikos Filis told reporters there would “certainly” be a deal today. Greece submitted a detailed written proposal Thursday requesting a €53.5 billion loan from the eurozone’s bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism.

 

CHAPTER 1 OF NEW HARPER LEE BOOK DROPS: The first chapter of Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new book was released online at midnight Friday. Go Set a Watchman was published 55 years after the release of To Kill a Mockingbird, despite Lee vowing to never write a sequel to the literary classic. The novel was written before Mockingbird, but features the beloved character Scout as an adult, returning to home to Maycomb, Alabama, two decades later, to visit other characters, including her father, Atticus Finch. The lost novel stirred controversy, with critics arguing the 88-year-old’s mental state was too fragile for her to have been cognizant in consenting to the book’s release. Lee, who suffers hearing and vision problems, resides in an assisted-living facility. The book is set to be released July 14.

 

NETANYAHU AIDE THREATENED HOSTAGE FAMILY: Officials from the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office threated to abandon a mentally ill hostage to his fate in Gaza if the family dared to criticize the Israeli government in public, according to a secret recording. Lior Lotan, the hostages and missing persons coordinator, is apparently caught on tape warning the family of Avera Mengistu that he will be left in captivity for another year if stories about his frustration appeared in the media.

 

MY REVIEW: “LBN is earth shaking. It brings the truth to my world daily and it expands my mind.”—–Charlotte B., an LBN reader from Charleston, South Carolina.


 

TOM SELLECK SETTLES STOLEN WATER DISPUTE: Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck reportedly reached a settlement with Ventura County on Thursday over allegations that he illegally transported water from public hydrants across district boundaries to his ranch in the midst of California’s historic drought. The Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a complaint this week accusing Selleck and his wife, Jillie, of repeatedly loading trucks with public fire-hydrant water in a different district and delivering it to their 60-acre property. The settlement between Calleguas and Selleck’s lawyers will go before the water district board for approval at a meeting next Wednesday, said Calleguas resources manager Eric Bergh. The details of the deal will remain confidential until finalized.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Surfing

1.     A “hang eleven” is when a male surfer rides his board naked.

2.     Captain James Cook was the first person to describe surfing (or he’enalu in Hawaiian), in 1778. He saw a surfer whom he described as someone “who had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and smoothly by the seas.”

3.     The Hawaiians referred to surfing as he’enalu, which means “wave sliding.”  For Hawaiians, surfing was a central part of their religion. Surfing not only encompassed deep spiritual links with the ocean, but it was also a way for ceremonial chiefs to assert their dominance.

4.     Surfing is among the oldest sports on Earth. While the precise origin of surfing is uncertain, prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan in Peru that date back 5,000 years show people surfing.

5.     The “Father of Modern Surfing” is considered to be Duke Kahanamoku (1890‒1968), an Olympic swimmer who started a surf club in Waikiki Beach.

 

‘DOCTOR ZHIVAGO’ STAR DIES AT 83: Omar Sharif, an actor best known for his leading roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died Friday at the age of 83. His agent said he suffered a heart attack in Cairo. Sharif was the winner of two Golden Globes and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s earlier this year.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lopez was the entertainment at CAA honcho Perry Wolfman’s 55th birthday dinner party last Friday night at Wolfman and husband Dan Wright’s Bridgehampton home. Wolfman is the head of licensing for the Hollywood agency.   ***Veteran Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Kotler having dinner last night at the popular Barney’s in Brentwood.    ***Scarlett Johansson, dressed down in overalls, dining with husband Romain Dauriac at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett post-holiday weekend on Monday night .   ***Carly Rae Jepsen at Dos Caminos Meatpacking and Troy Liquor Bar.   ***“Game of Thrones” actress Natalia Tena, who played the wildling Osha in Seasons 1 through 3 and also starred as Nymphadora Tonks in the “Harry Potter” franchise, got into trouble with security for smoking at a screening for her new film, “10,000 km,” at MoMA Wednesday. While doing media interviews, Tena puffed on an e-pipe, which we’re assured was full of the legal stuff, in the museum lobby.

 

UNIQUELY, LBN: Angel P., an LBN reader from Las Vegas, Nevada.


 

CALIFORNIA SHARK ATTACK RATES DOWN 90%Shark attacks along California’s shores are 90 percent less likely than in the mid-1950s, despite an increased number of swimmers. A new study says that far fewer people than expected are getting bitten, and the report comes after eight people were attacked by sharks in North Carolina in recent weeks. Researchers say this might be the result of fewer sharks in the water, but is definitely due in part to them seeking out more of their natural prey: large sea-dwelling mammals.

 
SITE OF THE DAY:

NASA: Earth Observatory

“The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.”

 

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ken Stabler, who was one of pro football’s leading quarterbacks of the 1970s and took the Oakland Raiders to the first Super Bowl victory in their history, died Wednesday in Gulfport, Miss. He was 69.The cause was colon cancer, which had been diagnosed in February, his family said.   ***Prince Saud al-Faisal, the urbane diplomat who used quiet diplomacy to maintain Saudi Arabia’s regional influence and alliance with the United States during his four decades as foreign minister, died on Thursday, according to Saudi officials and state news media. He was 75. Before his retirement in April, Prince Saud was the world’s longest-serving foreign minister and helped shape the kingdom’s responses to monumental changes in the Middle East.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If you’re like most of us, you’re wondering what the Internet is doing to your attention span. You toggle over to check your phone during even the smallest pause in real life. You feel those phantom vibrations even when no one is texting you. You have trouble concentrating for long periods. Over the past few years researchers have done a lot of work on attention span, and how the brain is being re-sculpted by all those hours a day spent online. One of the conclusions that some of them are coming to is that the online life nurtures fluid intelligence and offline life is better at nurturing crystallizing intelligence.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Leary: My favorite comedian of all-time is still Richard Pryor. I think he was the most gifted comedian. He had all the tools: brilliant social satirist, brutally honest, and could become a deer in the woods physically onstage and be Muhammad Ali and John Wayne. He had all the tools. I remember when I was a teenager and Bill Cosby was saying that Richard Pryor had ripped him off just because Richard Pryor started out working clean, and he was a black guy.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: They were criminals — thugs and thieves — a single ethnic group that filled the jails of big cities. “Scum unloaded on American wharves,” one speaker in Philadelphia said of them. Dirty, filthy, foreign. As for their children, they were “utterly ignorant of a place such as school,” The New York Herald reported. Mexicans? No, the Irish of the 1850s, then pouring into Anglo-Saxon America at such a rate that it gave rise to a political party founded in opposition to immigration — the Know-Nothings. At one point, it was second largest party in the United States, complete with a paramilitary arm called the Wide Awakes.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Donny Deutsch was spotted canoodling with Christie Brinkley in Central Park in NYC Thursday, but it was all for TV. The former model was grabbing the 50-something ad king’s behind as they walked around in flirtatious conversation. But it’s not a reaction to her ex Billy Joel’s July 4 wedding.

 

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Thursday • July 9, 2015

S.C. VOTES TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE FLAG:

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will sign a bill removing the Confederate Flag from statehouse grounds at 4 p.m. Thursday, after the state house of representatives approved it overnight. The approval early Thursday comes nearly three weeks after nine people, including a state senator, were gunned down in a hate crime at a historic black church in Charleston. The chamber approved a second and final vote by a margin of 94-20, sending it to Haley to sign it into law. Under a state senate proposal, the flag would have to be removed within 24 hours of the governor signing the bill. Members deliberated for more than 13 hours Wednesday, including in a tearful speech by white Republican Rep. Jenny Horne, with some Republicans proposing amendments to the bill to honor their Southern ancestors. Altering the senate bill would have further delayed the removal of the flag.

LEADER OF ISIL IN AFGHANISTAN KILLED IN DRONE STRIKE: The leader of the Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in a drone strike, according to local media reports. Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews, citing the National Directorate of Security (NDS), reported that Shahidullah Shahid died in an attack in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. Last year, Shahid was fired as Pakistani Taliban (TTP) spokesman after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, which controls large areas of Syria and Iraq.

NORTHEAST CYBER BLACKOUT COULD COST $1T: A first-of-its-kind report by insurance giant Lloyd’s says a cyberattack that takes out the Northeast’s power generators may trigger a blackout that leaves 93 million in the dark—and cost the country as much as $1 trillion in damage to the economy. The group’s estimates put damage at $243 billion in an average scenario, but warn that the number could quadruple depending on the circumstances.

STUDY: TOO LATE TO STOP 16-FOOT SEA RISE: Calculations by The New Scientist say it’s too late to stop a 16-foot rise in sea levels, and without immediate intervention sea levels will rise 65 feet. Scientists consulted by the magazine say two melting glaciers in Antarctica are expected to raise sea levels 1.2 meters—4 feet—all on their own. Additional melting from the polar ice caps can bring those numbers even higher.

HONDA RECALLS 4.5M CARS OVER AIRBAGS: An additional 4.5 million Honda cars have been recalled after Takata airbags are reported to have caused eight deaths in the company’s vehicles, bringing the auto maker’s total of recalled cars to 24.5 million. The latest recall is due to “uneven gas density, which we worry could do some harm” in some vehicles, a Honda spokesman said. Tens of millions of cars with the faulty airbags have been recalled worldwide in the last seven years. On Wednesday, Nissan announced its first Takata airbag-related injuries.

LBN-READER QUESTION?: Don’t Muslims have a moral responsibility to speak out more loudly than others against radical Islam? Please send your reply to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

SYRIAN REFUGEES TOP 4 MILLION: The total number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has topped four million and shows no sign of stopping. The numbers, released by the UN, come as the conflict closes out its fourth year. “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” said the UN’s high commissioner for refugees. While some of the refugees make it to Europe and other countries outside the Middle East, the vast majority stays in neighboring countries. Nearly two million Syrians have spilled into Turkey, and more than a million are sheltering in Lebanon.

WHO READS LBN? Restaurant owner Michael McCarty along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Facebook Facts

1.     Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.

2.     More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.

3.     The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.

4.     Among children under 18, Facebook was ranked third in the top 100 searches of 2009, behind YouTube and Google. Sex and porn rounded out the top five searches.

5.     A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant.

6.     Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked site overall in the U.S. behind Google.

7.     Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.

8.     In 2003, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash, where he placed photos of undergraduates side by side so viewers could rank which one was “hotter.” Zuckerberg would later turn Facemash into the now ubiquitous Facebook.

9.     In 2008, a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Michaels created a group titled “I Need Sex” on Facebook. Within 10 minutes, she had 35 members and soon attracted 100—50 of whom she eventually slept with. Facebook has since removed her page.

10.  An 18-year-old Wisconsin man posed as several different girls on Facebook to blackmail underage male teens into performing sexual favors by coaxing them to send nude photos of themselves. He could be facing up to 300 years in prison.

PRISON ESCAPEE SQUAWKING LIKE A CANARY: The future looked grim for captured con David Sweat after he was shot in the chest and dragged back into police custody. But it may be a lot worse for the Clinton Correctional Facility employees who allegedly helped him escape, especially if Sweat continues to sing like a canary! “David Sweat will be a key witness against Gene Palmer and Joyce Mitchell,” a source said. The pair purportedly provided Sweat and his accomplice, Richard Matt, with the tools that helped the convicted murderers tunnel to freedom in a “Shawshank Prison Break.” Mitchell also allegedly repeatedly sexually serviced both Sweat, 35, and Matt, who was shot and killed on June 26. Sweat has already revealed that he and his partner, who have received more than 1,000 fan letters, planned the spectacular bustout for six months, even executing a dry run the night before their escape on June 6. Sweat even told cops that he dumped his “out-of-shape” partner after Matt, 49, stole a bottle of booze from a hunter’s cabin while they were on the run. This gave authorities the DNA evidence that put them back on Matt’s trail. It ended in a confrontation with the desperate con that resulted in the top of his head being brutally blown off by three shots fired by a border patrol agent. Sweat’s admissions have led to the suspension of 12 employees, including Superintendent Steven Racette.

NFL PLAYERS LOSE FINGERS TO FIREWORKS: New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly had his right index finger amputated Wednesday after a fireworks accident over the holiday weekend. ESPN broke the story of Pierre-Paul’s Fourth of July mishap, but neither the team or Pierre-Paul have yet to comment. Pierre-Paul is technically not under contract as he had yet to sign his $14.8 million one-year franchise tender with the Giants. A second NFL star lost two fingers over the weekend while setting off fireworks. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers when fireworks did not pop out of the canister when they exploded, Wilson’s father confirmed on a North Carolina television station.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Keith Olbermann is exiting ESPN once again.  The television personality, who rejoined the sports network in August 2013, won’t be renewing his deal to anchor his ESPN2 program. The news follows a THR report on July 1, noting that ESPN management floated an ultimately unworkable caveat: that Olbermann cease engaging in commentary.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 1932, half of all workers in Cleveland, Ohio, were jobless. And in Toledo, Ohio, four out of five were jobless.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***A perennial complaint from Facebook users is that they don’t have much control over what appears in their news feed, the main flow of posts on their Facebook home page or app screen. The social network’s mysterious computer algorithm analyzes thousands of signals, then spits out what it thinks you want to see based on the kinds of posts you have liked in the past and who you tend to interact with or ignore on the service. On Thursday, Facebook announced a set of features that will give each person more control over what he or she wants to see. In essence, you get to reprogram the algorithm.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is a fearlessly independent source of news and information. I read it daily and feel starved when I miss it.”—–Jeremy O., an LBN reader from London, England.


LBN-BOOK NEWS: Only one big league baseball club, the LA Dodgers, had an annual Hollywood Stars Night exhibition game. Over the years, other major league and minor league teams have produced their own celebrity ball games from time to time, with varying levels of success. Nonetheless, no other ball clubs, majors or minors, had been able to successfully sustain their celebrity game event over a period of years such as the LA Dodgers have. And, no other team major league, minor league, and most prominently in recent years, MLB s All Star Game celebrity event had been able to consistently deliver the impressive rosters of motion picture, TV, and live entertainment celebrities who suited up year after year at Dodgers Stadium for Hollywood Stars Night. The new book, Bats, Balls and Hollywood Stars by Joe Siegman includes some of the stories and backstage tales that made Hollywood Stars Night a Los Angeles Dodgers tradition for nearly 60 years. Filled with nostalgic memories captured in words and photographs, this volume brings baseball and celebrity together and commemorates a Hollywood twist to our national pastime.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lopez shopping on Newtown Lane in East Hampton by day, and dancing to Nas at 1Oak by night.   ***Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Marc Jacobs, Naomi Campbell, Chrissy Teigen and Irina Shayk at the Vogue Paris Foundation Gala.   ***Hilary Swank dining with friends at Tamarind Tribeca in NYC.   ***“Glee” star Chris Colfer at Bodega Negra in NYC with nine pals .   ***Petra Nemcova at Elie Saab’s Paris haute couture show .    ***Gael Greene at Lan Sheng tasting new Lynmar Estate vintages with Herb Karlitz .

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Regis Philbin is joining NBC’s “Today” show as a fourth hour contributor, joining resident wine-guzzlers Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Philbin will participate once per month, according to the on-air Thursday show announcement.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Zora U., an LBN reader from Mexico City, Mexico.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Phil Rudd, the beleaguered former AC/DC drummer who pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine earlier this year, was sentenced to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand judge.   ***A judge on Wednesday praised Joni Mitchell‘s longtime friend for helping the singer-songwriter recover from an aneurysm and ruled that she should continue to make medical decisions for the musician. Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III said Leslie Morris should remain Mitchell’s conservator, with the authority to oversee medical care for the eight-time Grammy winner. Morris has been acting in that capacity since May, when Mitchell was recovering in a hospital from an aneurysm in late March that rendered her unable to speak for some time. The singer has since returned to her Los Angeles home and regained her speech. Mitchell, 71, is expected to make a full recovery, a court-appointed attorney wrote in a filing Tuesday

SITE OF THE DAY:

Census Bureau: U.S. and World Population Clock

“The U.S. population clock is based on a series of short-term projections for the resident population of the United States. This includes people whose usual residence is in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These projections do not include members of the Armed Forces overseas, their dependents, or other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The projections are based on a monthly series of population estimates starting with the April 1, 2010 resident population from the 2010 Census.

LBN-R.I.P.: Helen Harrison, who was so unprepared when her son was born prematurely that she later wrote a popular manual for parents in similar situations and became their advocate, died on Saturday at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 68. She had been struggling with an immune system ailment for five years, said her husband, Alfred.

THE LIST RANT by Ericka T. Bass: 1. I have five male friends named David and they all have large penises.   2. I hate people blow their nose loudly.   3. I always order breakfast at Denny’s and it is always horrible.   4. The older Hillary Clinton gets, the more she looks like a dyke.   5. Dick Van Dyke used to be sexy. Used to be.    6. I have been for Gay marriage since 1998.   7. The ugliest women I know are the ones that have had face lifts.   8. Travel around America and you will discover in about a day just how FAT Americas are.   9. I used to eat Beef Jerky and know the thought of it makes me sick. (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-ETC: Your life has a sense of purpose. Shouldn’t your work? —- www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution —- www.Skirball.org/Bill-Graha
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Wednesday • July 8, 2015

GROUND STOP OVER FOR UNITED FLIGHTS: United Airlines flights are resuming Wednesday morning, after the FAA ordered a ground stop (no takeoffs or landings) for all of its flights due to an unspecified “automation issue.” This is the second such outage in a month.

GREECE FAILS TO OFFER NEW BAILOUT PLAN: Tuesday’s emergency summit meeting between Greek and European leaders in Brussels appears to have gone disastrously. Europe’s authorities blasted the Greek government’s failure to present a written bailout proposal and demanded it come back with a detailed plan Thursday or face bankruptcy. “The stark reality is that we only have five days to find the ultimate agreement,” said European Council President Donald Tusk. “Until now, I have avoided talking about deadlines. But tonight I have to say it loud and clear—the final deadline ends this week.” European Commission President Jean-Laude Juncker of Luxembourg also announced Tuesday that Europe already has detailed plans for Greece’s exit from the eurozone and for delivering humanitarian aid to Athens. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, meanwhile, called the meeting “positive.” Greece is expected to submit a formal request Wednesday for a two-year loan program, with reform commitments detailed Thursday. EU leaders would then meet Sunday to determine Greece’s future.

STOCK SELL-OFF IS UNABATED IN CHINA: Stock prices in mainland China fell sharply again on Wednesday, despite another series of government measures meant to restore confidence and stabilize a market that has grown increasingly turbulent in the last month. The sell-off is putting pressure on the government to take swift action, as losses pile up for the millions of ordinary investors that piled into the market. Just days after Beijing introduced a number of bold measures to prop up share prices, regulators announced new initiatives Wednesday, including allowing insurers to invest more money in stocks and creating a fund to buy up shares in small and midsize companies.

