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Tuesday • September 2, 2014

SHOCK! JUST HALF OF WOMEN CAN LOCATE THE VAGINA ON A DIAGRAM OF THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM:


Half of 26 to 35-year-olds were unable to correctly identify a vagina on a medical diagram of the female reproductive system, a new survey has found.

In contrast, the majority of older women aged 66 to 75 were much better educated about their body parts.

The study, by women’s cancer charity The Eve Appeal, found that less than a quarter of 16 to 25-year-olds said they felt confident they were well informed about gynecological health issues, compared to more than 42 per cent of women aged 66 to 75.

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Monday • September 1, 2014

COME TO OUR LABOR DAY PARTY TODAY (MONDAY) – 4PM – 7PM: FREE

HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS AND LEMONADE:

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

R.S.V.P. Essential – E-mail: MLAsst@LCOonline.com, Lenny’s Deli: (310) 475-5771

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Serial Killers

1.     A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with a cooling-off period between murders. The motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, money, and attention seeking.

2.     According to the FBI, more than 70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse. While only a few serial killers were actually addicted to alcohol and substances, many of them encountered them in their youth.

3.     Most serial killers suffered child abuse. Neglect and child abuse not only impair a child’s self esteem, they also interfere with his or her ability to function in society, succeed academically, and form healthy relationships with people.

4.     Many serial killers experienced sexually stressful events in childhood.

5.     Dr. Harold Shipman (1946–2004) is regarded as the most prolific serial killer in modern history, with over 250 murders ascribed to him. He was a British doctor who murdered his patients: the oldest was a 93-year-old woman, and the youngest was a 41-year-old man.  He hung himself in his cell in 2004, a day before his 58th birthday.

6.     The blockbuster movie Se7en is a creepy thriller about a serial murder who contrives to kill his victims in accordance with the seven deadly sins (lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, anger, and envy). Another blockbuster about a serial killer is the Oscar-winning thriller Silence of the Lambs.

7.     America’s first serial killer is considered to be Dr. H.H. Holmes, who confessed to 27 murders in the late 1890s. He claimed that he could not help the fact that he was “a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”

8.     In 20th-century America, the serial killer has come to embody a host of gnawing anxieties―anxieties about runaway crime, sexual violence, and breakdown of civil conduct.

9.     Former FBI Special Agent Robert K. Ressler (1937–2013) is the man credited with coining the term “serial killer” in 1971.

10.  Steven Egger, in his book Murder among Us, notes that serial murderers are frequently found to have an unusual or unnatural relationship with their mothers (Hitchcock’s Norman Bates is an archetype).

11.  While many serial killers were abused or beaten as children, there are exceptions. Jeffrey Dahmer had an apparently normal upbringing, yet became one of the most horrible sex murderers in popular culture. His father wrote a book, A Father’s Story, which searches for explanations for his son’s deviance.

12.  A study that focused on a group of sociopaths who had been adopted as infants showed that the biological relatives of sociopaths were 4–5 times more likely to be sociopathic than the average person. Researchers note that it is easier for “bad seeds to blossom in bad environments.”

13.  Many serial killers report having an abnormally strong sex derive and many fantasized about dead women rather than living ones.

14.  Research has shown that violent offenders have higher traces of toxic heavy metals (manganese, lead, cadmium, and copper) in their systems. For example, the mass murderer James Huberty had excessive amounts of the toxic substance cadmium in his system.

15.  Crime Times reports that psychopaths have a greater fear threshold and are less likely to respond to fear-inducing stimuli. In other words, they may be immune to fear. Additionally, their startle reaction was significantly less than the average person, meaning they need a higher level of thrill or stimulation in order to have an intense experience.

16.  Many serial killers will keep “souvenirs” of their crimes. For example, when Ted Bundy was asked why he took Polaroids of his victims, he said, “when you work hard to do something, you don’t want to forget it.”

17.  There are six phases of the serial killer’s cycle: 1) the Aura Phase, where the serial killer begins losing a grip on reality; 2) the Trolling Phase, when the killer searches for a victim; 3) the Wooing Phase, where the killer lures his victim in; 4) the Capture Phase, where the victim is entrapped; 5) the Murder or Totem phase, which is the emotion high for the killer and, finally, 6) the Depression phase, which occurs after the killing.

18.  Very few serial killers turn themselves in. Only Ed Kemper called the police to confess. He waited at a telephone booth to be picked up.

19.  Between 30%–38% of psychopaths show abnormal brainwave patterns, or EEGs.

20.  Most psychiatrists note that psychopaths cannot be successfully treated.

NUDE PHOTOS OF JLAW LEAKED: Photos that purport to show Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities in the nude are circulating on the Internet, TMZ reports. The site says the leaked images appear to be part of a “massive celebrity hacking campaign.” The photos that supposedly are of Lawrence were taken in various locations; some show the subject in bathing suits, while others show her fully nude. The site quotes reps for Lawrence condemning the leakage of the photos as “a flagrant violation of privacy.” Other alleged victims of the hacking include Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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U.S. URGES RESTRAINT IN PAKISTAN POLITICAL CRISIS: The United States on Monday called for restraint by all sides in Pakistan’s political crisis, saying protesters had a right to demonstrate peacefully but that it strongly opposed efforts to impose change through violence and destruction of property,. “We have been carefully monitoring the demonstrations in Islamabad. We continue to urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, calling for peaceful dialogue. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Demonstrators clashed with police over the weekend, and three people were killed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2014 there were just 49,883 religious Catholic sisters in the United States, down 13% percent from 2010 according to figures from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. To put it in greater perspective, that is a 72% decline since 1965

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Comedian Joey Garza along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


GUANTANAMO DECAYS AS CLOSING DELAYED: Obama administration officials remain divided over whether the president can (or even should) close Guantanamo prison before he leaves office, but in the meantime the facility is becoming tattered. A floor is buckling in the unit that houses the most notorious detainees, steel supports are corroded in the kitchen building, and poor ventilation is making life difficult for some guards, among other problems. President Obama has argued that the facility should be closed because of high maintenance costs, estimated at almost $3 million per detainee annually. But more than 12 years after the first prisoners were sent there, State Department and some Pentagon officials are split over what to do or how how to proceed.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The Venice film festival clearly believes that nothing succeeds like an excess of Al Pacino. In the course of one hectic 14-hour period, guests took their seats for two new films featuring the 74-year-old actor, a veritable banquet of volcanic brooding and rasping, actorly monologues. The first of these, The Humbling, provided a paunchy, punch-drunk adaptation of the Philip Roth novel. But the second, Manglehorn, showcased the finest performance Pacino has delivered in years.

LBN-SEE IT:…. The epidemic of overdoses from pills and heroin has hit Staten Island harder than anyplace else in New York City.


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***In just a few blazing minutes, Tony Stewart unleashed pent-up racing emotion that had swelled for three weeks. At Stewart’s first Nascar Sprint Cup race since his car fatally struck a driver at a short track in Canandaigua, N.Y., he burst from the No. 12 starting position into fourth place within 17 laps and remained in the leader’s shadow for more than a third of the Oral-B USA 500 on Sunday evening.

LBN-THINK AGAIN:….


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: After 26 years under current ownership and decades under previous owners Callahan’s will close at the end of this year. The Santa Monica diner, beloved by many local regulars, has been open since 1946 according to the new building owners. Abraham Vazquez, who has owned Callahan’s since 1988, said that his lease is up at the end of the year and that he can’t afford the rent proposed by the building owners. Added to his burden is the loss of his daughter, Leticia “Letty” Vazquez, who died earlier this year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: You are 500 times more likely to die of a drug overdose if you have a tattoo.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Sandra, an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Death Row Records founder Suge Knight landed a deal from Penguin Riverhead in 2002 to pen his autobiography, which, according to a press release at the time, was to “chronicle the inspirational story of Knight’s emergence from the streets of Compton, Calif., to become one of the most significant and controversial personalities in the music industry,” and detail Knight’s take on the deaths of Tupac and Biggie Smalls, his friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr., and “incidents involving Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Vanilla Ice, Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez, among others. Knight got a healthy six-figure contract for the book, through agents Frank Weimann and Mickey Freiberg. But Knight never wrote the book, because he wasn’t willing to divulge the nitty-gritty of his life and times in the music business. Weimann last week confirmed to Page Six that the book was never written.

LBN-MEET: Singer Morgan James:


LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran film distributor Starth Hamilton having lunch at the popular Lenny’s Deli.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Gloria Estefan (1957)

Estefan is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Born in Cuba and raised in Florida, she began performing with the Miami Sound Machine in the 1970s. The group had a string of hit songs and albums, but Estefan was clearly the star, and by the early 1990s she was being billed as a solo artist. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music history.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich: There’s a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza. Most of my liberal friends desperately want to believe that the fact that Israel is subject to more criticism than almost any country in the world (including some very scary ones), that respected universities consider calls for boycotts, that student government slates (at UCLA) run and win on pledges not to accept travel from the Anti-Defamation League, that all of this and more has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it is a Jewish state, much less with anti-Semitism. No, it’s not about holding Jews to a different standard; it’s Israel.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews. My propaganda vilfies humans!

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH MARK JOSEPH, MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCER

www.mjmgroup.com



1.    My mom is a lousy cook? No

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish? No

3.    I get a flu shot every year? Yes

4.    I wish I were more humble? Yes

5.    I love the color green? No

6.   Aging sucks? No

7.   James Taylor is overrated? Yes

8.  One of my relatives has been in prison? No

9.   President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? Yes

10. I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years. Yes

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Donnie Wahlberg‘s “Favorite Girl” Jenny McCarthy is now his wife. The couple tied the knot Sunday in a ceremony outside Chicago, McCarthy’s publicist, Brad Cafarelli, confirmed. It’s the second marriage for both 45-year-old Wahlberg and 41-year-old Mccarthy.   ***Joan Rivers laughed about “going in for a little procedure’’ the night before she had the throat operation that left her on life support, a close friend said Sunday. “She said her throat was bothering her for a long time. Her voice was getting more raspy, if that was possible. She said she was just going in for a little procedure in the morning, that was it,” Jay Redack, Rivers’ former writing partner,, said outside Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

LBN-ETC: TOP ENTERTAINMENT P.R. FIRM LOOKING FOR NEW BUSINESS AMBASSADOR: Award-winning P.R. (www.LCOonline.com) is looking for a part-time, New Business Ambassador. Flexible hours, work mostly from home. Must be very reliable, self-starter, organized and resourceful. Great knowledge and opportunity. Generous commission. Please send resume and full contact details including phone # to: Aurora411@TimeWire.net (no attachments).

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Sunday • August 31, 2014

TOMORROW – JOIN OUR LABOR DAY PARTY FUN!

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

R.S.V.P. Essential – E-mail: MLAsst@LCOonline.com, Lenny’s Deli: (310) 475-5771

U.S. AIRSTRIKES HELP BREAK ISIS SIEGE: U.S. airstrikes helped Iraqi forces break through to the city of Amerli, which had been blocked by ISIS for months. Since June, ISISI had kept food and aid from entering the Shiite Turkmen village. The coordinated attacks began Saturday night, according to Iraqi officials. Karim al-Nouri, a high-ranking official in the Shiite-led Badr Brigades, said thousands of troops, including ones from the Iraqi army, began their advance at 7:30 p.m. It marked the second time this month that the U.S. coordinated airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help civilians in Iraq trapped by ISIS. “Amerli has been liberated,” said local politician Mahdi Taqi. “There is so much joy and people are cheering in the streets.” ISIS still has a strong grip over much of Iraqand has been trying to expand its power through social media.

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OBAMA: THE WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN MESSY: Sure, the world feels like it’s falling apart, but “the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy,” according to President Obama. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in upstate New York, the president says he “can see why a lot of folks are troubled.” “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through,” the president told donors. “The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary, and there’s really no competition out there for the ideas and the values that can create the sort of order that we need in this world.”

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IRAN: U.S. SANCTIONS ARE AN ‘INVASION’: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the sanctions the U.S. imposed over the country’s nuclear program, calling them an “invasion.” The sanctions were imposed Friday on more than 25 businesses, banks, and individuals suspected of aiding Iran’s nuclear program and supporting terrorism. “Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said in a televised statement. “We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place. We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion.” Rouhani did, however, tell journalists that the sanctions would not put an end to nuclear talks with world powers.

ISIS DISPLAYING A DEFT COMMAND OF VARIED MEDIA: The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world’s attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality. But Western intelligence services are also worried about their extraordinary command of seemingly less lethal weapons: state-of-the-art videos, ground images shot from drones and multilingual Twitter messages. ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is using every contemporary mode of messaging to recruit fighters, intimidate enemies and promote its claim to have established a caliphate, a unified Muslim state run according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law. If its bigotry and beheadings seem to come from a distant century, its use of media is up to the moment

MICHAEL SAM CUT FROM RAMS: THE first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL, Michael Sam, was cut from the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Sam’s cut came as NFL teams slimmed their rosters down to 53 players. “I will tell you this, I was pulling for Sam, I really was,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “And I don’t say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do.” He added, “It was a football decision, and the decision is no different than any other decision we make. It was a football decision. It was a football decision back in May to draft Mike.” Sam, who was drafted in the seventh round from the University of Missouri, wrote a series of tweets thanking the Rams for “allowing me to show I can play at this level.” He said he looks forward to building on the experience earned with the Rams to work “toward a long and successful career.” “The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues,” Sam wrote.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Glenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away August 29 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. Billboard reports that Cornick died of congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice care recently. Cornick was a founding member of Jethro Tull, appearing on their first three albums before departing the group in 1970.

WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. GARY SMALL, WORLD’S LEADING BRAIN EXPERT: Tune in to Episode Three (3) of the new TV show – “Without Notes” — Click here


ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: China is just one of the 26 foreign countries with daily LBN E-Lert readers.


LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Rocky Marciano Dies in a Plane Crash (1969)

After failing to become a professional baseball player, Marciano took up boxing and became one of the greatest boxers of all time. Hard-punching and durable, he was the heavyweight champion from 1952 to 1956—and the only one to have retired without a defeat or draw in his professional career. He died in a plane crash in 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, while en route to Des Moines, Iowa, where a surprise birthday party awaited him.


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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Library of Congress: Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond

‘Like our ancestors, we look up at the heavens and wonder. What is the structure of the universe? How significant are we? Are we alone? To commemorate the acquisition of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, the Library of Congress presents an exploration of these questions across the breadth of its collections and offers a first glimpse into Carl Sagan’s papers.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Maral Mollaey, founder of All-Access Project, an LBN E-Lert reader from Santa Monica, California.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Is sex more important than music, war, sports and vampires? Is sex more important than Nixon? Michael Sheen thinks so. The nimble Welsh actor has played a royal flush of renowned men — Mozart, Tony Blair (three times), the English soccer manager Brian Clough and David Frost in “Frost/Nixon.” He also starred as a villainous vampire in the “Twilight” movies. Asked how he rates the importance of historical figures he has channeled, he places his current conjuring, William Masters in Showtime’s mesmerizing “Masters of Sex,” on top.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Many white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reflected that weariness, saying: “All you hear is grievance, grievance, grievance, money, money, money.” Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Yes, you read that right!

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Joan Rivers was on life-support Saturday as her daughter, family and friends kept an increasingly grim vigil at a Manhattan hospital. The 81-year-old Rivers, initially placed in a medically induced coma after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest on Thursday, was dependent on the machines to keep her alive. Sources told the Daily News that Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, is “in denial” over her mother’s condition.

LBN-ETC: TOP ENTERTAINMENT P.R. FIRM LOOKING FOR NEW BUSINESS AMBASSADOR: Award-winning P.R. (www.LCOonline.com) is looking for a part-time, New Business Ambassador. Flexible hours, work mostly from home. Must be very reliable, self-starter, organized and resourceful. Great knowledge and opportunity. Generous commission. Please send resume and full contact details including phone # to: Aurora411@TimeWire.net (no attachments).

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Saturday • August 30, 2014

ARE YOU COMING TO OUR LABOR DAY PARTY THIS MONDAY?

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

R.S.V.P. Essential – E-mail: MLAsst@LCOonline.com, Lenny’s Deli: (310) 475-5771

 

SAUDI KING WARNS WEST WILL BE JIHADISTS’ NEXT TARGET: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. “Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

 

KERRY: ISIS WON’T BE ALLOWED TO SPREAD: In an op-ed published Saturday in the New York Times, Secretary of State John Kerry called ISIS a cancer that must be eliminated and a “unifying threat to a broad array of countries.” “With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries,” Kerry wrote. “The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it. ISIS is odious, but not omnipotent.” Meanwhile, a companion opinion piece by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham argued for an immediate military response to ISIS and criticized the president’s “tactical and reactive half-measures” so far. “Continuing to confront ISIS in Iraq, but not in Syria, would be fighting with one hand tied behind our back. We need a military plan to defeat ISIS, wherever it is.”

 

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OBAMA WEIGHING DELAY IN ACTION ON IMMIGRATION: President Obama is considering a delay of his most controversial proposals to revamp immigration laws through executive action until after the midterm elections in November, mindful of the electoral peril for Democratic Senate candidates, according to allies of the administration who have knowledge of White House deliberations. The president vowed in late June to act unilaterally, declaring a deep frustration with what he termed Republican obstruction in Congress. He pledged to act to reshape the immigration system soon after he received recommendations from senior advisers at the end of the summer.

 

WANTED: GIRLS GONE WILD FOUNDER: Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has a $500,000 warrant out for his arrest. Francis faces seven charges in connection with an alleged altercation in May involving “pushing and shoving” at the Girls Gone Wild headquarters. Francis spent that night in jail but now lives in another country and “has no ties to this community,” according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. He was accused of making criminal threats, trespassing, battery, and disobeying a court. On top of those charges, Francis, 41, also faces a probation violation from a January 2011 conviction of false imprisonment and assault. He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2013.

 

NEW NOVARTIS DRUG SHOWS STRIKING EFFICACY IN TREATING HEART FAILURE: An experimental drug has shown a striking efficacy in prolonging the lives of people with heart failure and could replace what has been the bedrock treatment for more than 20 years, researchers said Saturday. The drug, which is being developed by the Swiss company Novartis, reduced both the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes and the risk of being hospitalized for worsening heart failure by about 20 percent in a large clinical trial.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barbara Walters, Roger Waters and Dennis Basso at a screening of new doc “Pump” at the Southampton home of Katharina Otto-Bernstein.   ***Steven Tyler at brasserie CBD Provisions at the Joule Hotel in Dallas while in town for an Aerosmith gig.   ***Wiz Khalifa with friends at Level R at the Empire Hotel in NYC.   ***NY Jet Chris Johnson, along with NY Giant Jason Pierre-Paul, at Haus nightclub.   ***Kristen Chenoweth laughing with friends and her hairstylist over dinner at STK Rooftop in NYC.

 
*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Old Farmer’s Almanac

“Old Farmer’s Almanac offers free long range weather forecasts, full moon dates, weather history, sun rise and set times, best planting dates, and folklore.”

 

MY REVIEW: “People all over the world strongly acknowledge that LBN is an extraordinary news and information service. In my own life it has been more valuable than my own college education. I read it daily because it expands my mind and therefore my life.” —– Dr. Park Chu, an LBN E-Lert reader from Tokyo, Japan.


 

LBN-THINK AGAIN:….


 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***It’s not just you. Nobody has seen a good movie lately.  Or at least if they have, it isn’t in a theater. Ticket sales to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada are expected to sink to about $3.9 billion, a 15 percent decline when compared to summer of 2013, according to box office company Rentrak. In July, box office sales were down 30 percent, the New York Times reports.

 

UNIQUELY, LBN: Singer – songwriter Alexis Baker, an LBN E-Lert reader from West Hollywood, California.


 

AT GATEWAY TO HAMPTONS, KU KLUX KLAN ADVERTISES FOR NEW MEMBERS: All along the bucolic back roads of this blue-collar gateway to the more opulent Hamptons, residents agree: There is nothing sophisticated about the Ku Klux Klan’s continuing drive to recruit new members. The pamphlets the group has distributed seem to have been made in somebody’s basement, printed on threadbare paper with a printer in need of ink. They are stuffed into plastic sandwich bags, along with a few Jolly Rancher candies serving as weights, and tossed onto driveways in the dead of night. Among the recipients have been Latino immigrants — the very target of the Klan’s campaign.

 

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Warren Buffett (1930)

Known for his financial wisdom and his vast wealth, Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. His early investment successes, particularly in buying undervalued companies whose stocks rose quickly, made him extremely rich and earned him the epithet the “Oracle of Omaha.” In 2006, he made the commitment to give away his fortune to charity, with the largest contribution—approximately $31 billion—going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Kerry: In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. In addition to its beheadings, crucifixions and other acts of sheer evil, which have killed thousands of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, including Sunni Muslims whose faith it purports to represent, ISIS (which the United States government calls ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses a threat well beyond the region.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Mccain and Lindsey Graham: After more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world’s most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries — President Obama’s admission this week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with this threat is startling. It is also dangerous. The president clearly wants to move deliberately and consult with allies and Congress as he considers what to do about ISIS. No one disputes that goal. But the threat ISIS poses only grows over time. It cannot be contained. It must be confronted. This requires a comprehensive strategy, presidential leadership and a far greater sense of urgency. If Mr. Obama changes course and adopts a strategic approach to defeat ISIS, he deserves support.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Cecily Mcmillan: Fixing the prison system won’t be quick or easy. But in the short term, things could be done to improve conditions on Rikers. Before I left, I asked the other inmates what changes they would make. They had many ideas. Here are two. Upon intake, every inmate should receive a physical and psychological examination, as well as medication and treatment as needed. (I waited three weeks before receiving that daily prescription medication, which I had been taking before I was incarcerated.) While in jail, each prisoner should be guaranteed access to a doctor within 24 hours, as well as emergency medical help — such action, I believe, could have saved Judith’s life. And inmates need to be able to file grievances about mistreatment without fear of retaliation. The rules governing ordinary interactions between inmates and correction officers, as well as the process for filing grievances, seem all too often to describe an alternate reality where interactions are calm, orderly and reasonably respectful.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Gwyneth Paltrow is expanding her Goop game into clothing.  Rumors are swirling that the actress and founder of the aspirational lifestyle Web site is exploring a partnership to start her own fashion line, which will be sold online.  But first, Paltrow will launch a collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg, DVF x Goop.   ***Homeward bound indeed. Suri Cruise‘s lost Chihuahua puppy, Honey, was found and safely returned home on Wednesday after escaping from a friend’s front gate. Last week, Katie Holmes, 35, and her 8-year-old daughter offered a $1,000 reward for Honey’s safe return.

 

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Friday • August 29, 2014

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UK RAISES TERROR THREAT LEVEL TO ‘SEVERE’: Britain’s government has raised the country’s terror threat level to “severe,” Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday.  It’s the fourth-highest of five potential threat levels. According to the U.K. government, it means an attack is “highly likely.” But there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent. May said the threat level was raised because of the risk from the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria, where extremist militants from the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). May said, however, that there was no specific threat to Britain that caused the raise in the terror level. This is the first time Britain’s terror threat level has been at “severe” since 2011.

OBAMA’S “STRONG DISAPPROVAL” DOUBLE HIS “STRONG APPROVAL”: Americans are more than twice as likely to say they “strongly disapprove” (39%) of President Barack Obama’s job performance as they are to say they “strongly approve” (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.

WHITE HOUSE: WE’RE NOT AT ‘WAR’ WITH ISIS: The White House is insisting the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, despite an aggressive air campaign and previously labeling the jihadist group an “imminent threat to every interest we have.”  “Before getting into the strategy, though, there seems [to be] a fundamental, existential question: Is the United States presently at war with ISIS — yes or no?” MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked President Barack Obama’s top spokesman, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Thursday. Earnest went with “no.”

MOHAMMED IS MOST POPULAR NAME IN OSLO: Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå – SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever. Altogether 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name, and Mohammed has thereby passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).

UZI DEATH CALLED ‘INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT’: Arizona law enforcement officials said no criminal charges would be filed related to the incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi. In a statement, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said there are “no charges pending” in regards to the shooting of Charles Vacca, 39. Instead, after watching the now unfortunately viral video of the shooting accident, the sheriff’s office said the death will be “viewed as an industrial accident.” In the video, Vacca is seen guiding the girl on how to handle the Uzi, saying, “All right, full auto.” Moments later, the girl loses control of the submachine gun and strikes Vacca in the head. An employee at Last Stop says the shooting range has already resumed operations

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans.  In contrast, 65 percent of Democrats believe that ISIS is a major threat, three points less than climate change. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans cited ISIS as a major threat -+ a partisan difference of 13 points.  Eighty percent of Republicans also cite “Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda” as a major threat to the United States compared to 69 percent of Democrats.

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ISIS WATERBOARDED JAMES FOLEY: At least four hostages, including slain American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their time being held captive in Syria by ISIS. “They knew exactly how it was done,” a person with direct knowledge of what happened to the hostages told The Washington Post. The CIA used the simulated drowning technique to interrogate suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks, which President Obama recently called torture.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Short men were found to marry later in life than average or tall men, but were 32 percent less likely to divorce. They were also more likely to marry less educated and younger women. Once married, they did less of the housework and earned a much higher income than their spouse. Tall men were found to marry sooner in life, but were more at risk for divorce later on, as shorter men had more stable marriages. However, researchers note that the link between short men and stable marriages could be because they chose to marry later (or didn’t have the option until later).  Tall men were also more likely to marry women closer to their age, and who were better-educated.

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IN JUST 6 MONTHS, 37,477 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT KIDS RELEASED, ONLY 280 DEPORTED: The Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports. The Health and Human Services Department released a list of 126 counties 29,890 of the kids were placed into, sometimes with their parents who are also in the United States illegally.

HALF OF ALL SYRIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED: Nearly half of all 6.5 million Syrians are displaced as a result of having “been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives,” according to a new United Nations report. The report also notes that there are 3 million Syrian refugees registered in other countries, which is 1 million more than the previous year. The host governments of these countries estimate that thousands more Syrians live within their borders, but haven’t formally registered. “The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood agency CAA is auctioning off lunches with top talent for a good cause for its annual School Day event on Sept. 18 to support public education.  As part of the firm’s Lunch With a Leader program, winning bidders in the charity auction will dine at Bouchon in Beverly Hills and the Palm in New York and Nashville with the likes of Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, studio boss Stacey Snider, Hoda Kotb and Jason Collins.  Other lots being sold through Charitybuzz include lunch with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, a grad school class with James Franco, a yoga session with Jessica Alba and a set visit to the new Zac Efron movie “We Are Your Friends.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Jordan partied at club Avenue in NYC after having dinner at Tao Downtown while in town to see Roger Federer play at the US Open.

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LBN-SEE IT: Michelle Obama and the family’s personal chef, Sam Kass, in the White House kitchen garden in 2010. On Saturday, the Obamas will attend Mr. Kass’s wedding to Alex Wagner of MSNBC.


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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***LeBron James will reportedly have less time for a string of planned Hollywood projects now that he’s returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With his focus on bringing a championship to Ohio, James has stepped back from a plan to actively promote Starz’s upcoming series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” about an NBA player coping with his personal life after becoming a star. The series’ main character was reportedly inspired by James.   ***Legendary professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts is reportedly in intensive care at a Las Vegas hospital after collapsing on a flight to the city on Wednesday.  An ambulance brought Roberts, 59, from the plane to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with double pneumonia, WrestlingInc.com reported.  The website said Roberts was in a coma for nearly 24 hours.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast (2005)

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm. Its storm surge breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, flooding the city. Lack of food and water in the aftermath fueled criticism of the US government’s recovery efforts, and many former residents established new lives elsewhere.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Dubbed the “King of Pop,” singer-songwriter Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958. As a child, he performed as the lead singer of the Jackson family’s popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. Jackson went on to become one of the most internationally famous award-winning solo pop sensations to date. Jackson’s 2009 death stirred controversy and was ultimately ruled a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, who had been caring for the pop star at the time of his death, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on November 7, 2011, later receiving a four-year prison sentence.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We all know what makes for good character in soldiers. We’ve seen the movies about heroes who display courage, loyalty and coolness under fire. But what about somebody who sits in front of a keyboard all day? Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone with a memo or your computer? Of course it is. Even if you are alone in your office, you are thinking. Thinking well under a barrage of information may be a different sort of moral challenge than fighting well under a hail of bullets, but it’s a character challenge nonetheless.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: François Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s brief, inadequate economic recovery. Since the intellectual justification for these policies was weak and would soon collapse, he could have led a bloc of nations demanding a change of course. But it was not to be. Once in office, Mr. Hollande promptly folded, giving in completely to demands for even more austerity.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jamie Bartlett: Ideas, no matter how horrific, can rarely be quashed entirely. It’s doubly true online, especially in a post-Snowden world, where free, open source cryptography, anonymous web-browsers and decentralized social networks are proliferating. This means a new response is needed. The battle for hearts and minds used to be waged from on high: propaganda air dropped from governments and media broadcasters. Now, it’s more like hand-to-hand combat, played out across millions of social media accounts 24 hours a day. That means all of us have both the opportunity and responsibility to defend what it is we believe.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Shakira is expecting her second child with her soccer player boyfriend, Gerard Piqué. “The Voice” coach, 37, confirmed the happy news to the Spanish edition of Cosmopolitan on Wednesday. Shakira and Piqué, 27, are already parents to a son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, born on January 22, 2013.   ***“Glee” star Heather Morris is engaged. The 27-year-old actress’ boyfriend, Taylor Hubbell, popped the big question recently, Us Weekly confirmed.

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Thursday • August 28, 2014

UKRAINE: RUSSIA IS INVADING: According to a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, between 3,000 and 4,000 Russians have joined the separatist ranks. Those Russians are either former service members or current military personnel on leave, he said. Experts now put the number of Russian troops fighting in Ukraine at over 10,000. The admission comes as rebels take the town of Novoazovsk, which connects Russia and Crimea, in southeastern Ukraine. In addition, a Ukrainian official on Thursday claimed that two columns of Russian tanks fired missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then moved into the country as Ukraine’s border guards ran. As a result, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has canceled a visit to Turkey and said Russia has now deployed troops in his country. This is not the first time rebels have bragged about Russian troops and weapons.

MILITARY SKILL AND TERRORIST TECHNIQUE FUEL SUCCESS OF ISIS: As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment. At the top the organization is the self-declared leader of all Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a radical chief executive officer of sorts, who handpicked many of his deputies from among the men he met while a prisoner in American custody at the Camp Bucca detention center a decade ago. He had a preference for military men, and so his leadership team includes many officers from Saddam Hussein’s long-disbanded army.

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RUSSIANS HACKED WALL ST. AFTER SANCTIONS: Russians hacked J.P. Morgan Chase and at least one other bank in mid-August immediately after the U.S. levied new sanctions on Moscow, according to an FBI probe. The attack resulted in the theft of gigabytes’ worth of sensitive data and may be linked to similar recent infiltrations of European banks. People familiar with the case say the FBI suspects the attack was retaliation for the sanctions. Experts say the hackers’ ability to move through sophisticated security suggests these were not average criminals—but the hackers left enough of a trail to also suggest the Russian government wasn’t involved. The news comes as Russia pushes an invasion of Ukraine. “The Russians typically keep open the options to do something more, and the question now is what would trigger that and what would our response be,” said James Lewis, director of the Strategic Technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

JUDGE DECRIMINALIZES POLYGAMY IN UTAH: A federal judge has struck down part of Utah’s ban on polygamy, effectively decriminalizing it in the state. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled Wednesday that the law’s phrase “or cohabits with another person” was deemed a violation of the free exercise clause of the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case was brought by Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the TLC reality show Sister Wives. In a lawsuit, the Browns claimed the state law forced them to flee Utah over fears of persecution. They were awarded financial compensation.

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JOLIE, PITT FINALLY GET MARRIED: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally said “I do.” A spokesman for the longtime coupe confirmed on Thursday that the two were wed in a small chapel in Chateau Miraval, France on Saturday. The nondenominational civil ceremony was attended by family and friends. The judge who performed the ceremony also issued the couple a marriage license from California. Jolie walked down the aisle with her eldest sons, Maddox and Pax, while Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers.

BITTER AND TWISTED O.J. IS TURNING INTO A MUSLIM: After nearly six years behind bars, disgraced football great O.J. Simpson now wants to become a Muslim. Sources say Simpson became interested in Islam through fellow inmates, and his current “cellie,” Smoke, put him in touch with retired pro boxer Mike Tyson, a devout Muslim. “O.J. and Mike have been communicating the past couple of months,” said a source. “Mike has been encouraging him to study the faith and read the Koran.” Simpson, 67, has been locked up in Nevada’s Lovelock Correction Center since December 2008 on an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. Sources say the Heisman Trophy winner turned to religion when his appeal for a new trial was denied late last year by a Nevada judge, leaving him disillusioned and bitter. “O.J. really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a new trial and eventually be released from prison,” added the insider. “But now he’s not eligible for parole until late 2017, which has angered him.”

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AID TO DISABLED KIDS SURPASSES WELFARE: The amount of federal money going to families with disabled children over the past two years has surpassed tradition welfare programs as a source of income. Roughly $20 billion was spent by the children’s Supplemental Security Income program, about $2 billion more than other welfare programs. Analysts say that the program has become an access point for families that lost benefits in welfare reform of the 1990s, especially when it is giving out cash for disabilities like ADHD. It started in 1974 as a small program serving families where parents could not work because they had children with severe physical disabilities. The program has since doubled its recipients in the past two decades, now serving 1.3 million youths who mostly have behavioral, mental, or learning disorders. Its defenders say it is one of the last programs for the poor that hasn’t faced severe cuts from Congress.

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HEROIN’S DEATH TOLL RISING IN NEW YORK, AMID A SHIFT IN WHO USES IT: A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003. In all, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade in both absolute numbers and as a population-adjusted rate, according to preliminary year-end data from the city’s health department.

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TSARNAEV SISTER ACCUSED OF BOMB THREAT: The sister of the two men suspected of committing the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening a woman with a bomb. Aliana Tsarnaeva, 24, was charged with aggravated assault for threatening to bomb a New York City woman who is the mother of her husband’s children. According to police, Tsarnaeva allegedly said to the woman over the phone, “I have people who can go up there and put a bomb on you.” Tsarnaeva’s brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan, are suspected as responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and scores injured. At the time of the bombing, she said had not spoken to her brothers in years.

BRYAN SINGER ACCUSER DROPS CASE: Michael Egan II’s petition to have his lawsuit against X-Men director Bryan Singer dismissed without prejudice was granted, which means Egan would be allowed to refile at a later date. Singer’s request to have it dismissed with prejudice and have Egan pay his legal costs was rejected. “Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it’s dropped… is satisfactory,” the director’s lawyer said. Egan, now 31, accused the director of abusing him in Hawaii when he was 17. He also filed three similar suits against other Hollywood figures, which were dismissed.

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH HEATHER MCMILLEN, ARTIST

www.heathermcmillen.com

1.    My mom is a lousy cook? No

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish? No

3.    I get a flu shot every year? No

4.  I wish I were more humble? No

5.   I love the color green? Yes

6.  Aging sucks? Yes

7.   James Taylor is overrated? No

8.  One of my relatives has been in prison? Yes

9.    President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? Yes

10. I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years. Yes


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LBN-OVEREHEARD:   ***Joan Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City moments ago … after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her throat … TMZ has learned. Sources say Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic (specifically on her vocal chords) … when she stopped breathing during the surgery. Sources say 81-year-old Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York.  Sources say her daughter Melissa is on her way to New York.   ***While authorities investigate elder abuse claims against the widow of radio legend Casey Kasem, his distraught daughter is questioning whether Jean Kasem’s plan to bury him in Norway is really just a bid to escape possible extradition back to the U.S. Casey, 82, died June 15 in a Gig Harbor, Wash., hospital, over a month after his wife of 33 years removed him from a California nursing home and took him to stay with friends in Washington.   ***Halle Berry swore she’d never marry again after her 2005 divorce from Eric Benét. Now, the Hollywood beauty may regret not honoring her vow, as she’s allegedly calling it quits with third hubby Olivier Martinez. The 48-year-old actress wed the French actor, 48, in July 2013 while pregnant with their son Maceo.

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Thursday • August 28, 2014

AL QAEDA MAGAZINE HINTS OF LOOMING ATTACK; URGES BOMBING OF VEGAS, MILITARY TARGETS:

A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent.

The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of “selected jihadi operations” that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds chilling.

“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack — implying that it is coming soon.” said MEMRI Executive Director Steve Stalinsky.

There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York’s Times Square, casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego.

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Wednesday • August 27, 2014

LBN-LABOR DAY PARTY:You are cordially invited to the “2nd Annual LBN Labor Day Celebration”

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Wednesday • August 27, 2014

LBN-LABOR DAY PARTY:You are cordially invited to the “2nd Annual LBN Labor Day Celebration”

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

1.     The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.

2.     Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.

3.     Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.

4.     More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.

5.     Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.

6.     At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.

7.     Once men hit midlife, they may face an increased risk of depression due to the decrease of testosterone.

8.     Men typically experience depression differently from women and use different means to cope. For example, while women may feel hopeless, men may feel irritable. Women may crave a listening ear, while men may became socially withdrawn or become violent or abusive.

9.     Researchers have recently found that those who suffer from depression are at risk for low bone mineral density. Depressed women are especially at risk for developing osteoporosis.

10.  Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.

11.  In established market economies such as the United States, depression is the leading form of mental illness.

12.  As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression take their lives each year.

13.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), more than 6% of children suffer from depression and 4.9% of them have major depression.

14.  Self-mutilation (cutting or burning) is one way in which individuals show they are depressed.

15.  Because the brains of older people are more vulnerable to chemical abnormalities, they are more likely than young people to suffer depression.

16.  Depressed people get colds more frequently than non-depressed people.

17.  Sufferers of depression are more likely to have a heart attack than those who are not depressed. Additionally, people who have heart attacks or heart surgery are more at risk for depression.

18.  During the Middle Ages, mentally ill people were seen to be under the influence of the devil or other evil spirits.

19.  The first mental asylum in the U.S opened in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

20.  Freud, who revolutionized the practice of psychiatry with his theories of the unconscious, postulated that depression comes from anger turned against oneself.

21.  Approximately 80% sufferers of depression are not receiving treatment.

22.  Recent research suggests that depression can shorten the lives of people with cancer by years.

23.  A kind of depression called hospitalism (anaclitic depression) can be seen in institutions where children did not receive enough emotional care. These children become apathetic and withdrawn, even though they may be cared for physically.

24.  Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, affects nearly 6 million American adults in a given year.

25.  Researchers have found a direct relationship between depression and the thickening of the lining of the carotid artery in women, a major risk factor for stroke.

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CIA: The World Factbook

“The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.”

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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.

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH ADAM CHRISTING, FOUNDER OF CLEAN COMEDIANS

www.cleancomedians.com

1.     My mom is a lousy cook?  NO

2.     I hate the smell of nail polish? NO

3.     I get a flu shot every year? YES

4.     I wish I were more humble? NO

5.     I love the color green? NO

6.     Aging sucks? YES

7.     James Taylor is overrated? Yes

8.     One of my relatives has been in prison? Yes

9.     President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? Yes

10.    I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years? NO


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Tuesday • August 26, 2014

LABOR DAY PARTY: You are cordially invited to the “2nd Annual LBN Labor Day Celebration”


Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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MORE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS AT MICHAEL BROWN’S FUNERAL THAN THATCHER’S: The White House sent three officials to attend Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis — three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last year.  The administration’s handling of the Brown funeral already has started to raise comparisons between the two. For Monday’s funeral, the White House sent two officials with the White House Office of Public Engagement as well as Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.  No White House officials, though, were part of the presidential delegation sent last year to Thatcher’s funeral. For that, the White House sent former secretaries of State George Schultz and James Baker III — as well as the charge d’affaires to the U.K. and the former U.S. ambassador.

BURGER KING ANNEXES CANADA’S TIM HORTONS: Burger King will buy Canada’s Tim Hortons for $11 billion, the U.S. chain announced Tuesday morning. The acquisition will allow Burger King to effectively dodge U.S. taxes by moving its headquarters from Miami to Canada where the corporate tax rate is 15 percent, compared to 35 percent in the U.S. This “inversion” move lets companies transfer money earned outside of the U.S. to the parent company without paying additional U.S. taxes, USA Today explained. Democrats, including President Obama, have called the move unpatrotic. The new company will be the world’s third-largest fast-food chain with $23 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.

OBAMA SENT NO REPRESENTATIVE TO MEMORIAL MASS FOR BEHEADED JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY: President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists. President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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‘BREAKING BAD’ SWEEPS THE EMMYS: Walter White and Co. took home a slew of Emmys on Monday night. Bryan Cranston scored for Best Actor in a Drama Series, while Supporting Actress went to Anna Gunn as his wife, and an emotional Aaron Paul won for Supporting Actor. The show also won the top prize as Best Drama Series. Modern Family, The Colbert Report, and American Horror Story also took trophies at the ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers.

INSIDE THE BISEXUAL WORLD OF LINDSAY LOHAN: LiLo STILL prefers ladies to gentlemen says insider  no matter who’s she’s pap snapped with. While Lindsay Lohan’s rep has denied recent reports that she was in a relationship with older man Patrick Mahony, saying, “It is not true. She is single.” But that’s only half the story — according to an insider, Lohan still prefers to date women. “She is single, that is true,” a source close to Lohan told RadarOnline. “But don’t expect Lindsay to get into a relationship with a man anytime soon. Lindsay prefers women over men.”

