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Sunday • July 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Carpet

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

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

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

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

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


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

SITE OF THE DAY:

Mayo Clinic: First Aid Guide

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

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


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

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Saturday • July 4, 2015

PUTIN SENDS OBAMA JULY 4 MESSAGE:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

MY REVIEW: “Your new LBN-ETC. section at the bottom of the page is like a digital swap meet, filled with unusual, interesting things.” —-Cari E., an LBN E-Lert reader from Austin, Texas.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • July 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kissing

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

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

3.     The science of kissing is called philematology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

MY REVIEW: “I have collected almost all of the “LBN-INVESTIGATES” and think it would make a fascinating book. Your research team has done an exraordinary job.”—–Conner K., an LBN E-Lert reader from Memphis, Tenn.


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


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

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

UNIQUELY, LBN: Tommy C., an LBN E-Lert reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Rent.com

“Apartment rentals and houses for rent. Search millions of apartments for rent with the Rent.com apartment guide. Rent homes, cheap apartments, condos, and townhouses.”

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

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

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

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

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LBN-ETC: Winer: “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Divorce Mediation – www.MarkBaerEsq.com – (626)-389-8929.

LBN-ETC: Pop-art — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

LBN-ETC: Eat well, at home — www.NutriFitOnLine.com — Call Stacia – 310-473-1989 .

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Thursday • July 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Super-model and author Christy Turlington along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • July 1, 2015

WHOOPS! OBAMA STAFF KNEW ABOUT CLINTON EMAIL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. and World Population Clock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • July 1, 2015

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Tuesday • June 30, 2015

FINANCE MINISTER: GREECE WON’T PAY DEBT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Monday • June 29, 2015

GREECE SHUTTERS BANKS, STOCK MARKET:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

LBN-READER QUESTION?: Today is actor Gary Busey’s birthday. What is your birthday wish for him? Send your reply to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN-Reader Question” in the subject line)


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

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

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

SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Maps: El Capitan, Yosemite

“Welcome to The Nose of El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park — the most iconic rock climb on earth. Tighten your harness and double-check your knot, to join Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell on a 3,000 foot interactive journey up El Capitan.”

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • June 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erica Rhodes (Comedian): The line between comedy and drama is so blurry…especially when you’re crying.

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Saturday • June 27, 2015

LBN-SPECIAL READER LUNCH – THIS SUNDAY:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vera Wang (1949)

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

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

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Friday • June 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday • June 25, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Blonde Hair

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

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Wednesday • June 24, 2015

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

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

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Wednesday • June 24, 2015

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Non-jihadi extremists have killed more Americans than radical Muslims since the 9/11 attacks, according to a report published by the New America Foundation. A breakdown puts the death toll of non-Muslim attackers at 48 after the Charleston shooting, while jihadis have killed 26 Americans in the last 14 years. Many attacks in the former category have been carried out by white supremacists, including the Sikh temple shooting in 2012.

 

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FOX NEWS DROPS SARAH PALIN: Fox News confirmed it has not renewed Sarah Palin’s commentator contract, Politico’s Playbook reports. They parted ways June 1. The former Alaska governor has been a contributor on its shows since her 2008 vice-presidential bid. She will still occasionally appear on Fox News and Fox Business.

 

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UCLA COACHES WANT DIDDY CHARGES DROPPED: The coaching staff at UCLA wants charges against Sean “Diddy” Combs dropped to avoid dragging the football team into a courtroom spectacle, TMZ reports. According to TMZ’s sources, the coaches were prepared to let the whole thing go, but Diddy was arrested when an intern called the police. Police may still choose to prosecute even without the victims’ consent, however, because of the video evidence. And the coaching staff still thinks Diddy’s a jerk.

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***David Bowie has announced the first in a series of box sets to showcase his lengthy, diverse career. Five Years 1969-1973 will come out on September 25th via Parlophone and will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dick Van Patten, the cheerful, round-faced actor best known for his role as the firm if harried suburban father at the center of the hit television series “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86.The cause was complications of diabetes, said a spokesman, Jeffrey Ballard.   ***Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as head of the Roman Catholic order Missionaries of Charity, died Tuesday in Kolkata, India, where the organization is based. She was 81. Her health had been declining, the order said, but it did not specify the cause of death

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Let’s see, America is prepositioning battle tanks with our East European NATO allies to counterbalance Russia; U.S. and Russian military planes recently flew within 10 feet of each other; Russia is building a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles; and the U.S. and China are jostling in the South China Sea. Did someone restart the Cold War while I was looking the other way? If so, this time it seems like the Cold War without the fun — that is, without James Bond, Smersh, “Get Smart” Agent 86’s shoe phone, Nikita Khrushchev’s shoe-banging, a race to the moon or a debate between American and Soviet leaders over whose country has the best kitchen appliances. And I don’t think we’re going to see President Obama in Kiev declaring, à la President Kennedy, “ich bin ein Ukrainian.” Also, the lingo of our day — “reset with Russia” or “pivot to Asia” — has none of the gravitas of — drum roll, please — “détente.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Why would you buy a processed food that tastes worse than what it was designed to replace, doesn’t exist in nature, and helps kill you?Either because you had no choice or had been misled about its essence. And that’s exactly the situation most Americans find themselves in regarding partially hydrogenated oils and the trans fats they contain.

 

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Tuesday • June 23, 2015

BIGSHOT BUSTED – DIDDY CHARGED WITH DEADLY WEAPON ASSAULT:

Diddy, otherwise known as Sean Combs, was released on bail Monday, just hours after he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges. Combs allegedly got into an altercation with a football coach at the University of California-Los Angeles, where his son Justin is a redshirt junior defensive back. Combs allegedly went after the coach with a kettlebell, according to a Page Six report. Police updated the charges to include three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats, and one count of battery, the Los Angeles Times reported. No one was seriously injured, according to a university statement. Combs’ bail was listed online at $160,000, but police told the Times it was set at $50,000 in their system.

U.S. DATA HACK MAY HAVE HIT 18 MILLION: The attack on the Office of Personnel Management’s databases this year may have affected an estimated 18 million current, former, and prospective federal employees—more than four times the 4.2 million the agency publicly said—and the number is expected to rise. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the investigation, CNN reports FBI Director James Comey revealed the higher figure in a closed-door briefing to senators in recent weeks. The breach may include people who applied for government jobs, but were never hired. Investigators say they believe Chinese hackers are behind the attack.

‘TITANIC’ COMPOSER KILLED IN PLANE CRASH: Authorities have identified Titantic composer James Horner as the pilot killed in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California, on Monday. The 61-year old Oscar winner’s death was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja. “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja posted on Facebook. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.” Horner won two Oscars for his work on the 1997 blockbuster Titanic and also composed scores for films including Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, and Glory.

TOOLS SMUGGLED INTO PRISON INSIDE MEAT: Authorities now say that the power tools used in the upstate New York prison break were smuggled into the facility in a box of frozen hamburger meat. Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape, allegedly had the meat bypass metal detectors. In Sweat and Matt’s honor block, prisoners were allowed to cook their own meals. This revelation comes amid news that Mitchell told her husband about her plan to aid the two convicted killers, but denied that she was in a sexual relationship with either of them. Lyle Mitchell says his wife began to get cold feet when one of the prisoners provided her with pills to use to knock her husband out. Two other prison workers have been placed on administrative leave in recent days after police discovered the escapees used a cabin belonging to them. Officials are now investigating whether the men took a weapon from the cabin.

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LBN-SEE IT: Actress Mary Tyler Moore in ill-health.


OBAMA ORDERING CHANGES IN U.S. HOSTAGE POLICIES: President Obama on Wednesday will announce that the government will no longer threaten criminal prosecution of the families of American hostages who are held abroad by groups like the Islamic State if they attempt to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones. The change is one of many that are intended to fix what the administration has acknowledged is a broken policy on United States captives, a senior administration official said. In a presidential directive and an executive order, Mr. Obama also plans to make clear that while he is keeping a longstanding federal prohibition against making concessions to those who take hostages, the government can communicate and negotiate with captors holding Americans or help family members seeking to do so in order to ensure their safe return.

SOUTH CAROLINA TO VOTE ON ADDRESSING GOVERNOR’S CALL TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE FLAG: The South Carolina General Assembly is expected to consider on Tuesday whether to amend its agenda to allow lawmakers to consider Gov. Nikki R. Haley’s suggestion that the state remove the divisive Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds in the aftermath of the Charleston church massacre. Speaking at a news conference on Monday surrounded by Democrats and Republicans, Ms. Haley said it was time for the state to take another look at the flag in the wake of the shooting deaths last week of nine African-Americans, all members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

MAKING A POINT, OBAMA INVOKES A PAINFUL SLUR: It was a single word, just six letters long, but one that has not been spoken by an American president in public for generations. President Obama invoked the word “nigger” in a podcast interview released on Monday to drive home his point that slavery still “casts a long shadow” on American life. But in the process, he touched a raw nerve in a country struggling to confront racism and hatred in the days after nine black parishioners were killed during Bible study in a South Carolina church. “We’re not cured of it,” Mr. Obama said of racism during an interview for a “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”

NYC, PHILLY BRACE FOR BRUTAL STORMS: Severe storms are expected to hit the Eastern Seaboard from West Virginia to Maine on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and flooding. The rains are set to hit in the evening, after a hot and humid afternoon. Tornadoes may also touch down in parts of the region.

SUIT: UBER TRACKS USERS AFTER RIDE: A 23-page complaint filed Monday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center alleges that Uber’s new privacy policy will let the company track users even after they leave the car. EPIC claims the app will be able to access contact lists and collect ride-destination data—and may even keep tracking riders if it’s running in the background when they get out of the car. Uber denies these claims, instead saying that the new policies “are much simpler to read and set out more clearly the data we collect, as well as how we use it.”

JAY-Z’S TIDAL FIRES CEO AFTER 3 MONTHS: The CEO of Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal, has been let go after less than three months on the job. Peter Tonstad became the company’s interim CEO in April, after predecessor Andy Chen left the company. The music streaming service aims to provide high royalty fees to artists, but has had a rocky start since Jay Z re-launched the company. “We are thankful to Peter for stepping in as interim CEO and wish him the best for the future,” a spokesperson said.

LINDSAY LOHAN BUSTED: Russia went after Lindsay Lohan for smoking something legal. The 28-year-old celeb has been getting in some globetrotting after finally finishing her community service commitments to the law – and almost got busted for lighting a cigarette in a Moscow restaurant. “We cannot allow anyone to smoke in our restaurant – not even if they are stars, politicians or the president,” said a BOSCO Café spokesman, but Lindsay was still free to just walk out of the place.

PINK FLAMINGO CREATOR DEAD AT 79: Donald Featherstone, who invented the iconic pink flamingo lawn ornament, has died at age 79. A trained sculptor, Featherstone invented the ornament in 1957 for the Union Products plastics company and later became the company’s president.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Laura Antonelli, who by her own account was an “ugly, clumsy” teenager before transforming herself into one of Italy’s leading and most seductive film actresses, died on Monday at her seaside home in Ladispoli, west of Rome. She was 73. Her death, of a heart attack, was confirmed by Roberto Ussia Spinaci, the councilman in charge of social services in Ladispoli. Since 2009, he said, she had been a ward of the city, unable to take care of herself.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Andrey Smith: Given the extent to which bacteria are now understood to influence human physiology, it is hardly surprising that scientists have turned their attention to how bacteria might affect the brain. Micro-organisms in our gut secrete a profound number of chemicals, and researchers like Lyte have found that among those chemicals are the same substances used by our neurons to communicate and regulate mood, like dopamine, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). These, in turn, appear to play a function in intestinal disorders, which coincide with high levels of major depression and anxiety. Last year, for example, a group in Norway examined feces from 55 people and found certain bacteria were more likely to be associated with depressive patients.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Pope Francis is one of the world’s most inspiring figures. There are passages in his new encyclical on the environment that beautifully place human beings within the seamless garment of life. And yet over all the encyclical is surprisingly disappointing. Legitimate warnings about the perils of global warming morph into 1970s-style doom-mongering about technological civilization. There are too many overdrawn statements like “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

LBN-COMMENTARY By Sloane Crosley: Everyone knows what dirt tastes like. Last week, I ordered a salad at a restaurant and found myself crunching on a shoddily washed leaf. I took a few more sandy bites before explaining the situation to my waiter, apologizing and asking to see the menu once again. When my second-choice dish arrived, 20 minutes later, it was blanketed in bacon. I don’t eat meat, a dietary restriction for which I was “very sorry.” By the time a plate of edible food appeared, my fork had been a casualty of the confusion. Unable to catch the waiter’s eye, I walked to the kitchen, where I apologized to a busboy. For so many women, myself included, apologies are inexorably linked with our conception of politeness. Somehow, as we grew into adults, “sorry” became an entry point to basic affirmative sentences.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Anderson Cooper got an early start on hitting the NYC nightlife! The CNN anchor recently looked back at visiting the disco Studio 54 in the ’70s with his socialite mom, Gloria Vanderbilt – when he was 10 years old! “I went to Studio 54 with Michael Jackson and a bunch of people,” he recalled, “and I had no idea who he was. I saw him dance, and I was like, ‘That guy’s a really good dancer.’ ” Amazingly enough, that was Anderson’s second trip to Studio 54 – with his first trip to see sexy disco songstress Grace Jones.   ***Hoda Kotb has finally lifted the veil on the identity of her secret boyfriend – and now her best pal and “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford believes she should don a bridal veil as well. Kathie Lee is riding hard on Hoda, 50, to accept a marriage proposal from Joel Schiffman, the 57-year-old financier who popped the question to the newscaster in early June, sources revealed. Joel had only been referred to as “Boots” by the host for nearly two years on the show

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Monday • June 22, 2015

ISIS IS BOOBY-TRAPPING ANCIENT PALMYRA: A top Syrian watchdog group reports that ISIS militants have placed mines around the ancient city of Palmyra. Despite international fears, the militants did not destroy the ancient site when they took over the city in May. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it’s not clear whether the mines are being brought in for a purposeful destruction of the site, or to help block Syrian forces who are expected to be planning an operation. “The city is a hostage in their hands, the situation is dangerous,” said Syria’s antiquities chief.

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TAYLOR SWIFT DEFEATS APPLE: Apple has agreed to pay royalties to artists during a free trial period for its new music streaming service, after Taylor Swift called out the company Sunday and threatened to pull her album 1989. Apple’s Eddy Cue, a lieutenant to CEO Tim Cook, responded to Swift in an announcement that the company would change its policy to pay artists during the three-month free trial period. “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple,” he posted. Swift quickly responded, “I am elated and relieved,” she tweeted. “Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”

TALIBAN GUNMEN STORM AFGHAN PARLIAMENT: Taliban fighters detonated a huge car bomb and stormed Afghanistan’s main parliament complex early Monday, in an attack that left all six gunmen dead. Local media reported that at least six explosions were heard near the parliament building, which began with a suicide attack at the entrance. Health Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kahousi said 18 civilians were wounded. All lawmakers were safe, according to police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out to coincide with a vote to endorse a new defense minister. The gunmen reportedly attempted to enter the main chamber, but were held off by security forces and eventually retreated to a building under construction.

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U.S. TESTED GAS ON WWII TROOPS BY RACE: The U.S. government confirmed for the first time that it grouped American troops by race when testing mustard gas and other chemical agents during World War II, while using white soldiers as a control group against others. The program remained classified until 1993, and participants were not given follow-up medical care. Japanese-American and Puerto Rican soldiers were also tested. “They said we were being tested to see what effect these gases would have on black skins,” one former soldier told NPR. NPR reports that the government has not yet provided records that would show the motivations behind such experiments.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: If brain cells were replaced, like skin or liver cells, scientists hypothesize we would lose our memories.