WHO READS LBN? Senator Lindsey Graham, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


ISIS CRUCIFIES DOZENS FOR BREAKING RAMADAN FAST: Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) militants have crucified dozens of Syrian men and boys for breaking the Ramadan fast, according to reports. Eyewitnesses told the Syrian ARA News, “Those who break Ramadan are being crucified on electricity poles in Deir ez-Zor,” in eastern Syria. “The roads are filled with crucified men who violated the group’s strict regulations during Ramadan. There are dozens of victims who remain hanged on electricity poles across the province,” they said.

45 MILLION VIEW UNIDENTIFIED DEAD GIRL’S PHOTO: A computer-generated image of a dead 4-year-old girl has been viewed more than 45 million times after she was found two weeks ago on a Boston-area beach. Authorities have still not been able to identify the child. Baby Doe was found June 25 in a trash bag with a zebra print blanket. Forensics experts reconstructed a photo of the child to try and identify her, but have so far been unsuccessful. An autopsy also failed to determine a cause of death, though police are still awaiting toxicology results.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Antony Jenkins was ousted as chief executive of the British bank Barclays on Wednesday, after directors lost confidence in his ability to improve returns to shareholders, the lender’s chairman said. “We’ve got quite a bureaucracy here,” the chairman, John McFarlane, said. “It needs to be much more clear on what we’re doing — much more decision and with much more pace — so that we are leaner and more agile and more energetic.”   ***Microsoft said on Wednesday that it would eliminate up to 7,800 jobs, more than 6 percent of its work force, in a major overhaul of its struggling smartphone business. The company also said it would take a $7.6 billion accounting charge related to its acquisition of Nokia’s handset operations, a clear acknowledgment that Microsoft’s foray into the mobile hardware business had borne little fruit.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Christian Slater applauding Danny Elfman at Lincoln Center Festival’s “Music From the Films of Tim Burton” Monday.   ***Martha Stewart, Jeffrey Bilhuber and Susan Gutfreund at Swifty’s in NYC.   ***Bill O’Reilly at the Beach Boys’ Guild Hall concert.   ***Mark Cuban running between Shellback Tavern and the Strand House in Manhattan Beach, Calif.   ***Harry Styles, Jason Statham and Gerard Butler at Treats! magazine’s July Fourth party in Malibu, Calif.   ***Katie Lee at eBay’s Airstream at Montauk Beach House .

MY REVIEW: “LBN keeps it real. 24/7!”—–Lowell T., an LBN reader from Lansing, Michigan.


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***ICM Partners and the Helen Brann Agency are in the midst of succession plans under which ICM Partners would acquire representation rights to all clients and titles repped by the literary agency

L.A CRIME UP: It doesn’t just feel like violent crime and burglaries are on the way back up in Los Angeles after a years-long drop. Now the stats show that crime is indeed rising across the board and across almost all of the city. Violent crime rose 21% — driven by jumps in aggravated assaults and robberies — marking the second such increase in a row. The number of shooting victims also rose, by nearly 19%.  Property crime has climbed 10%, driven by across-the-board increases in burglaries, thefts and motor vehicle thefts.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Sheri B., an LBN E-Lert reader from Tel Aviv, Israela


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U.S. Department of Defense

Homepage of the U.S. Department of Defense.

LBN TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926)

Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist whose pioneering work in the field of thanatology—the study of death and dying—has had a lasting influence on the medical community. In her groundbreaking book, On Death and Dying, she first discussed what is now known as the Kübler-Ross model, which uses the “five stages of grief” to explain the experience of dying patients: denial, anger, bargaining for time, depression, and acceptance

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Juli Soler, a restaurateur who put Ferran Adrià in charge of the kitchen at El Bulli in Catalonia, Spain, and helped him transform the restaurant into one of the most innovative centers of gastronomy in the world, died on Monday at his home in Rubí, near Barcelona. He was 66. Mr. Adrià announced the death in a post on Twitter on Monday. The cause, reported in the Spanish press, was degenerative nerve disease.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Marco Rubio: When President Obama announced the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, he criticized the supposed failures of United States policy toward Cuba, which, Mr. Obama said, “hasn’t worked for 50 years.” The reality of course is that American policy is no more to blame for Cuba’s economic and political problems than it was for the Soviet Union’s bread lines or for the fact that tens of millions of Chinese still live in poverty.

LBN-COMMENTARY by J. Neil Schulman: Unburned hydrocarbon waste (soot) is indeed air pollution but carbon dioxide (CO2) is not. CO2 is the vital exchange gas breathed out by oxygen-inhaling animal life, taken in by chlorophyll-based green plant life which converts it back to oxygen. Increases in CO2 encourages plant growth which increases converting  CO2 back into oxygen.  CO2 is a microscopic greenhouse gas on Planet Earth — less than 4%. Water vapor (clouds) accounts for 95% of greenhouse gas. Contrary to politicians, pundits, and entertainers who claim  CO2 leading to global warming is settled science, computer climate modeling is only as good as the selected data and is subject to GIGO — Garbage In, Garbage Out.

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LBN-ETC: Sunday, July 19th at 2pm – Main Santa Monica Public Library – “500 Dates” Comedian and writer Mark Miller welcomes special guests – online dating expert Julie Spira and media expert Michael Levine to discuss the online dating wars. For information – 310-458-8600 or www.smpl.org .

LBN-ETC: Enhanced Marketing – www.EMPResults.com – Call Craig Valine – (626) – 507-8228.

LBN-ETC: Your life has a sense of purpose. Shouldn’t your work? —- www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution —- www.Skirball.org/Bill-Graha
LBN-ETC: What happened to family films —- www.JefferyPatterson.net .

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Tuesday • July 7, 2015

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DEPORTED 6 TIMES CHARGED IN FELONY HIT-AND-RUN OF FAMILY THAT INJURED YOUNG CHILDREN:

A six-time-deported illegal immigrant is charged in the felony hit-and-run of an Arizona mother and her two young children. The man allegedly admitted to being high on marijuana while causing the severe lacerations to a five-year-old boy. The five-year-old and a two-year-old were both taken to an area hospital. This tragedy comes within one week of two separate incidents involving previously deported illegal immigrants allegedly murdering women in two U.S. states: California and Texas. The California case involved a young woman in San Francisco taking photos with her father on a pier when an illegal immigrant who had been deported five time prior allegedly murdered her. The Texas case involved an illegal immigrant who had been deported four time prior. Police say the man admitted to murdering his wife with a hammer.

FBI RAIDS SUBWAY’S JARED IN KID PORN CASE: The FBI and Indiana law-enforcement officials raided the home of Jared Fogle, the spokesman and commercial face of Subway, on Tuesday morning as part of a child-pornography investigation. Fogle rose to national fame in the 1990s after losing 235 pounds through exercise while eating Subway’s food. He was quickly picked up as a spokesman for the sandwich chain, which promotes itself as a healthier fast-food alternative, and started the Jared Foundation to teach kids about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. In April, Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested on seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possessing child porn. Taylor, 43, attempted suicide while in jail. Fogle was reportedly detained but not arrested; Fogle hasn’t been accused or charged of a crime. After the arrest, Fogle said he was severing ties with Taylor, and that he was “shocked” by the allegations.

COSBY UNDER OATH: I DRUGGED WOMEN: In a 2005 sexual-abuse lawsuit, Bill Cosby admitted that he purchased Quaaludes to drug young women he wanted to sleep with, and gave the drug to at least one woman. The comedian was being sued by a Temple University employee. Cosby said he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl. The documents also reveal he asked his agent at William Morris to send money to a woman accusing him of assault. He settled the lawsuit, but the court documents were released after petition by the Associated Press and over objections by his lawyers, who said they would embarrass their client. More than a dozen women have come forward with claims of drugging and sexual assault by Cosby. Gloria Allred, who is representing a group of women, said in a statement to The Daily Beast that she is “very hopeful we will be able to use this admission” in her case.

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IRAN DEAL TALKS EXTENDED TO FRIDAY: U.S. officials say the terms of the interim nuclear agreement with Iran have been extended until Friday, which effectively extends the deadline for talks on a permanent deal. “To allow for the additional time to negotiate, we are taking the necessary technical steps for the measures of the [2013 agreement] Joint Point of Action to remain in place through July 10,” a State Department spokeswoman said.

STATE, LOCAL PROSECUTORS ARE 95% WHITE: A study released Tuesday shows about 95 percent of 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors across the U.S. in 2014 were white; of those, 79 percent were white men. The Women Donors Network report also found that 66 percent of states that elect prosecutors have no black people in those positions, underscoring the racial imbalance in the criminal-justice system. The study also found that 15 states had  elected white prosecutors exclusively, including Colorado, Tennessee, New Jersey, Washington, and Missouri. The report found 16 percent of elected prosecutors were white women, while only 4 percent of those elected were minority men, compared with 1 percent of minority women.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER STRIPPED OF WBO TITLE: Floyd Mayweather was stripped of the welterweight world title he won over Manny Pacquiao for not complying with World Boxing Organization rules. The professional boxer was supposed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from the fight by Friday, or he’d lose the title from that fight along with two junior middleweight titles. “The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” the organization said in a statement.

U.K. MARKS 7/7 ATTACKS ANNIVERSARY: The U.K. held memorial events Tuesday for the 52 victims of the July 7, 2005, terror attack on London. Four suicide bombers carried out a series of coordinated attacks on public transit. The attackers claimed to be inspired by al Qaeda. “Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly—the murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact,” said Prime Minister David Cameron. “But we will never be cowed by terrorism.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.

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GREEK PM TO PRESENT NEW PLAN TO EUROZONE: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and new Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos will arrive in Brussels on Tuesday to offer a new proposal at an emergency summit on his country’s debt crisis. Tsipras is expected to demand Greece’s creditors slash its debt by as much as 30 percent after voters on Sunday rejected a new set of austerity terms for an international bailout. However, the European Central Bank said Monday it would not expand credit for Greek banks, which means Greek banks will remain closed at least until Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned against an unconditional write-off of Greece’s debt, but French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French radio “the basis for a deal exists.” Eurozone finance ministers will convene later Tuesday, followed by a full summit meeting in the evening

REPORT: WHO FAILED IN EBOLA OUTBREAK: A report that will be released Tuesday is expected to slam the World Health Organization’s Ebola response, according to an early copy seen by BBC News. Among other things, the report says the WHO lacked the “capacity and culture” to respond to such a large-scale outbreak. “To me, coming from somewhere like Oxfam, which is an emergency culture, you are very much, if you like, on the front foot. You are always trying to prevent a situation coming through or grab it when it starts and really get it under control very fast and those are some of the internal changes that have to be made at WHO,” said the report chairman. “We will be making recommendations to the WHO about how it needs to change itself.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Film producer Mike Flint having dinner last night with some Hollywood friends at the popular Luna Park restaurant on LaBrea.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: More than 2,500 Americans die from heart disease each day, equaling one death every 34 seconds.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is set for a wider release to U.S. theaters this weekend, and although critics have raved about the intense, probing film, some of those closest to the singer have campaigned against Amy. While Winehouse’s family have announced that they “disassociated” from the documentary because it casts the singer’s father Mitch in a negative light, one of Winehouse’s closest collaborators, Back to Black producer Mark Ronson, has applauded the film, professing that Amy captures Winehouse’s “genius.”

JERRY WEINTRAUB, A FORCE IN FILM AND MUSIC, DIES AT 77: Jerry Weintraub, a consummate showman whose up-and-down career touched musical entertainers as grandly diverse as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin and screen artists who included Steven Soderbergh, Robert Altman and Michael Douglas, died on Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. The cause was cardiac arrest, his publicist said.

UNIQUELY LBN: Lowell D., an LBN reader from Manchester, England.


LBN-R.I.P.: Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love,” has died. She was 43. Sgt. Mike Moran with the Greeley, Colorado, police department says Peterson was found dead at an apartment complex Sunday. She was alone, and an investigation into her death is ongoing. No other information was released.

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“A trusted source for federal statistical information since 1997. FedStats supports a community of practice for over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics, and provides the public with a showcase of information, tools and news related to official Federal statistics.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We work hard to cram our lives into legible narratives. But we live in the fog of reality. Whether you have survived a trauma or not, the psyche is still a dark forest of scars and tender spots. Each relationship is intricacy piled upon intricacy, fertile ground for misunderstanding and mistreatment.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Anna Sauerbrey: In the last few weeks, many Germans have come to know a young Muslim blogger in Berlin named Betul Ulusoy. Having obtained a law degree, Ms. Ulusoy applied for several jobs in Berlin’s city administration as a trainee, and was hired for a post in the city district of Neukölln. But when she came to sign the contract in a head scarf, she says, she was informed that the administration would have to reconsider the decision because of the city’s “neutrality law.” Like several other German states, Berlin requires its employees in certain positions by law to refrain from wearing religious symbols or dressing in a way that makes them recognizable as members of a certain denomination.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Surprise! Jim Nabors turned 85, and we were there to celebrate at his Hawaii home. The shindig also marked Jim’s 40th anniversary with his longtime love, husband Stan Cadwallader.   ***Oscar winner Hilary Swank’s rough-and-tumble childhood has exploded in an ugly case of domestic abuse,  according to sources. Cops busted her sister-in-law on domestic violence charges after she threatened to throw a power drill at the actress’ older brother, Daniel Swank. According to court documents, Daniel called 911 after his wife, Tracey Smith, went on a rampage at his business in Lynnwood, Wash., in mid-February.

LBN-ETC: Sunday, July 19th at 2pm – Main Santa Monica Public Library – “500 Dates” Comedian and writer Mark Miller welcomes special guests – online dating expert Julie Spira and media expert Michael Levine to discuss the online dating wars. For information – 310-458-8600 or www.smpl.org .

LBN-ETC: Enhanced Marketing – www.empr.com – Call Craig Valine – (626) – 507-8228.

LBN-ETC: Your life has a sense of purpose. Shouldn’t your work? —- www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution —- www.Skirball.org/Bill-Graha
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Monday • July 6, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES:

The family of a California woman who was allegedly shot dead by an illegal Mexican immigrant have criticized officials who didn’t hand him over after he was jailed just months before the attack. Grieving relatives of Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot dead on San Francisco’s Pier 14 Thursday night, made the comments in light of revelations that alleged killer Francisco Sanchez, 45, had already been sent back over the border five times. Immigration officials said that they had made him a ‘priority’ request for any law enforcement officers who picked him up. It came as immigration officials revealed that Sanchez should have been sent to them when he was arrested four months ago, but was let go in accordance with San Francisco’s ’sanctuary city’ policy.

MEXICAN EX-CON SAYS HE KILLED AMERICAN ON ACCIDENT: The man accused of fatally shooting a 32-year-old woman at San Francisco’s popular Pier 14 admitted he did it in a Sunday interview with ABC7 . Francisco Sanchez, who authorities said had been deported to his native Mexico five times and had seven prior felony convictions, claimed he found the gun wrapped in a t-shirt and that it accidentally went off when he picked it up. Sanchez said he wasn’t aware a bullet fatally hit Kate Steinle, who was struck in the chest while posing for a photo. Sanchez said he returned to the U.S. for work and knew San Francisco was a sanctuary city, or a place that allows certain protections for immigrants in the country illegally. Donald Trump, who’s running for president, tweeted about the shooting as an example of why the U.S. needs to crack down on border control.

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CARLI LLOYD’S HAT TRICK WINS WORLD CUP: The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final Sunday in Vancouver, securing a 4-0 lead within the first 16 minutes of the game. Carli Lloyd led the team with two goals in the first few minutes, followed by Lauren Holiday’s goal off an attempt by a Japan defender to clear the ball in the box. Lloyd pulled a hat trick to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead before Japan’s Yuku Ogimi ended the U.S. team’s run. In the second half, Julie Johnston scored on her own team’s net to give Japan its second goal, but Tobin Heath sealed a final of 5-2. The World Cup victory is the third overall for the U.S.—the most in women’s soccer history. Lloyd was awarded the Golden Ball for the game’s best player.

SCREEN ADDICTION IS TAKING A TOLL ON CHILDREN: Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake. Chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of sometimes draconian therapy, completely isolated from all media, the effectiveness of which remains to be demonstrated.

WHO READ THE LBN-ELERT? David Ellison along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


GREECE’S FINANCE MINISTER RESIGNS: Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced his resignation Monday, less than a day after Greeks overwhelmingly voted against a historic bailout referendum. Varoufakis, who clashed with creditors, said he had been “made aware” that some members of the eurozone preferred his absence at meetings, “an idea that the prime minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement,” according to his blog post. “For this reason I am leaving the ministry of finance today,” he said. Interior ministry figures showed 61.3 percent of Greeks voted “no,” rejecting creditor demands for fresh financial aid, compared to 38.7 percent who voted “yes.” Numbers showed 62.5 percent of voters participated. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande called an emergency eurozone summit meeting after the result. EU President Donald Tusk said the summit would take place Tuesday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Global Warming

1.     The earth is a natural greenhouse and is kept warm by water vapors, carbon dioxide (CO2), and other gases in the atmosphere, which absorb the sun’s energy and radiate it back toward the earth. This type of warming is called “natural greenhouse effect.” “Enhanced greenhouse effect,” on the other hand, causes global climate change due to excessive levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

2.     Without the atmosphere to create a greenhouse-type effect, the average temperature on Earth would be just 5° Fahrenheit (F).

3.     Natural levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have varied throughout history between 180 and 300 parts per million (ppm). Today’s CO2 levels hover around 380 ppm, representing a 25% increase over the highest recorded natural levels.

4.     In the year 1997 alone, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increased by 2.87 ppm; this increase is more than any other year on record.

5.     The year 2005 was the warmest on record, and the years 1998 and 2007 are tied for the second warmest. The eight warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998.

6.     Scientists expect a 3.5° F increase in average global temperatures by the year 2100, resulting in the warmest temperatures in the past million years. During the Pliocene epoch 1.8 million years ago, when the earth’s temperatures were roughly equivalent to today, sea levels were 12-18 feet higher.

7.     Geologists believe sea levels could rise between seven and 23 inches by the end of the century if current warming trends continue.

8.     Worldwide, one hundred million people live within three feet of sea level, and much of the world’s population is clustered in coastal areas.

The polar bear, while surviving in drastically reduced numbers, is already effectively extinct in its natural habitat—and no amount of change can save it. Scientists estimate that just 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears still survive in the wild.10.  The first forced relocation due to the effects of climate change occurred in 2007 when 100 residents of Tegua Island in the Pacific Ocean were evacuated due to rising sea levels and subsequent flooding.

11.  For the past million years, cool climate conditions have primarily prevailed throughout the world. It was under these conditions that the human species evolved.