‘KNEE DEFENDER’ GROUNDS FLIGHT: Fliers are very protective of their leg room. One passenger on a Newark to Denver flight this weekend protected his with a pair of “Knee Defenders,” a device to stop the chair in front from reclining. He was asked to remove the device and when he refused a fight broke out, with the woman in front of him throwing a cup of water in his direction. The plane was diverted to Chicago and both passengers were forcibly removed. The Knee Defender is a plastic brace that books to tray tables and is banned by most U.S. airlines.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. The Conference Board says its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***It’s been five years since Prince put out a new record in the United States, since he limited the release of his 20Ten LP, but that will change this fall. On September 30th, the artist will release two new records: Plectrumelectrum, his long-teased album with the group 3rdEyeGirl, and his recently announced solo LP, Art Official Age. He will reportedly hold a series of special events and live dates around the world, details for which are forthcoming, to celebrate the albums’ release. Both records are available separately as pre-orders, via the website ArtOfficialAge.com, and include “instant gratification” downloads. ***Chris Montez will be performing at a special Beatles 50th anniversary concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on August 26. When Chris toured the UK for 30 days in 1963 the Beatles were the opening act!

LBN-NOTICED: ***Prominent entertainment attorney Stan Coleman having lunch at Shanghai Grill Chinese restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.   ***Los Angeles CPA Phil Kass having lunch at the Luxe Hotel in Brentwood last week.   ***Hotcakes founder Elfie Weiss having dinner at Chinois on Main Street in Santa Monica last week.   ***New children’s book author Elizabeth Gorcey having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills last week.   ***Entertainment entrepreneur Sandy Climan having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant on La Breat in Hollywood last week.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Billy Crystal Gives Touching Emmys Tribute To Robin Williams

BOSTON BOMBER WIDOW HOLED UP IN JERSEY: The widow of the late Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsranaev is now living quietly with his two sisters in the Garden State. Boston’s WCVB-TV reported, Katherine Russell, 25, has left her parents home in Rhode Island to move in with Tamerlan’s sisters, Bella and Ailina, in North Bergen, N.J. known as “a progressive community.” Russell has kept a decidedly low profile since the deadly April 2013 terror attack at the Boston Marathon, in which three people were killed and 260 others injured. The Chechen Tamerlan, 26, who was a suspect in the mass murder attack along with his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was killed in a gun battle with police. Dzhokhar, 20, was apprehended and was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. His case is pending.

STUDY: Social Media Users Shy Away From Opinions: Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline. The findings run counter to how many people view social media. But a survey that asked some 1,800 adults about the case of leaker Edward Snowden found that people on Facebook and Twitter were more likely to clam up on whether widespread government surveillance is a good thing. Researchers also noted the “spiral of silence” phenomenon: Unless people know their audience agrees, they are likely to shy away from talking about hot-button issues.

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Northwestern Mutual: The Longevity Game

“How long can you expect to live? We developed the Longevity Game to give you a peek into your future by identifying the factors that can lead to a healthier, more productive life. At Northwestern Mutual, we know a thing or two about longevity because we’ve been tracking statistics that impact life since 1857. And that wealth of knowledge helped us shape the Longevity Game. Through the game, we hope to give you insight into your daily lifestyle – plus tips on how you can make some positive changes.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti-Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of the American journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come. What went wrong? The United States and its allies did not go to war to eradicate Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan only to face — after the expenditure of so much blood and treasure — a more proximate terrorist threat with a Qaeda-like ideology. The “war on terror,” it seems, produced only a metastasized variety of terror.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: More and more I’m convinced that America right now isn’t a country dealing with a mere dip in its mood and might. It’s a country surrendering to a new identity and era, in which optimism is quaint and the frontier anything but endless. There’s a feeling of helplessness that makes the political horizon, including the coming midterm elections, especially unpredictable. Conventional wisdom has seldom been so useless, because pessimism in this country isn’t usually this durable or profound. Americans are apprehensive about where they are and even more so about where they’re going. But they don’t see anything or anyone to lead them into the light. They’re sour on the president, on the Democratic Party and on Republicans most of all. They’re hungry for hope but don’t spot it on the menu. Where that tension leaves us is anybody’s guess.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Prior to her surprise Emmy win on Monday night, Sarah Silverman made another contribution to this year’s Emmy’s carpet when she side-stepped Giuliana Rancic’s mani-cam during an awkward interview and ultimately revealed a vaporizer pen for smoking marijuana. She told an NBC reporter that it contained liquid pot. Silverman has long been open about her affection for getting high. During the intro to the nominated show, HBO special “We Are Miracles,” she smokes a joint outside an L.A. comedy club.   ***Padma Lakshmi, the gorgeous host of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” is afraid for her life after picketing Teamsters called her a “f - - king whore” and threatened to “bash that pretty face in.”The ex-wife of author Salman Rushdie was filming last week at the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Mass., when the burly truck drivers started screaming racist, homophobic and sexist slurs at the cast and crew. The estate of gay icon and John Waters muse Divine (ne Harris Glenn Milstead) was illegally usurped from his cousins, who are his rightful family heirs, according to a U.S. District Court judgment out of Orlando on July 10. The ruling is a black eye for Michael O’Quinn, who had befriended Divine’s mother, Frances, and become her business manager and later was named as a beneficiary to the estate in an addendum to Frances’ will. (The estate reverted to Mom after Divine’s death at 42 in 1988 from an enlarged heart.)

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Monday • August 25, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Human Parasites

1.     Parasites are the most common form of life on Earth. Scientists believe that over 80% of all living things are parasites.

2.     Modern parasitologists recognize that they have not found all human parasites. They estimate that hundreds if not thousands of human parasites will be found in the coming years.

3.     The most deadly human parasites are protozoa, which are single-celled organisms. Some of these tiny creatures (there are over 80,000) have brought humans more misery and death than anything else in history, including wars and famine. The most well known deadly parasitic protozoa is plasmodium, which causes malaria.

4.     Microscopic, single-celled protozoans make up about 90% of all parasitic infections in the U.S.

5.     Malaria, which is caused by the parasitic protozoa plasmodium, is the deadliest disease of all time. No disease, including the plague or smallpox, has killed more people. It has also killed more people than all wars, famines, and natural disasters combined.

6.     John Matthews of Iowa went to the doctor when his vision became spotty and hazy. He had a parasitic worm in his eye eating away at his retina. Doctors were able to kill the worm with a laser, but not before the parasite did permanent damage to his retina and optic nerve.

7.     In 2013, an Iowan woman told her doctor she had bought a tapeworm on the Internet and ingested it in an attempt to lose weight. While tapeworms can cause anemia and malnutrition, it can’t absorb enough food to significantly affect weight.

8.     The Gnathostoma spinigerum is a helminth, or worm-type parasite. Because humans are accidental rather than direct hosts, the worms can’t reproduce in a human body, so they live out their 10- to 12-year life cycle migrating throughout the body, causing swelling under the skin.

9.     Malaria (Italian for “bad air”), which is caused by the plasmodium parasite, kills between 1.5 and 2.7 million people worldwide per year. Additionally, it kills more than 3,000 children under age 5 every day, or one child every 30 seconds, mostly in Africa.

10.  It is estimated that over 50 million children in America are infected with worm parasites but only a small number of those are detected and reported.

BROWN’S FATHER ASKS FOR DAY OF PEACE: Michael Brown Sr. only wants calm for his son’s funeral in Ferguson, Missouri today. “All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,” Brown told a crowd at PeaceFest on Sunday. “Please, please take a day of silence so we can lay our son to rest. Please. That’s all I ask. And thank you.” Also in attendance were Trayvon Martin’s parents, who promised a united front with the Browns. “You all stood for the family of Trayvon Martin, and we’re going to stand for you,” Tracy Martin said.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Sleep Deprivation Works

“Pulled an all-nighter last night? You’re a danger to yourself and others. Find out why sleep deprivation is such a hazard.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.

GREAT BRITAIN APPEALS TO ANTI-EXTREMIST IMAMS IN EFFORT TO UPROOT SEEDS OF RADICALIZATION: The beheading of American journalist James Foley, apparently by a British jihadist, has drawn renewed attention to the dangers posed by radicalized young British Muslims. The government estimates that 500 or more British men and women have gone to fight for militant groups in Iraq and Syria, some of whom have already returned. Britain monitors its citizens on social media sites as part of its counterterrorism strategy. But the government has also turned to anti-extremist imams for help to prevent British Muslims from adopting radical views and to persuade those who have returned from the battlefields to moderate their beliefs.

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AMERICAN JOURNALIST RELEASED FROM SYRIA: Peter Theo Curtis, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria almost two years ago, has been freed and handed over to the United Nations. The release of Curtis comes just days after another U.S. journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS. Back in June, a video of Curtis was released that showed him slightly disheveled but in good health. His release was negotiated by Qatar, and relatives say no ransom was paid to his captors, al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front. He had been abducted in Antakya, Turkey, while trying to enter Syria, and was released in the Golan Heights area on the Israeli border. Multiple journalists have been abducted covering the Syrian civil war, and many are still missing.

ISIS SEIZES SYRIAN AIR FORCE BASE: Extremist militants grabbed a Syrian military base on Sunday in an offensive that has killed hundreds since last week and gave ISIS effective control of Raqqa province, which borders Turkey. The Al-Tabqa air force base was taken after the Syrian army evacuated to regroup, according to state media. It was the last major military base in the province to be taken by the so-called Islamic State. Since the battle began Tuesday, more than 340 ISIS fighters and 170 government soldiers have been killed, according to a watchdog group.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Donald Sterling having dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last week.   ***Music composer Linda Thompson having dinner at Nikita in Malibu.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine visiting the Texas Book Depository JFK Museum in Dallas over the weekend.

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MILEY, KATY PERRY WIN AT VMAS: The MTV Video Music Awards had the biggest pop stars on stage, but the crowd went wild for a 2 year old. Blue Ivy, in a gold dress, helped her dad, Jay Z, present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to her mom, Beyoncé. In other big moments, Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction during a performance with Ariane Grande and Jessie J, while Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” took home the prize for video of the year. Katy Perry got best female video for “Dark Horse,” and Ed Sheeran won for “Sing.”

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ACTOR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH DEAD AT 90: Acclaimed Oscar-winning British actor and director Sir Richard Attenborogh has died at the age of 90, his son told the BBC on Sunday. Known as “Dickie” in the British arts scene, Attenborough had a snow-white beard that was familiar to generations of British filmgoers and a career that spanned more than 60 years. He won an Oscar for Best Director for the 1982 film Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley, but he also played the avunular theme-park developer in Jurassic Park and Kris Kringle in a remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Attenborough, whom British Prime Minister David Cameron called “one of the greats of cinema,” had been in poor health for some time. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter

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FOLEY SENT FINAL LETTER TO FAMILY: Murdered American journalist James Foley was able to smuggle a final letter out to his family, describing his time in captivity and his wishes for his loved ones. All physical letters out had been confiscated by his captors, so the message was memorized by a fellow hostage about to be released and dictated over the phone to Foley’s mother. “I have had weak and strong days. We are so grateful when anyone is freed; but of course, yearn for our own freedom,” he wrote, describing one cell of 18 hostages. The letter, which was posted by his family on Facebook, included personal notes to each of his immediate family members, ending with one for his grandmother: “Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks, and keep dancing. I plan to take you out to Margarita’s when I get home. Stay strong because I am going to need your help to reclaim my life.”

LBN-SEE IT:…For AIPAC, it is crucial to appeal across the political spectrum. But Israel has become an increasingly divisive issue with the public.


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Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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Sunday • August 24, 2014

LARGEST QUAKE SINCE 1989 HITS BAY AREA: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has hit California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday morning. This is the largest earthquake to hit since the 1989 6.9 Loma Prieta quake. According to the local fire departments, there have been injuries. One hospital says it has treated at least 89 people with injuries related to the quake. PG&E is reporting outages to more than 42,000 customers across the northern Bay Area. There have also been reports that Route 121 is damaged with cracks that could cause flat tires. The quake took place at 3:20 a.m. local time. As a result of the quake, Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency

COP RAISES MORE MONEY THAN BROWN FAMILY: The online fundraisers for police officer Darren Wilson have raised more money than those for the family of the young man he killed, Michael Brown. On Friday, a crowd-funding page closed when it hit $235,010, more than surpassing its goal of $100,000. A second fund-raising page was opened which already has over $104,000. The first crowd-funding page saw donations from 5,902 people. Meanwhile, the Michael Brown Memorial Fund had raised just over $214,000.

NETANYAHU TO GAZANS: LEAVE HAMAS SITES: During a broadcast on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gazans to evacuate any site where Hamas is operating. “I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to vacate immediately every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” he said. The remarks come a day after the Israeli military destroyed a 13-story residential building it claimed had a Hamas command center.

CHINA DEFENDS INTERCEPT OF US SPY PLANE: In response to a U.S. accusation on Friday that said a Chinese jet was making close passes at a Navy plane, China has said the U.S. accusation is “groundless.” According to the Defense Ministry, the pilot and the passes were “professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the U.S. planes.” The U.S. claimed that the Chinese jet came within nine meters at one point, and even did a “barrel roll” over the top of the plane to show that it was armed.

WH TO REVIEW MILITARY TRANSFERS TO COPS: President Barack Obama on Saturday ordered a comprehensive review of the federal governments strategy of kitting out local police foces with military-grade equipment, such as body armor, mine-resistant vehicles, silencers and automatic rifles, senior officals say. The review will determine whether the 10-year program of providing such equipment should continue after the clashes in Ferguson, Mo., which erupted after Darren Wilson, a white cop, shot Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American youth to death on Aug. 9. Images of unarmed protestors facing down heavily armored police officers were often compared to images from Baghdad, and the White House will determine if local officials have proper training for the equipment and are using it appropriately, senior officials said. The review, along with proposed legislation, could change Washington’s approach in arming local police forces.

SUGE KNIGHT SHOT AT VMA PARTY: Rap mogul Suge Knight has just reportedly come out of surgery but is still in critical condition after being shot six times at 10AK nightclub in West Hollywood at 1:30 am. on Sunday. Knight is currently in the ICU. He was reportedly shot in the stomach, arm, and other locations at a VMA pre-party hosted by Chris Brown. He was apparently one of three people who were shot.

RYAN DEPORTS DREAMERS FROM BOOK SIGNING: During a book signing in Florida on Saturday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was confronted by a group of Dreamers over his vote against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. He was later confronted again by Ray Jose, an organizer with immigrant youth organization United We Dream. Jose was escorted out of the book store by a security guard. Earlier this month, House Republicans voted to end the Obama administration program that has helped more than 550,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents to remain and work in the U.S. for a renewable two-year period. Many Republicans have blamed the policy for the recent surge of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, despite there being little evidence to support the talking point.

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Saturday • August 23, 2014

CHINA TELLS USA: KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Chinese Defense Ministry here on Saturday urged the U.S. side to stop close-in surveillance of China, and create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties. The ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement that one U.S. anti-submarine plane and one patrol aircraft flew to an airspace about 220 kilometers east of China’s Hainan Island to conduct close-in surveillance Tuesday morning, and then a Chinese fighter jet took off to make regular identification and verification. Commenting on relevant criticism made by the U.S. side, Yang said that was “totally groundless,” as the Chinese pilot, with professional operation, kept the jet within a safe distance from the U.S. aircraft. Yang said that the U.S. side should follow the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, take concrete actions, reduce and finally stop close-in surveillance of China, so as to create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties.

POLICE: LAS VEGAS MENTIONED AS AL-QAIDA TERROR TARGET: Metro police have confirmed al-Qaida leaders are encouraging lone jihadists to target Las Vegas for terror attacks. That information comes from a recent publication which names the city as a top spot to strike. “It’s just a suggestive rhetoric to those who subscribe to violent jihadists ideologies,” said Lt. Nichole Splinter with the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Unit. It’s in a publication titled Palestine where you can see Las Vegas listed as a top spot for a potential terror attack. The city is listed in a section about building and using car bombs. Splinter said it’s not uncommon for publications like this to suggest the names of big cities to target. The article points out specific targets like nightclubs and casinos to rack up mass casualties. Splinter said there is no evidence of a specific plan in place, but she and her team have their eyes open.

TWO ST. LOUIS-AREA OFFICERS SUSPENDED: St. Louis County police officer Dan Page, a 35-year-veteran of the force, has been suspended after a YouTube video of him making incendiary remarks surfaced. In the YouTube video, which was shot around two years ago, Page describes himself as “an indiscriminate killer, that it didn’t matter what your race or background was.” Page goes on to defame President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court, Muslims and various sexual orientations. “Had he been a probationary officer doing the same thing, I would have fired him two hours ago,” St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said. Meanwhile, Glendale officer Matthew Pappert was suspended after posting on social media that Ferguson protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs the first night.”

THOUSANDS JOIN MARCH FOR ERIC GARNER: An estimated 2,500 people took to the streets of Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in a chokehold by a white police officer. The rally was led by Rev. Al Sharpton and relatives of Garner, who was stopped by police for selling loose cigarettes. Protesters carried signs bearing the words “I can’t breathe,” Garner’s last words, and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” the phrase which emerged in Ferguson, Missouri protests over the death of Michael Brown. No police officers present wore riot gear.

RUSSIAN CONVOY LEAVES UKRAINE: Hundreds of the white-painted trucks of Russia’s disputed aid convoy crossed back into Russia from Ukraine on Saturday, easing tensions in the area. On the same day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia, saying that an agreement must be reached that would allow the border between the two countries to be patrolled by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). “There must be two sides to be successful,” she said at a news conference after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “You cannot achieve peace on your own. I hope the talks with Russia will lead to success.”

SUICIDE ATTACKS KILL 17 IN IRAQ: At least 17 people were killed in what appear to have been revenge attacks after an assault on a Sunni mosque. The first suicide attack, in which a vehicle was rammed into an intelligence headquarters, killed at least eight people in Baghdad. Meanwhile, near Tikrit, a military Humvee packed with explosives attacked soldiers and Shiite militias, killing nine people. The attacks are believed to be retaliation for the gunning down of 68 worshippers at a village mosque by Shiite militiament in Diyala Province on Friday.

SPACEX TEST ROCKET EXPLODES MIDAIR: A test flight of SpaceX’s three-engine version of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket ended abruptly on Friday when the unmanned rocket self-destructed shortly after launch at a Texas development site. “During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” spokesman John Taylor said. “Throughout the test and subsequence flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area. There were no injuries or near injuries.”

‘RECIPE’ FOR LIZARD TAIL REGROWTH FOUND: Humans are one step closer to regrowing lost limbs. Researchers at Arizona State University announced that they found a genetic “recipe” for how lizards regrow their tails. “Using next-generation technologies to sequence all the genes expressed during regeneration, we have unlocked the mystery of what genes are needed to regrow the lizard tail,” said lead author Kenro Kusumi, a professor of Life Sciences. “By following the genetic recipe for regeneration that is found in lizards, and then harnessing those same genes in human cells, it may be possible to regrow new cartilage, muscle or even spinal cord in the future.” Kusumi and his team found more than 320 genes that lizards, the animal most closely related to humans that can grow back appendages, turn on when regenerating.

NICKI MINAJ DANCER BITTEN BY SNAKE: A backup dancer for rapper Nicki Minaj was bitten by a six-foot boa constrictor during rehearsals for Minaj’s upcoming VMA performance of her new single, “Anaconda,” TMZ reports. The dancer is being treated at a local Los Angeles-area hospital. It’s not clear whether the snake will be used in Sunday night’s performance. Meanwhile on Friday night, another VMAs performer, rapper Iggy Azalea, fell off the stage during a live performance of her song, “Fancy.” Azalea continued rapping, however, and later posted an Instagram video of the tumble, writing, “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share hthis with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn.”

BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON SPEND BIG IN THE HAMPTONS: Like a horde of other wealthy folk, Bill and Hillary Clinton dropped a small fortune on a high-priced rental in the Hamptons this month. The powerful politicos, who rented the past few years on East Hampton’s swish Lily Pond Lane, opted this year to drop about $100,000 for a three-week stay in sleepy (if swank) Amagansett. The shingled mansion, perched on a high bluff that overlooks Napeague Bay, is owned by a couple of New York City-based art collectors and — oddly enough — Republican party donors. There are seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a water-view veranda, broad lawns, a waterside swimming pool and, so the scuttlebutt goes, big-time Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein lives close enough that the Clintons can send a Secret Service agent over to borrow a cup of sugar.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Gene Kelly

Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Although he is known today for his performances in Anchors Aweigh (1945), An American in Paris (1951) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), he was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid-1940s until this art form fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences

LBN-NOTICED: Motivational Speaker and Founder of “Soul Blazing” Lisa Haisha was spotted at Capital Hill on Monday August the 18th.


LBN-MINI INTERVIEW: WITH LEGENDARY MEDIA CONSULTANT
ELLIOT MINTZ


www.ELLIOTMINTZ.com

1.  What compelled you to spend five (5) years of your life and a great deal of money to create ElliotMintz.com?


ANSWER:  I am a preservationist at heart and felt the voices of some of the people I interviewed 40 years ago, were worthy of a ‘second spin’.  A good idea will stand the test of time.  I felt I owed it to the people who shared their thoughts and passions with me…as well as an audience hearing it all for the first time.


2.  What did you learn about yourself in the process of creating the site?

ANSWER:  I may have spent too much time being an observer as opposed to a participant in the years when I was documenting the times I lived in.  In the time that is left, I do not want to look back.  I do not find as much comfort with the past as I do with the present.


3.  Is there anything you decided not to include on your website?

ANSWER: We placed approximately 150 hours up.  There may be 600 hours more to share; but, that will have to wait till another day.


4.  What do you hope people will learn about you and your life from the website?

ANSWER: I do not view the website as being about ‘me’.  I think it’s about ‘us’.  It is a snapshot of the evolution of our generation.  I hope each person who participates in the experience will learn a little more about themselves.

5.  In your five year journey to create ElliotMintz.com, what did you learn about the internet?

ANSWER:  The internet is more of a distraction than an ally.  It is not to be completely trusted and it gets in the way of the humanity of true social interaction, I also think it’s bad for the eyes.


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Friday • August 22, 2014

PHOTO IMPLIES ISIS THREAT TO CHICAGO: There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS). First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate. Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building. It’s a nasty, sometimes horrible back and forth coming on the heels of U.S. bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq involving Facebook and Twitter pages with titles like, #AMessageFromISIStoUS and vice versa. Near the top of this tit for tat is the gruesome video and pictures of journalist James Foley’s beheading. Some Americans posted on the site disgusting photoshopped images Islamic religious leaders having sex with animals and images of U.S. firepower. The apparent message in this photo dated June 20th of this summer, is “soldiers of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.” No one in security at the Old Republic Building would comment, nor did the secret service, the FBI, or Chicago police.

RUSSIAN ARTILLERY FIRES ON UKRAINE: According to NATO, the Russian military moved artillery units with Russian military personnel into Ukraine over the past few days and is firing on Ukrainian forces. This is the first time the West has evidence of direct involvement by the Russian military in Ukraine. The equipment includes “Russian airborne, air defense and special operations forces in Eastern Ukraine” moved in since mid-August. The evidence of Russian military personnel comes on the same day as a convoy of Russian trucks carrying humanitarian supplies crossed into Ukraine without permission.

COP ACCUSED OF RAPING WOMEN ON PATROL: A police officer in Oklahoma City was arrested on Thursday after being accused of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol. The officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, was a three-year veteran and is being held on $5 million bond. He is charged with rape, oral sodomy, and sexual battery. Police believe there are more victims who have not come forward. He apparently assaulted the women on traffic stops.

HARRY REID APOLOGIZES FOR ASIAN JOKES: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made yet another cringe-inducing racial remark, this time to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. “The Asian population is so productive. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid said, to a laughing crowd. As he walked off stage, Reid continued, “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.” The video was recorded by the GOP opposition research group American Rising. Friday, Reid apologized. “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”

MISS SPAIN COMES OUT AS LESBIAN: Patricia Yurena, who was crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, has become the first openly lesbian national beauty queen. Yurena posted a photo on Instagram of herself and her girlfriend, Vanesa Cortez (a singer and DJ) in bed together, along with the caption, “Romeo and Juliet.” “I don’t regret what I did and I did it because I am happy about what’s going on in my life,” Yurena said. Two openly gay competitors vied for the Miss California USA crown in 2012 but neither came home with the title.

CHINESE WARPLANE INTERCEPTS U.S. JET: The U.S. filed a formal protest against Beijing this week after a Chinese warplane flew close to a U.S. Navy patrol jet and performed acrobatic maneuvers around it in international air space. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Friday that the encounter took place on Tuesday 135 miles east of Hainan Island, where the Chinese jet came as close as 20 to 30 feet to the Navy jet and did a barrel roll over it.

UN DOUBLES SYRIA CASUALTIES: The number of people killed in Syria’s civil war from March 2011 to April 2014 is now at least 191,000, the UN says. That number is more than double the estimate of 92,901 deaths the organization counted in its last report which covered the first two years. “Tragically, it is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the first three years of this murderous conflict,” said Navi Pillay of the UN Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The report did not include roughly 52,000 deaths that have been recorded but could not be verified.

IPHONE 6 FACES SCREEN SHORTAGE: Another screen design hiccup has caused a disruption in the supply chain for Apple. The first was an issue over thinner screens, and now it involves a revision to the backlight for the screen. It is unclear whether this will affect next month’s launch or limit the number of phones initially available. The media event is scheduled for September 9.

MARIAH CAREY AND NICK CANNON ARE ‘LIVING APART’: Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon done? It’s not over ’til it’s over, but Cannon admitted, “There is trouble in paradise.” He told The Insider With Yahoo, “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.” News of the split came amid escalating rumors about their relationship. When reached for comment, Carey’s rep said, “I don’t comment on Mariah’s personal life.” Cannon and Carey wed in April 2008, after a six-week whirlwind courtship that started when Cannon was cast in Carey’s “Love Story” music video. In 2011, the couple welcomed twins, a son named Morrocan and a daughter named Monroe.

DONALD STERLING IS GAY, V. STIVIANO REPORTEDLY SAYS IN LAWSUIT: Donald Sterling is gay and never had sex with presumed girlfriend V. Stiviano. So says Stiviano in a new lawsuit, according to TMZ. As the gossip site writes, Stiviano said in papers she was “not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling” and “believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males.” In addition, Sterling’s wife was well aware of his orientation and approved of lavish gifts he gave Stiviano as part of an arrangement for her to be his “beard.” The whole legal mess began when a recording of Sterling making racist comments to Stiviano surfaced. The recordings led to a ban on Sterling by the NBA and an order to sell the team.

LBN-NOTICED: Spiritual Leader and Founder of “Soul Blazing” Lisa Haisha and her daughter Ava were spotted at The White House on Saturday August the 16th.


LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH HARA MARANO, EDITOR, PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

www.psychologytoday.com

My mom is a lousy cook?                     No.

I hate the smell of nail polish?              Yes.

I get a flu shot every year?                   No.

I wish I were more humble?                 No.

I love the color green?                         Yes.

Aging sucks?                                       Yes.

James Taylor is overrated?                  Yes.

One of my relatives has been in prison?  No.

President Obama has been a disappointment as a president?   Yes.

I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years?                    No.


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Thursday • August 21, 2014

ISIS PRESSED FOR RANSOM BEFORE KILLING  JOURNALIST:

Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq.

In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him. The United States — unlike several European countries that have funneled millions to the terror group to spare the lives of their citizens — refused to pay.

HOLDER: I AM ALSO A BLACK MAN: Speaking to the family Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder discussed his own interactions with police that made him feel “angry and upset.” Holder detailed a time he was pulled over in Georgetown while he was a federal prosecutor and asked, “Where are you going?” He also related the time when he had his car searched during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. “I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was,” he said. Holder, who is the first African-American to hold his post, declared, “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

AMERICANS WITH EBOLA TO BE RELEASED: Both of the Americans who were infected with Ebola while working in Africa will be released today from Emory University Hospital. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Whitebole, 59, were both treated with the experimental serum ZMapp. Both were evacuated from Africa in early August for treatment in Atlanta.

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ISRAEL KILLS 3 HAMAS COMMANDERS: Israel may have failed to take the life of the top commander for Hamas, but it is making clear that it is determined to get rid of the group’s leadership. On Thursday, Israel announced it had killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip. The men, Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, were killed in a strike on Rafah. The deaths represent the killing of the most senior Hamas leaders since the conflict began.

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Cancer

1.     Several factors increase the risk of cancer (officially known as malignant neoplasm), including pollutants, tobacco use, certain infections, radiation, obesity, and lack of physical exercise.

2.     An estimated 5 to 10% of cancers are entirely hereditary. Most cancers develop through a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

3.     Smoking causes an estimated 90% of lung cancer. Tobacco has killed 50 million people in the last decade. If trends continue, a billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure this century, which equates to one person every six seconds.

4.     Those who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to develop colon cancer than those who sleep more.

5.     Cancer has two main characteristics: abnormal cell growth and the ability to spread to other parts of the body (metastasis).

6.     In 2008, there were an estimated 12,667,500 new cases of cancer worldwide. Eastern Asia had the most new cases (3,720,000) and Micronesia the fewest (700). North America had approximately 1,603,900 new cases.

7.     One in eight deaths in the world are due to cancer. Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

8.     Cancer is the leading cause of death in developed countries and the second leading cause of death in developing countries, after heart disease. Globally, heart disease is the number one killer.

9.     In 2008, 7.6 million people died of cancer globally, which equates to 21,000 cancer deaths a day. By 2030, 21.4 million new cancer cases are expected to occur globally with 13.2 million cancer deaths.

10.  In 2006, a virus called xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) was discovered in prostate cells, leading scientists to believe the virus may play a role in causing aggressive prostate cancer.

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MO’NE DAVIS GETS SI COVER: It was quite a consolation prize for star pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who gave up three runs and six hits in two and one-third innings before leaving the game Wednesday night so she is able to pitch again on Saturday. The team lost but Sports Illustrated revealed that Davis, age 13, is to be the latest athlete on its cover. Splashed across a photo of her mid-pitch is the title “Mo’ne: Remember Her Name (As If We Could Ever Forget).” It tells of her exploits not just in baseball, but also her first love, which is basketball, as well as soccer. Included in the story is the tale of her local Taney Little League in Philadelphia, which for decades has been co-ed, and was once recognized by the National Organization of Women.

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ARCHDIOCESE OPPOSES ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has warned Catholic school officials against donating to the ALS Association as part of the “ice bucket challenge” because it fears that the money could end up in research using embryonic stem cells. “It’s a well-established moral principle that a good end is not enough. The means to that ends must be morally licit,” the Archdiocese said. The Archdiocese has said that instead, any money should be sent to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Bank of America and the Justice Department have a reached a record $16.65 billion settlement, capping the most sweeping federal investigation into the sale of troubled mortgages by a Wall Street bank since the 2008 financial crisis. The landmark settlement, announced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in Washington on Thursday morning, requires Bank of America to pay a $9.65 billion cash penalty and provide about $7 billion in relief to homeowners and blighted neighborhoods.

FRIEND OF BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT CHANGES PLEA TO GUILTY: A college friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who was charged last year with hindering the investigation into blasts at the finish line of the race, is changing his plea to guilty, his lawyer said. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, was to go to trial on Sept. 8 on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of obstruction of justice, but will instead appear in front of Judge Douglas P. Woodlock at Boston’s Federal District Court on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl, declined to provide additional details before the hearing.

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RUSSIA SHUTS DOWN MCDONALD’S FRANCHISES: In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald’s around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow. Government officials from Siberia to Sochi have announced they will be launching their own investigations. No information has been given about what has been found at the restaurants. One of the restaurants closed included the company’s oldest in the country, just off Pushkinskaya Square that was seen as symbolic when it opened 24 years ago upon the end of the Cold War. McDonald’s took the high road in a public statement, making no reference to politics, saying: “We are looking at the substance of the allegations to work out what measures are needed to open our restaurants to visitors as soon as possible.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: The killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by a police officer, Darren Wilson, and the protests that have followed have brought about calls for the much-ballyhooed — or bemoaned, depending on your perspective — conversation about race. I wish these calls were not so episodic and tied to tragedies. I also wish this call for a conversation wasn’t tied to protests. Protests have life cycles. They explode into existence, but they all eventually die. They build like pressure in the volcano until they erupt. Then there is quiet until the next eruption. The cycle is untenable and nearly devoid of aim and the possibility of resolution.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week’s Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional “in memoriam” segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday.

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Wednesday • August 20, 2014

HOLY CRAP! SHOCK! THE 35.4 PERCENT: 109,631,000 ON WELFARE:

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

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Wednesday • August 20, 2014

U.S. OFFICIALS: JAMES FOLEY EXECUTION VIDEO IS AUTHENTIC: U.S. intelligence analysts have examined the video that shows the execution of photojournalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement Tuesday. “We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic,” Hayden said. President Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement to reporters on Martha’s Vineyard at 12:45 p.m. ET.

LBN-REALTIME NEWS COVERAGE: Ferguson, Missouri Unrest

ISIS THREATENS SECOND HOSTAGE: A second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, is at risk of being killed by ISIS after the group killed James Foley on Tuesday. The U.S. government confirmed that the video sent out on Tuesday does in fact show ISIS militants beheading Foley, who is the first American victim of ISIS. In the video, after Foley is killed, the militant shows a second man, Sotloff, and warns that he could be next. Sotloff was kidnapped in August of 2013 near the Syrian-Turkish border. He has freelanced for Time, the National Interest, and MediaLine.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Left-Handedness & Left-Handed People

1.     Between 10-12% of people on earth are “lefties.” Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.

2.     August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day.” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.

3.     At various times in history, left-handedness has been seen as many things: a nasty habit, a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, criminality, and homosexuality. It has also been seen as a trait indicating creativity and musical abilities.

4.     Some scholars note that left-handers may be one of the last unorganized minorities in society because they have no collective power and no real sense of common identity. Additionally, left-handers are often discriminated against by social, educational, and religious institutions. Social customs and even language set the left-hander apart as “different” and even “bad.”

5.     Many sources claim that left-handers may die as many as nine years earlier than right-handers.

6.     The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. The Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, clumsy, inapt, characterized by underhanded dealings, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable, ill-omened, inauspicious, and illegitimate.

7.     Phrases in English suggest a negative view of left-handedness. For example, a “left-handed complement” is actually an insult. A “left-handed marriage” is not a marriage but an adulterous sexual liaison, as in a “left-handed honeymoon with someone else’s husband.” A “left-handed wife” is actually a mistress.

8.     Research has shown a link between trauma during gestation or during birth with an increased chance of being left-handed.

9.     Tests conducted by St. Lawrence University in New York found that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin.

10.  Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her.

AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN ANNOUNCES ‘SOLIDARITY’ WITH ‘OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS IN IRAQ’: The world’s two most dangerous Islamic terror groups appear to be joining forces.  A statement purportedly by al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch — al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — expresses support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), the Yemen Times reported on Tuesday. “We announce solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the crusade. Their blood and injuries are ours and we will surely support them,” the newspaper quoted the AQAP statement as saying.

RICK PERRY BOOKED IN TEXAS: Texas Governor Rick Perry has no regrets. That’s what he told a crowd on Tuesday when he was booked for two counts, one for abusing official capacity and another for coercion of a public servant, after vetoing state funding for a public integrity unit. Calling the indictment “a chilling restraint on the right of free speech,” he defended his actions before entering the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin. “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions I took were not only lawful and legal but right,” Perry said. “If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the public integrity unit again.”

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Cultural Institute

“Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online. With a team of dedicated Googlers, we are building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all. Here you can find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Approximately twenty thought leaders in L.A. gathered yesterday afternoon for the second in the “City Talk” series of cocktail party at the popular Luna Park restaurant on LaBrea near Wilshire. The featured guest of CNN Entertainment Correspondent Alan Duke and guests included KNX radio anchor Bob Brill, Film producer Mark Joseph, LCO partner Shannon Donnelly, attorney Mark Baer, author Larry Grobel, comedian Joey Garza, among others.

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NORTH KOREA: ‘HIDEOUS LANTERN JAW’ KERRY: Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest U.S. official to be on the receiving end of North Korea’s creative insults. On Wednesday a spokesman said Kerry was a “wolf” with a “hideous lantern jaw.” Previous insults from North Korea have included calling South Korean President Park as “mentally deranged … like a rabid dog” and as “no more than an old prostitute coquetting with outside forces.” The country has also referred to President Obama as “a wicked black monkey” and a “crossbreed with unclear blood.”

U.S. CHANGES NO-FLY LIST RULES: The eternally controversial no-fly list is about to get a makeover. The Obama administration plans to fix the way people can request removal from the list, which is a non-disclosed collection of 48,000 suspected terrorists. This summer, a federal judge ruled that the policy on not telling people if or why they are on the list is unconstitutional. The government says it will now “endeavor to increase transparency for certain individuals denied boarding who believe they are on the No Fly List.”

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SNAPCHAT GETTING IN NEWS BUSINESS: With 27 million users and looking for a revenue stream, picture-messaging app Snapchat is reportedly shopping around with advertisers and media companies for a new service called Snapchat Discovery. That new service would show news content and also deliver ads to Snapchat users. According to the report, it would debut in November. One of the potential news providers is MailOnline, the website for the Daily Mail. The service would give the startup its first source of revenue. In 2013, Snapchat famously declined a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: US Retaliates against Al Qaeda for Embassy Bombings (1998) On August 7, 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, killing more than 200 people. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were believed to be responsible for the attacks. The US retaliated 13 days later with Operation Infinite Reach, a cruise missile strike that targeted terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Across a mere 10-year period – 1993-2003 – statistics from the U.S. Department of Education revealed a 657% increase in the nationwide rate of autism. Researchers debate whether autism rates are increasing or if broadening definitions of autism allow more people to be diagnosed.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Hankoff (Writer-Director: Our surveillance-centric society has only missed Orwell’s 1984 mark by a few decades, but there is at least one more place where surveillance will benefit safety.  If our law enforcement had to wear cameras while on duty, there is already at least one study that shows violence diminishes.  There is something very powerful about saying “we are being recorded.”  It is inclusive and brings greater transparency to the powers that be.  Yes, the system needs to be “studied” but why not turn on all the cameras and study it together instead of using the need “to be studied” as a stalling tactic.  Who wants to be recorded at work?  I think that depends on the job.  When a life is at stake, what is the price? It beats mob rule.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Affectations can be dangerous, as Gertrude Stein said. When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage. From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments and other politicians, conveying the sense that he was above the grubby political scene, unearthly and apart.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war by arming the pro-democracy rebels. I’ve been skeptical about such an intervention — skeptical that there were enough of these “mainstream insurgents,” skeptical that they could ever defeat President Bashar al-Assad’s army and the Islamists and govern Syria.

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Tuesday • August 19, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Google

1.     The “Google Guys,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first met at Stanford University in 1995 when Sergey (21) was assigned to show Larry (22) around the school. Google was first incorporated as a private company on September 4, 1998, and held its initial public offering on August 19, 2004.

2.     According to its website, Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and “make it universally accessible and useful.”

3.     Google uses approximately 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day. (Petabytes are estimated at 10 to the 15th power. So 1 petabyte is approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.) It uses massive amounts of computation to index the Web, process search results, serve up ads, and more.

4.     In August 2004, Google went public with opening shares at $85 per share. Google stated that during its IPO, it hoped to raise as much as $2,718,281,828, which is the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant “e.” It raised $1.67 billion.

5.     In May 2011, over 1 billion unique visitors visited the Google website, up 8.4% from a year earlier. Microsoft came in second with 905 million visitors. Facebook and Yahoo held the third and fourth positions with 714 million and 689 million visitors, respectively.

6.     Facebook users spend the most minutes on the Internet with over 250 billion minutes in May 2011. Microsoft and Google came in second and third with 204 billion and 200 billion minutes, respectively.

7.     In June 2000, Google became the world’s largest search engine.

8.     In June 2006, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added “Google” as a verb.

9.     In Feb 2002, Klingon became one of Google’s 72 language interfaces.

10.  In 2010, Google’s total assets were $57.851 billion dollars.

11.  Google’s employee perks are famous. For example, at one time they offered a $5,000 hybrid car subsidy to encourage cleaner technologies. It was eventually killed to reduce company costs during the economic downturn.

12.  In January 2003, the American Dialect Society voted the word “Google” as the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.

13.  An early version of Google at Stanford could analyze 30-50 pages a second. Currently, it’s millions of pages a second.

14.  Creators Page and Brin once considered calling Google the “What Box.” However, Brin recalled that it sounded like “wet box,” which sounded “like some kind of porn.”

15.  The authors of A Billion Wicked Thoughts crunched data from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! and ranked the most popular terms relating to sex. The top 10 terms are the following: 1. youth (13.5%) 2. gay (4.7%) 3. MILFs (4.3%) 4. breasts (4%) 5. cheating wives (3.4%) 6. vaginas (2.8%) 7. penises (2.4%) 8. amateurs 9. mature 10. animation. They also note that heterosexual males enjoy a range of erotica, including sites featuring elderly women and transsexuals. Both gay and straight men favor chests, buttocks, and feet, in that order.

LOVE THY NEIGHBORS, IT’S GOOD FOR THE HEART: STUDY: Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave? Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbors and a healthier heart. “Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual’s heart attack risk,” said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Heart and blood vessel diseases are the number one cause of death globally, claiming some 15 million lives in 2010, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study.

