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Wednesday • May 27, 2015

9 FIFA EXECS ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION: Swiss authorities arrested and detained nine FIFA officials in Zurich early Wednesday, in a corruption investigation into soccer’s governing body over the last 20 years. The officials have been detained pending extradition to the U.S., where the Justice Department is preparing to indict 14 people on charges of wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering for everything from bribes for the World Cup to broadcast deals. “Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA,” said FBI Director James Comey. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is heading into an election Friday to seek his fifth term, is not among those charged. At a press conference Wednesday, representatives of the soccer body insisted that it is only looking forward. “This for FIFA is good. It is not good in terms of image or reputation, but in terms of cleaning up, this is good… It is not a nice day, but it is also a good day,” said spokesman Walter De Gregorio. “The process goes on and we are looking forward.” He added that the body will not re-vote on World Cup games awarded to Russia and Qatar.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Author Germaine Greer along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


RAIN TO FLOOD TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AGAIN: More rain was expected in flood-hit areas of Texas as the search continued for 13 people swept away in this week’s flooding. A 70-mile thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Houston on Wednesday, with more to come later in the week. Dallas is expected to get as much as four inches of rain, while some parts of nearby Oklahoma will see as much as six inches. At least 17 people have died so far in this week’s severe weather.

WORLD HUNGER DOWN SINCE 1990: World hunger has declined despite population growth, the United Nations reported Wednesday. Around one billion people were declared hungry in 1990, according to the report; that number is down to 795 million today—roughly one in every nine people. Moreover, the UN report found that 72 of the 129 countries it monitored halved their rates of hungry people—and that developing regions nearly met their Millennium Development Goals targets. “The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime,” said Food and Agriculture Organization Director General José Graziano da Silva.

COLD SORE VIRUS USED TO TREAT MELANOMA: Scientists have successfully treated some cases of melanoma with a genetically engineered version of Herpes Simplex 1, which is known for causing cold sores and some cases of genital herpes, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The modified version, Talimogene Laherparepvec, or T-Vec, could extend survival by years, but only for some melanoma patients. The study involved 436 patients who had inoperable malignant melanoma, with T-Vec treatment showing results in 16.3 percent of patients at the six-month mark compared to 2.1 percent taking the control therapy. T-Vec is in a Phase III clinical trial and is awaiting FDA approval.

HAMAS MASKED KILLINGS WITH GAZA CONFLICT: An Amnesty International report published Tuesday accuses Hamas of using last summer’s Gaza conflict to carry out the unlawful executions of 23 Palestinians. The report claims that Hamas committed human-rights abuses during last summer’s 50-day war, such as the summary execution of at least 23 people and the arrest and torture of dozens of others, including members of political rival Fatah. Hamas has not accepted responsibility for the killings, but in a response to the report, blamed Israel for creating a “situation of chaos” during the conflict, The New York Times reports. Mushir al-Masri, a spokesman for Hamas, said Israel’s attack on the Gaza security services prevented them from managing Palestinian internal affairs.

I.R.S. BREACH EXPOSES TAXPAYER DATA: Criminals used stolen data to gain access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people through an application on the Internal Revenue Service’s website, the agency said on Tuesday. Using Social Security numbers, birth dates, street addresses and other personal information obtained elsewhere, the criminals completed a multistep authentication process and requested the tax returns and other filings, the I.R.S. said. Information from those forms was used to file fraudulent returns, the I.R.S. said, and the agency sent nearly $50 million in refunds before it detected the scheme.

COP WANTED FOR MURDER CAUGHT IN MEXICO: A former Los Angeles police officer wanted for murder was apprehended in Mexico on Tuesday, ending a two-month manhunt for the fugitive. Henry Solis, 27, was arrested in Juarez, where local authorities say he resisted arrest. He is charged with killing Salome Rodriguez, Jr. while he was off-duty in mid-March. Solis then fled the country, leaving his father to be charged with lying about his son’s whereabouts.

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FORMER LEAD FBI HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR REVEALS SECRETS: Former FBI lead hostage negotiator Chris Voss reveals the five steps to getting someone else to see your point of view and change what they’re doing. It’s not something that only works with barricaded criminals wielding assault rifles — it applies to most any form of disagreement. There are five steps: 1.    Active Listening: Listen to their side and make them aware you’re listening. 2.    Empathy: You get an understanding of where they’re coming from and how they feel. 3.    Rapport: Empathy is what you feel. Rapport is when they feel it back. They start to trust you. 4.    Influence: Now that they trust you, you’ve earned the right to work on problem solving with them and recommend a course of action. 5.    Behavioral Change: They act. (And maybe come out with their hands up.)

LADY GAGA INVITES PET PIG TO HER WEDDING!: t’s going to be a down-home hoedown when Lady Gaga gets hitched to Taylor Kinney. She’s transformed her $24 million Malibu estate into a country farm for the summer nuptials. “Gaga fancies herself to be a backyard farmer, and she wants the wedding to reflect that!” said a source. Joining the star-studded guest list will be her chickens, goats, dogs and pet pig. “Guests in their tuxes and gowns will mingle with barnyard animals as the ceremony takes place among her fruits and vegetables,” added a source. “It’ll be a ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ wedding!”

HOWARD STERN CROWNS ERICA RHODES AS COMIC STAR — “A CHURCH MOUSE WITH PERFECT DELIEVERY: Fast-rising comedian Erica Rhodes has been crowned by the “king of all media” Howard Stern. On Monday night, Stern said on his official website – “Anyone who insists women can’t be funny needs to check out Erica Rhodes (and then probably needs to be kneed in the nads,because that’s a pretty misogynistic comment to make.) Erica might have the voice of a church mouse, but she has perfect delivery. And while she may look young, Erica is an experienced performer who has been logging hours on “Prairie Home Companion” since she was ten.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In the 1940s and 1950s, enforcement of abortion laws became more organized and systematic, though one million abortions a year were being performed, with nearly 5,000 women per year dying from illegal abortions.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Buoyed by a rising stream of tourists, the unexpected popularity of an adolescent with Asperger’s syndrome, the star power of Larry David and Helen Mirren, and the enduring appeal of a lion named Simba, the Broadway season that just ended was the highest-grossing ever. The Broadway League, a trade organization that represents producers, said on Tuesday that the 40 Broadway theaters had sold a record $1.365 billion worth of tickets in the year that ended Sunday.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed house last night for former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss as the guest-of-honor for the monthly “City Talk” conversation series at the popular Luna Park restaurant. Voss is writing his first book due out in April of next year.  ***Anthony Bourdain in Asbury Park with rocker Southside Johnny for “Parts Unknown”.   ***Justin Bieber singing Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” at W Hollywood’s jazz night.   Michael J. Fox seeing “Hand to God” in NYC.   ***Dillian Miniter and Muffie Potter Aston hosting a New York Botanical Garden tea at the Plaza Athénée in NYC.   ***Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada at Hunt & Fish Club after Bernie Williams Day at Yankee Stadium.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***As Memphis’ Beale Street prepares to remember B.B. King’s legacy at a memorial procession Wednesday, the bluesman’s estate has hit back at allegations that King’s business manager LaVerne Toney poisoned him in the months leading up to his May 14th death. In a statement, a lawyer for the estate says that King’s daughters’ allegations are “baseless and unfounded and are unsupported in reality.”

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

LibriVox: Free Public Domain Audiobooks

“LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish” Related site: Project Gutenberg.

LBN-R.I.P.: Mary Ellen Mark, whose unflinching yet compassionate depictions of prostitutes in Mumbai, homeless teenagers in Seattle and mental patients in a state institution in Oregon made her one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation, died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 75. The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease affecting bone marrow and blood, said Julia Bezgin, her studio manager.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The Arab world is a pluralistic region that lacks pluralism — the ability to manage and embrace differences peacefully. As such, the Middle East’s pluralistic character — Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Christians, Druze, Alawites, Jews, Copts, Yazidis, Turkmen and an array of tribes — has long been managed by iron fists from above. But after we removed the fists in Iraq and Libya, without putting a new bottom-up order in place, and the people themselves tried to remove the fists in Syria and Yemen, without putting a new live-and-let-live order in place, a horrifying war of all against all has exploded.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Wehner: Among liberals, it’s almost universally assumed that of the two major parties, it’s the Republicans who have become more extreme over the years. That’s a self-flattering but false narrative. This is not to say the Republican Party hasn’t become a more conservative party. It has. But in the last two decades the Democratic Party has moved substantially further to the left than the Republican Party has shifted to the right. On most major issues the Republican Party hasn’t moved very much from where it was during the Gingrich era in the mid-1990s.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Legendary actor Morgan Freeman has come out of the closet – as a serious toker of marijuana! The 78-year-old star proudly proclaimed that he’ll “eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!” “Morgan knows his legacy in Hollywood is secure,” a friend said. “Now he wants to make another contribution to this world – which is getting pot legalized!”   ***According to sources, Barbra Streisand faces a new cancer scare. The 73-year-old superstar has undergone regular cancer screenings since surgeons removed part of her colon during secret surgery in 2004. Now, according to sources, doctors are recommending a hysterectomy, but a terrified Barbra has put off the operation. “Barbra is scared to death of going under the knife again for a hysterectomy,” revealed a source.

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LBN-ETC.: Hilarious Novel Proves Men are Dogs… and they like it. L.A. Knight’s laugh-out-loud debut novel DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE centers around Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor and talk show host who can’t make her own relationships work. When her boyfriend brings home a German Shepherd from the pound Nancy flips . . . until she realizes the dog trainer’s techniques can be used on her boyfriend. For women, the book is an empowering lesson in controlling the male ego. For men it’s a fun read …because it’s true. (L.A. Knight is the comedic pseudonym for best-selling author Steve Alten). http://amzn.to/1FM9Efv

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Tuesday • May 26, 2015

WOMEN ARE BUYING MORE SEX THAN EVER BEFORE, NEW RESEARCH CLAIMS: Women are buying more sex than ever before, according to new research. The initial findings, part of research project ‘Women Who Buy Sexual Services in the UK’, found that women who pay for sex come from all ages, backgrounds and it appears that one of the main reason for the transaction is they lack the time for a relationship. Researchers at Lancaster University and Manchester Metropolitan University spoke to 21 escorts and are now seeking female customers to continue their study. The study, led by Lancaster University’s Dr Sarah Kingston and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dr Natalie Hammond, found that advertisement profiles of men rose from 5, 246 in 2010 to 15, 732 this year.

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LBN-ETC.: Hilarious Novel Proves Men are Dogs… and they like it. L.A. Knight’s laugh-out-loud debut novel DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE centers around Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor and talk show host who can’t make her own relationships work. When her boyfriend brings home a German Shepherd from the pound Nancy flips . . . until she realizes the dog trainer’s techniques can be used on her boyfriend. For women, the book is an empowering lesson in controlling the male ego. For men it’s a fun read …because it’s true. (L.A. Knight is the comedic pseudonym for best-selling author Steve Alten). http://amzn.to/1FM9Efv

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Tuesday • May 26, 2015

CHARTER-TWC BEHEMOTH WILL RIVAL COMCAST: Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion. The deal, in which Charter paid just over $195 a share—about 14 percent more than TWC’s closing stock price Friday—creates the nation’s second-largest cable company, behind only archrival Comcast. Billionaire John C. Malone, Charter Communications’ primary backer, has been attempting to break into the American broadband industry. His company swooped in after Comcast’s bid, for $45 billion, was broken up by antitrust regulators.

WITH ISIS IN CROSS HAIRS, U.S. HOLDS BACK TO PROTECT CIVILIANS: American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers.

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B.B. KING’S DEATH PROBED AS HOMICIDE: Nevada officials said Monday they will investigate the death of B.B. King as a possible homicide after two of the blues guitarist’s daughters accused his aides of poisoning him. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said authorities are investigating the unsubstantiated claims and coordinating with Las Vegas police, but results may take at least six to eight weeks. However, a police spokesman told NBC News that authorities will not launch an investigation until the coroner “determines Mr. King’s death to be from other than natural causes.” Patty King and Karen Williams allege their father, who died May 14, was poisoned. Patricia Toney, King’s longtime business agent, who has power-of-attorney over his estate, dismissed the claims as ridiculous.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Singer Diana Krall along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


DEADLY TORNADOES, FLOODS HAMMER OK, TX: At least two more people were killed in Texas and Oklahoma on Monday after more tornadoes and flooding swept through both states. A life-threatening flash flood emergency was declared in the Houston area, where hundreds of homes remained underwater. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said it was the worst flooding he’d ever seen, describing it as a “relentless tsunami-type power.” Authorities said 12 people are missing in Texas, including eight members of a family that had been vacationing in a Wimberley home that was swept away into the swollen Blanco River. There have been 19 reports of tornadoes amid storms in the Plains and Mississippi Valley since sunrise Monday, according to the Weather Channel. At least eight people have died in connection to the severe weather over the past three days.

IRAN-BACKED MILITIA TO LEAD ISIS FIGHT: Iraq’s Shiite militias have claimed leadership of a campaign to push ISIS out of Iraq’s Anbar province, following a series of devastating setbacks in the region. In just the last week, the terrorist group has seized provincial capital Ramadi, as well as the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. But such an openly led Shiite push threatens to exacerbate sectarian tensions in Anbar. A spokesman for the Iran-backed militias even said the operation’s codename will be Labaik Ya Hussein—a nod to the Shiite saint. “The Labaik Ya Hussein operation is led by the Hashid Shaabi in cooperation and coordination with the armed forces there,” he said. “We believe that liberating Ramadi will not take long.”

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50,000 AMERICANS RUSH INTO CUBA: More than 50,000 Americans visited Cuba between Jan. 1 and May 9 of this year—a 36 percent rise from the same period last year, according to a University of Havana professor. While the majority came directly from the U.S., as in previous years, the number of Americans traveling through third countries has increased by more than 50 percent. Despite a loosening in U.S.-Cuban tensions, travel to Cuba is still only permitted for certain categories. However, American travelers now only have to self-certify that their trip falls under one of the allowed groups.

BEARS DROP MCDONALD OVER LATEST ARREST: The Chicago Bears have released defensive tackle Ray McDonald after he was arrested Monday on misdemeanor domestic-violence and child endangerment-charges in Santa Clara, California. Authorities responded to a call at McDonald’s home, where they had learned the 30-year-old had “physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby,” according to the police report. McDonald was released by the San Francisco 49ers in December after he was named as a suspect in a prior investigation for sexual assault. He was also arrested in August 2014 on felony domestic-violence charges. McDonald inked a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Bears, but none of the money was guaranteed.

ISIS KIDNAPS N. KOREA COUPLE IN LIBYA: Islamic State militants kidnapped a North Korean doctor and his wife in Libya, local media reported Sunday. The couple were taken in Al-Noufleya, east of the coastal city of Sirte, last week after finishing duty in the small town of Jalu, according to The Libya Observer. The North Korean embassy is reportedly working with different parties to locate the couple. The 60-year-old doctor allegedly has been working in Jalu for years, according to a source at a local hospital.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: When Martin Van Buren wrote his autobiography after serving as president from 1837-1841, he didn’t mention his wife of 12 years. Not even once.

LBN-WATCH VIDEO: Watch As Waitress Decks The Jerk Who Groped Her


MEDIA CEOS TAKE OVER THE HIGH PAY LIST: Six of the 10 best-paid CEOs in America run media companies, according to 2014 rankings released Tuesday by the AP. Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav topped the list with annual compensation of $156.1 million, and CBS’s Les Moonves came in second with $54.4 million. The heads of Viacom, Walt Disney, Comcast, and Time Warner were the other media names on the list, with Regeneron Pharmaceutical, Salesforce, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer rounding out the top 10.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jimmy Fallon walking down Main Street in Sag Harbor on Sunday.   ***“Empire” creator Lee Daniels and the show’s star Taraji P. Henson in the audience at Mariah Carey’s Vegas show at Caesars Palace on Saturday night .   ***Nicole Kidman, Sting and wife Trudie Styler in the audience of “An American in Paris” on Broadway Saturday night. Sting and Trudie went backstage to say hello to the cast afterward.   ***Jonah Hill and his girlfriend Camille shopping in Soho in NYC.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Collins Dictionary: Discover the New Scrabble Words

“Over 6,500 new words have been added to the Collins Official Scrabble Wordlist. Influenced by all parts of life including social media, slang, technology and food, plus English from around the world. Delve into some of the new words below and discover the full Wordlist.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Eight hundred years ago next month, English noblemen forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. It’s still having amazing effects on the world today. The Magna Carta helped usher in government with a separation of powers. It helped create conditions in which centralized authority could not totally control fiscal, political, religious or intellectual life. It helped usher in the modern Anglo-Saxon state model, with its relative emphasis on the open movement of people, ideas and things. The Anglo-Saxon model has its plusses and minuses, but it is very attractive to people around the world. Today, as always, immigrants flock to nations with British political heritage. Forty-six million people in the United States are foreign born, almost 1 in 6. That’s by far the highest number of immigrants in any country in the world.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: “We need a national debate on nicotine,” said Mitch Zeller. Zeller is the director of the Center for Tobacco Products, a division of the Food and Drug Administration created in 2009 when Congress passed legislation giving the F.D.A. regulatory authority — at long last! — over cigarettes. In addition, the center will soon have regulatory authority over other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, which have become enormously controversial even as they have gained in use. Through something called a “deeming rule,” the center is in the process of asserting that oversight over e-cigarettes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Carl Elliott: If you want to see just how long an academic institution can tolerate a string of slow, festering research scandals, let me invite you to the University of Minnesota, where I teach medical ethics. Over the past 25 years, our department of psychiatry has been party to the following disgraces: a felony conviction and a Food and Drug Administration research disqualification for a psychiatrist guilty of fraud in a drug study; the F.D.A. disqualification of another psychiatrist, for enrolling illiterate Hmong refugees in a drug study without their consent; the suspended license of yet another psychiatrist, who was charged with “reckless, if not willful, disregard” for dozens of patients; and, in 2004, the discovery, in a halfway house bathroom, of the near-decapitated corpse of Dan Markingson, a seriously mentally ill young man under an involuntary commitment order who committed suicide after enrolling, over the objections of his mother, in an industry-funded antipsychotic study run by members of the department.

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LBN-ETC.: Get Noticed! Did you know that this LBN E-Lert has 20 times more readers than either Variety or the Hollywood Reporter print editions. Over 474,000 people per day read LBN in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries. You can now post YOUR message here. Promote. Sell. Hire. Trade. Anything. Send us your 100 word message with link included. We will post and send you a bill which you can conveniently pay with either credit card, PayPal or check. Easy. Effective. Get Noticed! — E-mail: LBNELert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN-Etc.” in the subject line).
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LBN-ETC: The one thing that determines the level of our potential, produces the intensity of our activity and predicts the quality of the result we receive— our attitude. Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. To sign up to receive the free “best success newsletter” the excel report – click here: www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC.: Hilarious Novel Proves Men are Dogs… and they like it. L.A. Knight’s laugh-out-loud debut novel DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE centers around Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor and talk show host who can’t make her own relationships work. When her boyfriend brings home a German Shepherd from the pound Nancy flips . . . until she realizes the dog trainer’s techniques can be used on her boyfriend. For women, the book is an empowering lesson in controlling the male ego. For men it’s a fun read …because it’s true. (L.A. Knight is the comedic pseudonym for best-selling author Steve Alten). http://amzn.to/1FM9Efv

LBN-ETC.: B A C K S F O R W A R D the camera is my gun, the photograph my fun. Jon Rob Hager

LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

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Monday • May 25, 2015

CARTER: IRAQIS LACK ‘WILL TO FIGHT’ ISIS: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter blamed the Islamic State’s recent victories in Ramadi on Iraqi forces on Sunday, criticizing the troops for showing “no will to fight” the militants. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site,” Carter said of Iraqi forces on CNN’s State of the Union. The defense chief called American and allied airstrikes “effective” and defended Obama‘s opposition to sending ground troops to help Iraqis on the front lines. Carter’s comments come after ISIS militants seized parts of Iraq’s western Anbar province, including the capital Ramadi, as well as parts of Syria.

PRESSURE COOKER DESTROYED NEAR CAPITOL: A bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker found in a “suspicious” car near the Capitol building in Washington and arrested the vehicle’s owner Sunday, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Authorities discovered the unattended car near the National Mall and an odor of gasoline, said Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider. A bomb squad was called to the scene and “disrupted the items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker,” and the car owner, Israel Shimeles, was arrested and charged with “operation after revocation.

EX-ISRAELI PM HANDED 8 MONTHS IN JAIL: The Jersualem District Court on Monday sentenced former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to an additional eight months in prison, adding to a six-year term he will serve for a separate conviction. The new sentence includes a fine of more than $25,000 and comes months after he was convicted for trading political favors for envelopes full of cash from U.S. businessman Morris Talansky. Olmert was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for a real-estate bribery scheme last year. Olmert’s lawyers said they plan to appeal, but the judges ruled the ex-politician must begin his prison term in the Talanksy case in 45 days.

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OBAMA WEIGHS STRATEGY AS DATA LAWS RUN OUT: The Obama administration is weighing what the looming expiration of three counterterrorism laws — including the provision that has been cited to allow the National Security Agency to vacuum up logs of Americans’ phone calls — would mean for future operations, even as officials say the “wind-down process” for the bulk calling data program has already begun. A senior American intelligence official said Sunday that the administration had begun assessing what the rules would be for analysts to retrieve five years of Americans’ calling data previously acquired under the bulk phone logs program, if Congress fails to act by June 1 and the ability to collect newly created records is lost.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA WINS INDY 500: Juan Pablo Montoya became a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner on Sunday. The Colombian driver made a pass on the outside of teammate Will Power in the final laps going into Turn One and made it stick before he held on to notch his second career win. “This is what IndyCar is all about: Awesome racing all the way down to the wire,” he said. Montoya won the race in 2000 as a rookie and spent six years in Formula One before he left to explore NASCAR for nine seasons. The South American returned to IndyCar racing last year and took fifth place at the Indy 500.

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BROKEN BURT REYNOLDS CLINGING ON TO LIFE: Friends fear Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds could have just weeks to live as he battles health and money woes. The 79-year-old “Deliverance” star looked startlingly frail, and hobbled along with a cane during a rare appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia in May. “Burt appeared to be in considerable pain,” revealed an eyewitness. “He’s withered to a shell of his former self.” A friend confirmed : “Burt’s in an extremely bad way. He could be gone in just weeks! “He’s spent the last few months finishing his autobiography. It could well be published after his death.” In the past few years, the “Smokey and the Bandit” actor has been reeling from one health crisis after another.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The European and U.S. Debt Crisis

1.     The euro is the sole currency of 17 European Union members and six non-EU members.

2.     The Eurozone or euro area is a fiscal union made up of 17 EU countries that have adopted the euro as their national currency.

3.     The biggest single-day loss ever in the history of the Dow occurred on September 29, 2008, when it dropped 777.68 points, or approximately $1.2 trillion in market value.

4.     The European Union is a political union of 27 European countries with the goal to create a single market for goods and service without economic barriers. Ten members of the EU do not use the euro.

5.     The United States has $2.7 trillion as its monetary base. This amount would be able to pay off only a small fraction of the over $15 trillion of U.S. debt.

6.     If a person spent $1 every second, that would equal to $1 million dollars in 12 days. At this rate, it would take 32 years to spend $1 billion dollars. It would take 31,000 years to spend $1 trillion dollars.

7.     In 1971, the national debt was $75 million. In 2010, the debt rate rose that much once an hour.

8.     In 2008, U.S. households lost an estimated 18% of their net worth, equaling approximately an $11.2 trillion loss. This collapse was the largest since the Federal Reserve began tracking household wealth after WWII.

9.     Five years prior to 2008, 11 banks failed. In 2008, 25 banks failed and were taken over by the FDIC. In 2009, 140 failed.

10.  Today the national debt is $15.2 trillion. This amounts to $48,380 for every person living in the U.S., or $127,431 for every household in the U.S.

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ART GARFUNKEL LASHES OUT AT PAUL SIMON IN NEW INTERVIEW: Art Garfunkel lashed out at his former Simon & Garfunkel partner Paul Simon in a scathing new interview where the singer accuses Simon of suffering from a Napoleonic complex and suppressing Garfunkel’s creativity. Speaking to The Telegraph, Garfunkel also cites Simon as the reason why the duo aren’t embarking on a reunion tour and even takes a mild jab at Paul McCartney. “Will I do another tour with Paul? Well, that’s quite doable. As far as this half is concerned, why not? But I’ve been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971.” Garfunkel said before pretending to address Simon. “How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?” Garfunkel also talked about befriending Simon when they were school kids because Garfunkel felt sorry for Simon because of his height. “And that compensation gesture has created a monster,” Garfunkel said. When asked if Simon has a Napoleonic complex, he responded, “I think you’re on to something. I would say so, yes.”

ACTRESS ANNE MEARA DIES AT 85: Comedian Anne Meara, the wife of Jerry Stiller and mother to actor Ben Stiller, died Saturday from natural causes, her family said Sunday. She was 85. The Emmy- and Tony-nominated actress was first known for her work with her husband during the 1960s, with appearances as a duo on The Ed Sullivan Show and later starring in the short-lived sitcom The Stiller and Meara Show in 1986. Meara appeared in a series of other shows, including her role on the ABC soap opera All My Children, Rhoda, and In the Heat of the Night, among many others. She is survived by her husband, son, daughter Amy Stiller, and several grandchildren.

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“Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Martin Sheets, who became one of the faces of the Special Olympics, winning more than 250 medals competing for more than 40 years in its events for people with intellectual disabilities, died on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. He was 62. He had dementia, his family said.   ***Marques Haynes, whose dazzling ball-handling skills, exhibited for more than 40 years as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and other barnstorming black basketball teams, earned him a place in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and an international reputation as the world’s greatest dribbler, died on Friday in Plano, Tex. He was 89. A spokesman for the Globetrotters, Brett Meister, confirmed the death. Haynes had lived in Plano.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: There’s a lot of status anxiety going about these days. People live suspended between the anxiety of being deluged in communication and the agony of receiving none. They have always wanted to be liked, but now they must also be “liked.” They exist under the digital pressure of reciprocal judgment, a state that knows no repose. They are either on top of things, a momentary illusion, or overwhelmed, a permanent state intermittently denied. They look around wondering how it is possible to keep up. They have access to everything and certainty about nothing. They zigzag between indulgence and denial, frenetic states and cleansing cures, their busy selves and their better selves. They have nightmares about getting a thumbs-down. They ask themselves how the Day of Judgment became day-in, day-out judgment. They make resolutions that unravel. They amass to-do lists that cannot get done. They are not sure where they stand on the ratings scales, on the lists that proliferate, on the global grading of everything and everyone.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Anti-Semitism is a good barometer of a worsening public mood. According to the Pew Research Center, acts of hostility toward Jews are now rampant in 39 percent of countries, up from 26 percent in 2007. The U.K. Community Security Trust registered 1,168 anti-Semitic incidents in Britain in 2014, more than double the number from the previous year.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life-forms “are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” But that was then, in the early stages of the information technology revolution. Since then we’ve moved on to much more significant things, so much so that the big technology idea of 2015, so far, is a digital watch. But this one tells you to stand up if you’ve been sitting too long!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. It gets worse. The Gulf states’ top leaders, betrayed and bitter, ostentatiously boycott President Obama’s failed Camp David summit. “We were America’s best friend in the Arab world for 50 years,” laments Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief.  Note: “were,” not “are.”

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Sunday • May 24, 2015

BENGHAZI EMAILS HELD SENSITIVE INFO: Emails obtained by The New York Times show that Hillary Clinton kept sensitive but unclassified information in her personal email account, including information about the locations of officials located in Libya. According to the Times, one such email from a year and a half before the 2012 Benghazi attack gave away the location of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as he considered leaving the city. Other emails lead with private correspondence, while yet others show that Clinton was circulating Benghazi narratives from friend Sidney Blumenthal that contradicted the official White House line. The State Department is set to release more Benghazi-linked emails in coming days.

PRESIDENTS, CELEBS SEND OFF LETTERMAN: The CBS Late Show bid farewell to longtime host David Letterman on Wednesday with musical guests the Foo Fighters, who closed out the show with a performance of “Everlong.” Four of the five surviving former presidents appeared in a video montage and a number of celebrities, including Steve Martin and Tiny Fey, appeared to help Letterman reveal his final Top 10 list, which was called “Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave.” In addressing his plans after his 33-year run on television, Letterman quipped, “By God, I hope to become the new face of Scientology.”

ISIS STRENGTHENS ITS GRIP ON ANCIENT SYRIAN CITY OF PALMYRA: Islamic State militants on Thursday solidified their rout of Syrian government forces in the historic desert city of Palmyra, moving to the outskirts to seize its airport and the notorious Tadmur Prison, according to residents and statements from the group. It was the first time that the ISIS militants seized an entire city from Syrian government forces; it won control of its first major city, Raqqa, from Syrian insurgents and the Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front after the two became rivals. The rout on Wednesday in Palmyra, whose spectacular ancient ruins are a symbol of the country’s heritage embraced by supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad alike, came just five days after the militants seized the much larger city of Ramadi in Iraq.

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BIN LADEN ALMOST LEFT PAKISTAN COMPOUND: According to a letter in a new batch of documents unsealed and released to the public Wednesday, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden considered moving away from his Pakistan compound in the months before he was found there in a CIA raid and killed. “I think that I have to leave them,” bin Laden wrote to one of his wives, Khairiyah. “But it will take a few months to arrange another place.” Six months later, Navy SEALs broke into the compound, killed bin Laden, and turned Khairiyah over to Pakistani authorities.

U.S. AND CUBA NEARING DEAL TO FULLY RESTORE DIPLOMATIC TIES: The United States and Cuba are closer than ever to reaching an agreement to fully restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies, officials in both countries say, as negotiators prepare to meet Thursday in Washington for another round of talks to iron out remaining details and discuss possible dates. The move toward full diplomatic relations broken decades ago during the Cold War has been seen as a key step toward ending hostilities and normalizing ties with a historic opponent that once agreed to allow Soviet nuclear missiles on its soil and repelled an invasion by American-backed insurgents.

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VIDEO SHOWS WACO BIKERS FLEEING GUNFIRE: Surveillance footage shown to the Associated Press on Wednesday revealed many of the bikers involved in Sunday’s shootout at a Texas restaurant fled the scene when gunfire broke out, while some directed people inside to safety. Waco police charged about 170 people with a felony for engaging in organized criminal activity and set bonds at $1 million after the clash at the Twin Peaks restaurant. Police spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton declined to comment about the video, which showed bikers ducking under patio tables. Representatives from the Twin Peaks franchise, who showed the footage to the AP, have said the fighting began outside the restaurant and not inside as police have claimed.

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OSAMA BIN LADEN’S BOOKSHELF REFLECTS HIS FIXATION ON WEST: Among the books, periodicals and letters found in Osama bin Laden’s hide-out in Pakistan was a copy of the former C.I.A. officer Michael Scheuer’s 2004 book, “Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror,” which describes the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as “the most respected, loved, romantic, charismatic and perhaps able figure in the last 150 years of Islamic history.” Also in his library was a copy of Michel Chossudovsky’s conspiracy-minded book “America’s ‘War on Terrorism,’ ” which argued that 9/11 was simply a pretext for American incursions into the Middle East, and that Bin Laden was nothing but a boogeyman created by the United States. These books and others, along with dozens of journal articles and magazine clippings, were found when a Navy SEAL team raided Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011. Declassified on Wednesday, they highlight the Qaeda leader’s fascination with the West. They also illustrate the efforts he made to understand America (the better to fight it) and his need to confirm his own beliefs about its rapacity and corruption (perhaps to justify his terrorist attacks).

LBN-HEATH WATCH: ***Exercise may affect how and when we move, even when we aren’t exercising, according to a fascinating new study in mice. The findings suggest that, by influencing our built-in body clocks, exercise may help our bodies to recognize the optimal times we should be moving, and when we should be still. Most of us have heard of circadian rhythms. Our heartbeats, hormones, hunger, alertness, digestion, fatigue and other bodily functions move through regular cycles on a schedule that is both predictable and syncopated, changing as circumstances demand.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The CVS Health Corporation said on Thursday that it had agreed to acquire the pharmacy services provider Omnicare for about $12.7 billion, including debt. The deal is expected to extend CVS Health’s operations in dispensing prescription drugs to assisted-living and long-term care facilities, and to broaden its presence in the specialty pharmacy business as it seeks to capitalize on the aging population in the United States.   ***Former lead FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss will be the guest of honor at the next “City Talk” conversation cocktail party on Tuesday, May 26th at 5pm at the popular Luna Park restaurant.

MODEL JANICE DICKINSON SUES BILL COSBY: Janice Dickinson, the model who last year accused Bill Cosby of raping her in 1982, filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian Wednesday. The 60-year-old is seeking unspecified damages for false light and infliction of emotional distress, said Lisa Bloom, Dickinson’s lawyer. Dickinson claims she has been re-victimized and Cosby’s legal team defamed her by denying the sexual-assault accusation. Cosby, who has not been charged with a crime, has denied all accusations against him from more than 40 women who say he assaulted them in various incidents since the 1960s.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Another Clinton is becoming an author. Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has a deal with Penguin Young Readers for “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” the publisher announced Wednesday.

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Thursday • May 21, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Coffee

  1. According to legend, coffee was discovered in the 9th century when an Ethiopian goat herder named Khaldi noticed that his normally lethargic goats were more excitable after they had nibbled the red berries from an evergreen tree. Khaldi took the berries to a Muslim holy man, who turned the raw fruit of the coffee tree into the delicious beverage.
  2. Though coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around A.D. 850, it wasn’t until it spread to Mocha, Yemen, in around 1100 that it became firmly established as a popular drink. From Mocha (from which Mocha coffee derives its name), beans were shipped to India, Java, and eventually Europe in 1515. By 1675, England had more than 3,000 coffee houses.
  3. Coffee was originally regarded as a wonder drug in Yemen and Arabia and was taken only at the advice of a doctor. Many saw coffee as a brain tonic or as a way to stimulate religious visions.
  4. Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee trees on the Arabian Peninsula. Arabs typically roasted and boiled coffee, or qahwa, which is Arabic for “the wine of Islam.”
  5. More than 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, making coffee the world’s most popular beverage. It is also the world’s most traded commodity, after crude oil.
  6. The only places in North America where coffee is grown is in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
  7. The world’s first coffee house opened in 1475 in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).
  8. When Khair Bey, the governor of Mecca, banned coffee in 1511 because he feared it might encourage resistance to his rule, the sultan executed him on the grounds that coffee was actually “blessed.”
  9. Coffee was imported from Arabia to Europe through Venice in the 1600s. While some monks urged Pope Clemente VIII to outlaw the “Muslim” drink, the pope argued that the drink was so good that it would be a “sin” to let only “pagans drink it.” Coffee thus began to spread across Europe.
  10. When the first coffeehouse opened in England in 1652, women were prohibited from entering, other than to serve men.
  11. A Belgian named George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906 in Guatemala.
  12. A 2011 study showed that women who drink two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period than those who drank one cup of coffee or less per week.
  13. Research has shown that drinking coffee may decrease cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disorders.
  14. The Arabs discovered coffee, but were jealous of their discovery and refused to allow fertile coffee seeds to leave their country. However a 17th-century Muslim pilgrim, Baba Budan, smuggled seven seeds out of Arabia and planted them in India. It is said that all the world’s coffee came from these seven seeds.
  15. There are two main species of the coffee plant used to commercially produce coffee: 1) Coffee arabica, which originated in the Middle East, and 2) Coffea robusta, which originated in the Congo. Arabica trees produce the best quality coffee and are the most widely cultivated (3/4 of the world’s coffee), while Robusta beans are hardier, contain 40-50% more caffeine, and are used in many instant coffees.
  16. The Dutch were the first Europeans to enter the coffee trade. They imported coffee plants from the Malabar Coast of India to their colonies in what were then called the Dutch East Indies, or present-day Indonesia.
  17. In 1715, Dutch coffee merchants presented the influential King of France, Louis XIV, with a coffee tree of his own. Millions and millions of trees have sprung from that single tree, thanks in part to Chevalier Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu, who stole some cuttings from the tree and began cultivating coffee on Martinique in the Caribbean. Within 50 years, there were over 20 million trees on Martinique and neighboring islands.
  18. Although yields vary from harvest to harvest, a single coffee tree usually provides only enough coffee beans in a year to fill a half-kilo (one-pound) bag of ground coffee.
  19. It takes 3 to 4 years for a coffee tree to mature. Once it matures, each tree will bear one to two pounds of coffee beans per growing season.
  20. Light roast coffee has more caffeine that dark roast coffee. The longer coffee is roasted, the more caffeine is cooked from the bean.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Great Chilean Earthquake: Strongest Ever Recorded (1960)

Measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, the Great Chilean Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. The tsunami it produced sent waves of up to 82 ft (25 m) racing across the Pacific Ocean to Chile, Argentina, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the Aleutian Islands. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 6,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake and ensuing tsunami.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Naomi Campbell

Naomi Elaine Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English model, actress, singer, and author. Recruited at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s, and was one of six models of her generation declared “supermodels” by the fashion industry.

In addition to her modelling career, Campbell has embarked on other ventures, which include authoring a novel, an R&B-pop studio album, and several acting appearances in film and television, such as the modelling competition reality show The Face and its international offshoots. Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes. Her personal life is widely reported, particularly her relationships with prominent men (including boxer Mike Tyson and actor Robert De Niro) and several highly publicised convictions for assault.

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Thursday • May 21, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Organic Food

  1. Organic food is food that has been grown or processed without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.
  2. The organic food movement began in the 1940s in response to the Green Revolution. The Green Revolution marked a significant increase in food production due to the introduction of high-yield varieties, the use of pesticides, and better management techniques.
  3. When organic food travels long distances to market (food miles), it creates pollution that may offset any positive environmental effects of organic farming. However, buying local food, which may or may not be grown organically, helps reduce the environmental costs associated with food miles.
  4. Researchers note that there is not a significant difference between organic and conventional food in nutritional value, potential allergic reactions, or incidents of Campylobacter infections (a common cause of bacterial foodborne illness). Additionally, studies show that organic food does not significantly taste better than conventional food.
  5. According to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officials, there is currently no direct evidence proving that an organic diet leads to improved health or lower risk of disease. However, no large studies in humans have been conducted that specifically address the long-term benefits of an organic vs. conventional diet.
  6. Organic food is typically more expensive than conventional food, sometimes 50% higher than the same conventionally grown food.
  7. While there may not be a significant difference nutritionally between organic and conventional foods, detectable pesticide residues were found in only 7% of organic product samples compared to 38% of conventional produce samples.
  8. Studies have shown that pesticide levels in children’s urine were significantly lower if they ate organic diets.
  9. In 1990, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), which required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national standards for organically produced agricultural products.
  10. A civil penalty of up to $11,000 for each offense can be levied on any person who knowingly sells or labels as organic a product that is not produced and handled according to the National Organic Programs (NOP) regulations for organic food.
  11. The European Union, the U.S., Canada, Japan, and other countries require organic food producers to have a special certification based on government-defined standards to market food as organic.
  12. A conventionally grown apple may be sprayed up to 16 times with over 30 different chemicals.
  13. Pesticides may be used on organic food as long as they are not synthetic.
  14. Several groups have called on organic food producers not to use nanotechnology, which is the process of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular matter. Some nanotechnology already exists in organic products. For example, Nano Green Sciences sells a nano-pesticide they claim is “organic.” Additionally, some personal care products that are promoted as being “organic” also already contain nanoparticles.
  15. Research notes that people may buy organic food based on psychological effects, such as the “halo effect.” In other words, the label “organic” can change perceptions of taste, calories, and value regardless of whether the food is organic or not.
  16. Conventionally grown apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, potatoes, green beans, kale, and other greens are among the fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides.
  17. Conventionally grown onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, and mushrooms have some of the lowest pesticide levels.
  18. Research shows that organic milk and conventionally processed milk have similar levels of contaminants, including growth hormones. The AAP emphasizes that what is important is that children should drink pasteurized milk to reduce the risk of bacterial infection.
  19. A liter of organic milk requires 80% more land than conventional milk to produce, has 20% more global warming potential, releases 60% more nutrients into water sources, and contributes 70% more to acid rain.
  20. Researchers worry that increased consumer demand for organic food may lead to larger farms, lowered standards for organic produce, and poorer working conditions for organic farmers.
 