12.  The earth has always experienced cyclical bouts of climate change. Recorded temperatures throughout history display graphs of peaks and valleys with occasional extreme periods, such as the Little Ice Age of the seventeenth and eighteenth century and the Medieval Warm Period of the eleventh century.

13.  According to NASA studies, average temperatures around the world have increased 1.4° F since 1880, with most of the change occurring in recent decades.

14.  During the twentieth century, the earth experienced two warming trends. The first was a burst in temperature from 1900-1930, and the second is a continuing increase in temperature beginning in the 1970s.

15.  The last two decades of the twentieth century were the hottest decades in more than 400 years and may have been the hottest decades for several thousand years.

IRAQ PLANE ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ BOMBS BAGHDAD: At least seven people are dead after an Iraqi warplane accidentally released a bomb due to a “technical problem.” The incident happened near the Rasheed air base during the Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft’s return from a bombing run, and the blast injured at least 11 others. “One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during [the aircraft’s] return to base it fell on three houses in Baghdad Jadida,” a spokesman said. The plane was an aging model purchased from Russia; the U.S. has not yet sold Iraq more modern F-16 warplanes.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 1958, when the American National Election Study (A.N.E.S.) first asked Americans if they trusted the government in Washington to do what was right, 73 percent of adults said they put their faith in the federal government “most” or “some” of the time. In 2014, the last time anyone asked this question, the Pew Research Center estimated that roughly 24 percent of the adult population in the United States trusted the federal government to do what was right most or some of the time.

BURT’S BEES CO-FOUNDER DIES AT 80: Burt Shavitz, the co-founder and the face of the body products brand Burt’s Bees, has died, the company said Sunday. He was 80. The company did not say how Shavitz died. The Maine native co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984.“We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land,” the company wrote in a post on its website. Quimby met Shavitz while hitchhiking and used his beeswax to make candles she sold at craft fairs. The company grew into a world-renowned body-product line, best known for its lip balm.

NYPD ACCUSED OF HIDING SUMMONSES: The NYPD has been destroying evidence in a high-stakes case alleging bogus summonses, according to documents filed in a Manhattan federal court. A lawyer in a class-action case involving some 850,000 summonses that were allegedly issued just to meet quotas says the police department is refusing to turn over any information from former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly or former Chief of Department Joseph Esposito about the citations. “It is simply not tenable that Commissioner Kelly and Chief Esposito did not—in the entire period of 2007 through the present—write or receive emails using terms related to the word ‘summons,’” attorney Elinor Sutton wrote. Other NYPD officials allegedly destroyed evidence demanding that cops meet summons quotas, Sutton says, because she obtained the evidence from whistleblowers.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Olivia Wilde introducing Hillary Clinton at a Terminal 5 fund-raiser.   ***J.K. Simmons at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in NYC.   ***Mo Rocca walking with an elderly nun on Sixth Avenue in NYC.   ***Comic Mike Birbiglia pushing a stroller on Smith Street in Brooklyn.    ***Barbara Walters and Andrew Stein at Caravaggio in NYC.   ***Beth Ostrosky Stern at an opening party for the What Goes Around Comes Around boutique in East Hampton.   ***Whitney Port at Target in West Hollywood shopping for a Nügg face mask.   ***Media experts and close friends Elliot Mintz and Michael Levine watching the 4th of July fire-works from the balcony of his Elliot’s Beverly Hills home.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Jill Stewart, Managing Editor of the L.A. Weekly, will be the next guest-of-honor at the City Talk conversation series on Tuesday July 21 at Luna Park restaurant in Hollywood.

GRATEFUL DEAD SET SOLDIER FIELD RECORD: Grateful Dead fans set an attendance record at Soldier Field on Sunday night, as 70,844 Deadheads obliterated a record set by U2 in 2009. The band played a three-night closeout show over Independence Day weekend in Chicago, which they said would be their last as a group. The group first beat U2’s record with 70,764 fans on Friday—up from 67,936 at the 2009 show. An extra 150,000 fans purchased online streaming passes to be part of the experience.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Comedian and writer Mark Miller will be the featured speak on Sunday July 19th at 2pm at the Main Santa Monica Public Library discussing his new book “500 Dates”.

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“Government Agencies and Elected Officials. Find contact information for federal, state, local, or tribal governments and elected officials.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jane Aaron, a filmmaker and children’s book illustrator who brought young viewers the letter “X,” the numbers 1 through 20 and other lessons in dozens of instructive animated shorts on “Sesame Street,” died on June 27 in Manhattan. She was 67. The cause was cancer, her husband, Skip Blumberg, said.   ***Diana Douglas, an actress for six decades and a model who was Kirk Douglas’s first wife and Michael Douglas’s mother, has died in Los Angeles. She was 92. The cause was cancer, according to Michael Douglas’s production company, Furthur Films, citing Ms. Douglas’s husband, Donald A. Webster. Sources vary as to whether she died on Friday or Saturday.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Leslie H. Gelb: American hawks flapped their wings with joy when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced recently that more military muscle would be deployed to the Baltics and Eastern Europe, and as word seeped out of significant covert U.S. military aid to Ukraine. And the hawks glowed when President Vladimir Putin telephoned President Barack Obama to discuss common problems in the Mideast. You see, they crowed, Putin is blinking first when faced with U.S. toughness. Get even tougher, do more, they urged in White House meetings and the press. They never addressed what they would do if more and more failed—as it almost certainly would. Yes, Washington should show more resolve and enhance NATO’s military punch. But neither that nor increasing economic sanctions will stop Putin. By themselves, upping military and economic pressure is both a dangerous and losing strategy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Europe dodged a bullet on Sunday. Confounding many predictions, Greek voters strongly supported their government’s rejection of creditor demands. And even the most ardent supporters of European union should be breathing a sigh of relief. Of course, that’s not the way the creditors would have you see it. Their story, echoed by many in the business press, is that the failure of their attempt to bully Greece into acquiescence was a triumph of irrationality and irresponsibility over sound technocratic advice.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiancé, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July. A representative for the singer-actress said Sunday that Williams and Skrip wed a day earlier. No details of the ceremony were provided. This is the third marriage for Williams, who was previously married to public relations consultant Ramon Hervey and former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox. She has three children with Hervey and a daughter with Fox.

LBN-ETC: Sunday, July 19th at 2pm – Main Santa Monica Public Library – “500 Dates” Comedian and writer Mark Miller welcomes special guests – online dating expert Julie Spira and media expert Michael Levine to discuss the online dating wars. For information – 310-458-8600 or www.smpl.org .

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Sunday • July 5, 2015

LBN-BONUS SITE:

REALTIME NEWS UPDATE COVERAGE: Greek Referendum: July 5, 2015 – Latest news on today’s vote that will decide their country’s future and possibly the face of the European Union in the years to come.

KERRY: IRAN DEAL COULD GO ‘EITHER WAY’: Secretary of State John Kerry tempered recent enthusiasm about a deal of Iran’s nuclear program saying on Sunday, “We are not there yet, I emphasize that. We’re not going to shave, anywhere, at the margins, just to get an agreement.” Kerry also said that it could go “either way” and said the U.S. would be willing to walk away should it run into “absolute intransigence.”

CLINTON: CHINA WANTS TO HACK EVERYTHING: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unloaded on China on Saturday, declaring that the country is “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move.” China is believed to have been behind the recent hacking and theft of the information belonging to 18 million current, former, and prospective federal employees at the Office of Personnel Management. Clinton accused China of “stealing commercial secrets, blueprints from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information. All looking for an advantage” and warned that we “have to be fully vigilant” about its military growth.

BILLY JOEL MARRIES FOR FOURTH TIME: Billy Joel, 66, tied the knot for the fourth time on Saturday, marring his 33-year-old pregnant girlfriend Alexis Roderick. Joel reportedly surprised his guests at his July 4th party with the nuptials. The wedding was administered by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.Roderick is a former staffer at Morgan Stanley. The two started dating in 2009.

TUNISIA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the country is “not safe” from extremists. The declaration gives government forces more flexibility and authority in the wake of a Islamist gun attack that killed 38 tourists last week on a beach. That includes closing down almost 80 mosques operating without official authorization and putting scores more mosques under review for possible closure.

WHO READS THE LBN-ELERT? Rapper Vince Staples along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Carpet

1.     The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.

2.     The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day.”

3.     The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.

4.     Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.

5.     The term “carpet bagger” is a derogatory reference to Northerners who sought to take political and economic advantage of the South’s defeat after the Civil War. The name refers to the travel bag made from carpet that many Northerners used to carry their possessions.


WOMEN’S CHAMP EATS 38 HOT DOGS: Defending women’s hot dog eating champ Miki Sudo clinched the title again Saturday at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island. Sudo, a Las Vegas native, ate 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, earning herself first place and $10,000. Defending men’s champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, meanwhile, tasted defeat after last year’s second-place finisher Matt Stonie beat him by two hot dogs, for a total of 62 hot dogs and buns.

SITE OF THE DAY:

Mayo Clinic: First Aid Guide

“Information to help you during a medical emergency. (Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment or formal first-aid training. Don’t use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you’re in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek medical assistance immediately.)”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Zody B., an LBN reader from Tampa, Florida.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The turquoise tranquillity of the Côtes d’Azur was rocked a couple of times during the Cannes Lions Festival, the advertising world’s rosé-soaked answer to the Cannes Film Festival. Al Gore snubbed Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky, who was giving a speech for Ogilvy & Mather about how she became “patient zero” in the cyberbullying epidemic, was slated to sit in a V.I.P. box with the former vice president, who got an award for being a good brand. But her invite got yanked. The contretemps was a reminder that Gore’s prissy attitude toward l’affaire Monica helped cost him the election, because he was so angry at Bill Clinton that he leashed the Big Dog, curtailing the president’s campaigning, even in the South. If Al had been less eager to put baby in a corner, there would have been no phony action on Iraq and plenty of action on melting glaciers.

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Saturday • July 4, 2015

PUTIN SENDS OBAMA JULY 4 MESSAGE:

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent President Obama a congratulatory message Saturday to mark the U.S. Independence Day and to call for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect. “In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

TENTATIVE DEAL REACHED ON IRAN SANCTIONS: Iran and the seven world powers involved in nuclear negotiations have reached a tentative deal on sanctions relief for Iran. No details of the agreement have been provided, but it is meant to outline which U.S. and international sanctions can be lifted and how quickly. News of the annex indicates that a long-term nuclear agreement, aimed at restricting Iran’s nuclear program for ten years in exchange for economic benefits, is moving closer.

FOOD, MEDICINE RUNNING LOW IN GREECE: With the Greek economy on the brink of collapse, food and medicine have begun to run low and banks say they have barely enough money to make it through the weekend. Banks say they have 1 billion euros left, or just 90 euros a head for the country’s 11 million people, until Sunday’s referendum, when the country will decide whether to accept an austerity deal. Food staples such as sugar and flour are running out, along with vital drugs in pharmacies. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging Greeks to vote “no” in the referendum and give him the chance to negotiate a better deal. “I urge you to say no to ultimatums, blackmail and fear. To say no to being divided,” Tsipras said.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former music attorney Fred Goldring along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES SEEK BIG RATE INCREASES FOR 2016: Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back. Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives

ISIS DESTROYS MORE ARTIFACTS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ: Islamic State militants indulged in new public displays of artifact destruction this week, sledgehammering a half-dozen statues said to have been stolen from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The militants also broke up a hidden 2,000-year-old lion statue they discovered in a Palmyra museum garden and demolished a 13th-century tomb near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The destruction, publicized in photographs and statements posted by the Islamic State on social media and corroborated by officials and antiquities experts, underscored the risks to the archaeological heritage sites in Syria and Iraq, as well as the impunity of the militants now in command of large parts of both countries.

DESPAIR AND ANGER AS PUERTO RICANS COPE WITH DEBT CRISIS: After nearly a decade of recession, Puerto Rico’s government says it cannot pay its $73 billion debt much longer. Gov. Alejandro García Padilla warns that more austerity is on the way, a necessity for an island now working feverishly to rescue itself. With so many bracing for another slide toward the bottom, the sense of despair grows more palpable by the day.

OBAMA PLANS BROADER USE OF CLEMENCY TO FREE NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS: Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century. The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected

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ASSANGE: I DIDN’T FILE FOR ASYLUM: A day after France rejected Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s “request” for asylum, the whistleblower’s defense team has said Assange did not file for asylum in the first place. Assange’s defense team director, Baltasar Garzon, said in a statement that an open letter from Assange to France only expressed willingness “to be hosted in France if and only if an initiative was taken by the competent authorities.” French Prime Minister TK Hollande’s office meanwhile, said Friday that it could not “act on the request.” Assange faces accusations from two Swedish women of rape, molestation and illegal coercion.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Hilary Swank was seen getting cozy with a mystery man at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side Wednesday night. Spies said that Swank — a night before her appearance on “Today” — was “holding hands under the table” with a date. ***Famed 3-D photographer Doug Betzold having dinner last night at the Cast & Plow restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth is 321.2 million.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Jonna L., an LBN E-Lert from Alberta, Canada.

GEORGE TAKEI: SORRY FOR BLACKFACE TAUNT: Star Trek actor George Takei has apologized for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface” over his dissent to last week’s same-sex marriage ruling. “When asked by a reporter about the opinion, I was still seething, and I referred to him as a ‘clown in blackface’ to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage,” Takei said in a Facebook post. “This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While I continue to disagree with Justice Thomas, the words I chose, said in the heat of anger, were not carefully considered.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Charlie Sanders, a tight end for the Detroit Lions from 1968 to 1977 whose sticky fingers, fleet feet and shifty elusiveness helped redefine a position that had traditionally been reserved for stolid blockers, died on Thursday in Royal Oak, Mich., near Detroit. He was 68. The cause was cancer, the Lions said on their website.   ***John R. Whitman, an investment banker and the husband of former Gov. Christie Whitman of New Jersey, died on Thursday in Morristown, N.J. He was 71. The cause was a catastrophic brain injury he suffered in a fall on June 19, said Heather Grizzle, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Whitman.   ***Jay Emmett — the colorful former Warner Communications president who helped create the Special Olympics with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and was also convicted on fraud charges in the 1980s — died last month at 86. He served on the boards of the Orioles, Red Sox and Padres, and will be saluted this summer at Fenway Park.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jennifer Finney Boylan: Fireworks have always reminded me of falling in love and the fear that someone will get hurt. The first time I ever made out with someone during a fireworks show was in 1982. We were attending a Central Park performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and I’m not sure we even saw the rockets that went off during the final movement, “The Hut of Baba Yaga.” I was 24, I was listening to the New York Philharmonic, and I was so in love with my girlfriend, Kate, that I felt as if I were drowning in honey. We broke up four years later, after I went to grad school.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: Oh, the ceaseless Seattle sun. June just set another record — the hottest ever recorded in this city, closing out the warmest first half of a year. Seattle is farther north than Maine and Montreal, and yet, over the last month or so, it’s been hotter here than Athens, Rome or Los Angeles on many a day. We had eight days at 85 degrees or higher in June. On Sunday, east of the Cascade Mountains, it hit 113 degrees in Walla Walla. London and Paris, two cities that share a similar climate to Seattle’s, both set heat records this week — 98, the hottest July day in British history, and 103.5 in the City of Light

LBN-COMMENTARY by Allen C. Guelzo:  “Lincoln hated Thomas Jefferson.” That is not exactly what we expect to hear about the president who spoke of “malice toward none,” referring to the president who wrote that “all men are created equal.” Presidents have never been immune from criticism by other presidents. But Jefferson and Lincoln? These two stare down at us from Mount Rushmore as heroic, stainless and serene, and any suggestion of disharmony seems somehow a criticism of America itself. Still, Lincoln seems not to have gotten that message.

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Friday • July 3, 2015

POTENTIAL HOLIDAY THREATS ASSESSED WITH FOCUS ON ‘LONE WOLF’ TERRORISTS:

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American counterterrorism officials have increased security at national landmarks and large public events ahead of major holidays or significant anniversaries, and issued bulletins calling for increased vigilance by the public. But this Fourth of July weekend has spawned particularly strong warnings about a potential attack as the federal authorities and national security experts say the United States is more susceptible now because of tactics chosen for recent terrorist strikes by the Islamic State.

FRANCE REJECTS ASSANGE’S ASYLUM PLEA: In an open letter published in French newspaper Le Monde to François Hollande, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange pled to be granted asylum as he waits questioning by Swedish officials for allegations of sex crimes by two women—one of rape and the other of sexual assault. He is currently holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London, where he has stayed since 2012. The plea follows published Wikileak documents that revealed that the NSA snooped on three French presidents, top ministers and business transactions from 2006 to 2012, but it was swiftly denied. “France has received the letter from Mr. Assange. A closer examination shows that when taking account of the legal elements and the situation of Mr. Assange, France can not act on his request.”

NGUYEN PHU TRONG HEADS TO WHITE HOUSE: General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party, will make his first ever visit to the White House next week. The visit, hosted by President Obama, will mark 40 years since war ended between the two countries and will work to improve ties between the nations.

AETNA TO PURCHASE HUMANA FOR $37B: Two major healthcare providers are about to become one. U.S. insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $37 billion in cash and shares to rival Humana, valuing Humana at $230 a share. The introduction of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has prompted an increase in healthcare deals due to new customers into the market and cost incentives. The merger is set to see approximately $115 billion in revenue for 2015 with 56% of that revenue coming from government-sponsored programs such as Medicare and Medicaid

P. DIDDY ESCAPES FELONY CHARGES: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs will not be seeing any felony charges after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office decided not to file assault charges for attacking a UCLA football coach on June 22. Combs allegedly swung a kettlebell at an assistant coach. “We are thankful that the District Attorney rejected felony charges in this matter,” Combs’s lawyer Mark Geragos said in a statement. “This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with.”

BOKO HARAM KILLS 97 IN NIGERIAN MOSQUES: Extremists from terror group Boko Haram gunned down 97 Muslims praying in mosques in Nigeria this week, according to a government official and a self-defense fighter. Several mosques in Kukawa were attacked Wednesday night, a day after another 48 men and boys were killed in the village of Mussaram. According to an official who spoke with the Associated Press, 17 males escaped with serious injuries.

EMPLOYERS HAVE GREATER LEEWAY ON UNPAID INTERNSHIPS, COURT RULES: Employers  have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, setting aside a lower court decision that the movie studio Fox Searchlight Pictures had improperly classified former workers as unpaid interns rather than employees. The decision, which sends the case back to the lower court, could have broad ramifications for the way employers rely on unpaid labor. It erects large barriers to further class-action lawsuits by unpaid interns against companies where they had worked.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kissing

1.      “Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.

2.     A woman in China partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend reportedly ruptured her eardrum with a passionate kiss. Apparently, the kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out, and caused the breakdown of the ear.