31 ARRESTED, 2 SHOT IN FERGUSON: The nights of violence and chaos continued in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday evening. Two people were shot during protests. Police were not involved in the shooting, and information of the victims’ conditions have not been released. More than 30 people were arrested, with some from as far away as California and New York. Noting the influx of visitors that is contributing to the violence, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson said in a press conference, “I am not going to let the criminals that have come here from across this country, or live in this neighborhood, define this community.” He stressed that police showed restraint. “Our officers came under heavy fire,” he said, but “not a single bullet was fired by officers.” There are several reports that police used tear gas to get crowds to disperse, and accounts of civilian gunfire and a man being pulled from his car at gunpoint. The night was generally peaceful until around 10 p.m., when some protesters threw bottles at police, and officers responded with high-pitched sound cannons.

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ISLAMIC STATE MESSAGE TO AMERICA: ‘WE WILL DROWN ALL OF YOU IN BLOOD’: The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants. The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement, which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.

GAZA TRUCE EXTENDED ANOTHER 24 HOURS: Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to extend their temporary truce in Gaza another 24 hours, but few long-term issues have been resolved during the past two weeks of talks in Cairo. Israel has not received assurances that rocket attacks will not resume. Palestinians have insisted on an end to an Israeli coastal blockade, which Israel says is a result of security concerns. Palestinian ambassador Jamal Shobaki said on the Voice of Palestine radio: “The gap is big, and the negotiations are difficult and complicated…. The Egyptians may present another proposal today.”

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THE VOICE OF ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ DIES: The man who was the voice of Saturday Night Live since its first episode in October 1975 has passed away. Don Pardo died Monday at age of 96. His time on SNL was just one chapter of his 70 years in show business, beginning a career in radio at NBC in 1944. Pardo was hired by SNL creator Lorne Michaels to introduce the Not Ready for Primetime Players and his voice was a part of of the show except for one season. He moved to Arizona after his wife died in 1995 but flew back to New York each week to do do the show. “It was always exciting,” Michaels said of Pardo. “Whatever montage we did to open the show, whatever pictures we used it didn’t really come alive till you heard him say it.”

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CHINA NABS JACKIE CHAN’S SON FOR POT: The son of actor Jackie Chan was arrested by Beijing police on marijuana-possession charges last week as part of a larger drug crackdown on celebrities. The police released an official statement regarding the detainment of Jaycee Chan, 31, who was taken into police custody with Thai movie star Kai Ko, 23. Both tested positive for marijuana. A government anti-drug adviser said celebrities were being targeted by the Chinese government because of the “huge influence” that they had on “their large number of fans.” More than 100 grams of pot were found in Chan’s home, and he is now under criminal detention for “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs.” If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. Jackie Chan was named an official “Narcotics Control Ambassador” by Chinese police in 2009. He has yet to comment publicly on his son’s arrest.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Katie Couric’s much-anticipated guest return to “Today” has been scratched after she insisted on a longer run of a few weeks, which NBC chiefs flatly refused, sources say.

SUPERMAN COMIC BIDDING HITS $1.9 MILLION: Comic book fans with deep pockets are shelling out for a first edition Superman on eBay. The mint 1938 copy of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman and Lois Lane appear for the first time ever. The bidding opened on August 14 for $1 million and still has six days left. It could beat the last record for a copy of the series, which was a $2.16 million sale to Nicholas Cage in 2011.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***James J. Schiro, a chief executive of two global giants in the accounting and insurance industries and a lead director at Goldman Sachs, died on Wednesday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 68. The cause was multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects the blood cells, the family said. Mr. Schiro left the Goldman board in July to undergo treatment.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The United States has the most cases of breast cancer in the world.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INISDER: ***Movie legend Charlton Heston, a famous liberal who marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King later angered many of Tinsel Town’s left by turning conservative later in life, and becoming an ardent supporter of the NRA. Before succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s in 2008, Heston made one last film “My Father, Rua Alguem 5555”, directed by Egidio Eronico which had limited film fest release in 2003. According to the IMDB, the plot revolves around a man (Thomas Kretschmann) who grew up as an orphan who finally gets to meet his father –the psychopathic surgeon Dr. Josef Mengele (Heston), who performed genetic experiments on Auschwitz concentration camp victims during WWII.   ***OgilvyEntertainment founder and president Doug Scott is joining WME IMG as executive vice president of marketing and brand solutions, the company’s president of marketing, Greg D’Alba, announced on Tuesday.

WARPED JODI ARIAS HIRES PRIVATE DETECTIVE TO PROVE “INNOCENCE” : New kink in noose of convicted murderess Jodia Arias. Convicted killer Jodi Arias – found guilty of butchering exboyfriend Travis Alexander – has hired a private investigator to help prove her innocence, according to scources. Sources say Arias, 34, made the move after an Arizona judge ruled she can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her trial, where she could be sentenced to death. She’s directed the PI to get statements from people she believes will corroborate her thus far bogus story that Alexander physically abused her and she was suffering from battered women’s syndrome when she slaughtered him.

LBN-NOTICED: ***His best friends Frank Sinatra Jr., Robert Carradine, Oscar nominated actor, Robert Forster, Joanna Lancaster(Burt’s daughter) Oscar winner Shirley Jones, award winning songwriter Paul Williams and other Hollywood royalty, along with 50 other personal friends and immediate family of well-known character actor and Academy member Ed Lauter at  his wife Mia Lauter and his publicist Edward Lozzi’s excellent celebration of Life Memorial at the Bistro Gardens; all toasting a fine farewell to a life well lived.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur C. Brooks: For years, conservative politicians have been charged with indifference toward the plight of the poor and vulnerable. Republicans are accused of caring more about hedge fund managers than people who trim hedges, and when pollsters ask questions like “Who cares more about people like you?,” Democrats consistently come out on top. The George Washington University political scientist Danny Hayes has found that Americans, by significant margins, believe that empathy and compassion are traits “owned” by Democrats. Most Republicans acknowledge this, but many just shrug. Maybe they don’t win on empathy and compassion, they’ll concede, but they have a lock on some other traits. Research by Mr. Hayes shows that most voters instinctively associate morality and strong leadership with the political right.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Attitudes in Europe toward an America that is regrouping are marked today by extreme ambivalence. Europeans have long been known for finishing their diatribes about the United States by asking how they can get their child into Stanford. These days, European after-dinner conversation tends to be dominated by discussion of the latest episode of “House of Cards” or “Homeland” or “Mad Men.” A French diplomat told me that every meeting he attended at the White House during his tour in Washington ended with one of his party asking if it might be possible to see the West Wing. He found it embarrassing.  Europeans complain of the personal data stored or the tax loopholes exploited by the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, Google and Twitter, but they are hooked on them all. Google, as recently reported by my colleague Mark Scott, now has an 85 percent share of search in Europe’s largest economies, including Germany, Britain and France, whereas its share of the American market is about 67 percent. American tech companies operate seven of the 10 most visited websites in Europe. Rage at the practices of the National Security Agency is outweighed by addiction to a cyberuniverse dominated by American brands.

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Monday • August 18, 2014

MICHAEL BROWN WAS SHOT AT LEAST SIX TIMES: The unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot at least six times, according to a preliminary private autopsy. The New York Times reports that Dr. Michael Baden, former New York City chief medical examiner, flew in at the request of Brown’s family to conduct a private autopsy, separate from the local one and another ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder. Two of the bullets hit Brown’s head, and four hit his right arm, Baden said. None were likely shot at close range—no gunpowder residue was found on Brown’s body. Brown would not have survived the shooting even if he had been taken to a hospital right away, Baden said. Although Ferguson police have sustained that Brown was shot during a physical struggle with an officer (now known to be Darren Wilson), they have never explained why Brown was shot at multiple times nearly three dozen feet from a cop car.

IRAQ SAYS IT HAS RETAKEN MOSUL DAM: Iraqi officials said on Monday that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex. Iraqi state television quoted Gen. Qassim Atta, an Iraqi military spokesman, as saying that Iraqi special forces and Kurdish forces were in command of the dam, the largest in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader and the foreign minister in Iraqi’s departing government, also said by telephone Monday that the dam was in the hands of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

GOV. NIXON CALLS FOR NATIONAL GUARD: Sunday night was so violent that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for the National Guard to help bring order to Ferguson. Accounts of Molotov cocktails, shootings, and looting Sunday night precipitated the governor’s announcement. At one point during the night, a McDonald’s was so overwhelmed with protesters that its workers took shelter. Three people were injured as a result, and seven to eight were arrested. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds, which authorities said were not local residents. In his executive order calling for the National Guard, Gov. Nixon said the soldiers were needed “given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are some things a shark cannot eat, such as a small fish called the Moses sole and the puffer fish. When a shark bites a sole, it releases a chemical in the shark’s mouth that makes the shark release it. Scientists are trying to duplicate this chemical so it can be used to keep sharks away from people.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Richard Gere’s relationship with Padma Lakshmi is still going strong, sources tell us. The couple, who have remained extremely low key, were spotted last week at new Greek restaurant ­Syros Taverna in Englewood, NJ.

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NADAL WITHDRAWS FROM U.S. OPEN: Reigning U.S. Open winner Rafael Nadal announced on Monday that he was withdrawing from the tournament. It marks only the fourth time in the Open Era, which began in 1968, that the defending U.S. Open champion has not appeared in the tournament. “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” the two-time U.S. Open winner said in a statement. The 27-year-old Spaniard is currently suffering from a right wrist injury, and he hasn’t competed since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon in July. Nadal is one of the tennis’ big draw. In his absence, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic will likely vie for the championship.

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GOLD AS CANCER FIGHTER: Alternative medicine proponents have long attributed healing properties to gold, and in recent years, mainstream medical researchers have begun looking to the precious metal as well. In a recent study, tiny gold particles encased in the chemotherapy drug cisplatin appeared to boost the effectiveness of conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive brain cancer. Cancer cells in samples subjected to this experimental treatment were completely eradicated, and over the next 20 days there was no regrowth.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969) Although a number of the world’s most popular musicians were invited to perform at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969—including The Who, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin—Jimi Hendrix was considered the main attraction. He was originally scheduled to perform last on Sunday night but did not end up taking the stage until Monday morning.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kareem Abdul Jabbar: I’m not saying the protests in Ferguson aren’t justified—they are. In fact, we need more protests across the country. Where’s our Kent State? What will it take to mobilize 4 million students in peaceful protest? Because that’s what it will take to evoke actual change. The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future. Otherwise, all we’re going to get is what we got out of Ferguson: a bunch of politicians and celebrities expressing sympathy and outrage. If we don’t have a specific agenda—a list of exactly what we want to change and how—we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors.

LBN-SEE IT: Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva accuses multinational corporations such as Monsanto of attempting to impose “food totalitarianism” on the world.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars.” Unfortunately, wars just kept happening. And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.  Once upon a time wars were fought for fun and profit; when Rome overran Asia Minor or Spain conquered Peru, it was all about the gold and silver. And that kind of thing still happens. In influential research sponsored by the World Bank, the Oxford economist Paul Collier has shown that the best predictor of civil war, which is all too common in poor countries, is the availability of lootable resources like diamonds. Whatever other reasons rebels cite for their actions seem to be mainly after-the-fact rationalizations. War in the preindustrial world was and still is more like a contest among crime families over who gets to control the rackets than a fight over principles.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***ABC 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has returned to rehab for alcoholism, following an initial stint in November 2013. Vargas, 51, said in a statement: “While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center. As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process.” Vargas came clean with her alcohol addiction in January, saying on Good Morning America that “I am an alcoholic. It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am.” She also said during that interview, “I have great, great friends who I love and who love me. Alcohol for me is no longer an option.”

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Sunday • August 17, 2014

GUNFIRE, TEAR GAS DURING FERGUSON CURFEW: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s curfew failed to bring calm to Ferguson. One man was shot as protests against the prohibition turned violent early Sunday. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said in a press briefing just before 3 a.m. local time that a person had been shot near Red’s BBQ and critically injured. A police patrol car was also shot at, though no one was hurt. According to Johnson, during the night a group of people were on the roof of Red’s BBQ, and man armed with a handgun brandished it in the middle of the street. Police also said they used tear gas to cause a group of protestors on West Florrisant to leave when they wouldn’t follow officers’ request. In total, seven people were arrested. There were concerns over clashes in the lead-up to the curfew. Patricia Bynes, a Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson Township, said “There are a lot of faces I’ve never seen before that are here just because of the curfew.” Members of the New Black Panthers have also appeared, with one telling reporters, “We’re not protecting the police, we’re protecting the people.”

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FACEBOOK PIC SHOWS MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTER: Yahoo News has obtained photos of the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson is shown receiving an award at a police ceremony in two photos published on his father’s Facebook page in February. “Very proud of my son, Darren Wilson on his receiving a Commendation from his Police Department,” John Wilson wrote in the caption. “Congratulations Son.” In one photo, Wilson is shown shaking hands with Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. Wilson’s ranch-style house in Crestwood has seen a heavy police presence all week, though Wilson apparently left a few days ago, according to neighbors.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran agent Sid Levin and his wife Patricia having dinner last night at a packed Nobu restaurant in Malibu.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Ousted “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory was paid $4 million to leave NBC and signed a contract not to speak out against the network, sources say. Gregory, 43, who moderated the show for six years, was unceremoniously dumped from the political program on Thursday after dismal ratings and months of speculation about his departure. He has been replaced by NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Given all of the smoky talk about Colorado and marijuana, you arrive here with the feeling that you’re stepping into some freaky, one-of-a-kind laboratory. And you are. But the experiment goes well beyond the responsible legalization and regulation of pot. It extends to questions of whether drillers and environmentalists can peacefully coexist, whether a country bloodied by gunfire can muster any sane response, whether Democrats can use demographic trends and certain social issues to establish a durable advantage, and whether Republicans can summon the specter of an unwieldy government to prevent that. Colorado is where all of this is being hashed out.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Family and close friends of Robin Williams are gathering in the San Francisco area for what is expected to be a small, intimate funeral for the tragic funnyman. “It’s not official yet, but that’s the plan,” a source familiar with the arrangements told E! News. “It will be small. They were both very private people,” the source said of Williams and his widow, graphic designer and painter Susan Schneider.

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Saturday • August 16, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Muhammed has been crowned Britain’s most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013. As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that “Muhammad” came in 15th with 3,499 children but “Mohammed” was 23rd with 2,887 and “Mohammad” was 57th with 1059 given the name. As a result the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name Oliver which got just 6,949. Also the statistics are only published for the top 100 names, so the even more obscure spellings of Mohammed are likely to push the total even higher.

LOOTING BREAKS OUT AGAIN IN FERGUSON: Looting broke out again overnight on Friday in the Missouri town where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer last Saturday. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson confirmed the looting of a convenience store where police say Brown was suspected of stealing cigars. Heroically, some protesters formed lines to guard local businesses from the looters. Rocks and other objects were thrown at police, three of whom were injured. “There were 300 protesters last night, but the protesters went home and the looters came out,” Johnson said. Earlier on Friday, Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson revealed the identity of the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, a four-year veteran of the force. However, later on Friday, Jackson added that Wilson did not know about the convenience store robbery.

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RICK PERRY PLANS TO FIGHT INDICTMENT: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not going down without a fight. On Friday, Perry was indicted on two felony counts of coercion and official oppression by a public servant (punishable by up to 99 years in prison).  The charges stem from Perry’s veto of $7.5 million in state funding for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (a Democrat) was arrested for drunk driving in 2013, leading Perry to say she was unfit for office. Unless Lehmberg resigned, Perry said at the time, he would veto the funding. When Lehmberg refused, Perry went through with the veto.  ”The fact of this case conclude that the governor’s veto was lawful, appropriate, and well within the authority of the office of governor,” Perry’s private attorney David Botsford said.  “This action, which violates the separation of power outlined in the Texas Constitution, is nothing more than an effort to weaken the Constitutional authority of the office of Texas governor, and sets a dangerous precedent by allowing a grand jury to punish the exercise of a lawsuit and constitutional authority afforded to the governor.” Perry will now have to turn himself in to Travis County jail and have a mugshot taken.

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MMA FIGHTER ‘WAR MACHINE’ ARRESTED: California’s Simi Valley Police, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, apprehended fugitive MMA fighter Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver on Friday. An arrest warrant for Koppenhaver was issued last week following an incident in Las Vegas in which the martial artist is accused of beating his girlfriend—adult film actress Christy Mack—so badly that she ended up in the hospital. Koppenhaver was arrested at an Extended Stay America Hotel, where “inside the room there was a small quantity of cash and some pizza,” according to a release detailing the incident. Koppenhaver has since been transported to the Ventura County.

4 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUSPENDED: Four football players at Notre Dame University are expected to be suspended from football activities as the result of an internal investigation into academic misconduct. Starting wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and reserve linebacker Kendall Moore allegedly violated the school’s honor code by receiving improper help with classwork. The NCAA has not said whether it will inflict any additional punishment on the players. Last year, another football player, starting quarterback Everett Golson, was dismissed from Notre Dame for what he called “poor academic judgment.” He was reinstated, however, this spring.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Studies show that adolescent boys who intake less than 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily and girls who intake less than 850 milligrams daily won’t achieve their optimal bone mass.

LBN-MUSIS INSIDER: ***Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, solo artist and textile enthusiast Stevie Nicks is asking fans to design a shawl befitting of her legacy of flowy garments. The singer has partnered with Talenthouse for a competition that will reward the winner with $2,000 to produce the shawl and a professional photo of Nicks modeling the covering. The winner and the photo will also be featured on Stevie Nicks’ website and social media channels. He or she will also get the shawl back.   ***This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully–and forcefully–do so on hostile turf. He did so with no apologies–and plenty of compassion. In an entertaining interview on HuffPost Live, Simmons said he was “given all the advantages of native-born children” after coming to the country when he was eight years of age, which he said was “astonishing” compared to other nations.  Why? Because he learned “goddamn English” and embraced America’s melting pot instead of separatism (salad bowl).

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have launched a fraud and breach-of-contract lawsuit claiming that Al Jazeera is withholding money from its $500 million purchase of the cable news network. The complaint was filed under seal in the Delaware Court of Chancery, but information provided reveals that the plaintiffs are seeking $65 million held in escrow. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is being represented by David Boies, the attorney who memorably represented him in the 2000 battle over a Florida election recount.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: On “Black Tuesday,” October 29, 1929, the market lost $14 billion, making the loss for that week an astounding $30 billion. This was ten times more than the annual federal budget and far more than the U.S. had spent in WWI.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.”Prairie Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” — Wilder’s unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk off whiskey.   ***Ben Carson’s latest book has just overtaken Hillary Clinton’s new memoir in total book sales. According to Nielsen BookScan numbers provided to The Daily Caller, as of Aug. 10, Carson’s “One Nation” has sold 225,000 copies, compared to 223,000 copies for Clinton’s “Hard Choices.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***A very pregnant Scarlett Johansson with husband-to-be Romain Dauriac at the Bronx Zoo.   ***Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi at Babette’s in East Hampton.   ***Heidi Klum at Bleecker Street designer crafts spot the Market NYC with two of her children.   ***Michael J. Fox, Calvin Klein, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy at Shuko East Hampton on Thursday night. A shirtless Gordon Ramsay in revealing, too-tight black cycling shorts training for the Iron Man in Pacific Palisades, California.   ***L.A. plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at the popular El Cholo in Santa Monica.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Menachem Begin (1913) In the 1940s, Begin headed the Irgun, a militant organization that fought against British Mandate authorities in Palestine. As a member of the first Israeli parliament, he led the opposition to the Labor party. In 1977, his right-wing Likud party defeated Labor for the first time, and Begin became prime minister of Israel. He shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat as a result of the Camp David Accords.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: The Middle East turns out to be a country club that’s easy to get into but hard to get out of. Resign and we could have Iran coming in and saving Iraq’s Halal turkey bacon. Put 77 million Iranians who hate us together with 36 million Iraqis who hate us and that’s a lot of people who hate us, all trying to make an atomic bomb.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: London is in the midst of a boom so giddy it has parted company with the rest of Britain. Construction is everywhere, from the new towers of the City of London (a global financial center larger than Wall Street) to the mansions of Kensington (where the world’s superwealthy burrow below ground to accommodate staff quarters and the de rigueur swimming pool) to ever-hipper eastern districts like Hoxton (sought after by the ordinary mortals driven from the center). Money does not precisely gush from every home, business and storefront in central London, as it did before the meltdown of 2008, but it oozes again in sticky abundance. House prices in London have jumped about 19 percent in a year. The London economy is set to grow by over 4 percent this year in a nation that, elsewhere, struggles to shake off stagnation. The capital has become a glittering enclave in a country often resentful of its dominance. It presides with spiffy superiority, like squeaky-clean Singapore looking down on dusty Southeast Asia.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: I think things just got sparky, a term I once heard a military figure use to denote a battle that has both commenced and turned hot.  In her interview in The Atlantic, with Jeffrey Goldberg, Hillary Clinton sounded as burly and hawkish on foreign policy as John McCain. That’s not a surprise to longtime Hillary observers, though that she chose to declare it so uncompromisingly at so early a point in the 2016 presidential cycle, is. Mrs. Clinton came into politics from the McGovern wing of her party, but that was long ago. She has been more publicly hawkish since she ran for the U.S. Senate in New York in 2000 and 9/11 happened a year later. She famously voted for the Iraq war, which opened up running room for a young man named Barack Obama.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Elin Nordegren is single again after breaking up with billionaire boyfriend Christopher Cline, sources say. The newly free ex-wife of Tiger Woods has fled to the Hamptons for a low-key weekend with her girlfriends, we’re told.   ***Jennifer Lawrence is dating Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ex Chris Martin, sources have confirmed. Jennifer, who turned 24 on Friday, and Chris, 37, have known each other for a while, but started seeing each other in recent weeks.   ***Chris Kattan has been sentenced to three years’ probation for driving under the influence and crashing his Mercedes into a Department of Transportation vehicle on a Southern California freeway earlier this year. The Los Angeles Times reports the former “Saturday Night Live” star was also ordered Thursday to pay a $500 fine and attend an alcohol education program.

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Friday • August 15, 2014

FERGUSON POLICEMAN’S NAME REVEALED: Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Ferguson police chief revealed that the name of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown is Darren Wilson, a 6-year veteran with no disciplinary record. The police had held out for nearly a week before revealing the name of the officer. The police also said that the officer was responding to a robbery that took place nearby. “A lot of the stakeholders had a big meeting conversation yesterday,” Chief Jackson said told a St. Louis television station, “and then yesterday evening and we made the determination that today is the day.”

EBOLA CONTAINMENT TO TAKE 6 MONTHS: It will take at least six months to get the Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa, the head of Doctors Without Borders said Friday. “Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic, this is my gut feeling,” Joanne Liu said. She also added that “If we don’t stabilize Liberia, we will never stabilize the region.”

TWITTER CRACKS DOWN ON HARASSMENT: After abusive Twitter trolls harassed Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams to the point where she quit social media entirely, an official for the site has responded. Twitter’s Vice President of Trust and Safety pledged on Thursday to review the site’s policies to help prevent future harassment scenarios like Zelda Williams’. “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter,” he wrote. “We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”

MALIKI AGREES TO RELINQUISH POWER IN IRAQ: Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Thursday night that he had agreed to relinquish power, a move that came after days of crisis in which his deployment of extra security forces around the capital had raised worries of a military coup.  Mr. Maliki’s decision held out the prospect of a peaceful transition of power, based on democratic elections and without the guiding hand of American military forces, which would be a first in modern Iraq’s troubled history of kings, coups and dictatorships.

HORSE RESCUED AFTER NEARLY BEING SENT TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE GIVES NEW OWNERS SURPRISE: When Glendale Pony Rescue stepped in to save a horse from being sent to the slaughterhouse, they didn’t realize they were in for a big surprise. In her glory days, Nori was a polo horse. But the horse, who according to the rescue group was skinny and appeared to have been abused, ended up at an auction in Mira Loma and then at Pony Rescue. For the past two months, volunteers have been working to get her back in good health and to find her a good home. However, they were recently surprised to learn that Nori was pregnant. They’re currently looking for her original owners in order to get her medical history to ensure she doesn’t have any medical conditions that could make pregnancy difficult.

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SPAIN: WOMAN ARRESTED WITH COKE IN BREAST IMPLANTS: Spanish police say they have arrested a woman who landed at Madrid’s international airport with 1.7 kilos (3.7 pounds) of cocaine hidden in her breast implants. Narcotics agents grew suspicious when the 43-year-old Venezuelan woman exhibited unspecified strange behavior during a routine screening of passengers who had just arrived from Bogota, Colombia.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***U.S. consumer sentiment fell in August to its lowest since last November while a barometer of current economic conditions rose to its highest since July 2007, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary August reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 79.2, down from a final reading of 81.8 the month before.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: World War II: Victory over Japan Day (1945) Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) marks the surrender of Japan—the last Axis power to yield during World War II—and the subsequent end of the war. Though the terms of Japan’s surrender were not signed until September 2, V-J Day sparked widespread celebration in Allied countries. One of the day’s most famous images was shot in Times Square, New York, when Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment a sailor embraced a nurse and kissed her

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Aerosmith were forced to cancel their concert in Concord, California, Wednesday night just hours before taking the stage “due to illness,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band posted on their official website. However, TMZ is reporting that drummer Joey Kramer is suffering from heart complications that will require the band to cancel some upcoming tour dates as well, including their gig at George, Washington’s George Amphitheatre on Saturday night. A representative for the group did not confirm or deny the report, telling Rolling Stone, “We have no further information to report at this time.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Six days after Tony Stewart struck and killed another driver in a sprint car race, Nascar has announced new rules for on-track incidents. The new policy mandates any driver involved in an incident to remain in the racecar, unless the car is in an emergency situation. “At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron,” the rule says. “At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: “I believe the really good people would be reasonably successful in any circumstance,” the detective writer Raymond Chandler wrote in his notebook in 1949. If Shakespeare came back today, “he would have refused to die in a corner.”  Shakespeare, Chandler theorized, would have gone into the movie business and made its tired formulas fresh. He wouldn’t have cared about the vulgarity of Hollywood, Chandler thought, “because he would know that without some vulgarity there is no complete man. He would have hated refinement, as such, because it is always a withdrawal, a shrinking, and he was much too tough to shrink from anything.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: Every writer fears the blank page. Every comedian dreads silence at the end of a punch line. Every creative soul quivers at the prospect of brush touching canvas or fingers reaching for keyboards and finding — nothing. In all the tributes to the propulsive force of genius that was Robin Williams, in all the helpful pivots from a celebrity’s suicide to the larger issue of depression that cripples millions, we may have forgotten one obvious thing about him. Williams was a showman — perhaps the most vulnerable of public persons. And in the digital age, when trolls can make a piñata of even the most gifted performers, the pressure on those on stage or in the arena has never been greater. Nor has the arc from triumph to tragedy been shorter.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The good news is that Janet Yellen, the Fed chairwoman, understands the danger; she has made it clear that she would rather take the chance of a temporary rise in the inflation rate than risk hitting the brakes too soon, the way the E.C.B. did in 2011. The bad news is that she and her colleagues are under a lot of pressure to do the wrong thing from the too-muchers, who seem to have learned nothing from being wrong year after year, and are still agitating for higher rates. There’s an old joke about the man who decides to cheer up, because things could be worse — and sure enough, things get worse. That’s more or less what happened to Europe, and we shouldn’t let it happen here.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jeff Beck (Fame rock guitarist): About a year before, I’d had a back problem and I had to have an MRI scan and I couldn’t walk. It was just a lower-back injury from lifting things while working on my hotrods. And then that turned into something where I just couldn’t stand up for more than 10 minutes during the last European tour. And I said, “Look, I’ve got to get this fixed.” So I had to get some surgery. They drilled about four holes in the front. After that, the problem kicked in again. I couldn’t even get out of bed for about a week after the operation. It just slowed me down generally.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Michael J. Fox was shocked to learn that the late Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. The 53-year-old actor, who has famously talked about his own battles with the disease, tweeted his reaction on Thursday and called Williams a “true friend.”

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Friday • August 15, 2014

FBI: 80 PERCENT OF POLICE OFFICERS ARE OVERWEIGHT: The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation released a new statistic, which states 8 out of every 10 law enforcement members are overweight.

Researchers have said law enforcement personnel are 25 times more likely to die from weight related cardiovascular disease than the actions of a criminal.

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Thursday • August 14, 2014

MILITANTS’ SIEGE ON MOUNTAIN IN IRAQ IS OVER, PENTAGON SAYS: Defense Department officials said late Wednesday that United States airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the Islamic militants’ siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape. An initial report from about a dozen Marines and Special Operations forces who arrived on Tuesday and spent 24 hours on the northern Iraqi mountain said that “the situation is much more manageable,” a senior Defense official said in an interview.

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ISIS SPREADS TO INDONESIA: Hundreds of hardline extremists in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, have begun to openly pledge allegiance to ISIS, and thousands more have done so on social media. The trend has led the Indonesian government to crack down, banning the group and now said it will block websites displaying the group’s content. Indonesia is also worried about “alumni” jihadi, or those who come back from conflicts. A top counterterrorism official from the country said on Wednesday, “We have to be prepared, when the issue of ISIS in the Middle East is over and then they come back into Indonesia.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 911 Emergency Calls

1.     Over 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year.2.     Over 70% of 911 calls in the United States are placed from wireless phones, and the rate is increasing.

3.     The telephone number 911 is for emergency calls in North America. To use it for any other type of calls, such as a prank call, could be considered a crime.

4.     Some Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) report that 15%–20% of incoming 911 calls are non-emergencies. An emergency is a life-threatening situation where every second counts, such as a heart attack;, uncontrolled asthma attack, child birth in progress, any event involving large amounts of blood, uncontrolled fire, a life-threatening event such as a knife fight, an armed robbery in progress, or a serious car accident (not a fender bender).

5.     In 2006, 5-year-old Robert Turner called 911 when his mother collapsed form heart problems. The call taker thought he was making a prank call and told the little boy that she would send help and hung up. The boy waited three hours and, with his mother still unconscious, called 911 again. This time, a different call taker told the boy that he would get in trouble if he kept playing around. Scared, the boy hung up. His mom died.

6.     For many Americans, the ability to call 911 is the primary reason they own a cell phone.

7.     Dialing 911 quickly connects a caller to a nearby Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) dispatcher who is trained to route a call to local emergency medical, fire, and law enforcement agencies.

8.     While North America uses 911 as an emergency number, other countries dial 999. These countries include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Macau, Bahrain, Qatar, Bangladesh, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Trinidad and Tobago.

9.     For all members of the European Union and several other countries, 112 is an emergency number that can be dialed for free of charge. In some countries, older emergency numbers still are available; for example, in the U.K, both its traditional emergency number 999 and 112 connect to an emergency center. Additionally, in the United States some carriers, such as AT&T, will direct the number 112 to 911.

10.  Some 911 dispatchers eventually suffer from critical incident stress syndrome (CISS), which is similar to PTSD. It affects people who are constantly close to and intricately involved in other people’s massive crises and tragedies. Symptoms include nightmares, severe anxiety, and an inability to cope with stressful situations in daily life.

11.  If a cellphone has been barred from making outgoing calls (e.g., not paying a bill), often emergency calls can still be made.

12.  The world’s oldest emergency phone number is the U.K’s 999 number that was introduced on June 30, 1937. It was implemented after a call to the fire brigade was held in a queue the telephone company. The delay cost five women their lives in the fire.

13.  The first arrest due to an emergency call happened on July 8, 1937, at 4:20 a.m. when the wife of John Stanley Beard dialed 999 to report a burglar outside her home in England. The burglar, 24-year-old Thomas Duffys, was arrested.

14.  An early precursor to the 911 number in North America debuted in December 1957 when the California Highway Patrol created a traffic emergency number, Zenith 1-2000.

15.  North America’s first emergency telephone number, 999, was first introduced in Winnipeg, Canada. There were originally eight women Emergency Telephone Operators. The budget was too small to pay men ($200 vs. $345/month). Canada converted to 911 in 1972.

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ANGER SIMMERS IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI; HACKERS CLAIM TO NAME OFFICER: After a fifth night of unrest in this St. Louis suburb, a group identifying itself as Anonymous, the computer hacking collective, disclosed Thursday what it said was the name of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager on Saturday. Writing on Twitter, the group said it would publish additional information about the officer — including his photograph — if it did not receive a response from the St. Louis County Police Department, which is overseeing one of the investigations into the death of Michael Brown, 18. Mr. Brown was shot Saturday afternoon while walking from a convenience store with a friend.

EUROPE’S ECONOMY STUMBLES: Economic officials worldwide are looking at Europe again, as the Eurozone saw a barely-there 0.2 percent growth in GDP in the last quarter. Perhaps even more troubling, Germany, which accounts for roughly a quarter of the zone’s GDP, contracted for the quarter by 0.2 percent. The troubling news comes just a day after Japan announced its GDP shrank 6.8 percent. The country many are watching is Italy, where the pace of contraction increased to 0.2 percent.

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LBN-HEATH WATCH: ***We’re constantly being told that exercise is good for our health and can protect against a host of diseases. But a new study suggests you really can have too much of a good thing – especially if you’ve already got a dicky heart. Researchers have identified a so-called cut-off point where exercise loses its protective effect and becomes dangerous. Heart attack survivors who ran fewer than 30 miles a week – or walked fewer than 46 miles – were 65 per cent less likely to die from another heart-related events.

ROBIN WILLIAMS NEVER RECOVERED FROM DEATH OF HIS OLDER BROTHER: Robin Williams’ death came almost seven years to the day he tragically lost his older brother Todd. On August 14, 2007, 69-year-old Todd died from complications from heart surgery performed on him a month earlier. A friend said : “Todd was one of Robin’s two half-brothers and his death was devastating to Robin, who was grief stricken over his passing. “It’s ironic that Robin died almost to the day seven years later.” Todd was a winemaker, born Robert Todd Williams, but nicknamed in the family as “Toad.” He died at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, close to the Toad Hollow Vineyards he founded in Healdsburg, Calif.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Antonio Banderas belatedly celebrating his birthday with two male friends at Zuma Restaurant in Miami on Tuesday.   ***Former senator Joe Lieberman dining with friends at kosher steakhouse Reserve Cut in the Financial District in NYC.   ***Miley Cyrus having a quiet dinner at Sunda in Chicago.   ***Howard and Beth Stern enjoying a cozy dinner on the porch at Nick & Toni’s Friday enjoying salads and fish.    ***“Orange Is  the New Black” actress Dascha Polanco salsa dancing with Henry Santos at La Marina.

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BURGER KING KILLS SATISFRIES: Roughly two-thirds of Burger King stores nationwide will begin to phase out Satisfries, the company’s low-fat, low-calorie menu option introduced last year. While making the announcement Wednesday, Burger King said that while more than 100 million customers ordered the fries, the sales were too weak. The fries had 270 calories, compared to the chain’s typical small fries’ 340 calories, and 11 grams of fat to the regular 15 grams of fat. The decision to get rid of the option is a sign that what customers say they want (healthy) doesn’t always match what they spend their money on.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: What use could the humanities be in a digital age? University students focusing on the humanities may end up, at least in their parents’ nightmares, as dog-walkers for those majoring in computer science. But, for me, the humanities are not only relevant but also give us a toolbox to think seriously about ourselves and the world. I wouldn’t want everybody to be an art or literature major, but the world would be poorer — figuratively, anyway — if we were all coding software or running companies. We also want musicians to awaken our souls, writers to lead us into fictional lands, and philosophers to help us exercise our minds and engage the world.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I remember my bitch, whore mother well. Her rapid footsteps shook her own floors, and she routed lassitude and indifference wherever she came. The thought of her face still makes me want to puke.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“Blood Feud” author Ed Klein had yet more barbs for the Clintons at a party for his book about their thorny relationship with the Obamas.  Klein quipped, “Bill Clinton would die to get back into the White House, which might literally happen on the campaign trail for Hillary in ’16 given how awful he looks.”  Klein also speculated that if Hillary wins, “The Clintons won’t need to redecorate the White House, they can just return the furniture they took with them last time.”

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Wednesday • August 13, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”  The startling study, titled “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page.

NSA BOT CAN START CYBERWAR AUTOMATICALLY: In a blockbuster interview with WIRED, Edward Snowden says that the National Security Agency has a secret, autonomous program called “Monstermind” that can conduct and respond to cyberattacks without human intervention. The program also launches its attacks through third-party computers in foreign countries, which is dangerous for U.S. diplomatic efforts says Snowden. “These attacks can be spoofed,” Snowden said. “You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?” Snowden also says he has not even read all of the documents he took from the NSA, so there will be more revelations. He also says he volunteered for prison, that the NSA has not cleaned up its act, and that an accident knocked Syria off the Internet.

LBN-R.I.P.: Lauren Bacall:


REBELS PINNED BY ISIS AND SYRIAN FORCES: The key Syrian city of Aleppo has been encircled by Syrian government troops and ISIS militants in an attempt to take the city from rebels and the Western-backed Free Syria Army. The rebels are preparing themselves for a starvation-inducing siege like that at Homs, which they lost earlier this year. “We’re about to lose Aleppo and no one cares,” Hussam Almarie, a FSA spokesman, told The Wall Street Journal. “We won’t be able to recover the revolution if this happens. And we’ll lose the moderates in Syria.” ISIS likely hopes that a victory against the FSA would be a recruiting bonanza.

UKRAINE CRISIS HARDENS GERMANY AGAINST RUSSIA, AN OLD PARTNER: Over recent months, something significant has happened in Europe: In the crisis over Ukraine, Germany has assumed leadership not just in its familiar fashion of trying to coax Russia away from belligerence and bluster, but in standing firm and imposing sanctions on Moscow even if it hurts German business. Perhaps even more remarkable is that Germans, long anxious to preserve commercial, energy and cultural ties with their vast eastern neighbor, have gone along. Seventy percent of 1,003 adults polled last week by Infratest dimap for the public broadcaster ARD approved of stricter sanctions; just 15 percent viewed Russia as a reliable partner in a poll with a three-percentage-point margin of sampling error.

HILLARY CALLS OBAMA ABOUT HER ‘ATTACK’: A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said she called President Obama on Tuesday to clarify her criticism of his administration’s Syria policy as a “failure.” Clinton made that remark during an interview with The Atlantic last week. She wanted to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership,” the statement said. It noted that the two have their differences on issues, but they agree on most issues. “Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when they see each other tomorrow night.” That is, until Clinton finds out that Obama told lawmakers in a private meeting that the criticism is “horseshit.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran ICM agent having lunch yesterday at Breeze restaurant in the Century Plaza Hotel.   ***Prominent L.A. realtor Cathy Byrd having lunch at the Fig and Olive in West Hollywood.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Schizophrenia, which affects one percent of the population and emerges in the late teens to early 20s, is deeply misunderstood. People who suffer from it are often suspected of being dangerous, but this is not usually the case, and antipsychotic drugs are very effective.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Leslie H. Gelb: You have to hand it to the jihadis. So far as I can tell there are only about 327 of them, riding in circles around the mountains to make it look like they have 2 million men under arms. Just like in the old movies. We hear various estimates of their numbers from intelligence agencies—11, 305, 15,001, 27, 345. (I’m kidding, but maybe so is the CIA.) In any event, their totals don’t begin to match the many hundreds of thousands of troops and security forces maintained by the Syrian and Iraqi governments. And jihadi arms don’t begin, not hardly, to rival the billions upon billions of dollars worth of arms the U.S. supplied to Iraq. (By the way, whatever happened to those arms?)

LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

“You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.” – Rwandan proverb

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: I talked to Robin Williams once, about breasts. In 1993, when he played a prim British nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” I went to interview him at his Pacific Heights house. “It’s great to be this blue-mouthed old lady hitting on somebody,” he said, in his character’s soft Scottish burr, “opening your blouse and saying, ‘What about these? Behold my dirty pillows, my fun bags. Come nurse at the fountain of bliss.’ ” He was 42 then, wearing his Popeye outfit, a blue-striped T-shirt and black baggy jeans. Surrounded by kids, a rabbit and an iguana, we talked about everything from John Belushi to his father, a stern Ford Motor Company executive.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Mark R., an LBN E-Lert reader from Denver, Colorado.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: “What,” people ask me, “do you cook when you’re not working?” The answer is pretty consistent: “pasta and fish and a vegetable, or pasta and salad and a vegetable, or salad and fish and a vegetable, or pasta and salad and fish and a vegetable.” There are exceptions, of course, but there’s a comfort level here and it’s been this way for a long time, through different kitchens and domestic arrangements.  Here’s the thing: In my professional life of finding, replicating, sometimes even “creating” recipes, my palate is up for anything. But when the work hat comes off, I fall into old and completely beloved habits.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, I have always been a terror to the jerks working under me.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Neil Patrick Harris has walked out on his longtime lover David Burtka, and the two have been living apart amid claims both were seen flirting with younger guys, according to sources. The former “How I Met Your Mother” star, 41, has been spotted leaving the couple’s spectacular $3.6 million New York City brownstone on his own at least four times since June, sources say.   ***“Robin Williams was always 1,000 percent reliable,” said a senior movie agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity to conform to the wishes of Mr. Williams’s family. “He was almost impossibly high functioning.”   ***Jake LaMotta — the former middleweight boxing champ who inspired Martin Scorsese’s classic “Raging Bull” — has undergone pacemaker surgery at 92.  LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker, told Page Six the pugilist had the procedure done last week at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

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Tuesday • August 12, 2014

OBAMA TOLD LAWMAKERS CRITICISM OF HIS SYRIA POLICY IS ‘HORSESH*T’


Hillary Clinton and Congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria’s rebels. But the President fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should’ve done more.