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UN: SIGNS OF HAMAS, ISRAEL WAR CRIMES: A United Nations Human Rights Council report has found “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that “may amount to war crimes” in last summer’s war in Gaza. According to the report, the violations were committed by both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters, including Hamas. The council found that “impunity prevails across the board” in the Israeli military, while Palestinians fire rockets into Israel indiscriminately. Israel cleared itself of any wrongdoing in the war in a report published last week. The UN report, however, is expected to guide an International Criminal Court investigation into possible war crimes.

SPIETH WINS U.S. OPEN BY ONE SHOT: Jordan Spieth became the sixth golfer ever to win the U.S. Open and the Masters in the same year on Sunday, closing with a 69 to finish at 5-under for a dramatic, one-shot victory at Chambers Bay in Washington state. The 21-year-old edged out Dustin Johnson, whose disastrous three-putt of the final hole, gave him the victory.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: As the search for David Sweat and Richard W. Matt has dragged on for more than two weeks, generating more than 1,600 tips from the public, investigators have waded through a muddle of rumors, calls from jumpy homeowners and sightings just this side of plausible. Some have been ruled out as false; others are merely unconformable. But as in previous high-profile manhunts, the searchers cannot exclude the possibility that just once, a bystander’s tip may blossom into a much-needed break.


EX-WHITE HOUSE CHEF FOUND DEAD: The body of a former White House chef, who went missing a week ago, was found in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Sunday night. Walter Scheib served for a total of 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The trail leading to the location was very steep, and rescue teams took a long time to get the body down, searchers said. His body had minor scrapes and bruises, but officials said the death looks like “an unfortunate circumstance” rather than foul play.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: Over the past decade, Aziz Ansari has made the bizarre world of 21st-century dating a centerpiece of his comedy. But when the 32-year-old Parks and Recreation alum decided to write a book on the topic, he wanted to do something more serious than his fans might expect. “I didn’t want it to be a book of funny essays, ’cause I’d rather just use those ideas for stand-up,” he says. Ansari’s publisher suggested he co-author the book with Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at NYU who wrote Going Solo, a study of the global rise of single-person households that also touches on the way technology has transformed relationships — a favorite theme of Ansari’s. “Once I decided I wanted the book to have this vibe, I needed someone to help me do it properly,” he says. “Eric seemed to really get it.”

KIM KARDASHIAN EXPECTING A BOY: Kim Kardashian revealed she’s having a boy in a Father’s Day message to Kanye West on Sunday, sharing the news with her fans via Instagram. “Precious moments like this when we were traveling on tour with you are what I live for,” Kardashian wrote alongside a photo of West holding their daughter. “You’re such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A giant panda can peel and eat a bamboo shoot in about 40 seconds.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Meryl Streep (1949)

Streep is widely considered one of the most respected and talented film actors of all time. Famous for her mastery of a wide variety of accents, she has become legendary for the perfectionist approach she brings to each role. Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history and won two for her roles in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice.

LBN-SEE IT: Zander Lurie has stood in as a temporary executive chairman at SurveyMonkey after the death of the company’s chief executive, Dave Goldberg, in May. Mr. Goldberg, 47, who had led SurveyMonkey since 2009, had died the previous weekend while on vacation with friends in Mexico. Married to Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, he was a popular figure in Silicon Valley who had gained national celebrity through his wife’s best-selling book “Lean In”.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a decision that lets Marvel Enterprises out of a deal to pay royalties to Stephen Kimble, the inventor of a Spider-Man toy called the Web Blaster. Kimble patented his idea for the toy letting users mimic Spider-Man’s web-shooting abilities in 1990. Marvel began manufacturing a similar toy, which led Kimble to sue for patent infringement. The two sides came to a settlement in 2001, which provided him with three percent of net sales. Kimble earned more than $6 million from the agreement and all was well until 2006 when Marvel licensed the rights to Hasbro and a dispute erupted over the calculation of royalties.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dr. Frederick P. Li, who helped prove to a doubting medical establishment that heredity and genetics play a major role in some forms of cancer, died on June 12 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 75. His wife, Dr. Elaine Shiang, confirmed his death and said the probable cause was Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Li had dementia for a number of years and retired in 2008 from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where he had worked for more than 30 years.   ***Danny Villanueva was the kicker for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1960s and worked on the side as a sportscaster at KNBC Channel 4 and KMEX Channel 34, at the time LA’s only Spanish-language television station.  Villanueva died last week at Ventura County Medical Center of complications from a stroke.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Charlie Sheen celebrated Father’s Day by calling the second of his three ex-wives a “despicable charlatan” and a “sack of landfill rash” during a hate-filled Twitter rant. “Denise Richards is a shake down piece of s–t doosh phace & worst mom alive!” Sheen tweeted. “[A] despicable charlatan who sux ISIs ass!!!! The 49-year-old rage-a-holic married Richards, 44, in 2002 and the couple has two daughters together. She filed for divorce in 2005 and took out a restraining order against him. “[S]ee u in court you evil terrorist sack of landfill rash,” he ranted. “[T]his gangster Sheenius will be Winning! Duh!!” Richards responded with her own sarcastic tweet: “Happy Dad’s Day! @charliesheen have a great trip in Mexico! Kids were disappointed u weren’t here for it-Hey we’ll celebrate when u r back!”

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Saturday • June 20, 2015

ESCAPEES POSSIBLY SEEN IN STEUBEN COUNTY: Police are investigating possible sightings of escaped murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt in New York’s Steuben County, 300 miles away from maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility. Witnesses report seeing two men walking near a rail yard in the town of Erwin; two men with the same description were then seen heading toward the Pennsylvania state line last Sunday. A corrections officer at the prison has been put on administrative leave for his alleged role in the escape plot. Further information about the officer’s identity and role was not made public.

 

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U.S.: TERROR ATTACKS UP BY 35 PERCENT: Global terror attacks increased by 35 percent and fatalities from the attacks climbed 81 percent in 2014, according to the U.S. State Department’s annual report on terror. The report also details an unprecedented flow of would-be ISIS fighters to Syria. Al Qaeda “appeared to lose momentum as the self-styled leader of a global movement in the face of ISIL’s rapid expansion and proclamation of a Caliphate,” the report said. In 2014, there were 13,463 terrorist attacks resulting in more than 32,000 deaths and over 9,400 people were kidnapped or taken hostage, a triple percent increase from the year before.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store or pharmacy.

 

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EX-WHITE HOUSE CHEF HAS GONE MISSING: Former White House chef Walter Scheib has gone missing in New Mexico’s Taos Mountains. He is believed to have disappeared on Saturday, but no one knew until Monday when he failed to show up to meet his girlfriend. Searchers have fanned out across trails in the area but are concerned because they do not believe he was prepared to spend more than a few hours in the wilderness. Scheib, who was White House chef from 1994 until 2005, has written a White House cookbook and appeared on reality cooking shows, including Iron Chef.

 

GOOGLE TO BAN REVENGE PORN FROM RESULTS: In an announcement on its public policy blog on Friday, Google announced that it will finally give victims of “revenge porn” the option to get the sites removed from Google’s search results. “Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web,” Amit Singhal, head of Google Search said. “But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results.” A form for victims to send in requests will appear “in the coming weeks.”

 

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TOM HANKS’ TERROR TACTICS ON DRUG-CRAZED SON!: Tom Hanks used his Hollywood clout to send his druggie son to prison! But even that couldn’t save Chet Hanks from his sad path of deadly self-destruction. “They tried to scare him straight,” a longtime friend of the rapper said, revealing how Tom and wife Rita Wilson sent their son on a terrifying tour of a maximum security prison while Chet was in high school. “They told Chet, ‘This is where you’re ending up!’” said the concerned pal. “But Chet didn’t take the jail visit seriously. He just kept getting high!” Chet’s privileged upbringing first took a twisted turn when he was sent to the exclusive Harvard-Westlake School in L.A. “He began partying every weekend, smoking pot and drinking,” said the insider. “Then he got into harder stuff. Chet wasn’t the nice kid anymore. He was becoming someone else.” The pampered private-school student went on to Northwestern University – where Chet began posing as a streetwise rapper as his drug abuse worsened. “Chet came home during breaks acting like he was raised on the streets, using rapper lingo … He called himself ‘Chet Haze.’”

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Guitarist Eddie Van Halen added another chapter to the legendary legacy of tension between himself and Van Halen frontman, David Lee Roth, in a new interview with Billboard, basically calling Roth a victim of arrested development who’s not on the same musical page as the rest of the group.

 

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ralph J. Roberts, who at the dawn of the cable television industry bought a small cable service in Tupelo, Miss., and built it into Comcast, today the largest cable television company in the nation, died Thursday night in Philadelphia. He was 95. The company announced his death.   ***Rick Ducommun, an actor and comedian known for his roles in movies like “Spaceballs,” “Groundhog Day” and “The ’Burbs,” died on June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 62. The cause was complications of diabetes, his family said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Greta Van Susteren: Yes, I have seen the reports. It is no longer NBC’s Brian Williams but MSNBC’s Brian Williams. He is now a cable guy. Cable may not have the cachet of broadcast, but cable is a whole lot more exciting and challenging than broadcast. Nightly News on broadcast NBC? Think about it. It is 22 minutes of reading the news and usually reading what others wrote. Exciting? I don’t think so. But cable? Get ready! You have to be fast, nimble and on top of your game at all times because it is fast and, yes, unpredictable. Any second something could happen… and yes, it does.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser: This week, Muslims around the world will begin our observance of the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, all who are physically and mentally able to do so will abstain from both food and drink from sunrise until sunset. This fast is not one of sorrow, but of thankfulness: Ramadan reminds us to give thanks for our blessings, while keeping the suffering in our prayers and doing what we can to help them.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After three drunk driving busts, David Cassidy is FINALLY getting help for his alcohol problems. The former “Partridge Family” star, 65, has checked into rehab after filing for bankruptcy while facing a nasty divorce. “He’s trying to get help,” his son, Beau, 24, said.

 

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Saturday • June 20, 2015

EMANUEL AME CHURCH RE-OPENS SUNDAY: The historic black church where alleged terrorist Dylann Roof killed nine people on Wednesday re-opened on Sunday. Unity Church of Charleston Rev. Ed Kosak delivered the service, and declared before a packed house, “We realize that in this life there is ups and downs. We realize that there are dark days but there are so many bright days” but that “We still believe prayer changes things.” The police presence at the service was reportedly heavy, and included bomb-sniffing dogs. Church bells rang throughout Charleston on Sunday in memory of the nine who lost their lives.

IRAN VOTES TO BAN MILITARY SITES VISITS: Iran’s parliament has voted to ban access to military sites, documents, and scientists if a deal is made with world powers on its nuclear program. During the vote multiple lawmakers chanted “Death to America.” If the bill becomes law (which needs ratification of the Guardian Council), it could severely complicate negotiations in the run-up to the June 30

ATTACK GAVE CHINESE HACKERS PRIVILEGED ACCESS TO U.S. SYSTEMS: For more than five years, American intelligence agencies followed several groups of Chinese hackers who were systematically draining information from defense contractors, energy firms and electronics makers, their targets shifting to fit Beijing’s latest economic priorities. But last summer, officials lost the trail as some of the hackers changed focus again, burrowing deep into United States government computer systems that contain vast troves of personnel data, according to American officials briefed on a federal investigation into the attack and private security experts.

FBI DIRECTOR: CHARLESTON MASSACRE NOT TERRORISM: FBI Director James Comey said this week’s massacre in Charleston, S.C., was not terrorism because “Terrorism is act of violence done or threatens to in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it’s more of a political act,” he said on CNN and flagged by Mediaite.com. “And again based on what I know so more I don’t see it as a political act.” Many columnists and activists have called for Dylann Roof’s rampage to be classified as a case of domestic terrorism rather than a “hate crime.” Mediaite, however, notes that the definition of “terrorism” according to the government’s own National Institute of Justice is: “The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Given Roof’s apparent racialist manifesto revealed today, it seems clear he had political or social objectives in mind when he killed nine unarmed African-Americans.

HILLARY: I’LL FIGHT FOR GUN CONTROL: While addressing the Conference of Mayors in San Francisco on Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for “common sense gun reforms” in the wake of the Charleston massacre to “keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting owners.” “I am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for common sense reforms and along with you, achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in this country,” she said. Clinton also called race “a deep fault line in America” and said the country’s “long struggle with race is far from finished.”

DYLANN ROOF PHOTOS AND A MANIFESTO ARE POSTED ON WEBSITE: Dylann Roof spat on and burned the American flag, but waved the Confederate. He posed for pictures wearing a No. 88 T-shirt, had 88 Facebook friends and wrote that number — white supremacist code for “Heil Hitler”— in the South Carolina sand. A website discovered Saturday appears to offer the first serious look at Mr. Roof’s thinking, including how the case of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teenager shot to death in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, triggered his racist rage. The site shows a stash of 60 photographs, many of them of Mr. Roof at Confederate heritage sites or slavery museums, and includes a nearly 2,500-word manifesto in which the author criticized blacks as being inferior while lamenting the cowardice of white flight.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

INDIAN PM LEADS THOUSANDS IN YOGA: On the first ever International Yoga Day, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands in a mass yoga program in the capital city of Delhi on Sunday. Roughly 35,000 school children, government workers, and soldiers were led by the new government leader. Modi claims he practices yoga daly, and even lobbied the UN to make June 21 International Yoga Day. Indian officials claim Sunday’s session has set a new Guinness World Record.

NATIONALS’ SCHERZER THOWS NO-HITTER: Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on Saturday was thisclose to a perfect game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, missing the gold ring of baseball by one batter at the bottom of the ninth, Sports Illustrated reported. Scherzer threw a no-hitter against the Pirates until he beaned batter Jose Tabata on the left elbow, forcing a walk and ending Scherzer’s perfect game quest. He still managed to finish with a 6-0 win over the Pirates.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Trudie Styler and Sting seeing their daughter, Mickey Sumner, in her new film, “The End of the Tour,” at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.   ***Willie Geist dining at RedFarm on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville with the Stanley Cup by his side at Chicago Cut Steakhouse .   ***Brooke Shields and Bridget Moynahan celebrating Mary Alice Haney’s new resort collection aboard her private yacht.   ***Jason Derulo “flirting with a bunch of girls” at Toca Madera in West Hollywood, Calif.   ***Actor Ed Asner and director Mark Rydell doing their play “Oxymorons” at the Malibu Playhouse last night.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Lionshare Media CEO Susan Brazer demonstrated it’s mLP immersive music app to John Hartmann’s UCLA Music Management class on Saturday. Industry veteran Hartmann and his students were dazzled by how the format presents different content modules. They determined it to be an innovative system that will empower artists to create significant revenue from in-app advertising, while gaining greater creative control over the commercial exploitation of their art.

MY REVIEW: “LBN makes makes me and lots and lots of people smarter, more informed, more interested, every day.” —– S. Kalsa, an LBN E-Lert reader from San Francisco, California.


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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: It’s hard being Elizabeth Warren. Especially when you’re not Elizabeth Warren. Hillary Clinton had an awkward collision last week juggling her past role as President Obama’s secretary of state, her current role as Democratic front-runner and her coveted future role as president. As secretary of state, she helped Obama push the Trans-Pacific Partnership that is at the center of the current trade fight. In Australia in 2012, she was effusive, saying that the trade pact “sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Rattner: I’m all in for the plan announced last week by the Treasury to put a woman on a piece of American folding money. But in bumping Alexander Hamilton from the center of the $10 bill, we would be exiling the man most responsible for our nation’s having a sound currency in the first place. The solution is simple: Evict Andrew Jackson from the $20 to make room for a worthy woman. In stark contrast to Hamilton, Jackson did more than most presidents to damage our financial system and our economy.

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Friday • June 19, 2015

DYLANN ROOF ‘CONFESSES’: WANTED RACE WAR: Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof has confessed to police, according to two law-enforcement officials. He has been charged with nine counts of murder. One of the unnamed officials said Roof told police he hoped to start a “race war” with his attack. Sources also told NBC news that Roof told police he almost backed out of the murder plot “because everyone was so nice to him,” but ultimately decided to “go through with his mission.” They now say that Roof bought the handgun by himself in April in Charleston, while prior reports indicated it had been given to him for his birthday by his parents.