3.     The science of kissing is called philematology.

4.     The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705.

5.     Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips.

6.     Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.

7.     On July 5-6, 2005 a couple in London locked lips for 31 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds, making it the longest kiss ever recorded.

8.     The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”

9.     French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.

10.  The lips of both men and women resemble the lips of the vagina.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Acclaimed singer – song-writer Janis Ian along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


UBER SUSPENDS LOW-COST SERVICE IN FRANCE: UberPOP, the low-cost ride-sharing program which connects riders with non-professional drivers, has been suspended in France, Uber announced on Friday. The decision follows increased scrutiny from French regulators and taxi unions after recent legislature began to require all chauffeurs to hold a costly professional license, a mandate not required by UberPPOP drivers. French authorities have called for the entire Uber operations to be banned while taxi unions have staged nationwide strikes to protest the service. Uber is suspending the UberPOP service as a safety measure for its drivers.

RAFAEL NADAL KNOCKED OUT OF WIMBLEDON: In a shocking upset, tennis star Rafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon on Thursday by Germany’s No. 102-ranked Dustin Brown. Nadal lost in the second round with a score of 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. “I have nothing to lose playing him,” Brown said after the match. “That makes it easier for me, playing my shots. But if I lose no one’s going to say anything bad. My game doesn’t let him play his game.”

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LBN WILL MISS YOU: Charles Harbutt, a photojournalist who infused his work with evocative imagery and an art photographer who transformed conventional scenes into surreal metaphors, died late Monday or early Tuesday in Monteagle, Tenn., near Chattanooga, where he was teaching. He was 79. Charles was a long-time LBN reader and would occasionally write to us with photo ideas. He will be missed.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Kevin Love dining with his agent at Landmarc at the Time Warner Center in NYC the night before signing a $110 million contract with the Cavaliers.   ***President Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng at “The King and I”.   ***“Orange Is the New Black” star Kimiko Glenn at Angelo David Pisacreta’s new Madison Avenue Angelo David Salon.   ***LuAnn de Lesseps and her “Girl Code” song producer Jerry Wonda sharing guacamole at Joe Allen in NYC.   ***Christie Brinkley and daughter Alexa Ray Joel at Cittanuova in East Hampton.

HARPER LEE’S LAWYER ‘HID’ THE SEQUEL: A rare books expert claims that To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee’s lawyer has been holding onto a manuscript for the book’s sequel for years, despite the lawyer’s claims of only having discovered the manuscript last August. Justin Caldwell, a rare books expert from Sotheby’s auction house, says he met with Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, and Lee’s literary agent in Alabama in October 2011. Caldwell says he happened upon a manuscript for Mockingbird’s sequel, Go Set a Watchman, while reviewing other manuscripts for insurance purposes. Carter claims to have not been in the room at the time of Caldwell’s discovery and denies any knowledge of the manuscript. Caldwell, however, says Carter “was present in the safe-deposit room” and read the manuscript pages along with him. The publication of Go Set a Watchman was announced only three months after Alice Lee, Harper’s older sister and caretaker, passed away. The book’s publisher, HarperCollins, has not said whether Harper Lee was consulted about the book’s release.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years on death row in Louisiana for a murder he almost certainly did not commit, died on Monday in New Orleans, less than 16 months after his conviction and death sentence were vacated and he was released. He was 65. William Most, a lawyer for Mr. Ford, said the cause was lung cancer, a diagnosis Mr. Ford received shortly after his release in March 2014. He died at a home provided by Resurrection After Exoneration, a nonprofit group that assists freed prisoners, Mr. Most said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Heather McDonald: Skin color has nothing to do with it. The overwhelming reason why children grow up in poverty “in 2015” is that they are being raised by single parents. Children with no father at home are between four and five times more likely to be poor as the children of married parents, whether they are black or white. But with 72 percent of black children born to single mothers — nearly three times the white out-of-wedlock birthrate — blacks’ higher poverty level is inevitable.

THE LIST RANT by Ericka T. Bass: 1. If you want to instantly vomit, have dinner at Buca di Beppo. It’s the only restaurant worse than Olive Garden, if that’s possible.   2. The assholes who designed the parking at UCLA should be taken quickly to the gas chamber.   3. I hate people who tap their pens incessantly. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner fled to the Bahamas with their kids to spend time together just as their divorce news broke, sources confirmed. The couple, who on Tuesday announced they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, was spotted with their kids at a private Bahamas resort on Wednesday. “Ben looked more gray than usual, but Jen was in great spirits,” said the source. “Jen seemed in a great mood, and was spotted working out with a trainer.”   ***Christopher Reeve‘s daughter has named her baby boy after her late father. Alexandra Reeve Givens gave her son with husband Garren Givens the name Christopher Russel Reeve Givens, a tribute to both the “Superman” star and one of the newborn’s paternal grandfathers

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Thursday • July 2, 2015

IN GREEK DEBT CRISIS, MIXED MESSAGES AND NO PROGRESS: Bewildered Greeks, not to speak of people throughout Europe and the world, could be forgiven for wondering who, if anyone, is in charge. In the past few days, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece has blown up negotiations with European creditors on staving off default, then retreated and accepted more or less the same terms, only to have European leaders tell him the offer had expired. Greeks are supposed to vote on a referendum this weekend, but no one there or elsewhere seems sure what they will be asked, or what the consequences will be for voting yes or no.

U.S. ECONOMY ADDS 223,000 JOBS; UNEMPLOYMENT AT 5.3%: Good, but hardly great. The economy added a healthy 223,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported Thursday, but other indicators, showing wages growing slowly and jobless Americans remaining on the sidelines, painted a grayer picture. Indeed, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, that was driven largely by an exodus of people from the work force, rather than more Americans finding work. Moreover, the strong job gains for April and May, which had led many analysts to predict that the economy was picking up steam, were revised downward by 60,000 jobs.

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD LOCKED DOWN: The Washington Navy Yard has been placed on lockdown after reports of gunshots fired. Military officials have not confirmed that there is an active shooter or that shots have been fired. A massive police and military response has met the reports, which come less than two years after a mass shooting at the Navy Yard killed 12.

TRUMP DEFENDS CALLING MEXICANS RAPISTS: Following the announcement that Macy’s cut ties with Donald Trump over his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants, the Republican presidential contender defended his remarks Wednesday in a CNN interview. NBC Universal and Univision have also dumped Trump after he called immigrants migrating to the U.S. “rapists” and “killers.” Trump cited a Fusion article about rape among immigrants illegally crossing into the U.S., to which CNN’s Don Lemon corrected him that the article was about women being raped and not about criminals crossing the border. “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don. I mean somebody’s doing it,” he said. “Who’s doing the raping?” Trump also said he was “surprised” that he came in at No. 2 in the latest CNN/ORC national poll behind Jeb Bush.

AFGHAN NIXES DEATH SENTENCES FOR STONING: An appeal heard in a closed court has overturned death sentences for four of the men who stoned and burned a young Afghan woman to death after falsely accusing her of burning a Quran. According to local reports, the death sentences were lessened to 20-year prison terms. Another man—reportedly the one who incited the violence—is said to have been acquitted. Farkhunda Malikzada was stoned to death, run over by a car, and set on fire in a case that sparked international outrage.

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8 ARE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH TUNISIA ATTACK: The Tunisian authorities said on Thursday that eight people had been arrested in connection with the massacre of 38 foreign tourists at the beachside resort of Sousse last Friday. Kamel Jendoubi, the minister responsible for coordinating the response to the attack, said that 12 people had been interrogated by the police, and that eight of them had been detained, pending charges. The gunman, Seifeddine Rezgui, 24, was shot to death by the police on a side street after killing 38 people and wounding 39 in the attack at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel.

BALTIMORE POLICE VANS TO GET CAMERAS: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that the city’s police vans will soon be outfitted with cameras, in an effort to prevent fatal injuries like the one Freddie Gray suffered. Gray was transported in a van with an on-recording camera that the driver could use to check on the passenger, but it was not working at the time. The mayor also said the city would review gear used by police during the riots following Gray’s death, after complaints from some officers that they were not equipped for the unrest.

LBN-BUSINSESS INSIDER: ***The Gulf Coast states and the federal government have reached a tentative settlement with BP for the British oil company to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years, to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, state officials said Thursday. “This is a landmark settlement,” Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama said. “It is designed to compensate the state for all the damages, both environmental and economic.”

AIRLINES UNDER JUSTICE DEPT. INVESTIGATION OVER POSSIBLE COLLUSION: Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said they had begun an investigation into possible collusion among the airlines to limit seating, two years after the Justice Department approved the latest in a wave of airline mergers, saying the combination would benefit consumers. In letters sent to airlines, prosecutors have asked for documents from the last two years related to statements and decisions they have made about limiting capacity on flight routes. By making it harder for passengers to find seats, airlines could restrain competition and increase fares.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OKS GAY MARRIAGE: The Episcopal Church voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, a decade after the church’s first openly gay bishop was elected. Episcopalians voted 129-26 in favor of gay marriage at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City. “We learned to not only care for, but care about one another,” the Rev. Brian Baker told the Associated Press. “That mutual care was present in the conversations we had. Some people disagreed, some people disagreed deeply, but we prayed and we listened and we came up with compromises that we believe make room and leave no one behind.”

84% OF CHURCH FIRES ARE NOT ARSON: As many as 84 percent of church fires across the country are not intentionally set, according to data on such events. Between 2007 and 2011, about 31 congregations burned weekly, according to an estimate by the National Fire Protection Association. Of those, about five per week were arsons, but even fewer of them were determined to be hate crimes. The NFPA’s statistics don’t break out how many fires occurred at black and white congregations

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Interns suffered a big setback on Thursday when the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decided to vacate a federal judge’s summary judgment ruling in favor of two interns who both worked on Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan. Alex Footman and Eric Glatt brought suit in 2011 and contended that Fox’s unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. In June 2013, a federal judge declared them the winner and also certified a class action over the internship programs of Fox Entertainment Group.   ***The popular Grill on the Alley restaurant, home at lunch to the Hollywood elite, will be closed from July 4 to July 14 to refurbish the kitchen.

WHOLE FOODS CEOS: WE OVERCHARGED IN NYC: Whole Foods’ CEOs apologized to customers Wednesday, after a recent investigation revealed the grocery  chain was overcharging customers in New York City. The company released a video vowing to fix the issue, admitting that a small percentage of fresh food was being weighed incorrectly. “Straight up, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it,” co-CEO Walter Robb said in the video. Robb and co-CEO John Mackey also promised to boost staff training and establish a third-party auditing system to monitor progress. Customers can also ask their cashier to check weights, and if there’s a mistake, the item is free, the CEOs said.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Raul V., an LBN E-Lert reader from Montreal, Canada.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Cristiano Ronaldo watching soccer at the bar at Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Peter Dinklage getting a kiss from his wife, then riding a “kick scooter” down West 15th Street in NYC.   ***Jennifer Lopez at Dos Caminos Meatpacking in NYC.   ***Rosie Perez talking boxing at Fresco by Scotto in NYC with Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark.   ***Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent at Morandi in NYC.   ***Gloria Estefan at Chicago Cut Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Band Rush and Michael Moore on the rooftop of Local West, across from MSG in NYC.   ***Dominic West at In Vino in NYC.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A test pressing of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks – one of rock’s rarest records with only five known existing copies – is now available thanks to Amoeba Music. The West Coast record chain recently acquired the test pressing of the classic LP, dubbed the “New York” version, as part of a lot of 4,000 vinyls that Amoeba acquired from the personal collection of “an iconic industry family.” The asking price on one of the most in-demand vinyls among Dylanphiles: $12,000.   ***Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch was absent from a London premiere of “Amy” — the acclaimed doc he first blessed, then later blasted for its portrayal of him. He’s demanded the film, out Friday, be re-edited. But producer James Gay-Rees, whose credits include “Amy” director Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” said at the London screening: “We’re not going to re-edit this movie.”

LBN-R.I.P: ***Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half-century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, a righteous deed like those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, died on Wednesday in Maidenhead, England. He was 106. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Mr. Winton was a former president, announced his death on its website. He lived in Maidenhead, west of London.   ***Kathryn Barnard, a professor of nursing whose expertise in the social and emotional development of very young children led her to develop innovative techniques for better parenting of infants, died on Saturday at her home in Seattle. She was 77. Her death was announced by the University of Washington School of Nursing, where Dr. Barnard was a professor emeritus. A school spokeswoman, Elizabeth L. Hunter-Keller, said in an email that Dr. Barnard died after a series of chronic illnesses.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Caroline Levander and Matthew Pratt Guterl: Are hotels a hotbed of poverty, oppression and danger? Or are they relatively benign institutions of temporary respite, offering the traveler the basic comforts of a minibar, hot shower and clean sheets? This odd question, perhaps better fit for literary than legal analysis, nevertheless sat at the center of one of the Supreme Court’s most unusual cases during its just-completed term. In a 5-to-4 decision in the case of Los Angeles v. Patel, the court on June 22 invalidated a 116-year-old local ordinance that required hotel owners to hand over simple information about their patrons, gleaned from check-in forms, to law enforcement, even if there was no warrant.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser: To those of you marking milestones in the war against global Islamism and jihad yesterday’s backslapping between two of the worlds most wealthy entrepreneurs marks a major setback for Western civilization and the hope of any reformist anti-Islamist Muslims having any chance to be heard and grow our constituencies and movements. The below interaction between Bill Gates and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is a sentinel moment that demonstrates the horrific situation for the funding of any type of reform against Islamism and against the global jihad. Prince bin Talal’s track record alone is enough to credit the traction of the Muslim brotherhood in America and Europe. And now his mutual admiration with Bill Gates is camouflaging the reality that his $32 billion will certainly go down in history as continuing to fuel the Islamist apologia that has been the foundation upon which radical Islam has grown over the past half a century.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Richard Gere has found himself a “Runaway Bride!”. The big-screen heartthrob’s new young love is 32-year-old Alejandra Silva, but sources say the sexy Spanish socialite has a sordid secret – she’s still married! Like the “Pretty Woman” actor, Alejandra is in the middle of a high-profile divorce. Her estranged husband is Govind Friedland, the son of American mining billionaire Robert Friedland. The two have reportedly been separated for over a year, which is around the time Alejandra met the “American Gigolo” hunk, sources revealed.   ***Liza Minelli’s sister, Lorna Luft, has canceled her worldwide concert tour to undergo “extensive surgery” to battle against breast cancer.  Fresh out of rehab after ingesting a killer combo of booze and pills, pals fear Liza, 69, will suffer her own devastating setback in the wake of the news. She had been touring the United Kingdom, and earning rave reviews, while paying tribute to her famous mother in “Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland.”   ***As new photos showed actor Williams Hurt looking extremely gaunt, sources say he secretly battled prostate cancer three years ago. The Oscar winner, 65, was photographed in New York while promoting his AMC sci-fi drama, “Humans.” “He’s a tall guy which makes him look thinner anyway,” according to an eyewitness at the event. “But he looks like he’s lost a ton of weight.”   ***Caitlyn Jenner‘s son, Brody, says he gets along much better with Caitlyn than he did with Bruce. “I’ve known Bruce for a long time and I didn’t get along with Bruce,” the 31-year-old reality TV fixture recently told E! News. “Caitlyn I get along with a little more, because Caitlyn is actually who she really is and she’s living her life finally now as the person that she always was.”

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Wednesday • July 1, 2015

WHOOPS! OBAMA STAFF KNEW ABOUT CLINTON EMAIL:

The latest batch of Clinton emails published by the State Department on Tuesday revealed that President Obama’s top aides corresponded with Hillary Clinton on her private email account while she was secretary of state. Obama aide David Axelrod is among those who communicated with the presidential contender on her private email address, while Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel requested Clinton’s address. Axelrod and other Obama officials had previously said they were unaware of her using a personal address. The department published an additional 1,925 emails Tuesday night, revealing the former diplomat struggled to operate a fax machine and could be a little out of the loop. Clinton writes, “I heard on the radio that there is a cabinet mtg this am. Is there? Can I go?”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When McDonald’s opened an outlet in Kuwait shortly after the end of the Gulf War, the line of cars waiting to eat there was seven miles long.

GREECE FLIP FLOPS ON BAILOUT DEAL: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece is ready to abandon some of its earlier-stated bailout demands and was re-considering an offer it already rejected. Tsipras indicated he would also call off a referendum, scheduled for Sunday, in a letter to creditors. He only requested that a requirement to raise the retirement age be postponed by a few months, and that they keep a sales-tax discount to Greek islands. Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, however, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bailout offer expired Tuesday night.

ISIS KILLS 50+ SOLDIERS IN EGYPT: At least 50 Egyptian soldiers were killed and more than 40 wounded after a string of attacks on the Sinai Peninsula, near the town of Sheikh Zuwaid. Other soldiers may have been taken hostage, and as many as 70 terrorists were involved in the attacks. Wilayet Sinai, an Egypt-based ISIS affiliate formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for the attack. ISIS-linked militants have been blamed for a string of assassinations of Egyptian judges in recent weeks.

USA WOMEN BEAT GERMANY 2-0: The U.S. women’s soccer team beat Germany 2-0 in the semifinal match of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday. U.S. veteran Carli Lloyd scored on a penalty kick as the match’s final goal. Kelley O’Hara scored first, in the 84th minute. The Americans now move on to the World Cup final, where they will face the winner of the Wednesday’s match between Japan and England

CARREY: VACCINE LAW IS ‘FASCISM’: Actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter to condemn a California law that requires mandatory vaccinations for nearly every schoolchild in the state. “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,” Carrey posted. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Tuesday, eliminating the state’s previous exemptions from vaccinations for personal or religious beliefs.

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PRISONER TRADED PAINTINGS FOR TOOLS: Paintings given by Richard Matt to prison guard Gene Palmer in exchange for tools and liberties that helped facilitate his escape included a bald eagle, roses, and many landscapes, according to images obtained by NBC News. The Daily Beast revealed that the fugitive was a keen amateur painter last month. Palmer reportedly burned some of the gifts in a panic after Matt and fellow convicted murderer David Sweat escaped from upstate New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility. He is now facing felony charges for promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence, as well as a misdemeanor official misconduct charge. Palmer has pleaded not guilty

BLACK CHURCH IN S.C. BURNS DOWN: A black church in South Carolina burned to the ground Tuesday night, but so far there’s no evidence of arson. The Associated Press reports a federal official says preliminary indications show the fire at Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville was not deliberately set. Nevertheless, speculation raged that it was arson after several black churches in the South were burned in the past two weeks (and Mount Zion was, in 1995, by Klansmen). FBI and ATF agents joined state law enforcement to investigate the fire and will hold a news conference at 10 a.m.