President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.”

The argument that America should have done more in Syria, made for years by foreign policy leaders in both parties and several members of Obama’s senior national security team, was brought back to the fore this past weekend. Obama and Hillary Clinton gave dueling interviews in which they publicly split on whether the security and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria could have been avoided if the United States had played a larger role. Obama’s outburst on July 31, one week prior, reveals the criticism was already getting to him, even before the White House tried to deflect Clinton’s remarks as pre-presidential political posturing.

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Tuesday • August 12, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Intercourse

1.     In several countries, some new brides place tiny bags containing chicken’s blood into the vagina prior to intercourse to prove the hymen was intact before marriage. In other countries, women have placed congealed sheep’s blood in their vaginas for the same purpose.

2.     Sex and orgasm (from the Greek orga, meaning “to swell with moisture”) can alleviate menstrual cramps and menstrual migraines. While some couples avoid sex during menses, a diaphragm or cervical cap can decrease the amount of menstrual blood.

3.     Many researchers consider the skin to be the largest sex organ and the brain to be the most powerful.

4.     According to the Kinsey Institute, the average speed of sperm during ejaculation is 28 mph.

5.     The record for the most female orgasms is 134 in one hour.

6.     Between 10-12% of women in the U.S. have never experienced an orgasm. Marilyn Monroe, an international sex symbol, reportedly never experienced an orgasm with any of her famous lovers.

7.     Because there is an increase in blood circulation around the genitals during a woman’s period, she may experience more powerful orgasms during this time.

8.     Having sex regularly is known to have amazing health benefits, such as promoting the body’s production of germ-fighting antibodies, strengthening the pelvic floor, burning calories, stabilizing the menstrual cycle, and providing natural pain relief through orgasms.

9.     A woman who feels good about her genitals is six more times more likely to be sexually satisfied than a woman who does not.

10.  Women are capable of having different types of orgasms, depending on the stimulation. The clitoral orgasm is the most commonly known, often the most powerful, and the most often achieved. The second type is a vaginal orgasm. The third kind is a blended orgasm, or when a woman’s vagina and clitoris are simultaneously stimulated. Some women can also have an orgasm through kissing, nipple stimulation, or simply pressing their legs together.

11.  Not all sexual positions lend themselves well to female orgasm. Rear-entry positions, for example, miss the clitoris entirely.

12.  Female ejaculation is not a myth. A woman’s ejaculate has a similar chemical makeup to semen (minus the sperm). A woman can ejaculate a teaspoon or a cupful.

13.  Contrary to popular belief, large breasts do not respond sexually better than small breasts.

14.  The Gräfenberg Spot, or G-spot, is named after Dr. Ernest Gräfenberg who in 1950 found that stimulation of a particular area in the vagina could trigger powerful orgasms, female ejaculation, and arousal. Some women undergo G-spot amplification, which is a surgery to enhance sensitivity in that area.

15.  A man will ejaculate 1/2 trillion sperm in his lifetime.

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OBAMA PRAISES NEW IRAQI PRIME MINISTER: Iraq’s new president named a new prime minister on Monday, despite current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s refusal to leave office. “Today, Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort,” President Obama said in a press conference, praising a more inclusive government. Prominent Shiite politician and current Deputy Speaker of Parliament Haider al-Abadi will take over from Maliki, who has spent the last eight years in office. “Now the Iraqi people are in your hands,” President Fouad Masoum told Abadi as they shook hands in a ceremony in Baghdad. On Sunday, Maliki announced on Iraqi television that he would go to court against Masoum to keep his premiership, after the president failed to direct him and his bloc in parliament to form a new government. “What is happening today is a coup against the constitution, a deliberate violation of it by the president,” he said in a statement.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: VIDEO: 72-year-old man randomly sucker-punched in broad daylight…

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MMA FIGHTER’S EX SHARES ABUSE PHOTOS: Porn star Christy Mack has decided to share images of the injuries she allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, mixed martial arts fighter War Machine (Jon Koppenhaver). Mack is still reportedly unable to speak after the attack early Friday morning, but she posted harrowing shots of her bloodied and bruised face online. She also posted an account of the abuse on her blog, describing how Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to her Las Vegas home and allegedly beat her friend before moving on to her. She says Koppenhaver broke 18 bones around her eyes and fractured her nose in two places. She also has reportedly suffered a ruptured liver and a fractured rib, as well as several legions from his knife. “He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly,” she wrote.” He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one could worry about my whereabouts.” She also says Koppenhaver threatened to rape her. Koppenhaver is still at large, but tweeted “I’m not a bad guy, I went to surprise my gf, help her set up her show and to give her an engagement ring and ended up fighting for my life.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Schneider (wife of Robin Williams): This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Last week, Hillary Clinton had a fascinating interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. The interview got immediate attention because of the way she discussed her differences with President Obama.  While admitting that no one will ever know who was right, Clinton argues that Obama might have done more to help the moderate opposition in Syria fight the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad … left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” she told Goldberg.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Since I heard of Robin William’s death, the gloom of my remorse had made more hopeless my cruel, selfish, saturnine nature.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***No ‘Sweet Charity” for Shirley Maclaine as top docs channel preternatural star’s chart from svelte to bilious blubber. During her remarkable six-decade career, showbiz legend Shirley MacLaine has always taken the time to stay in shape – but now sources say they fear she’s losing her anti-aging battle as she packs on the pounds. The 80-year-old star recently arrived at Los Angeles International Airport dressed in super-casual clothes that couldn’t hide her dangerous weight gain. For years, the 5-foot-7 actress tipped the scales at about 120 pounds, but observers say she now appears to have soared to 170.   ***Yet another family battle is raging over late comic Richard Pryor. Richard Pryor Jr. recently claimed that while his father was dying, his fourth wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, tricked him into signing away rights to his name. The younger Pryor has demanded production be halted on the film. Actress Jennifer Lee originally wed Pryor in 1981, but they soon divorced. They remarried in June 2001, and two years after Pryor’s death in 2005 at age 65, his daughter Elizabeth sued Jennifer.

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Monday • August 11, 2014

ROBIN WILLIAMS FOUND DEAD IN POSSIBLE SUICIDE:


Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday. He was 63.

The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, Calif. He was found in his home.

His publicist said the actor had been battling depression of late.


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Monday • August 11, 2014

JAMES O’KEEFE CROSSES THE US-MEXICO BORDER DRESSED AS OSAMA BIN LADEN: Investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe exposes the U.S.-Mexico border’s vulnerability to terrorism in his latest undercover project, obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. O’Keefe’s Project Veritas video reminds viewers of recent statements by the president and Obama administration officials that the southern border is secure. O’Keefe then proceeds to Hudspeth County, Texas, to easily cross back and forth cross the Rio Grande wearing the costume of modern history’s most recognizable terrorist. “I see no border patrol. I see no security,” O’Keefe said in the video before donning a bin Laden mask. “Thousands of people have stood in my footsteps right now. They’ve come from South America, Honduras, Guatemala, and they’ve all crossed the border. And if they can cross, anybody can cross.”

 

IRAQ NAMES NEW PRIME MINISTER: Iraq’s new president named a new prime minister on Monday, despite current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s refusal to leave office. Prominent Shiite politician and current deputy speaker of parliament Haider al-Abadi will take over from al-Maliki, who has spent the last eight years in office. “Now the Iraqi people are in your hands,” Massoum told Abadi as they shook hands in a ceremony in Baghdad. On Sunday, al-Maliki announced on Iraqi television that he would go to court against the country’s president, Fouad Masoum, to keep his premiership after Masoum failed to direct him and his bloc in parliament to form a new government. “What is happening today is a coup against the constitution, a deliberate violation of it by the president,” he said in a statement.

 

NO PENDING CHARGES AGAINST TONY STEWART: NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is safe against criminal charges following an incident that killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr.—for now, at least. Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says that he “has yet to see any evidence of any criminal intent on Stewart’s part” in the Saturday crash, though the investigation is ongoing. Ward exited his vehicle after spinning out of control and stepped onto the racetrack, gesturing in Stewart’s direction. Stewart’s car struck Ward, dragging the driver’s body some fifty feet, killing him. Another sprint-car racer, Tyler Graves, who has been described as a friend of Ward, suggested that Stewart acted with some degree of intent, perhaps intending to scare Ward by driving close to him. “I know Tony could see [Ward]…When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle,” Graves said. Authorities have said that Stewart is fully cooperating in the investigation, which is being reviewed by the district attorney. Eyewitness testimony and video are still being gathered.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: During 2002-2006, 95% of new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years and older. The biggest single risk factor for breast cancer is age.

 

AUSTRALIAN BOY HOLDS SYRIAN SEVERED HEAD: In an image that Australian prime minister Tony Abbot has strongly condemned, a young boy—allegedly the son of an Australian terror convict now with ISIS in Syria—is shown holding up a severed head. The image was posted to the Twitter page of the boy’s father, Khaled Sharrouf, with the caption “That’s my boy.” Abbot says the photo, which was apparently taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqa, shows “just how barbaric” ISIS militants are. Sharrouf was thrown in jail in 2009 for four years for being part of a cell planning attacks in Sydney and Melbourne. He was banned from leaving the country after his release, but used his brother’s passport to escape to Syria with his family.

 

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LOOTING AFTER COPS KILL UNARMED TEEN: The shooting death of Missouri teen Michael Brown sparked protests that turned violent late Sunday. Gas stations and businesses were looted and police say that at least 20 patrol cars were damaged. According to one officer, the use of tear gas against demonstrators is now a possibility. According to witnesses and friends, Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when a police officer shot and killed him Saturday afternoon—though that account is disputed. “The genesis of this was a physical confrontation,” said Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police Department. According to Belmar, Brown pushed an officer back into his car, “where he physically assaulted the police officer” and struggled to gain hold of the officer’s weapon.

 

AZ SHERIFF: MY OFFICERS HAVE ARRESTED PEOPLE DEPORTED ‘12, 15 TIMES’: Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu reported that his officers have arrested individuals who have already been deported “12, 15 times,” and said the U.S. immigration system has become a “revolving door.”

 

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RORY MCILROY WINS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: With a one-shot victory over Phil Mickelson on Sunday, Rory McIlroy claimed his second consecutive major title Sunday. The 25-year-old Northern Irish golfer finished at a 16-under 268 at Kentucky’s Valhalla, winning his second PGA Championship and his fourth major to cement his status as world’s top-ranked player. After the match, McIlroy said there was never any doubt in his mind that he would win. “I wanted to win this thing and get out of here,” he said. The news comes just three weeks after Harvest released World Peace is None of Your Business, Morrissey’s 10th solo record and his first since 2009’s Years of Refusal. The former Smiths frontman had signed a two-album deal with Harvest Records and Capitol Music in January after a long struggle to find a label. (As Pitchfork notes, Morrissey is still a featured artist on Harvest’s website.)

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Six billion steps of DNA are contained in a single cell. This DNA can be stretched six feet, but it is coiled up in the cell’s nucleus, which measures only 1/2500 of an inch in diameter.

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Morrissey has once again been set adrift without a record label. True To You reports that Capitol Music and Harvest Records have ended their relationship with the singer, “as directed by label boss Steve Barnett.”

 

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY LINKED TO DEMENTIA: Older adults with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia, a recent study has found. This does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of dementia, as it is also possible that another unknown factor could cause someone to have both low vitamin D levels and dementia. Further study is needed to determine the nature of the relationship between vitamin D and dementia, but if it is indeed found to be a causal relationship, it could mean that simply eating more vitamin D-rich foods or taking supplements could reduce dementia risk in later life

 

TOP BOXING PROMOTER LIVING AS A WOMAN: Veteran boxing promoter Frank Maloney has revealed that he is undergoing a sex change and has been living as a woman named Kellie. Maloney, 61, formerly managed world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis and said that she has undergone hormone therapy for more than a year. “I was born in the wrong body and have always known I was a woman,” she said. “I have a female brain, I knew I was different from the minute I could compare myself to others… I never felt comfortable doing boys’ things, playing boys’ games. But I buried myself in them to make sure I wasn’t seen as different.” Maloney is known for being a tough-talking and flamboyant manager, often appearing at fights in Union Jack suits.

 

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Robin Wright: The disputes in Congress, especially in an election year, are only likely to intensify. Those who have long advocated for arming Syrian rebels or for air strikes against Syrian military targets are proclaiming that the current calamity could have been avoided if the Obama Administration had acted earlier. (The situation in Syria is a far worse humanitarian disaster than Iraq, and ISIS controls large chunks of Syria, too.) At a time when the United States desperately requires unity of purpose, we are more likely to get self-serving sound bites. Meanwhile, the old questions persist: what to do about Iraq, and how to do it right this time.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: Americans, it must be admitted, are not always the most engaged people on world issues. It’s a sad truth.  But the world, at this moment, is aflame, and more Americans must perk up and pay attention. Before we know it, we will have already been drawn into these conflicts.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by ZAID al-ALI: Iraq’s situation is desperate. What makes it worse is that its political class, and many American officials, continue to push a cure that would be worse than the disease: a breakup of Iraq along sectarian lines. If the past 11 years have proved anything, it is that a lack of representation and inclusiveness in Iraq’s government and institutions is not the problem. What we have learned since 2003 is that merely ensuring that there are ministers from each of Iraq’s main communities — Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and minorities like the Chaldeans and Turkmen — will not ensure that they will represent those communities’ interests, let alone the national interest. Any American influence left in Iraq should focus on rebuilding the credibility of national institutions.

 

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Sunday • August 10, 2014

ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS AGREE TO CEASEFIRE: Palestinian and Israeli negotiators appear to have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire that will begin at midnight on Sunday. Palestinians earlier accepted the pause in fighting to continue long-term talks with Israelis who had left the Egyptian-mediated discussions after Hamas continued launching rockets into Israel, and soon after Israeli officials signed on as well. “We are here to look for an agreement. We cannot have an agreement without talks, so we accepted an Egyptian proposal to have a cease-fire for 72 hours in order to resume the talks,” said a Palestinian negotiator. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced he would not return to the peace talks until the bombardment stopped. “Israel will not negotiate under fire,” he said.

CLINTON: U.S. FAILED TO STOP ISIS: Hillary Clinton isn’t mincing words about the current crises in the Middle East. In an interview with The Atlantic, the former secretary of state attributed the “failure” to the U.S. decision not to intervene in the early days of the Syrian civil war. The result is a number of al Qaeda-inspired offshoots wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq. Clinton suggested that Obama’s foreign policy has been too cautious, addressing the president’s doctrine of “Don’t do stupid stuff,” saying:  “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” She also spoke of the Israel-Hamas situation, expressing support for Israel’s need to defend itself.

TONY STEWART ACCIDENT KILLS DRIVER: A race car driver who was spun out by NASCAR star Tony Stewart on a New York racetrack on Saturday was struck and killed by Stewart’s car when he got out to show his anger at Stewart. The driver, Kevin Ward Jr., was pronounced dead on arrival when he reached the hospital. According to police, the incident is not being investigation as a criminal matter. A spokesman for Stewart’s team issued a statement saying, “A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”

PLANE CRASHES IN TEHRAN: According to official news agencies in Iran, a passenger plane crashed in Tehran on Sunday, killing a reported 38 people on board. There are now reports that there are survivors of the crash, whereas before, reports from Iran indicated that all on board had perished. The survivors have been transported to the hospital. The Antonov-140 propeller plane crashed just after takeoff at the international airport due to engine failure. The crash also left people injured on the ground. There were 40 passengers and a crew of eight. Iran has had a recent spate of plane crashes, which has been blamed on aging aircraft (some are left over from before the 1979 revolution) and poor maintenance.

CHENEY: OBAMA ‘CAN’T BLAME GEORGE BUSH ANYMORE’: Former Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out again at President Barack Obama on Sunday, repeatedly accusing him of projecting “weakness” abroad and “crippling” the U.S. military. The frequent Obama critic told radio show host and GOP megadonor John Catsimatidis that he traces “most” of the problems of Washington to the current administration. “They can’t blame George Bush anymore,” Cheney quipped on AM 970 The Answer’s “The Cats Roundtable.” “I think he’s been a failure as a president. I think the scandals, with respect to the Veterans Administration, with respect to the IRS, these are bad situations.” Nevertheless, Cheney said there were “even worse” things going on in the Obama administration. Cheney, a foreign policy hawk and former secretary of defense, claimed cuts to the defense budget have created a particularly dire set of circumstances. “There are even worse things going on in my mind. One is the absolute gutting of the United States military. I just read a piece this morning in the Stars and Stripes that they’re getting ready to lay off 500 majors in the U.S. army,” he said. “Not long ago they did the same thing with a large group of captains.” Cheney said Obama’s successor would ultimately pay the price for this military reduction. “They’re dramatically cutting back the defense budget, year after year after year,” he said. “That’s a terrible precedent to set because it’s going to cripple us in future years. When you make decisions about the defense budget, and especially when you’re cutting back on it, you are crippling your successors as president.”

10,000 POUNDS OF POT FOUND HIDDEN BEHIND BOXES OF BARBIE TOYS: An estimated 10,000 pounds of marijuana was found hidden behind what appeared to be boxes of Barbie toys piled up in a tractor trailer Thursday evening, according to San Bernardino police. The marijuana was packed in unmarked cardboard boxes that were hidden behind decoy boxes that appeared to contain “Barbie Sisters Camper” toys. Police had been working on an investigation that led them to the truck depot, and upon arrival, discovered the suspicious looking truck. Police suspect that the marijuana was not grown in the United States. Lt. Travis Walker said that the truck was likely dropped to the undisclosed location, and was unaware of whether that was its final destination. No arrests have been made but police say they have a lead on the suspects.

AALIYAH BIOPIC CASTS ITS MISSY ELLIOTT AND TIMBALAND: With the Aaliyah role finally locked into place for the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer, other pivotal roles are being set.  Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Aaliyah’s collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The rapper/producers worked closely with the star on her album One In A Million, released in 1996. They also worked with her on her 2001 self-titled release, the same year she died at the age of 22 in a plane crash. Dolabaille is a newcomer, while Smith previously appeared in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Mirror Mirror. The news of Dolabaille and Smith’s casting comes just weeks after Alexandra Shipp was confirmed to replace Disney star Zendaya Coleman in the lead role in the Lifetime biopic, which is titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. The project is set to resume filming this summer and is eyeing a fall premiere date. The script was based on a book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by Christopher Farley.  While the project has been met with some skepticism from Aaliyah’s family and fans, the film’s executive producer Debra Martin Chase told Billboard that the project will “honor the legacy” of the chart-topping singer.

ESPN SUSPENDS HOST FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE STORY: The sports network has suspended host Max Kellerman after he admitted Monday on ESPN-LA Radio show Mason & Ireland that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years. “Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday,” ESPN said in a statement.  Max explained in the story that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. Max said that Erin slapped him, and so he slapped her back. Kellerman is the third ESPN host to be suspended in the past two weeks and the second to be suspended for remarks related to domestic violence. Stephen A. Smith landed a week-long suspension on July 29 after making comments about NFL player Ray Rice’s suspension for assaulting his girlfriend. Earlier this week, Dan Le Batard received a two-day suspension for putting up a Miami billboard that mocks NBA star LeBron James.

BEYONCE’S LATEST INSTAGRAM SHOULD PUT THOSE DIVORCE RUMORS TO REST: Beyonce sure doesn’t look like she’s splitting with Jay Z any time soon.  The Internet has been in panic mode ever since Page Six published a story stating that Beyonce and Jay Z were headed for divorce. The rumor mill only got crazier when, days later, Beyonce was spotted checking out an apartment in New York solo. But fear not, America, because Beyonce posted an Instagram on August 9 that hopefully quashes all those splitsville rumors:

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Saturday • August 9, 2014

KURDS RESCUE 5,000 YAZIDIS FROM MOUNTAIN: According to a Kurdish army spokesman who spoke with Al Jazeera, their forces have opened a road to Sinjar Mountain and rescued more than 5,000 of the Yazidis who are trapped there after fleeing from ISIS fighters. “I can confirm that we succeeded in reaching the mountains and opening a road for the refugees,” said the spokesman, Halgord Hikmet, who explained that the U.S.’s recent airstrikes on ISIS allowed peshmergas to open a route to the mountain. In a statement on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. was proud to be working alongside allies in Iraq during the airstrikes and as in the process of reaching the Yazidis trapped on the mountain.

OBAMA: U.S. DESTROYED ISIS WEAPONS: While addressing the situation in Iraq on Saturday morning, President Obama listed some of the U.S.’s successes in Iraq so far, in particular that airstrikes on Friday destroyed arms and equipment that ISIS could have used in Iraq and cargo airdrops have supplied food and water to the Yazidi refugees atop Sinjar Mountain. He re-emphasized that “we will not have U.S. combat troops in Iraq. … We learned a lesson from our long and costly incursion” and warned that “ultimately, Iraqis will ensure the safety of Iraq. The United States can’t do it for them.” He also cautioned against hoping for a speedy resolution: “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks, if that’s what you mean,” he told one journalist. “This is going to take some time.”

ISRAEL RESUMES GAZA AIRSTRIKES: As the conflict between Israel and Gaza entered its second month on Saturday, Israel launched more than 30 airstrikes on Gaza, killing five Palestinians, while Gaza militants fired rockets at Israel. An Israeli official tells Reuters that “as long as the shooting goes on,” the country has no plans to send diplomats back to Cairo to negotiate another truce. Since the end of the latest 72-hour ceasefire on Friday, militants have fired more than 65 rockets into Israel. Israel launched airstrikes into Gaza as well on Friday, killing five, including a 10-year-old boy near a mosque in Gaza City.

TENSIONS FLARE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA: On Saturday, the Philippines accused China of going back on their pledge to resolve the countries’ territorial disputes, calling China’s refusal to halt activities in the disputed waters of the South China Sea reflective of an “expansionist agenda.” Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said that China’s refusal contradicted a multilateral conflict-resolution framework that the country had signed over ten years ago. “They should have no problem with the plan—it’s positive, it’s constructive, it’s comprehensive,” del Rosario said. “If China doesn’t accept this proposition, then they are rejecting the agreement that they had signed.” China, meanwhile, expressed earlier on Saturday that it would not welcome calls for a moratorium on the country’s actions in the disputed waters.

HAWAII’S HURRICANE ISELLE DOWNGRADED: Much to the relief of Hawaiians and vacationers alike, tropical storm Iselle—the second tropical storm ever to make landfall in Hawaii—lost steam overnight on Friday and was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. There have been no reports of injuries, though for a while Iselle had 60 mph winds that knocked out power lines and damaged some roads and homes. Meanwhile, Hurricane Julio, a Category 2 is now making its way toward the islands but is expected to miss.

DAVID DUCHOVNY, TÉA LEONI TO DIVORCE: Actors David Duchovny and Téa Leoni are officislly calling it quits after 17 years of marriage. People reports that Duchovny, 54, filed for divorce in June, citing an “irretrievable breakdown” of the relationship. Leoni, 48, will have primary physical custody of their two children, Kyd Miller, 12, and Madelaine West, 15. Duchovny will pay $8,000 a month in child support along with $40,000 a month in spousal support. Duchovny and Leoni initially separated in 2008, the same year Duchovny entered rehab for sex addiction. They later reconciled and separated again in 2011.

WHITE STUDENTS NO LONGER TO BE MAJORITY IN SCHOOL: For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent. But the National Center for Education Statistics says minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority. About one-quarter of the minority students are Hispanic, 15 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native Americans make up a smaller share of the minority student population.

VETERAN PUBLICIST MACK NEWBERRY DIES AT 89: Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR firm Solters Roskin Friedman, Los Angeles, where he handled publicity for such clients as Dolly Parton, Carol Burnett, Donny and Marie Osmond, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, John Denver and Rita Moreno, among others.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Whitney Houston (1963) Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps. On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at The Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.

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Friday • August 8, 2014

U.S. BOMBS ISIS IN IRAQ: The Defense Department announced Friday morning that the U.S. bombed ISIS in Iraq. “US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery,” Rear Adm. John Kirby tweeted. “Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.” U.S. Navy FA-18’s dropped two 500-pound bombs on them. President Obama announced Thursday night from the White House that he authorized airstrikes on ISIS forces who are threatening to massacre thousands of people trapped in mountains in northern Iraq. “When many thousands of innocent civilians are faced with the prospect of being wiped out, we will take action,” he said, earlier saying ISIS’s plan for the 40,000 Yazidis constitutes an act of genocide. Humantarian supplies were dropped to the Yazidis on Thursday night prior to bombing. According to the National Security Council, the White House will send a War Powers letter to Congress to formally inform the legislative branch of the airstrikes. According Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, it was shelling of Kurds by ISIS that triggered the strike, and the military “has a green light” if there are threats to Irbil or the people taking refuge in the mountains. “The fact of the matter is we have people in Irbil and if Irbil is allow to fall, they will be at risk,” said Rhodes on Friday. In a statement issued in response to the news, House Speaker John Boehner said that while he thinks the airstrikes are “appropriate” he is “dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat Isis poses to the region.” The Federal Aviation Administration has banned all U.S. flights over Iraq in a notice to airmen.

TREATING EBOLA: ‘WE ARE TWO STEPS BEHIND’: The World Health Organization declared Friday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now a global health emergency. “Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own. I urge the international community to provide this support on the most urgent basis possible,” said Margaret Chan, head of the WHO. The WHO issued a similar warning this May for polio and in 2009 for swine flu.

IBM CREATES BRAIN CHIP: A new computer chip from IBM that mimics brain architecture uses no more energy than a hearing aid and could represent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence that have long stumped scientists. The chip tries to learn the way the brain does by recognizing patterns, like types of light for instance, to pick out things computers haven’t been able to do. For instance, the processor might be able to determine what a person is doing in a video, as computers currently have issues interpreting images. For comparison, the Intel processors found in computers today have 1.4 billion transistors and can use up to 140 watts of power. The new IBM chip has 5.4 billion transistors, and only draws up to 70 milliwatts.

WYOMING APPROVES LARGEST U.S. WIND FARM: While it may not be known for environmental liberalism, state regulators in Wyoming just voted unanimously to approve a $5 billion project that would be the largest onshore wind farm in the U.S. The proposal to build up to 1,000 turbines in Carbon County by Power Company could 10 million megawatts hours annually. The next step in the project includes two environmental assessments by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, as well as a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for eagle take permits, which allows the company to kill a certain number each year for conservation.

MCDONALD’S JULY SALES FELL MORE THAN EXPECTED: The fast-food giant reported global same-store sales fell 2.5 percent, compared with the 1.1 percent drop forecast by Consensus Metrix. The dismal results prompted Janney Capital Markets to lower its estimates for the fast-food giant. Its analysts said the results “were the worst worldwide month in the last 10 years, once trading-day adjustments are taken into account.” In the Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa region, sales were down 7.3 percent in the month, where a drop of just 0.5 percent had been expected. Same-store sales in the U.S. sank 3.2 percent, weaker than the 2.6 percent expected.

SUPERMOON OVER MIAMI THIS WEEKEND TO BE BIGGEST & BRIGHTEST: South Florida is in for a celestial treat this weekend when the second of three supermoons this summer will be visible. The full moon on August 10th isn’t like any other full moon we’ve seen this year. This is a “Supermoon,” the closest and largest full moon in 2014. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth, it becomes a “Supermoon,” and will be up to 31,000 miles closer to Earth than other full moons this year. According to NASA, this full moon will be 14-percent closer and 30-percent brighter than other full moons of the year. The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon” or the point when the Moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly orbit. The moon will appear much larger than normal, especially on the horizon. Like all full moons, this month’s full moon has many names. It’s known as the Sturgeon Moon in North America referencing back to a time in history when sturgeon fish were plentiful and easy to catch in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. It’s also known as the Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. There will also be a supermoon on September 8th. The only difference is it won’t appear quite as big as it will this month.

MENAHEM GOLAN, PRODUCER OF 1980S ACTION MOVIES, DIES AT 85: He was behind such films as “The Delta Force,” the “Death Wish” sequels, “Masters of The Universe” and “Kickboxer.” Legendary filmmaker Menahem Golan, co-founder of The Cannon Group production company and Israeli cinema pioneer, has died. He was 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while strolling outside his house in the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening. Ambulances rushed to the scene, and following attempts of more than an hour to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead. Golan produced more than 200 films including the action hits The Delta Force (1986) starring Chuck Norris and the Death Wish sequels toplined by Charles Bronson.

PRODUCER OF STEVE JOBS FILM SUED OVER $2 MILLION LOAN: Three Point Capital has filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court against producers of the $12 million film Jobs. According to the complaint, The Five Star Institute, run by Mark Hulme, signed a promissory note on a $2.65 million loan. As of this week, says the lawsuit, $2.14 million is owed, with interest accruing daily. The Five Star Institute and The Jobs Film LLC are being sued for breach of contract, money had and received, and unjust enrichment. For now, the plaintiff only seeks money. There’s no demand to seize rights to the film. Hulme, who runs a real estate publishing company, hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment. Jobs is the only film he’s produced. Jobs was a critical disappointment and reaped about $16 million in domestic box office and another $20 million in foreign revenue. Sony Pictures is now working on a new Steve Jobs film but has lost acclaimed director David Fincher at the helm over upfront fees.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: President Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal (1974): In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

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MTV VMAS: BEYONCE TO PERFORM, RECEIVE VANGUARD AWARD: The 32-year-old singer will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, equivalent to a career achievement honor, and also will take the stage at the ceremony for what MTV is describing as an “epic” performance. The VMAs will be broadcast from Inglewood, Calif.’s renovated venue The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. Beyonce joins a small list of past Video Vanguard honorees such as Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Madonna and last year’s recipient, Justin Timberlake. She leads this year’s pack with eight nominations, including Video of the Year (“Drunk in Love”) and best female video (“Partition”). Beyonce also has delivered memorable performances at the VMAs over the years: 2006’s “Ring the Alarm,” 2009’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and 2011’s “Love on Top,” where she revealed she was expecting her first baby with husband Jay Z. The two are wrapping up their On the Run Tour, which will be aired as an HBO special in September. Previously announced VMA performers are Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

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Thursday • August 7, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Teenage criminals and gang members from Central America have been using “a loophole” to stay in the country, border agent Chris Cabrera revealed. Under current policy, unaccompanied minors are allowed to stay in the country if they have family in the United States and say they have none in their home country, regardless of their background. “Even if he is a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal, even by self-admission, we for some reason don’t send them back to their home country — we release them into our country,” Cabrera said. Minors usually end up staying in the U.S. “nine times out of ten,” he added. As a result, Cabrera said “morale is at an all-time low right now” because agents are “not allowed to do the job that they were hired to do.”

OBAMA: I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR HAMAS: When asked about the Middle East crisis at a press conference on Wednesday, President Obama condemned Hamas. “I have no sympathy for Hamas,” he said twice. He also stressed that the group acts “extraordinarily irresponsibly” by “putting civilians at risk.” In contrast, Obama said he has “great sympathy” for the Palestinian Authority and Gazan civilians. He also expressed hope that the 72-hour ceasefire would hold past its Friday expiration to allow both Palestinians and Israelis to move forward with a long-term peace plan. Reports indicate that Israel wants to extend the ceasefire, but Hamas has rejected that plan.

ISIS TAKES IRAQ’S LARGEST CHRISTIAN TOWN: Militants from the so-called Islamic State have taken over the largest Christian town in Iraq, Qaraqosh, and sent tens of thousands fleeing as a result. The militants took it overnight after Kurdish troops withdrew because they are stretched too thin. Qaraqosh, which is nearly all Christian and has a population of 50,000, is between Mosul and the Kurdish capital of Arbil. “It’s a catastrophe, a tragic situation. We call on the U.N. Security Council to immediately intervene. Tens of thousands of terrified people are being displaced as we speak, it cannot be described,” the archbishop of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniyah said. The news comes just days after reports of other minorities under attack from ISIS.

RUSSIA ALLOWS SNOWDEN TO TRAVEL: Edward Snowden has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia, his lawyer announced on Thursday. The permit will allow Snowden to move about freely as well as travel abroad. “In the future Edward will have to decide whether to continue to live in Russia and become a citizen or to return to the United States,” his lawyer said. Snowden, 31, is wanted in the U.S. on espionage charges. While sightings in Moscow have been reported by Russian media, Snowden has made only one known public appearance and only given a few interviews.

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KHMER ROUGE LEADERS FOUND GUILTY: Decades after terrorizing Cambodia in the 1970s, the two most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge were found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison on Thursday. Over 1.7 million people died under the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. The judgments against Nuon Chea, 88, and Khieu Samphan, 83, came from a joint tribunal of the Cambodian government and the U.N. It had been criticized for being way too late as well as only addressing a few of the Khmer Rouge’s crimes.

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BOOK CLAIMS WARREN BEATTY BEDDED 12,775 BABES! Before settling down and marrying Annette Bening in 1992, lady slayer Warren Beatty made love to an astounding 12,775 women – the equivalent of a conquest a day for 35 YEARS! The amazing “body count” is disclosed in “Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America” by author Peter Biskind – and it easily earns booty-loving Beatty the title of Hollywood’s Greatest Lothario. Biskind notes that the calculation “does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Power CAA agent Fred Specktor having lunch yesterday at the Grill on the Alley with media expert and author Michael Levine.   ***Kendall Jenner, the younger model sister of the Kardashian klan, dining at the Wayfarer on West 57th Street in NYC following a trip to Ibiza, where she was seen flirting with bantamweight punching bag Justin Bieber .   ***Ansel Elgort DJing at Pacha NYC Saturday, invited back after he was such a hit the night before .   ***Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills with his “Hercules” director Brett Ratner and WME agent Brad Slater.    ***Coco Rocha dining with husband James Conran at Molyvos in NYC.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler (Part Two):

1.     Klara Polzl (1860-1907) was Hitler’s mother and was the eldest of only three surviving children out of 11. Officially, Hitler’s father, Alois, and his mother were second cousins and needed government permission to marry.

2.     Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, at half past six in the evening on an Easter Saturday in Braunau Am Inn, Austria.

3.     The name Hitler means “small holder” and appears interchangeably with the names Hiedler, Hietler, Huttler, and Hutler.

4.     It was significant to Hitler that he was born in a town on the very frontier of the Austrian and the German empires. Very early in his life he felt loyal to the Germans and rejected the multinational Hapsburg Empire.

5.     Both of Hitler’s parents died before he was 19. His mother died of breast cancer in 1907, when he was 18 years old. His father died of pleural hemorrhage in 1903, when Hitler was 14 years old.

6.     Dr. Bloch, the Jewish physician who cared for Hitler’s mother, noted that in nearly 50 years of his career as a doctor, he had never seen a young man as broken with grief as Adolf Hitler was at the death of his mother. He had carried her picture with him down to the last days in the bunker.

7.     Hitler’s father was an authoritarian, overbearing, domineering husband and a stern, distant, masterful, and irritable father. Long after their marriage, Hitler’s mother Klara could not break the habit of calling him Uncle.

8.     Hitler was a decorated WWI veteran. He received the Iron Cross, Second Class in 1914. He received the Iron Cross, First Class in 1918. He also received the Black Wound Badge on May 18, 1918.

9.     Hitler was imprisoned in 1923 when he participated in the Beer Hall Putsch, which was an attempt to overthrow the government. During his time in prison, he wrote his memoir, Mein Kampf (My Struggle).

10.  The purpose of Hitler’s domestic and foreign policies was to accumulate more living space or “Lebensraum” for the German people.

11.  Hitler’s racism and supremacists policies led to the murder of 11 million people, which includes 6 million Jews. Overall, between 50-70 million died during WWII.

12.  Hitler believed that Germany lost WWI because the German army was “stabbed in the back” on the home front by Marxists (“November Criminals”) and civilian leaders.

13.  Hitler was the 4th of 6 children. His older siblings Gustav, Ida, and Otto died in infancy. His younger brother Edmund would die of the measles in 1900, when Hitler was 11. Only a sister, Paula, would survive to adulthood.

14.  Contrary to his father’s wishes to become a civil servant, Hitler’s dream was to become an artist. However, he was rejected by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna twice (1907, 1908).

15.  Hitler lived briefly in a homeless shelter after his mother died and after his second rejection from an art school.

16.  In Mein Kampf, Hitler states he first became an anti-Semite when he lived in Vienna, which was a center of religious prejudice and 19th-century racism. Most historians agree that his violent anti-Semitism emerged after Germany’s defeat in WWI.

17.  Hitler effectively used the Treaty of Versailles as a political tool. The treaty made Germany relinquish several of its territories, it imposed severe economic sanctions, and it declared Germany responsible for the war. Many Germans felt that the treaty completely humiliated Germany.

18.  After WWI, Hitler stayed in the army in intelligence, where he met his mentor Anton Drexler (1884-1942), a leader in the German Worker’s Party (which later became the Nazi party) and a fervent nationalist. In February 1920, Hitler and Drexler published their “25 Points” which refused the terms of the Versailles Treaty, called the reunification of all German people, and preached virulent anti-Semitism.

19.  Historians have noted that Hitler had almost hypnotic oratory over large groups and that he used his own personal charisma and an understanding of crowd psychology while public speaking.

20.  Hitler was influenced by Aufbau Vereinigung (Reconstruction Organization), a group that was made up of White Russian exiles and National Socialists who were financed by wealthy industrialists like Henry Ford.

CHINA BANS APPLE PRODUCTS: The Chinese government has removed 10 Apple products from the government procurement list, which means no public money can be used to buy the products. The country, which has been in a spat with Apple for years, now over a variety of issues, blamed it on security concerns. The 10 Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Other companies that have recently been shut out include Symantec, Kaspersky, and Microsoft.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Los Angeles Times sports editor Mike James informed his staff yesterday that he will be leaving soon. Today the memo went out to the newsroom. Expect more to follow as newsroom staffers, especially the older ones, look to put the sour working atmosphere of a contracting newspaper behind them.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: ***The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. Many historians believe she is the first woman recorded by name in the history of all of the sciences.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

100 Milestone Documents

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Kiss vocalist-bassist Gene Simmons voiced his support of controversial Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose private, racist comments got him banned from the NBA for life earlier this year, in a Wall Street Journal interview. Additionally, he said he was on “Mel Gibson’s side,” when it came to getting flack for making questionable comments in private conversation. Although he did call Sterling “heinous,” Simmons said that the difference between the Clippers owner and others who have made racist rants in private is that Sterling was caught.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Former NBA number one draft pick Greg Oden was arrested on Thursday after being accused of punching his ex-girlfriend. According to police, they arrived to find a woman lying facedown in her blood. An eyewitness who told them that Oden “punched her in the face.” Police also said the victim was uncooperative and said “she fell” but was “unable to advise when and where.” Police found blood on her, a swollen nose, lacerations on her forehead, blood on the floor and sofa, as well as a broken flower pot. According to the police report, Oden said, “Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim” and that “I was wrong and I know what has to happen.” Police said he was “calm, apologetic, and cooperative.”   ***Minnesota will receive Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick. The deal won’t be official until Aug. 23, 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Hollywood actor George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin have posted legal notice in London of their plan to marry in Italy, a spokesman for the borough of Kensington and Chelsea said on Thursday. News of the couple’s engagement was confirmed in April when Alamuddin’s legal practice in London issued a statement congratulating them.   ***After being diagnosed with mastitis, Jaime Pressly revealed that she underwent an “almost full mastectomy.” “When I had my son, I got mastitis but I didn’t know,” the 37-year-old said on“The Talk” Wednesday. “I just thought it was normal breast feeding pain.”

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Wednesday • August 6, 2014

POPE FRANCIS URGES YOUNG NOT TO WASTE TIME ON INTERNET AND SMARTPHONES:

Pope Francis has urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive activities.

“Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things,” the Pope said in a short speech to the altar servers – young people who help the priest during religious services – who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage.

“Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions.”

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Wednesday • August 6, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler

1.     Historians note that, more so than Stalin or Mao’s regime, Hitler’s dictatorship stands as a paradigm of the 20th century. It reflects unforeseen levels of state repression and violence, unparalleled manipulation of the media to control and mobilize the masses, acute dangers of über-nationalism, the destructive power of ideologies of racial superiority and racism, and a perverted use of modern technology and social engineering.

2.     Historians note that Hitler’s regime is particularly chilling because it reveals how a modern, advanced, cultured society can rapidly sink into barbarity and genocide. In short, Hitler’s dictatorship reveals what we are capable of.

3.     As it is their goal to do this for all people who have ever lived on the Earth, Mormons posthumously baptized and endowed Hitler in 1993. He was “sealed” to his parents on March 12, 1994. Both took place in England.

4.     A recently opened clothing store in the Indian metropolis of Ahmedabad is named “Hitler.” A swastika dots the letter “i” in Hitler.

5.     Hitler’s immediate legacy is dramatic and includes the Cold War, a split Germany, the Iron Curtain, nuclear weapons, and moral trauma.

6.     Hitler’s longest relationship was with Eva Braun (1912-1945). She tried to commit suicide twice in an attempt to garner more of Hitler’s attention.

7.     Hitler was a gifted orator but had a raspy voice as a consequence of a gas attack he suffered during WWI.

8.     When Hitler’s close associate Ernst Hanfstaengl told him that his short mustache was unfashionable, Hitler replied: “If it is not the fashion now, it will be because I wear it.”