2015 POISED TO BE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD: New data released Thursday found that 2015 is on pace to be the hottest year on record, with January through May 2015 surpassing the same period in 2010 as the warmest first five months of any year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Land and sea temperatures worldwide were the warmest in more than 130 years, according to the agency. May averaged 1.57 Fahrenheit above the average worldwide temperature of 58.6 degrees while it was also the wettest month on record for the U.S.

JON STEWART ON CHARLESTON: ‘WE STILL WON’T DO JACKSHIT’: Jon Stewart dropped his usual news satire Thursday and opted for a passionate five-minute commentary on the massacre at a historic black Charleston church that left nine people dead. The Daily Show host apologized for not having any jokes to offer, adding, “I honestly have nothing other than just sadness.” Stewart’s powerful speech addressed U.S. defense spending abroad and a failure to protect American citizens at home, pointing out that blacks in South Carolina are still forced to drive on roads named for Confederate generals. “By acknowledging it,” Stewart said, “by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jackshit. Yeah, that’s us. That’s the part that blows my mind.”

AL QAEDA DENIES U.S. STRIKE KILLED KEY JIHADIST IN LIBYA: Al Qaeda’s branch in North Africa, in a stinging statement issued Thursday, denied that the jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar had been killed in an American airstrike in Libya this week. “In the face of these fallacies, and so that we do not leave our Muslim nation as prey to these lies,” the statement issued by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said, using a nom de guerre for Mr. Belmokhtar, “the jihadist commander Khaled Abou Abbas is still alive and kicking and wandering the land of God.”

BIEBER, USHER FACE $10M COPYRIGHT SUIT: A Virginia court on Thursday voted to revive a $10 million lawsuit from 2013 against Justin Bieber and Usher, alleging the two violated copyright law for their hit “Somebody to Love.” The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled in favor of singer Devin Copeland, known as De Rico, and songwriter Mareio Overton. The pair contend Bieber and Usher’s single sound very similar to their song, also called “Somebody to Love” on Copeland’s 2008 album, according to court records. Copeland and Overton said they contacted Usher’s staff and allege he and other songwriters “conspired” to directly copy their song.

BRANDING – MARTHA STEWART CLOSE TO SELLING EMPIRE: The empire built by Martha Stewart will likely soon be acquired by Sequential Brands Group Inc., people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The sale would mean the end of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. lifestyle brand as an independent company, as it sails troubled financial waters. Sequential Brands also owns a 50 percent share in Jessica Simpson’s brand, as well as Justin Timberlake’s William Rast brand, Heely’s, Linens ’n Things, and others. Stewart could not be reached for comment.

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PAKISTAN HALTS EXECUTIONS FOR RAMADAN: Pakistan’s prime minister has ordered a temporary stop to executions for the month of Ramadan, “to observe the sanctity of the holy month.” The country’s six-year death-penalty moratorium was lifted in February after a particularly brutal Taliban attack, and in March the government allowed it to be applied beyond terrorism cases. Since the moratorium was lifted, the country has doled out the penalty liberally: More than 150 people have been executed in the last few months, and some say torture is used to get false confessions.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A United States Senator this week raised concerns about dietary supplements that claim to protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and urged 15 major companies and retailers to explain why they sell dubious supplements. The senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, sent a letter this week to Amazon, Walmart, GNC and a dozen other top retailers and companies asking what, if anything, they are doing to prevent the sale of fraudulent and potentially dangerous supplements. In her letter to Amazon, for example, Senator McCaskill referred to one herbal supplement sold on the company’s website called “Brain Armor.”

NY PRISON BREAK TO GET TV TREATMENT: A production company known for ripped-from-the-headlines work has set its sights on the New York prison break story. Johnson Production Group is filming a show about the escape from the point of view of prison worker Joyce Mitchell—who allegedly helped the men escape. JPG execs tell TMZ that they believe there’s a market for crime narratives from a woman’s point of view, and hope to place the show on Lifetime or Hulu.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***In his first interview since being removed as anchor of “Nightly News” on NBC, Mr. Williams called the last several months “torture” and owned up to telling stories that were not true. “This came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside of me,” Mr. Williams told his colleague Matt Lauer, an anchor of “Today” on NBC, during a recorded interview broadcast Friday morning. “This was clearly ego driven, the desire to better my role in a story I was already in.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lyor Cohen ranting at Webster Hall near protégés Kevin Liles and Julie Greenwald, “This is wack!” and, “We work so hard on this s - - t!” when a band he reps, Highly Suspect, wasn’t on the marquee below the headliners, Catfish and the Bottlemen.   ***Brandy Norwood playing at the Midtown Tennis Club in NYC.    ***Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Jacoby Ellsbury at Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Robert De Niro seeing a matinee of “On the Town” in NYC.   ***LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in Chelsea in NYC.    ***Men’s clothing designer Alan Au having lunch yesterday at the popular Nosh in Beverly Hills.    ***A packed house yesterday at the Ideas Summit yesterday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Ancient Roman spies used urine as invisible ink to write secrets between the lines of their official documents, hence the saying: “read between the lines.” The messages appeared only when heated.

WILD KANGAROOS ARE MOSTLY LEFT-HANDED: A Russian biologist reports that marsupials lean left-handed rather than right, potentially shedding light on how such traits were developed. “It seems like bipedalism is a triggering factor that pushes forward the evolution of handedness,” said the scientist, Yegor Malashichev. “Standing on your hind legs frees up your forelimbs, and you can do with them what you like.” Kangaroos and wallabies, like humans, are bipeds. Primates in captivity have been shown to favor the right hand, though some suggest they picked up the behavior from humans. Scientists suggested other animal species would see a 50-50 split.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Film producer and actor Jeffery Patterson has signed a deal with former Walton TV star Judy Norton to write a movie for his film production company Once Upon a Dream Productions.  The film, which is still untitled, will mark the second movie that Norton has written for Patterson’s movie production company. In 2012 Norton wrote Finding Harmony, a family drama, which is in the process of signing a distribution deal in preparation for release. With a strong eye on the family friendly market, actor and producer Jeffery Patterson formed Once Upon a Dream Productions.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Lou Gehrig (1903)

As the New York Yankees’ first baseman for 15 seasons, Gehrig broke numerous major-league records. He retired from baseball in 1939, after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. During an emotional farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, he proclaimed himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Jack Rollins, a producer and a sharp-eyed talent manager who saw more than a shy gag-writer in Woody Allen and believed that the manic improvisations of Robin Williams would crack up audiences, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100. His daughter Susan Rollins confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: The first black man to live in the White House, long hesitant about doing anything bold on the color divide, could make one of the most simple and dramatic moves of his presidency: apologize for the land of the free being, at one time, the largest slaveholding nation on earth. The Confederate flag that still flies on the grounds of the Statehouse in South Carolina, cradle of the Civil War, is a reminder that the hatred behind the proclaimed right to own another human being has never left our shores.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Last month, I asked readers if they had discovered a purpose in life and, if so, how they had discovered it. A few thousand wrote essays. I was struck by how elemental life is. Most people found their purpose either through raising children or confronting illness or death. Scott Addington writes, “As is often the case, my purpose became clearly evident after I had stopped looking for it. On October 11, 1995, my daughter was born. Beginning with that moment, there has never been the slightest doubt regarding the purpose and source of meaning in my life. Being a father is the most meaningful and rewarding pursuit a man could ever hope to experience.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Cass R. Sunstein: In recent years, the federal government has adopted a large number of soft interventions that are meant to change behavior without mandates and bans. Among them: disclosure of information, such as calorie labels at chain restaurants; graphic warnings against, for example, distracted driving; and automatic enrollment in programs designed to benefit employees, like pension plans. Informed by behavioral science, such reforms can have large effects while preserving freedom of choice. But skeptics deride these soft interventions as unjustified paternalism, an insult to dignity and a contemporary version of the nanny state. Some people fear that uses of behavioral science will turn out to be manipulative. They don’t want to be nudged.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Colin Jost: The main reason I believe in the concept of Hell is because I know the people who work at Time Warner Cable will go there when they die.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: “Good Morning America” ­co-anchor Lara Spencer has finalized her divorce from her husband, CNN reporter-turned-real estate broker David Haffenreffer, but things are still amicable between the two. The couple filed for divorce after 15 years of marriage.

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Thursday • June 18, 2015

POPE: EARTH BECOMING A ‘PILE OF FILTH’: Pope Francis called for swift and sweeping action on climate change in an encyclical released Thursday. Called “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” the 184-page document frames climate change as an issue of social justice and says that those being most affected are the world’s poor. “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods,” he wrote. “It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

SICKO – GUNMAN TO VICTIMS: ‘YOU RAPE OUR WOMEN’: The gunman who killed nine people during a Bible study meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, spewed a message of hate. Sylvia Johnson—a cousin of church pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in the attack—says a survivor told her the gunman reloaded five times. “He just said ‘I have to do it,’” Johnson reports the survivor saying. “‘You rape our women and you’re taking over the country. You have to go.’” Earlier, a local NAACP official said the killer told one woman, who has not been identified, that she was allowed to live so that she can tell everyone else what happened. Police confirmed that at least three people survived the attack, and that the gunman sat with the prayer group for at least an hour before he began to shoot.

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AL QAEDA NO. 2 WAS NOT DRONE TARGET: The CIA was unaware that al Qaeda’s leader in Yemen, who was the terror group’s second-in-command, was among the militants targeted in a drone strike last week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. U.S. officials said Nasir ­al-Wuhayshi was killed in a “signature strike,” or when the CIA is allowed to fire based on patterns of suspected militant activity even if the identities of those who could be killed is not known. The U.S. had previously indicated plans to phase out the controversial signature strikes, but the Obama administration eased counterterrorism guidelines in the wake of the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen, officials said.

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WOMAN TO REPLACE HAMILTON ON $10 BILL: The U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday that beginning in 2020, a woman’s face will replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he’s looking for public input on which female historical figure should become the first to appear on U.S. paper currency for the first time in 119 years. Hamilton will remain either on the bill’s reverse side or in a separate series while the 1.9 billion $10 bills in circulation are likely to last another 10 years. No woman has appeared on a new currency since Martha Washington on a $1 silver note until 1896. Pocahontas was the first female, appearing on the $20 note beginning in 1865.

GREECE WILL DEFAULT BY END OF MONTH: Greece’s central bank admitted Wednesday that it will default and exit the eurozone by the end of the month if the country’s government fails to strike a deal with creditors. Finance ministers are meeting in Luxembourg this week to discuss whether to extend Greece’s bailout program (which expires at the end of the month) or watch it become the first developed country in history to default on the International Monetary Fund. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused the IMF of “criminal responsibility” for the country’s woes and has vowed to “assume the responsibility to say ‘the big no’ to a continuation of the catastrophic policies for Greece.”

BRIAN WILLIAMS EXPECTED TO MOVE TO MSNBC: News anchor Brian Williams is expected to head to cable network MSNBC after his six-month suspension with NBC News ends in August, people familiar with the matter said. Williams will leave his post as anchor of NBC Nightly News to instead handle breaking news on MSNBC. Williams was suspended after discrepancies and exaggerated in his reporting were revealed. Lester Holt, a veteran anchor for NBC News and MSNBC, will succeed Williams on Nightly News. Holt will become the first solo black anchor of a nightly broadcast-network evening newscast.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A single bat can eat more than 600 bugs in one hour, which is like a person eating 20 pizzas a night.

CARRY-ON BAG SHRINKAGE PUT ON HOLD: The International Air Transport Association, which would have shrunk the standard size of carry-on bags to 21.5 inches by 13.5 inches by 7.5 inches with its “Cabin OK” initiative, has put the new policy on hold pending a “comprehensive reassessment in light of concerns expressed, primarily in North America.” The organization said a “growing list of airlines” have expressed interest in the program, which is aimed at reducing friction between gate employees and passengers. The IATA will “further engage program participants, the rest of our members, and other key stakeholders” before rolling out the program.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***South Korean automakers, originally seen as laggards in quality, are quickly closing the gap with their competitors, a major study shows. In the initial quality study released this week by the market research firm J.D. Power, Kia ranked second and Hyundai fourth. It was the first time since the study was started 29 years ago that Kia led nonpremium brands in initial quality.

LBN-NOTICED: ***About 50 political and business mover and shakers attended a cocktail party for Chris Ruddy, founder of Newsmax last night at the Montage Hotel.   ***Bill Murray, Wes Anderson, Edward Norton and Bryan Cranston having a late lunch at Cookshop in NYC.   ***Stephen Colbert at Isabella’s on the Upper West Side in NYC, waiting to meet his family for dinner .   ***Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke at SushiSamba in the West Village in NYC.   ***DJs Skrillex and Diplo brunching at Public Chicago hotel restaurant Pump Room   ***Caitlyn Jenner’s hairdresser Oribe on Eighth Avenue with VH1’s Rob Shuter in NYC.   ***Solange Knowles at 1Oak Southampton.   ***Jackie Mason at K Rico in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC.

TRUMP PAID ACTORS $50 TO CHEER FOR HIM: Donald Trump allegedly paid background actors $50 each to cheer for him at his presidential announcement Tuesday, according to a casting agency email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. The agency, Extra Mile Casting, sent an email to background actors saying, “We are looking to cast people for the event to wear T-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement.” Trump’s team denies hiring any actors, saying, “Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker. The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr Trump’s message is ‘Make America great again.’”

MELANIE GRIFFITH AND ANTONIO BANDERAS REUNITED!: “Keep your cheating out of the headlines!” That’s the deal behind Melanie Griffith calling off her divorce to womanizing Antonio Banderas. “They decided to stay together after attending their daughter Stella’s high school graduation,” an insider said. “I think Melanie’s finally accepted that Antonio will always be a ladies man!” Other eyewitnesses noticed the proud parents getting close as their daughter accepted her diploma.“They looked like a comfortable married couple,” one attendee  said. “There’s no doubt they still love each other!”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Nelson Doubleday Jr., who shortly after taking over his family’s publishing business used it in 1980 to buy the lowly New York Mets and put the team on course to win the World Series in 1986, died on Wednesday at his home in Locust Valley, N.Y. He was 81. The cause was pneumonia, his son-in-law John Havens said.   **James B. Lee Jr., a pioneering deal maker and among the most influential Wall Street investment bankers of his era, died on Wednesday. He was 62. Mr. Lee, a vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase, died of a heart attack after working out in his home in Darien, Conn., the bank said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Owen West: Last week President Obama approved an additional 450 troops to join the roughly 3,000 already in Iraq. Living inside secure bases nicknamed “lily pads,” they will train Iraqi soldiers for a few weeks via lecture and drill instruction. The graduates will then be sent outside the wire to fight the Islamic State. This strategy is no more resolute than a lily pad, and our generals know it. It is tokenism that reflects confusion at the top, and it will fail.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***One of show business’ most glamorous couples is giving up city life for a cottage in Ireland. Sarah Jessica Parker is already telling Irish locals that she’s ready to settle down with hubby Matthew Broderick at their humble home in the tiny town of Kilcar. “We’d be delighted to decamp to Ireland,” Sarah Jessica said. “Move the children there, put them in school, have tea every day and a proper fry-up” – referring to the traditional Irish meal laden with fried food. Since they married 18 years ago, Sarah Jessica and Matthew have returned each summer to their four-bedroom cottage.   ***The troubled star of TV’s “ALF” is now living his own sad and remote alien existence.Max Wright, adored by millions as uptight dad Willie Tanner on the NBC sitcom, is living a pathetic “down and out” life 25 years after the sitcom ended, according to sources. These exclusive photos show the 71-year-old former TV star – who also had a co-starring role on ABC’s “Norm” – outside his modest apartment in a seedy stretch of Hermosa Beach, Calif. “Max appears completely alone,” a neighbor said. “He seldom leaves his place, except to take out the trash or pick up groceries. You’d have no idea he was once a big star on prime-time TV.”   ***Meg Ryan has sent boyfriend John Mellencamp back to his small town. The on-again, off-again pair has split for good, – even though the grizzled rocker is begging the blonde actress to take him back for a third time, according to sources. “Meg’s had it with John,” a family friend divulged. “She kicked him to the curb, saying she wanted her space. But John still believes the third time will be the charm!” The insider added: “He’s pleading, but she insists she’s done!” According to sources a frustrated Meg became convinced John, 63, wasn’t serious about the relationship, because he wouldn’t move with her to New York City or give up smoking – even though he suffered a heart attack at 42.   ***Channing Tatum didn’t hold back when eager fans asked him a myriad of awkward and dirty questions during Wednesday’s Reddit AMA. Of the weirdest answers he offered up? He confessed to nicknaming his penis Gilbert and wanting to see people naked all the time. “I wish I could make anyone at any point just happen to be naked,” said the 35-year-old “Magic Mike XXL” star said when asked about a preferred superpower. “Not for the reasons that everyone thinks. Because people get really nice when they get naked. Like okay, I can’t be a—hole. People aren’t a—holes when they get naked (for the most part). They are thinking about what they look like. S—ty answer, I tried to do something funny and it didn’t work.” Another notable aspect of his lengthy wacky Q&A? He’s got an odd obsession with Danny DeVito. ***Fran Drescher was honored Tuesday at the Stonewall Community Foundation Vision Awards and thanked everyone including her “gay ex-husband.” Honored for her advocacy, she quipped, “I have a gay art dealer, a gay dermatologist — not to mention my hairdresser. I have a gay ex-husband! People always say to me [of her ex], ‘How did you not know?’ He loves decorating and fashion and clothes, but we actually did have sex a lot. I didn’t know at the time, though, that in his mind he was f - - king the bartender at Olive Garden.”   ***Charlize Theron and Sean Penn have suddenly ended their engagement and split after two years together, a source confirms. Despite appearing cozy as a couple at her “Mad Max” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the source said they haven’t been seen together in recent weeks.