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Maxwell

Gerald Maxwell Rivera, (born May 23, 1973), better known by his stage name Maxwell, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Along with fellow musicians D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has been credited with helping to shape what has been termed the “neo soul” movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s.

 

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: ***1430 – Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.   ***1788 – South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.   ***1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.   ***1873 – The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.   ***1911 – The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.   ***1934 – Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) were killed in a police shootout.   ***1945 – Heinrich Himmler, head of Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo, committed suicide while in prison.   ***1949 – The German Federal Republic came into existence.   ***1997 – Moderate Mohammad Khatami was elected president of Iran.

 

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Thursday • May 21, 2015

NO MAJOR VIOLENCE AFTER COP ACQUITTAL: A judge has acquitted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo of manslaughter in the deaths of an unarmed black couple in 2012. Brelo, along with several other officers, fired a total of 137 rounds at Timothy Russell and his passenger Malissa Williams during a chase. 49 shots were fired by Brelo alone, who climbed onto the hood of Russell’s car and fired 15 rounds, including the last fatal shots. Russell later said he thought gunfire was coming from the car; no weapon was ever recovered. National Guard troops are standing by in Cleveland. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is not directly commenting on the acquittal but hopes the city will remain calm. “Violence is not the answer, and it’s all about trying to find a solution, for good or for bad.” On Saturday afternoon after the verdict was announced, a small group of protestors marched through downtown Cleveland with police racing ahead of them to close streets. There were no reports of major violence, unlike in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, but police did arrest three people following a scuffle with some officers. Another three were arrested Saturday evening as protestors “engaged with” restaraunt goers in Cleveland’s gastro street. Mayor Frank Jackson complimented both the protestors and the police on their restraint.

 

NSA WINDS DOWN RECORD COLLECTING: The National Security Agency is beginning to wind down its phone recording collection after the Senate didn’t come to an agreement on a path forward to extend or alter the program ahead of its expiration next month. Unless there is a compromise reached when the Senate returns to session on May 31, some of the surveillance tools of the agency will come to an end on midnight of that day. Late Friday night, Senate Republicans blocked a bill entitled the USA Freedom Act which would have ended the enormous collecting arm of the NSA. It fell three votes short of the necessary 60 to pass.

 

IRELAND VOTES TO APPROVE GAY MARRIAGE: The Republic of Ireland became the first country to amend its constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry on Saturday. More than 60 percent of the 3.2 million Irish people eligible turned out to vote on the historic referendum, with led by two-to-one with 34 of the 43 voting areas counted. Prominent anti-gay marriage campaigners have already conceded defeat. An official announcement is expected later on Saturday.

 

A FAKE ‘NSA’ MAY BE POSTING YOUR CAFE CONVERSATIONS ONLINE: A group of anonymous, anti-National Security Agency protesters has been secretly recording the chit-chat of ordinary New Yorkers and posting the audio snippets online. The pranksters’ site, WeAreAlwaysListening.com, cheekily claims to be “brought to you by the NSA,” and features “data collection” from little tape recorders stuck under restaurant tables in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and even under a bench at Crunch Gym in Union Square. The site links to an ACLU site from which people can e-mail their members of Congress to protest unlawful mass surveillance and ask that the Patriot Act be allowed to expire.

 

ZOË KRAVITZ’S FILM ‘DOPE’ GETS STANDING OVATION AT CANNES: After she kicked off Cannes with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Zoë Kravitz returned to the fest with indie movie “Dope.” She was joined at its premiere by executive producer Pharrell Williams, as well as co-stars A$AP Rocky and Shameik Moore, model Chanel Iman, Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige. After a lively standing ovation, the cast headed to see Brown perform at club Gotha. Coming-of-age film “Dope” by Rick Famuyiwa follows nerdy LA teens who get mixed up with a drug dealer.

 

AUTHOR HAPPY AMERICAN GIRL HAS ADDED A NEW ASIAN DOLL: Popular doll maker American Girl added a new Asian doll last week, after numerous complaints were made last summer when it discontinued its only Asian-American figure, Ivy Ling. Diane Clehane, who writes Adweek’s FishbowlNY, had penned an outraged article for Forbes last summer asking, “Is American Girl telling Asian-American girls their stories don’t matter?” So she was surprised when she saw the new doll when visiting the store with her Chinese-born daughter, Madeline. “We discovered this quite by accident today,” she wrote on Facebook, declaring, “Victory!” “I’m thrilled and, most importantly, my daughter is happy,” Clehane tells us. “It’s cool for her to see that by standing up for yourself you can make a difference by speaking out.” Reps for the brand played it down, saying they’ve “always had dolls with Asian characteristics within our doll lines.” When asked if the new one was added because of complaints, the rep replied, “No.” The new doll is part of a newly rebranded “Truly Me” series and sells for $115.

 

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Wednesday • May 20, 2015

IRAN NIXES NUKE SCIENTIST INTERVIEWS: Iran will not present nuclear scientists for interviews with international inspectors, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, calling the stipulation one of the international community’s “unreasonable demands.” Khamenei delivered the remarks on Iranian state TV ahead of the June 30 nuclear-deal deadline. “We will never yield to pressure,” he said. “Iran will not give access to its [nuclear] scientists.” A tentative deal reached April 2 allowed for intrusive short-term inspections by UN officials, but there have been disagreements about what that entails.

OBAMA RECASTS CLIMATE CHANGE AS A MORE FAR-REACHING PERIL: President Obama will use a commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, arguing that the warming of the planet poses an “immediate risk” to the United States. The speech is part of an effort by Mr. Obama to make a multipronged case for his ambitious climate-change agenda, which he identifies as a top priority for the remainder of his time in office and regards as a central element of his legacy. Instead of promoting his plan strictly in environmental terms, he has pitched it as beneficial for the economy and vital to the nation’s security.

NORTH KOREA: WE CAN MAKE MINI-NUKES: Leaders in Pyongyang claimed Wednesday they have found a way to miniaturize nuclear warheads, giving them the ability to mount weapons on missiles. The statements come shortly after North Korea released images of what appears to be Kim Jong Un observing the testing of such a “world-level strategic weapon.” But U.S. military leaders say the images are not entirely representative of North Korea’s abilities. They “have not gotten as far as their clever video editors and spinmeisters would have us believe,” Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld said Tuesday

FREDDIE GRAY DIDN’T MOVE WHEN SHACKLED: Baltimore police said Freddie Gray was “irate” in a transport van following his arrest and that they had to restrain him, but that account is being challenged by new video obtained by The Baltimore Sun. In the video taken by a bystander, Gray is seen “halfway out of the van, his stomach flat on the floor, and his legs hanging off the back. He does not move as four officers stand over him and place shackles around his ankles.” Thanks to those shackles and not wearing a seatbelt, Gray “suffered a severe and critical neck injury,” prosecutors say.

BOB DYLAN SINGS FAREWELL TO LETTERMAN: The Late Show got a special visit Tuesday night from Bob Dylan, on its second-to-last episode. It was the musical legend’s first appearance on the show in 22 years—since Letterman’s first season on CBS. Dylan sang “The Night We Called It a Day,” a song from his newest album

LOW U.S. RAIL SPENDING LEADS TO POOR SAFETY, EXPERTS SAY: Across Europe and East Asia, hundreds of millions of train passengers a year are routinely whisked, at speeds that often exceed 200 miles an hour, over extensive rail networks that, for many, present a more reliable and affordable long-distance alternative than even air travel. So the fatal derailment of an Amtrak train last week in Philadelphia that was traveling at half that speed surprised many outside North America, where railway accident rates have declined steadily to levels that now rival those of the world’s safest airlines.

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STUDY: SNAKES’ ANCESTORS HAD HIND LEGS: A study published Tuesday suggests more than 3,400 snake species may have originated from the same ancestor, which had hind legs and sharp, hooked teeth to eat large prey. A team of paleontologists from Yale University constructed a snake “family tree” by analyzing fossil data, genetic sequencing, and anatomical comparisons of 73 snakes and lizard species. The most recent common ancestor of all snakes was nocturnal and lived 128.5 million years ago in the Southern Hemisphere, the study finds. However, because there are no fossil records of the creature, the team cannot confirm the model they’ve recreated.

ISRAEL SUSPENDS SEGREGATED BUSES: An Israeli program that barred Palestinians from Israeli bus lines has been suspended following a global outcry. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense minister Moshe Ya’alon announced the change Wednesday, a day after it was launched. The program required Palestinians from the West Bank to enter and leave Israel from the same checkpoint, and barred them from using Israeli buses. Many Israeli politicians, including Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, decried the program as “warrantless humiliation.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The largest analysis to date of amyloid plaques in people’s brains confirms that the presence of the substance can help predict who will develop Alzheimer’s and determine who has the disease. Two linked studies, published Tuesday in JAMA, also support the central early role in Alzheimer’s of beta amyloid, the protein that creates plaques. Data from nearly 9,500 people on five continents shows that amyloid can appear 20 to 30 years before symptoms of dementia, that the vast majority of Alzheimer’s patients have amyloid and that the ApoE4 gene, known to increase Alzheimer’s risk, greatly accelerates amyloid accumulation.

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UBS FINED $545M FOR FOREX FRAUD: The Swiss bank UBS will not be prosecuted for foreign-exchange manipulation, it was announced Wednesday, after officials for the institution pleaded guilty to manipulating interest rates. UBS will be fined $545 million for the fraud plea and its role in the forex scandal—a comparatively small sum because it is cooperating with authorities in the investigation into several other banks. The others are expected to be fined in the billions of dollars for manipulating the foreign-exchange market. UBS was already fined almost $1.5 billion by Swiss authorities in 2012.

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NFL EXTRA-POINT MOVED TO 15-YARD LINE: The National Football League announced Tuesday that players will now try for extra points from the 15-yard line instead of the 2-yard line. Two-point tries will still be snapped from the 2-yard line. Defenses can also now return fumbled or intercepted two-point attempts to score two points themselves. Blocked extra points may now also be returned for two points.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Foo Fighters, David Letterman’s favorite band, will serve as the final musical guest when the late-night host bids farewell to Late Show on Wednesday night. Letterman and Dave Grohl’s band have shared a unique bond the past 15 years. In addition to frequenting the program, Foo Fighters also staged a weeklong residency on Late Show in October 2014 to celebrate their new album/HBO travelogue Sonic Highways.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Happy Rockefeller, the socialite whose 1963 marriage to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, soon after both had been divorced, raised a political storm in a more genteel time and may have cost him the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, died on Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown, N.Y. She was 88. The family said in a statement that she died after a brief illness.   ***Dr. David Sackett, whose clinical trials proved the value of taking aspirin in preventing heart attacks and strokes, and who helped pioneer the use of statistical data in treating patients, died on Wednesday in Markdale, Ontario. He was 80. The cause was cancer, said a family spokesman, Dr. R. Brian Haynes of the department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Sackett founded the department in 1968.   ***John M. Templeton Jr., a former pediatric surgeon who was president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, died on Saturday at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 75. The foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pa., announced his death on Tuesday, saying the cause was cancer.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Zuhdi Jasser (President, American Islamic forum for Democracy and author, A Battle for the Soul of Islam): The loss of Ramadi to less than 200 ISIS militants can only happen in a world where the US is MIA. As so it will go on as a small but growing band of Islamist thugs will usher in unspeakable evil with little resistance upon more and more of the Middle East. These metastases of ISIS out of Syria and into Iraq and Libya all the way to every US state, will never stop spreading until the primary tumor (both the Assad regime and ISIS) inside Syria is eradicated. Assad’s first media response was to bizarrely take military credit for the US special operation, which nabbed the oil and gas CFO of ISIS yielding additionally his spouse, a slave and some intelligence. But that was one of an army. President Obama this week further clarified his willful blindness by stating in a roundly ignored comment that, “there still remained no military solution in Syria”. He continued, that the US stayed out because “they [Assad regime] got rid of the chemical weapons”. The truth: there is NO political solution in Syria and never will be as ISIS will only lose its oxygen with the end of the Assad regime. Meanwhile, on cue, the Assad regime horrifically stepped up chemical weapon use this week using chlorine gas, VX, ricin and sarin to name a few. Evil is advancing. Iran and Hizballah have colonized Syria already and our families in Syria keep asking, what is the US doing besides pulling troops from the region and groveling to Iran’s Khomeinists? President Obama has it wrong on every count! As ISIS spreads hope does seem more bleak. Yet, as terrible as it seems, it doesn’t have to be. The reversal of this is possible with actually only a few special forces in Iraq and a no-fly zone in Syria to name a few. The polar opposite of ISIS: liberal Islam can evolve from reformers who exist, but it will need generational adult supervision from the free world without which Sunni-Shia Islamists will otherwise destroy the entire region taking with them what we actually left as the rather quiet and safe towns like Ramadi in 2008.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: For a presidential campaign that has started so early, it’s striking how little most of the candidates want to engage with major issues of the day, let alone the future. Hillary Clinton won’t take a clear stand on two big issues she helped to negotiate as secretary of state: the free-trade deal with Pacific nations and the nuclear deal with Iran. Jeb Bush’s campaign seems stuck on whether he is or is not his brother’s keeper. Marco Rubio was for comprehensive immigration reform before he was against it. While Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders are motivated by clear ideologies, the others, so far, evince much more compelling ambitions to be president than compelling reasons for why they should be.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Gregory Fenves recently got a big promotion, from provost to president of the University of Texas at Austin. A raise came with it. Instead of his current base of about $425,000, he was offered $1 million. And he rejected it — as too much. “With many issues and concerns about administrative costs, affordability and tuition, such a salary will affect the ability of the president to work with the Texas Legislature,” Fenves wrote to a university official, in an email obtained by The Austin American-Statesman and published last week. He suggested, and agreed to, $750,000. That’s hardly chump change. But in the context of the shockingly lucrative deals that have become almost commonplace among college presidents, the sum — or, more precisely, the sentiment behind it — is worthy of note and praise.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It took Amal Clooney nearly half an hour to say “Yes” to George Clooney‘s marriage proposal. “When I asked her, we had never talked about it, so it was all — there wasn’t like a, ‘Maybe we should get married.’ Literally, I dropped it on her,” the Academy Award winner told CBS’ Charlie Rose on Tuesday. Clooney said he queued up his aunt Rosemary Clooney’s songs on his playlist and got down on one knee — but stayed there longer than expected.

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Tuesday • May 19, 2015

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Natalie Portman along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


ISIS FIGHTERS SEIZED ADVANTAGE IN IRAQ ATTACK BY STRIKING DURING SANDSTORM: Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday. The sandstorm delayed American warplanes and kept them from launching airstrikes to help the Iraqi forces, as the Islamic State fighters evidently anticipated. The fighters used the time to carry out a series of car bombings followed by a wave of ground attacks in and around the city that eventually overwhelmed the American-backed Iraqi forces.

34 MURDERED IN BALTIMORE SINCE FREDDIE GRAY DIED: In the 30 days since Freddie Gray died following injuries sustained in police custody, 34 people have been murdered in Baltimore, according to The Baltimore Sun. The city has seen more than 160 non-fatal shootings, a 60 percent increase from this time last year, and a 40 percent rise in homicides. Most of the latter happened in the Baltimore PD’s Western District—the same area where Gray was arrested. “What we’ve seen over the past few weeks will not be tolerated,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “I want to assure the community that every available resource will be utilized to make our community safer.”

ISIS FINANCES ARE STRONG: The Islamic State has revenue and assets that are more than enough to cover its current expenses despite expectations that airstrikes and falling oil prices would hurt the group’s finances, according to analysts at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit that researches public policy. The Islamic State takes in more than $1 million per day in extortion and taxation. Salaries of Iraqi government employees are taxed up to 50 percent, adding up to at least $300 million last year; companies may have their contracts and revenue taxed up to 20 percent. As other revenue streams have stalled, like banks and oil, the Islamic State has adjusted these rates to make taxation a larger portion of its income.

NFL NEGOTIATING SECRET DEFLATEGATE DEAL: The National Football League and the New England Patriots are having “back-channel conversations” to see whether issues over Deflategate penalties can be resolved without an appeal, ESPN reports. Punishment meted out by the NFL includes a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks—and the Patriots have until Friday to file an appeal. The team can also attempt to appeal in court—a possibility owner Robert Kraft won’t rule out. “I’m not going to comment on that at this point in time,” he said. “I’m going to leave it. I won’t say.”

HILLARY EMAILS TO BE RELEASED NEXT YEAR: The State Department said the public release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails will come in January 2016, according to court papers filed Monday night. The department is proposing to finish a review of the 55,000 pages of emails exchanged on Clinton’s private server while she was in office by Jan. 15, government lawyers disclosed through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice. The department’s FOIA chief, John Hackett, said the emails will be released on a State Department website devoted only to Clinton’s emails, which her team submitted last December.

SUICIDE RATE FOR BLACK CHILDREN DOUBLES: Researchers were shocked to find that suicide rates among black children between ages 5 to 11 have almost doubled in 25 years, while the rate for white kids has plummeted. A new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found for the first time a higher suicide rate for blacks than for whites. “I was shocked, I’ll be honest with you,” said Jeffrey Bridge, at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. “I looked at it and I thought, ‘Did we do the analysis correctly?’ I thought we had made a mistake.” The jump is thought to be related to violence and traumatic stress and early-onset puberty.

SAUDIS PLACE JOB AD FOR EXECUTIONERS: A skyrocketing execution rate has put Saudi Arabia on the hunt for more people to share the burden. An application form on the civil service ministry’s website shows the country is hiring for eight slots, and no previous experience is necessary. Applicants will even be exempt from civil service exams, but should ready themselves to perform amputations for smaller crimes in addition to full-on beheadings. Saudi Arabia has executed 84 people so far this year—compared to a total of 87 in 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.  Beacon, part of Facebook’s controversial advertisement system that broadcasted information about a user’s shopping activity on other sites, was the target of a class action lawsuit in 2009. The resulting settlement required Facebook to pay $9.5 million into a settlement fund.

12.  If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.

13.  In 2009, an EMT at the crime scene took a cell phone picture of the body of a New York woman who had been strangled and beaten and then posted it on his Facebook profile. He was later arrested on charges of official misconduct and was fired from his job.

14.  The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales warned that Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide because such sites encourage teens to build transient relationships and dehumanize community life.

15.  Facebook includes eating disorder groups such as “Get Thin or Die Trying,” and “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (“What nourishes me destroys me”). While such eating disorder sites were typically anonymous on the Web, their growing presence on Facebook makes them more public and accessible to more people.

CANNES BANS WOMEN WITH NO HIGH HEELS: Female guests in flats were reportedly turned away from the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night for the premiere of the movie Carol. “Rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings),” said festival spokeswoman Christine Aimé. “There is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels.” She didn’t clarify whether women had actually been asked to leave. Most of the women turned away were in their fifties, in rhinestone flats, according to the BBC. Josh Brolin and other actors have reportedly vowed to wear heels on the carpet themselves—in protest of the reported policies for women.

CHARLIE HEBDO CARTOONIST LUZ QUITS: Renald Luzier, the cartoonist who drew the image of the Prophet Muhammad on Charlie Hebdo’s front cover following an attack on its offices that left 12 people dead, said Monday he is leaving the publication. Luzier, known as Luz, said the loss of his colleagues had become “too much to bear.” Luz, who has worked at the publication since 1992, told the French newspaper Libération, “Each issue is torture because the others are gone. Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Tignous would have done is exhausting,” he said, referring to his colleagues who were gunned down by Islamist extremists on Jan. 7.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A new study offers help to patients and doctors who are trying to deal with mammogram results that many women consider troubling and confusing: the finding of “dense” breast tissue. Not only is breast density linked to an increased risk of cancer, it also makes cancer harder to detect because dense tissue can hide tumors from X-rays. But the new research indicates that not all women with dense breasts are at very high risk.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***ABC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — 105 million, to be exact. The “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor renewed his contract last year for $105 million, TV industry sources said.

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IRISH MAN WINS GAY CAKE LAWSUIT: A man in Northern Ireland who was refused a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan by a Christian bakery has won a landmark lawsuit against the establishment. A judge found that by denying Gareth Lee a cake featuring Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” Ashers bakery in Belfast discriminated against him on the basis of sexual orientation. “This is direct discrimination for which there is no justification,” Judge Isobel Brownlie ruled. “The defendants are not a religious organization. They conduct a business for profit. I believe the defendants did have the knowledge that the plaintiff was gay.” Lee will get €500 in damages.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: New York restaurateur to the stars Nello Balan says he handed over control of his eponymous eatery after a “marriage that didn’t work” with his partner Thomas Makkos. After 25 years of providing pricey portions to business moguls, models, Upper East Side socialites, Russian oligarchs and stars, including Mickey Rourke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, at his people-watching mecca of a restaurant on Madison Avenue, Balan says he is stepping aside to focus on another project.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Many of the ingredients in chocolate are proven to cause arousal similar in effect to sexual foreplay. In fact, some experts believe chocolate may be even more effective than foreplay for sexual arousal.

FINGERPRINT  TEST COULD DETECT COCAINE USE: A sophisticated new type of drug test can tell whether a person has taken cocaine by analyzing chemical traces left behind in their fingerprint, scientists say. Researchers from Britain and the Netherlands developed the technique, which they say could offer a useful alternative to current methods of blood, saliva or urine testing. Their findings are published in the scientific journal Analyst. The test uses a technique called mass spectrometry to detect chemicals produced by the body after a person consumes the drug. The scientists say it can tell the difference between a person who’s actually taken cocaine and someone who just happened to touch it

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In a rare TV appearance, Bob Dylan will perform on one of the final episodes of LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tonight, Tuesday, May 19th at 11:35 PM ET/PT on #CBS.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If you could go back to 1889 and strangle Adolf Hitler in his crib, would you do it? At one level, the answer is obvious. Of course, you should. If there had been no Hitler, presumably the Nazi Party would have lacked the charismatic leader it needed to rise to power. Presumably, there would have been no World War II, no Holocaust, no millions dead on the Eastern and Western fronts. But, on the other hand, if there were no World War II, you wouldn’t have had the infusion of women into the work force. You wouldn’t have had the G.I. Bill and the rapid expansion of higher education. You wouldn’t have had the pacification of Europe, Pax-Americana, which led to decades of peace and prosperity, or the end of the British and other empires.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich: If the Numbers Are So Good…How come everyone I know is depressed? I mean the job numbers. And I don’t mean that literally everyone I know is depressed. But you don’t hear too many people humming show tunes in the grocery line. People seem to pull away from the television screen in the elevator, as if the bad news is contagious. The world is a mess, and so are most people’s home lives: elderly parents (at least they have Medicare); kids trying to figure out what “to be” in a world that no longer offers paths that look clear even at the beginning; and middle age — how to even begin to describe middle age? How did so many people who were so successful in their 20s and 30s, who did everything they were supposed to do to live happily ever after in their 50s and 60s, get caught in this perfect storm of supposedly costing too much for the wrong skills, which is another way of saying “too old”?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Researchers report that women’s magazines have 10.5 times more ads and articles promoting weight loss than men’s magazines do, and over 75% of women’s magazine covers include at least one article title about how to change a woman’s body by diet, exercise, or cosmetic surgery.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Eight months after causing a major rift with Neil Young when he labeled his girlfriend Daryl Hannah a “purely poisonous predator,” David Crosby went onto the Howard Stern Show and offered a heartfelt apology. “I was completely out of line,” he said. “I have screwed up massively. Daryl Hannah never wound up in a Texas prison. I’m screwed up way worse than that girl. Where do I get off criticizing her? She’s making Neil happy. I love Neil and I want him happy.”   ***Five days before they were scheduled to exchange vows, Bristol Palin and fiancé Dakota Meyer have called off their wedding. Bristol’s mom, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, 51, broke the news in a lengthy Facebook note on Monday. “They have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held,” she wrote, adding that both families are still planning to party

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WACO BIKINI BAR STRIPPED OF LICENSE: The Twin Peaks restaurant chain has revoked the license of its Waco, Texas franchise following a deadly biker shootout on Sunday. “The management team of the franchised restaurant in Waco chose to ignore the warnings and advice from…the police,” the corporate team said in a statement. “We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and… [are] revoking their franchise agreement.” Nine people died and 18 more were injured after a shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks biker gangs. More than 190 bikers have been arrested.

INVESTOR: APPLE TO ENTER CAR, TV BIZ: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says he expects Apple to enter the television next year and the car market by 2020, adding that company will likely “dominate” in these arenas. Icahn also suggested that Apple shares may be worth double their current value—putting the company’s worth at $1.5 trillion.

INJURED AMTRAK PASSENGERS WANT $200M+: Four passengers from the Amtrak train that derailed last week are suing. On Monday, personal-injury attorneys filed a federal complaint on behalf of survivors of the crash that killed eight. The filing blames the derailment on engineer Brandon Bostian, but also on Amtrak for failing to install safety technology that might have prevented the train from speeding into a turn before derailing. Amtrak’s liability is capped at $200 million by law, but the lawyers said they plan to challenge that restriction. Another lawsuit was filed last Thursday by an off-duty Amtrak employee.

OBAMA LIMITS MILITARY GEAR FOR COPS: Sorry, officers. President Obama will announce limits on the type of military-style equipment available to America’s police. After broad public criticism of the response to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, cops will be banned from using weaponized aircraft, tanks, bayonets, and grenade launchers. Obama initially planned to continue supplying the gear, but the AP reports that an interagency group “found ‘substantial risk of misusing or overusing’ items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms, and camouflage could undermine trust in police.” The federal government will also stop supplying weaponized vehicles, heavy-duty weapons of .50-caliber or higher, explosives, and battering rams.

TAYLOR SWIFT: ‘MISOGYNY IS INGRAINED’: Taylor Swift sounded off on feminism in a wide-ranging interview with Maxim, after she was earned the number one slot on the 2015 Maxim Hot 100. In the interview, Swift says she started feeling the effects of sexism as she got older, when she was no longer “just seen as a kid.” “Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born,” she said. “So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.”

LINDSEY GRAHAM RUNNING FOR PREZ: Sen. Lindsey Graham will run for president, he told CBS This Morning Monday. “I’m running because I think the world is falling apart,” the South Carolina Republican said. “I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy.” He added that his top priorities will be working with Democrats to “go after [radical Islamists] before they come back here again.” Graham joins an increasingly crowded Republican field, which includes Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul.

‘MOTHER OF LAMAZE’ DIES AT 100: Elisabeth Bing, who fought for greater acceptance of natural childbirth methods in medicine, died Friday at age 100. Bing popularized the Lamaze breathing method and helped found a non-profit devoted to changing childbirth practices. When she began her work, women were usually heavily sedated during childbirth and men were kept away. Bing preferred to call her methods “prepared childbirth,” emphasizing that she sought to give women the information necessary to make informed decisions. “It was a tremendous cultural revolution that changed obstetrics entirely,” she said of her methods in a 1988 interview.

CANNES PAYS TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE: Amy Winehouse was remembered at Cannes by her pal Yasiin Bey, a k a Mos Def. Bey played a set of “songs she would like” before a premiere of Asif Kapadia’s doc on the late singer, “Amy,” at the Villa Schweppes, which was transformed into a red-lighted jazz club with letters spelling out “Amy” behind him. He’s in the film along with Mark Ronson, Questlove and Tony Bennett. Winehouse’s dad, Mitch, has blasted the movie as unfair. Cannes reviews say the doc portrayed him as “far too eager to exploit her fame,” even inviting “TV cameras to film her in the middle of a fragile post-rehab stay.”

CATE BLANCHETT: I’VE NEVER HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A WOMAN: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett — in Cannes for the red-carpet world premiere of her latest movie about a lesbian romance — has opened up about media speculation she has a real-life gay past. Early reviews of “Carol,” set in New York in the 1950s and directed by Todd Haynes, have been so glowing that the film is already generating Oscar buzz and is a leading contender for the top Cannes prize, the Palme d’Or. Speaking to the press on Sunday ahead of the premiere, Blanchett found herself forced to deny that she has had any gay experiences herself. “Have I had sexual relations with women? The answer is no,” Blanchett told reporters at a media conference. The actress said speculation had sprung from an interview she had given to Variety.

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CHINA MAKING SOME MISSILES MORE POWERFUL: After decades of maintaining a minimal nuclear force, China has re-engineered many of its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple warheads, a step that federal officials and policy analysts say appears designed to give pause to the United States as it prepares to deploy more robust missile defenses in the Pacific. What makes China’s decision particularly notable is that the technology of miniaturizing warheads and putting three or more atop a single missile has been in Chinese hands for decades. But a succession of Chinese leaders deliberately let it sit unused; they were not interested in getting into the kind of arms race that characterized the Cold War nuclear competition between the United States and the Soviet Union.

PLANE HACKER ALTERS FLIGHT PATH: Court documents filed by the FBI suggest that a U.S.-based hacker gained access to several flights’ computer systems, and even briefly changed the path of one flight. Chris Roberts, a US security researcher, “stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights,” according to FBI agent Mark Hurley. Over the past four years he also accessed the in-flight entertainment systems of around 20 flights. The hacks were not authorized by authorities.

AMERICAN PHAROAH WINS PREAKNESS: American Pharoah won the 140th Preakness Stakes today putting him on track for a shot at winning the Triple Crown. He was the favorite to win the race after defeating the competition at the Kentucky Derby earlier this year. He is the only horse with a shot at the Triple Crown since 1978.

MARIJUANA WASHES ASHORE IN 2 STATES: Tropical Storm Ana is to blame for multiple packs of marijuana washing ashore in North Carolina and Alabama, according to police officials. The packages ranged from 10 to 12 pounds and were worth around $8,000.

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HILLARY LIKELY TO PICK HISPANIC VP: Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros said in an interview set to air Sunday that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will likely choose a Hispanic politician to be her running mate. “What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julian Castro,” he said. Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio and now serves as the HUD Secretary in Obama’s administration.

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CLINTONS MADE $25M IN SPEECH FEES: 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have made over $25 million in speaking fees since January 2014. The couple delivered 104 speeches. The money was disclosed Friday in forms filed with the Federal Election Commission.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***One year after the boycott, business at the Beverly Hills Hotel appears to have rebounded. Room prices have boomeranged from a low of $500 a night back to an eye-popping $1,600.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Tonya Lewis Lee, Rosario Dawson and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jessie Williams at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts’ inaugural masquerade ball Thursday at BAM.   ***“Scream Queens” actor Glen Powell at Hunt & Fish.     ***Peter M. Brant, Richard Chai and Natalie Joos at Interview magazine and Paul Kasmin Gallery’s cocktail party celebrating Frieze at the Vine .   ***Richard Gere at opening night of the Masterworks Theater Company’s inaugural production, “The Glass Menagerie.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Netflix is in preliminary discussions with a handful of Chinese media companies to explore how it can bring its streaming service to China, a development that has the potential to increase its subscriber counts but also faces significant challenges, including censorship. Netflix has held talks with Wasu Media Holding, an Internet company backed by Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, and BesTV New Media, a Shanghai-based media group, according to one person with knowledge of the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Netflix has also had discussions with other Chinese companies that have the licenses needed to operate streaming television services in the country.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Elisabeth Bing, who helped lead a natural childbirth movement that revolutionized how babies were born in the United States, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 100. Her death was confirmed by her son, Peter.   ***Garo Yepremian, a highly accomplished field-goal kicker who proved to be a comically inept Super Bowl passer in one of the most famous bloopers in the history of the National Football League, died on Friday at a hospital in Media, Pa. He was 70. Yepremian, who lived in nearby Avondale, Pa., had a brain tumor, according to a statement issued by the Garo Yepremian Foundation for Brain Tumor Research. Yepremian established the organization in 2001 after his daughter-in-law was afflicted with a brain tumor that took her life in 2004.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: Last week two prominent Americans — an eminent social scientist and the president of the United States — decided to answer the question: How have America’s churches failed the poor? Their answer was one deeply congenial to the progressive mind: They’ve been too obsessed with the culture war. “Over the last 30 years,” Harvard’s Robert Putnam told The Washington Post, “most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those. I’m not saying if that’s good or bad, but that’s what they’ve been using all their resources for … It’s been entirely focused on issues of homosexuality and contraception and not at all focused on issues of poverty.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Angela Merkel is the paradigmatic leader of the age: shrewd, unemotional, nonidealistic, austere and interested in power. As the former U.S. ambassador to Germany John Kornblum told George Packer of The New Yorker: “If you cross her you end up dead. … There’s a whole list of alpha males who thought they would get her out of the way, and they’re all now in other walks of life.”

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Saturday • May 16, 2015

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U.S. TROOPS KILL ISIS COMMANDER IN SYRIA: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced on Saturday morning that U.S. Special Operations Forces killed a senior ISIS commander in the al-Amr in eastern Syria last night. The operation was aimed at capturing Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf, Carter said in the emailed statement, but Abu Sayyaf was killed when he “engaged U.S. forces.”  “Abu Sayyaf was involved in ISIL’s military operations and helped direct the terrorist organization’s illicit oil, gas, and financial operations as well,” Carter continued, and added that Umm Sayyaf, whom the U.S. says is a also member of ISIS, was captured. U.S. troops rescued a young Yazidi woman, who Carter said had been enslaved by Umm Sayyaf. No U.S. troops were injured or killed, he added.

EGYPT SENTENCES EX-PRESIDENT TO DEATH: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-aligned deposed president, was sentenced to death Saturday for his role in a jail break during the country’s 2011 popular revolt. Democratically elected Morsi came to power after the uprising that finally ended thirty years of Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic rule, but was deposed by the military in 2013 after just one year in office. Morsi had been jailed during the 2011 revolt and was freed, along with thousands of other inmates, by armed men who overwhelmed the prison’s guards.

TSARNAEV GETS DEATH FOR MARATHON BOMBING: After 14-and-a-half hours of deliberations, a jury has decided that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found guilty of all 30 counts related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, will receive the death penalty. Tsarnaev was convicted on April 8 of plotting and executing the bombings with his brother, Tamerlan. The conviction marks the first time in the post-September 11 era in which a terrorist has been sentenced to death by a federal jury. “Your service in this case has been the very antithesis of mob law,” judge George A. O’Toole Jr. told the jurors before letting them go. “On behalf of a community seriously aggrieved, you have demonstrated…men and women…can make careful, rational, and solemn judgments.” In this phase of his trial, the jury had to decide whether to award him life in prison or the death penalty on multiple counts. Some family members of the bombing’s victims and several of the survivors had advocated for life in prison, because such a verdict would have spared them the lengthy appeals process that comes with a death penalty verdict. A willingness to impose the death penalty if the prosecution met a certain burden of proof was a requirement for jurors, however, and the jury sentenced him to death on six counts

AMTRAK TRAIN POSSIBLY HIT BEFORE CRASH: At a news conference on Friday, a lead investigator said that an assistant conductor heard a radio transmission in which an engineer on another line reported that his train had been hit by a projectile; the engineer on the Amtrak train said that his had been hit too. Investigators have found a fist-sized circular area of impact on the train’s windshield and have called in the FBI to analyze it. Investigators have now also interviewed the engineer who was “extremely cooperative.” The engineer said he was not fatigued or sick at the time of the accident, but could not remember anything about the derailment that left eight dead and over 200 injured.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Musician Kinky Friedman along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


FAO SCHWARZ TO CLOSE IN JULY: The Manhattan FAO Schwarz store will close its iconic doors this July due to rising rents. Toys “R” Us Inc., which owns the 153-year-old brand, is allegedly looking for a new Manhattan location to reopen as early as late 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter. “The company is committed to the FAO Schwarz brand and growing its legacy,” Toys “R” Us told Bloomberg. “While we are sad to say goodbye to our current location, we are excited about the opportunity to create a new flagship location in New York City that will no doubt delight generations of children to come.” FAO Schwarz became famous for the piano dance scene in 1988 blockbuster film, Big.

ASIANS ACCUSE HARVARD OF DISCRIMINATION: 64 Asian-American groups have filed a federal complaint against Harvard University for alleged “unlawful use of race” in the admissions process. According to the complaint, the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants with “almost perfect” SAT scores, “top 1% GPAs,” and “significant awards or leadership positions.” Harvard General Counsel Robert W. Iuliano ’83 issued a statement in response to the complaint, saying “that our approach to admissions is fully lawful remains true today.” Asian-Americans made up more than 21 person of this year’s incoming freshman class.

78 MONTHS FOR BATH VOYEUR RABBI: A Georgetown rabbi has been sentenced to 78 months in prison in a bizarre case that involved him videotaping more than 150 women during a ritual bath. Barry Freundel, an Orthodox rabbi, took a plea deal for 52 counts of voyeurism—each punishable by up to a year in prison—because a statute of limitations meant many of the older instances didn’t qualify. More than a dozen women taped while using the mikveh testified before his sentencing as prosecutors argued for a 17-year sentence. Defense attorneys asked for community service.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Much has changed in the 10 or so years since “Entourage” turned Hollywood’s decadent business culture into a TV soap opera. The film, scheduled for release on June 3, is bound to evoke an era when DVD sales were a cash cow, YouTube was for amateurs and the movie business was a more dominant cultural force. Television, social media and sports have stolen much of the industry’s glitter. And the freewheeling days at the top talent agencies have largely disappeared, with the two largest shops — William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency, or W.M.E. and C.A.A. — now controlled by private equity firms focused on the bottom line. “It’s harder now,” said Douglas Ellin, the creator of the HBO show, who also wrote and directed the movie.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Rihanna enjoying a midweek celebration for a friend’s birthday with three other girlfriends at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton, where they burst into “Happy Birthday” upon the arrival of dessert and the whole dining room followed with applause.    ***Neil Patrick Harris dining with a group at Javelina in Gramercy in NYC.   ***Mumford & Sons playing a two-hour private concert for SiriusXM at the McKittrick Hotel in NYC.   ***“South Park’s” Matt Stone in the audience of Broadway’s “The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time” .   ***Veteran plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner at Barney’s in Brentwood last night.

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

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HE WILL BE MISSED: Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work illuminated his passage from abiding despair to religious transcendence, died on Thursday at his home in Waltham, Mass. He was 62. The cause was lung cancer, said Nicholas Latimer, a spokesman for Mr. Wright’s publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Franz was a long-time LBN reader and occasionally wrote us. He will be missed.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Friday is Betsy Sharkey’s last day at the Los Angeles Times after 17 years, the last seven as one of the Calendar section’s film critics. She announced her plans to leave earlier this month.

ACTRESS ARIEL WINTER IS EMANCIPATED: 17-year-old Modern Family actress Ariel Winter announced Friday that she is now an officially emancipated minor. “I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity,” she tweeted. Winter’s older sister Shanelle Gray became her legal guardian in 2012 after evidence was found that Winter’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, had been emotionally abusing Winter.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: A great man died late last month, one of the last of the pioneering biologists who essentially created the modern science of molecular biology. His name was Alexander Rich; he was 90 years old; and he had spent the past 57 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was still going to work right up until the last two months of his life. In her obituary of Rich in The Times last week, Denise Gellene recounted some of his scientific achievements: In 1973, some 20 years after James Watson and Francis Crick worked out the structure of DNA — theoretically at least — Rich proved them right, using “X-rays to produce a distinct image of the famous double helix.” He then went on to make important discoveries about the structure of ribonucleic acid, or RNA, and the way RNA translated genetic information in DNA. His work on RNA and DNA is one of the foundations of biotechnology and the biotech industry.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Anna North: Anonymity is one of the biggest obstacles to fighting harassment online, and not just because harassers can create new accounts. There’s also evidence that anonymity can make people meaner (though real-name requirements are by no means a guarantee of niceness, as anybody who’s been involved in a Facebook argument can attest). But anonymity may be on the way out. Last year, in a Times story on Reddit’s efforts to expand into the ad business, Mike Isaac noted that many companies are now buying ads through Google and Facebook that are targeted based on users’ demographic data — data Reddit won’t collect. He quotes Brian Blau, an Internet analyst: “People on Reddit want to be anonymous, and at some point these brands want to have a real relationship with their customers.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It’s never too late to try new things. Jane Fonda told Ellen DeGeneres the story of how she joined the Mile High Club at age 50, a revelation she made on Thursday’s episode of “Ellen.” “I was 50 years old. It was my fourth date with Ted Turner, he has his own plane,” the 77-year-old said of the experience, which she shared with her eventual third husband.