9.     Historians argue whether Hitler was a natural consequence of German history or an aberration of it.

10.  Hitler and Eva Braun were married in 1945 and killed themselves 36 hours later. Braun was 33 years old. Hitler was 56.

11.  In his last will and testament that he dictated to his secretary Traudl Junge (1920-2002), Hitler stated that “in spite of all set backs” the war “will one day go down in history as the most glorious and heroic manifestation of a people’s will to live.”

12.  In 2009, DNA tests reveled that the skull fragment long thought to have been Hitler’s is that of an unknown woman under 40. Scientists don’t believe the skull belongs to Evan Braun because she committed suicide by cyanide rather than with a gun.

13.  Hitler’s unusual medical remedies included enemas and leeches.

14.  The name “Adolph” means “noble wolf.” Hitler used the pseudonym Herr Wolf early in his career when he wanted to avoid recognition. He named his headquarters “Wolf’s Lair” and “Wolf’s Headquarters” and named his favorite German shepherd puppy “Wolf.”

15.  Hitler never gained majority support in free elections. The most the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) garnered was 37.3% in July 1932. In 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor, the Nazis had only one third of the seats in the Reichstag.

16.  After becoming Chancellor of Germany, Hitler ordered a wave of assassinations and executions called the “Blood Purge,” which was aimed at rivals within the party. He justified these murders by saying that there would be no further upheavals in Germany for a thousand years once these rebels were killed. The Reich lasted a little more than 12 years.

17.  Hitler’s father’s name was originally Alois Schicklgruber but changed it to Alois Hitler in 1876, 13 years before Adolf was born. He later said that nothing his father had done had pleased him so much as when he changed his name. It is unclear why he changed his name.

18.  Hitler’s family had for generations been a peasant family, small holders in the Waldviertel, a poor area in the northwestern part of Lower Austria, bordering on Bohemia. The people there had a reputation for being hard nosed, dour, and unwelcoming.

19.  Hitler’s father, Alois, was born on June 7, 1837, in the village of Strones. He was the illegitimate child of Maria Anna Schicklgruber (1792-1857) who was 42 years old when she gave birth. There is some speculation that Johann Georg Hiedler, a man whom Maria Anna married five years after Alois birth, may have been his father.

20.  Hitler’s father was married three times. First to a woman much older than himself, then to women who were young enough to be his daughters.

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LBN-SEE IT: During a photo shoot for the September issue of Glamour magazine (via UsWeekly) Olivia Wilde’s baby son Otis Sudeikis.


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“Directory of United States federal, state and local government websites. Links to official executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: At 6:02 a.m. on Saturday, the air raid siren sounded over Tel Aviv. I was rousted by the hotel staff from my room and ushered into the windowless service elevator area with two French families, everyone in their pajamas. After 10 minutes, when the Hamas missile threat had passed, we were allowed to go back to our rooms. As I slipped back into bed, the hotel loudspeaker bellowed, “Dear guests, you may return to your routine.”  With Israel and Hamas winding down their latest war, I could only wonder whether the hotel manager was also speaking to them. Is that it? More than 60 Israeli soldiers and some 1,800 Hamas fighters and Gazans — many hundreds of them children and civilians  — killed, and everyone just goes back to their routines? I don’t think so. Some new and significant things were revealed here.

LBN-THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND By Ray Richmond: ***Enough with the heat already.   ***If I’m really ‘middle-aged,’ I guess that means I’ll be living to 112.   ***Nothing beats the satisfaction you get from a good illegal Cuban cigar.   ***Never date a gal named Sara Tonen unless you want her inside your head.   ***I say let all the refugee kids stay.   ***Anyone who tells you ‘With all due respect’ really means ‘Sorry you’re so stupid’.   ***What’s that smell?.   ***Haven’t met an honest politician or a dishonest pooch.   ***Everything in moderation, except kindness.   ***If bacon were made from kittens, we’d never eat it.   ***Writing  ‘LOL’ targets you for extinction in Darwin’s natural selection theory”.   ***Make mine a double.   (Have a few words for Ray Richmond, e-mail them over – LBNElert@TimeWire.net – Please put “Rambin’ Mind” in the subject line).

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice. My middle finger in your face is a symbol of independence.

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Tuesday • August 5, 2014

72-HOUR ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TRUCE BEGINS: Israeli soldiers left the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in accordance with a 72-hour ceasefire agreed upon by both sides. Hamas bombarded Israel with rockets just before the ceasefire was set to take effect at 8 a.m. local time Tuesday. Israel said its goal of destroying cross-border tunnels had been achieved prior to the ceasefire’s start. “Today we completed the removal of this threat,” said Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said he planned to visit the International Criminal Court on Tuesday and push for war crime charges against Israel. Egypt brokered the ceasefire and has positioned itself as a mediator between the two sides. Still, there are no plans yet for discussions of a longer-term ceasefire. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister said: “Quiet will be met with quiet.”

AMERICAN MAJOR GENERAL REPORTED KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN: A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, an official of the American-led coalition and Afghan media reported Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. Their conditions were not known.

JUSTICE GINSBURG: COURT FAILS WOMEN: While gay rights charge full-force ahead, women’s equality is stagnant, if not backwards, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. While the court is using language of “equal dignity” in recent rulings supporting same-sex couples, gender cases rarely get the same consideration of equality. The court has yet to embrace “the ability of women to decide for themselves what their destiny will be,” she said in a law school speech last week.

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JODI ARIAS TO REPRESENT HERSELF: Remember her? Jodi Arias, who was convicted in the killing of her boyfriend last year, is allowed to represent herself when she’s put on trial again to rule if she will receive the death penalty. In a headline-dominating case, jurors found her guilty of first-degree murder but were unable to decide on her sentencing, so a new phase of her murder trial will begin in a month. Arias petitioned the judge to allow her to serve as her own lawyer, despite having no legal experience, college degree, or high school diploma.

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GAZA WAR STRAINS RELATIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND ISRAEL: When the State Department condemned Israel’s strike on a United Nations school in Gaza on Sunday, saying it was “appalled” by this “disgraceful” act, it gave full vent to what has been weeks of mounting American anger toward the Israeli government. The blunt, unsparing language — among the toughest diplomats recall ever being aimed at Israel — lays bare a frustrating reality for the Obama administration: the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has largely dismissed diplomatic efforts by the United States to end the violence in Gaza, leaving American officials to seethe on the sidelines about what they regard as disrespectful treatment.

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U.S. COMPANIES TO INVEST $14B IN AFRICA: On Tuesday, President Obama is set to announce that U.S. businesses have pledged to invest $14 billion in African industries. Clean energy, construction, banking, and information technology projects will be the specific targets of the funding. Obama secured investment support from over a dozen corporations, including General Electric Co. and IBM. Securing these private investments is part of Obama’s larger goal of strengthening ties between the U.S. and Africa. The White House said in a statement that the funds “will deepen U.S. economic engagement in Africa, fueling growth that will support broader African prosperity and emerging markets for U.S. businesses.” Obama also hopes to outpace China, which is currently the continent’s biggest investor and trading partner. Obama will formally announce the plan at the three-day U.S.-Africa Business Forum summit.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***When a gig prevented Elvis Costello from making a recording session for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes – an album of “lost” Bob Dylan lyrics that Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, among others, have set to music – producer T-Bone Burnett found a worthy fill-in: Johnny Depp. The actor sat in on guitar for Costello during the recording of “Kansas City,” according to NME, after stopping by the L.A. studio where the sessions are taking place to visit the producer.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Gwyneth Paltrow in a deep conversation with two female friends over dinner at Shuko in East Hampton on Saturday.   ***Leonard Cohen at Entwine in the West Village in NYC.   ***NFL linebacker Jon Beason treating 30 kids from the Riverside Hawks Academic/Athletic Program to Nike shoes and autographs at MetLife Stadium after team practice.   ***Lauren Silverman buying baby Marc Jacobs jeans at Lullanest East Hampton.   ***Rihanna and Adriana Lima dining together at Da Silvano Cantinetta in NYC.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Haiti has 2,583 miles (4,160 km.) of highways. Only 628 miles (1,011km.) of those roads are paved.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Encyclopedia of Life

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LBN INVESTIGATES: Weddings

1.     In the United States, there is no law or religious dictate that says the bride must take the groom’s last name. However, approximately 70% of Americans agree that a bride should change her last name.

2.     The Fijians believe that the god Nangganangga, who watches over married couples, will not let a bachelor enter Fijian paradise and will turn him to ash if he dies before he is married.

3.     The Penan nomads who live on the island Borneo (southwest of the Philippines) maintain that women do not have a soul until their wedding day.

4.     In States where no blood tests or physical exams are required, failing to tell your prospective spouse that you have a venereal disease or a physical impairment (such as impotence or infertility) can void the marriage.

5.     Early Roman brides carried a bunch of herbs, such as garlic and rosemary, under their veils to symbolize fidelity and fertility and to ward off evil. These herbs served as a precursor to the modern bridal bouquet.

6.     The phrase “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe” symbolizes continuity, optimism for the future, borrowed happiness, fidelity, and wealth or good luck, respectively.

7.     Because white is the color of mourning in Eastern cultures, white wedding dresses are uncommon.

8.     Las Vegas is the top wedding destination with over 100,000 weddings a year, followed by Hawaii at 25,000 weddings a year.

9.     Wedding rings are often placed on the third finger of the left hand because ancient Egyptians believed the vein in that hand (which the Romans called the “vein of love”) ran directly to the heart.

10.  The bride’s veil traditionally symbolized her youth and virginity. Veils also hid the bride from jealous spirits or the Evil Eye. In the past, veils could be red, blue or yellow (the color of Hymen, the Greek god of marriage). The modern white veil became popular during the Victorian era as a symbol of purity and modesty. A white veil also connoted that a bride was wealthy enough to wear white.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Jess Marlow had a long career reporting or anchoring on KNBC, KCBS and KCET — 37 years in all, ending with the old “Life & Times” program on KCET. Marlow retired to Santa Fe in 2003 and died Sunday in a Denver-area nursing home. His nephew, Bill Marlow, told the LA Times the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.   ***KCBS and KCAL announced today that longtime anchor Kent Shocknek will retire at the end of September. He has been on TV in Los Angeles for 31 years, most recently as anchor of the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KCAL Channel 9. He previously reported and anchored at KNBC Channel 4.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Statue of Liberty’s Cornerstone Is Laid (1884) The Statue of Liberty—officially “Liberty Enlightening the World”—is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was a gift to the US from France to commemorate France’s alliance with the colonies during the American Revolution. Though it is now an iconic landmark, many forget that “Lady Liberty” also served as a functioning lighthouse from 1886 to 1902. Designed by French sculptor F.A. Bartholdi, the statue depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Sowell: Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: President Obama is holding a summit meeting of African leaders in Washington this week. But U.S. influence on the continent is now pathetically small compared with the Chinese and Europeans. The joke among the attendees is that China invests money; America holds receptions. But what happens in Africa will have global consequences in the battle of regimes. If African nations succumb to the delusion of autocracy, we’ll have Putin to deal with for decades to come.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Hello, Kiddies! Confession time. I was up past my bedtime (4am), so I tried to muffle my very loud sneeze by holding my pillow over my face. I am sick and tired of my neighbors calling the police just because I sneeze loud. Get it!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Gripped by dementia, Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved TV star is wasting away and is said to be on her deathbed. Sadly, Mary’s battle with diabetes, kidney and heart disease – as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia-related symptoms – is nearing an end, sources say.With her eyesight and hearing nearly gone, the 77 year old’s remaining strength is fading, following a series of devastating emotional and physical blows, according to insiders.   ****Meg Ryan has put the kibosh on the “M” word and banned boyfriend John Mellencamp from even mentioning marriage, sources say. After a troubled 10-year union with actor Dennis Quaid ending in 2001, Meg is much happier simply dating the 62-year-old “Small Town” singer. “Meg loves John’s visits, but she also values her alone time,” disclosed an insider. “When they’re together, they like taking long walks, going to the gym and sharing romantic, quiet dinners.   ***Michael Strahan and his fiancée of five years, Nicole Murphy, split after a contentious negotiation over money and, more specifically, their prenup. A source says, “Nicole was unwilling to sign a prenup, even though Michael has consistently been very generous to her.”

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Monday • August 4, 2014

$7,060,259,674,497.51–FEDERAL DEBT UP $7 TRILLION UNDER OBAMA: The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion during the slightly more than five and a half years Barack Obama has been president. That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined, and it is more debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years of this nation’s existence–from 1776 through 2003. The total federal debt first passed the $7-trillion mark on Jan. 15, 2004, after President George W. Bush had been in office almost three years.

U.S. ALTERED FLIGHT TO AVOID RUSSIANS: It was revealed on Sunday that a U.S. reconnaissance plane crossed into Swedish airspace last month in order to avoid a potential confrontation with heavily armed Russian fighters. On July 18, an Air Force RC-135 electronic surveillance plane was approached by a Russian aircraft while flying near Kaliningrad, according to Swedish news media. That area marks a heavily militarized region for Russia between Lithuania and Poland. “The aircraft commander, acting in a professional and safe manner, maneuvered the aircraft to avoid a possible encounter by Russian aircraft,” said the United States European Command in a statement. The near-confrontation in the sky is one of a series of aerial encounters in recent months between the U.S. and Russia. The increasing distrust and polarized exchanges indicates a return to Cold War era relations.

LBN-THINK AGAIN: At first, Putin had little interest in ideology. Then a vision emerged of a Eurasian Russian imperium, fending off Western decay.


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BOYISH MILEY WANTS KONG SIZE HOOTERS: Miley Cyrus is set to splurge big on plastic surgery – and get bodacious boobs just like her godmother Dolly Parton. Although her parents, Billy Ray and Tish, are dead-set against it, the queen of twerking intends to get a chiseled new look because “she’s desperate to have more womanly curves,” revealed a family friend. “Whenever she meets up with Dolly, she’s always mesmerized by her body and wishes she had an hourglass figure, too. “She’s looking at having a boob job and butt implants and getting chiseled cheekbones and fuller lips.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) who was blasted into outer space in 1963. Electrodes implanted in her brain sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***As rumors swirl that David Gregory could be replaced as host of “Meet the Press,” the embattled anchor may already be lining up his next move: He was seen meeting at CNN Thursday. Sources have said that Gregory’s days at “Meet the Press” are numbered, with ratings down, but that NBC would likely wait until after the midterm elections to make any change. But multiple sources told us that the former NBC White House correspondent was seen in CNN’s building Thursday afternoon, signaling he could be prepping a move himself.

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LBN-SEE IT:….Reagan campaigning in L.A. before the 1976 Republican National Convention. His closing speech brought delegates to tears, and left many with a sense that they’d chosen wrong.


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LBN-NOTICED: ***Newly engaged Leonard Lauder at Michael’s in NYC with director James Toback and Andrew Stein.   ***Owen Wilson, Lorne Michaels, Larry Gagosian and Peter Brant at Nick & Toni’s East Hampton.   ***Michael Strahan and Tiki Barber supporting Dan Grimes’ CareOne Cancer Fund at a Fenway Park fund-raiser.   ***Members of the band Black Sabbath dining al fresco at the Greenwich Hotel in NYC.   ***British DJ duo Disclosure dining at the Pump Room in Chicago.   ***Daniel Boulud at 75 Main in Southampton.

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gsair.com: Garage Sales by Map

“Find garage sales, yard sales and estate sales in your area by viewing a map. Plan your next weekend bargain hunting trip on gsalr.com.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: An estimated 1,000 children in India die every day due to disease caused by polluted water.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Branching outside its renowned entertainment industry niche, the prominent PR firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) has signed major residential real estate firm, Rodeo Reality.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Philip Marshak, an actor/director passed away last night in his Los Angeles home after losing the battle with Leukemia, diabetes & heart disease. He was 80. He died with his wife of 50 years, Pamela Marshak, his two sons Darryl Marshak & Shane Marshak  and daughter Tracy Marshak-Nash all by his side. Philip started his career as an actor studying with Lee Strasberg . He was part of the Tony Curtis, Sal Mineio & Bobby Darrin wave of up & coming actors.    ***Legendary comedy impresario Jamie Masada, whose landmark Sunset Blvd. Laugh Factory comedy club over the past 35 years has helped launch the careers of countless comics marks this milestone anniversary with an international search for the Funniest Person In The World.  Masada is intent on proving true the lyric, “When you’re smiling the whole world smiles with you.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Just a few days after announcing his collaboration with Rainforest Connection, Neil Young took to his website to expound on another environmental issue close to his heart. Jumping off from a note about the distribution of free organic cotton t-shirts during his last tour of Europe, Young announced that he is boycotting non-organic cotton and urged his fans to do the same.   ***Kenny Loggins — the king of 1980s soundtracks, with hits including “Footloose,” “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun” and “I’m Alright” from “Caddyshack” — has turned to Kickstarter to raise money for his latest album with a new country-pop band, Blue Sky Riders.  The group has raised $89,000 on Kickstarter and is asking for more dough to cover marketing costs.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: On top of all the wars and global messiness, 2014 will be remembered for the plague of “corporate inversion,” which the news media should start routinely calling “corporate desertion.” So far, 47 American-based companies have renounced U.S. citizenship and bought foreign subsidiaries in order to dodge American taxes. Many more are preparing to flee.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Although the enemies of health reform will never admit it, the Affordable Care Act is looking more and more like a big success. Costs are coming in below predictions, while the number of uninsured Americans is dropping fast, especially in states that haven’t tried to sabotage the program. Obamacare is working. But what about the administration’s other big push, financial reform? The Dodd-Frank reform bill has, if anything, received even worse press than Obamacare, derided by the right as anti-business and by the left as hopelessly inadequate. And like Obamacare, it’s certainly not the reform you would have devised in the absence of political constraints.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich: The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle. I’ve been saying for years that it might be just as entertaining, and certainly more productive, to see where ideological opposites find common ground. But until someone actually attempts it, we will keep spiraling down into extremism and incivility.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Kotler: Our family has a major concern which overshadows all others. President Obama has voluntarily cut down to working part-time, at best, in the most critical job in the world: President of the United States, the leader of the free world. The President’s behavior is terribly disconcerting — and dangerous. As read the subtitle in a major newspaper Op-Ed this week: The President needs to work on his foreign policy and not on his golf game”. How’s that? Whoa! No wonder the world holds him in little regard. No surprise that bullies such as Vladimir Putin see an open running field for mischief when our president exhibits little interest in exercising leadership on behalf of freedom-loving people who would appreciate our support as they struggle against yet another menacing national leader.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: In writing obviously I am a Bad-Ass. But on the phone I vacillate about what to say for so long that often idiots I am talking to ask if I was still there.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Anwan Glover, an actor best known for his role on HBO’s “The Wire,” was stabbed early Sunday morning at a Washington, D.C., nightclub. According to a police report, Glover, 41, said he was punched by one assailant and another hit him on the head, causing him to slip on the wet floor. He then heard someone shout “He has a knife,” and felt a sharp pain on his right side. On “The Wire” Glover played Slim Charles, a gangster dealing with street violence in the nearby city of Baltimore. In real life, Glover participated in a number of anti-violence campaigns. He said he was shot 13 times growing up in Washington, D.C., and his brother was shot to death in the District in 2007. Glover’s son was also shot at a party in the capital in 2011. Glover was taken to George Washington University Hospital. His condition has not yet been disclosed.   ***One-time ‘it girl’ (and one-time star of “The O.C.”), Mischa Barton’s career has pretty much hit the skids in recent years. Now, TMZ is reporting she could lose her Beverly Hills mansion to foreclosure if she doesn’t cough up the $100,000 she owes in back mortgage payments. According to TMZ, Barton has been handed a default notice informing her that she’s missed more than $100,000 in payments.

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Sunday • August 3, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES RUNS FIRST PRO-POT AD: The New York Times really wants everyone to know its 420-friendly. A week after its editorial board came out in support of marijuana legalization, the nationally-revered newspaper ran its first advertisement for marijuana in its Sunday edition. The Seattle-based Privateer Holdings took out a full page ad for Leafly.com, a website that helps users select marijuana dispensaries and specific strains. The ad plays up the use of medical marijuana, depicting a woman jogging with the caption “While fighting cancer, Molly preferred a sativa cannabis.” Perhaps as a counterbalance, the New York Times did run an ad for a group opposed to marijuana legalization on Saturday.

UNLOCKING YOUR CELL PHONE IS LEGAL AGAIN: On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law which makes it legal again to unlock a cellphone without permission from a wireless provider—as long as your service contract has expired. “Our laws should not prohibit consumers from carrying their cellphones to a new network, and we should promote and protect competition in the wireless marketplace,” said bill co-sponsor and Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy. The law, which reverses the effect of another copyright law that prohibited the breaking of digital locks on technological devices, does not apply to tablets, but advises the Library of Congress to review whether those should be able to be unlocked as well.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: On August 3, 2011, the national debt rose $238 billion, the largest one-day increase in the history of the U.S. The previous one-day record increase was on June 30, 2009, when the debt increased $186 billion.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Howcast: The Best How-To Videos of the Web

‘Howcast is the best source for fun, free, and useful how-to videos and guides.”

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LBN-MEET: Donald Trump.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary Associated Press legal writer Linda Deutsch having dinner with media expert and author Michael Levine at the popular Luna Park restaurant in Hollywood.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tim Kreider: I lived with the same cat for 19 years — by far the longest relationship of my adult life. Under common law, this cat was my wife. I fell asleep at night with the warm, pleasant weight of the cat on my chest. The first thing I saw on most mornings was the foreshortened paw of the cat retreating slowly from my face and her baleful crescent glare informing me that it was Cat Food Time. As I often told her, in a mellow, resonant, Barry White voice: “There is no luuve … like the luuve that exists … between a man … and his cat.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: I can’t wait to read the book W. won’t write. Not since Beyoncé dropped a new digital album online overnight with no warning or fanfare has there been such a successful pop-up arts project. Crown Publishers startled everyone Wednesday by announcing that the 68-year-old W. has written a “personal biography” of his 90-year-old father, due out in November. I guess he ran out of brush to clear.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I had held off coming to Israel, hoping the situation in Gaza would clarify — not in terms of what’s happening, but how it might end in a stable way. Being here now, it is clear to me that there is a way this cruel little war could not only be stopped, but stopped in a way that the moderates in the region, who have been so much on the run, could gain the initiative. But — and here is where some flight from reality is required to be hopeful — developing something that decent out of this war will demand a level of leadership from the key parties that has simply never been manifested by any of them. This is a generation of Arab, Palestinian and Israeli leaders who are experts at building tunnels and walls. None of them ever took the course on bridges and gates.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Houston Gunn: “Always Ask” for what you want. Think of these two reasons next time you want to ask for something that will get you ahead of the pack! 1. – A NO is better than I DON’T KNOW. You should always ask for what you want and you never know you just may get a YES! 2. A NO is better than NOT KNOWING AT ALL. If you do not ask for what you want you will never know if you could have gotten it. I challenge you to ask for what you want whether it is big or small.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Often I look back on my day of toil, and castigate myself for failing to fulfill my true purpose of the day – talking truth to power!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jay Z, Beyoncé, concert promoter Live Nation, HBO — and no less than four lawyers — have attended an emergency meeting Thursday to address the couple’s rapidly imploding marriage, The Post has learned. But while execs at the Thursday session wanted to put out a statement, Jay Z and Beyoncé declined — ­because they couldn’t agree on what it would say. Now officials fret that the couple’s $100 million On the Run Tour might be canceled before its scheduled finale.   ***Robert Kennedy Jr. and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines are now husband and wife. The couple married Saturday before family and friends gathered at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

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Saturday • August 2, 2014

NETANYAHU TO US: DON’T SECOND GUESS ME ON HAMAS: Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

FIRST EBOLA CASE ARRIVING IN U.S. TODAY: Atlanta’s Emory University will receive the first Ebola patient to ever enter the Western Hemisphere on Saturday. A special isolation unit has been prepared for Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, medical missionaries serving in Liberia when they became infected. Both Americans will be transported in a Gulfstream jet outfitted with a collapsible tent designed to transfer CDC employees exposed to contagious disease, though it can only transport one patient at a time. The second patient will arrive at Emory a few days later. “We have an inordinate amount of safety involved…no one is in any way at risk,” Emory’s Dr. Bruce Ribner said. “You need to appreciate Ebola is not spread by some magical mechanism.”

HAMAS SAYS IT ISN’T HOLDING MISSING ISRAELI OFFICER: The armed wing of Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian faction that dominates the Gaza Strip, said early Saturday that it was not holding an Israeli officer who has been missing since a deadly clash Friday that shattered a planned 72-hour cease-fire. The Qassam Brigades, which have led the 26-day-old battle with Israel, suggested in a statement that the officer may have been killed along with his captors in an Israeli assault that followed a suicide-bomb attack by Palestinian militants, who emerged from a tunnel that Israeli troops were trying to destroy near the southern border town of Rafah. Two Israelis were killed in the attack, bringing the military’s total casualty count in the operation to 63.

ANTI-SEMITISM RISES IN EUROPE AMID ISRAEL-GAZA CONFLICT: Across Europe, the conflict in Gaza is generating a broader backlash against Jews, as threats, hate speech and even violent attacks proliferate in several countries. Most surprising perhaps, a wave of incidents has washed over Germany, where atonement for the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes is a bedrock of the modern society. A commitment to the right of Israel to exist is ironclad. Plaques and memorials across the country exhort, “Never Again.” Children are taught starting in elementary school that their country’s Nazi history must never be repeated. Even so, academics say the recent episodes may reflect a rising climate of anti-Semitism that they had observed before the strife over Gaza.

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BOTCHED EXECUTION USED 15 LETHAL DOSES: It took two hours and over 15 lethal drug doses to finally kill Arizona inmate Joseph Wood in a botched execution his lawyer is calling “the most prolonged execution in recent memory.” Documents released Friday detail the process, which took 15 doses of a new drug cocktail, a combination of 50 milligrams of painkiller hydromorphone and 50 milligrams of sedative midazolam. Wood gasped for air and struggled throughout the process, which took an excruciating two hours. “This is why an independent investigation by a non-government authority is necessary,” said Wood’s lawyer, Dale Baich. A similar drug combination was used in the execution of Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire, who struggled and gasped for air for 25 minutes before finally dying.

NYPD CHOKEHOLD DEATH RULED A HOMICIDE: A medical examiner has made a ruling of homicide in the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer. Compression of the neck and chest and Garner’s position on the ground when being restrained by police caused the 43-year-old father’s death, with contributing factors including his acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Garner died July 17 after being arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video of the incident captured Garner gasping, “I can’t breathe!” multiple times during the altercation. Chokeholds are banned under NYPD policy.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chocolate has evolved into such a massive industry that between 40 and 50 million people depend on cacao for their livelihood. Over 3.8 million tons of cacao beans are produced per year.

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FACEBOOK CRASH FLOODS LAPD WITH 911 CALLS: People Called 911 When Facebook Crashed Contrary to what some apparently believe, a Facebook outage is not an emergency: Facebook went down for a half hour-ish on Friday morning, prompting several people to dial 911. “#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down, we don’t know when FB will be back up!” L.A. County Sergeant Burton Brinks tweeted in response to the calls. For its part, Facebook issued an apology for the outage soon after it started. “Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” it said in a statement.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Hillary Clinton in the audience at “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” in NYC.   ***Alex Rodriguez at Just Salad on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Hank Aaron leaving Marea in NYC with Bob Costas and Andrew Murstein.   ***Scott Disick at the Sloppy Tuna in Montauk overheard saying, “This place is too trashy for me”.   ***Fabolous and Ne-Yo sipping Bottega Rose at Level R in NYC.   ***Vera Wang at a Sag Harbor fête for Lisa Jackson’s LJ Cross jewelry, with Nicole Miller, Elaine Sargent, Cassandra Seidenfeld and Leesa Rowland. ***Media expert and author Michael Levine at the opening of the Malibu Roadhouse in Malibu last night.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass at the posh Soho House last night in West Hollywood.   ***Veteran L.A. politician and attorney Bob Hertzberg having lunch at Coast Restaurant in Shutter’s Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica.    ***Veteran film producer Mike Flint having dinner last week at the legendary Musso & Frank’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd.   ***ICM Partner Chris Silbermann and Mark Gordon having lunch at Toscanova restaurant in Century City.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Michael Jackson’s opulent, 2,700-acre estate Neverland Ranch will be hitting the market in the near future. Forbes reports that the Los Olivos, California property is being sold by the real estate investment firm Colony Capital, which owns equity in Neverland after an agreement with Jackson that took effect in 2008. “We are frustrated, bitterly disappointed and saddened that it has come to this,” a rep for Jackson’s estate told Forbes. “Sadly, Michael lost control of Neverland during his life as a result of advice from a former manager.”

LBN-MEET:….Actor Ryan Gosling:


LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Iraq Invades Kuwait (1990) Though justified by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on grounds that Kuwait was historically part of Iraq, Iraq’s 1990 invasion of its neighbor was presumed to be motivated by a desire to acquire Kuwait’s rich oil fields and expand Iraq’s power in the region. Under United Nations (UN) auspices, the US formed a coalition and began massing troops in Saudi Arabia

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Library of Congress: Research and Reference Services

“Research and Reference Services: Library of Congress collections and research tools. This page serves as the starting point for researchers using the Library of Congress, both on-site and remotely via the Web. Links are provided to all research centers and reading rooms, as well as all service for public researchers and scholars.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Golfer Dustin Johnson, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, will serve a six-month suspension from the circuit after testing positive for cocaine. According to a source who spoke to Golf.com, Johnson has failed three drug tests, one for marijuana in 2009 and two more for cocaine in 2012 and 2014. “I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said in a statement. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being, and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.” Johnson, 30, is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, daughter of Wayne Gretzky, and was on the way to earning more than $4.2 million this season.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: James Baldwin (1924) Baldwin was a groundbreaking African-American author best known for his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. He wrote about social taboos such as racism and homosexuality at a time when mainstream literature largely ignored them. He grew up in poverty in the New York City district of Harlem and became a preacher while in his teens. In 1947, he left the US to live in Europe, and upon his return in 1957, he joined the civil rights movement.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Aurora Snow (Porn star): Why did Facebook delete me? Or, I should say, why did Facebook delete my account three times? Yes, three times. Exactly what prompts the social network to erase porn stars accounts even when they abide by the rules is something of a mystery. Maybe it’s the hard nipples protruding from a silk shirt or the Wonder Woman pose in lingerie. Or perhaps it’s the shock of seeing a bubble butt popping out of a skimpy bikini. It could be offensive language. You know, like, “Have a naughty Saturday” or “come play with my pussy” (with a picture of a kitty cat). Then again, maybe it’s just because they’re porn stars.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jon Voight: My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused. They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israeli’s won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life.  And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Suzanne Sena (Emmy Nominated Host, Actress and Media Coach): Who will be lucky enough to be wearing one of Natalia Fedner’s designs at the Emmys? The talented haute couture designer, fresh off last season’s  Project Runway, is creating quite a buzz lately as major A-listers and celebs are showing up in her designs!  Her unique, sexy knit style covers  JLO (barely) in her new video. Fans also include Shakira and Pamela Anderson.  Even more red carpet possibilities exist with her Body Chains – necklaces and jewelry items also knit – with real silver and gold. Oh – if only I had the body (and a current Emmy Nom)!!

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Jackie Mason, who spent three years as an ordained rabbi before launching his six-decade career as a comedian, will claim during a radio show to air Sunday that Hollywood is run by Jews but is nevertheless “anti-Semitic,” “ignorant” and “stupid” when it comes to issues involving Israel.   ***Just one day before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, New York Giants legend Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy have ended their engagement. The 46-year-old VH1 star ended the 5-year-engagement to the former gridiron great saying that the long distance between the two played a part.   ***Robert Kennedy Jr. and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines are planning to tie the knot in a wedding at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts. Kennedy’s cousin Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman, says the wedding is planned for Saturday afternoon at Ethel Kennedy’s home in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. He says many members of the family are planning to attend.    ***Woody Allen was apalled by recent reports that suggested the acclaimed director refused to cast black actors. During an interview with the New York Observer, writer Roger Friedman said Allen, 78, was “horrified” when he broached the subject. “Not unless I write a story that requires [casting black actors]. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid,” he said.

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Friday • August 1, 2014

JUST HOURS BEFORE 9/11, CLINTON RUED MISSED CHANCE TO KILL OSAMA:

Bill Clinton ruminated about a missed chance to get Osama bin Laden just hours before the horrific September 11th attacks, according to new audio made public Wednesday in Australia.

He made his comments at a paid speech in Melbourne, Sky News reported.

“And I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he’s very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him.”

“And I could have killed him,” Clinton continued, “but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.”

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Friday • August 1, 2014

GAZA CEASEFIRE UNRAVELS: Just hours after a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hamas reportedly shot eight rockets and mortars at Israel, and Israeli tanks reportedly opened fire, killing at least 40 Palestinians and wounding 150, according to a Palestinian official. “Once again, Hamas and the terror organizations in Gaza have blatantly broken the cease-fire to which they committed, this time before the American Secretary of State and the UN Secretary General,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. The Israeli Defense Forces say one of its soldiers is now feared captured, as well. The ceasefire had been declared as losses mounted. According to Gaza officials, 1,459 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died and some 7,000 have been wounded. More than 400 Israeli soldiers have been wounded, while 64 Israelis have been killed, three of which were civilians.

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.

ECONOMY ADDS 209,000 JOBS: The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2 percent for the month of July from 6.1 percent, but the economy added 209,000 jobs. The number of unemployed people stayed mostly the same at 9.7 million, as did the number of long-term unemployed at 3.2 million. The number of jobs added came down from the 288,000 added in June. Economists had expected around 230,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to head down to 6 percent.

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MAN PUT NEEDLES IN MEAT PACKAGES: Apparently things you do when bored include placing sewing needles inside packaged meat in a grocery store for 68-year-old Ronald Avers. Avers, a disabled veteran, admitted in court Thursday that he had put the needles in, saying “It was stupidity, I didn’t want to hurt nobody.” At least one customer was injured and another found a needle in her mouth while eating. At least six other customers reported finding needles to the store. Security footage shows Avers, who hid the needles in his oxygen tank, placing them in packages on seven different occasions.

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TESLA TO BUILD 100,000 CARS NEXT YEAR: In his letter to shareholders of Tesla Motors on Thursday, founder Elon Musk declared that Tesla will be sending out more than 100,000 cars per year by the end of 2015. He also announced that the company’s reported revenue was $769 million for the second quarter, up from $405 million from the same period the previous year. However, the company’s net loss also grew to $62 million rom $32 million due to spending on charging stations, service centers, and the development of the Model X SUV. Musk also announced that the company is working with ore suppliers in yet another example of his firm belief that outsourcing does not save companies money. Most big auto companies use parts made by other companies for their cars.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2008, a Canadian man was attacked by a grizzly bear. He survived the attack by playing dead, even when the bear began to gnaw on his scalp. The bear eventually lost interest and went away.

VIVIEN LEIGH KINKY SECRETS: Brit thesp Vivien Leigh who was world renowned as Scarlett O’Hara in classic Gone With the Wind was a bisexual adulteress who picked up male prosties, preferring “rough trade”,  book claims. According to bio Damn YOU, Scarlett O’Hara by Dawn Porter and Roy Moseley,  Leigh’s fairytale marriage to master thespian Laurence Olivier was nothing more than a sham as Leigh was a serial bisexual adventuress. Having wooed and wed Olivier both were cheating on one another within months. Reportedly, the tell-all shocker describes Leigh’s insatiable desire for ‘rough trade’ – male prostitutes picked up at Scotty’s, a notorious Los Angeles brothel disguised as a gas station.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Flirting

1.     People flirt to bond or to express sexual interest. Flirting is a universal and essential form of human interaction.

2.     Flirting is a series of nonverbal and verbal actions we do when expressing our interest in or attraction to another person. It is playful, nonthreatening, and sometimes subconscious. It’s about displaying and reading body language.

3.     In the 1550s, the verb “flirt” initially meant “to turn up one’s nose, sneer at” and then “to rap or flick, as with fingers.” In the 1560s, the noun “flirt” had come to mean “a pert young hussy” or a “woman of loose behavior.”

4.     Etymologists theorize that the verb “flirt” may have been imitative, similar to the verb “flip” and “flit,” as in the sense of “to move in short, quick flights.” Others suggest that it was influenced by the Old French fleureter, which means “talk sweet nonsense” or to touch a thing in passing, and which is diminutive of fleur, “flower.” Metaphorically, fleureter gestured toward the image of bees skimming from flower to flower.

5.     Researchers have identified five general styles of flirting: 1) physical, 2) traditional (men should make the first move), 3) polite (both less likely to approach a potential partner), 4) sincere, and 5) playful (flirting for fun). Those with physical, sincere, and playful styles have more dating success, though each is effective depending on what the goal of flirting is.

6.     Within general styles of flirting are over 52 specific “flirting signals.” For women, the most common is the hair flip.

7.     Studies show that women initiate flirting 90% of the time. Although men seem to do most of the pursuing, they actually do so because they perceive that women invited their advances through flirting.

8.     Common flirting pitfalls include 1) picking the wrong person to flirt with, 2) not knowing how to approach, 3) worrying that something awful will happen, and 4) not accurately reading the signals from the other person.

9.     Researchers suggest women wear red-hued lipstick while flirting. A Manchester University study tracked the eye movements of men and found that they looked at red lips for 7.3 seconds and pink for 6.7 seconds.

10.  A study in the journal Social Influence found that ladies were more likely to give out their phone numbers to guys who flirted with them on sunny days as opposed to cloudy days. Researchers say people may be in a better mood on sunny days or men may be better flirters in good weather.

OCTOMOM’S INCREDIBLE DISPLAY OF MATERNAL DEDICATION: Researchers have observed an extraordinary display of maternal dedication thousands of feet beneath the ocean’s surface. For four years and five months, a mother octopus is believed to have clung to a rock, straddling her clutch of 150 eggs, protecting them, keeping away dirt, and flushing them with fresh water until they hatched. So all-consuming was her dedication to her offspring that she likely did not eat for the entire 53-month brooding period and probably died shortly after her eggs finally hatched.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Effectively giving up all hope of making it out of this season alive, the Tampa Bay Rays traded their best pitcher, David Price, to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. The three-team deal entailed the Tigers sending centerfielder Austin Jackson to Seattle, which in turn sent infielder Nick Franklin to the Rays, along with left-hander Drew Smyly and shortstop Willy Adames. “On the surface, I’m sure the fans are going to be upset—go ahead and be upset—I don’t blame them,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon said Thursday. “That’s what fans are supposed to do. But within the Tampa Bay Rays, we have to do what we think is best for our group and continue to move forward. I have total trust and respect for our players and ownership.” In another major pitcher trade, the Oakland Athletics acquired Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

NAUPA: The Foremost Authority on Unclaimed Property

“The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and the Council of State Governments. Search for and claim forgotten money that may be due you from the official government agencies. Go directly to a government unclaimed property program by clicking on a state, territory, or province from the map or drop box below. You should search in every state where you have lived.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jerry Garcia (1942) Garcia was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. His inimitable improvisational playing style helped make the Grateful Dead one of the most popular touring bands in the country. Closely involved with the San Francisco hippie movement, Garcia became heavily addicted to drugs but decided to turn his life around after emerging from a diabetic coma in 1986. He was at a drug rehabilitation center when he died suddenly in 1995

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Nearly every parent on earth operates on the assumption that character matters a lot to the life outcomes of their children. Nearly every government antipoverty program operates on the assumption that it doesn’t.  Most Democratic antipoverty programs consist of transferring money, providing jobs or otherwise addressing the material deprivation of the poor. Most Republican antipoverty programs likewise consist of adjusting the economic incentives or regulatory barriers faced by the disadvantaged.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Spare me in my ephemeral happiness, leave it to me for a few days, for a few minutes for I shall soon been back to being the super-bitch I am best known for.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jessica Simpson’s mother has found love again – with a married man. Tina began dating salt-and-pepper-haired landscaper Jon Goldstein after splitting from her reportedly “now-out-as-gay” husband, Joe Simpson, sources say.   ***Ellen Barkin hosted a bridal shower for George Clooney’s fiancée Amal Alamuddin on Tuesday. Sources say the “intimate dinner” at Barkin’s West 12th Street home was for guests including Clooney’s mother and sister, and Alamuddin’s mom. A source said there were also “a few men” at the coed fête. Clooney and Alamuddin’s nuptials will reportedly take place in September in Italy.

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Thursday • July 31, 2014

NETANYAHU: GAZA TUNNELS NON-NEGOTIABLE: Speaking before a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu said that “with or without a cease-fire” the Israeli military will continue to destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip. Israel has destroyed most of the 32 tunnels it has found so far, and said destroying the rest will take more time. “I won’t agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to complete this important task for the sake of Israel’s security,” Netanyahu said. Israel also announced it was called up another 16,000 reserves, which could allow it to widen its incursion into Gaza with has lasted 23 days. So far, 56 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli citizens as well as 1,360 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

WISC. HIGH COURT UPHOLDS ANTI-UNION LAW: The controversial 2011 Wisconsin law that ended collective bargaining for most public workers in the state was upheld by the state’s supreme court on Thursday in a 5-2 ruling. The ruling comes as Scott Walker, the Republican governor who championed the law, is running for re-election after winning a recall in 2012 prompted by the law. The law prohibited automatic withdrawals from member paychecks and required annual votes on union representation.