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Wednesday • June 17, 2015

WARRIORS WIN FIRST NBA TITLE IN 40 YEARS: The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to take home their first NBA title in 40 years. LeBron James hit 32 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists, but it wasn’t enough to stop Stephen Curry, who put up 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists while NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala added 25 points to clinch the title Tuesday night at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors came back to win the final three games in the series after the Cavs had taken a 2-1 lead. Iguodala, who beat out series favorite James, is the first Finals MVP to win without starting a single game in the regular season.

DOGS REDIRECT ESCAPED KILLER SEARCH: The search for escaped killers Richard Matt and David Sweat was redirected Tuesday, after bloodhounds picked up the men’s scents in a heavily wooded area in upstate New York. Authorities say they’re scaling down their presence along Route 374, where the search was concentrated, to focus more on other areas near Cadyville, where the men may be hiding. Officials also said they have received more than 1,200 leads in the case.

MONSTERS – ISIS VIDEO SHOWS ‘SPY’ BEING DISMEMBERED: In a new video purported to be from ISIS militants, an executioner is seen cutting off a prisoner’s hand and foot while he is tied to a wooden stake, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. ISIS claims it carried out the execution because the man, believed to be from Iraq, was working as an alleged spy. During the four-minute video, a jihadi mentions four other “spies” who are due to be tried and executed, the Daily Mail reports, citing a research fellow at a Middle East forum. The harrowing video also shows the prisoner being interrogated and allegedly confessing his crimes. The video was released a day after the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia seized most of the ISIS-controlled town of Tal Abyad.

WAL-MART USING SECRET FOREIGN TAX HAVENS: A group called Americans for Tax Fairness released a report Wednesday alleging that Wal-Mart is dodging taxes using “a vast, undisclosed network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 overseas tax havens.” The group also claims the retail giant doesn’t list these subsidiaries on their 10-K tax filings, which makes them harder to track. According to the report, at least 25 of Wal-Mart’s 27 foreign operations are owned by tax haven-housed subsidiaries. The majority of these subsidiaries are hidden in Luxembourg, Hong Kong, and the British Virgin Islands, which host a combined 47 of 78.

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KILLER BERKELEY BALCONY WAS ‘DECORATIVE’: A former member of the design review committee that approved plans for the Berkeley, California, building where a balcony collapsed late Monday says the outdoor space was more decorative than practical. “It was definitely not large enough to be what the city would call an ‘open space balcony,’ where groups of people could stand outside,” Carrie Olson said. “This was meant just to be a place where someone could stand out for bit, get a breath of fresh air. Not for something like 13 people.” She is calling for tighter oversight of decorative balconies in the city. Six people died and more were injured—many of them Irish students—when the balcony collapsed.

BIRTH RATE REBOUNDS AFTER RECESSION: There were 62.9 births per 1,000 women of child-bearing age in the U.S. last year, up from 62.5 in 2013—the first increase in that number since the recession began in 2007—a sign that the country is recovering from its economic woes. The recession prompted many women to delay childbearing, experts say, and particularly affected younger and less-educated women. Experts say the increase was significant—3 percent—among women in their thirties; the number for women in their twenties did not decline, as it did the year before. Some estimates say the U.S. would have had more than 2.3 million more children had the recession not happened.

AMERICANS ARE AGAIN GETTING MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE CLIMATE REPORTS MEDIA EXPERT: According to media expert and author Michael Levine the financial crisis made Americans less worried about climate change. Further the Democrats’ attempt to pass sweeping climate legislation in 2009 and 2010 probably reduced Americans’ anxiety level as well, as paradoxical as that may sound. But now Americans are getting more worried again. “About 69 percent of adults say that global warming is either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, according to Levine, up from 63 percent in 2010. “The level of concern has still not returned to that of a decade ago; in 2006, 79 percent of adults called global warming serious.” reported Levine.

NASA: UNDERGROUND WATER SUPPLY DEPLETING: New NASA satellite data revealed Earth’s largest underground aquifers, which are a source of fresh water, are being depleted at alarming rates, according to research published Tuesday in the Water Resources Research Journal. Research shows 21 of the 37 largest aquifers located around the world have passed a sustainability tipping point, which means more water was taken out than replaced during the 10-year study period. The new research underscores major concerns about the reliance on underground aquifers, which supply 35 percent of the water used by humans worldwide. Drought-stricken California is using aquifers for 60 percent of its water use, compared to typical use of 40 percent. The study points out the emptying aquifers are exacerbated by human activity such as agriculture, growing populations, and mining.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***An investigation by the authorities in Switzerland into the activities of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, will include the examination of more than 50 suspicious financial relationships, the country’s chief federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. Michael Lauber, the official leading the investigation, said at a news conference that his office had received 53 reports involving FIFA from banks concerned about transactions and that his team had “obtained evidence concerning 104 banking relations.” He added: “And be aware that every banking relation represents several bank accounts.”

BIPARTISAN GROUP URGES OVERHAUL OF GENERAL ELECTION DEBATES: A presidential debate season that begins in mid-September. A television studio backdrop without a live studio audience. And a “chess clock” model, where each candidate is allotted 45 minutes of speaking time, which begins ticking down when they start talking.On Wednesday, a bipartisan panel released recommendations aimed at overhauling the general election presidential debates, with the goal of halting declining viewership, especially among younger voters and Hispanics, and allowing voters to emerge with a better understanding of the candidates and their positions.

NORTH KOREA SAYS IT’S FACING ITS WORST DROUGHT IN A CENTURY: North Korea is in the midst of a severe drought, its state news agency reported, raising fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished country, where child malnutrition is a persistent problem. “The worst drought in 100 years continues in the D.P.R.K., causing great damage to its agricultural field,” the Korean Central News Agency said in a report late Tuesday, using an abbreviation for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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DISNEY CANCELS TECH EMPLOYEE LAYOFFS: Disney/ABC Television has canceled plans to lay off about 35 technology employees who had been asked to train immigrants brought in to do their jobs in their final weeks of employment. Managers told employees last week they would no longer have to train their replacements and could keep their jobs, Computerworld first reported. “We were told our jobs were continuing and we should consider it as if nothing had happened until further notice,” an employee told The New York Times. Disney sparked a public backlash after it laid off 250 tech workers at Orlando’s Walt Disney World in January, ordering them to train immigrants on temporary work visas in order to receive severance.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Kirk Kerkorian, the media-shy investor who became one of the richest Americans by betting his money on ventures like casinos and film studios, died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98. Richard E. Sobelle, general counsel of Mr. Kerkorian’s company, the Tracinda Corporation, confirmed the death.   ***Blaze Starr, the voluptuous stripper who was billed as the Queen of Burlesque and whose affair with a Louisiana governor was the basis of a 1989 movie, died on Monday in Wilsondale, W.Va., the coal country town in which she was born. She was 83. A nephew, Earsten Spaulding, said Ms. Starr had been stricken at home in Wilsondale and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. She had undergone heart bypass surgeries in recent years, he said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Edsall: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign is based on the assumption that voters are angrier at the rich than they are at the poor. Her strategy poses a dilemma for Democrats, who are arguing among themselves about whether targeting the rich is an approach that will work.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Theresa Amato: Millions of Americans lack crucial legal services. Yet enormous numbers of lawyers are unemployed. Why can’t the supply of lawyers match the demand? In Nebraska, 20 out of 93 counties have fewer than four lawyers. Eleven counties have no lawyers at all. The Montana Legal Services Association, a nonprofit group that is partly federally funded, reports having only 13 case-handling lawyers for the entire state. Throughout the country, millions of low-income people have no access to free or affordable lawyers, even for life-altering civil matters like child-custody disputes or home foreclosures, where legal representation really matters

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I don’t recall a time when more people were running for president and fewer of them offered anything more than poll-tested generalities designed to rally their own bases. No one surprises you with any daring. If we could tax their clichés, we’d balance the budget.

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Tuesday • June 16, 2015

AL QAEDA CONFIRMS U.S. STRIKE KILLED NASSER AL-WUHAYSHI, ITS LEADER IN YEMEN: Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen released a video statement on Tuesday confirming the death of its leader, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, in an American missile strike. Mr. Wuhayshi, 38, who had led Qaeda operations in Yemen since 2002 and was also the global extremist network’s second-ranking leader, was killed along with two other operatives, the statement said. The group said that its military commander, Qassim al-Raimi, had been chosen as Mr. Wuhayshi’s successor.

EGYPT UPHOLDS MORSI DEATH SENTENCE: An Egyptian court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence for disposed President Mohamed Morsi in relation to a 2011 jailbreak, saying that it had consulted with religious authorities who approved the ruling. Morsi was originally sentenced to death this year, but Egyptian custom states that death sentences should be approved by the nation’s top cleric. Earlier Tuesday, the court also sentenced Morsi to life in prison for spying—allegedly for Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran.

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OFFERING SERVICES, ISIS DIGS IN DEEPER IN SEIZED TERRITORIES: In northern Syria, the jihadists of the Islamic State have fixed power lines, dug sewage systems and painted sidewalks. In Raqqa, they search markets and slaughterhouses for expired food and sick animals. Farther south, in Deir al-Zour, they have imposed taxes on farmers and shopkeepers and fined men for wearing short beards. The group runs regular buses across the border with Iraq to Mosul, where it publicly kills captives and trains children for guerrilla war. Last month, it reopened a luxury hotel in the city and offered three free nights to newlyweds, meals included. A year after the Islamic State seized Mosul, and 10 months after the United States and its allies launched a campaign of airstrikes against it, the jihadist group continues to dig in, stitching itself deeper into the fabric of the communities it controls.

FEDS ARREST THIRD MAN IN GARLAND PLOT: The FBI has arrested a man they say was involved in planning the attack on the Draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, last month. Abdul Malik Abdul Karim, 43, is charged with conspiracy, transporting firearms across state lines for a felony, and providing false statements to the FBI. Authorities say they first approached Karim immediately after the attack, when he denied any knowledge of what happened. The newly released criminal complaint, however, suggests that he potentially began conspiring with Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi as early as in February, immediately after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Simpson and Soofi were both shot dead by police during the failed attack.

GAP WILL CLOSE 175 STORES: As many as 175 Gap stores will be shut down for poor performance, as the brand tries to salvage its image and reverse a sales decline. “Some of the stores that we’re currently in don’t represent the best of our brand,” the company’s global president told Bloomberg News. “We want to make sure we don’t have so much of a disparity.” After the slim-down, the chain—which has consistently lagged behind corporate sister Old Navy—will be left with 500 stores and 300 outlet locations.

RACHEL DOLEZAL: ‘I WOULD’ DO IT AGAIN: Rachel Dolezal, the white former president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, told NBC’s Today show that she doesn’t think of herself as white. “I identify as black,” Dolezal said, adding that she was first identified as “transracial” when she was working in Idaho, and then people started identifying her as biracial. Dolezal said her identity as a black woman was cemented when she got custody of her adopted brother, who is black, and he told her she was his “real” mom. “I certainly can’t be seen as white and be Izaiah’s mom,” Dolezal said. Asked if she would do it all the same, Dolezal said: “I would.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Snakes

1.     The fear of snakes (ophiophobia or herpetophobia) is one of the most common phobias worldwide. Approximately 1/3 of all adult humans are ophidiophobic, which suggests that humans have an innate, evolutionary fear of snakes.

2.     The inland taipan is the world’s most toxic snake, meaning it has both the most toxic venom and it injects the most venom when it bites. Its venom sacs hold enough poison to kill up to 80 people.

3.     The top 5 most venomous snakes in the world are the inland taipan, the eastern brown snake, the coastal taipan, the tiger snake, and the black tiger snake.

What is considered the most “dangerous” snake depends on both a specific country’s health care and the availability of antivenom following a bite. Based on these criteria, the most dangerous snake in the world is the saw-scaled viper, which bites and kills more people each year than any other snake.5.     Snakes live on everywhere on Earth except Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, and the North and South Poles.

6.     Rattlesnake rattles are made of rings of keratin, which is the same material as human hair and fingernails. A rattler will add a new ring each time it sheds its skin.

7.     Of the approximately 725 species of venomous snakes worldwide, 250 can kill a human with one bite.

8.     Snakes do not have eyelids; rather, a single transparent scale called a brille protects their eyes. Most snakes see very well, especially if the object is moving.

9.     Snakes evolved from a four-legged reptilian ancestor―most likely a small, burrowing, land-bound lizard―about 100 million years ago. Some snakes, such as pythons and boas, still have traces of back legs.

10.  The warmer a snake’s body, the more quickly it can digest its prey. Typically, it takes 3–5 days for a snake to digest its meal. For very large snakes, such as the anaconda, digestion can take weeks.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WIN THE STANLEY CUP: For the third time in the last six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup Final, with a 2-0 victory at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the series on Monday. The victory is the first time since 1938 that the Blackhawks have won the prized trophy at home and their sixth in franchise history. Duncan Keith scored in the second period while Patrick Kane clinched a goal to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the third period, the first time in six games either team had a two-goal lead.

FDA BANS ARTIFICIAL TRANS FAT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it will require food companies to stop using virtually all artificial sources of trans fats. According to scientists, there are no health benefits to partially hydrogenated oils, which are used to add shelf life and texture to foods. In fact, consumption of partially hydrogenated oils is linked to heart disease. Consumption of artificial trans fats is already down 78 percent since 2003, and companies will have three years to phase out the rest. Afterward, any company wanting to use it will have to ask for permission.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is a best news and information source anywhere. I stopped reading the newspaper years ago and don’t miss it because of LBN. I read stories hear that I see on TV sometimes a week later. Congrats to the extraordinary LBN team!” —– Clay S., an LBN E-Lert reader from Las Vegas, Nevada.