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Thursday • May 14, 2015

MORE GOVERNMENT WASTE! VETERANS AFFAIRS ‘WASTES $6B’ EVERY YEAR: An internal report by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics accuses the agency of “gross mismanagement” and of misallocating $6 billion annually. “I can state without reservation that VA has and continues to waste millions of dollars by paying excessive prices for goods and services due to breaches of federal laws,” writes Jan Frye. Chief among the allegations are that the agency doesn’t engage in competitive bidding processes to ensure best prices, and that it has failed to “sign contracts with outside hospital and health-care providers that offer medical care for veterans that the agency cannot provide.” A spokeswoman said some of the department’s purchases fall outside the purview of federal acquisition law, and that it is working with Congress to streamline ways of seeking aid outside the VA system.

VIDEO CAPTURES EXPLOSIVE AMTRAK CRASH: A grainy security-camera video has been released of the fatal Amtrak derailment Tuesday. The tape shows the train in the distance, followed by what appears to be an extraordinary explosion. At least seven people have died in the crash, and a dozen more are missing. Investigators now say the train was speeding at more than 100 miles an hour, and are focusing their investigation on 32-year-old train engineer Brandon Bostian. Bostian says he doesn’t remember the moment of the incident.

TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED AMTRAK DERAILMENT WAS ABSENT: For the second time in two years, a passenger train traveling well above its speed limit has derailed, leaving a trail of death and injuries. And for the second time, existing technology that might have prevented the accident was missing. Amtrak has installed the technology, known as positive train control, on parts of its rail network in the Northeast Corridor. But the technology, designed to automatically slow or stop a train to prevent accidents, was not available on a critical stretch of track in Philadelphia where Train No. 188 derailed on Tuesday night, killing at least seven and injuring more than 200. Safety investigators said the technology might have prevented the derailment. The train from Washington to New York was traveling at 106 miles per hour just as it entered a curve limited to 50 m.p.h.

SAUDI ARABIA PROMISES TO MATCH IRAN IN NUCLEAR CAPABILITY: When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world. “It is almost certain that other players in the region would feel it necessary to get their own nuclear weapons,” he said in 2012. Now, as he gathered Arab leaders over dinner at the White House on Wednesday  and prepared to meet with them at Camp David on Thursday, he faced a perverse consequence: Saudi Arabia and many of the smaller Arab states are now vowing to match whatever nuclear enrichment capability Iran is permitted to retain.

TRASHED! BALTIMORE RIOTS CAUSED $9M IN DAMAGE: The Baltimore riots that erupted over the death of Freddie Gray caused nearly $9 million in damage to homes and businesses, the Small Business Administration said Wednesday. According to preliminary estimates, 284 business were damaged during the riots, totaling around $8,927,000, said SBA spokeswoman Carol Chastang. Protests over Gray’s death, which arose after the fatal injuries he sustained while in police custody, gripped the city from April 25 to May 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vowed to try to secure loans for uninsured businesses damaged during the unrest, which included looting and fires.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST – STEPHANOPOULOS GAVE CLINTONS $50K: George Stephanopoulos has revealed that he gave the Clinton Foundation $25,000 in both 2013 and 2014—while continuing to report on the Clintons, their foundation, and related fields. The ABC News chief anchor also did not disclose those donations last month while interviewing the author of Clinton Cash, a book critical of the foundation’s disclosure issues. “I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply,” he said in a statement. “I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the foundation. I apologize.” ABC News is standing behind the anchor, who, they say, made an “honest mistake.”

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‘SIMPSONS’ LOSES MR. BURNS, FLANDERS: Harry Shearer, the voice of Simpsons’ characters Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner, is leaving the show after 26 seasons. Shearer tweeted the news Wednesday night, indicating a contract dispute was the cause of his departure. “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work,” he tweeted. Shearer initially tweeted producer James L. Brooks’ lawyer revealing the news. “Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.” Fox renewed the longstanding series for two more seasons through 2017, and the rest of the voice cast had signed two-year extensions. Fox could not immediately be reached for comment.

SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ‘LIKELY’ DRUNK: Two Secret Service agents who drove through a secure area of the White House grounds and crashed into a barrier in March were “more likely than not” drunk, according to a report issued Wednesday. The biggest clue in the investigation was the “significant” bar tab the two ran up at a retirement party just before the incident, though the men claim they didn’t drink all the beverages they paid for. One of the agents retired ahead of the report’s release, while the younger one is on administrative leave. Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth found they both “displayed poor judgment and a lack of institutional awareness.”

TOM BRADY EXPECTED TO FORMALLY APPEAL SUSPENSION: New England quarterback Tom Brady was expected to file a formal appeal of the four-game suspension the N.F.L. gave him in response to a report on the Patriots’ deflated footballs for the A.F.C. championship game. Brady, who is hoping to have the suspension reduced or thrown out entirely, was accused in the report, commissioned by the league, of being “generally aware” of a scheme to lower the footballs’ air pressure below the permissible range for the A.F.C. title game on Jan. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts. A part-time Patriots employee is accused of carrying out the deed.

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


LBN-NOTICED: ***Giada De Laurentiis with a film crew in the lobby of the elegant Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, Italy.   ***Leo DiCaprio, Uma Thurman, Richard Gere, Michael Bloomberg and François-Henri Pinault at a preview of Frieze Art Fair New York .   ***Angela Lansbury, James Franco, John Cleese, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael J. Fox in the audience at Broadway’s “An American in Paris”.   ***Victor Cruz watching the Clippers-Rockets NBA playoff game with friends at Ainsworth Park.   ***Ansel Elgort cheering on the Rangers at MSG in NYC.

BEYONCÉ BACKS HILLARY AT NYC FUNDRAISER: Beyoncé stepped out in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, attending a fundraiser thrown by Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid. The singer was a guest at the $2,700-a-head reception at Reid’s Manhattan home, along with Meghan Trainor and Sharon Osbourne. Clinton reportedly recounted how she declined Obama’s offer to become secretary of state before her husband Bill reminded her, “You turned me down twice, too.”

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The City Council in Santa Monica voted last night to ban use of Airbnb and other sharing units for vacation rentals of less than 30 days where there is no actual resident present. Those full-unit vacation rentals are the culprit, in the eyes of the city and renters groups, behind too many apartments being taken off the residential market and devoted to short-term vacation rentals. The city estimates that all but 300 of 1,700 rentals listed on Airbnb, VRBO and Homeaway will now have to stop renting to tourists.

JOHNNY DEPP’S DOGGY DEATH SENTENCE: Australian authorities on Thursday threatened to put down actor Johnny Depp’s dogs if he doesn’t remove them from the country by Saturday. Depp and his wife, actress Amber Heard, are accused of illegally smuggling in their Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, on their private jet last month. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has accused Depp and Heard of breaking import laws by not declaring the pets. Depp is in Australia filming the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Dogs brought into the country must be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days after arrival and longer if they are suspected of carrying any disease or tics.

MY REVIEW: “I find your new “LBN-Etc.” section at the bottom of the page both fascinating and helpful.”—–Lola D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Seattle, Washington.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***One week into her Las Vegas residency and Mariah Carey’s show is already on the rocks. The ’90s chart-topper canceled Wednesday night’s performance because of bronchitis.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Zoglin: The imminent end, on May 20, of David Letterman’s 33-year run as a late-night TV host is a sad event for a number of reasons. Mr. Letterman’s “Late Show” monologues are still the gold standard in an increasingly crowded field. His Top 10 lists remain the most durable running gag in late-night television. (“Top 10 Things Overheard in Hillary Clinton’s Van”: “Polling indicates we should take the Taconic.”) He virtually invented the age of irony, and his self-mocking style has kept him a paragon of cool, even as his competitors have grown younger and his audience older. But it’s easy to overlook the most important thing Mr. Letterman has nurtured in his three-plus decades as a nightly talk-show host: talk.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): I just read that according to a list by “Business Insider,” Washington University in St. Louis is the college with the best food.  If that’s true, then the college with the worst food is the University of Olive Garden.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Last September, legendary singer Cher canceled the remaining dates on her Dressed to Kill concert tour after battling a virus, leaving fans crestfallen. But now the “Turn Back Time” singer is finally recovered. “I’m feeling great,” she told Closer magazine, adding, “I’m not dying!” The 68-year-old performer was flattened by a potentially fatal virus that affected her kidney function and threatened her heart. It also forced her to wear a monitor to keep track of her cardiac activity. The diagnosis left her reeling “mostly because she was letting her fans down,” divulged a source.

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THE THRILL IS GONE! KING OF BLUES B.B. KING DIES AT 89: Blues legend B.B. King, the singer, songwriter and guitarist who helped to define the genre, died Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney said. He was 89. King revealed this month that he had entered hospice after suffering poor health for some time. The iconic musician has sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. He also was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.

ISIS FIGHTERS SEIZE GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS IN RAMADI, IRAQ: Islamic State militants on Friday afternoon seized the main government headquarters in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western Anbar Province, and raised their black flag before setting fire to the compound. The capture of the building, even as it was too early to declare that the entire city had fallen to the Islamic State, appeared to represent a significant shift in the back-and-forth battle for Ramadi that has unfolded for nearly a year and a half in Iraq.

STEPHANOPOULOS SAYS SORRY TO GMA VIEWERS: George Stephanopoulos issued a short half-apology Friday for his $75,000 in personal donations directed to the Clinton Foundation. “I now believe that directing personal donations to the foundation was a mistake, even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children, and protect the environment in foreign countries,” he said on Good Morning America. “I should’ve gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict.” He faced criticism after the donations emerged this week for continuing to report on controversies related to the Clinton Foundation’s donations.

NEPAL: MISSING U.S. MARINE CHOPPER FOUND: A Nepalese army rescue team has found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that went missing while delivering aid for earthquake relief efforts, officials said Friday. Nepal’s defense secretary said three bodies were found at the site in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu, but gave no other details. Six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers were believed to be on board the chopper, which went missing Tuesday while delivering aid in the wake of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated the Himalayan nation on April 25.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s New Justice Minister along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


MICHAEL JORDAN GETS FINAL CHINA SHOWDOWN: The long battle between former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan and Chinese firm Qiaodan Sports will head to China’s supreme court, as Jordan continues to allege that the firm built a business around his brand without his permission. According to Jordan, Qiaodan used his signature number and Chinese name for profit. (In fact, Jordan is known as Qiaodan in China.) According to a Chinese news agency, Qiaodan Sports countersued in 2013 for $8 million in damages.

LBN-SEE IT: 10 time Grammy Award winner Adele admits that her smoking habit has given her a very unique voice.


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 20s.

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


JOHNNY DEPP’S DOGS FLEE AUSTRALIA: Boo and Pistol will seek refuge in America after Australian officials threatened to have Johnny Depp’s pups put down for being smuggled into the country. They will leave the same way they arrived: by private jet. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce called the decision “the wisest move.” “My worry is: Will the U.S. let them back in? If not… will they have anywhere to go?” he added, during a radio interview.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Sting and Trudie Styler dining at Da Silvano in NYC before Wednesday’s Rangers game.   ***Victor Cruz watching the Clippers-Rockets NBA playoff game with friends at Ainsworth Park in NYC.   ***“Pitch Perfect 2” star Skylar Astin wining and dining his mother, Meryl Lipstein at Catch in NYC.   ***Broadway vet Sean Hayes seeing “Something Rotten!” at the St. James Theatre in NYC.   ***Popular Rant columnist having lunch yesterday at Pink’s Hotdogs on LaBrea in Hollywood.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The New York Times is zeroing in on a possible replacement for David Carr, the influential media-industry columnist who died suddenly in February, according to people familiar with the situation.

NFL TO HEAR TOM BRADY’S APPEAL: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed Thursday to personally hear an appeal from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his four-game suspension over deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game. Goodell rejected the players union’s request to appoint a neutral arbitrator and instead decided to preside over the case, which is allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, league officials said.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Stan Cornyn, an offbeat recording industry executive known both for his unusual promotions and for his album notes, two of which won Grammy Awards, died on Monday at his home in Carpinteria, Calif. He was 81. The cause was cancer, his longtime companion, Meg Barbour, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Damon Tweedy: In virtually every field of medicine, black patients as a group fare the worst. This was one of my first and most painful lessons as a medical student nearly 20 years ago. The statistics that made my stomach cramp back then are largely the same today: The infant mortality rate in the black population is twice that of whites. Black men are seven times more likely than white men to receive a diagnosis of H.I.V. and more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer. Black women have nearly double the obesity rate of white women and are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer. Black people experience much higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and stroke. The list goes on and on

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.  Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World War II precipitated the most astonishing advance of global welfare and prosperity the world has ever seen. And that regime was created, overseen, guaranteed and presided over by the United States.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Woody Allen, whose 1980 film “Stardust Memories” exposed the horrors of being the center of attention at an international film festival, will be at Cannes himself Friday with “Irrational Man,” starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. We hear that, as usual, Allen’s not thrilled about leaving New York — he only began attending Cannes in 2002 after years of refusing invites because “the French have been so supportive of my films . . . I felt it was time for a gesture of reciprocity.”

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Wednesday • May 13, 2015

AMTRAK BLACK BOXES RECOVERED: Black boxes have now been recovered from the scene of Tuesday night’s Amtrak derailment that killed at least six people and left more than 140 hospitalized. The train engineer and conductor survived and are being interviewed, officials say, as rescue crews fear that there may be more casualties beneath the wreckage in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood. There were 243 people on board Northeast Corridor Train 188, which was traveling to New York from Washington, D.C., before all seven cars came off the tracks. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said officials were still searching for passengers but could not say that everyone is accounted for at this point. Teams from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration are at the scene working to determine what caused the crash.

VATICAN RECOGNIZES ‘STATE OF PALESTINE’: The Holy See recognized Palestine as a state in a treaty issued Wednesday, a change from previous diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The treaty has yet to be signed, but the move comes just ahead of a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican. This isn’t the Vatican’s first time talking about a Palestinian state: In 2012, it backed a UN General Assembly decision to that effect, and Pope Francis has referred to it as such in public appearances. “This step is largely a symbolic  will be quite upsetting to the Israeli government” said media expert Michael Levine.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Legendary singer / songwriter Neil Young along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


NORTH KOREAN DEFENSE CHIEF EXECUTED: North Korea’s defense chief, Hyon Yong-chol, has reportedly been executed with an anti-aircraft gun for disloyalty and showing disrespect to leader Kim Jong Un, according to South Korean spy agency the National Intelligence Service. Hyon was reportedly killed in front of an audience on April 30, Yonhap news agency reports.

PAKISTAN: GUNMEN KILL 43 ON KARACHI BUS: A group of gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Ismaili Shiite Muslims on Wednesday, killing at least 43 people and injuring dozens of others in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police said. At least six gunmen on motorcycles stopped the bus, boarded, and began shooting, according to provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali. No group has yet to claim the attack.

PERSIAN GULF BREACH WITH U.S. CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR FRANCE: The French have been ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing rift in recent weeks between the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf and the United States. Representatives of those monarchies will be meeting with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss their differences and especially their worries over a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Just days ago, France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said that French officials were working on memorandums of understanding for “several tens of billions of euros” in projects in Saudi Arabia. Last week, President François Hollande was warmly welcomed at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, where he oversaw the signing of a $7 billion deal to sell fighter jets to Qatar.

LAWYER: ZIMMERMAN WAVED GUN DURING FIGHT: George Zimmerman, who was involved in a reported road-rage altercation Monday that ended with shots being fired into his car, had a legally registered gun in his truck, his lawyer said. The lawyer for the Orlando man suspected of shooting into Zimmerman’s car alleges that his client, Matthew Apperson,  fired in self-defense after Zimmerman waved a gun at him. “By every fact we have uncovered through the investigation, Apperson acted in self-defense,” lawyer Mark Nejame told the New York Daily News. “He was in fear of George Zimmerman.” Zimmerman’s lawyer acknowledged the gun in the car, but denies his client waved it at Apperson.

6.5M CARS RECALLED FOR EXPLODING AIRBAGS: Manufacturers are recalling millions of additional cars because of concerns about potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata. The move comes after exploding airbags have been linked to at least six deaths among Honda drivers. The largest recall—just under five million—comes from Toyota, which says models made between 2003 and 2007 may have been affected. Nissan is recalling about 1.5 million with similar concerns.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: Every day, LBN is read in 26 foreign countries: From China to India, from England to Mexico, from Brazil to Russia, from South Africa to Canada, from Israel to Japan, from Iraq to Australia, from Sweden to Korea.

DAVE LETTERMAN’S $400 MILLION DIVORCE!: Cranky talk show host David Letterman is ready to leave television – and his wife. The “Late Show” host will face an ugly custody battle when he socks his long-suffering wife with a $400 million divorce, sources have said. Dave, 68, and wife Regina Lasko, 54, have been leading separate lives since his affair with a blonde assistant made headlines in 2009. Now, Dave “has basically checked out of the marriage,” and plans to leave the mother of his only child, 11-year-old Harry, a source revealed. “Dave prefers solo jogs on country lanes around his New York country estate to spending time with Regina. Now that he’s set to retire, he’s even more determined to pull the plug,” said the insider. The couple hasn’t been out together since a Kennedy Center event in December 2012. Said a source: “It’s been a loveless marriage for years.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Hugh Jackman at Citarella Southampton.    ***Patrick Ewing at Prime 112 Miami.    ***Will.i.am onstage at Las Vegas’ SALT conference with Humin’s Ankur Jain.    ***Mumford & Sons playing at the McKittrick Hotel for SiriusXM.    ***Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie tearing up at an image of her dad by George Kalinsky at MSG in NYC.    **Fran Healy at Da Tommaso in NYC.    ***Veronica Webb and Kelly Rutherford at Lyss Stern’s Mom Moguls event.    ***Justin Bieber at Nylon and BCBGeneration’s Young Hollywood Party.   ***Fast rising comedian Erica Rhodes performing at the Laugh Factory last night in West Hollywood.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Doughnuts

1.     Over 10 billion doughnuts are made in the U.S. each year.

2.     The origin of the name “doughnut” is unclear. Some researchers suggest the name refers to the nuts that were placed inside the ball of dough to compensate for the uncooked center. Other researchers claim it refers to “dough knots,” which was the shape for early doughnuts.

3.     A “cruller” is a fried pastry that traditionally looked like “small, braided torpedo.” It was considered a staple of the New England diet since the pilgrims. Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz offers crullers to Hunk, Hickory, and Zeke after scolding them for being useless farmhands.

4.     Adolph Levitt, a Russian-born immigrant, invented the first automated doughnut machine in 1920. He called it the “Wonderful Almost Human Automatic Donut Machine.”

5.     The origin of the doughnut is unknown, though different nationalities have had their own version of the treat throughout history. A type of doughnut is even mentioned in the Bible. Specifically, Chapter 7 and verse 12 of Leviticus says that a thanksgiving to God should be made of “cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.”

6.     On December 12, 2010, Shamus Petherick of Australia set the record for the most powdered doughnuts eaten in 3 minutes when he ate 6 of the treats.

7.     Ten people in the United States have the last name Doughnut or Donut. Ninety-five people have the name Longjohn (the name of a long doughnut). Twelve people have the name Bearclaw, 498 people have the name Sprinkles, 470 people in the U.S. have the name Fritter, and 1,634 have the name Sugar.

8.     Some unique doughnut flavors/names include Wasabi Cheese, Champagne, Poi (a common Hawaiian starch paste from the taro root), Southern Spice (made with Southern spices, green chilies, and thyme), Rosemary Olive Oil, Bubble Gum, Chicken & Waffle, and Psycho Psushi.

9.     One of Cosmopolitan magazine’s most infamous sex tips was “doughnut on a penis,” which suggested that a woman place a doughnut on a man’s penis while giving oral sex.

10.  A glazed doughnut has about 240 calories, of which 120 are from fat. A Krispy Kreme raspberry jam-filled doughnut has about 300 calories, and a Krispy Kreme chocolate iced doughnut has about 350 calories.

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FRIENDS CONCERNED FOR PENNY MARSHALL: According to sources, friends privately are expressing concern for famed and beloved film director PENNY MARSHALL. An insider who was with Penny at a recent Los Angeles event said: “Oh, my God! Penny really needs to take this seriously, because her heart isn’t going to be able to take this much longer.” According to sources, the Hollywood director, 71, now looks to weigh at least 270 pounds. In addition to the star “sporting double chins and a bulging body,” the eyewitness reported Penny is still smoking cigarettes – despite a battle with lung cancer.

HONEYBEES’ MYSTERIOUS DIE-OFF APPEARS TO WORSE: A prolonged and mysterious die-off of the nation’s honeybees, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year. In an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership, a consortium of universities and research laboratories, thousands of beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of their colonies in the 12-month period that ended in April. That is well above the 34.2 percent loss reported for the same period in 2013 and 2014, and it is the second-highest loss recorded since year-round surveys began in 2010.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***DuPont beat back a boardroom challenge by the investor Nelson Peltz at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, capping off a bitter monthlong corporate governance fight. The struggle over four board seats was one of the rare times that a fight with an activist shareholder has gone to a vote. Many companies, acknowledging the rising power of such investors, have instead chosen to settle.   ***Sen. Marco Rubio now has another billionaire in his corner: Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Hillary C., an LBN E-Lert reader from Toronto, Canada.


SITE OF THE DAY:

FlightAware

“Founded in 2005, FlightAware was the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic and quickly rose to become the most popular flight tracking service. FlightAware currently provides private aviation flight tracking in over 45 countries across North America, Europe, and Oceania, as well as global solutions for aircraft with datalink (satellite/VHF) via every major provider, including ARINC, Garmin, Honeywell GDC, Satcom Direct, SITA, and UVdatalink. FlightAware also continues to lead the industry in free, worldwide airline flight tracking and airport status for air travelers.

LBN-R.I.P.: William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book “On Writing Well” sold more than 1.5 million copies by employing his own literary craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 92. His wife of almost 60 years, Caroline Fraser Zinsser, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Already the polling for the presidential race is feverish, with new findings daily. Which Republican is leading in New Hampshire? How do voters feel, at any evanescent moment, about Hillary Clinton? But there’s a climate in the country that’s larger than any contender, strangely resistant to the sorts of ups and downs that a campaign endures and as crucial to the outcome of the election as the clash of personalities that commands the lion’s share of our attention. It’s a mood of overarching uncertainty and profound anxiety. And it’s so ingrained at this point that we tend to overlook it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: In public appearances and classes this semester, I’ve talked about eating better and improving the food system in ways that would enable more of us to do so. That’s a discussion about food. Invariably, someone asks me, “How do you help people eat well when they can’t afford food?” That’s not a food question but a justice question. Without economic justice there is no nutritional literacy, there is no good eating, there is no health. And there’s increasing concern on the part of many Americans that too many of us lead diminished lives — and in some cases, dramatically shortened lives as well.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My first female lover from back in the day has turned out to be a disgusting, drunk liar in a mid-life crisis. While recounting her preposterous tales, she throws in a few convincing details to add verisimilitude to the narrative. The truth is that she is nothing more than a pathetic, ugly bitch, who will likely die alone.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Martin Short has bounced back from his ill-fated role in the suicide of dermatologist to the stars Dr. Fredric Brandt. The comic was devastated, friends said, after Fredric’s publicist said his death on April 5 was partly triggered by comparisons to Martin’s character on Tina Fey’s Netflix show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” But the funnyman, 65, and longtime pal Steve Martin were all smiles while performing their show, “Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation,” on April 25 at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.   ***Hollywood hottie Kate Hudson is having a midlife crisis – at the tender age of 36! “Kate has no idea where she fits in in Hollywood anymore!” said a source close to the blonde bombshell. “She’d love to keep going for young leading lady roles, and she still looks as good as all the 25-year-olds, but nothing seems to be coming her way.”   ***Michael Douglas has hit wife Catherine Zeta-Jones with an ultimatum – move to Bermuda or we’re through. “Michael thinks that a return to the home where they raised their kids will do wonders for their troubled marriage,” a close friend of the couple said. The rocky union has taken a huge toll on 70-year-old cancer survivor Michael, and sources said he’s determined to find peace in his declining days.

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Tuesday • May 12, 2015

LBN-KICKING YOUR ASS WITH TRUTH DAILY:


NOT AGAIN – MAGNITUDE 7.3 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES NEPAL: A second powerful earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday, just weeks after a quake devastated the nation and left more than 8,000 people dead. The 7.3-magnitude temblor struck near Mount Everest in the town of Namche Bazar, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Reuters reports at least 42 deaths and at least an additional 1,000 people are injured. Tremors were felt across northern India, including the capital city of New Delhi. Buildings in Delhi reportedly swayed for more than a minute as people rushed into the streets. There were no immediate reports of damage in Kathmandu.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.

THIRD BLOGGER KILLED IN BANGLADESH: Police said a 33-year-old blogger was killed in a knife attack in Bangladesh on Tuesday, marking the third death of a religious critic in less than three months. Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who supported secularism, was hacked to death by four attackers in the northeastern Sylhet district, senior police official Mohammad Rahamatullah said.

FEWER AMERICANS IDENTIFY AS CHRISTIAN: A new study released Monday found there has been a big drop since 2007 in the number of Americans who identify as Christian, according to the Pew Research Center. Though seven in 10 Americans still describe themselves as Christian, more people are identifying with no religion at all. The survey found Americans who call themselves atheist, agnostic, or of no particular faith jumped from 16 percent in 2007 to nearly 23 percent in 2014. In the same period, Christians dropped from 78 percent to just under 71 percent of the population.

CHEF SANDRA LEE HAS BREAST CANCER: Sandra Lee will undergo a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in March, reports People Magazine. The 48-year-old celebrity chef, who is also the long-time girlfriend of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, found out about the diagnosis, ductal carcinoma in situ, during a routine mammogram. “Life can turn on a dime,” she says. The prognosis for her cancer is good, and Lee chose the double mastectomy in order to avoid radiation.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Diabetes has been reported in horses, ferrets, and ground squirrels. In environments where animals are liberally fed, diabetes has been reported in dolphins, foxes, and even a hippopotamus.

CHICAGO WINS BID TO HOST OBAMA LIBRARY: For weeks, it had been assumed, leaked and reported that President Obama’s library would come to this city’s South Side. On Tuesday, it finally became official. In an announcement posted early in the morning, the Barack Obama Foundation said the presidential library would be built in a park here, and not in New York or Hawaii, which were also considered. But the cheery message did not say which of two sprawling Chicago parks would be home to the library, nor did it mention a possible legal challenge to the project.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Claudia Kim along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Grumblings that Hollywood is a man’s world have percolated for decades and are borne out in studies that show how few women are hired to direct top-grossing films: only 4 percent over the last dozen years. Now this apparent truism is being challenged as a violation of civil rights. On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union will ask state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of Hollywood’s major studios, networks and talent agencies, and possibly bring charges against them, for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton seeing “The King and I” at Lincoln Center in NYC.   ***Michael Douglas making a surprise appearance at the American Cancer Society’s Spring Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.   ***Will.i.am at Philippe in NYC.   ***Martha Stewart at Swifty’s with Kathy Sloane, nearby Lee Radziwill.    ***Prominent L.A. Doctor, Gary Gitnick having lunch yesterday at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.   ***Jimmy Fallon at 75 Main in Southampton.   ***Brooke Shields at Village Prime in the West Village in NYC.   ***“Law and Order: SVU” alum Tamara Tunie at hair salon Angelo David’s new Madison Avenue location in NYC.

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PICASSO AND GIACOMETTI ARTWORKS TOP $120 MILLION EACH AT CHRISTIE’S SALE: To a medley of whoops, hollers and gasps on Monday night, Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” sold for $179.4 million including fees at Christie’s “Looking Forward to the Past” sale of artworks spanning the 20th century. The price was the highest on record for a work of art sold at auction, the company said, and was well over its estimate of $140 million.  Once the bidding reached $120 million, the Picasso was pursued by five clients on telephones, often in agonizingly slow, $1 million increments, before finally being sold to a buyer represented by Brett Gorvy, Christie’s international head of contemporary art. The previous all-time auction high, also at Christie’s, had been the $142.4 million paid by Elaine Wynn, co-founder of the Wynn casino empire, for Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” in November 2013.

THE BURQA: The burqa is a loose, opaque, and all-enveloping outer garment worn by women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. Similar garments in the Middle East are known as the hijab or chador. The burqa covers the wearer’s entire face except for a small region around the eyes. Because a full burqa conceals the entire body and includes a net panel that hides the wearer’s eyes, some governments have passed legislation prohibiting it.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: Author Jo Seigman will be doing a special book signing for his book “Bat, Balls and Hollywood Stars” on Thursday, May 21 from 4-6pm at the famous Carroll & Co. men’s store on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.

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U.S. Census Bureau

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LBN-COMMENTARY BY DAVID BROOKS: The most surprising event of this political era is what hasn’t happened. The world has not turned left. Given the financial crisis, widening inequality, the unpopularity of the right’s stances on social issues and immigration, you would have thought that progressive parties would be cruising from win to win. But, instead, right-leaning parties are doing well. In the United States, Republicans control both houses of Congress. In Israel, the Likud Party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled off a surprising win in an election that was at least partly about economic policy. In Britain, the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron won a parliamentary majority. What’s going on here?

LBN-COMMENTARY BY JOE NOCERA: It’s not exactly a secret that big-time college sports often distort priorities on university campuses. But every once in a while, something bursts into public view to put those priorities in glaring relief. A recent example is a fight that is taking place at Rutgers University. The dispute pits faculty members who want to restrain the athletic department’s out-of-control costs against some powerful alumni who want the Rutgers athletic department to spend even more money to better compete in its new conference, the Big Ten. Guess who’s likely to win?

LBN-COMMENTARY BY ARTHUR C. BROOKS: Nationwide, commencement speakers are preparing remarks to deliver to this year’s crop of college graduates. I was one, and frankly I was a little worried. I wanted to inspire and uplift, but I was well aware that, more often than not, graduation addresses are met with blank stares and tepid applause. Would I encourage the young people to pursue their professional dreams, to find a fun job, to become an entrepreneur or teacher? All of that seemed like solid guidance. But when I asked a few of my 20-something colleagues, they warned me that, while this might sound great to a baby boomer at the podium, to a millennial audience it’s just product advice. It sounds more or less like the famous unsolicited counsel in the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” in which a middle-aged businessman told the young Ben Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman): “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Calvin Klein, who only put the finishing touches on his $75 million Southampton mansion last summer, is already looking for his next real- estate project — he’s shopping for a new home in Los Angeles, sources say. Spies said the fashion icon was house-hunting on Saturday afternoon before he arrived at a show by photographer Bryan Fox at Think Tank Gallery to look for new art for a potential, palatial LA pad.

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Monday • May 11, 2015

KERRY, SEEKING ANSWERS ON CONFLICT IN SYRIA, TO MEET WITH PUTIN: Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Russia on Monday to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin and discuss whether it is possible for the two sides to work together on a political solution for the conflict in Syria, American officials said. The meeting, which will be held on Tuesday in the Black Sea city of Sochi, represents a fresh attempt by the Obama administration to pursue a political solution to Syria after years of frustrated diplomacy and deepening violence there

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ WILL END AFTER SEASON 15: The upcoming season of American Idol will be the show’s last, Fox announced Monday. The popular competition show will end a 15-season run during which it became one of the most-watched shows on TV, but ratings have been steadily declining for years. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. will return for the final season, as will host Ryan Seacrest.

BIG SPENDER – CHRISTIE BLEW $300K ON FOOD AND BOOZE: The vast majority of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s expense account budget went to food and alcohol, according to an analysis of his ledger records by monitoring group New Jersey Watchdog. Records show shopping sprees averaging nearly $1,500 at Wegmans supermarkets, and $82,594 paid to the operator of a concession stand at MetLife Stadium. Christie gets $95,000 annually for expenses, on top of a $175,000 salary. He’s spent roughly $360,000 from that expense budget, with $300,000 going to food, drinks, and desserts.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mothers

1.     Gaia, or Mother Earth, was the first goddess in Greek mythology. She created herself out of primordial chaos. She also created Earth and the universe.

2.     The African Black Eagle typically will lay two eggs. After they hatch, the mother will just feed one of the chicks. The other chick is usually pecked to death by the other chick while the mother looks on.

3.     The mother who gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is a mother elephant. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf.

4.     A mother koala will feed her baby her own feces. Baby koalas—or joeys—haven’t developed the intestinal bacteria that help detoxify the highly poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which are a koala’s main diet.

While mother hamsters are cute and furry, they are infamous baby eaters. Indeed, first-time hamster moms may eat their babies if they feel threatened by them, if their babies are undersized or abnormal, or if they feel like they need extra nutrients after giving birth.6.     Polar bear moms put on around 400 pounds during their pregnancy. If the mother doesn’t double her weight, her body will simply reabsorb the fetus.

7.     A mother orangutan never puts her babies down and typically nurses them for 6 or 7 years, which is the longest mother/child nursing dependence of any animal on Earth.

8.     One of the most famous mothers in literary history is Grendel’s mother from Beowulf (A.D. 800–1100). While she is nameless, she attacks Beowulf’s army to avenge the death of her son.

9.     June Cleaver, the mother in the TV show Leave It to Beaver, is the quintessential 1950s housewife and the archetypal suburban parent.

10.  Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show), in addition to Angela Bower (Who’s the Boss) and Murphy Brown (Murphy Brown), helped introduce the high-powered professional mother to television in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

11.  Roseanne Conner in the hit TV series Roseanne (1988–1997) was considered an “anti-hero” mom. She was underpaid, barely able to control her children, and overweight. The show was notable because it portrayed a mother who led the household and whose likability did not rely on her appearance.

12.  In developing countries, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of disability and death among women. Over 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries.j

13.  Approximately 800 women die each day from pregnancy-related causes during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum around the world. Of the 287,000 annual deaths that occur in developing countries, 56% occur in Sub-Sahara Africa, with another 29% in South Asia.

14.  In Chad, 1 in 15 women will die of maternal causes. In Greece, 1 in 25,500 women will die of maternal causes.

15- Although the U.S. spends more money than any other country on health care as well as on maternal care, it is more dangerous to give birth in the U.S. than in 49 other countries, including Kuwait, Bulgaria, and South Korea.

BAD PRESS – CLINTON FUND BATTLING CHARITY WATCHDOG: The Clinton Foundation has been engaged in a battle with Charity Navigator for over a month in an attempt to remove itself from a list of scandal-plagued charities, reports New York Magazine. According to the report, the issues began March 11, when Charity Navigator demanded that the foundation respond to allegations about improper donations and the like reported in media accounts. The watchdog group proposed a public response on its website, while the Clinton Foundation asked them to review documents confidentially—an offer the group declined. “Charity Navigator doesn’t disclose its donors but we do and yet that means we’re suffering the consequences,” said acting CEO Maura Pally, accusing the group of a lack of transparency. Charity Navigator, on the other hand, says the Clintons want special treatment because of the important work they do.

SAUDI KING TO SKIP GULF SUMMIT IN U.S.: Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that King Salman won’t be attending President Barack Obama’s summit on Gulf relations this week. Instead, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, would lead the Saudi delegation, and the king’s son and defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will also attend, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency. Saudi officials said the king’s absence is due to an overlap with a five-day humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen, which is slated to begin Tuesday.

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CRAZED JOHN HINCKLEY STILL JODIE FOSTER OBSESSED: Would-be presidential assassin JOHN HINCKLEY’S obsession with JODIE FOSTER rages on after 34 years – even as psychiatrists try to let him back into society! But the mental patient who once shot Ronald Reagan in a bid to impress his lesbian dream girl can’t even let himself watch Jodie’s movies, sources say. Now psychiatrists want to make Hinckley a permanent outpatient! When testifying to Hinckley’s good behavior, his brother Scott stated the siblings had been to the movies, but the film they wanted to see ran past Hinckley’s hospital curfew. They chose another film – but, as Scott said on the stand, Hinckley said, “We’ve got to get out of here. That lady on the screen is Jodie Foster.” An insider said: “He can’t even watch her in a movie. The mental patient is still obsessed with Jodie, who should be in fear of her life if John is released!”

PRINCE HARRY WANTS A WIFE AND KIDS: Prince Harry says he is ready to settle down. “Of course I would love to have kids right now, but there’s a process that one has to go through,” he said, during an interview in New Zealand. “Hopefully I’m doing all right by myself. It would be great to have someone else next to me to share the pressure, but you know, time will come and whatever happens, happens.”

THE FUTURE? DRIVERLESS CARS KEEP CRASHING: Nearly 10 percent of driverless cars on the roads of California have already gotten into accidents, according to the Associated Press. Out of almost 50 vehicles, two were involved in accidents while the automated driving feature was on, and two more while a human driver was in control, based on an accident report. But Google and Delphi said the incidents were not the fault of their cars, and a source familiar with the accident report told the AP that the driverless incidents occurred at speeds of less than 10 mph.

LBN-SEE IT: At his firm, Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capitalist routinely lays out “what will happen in the next ten, twenty, thirty years.”


LBN-NOTICED: ***Jerry Lewis at Primola in NYC.   ***Calvin Klein at an Avenue magazine and Bonhams bash to celebrate Blaine Trump’s cover.   ***Designer Christopher Kane, who dressed FKA Twigs for the Met Gala, at Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard’s Tijuana Picnic.   ***Kelly Bensimon at a premiere of Vimeo on Demand’s “Hunting Season”.   ***Dolph Lundgren at White Street in NYC to celebrate his Muscle & Fitness issue.    ***Francisco Costa receiving Pratt Institute’s Fashion Visionary Award at Center548.   ***Former TV host Rita Cosby and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch at the popular Trattoria Dell’Arte in NYC on Saturday.

LBN-THINK AGAIN: Some say millions of Americans get tests, drugs, and operations that won’t make them better, may cause harm, and cost billions.


1000S OF INJURIES IN BALTIMORE ARRESTS: Freddie Gray wasn’t the only man arrested by Baltimore Police to have suffered serious injuries, according to a Baltimore Sun investigation. The newspaper found that between June 2012 and April 2015, the Baltimore City Detention Center turned away more than 2,500 arrests because the suspects had serious injuries. Records show those included “fractured bones, facial trauma, and hypertension,” and that “123 had visible head injuries.” Lawsuits against the police reportedly cost Baltimore more than $6 million. The Baltimore Police Department did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Hold the mustard, hold the pastrami, hold everything — the world famous Carnegie Deli was shut down Friday after the city discovered an illegal gas hookup. Building inspectors slapped a stop work order on the New York City gastronomic mecca midday as part of an ongoing sweep that started after the deadly March 26 gas explosion in the East Village. Investigators are looking into whether owners of the Second Ave. building that blew up and killed two people had jerry-rigged an illegal gas connection there.

LBN-SEE IT: Jennifer Lopez, the 45 year old mother of two, never looks out of breath performing but she apparently can’t kick her smoking habit.


LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Get ready to go inside the Death Star. No, this isn’t a leak from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Instead, it’s James Miller’s upcoming insiders’ account of CAA, the talent agency whose Gensler-designed Century City headquarters is nicknamed after the famous Star Wars spacecraft. The author behind blockbuster oral histories of Saturday Night Live and ESPN has been seen lunching with Michael Ovitz and other Hollywood figures. Some on the extensive roster of well-known industry people who have participated in the conversations — which have gone on for more than six months — confirm that Miller has been quietly writing a history of the notoriously secretive agency, which was formed in 1975 by Ovitz, Ron Meyer and three other William Morris agents and continues to be a top force in Hollywood with a client list that now includes Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise and soccer’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Kim Kyok-sik, the hard-line North Korean general who South Korean analysts and officials have said was behind two deadly attacks on South Korea, died on Sunday. He was 77. The cause was acute respiratory failure, The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, reported on Monday.   ***Frank DiPascali Jr., a top lieutenant to Bernard L. Madoff, who helped carry out one of the biggest frauds in Wall Street history, died on Thursday. He was 58. The cause was lung cancer, said his lawyer, Marc L. Mukasey, who declined to say where Mr. DiPascali had died.   ***Joanne Carson, the second wife of Johnny Carson and the host of her own syndicated talk show, died on Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 83. She had been in hospice care, Ed Rada, the executor of her estate, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Last year the vampires of finance bought themselves a Congress. I know it’s not nice to call them that, but I have my reasons, which I’ll explain in a bit. For now, however, let’s just note that these days Wall Street, which used to split its support between the parties, overwhelmingly favors the G.O.P. And the Republicans who came to power this year are returning the favor by trying to kill Dodd-Frank, the financial reform enacted in 2010. And why must Dodd-Frank die? Because it’s working.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in — human slavery? Or fourscore years later, how could the saintly Lincoln, an implacable opponent of slavery, have nevertheless spoken of and believed in African inferiority?  While retrospective judgment tends to make us feel superior to our ancestors, it should really evoke humility. Surely some contemporary practices will be deemed equally abominable by succeeding generations. The only question is: Which ones?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Barry Koplen (Author): You would have wondered too. On a clear fall night, a dot of light I couldn’t explain appeared while I stood on my cousin’s balcony that overlooked Smith Mountain Lake. Minutes passed; I didn’t realize I was watching a circular object half the size a regulation basketball court flying at me from outer space. It stopped suddenly, about 120′ away, a flying saucer! Three other men in the room behind the balcony saw it too. Although only I saw it coming, all of us saw it leave, then come again! Read about it in my Why Won’t They Believe Me?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It doesn’t appear that Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition is improving. The starlet’s grandmother, Cissy Houston, gave a minor update to Entertainment Tonight. “She’s the same, she’s not progressing at all,” the 81-year-old singer said. Should Bobbi Kristina’s condition take a turn for the worst, Cissy claimed to be “ready.”