PHILLY COPS CHARGED WITH STEALING $500K: A total of six Philadelphia cops were arrested Wednesday by federal authorities on a 26-count indictment that alleges that between 2006 and 2012 they stole more than $500,000 in cash, drugs, and personal property—and used extreme force to get it. Those who refused to pay up were allegedly hung over balconies, beaten, held in nasty hotel rooms for days, or threatened with the seizure of their homes. The charges also allege that they kept score over who could cause the worst injuries to victims. All six have faced multiple investigations over the years. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Wednesday said that the city’s contract with police officers was to blame—because it prevented him from transferring the officers when suspicions first emerged in 2005. All of the officers have entered not-guilty pleas.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WANTS WORKERS TO CARRY HEROIN ANTIDOTE: U.S. law enforcement agents who deal with heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone to reverse overdoses, the Justice Department said on Thursday, responding to a surge in heroin use in the United States. Attorney General Eric Holder said he urged federal law enforcement agencies to identify those workers and determine whether they should be trained in how to administer the medication.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

1.     The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.

2.     Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.

3.     Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.

4.     More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.

5.     Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.

6.     At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.

7.     Once men hit midlife, they may face an increased risk of depression due to the decrease of testosterone.

8.     Men typically experience depression differently from women and use different means to cope. For example, while women may feel hopeless, men may feel irritable. Women may crave a listening ear, while men may became socially withdrawn or become violent or abusive.

9.     Researchers have recently found that those who suffer from depression are at risk for low bone mineral density. Depressed women are especially at risk for developing osteoporosis.

10.  Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Target named a new chief executive on Thursday, for the first time bringing in an outsider to lead the company after its previous leader resigned in May on the heels of a series of troubles for the retailer. The new chief, Brian Cornell, will help the company continue to address the damage done by last year’s extensive breach of customer information, as well as face problems including a disappointing expansion into Canada and a competitive online market.   ***The Best of Los Angeles Award community on Facebook, which was formed only five months ago has now pasted 1,200 members.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: New research suggests that one in 10 autistic children sheds symptoms before adulthood. But no one knows why they do — or why others do not.

GEORGE W. BUSH TO PEN BIO OF HIS FATHER: George W. Bush has apparently been keeping himself occupied in his retirement by writing a biography of his father, George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers announced the prospective biography on Wednesday. When it comes to the world of publishing, this isn’t W.’s first rodeo. His memoir, Decision Points, was published in 2010 and sold two million copies in two months. “George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father,” said W. Bush in a statement released by Crown. He failed to mention the obvious that, you know, it’s his dad.

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PENELOPE CRUZ BACKTRACKS ON ISRAEL: After coming under fire, along with actor-husband Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz backtracked about her signing on to a letter criticizing Israel on Wednesday. She said, “I’m not an expert on the situation and I’m aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a ceasefire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace.” Cruz had been attacked after signing on to a letter with director Pedro Almodovar that said Israel engaged in “state terrorism” and denounced the country for its incursion into Gaza. However, it appears the retraction only is from Cruz, not Bardem.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: J.K. Rowling (1965) Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series, which has been credited with sparking an interest in reading at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books. She parlayed the series into a global brand, including the popular movie adaptations, worth an estimated $15 billion. All seven volumes of the series have broken sales records, and the last four have been the fastest-selling books in history

LBN-INVESTIGATES: It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog.

HOLLYWOOD LEGEND SFX MAKEUP MASTER DICK SMITH DEAD: The legendary Godfather of SFX Makeup, Oscar winner Dick Smith, maker of monsters, has gone to that big phantasmagorical sideshow in the sky at 92. Smith, long a legend in the field from monster mag reading fans to top tiered producers Smith’s wizardry knew no bounds. Among his fabled creation were Linda Blair’s horrific visage in “The Exorcist”, an aged Marlon Brando’s stuffed cheek machismo as “The Godfather” and  a hundred plus year-old Dustin Hoffman in “Little Big Man”, Robert DeNiro’s trail of carnage laden corpses in “Taxi Driver”  and the senses-shattering “Altered States”.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza and Rosie O’Donnell having dinner together at Sant Ambroeus Soho in NYC.   ***Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden with Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac at a Beatrice Inn birthday bash in NYC for singer Pete Yorn, thrown by his bros. Kevin and Rick Yorn.   ***LL Cool J at Junior’s in Brooklyn.   ***Michael Douglas at SD26 in NYC.   ***Southern rockers Alabama Shakes brunching at Horchata in the West Village in NYC.   ***Heather Graham at Dos Caminos Soho in NYC.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Dick Wagner, who played guitar with Alice CooperLou Reed and on records by Kiss and Aerosmith at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two weeks earlier, he had undergone a cardiac procedure, according to Detroit Free Press. He was 71.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia

“The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Sartoris Literary Group, a publisher of fiction and non-fiction, has signed with Books Crossing Borders of New York City for representation of foreign rights and with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency of New York City for representation of film and television rights for its literary works of fiction and non-fiction.

LBN-COMMENTARY by RUTH REICHL: Every year, antibiotic-resistant infections kill at least 23,000 Americans and make another two million sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why a recent ruling by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals is so appalling.  It allows the federal Food and Drug Administration to leave an antibiotic used in animal feed on the market even if the agency openly states that the drug’s use is not safe and increases the risk of antibiotic resistance in people.  This means that the dangerous misuse of antibiotics in industrial livestock and poultry can continue unabated.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: “Hair is political.” That was the line that stuck with me when my 17-year-old daughter recently regaled me with the minutiae of a lighthearted argument she’d had with a friend. It was about my daughter’s staunch resistance to straightening or altering her hair in any way. The friend had insisted that such alterations were no big deal, to which my daughter took umbrage and shot back, “Hair is political.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents. Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.  We could have said, “Cars don’t kill people. People kill people,” and there would have been an element of truth to that. Many accidents are a result of alcohol consumption, speeding, road rage or driver distraction. Or we could have said, “It’s pointless because even if you regulate cars, then people will just run each other down with bicycles,” and that, too, would have been partly true.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Johnny Depp is getting cold feet about tying the knot with blonde bombshell Amber Heard, sources say. The 51-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s two kids don’t want the bisexual beauty as their stepmom, insiders say, and he’s terrified that Amber, 28, will dump him for a younger guy. Johnny hit the panic button after Amber got cozy with Hollywood hunk James Franco, 36, on the set of “The Adderall Diaries.”   ***Maggie Gyllenhaal — whose new Sundance miniseries, “The Honorable Woman,” centers around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — is getting increasingly political, and says she’s disillusioned with President Obama.  “I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he believes in anymore,” the actress and sister of Jake Gyllenhaal tells Time in an interview out Thursday.

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Wednesday • July 30, 2014

PAYING RANSOMS, EUROPE BANKROLLS QAEDA TERROR: Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe. While European governments deny paying ransoms, an investigation by The New York Times found that Al Qaeda and its direct affiliates have taken in at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008, of which $66 million was paid just last year. In news releases and statements, the United States Treasury Department has cited ransom amounts that, taken together, put the total at around $165 million over the same period.

POLL: TWICE AS MANY AMERICANS BLAME HAMAS FOR GAZA VIOLENCE THAN ISRAEL: Amid calls for a cease-fire in in the Gaza Strip, more than twice as many Americans say that Hamas (40 percent) is responsible for the current violence in comparison to just 19 percent who blame Israel.

WATER MAIN FLOODS UCLA CAMPUS: Millions of gallons of water gushing from a water main break spewed for hours on Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, flooding the University of California, Los Angeles campus. The 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air when it broke and let out between 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst. The floodwaters streamed into parking lots, buildings, and athletic fields. At least three people were trapped in cars, and the Los Angeles Fire Department brought in inflatable boats to rescue stranded students and visitors. Large parts of the campus were left covered in mud and water. The recently renovated Pauley Pavilion, home to UCLA basketball and other athletic teams, was at one point blanketed in eight inches of water.

U.S. ECONOMY GREW 4% IN SPRING: The U.S. economy roared back in the second quarter of 2014, growing at an annualized rate of 4 percent. The good news came after a dismal first quarter report that saw it shrink by 2.1 percent.  (Revised from 2.9 percent.) The Commerce Department pointed to increases in consumer spending and exports as contributing to growth. The strong quarter also solidified the belief among experts that the first quarter’s dip was a one-off event, mostly the result of terrible winter weather.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: SEX

1.     Scientists are unsure why humans have pubic hair, but they theorize that the hair traps secretions that hold pheromones, or sexual scents.

2.     In women, the labia minora (singular: labium minus) vary more than any other part of the female genitalia. The labia minora (Latin for “smaller lips”) can range from pink, burgundy, brown, or a mixture of colors. They may be small, or large enough to extend beyond the labia majora (Latin for “larger lips”), and one may be longer than the other. Contrary to myth, they are not lengthened or wrinkled by masturbation.

3.     The word “clitoris” is Greek for “divine and goddess like.” The clitoris is present only in female mammals. It is actually approximately 4 inches long, with 3/4 of the clitoris extending inside a female’s body.

4.     The opening of the vagina is called the introitus, from the Latin intro or “into, within” + ire, meaning “to go into.”

5.     Aphrodite, the goddess of sexual intercourse, emerged from the foaming semen of her father’s castrated testicles.

6.     The word “vagina” means “sheath” or “scabbard” in Latin, suggesting that love and war have been connected for thousands of years.

7.     The word “penis” is Latin for “tail” and is probably also from the Old English faesl, meaning “progeny” or “offspring.”

8.     The vagina is not “a hole,” contrary to popular belief. It is instead, a potential space that can range from 2 to 2.5 inches wide from around 3 to 6 inches long, with the average vagina measuring 4.5 inches.

9.     Known as the “veil of the temple,” the hymen is related to the word “hymn” and is named after the Greek god of marriage.

10.  For most men, the left testicle hangs lower—but in some men, most commonly left-handed men, the right one hangs lower.

11.  Men do not need to be sexually aroused to have an erection. Erections can occur if a man is frightened, nervous, or has a full bladder. It’s normal for a man to have several erections during the dream phrase of sleep.

12.  During a woman’s period, the opening of the cervix (Latin for “neck” or “nape of neck”) and uterus stretch slightly to allow the shedding of the endometrium. During this time, harmful sexually transmitted bacteria have easier access to the uterus, increasing the risk of serious pelvic infections. HIV is also more easily transmitted during a woman’s period.

13.  Married people are more likely to masturbate than people living alone, according to the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS).

14.  For men seeking penile enlargement surgery, the average gain in size is about 1 inch when flaccid and 1/2 inch when erect. More than 65% of men who opt for penile enlargement surgery are dissatisfied with the result.

15.  The condom is said to be named after the Earl of Condom, a British physician at the court of Charles II who was asked by the king to design him something to keep him from developing syphilis. The oiled sheep intestine was a big hit.

ORLANDO BLOOM PUNCHES BIEBER: Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber got into a fight at the Cipriani restaurant in Ibiza early Wednesday morning after Bieber taunted the actor about his ex-wife, Miranda Kerr. There has been animosity between the two ever since Bieber was spotted with Kerr at a fashion show in 2012, and then in April of this year Bloom was seen with Selena Gomez, Bieber’s on-off girlfriend. A few hours after the fight, Bieber apparently posted a picture of Kerr to his Instagram with his signature crown emoji as the caption, which he quickly deleted.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Approximately 25 winners of the official Best of Los Angeles Award (https://www.facebook.com/BestofLosAngelesAwards) attended the first winner’s lunch at the popular Lenny’s Deli yesterday.

HILLARY: END CUBA EMBARGO: In an interview with Fusion on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton announced that she supports an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba. “I think it has propped up the Castros because they can blame everything on the embargo,” she told host Jorge Ramos. “You don’t have freedom of speech, you don’t have freedom of expression, you’re still having political prisoners, everything is blamed on the embargo.” She said she would like to see the U.S. “move toward normalizing relations eventually” and that it’s something both she and the president supported. When Ramos asked her if she wanted a “Nixon moment” by going to Cuba, Clinton responded, “You know, some day I’d like to go to Cuba. I would someday, yes.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Strahan with friends at Red Stix in NYC.   ***Paul McCartney dancing to “Can’t Buy Me Love” at yogurt shop BuddhaBerry in Sag Harbor.   ***Tony winner Lena Hall dining at Ktchn before performing at 42West at The OUT Hotel.    ***Alex Rodriguez celebrating his 39th birthday with girlfriend Torrie Wilson at Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Recent midday summits at The Grill on the Alley: Jeffery Katzenberg and Steve Levitan, Ron Meyer with Chris Albrecht, Mark Wahlberg with producers Randall Emmett and George Furla, Craig Baumgarten with Dolph Lundgren, and Paradigm’s Debbee Klein with attorney Michael Gendler.   ***Brad Grey joined Bryan Lourd at AOC.   ***Arrivals of late at Mr. Chow: John Landgraf, manager Barry Korst and WME’s Dave Wirtschafter .   ***Producer Hilary Shor dined with manager Mimi DiTrani, producer Holly Wiersma, stylist Samantha McMillen and Prada’s Tara Schmidt at Caulfield’s.   ***All in at once at Soho House: Jason Reitman, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Pitt and producer Cassian Elwes.   ***Emma Roberts visited Culina one day; HBO’s Nancy Lesser was in the next.   ***AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Stan Lee have each been in to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.   ***Director Tate Taylor broke bread with producer David Hoberman at Porta Via. On another day, manager Alissa Vradenburg sat a table over from Evolution manager Brad Kaplan while her untitled colleague Jason Newman ordered a few paces away at La Scala.   ***In Las Vegas, Irving Azoff, Jim Dolan, Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss broke bread at Giada at the new Cromwell hotel.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: When coconut water broke into the American market 10 years ago, it was billed as a miracle drink able to fight viruses, kidney disease and other ailments like osteoporosis. Global sales now reach $400 million a year, and many consumers believe that the beverage has a wide variety of health benefits. But they may be unaware that the drink’s marketers have sharply scaled back their claims.

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DREW BARRYMORE SISTER FOUND DEAD IN CAR: Medical Examiner’s officials in National City, Calif. confirmed Tuesday that the 47-year-old half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore was found dead in a car, with an eyewitness saying the late woman was flanked by dozens white pills scattered inside the vehicle. Jessica Barrymore was recovered inside her vehicle at the intersection of Hoover and 9th Street in the San Diego suburb. “Her car was parked right here last night around midnight,” local resident Oscar Sandoval told San Diego’s ABC affiliate 10News, adding he “thought she was sleeping or waiting for someone.”

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Alicia Keys has signed with Guy Oseary.   ***Roseanne Barr has signed with Gersh.   ***David E Kelley has signed with CAA   ***TeachersKate Lambert has signed with APA.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers Vin Scully announced Tuesday night that he will return for a record 66th season as announcer next year. The Dodgers announced his decision with a video clip during the second inning. Scully, 86, has made an announcement each year whether he will return. “Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time,” Scully said in a statement.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975) Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an influential US labor leader with alleged ties to the Mafia. He led with brawn and charisma and made toughness his policy—whether dealing with management or with rival unions. In 1964, he was convicted of jury tampering and fraud and sentenced to 13 years in jail, but President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. Hoffa’s unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

USA.gov: Replace Your Vital Documents

“Fortunately, most important personal records can be replaced. Depending on the document you need, use these links as a starting point.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Peter Gelb still recalls the sting. “In second grade, my report card said I couldn’t take criticism, and I remember being devastated by that,” he said. So it’s easy to believe the 60-year-old general manager of the Metropolitan Opera when he says that this is the most stressful week of his life, with his career and the Met’s future “at stake.” Hurtling toward a lockout, Gelb sees a fresh vitriolic insult from a union negotiator every time he checks the news on his phone. And with the planned production of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Gelb is also attracting protesters and even some death threats.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve been arguing that the big divide in the world these days is between the world of order and a growing world of disorder. If you’re keeping score at home, the world of disorder just added another country: Libya. America quietly folded up its embassy in Libya last week and left, leaving behind a tribal/militia war of all against all. Not good.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (www.TheExcelReport.com): There are six reasons that a “coach” works for motivated people: 1. Being held accountable 2. Being questioned and challenged 3. Be guided 4. Being understood 5. Be accepted 6. Be motivated.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States daily, this LBN E-Lert is read in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Spain, Israel, Iraq, Korea, Sweden, Italy, France, England, South Africa, Australia, among others.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being run by the two parties most directly involved. It’s based on the supposition that the horror could be ended if only deft negotiators could achieve a “breakthrough” and a path toward a two-state agreement. But it is not 1979. People’s mental categories may be stuck in the past, but reality has moved on. The violence between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, may look superficially like past campaigns, but the surrounding context is transformed.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Betzalel “Bitzy” N. Eichenbaum: I hear in the news media and read in the papers “Gaza Authorities” or Gaza Health Authority” reports over 1,000 killed etc. and 82% or so are civilians. Hamas has been designated a “Terrorist Organization” by the United States.  They control Gaza and are the Authority in Gaza.  So why do we believe their numbers and reporting.  Is it really accurate?  Why do we take them at face value against the word of the only Democracy in the Middle East? It is very important that we explain the real story and that the unfortunate killing of the innocents lies squarely on the head of Hamas. When you watch the news the Western Media has fallen into Hamas’s comparative numbers game of body count not distinguishing between Hamas whose fault it is that there is a war and the Israelis who are responding to protect themselves from indiscriminate rocket fire and tunnels, which are strictly meant to kill innocent civilians.

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LBN-OVEREHARD: “Let me die at home.” Those are the heartbreaking words of beloved Hollywood icon Mary Tyler Moore, who’s facing her final days as she loses her agonizing decades-long struggle with numerous health woes, according to sources. Sadly, the 77-year-old TV legend’s battle with diabetes, kidney and heart disease – as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia- related symptoms – is nearing an end, sources say.With her eyesight and hearing nearly gone, Mary’s remaining strength is fading, following a series of devastating emotional and physical blows, according to insiders.

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Wednesday • July 30, 2014

EMAILS REVEAL IRS OFFICIAL LOIS LERNER CALLED CONSERVATIVES ‘CRAZIES’ AND ‘A**HOLES’ AS ERIC HOLDER COMES UNDER NEW PRESSURE TO INVESTIGATE:

Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as ‘crazies’ and ‘a**holes.’

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called ‘a serious investigation’ – something he said has been lacking.

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Tuesday • July 29, 2014

U.S. IS NO SAFER AFTER 13 YEARS OF WAR, A TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL SAYS: The nation is no safer after 13 years of war, warns a top US military official who leads one of the nation’s largest intelligence organizations. “We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda,” says Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which employs some 17,000 American intelligence collectors in 140 countries around the world. That the United States is no safer – and in some respects may be less safe – even after two wars and trillions of dollars could prove to be disappointing news for Americans, noted the journalist questioning General Flynn at the Aspen Security Forum last week.

STUDY: 35 PERCENT IN US FACING DEBT COLLECTORS: More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

ISRAEL DESTROYS GAZA’S SOLE POWER PLANT: Israel hit the Gaza Strip’s one power plant Tuesday as part of a larger campaign to target Hamas’ infrastructure and symbols of power. Sixty airstrikes were carried out Tuesday, marking the most intense bombardment since the fighting began three weeks ago. Hamas’ Al-Aqsa satellite-TV station was damaged, along with government buildings and the home of a top Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, was leveled. Israel has targeted several Hamas leaders’ homes, but there have been no casualties “presumably as they appear to have gone into hiding,” according to the Associated Press. More than 100 Palestinians were killed, according to Gaza authorities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahau declared Monday: “We will continue to act aggressively and responsibly until the mission is completed to protect our citizens, soldiers, and children.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES : Dogs

1.     All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.

2.     Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.

3.     Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful.

4.     Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.

5.     Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog.

6.     Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.

7.     In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer,” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail.

8.     Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.

9.     A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

10.  Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her.

11.  The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.

12.  During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.

13.  Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.

14.  The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.

15.  After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.

FACEBOOK SAYS PAGE CALLING FOR DEATH TO JEWS DOESN’T VIOLATE ‘COMMUNITY STANDARDS’: A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network’s “community standards,” according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints. The page in question, is named, “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews.” The page, which spells “Zionist” incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

EX-CHINA SECURITY HEAD FACES GRAFT PROBE: President Xi Jinping has made his strongest move to date targeting elite party corruption in China. On Tuesday, the Communist Party announced that former security chief Zhou Yongkang will be investigated on formal corruption charges. Zhou retired in 2012 from the Politburo Standing Committee. He is the first standing or retired party member to face an official graft prove. Xinhua, the state-run news source, announced the party “decided to establish an investigation of Zhou Yongkang for grave violations of discipline.” It did not release details regarding the exact charges. Although this is the first official acknowledgement, party insiders had known Zhou was being detained and investigated. Zhou had tight political control over the lucrative oil and gas sector. His son, sister-in-law, and son’s mother-in-law held about $1 billion in assets, much it from these industries.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actor Stephen Dorff  along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

National Archives and Records Administration

“Oversees the management of federal government records, including presidential diaries, historic correspondence, and a display of presidential gifts from around the world.”

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LBN-SEE IT: Actor Mickey Rourke


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***KFWB employees were informed on Friday that the formerly all-news station at AM 980 will switch formats from talk to sports in September.

OKCUPID ADMITS TO EXPERIMENTING ON USERS: Following the backlash against Facebook for its undisclosed experimentation on users, dating website OkCupid has come forward with its own less-than-romantic confession: It’s been experimenting on lovelorn users, too. The site revealed it had performed multiple romantic experiments on unknowing users, including hiding profile pictures and claiming their personality match was higher or lower than the site’s software actually revealed it to be. OkCupid defended its actions in an OkCupid Trends blog post called, “We Experiment on Human Beings!” Founder Christian Rudder “Guess what, everybody: If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.” OkCupid is owned by IAC, which also is the parent company of The Daily Beast.

NEW TV SHOW HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE MIND: Watch Episode Two (2) of the new TV show “Without Notes” on the You Tube channel. Click here

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Alyssa Milano stopped into Tribeca eatery Bubby’s in NYC for lunch with a male companion on Monday. Wearing a navy blue dress, the expectant actress opted for a plate piled high with green vegetables, a spy tells.   ****Bono giving an impromptu two-hour performance at Cinquante Cinq beach club in St-Tropez a day after performing at Leo DiCaprio’s environmental fund-raiser in the South of France.   ***Adrian Grenier working out at Barry’s Bootcamp in NYC.   ***Tiffani Thiessen having breakfast in Montauk at Joni’s.   ***Hilary Rhoda and her fiancé Sean Avery seeing Alabama Shakes at Terminal 5 for Mercedes-Benz’s kickoff of the band’s Evolution Tour.   ***Former New York Yankee favorite Bernie Williams joining Brazilian star Rogê onstage at City Winery in NYC.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Evolve, the personal fitness gym in Venice, California, went out of business last month.

PUSSY RIOT TAKES THE KREMLIN TO COURT: Members of Pussy Riot are preparing to sue Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over their imprisonment. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova claim that their time in prison amounted to torture. They are suing the Kremlin for  €120,000 ($161,704) each in compensation for the 21 months they served in prison and pre-trial confinement, as well as €10,000 ($13,244) in court fees. “They didn’t get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally,” said Pavel Chikov, the lawyer representing the two women. “This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Researchers note that bullying escalates in the later years of elementary school, peaks in middle school, and then dissipates by high school. They also note that 6th grade is the worst year for bullying.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Mick Jagger celebrated his 71st birthday over the weekend with a family brunch at Hakkasan New York.  The septuagenarian Rolling Stones singer stuck to sparkling water while others in the party of eight — including daughters Georgia May and Karis — toasted with Brooklyn Pilsner, spies said.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Los Angeles collector Steve Soboroff has scored another gem for his collection of typewriters used by prominent figures: Truman Capote’s electric Smith-Corona. According to Soboroff, Capote purchased the Electra 110 model in LA in 1970 and kept it in his writing room at the Bel Air home of close friend Joanne Carson. Capote used the typewriter for his final three books, Soboroff says. Capote died at Carson’s home in 1984 and the typewriter has not been used since then. Soboroff acquired the typewriter from Carson. Other typewriters in the Soboroff collection include those of Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, George Bernard Shaw and John Lennon — and Andrea Bocelli’s Braille typing machine. Soboroff added an Hermes portable from Tom Hanks earlier this month. The typewriter collection tours the United States to raise money for journalism scholarships.   ***Sofía Vergara introduced her new boyfriend, Joe Manganiello, to her Colombian family last weekend, but the meeting may have been lost in translation. Spies said Vergara and the “True Blood” hunk — whom she’s been dating since her split with fiancé Nick Loeb — were getting more serious in Florida when “they met for dinner with 12 members of Sofía’s family at Makoto in Bal Harbour.”   ***Working with Kiefer Sutherland made Freddie Prinze Jr. want to quit acting. “I did ’24,’ it was terrible. I hated every moment of it,” the 38-year-old actor told ABC News while promoting the animated series “Star Wars Rebels” at Comic-Con this weekend. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world,” he continued. “That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.”   ***Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was humbled after his court appearance Monday. The “Jersey Shore” alum, 31, stood before a judge in Middletown, New Jersey, and was given 12 weeks of anger management after assaulting his brother, Frank, in June.   ***Before Jaime King gave birth to her son James last year, she suffered five miscarriages and underwent five rounds of in vitro fertilization, she revealed on Friday. “For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone—This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis,” the 35-year-old “Hart of Dixie” actress and mother wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post (via People).   ***Pamela Anderson’s relationship with estranged husband Rick Salomon appears to be back on. The pair were seen canoodling and vacationing together in Sardinia, Italy, over the weekend.

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Monday • July 28, 2014

U.N. CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE GAZA CEASEFIRE: The United Nations Security Council has called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire” in the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. The plea comes at the start of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day Muslim holiday that ends the holy month of Ramadan. For a few hours early Monday, it was relatively peaceful and quiet in Gaza, after Hamas and Israel each offered brief truces to the three weeks of violence. The U.N. Security Council also called on Israel and Hamas to “accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid period and beyond,” and to “engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected ceasefire, based on the Egyptian initiative.”

U.N.: DOWNING OF MH17 MAY BE A WAR CRIME: The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may constitute a war crime. On Monday, Navi Pillay said of the MH17 crash, “This violation of international law, given the prevailing circumstances, may amount to a war crime,” though she also noticed the jetliner was likely shot down by mistake. Pillay called for a major investigation into the MH17 crash to determine the details surrounding how the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Meanwhile, a team of Dutch and Australian investigators were blocked from the crash site over the weekend due to violent clashes in the area. The crash site is believed to have been significantly compromised and potential evidence is thought to have been tampered with. Pillay’s announcement comes as her office releases a report that, as of Saturday, at least 1,129 people had been killed and 3,442 wounded during the outbreak of violence in Ukraine.

9/11 WORKERS CANCER CASES SKYROCKET: Some 2,518 ground zero workers and responders are now suffering from cancer, a massive jump from the 1,140 cases reported last year. Firefighters, cops, EMTs, sanitation workers, and volunteers from the World Trade Center site are all included in this tally. Many of the people suffering from ground zero-related diseases have filed claims with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Under the VCF agreement, a victim receives 10 percent of the awarded funds immediately and the rest two years later. For some patients suffering from short-term terminal illnesses, like a former New York Fire Department captain who developed lung cancer and was forced to retire in 2008 due to consistent wheezing, that’s an unacceptable delay. He received $1.5 million in compensation and said he “is grateful for it,” but added, “I just don’t understand why they’re making everyone wait two years. I’m hoping they rush more cases like mine, where we’re not expected to last long.”

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STUDY: FIST BUMPS ARE LESS GERMY THAN HANDSHAKES: A nice firm handshake has long been a mark of good manners and elevated social skills. It is also a very germy way to greet your fellow humans, much worse than a couple of more casual alternatives, a new study shows. “A short, sweet fist bump will transmit the least bacteria,” and even a high-five is better than a traditional shake, says David Whitworth, a senior lecturer in biochemistry at Aberystwyth University-Ceredigion in the United Kingdom.

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FREAK LIGHTNING STRIKE INJURES 13: A 20-year-old man was killed and 13 others were injured when a rare lightning storm struck Los Angeles’ popular Venice Beach on Sunday. “I just saw a big old flash of light right over my head then my hair was tingling, and then there was this huge crash of thunder,” said Giovanni Alonzo, a 14-year-old who was one of the 20,000 beachgoers present when the lightning bolt struck. Bill Patzert, a climatologist with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said a lightning strike in Southern California is relatively rare, about 1 in 7.5 million versus 1 in 600,000 in Florida. “This was a sneak attack that took everybody by surprise,” he said. “Coastal Southern California is virtually lightning-proof. Because it’s so unusual, people are not sensitized to the dangers.”

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SARAH PALIN TO LAUNCH HER OWN CHANNEL: The most infamous vice-presidential candidate in recent memory has announced she is launching her own subscription-based website channel. Sarah Palin announced Sunday in a video that she is starting the Sarah Palin Channel for the low price of $9.95 month, or the special deal of $99.95 a year. “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” she writes in a Facebook post about her new channel. “So let’s go rogue and launch our own member-supported channel.” Palin is producing the channel in partnership with Tapp, the online video company launched by Jeff Gaspin, former NBC Universal Television chairman, and Jon Klein, former CNN U.S. president. Palin says her channel will offer insights into her role as “mother, grandmother, wife, and neighbor,” as well as a running tracker of the national debt and days left in Obama’s presidency.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Lupita Nyong’o at restaurant Madiba in Brooklyn.   ***Oprah Winfrey with students from her South African Leadership Academy for Girls at Windy City restaurant The Local Chicago.   ***Opera star Renée Fleming seeing the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Late Night Cabaret hosted by Justin Long.   ***Meredith Vieira at Fresco by Scotto in NYC among diners Allen Grubman and John Catsimatidis.   ***Aviva Drescher watching her now-famous “leg-tossing scene” at a Sanctuary Hotel “Real Housewives” viewing bash.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS SIX GREATS: The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted one of the most outstanding classes in recent memory. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were all first-round ballot inductees. They are joined by legendary managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa, who have led teams to eight World Series titles. Though the 2014 class of inductees is being heralded as one of the best in recent memory, the Hall of Fame is looking to cut back the number of new members. On Saturday, the Hall of Fame’s board decided to cut a player’s eligibility timeframe to 10 years from 15.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Just four months after fully funding his Pono Music campaign via KickStarter, Neil Young has turned his attention to an even more worthwhile cause: saving the rainforest. He’s teamed up with Rainforest Connection to help them raise much-needed funds. “[This] is a technology that’s a connection between the rainforest and you,” says Young. “This technology enables the forest to talk to the world. When the forest is threatened, the forest can speak and you can hear it.”   ***After years of infamous fighting, the Beach Boys are still feisty on their current tour. The group is on the road but checked into separate hotels for a Monday gig in Madrid. A spy said the majority of the band was at the Gran Hotel Conde Duque, but frontman Mike Love — who owns the rights to the band’s name — stayed across town “to be closer to family members staying in the city.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of money to bend the political process to their ends. They are entitled to religious beliefs, including those that mean denying benefits to their workers. Up next, the right to bear arms? There is, however, one big difference between corporate persons and the likes of you and me: On current trends, we’re heading toward a world in which only the human people pay taxes.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Women can’t take their eyes – and hands – off Frankie Valli! Women are throwing themselves at aging sing Frankie Valli – as Clint Eastwood’s film “Jersey Boys” has put him back in the spotlight! Pals say the 80-year-old singer, who’s worth a reported $60 million, is constantly getting offers for hook-ups.

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Sunday • July 27, 2014

TALIBAN MAKING MILITARY GAINS IN AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency as the United States moves to complete its withdrawal of combat troops, according to Afghan officials and local elders. The Taliban have found success beyond their traditional strongholds in the rural south and are now dominating territory near crucial highways and cities that surround Kabul, the capital, in strategic provinces like Kapisa and Nangarhar.

VIOLENCE BLOCKS MH17 INVESTIGATION: A team of Dutch and Australian investigators have delayed their trip to the MH17 crash site in light of the fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces. 49 investigators were supposed to begin work on the site, but it was deemed too unsafe. “The team of forensic workers isn’t traveling to the crash site as the situation is too unstable in the area,” said Edmond Messchaert, a spokesman of the Dutch ministry of justice. Separatists have been tightly controlling the crash site and have tampered with evidence from the flight. Australian and Dutch authorities have been negotiating for days just to let investigators have access to the site. Ukrainian forces have led a renewed assault against the rebels, killing 20 in Horlivka, a town about 12 miles north of Donetsk. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, “Our objective is to get in, get cracking and to get out. This is a risky mission, no doubt about that.” 27 Australians and 193 Dutch citizens died in the MH17 crash.

MARK ZUCKERBERG NOW WORLD’S 16TH RICHEST: At the ripe old age of 30, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the world’s 16th richest person, surpassing Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (ranked 17th and 18th, respectively) and Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos (ranked 20th), according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. Facebook stock closed at a record high on Thursday and reported second-quarter sales of around $2.91 billion, exceeding analysts’ estimates and boosting Zuck’s net worth by an extra $1.6 billion.

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BOSE SUES BEATS HEADPHONES: It looks like the $3 billion Apple paid to acquire Beats a few months ago was just a starter price. Bose is suing Beats over multiple alleged patent infringement cases, mostly targeting Beats’ noise-canceling, over-the-ear headphones, which Bose believes infringed upon 36 separate patents. Bose is asking the court to find Beats guilty of willful patent infringement, to order payment of monetary damages, and to issue an injunction forbidding Beats from selling its current headphones in stores.

KINKY COWBOY KING ROY ROGERS LIKED ROUGH SEX: Book claims clean-cut King Cowboy Roy Rogers wore very kinky boots as he patronized hookers, had rough sex with deep throat star Linda Lovelace and bedded Marilyn Monroe! Singing cowboy Roy Rogers was the white-hat hero to millions of kids, but between the sheets, he was a bedroom bad guy – a rough rider with a craving for hookers and kinky antics! That’s the word according to the book about porn queen Linda Lovelace. The X-rated  beauty met the then-60-something star for a three-way tryst with a showgirl named April in Las Vegas. The experience taught Linda that Roy, a former fruit picker from Ohio formerly named Leonard Slye, “was not the heroic-looking singing cowboy” she saw in the movies and ‘The Roy Rogers Show’, writes author Darwin Porter. “(She) had revealed Rogers had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality,” the author writes.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they’re able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi’s snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them untouched since 2011, and sales went up 29 percent last quarter. The Denver-based Mexican food specialist “has done a great job cultivating a brand that commands pricing power,” especially among millennials, who are mainly people in their 20s, said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy. “They’ve developed a very loyal following.”

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FIRST LOOK AT GAL GADOT AS WONDER WOMAN: Wonder Woman is back and looking tougher than ever. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder unveiled the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman at Comic Con on Saturday, revealing a darker look for the Amazon super legend. Her bright red, white, and gold suit (a la Lynda Carter) is gone, making way for armor, leather, and her signature cufflinks, crown, and sword as she stands on what looks like the ruins of an old building. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman for the film and Ben Affleck will take on the role of Batman.

QUITE A MOUTHFUL: Doctors in India removed a record 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a marathon seven-hour operation. The boy was suffering from a rare condition called complex composite odontoma, which a doctor familiar with the case likened to a benign tumor. Previous cases of this condition are believed to have yielded a maximum of 37 teeth, so this case is likely one for the record books. The boy now has 28 teeth, much closer to the 32 of a healthy smile.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Jack White is hauling his baseball love out onto the field at Detroit’s Comerica Park next week. The Motor City-bred rocker announced over Twitter on Friday that he’ll be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday, July 29th when the Tigers host the Chicago White Sox.

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Mayo Clinic: First Aid Guide

“First aid information to help you during a medical emergency.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you. It’s time we were honest with ourselves about the horror of beach vacations.  I just came back from a family vacation at the beach. Will someone please explain the beach to me? What if you’d never seen or heard of a beach and someone suggested you spend your holiday at a place where there’s a large, hot, windy expanse of ground-up stones, the grit from which coat your hair and exposed flesh, get under all your clothes, and penetrate your every bodily orifice?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: When Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he did so in an unusual way for a Democrat: As the candidate of the rich. He raised more in large-dollar donations than any of his rivals and raked in more cash from Wall Street than John McCain. In November, he won the upper class’s votes: By 52 percent to 46 percent, according to exit polls, Americans making more than $200,000 cast their ballots for Obama. There were several reasons for this shift, some specific to 2008 (elite exhaustion with the Bush presidency, the power of Obamamania) and some reflecting deeper trends: The Republican Party’s post-1970s gains among white working-class voters; the Democratic Party’s post-1980s attempts to shed its anti-business reputation; the increasing cultural liberalism of the affluent; and the rise of the so-called “liberal rich.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: With the world going crazy, I tried running away from the news. It didn’t work.  I’ve been doing an eco-survey of Madagascar, the island nation off the east coast of Africa that contains the highest percentage of plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth — all of them now endangered to one degree or another. My tour guide is Russ Mittermeier, the president of Conservation International and one of the world’s leading primatologists. We saw something the other day that even Mittermeier, who’s been coming here for 30 years, hadn’t seen before. We were trekking through the Berenty Reserve, one of the last remaining slices of Madagascar’s southern spiny desert, an ecosystem characterized by tall, thin, cactus-like plants exclusive to Madagascar. This forest is home to Sifaka lemurs: white, fluffy primates, with very long hind limbs that enable them to bound from tree to tree like forest kangaroos. How these lemurs are able to leap from one sharply spiked vertical tree to another without impaling themselves is a mystery.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): “Think of having a hundred bosses. Think of reporting to a hundred people. It makes no sense. You could not do your job under those circumstances.” -9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas H. Kean. Congress’s confused oversight of the Department of Homeland Security has left our nation vulnerable to cyber threats, biohazards, and small planes and boats carrying unknown cargo. The 9/11 Commission recommended streamlining oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Instead, Congress made matter worse. In 2004, DHS answered to 88 Congressional committees and subcommittees. In the last Congress, that number has grown to 92 – along with 27 other caucuses, commissions and groups. It’s been 10 years since the 9/11 Commission urged Congress to act.

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Saturday • July 26, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In the course of a lifetime, the average man has had 6.1 sexual partners and the average women has 3.6 sexual partners.

THE TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD, NOW WORTH A THIRD LESS: Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.  The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

U.S. EMBASSY IN LIBYA EVACUATED: Personnel from the U.S. embassy in Libya were evacuated early Saturday with the help of military warplanes and spy aircraft, according to the Pentagon. “At the request of the Department of State, the U.S. military assisted in the relocation of personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya on Saturday, July 26,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. “All embassy personnel were relocated, including the Marine security guards who were providing security at the embassy and during the movement.” Tripoli has grown increasingly unstable in recent weeks as clashes between armed militias have taken over the streets and airport, killing many and wounding dozens.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Native Australians believed that the oceans are made from the urine of an angry god who tried to drown the world.

10,000 ANTI-ASSAD ACTIVISTS KILLED: Photographs of corpses at a Syrian hospital offer evidence of an industrial-scale campaign against President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents, U.S. investigators say. A hospital in Damascus, called Hospital 601, has processed more than 10,000 emaciated and disfigured bodies between 2011 and mid-2013, mostly of anti-Assad activists. A Syrian military forensic photographer, who defected to the West, turned over photos of the bodies to U.S. law enforcement agencies. American and European investigators concluded that the images were genuine and offered the best evidence to date of an industrial-scale campaign against Assad’s opponents. Though some U.S. officials want to use the photographs to build a war-crimes case against Assad, it is unclear if such a case will ever be brought.

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OBAMA ADVISER: HE’LL RISK IMPEACHMENT: A senior White House adviser said Friday that President Obama will take “very significant” executive action on immigration once summer ends—which may provoke impeachment proceedings. “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point,” said Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer. There’s a rising chorus of “impeach!” among Republicans running for office (and their booster, Sarah Palin). House Speaker John Boehner has said he disagrees with those who support the idea, but the GOP-controlled House is expected to pass a resolution next week to sue the president for executive overreach (on the Affordable Care Act). Meanwhile, Pfeiffer says, the border kids has increased “the urgency” the public feels in fixing it, giving the administration “broad permission” to take action.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are fewer people with Internet access in the entire continent of Africa than in New York City alone.

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ALL DINOS MAY HAVE HAD FEATHERS: Feathers were all the rage in the Jurassic Era. A newly discovered dinosaur fossil with long plumage tells scientists why the animals had such features at all. They believe the K. zabaikallicus had scales and feathers, using the latter as insulation and possibly for mating signals. Though feathered dinosaurs have been associated with modern birds, it wasn’t until later that feathers would aid in flight. Researchers now believe many more dinosaurs than previously thought had feathers, possibly all of them.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Julianne Moore, her husband Bart Freundlich, their daughter and daughter’s friend dining at the Hideaway in Montauk, chatting to another family with three boys dining nearby and borrowing their napkins.   *** Artist Domingo Zapata celebrating his display at the Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel with a crowd including Russell Simmons, model Natalia Borges and “Million Dollar Listing” star Luis Ortiz.   ***Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell at Hampton Chutney in Amagansett.   ***After President Obama was finished at this morning’s Hollywood high-roller breakfast in Brentwood, the Obamajam motorcade rolled down Fairfax Avenue and stopped outside Canters. The president went in with some media in tow and worked the room a little bit.   ***KNX radio news anchor Frank Mottek having dinner at the legendary Marino’s restaurant in Hollywood last week.