REPORT: PRISON WORKER HAD SEX WITH MATT: Joyce Mitchell had sexual relations with both of the murderers she allegedly helped escape from an upstate prison, sources tell the New York Daily News. Mitchell was previously reported to have had sex with David Sweat. Now, police are allegedly looking into whether she performed oral sex on Richard Matt, all while her husband worked at the same prison. The search for the two men is ongoing.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Popular comedian Adam Christing having dinner at the popular Luna Park on LaBrea in Hollywood last night.   ***Sir Ian McKellen, Barry Manilow and Sen. Harry Reid seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.   ***Pelé, in town for his daughter’s birthday, at Primola in NYC.   ***Joan Didion at “An American in Paris”.   ***Candice Swanepoel tasting Seth Levine’s menu at Hotel Chantelle’s Sarau party .   ***Damon Wayans Jr. watching the NBA Finals at Bill’s Bar & Burger at the Marriott Downtown in NYC.   ***Taryn Manning, Jackie Cruz and Annie Golden performing for the Women’s Prison Association at the Ainsworth in NYC.   ***Veteran manager Steve Jensen having lunch yesterday at the popular Nosh deli in Beverly Hills.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: “How to Resolve Conflict” with prominent L.A. attorney Mark Baer will the focus of the next City Talk event at Luna Park in Hollywood on Tuesday, June 23 at 5pm

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Janine Gibson, a former senior editor at The Guardian who left the newspaper recently after being passed over for its top editor’s post, will join BuzzFeed as the editor in chief of its British operation. Ms. Gibson, 42, said in an interview that she would start at the end of summer and would oversee an expansion of BuzzFeed’s news staff in Britain, adding more than a dozen employees to a newsroom that now has about 45.

LBN-R.I.P.: Monica Lewis, the dimpled, diminutive chanteuse who made her Broadway debut as a teenager, taught Americans how to ripen their newly imported bananas as the ubiquitous voice of Miss Chiquita, appeared on the inaugural episode of Ed Sullivan’s television variety show in 1948 and durably continued to perform jazz and pop hits for decades, died on Friday at her home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. She was 93. Her death was announced by her former agent, Alan Eichler.

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“The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to ‘disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.’ The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibitions and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: Show me one candidate who has the dignity of Washington, the intellect of Jefferson, the physical bravery of Jackson, the moral stature of Lincoln, the boldness of either Roosevelt, the charm of Kennedy, the effectiveness of Johnson, the eloquence of Reagan, or the gentlemanly nature of George Herbert Walker Bush. (Although Christie does, in terms of physics, have the gravity of Taft.)

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership will hurt economies from the U.S. to Japan to Vietnam. It will send yet another signal that America can no longer be counted on as the world’s leading nation.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erica Rhodes (Comedian): So.. It’s ok to be black but not ok to be black if you’re not black but ok to be a woman if you’re not a woman as long as you’re not a black woman who’s not black, but not ok to joke about either if you’re not black or not not a woman or not a black woman, but definitely not ok under any circumstances to not have seen game of thrones regardless of your not skin color.

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Monday • June 15, 2015

NAUGHTY – PRISON ‘KNEW’ WORKER HAD SEX WITH INMATE: The prison worker who allegedly conspired to help convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escape had previously been investigated for having a sexual relationship with Sweat, District Attorney Andrew Wylie told NBC News. It has been alleged that Joyce Mitchell also had a relationship with the other escapee. An unnamed law-enforcement source who spoke to the Albany Times Union also claimed that Mitchell discussed killing her husband with them. Mitchell, who has not been charged with conspiracy, is then alleged to have planned to take the men to a cabin in Vermont. Her husband, Lyle, works at the prison as a maintenance worker. Though authorities have not confirmed a murder plot, they have said her husband was a factor in her pulling out of the plan. “She did indicate one of the reasons why she didn’t show up was because she did love her husband and she didn’t want to do this to him,” said Wylie.

CURRY HITS 37 IN WARRIORS WIN OVER CAVS: LeBron James’s one-man show was not enough to overcome the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. Stephen Curry made seven three-pointers and dropped 37 points in a 104-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, giving the Warriors a 3-2 lead in the series. James carried the Cavs for most of the game with 40 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, as well as sinking a 34-foot shot halfway through the fourth. But Curry answered with a three-pointer while Klay Thompson helped out the Warriors with 12 points. The Warriors will head to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday to try to win their first title since 1975.

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


U.S. BOMBS LIBYAN AL QAEDA LEADER: A U.S. military airstrike Saturday targeted an al Qaeda operative accused of leading an attack on an Algerian gas plant in 2013 that left 38 hostages dead, according to the Libyan government and U.S. officials. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the military believes the strike was successful—but didn’t definitively say that Mokhtar Belmokhtar had been killed. (The terror leader’s demise has been reported—and retracted—before.) The U.S. charged Belmokhtar last year in connection with the Algeria attack, which killed three Americans.

HEALTHCARE.GOV KEEPS CLIENT DATA FOREVER: Data on people who seek insurance coverage through the Healthcare.gov site may be kept indefinitely in a government data warehouse, despite increasingly common data breaches. Data kept includes that of people who merely signed up for an account on the site but didn’t finish the enrollment process. Before the launch of the federal exchange site, the Obama administration promised that information collected would be used for eligibility purposes—not as a “perpetual central repository” for information for federal agencies. “A basic privacy principle is that you don’t retain data any longer than you have to,” said a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet privacy group. “The more data you keep, the more harm an attacker or unauthorized person can do.”

VATICAN INDICTS DIPLOMAT FOR SEX ABUSE: The Vatican has indicted Jozef Wesolowski, its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, on charges that he sexually abused boys while abroad. He will be tried next month for the abuse and for having child pornography on his computer. Wesolowski was recalled from his post in 2013, and subsequently defrocked. The Vatican also accepted the resignations of the archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, John Nienstedt, and a deputy bishop Monday, after prosecutors opened a criminal case into whether the archdiocese covered up child sex abuse by a priest.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: To avoid polluting the elements (fire, earth, water, air), followers of Zoroastrianism in India don’t bury their dead, but instead leave bodies in buildings called “Towers of Silence” for the vultures to pick clean. After the bones dry, they are swept into a central well.

CHINA MINTS 1 MILLION MILLIONAIRES: The world’s most populous country gained as many as one million millionaires last year, according to a Boston Consulting Group report measuring wealth in U.S. dollars. “The increase was driven primarily by the solid market performance of existing assets, both in developed and emerging markets,” the report said. That gain gives China a total of 4 million U.S.-dollar millionaires, second only to the United States’ 7 million. BCG defines millionaires as people who have more than $1 million in “cash, stocks, and other financial investments,” but does not include property or businesses in its calculations.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***CVS Health said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the pharmacy and clinic businesses of the American retailer Target for about $1.9 billion. Under the terms, CVS, which is based in Woonsocket, R.I., would acquire more than 1,600 pharmacies from Target in 47 states and operate them under the CVS brand name in Target stores. CVS will also operate branded pharmacies in new Target stores that offer pharmacy services. ***The next excel report lunch has been set and it’s titled: How to Negotiate (Personally and Professionally) featuring Former Lead F.B.I. Hostage Negotiator, Chris Voss. It will be held on Sunday, June 28th at noon at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood in the private room. For information, contact Lauren Lustyan at llustyan05@gmail.com .   ***The Best of Los Angeles Award community, formed a year ago, has now topped the 1,700 member mark.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lopez shopping at Alice + Olivia in East Hampton.   ***Laverne Cox with a group of friends at SixtyFive, the cocktail bar across from the Rainbow Room in 30 Rock in NYC.   ***Scott Disick, Ja Rule and Plaxico Burress hanging out at Up & Down in NYC.   ***Shanina Shaik, Tyson Beckford and Stefano Tonchi at the Australian Fashion Foundation’s chic summer party at Jimmy.   ***Designer Maggie Norris giving a lecture on American culture at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa.   ***Famed Rock n’ roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt having lunch at the Skirball Center yesterday with legendary A.P. legal writer Linda Deutsch and media expert and author Michael Levine. ***Andrea Fehring hosted a lunch  in the Beverly Hills hotel’s Polo Lounge patio sat afternoon which included Tamara Kardashian (just back from Cannes, her daughter Valentina Matosian starred  in a nominated short film), Lynette Amerian from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and  Joan Agajanian Quinn. t.v. host and former west coast editor of Andy Warhol’s interview magazine. Quinn who greeted designer Calvin Klein,  an old friend,  chatted about their past while standing next to table of guys anchored by hunk Channing Tatum. ***Fast rising comedian Erica Rhodes having a late-night dinner last night at the popular restaurant Luna Park on LaBrea Ave. in Hollywood.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are approximately 32,000 different kinds of fish in the world today, which is more than all the other kinds of vertebrates combined. Scientists are discovering new species all the time.

MY REVIEW: “Only an idiot could deny that LBN has made me and my friends a lot smarter.”—–Greta M., an LBN E-Lert reader from Carmel, California.


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‘JURASSIC WORLD’ HITS $500M RECORD: The latest Jurassic Park sequel has already brought in $511.8 million worldwide, making it the first movie to take in more than half a billion dollars on its opening weekend. Jurassic World also became the second-biggest domestic opening of all time—behind The Avengers. The hotly anticipated dino movie opened in 4,273 theaters, some of which screened it in IMAX and 3D. The series’ first movie, released in 1993, broke records by being the first movie to top $50 million in its opening weekend.

JEB BUSH TO DECLARE PRESIDENTIAL RUN, PLAYING DOWN HIS SURNAME: Nearly 27 years after his father was elected president, molding a political dynasty that would propel one son into a governor’s office and another into the White House, Jeb Bush plans to declare his own bid for the presidency here on Monday. But Mr. Bush will enter a presidential contest — unruly in size, unyielding in pace and voracious in cost — that is unlike any faced by his father, George Bush, who won the office in 1988, or his brother, George W. Bush, who claimed it in 2000. And as the third member of his family to seek the nation’s highest office, he brings to the race a last name that at once burnishes and tarnishes, evoking the nobility of public service and a deep distrust of political entitlement.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***It’s official: the tour Janet Jackson teased in May is in the works. The singer has posted the dates for her Unbreakable World Tour on her website along with pre-orders for her new album.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Kathryn S. Wylde: Recently JPMorgan Chase and HSBC announced reductions in the size of their work force. This comes on top of downsizing since the financial crisis by many of the city’s largest private sector employers, including Bank of America, Citigroup, BNY Mellon, American Express, American International Group and MetLife. In the last five years, the city has seen a net loss of 25,000 financial services jobs. Banks and insurance companies, which face stricter regulations as a result of the crisis, have shed the most jobs, while private equity and investment-services firms have enjoyed robust growth. Areas where jobs have been added, like compliance and risk management, don’t directly contribute to the bottom line.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Attorney): Social and emotional skills such as empathy are essential to conflict resolution.  Therefore, those best suited to work in conflict resolution should have high EQs (Emotional Intelligence).  It has long been known that while lawyers tend to be analytical because the field requires it, they generally score poorly in terms of their EQ level.  This isn’t a problem when their job is merely to assist in resolving disputes.  However, problems ensue in situations in which interpersonal relationships are involved, including but not limited to disputes between family members, employer/employee, neighbors, and business partners.  It doesn’t help that people frequently confuse “conflict resolution or management” with “dispute resolution.”  People with low EQ levels can generally do one, but not the other.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My superstition led me to the study of occult subjects, much to the dismay of my highly rational parents. This all began when as a teenager, I came to conclude that my vibrator, which I used daily,  was possessed by Satan. (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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Sunday • June 14, 2015

REPORT: RUSSIA, CHINA CRACK SNOWDEN DOCS: Russia and China have allegedly decrypted the top-secret cache of files stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report from The Sunday Times, to be published tomorrow. The info has compelled British intelligence agency MI6 to withdraw some of its agents from active operations and other Western intelligence agencies are now actively involved in rescue operations. In a July 2013 email to a former U.S. Senator, Snowden stated that, “No intel­li­gence ser­vice—not even our own—has the capac­ity to com­pro­mise the secrets I con­tinue to pro­tect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my spe­cial­iza­tions was to teach our peo­ple at DIA how to keep such infor­ma­tion from being com­pro­mised even in the high­est threat counter-intelligence envi­ron­ments (i.e. China).” Many in the intelligence agencies at the time greeted this claim with skepticism. Now, one senior British official said Snowden had “blood on his hands,” but another said there’s yet no evidence anyone was harmed. Snowden eventually fled to Russia via Hong Kong after downloading some 1.7 million documents from U.S. government computers and leaking them to journalists out of a desire to protect “privacy and basic liberties.” The revelations of mass spying outraged populations and governments around the world, at least temporarily damaged relations, and eventually led to changes in the mass surveillance policies of the NSA and British GCHQ. A report in The Guardian on Sunday has called into question both the timing and accuracy of The Sunday Times report, as it relied completely on anonymous sourcing and comes just days after a report on terrorism legislation.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Flu

1.     The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

2.     The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.

3.     Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

4.     The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

5.     The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between three and five million people worldwide get a serious case of the regular flu each year; tens of millions get milder cases. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people globally die of the flu every year.

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

7.     Scientists believe that flu pandemics occur two or three times each century.

8.     The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

9.     The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

10.  At the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, any student caught without a mask during the Spanish flu was automatically suspended, and a town in Arizona passed a law forbidding people to shake hands.

PRISON WORKER HOPED TO GO WITH CONVICTS: Joyce Mitchell, 51, the prison worker accused of helping two convicted killers escape from prison, planned to meet the pair at midnight on the night of the escape and leave with them, prosecutors allege. “The three of them were going to move on together. That was the plan,” Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wiley told NBC News. Mitchell is also accused of bringing the two killers, David Sweat and Richard Matt, cutting blades, hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch, a screwdriver bit, and glasses with lights. Sweat murdered a sheriff’s deputy in 2002, and Matt killed and dismembered a businessman who torso was found in the Niagara River.

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U.S. TO PUT HEAVY WEAPONRY IN EASTERN EUROPE: The Pentagon is ready to position tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weaponry for use by up to 5,000 American troops in Eastern European countries, officials said today, according to The New York Times—an attempt to deter further Russian aggression in the region. It would be the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has placed military equipment in the newer NATO states that had once been under Soviet dominion. After the Baltic states joined NATO in 2004, the alliance avoided stationing heavy weapons close to the former Soviet Union in a bid to improve relations. After Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine, however, alarm has grown in the capitals of former Soviet states and Warsaw Pact nations now allied with the West. The amount of proposed weaponry is similar to what the United States maintained in Kuwait for more than a decade after the 1991 Gulf War.