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Sunday • May 10, 2015

469 MIGRANTS RESCUED OFF INDONESIA: Rescuers in Indonesia brought in at least 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh on Sunday after their wooden boat was stranded. The migrants’ boat was found off Aceh in north-west Indonesia. All migrants are Rohingya Muslims, a group that is persecuted in Myanmar.

RAUL CASTRO VISITS THE VATICAN: Just a few months after Pope Francis made a personal appeal to soften relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Cuban President Raul Castro was welcomed to the Vatican on Sunday. The pair had a “strictly private” meeting. The Vatican announced last month that Pope Francis will visit Cuba before the U.S. in September. Upon meeting with Pope Francis, Castro declared, “I read all the speeches of the pope, his commentaries, and if the pope continues this way, I will go back to praying and go back to the church, and I’m not joking.”

YEMEN REBELS ACCEPT SAUDI CEASEFIRE: Rebel troops supporting the Shiite Huthis in Yemen have reportedly agreed to a five-day humanitarian truce offered by Saudi Arabia. The truce will begin on Tuesday, and comes after more than six weeks of Saudi-led air strikes. Despite pleas for civilians, the Saudi coalition bombed the rebel stronghold of Saada, claiming the whole province is now a military target.

TUFTS STUDENTS END HUNGER STRIKE: The student Tufts Labor Coalition announced on Saturday it was ending a nearly weeklong hunger strike for health reasons. Four of the students had been fasting for more than 120 hours. The students were protesting layoffs for janitors at the school. After the students took down their tents from the campus quad, a spokeswoman for the school said it welcomes the end to the hunger strike, as student safety was the first priority, and that the school will work on “the thoughtful restructuring” of custodial services.

TWO COPS SHOT DEAD IN MISSISSIPPI: A statewide manhunt took place in Mississippi on Saturday night, after the murder of two police officers in Hattiesburg. A pair of brothers as well as one other person have been arrested. They have been identified as Marvin Banks, 29, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm; Joanie Calloway, 22, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder; and Curtis Banks, 26, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. According to the police, one of the officers pulled over a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade, and when a second officer came to help, shots were fired.

RUSSIA MARKS 70 YEARS SINCE VICTORY OVER NAZI GERMANY WITH HUGE PARADE: Russia marked 70 years since the victory over Nazi Germany on Saturday with a spectacular parade in Moscow featuring some 16,000 soldiers, 200 armored vehicles and 150 planes and helicopters. This is expected to be the last major anniversary of the conflict when significant numbers of World War II veterans are still alive to take part. Presidents including China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Pranab Mukherjee and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro joined their Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow’s Red Square for the parade

BARBECUE RESTAURANT OWNER SAYS ‘WHITE APPRECIATION DAY’ MISUNDERSTOOD: The owner of a Colorado barbecue restaurant who drew criticism for offering a “White Appreciation Day” discount says he wants to celebrate Americans of all races, not just one. What started off as a joke about how there’s no holiday that celebrates “the white community” has been misinterpreted as a racially charged promotion, said Edgar Antillon, co-owner of Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe in Milliken. Antillon apologized to the community of Milliken and to his restaurant’s former owners who, like him, have been targets of threatening messages, he said.

TORNADO HITS TEXAS COUNTY; 1 KILLED, 1 CRITICALLY INJURED: A large swath of the central United States braced for all three Saturday as meteorologists predicted the type of weather that can wreak havoc or, as was the case in Texas on Saturday, even be deadly. A tornado that struck Eastland County, west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, killed one person and injured another critically, according to Walter Fairbanks, chief of the Cisco Fire Department.  That tornado — the first of three confirmed in the Lone Star State – was short-lived but destructive; three houses had been “totaled,” and Phil Arthur, the fire chief in nearby Eastland said that several houses “got their roofs blown off.”  Arthur said Eastland was experiencing “major street flooding” and had downed power lines.

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Saturday • May 9, 2015

EBOLA OUTBREAK OVER IN LIBERIA: The World Health Organization declared Saturday that the ebola outbreak in Liberia is officially at its end. The country has gone 42 days without any new ebola cases, after having the highest number of deaths in the recent outbreak. During the outbreak’s peak in September 2014, the country was reporting an average of 300 to 400 cases every week. “We are out of the woods,” Liberia’s Information Ministry declared on Twitter. “We are Ebola free. Thanks to our partners for standing with us in the fight against Ebola. We are Liberians.”

PRINCE RELEASES NEW SONG ‘BALTIMORE’: Prince released a new single, Baltimore, on Saturday in response to the riots and demonstrations that wracked the city in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, the Guardian reported. The artist released the track via Twitter a day before he was slated to play the Rally4Peace concert, which he announced earlier this week. Prince references not only Gray, but also Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager killed in Ferguson, Mo., last year, whose death helped spark a wrenching national debate about race and police authority. “Does anybody hear us pray?/ For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray/ Peace is more than the absence of war,” the lyrics go. “Are we gonna see another bloody day?/We’re tired of cryin’ and people dyin’/ Let’s take all the guns away.”

HOSNI MUBARAK TO GO FREE: The Cairo Court of Appeals ruled Saturday that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak can be set free after serving a three-year sentence for numerous corruption charges and killing of Egyptian protestors. It remains unclear as to when exactly he will be freed from custody and where he will go after.

SANTORUM: BOMB ISIS BACK TO 7TH CENTURY: Former Senator Rick Santorum said the U.S. military should escalate its campaign against ISIS Saturday. He addressed the South Carolina Freedom Summit, as he weighs a potential 2016 presidential bid, saying “if these folks want to return to a 7th century version of Islam, then let’s load up our bombers and bomb them back to the 7th century.”

JAMEIS WINSTON SUES ACCUSER: Jameis Winston has filed a countersuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault. Attorneys for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback claim that the woman is motivated by greed and she is being sued for defamation. Winston was never criminally charged in the alleged incident.

40 ESCAPE FROM IRAQI PRISON: A slew of prisoners escaped an Iraqi prison in Al-Khalis, a town north of Baghdad, after violent clashes with prison guards on Friday. The prisoners, some of whom faced terrorism charges, were able to take a weapon from a guard to assist in their escape. Five guards were killed and 40 total inmates escaped.

MILITARY PLANE CRASHES IN SPAIN: An Airbus military plane crashed near the Seville airport in Spain Saturday, killing four employees. Two crew members were rescued and and taken to the hospital. The plane was on its way to Turkey when it developed a fault mid-flight.

NSA HAS ITS OWN SKYNET: The NSA allegedly labeled an Al Jazeera journalist as a member of Al Qaeda using a program with a name derived from the popular Terminator movie franchise. SKYNET, in this case, is a program that analyzes location and communication data from a slew of call records in order to track patterns that are deemed suspicious. The NSA has declined to address the journalist’s placement on the watch list.

A FRAGRANT AFFAIR FOR SEAN COMBS AND CASSIE: Sean Combs, his girlfriend Cassie and a large entourage celebrated the launch of Combs’ new fragrance, 3AM, at Arlington Club. Page Six reported that Combs and Cassie filmed a sexy spot for the fragrance that was too racy for Macy’s and had to be re-edited. Combs was seen standing to deliver a toast to his team at the celebratory meal. But they wrapped the party before 3 a.m., we hear. Earlier in the day, Combs unveiled the fragrance at Macy’s along with store CEO Terry Lundgren.

CIPRIANI HEADS TO MEXICO: While his family’s historic Harry’s Bar is packed during the Venice Biennale, Giuseppe Cipriani has unusually decamped from the busy Italian city to head to Mexico. Harry’s is one of the art world’s customary haunts during the international contemporary art fair, but Giuseppe was in Mexico City this week to support his sons Maggio and Ignazio’s launch of Cipriani Masaryk in the swanky Polanco neighborhood. David Beckham was spotted having dinner at the impending hot spot a night before its official opening. The first Cipriani location in Mexico will serve up Venetian specialties, signature Bellinis and a cocktail called the ­Señor Masaryk. The joint has 100 seats, with 60 more on a terrace.

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Friday • May 8, 2015

X-RAY REVEALS 8-YEAR-OLD BOY IN SUITCASE: Officials in the Spanish territory of Ceuta in North Africa found an 8-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast packed into a pink suitcase on Friday when it traveled through a routine X-ray scanner at the country’s border crossing. Authorities found the boy when they stopped a suspicious acting 19-year-old woman carrying the suitcase. She was later detained. The boy’s father, who is a resident of Spain’s Canary Islands, was also arrested when he attempted to cross the border hours later. He was trying to reunite with his son, but claimed he wasn’t aware of how the boy was traveling.

U.S. UPS THREAT LEVEL AT MILITARY BASES: Terror levels at U.S. military bases were raised Thursday night, hours after officials warned that thousands of online followers of the so-called Islamic State reside within the country. “We have a general concern, obviously, that ISIL is focusing on the uniformed military and law enforcement,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters. Military bases are now under “force protection bravo,” meaning an “increased and predictable threat of terrorism,” but U.S. Northern Command spokesman Jeff Davis said the “change is not tied to a specific, credible threat.”

MAID’S DEATH SPARKS RIOTS IN TEHRAN: The Kurdish population in Iran’s capital has sparked massive riots following the unexplained death of Farinaz Khosravani, a chambermaid at the Tara, Tehran’s only four-star hotel. On Monday, the 25-year-old woman mysteriously fell from a fourth-floor hotel window, causing protesters to suspect foul play. They apparently set fire to the Tara after reading Internet reports that Khosravani was “trying to escape an Iranian official who was threatening to rape her,” according to The New York Times. Police used tear gas to disburse a crowd of hundreds outside the hotel. Iranian government spokesmen claim that “no official was involved.”

JUDGE CALLS MISTRIAL IN ETAN PATZ CASE: A hung jury led a New York judge to declare a mistrial in the case of Etan Patz, a six-year-old who went missing while walking to a SoHo bus stop 33 years ago. The jury of seven men and five women could not reach a verdict after three weeks of deliberation. Pedro Hernandez had confessed to kidnapping Patz, but defense argued it was fabricated under police pressure. The 1979 event became a pivotal moment for child abduction cases as it led to major reforms in law-enforcement and the way they handle missing person investigations.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 7-YEAR LOW: As the economy added 223,000 jobs in April, the U.S. unemployment rate slid down to 5.4 percent—the lowest it’s been in seven years. The numbers were a sharp improvement from a poor performance in March, and experts day they give hope that the U.S. economy is on the road to recovery. The economy only added 85,000 jobs in March.

BILL SIMMONS OUT AT ESPN: Grantland founder Bill Simmons is out at ESPN, company president John Skipper announced Friday, less than a year after the network suspended the sports commentator for criticizing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice sexual-assault case. “We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on,” Skipper said in a statement. “ESPN’s relationship with Bill has been mutually beneficial—he has produced great content for us for many years and ESPN has provided him many new opportunities to spread his wings. We wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter.” ESPN remains committed to Grantland, Skipper added.

SENATE OKS BILL TO CHECK OBAMA ON IRAN: The Senate voted 98-1 on Thursday to force a congressional review of the Iranian nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran by the U.S. and other world powers. The bill, championed by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), would prevent President Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran for 30 days while Congress reviews the details of any final nuclear arrangement. If Congress were to vote disapprove of the deal, it could block Obama from lifting some sanctions. The bill now goes to the House for final passage, and the White House has signaled that Obama would sign it.

WHO: DON’T NAME DISEASES AFTER ANIMALS: Don’t call it Spanish flu. The World Health Organization issued guidelines Friday that caution against naming diseases after places, people, or animals, for fear that such names will bring stigma. Citing Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome and swine flu as examples, the agency recommended that names be “generic descriptive terms” instead.

NICK LOEB: SOFÍA VERGARA ABUSED ME: Sofía Vergara and Nick Loeb‘s feud over the former couple’s embryos took a nasty turn Thursday when Loeb, 39, appeared on “Today” to allege abuse at the hands of his actress ex. “She physically abused him on four separate occasions, she punched him in the face on two occasions, kicked him and threw her phone at his head,” co-host Hoda Kotb read from Loeb’s legal complaint against Vergara, 42. “She also routinely bullied him, called him a loser, worthless and other degrading names.”

CHRISTINA MILIAN CONFIRMS LIL WAYNE ROMANCE: Christina Milian has confirmed what many suspected: She and Lil Wayne are an item. After months of being photographed holding hands, Milian said her new music video, “Rebel,” is inspired by their love. “It’s safe to say it is about the man in my life,” the 33-year-old “Dip It Low” singer told Entertainment Tonight. “There’s nothing better than that feeling of new chemistry when you’re so into someone and you could care less what anyone else thinks … and there’s butterflies! It’s a real feeling that people experience.” Milian was engaged to rapper Jas Prince for more than a year before calling it quits in June. Milian also has a 5-year-old daughter, Violet, with R&B producer The-Dream.

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Wednesday • May 6, 2015

NFL: ROGUE PATRIOTS DEFLATED BALLS: A report commissioned by the NFL has found that there was “no deliberate attempt” by the New England Patriots to deflate footballs to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game—but that a Patriots locker-room attendant and equipment assistant “participated in a deliberate effort” to deflate balls after referees examined them. The report  also said “it is more probable than not that Tom Brady… was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.” Patriots CEO Robert Kraft says he will “take appropriate actions,” but only because “fighting the league and extending this debate would prove to be futile.” Brady denied knowing anything about deflated balls, but his father ripped the NFL. ”This was Framegate right from the beginning,” he said. “In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. It just seems Tommy is now guilty until proven innocent.”

FBI SOURCES: NO ISIS LINK FOR TX SHOOTER: Investigators working to uncover a motive behind the shooting outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest have yet to find any connection with ISIS, according to top law enforcement officials. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack, but the officials say this is “more rhetoric” and that they do not currently think that Elton Simpson, the lead shooter, was following orders. “At this point he’s a lone wolf,” one investigator says.

LAPD KILLS UNARMED MAN: The Los Angeles Police chief Charlie Beck is “very concerned” about the shooting of an unarmed man in his twenties by police officers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The LAPD say officers responded to a call reporting a man harassing people on the streets of Venice. When they showed up, he had gotten “into an altercation” with a bouncer at a nearby bar and then struggled with officers, police say. Beck says that so far, “I don’t see the supporting evidence that I normally would” to justify the shooting. The man has only been identified as “Dizzle,” a nickname, and was apparently transient. On Wednesday morning, a small crowd gathered at the site and yelled at the LAPD, “The police are mercenaries!”

GERMANWINGS PILOT PRACTICED CRASH: Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot accused of crashing a Madrid-to-Dusseldorf flight into a mountain, had practiced a controlled descent on the previous flight that day, according to a preliminary report published Wednesday. The Daily Beast previously explained that the crash must have been carefully pre-planned in order to circumvent a crash-avoidance system, and that Lubitz would’ve crashed that first flight if he had the opportunity.

CLINTON BEGINS SUPER PAC FUNDRAISING: The big checkbooks are being primed by Clinton 2016. Hillary Clinton will start personally wooing donors for Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that supports her campaign, according to New York Times sources. This election will be the first time a Democratic candidate becomes so involved with an outside group capable of accepting unlimited donor funds—Obama supported the PAC during his 2012 re-election, but never appeared at fundraisers. Clinton’s supporters are hoping the PAC can raise up to $300 million to get on the same level as the GOP, and is currently holding meetings with the donors.

CHICAGO OKS $5.5M FOR POLICE VICTIMS: Chicago now has a $5.5 million reparations fund for victims of notorious bad cop Jon Burge, thanks to a unanimous city council vote Wednesday. “This is another step, but an essential step, in righting a wrong— removing a stain,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Chicago has finally confronted its past and come to terms with it and recognizing something wrong was done.” Burge and his underlings are believed to have tortured more than 200 suspects over 20 years. He served a short sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice, and was released in 2014.

RUSSIAN SPACESHIP TO CRASH FRIDAY: A Russian spaceship that was lost by ground control last week will crash back to Earth on Friday, according to the country’s space agency. The descent should to destroy the craft, but a few pieces are expected to survive and hit the planet’s surface. Progress, the spaceship, was supposed to bring supplies to International Space Station before Russia lost control of it for an unknown reason. The crew stationed at the ISS won’t get fresh food until June unless another mission is sent ahead of schedule.

BALTIMORE MAYOR TO DOJ: INVESTIGATE US: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city would be happy to have the Department of Justice investigate its police force, as both the department and FBI look into possible civil-rights violations. Rawlings-Blake said brutality complaints against police are down and that the entire force will be equipped with body cameras by next year. “We have seen results from these efforts,” Rawlings-Blake said of what has already been done.

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Wednesday • May 6, 2015

EBOLA RETURNS IN “CURED” DOCTOR: Dr. Ian Crozier, who was seemingly cured of Ebola last October, is facing the disease again. It’s been lurking in his left eye all along. Fading sight, severe pain and strong pressure led doctors to the discovery, while Crozier also faced joint and muscle pain, fatigue, and hearing loss. The color of his left eye also changed from blue to green. Crozier became infected with Ebola while working as a volunteer for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone, where a large portion of infections began. Long-term effects about the disease have not been closely studied due to the limited number of outbreaks previously reported. Similar accounts are being reported in West Africa.

 

FBI WARNED OF ‘DRAW MUHAMMAD’ ATTACK: According to FBI Director James Comey, the bureau issued an early warning to police officers in Garland, Texas regarding Elton Simpson, who, along with Nadir Soofi, opened fire at a “draw Muhammad” event on Monday. Comey told reporters in Washington that the FBI had seen comments on social media that referenced the event but didn’t know that Simpson, who lived in Arizona, was bound for Texas.

 

COLBERT GIVES $800,000 TO TEACHERS: Stephen Colbert did some charity before he takes over for David Letterman. At a surprise event Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina, Colbert announced that he would fund $800,000 in grant requests by 800 public-school teachers across the state. “I’m a product of the South Carolina public-school system,” Colbert said. The grants ask for everything from books to trampolines.

 

PUTIN BIRTHER HAS ‘PROOF’ OF FAKED PAST: German newspaper Die Zeit is highlighting the mysterious early years of Vladimir Putin, thanks to a Chechen man who resurfaced in Western Europe after years of hiding. According to testimonies the man recorded from Vera Putina, the woman who claims to be the president’s biological mother, Putin was born out of wedlock and sent to live with distant relatives he would eventually claim as his real parents as a child. The Chechen, “Rustam Daudov,” says Putin didn’t know Russian, so his new birth certificate made him two years younger so he could repeat a grade. Federal agents allegedly removed all traces of him from his real home village in Georgia, but one photo allegedly remains of young Putin, though there’s no proof that it’s him. Rumors about his true origins have plagued Putin for years. Notably, journalists have failed to find anyone who knew Putin as a young boy in St. Petersburg; most accounts of his childhood start after the age of 8. Officially released photos that imply the child in them is Putin are often uncaptioned; one showing a young child on his mother’s lap may in fact show Putin’s older brother.

 

NYC’S MANICURISTS TREATED LIKE SLAVES: A lengthy New York Times investigation into nail salons found widespread mistreatment of workers, including extremely low wages that keep them living in slave-like conditions. Many of the workers—who mostly don’t speak English—must first pay for a job and spend several weeks working without wages. Even once employers start paying, it is not uncommon for employees to make less than $30 a day. The investigation also found a racial hierarchy, with New York salons—which are mostly owned by Koreans—discriminate against Hispanics because they “don’t want to learn more,” according to owners.

 

CHRIS ROCK TO DIRECT AMY SCHUMER FOR HBO: On May 29, breakout comedienne Amy Schumer is set to film her very first HBO comedy special at New York’s Apollo Theater, directed by Chris Rock. Schumer is currently in the middle of her award-winning series Inside Amy Schumer, which airs on Comedy Central.

 

CHRIS BROWN FINDS NAKED FEMALE INTRUDER IN HIS BED: Chris Brown’s transition from 25 to 26 is going anything but smoothly. The singer arrived home from a birthday weekend in Las Vegas to find a mysterious naked woman in his bed. After further investigation, the group found an unknown naked 21-year-old woman in the “Loyal” singer’s bed. Brown then called the police, who took the woman into custody and booked her on felony burglary and vandalism charges. The R&B star, whose birthday was on Tuesday, posted a picture of the woman wrapped up in a towel to his Instagram account, along with a description of what she’d allegedly done, including throwing out all of his daughter’s and dog’s belongings, placing “voodoo things” around the house, and spray-painting her name on his cars. “I love my fans but this is some on some real real crazy s–t!” he wrote. “I pray she will get help.”

 

JUDGE SAYS NO EVIDENCE B.B. KING IS BEING ABUSED: A dispute over B.B. King‘s health and wealth has been tossed out of court by a judge in Las Vegas who says two investigations found no evidence the blues legend is being abused. King’s doctor says the 89-year-old musician is in home hospice care. Thursday’s ruling keeps King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control of King’s affairs. Three of King’s 11 surviving children say they suspect Toney is stealing money and neglecting King’s medical care. But Clark County Family Court Hearing Master Jon Norheim says police and social services investigations in October and April uncovered no reason to take power-of-attorney from Toney. The judge says he can’t consider daughter Karen Williams’ petition to take over as King’s guardian until every family member gets legal notice.

 

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Premieres in Vienna (1824)

The Symphony No. 9 in D Minor is the last complete symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. One of the best known works of the Western repertoire, it is considered one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces. Incorporating part of Johann Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” sung by soloists and a chorus, it is the first symphony in which a major composer utilizes human voices on the same level as instruments.

 

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Tuesday • May 5, 2015

HEBDO EDITORS: WE DON’T ATTACK RELIGION: A group of editors from Charlie Hebdo defended themselves against attacks aimed at their publication Tuesday. The paper is set to receive the PEN American Center’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award tonight. This has sparked backlash from some of the PEN members who contend that the publication is frequently racist in its cartoon depictions of Muslims. Hebdo’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Biard said the publication fights power, not religion exclusively. “Fighting against racism, fighting against all discriminations….” Biard said. “And we always fight the right wing…even more than religions.” Monday’s attack at a Draw Muhammad event in Texas led some to question the difference between Pamela Geller’s use of free speech and that of Hebdo’s editors, especially in regards to portrayals of Muslims. Biard said Geller “wakes every morning and thinks, ‘How can I defy these people?’” whereas he thinks: “Where’s my coffee?”

MAYWEATHER WANTS TO FIGHT PACQUIAO AGAIN: Floyd Mayweather texted ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday saying he’d be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao again once the Filipino boxer recovers from shoulder surgery. “I will fight him in a year after his surgery.” Pacquiao will receive treatment for a tear in his rotator cuff, which he suffered before the recent multimillion-dollar bout. Pacquiao checked “no” on a boxing commission questionnaire asking him about being injured just before the weigh-in before Saturday night’s fight. Pacquaio could be fined or suspended for reporting inaccurate information about his status.

WHITE HOUSE: TOO SOON TO SAY ISIS HIT TX: After ISIS claimed responsibility for the failed attack on a Draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, the White House said the incident is “still under investigation” and that it is “too early” to determine whether the group was responsible. In a broadcast Tuesday, ISIS said two “soldiers” were behind the attack and that more are forthcoming. “We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse,” the group said. “The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner.”

JUSTICE STEVENS: PAY GITMO INNOCENTS: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that the government should compensate Guantanamo Bay detainees who are still being held after posing no imminent threat to the United States. “I by no means suggest that every Guantanamo detainee, such as those who have been convicted by a military commission, is entitled to compensation,” Stevens said. Currently there are 57 inmates that have been approved for transfer out of the 127 total still remaining in the prison. The Pentagon is trying to expedite this process ahead of impending congressional action that could restrict transfers.

HUCKABEE LAUNCHES PRESIDENTIAL BID: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee launched his 2016 presidential bid Tuesday morning from his home state. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, the socially conservative Huckabee swept the Iowa Republican caucus in 2008 before losing the nomination. “I hear some people say we’re going to have to have someone who knows how to fight,” Huckabee told supporters last month. “I’ll tell you what: If you battled the political machine that I battled, you know how to fight.”

SEAHAWKS IGNORED ASSAULT WITNESSES: The Seattle Seahawks only interviewed their draft pick during their investigation of whether he beat his ex-girlfriend, despite the presence of several other eyewitnesses in the case. Lis Babson and Kristie Cole say they got a glimpse of a limp woman in Frank Clark’s hotel room in November after they heard loud noises next door and banged on the door until he opened it. “She looked unconscious,’’ Cole said. “She looked like she was knocked out, and then she started to move slowly.” The women said Clark then slammed the door shut. Their statements corroborate a police report, but the Seahawks still drafted Clark as their 63rd pick, saying that an extensive investigation found the ex and eyewitnesses’ claims to be unfounded. Clark was charged with two first-degree misdemeanors for domestic violence and assault, but then pleaded guilty in a deal to a lesser charge and paid only a $250 fine.

NSA CAN SEARCH WORDS YOU SAY ON PHONE: Another revelation from the archive of Edward Snowden’s NSA documents indicates that the agency now has the capability to recognize content in phone calls and create rough transcripts for storage and searching. These documents, secured by The Intercept, show NSA analysts celebrating the software called Google for Voice almost a decade ago. Perfect transcription of phone calls has been called the “holy grail” in the agency, elusive, maybe impossible, but incredibly valuable. But the software can already extract content from phone calls and flag conversations of interest.

EX-FBI AGENT STORMED CIA HEADQUARTERS: A former FBI agent who tried to barge into the CIA’s Virginia headquarters has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after a “combative” court appearance Friday. Tunisia Davis, who worked for the bureau from 2004 to 2010, drove past one security officer at the CIA before another officer physically blocked her path by standing in front of her car. The officers also say she tried to reach for one of their firearms, which Davis denies, and threatened to bomb the facility. Earlier that day, she tried to do something similar at the National Security Agency, allegedly telling police that “she wanted to know what they would do if she showed up.”

HILLARY ENDORSES ‘PATH TO CITIZENSHIP’: Hillary Clinton will debut her immigration-reform plan in Nevada on Tuesday and it is said to include a “full and equal” path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Clinton is expected to say “that we cannot settle for proposals that provide hard-working people with merely a second-class status,” according to an aide, and will cast immigration reform as a family issue. Her plan will advocate moving “millions of hard-working people out of the shadows and into the formal economy so they can pay taxes and contribute to our nation’s prosperity.” A more detailed rollout of specific policy positions is expected later this year.

CHRIS BROWN’S LAS VEGAS BATTERY CASE DROPPED: Authorities are dropping the Las Vegas battery case against singer Chris Brown. Las Vegas police said Tuesday that the man who claimed the star had punched him during a weekend basketball game is withdrawing his complaint. Police said Brown, 25, was suspected of beating the man found at the Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center early Monday. He said he was playing basketball at the Palms Casino Resort when he got into a verbal argument on the court with the singer. He claimed Brown punched him and another person with the singer also hit him. Authorities had given Brown the option to sign a misdemeanor battery citation after failing to locate him. Signing the citation is similar to accepting a traffic ticket and isn’t an admission of guilt.

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  1. Pinterest has been called “Digital Crack” for women.
  2. The idea for Pinterest grew from Pinterest’s CEO and cofounder Ben Silbermann’s love for collecting bugs. He says his bug collection is “Pinterest 1.0.”
  3. Pinterest was initially launched in 2009 as a closed-beta, invitation-only site. By January 2012, Pinterest had become a household name and boasted more than 10 million unique monthly visitors.e
  4. In 2013, more than 1/5 of American adults used Pinterest, up 15% from a year earlier. This makes Pinterest slightly more popular than Twitter or Instagram, though all three are still far behind Facebook.
  5. In a 2013 Pew Internet & American Life Project survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, nearly 20% of women using the Internet were on Pinterest, compared to just 5% of men.
  6. A porn site called Snatchly advertises itself as “your online pornboard” or “Pinterest for men.” Additionally, Pornterest is a Pinterest copycat site devoted to porn.
  7. Over 12% of U.S. Internet uses are on Pinterest.
  8. The most popular category on Pinterest is food & drink (11.1%), DIY & crafts (9.6%), and home décor (5.8%). However, looking at pin boards rather than single pins, home décor is actually the most popular category (11%), followed by art (10.7%) and design (10.3%).
  9. The site Pinterest Fail highlights failed Pinterest crafts and recipes gone wrong. The owner of the site, Jenna Anderson, says, “Pinterest is largely a site of unrealized dreams.”
  10. A TODAY Moms’ survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers show that 42% of them report suffering from “Pinterest stress,” or not feeling crafty or creative enough.
  11. The average brand using Pinterest increases website page visits per pin by 400%, doubles the page views per pin, and boosts revenue per pin by 50%.
  12. Pinterest reached the 10 million-visitor mark faster than almost any social media site in history. It is the fastest-growing independent site in the history of the Internet.
  13. In January 2012, Pinterest drove more traffic to websites and blogs than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn—combined.
  14. Pinterest started with three employees in 2009. It now has 180. Its world headquarters are on 7th Street in San Francisco, CA.
  15. A survey from PriceGrabber stated that 21% of Pinterest users bought something they saw on a pin board.
  16. On September 30, 2013, a San Francisco judge awarded Pinterest $7.2 million in damages and legal fees against a Chinese cyber squatter Qian Jin over 100 domain names, including pinterests.com, pimterest.com, and pinterost.com. Pinterest.com was also awarded the domain names.
  17. Pinterest boards have been described as a “user’s personal happiness collage.”
  18. Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the things they find interesting,” “to help people to discover what they didn’t know they wanted,” and “to get people offline to do the things they love.”
  19. In 2012, Pinterest users spent 1,255,225,000 minutes on the site.
  20. In January 2014, Pinterest launched a new feature design: a recipe search. Its aim is to make it easier to discover, save, and share recipes with users. Food and recipes are continually a top category on the service and have grown from around 11% of all pins in 2012 to 18% in 2013.

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Monday • May 4, 2015

MUHAMMAD EVENT’S ATTACKERS HAD ASSAULT RIFLES, BODY ARMOR: The two men who attacked the Draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, had assault rifles and body armor. The men drove up to a rear entrance at the event space and exited their vehicle when they were confronted by a police officer and an unarmed security guard. The officer killed both gunmen with his pistol. One of the guards patrolling the entrance was shot in the lower leg and has since been released from the hospital. Police said the gunmen’s vehicle had luggage but no explosives. Police would not release the gunmen’s names, but one has been identified by the press as Elton Simpson of Arizona.

PAMELA GELLER: GUNMEN PROVE I’M RIGHT: The woman who hosted a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen Sunday says they proved she’s right. “This terrible incident reflects the need for such conferences,” Pamela Geller told CNN on Monday morning. “Increasingly, we’re abridging our freedoms as to not offend savages,” she said, criticizing the “elite media” and “academia.” Geller said she agreed with Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who served as the keynote speaker and said Islam is humorless. “There is no humor,” she said. “There is a problem in Islam and the problem is that we can’t talk about the problem.” The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Geller the “anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead.”

BILL CLINTON: FOUNDATION DID NOTHING ‘KNOWINGLY INAPPROPRIATE’: Bill Clinton says he has no regrets about his foundation taking foreign money and apparently not disclosing all of it while Hillary served as secretary of state. “There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,” Clinton said, while in Africa doing work for the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton said the foundation will “come as close as we can during her presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state.” He even raised the possibility of stepping down should Hillary win the White House. “I might if I were asked to do something in the public interest that I had an obligation to do. Or I might take less of an executive role,” he said. “But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

PACQUIAO BLAMES SHOULDER INJURY: After a unanimous-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather this weekend, Manny Pacquiao has revealed a potential reason for his sub-par performance in the hotly anticipated event: an injury to his right shoulder, obtained during training in April. Pacquiao says he didn’t consider postponing the match because he thought a lidocaine injection would make the pain tolerable, but he was denied the shot due to a miscommunication among fight promoter Top Rank, the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and an anti-doping agency. “I’m disappointed,” he told the Los Angeles Times, and said he may seek surgery for the injury. On forms filled out at the weigh-in, however, Pacquiao’s team checked the “no” box for shoulder injuries.

NEW YORK SENATE LEADER SURRENDERS TO FBI: New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning to face federal charges related to corruption. Skelos is the highest elected Republican in the state and is the second top lawmaker to be charged this year: Sheldon Silver, the House leader, was arrested in January for allegedly taking kickbacks from a law firm. Skelos and his son are reportedly under investigation for business dealings with an Arizona-based sewer company that was awarded a contract despite not being the lowest bidder.

CARSON, FIORINA JUMP INTO 2016 RACE: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president Monday, joining an ever-more-crowded field of Republican competitors. She tweeted “I am running for president” Monday morning, with a link to her new campaign website, before formally launching her campaign on ABC’s Good Morning America. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson also said Sunday he is running for president in an interview with CBS News Cincinnati affiliate WKRC, and formally launched in Detroit on Monday. “I’m willing to be part of the equation, and therefore I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” he said. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida have declared their candidacies for the Republican ticket.

ITALY: MORE THAN 5,800 MIGRANTS RESCUED: Italian authorities said Sunday more than 5,800 migrants have been rescued and 10 bodies found off the Libyan coast. The migrants were saved during 17 separate operations by Italian and French ships over the weekend, the Italian coast guard said. An Italian ship carrying nearly 900 people arrived in Sicily early Monday. Authorities expect the number of people rescued to rise as smugglers take advantage of calmer waters in the coming weeks.

JOAN RIVERS’ DEATH WAS ‘100% PREVENTABLE,’ SAYS MELISSA: Melissa Rivers feels strongly that her mother, Joan Rivers, should be alive today. “In my opinion, it was 100 percent preventable,” Melissa, 47, said of her mother’s September 2014 death on Monday’s “Today” show. While she knows what happened to her mother could have happened to anyone, Melissa feels that the clinic’s lack of preparedness and attention to detail, along with the unprofessional behavior of some of its employees, cost her mother her life. In Melissa’s suit, which was filed in January, she alleges that the doctors treating her mother were cluessly cracking jokes and taking selfies while their famous patient was crashing on the operating table. An anesthesiologist named in the suit, Dr. Renuka Bankulla, filed a response days later insisting that she took every lifesaving measure at her disposal in a bid to resuscitate the late comedian.

OBAMA RAISES $80M FOR BLACK MEN: President Obama unveiled a nonprofit that will work in tandem with the My Brother’s Keeper initiative he created last year. My Brother’s Keeper Alliance comes on the heels of racial tension spreading across the country, spurred by a string of deaths of young black men, something Obama called a “slow-rolling crisis” on Monday. The organization has already raised more than $80 million to provide grants, fund community programs, and jumpstart the private sector into working with men of color.

CLINTON WILL TESTIFY ON BENGHAZI, EMAILS: Hillary Clinton will be testifying later this month in front of a special panel about the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans and also about her email practices. Her lawyer, David Kendall, says the former secretary of state will appear for one session on Capitol Hill, although she was requested to appear twice. Clinton last testified about the attacks in January 2013, but Republicans now say they have more questions about the incident after learning she used a private email account while serving as secretary of state.

CHRIS BROWN INVESTIGATED FOR BATTERY: Las Vegas police say they are investigating Chris Brown for a misdemeanor battery incident that occurred at the Palms Casino Resort. Police went to the hotel at nearly 4 a.m. Monday morning in response to a call. They were told that Brown punched another man during an argument over a basketball game. Brown recently settled a lawsuit over another basketball-related fight in Los Angeles.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Philippines

  1. The Philippines are named after King Philip II of Spain. Explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the Eastern Visayas Felipenas first, and the name was later applied to the entire archipelago. The country’s official name is the Republic of the Philippines.
  2. The Philippines was the first country in Southeast Asia to gain independence after World War II, in 1946.
  3. The Philippines has the highest rate of discovery of new animal species with 16 new species of mammals discovered just in the last 10 years.
  1. The national symbol of the Philippines is the Philippine, or monkey-eating, eagle. It is the largest of all eagles and was declared the national bird of the Philippines in 1995. It stands up to 3.3 feet (1 m) in height and has a wingspan of almost 7 feet (2 m). It is critically endangered; there may only be around 180–500 eagles remaining. Killing one is punishable by Philippine law by 12 years in jail and a heavy fine.
  2. Human trafficking is a problem in the Philippines. The country has the fourth largest number of prostituted children in the world. There are estimated to be 375,000 women and girls in the sex trades, mostly between the ages of 15 and 20, though some are as young as 11.
  3. Current president Benigno Aquino III is the first president of the Philippines to be a bachelor and he is the son of ex-president Corazon Aquino, making him the second president to be a child of a former president (his predecessor Gloria Arroyo was the other).
  4. Pop singer Bruno Mars is half Filipino and half Puerto Rican. His childhood nickname was “Little Elvis.” His real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez. His stage name was inspired by the chubby wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
  5. The world’s biggest pair of shoes was made in Marikina City, Philippines, in 2002. The wingtips measured about 17.4 feet (5.3 m) in length, 7.9 feet (2.4 m) in width, and almost 6.6 feet (2 m) in height. Their cost was 2 million Philippine pesos.
  6. The world record for most women breastfeeding simultaneously was 3,541, set in Manila, Philippines, on May 4, 2006.
  7. Of the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world, three are found in the Philippines: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.
  8. The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu,” or “Pearl of Allah,” the gem weighs 14 pounds (6.35 kg) and measures 9.5 inches (24 cm) long and 5.5 inches (.4 cm) in diameter. It has a value of over US$40 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.
  9. The Philippines is the world’s largest exporter of coconuts and tropical fruits, such as papaya and mangosteen.
  10. Some Filipinos are wary of the number 13 and will avoid having 13 people at a table. Also, steps to the main entrance of a house should not fall on a number divisible by three. Superstitious Filipinos will not travel or bathe on Holy Thursday or Good Friday during Holy Week, the week before Easter.
  11. The only place in the world where skunks are found other than America is Indonesia and the Philippines, where they are called stink badgers.
  12. President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines is known as “Noynoy,” and two of his sisters’ nicknames are “Pinky” and “Ballsy.”
  13. Christian names in the Philippines include Bing, Bong, Bambi, Bogie, Girlie, Peanut, and Bumbum.j
  14. Jellyfish Lake in the Philippines contains more than 13 million jellyfish.
  15. The Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world and is made up of 7,107 islands located in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, and the Luzon Strait.
  16. The Philippines is the only majority Christian nation in Asia. Eighty percent of its population identifies as Roman Catholic.
  17. The Philippines has a population of more than 100 million people, which makes it the 12th most populous country in the world. Its annual growth rate of around 2% makes it one of the fastest growing countries in the world.
  18. Mt. Pinatubo on the Philippine island of Luzon erupted on June 15, 1991, and created the largest mushroom cloud in the world. Its eruption ejected 10 billion metric tons of magma and 20 million tons of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere.
  19. According to Filipino custom, it is considered rude to open gifts immediately after they are given.
  20. The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.

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Sunday • May 3, 2015

UNANIMOUS DECISION GIVES MAYWEATHER VICTORY: A fleet-footed Floyd Mayweather has outboxed and outmaneuvered rival Manny Pacquiao to take a unanimous points victory in the most lucrative boxing match in history. After 12 high-intensity and often tactically cautious rounds, the judges’ scorecards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas read 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Mayweather.