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BRYAN SINGER SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT DISMISSED: X-Men director Bryan Singer has been dismissed from a sex abuse lawsuit (first reported by The Daily Beast) brought against him by an anonymous British actor who claimed he was a teen at the time of the abuse. “We are pleased the case was dismissed,” the director’s lawyer Marty Singer said. Singer filed a motion to dismiss the case several weeks ago, saying it had no legal basis and was improperly brought. The lawsuit is one of several brought against Singer and others accused of underage sex abuse—another suit, in Hawaii, is still pending.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Entertainment industry reporter Joe Flint is going back to the Wall Street Journal to cover television based in the Los Angeles bureau. He announced it on Twitter a little after noon.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Peace of Mind Skin and Body Care Salon in Studio City will be hosting a free “Secrets of Super Success” speech by media expert and author Michael Levine on Sunday, August 17th from noon to 2pm. “This will be a free Question and Answer event with a free light brunch and mimosas to be served” said Wendei Smith, owner of Peace of Mind. To attend the event, R.S.V.P to: Wendei.Smith55@gmail.com

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Mick Jagger (1943) As lead singer of the British rock band the Rolling Stones, Jagger became one of rock music’s biggest icons in the 1960s. He was widely regarded as a countercultural figure, fronting a band of defiant troublemakers. Borrowing from earlier American blues artists, Jagger helped redefine rock music and create some of the genre’s greatest anthems, including “Satisfaction,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Saradon: I think Woody Allen really tore that family apart in a way that was horrible, and hasn’t really dealt with the aftermath. He’s always had a reputation for being with younger girls—I mean younger girls. And also, that young woman [Soon-Yi] was very vulnerable, and I think it was very hard for the siblings, and certainly for Mia. You just don’t go there. You don’t go there.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Marc Townsend: Many of us are shackled to beliefs and fears crippling our ability to experience maximum happiness in life.  For years my happiness was dependent on how others viewed me.  Then life took an unexpected turn down a road leading to a better happiness. Through my story I hope to inspire others to break free of their own shackles and fears. I’d like to announce the launch of my new site www.betterhappiness.com and invite you to join me on this journey to help change lives and lead others to that road of better happiness in their lives.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Most nights my bedroom is as cacophonous as a hen yard and baby, I like it that way!

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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Things have gone from bad to worse for “Eight Is Enough” star Susan Richardson. The down-on-her-luck actress still lives in a run-down trailer in a Pennsylvania campground and gets by on a paltry $2,000 monthly pension. But now she’s been hit by the devastating one-two punch of losing her mother and her dog at the same time. ***Hollywood screen legend Ryan O’neal is reeling from another family tragedy – the street-corner drug bust of his grandson Kevin Mcenroe. The 28-year-old son of “Paper Moon” star Tatum O’Neal and former tennis ace John McEnroe was handcuffed July 15 in Manhattan after investigators saw him copping drugs just blocks away from where his famous mom was collared buying crack in 2008.   ***Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 45th birthday in the Hamptons with A-list friends — including rumored boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy — and a cake in the shape of a lion which pictured her in her memorable green Versace gown straddling the beast. Naturally. Lopez rounded up friends including Leah Remini, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Andy Cohen, Tracy Anderson, Fat Joe, and French Montana and Khloé Kardashian to Nammos in Southampton for a dinner Thursday that turned into a festive, late-night dance party.   ***Fans may still be skeptical, but the original on-screen Batman thinks Ben Affleck is perfect for the role. “My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he’s a great talent,” Adam West told People on Thursday. “And I’d be very interested in seeing him in the role.”   ***Megan Fox is a believer. In Bigfoot, that is. “Bigfoot’s real,” the 28-year-old told People magazine. “And I have confidence in myself that if I were ever to be taken out on an expedition … I would be the one to find Bigfoot.” The actress, who’s currently at Comic-Con to promote “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” has never been one to hide her nerdy side. She says she feels comfortable at the massive convention.   ***Not only is Casey Kasem’s body missing, his wife has suffered another dramatic blow: She’s been dropped by her lawyers. Jean Kasem no longer has legal representation, reports TMZ. Haney & Young, who had been providing counsel for the beloved DJ’s widow, is asking the court to release them from their duties. The lawyers say Jean is a nightmare to work with — she never answers emails and will not talk on the phone. To add insult to injury, she’s run up a $500,000 bill.

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Friday • July 25, 2014

AL QAEDA TARGETING U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE FOR DIGITAL 9/11:

Al Qaeda, nation states, and criminals are preparing for major cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure that could be comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.

“We’re in a pre-9/11 moment, in some respects, with cyber,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security in the Justice Department.

Carlin also said during remarks at a security conference that China’s government dared the Obama administration to provide court-level evidence of Chinese military hacking against the United States.


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Friday • July 25, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Monkeys

1.     The origins of the word “monkey” are unclear. It could come from Moneke, the name of the son of Martin the Ape in a medieval animal story. It appears also to be related to manikin, from the Dutch manneken (“little man”).

2.     Monkeys make up two of the three groups of simian primates, Old World monkeys and New World monkeys. The other group is the apes.

3.     A monkey is any primate that is not a human, prosimian, or ape.

4.     Monkeys are most easily distinguished from apes by their tails. Apes have no tails.

5.     Apes and spider monkeys swing arm-to-arm in trees, but most monkeys don’t. Instead, they run across branches.

6.     Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate.

7.     Grinning or pulling the lip is a sign of aggression in monkeys, along with yawning, head bobbing, and jerking the head and shoulders forward.

8.     Monkeys express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other.

9.     A group of monkeys is called a “troop.”

10.  Monkeys live in trees, grasslands, mountains, forests, and on high plains.

11.  Monkeys are seriously threatened by habitat loss–especially those that live in tropical forests, a habitat that is quickly disappearing.

12.  The Pygmy Marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey. It measures 117-159 millimeters (four and a half to six inches) in length and weighs 85 to 140 grams (three to five ounces).

13.  The male Mandrill is the largest monkey. It is almost 1 meter (3.3 feet) long and weighs about 35 kilograms (77 pounds).

14.  It is common for monkeys to carry tuberculosis, hepatitis, and simian herpes B.

15.  Most monkeys eat both animals and plants. Some also eat dirt.

SHOCK POLL: ONE-THIRD SAY IMPEACH OBAMA: One third of Americans think President Barack Obama should be impeached, a new poll says. According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 65 percent who say they don’t support impeachment. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they support impeaching Obama, compared with just 35 percent of independent voters and 13 percent of Democrats.

KERRY PROPOSES WEEKLONG HALT TO FIGHTING IN GAZA STRIP: Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic, political and security concerns about Gaza, with other nations attending.

POPE TO VISIT USA: Pope Francis will visit the United States next year, the Catholic News Service reported today. It will be his first U.S. visit since becoming Pope in March 2013. Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia September 22-27, 2015, the news service said. Francis is considering invitations to visit other U.S. locations — including New York, the United Nations and Washington — a Vatican spokesman told the news service.

YET ANOTHER AIR TRAGEDY: An Air Algérie flight bound for Algeria from Burkina Faso was lost as it crossed over the Sahara in bad weather and is believed to have crashed. It was carrying 116 people whose fates are not yet known. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane less than an hour after takeoff. Prior to this, the crew had communicated that they would be changing course due to a sandstorm, leading to speculation that bad weather brought the plane down. A multinational search effort is underway to locate the missing plane and rescue any survivors.

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UNIQUELY, LBN: Cooper W., an LBN E-Lert reader from Lexington, Kentucky.


MONOPOLY: Though initially rejected by the toy firm Parker Brothers, Monopoly has become one of the world’s most popular board games. Players move around the game board buying properties and developing them with houses and hotels. Their opponents then pay rent when they land on these spaces. Players can also pick up “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards, with outcomes ranging from being sent to jail to winning second prize in a beauty contest.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Columnist and author Paul Krugman along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: A fish can drown in water. Like humans, fish need oxygen, so if there isn’t enough oxygen in the water, they will suffocate.

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LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Thursday • July 24, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Catholicism

1.     Catholicism has been a moving force in the development of Western culture. It continues to be influential in religious issues, social institutions, art, education, medicine, science, music, philosophy, literature, and politics.

2.     The Catholic Church’s Vatican has diplomatic relations with almost every country in the world.

3.     Pope John Paul II traveled to more than 129 different countries, logging more than 750,000 frequent flyer miles, which is about three times the distance to the moon.

4.     Between John Paul II’s election to the papacy in 1978 and his death in 2004, more than 17 million people attended his weekly audiences in Rome.

5.     The word “Catholic” was first used by Ignatius of Antioch around the year A.D. 110. It is from the Greek word katholikos, which means “toward the whole.” Ignatius was suggesting that the Church is a gift offered by Christ to all people.

6.     The Catholic Church is the largest single denomination in Christianity.

7.     The “Devil’s Advocate” or Advocate Diaboli, is a real position within the Catholic Church.

8.     The Roman Catholic Church executed William Tyndale in 1536 for translating the Bible into English. He was not just executed: he was tried for heresy, choked, impaled, and burned on the stake. Roughly 83% of the New Testament in the King James Bible is Tyndale’s translation. Additionally, roughly 76% of the Old Testament is his translation.

9.     The crime rate in Vatican City is 133.6%, which means there are more annual offenses than there are people in the Vatican (about 500 people). Most of the crimes, though, are committed by visiting tourists.

10.  The oldest institution in the Western world is the Catholic Church. It traces its history back almost 2,000 years.

THE LINCOLN CENT: When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of US coins. No regularly circulating US coin had ever featured a portrait of a real person before, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth was strong enough to outweigh tradition.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The number of reported cases of bulimia in females ages 10-39 tripled between 1988 and 1993.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Singer Kid Rock along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: India is just one of the 26 foreign countries with daily LBN E-Lert readers.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Rising comedian Joey Garza performing last night to a packed house at The Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine being interviewed by Geraldo Rivera for a Fox New special report on the anniversary of the death of Anna Nicole Smith at the Bel Air Hotel in Bel Air.   ***Plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at Greenblatt’s Deli in West Hollywood.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The BBC banned a Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) first-season episode titled “Conspiracy” because of the graphic phaser death of Star Fleet Inspector Dexter Remmick, who was a host to a disgusting “mother creature.” The BBC also did not air a 1990 TNG episode titled “High Ground” due to Data’s passing remark that Ireland would be reunified as a result of successful terrorist activities in 2024. BBC Two finally aired the episode in 2007.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Winners of the Best of Los Angeles Award 2014 will gather for a winners lunch next Tuesday at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.

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LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Wednesday • July 23, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November.  Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) think the country is less divided now, while 21% rate the level of division as about the same.

KERRY FLIES TO ISRAEL FOR TALKS: John Kerry isn’t afraid of the FAA. Just a day after the top U.S. airline regulator banned flights to Tel Aviv, Kerry flew in to try to wheel and deal an end to the violence in Gaza. Kerry flew from Cairo and went to Jerusalem to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He will then travel to Ramallah in the West Bank to talk with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. After that, Kerry is scheduled to head back to Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry has backed an Egypt-proposed ceasefire to stop the violence so negotiations can take place. That truce was already accepted by the Israelis, but Hamas rejected it. Recently, both President Obama and John Kerry have raised concerns about the growing number of Palestinian civilian deaths, most notably the number of children.

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HAMAS GAMBLED ON WAR AS ITS WOES GREW IN GAZA: When war between Israel and Hamas broke out two weeks ago, the Palestinian militant group was so hamstrung, politically, economically and diplomatically, that its leaders appeared to feel they had nothing to lose. Hamas took what some here call “option zero,” gambling that it could shift the balance with its trump cards: its arms and militants.

OBAMA: CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED WILDFIRE: Just in case the House wasn’t in enough of a tizzy over his last request for emergency funds, in a speech at a fundraiser on Tuesday, President Obama pointed to climate change as a reason for rampant wildfires. “A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns, and a lot of that has to do with climate change,” the president said. The president has asked for $615 million in emergency funds to fight wildfires out West, notably in Washington state, where nearly 400 square miles have been burned.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Author Jim Collins along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


EX-REEBOK BOSS WINS GEORGIA GOP PRIMARY: Former Reebok and Dollar General CEO David Perdue is officially the GOP nominee for Senate after winning a runoff against 11-term Georgia Representative Jack Kingston on Tuesday. Perdue, who spent $3 million of his own money, will face Michelle Nunn in November. While it was a Tea Party versus Establishment race, it did get heated as Perdue was opposed by multiple super PACs, including that of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

STUBHUB ACCOUNTS HACKED: Arrests are expected to be announced Wednesday after cyberthieves hacked into more than 1,000 accounts on online ticket retailer StubHub and fraudulently bought tickets. According to police officials, the case crossed international borders, and a joint announcement Wednesday will include officials from the U.S., U.K., and Canada. According to StubHub, the hackers didn’t get through the company’s security, but instead got the information from other retailers’ websites or from malware on customers’ computers. The company caught the transactions last year, gave refunds, and contacted the government. StubHub is owned by eBay, which also had its own hacking incident recently.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources say, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings. Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.

CASEY ANTHONY WORKING AS HER LAWYER’S MAID: Casey Anthony is working as a live-in housekeeper for one of the lawyers who helped get her acquitted of killing her daughter, sources say. The shocking revelation comes as she faces more legal trouble after being sued by the law firm that negotiated a failed book deal about her life. America’s most hated mother remains a virtual recluse inside a mansion owned by one of her attorneys, J. Cheney Mason.

RAGING ALCOHOLICS: HOLLYWOOD WORST BOOZERS: Today’s party animals are lightweights compared to some of the rowdy, drunken stars of Hollywood’s golden era. The raucous tell-all book Hellraisers by Robert Sellers spotlights such legendary Hollywood boozers as Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, Oliver Reed and Humphrey Bogart. The book reveals that O’Toole’s drinking almost sent him to his grave before his 43rd birthday. He drank to excess on location and was often considered too great a risk on an expensive picture. “Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it,” O’Toole said.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Adele’s infant son Angelo Adkins has been awarded a five-figure damage settlement from photo agency Corbis Images UK after paparazzi took photos of the child’s “milestone moments.” Adele’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, stated on Wednesday that her Grammy-winning client accepts life in the public eye but won’t let Angelo become “public property,” The Associated Press reports.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer’s disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club’s daily operations.  Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL’s most well-known owners and guided the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances during his 30 years at the helm.

LEBRON SENDS CUPCAKES TO NEIGHBORS: When LeBron decided to announce his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, fans and journalists arrived en masse to his house in Bath Township. Unsurprisingly, the hordes of people caused a disturbance in the neighborhood. So Lebron and his family sent cupcakes and a note to neighbors to apologize. “We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos,” it reads. “We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.” The family sent cupcakes from their foundation. The two flavors were “Just a Kid From Akron Cherry Cola Cupcake” and “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk Cupcake.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Eleanor Clift: The co-authors of the bestselling 9/11 Commission report are once again sounding the alarm about the nation’s readiness, warning of “counter terrorism fatigue and a waning sense of urgency” in combating a growing terrorist threat. While the core of al Qaeda has been significantly degraded, its affiliates are now in 16 countries, and the Commission’s reflections a decade after its original report is titled, “Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States.” While the updated Commission report isn’t as direct as President Bush’s August 2001 classified briefing, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in U.S.,” the cumulative effect of its findings, and the vulnerabilities it documents, should serve as much-needed wake-up calls for Congress and the White House.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Before my first visit to France, around 45 years ago, I was told that you couldn’t find bad food there if you tried. I was of limited experience, so even a hot dog jammed into a baguette bore witness to that “fact.”  Nevertheless, a few visits later, it seemed justifiable to buy into the program: France had countless regions, each producing superior products that were handled well and (with notable exceptions) served at reasonable prices. I wish we could go back — we’d need a time machine, of course — and verify that experience.

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND: ***AT&T has been going for more than a century, and that’s also how long it takes them to resolve any tech issue…   ***I like my cheese sharp and my editors dumb.   ***Not sure what either side in a war accomplishes by blowing up a passenger jet.   ***People who know when to shut the hell up are my favorite.   ***Air conditioning is the greatest invention ever.   ***The women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it…   ***I don’t get how Radio Shack stays in business selling chords.   ***Don’t eat crap, you’ll lose weight.   ***I’d care more about goldfish if they contained actual gold. (What do YOU think of the ramblin’ mind of Ray Richmond? E-mail him your comments: LBNElert@TimeWire.net )

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette nearly needed a crime scene investigation of her own after being hospitalized from hair dye trauma. Fan fave Pauley, 45,  who plays gothic forensic sci-gal Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS show Tweeted she  dyed her hair black and suddenly had a ER-reaction. “Did my head look a bit puffy on the red carpet last night? Turns out I was having a dangerous allergic reaction to hair dye,” Perrette twetted her 500k social netweork fan base, posting a pic of her seemingly disfigured, swollen face taken in her hospital gown.

LBN-ETC: We are now casting a TV HOST OR INTERIOR DESIGN EXPERT to represent celebrity lifestyle brand on major shopping channel. You MUST be based in either New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, or Washington DC. We are ALSO very interested in design publication editors, contributors, and correspondents, as well as experienced spokespeople or product endorsers. A major celebrity lifestyle brand is searching for a smart, charismatic, passionate, and enthusiastic lifestyle expert or experienced TV Host with a strong interest and knowledge in lifestyle and home décor to represent them on a major shopping channel. Ideal Host/Expert is between the ages of 28 to 50 years old with an out-of-the-box, cool vibe.  Host must be warm and likable with top-notch improve skills, and must be very comfortable on live TV with no script. You must be relatable yet authoritative and a quick thinker.  Host should be entertaining, enthusiastic, and savvy with a natural curiosity. Candidates should also be active in and comfortable with all social media platforms. This is a freelance position that requires frequent travel to the Philadelphia area; so you should be located within a 2 hour commute to West Chester, PA. This is a paid position. Deadline to submit:  August 1st, 2014. TO SUBMIT: E-mail information requested below to: lifestylehostcasting@gmail.com

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Tuesday • July 22, 2014

LBN INVESTIGATES: CONSPIRACY

1. 45% of American Adults reject as false the theory that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by more than one shooter. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe more than one shooter was involved in the 1963 assassination in Dallas, and another 23% are undecided. 36% of adults said Kennedy was the victim of a lone gunman, but just as many (37%) said he was the victim of a larger conspiracy.

2. One-in-four adults (24%) are convinced that the U.S. government knew in advance about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and did nothing to stop them, and 19% more are not sure. Only 57% say that conspiracy theory is false.

3. Just as many (23%) say the theory that Obama is not an American citizen is true, with another 17% who aren’t sure. Sixty percent (60%) reject that theory as false.

4. Interestingly, however, more Americans (82%) are willing to declare as false the theory that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in 1966 and replaced by the Beatles than are willing to reject any of the other conspiracy theories we asked about.

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: GIVE US PEACE PRIZE: Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said his country’s army should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for how it has fought in Gaza. “The truth is that the Israeli Defense Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.” Dermer was speaking at the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington, D.C. Tuesday when he criticized the Hamas tactic of using its people as human shields. “I especially will not tolerate criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live,” he said. On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the hopes of brokering a ceasefire. The death toll has risen to more than 600 Palestinians killed and 29 Israelis dead.

TRAIN WITH MH17 BODIES ARRIVES AT LAST: The train loaded with remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine arrived in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv, where authorities have set up an investigation hub. The arrival comes after days of negotiating with separatists for access to the bodies. A spokesperson for the committee on the crash said they would “do our best” to return the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday.

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT DEALS BLOW TO HEALTH LAW: A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies. If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.

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WHY SEVEN HOURS OF SLEEP MIGHT BE BETTER THAN EIGHT: How much sleep do you really need? Experts generally recommend seven to nine hours a night for healthy adults. Sleep scientists say new guidelines are needed to take into account an abundance of recent research in the field and to reflect that Americans are on average sleeping less than they did in the past.  Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep—not eight, as was long believed—when it comes to certain cognitive and health markers, although many doctors question that conclusion.

The Way We Sleep

  • People say they need an average of 7 hours, 13 minutes of sleep to function at their best. They sleep 6 hours, 31 minutes on an average weekday, and 7 hours, 22 minutes on weekends.
  • 69% of Americans get less sleep on weekdays than they say they need.
  • Sleeping with a partner is preferred by 60% of adults. About 1 in 5 people sleep with a pet.
  • Pajamas are worn by 73% of people and 12% sleep with nothing on.
  • A third of adults sleep with one pillow, 41% use two and 14% keep four or more pillows.

Other recent research has shown that skimping on a full night’s sleep, even by 20 minutes, impairs performance and memory the next day. And getting too much sleep—not just too little.

DELTA CANCELS: A Delta flight headed from New York to Tel Aviv was diverted to Paris on Tuesday after the airline said a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport, the Associated Press reported. All Delta flights to Israel are canceled until further notice.

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APPLE ORDERS 70-80 MILLION NEW IPHONES: The iFrenzy is almost upon us. Apple has reportedly filed its largest-ever order of new iPhones, between 70 to 80 million units. Production is rumored to start in August for two models, a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch screen. For last year’s 5S and 5C release, Apple ordered between 50 and 60 million units, and struggled with shortages and long waiting lists. The upcoming phone, expected to be called the iPhone 6, could have a rounder body, tougher screen, better camera, and built-in barometer.

57% OF AMERICANS: ISRAEL IS RIGHT: The majority of Americans believe Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza is justified, although more than a third say the nation has used excessive force. According to a weekend-long poll by CNN, 57 percent of Americans favor Israel’s side, but fewer believe it’s using the right amount of force, and a small amount—12 percent—think it’s using too little. A rising number have an unfavorable opinion of Israel, but only 20 percent positively view the Palestinian Authority.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Iran controls 50% of the Caspian Sea caviar market. The eggs of the Caspian beluga sturgeon can fetch up to $160 per ounce. The beluga sturgeon was swimming in lakes at the time of the dinosaurs – but the sturgeon, which can live to be 100 years old, are rapidly disappearing. Environmentalists argue that a full ban on caviar would help the ancient creature.

THE LATE, GREAT JAMES GARNER HUSH-HUSH SECRETS: “The Rockford Files” “Maverick” star, the legendary James Garner admitted he was a lifelong pot smoker, did cocaine with John Belushi and slammed pal Steve McQueen as nothing more than an “insecure poseur” in his juicy-tell-all. In his no-holds-barred memoirs The Garner Files, Garner, 83, dropped bombshells galore. Garner, in the book, admitted that he has smoked pot for most of his adult life. He dabbled doing some white line fever, snorting cocaine with SNL great John Belushi who died from a drug overdose. Garner refers to himself in the book as a “bleeding-heart liberal” who felt that Adlai Stevenson the most intelligent man to have ever run for president, with Barack Obama taking the number two slot. Big Jim doesn’t have kind words to say about his fellow actors either –saying his “Great Escape” costar and pal Steve McQueen was an “insecure poseur and not a very good actor”.  He also branded Charles Bronson “bitter and belligerent”. Garner also admitted he became an actor by sheer accident.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jerry Seinfeld sitting on a bench outside Jack’s Coffee in Amagansett.   ***Lupita Nyong’o and film directors Judd Apatow and Michael Winterbottom in the audience at “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” over the weekend, as the show celebrated recouping its initial Broadway investment.   ***ESPN’s Jamie Horowitz, who is set to become the new SVP and GM at “Today,” having lunch with Carson Daly at a back corner table at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rock Center on Monday, after Daly filled in for Matt Lauer.

CA CRACKS DOWN ON FOOTBALL PRACTICE: Put away those helmets for the summer. California just banned full-contact football practice for teenagers during the off-season. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits middle- and high-school teams from holding full-contact off-season practice and limits them to two full-contact practices per week during preseason and regular season. The restrictions come as nationwide concerns mount over brain injuries to players in the rough-and-tumble sport.

‘FARGO’ GETS SECOND SEASON: After 18 Emmy nominations, Fargo is coming back to the little screen. On Monday, FX ordered a second season of the hit miniseries, which will follow new characters and actors in a different time period airing, at the earliest, in fall 2015. “We could not be more proud of Fargo,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks & FX Productions.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which, each year, honors the career of one musician and their dedication to “promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.”   ***At the ripe old age of 67, Ronnie Wood and his Rolling Stones bandmates don’t pick up groupies anymore — they pick up board games and TV shows. Wood and wife Sally, 36, shared that despite the band’s public history of groupies, sex and drugs, things have changed dramatically since the swingin’ ‘60s.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: John Dillinger Killed by the FBI (1934) During a nine-year stint in Indiana state prisons for a 1924 holdup, Dillinger learned the craft of bank robbery from his fellow inmates. After being paroled in 1933, he went on to commit five bank robberies in four months. Captured by police yet again, Dillinger escaped jail twice and was named “public enemy number one” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His run came to an end when FBI agents shot him to death outside a Chicago theater.

MELISSA MCCARTHY ‘TRACTOR SIZED’ FEARS: She’s as fat as she wants to be! Emmy-winning “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy – who got her big break in the hit comedy “Bridesmaids” – says she’s happy with her plus-size figure, and won’t slim down any time soon. The 43-year-old actress was a perky size four to size six as a high school cheerleader, but now weighs in at a hefty 255 pounds.  “Who’s going to laugh at me running down the middle of the road waving my hands if I look like my girl Sandra Bullock?”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Brooke Shields is dishing details from an upcoming as-yet-untitled book about her relationship with her controversial late mother Teri, who was perhaps the world’s most famous “momager.” “The reason I wanted to write the book is not to say: ‘You didn’t understand: She was the best mother in the world,’” Shields reveals in Social Life magazine. “I’m not holding her up on a pedestal, nor am I painting her as a villain or a victim.” Teri courted controversy beginning when Shields was cast at 12 as a prostitute in the 1978 film “Pretty Baby,” and a series of sexual Calvin Klein jeans ads at 14 that catapulted Shields’ career.    ***Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Oscar de la Renta (1932) A Dominican-born American fashion designer, de la Renta has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1960s. His designs encompass everything from bathing suits to wedding dresses, furs, perfumes, and linens, and he is known for his luxurious ready-to-wear fashions. After studies in Santo Domingo and Madrid, he began his career as staff designer for leading couturier Cristobal Balenciaga.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Ralph Nader has written a new book, entitled “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” If you spend any time looking into the current state of affairs with the Dodd-Frank Act — Monday was the fourth anniversary of the law enacted to ensure that the country never suffers through another financial crisis like the one in 2008 — you’d have to say that he has a point.  There are many aspects of the law on which Democrats and Republicans disagree. But there is one area in which the two sides are largely in agreement: “Too Big to Fail” is still with us.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight. Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of Bloomington was charged July 10 with a misdemeanor count of illegal alcohol consumption. Details about the case weren’t immediately available.

LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Monday • July 21, 2014

OBAMA SPEAKS: Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine need to allow international teams to conduct a full and open investigation of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, President Obama said Monday. “All of this raises the question of what exactly are they trying to hide?” Obama said.

LBN-SEE IT: Other than Barack Obama, no one in the White House is more polarizing than Biden. A proud man, he seems determined to keep himself “in the deal,” by helping his President and burnishing his legacy.


LBN-THINK AGAIN:….


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The most important holiday in China is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. The Chinese traditionally believe that every person turns one year older on the New Year and, thus, that day is considered to be everyone’s birthday.

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WHO READS THE LBN E-Lert? California Governor Jerry Brown along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-THINK AGAIN: On the timescale of evolutionary history, paleo enthusiasts note, agriculture is a fad.


MISHANDLING OF DEADLY GERMS NOT ONE-TIME ERROR: The recent anthrax scare at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was not the first instance in which deadly germs were mishandled by the agency. In fact, there have been five such incidents in the last decade, with two occurring this year alone. This past May, a sample of the avian flu virus was cross-contaminated with a highly pathogenic version of the virus and then sent to another lab. And the CDC is not the only US agency guilty of these sorts of slip-ups. US officials recently revealed that long-forgotten samples of the live smallpox virus were found in a cardboard box in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory.

GOOGLE SEEN BEST POSITIONED FOR TRANSITION TO MOBILE SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: According to prominent media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine, Google is the best position of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile and increased local advertising. “The Internet giant last week posted its 18th straight quarter of 20%-plus revenue growth. Google earns most of its revenue from advertising” said Levine.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Your Brain Works

“Every animal you can think of — mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians — all have brains. But the human brain is unique. It gives us the power to think, plan, speak, imagine. Find out all about this amazing organ.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Ernest Hemingway (1899) Hemingway worked as a journalist before becoming one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. His fiction usually focuses on people living essential, dangerous lives—soldiers, fishermen, athletes, bullfighters—who meet the pain and difficulty of their existence with stoic courage. His celebrated literary style, influenced by Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, is direct and terse, yet particularly suited to his elemental subject matter.

MY REVIEW: “If you want to read fluff bulls–t, don’t read LBN. This newsletter is only for people with the balls for the truth, straight-up.”—–Lowell K., an LBN E-Lert reader from Waco, Texas.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Sue Wong (Fashion designer): You are the sum total of your actions, not your words only. Actions speak ten thousand words.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: With just the slightest drop of booze, my ebullient spirit is always on tap on the slightest provocation, and, as I will be proud to demonstrate, I could weary a puppy with play.

WHO READS THE LBN E-Lert? Technology Retail Expert Chris Quilisch with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Sunday • July 20, 2014

UKRAINE: RUSSIA HAD DIRECT ROLE IN MH17: Ukraine believes it has proof that Russia supplied separatist rebels with the surface-to-air missile system that brought down MH17, according to statements made Saturday. The head of counterintelligence for the Ukrainian State Security Service, Vitaly Nayda, accused Russia of covering up its direct role in the tragedy by blocking recovery workers from the site, removing evidence, and driving the missile launchers back to Russia. Nayda produced photographs that he says show the launchers being driven back into Russia hours after the crash. “We have proof that the terrorist attack was planned and carried out with the involvement of representatives of the Russian Federation,” Nayda said. “We know that Russia is trying to hide its terrorist activity and their direct involvement.” Russia meanwhile has issued calls for an international inquiry and says it has appealed “to both sides of the Ukrainian conflict, urging them to do everything possible to enable access for international experts to the airplane crash area in order to take action necessary for the investigation.”

DEATH IN GAZA: Thirteen Israeli troops were killed overnight in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said today. It was Israel’s biggest death toll in the current fighting, bringing the total killed to 18 soldiers and two civilians. The IDF did not immediately give details. Hamas said it lured Israeli tanks into a Gaza field in which it had hidden improvised explosive devices, and “destroyed the force completely.” Among Palestinians, the death toll has soared past 400.

SEPARATISTS SAID TO HAVE SEIZED CONTROL OF CRASH VICTIMS’ REMAINS: Pro-Russian separatist militiamen have seized custody of the bodies of about 200 victims of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that was blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday, and rebels continued to limit access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine, blocking the work of experts even as hundreds of untrained local volunteers were picking through the wreckage with sticks. Ukrainian emergency responders, working under the watchful eyes of armed rebels, had recovered 196 bodies from the area where Flight 17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 passengers and crew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed and burned on Thursday afternoon.

22 PEOPLE SHOT IN 12 HOURS IN CHICAGO: A 10-year-old girl may be brain dead after a stray bullet fired into her home and hit her in the head around 9:35 p.m. on Friday. A 12-year-old was shot in the same neighborhood when she, a 33-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man were approached by someone they didn’t know who fired at them. In total, 22 people were shot in Chicago between about 3:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. It’s been a bloody month for the city—over the long Fourth of July weekend alone, another 82 gunshot victims were reported.

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FEINSTEIN: U.S.-RUSSIA AT COLD WAR LEVEL: The head of the Senate Intelligence committee said she believes the U.S.-Russian relations are now at “Cold War levels.” On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirmed to CNN’s Candy Crawley that tensions between the two nations were at a new low for the post-Soviet era. She slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he should be taking more responsibility for last week’s downing of the Malaysian Airlines jetliner. “I would say, Putin, you have to man up,” Feinstein said. “You should say if this was a mistake, which I hope it was, own up. Even if it was, it was a horrendous mistake.”

KERRY MAKES HOT MIC REMARKS ON ISRAEL: Secretary of State John Kerry was caught in a hot mic moment on one the most controversial foreign affairs issues, and Fox News host Chris Wallace had no problem confronting him about it. On air, Wallace showed a clip of Kerry, forgetting he was being filmed, speaking on a cellphone to an adviser. He said of Israel’s operations in Gaza, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.” He repeats “Hell of a pinpoint operation,” which appears to be a sarcastic reference to Israel’s claim that the incursion would be limited. He also is caught saying “We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight” and that it’s “crazy” to be “sitting around.” When pressed by Wallace about the clip, Kerry said “I reacted, obviously, in a way that anybody does in respect to young children and civilians.” Kerry is appearing on all five major Sunday news shows.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


GERMANY HONORS OFFICERS WHO TRIED TO KILL HITLER: Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot – portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie “Valkyrie” – helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity. In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a “significant day in German history” for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A study from three states suggests that counties with higher precipitation levels have higher autism rates. Higher precipitation rates might carry more pollutants, decreased vitamin D levels, and increased television watching that could trigger autism.

TV STAR JAMES GARNER DEAD AT 86: Television favorite James Garner was found dead Saturday night at the age of 86 in his Los Angeles home. Born James Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, he first rose to fame in the 1950’s with his early television classic, Maverick. He managed to score another seminal television hit decades later with The Rockford Files, which ran from 1974 to 1980. He appeared in a number of movies, as well, though Millennials may know him best for his tearjerking performance in The Notebook. Overall, Garner’s career spanned over five decades and earned him two Emmys and 15 nominations, as well as an Academy award nomination.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The former Sexiest Man Alive is no longer single. Adam Levine married Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo Saturday night in Los Cabos, Mexico. Levine, 35, has earned a reputation as one of Hollywood’s notorious lotharios, and Prinsloo is not even the first Victoria’s Secret model that Levine has courted. He dated model Anne Vyalitsyna for two years and infamously bragged on The Howard Stern Show in 2011 that they relied on the pull-out method, which, in his words, is “a fool-proof birth-control system.” He also recently dismissed rumors that he actually did something chivalrous. He denied claims that he apologized to his ex-girlfriends for some of his less than kind treatment because “It’s so selfish and arrogant to call. ‘Sorry, it didn’t work out between us because you weren’t good enough for me.’” Have fun with this one, Prinsloo.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson’s youngest daughter in “The Patriot,” died Saturday at her home in Houston, her mother said. She was 21. While investigators have not determined a cause of death, Bartusiak has been suffering from epileptic seizures in recent days, according to her mother.

MY REVIEW: “LBN brings my mind the stir and whirl of news and powerful information.” – Clay T., and LBN E-Lert reader from Madrid, Spain.


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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Apple Inc. (AAPL) has talked with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about a public-relations job, a friend of his said.

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U.S. HIV DIAGNOSES DOWN BY ONE-THIRD: A new government study released on Saturday found that over the past decade, the rate of HIV diagnoses in the United States declined by one-third.  16 out of every 100,000 people age 13 and older were newly diagnosed in 2011, a marked drop from the 24 out of every 100,000 who were diagnosed in 2002. The exact reason for the drop has yet to be determined—it could mean that either` there are actually fewer new infections, or that most of the infected have already been diagnosed. The drop was seen in a variety of demographics and age groups. The only group that saw an increase in diagnoses was young gay and bisexual men.

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“Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and culture at Wired.com.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Lenny’s Deli’s owner Lenny Rosenberg having dinner at Louise’s Trattoria in Brentwood.    ***Veteran record executive Jerry Greenburg having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Despite a blistering opening by ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ managed to rule cineplexes on a slow weekend at theaters. ‘Dawn’ retained the top spot for the second consecutive weekend, collecting $36 million, according to studio estimates from box office firm Rentrak.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Media expert and author Michael Levine along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Carlos Santana (1947) Santana is a Mexican-American Grammy Award-winning guitarist. He became famous in the 1960s with his eponymous band, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin music. The band’s sound features his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments—like timbales and congas—not generally heard in rock music. Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: We lost the drug war. Let’s surrender gracefully (and grab legalization tax revenue that, at my age, won’t be coming out of my pocket unless the head shops start selling Cialis bongs).

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur C. Brooks: Abd Al-Rahman III was an emir and caliph of Córdoba in 10th-century Spain. He was an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury. Here’s how he assessed his life: “I have now reigned above 50 years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity.” Fame, riches and pleasure beyond imagination. Sound great? He went on to write: “I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dan Gordon: How can Israel’s operation against Hamas be justified with over 300 Palestinians killed, vs. only three Israelis? Hamas launched almost 2000    rocket attacks against Israel. I was behind this couple as we took cover from one attack. The man recited aloud the 121st Psalm, ” I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord.” At that moment Israel’s Iron Dome defense system blew the rockets out of the sky. That’s why so few Israelis have been killed. Unfortunately Iron Dome doesn’t work against terrorist infiltration tunnels, necessitating a ground incursion.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: When I was about 9 years old, I graduated to a Little League whose diamonds were a few miles from our house, in a neighborhood that got rougher after dark. After one practice finished early, I ended up as the last kid left with the coach, waiting in the gloaming while he grumbled, looked at his watch and finally left me — to wait or walk home, I’m not sure which. I started walking. Halfway there, along a busy road, my father picked me up. He called my coach, as furious as you would expect a protective parent to be; the coach, who probably grew up having fistfights in that neighborhood, gave as good as he got; I finished the season in a different league. Here are two things that didn’t happen. My (lawyer) father did not call the police and have the coach arrested for reckless endangerment of a minor. And nobody who saw me picking my way home alone thought to call the police on my parents, or to charge them with neglect for letting their child slip free of perfect safety for an hour.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): I remain fascinated by the power of images. When Clark Gable was filmed sans undershirt in It Happened One Night (1934), wives all over the country stopped buying their spouses the undergarment, causing a depression in undershirts in the 1930s.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up. As Hillary stumbles and President Obama slumps, Bill Clinton keeps getting more popular. The women, the cheesy behavior, the fund-raising excesses, the self-pity, the adolescent narcissism, the impeachment, the charges of racially tinged insults against Obama in 2008, the foundation dishabille — all that percussive drama has faded to a mellow saxophone riff for many Americans.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Last year, I interviewed Brian Chesky, one of the co-founders of Airbnb.com, about the emerging sharing economy, led by companies like the on-demand taxi app Uber and Airbnb, which provides a platform for people to rent their spare rooms, homes, castles and yurts to strangers with the same ease you can book a room at Marriott. We just got together again, and Chesky laid out the growth spurt his company has experienced in the last 12 months — a spurt so fast that it’s telling you this new sharing economy is the real deal and will increasingly be a source of income for more and more people.  Chesky offered this sample of Airbnb’s latest metrics: “We have over 3,000 castles, 2,000 treehouses, 900 islands and 400 lighthouses available to book on the site. On a recent night, over 100 people were staying in yurts.”

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Tarzan, although cognizant of his mighty powers, realized also his limitations. My words have no limitations and are all-powerful.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Beyoncé and Jay-Z have more than 99 problems and only “divine intervention” can save the troubled marriage, a source close to the powerful couple has told The Post. While Jay-Z seemingly is the one most at fault, he’s also the one doing all in his power to keep the couple together, even hiring marriage counselors who are believed to be traveling with the super duo on their tour, the source said.   ***Woody Allen is still the toast of the town despite his very public family drama. The director brought out an A-list crowd for the New York premiere of “Magic in the Moonlight” Thursday, but he barely made it past the door of his party because it was too crowded. Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn entered the elegant Dolce & Gabbana-sponsored bash at Harlow and made it halfway down the rose-decked hallway, a nod to the film’s South of France location, before turning around and abruptly leaving. “It was too crowded,” a witness explained. An insider tells us, “Woody is claustrophobic.”   ***She started her career in 1980 at age 14 with racy Calvin Klein jeans ads, and Brooke Shields is getting pulses racing again at 49. The actress, model and mother of two has posed for Social Life magazine in a sexy spread, including one image in “nothing but a strategically placed bedsheet,” a source said. Another shot shows Shields lounging in a dress with a slit long enough to make Angelina Jolie blush.

LBN-ETC: If social media is a way to converse with your audience, then your strategy is only as good as the way it engages your audience. Carefully planned, creative, great content that misses the mark with a particular audience segment really isn’t great at all. Listening has to come before content creation. Our award-winning P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) is now focusing special effort on assisting clients with their social media profiles. Can we discuss how we can radically improve your (or your clients) social media reach? E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

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Saturday • July 19, 2014

REBELS DESTROYING EVIDENCE AT MH17 SITE: Pro-Russian separatists have mobbed the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine and are removing and destroying evidence that would be critical to any investigation. One rebel commander said his troops salvaged the Boeing 777’s black boxes (while another said they didn’t have them). Rebels can be seen picking through the rubble in photos. A rebel unit blocked a team from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from entering the site, even firing a warning shot at them. Worst of all, eyewitnesses said rebels stole 36 bodies from the crash site and were taking them to Donetsk.

NEGOTIATORS AGREE TO EXTEND IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS FOUR MORE MONTHS, DIPLOMATS SAY: Iran, the United States and the five other countries negotiating the future of the Iranian nuclear program have agreed to a four-month extension of the talks, giving them more time to try to bridge major differences over whether Tehran will be forced to dismantle parts of its nuclear infrastructure, according to a statement released early Saturday in Vienna by all seven nations. The extension was expected, but some American officials say that even the additional time may not prove sufficient. The original deadline for an accord was Sunday, though a temporary agreement that has been in effect since November had envisioned a six-month extension.