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RECORD HIGH MIGRANT ARRIVALS IN EUROPE: A record number of migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in the first half of 2015, according to a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report published Wednesday. The report found 137,000 migrants have arrived in Europe in the first six months of this year, an 83 percent increase from the same period in 2014. The migrant crisis has hit countries in southern Europe the hardest, with Greece serving as the largest arrival point. More than 1,000 people have been entering the struggling country every day, “as opposed to 200 just a few weeks ago,” the report said. Syria provided the largest group arriving in Europe, accounting for almost 44,000 people.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***In a major shift for American fashion, Donna Karan, the 66-year-old founder and chief designer of Donna Karan International, a brand that defined the way American working women dressed for decades, announced on Tuesday that she was leaving the helm of the house that bears her name. Ms. Karan will remain as an adviser to Donna Karan International, but devote more time to her Urban Zen line, which centers on wellness and artisanal goods, and its foundation.

LBN-NOTICED: ***ICM Partners Rick Levy having lunch yesterday at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Yoko Ono walking on Third Avenue in NYC “in a black sweatsuit and fedora”.   ***Martha Stewart at Primola in NYC.   ****Pat Riley at Milos in NYC with Heat draft pick Justise Winslow and his Roc Nation Sports team.   ***Derek Jeter having lunch with his parents and sister at Morton’s Grille in NYC.    ***Josh Hutcherson at Bodega Negra in NYC.   ***Candace Bushnell having breakfast at Public Chicago’s Pump Room.   ***Julie Andrews seeing “An American in Paris” in NYC.   ***Daryl Hall and John Oates at Old Homestead Steakhouse in Atlantic City.

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IT IS NOW LEGAL TO SMOKE POT IN OREGON: An Oregon law allowing legal possession and cultivation of marijuana went into effect just after midnight Wednesday. The new law allows those 21 and older to consume marijuana and to grow as many as four plants at home and gift small amounts to people, but not to sell it. A bill to allow recreational marijuana sales is making its way through the state legislature, though.

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U.S. and World Population Clock

“The U.S. population clock is based on a series of short-term projections for the resident population of the United States. This includes people whose usual residence is in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These projections do not include members of the Armed Forces overseas, their dependents, or other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The populations displayed on the world population clock are not intended to imply that the population of the world is known to the last person. Rather, the clock is the Census Bureau’s estimate of the world population size and an indication of how fast it is growing. According to the current estimates, the world population reached 7 billion in 2012 and the new projections indicate that the 8 billion marker will be reached in 2025.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Theodore Weesner, a novelist who mined his wayward youth for the stuff of his celebrated first novel, “The Car Thief,” and whose half-dozen other books earned plaudits for their patient, realistic narratives and humanely considered characters, died on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Portsmouth, N.H. He was 79. The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Theodore Jr. said.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dean Obeidallah: Al Qaeda is at it again. The group is trolling ISIS, which is increasingly becoming its favorite target (next to America, of course). The trash-talk between these two is starting to rival the hype before a WWE championship wrestling match. But the lethal battle between them makes one thing clear: Their actions are truly not about religious ideals. Rather, their focus is on the far more secular goal of advancing their respective political agendas.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Sometime after the 1973 war, I remember seeing a cartoon that showed President Anwar el-Sadat lying flat on his back in a boxing ring. The Israeli prime minister, Golda Meir, wearing boxing gloves, was standing over him, with Sadat saying to Meir something like, “I want the trophy, I want the prize money, I want the belt.” I’ve been thinking of that cartoon a lot lately as I listen to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, lecturing the United States and its five great power partners on his terms for concluding a deal that would restrict Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon for 10 to 15 years in return for lifting sanctions. But in that draft deal Khamenei has managed to preserve Iran’s basic nuclear infrastructure, albeit curbed, and has continually insisted that Iran will not allow international inspections of military sites suspected of harboring covert nuclear programs. It’s still not clear if the last remaining obstacles to a deal will be resolved. But it is stunning to me how well the Iranians, sitting alone on their side of the table, have played a weak hand against the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain on their side of the table. When the time comes, I’m hiring Ali Khamenei to sell my house.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sandeep Jauhar: Aproximately 26,000 newly minted doctors across the United States will begin their internships today. For many, this legendarily grueling year will be the most trying time of their professional lives. Most will spend it in a state of perpetual exhaustion, as near ascetics with regard to family, friends and other pleasures. I was an intern nearly 20 years ago, but I still remember it the way soldiers remember war. Fortunately for today’s interns, regulations have since reduced some of the misery. Most interns now are not permitted to work shifts longer than 16 hours. They are also encouraged to nap while on overnight duty.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Once known as “Ross the Intern” to fans of “The Tonight Show,” Ross Mathews has built quite a career for himself through talent and sheer force of personality. The TV personality delivers catty coverage on the red carpet for E!, judges drag queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and has even written a book about his journey from a farm town to Hollywood. As a homeowner, he’s also graduating with honors, with the pending sale of his $1.5 million home in Glendale, Calif. Ross purchased the home two years ago for $1.1 million.   ***Bristol Palin is taking aim at her haters in a whole new way. The expectant 24-year-old shoots a gun and quotes the Bible in a shocking new Instagram snap, which she posted Tuesday. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25,” the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant captions.

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Wednesday • July 1, 2015

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Tuesday • June 30, 2015

FINANCE MINISTER: GREECE WON’T PAY DEBT:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed that Greece won’t make its $1.6 billion debt payment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, but said he was holding out hope that the country would reach a last-minute aid deal that could stave off default and push back the date of the next debt payment. The country will hold a referendum Sunday to decide whether to accept an austerity program proposed by European Union leaders. The prime minister’s office said Tuesday that it would seek a new two-year bailout from the EU to cover all financial needs and restructure debt.

ISIS BEHEADS TWO WOMEN FOR ‘WITCHCRAFT’: A Syrian watchdog group reports that ISIS has beheaded two women and their husbands in the eastern governorate of Deir ez-Zor, in what appears to be the first public beheading of civilian women by the militant group. The couples were accused to using “magic for medicine.” The group has previously executed women fighting for Kurdish militias, but has shied away from publicly killing female hostages or women living under its rule.

ANTI-SEMITISM DROPS AFTER TERROR ATTACKS: European countries that experienced anti-Semitic attacks in 2014 or 2015 saw a backlash against intolerance, according to an Anti-Defamation League survey. In France, for instance, those reporting anti-Semitic attitudes dropped from 37 percent to 17 percent following January’s attack on a kosher supermarket. “Government response to anti-Semitic manifestations, violence, death, etcetera, do have a positive impact on anti-Semitic attitudes,” said the ADL’s national director. “People are always cynical—does it really matter what the government says? How significant is that? We have always believed it does make a difference.”

FRENCH BEHEADER WILL FACE TERROR CHARGES: The man who allegedly beheaded his boss at a French gas plant while trying to cause an explosion will be held in custody on terrorism charges, said chief public prosecutor Francois Molins. Yassin Salhi, 35, argued he should only face murder charges, after his boss’s head was displayed on a gate nearby. Salhi has said the attack was motivated by problems with his wife and boss, but he sent a selfie with the head to a militant in Syria.

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HE TOOK THE SAME DRUG COCKTAIL AS MASS KILLERS: Powerful anti-addiction drugs could have triggered Dylann Roof’s deranged shooting spree, a top medical expert said recently. The 21-year-old was reportedly taking Suboxone, a narcotic used to treat opiate addiction that’s been linked with sudden outbursts of violence. “There’s no question he had an underlying psychiatric condition in which there was a breakdown in his ability to reason right from wrong,” Dr. Stuart Fischer, who has not treated Roof, said. “But the powerful medication he was apparently prescribed could have helped trigger this.” Police questioned Roof earlier this year for acting suspicious at a mall. Cops found “orange strips” in his possession that Roof said was Suboxone. In addition to Suboxone, Roof has reportedly also used cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine. Several mass murderers were taking some form of an antidepressant or other pharmaceutical drug at the time of their attack, including Columbine killer Eric Harris, “Dark Knight” shooter James Holmes and Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza. Dr. Fischer said. “Aggressive behavior can be a side effect of Suboxone. If it were to happen, it would be ‘early in the game’ after being prescribed.”

GIRL SCOUTS RETURN ANTI-TRANS MONEY: The Girl Scouts of Western Washington turned down a $100,000 donation after the donor made a startling request: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.” Despite the fact that the money could send 500 girls to Scout camp, CEO Megan Ferland told the donor that “Girl Scouts is for every girl” and returned the money. (In 2012, when Ferland headed the Girl Scouts’ Colorado council, she also stood up for a trans girl who was turned away from a troop.) The regional council hopes to recoup the lost funds through an IndieGogo campaign, aptly titled “Girl Scouts is #ForEVERYGirl.”

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CHRISTIE TO ANNOUNCE 2016 BID TODAY: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, in a speech at his old high school. He had been president of his Livingston High School class for three years. Christie is expected to focus his speech on his upbringing, and how that prepares him for the presidential post.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Monica Lewinsky avoided an inconvenient confrontation with Bill Clinton’s former Vice President Al Gore at an advertising festival in Cannes, after she delivered a speech about the online bullying she received following her affair with Clinton. The Guardian reports that Lewinsky, who spoke about being “patient zero” of Internet shaming at Cannes Lions on Thursday, was “barred from sharing a VIP box” with Gore at the final awards night of the festival on Saturday.   ***Ralph Lauren climbing into a white Porsche in front of his East Hampton store.   ***Jake Gyllenhaal and Taran Killam discussing their show “Little Shop of Horrors” over lunch at Má Pêche . . .Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell dining nearby Roger Waters, Éric Ripert and their wives at Hamptons hot spot Nick & Toni’s .   ***Rep. Peter King at Primola in NYC, stopping by the table of Fox News Radio’s Alan Colmes.   ***Chuck Schumer, Scott Stringer and Gale Brewer at AG Kitchen in NYC.   ***New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher at Philippe in NYC.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: If Texas were a country, it would rank as the world’s 7th largest producer of greenhouse gases. Additionally, Texas emits more greenhouse gases than any other state in the United States.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Built on more than 100 interviews and piles of archival footage, the new documentary film “Amy” fleshes out a nuanced character portrait of Amy Winehouse.


LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ben Wattenberg, an author, a PBS television commentator and a professed neoconservative who vainly urged his fellow Democrats to court the nation’s centrist voters at a time when the party was moving to the left, died Sunday in Washington. He was 81. The cause was complications of surgery, his son, Daniel, said.   ***Jack Carter, a motor-mouthed comedian who became one of television’s first stars in the late 1940s and continued working, as both a comic and an actor, well into the 21st century, died on Sunday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 93. A family spokesman, Jeff Sanderson, said the cause was respiratory failure.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Christianity is in decline in the United States. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate. Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves. Christianity’s gravest setbacks are in the realm of values. American culture is shifting away from orthodox Christian positions on homosexuality, premarital sex, contraception, out-of-wedlock childbearing, divorce and a range of other social issues. More and more Christians feel estranged from mainstream culture. They fear they will soon be treated as social pariahs, the moral equivalent of segregationists because of their adherence to scriptural teaching on gay marriage. They fear their colleges will be decertified, their religious institutions will lose their tax-exempt status, their religious liberty will come under greater assault

LBN-COMMENTARY by Eric Streit (Prominent Reality TV Producer): Donald Trump’s candidacy is brilliant.  If he loses the nomination, Trump is in a position to spend a billion dollars of his own money as an independent candidate.  A Clinton-Bush-Trump election could become a national conversation about dangerous political dynasties.  Trump bombastic, confrontational style is impossible to defend against.  He will come across as the plain-spoken truth teller while other candidates seem weak or phony.   Jesse Ventura campaigned against two “professional politicians” in 1998.  Nobody took him serious until he won.  Trump could do the same thing.     Trump knows that any publicity is good publicity.  Even if he loses, he wins.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jacqueline Bisset doesn’t understand why women get boob jobs. During a panel at the Nantucket Film Festival Saturday about women in Hollywood, Bisset stated, according to a witness, “I don’t understand why sticking two plastic bags in your chest can make you exciting.” Bisset, who starred with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” and has appeared in over 90 films, has previously said she hasn’t had any plastic surgery, explaining, “I don’t think it makes you look younger. I think it makes you different.”

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Monday • June 29, 2015

GREECE SHUTTERS BANKS, STOCK MARKET:

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced in a televised address on Sunday night that Greece’s banks and stock market will be closed on Monday, while banks will remain closed for six days. There will also be restrictions placed on money transfers and cash withdrawals will be limited to $66 a day during this period, according to a government decree published late Sunday. The decision comes just hours after the European Central Bank said it will not expand the emergency loan program for Greek banks. Tsipras called the central bank’s move “blackmail.” Meanwhile, London, Paris and Frankfurt stock markets fell sharply in early trading on Monday.

REVEALED: FEDS PREDICTED SURGE OF ILLEGALS, SEE ANOTHER 127,000 THIS YEAR: Despite claims the administration was caught off guard, the White House and four Cabinet departments predicted last year’s surge of at least 60,000 illegal juveniles over the U.S.-Mexico border and expect it to more than double to 127,000 this year, according to an internal document. A 24-page administration PowerPoint for congressional appropriators dated April 22, 2014 bluntly stated that border arrivals of “unaccompanied alien children” would rise “by nearly a factor of 10″ in 2014 to 60,000 and jump to 127,000 “if these growth rates continue.” It is shown below. Indications are that this year’s surge won’t meet that record number, but will be the second highest in recent history.

DAVID SWEAT SHOT, CAPTURED BY TROOPERS: The remaining prison escapee from a prison in upstate New York, David Sweat, was shot twice by a state trooper near Coveytown and Constable Burke Town Road, north of Malone, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon, a law enforcement official directly involved in the investigation told The Daily Beast. The 35-year-old escapee was in critical condition at an Albany hospital, police said. Two days earlier, Sweat’s fellow escapee, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by a federal agent, and about 1,300 officers had been searching for Sweat. Thirty-six hours before the shooting, authorities found DNA on salt and pepper shakers recovered about a mile north of a perimeter set up following Matt’s killing. This helped lead authorities to Sweat’s location. “The nightmare is finally over,” Cuomo said at a press conference.

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CLEAN AIR DEFEAT: A narrowly divided Supreme Court struck down federal clean air regulations Monday on coal- and oil-fired power plants that have been on the drawing board for a quarter century.

TEXAS AG: CLERKS CAN REFUSE GAY MARRIAGE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Sunday county clerks who object to gay marriage can flout the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to require states to recognize same-sex marriage. Paxton said the top court’s decision on Friday does not apply to First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion, which means county clerks can deny performing same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections. Paxton added that officials may face a lawsuit if they refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but he vowed to provide legal support.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Despite its size, all of China is in one time zone.

5 BLACK CHURCHES BURNED LAST WEEK: At least five predominantly black churches have been damaged or destroyed in fires in the past week, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Three of the five blazes have been declared arson, including in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Two other fires occurred in South Carolina and Ohio, though it’s unclear if they were caused by arson. If investigators conclude the two fires are arson, it would still take additional proof to classify the acts as hate crimes, according to SPLC. The blazes happened just one week after nine people were shot and killed at a historic black Charleston church.

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IRAN NUKE TALKS LIKELY TO MISS DEADLINE: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif left nuclear talks in Vienna on Sunday, after it appeared that negotiations would miss a Tuesday deadline. A senior U.S. official acknowledged that talks would likely miss their June 30 deadline, the AP reports. Zarif reportedly returned to Tehran to seek a final bargaining position after weeks of talks with officials from the U.K., U.S., France and Germany. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to stay in Europe until Zarif’s return on Tuesday while the European ministers were planning to return to their countries. Among the differences in finalizing a deal was how much access Iran should give to the UN group monitoring nuclear restrictions.

EGYPT’S TOP PROSECUTOR IS KILLED BY ROADSIDE BOMB: Egypt’s top prosecutor died on Monday of wounds he sustained when a powerful bomb detonated next to his car as he was driving to work, state news media reported. The prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, is the most senior Egyptian official to be killed since insurgents began a wave of violent attacks against the military-backed government nearly two years ago.

OHIO GOV. TO LAUNCH GOP PRESIDENTIAL BID: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to enter the Republican presidential race on July 21 at his alma mater, the Ohio State University, advisers told Politico on Sunday. The 63-year-old plans to announce his bid and head to New Hampshire and other early-voting states to kick off campaigning. Kasich would become the 16th candidate to enter the GOP pool, after New Jersey Chris Christie, who is expected to announce his bid on Tuesday, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to announce his 2016 plans the week of July 13.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses every day.

PUERTO RICO UNABLE TO PAY PUBLIC DEBT: Puerto Rico’s governor acknowledged his commonwealth is unable to pay its debt and would have to seek significant concessions from its creditors on Sunday, a day before a report is set to be released on the island’s financial stability. “The debt is not payable,” Gov. Alejandro García Padilla told the New York Times. ” This is not politics, this is math.” The island of 3.6 million people has an estimated $72 billion in debts outstanding, which is more municipal bond debt per capita than any other American state. Unlike mainland U.S. cities like Detroit, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth and can’t declare bankruptcy. Default could result in a financial limbo that could take years to resolve, according to the Times.

LBN-SEE IT: The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform at London’s Hyde Park on June 26, 2015


DIDDY FALLS IN BET AWARDS PERFORMANCE: Diddy wiped out during a performance dedicated to Bad Boy Records’ 20th year anniversary at the BET Awards on Sunday. Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, 112 and The Lox joined Diddy, who briefly fell in a hole on stage, to perform hits while a video montage of Notorious B.I.G. appeared in the background. Beyonce, who did not attend the event, wont three awards including video of the year for “7/11.” Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj were also big winners at the show, with Brown taking home the viewer’s choice Award and best male R&B/Pop artist. Smokey Robinson was honored with a lifetime achievement award while Janet Jackson received the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual award.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Lisa Rinna hosting a crowd including shirtless men and drag queens at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kickoff celebration at the Park in Chelsea in NYC.   ***Justin Bieber giving a few thirsty dogs some water while hiking up Runyon Canyon with friends in LA.   ***Kevin Durant and his superagent Rich Kleiman at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Spare Room in LA.    ***Kris Swanberg — director of “Unexpected,” about a woman who accidentally gets pregnant — turning up to the film’s BAM premiere seven months pregnant.   ***Lindsay Lohan at Villagio on the Park in NYC.   ***Former FBI lead hostage negotiator Chris Voss speaking to a excel report luncheon at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood yesterday afternoon.

JONI MITCHELL ‘SPEAKING’ AFTER ANEURYSM: Joni Mitchell is recovering and “speaking well” after suffering an aneurysm, the singer’s conservator said in a statement on Sunday. “The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she’s speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies,” Leslie Morris said in a statement posted on JoniMitchell.com. “She is resting comfortably in her own home and she’s getting better each day. A full recovery is expected.” The 71-year-old was hospitalized in late March after she was found unconscious in her home.