NEPAL DEATH TOLL PASSES 7,000: More than a quarter of Nepal’s 28 million people have been affected by last week’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake. The latest death toll released by the government is 7,040 dead. There have been roughly 70 aftershocks which have kept the country’s population on edge, and the UN is now issuing warnings about the spread of disease. In addition, humanitarian groups are having trouble reaching isolated villages.

BALTIMORE MAYOR LIFTS CURFEW: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement Sunday morning lifting the curfew in place across the city for almost a week. “Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew,” she said. “My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary.” The curfew had required all of the city’s residents to remain indoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the aftermath of riots in West Baltimore which came in response to the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

US-LED ISIS AIRSTRIKES KILL 52 CIVILIANS: According to a monitoring group, U.S.-led air strikes against ISIS in the village of Birmahle on Saturday killed at least 52 civilians in northern Syria. The Pentagon says it can’t confirm the report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to the monitor, seven of those civilians were children and the toll is expected to rise. “Not a single IS fighter” was killed in the strikes, the Observatory’s director Rami Abdel Rahman, said.

3,690 MIGRANTS RESCUED BY ITALY IN 1 DAY: In just a single day, the Italian Coast Guard rescued 3,690 migrants at sea. The rescues took place in 17 different operations on Saturday just south of Sicily. Smugglers were taking advantage of the decent weather and quiet seas.

‘AVENGERS’ SAVES BOX OFFICE WITH $187M: Avengers: Age of Ultron, the summer’s first blockbuster, pulled in $187.7 million in the North American box office over the weekend, which is good enough for the second highest opening ever, behind The Avengers. It has also raked in $627 million worldwide. Analysts point to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight as part of the reason why the sequel did not best its predecessor. The Blake Lively film The Age of Adeline came in a distant second with $6.3 million, followed by Furious 7 with $6.1 million. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 came in fourth with $5.5 million.

ETHIOPIA MARCH IN TEL AVIV TURNS VIOLENT: At least seven police officers have been injured during clashes in Tel Aviv between the police and the thousands of protestors who marched on Sunday evening. The Tel Aviv protest comes after one in Jerusalem in which police turned to tear gas to move the crowd. The protests are in response to a video posted of an Ethiopian solder being beaten by police in what appears to be an unprovoked attack last week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he is meeting with leaders of the Ethiopian community on Monday.

CLIPPERS KNOCK OFF DEFENDING CHAMPS: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin led the Los Angeles Clippers past defending champions San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in a nail-biter game seven. Griffin notched a triple double, pulling down 13 rebounds, dishing 10 assists, and scoring 24 points while Paul, who pulled his hamstring partway through the game, contributed 27 points. The Clippers would go on to win by just a basket, 111-109.

BEYONCÉ SIGNS TEEN WANNABES: Beyoncé has found a group of three aspiring singers and signed the teen crooners to contracts totaling $1.5 million. The superstar is asking a Manhattan judge to approve the five-year deals, a requirement because the girls are minors, The Post’s Julia Marsh reports. The first contract covers LA-based sisters Chloe Bailey, 17, and Halle Bailey, 15. Beyoncé’s manager came across a YouTube video of the duo belting out “Pretty Hurts,” a song from Beyoncé’s last album. The video has over 10 million views. Beyoncé also signed a third singer, 14-year-old Sophie Beem of New York, to her Parkwood Entertainment company.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Germany

  1. The name “Germany” comes from the Latin Germania, the Roman name for the lands north of the Alps, where the Barbarian tribes lived. The French, Spanish, and Turkish call it Allemagne, Alemania, and Almanya, respectively, after the Alemanni tribe. Italians call the country Germania, but the German language in Italian is called Tedesco.
  2. Germany has over 150 castles. Walt Disney modeled the castles in the film Sleeping Beauty and later in Disneyland and Disneyworld on Bavaria’s “Mad” King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which may be Germany’s most famous.
  3. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.
  4. Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world both in terms of number of species (1,500) and animal population (14,000). Germany boasts more than 400 registered zoos.
  5. Over 1,500 kinds of sausages are made in Germany.
  6. Over 300 kinds of bread are made in Germany.
  7. German is the official language of five countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein.
  8. The German shepherd is the second most popular breed of dog in the United States.
  9. The German hard rock band Rammstein, known for its hit “Du Hast,” spent a night in a Massachusetts jail for a liquid-ejecting dildo stunt during one of their U.S. concerts in June 1998.
  10. In Bavaria, beer is officially defined as staple food, like bread, and not as alcohol.
  11. Frankfurters, the German version of a hot dog, are called wieners or Vienna sausages in the U.S, and wienerwurst in Germany are known as Frankfurters in Austria.
  12. Some of the stranger names for German places are Fucking (a small town in Austria), Kissing (a stop on the train line between Munich and Augsburg), Assmanhausen (a town on the Rhine River in the Rheingau), Titting (a village in Bavaria), Wank (a mountain in the Bavarian Alps), and Suckfüll (a shop in Munich that sells household items).
  13. German leader Adolf Hitler took an incredible 74 different types of medication, including crystal methamphetamine, according to a report compiled by American intelligence officials.
  14. Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers, selling more than 3 million in 2014. In 2014, the top-selling car brands were Volkswagen, Mercedes, Audi, and BMW. The Volkswagen Golf remains one of the best-selling car models in the world with 520,958 sold in 2014.
  15. With more than 1,300 breweries producing over 5,000 brands of beer, Germany is the second largest beer consumer per capita in the world, after the Czech Republic.
  16. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes, and the Daimler AG upscale brand accounts for 60% of them.c
  17. Berlin is the third biggest gay city in Europe, after London and Amsterdam, with an estimated 300,000 gay and lesbian residents.
  18. When John F. Kennedy visited Berlin in June, 1963, he infamously said, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also happens to translate in German as “I am a jelly donut.”
  19. Germany is sometimes known as Das Land der Dichter und Denker (The Land of Poets and Thinkers). Bach, Beethoven, and Goethe were all German, as well as Handel, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner, and Strauss. Some of the world’s greatest philosophers were also German, including Goethe, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
  20. Germans have come up with some of the world’s most famous inventions, including the lightbulb, the automated calculator, and the automobile. Germans can also take credit for the discovery of insulin as well as the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, television (partially), paraffin, gasoline and Diesel engines, the automobile engine, the differential gear, the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen, and the personal cassette player (later named the Walkman by Sony).

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Saturday • May 2, 2015

BALTIMORE COP INDICTMENTS BRING CELEBRATIONS: News that six police officers would be charged over the death of Freddie Gray brought celebrations throughout Baltimore on Friday afternoon.  Kevin Moore, who filmed the Gray’s arrest, was exuberant. “I finally made a difference in the world,” he said. Expect more updates as the day’s celebrations continue. For now, the curfew in Baltimore is still in effect and the National Guard are still deployed.

ROYAL BABY: IT’S A GIRL!: Prince George has a little sister. The royal baby was born at 8:34 a.m. local time (3:34 EST), after a quick delivery at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital in West London. Prince William drove Kate to the hospital a little over two hours earlier. Both mother and baby are doing well, according to Kensington Palace statement. The girl, Queen Elizabeth II’s fifth great-grandchild, is the first Princess of Cambridge to be born in over 180 years. She is fourth in line to the throne.

NEPAL RELIEF GOODS HELD UP AT CUSTOMS: Relief supplies for the survivors of the massive earthquake that killed over 6,600 people in Nepal last week have been held up in customs bureaucracy at the Kathmandu airport. “They should not be using peacetime customs methodology,” United Nations representative Jamie McGoldrick said, adding that supplies are piling up at the airport instead of being shipped out to victims. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, a Nepalese home ministry spokesperson, said all foreign goods must be inspected before allowed into the country. “This is something we need to do,” he said.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to reports from the UN, Al-Qaida in Iraq operates a youth wing for children under the age of 14 called “Birds of Paradise” (or “Paradise Boys” or “Youth of Heaven”) to carry out suicide attacks against military, government, and civilian targets. Children are also used to spy, scout, transport military supplies and equipment, complete video attacks, and plant explosive devices.

AFGHAN OFFICIALS TO MEET WITH TALIBAN: Eight representatives from the Taliban will meet with Afghan government officials in Qatar at a two-day regional conference that begins Sunday. A statement from the Taliban said the goal of their participation in the open discussion was to “personally deliver the message of its oppressed nation and other such issues to the world.” The statement added that the Taliban’s participation “should not be misconstrued as peace or negotiation talks.”

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PROLIFIC CRIME WRITER RUTH RENDELL DIES: Popular British crime and mystery writer Ruth Rendell died on Saturday, according to her publisher Penguin Random House. She was 85. Rendell had suffered a serious stroke in January. Rendell was perhaps best known for her Chief Inspector Wexford novels, along with dozens of other books (many authored under the pseudonym Barbara Vine).

NIGERIA FREES HUNDREDS FROM BOKO HARAM: Nigeria has freed an additional 234 women and children from the Sambisa Forest under Boko Haram’s domain. The hostages were allegedly rescued Thursday. President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to “hand over a Nigeria completely free of terrorist strongholds.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***On the 20th anniversary of the release of the book “Guerrilla P.R.” (Harper – Collins), author Michael Levine will visit the P.R. Museum in New York next Thursday. “Guerrilla P.R.” became the bestseller P.R. book of all-time most instantly and has been translated into six languages. It is also taught in all 25 of the top business school in America.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average child in America watches over 40,000 television commercials in a year, or over 100 a day.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***As David Letterman enters his final weeks as Late Show host, following a late-night career that has spanned more than three decades, many of his favorite guests have stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater to bid farewell to him. Since Conan O’Brien, who took the reins of NBC’s Late Night program after Letterman left to host CBS’ Late Show in 1993, is likely too busy filming his own show to visit Letterman, he penned a touching tribute for Entertainment Weekly to the man who inspired him to venture into late night.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Blues legend B.B. King is telling fans he’s in hospice care at home in Las Vegas. The 89-year-old musician posted thanks to fans on his official website Friday for well-wishes and prayers. Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal says an ambulance was summoned Thursday to King’s address and a person was hospitalized following what was characterized as a dispute over medical care.

LBN-R.I.P.: Ben E. King, the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters on “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and other hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and as a solo artist recorded the classic singles “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me,” died on Thursday in Hackensack, N.J. He was 76.   ***William Pfaff, an international affairs columnist and author who was a prominent critic of American foreign policy, finding Washington’s intervention in world affairs often misguided, died on Thursday in a hospital here. He was 86. His wife, Carolyn Pfaff, said the cause was a heart attack after a fall.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: March marked the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s historic tour behind the Iron Curtain, as the Soviet bloc was then called. The second stop on the tour was East Berlin, where, on March 22, 1965, he and his All Stars played a memorable two-hour concert. The concert was broadcast on German television and radio; a few years ago, a condensed version found its way to YouTube. More recently, the Louis Armstrong House Museum got ahold of the entire thing, and on Thursday, it held a screening at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Armstrong was at the height of his popularity in 1965; the year before, his single “Hello, Dolly!” had replaced the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” at the top of the charts. He was a little like Muhammad Ali would become decades later — an African-American icon who was internationally known and universally beloved, though more so abroad than in his own country. During his stay in East Berlin, Armstrong was actually able to cross over into West Berlin without any papers, an unheard of event.

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Friday • May 1, 2015

COPS CRIMINALLY CHARGED FOR FREDDIE GRAY: In a press conference Thursday morning, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced that she found probable cause for charges against the police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. “I assured his family that no one is above the law and that i would pursue justice on their behalf,” Mosby said, before saying that police did not establish probable cause for the arrest. Though police found a knife on Gray after searching him, “the knife was not a switchblade, and is lawful under Maryland law.” Mosby said Gray indicated “at least twice” that he needed a medic—a request that the officers did not fulfill. Instead, they responded to a second arrest stop in a “grossly negligent manner” while Gray was in need of medical help.

EXAMINER: VAN RIDE KILLED FREDDIE GRAY: The Baltimore medical examiner’s office has reportedly determined Freddie Gray’s catastrophic injury leading to his death was “caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van,” WJLA-TV reports. It is not clear what caused Gray’s head to slam into a protruding bolt. It’s been speculated that Gray was injured by police with a deliberate “rough ride,” but the officer driving the van has not given a statement to authorities. On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported a second prisoner riding with Gray told police he was “trying to injure himself,” but then said Thursday that all he heard was a “little banging.”

AMERICANS BACK DRONES KILLING AMERICANS: An Associated Press survey conducted after the Obama administration admitted that U.S. drone strikes on al Qaeda compounds killed an American and an Italian hostage earlier this year found that the majority of Americans still support the controversial practice. Of those polled, six in 10 backed the missile strikes, and the numbers held across parties: 60 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of Republicans said they supported using drones. Independent voters showed the lowest amount of support, with only 42 percent saying they agreed with using drones for this end. Only 13 percent oppose drone use. Almost 75 percent even approve of using drones to kill a U.S. citizen who’s joined a foreign terrorist organization.

U.S. SAID TO GIVE WARREN WEINSTEIN’S FAMILY RANSOM ADVICE: Nearly two years before Warren Weinstein, an aid worker kidnapped by Al Qaeda, was inadvertently killed in an American drone strike, the F.B.I. gave his family guidance about paying a ransom of $250,000 to the militants who were holding him, United States officials said on Thursday. The F.B.I.’s assistance reveals a vast gray area between a United States policy of not paying ransoms and efforts by many families and organizations to buy the freedom of Americans abducted abroad. European powers commonly pay the ransoms, which have enriched Al Qaeda, and the issue has been the subject of a long-running debate about whether the United States should alter its policy.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The probability of a first marriage ending in a divorce within 5 years is 20%, but the probability of a premarital cohabitation breaking up within 5 years is 49%. After 10 years, the probability of a first marriage ending is 33%, compared with 62% for cohabitations.

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TESLA BATTERY TO POWER HOMES, BUSINESSES: Tesla on Thursday introduced Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries that can power homes, businesses, and public utilities. The system consists of the Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery system designed to store solar power and enable homes to go completely off the power grid, as well as the Powerback, which is directed toward business or public utility use. Tesla has been piloting Powerwall over the last year and the product is on sale to select customers. Powerback will be available later this year.

TAMPA BAY DRAFTS JAMEIS WINSTON: As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Florida State University star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday. The team’s coach, Lovie Smith, and General Manager Jason Licht say they spent the pre-draft season investigating Winston, who was accused of sexual assault in 2013, but cleared of wrongdoing by police and Florida State.

OBAMA PICKS CHICAGO FOR HIS LIBRARY: The future site of Barack Obama’s presidential library will be in his adopted home of Chicago, reports The New York Times, citing “two people who were briefed about the decision.” Hawaii and New York City’s Columbia University also bid on the library, which will go up in Chicago’s South Side. The city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is expected to make an official announcement within two weeks.

HOSPITAL HAND SANITIZERS TO BE PROBED: A new Food and Drug Administration inquiry centers on whether hand sanitizers used by hospitals are safe—and even whether they actually work. It set a deadline of 2018 for manufacturers to provide data on safety, efficacy, and whether overuse of these products may lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Those that don’t meet standards by 2018 will be removed from the market.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Lately it seems as though every few months there’s another urban riot and the nation turns its attention to urban poverty. And in the midst of every storm, there are people crying out that we should finally get serious about this issue. This time it was Jon Stewart who spoke for many when he said: “And you just wonder sometimes if we’re spending a trillion dollars to rebuild Afghanistan’s schools, like, we can’t build a little taste down Baltimore way. Like is that what’s really going on?” The audience applauded loudly, and it’s a nice sentiment, but it’s not really relevant. The problem is not lack of attention, and it’s not mainly lack of money. Since 1980 federal antipoverty spending has exploded. As Robert Samuelson of The Washington Post has pointed out, in 2013 the federal government spent nearly $14,000 per poor person. If you simply took that money and handed it to the poor, a family of four would have a household income roughly twice the poverty rate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The 2016 campaign should be almost entirely about issues. The parties are far apart on everything from the environment to fiscal policy to health care, and history tells us that what politicians say during a campaign is a good guide to how they will govern. Nonetheless, many in the news media will try to make the campaign about personalities and character instead. And character isn’t totally irrelevant. The next president will surely encounter issues that aren’t currently on anyone’s agenda, so it matters how he or she is likely to react. But the character trait that will matter most isn’t one the press likes to focus on. In fact, it’s actively discouraged.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Barbra Streisand is in the doghouse. The legendary singer’s little pooch, Samantha, nipped a flight attendant Tuesday. Streisand, 73, was heading from New York City to Washington, DC, to lobby for funding for the Women’s Heart Alliance when the snafu occurred. The unidentified flight attendant, who was working on Ron Perelman’s private jet, saw the 12-year-old Coton de Tulear and decided to pet it without showing her hand first — a non-invasive way to get acquainted with new animals. Samantha’s bite was so severe, the stewardess required stitches.

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Thursday • April 30, 2015

COALITION DEBATES EXPANDING ISIS FIGHT: The Islamic State’s efforts to expand its reach beyond Iraq and Syria have spurred a debate within the coalition that the United States has assembled to confront the group about whether it needs to broaden its campaign. The Islamic State has sent a small number of fighters to Libya to help organize militants there, a new indication that the group is seeking to enlarge its self-declared caliphate, American officials said on Wednesday. The question of how the coalition should respond is emerging as a sensitive issue for the Obama administration, which is struggling to win congressional support for a measure authorizing the use of military force against the group.

FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTERS ARRESTED IN NYC: Police arrested 63 protesters in New York City on Wednesday during a march calling for justice for Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died of spinal injuries he sustained while in police custody. About 1,000 people descended on Union Square for a rally before continuing to move through Manhattan, blocking traffic and shutting down streets. The protest led to several small clashes with police. Meanwhile, protests in Baltimore remained peaceful. A similar protest in Denver turned violent when police were forced to use pepper spray on a crowd of demonstrators. Authorities arrested at least five of around 100 protesters gathering to protesting the death of Gray.

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GRAY’S DEATH REPORT WON’T BE MADE PUBLIC: Baltimore Police said Wednesday they will not release to the public their internal report on the death of Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries sustained while in police custody. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has ordered the report to be filed with state investigators by Friday, but Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said the report will remain internal to protect the investigation. Kowalczyk said on MSNBC’s The Last Word that it’s important “the evidence is saved for any kind of prosecution that may or may not happen.” Authorities have not said how Gray was injured.

CLINTON GROUP DISCLOSED 1 FOREIGN DONOR: The Clinton Health Access Initiative did not submit foreign-donor data to the State Department for review from 2009 to 2013, despite Hillary Clinton’s promises that Clinton Foundation entities would do so. According to organization spokeswoman Maura Daley, only one donation was submitted for review in that time period, with the rest deemed unnecessary. The Boston Globe reports that “grants from foreign governments increased by tens of millions of dollars to the Boston-based organization” during that time.

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AT LAST – MALALA ATTACKERS GET LIFE IN PRISON: Ten people accused of attacking education activist Malala Yousafzai when she was just a schoolgirl in Pakistan have been sentenced to life in prison by an anti-terrorism court. The accused say the attack on Yousafzai and two others was ordered by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Mullah Fazlullah.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that its earnings for the first quarter fell by 56 percent compared with a year earlier, as improved performance in marketing and refining failed to offset the effects of the plunge in oil prices.   ***The New York Times Company posted a $14 million net loss for the first quarter of 2015, driven by a pension settlement charge and a drop in lucrative print advertising. But digital subscriptions continued to show solid growth, the company said Thursday, and digital advertising grew at a double-digit pace. Adjusted operating profit grew to about $59 million, from about $57 million in the same quarter last year, with cost reductions helping to offset a drop in revenue.

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BERNIE SANDERS CONFIRMS PRESIDENTIAL RUN: Sen. Bernie Sanders confirmed his plans to enter the 2016 presidential race Wednesday in an interview with the AP. The Vermont independent, 73, plans to formally announce his bid Thursday as the first major challenger to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic ticket. “People should not underestimate me,” Sanders said. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”

BOY PULLED FROM NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RUBBLE: Emergency responders on Thursday rescued a teenage boy found alive after he spent five days trapped beneath rubble in Kathmandu. A USAID team worked for several hours to rescue the boy, and crowds erupted into cheers as he was finally carried away on a stretcher. The boy was not very deep into the debris, but was trapped between two collapsed floors, said team leader Andrew Olvera. The death toll from Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake has topped 5,500 and injured 11,440 more.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and manager Brandon Creed having an uproarious lunch with lots of laughter at Mario Batali’s Esca on West 43rd Street in NYC on Wednesday.   ***Snoop Dogg celebrating the launch of Catch Meatpacking’s revamped rooftop space, spinning records and giving a shout-out to Cyndi Lauper, who was there with a group of girlfriends, then playing her classic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”.   ***Jennifer Aniston, Rosie Perez and Jason Bateman dining with a group at Omar’s in NYC on Tuesday night.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: One half of women over 50 will fracture a bone because of osteoporosis.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bono, one of the world’s most influential rock stars, still cannot play guitar more than five months after suffering a hand injury while riding a bicycle in Central Park. The U2 frontman said in an interview he still can’t bend two of his fingers after his nasty spill.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***In a Joel Grover investigative report last night, NBC4 in L.A. drew a link between food poisoning and lack of restaurant inspections by Los Angeles County health inspectors. The existence of the “A” grade in the window doesn’t mean the restaurant has been inspected any time recently, the report said, after producers reviewed county records. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, Coast Cafe at Shutters on the Beach hotel in Santa Monica, and Nobu in Malibu all had “A”s when people got sick there or when inspectors found critical violations, NBC4 says.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Calvin Peete, whose life traced one of sport’s most triumphant arcs — a school dropout with a crooked left arm who did not pick up a golf club until his 20s, did not join the pro tour until his 30s, and still became one of the leading players of his era and the most successful black professional golfer before Tiger Woods — has died. He was 71. The Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta confirmed the death, giving no other information. The Associated Press reported that Peete died on Wednesday.   ***Dan Walker, a former governor of Illinois who spent four tumultuous years in office and nearly 18 months in federal prison after leaving office, died on Wednesday at his home in Chula Vista, Calif. He was 92. His son Dan Jr. confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Conservatives have sometimes been too quick to excuse police violence. And liberals have sometimes been too quick to excuse rioter violence. It’s outrageous when officers use excessive force against young, unarmed African-American men, who are 21 times as likely to be shot dead by the police as young white men. It’s also outrageous when rioters loot shops or attack officers. So bravo to Toya Graham, the Baltimore mom captured on video grabbing her teenage son from the streets and frog-marching him home. The boy wilted: It must be humiliating to be a “badass” rioter one moment and then to be savagely scolded in front of your peers and sent to your room.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Dave Duval: To those of us who fear the I.R.S. and the possibility of a tax audit, it sounded like good news. In March, the I.R.S. commissioner, John A. Koskinen, told his employees that because of budget cuts, the agency “had to do less with less” — reduce taxpayer services, delay refunds and do fewer audits. But alas, the outcome is not what it seems. Those who do get caught in the I.R.S.’s net may be in for a terrible time and lose some of the rights set out in last year’s new taxpayer bill of rights. Examiners for the I.R.S. are giving taxpayers and their accountants much less time to respond to certain audit letters. There is no way to know how many audits are being done more quickly. My company represents taxpayers who are facing audits, and since last fall we have found that many of them have been hit with the speeded-up timetable. An initial request for an appointment is followed quickly — in some instances, on the same day — with a follow-up letter that states that the requested information has not been received.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nick Loeb: Last August, I filed a complaint in Santa Monica, Calif., using pseudonyms, to protect two frozen embryos I created with my former fiancée. I wanted to keep this private, but recently the story broke to the world. It has gotten attention not only because of the people involved — my ex is Sofía Vergara, who stars in the ABC series “Modern Family” — but also because embryonic custody disputes raise important questions about life, religion and parenthood. When we create embryos for the purpose of life, should we not define them as life, rather than as property? Does one person’s desire to avoid biological parenthood (free of any legal obligations) outweigh another’s religious beliefs in the sanctity of life and desire to be a parent? A woman is entitled to bring a pregnancy to term even if the man objects. Shouldn’t a man who is willing to take on all parental responsibilities be similarly entitled to bring his embryos to term even if the woman objects? These are issues that, unlike abortion, have nothing to do with the rights over one’s own body, and everything to do with a parent’s right to protect the life of his or her unborn child

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Heretics were burned for attempting to create a schism in the Catholic Church. I face a similar fate for screaming at idiots all day long. Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t represent the opinions of LBN or its staff. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Fearing things were getting stale in the bedroom, Jennifer Garner has hired a sexpert to turn up the heat with 42-year-old hubby Ben Affleck. “After 10 years and three kids, Jen’s been worried that some of the passion has gone,” said a close pal of the couple. So Jen, 43, signed on a tantric sex guru, who’s taught the couple kinky new techniques. “Jen says it’s made things so hot, she’s been burning off calories in bed!” said the friend. “And Ben’s always asking her to slip away for a nooner.”

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Wednesday • April 29, 2015

SHADY? CLINTONS HAD 1,100 SECRET FOREIGN DONORS: The head of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliate in Canada has told Bloomberg that the group received money from some 1,100 anonymous donors. The cash donations, some of which ran into hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, did not just come from Canada. Frank Giustra, the Canadian mining financier who runs the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, said all of the money donated through his organization had been funneled back to the Clinton Foundation. He claims he is unable to make the names of the donors public due to Canadian law, but tax and privacy lawyers told Bloomberg that was not the case. Whatever the reason for the donors’ anonymity, it appears to put Hillary Clinton in breach of a “memorandum of understanding” signed with the White House when she took on the role of secretary of state.

CALMING DOWN – 10 ARRESTED IN BALTIMORE OVERNIGHT: Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said a citywide curfew largely held Tuesday night, despite scattered pockets of clashes with crowds after the emergency measure took effect at 10 p.m. Police arrested 10 people during the unrest, mostly for curfew violations, Batts said. “The biggest thing is that citizens are safe. The city is stable. We hope to maintain it that way,” he said. A group of three to four juveniles were arrested after rocks were thrown at officers, injuring one. Police deployed pepper balls at a crowd on the city’s northwest side after a fire was started near a library. Batts said authorities had attempted to use smoke, but the wind was blowing it back on officers. The Maryland National Guard was deployed overnight to secure the area.

JONI MITCHELL TEAM DENIES COMA REPORT: Contrary to a TMZ report saying that singer Joni Mitchell is in a coma “with no immediate prospects for getting better,” representatives for Mitchell posted a statement on the singer’s website saying the ’60s folk icon is “still in the hospital—but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.” The statement clarified that the document TMZ found “simply gives [Mitchell’s] longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority—in the absence of 24-hour doctor care—to make decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.”

U.S. ECONOMY GREW AT 0.2% RATE IN FIRST QUARTER: Confirming months of data that suggested a slowdown, the government said Wednesday that the American economy barely grew in the first quarter of 2015. At 0.2 percent, the pace of growth was the slowest in a year, when a winter wipeout in the first quarter of 2014 prompted the economy to contract at a 2.1 percent rate. Economists had expected a weak showing before the report. The consensus view called for a 1 percent growth rate in January, February and March, well below the 2.2 percent rate in the final three months of 2014

KING SALMAN OF SAUDI ARABIA NAMES MOHAMMED BIN NAYEF NEXT IN LINE OF SUCCESSION: King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a series of surprise royal decrees early Wednesday, shaking up the line of princes slated to succeed him to the throne, replacing a number of ministers and further enhancing the power of his own line. In moves announced on Saudi state television, Salman replaced Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz and named the powerful interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as next in line.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Each year in Canada, about 225 men fall overboard and drown as a consequence of standing up in a boat to urinate overboard.

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APPLE WATCH WON’T WORK ON TATTOOED WRIST: Better rethink that wrist tattoo: The new Apple Watch doesn’t seem to work as well when worn over ink, causing the product to repeatedly pause and demand security codes from wearers. Other issues include inaccurate heart readings when the product is worn for exercise purposes. According to iMore, “Dark, solid colors seem to give the sensor the most trouble—our tests on solid black and red initially produced heart rate misreadings of up to 196 beats per minute before failing to read skin contact entirely.”

SHARPTON PUTS ANTI-RIOT PSA ON RAP RADIO: In response to the rioting and looting in Baltimore, Al Sharpton is launching a public-service announcement campaign on hip-hop radio stations urging outraged young people not to resort to violence. “I’ve talked to various people that own radio stations in this town, [and] I’ve… talked to various hip-hop artists that over the next 24 hours will be launching a drive saying that every brick thrown is a potential roadblock to justice for Fred Gray,” Sharpton told reporters while he was in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon. “We cannot do that.” According to a representative for Sharpton, the activist and MSNBC host has been in talks with rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs about signing on to the campaign. The PSA is set to kick off Wednesday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Under certain conditions, wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles on the open tundra.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-SEE IT:….David Letterman dressing for a taping of “Late Show.” Each cup to the left represents a completed show.


STUDY: CHINESE OLYMPICS BABIES HEAVIER: Babies born during the Beijing Olympics in China—when the government was fighting a difficult battle to keep pollution levels under control—were heavier than those born a year before or later, according to a new study that links pollution levels with low birth weights. The study says babies whose eighth month of pregnancy was in August 2008 were 23 grams larger, on average. Report author Zhang Jinliang linked this with pollution cuts (somewhere between 18 and 59 percent), and said that heavier babies weren’t necessarily healthier long-term, but a low birth weight puts children at risk.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***A new label on some bottles of Bud Light, one of the brands owned by the beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, is falling flat among women, a demographic group the industry has been desperately courting in hopes of jump-starting flagging sales of suds. In a continuation of its “Up for Whatever” campaign, a wide blue band low on the label says, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”   ***Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker, said on Wednesday that net profit rose 19 percent in the first quarter as the auto market in Western Europe recovered. But earnings at the company, the world’s second-largest automaker after Toyota, remained dependent on the high-end Audi and Porsche brands. Cars with the Volkswagen insignia were only marginally profitable, even though they account for most of sales volume.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Pharmaceutical companies are racing to develop the first drugs for celiac disease, which researchers say is much more common than previously thought. No drugs are expected to reach the market until 2018 at the earliest, but a couple of them have shown hints of promise in small clinical trials and might soon advance to the final stage of testing. With that in mind, the Food and Drug Administration held a daylong public workshop recently to discuss something it has not had to ponder before: How to measure the effectiveness of celiac disease drugs in clinical trials.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***This time, Brian Williams may not be exaggerating. Talks between the exiled anchor and NBCUniversal have recently become tense — with the 55-year-old newsman saying he will not have his “NBC Nightly News” job taken away without a battle. “Brian is saying he’s not going down without a fight and [is] threatening to make it really ugly — worse than Ann Curry,” a source close to NBC said.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***CAA is beefing up its agent and executive ranks with the promotion of 20 trainees — 16 of them to agent and four to executive — in the TV, motion pictures, theater, music, sports, marketing, lifestyle and film finance departments. The appointments follow the recent departure of 12 agents from CAA’s comedy and touring divisions to UTA. Here are the names of CAA’s newly minted agents and executives, who will be based in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville or London.

LETTERMAN: I SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED: In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, David Letterman says he now sees that his sex scandal was a “good reason” to fire him. “But at the time, I was largely ignorant as to what, really, I had done,” the Late Show host said. In 2009, he admitted that he had been the subject of extortion attempts over relationships with female staffers. “It just seemed like, OK, well, here’s somebody who had an intimate relationship with somebody he shouldn’t have had an intimate relationship with,” he said.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who filmed Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and three “Hobbit” movies, died on Monday in Australia. He was 59. His death was announced by Ron Johanson, president of the Australian Cinematographers Society, who said Mr. Lesnie had had “a serious heart condition.” He did not give further details.   ***Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest daughter on “The Partridge Family,” the hit 1970s sitcom about a family band, died on Monday at her home in Laughlin, Nev. She was 52. The Clark County coroner, John Fudenberg, said that the cause was unknown and that an autopsy would be performed.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: At some point in my childhood, just before my teens, I was struck by the fact that almost all of the songs that I was hearing on the radio, half-consciously humming along to or committing to memory were about love. Different shades of love, yes, and different stages of it: the heat and hunger of its infancy, the expansive warmth of its maturity, the bleeding pain when all that’s left of it is shards. But love nonetheless.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Eric Dyson: The unemployment rate in the community where Mr. Gray lived is over 50 percent; the high school student absence rate hovers at 49.3 percent; and life expectancy tops out at 68.8 years, according to analysis by prison reform nonprofits. These statistics are a small glimpse of the radical inequality that blankets poor black Baltimore. It’s no wonder that black Baltimore erupted in social fury. As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced in the wake of the Watts riots 50 years ago, “a riot is the language of the unheard.” And judging by the actions in Baltimore, thousands are not being heard.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I strongly support President Obama’s efforts to conclude big, new trade-opening agreements with our Pacific allies, including Japan and Singapore, and with the whole European Union. But I don’t support them just for economic reasons. While I’m certain they would benefit America as a whole economically, I’ll leave it to the president to explain why (and how any workers who are harmed can be cushioned). I want to focus on what is not being discussed enough: how these trade agreements with two of the biggest centers of democratic capitalism in the world can enhance our national security as much as our economic security.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After 20 years together, Sir Bob Geldof and his longtime love Jeanne Marine have tied the knot.The pair exchanged vows in the coastal town of Rayol Canadel Sur Mer, in the South of France.

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Tuesday • April 28, 2015

DANGER! JONI MITCHELL — IN A COMA, UNRESPONSIVE

Joni Mitchell is unconscious in a hospital, unable to respond to anyone, with no immediate prospects for getting better.

Joni’s close friend of 44 years, Leslie Morris, has just filed legal docs to obtain a conservatorship over the legendary singer. Morris says Joni told her she has no close relatives who could assume the role.

TMZ broke the story, Joni was rushed to the hospital on March 31st, after being found unconscious at her L.A. home. She was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she remains.

Joni, whose hits include “Big Yellow Taxi,” is not responsive to anything. The documents say she’s “so impaired as to be incapable of being assessed.”

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Tuesday • April 28, 2015

144 CARS BURNED IN BALTIMORE: Nearly 200 people were arrested in Baltimore on Monday night following widespread riots that left 144 vehicles and 15 buildings burned, according to the mayor’s office. Schools are closed as are several subway stations as a state of emergency takes effect with National Guard troops deploying inside the city.

MORE THAN 1K OFFER TO CLEAN UP BALTIMORE: As fires and looting at local businesses swept Baltimore late Monday, more than 1,000 residents have volunteered to clean up the aftermath via a Facebook group. Teaming up with Sandtown cleanup organizers, the group is asking residents to bring heavy-duty trash bags, gloves, brooms, trash cans, and other supplies to help with the effort at 10 a.m.

GRAY’S FAMILY SPEAKS AGAINST VIOLENCE: Fredricka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, said she didn’t agree with the unrest that broke out across Baltimore on Monday, adding that her brother was not a violent person. Speaking at a conference at the New Shiloh Baptist Church on Monday night, Gray’s family said they were disappointed in the violence that erupted earlier in the day following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Elsewhere, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the incident “one of our darkest days as a city.” The mayor said she will protect people’s right to protest, but emphasized, “I never said, nor would I ever say, that we are giving people space to destroy our city.” The mayor also vowed to bring order and peace to the city.

MUSICALS LEAD TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS: An American in Paris and Fun Home, two widely popular musicals, led the pack in Tony Award nominations announced Tuesday. Both shows garnered 12 nominations, including for both best actor and actress in a musical, and best musical overall. Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar; Hand to God by Robert Askins; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens; and Wolf Hall Parts One & Two by Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton took the nominations for best play. Nominees for best lead actor in a play are Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Bradley Cooper (The Elephant Man), Ben Miles (Wolf Hall Parts One & Two), Bill Nighy (Skylight), and Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). Best leading actress nominations in a play went to Geneva Carr (Hand to God), Helen Mirren (The Audience), Elisabeth Moss (The Heidi Chronicles), Carey Mulligan (Skylight), and Ruth Wilson (Constellations). An American in Paris, Fun Home, Something Rotten!, and The Visit were nominated for best musical. Leading actor nominations in that category went to Michael Cerveris (Fun Home), Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris), Brian d’Arcy James (Something Rotten!), Ken Watanabe (The King and I), and Tony Yazbeck (On the Town). Leading actress in a musical nods went to Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century), Leanne Cope (An American in Paris), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), and Chita Rivera (The Visit).

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR GAY MARRIAGE CASE: The Supreme Court will finally address the question of whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in America. On Tuesday, the judges will hear oral arguments for two and a half hours on the main constitutional question and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The court is expected to issue its decision in June. In 2013’s United States v. Windsor, the court struck down a prohibition on federal benefits for same-sex couples who were wed in gay-marriage states. In October 2014, the court further advanced the cause of gay marriage by refusing to hear appeals from several states fighting court orders to begin same-sex marriage. Now 36 states, holding 70 percent of the population, allow gay marriage.

POPE FRANCIS STEPS UP CAMPAIGN ON CLIMATE CHANGE, TO CONSERVATIVES’ ALARM: Since his first homily in 2013, Pope Francis has preached about the need to protect the earth and all of creation as part of a broad message on the environment. It has caused little controversy so far. But now, as Francis prepares to deliver what is likely to be a highly influential encyclical this summer on environmental degradation and the effects of human-caused climate change on the poor, he is alarming some conservatives in the United States who are loath to see the Catholic Church reposition itself as a mighty voice in a cause they do not believe in.

UN: 8M AFFECTED BY NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: An estimated eight million people have been affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, leaving more than 4,000 dead and 30,000 homeless, the UN said Tuesday. Though international relief has started to arrive, 1.4 million people are still in need of food aid, according to the the most recent report from the UN Office of the Resident Co-Ordinator. The death toll has hit 4,310 and officials say nearly 8,000 are injured. Thousands of people are stranded or homeless in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, but the situation remains dire in rural areas that have been cut off by landslides and poor weather, said Surya Mohan Adhikari, an official in the district of Gorkha. Meanwhile, all surviving climbers trapped on Mount Everest have been rescued, ITV news reports.

JENNER JOKES ABOUT GOLFING WITH BREASTS: Bruce Jenner meant it when he told Diane Sawyer: “We have to keep our sense of humor about this.” TMZ reports Jenner’s documentary series about his transition to become a woman will be full of serious moments but also some jokes, like him explaining how difficult it is to learn to golf with breasts. “There will be a happy medium,” a production source said. “Bruce has a great sense of humor and it will be showcased. But the show will deal with the very serious issues Bruce is committed to showing.” The cosmetic aspect of Jenner’s transformation reportedly will also be shown.

LBN READER TO BE MISSED: Harvey R. Miller, one of the country’s pre-eminent corporate bankruptcy lawyers, who shepherded clients as diverse as Continental Airlines, Lehman Brothers and General Motors through Chapter 11, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. Miller was a long-time LBN E-Lert reader and he will be missed.


DOUBLE-DIGIT BIRTH DROP DURING RECESSION: Birth rates among women in their twenties declined 15 percent between 2007 and 2012, showing just how much the Great Recession affected family planning. According to the Urban Institute, the research group behind this study, birth rates continuing at 2012 levels would mean millennials have the lowest “of any generation of young women in U.S. history.” The largest drop was 26 percent among Hispanic twentysomethings, compared to 14 percent among blacks and 11 percent among non-Hispanic whites.