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BOY BAND GUITARIST HAIR LIT ON FIRE: A concert at London’s Wembley Area was reportedly cut short Saturday night after 5 Seconds of Summer’s guitarist Michael Clifford’s hair caught on fire. Videos posted online show his head catching fire after he moved too close to a pyrotechnic display. He is then seen running away from the flames. Clifford later posted a photo on Instagram with bandages on his head, telling his fans, “Hello world. im [sic] doing ok :) thanks for worrying!”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Former Knicks Larry Johnson, John Starks and Herb Williams watching the NBA Finals at the Knickerbocker Hotel’s in NYC new St. Cloud rooftop.   ***Michael Moore and an attractive brunette gobbling hamburgers and strawberry cake over a long meal at Swifty’s in NYC.   ***David Spade at Hunt & Fish Club talking about “Joe Dirt 2” to Selita Ebanks.   ***“Today” contributor Joelle Garguilo at her baby shower at Redeye Grill, hosted by NBC’s ­Erica Hill with pals Dylan Dreyer, Jenna Wolfe and ­Sheinelle Jones.   ***Woody Allen — who once quipped, “There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from Midtown and how late is it open?” — isn’t known for venturing far from New York. But the director was spotted in Moscow Thursday, along with George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, for the opening of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

MY REVIEW: “What I most respect about LBN is its fearlessly independence. Not conservative, not liberal. It screams the truth daily.”—–Helen M., an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


LBN-R.I.P.: Ronald A. Wilford, a spotlight-shunning manager who became one of the most powerful figures in classical music in the second half of the 20th century not by conducting orchestras but by orchestrating the careers of conductors, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 87. His death was announced by Tim Fox, the president of Columbia Artists Management Inc., the agency where Mr. Wilford had worked for more than 50 years.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the TV Western “The Rifleman.” Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowed rancher and crack shot, Lucas McCain, teaching his son, Mark, about actions and consequences. If you neglect to do this now, you will pay a penalty later. If a corner is cut here, you will regret it there. The president might want to catch some shows, as the lame duck’s chickens come home to roost. At this pivotal moment for his legacy at home and abroad, his future reputation is mortgaged to past neglect.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Heartbroken Celine Dion is racing across the country in a desperate bid to save dying husband René Angélil. “Celine can’t bear to think that René could be at the end,” a close family friend said. “She’s determined to do everything possible to keep him alive. Now they’re hoping an aggressive treatment at a top Boston hospital will extend his life!” The megastar is giving up her Las Vegas home for the temporary move with her three children, as cancer-stricken René, 73, begins treatment at the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Saturday • June 13, 2015

CHINESE HACKERS GOT U.S. MILITARY INTEL: Chinese hackers accessed information used for security clearances for U.S. intelligence and military personnel, according the Associated Press. This is the second disclosure of a breach of federal records from the Office of Personnel Management this week. The Standard Form 86 accessed by hackers requires applicants to fill out sensitive personal information including histories of mental illness, past arrests, and previous alcohol or drug use, and Social Security numbers. Information on relatives must also be disclosed, opening up a potential avenue to threaten families of spies. Hackers may have found a way into OPM by exploiting a private government contractor, Keypoint Government Solutions, ABC News reports.

PRISON WORKER JOYCE MITCHELL ARRESTED: Joyce Mitchell has been arrested for helping convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of prison. Mitchell will be charged with contraband in the first degree (a felony) and criminal facilitation in the fourth degree (a misdemeanor). Mitchell allegedly provided power tools and a cellphone to the murderers, which they used to break out of prison last week. On Friday, Mitchell was suspended from her job as an industrial-training supervisor at the Clinton Correctional Facility (where she’s worked since 2008).

GUNMAN ATTACKS DALLAS POLICE HQ: A man in an armored vehicle who opened fire on Dallas police headquarters Saturday morning has been shot and killed by a police sniper. The suspect, self-identified as 50-year-old James Boulware, led officers on a car chase that ended in the city of Hutchins. He had threatened to detonate explosives because police “took his child and accused him of being a terrorist,” according to Dallas police Chief David Brown. No injuries have been reported so far. A pipe bomb was found in at least one of four bags hidden around police headquarters. Boulware was arrested in 2013 after he obtained firearms, ammunition and body armor and threatened to attack his family, churches and schools. That case was dismissed last year after he fulfilled a court’s requirements. The vehicle, which has a Georgia license plate, appears similar to a van sold by Jenco Sales Inc. in Newman, Ga. The company’s Facebook describes the vehicle as follows: ”Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport. This full armored zombie busting vehicle features convenient gun ports so no zombie juice touches you during a mass zombie take down. It also has benches in the back so you can take turns resting during long Zombie sieges. The tactical step boards are installed for when you only need swords and axes for drive by mow downs. The bumpers are made of reinforced steel tubing, so no dents from smashing zombie heads! It’s full armor plated and has bullet proof windows just in case you run into other zombie hunting hordes who might try to take this bad boy from you. Like anything, there is a price attached to this fine piece of zombie fighting machinery.”

DEMS TORPEDO OBAMA’S TRADE PUSH: House Democrats voted down legislation on Friday that would have allowed President Obama to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving 11 Pacific Rim nations. “I will be voting to slow down fast-track,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said before she did just that. Democrats specifically voted to kill a program to help U.S. workers who lose their jobs thanks to trade—a “program their party created and has stood by for four decades,” The New York Times notes. Obama went to Capitol Hill on Friday morning and to the congressional softball game Thursday night to cajole Democrats. It didn’t work.

ISIS IS WINNING THE SOCIAL MEDIA WAR, U.S. CONCLUDES: An internal State Department assessment paints a dismal picture of the efforts by the Obama administration and its foreign allies to combat the Islamic State’s message machine, portraying a fractured coalition that cannot get its own message straight. The assessment comes months after the State Department signaled that it was planning to energize its social media campaign against the militant group. It concludes, however, that the Islamic State’s violent narrative — promulgated through thousands of messages each day — has effectively “trumped” the efforts of some of the world’s richest and most technologically advanced nations. It also casts an unflattering light on internal discussions between American officials and some of their closest allies in the military campaign against the militants. A “messaging working group” of officials from the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates, the memo says, “has not really come together.”

EGYPT OPENS BORDER WITH GAZA: In what is being taken as a possible sign of easing tensions, Egypt opened its border with Gaza for the first time in three months on Saturday, allowing Palestinians to travel to and from the Gaza Strip. The Rafah crossing has stayed mostly closed since Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed by the military in 2013. It opened again two weeks ago but only in one direction, allowing Palestinians stranded outside Gaza to return home.

WHITE HOUSE WEIGHS SANCTIONS AFTER SECOND BREACH OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM: The White House on Friday revealed that hackers had breached a second computer system at the Office of Personnel Management, and said that President Obama was considering financial sanctions against the attackers who gained access to the files of millions of federal workers. Investigators had already said that Chinese hackers appeared to have obtained personal data from more than four million current and former federal employees in one of the boldest invasions into a government network.

DOLEZAL DOESN’T GIVE ‘TWO SHITS’ ABOUT CRITICS: NAACP Spokane President Rachel Dolezal is fighting back against critics calling her out for lying about being black. “I don’t give two shits about what you guys think,” Dolezal said in an interview Friday with the U.K.’s Sky News. The national NAACP said it “stands behind” her, adding, “One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership.” Public records show Dolezal is the biological daughter of Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, who are both white and exposed their daughter in an interview Thursday.

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JOHN STAMOS ARRESTED FOR DUI: Full House actor John Stamos was arrested Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. after police received “numerous calls reporting a possible DUI driver in the area,” according to a police report. Stamos was arrested and transported to a hospital “due to a possible medical condition.” He was placed under arrest at the hospital, issued a citation, and released into the hospital’s care. He is due in court Sept. 11.

6 GUANTÁNAMO DETAINEES FROM YEMEN ARE TRANSFERRED TO OMAN: The United States has transferred six lower-level detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where each had been held for more than 13 years, the military announced early Saturday. The departures, to Oman, were the first from the prison in six months and reduced the inmate population there to 116 prisoners. The six men are all Yemenis and have each been held since early 2002 in indefinite detention without trial under the laws of war. In January 2010, a six-agency task force unanimously recommended that they be transferred, if security conditions could be met in the receiving country. But because of the political upheaval and security chaos in Yemen, they remained stranded until now.

TALIBAN OVERRUN POLICE BASE IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan’s police force took another severe blow from the Taliban on Saturday, as 17 police officers were killed in a clash with the insurgents in the southern province of Helmand, officials said. The insurgents overran a police base near the center of the strategically important district of Musa Qala, the officials said. Local police officers and witnesses described a large-scale attack that began after midnight and continued until daylight.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Recycling

1.     Used condoms were recycled into hair bands in Southern China. They sold quite well, although several physicians voiced concerns about potential hygiene problems.

2.     It is more likely that Americans will recycle than vote.

3.     In the U.S. alone, 18 billion diapers are thrown out a year.

4.     Burying coffins also means that 90,272 tons of steel, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze, and over 30 million feet of hard wood covered in toxic laminates are also buried per year. However, a British company called “Ecopod” offers coffins made from 100% recycled paper.

5.     The United States makes up only 4% of the world’s population, yet it is the number one producer of garbage. In 2006, Americans generated more than 250 million tons of garbage.g Canada produces 31 million tons of garbage per year.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Van Morrison joined an elite group of musicians Friday, one that includes Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bono. The Belfast-born singer-songwriter was awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during her annual Birthday Honours celebration. The newly-titled Sir George Ivan Morrison was selected to receive the highest honor for an individual in the United Kingdom for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Media expert and author Michael Levine at the famed independent book store on the Sunset Strip, Book Soup, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last night.   ***Linda Thompson (Jenner), the former Mrs. Bruce Jenner and girlfriend of Elvis Presley, chatting last night about books with Beverly Hills PR exec Edward Lozzi including the topic of her memoirs that she will be writing—at a private Beverly Hills residence book signing party for author Charles DeBow’s new Novel The Girl in the Moonlight (Morrow). Listening in was former super model and actress Ann Turkel, the former Mrs. Richard Harris, and girlfriend Scandinavian beauty and party hostess Tina Hillstrom.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Robert Chartoff, half of the powerful Hollywood producing team behind “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” as well as other high-profile dramas, died on Wednesday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 81. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his son William said.***Dusty Rhodes, a professional wrestler who endeared himself to fans as an everyman with a less-than-stellar physique, died on Thursday in Orlando, Fla. He was 69. World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed his death without giving the cause.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jenna Jameson says she has found love … and God. The former adult film star has revealed that she is converting from Catholicism to Judaism. Why? The 41-year-old is embracing her Israeli fiancé Lior Bitton’s religious traditions.

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Friday • June 12, 2015

INSIDE JOB – D.A.: WORKER GAVE TOOLS TO PRISONERS: The district attorney for New York’s Clinton County said Friday that prison worker Joyce Mitchell “provided some form of equipment or tools” to escaped convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat. Law-enforcement sources told CNN the tools included “hacksaw blades, drill bits. and eyeglasses with lights affixed to them.” (Previous reports said an electric saw was used.) The Albany Times Union reported late Thursday that Mitchell confessed to smuggling the tools into the prison and providing the men with access to a cellphone. A coworker filed a complaint about Mitchell’s alleged relationship with Sweat earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported, but an investigation by the state’s department of corrections was inconclusive. Earlier reports indicated that Mitchell was set to be their getaway driver until she got cold feet at the last minute.

U.S. SPENDS $9M A DAY FIGHTING ISIS: The Pentagon revealed Thursday the U.S. has spent more than $2.7 billion fighting ISIS militants since attacks began last August, with an average daily cost reaching more than $9 million. The Defense Department released a detailed outline of costs, showing that the Air Force has been responsible for two-thirds of total spending, or more than $1.8 billion. The Army spent $274 million on training and special-forces troops on the ground while the Navy spent $438 million for fighters and other ship support. The report also showed secret special-operations costs totaled more than $200 million since August. The report came as Congress rejected legislation that would have barred military spending on combat operations until a new war powers resolution was passed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A month and a half after six officers were charged in Mr. Freddie Gray’s death, policing has dwindled in some of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods, and murders have risen to levels not seen in four decades. The totals include a 29-year-old man fatally shot on this drug corner last month. Police union officials say that officers are still coming to work, but that some feel a newfound reluctance and are stepping back, questioning whether they will be prosecuted for actions they take on the job.

FEDS: MEN WANTED TO BEHEAD PAM GELLER: Federal prosecutors have charged David Wright of Massachusetts and Nicholas Rovinski of Rhode Island with plotting to behead Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Garland, Texas “draw Muhammad” even that was attacked by two ISIS sympathizers in May. In a complaint filed Friday, allege that Wright and Rovinski provided material support to ISIS by conspiring to carry out the attack with Usaamah Rahim. Rahim was shot by law enforcement last week after they say he charged them with a knife.

LOCAL NAACP LEADER IS WHITE, PARENTS SAY: The NAACP president in Spokane, Washington, has come under investigation after her parents said she’s been posing as an African-American for years, the city said Thursday. Officials are looking into whether Rachel Dolezal violated the city’s code of ethics when she identified herself as black on her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission. Public records show Dolezal, who is president of the NAACP local chapter and an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University, is the biological daughter of Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal. The Dolezals told KXLY Thursday that Rachel Dolezal is their biological daughter and that they are both white.

SEE YA -PAKISTAN EXPELS SAVE THE CHILDREN: Pakistan booted international charity group Save the Children from the country Friday, providing no formal explanation on the aid group’s expulsion. An official told the AFP the NGO was working “against Pakistan’s interest.” Police sealed off the charity’s offices in Islamabad and ordered foreign staff to leave the country within 15 days. Pakistan has previously accused the NGO of supporting the CIA’s fake vaccination program in its search for Osama bin Laden. Save the Children has denied any involvement with the CIA. The charity said it has had no foreign staffers after they were forced to leave in 2012, but has 1,200 Pakistani staff working on projects in health, education, and food.

U.S. INCENTIVIZED TO DETAIN IMMIGRANTS: A study published Thursday revealed that prison contracts with privately run immigration detention facilities in the U.S. have led federal authorities to detain more immigrants than they need to in order to meet quotas. The report, by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Detention Watch Network, contends  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials help private companies meet “guaranteed minimums” by using taxpayer money to pay for a set number of detention beds, regardless of whether they’re used. The quotas give ICE an incentive to detain more immigrants while also allowing private companies to affect the number of individuals detained annually in the U.S., according to the study.

DSK ACQUITTED OF AGGRAVATED PIMPING: Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been acquitted of “aggravated pimping” in relation to sex parties with what prostitutes described as “beast-like scenes.” Strauss-Kahn was just one of many defendants in the case, alongside a police chief and other high-profile individuals. He told the court that the “recreational sessions” helped him de-stress from “saving the world.” The prostitutes testified that they had never directly told Strauss-Kahn that they were sex workers, and the prosecutor asked for Strauss-Kahn’s acquittal.

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CURRY, IGUODALA HIT 44 TO BEAT CAVS: The Golden State Warriors wore down the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 103-82 victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, knotting the series 2-2. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala led with a combined 44 points, highlighting the team’s versatility as opposed to the Cavs’ seven-man rotation. Iguodala replaced struggling center Andrew Bogut. LeBron James had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists while Timofey Mozgov led the team with 28 points. Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova, who was treated for dehydration after scoring a postseason career-high 20 in Game 3, scored 10 points and was three of 14 from the field. The Warriors regain home-court advantage for Game 5 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Sunday.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The chief executive of a French telecommunications company made an extraordinary personal pilgrimage to apologize to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Friday after his recent declaration that he wanted to disentangle from an Israeli mobile provider prompted a diplomatic uproar. Stéphane Richard, chairman of the French company, Orange, said that his remarks were “distorted and misunderstood” as part of the mounting boycott movement targeting companies that operate in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.   ***Some organic farmers contend that Whole Foods is quietly using its formidable marketing skills and its credibility with consumers to convey that conventionally grown produce is just as good — or even better — than their organically grown products. Shoppers can choose from fruits and vegetables carrying the designation of “good,” “better” or “best.” The longtime suppliers to Whole Foods are complaining that the program called Responsibly Grown can grant a farmer who does not meet the stringent requirements for federal organic certification the same rating as an organic farmer, or even a higher one. Conventional growers can receive higher rankings than organic farmers by doing things like establishing a garbage recycling program, relying more on alternative energy sources, eliminating some pesticides and setting aside a portion of fields as a conservation area.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lopez eating brunch at Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side in NYC with Casper Smart and her kids.   ***Emmy Rossum at Italian eatery Florian in NYC.   ***Anne Hathaway, Peter Dinklage, Jane Lynch and Sting at the Public Theater Gala in Central Park in NYC.   ***Aaron Paul getting an advance look at artist Louis Carreon’s latest show, where Paul snapped up a work for $20,000.   ***Julianne Moore getting a standing ovation at the Pierre during the NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Forget-Me-Not gala.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The United States produces more nuclear-generated electricity than any other country, nearly 1/3 of the world’s total. The second largest producer is France, which generates more than 3/4 of its electricity in nuclear reactors.