LBN-R.I.P.: Marva Collins, a former substitute teacher whose success at educating poor black students in a private school she founded made her a candidate for secretary of education and the subject of a television movie, died on Wednesday in a hospice near her home in South Carolina. She was 78. Her death was confirmed by Hospice Care of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, S.C.   ***Chris Squire, the influential rock bassist who was a founding member of the celebrated British band Yes, died on Saturday in Phoenix. He was 67. His death was confirmed by the band’s keyboardist, Geoffrey Downes. Mr. Squire, the only member to have played on every one of Yes’s albums and participated in every one of its tours, was being treated for acute erythroid leukemia and said last month that he would not be with Yes for its summer and fall tour, scheduled to begin on Aug. 7.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Attorney): In my opinion, Donald Trump is not a genius and comes across as a jerk because he has a very low EQ (Emotional Intelligence) level and likely suffers from at least one personality disorder.  Technically, for someone to be a genius they must have an IQ level over 140.  Trump is clearly intelligent, but a genius – I’m not so sure.  Studies show that more CEOs are psychopaths than any other profession.  Based upon the definition of a psychopath, Trump may well fit the bill.  The fact that he believes he is a “very compassionate person” shows a lack of self-awareness.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: It has been obvious for some time that the creation of the euro was a terrible mistake. Europe never had the preconditions for a successful single currency — above all, the kind of fiscal and banking union that, for example, ensures that when a housing bubble in Florida bursts, Washington automatically protects seniors against any threat to their medical care or their bank deposits.

LBN-COMMENTARY by B.Koplen (Author): On our table, the open jar, its schmaltz, rubs against  a tube of Alka Seltzer. We know what’s coming next, tonic water for you, ginger ale for me, their fizz, Drano for our salami sandwiches, their mustard on rye,  their garlic escapee we must have swallowed whole like too many thin slices of unrequited love.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The insurance company argued that the surgery to correct her harelip was not medically necessary. I say that insurance companies are a bunch of lies, cheating, sub-human insects who deserve to be flushed down the toilet with your last five bowel movements. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Bristol Palin has had a change of heart about her pregnancy. The 24-year-old daughter to Sarah Palin, who last week called her unborn baby a “huge disappointment” is now saying it was “actually planned.” “I made a mistake, but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a$$holes have loved to assume,” she wrote in a blog post on Sunday.

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Sunday • June 28, 2015

GREEK PARLIAMENT APPROVES REFERENDUM: Greece’s parliament voted on Sunday in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ [rp[psed referendum on bailout terms. The referendum will take place on July 5. EU officials have rejected a request to extend the bailout past Tuesday’s payment deadline until the referendum. This means that Athens will likely default and made the possibility of a Greek exit from the euro more likely. The parliamentary vote saw Tsipras’ left wing party aligned with the far right Golden Dawn.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mothers who have autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease have up to three times a greater risk for having a child with autism.

CNN MISTAKES DILDO FLAG FOR ISIS : A CNN anchor and reporter misidentified a flag at a gay pride parade in London on Saturday as the banner carried by ISIS. CNN’s Lucy Pawle was convinced the flag representing the terrorist group when in fact it bore images of sex toys. An entire CNN segment was devoted to the story and Pawle has since denied that she identified it as such. CNN has taken down the video.

PRO-FLAG SUPPORTERS RALLY IN THE SOUTH: A small contingent of pro-Confederate flag supporters rallied Saturday at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C., hours after an activist named Bree Newsome temporarily took down the state house’s flag and was arrested. Similar rallies were also planned in Alabama and North Carolina on Saturday. A larger “Drive for Pride” rally from Brandon, Fla., to Tampa and back attracted hundreds in Florida on Friday night. “It shows about the Civil War, that we lost, Southern states we lost, it leaves us with the pride we have in the South,” one supporter, Lexy Webb, told a local CBS affiliate. Drivers in the rally were involved in one accident and received two tickets during the rally.

AMERICA’S BEST KNOWN HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR CHRIS VOSS PRAISES OBAMA’S U.S. HOSTAGE POLICY CHANGE: Chris Voss, America’s best-known hostage negotiator, who served for four (4) years as the F.B.I.’s lead hostage negotiator, has praised the Obama administrations change in office U.S. hostage policy saying: “The changes announced today by the White House are steps in the right direction.  One of the coordination issues behind the scenes within the U.S. Government has always been that no one from the White House had this assignment as their exclusive focus; it was in addition to multiple other duties.  “These changes should go a long way toward curing issues of inter-agency miscommunication.” Voss, who now heads the negotiation firm The Black Swan Group  said, “Removing the threat of prosecution of families whose loved ones are under the threat of death from kidnappers is the morally correct thing to do. It also tacitly recognizes the fact that they are the victims of an ongoing extortion as well and should be aided as opposed to threatened.” Voss’ comments could be a welcome surprise for the Obama administration noting that Voss was previously very critical of Obama after the Sgt. Bergdal hostage deal, where Voss called the transfer an “embarrassment for the United States.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell treating the entire staff of “CBS This Morning” to a summer party at newly opened The Ribbon in NYC on Friday.   ***Ian Ziering at Troy Liquor Bar in NYC.   ***Sirio Maccioni, Gael Greene and Chosen Few founder Harriette Rose Katz at Le Cirque in NYC.   ***America Ferrera in Mulberry Project’s Tulum-inspired garden.    ***Rose McGowan being honored at an Acme dinner hosted by Casa ­Reale’s Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek.   ***James Marsden eating breakfast alone at Kingside in NYC.    ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap having dinner last night at Pinks Hot Dogs on LaBrea in Hollywood.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: “Jurassic World’s” $54.2 million passes “Inside Out” and newcomer “Ted 2″ to win the box office crown this week.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900. The most recent pandemic is the current swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”). The last global pandemic was the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969) which killed approximately one million people. The Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958) originated in China and is estimated to have killed between one and four million people. The Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) killed between 50-100 million people worldwide

LBN-R.I.P.: Walter Shawn Browne, an aggressive, animated chess grandmaster and six-time United States champion who dazzled spectators with his world-class ability at speed chess, died on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he had been competing in the 50th National Open. He was 66. He died in his sleep while resting at the home of a friend, according to an announcement on the Las Vegas International Chess Festival’s website. The cause was not yet known.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that eleven (11) members of the staff of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.?


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LBN-COMMENTARY by Kay Douglass (Manager): Those who call Trump arrogant are those who focus on his hair or self-image.  I focus on building that wall at our border to Mexico and bringing jobs back to the USA.  Trump has the right amount of courage to deal with Isis and take them out.  So, his hair may be “jerky” but his ideas are genius.  He doesn’t sugar coat anything to be politically correct.  Neither do I.  If he’s willing to go to bat for us, I’m willing to vote for him!

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Saturday • June 27, 2015

LBN-SPECIAL READER LUNCH – THIS SUNDAY:


The art of negotiation is a skill that anyone who wants to be successful professionally should master. Compromising effectively and getting what you want more often will make a huge difference in your personal life as well. Join LBN readers for a private lunch and conversation with Chris Voss, former F.B.I Lead International Hostage Negotiator this Sunday.  Voss will be sharing his negotiation secrets in a private room at the award-winning Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.

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Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 28th, 2015​

Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Napa Valley Grille (Private Room)

Address: 1100 Glendon Avenue #100, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Dress Code: Casual Business Dress

Complete meal included (entree, salad, & beverage): $45 in advance, $55 the day of the event

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NO EVIDENCE GLOBAL TERROR ATTACKS LINKED: A senior U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast there is no indication that the three terrorist attacks—in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait—were coordinated. Terrorists decapitated a man at an American-owned industrial chemical factory near Lyon, France, which they also unsuccessfully attempted to bomb. The suspect, Yassine Salhi, was apprehended shortly after. A bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait killed 25 and left more than 200 injured. Some 2,000 people were inside the mosque during the explosion. In Tunisia, gunmen opened fire on a tourist-heavy hotel in the seaside city of Sousse and left some 37 dead, mostly visitors from Europe and the UK. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Kuwait and Tunisia.

WOMAN REMOVES FLAG FROM SC STATEHOUSE: A filmmaker and activist named Bree Olson was arrested early Saturday after police caught her trying to take down the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. Olson was halfway up the 30-foot flagpole when police arrived. Instead of coming down, she continued all the way up and took down the flag. “We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer,” Olson said in a written statement. “We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.” Both Olson and a man who had crossed the fence surrounding the flag were arrested. The flag was raised again a short while later.

OBAMA TURNS WHITE HOUSE INTO RAINBOW: In celebration of the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the White House was illuminated in rainbow lights Friday evening. Earlier that day, President Obama hailed the ruling as “thunderbolt”-like justice for gay and lesbian couples. “Today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we have made our union a little more perfect,” he said. On Friday evening, White House aides and around 100 onlookers gathered on the North Lawn to view the lights.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)

1.     The planet Mercury is a symbol used by the transgendered community. The sign for Mercury is a crescent shape and a cross, which represents the male and female principles in harmony in an individual. Additionally, the god Mercury fathered Hermaphroditus, who had both male and female sex organs.

2.     The labrys, a double-edged hatchet or axe, is a symbol of strength and unity for the lesbian community. Demeter, the Goddess of Earth, is said to have used a labrys as her scepter, especially in religious ceremonies.

3.     In 1987, Delta Airlines apologized for arguing in plane crash litigation that it should pay less in compensation for the life of a gay passenger than for a heterosexual one because he may have had AIDS.

4.     Records of same-sex relationships have been found in nearly every culture throughout history with varying degrees of acceptance.

5.     The number of gays and lesbians in the U.S. is estimated to be approximately 8.8 million.

6.     No research has conclusively proven what causes homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

7.     Scientists estimate that approximately 5% of the total human population worldwide has a homosexual orientation.

8.     Historians note that in some cultures, homosexual behavior was not viewed as effeminate but as evidence of a man’s masculinity. Examples include the Celtic and Greek cultures.

9.     Approximately 1 million children in the U.S. are being raised by same-sex couples.

10.  In 1982, the Gay Related Immune Disorder (GRID) was renamed Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

COPS: NO CONFIRMED SIGHTING OF SWEAT: There have been no positive sightings of escaped murderer David Sweat since “the time of his escape,” according to New York State Police superintendent Joseph D’Amico. A 911 call to police on Friday afternoon reported Sweat and fellow escapee Richard Matt attempted to carjack a camper vehicle south of Malone, New York—in the rough vicinity where authorities had been searching for the men. Matt was killed by a Border Patrol agent while Sweat escaped. More than 1,000 officers continued to search for Sweat on Saturday through dense forests near the Canadian border.

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GREEKS LINE UP TO WITHDRAW CASH: Thousands of Greeks lined up to withdraw cash from ATMs Saturday, hours after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s surprise announcement that austerity demands from foreign creditors would be put up for a popular vote. “Our responsibility is for the future of our country. This responsibility obliges us to respond to the ultimatum through the sovereign will of the Greek people,” Tsipras said in a televised address. European finance ministers in Brussels have not responded to news of the referendum kindly. “I am very negatively surprised by today’s decisions by the Greek government,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup. “This is a sad decision for Greece because it has closed the door on further talks.”

PRO-GAY KENNEDY WORRIED TEAM REAGAN: When U.S. Circuit Judge Anthony Kennedy, who gave the deciding vote in today’s landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, was appointed to power in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan he was “referred to as a true conservative,” according to Reagan. It’s why he made the shortlist. But Reagan’s aide’s had their doubts. In documents uncovered by Roll Call, they found “disturbing aspects” in Kennedy’s record—speaking favorably of “privacy rights” in a case regarding the Navy’s ban of “homosexual conduct,” as well as other ‘privacy right’ cases outside the military. Kennedy was the third choice in nomination after two unsuccessful picks and he went on to help strike down “Colorado’s discriminatory anti-homosexuality law, decriminalized sodomy laws, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and on Friday legalized same-sex marriage,” according to Roll Call

UNSEALING DOCS WOULD ‘EMBARRASS’ COSBY: A lawyer for Bill Cosby argued on Friday that the Associated Press’s efforts to unseal documents from a 2005 sex-assault lawsuit would be “terribly embarrassing” for the comedian. The lawsuit, filed by a former Temple University employee (which has since been settled), accuses Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting the woman. Cosby’s lawyer, George M. Gowan III, argued that unsealing the deposition would reveal “terribly embarrassing” details about Cosby’s marriage, sex life and prescription drug use. “Frankly…it would embarrass him. [And] it would also prejudice him in eyes of the jury pool in Massachusetts,” Gowen said. Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno asked Friday, “Why would he be embarrassed by his own version of the facts?”

OBAMA SINGS ‘AMAZING GRACE’: President Obama delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney at a funeral service in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday that became a sermon on how God had opened America’s eyes, ending with the president singing “Amazing Grace.” “The church is and has always been the center of African American life, a place to call our own in a too-often hostile world, a sanctuary in hardships,” Obama said, remembering their role as “hush harbors” for slaves and stations for the Underground Railroad. Obama then turned to attack on Emanuel AME last week. “We do not know if the killer…knew all of this history, but he surely sensed the meaning of his violent act. It was an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. Not random but as a means of control. A way to terrorize and oppress. An act that he thought would strike fear…and recriminations… oh but God works in mysterious ways. God has different ideas,” Obama said, noting the outpouring of love and unity in Charleston and across America following the attack.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: David Crosby has revealed that Joni Mitchell suffered from an aneurysm when she was hospitalized in late May. “Nobody found her for a while,” he told the Huffington Post. “She took a terrible hit. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet…She’s going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury…She’s a tough girl, and very smart. So, how much she’s going to come back and when, I don’t know and I’m not going to guess.”

U.S. BEATS CHINA IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. women’s national soccer team is headed to the World Cup’s semifinals after a 1-0 win over China on Friday, the Washington Post reported. China held the Americans scoreless for the first half, but Cari Lloyd nailed one early in the second half at the 51st minute to give the U.S. its 1-0 lead. The U.S. now advances to face Germany in Montreal on Tuesday. This is the seventh straight world cup in which the U.S. women’s team has managed a final four berth in the drive for the Cup

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vera Wang (1949)

As a girl, Wang trained as a figure skater. However, after failing to make the US Olympic team, she turned to fashion. She served as senior fashion editor for Vogue for 16 years and as a design director for Ralph Lauren for two before opening her own design salon in 1990. Now a successful fashion designer, Wang has created wedding gowns for the rich and famous as well as costumes for Olympic figure skaters

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Ching (Comedian): Donald Trump is a genius of a jerk! He rules supreme in jerkdom! He is a master in maximizing deficiency to his utmost benefit, as evidenced by his hideous hair, it conceals and flaunts his pate at once hogging attention everywhere he goes! Brilliant! Trump is our man to turn our bankrupt economy into an enterprising one! He would be the one man the public have any chance of influencing by job approval rating for he truly understands the importance of public opinion! No matter that he’s a jerk, hands down he can get jobs done. Or Donald, “You’re Fired!”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Jimmy Fallon underwent surgery following a bad injury to his left hand. “The Tonight Show” host was hospitalized after injuring his hand Friday morning at his Manhattan apartment, his rep confirmed. “Jimmy Fallon was required to have minor surgery after injuring his hand at his Manhattan apartment this morning,” his rep said in a statement Friday. “He is expected to make a full recovery.”

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Friday • June 26, 2015

LBN-SPECIAL READER LUNCH – THIS SUNDAY:

The art of negotiation is a skill that anyone who wants to be successful professionally should master. Compromising effectively and getting what you want more often will make a huge difference in your personal life as well. Join LBN readers for a private lunch and conversation with Chris Voss, former F.B.I Lead International Hostage Negotiator this Sunday.  Voss will be sharing his negotiation secrets in a private room at the award-winning Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.

Voss is a regular featured guest expert on Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera News, and many others. Watch this video to learn a few things about what Voss will be discussing… Video


Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 28th, 2015​

Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Napa Valley Grille (Private Room)

Address: 1100 Glendon Avenue #100, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Dress Code: Casual Business Dress

Complete meal included (entree, salad, & beverage): $45 in advance, $55 the day of the event

Payment is available by credit card, PayPal, or check in advance (cash or credit card at the door)

R.S.V.P. essential to: Lauren Lustyan at llustyan05@gmail.com or (559) 486-9727

SUPREME COURT LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE: The Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage in a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The opinion holds that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. All four dissenting justices wrote an individual dissent. Justice Kennedy voted with the liberal block. From Kennedy’s opinion:  “Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons. Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations. “Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect—and need—for its privileges and responsibilities. And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment. “The ancient origins of marriage confirm its centrality, but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society. The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution—even as confined to opposite-sex relations—has evolved over time.

TERRORISTS KILL 27 ON TUNISIA BEACH: Several gunman have attacked a tourist area in the coastal Tunisian town of Sousse, killing at least 27 according to the country’s interior minister. Guests who were sunbathing when the attack began told Sky News by phone that they had heard automatic gunfire and ran inside from the beach, where a man was reportedly seen with a gun. One of the hotel guests had been told that people were shot as they lay on their sun loungers.

MAN DECAPITATED IN FRENCH TERROR ATTACK: A terrorist attack on an U.S.-owned factory in Grenoble, France has left one person decapitated and several others injured. The AP reports the head of the victim was found on a gate at the factory entrance and belongs to a local businessman. Local news reports say one of two attackers was carrying an ISIS flag. A vehicle was driven toward the site, which is owned by Air Products, a U.S.-based industrial gases technology company, and “two individuals deliberately rammed a car into the gas containers to trigger an explosion,” a police source told Reuters. Local newspaper Le Dauphine reported that the head of the victim was covered in Arabic script. French president Francois Hollande confirmed that a man suspected of carrying out the attack has been arrested.

ISIS BOMBS MOSQUE IN KUWAIT: ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait on Friday. The attack follows several by ISIS fighters against Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.

VATICAN FORMALLY RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE BY SIGNING TREATY: The Vatican on Friday signed a treaty with the “state of Palestine,” a development that the church hopes will lead to improved relations between Israel and the Palestinians. The accord, the result of 15 years of negotiations, covers “essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in the State of Palestine,” the Vatican said in a statement.

DYLANN ROOF WANTED TO BUY ASSAULT RIFLE: A Columbia, South Carolina, police officer found parts of an AR-15 rifle in the trunk of Dylann Roof’s car in March, according to a police department report. Roof—who also had six 40-bullet ammo clips in the car—allegedly told the cop he wanted to buy the AR-15, a civilian semi-automatic version of a weapon used by the U.S. military. A weapon like that would have let him shoot dozens of people without reloading, raising questions of whether he’d planned a far bigger attack. “Roof wanted even more ability to kill than he had,” said South Carolina State Rep. Joe Neal. “This suggests to me that if he had had access to a more powerful weapon, he would have killed a lot more people.”