PHIL SPECTOR LOSES CHANCE TO CLEAR HIS NAME: Legendary “Wall of Sound” music producer Phil Spector has been hit with a legal setback – and it’s likely he’ll die a murderer. Spector, 75, began serving 19 years to life in 2009 after he was found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson six years earlier. His attorneys filed an appeal asking for a speedy review of his conviction, citing his rapidly declining health. But a March 12 ruling dashed any hope for a quick review of the case. A judge denied the motion to speed up a decision on Spector’s appeal, adding that he expects to make recommendations by September

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jon Bon Jovi and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Lure Fishbar in NYC.   ***Jon Corzine staring in the window of Tourneau’s new Bryant Park store in NYC.   ***Hugh Jackman, Lena Dunham and Emmy Rossum in the audience of “Fun Home”.   ***George Clooney seeing “Buzzer” at the Public in NYC.   ***Russell Crowe checking out “Les Mis” co-star Anne Hathaway in “Grounded”.   ***Whoopi Goldberg chatting with boxer Andre Ward backstage at the BET upfronts.   ***George Pataki at Reserve Cut in NYC.   ***Eva Longoria at Tao in NYC.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jayne Meadows, a glamorous redheaded actress who starred on Broadway, in the movies and on television, but who was probably best known for her 46-year role as Steve Allen’s wife, business partner and frequent co-star, died on Sunday at her home in Encino, Calif. She was 95. Her son, Bill Allen, confirmed her death on Monday.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: There was an interesting poll result about Hillary Clinton last week. According to a Quinnipiac poll, 60 percent of independent voters believe that she has strong leadership qualities. But when these same voters were asked if she is honest and trustworthy, the evaluations flipped. Sixty-one percent said she is not honest and trustworthy. Apparently there are a lot of Americans who believe that Hillary Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy but also a strong leader. Let’s set aside her specific case for a second. These poll results raise a larger question: Can you be a bad person but a strong leader?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): As a media expert, it seems to me that Freddie Gray’s death is part of a tableau of frustration in which location seems increasingly incidental.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Rosie O’Donnell‘s divorce is taking a bitter turn – her estranged wife Michelle Rounds is today filing for full custody of their 2-year-old daughter Dakota. William D. London, attorney for Rounds, confirmed: “My client Michelle Rounds has decided to start proceedings for sole custody of their daughter Dakota, since it is unequivocally in their child’s best interest and general welfare.”   ***Hollywood actress Amy Adams is to marry her longtime fiancé Darren Le Gallo this weekend in Los Angeles, multiple sources confirmed. The five-time Academy Award nominee is planning a hush-hush ceremony with Le Gallo at a private location in the LA area.

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Tuesday • April 28, 2015

DRUNK! YOUTHFUL BINGE DRINKING CHANGES THE BRAIN – FOR THE WORSE – INTO ADULTHOOD:

The adult brain that was awash in alcohol during its formative years looks different and acts differently than an adult brain that skipped the youthful binge drinking, says a new study conducted on rats.

All grown up, the brain exposed to periodic alcoholic benders during adolescence and young adulthood shows persistent abnormalities in the structure and function of the hippocampus, the region most closely associated with learning and memory. The specific changes seen in adult rats who were regularly plied with alcohol during the brain’s development generally result in memory problems and neuropsychiatric impairments such as attention and judgment problems and ability to learn new skills.

To make matters worse, the physical changes in hippocampal brain cells appear to make them more-than-usually vulnerable to injury from trauma or disease.

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Monday • April 27, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tattoos

1.     In the U.S., more women than men are tattooed (23% vs. 19%), according to a 2012 survey.

2.     A 2006 survey revealed that 36% of those ages 18-25 and 40% of those ages 26-40 have at least one tattoo.

3.     The Latin word for “tattoo” is stigma.

4.     The National Geographic states that in April 2000, 15% of Americans (40 million people) were tattooed.

5.     There are over 20,000 tattoo parlors in the United States alone. A new establishment is being added in the country every day.

6.     Americans spend approximately $1.65 billion on tattoos annually.

An Oxygen Media survey in 2012 revealed that 59% of people with tattoos are women, with the most popular images being hearts and angels.8.     A tattoo machine has four parts: 1) the needle, 2) the tube that holds the ink, 3) an electric motor, and 4) a foot pedal to control the movement (like a sewing machine pedal).

9.     Early tattoo methods included using chisels, rakes, or picks. Soot-covered thread was also used. The thread would be sewn through the skin.

10.  The word “tattoo” derives from the Polynesian word “ta” (“to strike”), which describes the sound of a tattooing spike being knocked on skin. The first recorded references to the word “tattoo” is in the papers of Joseph Banks (1743-1820), a naturalist aboard Captain Cook’s ship. Before Captain Cook brought the word to Europe, tattoos in the West were known as “prics” or “marks.”

11.  After the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped in 1932, many worried parents had their children tattooed.

12.  Urine was sometimes used to mix tattoo color.

13.  Often misspelled “tatoo”, the word tattoo is one of the most misspelled words in the English language.

14.  Some of the funniest tattoo misspellings include “Beautiful Tradgedy”, “Tradgey/Comedy”, “Fuck the Systsem”, “Chi-tonw”, “I’m Awsome”, “Sweet Pee”, “Tomarrow Never Knows”, “Leave a coment below”, “Your Next”, “Exreme”, and “Eat & Drink Today Fore We Die Tomorrow”.

15.  Not all skin on the body is the same and, therefore, will not take tattoo pigment the same. For example, tattoos on elbows, knuckles, knees, and feet are infamous for fading.

OBAMA LIFTED DRONE RULES TO HIT PAKISTAN: Despite President Obama’s overhaul of America’s drone-war rules in 2013, he continued to hold different standards for strikes on Pakistan. Obama said targets around the globe must be imminent threats to the U.S., but loosened those restrictions in Pakistan with a special waiver—which some say led to the deaths of two Western hostages in a strike this January. Addressing the tragedy last week, however, Obama called the mid-January strikes “fully consistent with the guidelines under which we conduct counterterrorism efforts in the region.”

AL QAEDA CAPTURES ASSAD ARMY BASE: Militants stormed a Syrian Army military base in the northwest of the country, making off with large amounts of the government’s ammunition and weapons. At least one of the groups involved is believed to be the al Nusra Front, the area’s al Qaeda operation, as photos have emerged showing fighters carrying away ammunition. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a coalition of insurgents captured seven tanks, among other weaponry, in the latest win in its Idlib offensive.

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AURORA SHOOTING TRIAL BEGINS TODAY: The long-awaited trial for Aurora, Colorado, movie-theater shooting suspect James Holmes will start Monday, three years after an attack during The Dark Knight Rises left 12 dead and injured dozens of others. Lawyers for Holmes say he was “in the throes of a psychotic episode when he committed the acts,” and he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Opening arguments are set to begin after 12 p.m. MT

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Scientists have explored only 1% of the ocean depths. They believe millions of new kinds of animals and fish are down there, waiting to be discovered.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Zoey Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from Carmel, California.


CHIPOTLE BANS GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: Fast-food giant Chipotle has announced plans to stop serving food that contains genetically modified organisms in its restaurants, just two years after leading the trend in labeling foods that contain such ingredients. Founder Steve Ells called it “another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food.” He does not expect the policy change to result in shortages such as those that affected its pork supply for carnitas. To accomplish the goal, Chipotle will be expanding the types of oils it uses in cooking, but the cost of going GMO-free was, according to Ells, “de minimis.”

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Sunday • April 26, 2015

NEPAL QUAKE DEATH TOLL PASSES 2,300: As aftershocks roil the country of Nepal on Sunday, the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake has risen to at least 2,300. Hospitals in the country are over capacity, electricity has been turned off, and storage for dead bodies has run out. Helipcopters have been lifting hikers at Mt. Everest to safety, and avalanches triggered by the earthquake killed at least 18 people there, including a Google executive.

12 ARRESTED AT FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTS: After a day of peaceful protests in Baltimore, things got violent late Saturday with demonstrators smashing police car windows, blocking traffic, and screaming “Killers!” at officers. Orioles-Red Sox fans were asked to stay at stadium as a result of the protest turning violent. One convenience store was looted, and windows were smashed at local businesses. As a result 12 people were arrested. An estimated 1,200 people marched in the protest.

NBC PRESSURES BRIAN WILLIAMS TO RESIGN: Longtime broadcast executives say a triple crown of leaks about Brian Williams late last week appear to be an effort by NBC News to shame him into resigning, to avoid the messiness and possible additional expense of the firing. The brutal leaks were designed to send the message to Brian Williams and his superlawyer, Robert Barnett: “You’re dead. Now negotiate.” This is the effect of the leaks, if not the intention. NBC insiders say his return is still possible. Look for a resolution over the next several weeks.

STREAMING MUSIC ‘WAR’ LOOMING BETWEEN JAY Z’S TIDAL AND APPLE: Music-industry sources say Apple is interfering with Jay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal in an attempt to crush it ahead of the relaunch of Apple’s Beats Music, set for June. Last week it emerged that Tidal, following its March 30 launch, has fallen out of the iPhone top 700 apps. But positioning in the app charts is driven by downloads, and according to our source, Apple “deliberately took a long time to approve Tidal iOS app updates. Tidal had a new app on Android on April 15, but still hasn’t received approval for Apple’s iOS app store.”

W. BUSH PLANS TO STAY OFF CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former president George W. Bush plans to stay off the 2016 campaign trail as his younger brother prepares to mount a presidential bid, telling a group of Republican Jewish donors here that he does not want to fuel an anti-dynastic backlash. At a closed-door dinner Saturday night before nearly 800 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the 43rd president noted that it could hurt former Florida governor Jeb Bush if he campaigned alongside another Bush who served in the White House, according to several attendees.

RUSSIAN HACKERS READ OBAMA’S UNCLASSIFIED EMAIL: REPORT: Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year, indicating that the breach was significantly more intrusive than originally thought. Citing officials briefed on the investigation, The New York Times reported Saturday that while the hackers did not appear to have breached more carefully guarded servers that contain Obama’s BlackBerry messages, they did manage to obtain access to email archives of people with whom Obama communicated. Officials did not tell The Times how many emails were obtained, but admitted that the unclassified system often contains highly sensitive information that includes schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, and debates about policy and legislation. The president’s email account itself does not appear to have been hacked.

‘FURIOUS 7′ WINS FOURTH WEEKEND IN A ROW: Furious 7 has won the weekend box office, coming in on top for the fourth weekend in a row with $18.3 million. In second place was the Kevin James film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which raked in $15.5 million. Age of Adeline came in third with an opening weekend of $13.4 million. Home and Unfriended rounded out the top five, pulling in $8.3 and $6.2 million, respectively.

LIL WAYNE TOUR BUSES SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES: Police in Cobb County received a call at 3:30 a.m on Sunday regarding shots fired at a bus carrying the rapper Lil Wayne. It turns out that two tour buses belonged to the rapper and his entourage were shot multiple times. No one was injured. The suspect vehicles has been described as white cars, “possibly a Corvette-style vehicle and an SUV.” There are currently no known suspects.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Channing Tatum

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Although both G.I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million at the box office. Tatum is also known for his portrayal as Magic Mike in the 2012 comedy film Magic Mike, which he produced and was inspired by his early life, and Greg Jenko in the action-comedy film 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street, based on the 1987 television series of the same name. All three films were critically and commercially successful. Tatum has also appeared in the commercially successful romantic films Dear John (2010) and The Vow (2012). His other films include She’s the Man (2006), The Dilemma (2011), White House Down (2013) and Foxcatcher (2014), for which he received critical praise.

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Saturday • April 25, 2015

‘I AM A WOMAN’: BRUCE JENNER COMES OUT AS TRANS IN A LANDMARK TELEVISION MOMENT: Bruce Jenner will be doing no more interviews. From this point forward, he will be “her.” “I am a woman.” The Olympian and erstwhile member of the Kardashian reality TV empire, definitively ended months—decades, even—of speculation, confirming to Diane Sawyer Friday night in a televised interview that he is transgender.  “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” he said. (Pronouns are an important, and complicated, issue in the transgender community. Jenner told Sawyer to continue using the familiar “he” and “him” pronouns.) “I identify as female,” he continued. “That’s hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Why? I don’t want to disappoint people.” Jenner was likely referring to his private circle with that statement, speaking about years of internal torture, wondering how his loved ones would react to him coming out as the person he’s always known he is—which is not a woman stuck in the body of a man. “I’m me,” he said. “I’m not stuck in anybody’s body.”

7.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL KILLS HUNDREDS AND LEVELS BUILDINGS: An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.8 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, flattening sections of the city’s historic center and trapping sightseers in a 200-foot tower that crumbled into a pile of bricks. A spokesman for Nepal’s Home Ministry, Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, said that the preliminary death toll stood at 888, nearly all in the valley around Katmandu, and that thousands of people had been injured. Trekkers reported a major avalanche on Mount Everest, where two people were reported dead, according to tourism officials. In addition, 34 deaths had been reported in India.

HAWAII SET TO RAISE SMOKING AGE TO 21: A bill that would have Hawaii raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21 passed the state legislature on Friday and is now on its way to be signed by the governor. If Gov. David Ige signs it, Hawaii would be the first U.S. state to make the legal smoking age 21, preventing anyone younger from smoking, buying or possessing cigarettes (including electronic ones). “It’s definitely groundbreaking legislation,” Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, told NBC News. “It’s amazing to be the first state in something. That’s very exciting for us.” It is unclear whether Ige will sign the bill.

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GERMAN PREZ: ARMENIAN DEATHS ‘GENOCIDE’: German President Joachim Gauck described the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as “genocide” at a church service on Thursday, the day before German parliament is due to debate the issue. “The fate of the Armenians stands as exemplary in the history of mass exterminations, ethnic cleansing, deportations and yes, genocide, which marked the 20th Century in such a terrible way,” Gauck said. Earlier Thursday, the Armenian Church canonized 1.5 million Armenians it said were killed in massacres and deportations by Ottoman Turks during World War I. Turkey has disputed the claim of “genocide,” arguing that there were deaths on both sides of the conflict. Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the killings. President Barack Obama has pledged solidarity with Armenians but avoided calling the incident “genocide” in a statement.

ABERCROMBIE SCALES BACK ON SEX SAY MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE: Apparently sex doesn’t always sell. According to branding expert Michael Levine, Abercrombie and Fitch announced on Friday that it will scale back on its notorious “looks policy” that focused on “body type and physical attractiveness” when hiring sales staff, which were previously referred to as Models.  The brand will also remove shirtless staff from the front of the store and all events. “By the end of July, there will no longer be sexualized marketing used in marketing materials, including in-store photos, gift cards and shopping bags” said Levine, who wrote the critically acclaimed book on branding, “A Branded World.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Eliot Spitzer at Barneys New York eatery Freds in NYC.   ***Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel canoodling under cherry blossoms in the Four Seasons Pool Room in NYC.   ***Andrew Rannells, Kenneth Cole and Lea DeLaria at the opening night of “Fun Home” .       “Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper with pals at Bobby Flay’s Gato in NYC.   ***Chita Rivera, 82, boogieing with a hunky young co-star among guests, including Joel Grey, at the opening bash for her show, “The Visit”.   ***Jay Manuel at the Peel Bar by BeautyRx at Saks in NYC.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Even after nearly 60 years as an active musician, Paul McCartney is still one of the most prolific touring artists. The former Beatle just announced his first U.S. arena date of 2015: Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on June 21st. It will be his first show in the city since 2010.   ***Shelli Azoff — the wife of music mogul Irving Azoff, who once sent a live snake to a rival — threatened Sony Pictures brass last summer after the studio refused to let the Azoffs screen the film “Sex Tape” on their yacht. Shelli and Irving — who reps the Eagles, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, and was Billboard’s No. 3 most powerful music exec of 2015 — requested that a DVD of the Cameron Diaz comedy be delivered to them a week before the film hit theaters last July. When Sony dared to say no, Shelli warned Sony boss Amy Pascal the studio could forget about licensing future music from Azoff acts or including them in movies.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Former CAA touring agent Harold Frogét has joined UTA, becoming the 12th agent to do so this month, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.Frogét spent 11 years working in CAA’s comedy and music touring department, focusing on booking for corporate and private events, and he will do the same at his new agency

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mary Keefe, a 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, Conn. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Mary Ellen Keefe.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer : Obama’s initial Middle East strategy was simply withdrawal. He would enter history as the ultimate peace president, ushering in a new era in which “the tide of war is receding.” The subsequent vacuum having been filled, unfortunately and predictably, by various enemies, adversaries and irredeemables, Obama lighted upon a new idea: We don’t just withdraw, we hand the baton. To Iran.  Obama may not even be aware that he is recapitulating the Nixon doctrine, but with a fatal twist. Nixon’s main focus was to get the Vietnamese to take over that war from us. But the doctrine evolved and was generalized to deputize various smaller powers to police their regions on our behalf. In the Persian Gulf, our principal proxy was Iran.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bruce Jenner: I would say I’ve always been very confused with my gender identity since I was this big. I tried to explain it, because I’ve had all my kids sitting in that chair … and I’ve tried to explain it this way. God’s looking down, making little Bruce … he says ‘Okay, what are gonna do with this one. Make him a smart kid, very determined … and then when he’s just finishing he says, ‘Let’s wait a second.’ God looks down and chuckles a little bit and says, ‘Hey, let’s give him the soul of a female.’

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Here is a short list of women I pray my vibrator never meets in person: Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Michelle Obama, Stevie Nicks and Barbra Streisand. Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t represent the opinions of LBN or its staff. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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Friday • April 24, 2015

YIKES! HEAD TRANSPLANT: MAN WILL BE ATTACHED TO NEW BODY IN UNDER AN HOUR AND AIM IS IMMORTALITY, DOCTOR SAYS: The Italian doctor who has claimed that he could transplant a man’s head onto a donor’s body has said that he could do much of the procedure in less than an hour. The procedure — which Surgeon Sergio Canavero  has admitted is just a first step towards his ultimate aim of creating immortality — will see a man’s head removed and placed on a donor’s body. That will see the man’s head get cooled down — as it is when doctors operate on some parts of the brain — and switched onto the different body. Doctors will then have a few minutes to attach the blood vessels and the whole thing will take less than an hour, Canavero said.

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Friday • April 24, 2015

CIAO! BIN LADEN’S BODYGUARDS ARRESTED IN ITALY: An Italian anti-terrorism raid rounded up 18 suspects allegedly linked to al Qaeda—including at least two who may have been Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards. The “vast” raid covered seven provinces, including on the island of Sardinia. According to Italian authorities, the others are suspected of involvement with a 2009 attack in Pakistan, human trafficking, and other offenses.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: An analysis of the number of missing African-American men relies on the 2010 census, the government’s most recent attempt to count all residents. The census also contains counts of people in prison and in other institutions such as homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and domestic military barracks. According to the Census Bureau, there were 7.046 million black men 25 to 54 who were not incarcerated in 2010 and 8.503 million black women in this category. The difference between these two figures leads to our headline of 1.5 million missing black men. Demographers refer to the 25-to-54 age group as prime age, a term this post will use frequently.

5 TOSSED IN WHITE SOX, ROYALS BRAWL: A seventh-inning brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals Thursday night led to the ejection of five players, including both starting pitchers. Tensions began when White Sox’s Jose Abreu was hit in the left elbow by a Yordano Ventura pitch in the fourth inning and the Royal’s Mike Moustakas was hit in the upper right arm by a Chris Sale pitch in the fifth. A fight broke out after White Sox’s Adam Eaton hit a comebacker at Ventura and the pitcher shouted an expletive before throwing to first base for the out. The two were quickly restrained by umpires but both teams soon descended on the field for the scuffle. Chicago’s Sale and Samardzija were ejected and Kansas City’s Ventura, Lorenzo Cain and Edinson Volquez were also tossed.

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OIL AND GAS ‘DO CAUSE EARTHQUAKES’: The U.S. Geological Survey released a report Thursday connecting thousands of earthquakes to oil and gas operations across the country. The report maps 17 regions where earthquakes have occurred, including the hardest-hit state of Oklahoma, where quakes are now hundreds of times more common than before due to disposal of wastewater left from extracting fuels and from drilling wells, the New York Times reports. The assessment outlined areas of eight other states where oil and gas practices have caused a surge in shaking, and concluded many of them were still at risk for bigger earthquakes in the future.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Longtime Time Magazine Film Critic Richard Corliss died at 71 Thursday after suffering a stroke last week. Time.com published a powerful tribute piece for Corliss Friday, beginning: “To any fan or friend who would ask whether a new movie was “worth seeing,” TIME film critic Richard Corliss had a stock, succinct reply: “Everything is worth seeing.” He meant it.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Amazon unveiled the financial performance of its powerful growth engine for the first time on Thursday, and the numbers sure looked pretty — especially compared with big companies like Microsoft and Google that are chasing it. While Amazon is primarily known as an online retailer, its revenue and its stock market returns for years have been energized by an entirely different kind of commerce: renting processing power to start-ups and, increasingly, established businesses.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Arnold Schwarzenegger at Nello’s in NYC.   ***Jason Sudeikis celebrating his Tribeca movie “Sleeping With Other People” with Olivia Wilde at a Dark Horse Wine party at the Jane hotel.   ***Kathleen Turner at the New York Center for Children’s 20th anniversary bash at the Peninsula in NYC.   ***Sirio Maccioni, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum, Elyse and Michael Newhouse, and Central Park Conservancy president/CEO Doug Blonsky at the CPC’s Taste of Summer kickoff party at Sirio Ristorante in NYC.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***In an unusual movie-marketing strategy the producers of the Kevin Sorbo near-future thriller Alongside Night have placed the full movie for free viewing on YouTube –preceded by a 6-minute infomercial for Liberty Coin Service’s Alongside Night commemorative gold and silver pieces — while the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and intended distribution through Amazon.com, iTunes, Redbox, and Netflix are still in the pipeline.  Filmmaker J. Neil Schulman writes on his blog at jneilschulman.agorist.com, “We’re making this YouTube preview available so you can spread the word about the movie on your blog or podcast, on social media like Facebook and Twitter, and in User Reviews and Ratings for the movie on IMDb.” Watch the movie while it’s free, linked from the official movie website at AlongsideNightMovie.com

SURGE IN HOSPITAL VISITS LINKED TO A DRUG CALLED SPICE ALARMS HEALTH OFFICIALS: A sharp rise in visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers nationwide has some health officials fearing that more potent and dangerous variations of a popular drug known as spice have reached the nation’s streets, resulting in several deaths. In the first three weeks of April, state poison control centers received about 1,000 reports of adverse reactions to spice — the street name for a family of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of marijuana — more than doubling the total from January through March, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Autism

1.     Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), a Swiss psychiatrist, first termed “autism” but applied it to adult schizophrenia. In 1943, the term was redefined by Leo Kanner (1894-1981) who dissociated autism from schizophrenia to create the modern understanding of the disorder.

2.     Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the United States.

3.     If one identical twin is diagnosed with autism, the other twin has about 90% chance of develop an autistic disorder.

4.     Mutations on chromosome 16 have been tied to autism. The glitch is in a DNA region that contains “morpheus” genes, or genes which historically have changed very rapidly as humans evolved. In other words, the same method that helped evolve human intelligence may contribute to autism.

5.     There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.

6.     “Naughty Auties” is a virtual resource center for those with autism.

7.     Environmental factors that could trigger predisposed genes to mutate and cause autism are vast and could include certain drugs, chemicals, heavy metal exposure, antibiotics, extensive television viewing, flame retardant, or infections during pregnancy.

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.9.     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.

10.  Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

11.  Researchers have found that the area of the brain called the amygdala was on average 13% larger in young children with autism compared with children without autism.

12.  More and more doctors and researchers are referring to autism as autisms, because each child’s case is different, as are each child’s causes and treatments.

13.  In 1998, a theory emerged that the MMR vaccine caused autism. Specifically, the theory argued that the vaccine lingered in the gut, causing gastrointestinal problems which led to autism. This very small study was discredited and debunked. In fact, while the rate of MMR vaccinates has remained constant, the rate of autism diagnoses has continued to soar.

14.  The Obama administration earmarked $211 million for autism research. The president also advocates universal screening for all infants for autism disorders, as well as rescreening for all 2-year-olds.

15.  Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism.

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EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND STAR DIES AT 19: Everybody Loves Raymond actor Sawyer Sweeten died by a suspected suicide Thursday, according to his manager. He was 19. Sweeten is believed to have shot himself while visiting his family in Texas. Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone from 1996 to 2005 with his twin brother, Sullivan Sweeten, who played Michael Barone on Ray Romano’s CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Bernard Stollman, whose staunchly independent record label, ESP-Disk, provided an indispensable chronicle of the free jazz of the 1960s, and a series of provocations from the psychedelic counterculture, died on Monday in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 85. The case was heart failure related to complications of prostate cancer, his brother Steve said.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: While the political press was obsessing over what Hillary Clinton had for lunch, the real action this month in the interminable run-up to the presidency was taking place at the knees of the Brothers Koch, David and Charles. Turns out, we may get an election after all, albeit one that will be decided by a pair of septuagenarians whose combined worth is more than the richest person on the planet. We are in the “invisible primary,” an apt term for the age of oligarchs and dark money. It’s invisible, this suck-up campaign, because it’s happening behind the closed doors of a wealthy few, as a half-dozen or so Republicans audition to win the blessing of billionaires. It should be called the Plutocrat Primary.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: There are two great defining features of child-rearing today. First, children are now praised to an unprecedented degree. As Dorothy Parker once joked, American children aren’t raised; they are incited. They are given food, shelter and applause. That’s a thousand times more true today. Children are incessantly told how special they are. The second defining feature is that children are honed to an unprecedented degree. The meritocracy is more competitive than ever before. Parents are more anxious about their kids getting into good colleges and onto good career paths. Parents spend much more time than in past generations investing in their children’s skills and résumés and driving them to practices and rehearsals.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The “Piano Man” is about to become a 66-year-old “Piano Daddy” once more – but Billy Joel’s daughter isn’t ready to give up being her father’s only child. But the papa-to-be pop star just rocked Alexa Ray Joel’s plans to solely inherit Billy’s $180 million fortune.And sources say that Alexa’s mom, Christie Brinkley, is also unhappy about Billy having a kid with 33-year-old girlfriend Alexis Roderick. “The news caught them completely off guard,” said an insider.   ***Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer promises to be full of explosive revelations about his ongoing transition. But one of the most shocking secrets revealed during filming did not come from Bruce, but from his sons Brandon and Brody — when they revealed what they plan to call him after his sex change. ​ “Brandon will continue to call Bruce ‘Dad,’ and Brody will still refer to him either by his first name, or his nickname, Bruiser,” the source said. “Bruce will reveal during the interview that he will always be his kids’ ‘Dad,’ even though he will now be living his life as a woman.”

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Thursday • April 23, 2015

U.S. HOSTAGE DIED IN ATTACK ON AL QAEDA: An American and Italian being held hostage by Al Qaeda in Pakistan were both killed in a drone strike last January, senior Obama administration officials said Thursday. The hostages were development worker Warren Weinstein, held since 2011, and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, held since 2012. An American citizen described as a deputy emir of Al Qaeda, Ahmed Farouq, was also killed. A later drone strike in Pakistan is believed to have killed American-born Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn.  President Obama addressed the tragedy from the White House Briefing Room.  ”After Warren was abducted by Al Qaeda in 2011, I directed my national security team to do everything possible to find him and bring him home safely to his family,” he said, adding that “as president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that took the lives of Warren and Giovani.” Obama said as much of the incident will be declassified because ”the U.S. is a democracy committed to openness, in good times and bad.” Despite the outcome, Obama insisted that the “operation was fully consistent” with guidelines for such actions. In a statement, the White House said they had no reason to believe the hostages were present at the compound. Nor did the administration say Farouq or Gadahn were “specifically targeted and we did not have information indicating their presence at the sites of these operations.”

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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AMERICAN AL QAEDA ADAM GADAHN KILLED BY U.S.: U.S.-born Al Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan last January, Obama administration officials announced on Thursday. Gadahn—who was raised Christian and whose grandfather served on the board of directors for the Anti-Defamation League—served as a spokesman for the terrorist group and moved to Pakistan in 1998.

BILL & HIL HID LINK TO RUSSIAN DONORS: The Clinton Foundation was linked to the Russian atomic energy agency’s 2013 acquisition of a company that controls one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the U.S., The New York Times reported Thursday. Russian agency Rosatom took over Canadian company Uranium One, making it one of the world’s largest uranium producers in three transactions from 2009 to 2013. Hillary Clinton was among those who signed off on the deal while she was Secretary of State. Canadian records also revealed that during these transactions leaders of the Canadian company gave donations to the Clinton Foundation, including $2.35 million from the Uranium One chairman’s family foundation. Those donations were not made public despite Hillary’s agreement with the White House to identify all donors. Just after Russia announced its plan to acquire a stake in Uranium One, former President Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank linked to the Kremlin.

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LORETTA LYNCH TO FACE LONG-AWAITED VOTE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: After months of delay and partisan finger-pointing, Loretta E. Lynch is set to receive a vote in the Senate on Thursday and appears headed toward narrow approval as the nation’s 83rd attorney general and the first African-American woman to hold the position. Members of both parties say that despite deep opposition to her nomination by Republicans in the majority, Ms. Lynch, currently the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has at least the minimum number of backers to be confirmed, with five Republicans publicly supporting her with 46 Democrats and independents.

LUCKY? CLINTON DONORS SCOOPED STATE DEPT AWARDS: Donors to the Clinton Foundation made up a disproportionate number of nominees for a prestigious state department award during Hillary Clinton’s tenure. Among the winners of the Awards for Corporate Excellence the percentage of donors was even higher. In total, 22 of 37 nominees gave money to the foundation, as did six out of the eight winners. Cisco was one of the largest contributors of the bunch—giving somewhere in the low millions of dollars—it won the 2010 award. According to the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs spokesperson, Kerry Humphrey, the award honors companies for environmental and human rights work and winners are chosen by “senior representatives” of multiple agencies.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Africa contains the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which makes up an area greater in size than the entire continental U.S.

BUG LETS HACKERS CRASH IPHONES: Your iPhone is not bulletproof: Researchers say a newly discovered bug means the phone has a serious vulnerability to hostile wifi networks. According to Skycure Ltd., hackers can force IOS systems onto wireless networks, and then crash programs or even the whole operating system—creating what they call a “no-IOS zone.” The Tel Aviv-based company says it’s not sure that the vulnerability has been exploited, and adds that the new IOS upgrade fixes some of the issues it discovered.

CZECH SCHOOLS SEGREGATE GYPSY KIDS: A scathing report from Amnesty International alleges that Czech schools are still placing healthy Gypsy students in schools for the mentally disabled, despite a 2007 European court ruling ordering them to stop the practice. While Roma children are just 3 percent of the overall school-aged population, they make up 30 percent of students at special needs schools. ”Let’s call this what it is: racism, pure and simple,” reads the report.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Deutsche Bank will pay a $2.5 billion penalty to United States and British authorities to settle accusations that it helped manipulate the benchmarks used to set interest rates on trillions of dollars in mortgages, student loans, credit cards and other debt, officials said on Thursday. The penalty is by far the largest in a yearslong investigation into whether large banks conspired to set the price of debt in ways that would be profitable for them. Until Thursday, the largest fine was the $1.5 billion the Swiss bank UBS agreed to pay in 2012 — one of several global banks linked to the gaming of interest rates.   ***General Motors, the nation’s biggest automaker, said Thursday that its net income climbed to $945 million in the first quarter on the strength of vehicle sales in its core North American market. The results were far better than in the same period a year ago, when costs associated with safety recalls limited G.M.’s quarterly profit to $125 million.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Bradley Cooper has been spotted on a Broadway date with top model Irina Shayk. The “American Sniper” star was seen in the audience at “Finding Neverland,” starring Matthew Morrison, with Russian beauty Shayk on Wednesday night. Sources tell us Cooper and Shayk have known each other for a while through mutual friends, and have been “hanging out” for the past week.   ***Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and their “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” co-star Rebecca Ferguson at SW Steakhouse in Las Vegas.   ***Ted Cruz at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum.   ***India Hicks signing copies of her book “Island Style” for Jonathan Adler and guests at Roberta Roller Rabbit.   ***Anne Hathaway and hubby Adam Shulman dining at the Library at the Public Theater in NYC.   ***“Gigi” star Vanessa Hudgens at the Plaza’s Palm Court.   ***Katie Couric at lunch at Fresco by Scotto in NYC.   ***

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***George Lopez recently defected from powerful Hollywood agency Creative Artists Agency to rival UTA — and CAA retaliated by withdrawing its donation to the star’s charity golf tournament that benefits sick kids. Lopez, who’d been with CAA for a decade, left just over a week ago after his agents jumped to UTA as part of the recent bombshell wave of defections. Smarting CAA brass responded by launching a lawsuit against the competing firm.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Grateful Dead, along with special guest Trey Anastasio, will perform together one last time this summer at their Fare Thee Well concerts in Santa Clara, California and Chicago. All five shows sold out immediately, but if you were among the tens of thousands of fans who didn’t get tickets for the summer’s hottest concerts, there is good news: The three Chicago gigs will be available to watch live in the comfort of your home (or participating bar, club and restaurant) thanks to a pay-per-view broadcast produced by Live Alliance. All five shows, however, will also be available via an as-yet-unannounced online streaming platform.   ***Did you know that over 300 Grammy Award winners read the LBN E-Lert daily?

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Roy Orbison (1936)

Roy Orbison was an influential American singer-songwriter and rock-and-roll pioneer whose career spanned more than three decades. He had a string of hits during the early-1960s, such as “Only the Lonely” and “Oh, Pretty Woman,” after which his career waned, driven in part by a series of personal tragedies. He made a comeback in the 1980s, forming a super group with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Tom Petty called the Traveling Wilburys.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Betty Willis, a commercial artist whose 25-foot-high neon sign blazingly and irrevocably linked Las Vegas with fabulousness, died on Sunday at her home in Overton, Nev. She was 91. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Marjorie Holland.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Governor Bobby Jindal: I hold the view that has been the consensus in our country for over two centuries: that marriage is between one man and one woman. Polls indicate that the American consensus is changing — but like many other believers, I will not change my faith-driven view on this matter, even if it becomes a minority opinion. A pluralistic and diverse society like ours can exist only if we all tolerate people who disagree with us. That’s why religious freedom laws matter — and why it is critical for conservatives and business leaders to unite in this debate.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***As Bruce Jenner’s tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer grows closer, his high school sweetheart has come forward. “I would have never have thought in a million years, knowing him from high school,” Michelle Rosenthal told Inside Edition about the former athlete. “When it came out in the paper that he was thinking of this, I think everyone was really shocked,” she added.

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Wednesday • April 22, 2015

AUSCHWITZ IS NOW RESERVATION ONLY: Visits to one of the most prominent relics of the mass murder of Jews in World War II are rising so fast that the Auschwitz death camp is urging potential visitors to make reservations beforehand. Last year’s visits hit a record 1.5 million, but 250,000 have already visited this year—a 40 percent increase for the corresponding time period.

SNAKEOIL? – DR. OZ ‘WILL NOT BE SILENCED’: Dr. Mehmet Oz, the host of The Dr. Oz Show who has come under fire by 10 prominent doctors for “promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain,” told his audience on Tuesday that he “will not be silenced.” “This month, we celebrate my 1000th show,” Oz said. “I know I’ve irritated some potential allies in our quest to make America healthy. No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans. And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right…So I vow to you right here and right now: we will not be silenced, we will not give in.” The 10 doctors have called for Oz to resign from his faculty position at Columbia University.

U.S. AND SOUTH KOREA REACH REVISED NUCLEAR DEAL: After four and a half years of low-key yet highly sensitive negotiations, the United States and South Korea announced a revised treaty on Wednesday that continues to deny — but not permanently rule out — South Korea the right to enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel, even for peaceful purposes. South Korea has been prevented from enriching uranium and reprocessing spent-fuel, technologies used by countries such as North Korea to make nuclear weapons, under a 1972 treaty in which the United States helped South Korea build its nascent nuclear energy industry.

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TALIBAN ARE SAID TO TARGET HAZARAS TO TRY TO MATCH ISIS’ BRUTALITY: A wave of kidnappings followed by numerous beheadings of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic group have spread alarm and anger among a people who have historically been this country’s most persecuted. Beheading is not normally a Taliban tactic, but the insurgents seem to be trying to make an ugly example of the Hazaras, in what is seen by some as a bid for attention.  “The Taliban are trying to send out a new message that they are similar in their brutality to ISIS,” said Shahgul Rezaye, a Hazara member of Parliament, referring to Islamic State extremists from Iraq and Syria, who have reportedly been trying to recruit supporters in Afghanistan. “They’re trying to show they are as bad as ISIS.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In general, pregnant women remember dreams more than other populations. This is largely due to the extreme hormonal changes during pregnancy.

NRA MAY BE BREAKING CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW: The National Rifle Association may have systemically broken federal election laws by funneling organization donations into its political action committee (PAC), according to a Yahoo News report published Tuesday. The report found donations allegedly ended up in the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, violating state and federal anti-fraud laws designed to protect donors from misleading solicitations and fake charities. The Federal Election Campaign Act requires groups to disclose when they are soliciting for electoral purposes or if their connected PAC is the intended beneficiary of a donation. The NRA also appears to be violating laws that ban soliciting from the general public through its website as well as soliciting for a connected PAC from anyone other than the group’s employees or members.

COMPUTER ATTACKS SPUR CONGRESS TO ACT ON CYBERSECURITY BILL YEARS IN MAKING: Responding to a series of high-profile computer security breaches, the House is expected on Wednesday to pass a bill, years in the making, that would push private companies to share access to their computer networks and records with federal cybercrime investigators. The vote will come after years of false starts and bitter disappointments for the Obama administration on cybersecurity legislation. The cybersecurity bill, similar to a measure approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Intelligence Committee, would be Congress’s most aggressive response yet to a burst of computer attacks that helped sink a major motion picture release by Sony Pictures Entertainment, exposed the credit card numbers of tens of thousands of Target customers and compromised the personal records of millions of people who did business with the health insurer Anthem. The House Intelligence Committee passed the bill unanimously last month.

INSURERS ‘DODGED’ $500M KATRINA CLAIMS: Mississippi filed a lawsuit against the State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. on Tuesday, alleging that the insurer denied legitimate claims—just to have the state government pay in its stead. As a result, Mississippi paid out more than $500 million to people insured by State Farm. The suit comes after another one against the insurance giant, won by sisters who said it pressured engineers into falsely ruling that their home was damaged not by wind (which State Farm covers), but by floodwaters. “We are still reviewing the lawsuit filed earlier today, which was not expected considering what we have done in resolving claims as a result of Hurricane Katrina,” spokesman Phil Supple told the AP.

O.J. SIMPSON ESCAPES!: O.J. Simpson might have just dodged another death sentence – now that Aryan Nation member Travis “Blu” Waugh has been transferred after giving the disgraced football star a serious beatdown. Waugh, 51, has been moved to the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City, Nev. That’s 120 miles from Lovelock Correctional Center, where the convicted sex offender recently slammed O.J. up against a wall. The 6 foot,250-pound tattooed skinhead took offense when O.J. tried to jump the line of prisoners receiving their meds. He told him to step back – and 67-year-old O.J. responded by spitting at Waugh. That’s when Waugh began beating him, reportedly shouting: “I am going to make it my mission to kill your n—-r ass!” Said a prison source: “it doesn’t look like Blu is going to be coming back to Lovelock, and O.J. is more than okay with that. He never wants to see Blu again!”

BEN AFFLECK ‘REGRETS’ SLAVERY COVERUP: Actor Ben Affleck apologized Tuesday for his attempt to conceal a slave-owning ancestor from his segment on PBS’ Finding Your Roots. “I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves,” Affleck said in a statement posted to Facebook. “I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.” Affleck went on to say he regretted asking the show to hide part of his family’s ancestry, but that he is “happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.” The revelation about the actor’s request was discovered through hacked Sony emails published by WikiLeaks last week

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Iconic film director John Waters along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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SAN FRAN TO BAN CHEWING TOBACCO IN PARKS: San Francisco city supervisors voted unanimously to ban chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco from playing fields Tuesday. The city will become the first in the country to introduce such a ban. According to legislation sponsor Mark Farrell, the issue came up through concerns over children seeing players chew the product during baseball games. The law is pushed by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and a blanket ban on the product already exists in the minor leagues.

TRANS TEEN ALLOWED TO WEAR MAKEUP IN ID: A transgender teenager in South Carolina was ordered to remove her makeup for a Department of Motor Vehicles photo—and the agency only relented after a lawsuit by her family. Chase Culpepper, 17, alleged that the DMV violated her rights and wanted her to appear not as she usually does. She won, and the department will change its policies for dealing with trans and gender non-conforming individuals. “My clothing and makeup reflect who I am,” Culpepper said. “From Day 1, all I wanted was to get a driver’s license that looks like me. Now I will be able to do that. It was hurtful to be singled out for being transgender and made to feel that somehow I wasn’t good enough.”

IDIOT – FRENCH CHURCH ATTACK THWARTED BY MISTAKE: French police arrested a man armed with heavy weapons who they say was planning an “imminent” attack against at least one church Sunday. The suspect is a 24-year-old French-Algerian student who police say accidently shot himself and then called for an ambulance. A trail of blood from his car led police to discover loaded guns and notes about targets. The terrorist is also a suspect in the death of a young woman whose body was found just before his arrest.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Customers at the Kingpin, a New Orleans bar that invited patrons to participate in smoking-related contests before a ban went into effect early Wednesday.