GERMANY DROPS U.S. MERKEL HACK INQUIRY: Germany’s top federal prosecutor is dropping a formal inquiry into whether the United States hacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone. “The documents published in the media so far that come from Edward Snowden also contain no evidence of surveillance of the mobile phone used by the chancellor solid enough for a court,” the chief prosecutor said. Der Spiegel reported in October 2013 that Merkel’s personal number was included in a National Security Agency database. The report caused a serious rift in U.S.-German relations.

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TRAGIC GLEN CAMPBELL LOSES ABILITY TO SPEAK: One of America’s most beloved voices has been silenced by the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. In a heartbreaking twist, singer GLEN CAMPBELL can no longer speak, according to sources. The “Rhinestone Cowboy,” 79, has lost the ability to carry on a conversation, with the exception of a mumbled “I love you,” a close family pal revealed. His wife, Kim, 56, confirmed the sad turn of events in his ongoing health battle: “He has a hard time understanding what people say to him.” Tragically, Glen losing his voice indicates the superstar is entering Stage 7 of Alzheimer’s, which doctors consider to be the disease’s final stage. The “Gentle on My Mind” and “Wichita Lineman” hitmaker has been living in a Nashville care facility since April 2014. “He still knows who I am,” added Kim. “He’s physically strong, content and jovial.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Every society has its rites of passage, marking the transition from youth to adulthood. Most of these rites of passage are ritualized and structured, with adult supervision and celebration. But the major rite of passage in our society is unritualized, unstructured and unnamed. Most of the people in the middle of it don’t even know it is going on. It happens between ages 22 and 30. The people who endure this rite of passage have often attended colleges where they were not taught how to work hard. As Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa write in their book “Aspiring Adults Adrift,” the average student at a four-year college studies alone just over one hour per day. That is roughly half of how much students were compelled to study just a generation ago.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: One thing we’ve learned in the years since the financial crisis is that seriously bad ideas — by which I mean bad ideas that appeal to the prejudices of Very Serious People — have remarkable staying power. No matter how much contrary evidence comes in, no matter how often and how badly predictions based on those ideas are proved wrong, the bad ideas just keep coming back. And they retain the power to warp policy. What makes something qualify as a seriously bad idea? In general, to sound serious it must invoke big causes to explain big events — technical matters, like the troubles caused by sharing a currency without a common budget, don’t make the cut. It must also absolve corporate interests and the wealthy from responsibility for what went wrong, and call for hard choices and sacrifice on the part of the little people.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After a whirlwind romance, Bradley Cooper and supermodel squeeze Irina Shayk are taking the next step. “Irina is moving into his place in New York City, and they’re even talking about getting married!” a source said. “Things are moving quick – it was love at first sight.”   ***The Internal Revenue Service says former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert failed to pay more than $360,000 in federal income taxes. The Detroit News reports the IRS filed a tax lien against the actress in February and details emerged after she recently announced that her family was moving from a rented home to another area home. Gilbert blames the 2011-2013 tax debt on a stalled acting career, the economy and divorce. In a statement to the newspaper, she says that “like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard” and there was a “perfect storm of financial difficulty for me.”

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Thursday • June 11, 2015

MURDOCH SET TO STEP DOWN AS CEO: Rupert Murdoch, CEO and main shareholder of the 21st Century Fox media conglomerate, is preparing to step down from his role at the head of the company, according to sources close to his family. The CEO title would go to his son, James, while the elder Murdoch would remain executive chairman of Fox, with son Lachlan as a co-chairman. The transition could take place in 2016 or as soon as later this year, and would involve shuffling several other roles at the company. A Fox spokesperson told CNBC that the matter of succession is on the agenda for the next board of directors meeting, but did not confirm the rumors.

PRISON WORKER PROMISED TO DRIVE KILLERS: Joyce Mitchell, the female prison employee who has been questioned in relation to the fantastical escape of convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, was planning to drive their getaway car, government sources tell NBC News. She got cold feet at the last minute, however, and instead checked into the hospital with “a case of nerves.” The sources add that she will be charged for her role in the escape. Meanwhile, police shut off a major upstate New York highway overnight to expedite the search for the two men. “Route 374 is likely to remain closed through the morning,” the New York State Police said in a statement. The highway runs through Cadyville, a few miles from the Clinton Correctional Facility. Authorities are urging residents of nearby communities to stay indoors and to turn on exterior lights.

U.S. WEIGHING MORE MILITARY BASES IN IRAQ TO FIGHT ISIS, TOP GENERAL SAYS: The United States is considering establishing additional military bases in Iraq to combat the Islamic State, the top American general said on Thursday, a move that would require at least hundreds more American military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake cities lost to the militant Sunni extremist group. President Obama’s decision this week to send 450 trainers to establish a new military base to help Iraqi forces retake the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, could signal the beginning of similar efforts in other parts of the country, said Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

FBI SEIZED FAPPENING COMPUTERS: According to recently unsealed court documents, the FBI has traced last year’s massive hack of celebrity nude photos to a home in Chicago, where authorities seized computers and cellphones. An IP address at the home was used to access celebrities’ iCloud accounts, according to an affidavit, but no charges have been filed.

TRAINERS INTENDED AS LIFT, BUT QUICK IRAQ TURNAROUND IS UNLIKELY: President Obama’s decision to open a new base for an additional 450 American military trainers and other personnel in Anbar Province in Iraq is designed to give a badly needed lift to the Sunni tribes and Iraqi troops who have been struggling to hold their own against the Islamic State. But Mr. Obama’s plan for Anbar — its provincial capital of Ramadi is less than 70 miles from Baghdad — is unlikely to begin a speedy turnaround in a conflict in which Islamic State militants have seized the initiative from the American-led coalition.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Studies show that 85% of police officers, 80% of regional pilots, and 48% of air-traffic controllers nod off on the job. Forty-one percent of medical workers admit they have made fatigue-related mistakes.

NOBEL WINNER QUITS JOB: British Nobel laureate and biochemist Tim Hunt has resigned from University College London following mass outcry over comments about women he made at a conference in South Korea. “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” he said. “Three things happen when they are in the lab… You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.” On Wednesday, he told a TV show that he was joking—but “did mean the part about having trouble with girls.” In a letter published to its website, University College London clarified that it “was the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms to men,” and that it did not agree with Hunt’s comments.

7% OF AMERICANS ARE NOW MULTIRACIAL SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, almost 7 percent of the adult U.S. population is multiracial. The number more than triples the Census Bureau’s 2 percent estimate. Levine noted that “that despite including a significant percentage of the general population, only 39 percent of multiracial Americans self-identified in that category.”  The rest identified with only one race—a number influenced in large part by Americans with mixed Native American-white ancestry, who overwhelmingly identify as white.

ZHOU YONGKANG, EX-SECURITY CHIEF IN CHINA, GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR GRAFT: Zhou Yongkang, China’s former domestic security chief, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for accepting bribes, abuse of power and revealing state secrets, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Mr. Zhou, 72, was tried in secret in the northeastern city of Tianjin. A member of the elite Politburo Standing Committee from 2007 until 2012, he is the most senior leader, sitting or retired, to be sentenced to prison for corruption in more than 65 years of Communist Party rule.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, have been blamed for memory loss, but a new study suggests that the association is an illusion. The report, in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the apparent association was likely a result of detection bias — visiting the doctor and starting a new medicine makes people more acutely aware of health issues they might otherwise not notice.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide. Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South. It’s not just a red-blue political divide, either. There is a kind of two-parent arc that starts in the West in Utah, runs up through the Dakotas and Minnesota and then down into New England and New Jersey. It encompasses both the conservative Mountain West and the liberal Northeast. Single-parent families, by contrast, are most common in a Southern arc beginning in Nevada, and extending through New Mexico, Oklahoma and the Deep South before coming up through Appalachia into West Virginia.

FLORIDA ENACTS 24-HOUR ABORTION WAIT: Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law Wednesday that requires women to visit a doctor and wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion. Women will not be required to wait for the procedure if they provide a police report, court order, or medical report proving the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest, domestic violence, or human trafficking. Opponents of the bill argue the waiting period creates a burden for women, who already have weighed the decision or may live far away from abortion clinics and struggle to make repeated visits to the doctor. The measure goes into effect July 1.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***European regulators announced an antitrust investigation on Thursday into whether Amazon used its dominant position in the region’s e-books market to favor its own products over those of rival retailers. The European Commission said it was evaluating the legality of clauses that Amazon had used with European publishers, which required them to inform the e-commerce giant of more favorable terms for books that were offered to other digital retailers.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Leo DiCaprio and Kelly Rohrbach checking out a vintage Danish sofa at Bonhams in NYC while “making out”.    ***Tom Ford at hotel Sixty Soho in NYC.   ***Sandra Bullock and her son, Louis, at Serendipity 3 in NYC.    ***Mark Ruffalo at Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel in NYC.   ***Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley at Il Mulino on East 60th in NYC two nights in a row.   ***Barry Williams of “The Brady Bunch” at Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Harvey Weinstein and Ronald Perelman watching Nile Rodgers and Chic at the Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala.

SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE DEAD AT 93: British actor Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, his wife of over 50 years announced, at a hospital where he had been receiving treatment for heart failure. Lee died on Sunday morning, but a public announcement was delayed so she could inform family. Lee first gained fame as Dracula in Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, and went on to star as Count Dooku in the Star Wars films and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings. He was knighted in 2009.

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BRAIN-EATING TRIBE IMMUNE TO DEMENTIA: Scientists have identified a gene that makes a Papua New Guinean tribe resistant to dementia, according to findings published in Nature. The Fore tribe used to eat the brains of deceased relatives, which at one point led to a major breakout of the potentially fatal kuru prion disease in the 1950s. Those who survived, however, had a “prion resistance” gene, which may also be what protects them from some causes of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. “This is a striking example of Darwinian evolution in humans, the epidemic of prion disease selecting a single genetic change that provided complete protection against an invariably fatal dementia,” said John Collinge, one of the authors of the work.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad scored a tiebreaking goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, evening the series at 2-2 and ending the Lightning’s four-game road-win streak. Team captain Jonathan Toews scored in the second period while Saad scored again with 13:38 to play. Corey Crawford made 24 saves and survived the final minute to help the Blackhawks hold for the 2-1 victory. Alex Killorn scored in the second period for the Lightning. The first four games of the NHL Final have all been decided by one goal for the first time since 1968. The two teams will face off for Game 5 on Saturday in Tampa.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Like Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, Jerry Seinfeld avoids doing shows on college campuses. And while talking with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Thursday, the comedian revealed why: College kids today are too politically correct.  “I hear that all the time,” Seinfeld said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Fred Anton Maier, one of Norway’s finest athletes in one of its signature sports, who set several world records in speedskating and won Olympic gold at 5,000 meters in Grenoble, France, in 1968, died on Tuesday at his home in southern Norway. He was 76. The Norwegian Skating Association announced the death without stating a cause. The Norwegian newspaper VG reported that the cause was cancer.   ***Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was 85. The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Ching: The state of California spelled out 12 medical conditions in SB420 that qualify a resident of California to use marijuana as a medication. Although the 12th condition is rather vague [*see below] and can be interpreted to include any number of conditions. The question of who are these patients, what are their demographics? Are they the 18-30, the protracted adolescents, who are yet to grow up? Are they the 40-60, the Hippies from the 1960s who are still addicted? Or are they the genuine cancer patients, AIDS patients, patients with chronic debilitating illnesses that the bill was originally passed to benefit? The answer is all of the above. My personal experience is as above, in decreasing order

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Alba: In 2012, the Census Bureau announced that nonwhite births exceeded white births for the first time. In 2013, it noted that more whites were dying than were being born. In March, it projected that non-Hispanic whites would be a minority by 2044. But the forecast of an imminent white minority, which some take as a given, is wrong. We will seem like a majority-white society for much longer than is believed. The predictions make sense only if you accept the outdated, illogical methods used by the census, which define as a “minority” anyone who belongs to “any group other than non-Hispanic White alone.” In the words “group” and “alone” lie a host of confusions.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The customer service folks at Go Daddy make the Time Warner look like Tiffany. What a collection of assholes!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick were victims of Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme in 2008, but they didn’t let the devastating financial loss destroy their marriage — or their libidos. “I don’t think there was a moment where it was like, that thing happened and then we got pissed at each other. It was sort of the opposite,” Bacon revealed to GQ editor-at-large Michael Hainey at a Q&A on Tuesday. “We kind of went, ‘Holy s - - t. Let’s . . . I don’t know. Let’s have sex or something. It’s free!’”

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Wednesday • June 10, 2015

KILLERS’ GETAWAY DRIVER WORKED AT PRISON: CNN reports law-enforcement officials say they believe Joyce Mitchell was going to pick up David Sweat and Richard Matt after they escaped from New York’s upstate Clinton Correctional Facility, but she got cold feet due to a panic attack. Sources said Mitchell’s phone was also used to call several people connected to Matt, though it’s unclear who made the outgoing calls or why. Law enforcement told the Albany Times Union that a female prison employee smuggled an electric saw to the inmates, which they used to cut their way out of prison. In addition, the Times Union reports that a riot five days before the prison break led to the temporary suspension of cell searches, which may have given the men several days to tunnel through the walls.

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LEBRON DROPS 40 TO BEAT WARRIORS: Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors’ late-game comeback wasn’t enough to stop the Cleveland Cavaliers from claiming a 96-91 victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. LeBron James had 40 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for the Cavs, who took a 2-1 lead in the series. Matthew Dellavedova scored 20 points and helped Cleveland hold on to the lead after the Warriors came back to close a 20-point deficit to one with about 2 1/2 minutes left. Curry scored 27 points, with 24 points in the second half after his team scored only 37 during the first half. Cleveland hosts Game 4 on Thursday.

ISIS STAGES ATTACKS IN IRAQ AND LIBYA, DESPITE U.S. AIRSTRIKES: Islamic State militants staged attacks near Baghdad and the Libyan city of Surt on Tuesday, underscoring the group’s persistent strength on both fronts despite a monthslong American-led air campaign against it in Syria and Iraq. In Libya, the Islamic State captured a critical power plant along the coastal road westward from its stronghold in Surt toward Misurata, a commercial center whose powerful militias are the backbone of a coalition that controls the capital, Tripoli. The loss was the second significant retreat in less than two weeks by the Misuratan militia, which the provisional government in Tripoli had originally sent to expel the Islamic State from Surt.

POPE CREATES TRIBUNAL FOR BISHOP NEGLIGENCE IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASES: Roman Catholic bishops accused of covering up or failing to prevent the sexual abuse of children by priests will now be subject to judgment and discipline by a new Vatican tribunal, according to a plan approved on Wednesday by Pope Francis. The decision is a measure that abuse victims have urged for years. The church has judicial procedures for judging priests accused of abuse, but until now bishops accused of negligence or cover-ups were almost never held accountable by the church itself.

FIFA SUSPENDS 2026 WORLD CUP BID PROCESS: FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke announced at a press conference Wednesday that the soccer body has suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup, amid investigations into whether bribes resulted in Russia and Qatar getting the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. The U.S., Canada, and Mexico were expected to be among the countries bidding to host the 2026 games, with the winner announced by the spring of 2017.

U.S. TO BUILD NEW BASE IN IRAQ: The New York Times reports the Obama administration is changing strategies in Iraq and sending hundreds of military trainers to help retake Ramadi, the city overrun by ISIS last month. A final decision has yet to be announced, but officials said a new military base will be established in Iraq’s Anbar province and as many as 400 advisers sent. The U.S.’s previous priority, recapturing Mosul, might not happen until 2016.

RIKERS GUARDS ARRESTED IN INMATE’S DEATH: The FBI arrested two Rikers Island corrections officers on Wednesday for the 2012 beating death of an inmate, Ronald Spear. The guards are Brian Coll (retired) and Byron Taylor (current). A third defendant and former corrections officer, Anthony Torres, has pleaded guilty. New York City paid $2.75 million in 2014 to settle a lawsuit about Spear’s death. The medical examiner’s office concluded that Spear, who reportedly walked with a cane and suffered from kidney problems, was killed by “blunt force trauma” to the head. Other inmates alleged that Spear was held down by two corrections officers as a third kicked him in the face and chest.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Although anorexia is more common among young people than any other age group, it is more deadly in the elderly. From 1986 to 1990, the elderly accounted for 78% of all deaths due to anorexia.