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SELF-DRIVING CAR CUTS OFF ANOTHER ONE: Even driverless cars can be dicks. On Thursday, a Delphi executive seated in a driverless Audi said a Google self-driving car cut him off. “As the Delphi vehicle prepared to change lanes, a Google self-driving prototype—a Lexus RX400h crossover fitted with similar hardware and software—cut off the Audi, forcing it to abort the lane change,” Reuters reports. Google has declined to comment on the near-miss.

BASEBALL WELCOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY PRO: The first openly gay professional baseball player took the mound in a minor-league game in California on Thursday. Pitcher Sean Conroy, 23, played for the Sonoma Stompers, which is a part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs. Conroy is thought to be the first active player to disclose his sexual orientation, while several other baseball players have done so after retirement. “I’d rather tell you the truth and let you know who I am and have real conversations instead of the fake ones,” Conroy said.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Share prices in China plunged on Friday in one of the sharpest sell-offs in years, accelerating a downturn this past week in what has been, for much of this year, the world’s best-performing stock market. China’s two major market indexes fell in tandem. The Shanghai composite fell 7.4 percent on Friday. The Shenzhen composite fell even more, dropping 7.9 percent. Share prices in Hong Kong, which is regulated separately, also weakened, dropping 1.8 percent

LBN-NOTICED: ***Woody Allen and Soon-Yi, Ken Burns, David Koch and James Toback at Andrew Stein’s dinner at Caravaggio in NYC.   ***Arnold Schwarzenegger at Nello in NYC.   ***George Takei having lunch with “Miss Saigon” and “Les Miz” star Lea Salonga at the Strand Bistro in NYC.   ***Vince Vaughn, Seal, Orlando Bloom and Paul Anka at separate tables at Nobu Malibu.   ***Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig of “Thirtysomething” at Birnam Wood Gallery in East Hampton.   ***“Shark Tank” judge Daymond John at Nikki Beach Miami.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After covering television for the New York Times since 2003, Alessandra Stanley is shifting to a newly created beat that will be part of the NYT’s gathering coverage of income inequality in the U.S. She won’t be writing about the millions of losers so much as the dozens of winners — “the richest of the rich — the top 1 percent of the 1 percent,” is how the memo puts it — and their impact on the country and its institutions.

NEW HARRY POTTER STORY ON LONDON STAGE: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced on Twitter on Friday that a new entry in the beloved children’s series is set to hit the London stage in summer 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will run at the Palace Theatre on London’s West End. Rowling is not writing the script, but will serve as a co-producer. Director John Tiffany, who won a Tony in 2012 for the musical Once, has also signed on for the project.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Patrick Macnee, who wielded a lethal umbrella and sharp repartee as the dapper secret agent John Steed on the 1960s television series “The Avengers,” died on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 93. His son, Rupert, confirmed his death.   ***Albert Evans, a retired principal dancer with New York City Ballet who was praised by reviewers and sought after by choreographers for his almost singular combination of fluid elegance and sinewy muscularity, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 46. His death, at Mount Sinai Hospital, was announced by the company, which said only that it followed a short illness.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Was I on the edge of my seat, waiting for the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies? No — I was pacing the room, too nervous to sit, worried that the court would use one sloppily worded sentence to deprive millions of health insurance, condemn tens of thousands to financial ruin, and send thousands to premature death. It didn’t. And that means that the big distractions — the teething problems of the website, the objectively ludicrous but nonetheless menacing attempts at legal sabotage — are behind us, and we can focus on the reality of health reform. The Affordable Care Act is now in its second year of full operation; how’s it doing? The answer is, better than even many supporters realize.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The debate about the Charleston Bible study shooting has morphed into a debate about the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the Confederacy. This is not a trivial sideshow. Racism is not just a personal prejudice and an evolutionary byproduct. It resurfaces year after year because it’s been woven by historical events into the fabric of American culture. That culture is transmitted through the generations by the things we honor or don’t honor, by the symbols and names we celebrate and don’t celebrate. If we want to reduce racism we have to elevate the symbols that signify the struggle against racism and devalue the symbols that signify its acceptance.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory): Like most Americans, my heart broke when I saw the news about the massacre at the AME church in South Carolina. After my initial shock and tears, I felt anger and I wanted some answers. Where did this hatred come from? What sort of poor parenting precipitated the poison of race hatred or the use of violence to spread its venom? Every time — Columbine, Newtown and now Charleston — there seems to be a lack of proper parental guidance. I have become an advocate for parental responsibility laws. I think that parents should be held accountable when their children act out their hatred or misguided sense of right and wrong. This hatred must come from somewhere and the place where manners are instilled — and character formed — remains the home.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: In one of the little acts of subversion that creeps into “The Simpsons” every now and then, a helicopter from Fox News was shown in 2010 with a logo, “Not Racist, But # 1 With Racists.” So it can be said of the Republican Party, a shelter for the kind of dead-enders who used to be Democrats, then Dixiecrats, but have found a home of sorts in the attic of the Party of Lincoln. It’s encouraging to see some party leaders trying to sweep these dark-hearted elements out, but they have work to do yet — starting with Donald Trump.

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Thursday • June 25, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Blonde Hair

  1. Hair color is based on how much melanin, or pigmentation, is in the hair. Two types of melanin create hair color: 1) eumelanin and 2) phaeomelanin. The more eumelanin a person has, the darker their hair will be. Phaeomelanin works in a similar way, except instead of causing hair to be blacker, it causes hair to be more red. Low levels of both eumelanin and phaeomelanin characterize blonde hair.
  2. Blonde hair can range from practically white (platinum blonde) to a dark golden blonde. Strawberry blonde, the mixture of blonde and red hair, is the rarest type of blonde hair.
  3. The Melanesians of New Guinea are the only dark-skinned group of humans known to have a high blonde hair rate.
  4. Just two percent of the world’s population is naturally blonde.
  5. Just 1 in 20 white American adults is naturally blonde, and roughly the same ratio applies to white northern Europeans. Virtually 1 in 3 white adult females dye their hair a shade of blonde.
  6. In Ancient Rome, women tried to dye their hair blonde with pigeon dung. In Renaissance Venice, they used horse urine.
  7. Recent excavations in China’s Taklamakan desert have found mummies from as far back as 1800 B.C. with strikingly blonde hair.
  8. Jean Harlow was Hollywood’s first blonde goddess. She dyed her hair with a mixture of peroxide, household bleach, soap flakes, and ammonia until it fell out and she was forced to wear a wig.
  9. Marilyn Monroe, who was not a natural blonde, refused to allow other blonde actresses on the film set with her. Her natural hair color was brown.
  10. Princess Diana spent almost 4,000£ ($6,284.80) a year to have her hair bleached.
  11. In Greece, blonde hair was associated with prostitution. Messalina, a Roman empress, would hide her black hair with a blonde wig when she visited the brothel every night.
  12. Greek dramatist Menander (342-291 B.C.) once wrote, “No chaste woman ought to make her hair yellow.”
  13. Nearly 2,000 years before Homer, during the time of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, blonde hair was connected to the worship of the sun and fire and to the adoration of a yellow dawn goddess. The Persians plaited their beards with golden threads, and the Assyrians powdered their hair with extravagant clouds of gold dust.
  14. German blondes were taken captive during the Roman era and had their hair cut off to be made into wigs for fashionable ladies. Successful wars were a source of a large influx of blonde hair.
  15. During the Middle Ages, blonde women were held with suspicion, and by the mid-14th century, depictions of Eve were consistently giving her free-flowing locks of golden blonde hair that marked her as an evil temptress. An image in 1356 by Bartolo di Fredi in San Gimignano depicts the creation of Eve as a pale and sensuous blonde emerging from the ribcage of a sleeping Adam.
  16. Northern Europe has the most blondes. However, even most natural blonde babies lose their blonde hair once puberty sets in. Additionally, women find that after their first pregnancy, their hair and skin darken permanently.
  17. The word “blonde” is derived from several possible sources. Some scholars think it derived from the Medieval Latin blundus meaning “yellow,” the Old Frankish blund, meaning “grey haired” or “to mix,” or from the Old English beblonden meaning “dyed.”
  18. Influenced by Richard Wagner, Elizabeth Nietzsche, the sister of the famous philosopher, selected an entire community of people based on their blonde hair and blue eyes and shipped them off to an isolated village in Paraguay in order to plant the seed of a new race of supermen. The village still exists.
  19. Hydrogen peroxide was discovered in 1818, but there was little application for it until 1867 when it was found that it could bleach hair. It quickly became popular throughout Europe and America, superseding everything else that had been used as bleach before then.
  20. During the Renaissance, society women spent hours on the balconies of their mansions bathing and rinsing their hair with a tincture known as aqua bionda or aqua di gioventu. They would wear a crownless straw hat with a wide brim called a solana. The hat shaded their faces and skin from the sun, while their hair was combed out over the hat and exposed to the sun. There are records of women developing heatstroke, headaches, nosebleeds, and even blindness.

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Wednesday • June 24, 2015

RIP-OFF! WHOLE FOODS CHAIN FACES NEW YORK CITY PROBE AFTER INVESTIGATORS FOUND ‘WORST CASE OF OVERCHARGES’:

Rip-off on aisle four. New York City has launched a probe of Whole Foods Markets after investigators nabbed the upscale food purveyor for routinely overcharging customers on groceries during dozens of inspections dating back to at least 2010. The most recent spate of violations came during a sting operation the Department of Consumer Affairs conducted in the fall that specifically checked the accuracy of the weight marked on pre-packaged products. Inspectors weighed 80 different types of items at Whole Foods’ eight locations in the city that were open at the time. They found every label was inaccurate, with many overcharging consumers, agency spokeswoman Abby Lootens said.

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Wednesday • June 24, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Today in New York City nearly 40% of the residents are foreign-born, over 60% speak a language other than English at home.

 

RICK ROSS BUSTED FOR KIDNAPPING, ASSAULT: Rapper Rick Ross was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. According to TMZ, the incident in question happened two weeks ago and involved a man doing work at his home. Ross is said to have pistol-whipped the man—and then didn’t allow him to leave. Ross was picked up along with his bodyguard and will be held in jail awaiting a bond hearing. He was last arrested June 10 for a traffic violation and a misdemeanor marijuana charge, and was quickly released

 

WORKER PLIED INMATES WITH PASTRIES: Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce Mitchell plied inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat with baked goods for months before their escape, and even arranged for them to get neighboring cells at the prison. These are just some of the details emerging as authorities deepen their investigation with the two men, who have been on the run for 19 days. Police also say the security guard who brought the killers hamburger meat containing hacksaw blades without passing it through metal detectors is guilty of only two things: naiveté and trusting Joyce Mitchell.

 

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER, KHAMENEI, SEEMS TO PULL BACK ON NUCLEAR TALKS: With exactly a week left before the deadline for a final agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s supreme leader appeared to undercut several of the central agreements his negotiators have already reached with the West. In a speech broadcast live on Iran state television, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, demanded that most sanctions be lifted before Tehran has dismantled part of its nuclear infrastructure and before international inspectors verify that the country is beginning to meet its commitments. He also ruled out any freeze on Iran’s sensitive nuclear enrichment for as long as a decade, as a preliminary understanding announced in April stipulates, and he repeated his refusal to allow inspections of Iranian military sites

 

ALABAMA GUV REMOVES CONFEDERATE FLAG: Alabama Gov. Robert Bently ordered the immediate removal of a Confederate flag from Capitol grounds Wednesday morning. “Two workers came out of the Capitol building about 8:20 a.m. and with no fanfare quickly and quietly took the flag down,” The Birmingham News reports. “Moments later Gov. Bentley emerged from the Capitol on his way to an appearance in Hackleburg. Asked if he had ordered the flag taken down, the governor said, ‘Yes I did.’”

 

WIKILEAKS: U.S. SPIED ON FRENCH LEADERS: WikiLeaks claims to have documents that prove that the U.S.’s National Security Agency has spied on the last three French presidents, François Hollande, Jacques Chirac, and Nicolas Sarkozy. A spokesman for the organization says he is confident the documents are authentic, though they have yet to be independently confirmed. The communications, intercepted between 2006 to 2012, include discussions about a top UN appointment, the Middle East peace process, and the euro crisis, along with the French president’s cellphone number. An aide to Hollande said the president called a defense council meeting to discuss the issue Wednesday, while U.S. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, the U.S. is “not targeting and will not target the communications of President Hollande.” Nonetheless, Hollande has summoned the U.S. envoy in Paris to answer questions about the alleged spying.

 

ISIS BLOWS UP ANCIENT SHRINES BY PALMYRA: ISIS militants released videos of the detonation of two Muslim shrines near the ancient city of Palmyra, raising fears about the fate of the ancient ruins. One of the destroyed shrines was the tomb of Mohammed Bin Ali, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad’s cousin, while another was a 500-year-old shrine to Sufi scholar Nizar Abu Bahaa Eddine. The detonations come after ISIS was reported to have booby-trapped the Palmyra ruins last week, despite the fact that the militant group didn’t immediately wreck the ancient city as many had feared

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Non-jihadi extremists have killed more Americans than radical Muslims since the 9/11 attacks, according to a report published by the New America Foundation. A breakdown puts the death toll of non-Muslim attackers at 48 after the Charleston shooting, while jihadis have killed 26 Americans in the last 14 years. Many attacks in the former category have been carried out by white supremacists, including the Sikh temple shooting in 2012.

 

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FOX NEWS DROPS SARAH PALIN: Fox News confirmed it has not renewed Sarah Palin’s commentator contract, Politico’s Playbook reports. They parted ways June 1. The former Alaska governor has been a contributor on its shows since her 2008 vice-presidential bid. She will still occasionally appear on Fox News and Fox Business.

 

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UCLA COACHES WANT DIDDY CHARGES DROPPED: The coaching staff at UCLA wants charges against Sean “Diddy” Combs dropped to avoid dragging the football team into a courtroom spectacle, TMZ reports. According to TMZ’s sources, the coaches were prepared to let the whole thing go, but Diddy was arrested when an intern called the police. Police may still choose to prosecute even without the victims’ consent, however, because of the video evidence. And the coaching staff still thinks Diddy’s a jerk.

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***David Bowie has announced the first in a series of box sets to showcase his lengthy, diverse career. Five Years 1969-1973 will come out on September 25th via Parlophone and will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dick Van Patten, the cheerful, round-faced actor best known for his role as the firm if harried suburban father at the center of the hit television series “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86.The cause was complications of diabetes, said a spokesman, Jeffrey Ballard.   ***Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as head of the Roman Catholic order Missionaries of Charity, died Tuesday in Kolkata, India, where the organization is based. She was 81. Her health had been declining, the order said, but it did not specify the cause of death

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Let’s see, America is prepositioning battle tanks with our East European NATO allies to counterbalance Russia; U.S. and Russian military planes recently flew within 10 feet of each other; Russia is building a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles; and the U.S. and China are jostling in the South China Sea. Did someone restart the Cold War while I was looking the other way? If so, this time it seems like the Cold War without the fun — that is, without James Bond, Smersh, “Get Smart” Agent 86’s shoe phone, Nikita Khrushchev’s shoe-banging, a race to the moon or a debate between American and Soviet leaders over whose country has the best kitchen appliances. And I don’t think we’re going to see President Obama in Kiev declaring, à la President Kennedy, “ich bin ein Ukrainian.” Also, the lingo of our day — “reset with Russia” or “pivot to Asia” — has none of the gravitas of — drum roll, please — “détente.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Why would you buy a processed food that tastes worse than what it was designed to replace, doesn’t exist in nature, and helps kill you?Either because you had no choice or had been misled about its essence. And that’s exactly the situation most Americans find themselves in regarding partially hydrogenated oils and the trans fats they contain.

 

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Tuesday • June 23, 2015

BIGSHOT BUSTED – DIDDY CHARGED WITH DEADLY WEAPON ASSAULT:

Diddy, otherwise known as Sean Combs, was released on bail Monday, just hours after he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges. Combs allegedly got into an altercation with a football coach at the University of California-Los Angeles, where his son Justin is a redshirt junior defensive back. Combs allegedly went after the coach with a kettlebell, according to a Page Six report. Police updated the charges to include three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats, and one count of battery, the Los Angeles Times reported. No one was seriously injured, according to a university statement. Combs’ bail was listed online at $160,000, but police told the Times it was set at $50,000 in their system.

U.S. DATA HACK MAY HAVE HIT 18 MILLION: The attack on the Office of Personnel Management’s databases this year may have affected an estimated 18 million current, former, and prospective federal employees—more than four times the 4.2 million the agency publicly said—and the number is expected to rise. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the investigation, CNN reports FBI Director James Comey revealed the higher figure in a closed-door briefing to senators in recent weeks. The breach may include people who applied for government jobs, but were never hired. Investigators say they believe Chinese hackers are behind the attack.

‘TITANIC’ COMPOSER KILLED IN PLANE CRASH: Authorities have identified Titantic composer James Horner as the pilot killed in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California, on Monday. The 61-year old Oscar winner’s death was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja. “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja posted on Facebook. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.” Horner won two Oscars for his work on the 1997 blockbuster Titanic and also composed scores for films including Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, and Glory.

TOOLS SMUGGLED INTO PRISON INSIDE MEAT: Authorities now say that the power tools used in the upstate New York prison break were smuggled into the facility in a box of frozen hamburger meat. Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape, allegedly had the meat bypass metal detectors. In Sweat and Matt’s honor block, prisoners were allowed to cook their own meals. This revelation comes amid news that Mitchell told her husband about her plan to aid the two convicted killers, but denied that she was in a sexual relationship with either of them. Lyle Mitchell says his wife began to get cold feet when one of the prisoners provided her with pills to use to knock her husband out. Two other prison workers have been placed on administrative leave in recent days after police discovered the escapees used a cabin belonging to them. Officials are now investigating whether the men took a weapon from the cabin.

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OBAMA ORDERING CHANGES IN U.S. HOSTAGE POLICIES: President Obama on Wednesday will announce that the government will no longer threaten criminal prosecution of the families of American hostages who are held abroad by groups like the Islamic State if they attempt to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones. The change is one of many that are intended to fix what the administration has acknowledged is a broken policy on United States captives, a senior administration official said. In a presidential directive and an executive order, Mr. Obama also plans to make clear that while he is keeping a longstanding federal prohibition against making concessions to those who take hostages, the government can communicate and negotiate with captors holding Americans or help family members seeking to do so in order to ensure their safe return.