LBN-NOTICED: ***On-again lovers Uma Thurman and André Balazs had a cozy dinner Monday night at Osteria Morini in NYC. The pair, who were spotted last month together in St. Barts, dined on plates of pasta at the Soho restaurant.   ***A packed private room at Luna Park restaurant in L.A. last night for the ongoing “City Talk” conversation series featuring KNX radio anchor Frank Mottek. Guests included attorney Konrad Trope, producer Mike Flint, and prominent mediator Mark Baer.   ***Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth at The Leonora celebrating Goth’s Tribeca film “The Survivalist”.    ***“Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka and Jenny Slate “in deep conversation” at Leon Max’s book party for Stefano Tonchi’s “W: Stories” in L.A.   ***Barbara Walters seeing “An American in Paris” in NYC.   ***Street artist Mr. Brainwash partying at Catch, then painting a black-and-white portrait of Albert Einstein outside after the place closed.   ***Grown “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure at Troy Liquor Bar in NYC.   ***Michael J. Fox at Javelina.   ***Technology company owner Josh Goodman having lunch yesterday at the popular Nosh in Beverly Hills.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Johnny Kemp, a Bahamian R&B singer best known for the 1989 hit song “Just Got Paid,” was found dead on Thursday in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was 55. The police said that his body was found floating at a beach. It has not yet been determined how he died. They said he had arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship but did not have further details.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Newt Gingrich: No one who lived through the 1990s would have suspected that one day people would look back on the period as a golden age of bipartisan cooperation. But in some important ways, it was. Amid the policy fights that followed the Republican victories of 1994, President Bill Clinton and the new majorities in Congress reached one particularly good deal: doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health. The decision was bipartisan, because health is both a moral and financial issue. Government spends more on health care than any other area. Taxpayers spend more than $1 trillion a year for Medicare and Medicaid alone, and even more when you add in programs like Veterans Affairs, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Indian Health Service

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Call me an idealist, but I’d like to think that the halls of higher education are less vulnerable to the siren calls of fame and fortune than other byways of American life are. I’d like to believe in a bold dividing line between academic virtues and celebrity values, between intellectual and commercial concerns. But Henry Louis Gates Jr., a renowned Harvard professor, and Mehmet Oz, a surgeon on the faculty at Columbia, get in my way. I link the two because they’re both in the news, not because they’re equally in thrall to the television camera or identically unabashed peddlers of something other than fact. Oz is by far the more compromised figure. But Gates, too, exemplifies what happens when a lecturer is bathed in bright lights and gets to hang with Ben Affleck, who will soon be on-screen in Batman’s billowing cape.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The Obama team’s effort to negotiate a deal with Iran that could prevent the Iranians from developing a nuclear bomb for at least a decade is now entering its critical final stage. I hope that a good, verifiable deal can be finalized, but it will not be easy. If it were, we’d have it by now. Here are the major challenges: First, you can negotiate a simple arms control agreement with an adversary you don’t trust. We did that with the Kremlin in the Cold War. By simple, I mean with relatively few moving parts, and very clear verification procedures that do not require much good will from the other side — like monitoring Soviet missile sites with our own satellites. You can also negotiate a complicated arms control deal with a country that shares your values: Japan and South Korea regularly submit their nuclear facilities to international inspections.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: There’s an important issue out there you may never have heard of, which is just what its proponents would like. That’s the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently being pushed by the Obama administration and its corporate (and mostly Republican!) allies. It’s a blatant attack on labor, farmers, food safety, public health and even national sovereignty. And the details of the deal are largely secret. Other than what’s been leaked, the public has no access to its contents, and even members of Congress don’t know much. (On the other hand, “cleared advisers,” mostly corporate lawyers, have full access.) That’s because the TPP is way too important to its sponsors to allow little details like congressional or public input to get in its way, even though constitutional authority over trade is granted to the legislative, not the executive, branch.

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Tuesday • April 21, 2015

JAPANESE TRAIN BREAKS WORLD SPEED RECORD: A Japanese maglev train has set a new world speed record—speeding down the rails near Mount Fuji at 375 miles per hour. The new record comes just days after the same train broke its own 12-year record by running at 366 mph. The maglev is short for a “magnetic levitation” train, which means it hovers above the physical tracks instead of gliding along them. The rail employees who were on board of the ride described it as “comfortable and stable.”

GOOGLE TO PUNISH NON-MOBILE SITES: Sites whose mobile versions are not up to par will tumble in Google rankings, the search engine giant announced, as it activates an overhaul to its ranking algorithm that takes into account mobile adaptabilities. Sites will also be punished for hard-to-read links and annoying horizontal scrolling. Yet despite these changes, a Google spokeswoman reassured the New York Times that format would not take precedence over substance. “The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal — so if a page with high-quality content is not mobile-friendly, it could still rank high if it has great content for the query,” she said. “The ranking update will not make it rank below lower-quality pages that are mobile-friendly.”

EGYPT SENTENCES MORSI TO 20 YEARS: Former Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi may have ducked a death penalty through acquittal on charges of killing protesters, but the Muslim Brotherhood member was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday on other charges related to his stint in power. An Egyptian court found him and 12 others guilty of “demonstrating power and violence” and “inciting violence” for the two-decade sentence, while two others got just 10 years apiece. But this isn’t the end of Morsi’s legal troubles. He’s the defendant in at least four more trials, in which he’s accused of insulting the judiciary, espionage for foreign Islamist groups, and other crimes.

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BLUE BELL PULLS ALL FOOD OVER LISTERIA: Ice cream giant Blue Bell Creameries expanded a recall to include all of its products Monday in the wake of potential contamination concerns, according to a statement on its website. The Texas-based company pulled all of its products over a threat of Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems. The initial recall began March 13 after three people died from contaminated Blue Bell snacks at a hospital in Kansas. The list of recalled products has expanded as federal officials tracked the contamination to a production plant in Broken Arrow, Okla.

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DR. OZ TO ADDRESS DOC CRITICISMS: Talk show host Mehmet Oz will address widespread criticism of his medical judgment by other physicians on his show Thursday, in response to a letter sent by 10 doctors to Columbia University questioning his faculty appointment. The signatories accused Oz of showing “an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.” His response will reportedly appear at the lead of Thursday’s show, but won’t take the whole hour.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: In ancient China, mirrors were believed to protect their owners from evil, making hidden spirits visible and revealing the secrets of the future. A person who had been scared by a ghost could be healed by looking in the mirror. Mirrors were often hung on the ceilings of burial chambers.

TRIAL OF FORMER AUSCHWITZ GUARD, 93, OPENS IN GERMANY: Seven decades after the liberation of Auschwitz, a 93-year-old former SS guard at the Nazi death camp shuffled into a German court on Tuesday to answer charges of complicity in the murder of 300,000 mostly Hungarian Jews in two months during the summer of 1944. With Holocaust survivors watching in the stark courtroom, the former guard, Oskar Gröning, read a terrifying but startlingly clear account of his life, focusing on the autumn of 1942 to the autumn of 1944, when he served in the SS at Auschwitz-Birkenau. After an hour, Mr. Gröning, a widower who lives in this small town in northern Germany, turned to the judge and said: “It is beyond question that I am morally complicit. This moral guilt I acknowledge here, before the victims, with regret and humility.

QUEST TO BUILD GENETIC TEST DATABASE: Two of the nation’s largest clinical laboratories are teaming up with France’s national health agency to curate a database for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to help determine hereditary risks of breast and ovarian cancer, Quest Diagnostics said Tuesday. Quest will join LabCorp in the project and invite other medical testing companies and public laboratories to participate in the program, known as BRCA Share. DNA testing data is often kept within a diagnostic lab, making it more difficult to analyze gene mutations and causing more uncertainty about the risk of cancer for patients. With more labs participating, Quest also plans to conduct more research studies.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Teva, the big Israeli maker of generic drugs, on Tuesday offered to acquire rival Mylan for $40 billion in the latest shake-up of the global pharmaceutical industry. The unsolicited offer of $82 a share, split between cash and stock, would scuttle Mylan’s proposed acquisition of Perrigo, which was announced earlier this month.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Joe Torre seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in NYC.   ***Meg Ryan slipping into a foodie-focused Tribeca panel in NYC to grab a Shake Shack milkshake as Condé Nast Traveler’s Pilar Guzmán interviewed Danny Meyer.   ***Shep Messing hosting a Cosmos soccer celebration at the Empire State Building’s State Grill.   ***Marilu Henner at Top of the Strand in NYC.   ***Selita Ebanks, Scottie Pippen and Alonzo Mourning at a 40th birthday fête for Haute Living’s Kamal Hotchandani at the Forge Miami.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having a late-night dinner last Sunday night at Pink’s hotdogs on LaBrea in Hollywood.

REPORT SEEKS OVERHAUL OF POSTAL SERVICE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM: A Postal Service surveillance program that records the information on the outside of letters and packages delivered to people suspected of criminal activity should be overhauled because of a lack of oversight, according to a report by a national defense lawyers’ group. An audit by the service’s inspector general last year found that about 20 percent of the orders for surveillance under the program, known as mail covers, were improperly approved. The New York Times reported on abuses in the program, including a case in which law enforcement officials in Arizona used it to investigate a political opponent.

6 COPS SUSPENDED IN FREDDIE GRAY DEATH: Six Baltimore officers were suspended Monday in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who was critically injured while in police custody. Gray was arrested “without force or incident,” according to the charging document, but suffered a medical emergency during the transport and was later taken to Shock Trauma where he died Sunday. The document did not explain the emergency or how it was caused. Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury, according to his family’s lawyer and Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez. The department has commissioned a task force to investigate while Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he is ordering new procedures for the transport of prisoners.

WOMAN KILLED MOM, STUFFED IN SUITCASE: Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were sentenced for murdering her mother in Bali, Indonesia, on Tuesday. The body of Mack’s mother, Sheila Von Wiese Mack, was found in a suitcase outside a Bali hotel last year. Prosecutors showed text messages as proof of a premeditated murder, saying that Schaefer bashed the mother’s head with a glass bowl. Though Mack and Schaefer at one point feared getting the death penalty, she was sentenced to 10 years and he to 18 years in prison.

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AC/DC’S PHIL RUDD ADMITS THREAT TO KILL: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill a former security guard and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine Tuesday in a New Zealand district court. The 60-year-old had previously pleaded not guilty to those charges. A second count of threatening to kill was dropped by police. Rudd’s lawyer said he will challenge the conviction when Rudd reappears in court for sentencing on June 26. Police said Rudd ordered an associate to have his former security guard “taken out” last August.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by By Eric S. Lander: The F.B.I. stunned the legal community on Monday with its acknowledgment that testimony by its forensic scientists about hair identification was scientifically indefensible in nearly every one of more than 250 cases reviewed. But the conclusion should come as no surprise to scientists. It is the culmination of a collision between law and science that began in 1989 in a Bronx courtroom with the murder trial of a janitor. The case was the first to carefully evaluate the use of DNA fingerprinting. As a geneticist, I served pro bono as an expert witness for the defense. While prosecutors were dazzled by the potential of DNA technology to pinpoint perpetrators, the testing lab’s work proved to be shoddy and its conclusions unreliable. In a rare move, the scientific experts for both the prosecution and defense met and unanimously declared the DNA evidence unacceptable. The trial judge had little choice but to agree.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Political audiences always like patriotic rhetoric, but as several reporters have noticed, this year’s Republican audiences have a special hunger for it. The phrase “American exceptionalism” has become a rallying cry. There is a common feeling on the right that the American idea is losing force and focus, that the American dream is slipping out of reach, that America is stepping back from its traditional role in the world and that President Obama doesn’t forthrightly champion the American gospel. Even more than normal, Republicans seem to want their candidate for president to be drenched in the red, white and blue. Along comes Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Rubio, 43, doesn’t just speak in the ardent patriotic tones common to the children of immigrants like himself. His very life is the embodiment of the American dream: parents who tended bar and worked at Kmart with a son who rose to become a United States senator. His heritage demonstrates that the American dream is open to all who come here legally and work hard. He is what many Republicans want their country to be.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***No wonder Gwyneth Paltrow was celebrating with fireball shots at Dorrian’s Red Hand pub on the Upper East Side on Thursday — she and Chris Martin have finalized their divorce. Paltrow, who was in town for a Spence reunion, and Martin have worked out a settlement involving joint custody of their two kids, as well as for their assets and marital property, according to TMZ.

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Monday • April 20, 2015

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6 SOMALI-AMERICANS ARRESTED IN ISIS RECRUITING CASE: Six young Somali-American men were arrested on Sunday in what may be the largest case to date involving recruiting in the United States for the Islamic State, law enforcement officials said on Monday. All six are Somali-Americans ages 19 to 21, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity before a news conference planned in Minneapolis on Monday morning to announce the charges. Four men were arrested in Minneapolis and two in San Diego, they said.

2ND SHIP SINKS AMID FEARS OF 900 DEAD: Monday morning brought reports of yet another migrant boat calamity in the Mediterranean Sea, as survivors of Sunday’s boat crash—carrying as many as 950 passengers—still number at just over two dozen. The death toll from Sunday’s crash may make it the worst disaster in the Mediterranean in years. Meanwhile, EU officials are meeting to address the ongoing tide of migrants from war-torn countries, many of whom attempt to cross by boat and lose their lives in the voyage. As many as 3,500 died in 2014.

CHESS CHAMP SAYS WOMEN CAN’T PLAY: British chess grandmaster Nigel Short said men are “hardwired” to be better at the game than women in an interview with New in Chess magazine, adding that society should “gracefully accept it as a fact.” As an example, Short said he doesn’t begrudge his wife her higher emotional intelligence skills, and that she doesn’t mind asking him to “manoeuvre the car out of our narrow garage.” Facing criticism from female chess players on Twitter, Short responded defensively: “Men and women do have different brains. This is a biological fact.”

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INTRUDER JUMPS WHITE HOUSE FENCE: Police have taken into custody a person carrying a suspicious package and caught scaling a White House fence Sunday. The individual was quickly apprehended after attempting to climb the fence on the south side of the house, according to the Secret Service’s Brian Leary. The person is in custody and charges are pending. Police did not disclose the gender or identity of the jumper. The package was examined and later declared harmless, a Secret Service source told CNN.

NEW LAW TO STRIP SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS FROM MEDICARE CARDS: Concerned about the rising prevalence and sophistication of identity theft, most private health insurance companies have abandoned the use of Social Security numbers to identify individuals. The federal government even forbids private insurers to use the numbers on insurance cards when they provide medical or drug benefits under contract with Medicare. But Medicare itself has continued the practice, imprinting Social Security numbers on more than 50 million benefit cards despite years of warnings from government watchdogs that it placed millions of people at risk for financial losses from identity theft.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Acclaimed piano player George Winston along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***KNX Business Hour anchor Frank Mottek will be the guest of honor at tomorrow’s “City Talk” conversation at Luna Park in L.A.   ***Morgan Stanley on Monday reported its best quarter in years on Monday thanks to the same active trading conditions that have helped its competitors. The bank said that its revenue in the first quarter jumped to the highest level since 2007, pushing profit for the firm well above analysts’ expectations.

TIM TEBOW TO MAKE NFL RETURN WITH EAGLES: The Philadelphia Eagles are planning to sign quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday as they head into offseason training, Fox Sports reports. The Eagles reportedly spent time with Tebow’s quarterbacks coach Tom House and intend to use him as a fourth quarterback for their offseason program. Tebow hasn’t step foot in an NFL regular season game since 2012, but was brought in for a workout with the Eagles last month.

‘ROGUE ONE’ TO SHOW DEATH STAR RAID: The new Star Wars film—Rogue One—will take place between Episodes III and IV and focus on the raid to steal Death Star plans, according to details released over the weekend. A teaser for the Star Wars prequel Rogue One leaked online Sunday from the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The teaser was shown to the audience who gasped at seeing the original Death Star looming over a planet with Obi Wan Kenobi saying from A New Hope: “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times… before the Empire.”

13 HIT IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS: The weekend ended in mass bloodshed in Chicago, where at least 13 people have been injured in separate shootings since Sunday afternoon. Most of the victims are in their teens and 20s. Some are in serious condition after being hit in the face or torso. Police say most of the shootings appear to be unrelated, with the last one taking place early Monday by the University of Chicago campus.

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BRITISH BOY, 14, HELD FOR TERROR PLOT: British police arrested a young teen—just 14 years old—on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist plot in Melbourne. The schoolboy from Blackburn, Lancashire, was arrested on Sunday, after communication between him and a person based in Australia. He was first detained on April 2. The alleged terror plot was reportedly set for Anzac Day, which marks Australia’s first major battle in World War I.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer — a 186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities — is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: It is now fair to ask whether the National Rifle Association is winning — or has in fact won — this era of the gun debate in this country. Gun control advocates have tried to use the horror that exists in the wake of mass shootings to catalyze the public into action around sensible gun restrictions. But rather than these tragedies being a cause for pause in ownership of guns, gun ownership has spiked in the wake of these shootings.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mohammad Javad Zarif (Foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran): We made important progress in Switzerland earlier this month. With the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, we agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran. But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity. It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion. With courageous leadership and the audacity to make the right decisions, we can and should put this manufactured crisis to rest and move on to much more important work. The wider Persian Gulf region is in turmoil. It is not a question of governments rising and falling: the social, cultural and religious fabrics of entire countries are being torn to shreds.

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LBN-ETC: DR. DRE USES BRAND+AID PROMOS (or at least we think he should) If beat-man himself used us, he would have some killer swag. That’s what we do; we brand cool merchandise. Think of BRAND+AID as an extension of your marketing team. We specialize in the design and execution of branding promotional items for all types of businesses. From pens, mugs, backpacks, and wide variety of awesome merch, BRAND+AID believes your products are not just swag, but an extension of your brand. And, our customers are our number one priority – whether you’re Dr. Dre or not. www.brandaidpromos.com

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LBN-ETC: Sex and the City’s Gilles Marini, Mad Men’s Elizabeth Rice, and Brett Cullen lead a great cast in the much talked about World War II action/drama The Last Rescue, produced by Hallie Shepherd and directed by Eric Colley of Fireshoe Productions. An exclusive red carpet preview screening garnered rave reviews from audience, critics, and WWII veterans. The story takes place after D-Day in the French countryside and follows three American soldiers and two Army Corps nurses as they orchestrate an escape from the Nazi commander holding them as POWs. Also stars Cody Kasch, Johann Urb, Ryan Merriman. www.thelastrescue.com www.facebook.com/fireshoe

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Sunday • April 19, 2015

ISIS CLAIMS TO KILL ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIANS: ISIS has released a video in which it appears the militants murder two groups of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The video, which is 29 minutes long, claims one of the groups was killed by an ISIS affiliate in eastern Libya and a separate one in the south. In the east, the captives are beheaded on a beach, in the south they are shot dead. While ISIS claims they were Ethiopian Christians, it is not clear who the victims were.

FBI ADMITS GIVING FLAWED EVIDENCE: Before 2000, the FBI’s forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost every trial for two decades, the Justice Department and FBI admitted. A total of 26 out of 28 examiners in the unit overstated forensic matches for microscopic hair comparison in 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far. 32 of those include defendants sentenced to death, 14 of whom have already been executed or died in prison. The government is being assisted in a post-conviction review by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project. The errors do not mean, however, that there was no other evidence to convict the criminals.

POLAND PISSED ABOUT FBI HOLOCAUST PIECE: The Polish government will summon the U.S. ambassador in Warsaw because of an article claiming Poland was responsible for the Holocaust, the foreign ministry announced Sunday. The article was by FBI director James Comey, and was published in the Washington Post this week. Come wrote, “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do.” Poland’s ambassador to the U.S. called it “unacceptable” and the country claims it implies it was complicit in the genocide.

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SALE OF U.S. ARMS FUELS THE WARS OF ARAB STATES: To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood. As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military hardware are now actually using it and wanting more. The result is a boom for American defense contractors looking for foreign business in an era of shrinking Pentagon budgets — but also the prospect of a dangerous new arms race in a region where the map of alliances has been sharply redrawn.

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AFFLECK: HIDE MY SLAVE-OWNER ANCESTOR: Actor Ben Affleck put the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” in a tough spot when he begged for the show not to reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, emails published b Wikileaks reveal. Affleck had asked the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, the host of the show, to censor the information. “Here’s my dilemma: confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors–the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Gates wrote in an email to Sony chief executive Michael Lynton on July 22, 2014. PBS did not end up including the segment, however Gates said the reason was they found a more interesting ancestor, not censorship. PBS says it was unaware of the discussions between Gates and Sony.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Mitt Romney and wife Ann at Donny and Marie Osmond’s show at Flamingo Las Vegas Thursday night and later visiting the sibling duo backstage .   ***Director James Cooper, film editor Christopher Tellefsen and Ron Delsener at a private screening of “Lambert & Stamp,” about the duo who helped launch The Who, at Fresno restaurant in East Hampton.   ***Michael Bloom­berg, Jill Martin and Walt “Clyde” Frazier mingling at Cipriani 42nd for the Marfan Foundation’s Heartworks Gala.   ***A packed house for a “Meet The Mayor” event yesterday afternoon at The Nosh in Beverly Hills for new Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold.   ***Reality TV show producer Tony Dimond having Pizza for  dinner last night at the Novel Café on Main Street in Santa Monica.

CALIFORNIA REDUCES WATER CUTS FOR SOME: California’s Water Resources Control Board modified water conservation restrictions on Saturday, reducing water cuts for communities that have “achieved remarkable results with residential water use now hovering around the statewide target” and increasing cutbacks for other communities that are “using many times more” than they should. The restrictions, which will go up for formal approval early next month, call for a 25 percent cut in water use.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Spending in the U.S. on prescription drugs rose by 13% in 2014, driven largely by increased spending on new breakthrough medications, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. And Medicaid patients’ spending on drugs rose much faster in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act compared with those that did not, the report found.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Ever one to get by “With a Little Help From My Friends,” Ringo Starr was applauded by a stellar array of friends, colleagues and admirers Saturday night when he took the stage at Cleveland’s Public Hall to accept the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Award for Musical Excellence from his former bandmate Paul McCartney.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***A. Alfred Taubman, an art collector and shopping mall tycoon who sold Renoirs and root beer with equal panache and turned a sleepy Sotheby’s auction house into a global power of art sales, but went to prison in a commission-fixing scandal involving its archrival Christie’s, died at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Friday. He was 91. Mr. Taubman died of an apparent heart attack, said his son, Robert S. Taubman, the chairman, president and chief executive of Taubman Centers.   ***Jonathan Crombie, a Canadian actor who was known to a generation of fans as Gilbert Blythe in the “Anne of Green Gables” television mini-series, died in New York City on April 15 at the age of 48, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The cause was a brain hemorrhage.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman. In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn — and campaigned like a man. Worried about proving she could be commander in chief, Hillary scrubbed out the femininity, vulnerability and heart, in image and issues, that were anathema to Penn. Consciously tamping down the humor and warmth in Hillary and playing up the muscularity and bellicosity, her strategist modeled Hillary on Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Lazarus: Airlines increasingly are missing scheduled takeoffs and landings, losing travelers’ bags and overbooking flights, according to a report released Monday. And the bad news: Things will probably get worse. Even as the latest performance stats showed that major carriers are having trouble with the most basic functions — i.e. getting you and your luggage from Point A to Point B — the outlook for future travel all but guarantees even less-friendly skies.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Konrad Trope (Attorney): Discovering and protecting or obtaining electronic evidence is now one of the hottest areas in the legal profession. More and more cases in divorce law are involving one spouse violating the privacy rights of the other spouse by electronic snooping. Indeed, personal assistants and other employees are often caught in the middle as they are pressured by one of the spouses to divulge passwords and hidden files on computer hard drives and wherever else electronic communications are stored.  These invasions of privacy are not just violations of state law.  Intercepting or illegally accessing e-mails is a federal criminal violation and the penalties can be severe. Divorce cases are now spilling over into Federal court, forcing federal judges to assess damage awards against spouses who just can’t resist the urge to electronically eavesdrop on the other spouse, once the parties have filed for divorce.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg also works as a matchmaker, and asked Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton to help set up a friend with author Malcolm Gladwell. “Sheryl Sandberg . . . has a woman who she would like you to meet,” Lynton wrote to Gladwell in February 2014 in a leaked Sony ­e-mail. “It is a set-up, I believe. Her name is Jessica Bennett and she lives in NYC and is, according to Sheryl, very smart and attractive.” Bennett covers gender and culture for Time and The New York Times. But Gladwell replied, “Normally I’m all in favor of set-ups, but I’m in the middle of something a little complicated . . . But I like the fact that ­zillionaire tech moguls have my best interests at heart.”   ***Woody Allen has set movies in the film world (“Stardust Memories”) and Broadway (“Bullets Over Broadway”), but don’t look for any projects set at the ballet. “After [1948 classic] ‘The Red Shoes,’ there’s nothing left to say,” quipped Allen of ballet films in the audience of the Youth America Grand Prix at the David H. Koch Theater Thursday.

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Saturday • April 18, 2015

H.I.V. OUTBREAK WORSENING IN INDIANA: An Indiana county at the center of a recent H.I.V. outbreak in the state has seen a rise in the number of cases over two weeks after a short-term needle exchange program began in the state. There are now 120 confirmed cases tied to Scott County, Indiana according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

O’MALLEY CALLS RUBIO PLAN “BULLSHIT”: Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley came out swinging in an NPR interview today. The prospective Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton alleged that the former Security of State is not transparent and will have problems connecting with younger voters. He went on to dismiss Florida Senator and 2016 candidate Marco Rubio’s economic theory, saying that Republicans have turned America’s tax code “into Swiss cheese.”

CALIFORNIA REDUCES WATER CUTS FOR SOME: California’s Water Resources Control Board modified water conservation restrictions on Saturday, reducing water cuts for communities that have “achieved remarkable results with residential water use now hovering around the statewide target” and increasing cutbacks for other communities that are “using many times more” than they should. The restrictions, which will go up for formal approval early next month, call for a 25 percent cut in water use.

ISIS CLAIMS AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE ATTACK: A suicide bomb blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan targeting government workers collecting their salaries at a bank killed 33 on Saturday and injured more than 100, Reuters reports. “It was a suicide attack,” Jalalabad police chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said during a press conference. ISIS has claimed responsibility, making it their first major attack in Afghanistan.

F.B.I. ARREST TIED TO $500 MILLION ART THEFT: Federal agents arrested a 79-year-old Hartford man, Robert V. Gentile, Friday in connection a $500 million art theft from a Boston Museum. The man’s laywer, A. Ryan McGuigan, alleges his client knew nothing of the theft which occurred 25 years ago. “It’s the same F.B.I. guys doing the same thing as last time,” he said. “They won’t stop squeezing my client.” A federal prosecutor said investigators had a recent recording of Gentile discussing the sale of the stolen paintings.

OBAMA WILL OK CONGRESS IRAN DEAL REVIEW: On Friday, President Obama called a bill which would allow Congress to review the terms of an Iran nuclear deal a “reasonable compromise” and said he planned to sign the bill. He said he feels it will not derail talks with Iran, though Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and leading Democrat Ben Cardin have been tasked with making sure that the bill is not laced with “poison pills,” or amendments that might kill the Iran agreement.

RAND PAUL ATTACKS CLINTON OVER LIBYA: On Saturday, Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul addressed the Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire, attacking Hillary Clinton over her role in the U.S.’s response to the Benghazi attacks of 2012. “Libya was a mistake,” he said, referring to America’s support of rebels who overthrew Mummer Gaddafi from power. “One thing that is probably true in the Middle East: every time we have toppled a secular dictator, a secular strong man, we’ve gotten chaos and the rise of radical Islam…The president won’t name the enemy, but I will: it’s radical Islam. Until we name it we can’t defeat them, and I will tell you this: if I were commander in chief I would do everything it takes to…defend the country against radical Islam.”

TEXAS SET TO APPROVE OPEN-CARRY OF GUNS: Texas is nearing final approval of a bill allowing licensed owners to openly carry handguns. The state’s House voted 96-35 on Friday to pass the bill, allowing handguns to be carried in a shoulder or belt holster. A final vote on the bill will come next week (the Senate approved a similar bill last month) then go to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he is on board with any legislation “that expands Second Amendment rights.”

PUTIN: RUSSIA MUST WORK WITH U.S.: In a television interview on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia must work with the U.S. on several key common interests. “We have disagreements on several issues on the international agenda. But at the same time there is something that unites us, that forces us to work together,” Putin said. “I mean general efforts directed at making the world economy more democratic, measured and balanced, so that the world order is more democratic. We have a common agenda.”

L.A. KINGS’ JARRET STOLL ARRESTED: Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday at a Las Vegas resort on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy. Stoll was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand hotel; he has since posted $5,000 bail and been released. The Kings released a statement about the arrest, saying, “We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

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Friday • April 17, 2015

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IRAQ: SADDAM GENERAL WITH ISIS KILLED: A former top aide to Saddam Hussein, Izzat al-Douri, has reportedly been killed in the Sunni heartland in northern Iraq, the governor of Salahuddin province told al-Arabiya TV. The governor said he was killed in fighting with Iraqi forces near Hamreen, in Irbil province in the north. If confirmed, al-Douri’s death would end one of the longest manhunts of the Iraq War, with the “King of Clubs” finally crossed off the U.S. kill or capture list, although he has been reported killed several times in the past. Additional reports say that his body is being taken to Baghdad for DNA testing. It’s unclear, however, how his death might affect the war against ISIS. There have been conflicting reports of al-Douri and his militia, the Naqshbandi Order, working with—as well as against—ISIS. His group has deep ties to the Sunni tribes in Anbar province, and it was thought the Naqshbandi Order could have served as a kind of bridge between ISIS and the tribes. Photos purporting to be the dead al-Douri show him with his signature red facial hair, but the familiar mustache is replaced by a more militant beard. Before the U.S. invasion led him into hiding, Douri served as the vice chairman of Saddam Hussein’s Revolutionary Command Council.

ESPN SUSPENDS JOURNO FOR ‘DROPOUT’ DISS: ESPN reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended from her job for a week after being caught on camera spewing insults at a worker at a tow yard. McHenry calls the worker a “college dropout,” threatens to sue, and rubs her “degree” in the worker’s face, saying, “So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Do you feel good about your job? Why, ‘cause I have a brain and you don’t.” McHenry also criticizes the attendant’s teeth, tells her to “lose some weight” and says, “I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.” It is unclear what angered McHenry so much, but she did tweet on April 6 about her car getting towed in Arlington, Virginia.

MAN CHARGES $10K FOR WALTER SCOTT VIDEO: The chilling video of a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back now comes with a price tag of $10,000 to use in the media, a publicist representing the man who filmed it said Thursday. Cease-and-desist letters were mailed to news outlets this week from Australian publicity agency Markson Sparks. The video, showing former Officer Michael Slager fatally shooting Walter Scott, has become the latest focal point of national outrage over police brutality and has notched more than one million views on YouTube alone. Bystander Feidin Santana shot the video and turned it over to Scott’s family, but was surprised to hear about the fee. Feidin later recalled his lawyer, Todd Rutherford, had mentioned a potential fine. Rutherford said it was only fair Santana receive financial gain from something news outlets are benefitting from using.

U.N. CALLS ON WESTERN NATIONS TO SHELTER SYRIAN REFUGEES: With Syria’s neighbors increasingly shutting their borders to refugees and thousands trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety, the war in Syria is creating the worst global refugee crisis in decades, putting new pressure on the United States and other Western countries to open their doors — and in turn, prompting domestic political backlash. Not since the wave of people who fled Southeast Asia after the war in Vietnam have the world’s industrialized countries been under such intense pressure to share the burden of taking in refugees, experts say. Nor has the task of offering sanctuary been so politically fraught.

FERGUSON TROOPS: PROTESTERS ‘ENEMY’: Documents obtained by CNN show that Missouri’s National Guard referred to Ferguson protesters as “adversaries” and “enemy forces” as it prepared to quell riots over the shooting of Michael Brown. The documents also show insight into the National Guard’s public-relations strategy, from the timing of calling up the troops around the time of the grand jury verdict to the decision to minimize the use of militarized language—as a response to public backlash. National Guard Capt. John Quinn told CNN that the language used to describe protesters was “a generic military planning format utilized in a wide range of military missions, so the term ‘enemy forces’ would be better understood as ‘potential threats.’ Often in Guard operations, threats would include inclement weather, heat, failing levees, etc.”

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E-CIG USE TRIPLES FOR YOUNG AMERICANS: New data reveals that electronic cigarette use continues to grow among young people in the U.S. while traditional cigarette use fell to a record low last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among high-school students, e-cigarette use soared from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 while cigarette use over the same period dropped from 12.7 percent to 9.2 percent, the largest year-over-year decline in more than a decade. The CDC also found that tobacco use overall among high-school students increased from 22.9 percent to 24.6 percent.

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MARIEL HEMINGWAY TRIUMPHS OVER FAMILY CURSE OF SUICIDE, DRUGS, BOOZE & MENTAL ILLNESS: From beyond his grave in Ketchum, Idaho, there’s no doubt “Papa” Hemingway is looking down on his granddaughter Mariel Hemingway and is beaming as tall as the giant spruce trees that shade his burial site. The beautiful 53-year-old star and mother-of-two has managed to do what others in her celebrated family have been unable – she’s wrestled their demons to the ground, shined a spotlight of awareness on them and has outlasted their curse. Decades after filming her Academy Award-nominated role as Woody Allen’s teenage lover Tracy in “Manhattan,” Mariel returned to NYC last week to promote two memoirs she’s written in which she confronts her family’s horrors head on.

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‘DOCTOR WHO’ MOVIE PLANS LEAKED: British fan favorite Doctor Who will become a Hollywood film, leaked Sony emails indicate, despite show creators’ fears that their viewpoints are not being considered. The wildly popular show about an immortal time traveler reportedly has an eight-year brand timeline, which includes the film under pressure from BBC Worldwide. But the emails, which were published by WikiLeaks, also reveal that those intimately linked with creating the show are worried about timings and are “hot under the collar” over not being listened to.

LBN-R.I.P: ***Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a human patient, and a civil rights pioneer who helped fling open medical school doors to hundreds of students who had been excluded — as he had once been — because they were black, died on Saturday in Baltimore. He was 70. His death was announced by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where in 1970 he became the school’s first black intern.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sam Quinones: Fatal heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities. If these deaths are the measure, we are arguably in the middle of our worst drug plague ever, apart from cigarettes and alcohol.

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Thursday • April 16, 2015

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PUTIN: NO RUSSIAN TROOPS IN UKRAINE: Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted during a marathon televised Q&A session Monday that his country’s troops are not present in the war-torn cities of southeastern Ukraine. “I will tell you openly and straightly,” Putin said. “There are no Russian troops in Ukraine.” He also addressed hopeful prospects for Russia’s economy, saying that it has not been adversely affected by Western sanctions.

CLINTON FOUNDATION KEEPS FOREIGN DONORS: According to a summary of the Clinton Foundation’s new policy, the organization will still accept donations from foreign governments—even though Hillary is running for president. Donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K. are permitted, while other countries are prohibited from making large donations. (They can still participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, which comes with an attendance fee of $20,000.) The Wall Street Journal notes that the new policy is “meant to strike a balance between protecting existing programs while shielding the foundation and Mrs. Clinton from charges that foreign governments are buying influence through their donations.”

LEGAL BATTLE BEGINS OVER OBAMA BID TO CURB GREENHOUSE GASES: President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change will have its first day in court on Thursday, the beginning of what is expected to be a multiyear legal battle over the policy that Mr. Obama hopes to leave as his signature environmental achievement. In two separate but related cases to be jointly argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the country’s two largest coal companies, along with 14 coal-producing states, have challenged a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation, which the agency issued under the authority of the Clean Air Act, to curb planet-warming carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. If put in effect as E.P.A. officials have proposed, the rule is intended to fundamentally transform the nation’s power sector, shuttering hundreds of coal plants and expanding renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

HEAVY SNORING MAY CAUSE ALZHEIMER’S: Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders may have more potential consequences than previously thought: On top of well-established links to heart disease and stroke, the condition may put sufferers at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study out of New York University’s medical school, those with sleep disorders experienced memory loss a decade before their peers, and an Alzheimer’s diagnosis five years earlier. Scientists hypothesize that it’s either the breathing stoppage or sleep disruption that’s affecting cognitive abilities. On the bright side, intervention with CPAP machines has shown positive results.

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VATICAN’S WAR ON AMERICAN NUNS ENDS: A Vatican fight with a liberal group representing most American nuns ended with a truce Thursday, with leaders of the group praising dialogue with the Holy See and saying that “what we hold in common is much greater than any of our differences.” Pope Benedict in 2012 ordered an investigation into the nuns for straying from the Vatican line with statements on homosexuality and feminism. After the announcement, the sisters of the Leadership Council of Women Religious met with Pope Francis for 50 minutes, a meeting that seemed to emphasize his—and their own—focus on social justice.

WHITE HOUSE FENCE TO GET SPIKES: The National Park Service is expected to approve new spikes for the White House fence at a meeting Thursday, according to documents obtained by NBC Washington. The move is an apparent attempt to combat the recent scourge of White House fence jumpers, and the spikes will remain on the current fence until a replacement fence is built next year. The final decision for the spikes then goes to U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.

BOSTON BOMBER MARKED FOR QUICK DEATH BY PRISON INMATES: While convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces possible execution, sources say  that prison inmates have already targeted him for death! The 21-year-old terrorist has been convicted of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and injured 260, including 17 who lost limbs in the explosions.“Regardless of whether he’s sent to die by lethal injection or is sentenced to life in prison without parole, he’s a goner!” a law enforcement source said. “The cowardly kid already has a price on his head. There are plenty of prisoners who’d consider it a badge of honor to take him out – doesn’t matter if he’s in solitary confinement or not.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***For eight years, Ben S. Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman, was steward of the world’s largest economy. Now he has signed on to advise one of Wall Street’s biggest hedge funds. Mr. Bernanke will become a senior adviser to Citadel, the $25 billion hedge fund founded by the billionaire Kenneth C. Griffin. He will offer his analysis of global economic and financial issues to Citadel’s investment committees. He will also meet with Citadel’s investors around the globe.

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MH370 SEARCH TO DOUBLE IF JET NOT FOUND: Authorities said Thursday the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will widen to include an additional 23,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean if the plane is not found by May. Malaysia, Australia, and China, the country’s leading the effort, have combed 61 percent of the 23,000-square-mile search area and the remaining 39 percent will be completed by the end of May, said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Liow added the two combined areas would cover 95 percent of the jetliner’s flight path. The plane went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. In a statement posted on the NBC News website Wednesday evening, Mr. Engel said that a review of the episode — prompted by reporting from The New York Times — had led him to conclude that “the group that kidnapped us was Sunni, not Shia.” He also wrote that the abductors had “put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen.”

JOAN KENNEDY SAD LAST DAYS: A glorious day for the Kennedy family turned troubling when Joan Kennedy arrived at the March 30 opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute – ravaged by a life spent in the throes of alcoholism. Shocking photos show the reclusive 78-yearold ex-wife of late Senator Ted Kennedy looking sad and confused, with the former socialite’s beauty distorted by plastic surgery. “Joan hadn’t been seen in ages, and her appearance was heartbreaking,” an eyewitness said. “She looked like she’s had a debilitating stroke. Her mouth hung open, and her eyes were glazed over.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Barbara Strauch, a reporter and editor who wrote two books about the brain and directed health and science coverage for The New York Times for a decade, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, N.Y. She was 63. The cause was breast cancer, her husband, Richard Breeden, said.   ***Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose soulful ballad of eternal love and rejection, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” topped the charts in 1966, died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74. His death was confirmed by Artists International Management, which represented him. Mr. Sledge had liver cancer, for which he underwent surgery in 2014, Mark Lyman, his agent and manager, said.