GAZA STRIP; FRENCH PRESIDENT SAYS WILL NOT ALLOW VIOLENCE TO SPILL OVER INTO FRANCE: Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police. French President Francois Hollande said he understood emotional responses to the killing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a flare-up of hostilities with Israel but would not allow violence to spill over into France.

U.S. DRONE KILLS 15 MILITANTS IN PAKISTAN: Fifteen militants were killed early Saturday morning when an American drone struck a compound in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, according to local residents and a security official. It was the fourth known drone strike in the region since Pakistan launched a military operation there last month. Residents said the drone fired four missiles into the compound about 2 a.m. They said that 10 of the militants killed were from Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, and that the five others were Uzbeks affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The strike occurred in the village of Datta Khel, a few miles from the Afghan border.

46K MAY GET REDUCED DRUG SENTENCES: More than 46,000 people will be allowed to petition for reduced prison sentences for drug crimes, thanks to a unanimous vote by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday. That’s the largest number ever to benefit from a guideline amendment being made retroactive, said Families Against Mandatory Minimums. The earliest possible release date is November 2015 (delayed from Nov. 1, 2014). “This amendment received unanimous support from commissioners because it is a measured approach,” said Judge Patti B. Saris, head of the commission. “It reduces prison costs and populations and responds to statutory and guidelines changes since the drug guidelines were initially developed, while safeguarding public safety.” Prisoners who successfully petition for a reduced sentence will have an average of 25 months shaved off, while still serving 108 months on average.

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AMAZON LAUNCHES ‘NETFLIX FOR BOOKS’: On Friday, Amazon announced that it will be offering consumers access to a new subscription service that will have thousands of e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month. The service, called Kindle Unlimited, will allow users to read over 600,000 Kindle titles, as well as 2,000 more Audible audiobooks. It’s like Netflix for books. Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial to entice consumer. The terms Amazon worked out with publishers whose books are part of the subscription was not disclosed, which is notable given Amazon’s recent disputes with prominent publishers.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Mattel hopes that level of personal interest among children and parents is the key to selling more toys. On Monday, the toy company is establishing a direct-to-consumer program to sell a premium line for the Wooden Railway tracks and engines brand. Part of Mattel’s Fisher-Price unit, the wooden-toy line will be sold via catalog, an e-commerce website and through a partnership with 20 specialty stores nationwide. Mattel plans to publish the catalog three times a year; the first one will be mailed next week to 1.3 million homes.   ***Branching outside, its very prominent entertainment industry niche, P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) has signed major resident real estate firm Rodeo Realty.

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CASEY KASEM’S BODY IS MISSING: Even in death, Casey Kasem defies those who would have him stay put. A month after the radio and acting legend passed away (and a few months after he originally went missing), Casey Kasem’s body appears to be missing. TMZ reports that sources within the Kasem family suspect Jean, Kasem’s widow, of removing the body from a funeral home. The body went missing the day before a judge ordered Jean to store it there so that an autopsy could be performed. Police are investigating elder abuse allegations, related to the week Kasem spent with Jean traveling by car over multiple states, when he allegedly developed bedsores that contributed to his death.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to Minneapolis law, a person who double parks a car will be put on a chain gang with only bread and water to eat.

LBN-MEET: Comedian Maria Bamford:


CHELSEA MANNING TO GET GENDER TREATMENT: Private Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking U.S. Secrets to WikiLeaks, will begin receiving treatment for her gender-identity condition from the U.S. military. Manning, who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria (being a woman in a man’s body), had been put up for a transfer by the military to the U.S. prison system, but that was rejected by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The military had said they lacked the expertise to treat Manning.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has a fax machine and doesn’t use a cellphone. He has a computer but doesn’t use e-mail. He changes into a brand new pair of socks four times a day.

MY REVIEW: “As I read this LBN E-Lert every day I find it contains the glittering jewel of consciousness.”—-Dr. Lance P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Boston, Mass.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Tumblr founder David Karp was seated next to President Obama at his intimate fund-raiser Thursday at the home of top investment manager Deven Parekh and wife Monika.   ***Respected music publicist Ali Duncan having lunch the week at the popular Louise’s Trattoria in West L.A.    ***L.A. recording studio owner Colin Liebich having coffee at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.   ***Veteran CNN correspondent Alan Duck and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch last week at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent TV show runner Eric Streit and his wife having dinner at One Restaurant in Shutter’s Hotel in Santa Monica on the beach.   ***Actress and producer Michelle Barton having dinner last week at the popular Fig and Over in West Hollywood.   ***Beverly Hills men’s clothing store owner John Carroll having lunch at Via Alloro restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Power attorney Ken Ziffren having lunch last week at Il Grano in West L.A.   ***Prominent 3-D photographer Doug Betzold having a drink at the Four Seasons Hotel lobby in Beverly Hills last week.

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LBN Mini-Interview with comedian Erica Rhodes

Q: When are you happiest? A: When I’m performing.

Q: If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be and why? A: My grandfather, so I could get another hug from him.

Q: What is the biggest change needed on the American political front? A: Government has to get out of debt?

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, which would it be and why? A: Google, because they rule the world.

Q: What is something you keep telling yourself you’re going to do, but keep putting it off? A: Pay my parking tickets.

Q: If you could un-invent anything, what would it be and why? A: Facebook.

Q: What is the best advice you were ever given? A: Don’t give up.

Q: What charity or cause do you most identify with and why? A: MS because my father has it.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Woody Allen: Ever since I can remember, when I was 21 years old, they were telling me, “Peace is around the corner between the Arabs and Israelis. The next generation. Right now, there’s a lot of bitterness, but with time, new generations will grow up and be more peaceful with each other.” This would go on and on and on, and in the end, nothing’s changed. This situation remains tragic and terrible, and the leaders in Israel and the leaders in the Arab world have not been able to come to an agreement. It’s a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself—but I say that without knowing that it will. I hope that it will, but it seems, at this point, that nobody on either side is ready, willing, and able.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug. Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s. It doesn’t work for every sufferer of the disease, but rather for a small subset — probably around 2,000 people — who have a specific genetic mutation that the drug targets. But for those it helps, it is life changing.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My bitch girlfriend is addicted to talking endlessly about bullshit in her stupid, awful life. Last night I screamed at her “Spare me the tommyrot and just get to the point, whore!” Guess what. All she did was laugh and she wasn’t even drunk or high.

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LBN-ETC: If social media is a way to converse with your audience, then your strategy is only as good as the way it engages your audience. Carefully planned, creative, great content that misses the mark with a particular audience segment really isn’t great at all. Listening has to come before content creation. Our award-winning P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) is now focusing special effort on assisting clients with their social media profiles. Can we discuss how we can radically improve your (or your clients) social media reach? E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

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Friday • July 18, 2014

MANY AIDS RESEARCHERS ABOARD MH17: The heartbreaking news about Flight MH17 keeps getting worse. Of the 295 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines 777 that crashed in Ukraine, about 100 of the passengers were bound for a major AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. Among the researchers, health-care workers, and activists who have been identified: Dr. Joep Lange, a pioneering Dutch scientist who worked on the virus for 30 years.

EX-PRESIDENT MORSI’S SON ARRESTED: Abdullah Morsi, 19, the son of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, was caught boarding a train heading to Upper Egypt on Friday. Morsi was on the run, officials say, after being sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish. Morsi, along with one of his friends, was sentenced to a year in prison on July 2. He had been arrested on March 1 after allegedly being found with two joints in a parked car north of Cairo. His defense lawyer claimed the case “was fabricated.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued on certain key long-term measures, according to research by financial consultant Andrew Smithers, the chairman of Smithers & Co. and one of the few to warn about the bubble of the late 1990s at the time.

WOW! LBN SCOOPS NEW YORK TIMES SEVEN (7) TIMES LAST WEEK: During the last week, this LBN E-Lert has run seven (7) separate stories one full day before they appeared in the New York Times.


JASON BIGGS RIPPED FOR PLANE CRASH JOKES: It looks like his character on Orange is the New Black isn’t the only thing loathsome about Jason Biggs. As the rest of the world watched stunned by news of a commercial plane shot down over Ukraine, Biggs took to Twitter writing, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?” As fans responded that it was “too soon,” Biggs wrote, “Hey all you ‘too soon’ a—–s- it’s a f—–g joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.” Biggs continued to defend himself, saying, “You losers are literally trying to find s–t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere.” But, perhaps the outrage became too much to handle, as Biggs eventually wrote seven hours after his first tweet, “Hey all- ok, so- I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.”

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FINALLY, A RESTING PLACE FOR MICKEY ROONEY : Mickey Rooney has finally found peace after a bitter family feud erupted over his death three months ago. His final resting spot at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  A newly completed marble crypt has been erected to hold his remains, with the inscription: “One of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. Hollywood will always be his home.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lena Dunham and her rocker boyfriend Jack Antonoff getting ice cream at Long Beach Island’s Skipper Dipper, where Dunham chose “vanilla with sprinkles”.   ***Keith Urban and his two daughters visiting the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.   ***Mick Jagger being feted at a dinner thrown by Jeffrey Jah at the São Paulo home of Brazilian entrepreneur and TV presenter Alvaro Garnero.   ***Jennifer Lopez, Diane Keaton and Christie Brinkley shopping at Haute Hippie in East Hampton.   ***Popular KNX radio news anchor Frank Mottek having dinner last night with media expert and author Michael Levine at the legendary Marino’s Restaurant in Hollywood.

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FACEBOOK GETTING ‘BUY’ BUTTON: It looks like Facebook is trying to get in on the e-commerce game. The social network is now testing a “buy” button on its website to facilitate purchases by consumers for items advertised on the site. Facebook says it will be available on mobile and desktop versions, and will start out with a “few small and medium-sized businesses.” Facebook will not take any portion of the revenue for now, and credit card transactions will be handled by a third-party. “None of the credit or debit card information people share with Facebook when completing a transaction will be shared with other advertisers, and people can select whether or not they would like to save payment information for future purchases,” the company reassured users.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Resolution, the talent agency founded by former ICM leader Jeff Berg, has lost another top agent, according to several sources. Steve Alexander, whose clients include David Duchovny and Sela Ward, exited abruptly this week, following on the heels of recent defections in COO Jeff Franklin and television literary agent Dennis Kim, Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer, whom Berg recruited to Resolution from CAA, departed for Paradigm earlier this year.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Makeup and Cosmetics

1.     Roman philosopher Plautus once quipped, “A woman without paint is like food without salt.”

2.     Cosmetics are symbolic of a civilization’s practical concerns, such as class hierarchies and conventions of beauty.

3.     In ancient Egypt, cosmetics were an integral part of hygiene, health, and ritual. Pills and creams protected against the sun and dry winds, and oils were used in perfumes in religious rituals.

4.     The word “cosmetic” is from the Greek word kosmos (related to cosmos), meaning to arrange, order, adorn. The popular magazine Cosmopolitan is also derived from this root.

5.     In 1909, Eugène Schueller founded the French Harmless Hair Dye Company, which later became L’Oreal.

6.     The rivalry between Elizabeth Arden, who opened a beauty salon in 1910, and Helene Rubinstein, a Polish immigrant, helped move the cosmetic industry into the modern era.

7.     In the early 20th century, Elizabeth Arden and Helen Rubinstein along with Max Factor (who produced makeup for actresses) built the foundations of the modern cosmetic advertising industry. They used aggressive advertising tactics, such as celebrity endorsements and magazine advertisements.

8.     The global beauty industry is growing at up to 7% a year, more than twice the rate of the developed world’s GDP. The growth is being driven by aging baby boomers and an overall increased discretionary income in the West, as well as a growing middle class in developing countries.

9.     Brazil has more “Avon Ladies” (900,000) than it has men and women in its army and navy.

10.  Pantene is the world’s biggest hair care brand, largely in part because of its “pro-vitamin B” ingredient. But a report by Britain’s Which reveals that vitamins need to be ingested to work and that Pantene shampoo is no better than a supermarket brand it tested.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The pernicious effects of alcoholism are well documented in the medical literature and in the story of my own early life.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A mogul spent six figures to win lunch for two with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a charity auction benefiting the Clinton Foundation — but when the winner asked to bring his two kids along, he was told he’d have to double his bid to $1 million. Spies said Charitybuzz CEO Coppy Holzman was talking about the recent Clinton auction hosted by his website at a swanky Hamptons Magazine party for ArtHamptons last Friday.   ***Gisele Bündchen is not only beautiful, she’s filthy rich. The 33-year-old supermodel, who blamed Forbes for her recent IRS audit, won’t be pleased to learn she’s the subject of yet another financial piece by the money mag. Forbes reports that Bündchen earned $47 million in 2013 — which rounds out to a staggering $128,000 a day or $5,333 per hour.   ***Did Britney Spears dine and dash? The singer, 32, was accused of skipping out on her $30 Cheesecake Factory bill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Sunday. The confusion came when the waitress came over with the bill and Spears said her bodyguard would pay. But he never did. Honest mistake.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Friday is sold out but we hear there a few tickets remaining for Saturday and Sunday performances of Blackbird, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts:  David Harrower’s play about sex, love and loss, produced by Michael Lynton and Carol Black with Bright Alliance Media, is directed by Tony nominee, Wilson Milam and stars Samantha Ressler and Troy Ruptash. Blackbird won the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play when it opened in 2005 and went onto performances around the world. For information and tickets call 310-633-3891 or visit: www.blackbirdbeverlyhills.brownpapertickets.com

LBN-ETC: If social media is a way to converse with your audience, then your strategy is only as good as the way it engages your audience.  Carefully planned, creative, great content that misses the mark with a particular audience segment really isn’t great at all.  Listening has to come before content creation. Our award-winning P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) is now focusing special effort on assisting clients with their social media profiles.  Can we discuss how we can radically improve your (or your clients) social media reach? E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

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Thursday • July 17, 2014

DISASTER! BIG JUMP IN NUMBER OF MILLENNIALS LIVING WITH PARENTS REPORTED:

More Americans than ever live in multigenerational households, and the number of millennials who live with their parents is rising sharply, according to a study released Thursday.

A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population, lived in multigenerational arrangements in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s more than double the 28 million people who lived in such households in 1980, the center said.

A multigenerational family is defined as one with two or more generations of adults living together.

The sluggish job market and other factors have propelled the rise in millennials living in their childhood bedrooms.

About 23.6% of people age 25 to 34 live with their parents, grandparents or both, according to Pew. That’s up from 18.7% in 2007, just prior to the global financial crisis, and from 11% in 1980.

For the first time, a larger share of young people live in multigenerational arrangements than of Americans 85 and older.


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Thursday • July 17, 2014

HAMAS BREAKS CEASEFIRE: During a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Thursday, rockets were fired at Israel. According to military officials, about two hours into the ceasefire, southern Israel was filled with siren sounds as at least three rockets were launched from Gaza. The rockets are just the latest in a 10-day conflict that has left 227 dead.

AUSTRALIA TOSSES CARBON TAX: Despite being the developed world’s worst polluter per person, Australia is now set to get rid of its two-year-old carbon tax. The Australian Senate voted 39-32 to repeal the tax. Repealing the tax was one of the central planks of the business-friendly Liberal-National coalition that put Prime Minister Tony Abbott in charge. The tax charged the 348 highest polluters in the country for every ton of greenhouse gas. Abbott plans to instead create a multibillion-dollar fund paid for by taxpayers that will pay companies to reduce emissions and use cleaner energy.

OBAMA LIKELY TO SEEK ADDITIONAL TIME FOR NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN: President Obama said on Wednesday that he believed the United States had “a credible way forward” in its nuclear negotiations with Iran, and strongly suggested that after consultations with Congress, which has been threatening additional sanctions, he would seek an extension of the talks beyond Sunday’s deadline. “There are still some significant gaps between the international community and Iran,” he said in the White House press room, before announcing additional sanctions on Russia, “and we have more work to do.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Globally, 15 million children under the age of five die each year because of diseases caused by drinking water.

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MICROSOFT LAYS OFF MOST PEOPLE EVER: Microsoft announced on Thursday its biggest cuts in employees ever, as it plans to shed 18,000 jobs this year. Most of the cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit, as Microsoft works to mesh the two companies after its acquisition was completed in April. With roughly 127,104 employees, the cuts represent a nearly 15 percent reduction. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce,” the new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a note to employees Thursday. “It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas. My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.” Microsoft says it is “moving now” on 13,000 of those job cuts, and that most of the cuts will come in the next six months.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. Presidents:

1.     Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.2.     The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.

3.     Because the KKK was a powerful political force, Truman was encouraged to join the organization. According to some accounts, he was inducted, though he was “never active.” Other accounts claim that though he gave the KKK a $10 membership fee, he demanded it back and was never inducted or initiated.

4.     Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman. He was once the sheriff of Erie County, New York, and twice had to spring the trap at a hanging.

5.     The “S” in Harry S Truman doesn’t stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial.

6.     Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln and the log cabin where he was born. John Lloyd Wright, son of famous architect Francis Lloyd Wright, invented them.

7.     Thomas Jefferson and John Adams once traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. While there, they took a knife to one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs.

8.     James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday, which violated the laws of that state.

9.     Andrew Johnson is the only tailor ever to be president. As president, he would typically stop by a tailor shop to say hello. He would wear only the suits that he made himself.

10.  “Teddy Bears” were so named when Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858-1919) refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals.

NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA TO BE BLACK: In an explanation posted on its website under the headline, “It’s time for an all-new Captain America,” Marvel announced that the next Captain America will be black. The change comes after the retirement of Captain America’s longtime alter ego, Steve Rogers. He will hand the persona off to his friend Sam Wilson, who is the identity behind Falcon. The update was also revealed Wednesday night on The Colbert Report. The news comes a day after Marvel announced another major change when it revealed that Thor would be reintroduced as a woman. The changes to the characters will be limited to the comic-book pages, and not yet on the big screen.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Bryan Cranston will bring his Tony-award winning portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson to HBO as the network has secured the broadcast rights to the hit Broadway show, All the Way, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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JUSTICE DEPT. TO PROBE LOST IRS EMAILS: Lois Lerner isn’t escaping public or federal scrutiny any time soon. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that it would investigate the circumstances behind the disappearance of her missing Internal Revenue Service emails. The probe is part of a larger investigation into improper IRS scrutiny of Tea Party groups. The IRS has claimed that certain Lerner emails from 2011 vanished when her computer crashed. At that time, Lerner headed the section of the IRS that oversaw tax-exempt organizations. Lerner has twice refused to speak before House committee hearings, claiming her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. In May, the House voted to hold her in contempt of Congress. News that the Justice Department would probe the missing emails comes after Republicans accussed the Obama administration of not doing enough to investigate the IRS. Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said in a statement, “The IRS investigation was launched without hesitation and immediately after Ms. Lerner publicly acknowledged the potential misconduct.”

CALIFORNIA’S DEATH PENALTY STRUCK DOWN: A federal judge struck down California’s death penalty Wednesday on the grounds that it violates the Constitution because sentences are not carried out in a reasonable, timely, or organized manner. “Arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones… determine whether an individual will actually be executed,” Judge Cormac Carney wrote. More than 900 of people have been sentenced to die but only 13 have been put to death since 1976, when the Supreme Court overturned a national moratorium on the practice. The ruling overturns the death sentence for Ernest Jones, who was sentenced to die more than 20 years ago. The ruling comes after multiple prominent judges have ripped California’s death penalty for the chaos it causes. Carney’s decision, however, was the first to decide that the delays were themselves a constitutional violation. “We haven’t seen very many rulings from the federal courts declaring a whole state’s system unconstitutional,” Harvard Law professor Carol Steiker said. “That’s quite stunning.” While Carney’s ruling only applies to the sentence for Jones, it will have a wider impact if upheld on appeal.

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Consumerist

“The Consumerist is a consumer affairs blog owned by Consumer Media LLC, a subsidiary of Consumer Reports with posts provided by regular daily contributors.”

TATUM O’NEAL & JOHN McENROE SON BUSTED WITH DRUGS: The son of Tatum O’neal and tennis great John Mcenroe has been arrested by cops with drugs. McEnroe & O’Neal’s  son, Kevin,  was busted Tuesday night in the East Village area of Manhattan  carrying six glassine envelopes of cocaine and more than two dozen prescription pills. Kevin McEnroe, 27, was stopped by cops on the corner of E. Fourth St. and Avenue A about 11:24 p.m. Cops say he was spotted carrying out what they believed to be a drug deal.

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LBN-VIDEO: WATCH: Jason Segel Explains Why Twitter Is Ridiculous


LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world’s most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney’s original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day’s events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as “Black Sunday.”

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DATA RECOVERABLE ON SOME USED PHONES: If you are in the habit of snapping racy selfies with your smartphone, you may want to think twice about reselling it when you get a new one. Security firm Avast purchased 20 used Android devices on eBay and managed to recover the previous owners’ data from at least some of them, including emails, text messages, Google searches, and 40,000 photos—more than 1,000 of which featured the subject in various states of undress. Google responded to the report, saying that the phones in question are older models that do not reflect current Android protections, but security researchers caution that the only way to fully protect your data on any device is to destroy it entirely.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vince Guaraldi (1928) Guaraldi, an American jazz musician, was hired to score the animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic series after producer Lee Mendelson heard his music playing on the radio. Though Guaraldi was a Grammy award-winning pianist prior to his work on the Peanuts specials, he is best known for his musical compositions associated with the series, including the signature tune “Linus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Ringer: The digital age has long rendered the handwritten epistle extinct. No more the long elegantly scrolled emotion packed letters of 19th century genre. Can a keyboard fully replicate the ethos of quill and parchment? Our education system, incredibly, in many venues chooses to no longer teach cursive….another cultural loss. Amazon now sells many more kindle e-books than the tangible varieties. The tactile element of turning the pages and watching the right side dwindle, anticipating a climax that gets closer and closer still holds much appeal for me. Inside of one generation, a walk through a home will no longer reveal the beauty of shelves of books; another victim, hardcopy books will fade to an anachronism.  Moral: The tsunami of technology can be a dehumanizing force inexorably leeching our sensitivities.  Is this a devolution of our culture? Whatever the answer, the consequences are far reaching.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lana Del Ray: Well, I feel fucking crazy. But I don’t think I am. People make me feel crazy. I find that most people I meet figure I kind of want to kill myself anyway. So, it comes up every time.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: How strange is the miracle of fame, I pondered, this strange apotheosis by which my mere private name has become a public symbol. As because I refuse to lie and tell the truth, loud and proud.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Just weeks after being rocked by a cheating scandal, Sarah Jessica Parker has made a dramatic, last-ditch attempt to save her 17-year marriage, sources say. The “Sex and the City” star, 49, took hubby Matthew Broderick, 52, to their four-room vacation cottage in Donegal, Ireland, to heal their reported marital rift – but locals say they looked terribly strained. “They normally venture all around Donegal, but this time they spent the majority of their time locked away in their remote home out in the countryside,” revealed a source. “One evening they went into Nancy’s, a seafood restaurant, and hardly said a word to each other. It was pretty clear during the trip that Sarah and Matthew were having some pretty intense discussions.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lisa Haisha the global adventurer, author, and spiritual teacher extraordinaire held a July 4th party that included the who’s who of Hollywood. Jonathan Moffet (drummer for Madonna and Michael Jackson among others) was in attendance as well as CSI Executive Producer Naren Shankar and his wife Sheri Shankar, Writer of Two and a Half Men and Mike and Molly Don Foster, and Writer of Speed 2, Randall McCormick. Jazz player Grant Geissman also stopped by. This was a medley of over 200 entertainment industry movers and shakers, combined with life coaches and thought leaders that descended upon Lisa’s Sherman Oaks estate for her 8th annual evening of July 4th revelry. Guest tongues were met with only the best of traditional barbecue dishes including burgers, hot dogs, and even hotter wings, while traditional mojitos and margaritas cooled them off while a dazzling assortment of fireworks lit up their eyes.

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Wednesday • July 16, 2014

MURDOCH BIDDING FOR TIME WARNER: Time Warner has rejected 21st Century Fox’s $80 billion formal offer. The potential deal with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company had stirred up a speculation frenzy, but it seems the offer wasn’t enough. According to CNBC, Time Warner was offered $85 a share in cash and stock. As part of the deal, 21st Century Fox said it would sell CNN to appease regulators. Despite the rejection, Murdoch is reportedly “determined” to buy Time Warner.

100,000 GAZANS TOLD TO FLEE AS BOTH SIDES PRESS ATTACKS: Israel’s missile defense system intercepted four rockets over the Tel Aviv area on Wednesday morning, after the military bombed the homes of several political leaders of the militant Islamic movement Hamas overnight and warned 100,000 residents of the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. ahead of more airstrikes. The warnings, distributed by leaflets, automated telephone calls and text messages, were the broadest yet and advised people in northern towns as well as some neighborhoods of Gaza City to head south. “The I.D.F. does not want to harm you, and your families,” the leaflets said, using the abbreviation for the Israel Defense Forces. “Whoever disregards these instructions and fails to evacuate immediately endangers their own lives, as well as those of their families,” the warning added.

HILLARY WANTS ROOM WITH ‘FEWER CORNERS’: During an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Hillary Clinton was pressured to declare whether or not she is running for the presidency. At one point, Stewart asked, “Do you have a favorite shape for that home office?” Stewart continued archly. “Would you like that office… to have corners? Or would you like it not to have corners.” In reply, Clinton responded, “You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better.” While said in a comedic context, that answer may just be the closest Clinton has come to admitting her presidential ambitions. In the interview, Clinton also discussed her recent stumbles, including comments about her family being “dead broke.”

AL WINS 2014 ALL-STAR GAME: In part powered by Derek Jeter’s two hits in his final All-Star Game, the American League bested the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night. The win will give the American League champion home-field advantage in the World Series. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the MVP award for going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and two RBIs.

ASSAD IS SWORN IN FOR THIRD 7-YEAR TERM IN SYRIA: Feted by supporters, whom he hailed as the victors of his country’s brutal civil war, a triumphalist President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third seven-year term after an election that was widely seen as a gesture of calculated defiance toward the United States and others in the West and in the Arab world seeking his ouster. With his right hand on the Quran, the holy book of Islam, Mr. Assad took the oath at the so-called People’s Palace overlooking Damascus, the capital. But even as he prepared for a new term, rebels offered a counterpoint, firing five mortar shells into Damascus and killing four people. Two shells landed near the central Umayyad Square, the official news agency SANA said.

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DWYANE WADE RE-SIGNS WITH MIAMI HEAT: LeBron is off to Ohio, but Dwyane’s staying put. Calling himself a #HeatLifer on Twitter, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade re-signed with the team on Tuesday. “Home Is Where The Heart Is… My Home, My City, My House,” he tweeted, and wrote in statement that he was “proud to have spent every single day of my career as a member of the Miami Heat and to have brought three championship titles to this great city.” The details of the deal aren’t clear, but sources say it’s a two-year contract with a player option for the second year. His contract may be worth as much as $34 million, but it has not been confirmed.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Roche, the pharmaceutical company, on Wednesday reported mixed results in its latest trial of an Alzheimer’s drug. It said that while the drug did not slow progression of the disease over all, at the highest doses it did seem to delay a decline in mental ability in patients with mild cases of Alzheimer’s. The results of a clinical trial of the drug, crenezumab, were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed room of L.A. “influencers” began the first “City Talk” conversation event at the popular Luna Park restaurant last night from 5-7pm. Guests included KNX radio anchor Bob Brill, TV producers Eric Streit and Tony Dimond, actress Jane Romney, veteran film producer Mark Joseph, among others. The event was moderated by media expert and author Michael Levine.   ***L.A. technology innovator Josh Goodman having lunch at Natalee Thai in Beverly Hills last week.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Texas is the largest petroleum-producing state in the U.S. and if it were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s 5th largest petroleum-producing nation. Only 34 of Texas’ 254 counties have no known natural gas within their boundaries. However, no major wells have been discovered for a half-century or more.

E-CIGARETTE MAKERS ARE IN AN ARMS RACE FOR EXOTIC VAPOR FLAVORS: Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue. Exotic cigarette flavors like those were banned in 2009 out of concern they might tempt young people. But the flavors tobacco companies once sold look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer — legally — by the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. News on Tuesday that Reynolds American had agreed to buy Lorillard, uniting two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies, highlighted how important e-cigarettes have become to the declining tobacco industry. Both Reynolds and Lorillard have pushed hard into e-cigarettes, which offer a new way of delivering a puff of nicotine. For now, those companies’ flavors are relatively modest, though they may feel pressure to expand into the explosion of competition for the consumer palate, with e-cigarette flavors such as banana cream pie and cotton candy.

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MAN ARRESTED AT KENNEDY COMPOUND: Late on Tuesday a disabled veteran was arrested for breaking into the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod. According to the police, James Lacroix, 53, said he was looking for the singer Katy Perry. It is not currently known why Lacroix thought that the pop singer would be found at the famous Kennedy residence in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.

JUDGE JUDY’s VICIOUS LEGAL WAR: Judge Judy Sheindlin claims she has never filed a real life lawsuit – that is – UNTIL NOW!  And boy, is it getting UGLY. CourtHouse News reported that in March, Judith Sheindlin, better known as the eponymous “Judge Judy” on the syndicated daytime TV court series sued John Haymond and his Haymond Law Firm, claiming they used her image without permission in a commercial for the firm Haymond fired back last month with a countersuit, claiming he had been asked to use the footage in the commercial by the stations that helped create it.   Haymond says in the countersuit that he’s a “fan of the ‘Judge Judy’ television show” and was “happy” with the co-op advertising arrangement.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***When Ron Howard was 9 years old, he was already a national television star on The Andy Griffith Show – and there was only one thing he wanted for his next birthday. “The gift that I was begging for was a Beatle wig,” he tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. “And on March 1st, 1964, that’s what I got: the Beatle wig of my dreams.” Now the Academy Award-winning director is coming full circle with his Fab Four obsession, having signed on to direct and produce an authorized, as-yet-untitled documentary about the touring years of the band’s career (approx. 1960-1966), a period in which the Beatles crossed the globe, sparked Beatlemania and released several classic albums (including A Hard Day’s Night and Rubber Soul). For it, he will interview surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as talk with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison (wife of the late George Harrison).   ***The organization that puts on the Golden Globe Awards and the company that produces the telecast have resolved their long-standing court battle over rights to the show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions announced Monday that the 2010 lawsuit has been settled. The terms were not revealed.   ***Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with a crazed stalker just outside her bedroom door during a terrifying, middle-of-the-night confrontation last month, police said. The “Miss Congeniality” actress, 49, slammed the bedroom door, locked herself inside and immediately dialed 911, begging cops to rush to her Los Angeles mansion, according to a search warrant affidavit, reports TMZ.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Pat Buchanan: The real issue: Will America remain one nation, or are we are on the road to Balkanization and the breakup of America into ethnic enclaves? For, as Ronald Reagan said, a nation that cannot control its borders isn’t really a nation anymore. In Federalist No. 2, John Jay wrote, “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs. … ”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president’s recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.” There are three problems with this unbearable metaphor: Barack Obama is not in captivity, he’s not a bear, and he’s not loose. As Voltaire said of the Holy Roman Empire, it was “neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve argued for a while now that it is always useful to study the Israeli-Arab conflict because it is to the wider war of civilizations what Off Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff starts there and then goes to Broadway. So what’s playing Off Broadway these days? The Israeli-Arab conflict has become a miniature of the most relevant divide in the world today: the divide between the “world of order” and the “world of disorder.” Israel faces nonstate actors in civilian clothes, armed with homemade rockets and drones, nested among civilians on four of its five borders: Sinai, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. And what is most striking about this play is that the traditional means of bringing order seem ineffective. Israel, a mini-superpower, keeps pummeling the ragtag Islamist militias in Gaza with its modern air force, but the superempowered Palestinian militants, leveraging cheap high-tech tools, keep coming back with homemade rockets and even a homemade drone. You used to need a contract with Boeing to get a drone. Now you can make one in Gaza.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: To estimate the share of obesity-related costs resulting from burger consumption, we estimated the share of calories coming from burgers in fast-food restaurants, where the majority are eaten. Assuming that the 11.3 percent of calories is proportional to the incidence rate of obesity (it may be higher), its associated health risks, and its treatment costs, up to 15 percent of fast food’s share of direct and indirect costs arising from obesity (about 1.65 percent of the whole) are attributable to burgers. In 2005, the House of Representatives passed an act that forbade consumers to sue fast-food operators over weight gain. “The Cheeseburger Bill” (formally, “The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act”) attempted to legislate the message that the costs of fast food are personal, not social, and certainly not a consequence of selling harmful food at addictively low prices.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Casey Kaseem is not resting in peace as he has yet to receive a decent burial, his daughter’s rep says. A spokesman for Casey Kasem’s daughter Kerri told media says that a month after his death the famed famous radio host’s unburied body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma, Washington.  ***Sad day on Long Island for “Piano Man” Billy Joel. Billy’s mom Rosalind Nyman Joel passed at age 92.   ***Wedding bells are in the air for actor Jeff Goldblum. The “Jurassic Park” actor, 61, proposed to his girlfriend Emilie Livingston, 31, earlier this month, according to her Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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Tuesday • July 15, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: HOOKAH: LIKE SMOKING 40 CIGARETTES & KISSING EVERYBODY:

A stunning report by Marc Siegel, an NYU medical doctor, details the findings of a new study in the journal Pediatrics that found that nearly one-fifth of high school seniors have tried hookah. Males, citydwellers and wealthy students were the likeliest to partake.

Middle Eastern cultures have smoked hookah for centuries. A rather groovy-looking pipe is filled with a flavored tobacco, called shisha, which is burned and passed through a tank of water which supposedly filters the smoke. But it doesn’t. According to the National Institutes of Health, a single session of hookah smoking “delivers 1.7 times the nicotine, 6.5 times the carbon monoxide and 46.4 times the tar of a single cigarette.” In other words, this is one of the most toxic things you could do to your body in the span of about 60 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, hookah is linked to the same sort of diseases that afflict cigarette smokers, such as lung, oral, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic cancer.

This habit, as Dr. Siegel indicates, is made worse by the fact that users often do not change the mouthpiece as they pass the inhaling device around for all to enjoy. Any disease transmitted by kissing — e.g., mononucleosis, HPV, strep throat, colds, influenza, etc. — can also be transmitted by sharing mouthpieces.


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Tuesday • July 15, 2014

LBN-INVESITGATES: Abortion

1.     The term “abortion” is from the Latin abortus (ab- “amiss” + oriri- “appear to be born, arise”).

2.     The Egyptian Kahun Papyrus (1850 B.C.) suggests crocodile feces either for preventing conception or as an abortifacient. In Arabic medicine, elephant feces were frequently recommended. The Ebers Papyrus (1550 B.C.) contains several recipes that “cause a woman to stop pregnancy in the first, second, or third period.” One recipe for a vaginal suppository includes combining the unripe fruit of Acacia, colocynth, dates, and 6/7 pints of honey and pouring the mixture onto a moistened plant fiber.

3.     Modern Arabic women still take colocynth as an abortifacient, though one woman who took 120 grains in a powder died 50 hours later.

4.     While there has never been complete agreement about when a fetus becomes a person, the major sentiment in ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Roman thought was that there could be no living soul in an “unformed” and/or “unquickened” body and, hence, the law of homicide could not apply if a fetus was aborted before that time. However, other scholars, such as Basil, the bishop of Caesarea in Asia Minor (c. A.D. 330-379), called feticide murder at any point of development.

5.     Aristotle suggests that the conceptus had a “soul” after 40 days from conception if a male and 90 if female (for a similar differentiation, see Leviticus 12:1-5 in the Bible). Later, Aristotle says that the fetus develops “little by little” and that one cannot make fine judgments.

6.     The Stoics thought the soul came when the fetus was exposed to cool air, although the potential was present at conception. Plutarch and Tertullian both ridiculed that idea because babies born in hot climates or in warm rooms were certainly alive.

7.     Ancient Hebrew religious law regarded a woman pregnant at 40 days after conception and, therefore, abortion before that could not be considered criminal.

8.     There was an endless list of oral drugs to abort a fetus from before the time of Hippocrates (460 B.C.) and into the Middle Ages. A few examples include clover mixed with white wine, Edderwort mixed with vinegar and water, mountain rue, birthwort mixed with pepper and mint, white hellebore, shepherd’s purse, squirting cucumber, stinking iris, pomegranate, and even a poisonous fish the color of a hare.

9.     Ancient physicians also used pessaries, or vaginal suppositories, as abortifacients. They were usually more potent than oral drugs and included substances like the juice of the wild fig, a “milky liquid” which caused irritation, soap-wort, myrrh, myrtle, lupine, cedar-oil mixed with water, wine, or hot oil. Physicians also recommend smearing on the uterine opening goose fat, mashed leek and celery, rose oils, pine resin, copper scum, boiled honey, sodium carbonate, and even mouse dung.

10.  Some ancient pessaries were similar to Utus paste, a substance injected directly into the uterus as a method of abortion in Europe and the United States until the 1960s, but eventually condemned as unsafe. Use of Utus paste to terminate pregnancy, however, can still be found in many developing countries.

11.  Ancient abortion methods included applying substances externally on the abdomen such as various ointments and creams, bruised corn boiled with vinegar, and boiled cypress leaves. Physicians, such as Galen, also recommended hot baths, blood letting, strenuous physical exercise, leaping, riding in a shaky carriage, carrying heavy weights, emotional shock, body massages with hot oil, or being vigorously shaken by two strong men.

12.  Surgical abortion was well known in the ancient world though, due to lack of anesthetics and antibiotics, it was dangerous and painful. Celsus (c. 25 B.C.-A.D. 50) provides the most complete account of a dilatation and curettage (D&C) operation, which required placing one, sometimes two hands, into the uterus to straighten the fetus and then extracting the fetus with a hook. Ancient texts such as Diseases of Women, Superfetation, and On the excision of the foetus refer to a surgical tool called an embruosphaktes (“embryo-slayer”).

13.  Ancient physicians clearly understood that abortifacients could damage the uterus, cause septic abortions, and generally endanger to the mother’s health. Ovid compares the dangers and wounds from war for men with the dangers from abortion for women.

14.  Hippocrates alludes to abortion in his Hippocratic Oath. Some translators argue Hippocrates said he would not administer a woman “a pessary to produce an abortion.” Other interpretations suggest that Hippocrates actually said he would not “give a woman an abortive remedy.” In the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, the United States Supreme Court in 1973 dismissed the oath  as an incorrect application of a historical precedent.

15.  Physicians such as Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79), Dioscorides (c. 40-90), and Pseudo-Galen (129-216) mention more “superstitious” abortifacients, such as crossing over the root of a cyclamen, the egg of a crow, a viper, or a stone bitten by a dog. Additionally, if a woman crosses the menstrual blood of another woman, she will have an abortion.

16.  During the Middle Ages, abortion was tolerated because there were no laws against it. There were a variety of abortifacients, such as mixture known as a “cup of roots” and another called “A Cure for All Kinds of Stomach Aches.” A medieval female physician, Dame Trotula of Salerno, may have been the first woman gynecologist and administered a number of remedies for the “retention of menstrua,” which was sometimes a code for early abortifacients.

17.  In Arabic society, the evidence of continuous uses of early abortifacients is abundant. When classical texts were reintroduced into the West via Arabic influence around the thirteenth century, Westerners had the knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman medicine as well as the superior knowledge regarding contraception and abortifacients from the Arabs.

18.  During the Renaissance, abortion was still tolerated, though Renaissance scholars knew less about birth control and abortifacients than did their medieval, Islamic, and classical forerunners. Perhaps this is due to the move of medicine from apprenticeship to male- and theory-centered universities, the growing gap between physicians and midwives, and the desire for larger families.

19.  The relative indifference of common law courts to a fetus changed in the 1600s in England when abortion after a fetus had “quickened” became manslaughter. However, any action before “quickening” that harmed the pregnancy was not considered criminal under common law in England and the United States.

20.  Reports of attempted abortions by ingesting savin (oil from juniper bushes) were common in the early nineteenth century, as well as accidental deaths from savin overdose. Savin was the single most commonly employed abortifacient in the United States during this time.

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Monday • July 14, 2014

GERMAN POLICE MEGAPHONE USED IN ANTI-ISRAEL RANT:

German police allowed an anti-Israel protester to climb inside a police car and shout slogans including “child murderer Israel” and “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is Great!” — through a police megaphone, a spokeswoman for Frankfurt’s police said Sunday.

Police let the protester use the megaphone during a Free Gaza demonstration Saturday because he had offered to calm down a protest that had turned violent, spokeswoman Virginie Wegner told The Associated Press.

“We as police had come up spontaneously with this unusual method and he abused it — we didn’t expect that,” Wegner said, adding that police were investigating the incident. “Police are neutral during protests.”



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BERGDAHL RETURNING TO THE ARMY: After five years in captivity and six weeks of freedom, Bowe Bergdahl is set to resume life as an Army soldier this week. As part of his reintegration, the former Taliban prisoner is switching from the therapy phase to taking on the job duties of a regular soldier, living in the barracks at Texas’ Fort Sam Houston, and interacting with other soldiers. He’ll also soon be meeting with Major General Kenneth Dahl, who is investigating the circumstances of his disappearance in 2009.

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