SOUTH CAROLINA TO VOTE ON ADDRESSING GOVERNOR’S CALL TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE FLAG: The South Carolina General Assembly is expected to consider on Tuesday whether to amend its agenda to allow lawmakers to consider Gov. Nikki R. Haley’s suggestion that the state remove the divisive Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds in the aftermath of the Charleston church massacre. Speaking at a news conference on Monday surrounded by Democrats and Republicans, Ms. Haley said it was time for the state to take another look at the flag in the wake of the shooting deaths last week of nine African-Americans, all members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

MAKING A POINT, OBAMA INVOKES A PAINFUL SLUR: It was a single word, just six letters long, but one that has not been spoken by an American president in public for generations. President Obama invoked the word “nigger” in a podcast interview released on Monday to drive home his point that slavery still “casts a long shadow” on American life. But in the process, he touched a raw nerve in a country struggling to confront racism and hatred in the days after nine black parishioners were killed during Bible study in a South Carolina church. “We’re not cured of it,” Mr. Obama said of racism during an interview for a “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”

NYC, PHILLY BRACE FOR BRUTAL STORMS: Severe storms are expected to hit the Eastern Seaboard from West Virginia to Maine on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and flooding. The rains are set to hit in the evening, after a hot and humid afternoon. Tornadoes may also touch down in parts of the region.

SUIT: UBER TRACKS USERS AFTER RIDE: A 23-page complaint filed Monday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center alleges that Uber’s new privacy policy will let the company track users even after they leave the car. EPIC claims the app will be able to access contact lists and collect ride-destination data—and may even keep tracking riders if it’s running in the background when they get out of the car. Uber denies these claims, instead saying that the new policies “are much simpler to read and set out more clearly the data we collect, as well as how we use it.”

JAY-Z’S TIDAL FIRES CEO AFTER 3 MONTHS: The CEO of Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal, has been let go after less than three months on the job. Peter Tonstad became the company’s interim CEO in April, after predecessor Andy Chen left the company. The music streaming service aims to provide high royalty fees to artists, but has had a rocky start since Jay Z re-launched the company. “We are thankful to Peter for stepping in as interim CEO and wish him the best for the future,” a spokesperson said.

LINDSAY LOHAN BUSTED: Russia went after Lindsay Lohan for smoking something legal. The 28-year-old celeb has been getting in some globetrotting after finally finishing her community service commitments to the law – and almost got busted for lighting a cigarette in a Moscow restaurant. “We cannot allow anyone to smoke in our restaurant – not even if they are stars, politicians or the president,” said a BOSCO Café spokesman, but Lindsay was still free to just walk out of the place.

PINK FLAMINGO CREATOR DEAD AT 79: Donald Featherstone, who invented the iconic pink flamingo lawn ornament, has died at age 79. A trained sculptor, Featherstone invented the ornament in 1957 for the Union Products plastics company and later became the company’s president.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Laura Antonelli, who by her own account was an “ugly, clumsy” teenager before transforming herself into one of Italy’s leading and most seductive film actresses, died on Monday at her seaside home in Ladispoli, west of Rome. She was 73. Her death, of a heart attack, was confirmed by Roberto Ussia Spinaci, the councilman in charge of social services in Ladispoli. Since 2009, he said, she had been a ward of the city, unable to take care of herself.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Andrey Smith: Given the extent to which bacteria are now understood to influence human physiology, it is hardly surprising that scientists have turned their attention to how bacteria might affect the brain. Micro-organisms in our gut secrete a profound number of chemicals, and researchers like Lyte have found that among those chemicals are the same substances used by our neurons to communicate and regulate mood, like dopamine, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). These, in turn, appear to play a function in intestinal disorders, which coincide with high levels of major depression and anxiety. Last year, for example, a group in Norway examined feces from 55 people and found certain bacteria were more likely to be associated with depressive patients.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Pope Francis is one of the world’s most inspiring figures. There are passages in his new encyclical on the environment that beautifully place human beings within the seamless garment of life. And yet over all the encyclical is surprisingly disappointing. Legitimate warnings about the perils of global warming morph into 1970s-style doom-mongering about technological civilization. There are too many overdrawn statements like “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

LBN-COMMENTARY By Sloane Crosley: Everyone knows what dirt tastes like. Last week, I ordered a salad at a restaurant and found myself crunching on a shoddily washed leaf. I took a few more sandy bites before explaining the situation to my waiter, apologizing and asking to see the menu once again. When my second-choice dish arrived, 20 minutes later, it was blanketed in bacon. I don’t eat meat, a dietary restriction for which I was “very sorry.” By the time a plate of edible food appeared, my fork had been a casualty of the confusion. Unable to catch the waiter’s eye, I walked to the kitchen, where I apologized to a busboy. For so many women, myself included, apologies are inexorably linked with our conception of politeness. Somehow, as we grew into adults, “sorry” became an entry point to basic affirmative sentences.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Anderson Cooper got an early start on hitting the NYC nightlife! The CNN anchor recently looked back at visiting the disco Studio 54 in the ’70s with his socialite mom, Gloria Vanderbilt – when he was 10 years old! “I went to Studio 54 with Michael Jackson and a bunch of people,” he recalled, “and I had no idea who he was. I saw him dance, and I was like, ‘That guy’s a really good dancer.’ ” Amazingly enough, that was Anderson’s second trip to Studio 54 – with his first trip to see sexy disco songstress Grace Jones.   ***Hoda Kotb has finally lifted the veil on the identity of her secret boyfriend – and now her best pal and “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford believes she should don a bridal veil as well. Kathie Lee is riding hard on Hoda, 50, to accept a marriage proposal from Joel Schiffman, the 57-year-old financier who popped the question to the newscaster in early June, sources revealed. Joel had only been referred to as “Boots” by the host for nearly two years on the show

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Monday • June 22, 2015

ISIS IS BOOBY-TRAPPING ANCIENT PALMYRA: A top Syrian watchdog group reports that ISIS militants have placed mines around the ancient city of Palmyra. Despite international fears, the militants did not destroy the ancient site when they took over the city in May. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it’s not clear whether the mines are being brought in for a purposeful destruction of the site, or to help block Syrian forces who are expected to be planning an operation. “The city is a hostage in their hands, the situation is dangerous,” said Syria’s antiquities chief.

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TAYLOR SWIFT DEFEATS APPLE: Apple has agreed to pay royalties to artists during a free trial period for its new music streaming service, after Taylor Swift called out the company Sunday and threatened to pull her album 1989. Apple’s Eddy Cue, a lieutenant to CEO Tim Cook, responded to Swift in an announcement that the company would change its policy to pay artists during the three-month free trial period. “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple,” he posted. Swift quickly responded, “I am elated and relieved,” she tweeted. “Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”

TALIBAN GUNMEN STORM AFGHAN PARLIAMENT: Taliban fighters detonated a huge car bomb and stormed Afghanistan’s main parliament complex early Monday, in an attack that left all six gunmen dead. Local media reported that at least six explosions were heard near the parliament building, which began with a suicide attack at the entrance. Health Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kahousi said 18 civilians were wounded. All lawmakers were safe, according to police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out to coincide with a vote to endorse a new defense minister. The gunmen reportedly attempted to enter the main chamber, but were held off by security forces and eventually retreated to a building under construction.

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U.S. TESTED GAS ON WWII TROOPS BY RACE: The U.S. government confirmed for the first time that it grouped American troops by race when testing mustard gas and other chemical agents during World War II, while using white soldiers as a control group against others. The program remained classified until 1993, and participants were not given follow-up medical care. Japanese-American and Puerto Rican soldiers were also tested. “They said we were being tested to see what effect these gases would have on black skins,” one former soldier told NPR. NPR reports that the government has not yet provided records that would show the motivations behind such experiments.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: If brain cells were replaced, like skin or liver cells, scientists hypothesize we would lose our memories.


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UN: SIGNS OF HAMAS, ISRAEL WAR CRIMES: A United Nations Human Rights Council report has found “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that “may amount to war crimes” in last summer’s war in Gaza. According to the report, the violations were committed by both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters, including Hamas. The council found that “impunity prevails across the board” in the Israeli military, while Palestinians fire rockets into Israel indiscriminately. Israel cleared itself of any wrongdoing in the war in a report published last week. The UN report, however, is expected to guide an International Criminal Court investigation into possible war crimes.

SPIETH WINS U.S. OPEN BY ONE SHOT: Jordan Spieth became the sixth golfer ever to win the U.S. Open and the Masters in the same year on Sunday, closing with a 69 to finish at 5-under for a dramatic, one-shot victory at Chambers Bay in Washington state. The 21-year-old edged out Dustin Johnson, whose disastrous three-putt of the final hole, gave him the victory.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: As the search for David Sweat and Richard W. Matt has dragged on for more than two weeks, generating more than 1,600 tips from the public, investigators have waded through a muddle of rumors, calls from jumpy homeowners and sightings just this side of plausible. Some have been ruled out as false; others are merely unconformable. But as in previous high-profile manhunts, the searchers cannot exclude the possibility that just once, a bystander’s tip may blossom into a much-needed break.


EX-WHITE HOUSE CHEF FOUND DEAD: The body of a former White House chef, who went missing a week ago, was found in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Sunday night. Walter Scheib served for a total of 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The trail leading to the location was very steep, and rescue teams took a long time to get the body down, searchers said. His body had minor scrapes and bruises, but officials said the death looks like “an unfortunate circumstance” rather than foul play.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: Over the past decade, Aziz Ansari has made the bizarre world of 21st-century dating a centerpiece of his comedy. But when the 32-year-old Parks and Recreation alum decided to write a book on the topic, he wanted to do something more serious than his fans might expect. “I didn’t want it to be a book of funny essays, ’cause I’d rather just use those ideas for stand-up,” he says. Ansari’s publisher suggested he co-author the book with Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at NYU who wrote Going Solo, a study of the global rise of single-person households that also touches on the way technology has transformed relationships — a favorite theme of Ansari’s. “Once I decided I wanted the book to have this vibe, I needed someone to help me do it properly,” he says. “Eric seemed to really get it.”

KIM KARDASHIAN EXPECTING A BOY: Kim Kardashian revealed she’s having a boy in a Father’s Day message to Kanye West on Sunday, sharing the news with her fans via Instagram. “Precious moments like this when we were traveling on tour with you are what I live for,” Kardashian wrote alongside a photo of West holding their daughter. “You’re such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A giant panda can peel and eat a bamboo shoot in about 40 seconds.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Meryl Streep (1949)

Streep is widely considered one of the most respected and talented film actors of all time. Famous for her mastery of a wide variety of accents, she has become legendary for the perfectionist approach she brings to each role. Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history and won two for her roles in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice.

LBN-SEE IT: Zander Lurie has stood in as a temporary executive chairman at SurveyMonkey after the death of the company’s chief executive, Dave Goldberg, in May. Mr. Goldberg, 47, who had led SurveyMonkey since 2009, had died the previous weekend while on vacation with friends in Mexico. Married to Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, he was a popular figure in Silicon Valley who had gained national celebrity through his wife’s best-selling book “Lean In”.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a decision that lets Marvel Enterprises out of a deal to pay royalties to Stephen Kimble, the inventor of a Spider-Man toy called the Web Blaster. Kimble patented his idea for the toy letting users mimic Spider-Man’s web-shooting abilities in 1990. Marvel began manufacturing a similar toy, which led Kimble to sue for patent infringement. The two sides came to a settlement in 2001, which provided him with three percent of net sales. Kimble earned more than $6 million from the agreement and all was well until 2006 when Marvel licensed the rights to Hasbro and a dispute erupted over the calculation of royalties.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dr. Frederick P. Li, who helped prove to a doubting medical establishment that heredity and genetics play a major role in some forms of cancer, died on June 12 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 75. His wife, Dr. Elaine Shiang, confirmed his death and said the probable cause was Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Li had dementia for a number of years and retired in 2008 from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where he had worked for more than 30 years.   ***Danny Villanueva was the kicker for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1960s and worked on the side as a sportscaster at KNBC Channel 4 and KMEX Channel 34, at the time LA’s only Spanish-language television station.  Villanueva died last week at Ventura County Medical Center of complications from a stroke.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Charlie Sheen celebrated Father’s Day by calling the second of his three ex-wives a “despicable charlatan” and a “sack of landfill rash” during a hate-filled Twitter rant. “Denise Richards is a shake down piece of s–t doosh phace & worst mom alive!” Sheen tweeted. “[A] despicable charlatan who sux ISIs ass!!!! The 49-year-old rage-a-holic married Richards, 44, in 2002 and the couple has two daughters together. She filed for divorce in 2005 and took out a restraining order against him. “[S]ee u in court you evil terrorist sack of landfill rash,” he ranted. “[T]his gangster Sheenius will be Winning! Duh!!” Richards responded with her own sarcastic tweet: “Happy Dad’s Day! @charliesheen have a great trip in Mexico! Kids were disappointed u weren’t here for it-Hey we’ll celebrate when u r back!”

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Saturday • June 20, 2015

EMANUEL AME CHURCH RE-OPENS SUNDAY: The historic black church where alleged terrorist Dylann Roof killed nine people on Wednesday re-opened on Sunday. Unity Church of Charleston Rev. Ed Kosak delivered the service, and declared before a packed house, “We realize that in this life there is ups and downs. We realize that there are dark days but there are so many bright days” but that “We still believe prayer changes things.” The police presence at the service was reportedly heavy, and included bomb-sniffing dogs. Church bells rang throughout Charleston on Sunday in memory of the nine who lost their lives.

IRAN VOTES TO BAN MILITARY SITES VISITS: Iran’s parliament has voted to ban access to military sites, documents, and scientists if a deal is made with world powers on its nuclear program. During the vote multiple lawmakers chanted “Death to America.” If the bill becomes law (which needs ratification of the Guardian Council), it could severely complicate negotiations in the run-up to the June 30

ATTACK GAVE CHINESE HACKERS PRIVILEGED ACCESS TO U.S. SYSTEMS: For more than five years, American intelligence agencies followed several groups of Chinese hackers who were systematically draining information from defense contractors, energy firms and electronics makers, their targets shifting to fit Beijing’s latest economic priorities. But last summer, officials lost the trail as some of the hackers changed focus again, burrowing deep into United States government computer systems that contain vast troves of personnel data, according to American officials briefed on a federal investigation into the attack and private security experts.

FBI DIRECTOR: CHARLESTON MASSACRE NOT TERRORISM: FBI Director James Comey said this week’s massacre in Charleston, S.C., was not terrorism because “Terrorism is act of violence done or threatens to in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it’s more of a political act,” he said on CNN and flagged by Mediaite.com. “And again based on what I know so more I don’t see it as a political act.” Many columnists and activists have called for Dylann Roof’s rampage to be classified as a case of domestic terrorism rather than a “hate crime.” Mediaite, however, notes that the definition of “terrorism” according to the government’s own National Institute of Justice is: “The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Given Roof’s apparent racialist manifesto revealed today, it seems clear he had political or social objectives in mind when he killed nine unarmed African-Americans.

HILLARY: I’LL FIGHT FOR GUN CONTROL: While addressing the Conference of Mayors in San Francisco on Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for “common sense gun reforms” in the wake of the Charleston massacre to “keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting owners.” “I am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for common sense reforms and along with you, achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in this country,” she said. Clinton also called race “a deep fault line in America” and said the country’s “long struggle with race is far from finished.”

DYLANN ROOF PHOTOS AND A MANIFESTO ARE POSTED ON WEBSITE: Dylann Roof spat on and burned the American flag, but waved the Confederate. He posed for pictures wearing a No. 88 T-shirt, had 88 Facebook friends and wrote that number — white supremacist code for “Heil Hitler”— in the South Carolina sand. A website discovered Saturday appears to offer the first serious look at Mr. Roof’s thinking, including how the case of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teenager shot to death in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, triggered his racist rage. The site shows a stash of 60 photographs, many of them of Mr. Roof at Confederate heritage sites or slavery museums, and includes a nearly 2,500-word manifesto in which the author criticized blacks as being inferior while lamenting the cowardice of white flight.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

INDIAN PM LEADS THOUSANDS IN YOGA: On the first ever International Yoga Day, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands in a mass yoga program in the capital city of Delhi on Sunday. Roughly 35,000 school children, government workers, and soldiers were led by the new government leader. Modi claims he practices yoga daly, and even lobbied the UN to make June 21 International Yoga Day. Indian officials claim Sunday’s session has set a new Guinness World Record.

NATIONALS’ SCHERZER THOWS NO-HITTER: Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on Saturday was thisclose to a perfect game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, missing the gold ring of baseball by one batter at the bottom of the ninth, Sports Illustrated reported. Scherzer threw a no-hitter against the Pirates until he beaned batter Jose Tabata on the left elbow, forcing a walk and ending Scherzer’s perfect game quest. He still managed to finish with a 6-0 win over the Pirates.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Trudie Styler and Sting seeing their daughter, Mickey Sumner, in her new film, “The End of the Tour,” at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.   ***Willie Geist dining at RedFarm on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville with the Stanley Cup by his side at Chicago Cut Steakhouse .   ***Brooke Shields and Bridget Moynahan celebrating Mary Alice Haney’s new resort collection aboard her private yacht.   ***Jason Derulo “flirting with a bunch of girls” at Toca Madera in West Hollywood, Calif.   ***Actor Ed Asner and director Mark Rydell doing their play “Oxymorons” at the Malibu Playhouse last night.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Lionshare Media CEO Susan Brazer demonstrated it’s mLP immersive music app to John Hartmann’s UCLA Music Management class on Saturday. Industry veteran Hartmann and his students were dazzled by how the format presents different content modules. They determined it to be an innovative system that will empower artists to create significant revenue from in-app advertising, while gaining greater creative control over the commercial exploitation of their art.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: It’s hard being Elizabeth Warren. Especially when you’re not Elizabeth Warren. Hillary Clinton had an awkward collision last week juggling her past role as President Obama’s secretary of state, her current role as Democratic front-runner and her coveted future role as president. As secretary of state, she helped Obama push the Trans-Pacific Partnership that is at the center of the current trade fight. In Australia in 2012, she was effusive, saying that the trade pact “sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Rattner: I’m all in for the plan announced last week by the Treasury to put a woman on a piece of American folding money. But in bumping Alexander Hamilton from the center of the $10 bill, we would be exiling the man most responsible for our nation’s having a sound currency in the first place. The solution is simple: Evict Andrew Jackson from the $20 to make room for a worthy woman. In stark contrast to Hamilton, Jackson did more than most presidents to damage our financial system and our economy.

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LBN-ETC: Meatless Movement Growing - Long Beach, CA recently joined Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and a growing number of cities backing Meatless Mondays in recent years.  Sandra Sellani of 40-Year-Old Vegan announced a celebratory event at the Gaslamp Restaurant featuring vegan food and educational information. Click here to RSVP.

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