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Wednesday • April 15, 2015

MAN LANDS GYROCOPTER AT U.S. CAPITOL: A mailman from Florida landed his gyrocopter in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a surprise stunt that saw guards pull out automatic weapons before he was arrested. “I’m demanding reform and declaring a voter’s rebellion in a manner consistent with Jefferson’s description of rights in the Declaration of Independence,” Doug Hughes, 61, wrote in letters addressed to each member of Congress. “As a member of Congress, you have three options. 1. You may pretend corruption does not exist. 2. You may pretend to oppose corruption while you sabotage reform. 3. You may actively participate in real reform.” Hughes told the Tampa Bay Times about his planned stunt before it happened. He said he got the idea after his eldest son committed suicide; grief motivated him to draw attention to political issues important to him. According to the reporter who spoke to Hughes, he “needs the show, the very dramatic public act of civil disobedience, to hijack the news cycle and focus the nation’s attention” on campaign-finance reform. “I’m not promoting myself. I’m trying to direct millions of people to information, to a menu of organizations that are working together to fix Congress.” Hughes didn’t seem worried, either. “I don’t believe that the authorities are going to shoot down a 60-year-old mailman in a flying bicycle,” he said.

AARON HERNANDEZ GIVEN LIFE IN PRISON: Ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013 by a jury Wednesday. Barely an hour later, a judge sentenced Hernandez to life in prison without parole for murder and two other convictions on gun and ammunition charges. Before Hernandez goes to prison, he will stand trial in May for two other murders. Lloyd was dating Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister when he was murdered and subsequently found in an industrial park with gunshot wounds. Surveillance footage of Hernandez holding a Glock in his house after the murder was presented by prosecutors. Hernandez’s defense team initially claimed the footage was unclear and that the object might have been an iPad but later admitted it was a pistol. Hernandez is also charged with murdering two other men in a drive-by shooting one year before Lloyd’s murder. (He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges. Just two months later, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots. Hernandez appeared unmoved in the courtroom Wednesday, mouthing “it’ll be OK” and “be strong” to his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

CHRISTIE: VACCINES SHOULDN’T BE OPT OUT: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says parents “can’t count on” him to support opting out of vaccines for their children. Christie told New Hampshire residents during a town-hall meeting that “vaccines have done an enormous good in this country to eradicate” illnesses and “public health has to be paramount.” His comments marked a slight shift in tone from earlier this year, when he said, “All I can say is that we vaccinate [our children], and so that’s the best expression I can give you as my opinion. That’s what we do, but I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

FAST-FOOD WORKERS STRIKE IN 200 CITIES: A Tax Day strike by fast-food workers in more than 200 American cities is expected to be the largest of its kind. The employees demand a $15 per hour living wage for the workforce, more than half of whom rely on public assistance to supplement their incomes. In Brooklyn, members of the SEIU-funded Fight to $15 campaign blocked traffic near the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday morning, and organizers say they hope the event will grow to draw in other underpaid sectors of the population—including adjunct professors and child-care workers. Some fast-food chains, like McDonalds, recently implemented small raises for some of their staff—but organizers say that’s not enough. “This is much more of an economic and racial justice movement than the fast-food workers strikes of the past two years,” said Fight for $15 Director Kendall Wells.

LAWBREAKER BANK OK TO MANAGE RETIREMENTS: Despite pleading guilty to violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Iran, and Cuba (and incurring a massive $8.9 billion penalty along the way), French bank BNP Paribas will be allowed to continue managing retirement plans in the United States. The Department of Labor issued the ruling Wednesday, saying that the decision came with numerous conditions, including a requirement for an independent auditor with unlimited access to computer systems, record books, and personnel. “The interests of [retirement] plan participants would be better protected by imposition of the stringent conditions set forth herein,” the agency said. “It is unclear that the denial of the exemption application would have any meaningful effect on BNP’s behavior.”

TSA AGENTS SACKED FOR GROPING SCHEME: The TSA fired two agents at Denver International Airport and reassigned two others after discovering an elaborate scheme to grope attractive male passengers. According to investigators, a male TSA agent would indicate when he found a passenger attractive, and a female colleague would make the system flag him for an extra pat-down by logging him as female before the full-body scan. The scheme was foiled when a TSA investigator saw the male agent giving a customer an improper pat-down, and communicating via signal with his female colleague. No charges will be filed, though the incidents allegedly happened at least 10 times.

RESEARCHERS STOP DEMENTIA IN MICE: A Duke University research team has figured out a way to stop mice from developing dementia, by adjusting the brain’s immune system to stop the cells from attacking nutrients. The scientists found a way to stop some immune cells, known as microglia, from breaking down an amino acid known as arginine by blocking certain enzymes. Mice who underwent the treatment performed better on memory and other tests.

GISELE BÜNDCHEN TO RETIRE FROM RUNWAY: Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from the runway with one last show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. The world’s highest-paid model said she would continue to work in the industry, however. “Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business,” Bündchen wrote on Instagram, adding, “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey.” Bündchen’s last catwalk appearance was scheduled for Colcci, a Brazilian label she has represented since 2005.

NICK LOEB BATTLES TO SAVE FROZEN EMBRYOS WITH EX SOFIA VERGARA: Nick Loeb has launched a court battle against his ex-fiancée Sofia Vergara to prevent the destruction of frozen embryos the couple conceived when they were together. In Touch Magazine on Tuesday revealed court documents filed in a California court by a “John Doe” against a “Jane Doe, et al.” They confirmed it was Loeb who filed the paperwork. “John seeks to ensure the female embryos are not destroyed, but Jane refuses to agree to their preservation under any circumstances,” the lawsuit states. In 2013, Loeb and Vergara completed several rounds of in vitro fertilization in order to have a child. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in August, the couple tried to implant embryos with surrogates on separate occasions in 2013. The couple then split in May 2014.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Luke Evans

Luke Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor and singer. Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London’s West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before getting his breakthrough role in Hollywood starring in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake, playing Apollo. Following his debut, Evans was cast in such action and thriller films as Immortals (2011), The Raven (2012), and the re-imagined The Three Musketeers (2011), in which he played Aramis. In 2013, Evans starred as the main antagonist Owen Shaw in the blockbuster Fast & Furious 6, and also plays Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Evans also portrayed the vampire Dracula in the character’s film origin story, Dracula Untold.

LBN INVESTIGATES: The word “Champagne,” when capitalized, refers specifically to the white, sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. Generally, production begins with the fermentation of grapes with low sugar and high acid levels to produce a still wine, which is blended with other wines, a small amount of sugar and yeast, and stored. During the second fermentation, carbon dioxide is trapped in the bottle.

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LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

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Tuesday • April 14, 2015

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EX-BLACKWATER GUARDS GIVEN LONG TERMS FOR KILLING IRAQIS: One by one, four former Blackwater security contractors wearing blue jumpsuits and leg irons stood before a federal judge on Monday and spoke publicly for the first time since a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq. The men had been among several private American security guards who fired into Baghdad’s crowded Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, and last October they were convicted of killing 14 unarmed Iraqis in what prosecutors called a wartime atrocity. Yet on Monday, as they awaited sentences that they knew would send them to prison for most if not all of their lives, they defiantly asserted their innocence.

BIEBER CHOKED, TOSSED OUT OF COACHELLA: Justin Bieber was put into a chokehold and kicked out of Coachella on Sunday night. According to TMZ, the petulant pop star and his entourage were going to the artists’ entrance for the Drake performance when they were told the place was at capacity and they could not enter. Bieber told security staffers he could not be in the crowd because he’d get mobbed by fans, but they told him to leave. Bieber then reportedly said he was personally invited by Drake and would not leave. As a result, Bieber was put into a chokehold and ordered to leave. The singer is apparently considering legal action.

IRAQI PRIME MINISTER, IN WASHINGTON, SEEKS BILLIONS TO OVERCOME DEFICIT: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq is using his first official visit to Washington this week to pursue billions of dollars in loans and international assistance as his government struggles with plunging oil prices and a yawning budget deficit. Mr. Abadi, who arrived here on Monday night, has a full agenda, including a meeting on Tuesday with President Obama. But a major priority is laying the groundwork for financial support to help the Iraqi government as it struggles to take back territory from the Islamic State.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler plotted to kill Sir Winston Churchill with exploding chocolate. Hitler’s bomb makers covered explosive devices with a thin layer of dark chocolate and wrapped it in black and gold paper. British agents foiled the plot.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Her book “True and Constant Friends” is being published on Tuesday.


CEO CUTS $1M SALARY TO PAY WORKERS $70K: Gravity Payments founder Dan Price surprised his 120 employees Monday: After reading that money fluctuations are a big problem for those earning less than $70,000, he decided to make that the minimum wage for all the employees at his credit-card payment-processing company. To do so, Price cut his own salary from $1 million to $70,000 (CEOs make on average 300 times an average company salary), and plans to cut into company profit. Thirty people at Gravity will see their salaries double as a result.

EX-NFLER ACCUSED OF KILLING CELLMATE: Lawrence Phillips, 39, the former star running back at the University of Nebraska, is suspected of murdering his cellmate over the weekend. Phillips, who also played for the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins, became more notorious for his off-field run-ins with the law. He is believed to have killed his cellmate, Damion Soward, at California’s Kern Valley State Prison. Soward was serving a sentence of 82 years to life for murder. Phillips was serving 31 years and four months for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, spousal abuse, false imprisonment, and vehicle theft.

MILLENNIALS DRIVING UP RENTS ACROSS U.S.: You can blame millennials for a new thing this morning: higher rents. Apartment rents are expected to rise 3.3 percent this year to an average of $1,161, according to commercial property firm Reis Inc. That’s on top of a 14 percent increase since 2010. Prices are rising sharply thanks to a surge in demand by young people who are finally finding jobs and moving out of their parents’ homes. When they move out, many are choosing to rent apartments instead of buying homes. Not that landlords aren’t to blame: 80 percent of the 238,000 new apartments in America are “high-end projects aimed at renters willing to pay a premium for amenities like gourmet kitchens and concierge service,” the AP reports.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Historians cite runaway inflation as a major cause of ancient Rome’s fall.

TENNESSEE SET TO OK CANNABIS OIL: A bill legalizing the limited use of medicinal cannabis oil will head to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after lawmakers in the state house and senate unanimously approved the measure Monday evening. The new law would mean someone diagnosed with seizures or epilepsy may use cannabis oil that contains low amounts of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The state is reviewing a separate GOP bill that would open up the use of medical marijuana grown and distributed locally to people suffering from other conditions, but lawmakers have voted to study the measure over the summer before bringing it to a vote.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***HarperCollins has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its books, much like the contracts the online bookseller has reached with other publishers. Relations between Amazon and the New York publishers, always rather fraught, worsened last year when the bookseller and the publisher Hachette had a multimonth conflict over the price of e-books.

MY REVIEW: “I started reading LBN at 13. I am now 17  and really believe reading it daily has made me a better, smarter, more informed person.”—–Chelsea Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from Boise, Iowa.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The new Mayor of Beverly Hills, Julian Gold will be the guest of honor at the “Meet the Mayor” event this Saturday at The Nosh in Beverly Hills at 2pm.

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Latest news from the U.S. Department of Defense.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Frank Serpico (1936)

Serpico is a retired New York City police officer who is most famous for being the first officer in US history to testify about widespread police corruption. Just months before he testified in 1971, he was shot in the face during a drug bust under suspicious circumstances, leading some to believe that corrupt officers had set him up. Shortly thereafter, Serpico, a film based on his life and starring Al Pacino, was released.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like a lot of people, I’ve come to believe that it would be a good idea to put body-mounted cameras on police officers. I now believe this for several reasons. First, there have been too many cases in which police officers have abused their authority and then covered it up. Second, it seems probable that cops would be less likely to abuse their authority if they were being tracked. Third, human memory is an unreliable faculty. We might be able to reduce the number of wrongful convictions and acquittals if we have cameras recording more events.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Almost every number used to analyze California’s drought can be debated, but this can be safely said: No level of restrictions on residential use can solve the problem. The solution lies with agriculture, which consumes more than its fair share. That doesn’t mean homeowners can’t and shouldn’t cut back.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***One of the men whom Suge Knight ran over earlier this year admitted to a judge that he punched the rap mogul, but testified that he would not identify Knight since he claimed he did not remember specifics and did not want to be a “snitch,” according to The Associated Press. Cle “Bone” Sloan said he punched Knight through the window of his truck before the incident, which left another man dead. “I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison,” he said.   ***Former Dateline reporter Chris Hansen is launching a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of reviving his infamous series To Catch a Predator as a new series titled, Hansen vs. Predator, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new Kickstarter campaign goes live Wednesday, April 15th, and Hansen hopes to raise around $400,000. The plan is to first produce the show as a web series before trying to sell it to a television network.   ***Rita Wilson has breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy as well as reconstruction surgery. “I have taken a leave from the play ‘Fish in the Dark’ to deal with a personal health issue,” Tom Hanks‘ wife of 26 years told People. “Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”

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LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

LBN-ETC: Best Promotion Deal on the Web! Promote your business, service, website to all 500,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers. Post your 100 word ad (link included, no photo) for only $100. Sell. Promote. Hire. Anything. Send us your ad and we will post and send you a bill which you can pay in any convenient way —- credit card, PayPal, check. It is easy and will get your vast exposure for a low cost. Send your 100 word ad to us: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN-Etc.” in the subject line).

LBN-ETC:  Remodel OR New Construction”  The best doesn’t cost more…. it PAYS.  If you have a construction project you wish done on time, on budget, but best of all, DONE WELL,  call us.  We’ve been serving the Westside for over 35 years delivering truly spectacular, quality build projects. As well as houses, we are high rise specialists with over 160 condominium remodels on Wilshire Blvd. alone. And, commercial projects too !!!  Plus, we can refer quality architects, structural engineers and designers and wholesale materials suppliers for the best products at the best prices !!!  Call: Stephen K Development Inc., 818-360-9657

LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes tend to be ridden up to 8 times more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com – Free test ride. Call Kitty – 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: Real American pop-art — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

LBN-ETC: Did you know that 474,000 people a day from all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries are reading these LBN-Etc. ads. Place your message here: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Do you want to excel? —- www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Ready for Disaster? The Adelphi Natural Disaster Survey (2012) indicates 53% of Americans lack a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water. Blue Can offers “premium” emergency drinking water with a 50-year shelf life for homes, businesses and vehicles. Its high-tech filtration and pressure system allows its water to stay 100% pure/fresh for decades. Over 65% of aluminum cans are recycled versus less than 9% of plastic bottles (which harm oceans). With droughts (e.g., California), Blue Can is the smart alternative to stored “plastic” bottles, which must be refreshed often, wasting precious water. See www.bluecanwater.com or call (800) 213-2295.

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Monday • April 13, 2015

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HILLARY CLINTON STARTS TO DETAIL RATIONALE FOR RUN AS CAMPAIGN BEGINS: For months, the suspense surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plans to make a second attempt at the White House had little to do with whether, and everything to do with why: What would be her rationale for seeking the presidency? Yet with her videotaped announcement that she would run in 2016 to fight for American families so they can “get ahead and stay ahead,” Mrs. Clinton has only begun to answer that central question. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she says in the highly polished production, whose release just after 3 p.m. on Sunday after a drawn-out buildup seemed to stop a nation of tweeting political obsessives in their tracks. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”

MARCO RUNNING: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told his top donors during a conference call this morning that he is running for president, according to the Associated Press and CNN. He’s scheduled to kick off his campaign at an event in Miami this evening. With his announcement, the 43-year-old becomes the youngest official candidate in the 2016 race, joining fellow Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas in the field of declared Republican candidates. Known for his work on immigration legislation, Rubio has also positioned himself as a leader who is prepared to address global crises.

SLAGER LAUGHED ABOUT ADRENALINE RUSH: North Charleston police officer Michael Slager’s dashcam continued to record for about an hour after he pulled over and then killed Walter Scott. On the recording, a senior officer tells Slager to jot down notes about his version of what happened after his adrenaline stops pumping, to which Slager responds, laughing, “It’s pumping.” In another snippet of recorded conversation, Slager appears to make a phone call during which he tells someone that Walter Scott had grabbed his taser. A spokesperson for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was not able to definitely confirm that the officer on the recording is Slager but said it “appears that way.”

SPIETH WINS MASTERS, BREAKS RECORDS: Jordan Spieth became the second youngest golfer to win the Masters, following in the footsteps of Tiger Woods 18 years ago. The 21-year-old Texan won by four shots on Sunday and matched Woods’ record with an 18-under 270 at Augusta National Golf Club, becoming the first wire-to-wire winner to lead after every round since 1976. Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose tied for second at 14 under.

90% OF ADULTS NOW HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE: A Gallup survey released Monday shows that nearly 90 percent of American adults now have health insurance—up from eight in 10 just two years ago. That change is due in part to the 14.75 million people who purchased health coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, with the largest changes in insurance status coming among Hispanics and those making less than $36,000 annually.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Cailin Stasey along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


CLINTON CAMPAIGN VIDEO R-RATED IN RUSSIA: An independent Russian news site slapped Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement video with an 18+ rating out of fears of violating the country’s strict gay-propaganda law. In a subtitled version posted on TV Rain’s website, the age restriction is clearly visible in the video’s upper right corner. The decision to include a gay couple talking about wedding plans also made waves throughout Russian media, with many sites reporting on that fragment of the clip.

MY REVIEW: “Information is power and LBN is a power-tool!” —–Kelly O., an LBN E-Lert reader from Portland, Oregon.


LBN-SEE IT:…. Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, calls the cable giant’s current offerings “the best array of content in our history.”


75% OF WORKING POOR ON WELFARE: A report released Monday reveals that nearly three-quarters of people who receive public assistance are members of a family helmed by a worker, according to the Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California. The study found that state and federal governments spend more than $150 billion a year on four antipoverty programs used by working families, including Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, and the earned-income tax credit, which is directed at working families. Researchers conclude that taxpayers are not only providing support to the poor, but essentially a subsidy for employers of low-wage workers like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***As Blackstone’s top executives fan out across the globe, pitching their services at elite gatherings of investors, they invariably tell the crowd: Hope you guys like this hotel, because we own it. When it comes to real estate, Blackstone owns a lot more as well. The private equity firm, while better known for its huge buyouts in the deal boom before the financial crisis, is the largest private sector landlord in the United States. And that was the case even before General Electric announced on Friday that it would sell a $14 billion chunk of its real estate assets to Blackstone’s fast-growing property division as part of the conglomerate’s retreat from finance.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Attention, American women, especially young women: Have you got the heart to save yours? Although long thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease afflicts as many women, though women tend to develop and die from it about 10 years later. And while coronary mortality rates have declined over all, there are signs that the disease, its precursors and its potentially fatal consequences are increasing among young women. A 2007 study in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology referred to the rise in cardiovascular risk factors among young women as “the leading edge of a brewing storm.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Woody Allen and Soon-Yi at Philippe in NYC.   ***Chris Noth at TBar Steak & Lounge in NYC.   ***Kimiko Glenn, who plays pretty hippie Soso on “Orange Is the New Black,” at Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Victoria’s Secret model Bregje Heinen with three girlfriends at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, taking in hedge fund wunderkind-turned-artist Nelson Saiers’ show.   ***Then, just a block away at the Empire Diner, Justin Long was grabbing dinner with his brother and a friend.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine having brunch yesterday at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara.   *** Award-winning 3-D photographer Doug Betzold having dinner with his two kids on Saturday night at the Cast & Plow restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Renaldo P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Coral Gables, Florida.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Begun in 1560 for Cosimo l de’ Medici, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the oldest museums in the world and contains famous works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci.

GWEN STEFANI WANTS TOT ADOPT: Acknowledging that she’s too old to give birth to another child, 45-year-old Gwen Stefani has told close friends she’s set to adopt a little girl. The sexy singer already has three sons with rocker hubby Gavin Rossdale, 47 – Kingston, 8, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 1 – but she wants to bring a little femininity to the brood, pals said. “She loves her boys with all her heart, but she’s desperate for a little girl,” revealed a longtime friend. “She wants someone to be a Mini-Me!” In 2004, it was revealed that Gavin, lead singer of Bush, has a daughter – 29-year-old Daisy Lowe, a model – from a previous relationship. Gwen and Gavin think adopting a little girl is the best option. “There are so many children in the world in need of a good home, it just seems the right thing to do,” the source said. The couple has already been working with European adoption agencies, said insiders, and hopes to have a child by the end of the year.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: D-Rose Throws Ridiculous Half-Court Pass Out Of A Trap


LBN-R.I.P.: ***Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday. He was 87. Mr. Grass’s publisher, Steidl Verlag, said the author died in a clinic in the northern city of Lübeck, which had been his home for decades. No cause of death was given.   ***Stanley I. Kutler, a historian who fought for the release of President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes and concluded that they proved Nixon was “deeply and intimately involved in sometimes criminal abuses of power, both before and after the Watergate break-in,” died on Tuesday in Fitchburg, Wis., a suburb of Madison. He was 80. The cause was heart failure, his son David said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erik Kritzer: I been looking at all the pics of all my friends at Coachella and really feel a lot of girls are going to come back knocked up.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: A group called Draft Biden 2016 has started selling bumper stickers that say “I’m ridin’ with Biden.” It’s a lot better than the other one that women around the White House have started using — “I’m hidin’ from Biden.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Seth Meyers: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today appeared on a talk show called “Pasta and Politics.” It went so well that he’s agreed to go on “Meet the Garlic Press.”

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LBN-OVEREHARD:   ***Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz saw acclaimed off-Broadway show “Hamilton” Saturday night and bid $1,500 for charity afterward to have its star Lin-Manuel Miranda create a voicemail message for the James Bond actor. After the bid, Miranda said, “That’s even more than Jimmy Fallon bid a few weeks ago.”   ***Matthew Doull, who owned The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard with Jimmy Finkelstein before they were bought by Guggenheim Media in 2013, has split with his girlfriend, Vogue editor Selby Drummond, 18 years his junior. We’re told the couple broke up more than six months ago.   ***David Arquette and Christina McLarty are husband and wife. The couple, who got engaged last July, tied the knot Sunday in Los Angeles. Arquette, 43, and McLarty, 33, were joined by close friends and family for the ceremony. Their 11-month-old son, Charlie West, was also on hand as well as the couple’s two basset hound pooches.

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Sunday • April 12, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Weight Loss

1.     During the 19th century, a diet called “Fletcherism” became popular. Introduced by American Horace Fletcher (“the Great Masticator”), the diet promoted chewing a mouthful of food at least 32 times or until it was turned into liquid. He argued his method of eating could help people avoid disease and lose weight.

2.     Energy levels typically skyrocket after losing unwanted weight because carrying less weight means using less energy to simply get through day. Additionally, weight loss improves oxygen efficiency, which leads to less huffing and puffing.

3.     Elvis Presley was famously a fan of the “Sleeping Beauty Diet,” or a diet where a person is sedated for days at time. The reasoning behind the diet was that a sleeping person wouldn’t eat.

4.     Losing weight alters brain activity. For example, after following a weight loss program for 6 months, women scored better on memory tests. Research has also linked obesity to poor memory, especially in overweight pear-shaped women.

5.     A fat cell lives for about 7 years. When a fat cell dies, a new grows to replace it. The body keeps track of how many fat cells it has as well as the amount of fat in each cell. If fat cells are removed by liposuction, for example, the body compensates by growing new fat cells in other areas of the body.

6.     Liposuction removes only the fat that lies directly underneath the skin. The most fat that can be removed safely is 2–3 pounds. Lipo cannot remove intra-abdominal fat that is associated with heart disease and diabetes.

7.     The “Byron Diet” is named after Victorian poet Lord Byron who would eat bizarre foods such as potatoes drenched in vinegar in an effort to look fashionably thin and pale.

8.     According to a University of Minnesota study, people in disorganized workspaces are more likely to choose unhealthy snacks.

9.     Regularly smelling peppermint may help decrease hunger and, consequently, caloric intake. Researchers believe the strong scent is distracting and helps keeps a person’s mind off of their appetite.

10.  Obesity has been linked to several types of cancer. Specifically, being overweight causes inflammation that causes cell changes in the body. However, just by losing 5% of your body weight can significantly lower dangerous levels of inflammation.

11.  After undergoing bariatric surgery, approximately 87% of patients said their taste buds had changed. Almost half of them said food didn’t taste as good, so they didn’t eat as much. Additionally, people had less of a preference for salty foods.

12.  Losing weight can reduce arthritis symptoms.

13.  A recent study found that eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts is associated with lower levels of abdominal fat. Scientists speculate that the antioxidants may help fight inflammation and improve metabolic functioning.

14.  Scientists believe there are as many as 100 different types of “fat genes,” or genes that increase the likelihood of someone developing type 2 diabetes and becoming obese. However, scientists note that obesity-promoting genes can be offset by regular exercise and a healthy diet.

15.  In the first half of the 20th century, cigarette makers regularly touted their produces as a weight loss aid. One 1929 advertisement proclaimed, “Light a Lucky and you’ll never miss a sweet that makes you fat.”

16.  Some people have twice as many fat cells as other people. Additionally, the cells of overweight and obese people hold more fat. While a person can’t reduce their total number of fat cells, they can eat right and exercise to keep the cells small. New fat cells emerge during childhood and typically stop by adolescence.

17.  Studies of twins reveal that fat cells in a heavier twin underwent metabolic changes that made it harder for them to burn fat. Even gaining as little as 11 pounds slows a person metabolism—which, it turn, leads to even more weight gain.

18.  Stress can make it difficult to lose weight. Stress can trigger cravings for carb-rich snack foods which tend to calm stress hormones. Stress hormones can also increase fat storage. In addition to physical exercise, relaxation techniques can help control weight.

19.  When subjects were shown pictures of food they like, the parts of the brain that lit up were the same parts that were activated in drug addicts. Studies show that obese peoples may have fewer dopamine receptors, which means they need more food to get that pleasurable reaction.

20.  Sleep deprivation can make it harder to lose weight. Inadequate sleep upsets a person’s hormone balance, which decreases leptin (a hormone that makes a person feel full) and increases ghrelin (which triggers hunger). Scientists argue that getting enough sleep is the cheapest and easiest obesity medicine there is.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Tom Clancy (1947)

Before beginning his writing career, American novelist Tom Clancy worked as an insurance agent. His first novel was the hit The Hunt for Red October, one of the defining works of the “techno-thriller” genre—suspenseful narratives in which military technology and espionage play a prominent part. He has 17 other bestsellers to his name, including Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, the latter the bestselling novel of the 1980s.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is one of the more famous proponents of cocaine. After trying the drug for the first time in 1884, he recommended it as a useful treatment for depression, alcoholism, and morphine addiction.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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“A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services and social networks. Find out how to delete your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts and more social and web services.”

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LBN-ETC: Julie Craig, Realtor — www.JulieCraig4RealEstate.com .

LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

LBN-ETC: Best Promotion Deal on the Web! Promote your business, service, website to all 500,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers. Post your 100 word ad (link included, no photo) for only $100. Sell. Promote. Hire. Anything. Send us your ad and we will post and send you a bill which you can pay in any convenient way —- credit card, PayPal, check. It is easy and will get your vast exposure for a low cost. Send your 100 word ad to us: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN-Etc.” in the subject line).

LBN-ETC:  Remodel OR New Construction”  The best doesn’t cost more…. it PAYS.  If you have a construction project you wish done on time, on budget, but best of all, DONE WELL,  call us.  We’ve been serving the Westside for over 35 years delivering truly spectacular, quality build projects. As well as houses, we are high rise specialists with over 160 condominium remodels on Wilshire Blvd. alone. And, commercial projects too !!!  Plus, we can refer quality architects, structural engineers and designers and wholesale materials suppliers for the best products at the best prices !!!  Call: Stephen K Development Inc., 818-360-9657

LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes tend to be ridden up to 8 times more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com – Free test ride. Call Kitty – 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: Real American pop-art — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

LBN-ETC: Did you know that 474,000 people a day from all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries are reading these LBN-Etc. ads. Place your message here: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

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Saturday • April 11, 2015

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OBAMA, RAUL CASTRO SHAKE HANDS AT SUMMIT: President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands and talked in Panama on Friday, marking the first time in 50 years that leaders of both countries had spent any significant time together. Both leaders are also scheduled to have a face-to-face talk on Saturday. “As the United States begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama told a gathering of civil society groups.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HEAD SENTENCED TO DIE: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, has been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court, along with 13 other members of the group. The sentences prescribe death by hanging, though the sentences may be appealed. 34 other defendants were given life in prison over charges of plotting terrorist attacks against state facilities after the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown in 2013.

GARRY TRUDEAU: CHARLIE HEBDO IS ‘HATE SPEECH’: Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical cartoonist behind Doonesbury, says his fellow satirists at Charlie Hebdo “wandered into the realm of hate speech.” Trudeau made the remark during his acceptance speech of the George Polk Awards in Journalism, according to Peter Bale, the head of the Center for Public Integrity. “Free speech… becomes its own kind of fanaticism,” Trudeau also reportedly said, adding that the job of satirists is to punch up, not punch down. Trudeau was presumably talking about Hebdo’s mocking of Islam, which of course led two terrorists to assassinate the editor in chief and several other cartoonists. Trudeau is the first cartoonist to ever receive a Polk award.

MY REVIEW: “LBN helps see the world much more clearly.”—–Amanda P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Atlanta, Georgia.


WHY SUNDAY FOR HILLARY? MEDIA EXPERT EXPLAINS: According to prominent media expert and author Michael Levine, many factors played into the timing of Mrs. Clinton’s announcement. “They have been watching Senator Marco Rubio of Florida closely as a potential opponent, and he set Monday as his announcement date.  Mrs. Clinton’s announcement on Sunday will certainly draw attention from Mr. Rubio’s entry into the race and could well eclipse it. ” commented Levine. “Everything is very, very carefully planned with Hillary” said Levine.

VIOLENT CALI. COPS PUT ON PAID LEAVE: Ten deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay after a news channel’s helicopter captured the law enforcement agents using excessive force on a handcuffed man, according to San Bernardino County Sherrif John McMahon. Francis Pusok had fallen off his horse after a three-hour police chase when he was handcuffed and brutally beaten by the officers. McMahon said he was “disturbed and troubled” by the video while Pusok’s laywer said the beatings were “far worse than Rodney King.”

LBN WILL MISS HER: Judith Malina, an actor and director who with her husband, Julian Beck, founded the Living Theater, a troupe of activists and provocateurs who advanced the idea of political theater in America, catalyzed fierce debate over their methods and intentions, and in the name of art ran afoul of civic authorities on three continents, died on Friday in Englewood, N.J. She was 88. Ms. Malina was a regular reader of LBN and would occasionally write us. She will be missed.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***General Electric’s announcement on Friday that it will sell off most of GE Capital, its once-sprawling finance unit, is both another nail in the coffin of the American conglomerate and a stark recognition that it has become harder for financial services businesses to make big profits in the postfinancial crisis environment of tighter regulation and lower risk. “It’s the end of an era,” said Bruce Greenwald, a professor of finance and asset management at Columbia Business School. Since the financial crisis destabilized G.E., its chief executive, Jeffrey R. Immelt, has been steadily shrinking the size of GE Capital, and in January described the downsizing of the business as a “historic pivot” in the company’s strategy. In G.E.’s most recent quarterly earnings report, GE Capital contributed just 25 percent of its parent’s total profit, down from nearly half at its peak. By 2018, G.E. expects financial services to contribute less than 10 percent of its income.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Billy Crystal and Billy Connolly seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in NYC.   ***HBO boss Richard Plepler in a corner booth at the Lambs Club in NYC.   ***“Big Love” star Bill Paxton at Cibo Wine Bar in Toronto.   ***Sheila Rosenblum and members of her women’s horse-racing syndicate, Lady Sheila Stable Two — including Dottie Herman and Jill Zarin — at the NY Thoroughbred Breeders Awards in Saratoga.

LBN-SEE IT: A photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken by Alexander Gardner in February 1865, said to be the last picture taken of the president before his assassination.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After a flurry of criticism online, BuzzFeed on Friday reinstated two posts that had recently been removed from the site. Ben Smith, the editor in chief, said that he had overreacted when asking editors to delete them. One of the posts that was taken down was critical of an advertising campaign for the cosmetics brand Dove, which advertises on the site. After Gawker reported on the item’s disappearance on Thursday, Mr. Smith posted a note from editors which suggested that it was removed because it did not fit BuzzFeed’s tone or editorial mission. “We are trying not to do hot takes,” Mr. Smith wrote on Twitter.   ***In the last 30 days, LBN has had 11 stories BEFORE The Los Angeles Times.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***”I hope you guys like rock & roll,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told the crowd at Coachella last night, “because that’s all we do.” The band, in the headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, performed 20 songs and, as Johnson promised, did not try to vary their road-tested formula. The two-hour set, full of songs that split the difference between “simple” and “primal,” was almost too much of a good thing, but served as a welcome return to form for the Australian group’s first concert in six years.   ***The Grateful Dead have announced that they will perform a pair of hometown Bay Area concerts at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium in late June. While the band is synonymous with San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love, they opted to stage their last blowout Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3rd through 5th. Fare Thee Well organizer Peter Shapiro announced the new shows on SiriusXM’s official Grateful Dead channel. In an open letter to fans, the Dead write that they couldn’t call it quits without saying goodbye to San Francisco.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Angela E., an LBN E-Lert reader from Tel Aviv, Israel.


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***When it was over, when the Boston Red Sox had deftly turned a double play to end a game that had begun more than seven hours earlier, Yankee Stadium was empty enough to hear their celebratory shouts as players and coaches emptied out of the dugout. On the other side, quietly and quickly, the Yankees turned and headed toward their clubhouse. The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 6-5, in 19 innings, but this baseball game that began just after 7 on Friday night and finished Saturday at 2:13 a.m. felt instead like a test of endurance.

JUDGE: ARREST BIEBER: A judge in Buenos Aires has told Argentina’s police to arrest Justin Bieber if he returns to the country. The teen star, who was accused of ordering his bodyguard to attack a photographer in 2013, was supposed to appear for questioning last November, but never showed. “I consider it pertinent to order the immediate detention of the accused,” the judge announced April 8. A spokesman from Bieber’s camp claims the case has been resolved.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert L. Gallucci and Joel S. Wit: President Obama’s defense of his emerging nuclear deal with Iran as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” reminds his critics of an earlier landmark agreement, intended to end the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and others have argued that the eventual collapse of that agreement, resulting in North Korea’s building nuclear weapons, proves that a deal with Tehran is a big mistake. Those of us who negotiated the North Korea deal know that important lessons can be learned from that experience. But they are not the ones based on the critics’ fundamental misreading of history.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The last daughter of screen beauty Gene Tierney and hubby fashion guru Oleg Cassini has died broke in Paris last week after being stiffed by her stepmother. Cassini, the fashion designer who famously dressed Jackie Kennedy and movie stunner wife Gene Tierney, left an estate worth estimated worth of $60 million when he died in 2006. $1 million of that was earmarked for Christina in his will after the death of her older sister Daria in 2010. The NY Post’s Richard Johnson reported that Cassini’s widow, Marianne Nestor Cassini, who was the executor of the estate, had refused to pay Christina as she battled ovarian cancer. The two had battled in court for years.   ***It’s official: Justin Timberlake will be passing on his suit and tie. The singer and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, have welcomed their first child, son Silas Randall Timberlake, their reps confirm . Reps say mom and baby are doing well and dad is “ecstatic.”   ***Film mogul Harvey Weinstein will not face criminal charges stemming from a gorgeous Italian model’s claim that he molested her in his Tribeca Film Center office last month, the Manhattan DA said Friday. “This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our sex crimes unit,” said Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for DA Cyrus Vance Jr. “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”

LBN-ETC: Julie Craig, Realtor — www.JulieCraig4RealEstate.com .

LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

LBN-ETC: Best Promotion Deal on the Web! Promote your business, service, website to all 500,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers. Post your 100 word ad (link included, no photo) for only $100. Sell. Promote. Hire. Anything. Send us your ad and we will post and send you a bill which you can pay in any convenient way —- credit card, PayPal, check. It is easy and will get your vast exposure for a low cost. Send your 100 word ad to us: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN-Etc.” in the subject line).

LBN-ETC: Remodel OR New Construction”  The best doesn’t cost more…. it PAYS.  If you have a construction project you wish done on time, on budget, but best of all, DONE WELL,  call us.  We’ve been serving the Westside for over 35 years delivering truly spectacular, quality build projects. As well as houses, we are high rise specialists with over 160 condominium remodels on Wilshire Blvd. alone. And, commercial projects too !!!  Plus, we can refer quality architects, structural engineers and designers and wholesale materials suppliers for the best products at the best prices !!!  Call: Stephen K Development Inc., 818-360-9657

LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes ten to be ridden up to 8 times more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com – Free test ride. Call Kitty – 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: Real American pop-art — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

LBN-ETC: Did you know that 474,000 people a day from all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries are reading these LBN-Etc. ads. Place your message here: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

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Friday • April 10, 2015

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ARE YOU READY? – HILLARY TO ANNOUNCE SUNDAY AT NOON: Hillary Clinton will announce she’s running for president this Sunday, according to CNN and The Guardian. Clinton will make her announcement via social media at noon on Sunday with a video. Immediately afterward, she will travel to Iowa. The Daily Beast’s David Freedlander reports that next week she’ll begin an “insane” fundraising push. “They are going to raise in one week what some Republican presidential candidates are going to raise the entire cycle,” said one Clinton aide.

WALTER SCOTT DIDN’T HAVE A WARRANT: The man shot to death by police officer Michael Slager in South Carolina on Saturday was not wanted for overdue child support, as initial reports suggested. Walter Scott did have a large outstanding child-support balance—$7,500—and it’s not clear whether he knew that no bench warrant had been issued for him. He had already been jailed three times for missed payments, and his last payment was made in July 2012.

NCAA’S LAUREN HILL DIES OF BRAIN TUMOR: The teenage basketball player who gained national fame for sharing her battle with brain cancer died Friday at age 19. Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma at age 18. She went on to start a foundation to raise money for a cancer cure, and played in her first and only NCAA game in November.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are a lot of advantages to earning more money, but getting a good night’s sleep may not be one of them. It turns out that, in general, the more money people make, the less they sleep. That’s been true for decades in the United States, and in other countries as well. On average, adults earning the highest incomes — around $98,000 for a family of four — sleep 40 minutes less than people in the lowest-income families. And among short sleepers — those who are in the bottom 10 percent of nightly rest — high-income people are overrepresented, according to the government survey that sleep researchers trust most.

ISIS KILLS 25 POLICE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS IN IRAQI PROVINCE OF ANBAR: Islamic State fighters launched a heavy attack on government-held territory in Anbar Province late on Thursday and on Friday, killing 25 Iraqi police officers and soldiers, and then executing 15 family members of local police officers, according to Iraqi officials. The attackers overran large parts of the town of Albu Faraj, just north of the provincial capital, Ramadi, less than two days after officials in the province declared that they had begun an offensive against the extremists to the east of the capital, police officials in Ramadi said.

PAKISTAN GIVES BAIL TO TERROR SUSPECT: The suspected mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai has been let out on bail in Pakistan, despite an international outcry. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was let out in secret overnight, after a court suspended a mandate to keep him in jail. The 2008 attack, spread out over four days, killed 164 people and injured hundreds of others.

LBN-SEE IT:…Plus-size retailer Lane Bryant launched a splashy new lingerie ad campaign this week, a marketing ploy attacking Victoria’s Secret with a hashtag that quickly went viral on social media.


CHINA IS SAID TO USE POWERFUL NEW WEAPON TO CENSOR INTERNET: Late last month, China began flooding American websites with a barrage of Internet traffic in an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country. Initial security reports suggested that China had crippled the services by exploiting its own Internet filter — known as the Great Firewall — to redirect overwhelming amounts of traffic to its targets. Now, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Toronto say China did not use the Great Firewall after all, but rather a powerful new weapon that they are calling the Great Cannon.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***General Electric plans to sell off most of its finance arm over the next two years, redefining the multinational conglomerate as it seeks to complete a transformation begun amid the tumult of the financial crisis. In addition to huge planned sales of assets outlined by the company on Friday, G.E. will take other significant steps, including bringing back about $36 billion in cash that now resides overseas.

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CALI POLICE FILMED BEATING A MAN: Several San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were caught on camera Thursday beating a suspect after he fell off a horse at the end of a police chase through the California desert. The video, shot from a TV station’s helicopter, shows a group of deputies kicking and punching 30-year-old Francis Pusok, even after his hands appeared to be tied behind his back. A chase began after police tried to serve Pusok with a search warrant on suspicion of identity theft. He was shot with a taser after he fell from the horse. The county sheriff, John McMahon, said he has called for an investigation into the incident after viewing the “disturbing” video. Pusok was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries

U.S. AND CUBA MEET FOR HISTORIC TALKS: Secretary of State John Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez late Thursday, marking the highest level meeting in more than 50 y