COP CLEARED OF 3RD SHOOTING IN 3 YEARS: An Anaheim, California, police officer who has shot three suspects since January 2012 has been cleared for a third time. The district attorney’s office said the most recent shooting had been justified. In September 2014, Nick Bennallack and five other officers were involved in the fatal shooting of Steen Thomas Parker, who police said opened fire on the cops after a robbery. A report said the officers “were justified in believing that Parker posed a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to their partners and themselves.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Yves Saint Laurent’s partner Pierre Bergé in Marrakech by the couple’s Jardin Majorelle.   Ne-Yo at Bodega Negra in “a hat and dark shades”.   ***Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, Geno Smith and Duke basketball star Justise Winslow at Barclays Center seeing Miguel Cotto knock out Danny Geale.   ***Fat Joe at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side in NYC.    ***Gladys Knight performing at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury and being joined onstage for a duet by Dionne Warwick.   ***Sylvester Stallone at Lupus LA’s Orange Ball.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Last August the Los Angeles Times announced it was “thrilled” to get Brandi Grissom from the hot nonprofit Texas Tribune, where she was managing editor. At the LAT she was hired to be Enterprise Editor on the Metro desk. “Grissom has been a force for outstanding investigative journalism,” the editors said in a memo I posted. “She knows her way around data and video, and she has excelled as both an investigative reporter and editor.” Today, she announced on Twitter that she is leaving the LA Times for the Dallas Morning News. A smaller and less prestigious paper, but a high profile job: she will run the paper’s bureau in the state capital.

BABY BORN USING OVARY TISSUE TRANSPLANT: A woman in Belgium became the world’s first to give birth to a baby using her transplanted ovarian tissue that was frozen when she was a child, according to new research published in Human Reproduction on Wednesday. The 27-year-old, unidentified woman had an ovary removed at age 13, when she began receiving invasive treatment for sickle cell anemia. Her other ovary failed following the treatment, which meant she would have been unlikely to conceive without the transplant. The woman gave birth to a healthy boy in November 2014. Doctors hope the procedure could eventually help other young patients at risk of ovarian failure.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at The New York Post who wrote the most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism — HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR — died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 74. A former colleague, Myron Rushetzky, confirmed the death, of pancreatic cancer, at Calvary Hospital.   ***Mary Ellen Trainor, an actress known for her roles in “The Goonies” and the “Lethal Weapon” films, died on May 20 at her home in Montecito, Calif. She was 62. The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, according to Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm and a longtime friend, who confirmed the death on Monday.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: So here’s an interesting statistic from a 2014 labor survey by burning-glass.com: 65 percent of new job postings for executive secretaries and executive assistants now call for a bachelor’s degree, but “only 19 percent of those currently employed in these roles have a B.A.” So four-fifths of secretaries today would not be considered for two-thirds of the job postings in their own field because they do not have a four-year degree to do the job they are already doing! The study noted that an “increasing number of job seekers face being shut out of middle-skill, middle-class occupations by employers’ rising demand for a bachelor’s degree” as a job-qualifying badge — even though it may be irrelevant, or in no way capture someone’s true capabilities, or where perhaps two quick online courses would be sufficient.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser: Charles Krauthammer is truly one of the most brilliant clear-minded pundits on television; one of my heroes. Trump proved himself here again, as if we needed yet another proof, that he’s the real clown exhibiting what Dr Krauthammer would likely diagnose as countertransference in his Twitter tirade.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Just about everyone agrees that we need more farmers. Currently, nearly 30 percent are 65 or older, and fewer than 10 percent are under 35. The number of farmers is likely to fall further with continuing consolidation and technological innovation. But displacement of farmers is neither desirable nor inevitable. We need to put more young people on smaller farms, the kinds that will grow nourishing food for people instead of food that sickens us or yields products intended for animals or cars.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***According to sources, after just 18 months of dating, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn are planning for a wedding – and a honeymoon baby. “They’re going to slip away to South Africa and get married in August,” dished a friend of the couple. “And Charlize is making no secret that they’re shooting for making a baby on their wedding night.” The two expect to tie the knot on August 7 – Charlize’s 40th birthday.   ***Casey Kasem confided that he desperately wanted to leave his wife, Jean, who bullied him into giving her control of his $80 million estate. That’s the bombshell claim of the late DJ’s daughter Kerri, who said: “Jean tortured my father in his final days. Towards the end, he talked about divorcing her, but he was too sick to go through with it. “I also have information that my father’s old housekeeper witnessed Jean screaming at him to sign the legal documents giving her control over his estate! ”The L.A. district attorney’s office declined to charge Jean with elder abuse, despite the request of Casey’s children.

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Tuesday • June 9, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics made up 5 percent of Hazleton, Pennsylvania’s  population in 2000. By 2010, that number increased to 37 percent.

IOS 9: IPHONE WILL NOW TRACK SEXUAL ACTIVITY: Apple’s iPhone will now let people track exactly how often, when and how they have sex. As part of new “reproductive health” tracking features, Apple has added an option for “Sexual Activity”. When users click on it, they can enter information on whether protection was used as well as the date and time. Like the rest of the health tracking features, users will then be able to see that data represented on a graph or in a numerical read-out.

KILLERS PLOTTED ESCAPE IN TAILOR SHOP: Escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat allegedly plotted their daring plan from the safety of their upstate New York prison’s tailor shop, where the duo made Metro-North uniforms. Authorities are questioning Joyce Mitchell, the 51-year-old female tailor-shop supervisor, who they fear may have known about the plan to make the rail-worker gear. Authorities also released images of the men’s tattoos, which in Sweat’s case include the word “Rebel” on his left arm and the letters I, F, and B on fingers of his right hand.

SAT SECTION DUMPED AFTER MATH ERROR: The College Board announced Monday night that it would not factor a section of Saturday’s SAT into students’ scores, after mass complaints about a printing error that misinformed them about the time allotted to complete it. Some students taking the test in the U.S. were told they had 25 minutes to complete section 8 or 9, when they in reality had just 20. “We have deliberately constructed both the Reading and the Math Tests to include three equal sections with roughly the same level of difficulty,” the College Board said in a statement. “If one of the three sections is jeopardized, the correlation among sections is sufficient to be able to deliver reliable scores.”

MANSON PROSECUTOR BUGLIOSI DIES AT 80: Vincent Bugliosi, the man who was catapulted into fame by his prosecution of Charles Manson, has died at age 80. After the trial, Bugliosi wrote Helter Skelter, a book about Manson and his followers. He cast Mason’s female followers as “zombies,” with the cult leader being “a dictatorial maharajah of a tribe of bootlicking slaves.” He went on to write a dozen other books, including 2,000 pages on the Kennedy assassination.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Stress

1.     Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat.

2.     While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, telogen effluvium (hair loss) can begin up to three months after a stressful event.

3.     In 2009, the top most stressful jobs were a surgeon, commercial airline pilot, photojournalist, advertising account executive, and real estate agent. The least stressful jobs were actuary, dietitian, astronomer, systems analyst, and software engineer.

4.     The top three stressful cities in America are Chicago, Ilinois; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York.

5.     Stress alters the neurochemical makeup of the body, which can affect the maturation and release of the human egg. Stress can also cause the fallopian tubes and uterus to spasm, which can affect implantation. Stress in men can affect sperm count and motility and can cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, stress may account for 30% of all infertility problems.

6.     Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame.

7.     Laughing lowers stress hormones (like cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline) and strengthens the immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones.

8.     The stress hormone cortisol not only causes abdominal fat to accumulate, but it also enlarges individual fat cells, leading to what researchers call “diseased” fat.

9.     Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, liver cirrhosis, and suicide.

10.  The stress of caring for a disabled spouse increases the risk of stroke substantially.

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RIP-OFF! 50 HOSPITALS CHARGE UNINSURED 10X MORE: A study published Monday found that 50 hospitals in the U.S. are charging uninsured patients more than 10 times the actual cost of care. Of those 50 hospitals, all but one is owned by for-profit entitites while 20 of the facilities are located in Florida, according to the study published in Health Affairs. Community Health Systems operates 25 of the hospitals on the list while Hospital Corp. of America operates 14 facilities. The most expensive hospital is North Okaloose Medical Center in the Florida Pandhandle, where uninsured consumers are charged 12.6 times the actual cost of patient care. In comparison, a typical U.S. hospital charges 3.4 times the cost of patient care, researchers said.

DENNIS HASTERT TO APPEAR IN CHICAGO COURT FOR ARRAIGNMENT: J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives who has been publicly silent and out of sight since he was indicted late last month, is to appear in court here on Tuesday afternoon for his arraignment. Mr. Hastert, 73, was indicted on federal charges that he structured cash withdrawals to avoid detection by bank officials and lied to the federal authorities about the money. On Monday, Thomas C. Green, a Washington-based lawyer with broad experience representing public officials facing criminal investigations, filed court papers indicating that he would represent Mr. Hastert during the arraignment.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The British bank HSBC, in a major revamping of its global strategy, said on Tuesday that it would shed as many as 50,000 jobs as it sells several underperforming businesses, reduces the size of its global investment banking business and aims to cut billions of dollars in costs. The bank said it would eliminate 22,000 to 25,000 full-time jobs, or about 10 percent of its work force, through restructuring by the end of 2017. It also plans to reduce its head count by an additional 25,000 positions through the sale of its underperforming businesses in Turkey and Brazil.   ***General Electric said on Tuesday that it had agreed to sell the bulk of a division that finances leveraged buyouts to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a $12 billion deal. The Canadian pension fund would acquire G.E.’s private equity lending unit in the United States, which is primarily made up of Antares Capital, as well as a $3 billion bank loan portfolio. News of the potential sale emerged this week.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: For every 1 million tons of oil that is shipped, about 1 ton is spilled.

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INMATE FREED AFTER 43 YEARS IN SOLITARY: America’s longest-serving prisoner held in solitary confinement has been ordered released by a federal judge. Albert Woodfox is now 68 and has served 43 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the 1972 murder of a prison guard. Woodfox has always claimed his innocence, and now the judge has demanded his unconditional release and barred a third trial on his case. Louisiana’s attorney general is seeking an emergency stay of the order.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Celia Ellenberg will succeed Sarah Brown as Vogue’s beauty director, multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six. Ellenberg, a Brooklyn-based beauty writer and a reporter for vogue.com and style.com, will officially start her new role in early July, we’re told.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Alex Rodriguez dining with friends at Tao in Midtown in NYC following the Yankees’ victory over the Angels Sunday.   ***Karlie Kloss and boyfriend Josh Kushner getting ice cream at Morgenstern’s downtown in NYC.   ***Joe Manganiello, wearing a tux, along with a couple of buddies, eating giant ice-cream sundaes at Serendipity 3 after leaving the ­Tonys Sunday. Manganiello asked to have a packet of its famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate mix wrapped to give to his fiancée, Sofía Vergara, who was not with him.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Roger Vergé, a founding father of nouvelle cuisine who developed a highly influential version of Provençal cooking, which he called “the cuisine of the sun,” at his renowned restaurant Le Moulin de Mougins near Cannes, France, died on Friday at his home in Mougins. He was 85. The cause was complications of diabetes, his daughter Cordélia Vergé said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Every serious presidential candidate has to answer a fundamental strategic question: Do I think I can win by expanding my party’s reach, or do I think I can win by mobilizing my party’s base? Two of the leading Republicans have staked out opposing sides on this issue. Scott Walker is trying to mobilize existing conservative voters. Jeb Bush is trying to expand his party’s reach.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M. Zuhdi Jasser (President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy): Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour may give many in LA an altruistic feeling thinking it will lift up those struggling near the poverty level. But, nature’s economic laws of supply and demand can never be out-tricked. As Tim Worstall notes in Forbes, in less than one year, Seattle is already proving that the invisible hand of the free market will find a work around. Whether job growth rates slow down or go down, or whether prices go up, or the economy shrinks, controlling one variable cannot just miraculously infuse more cash or business into the equation. Yes, in the past some minimum wage requirements have been reasonable to prevent severe exploitation of the most vulnerable in society. But Seattle is proving the obvious: that when the minimum wage is abused as a tool to “fool the market” (which is what $15/hour tries to do), the manipulated market will just correct the artificially elevated floor by just lowering the ceilings. LA, why follow Seattle’s folly if it has yet to prove its wisdom?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Phil Brock: As one of the densest cities in our state, Santa Monica can no longer sustain more people and more traffic with the infrastructure we currently have in place. Far and away, the absolute best way to prevent even more densification in our city is to limit the height and floor area ratio of new construction. Rather than let our quality of life be corrupted, rather than see our city become urbanized to “blend in” with the Los Angeles metropolis, the height initiative we propose would allow Santa Monica to continue to be a distinct and refreshing environment.

THE LIST RANT by Ericka T. Bass: 1. The mere mention of Adam Sandler’s name makes me sick to my stomach. He could be the biggest no talent in Hollywood and that’s say something.   2. If I say something to offend you, I meant it.   3. Donald Trump is a mental midget with an IQ of a fence post.   4. Vince McMahon looks like a man who (desperately) needs Viagra. (Please note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of LBN or its staff)   ***Shout back directly at Ericka T. – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net ( Please put “Erika T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A week after introducing herself on the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner has been slapped with a second lawsuit in connection with a fatal crash in California. Jessica Marie Steindorff, 29, who was driving a 2010 Toyota Prius involved in the chain-reaction accident in Malibu on Feb. 7, filed a personal injury lawsuit Monday in LA Superior Court, CNN reported. Steindorff, a talent manager in Hollywood, claims in the suit – which refers to Jenner as “Bruce Jenner a/k/a Caitlyn Jenner” – that she operated a vehicle “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and wantonly” and caused the accident. She is seeking unspecified damages.

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Monday • June 8, 2015

MORE GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE!  – TSA MISSED 73 WORKERS ON TERROR WATCHLIST: At least 73 individuals employed in the airline industry should have been disqualified and flagged under terrorism-related activity codes by the TSA, a newly released report by Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general shows. They were employed as airport vendors and by major airlines, in part because the TSA “is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watchlisting policy.” The report says that the TSA delegated the vetting of potential hires to commercial airports, who relied on incomplete application data—such as only first initials, or missing Social Security numbers. “TSA lacked assurance that it properly vetted all credential applicants,” the report concludes. At the same time, the report praised the TSA’s use of existing information to re-vet aviation employees against existing watchlists, including the fact that the agency nominated 300 people to such lists.

U.S. WILL INCREASE TRAINING OF IRAQI FORCES FIGHTING ISIS, OBAMA SAYS: President Obama said on Monday that the United States would increase training and assistance for Iraqi forces to step up the counteroffensive against the Islamic State, saying that world powers are “absolutely committed” to supporting Iraq in the fight against the Sunni militants who have made major gains in recent weeks. “Although it is going to take time, and there will be setbacks and lessons learned, we are going to be successful,” Mr. Obama said here at the start of a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq. “ISIL is going to be driven out of Iraq, and ultimately, it is going to be defeated.”

SUPREME COURT BACKS WHITE HOUSE ON JERUSALEM PASSPORT DISPUTE: In an important separation-of-powers decision, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress may not require the State Department to indicate in passports that Jerusalem is part of Israel. The vote was 6 to 3, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissenting. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for five justices, said the question of the status of Jerusalem is “a delicate subject.” But he said the Constitution conferred exclusive authority on the president to recognize foreign governments.

PISTORIUS TO WALK: Olympian Oscar Pistorius will be released on probation August 21, after a recommendation from the South African corrections department. The amputee athlete was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the middle of the night. His attorneys argued that Pistorius thought she was an intruder when he shot her through a closed door. Under South African law, Pistorius became eligible for parole under “correctional supervision” after serving just a sixth of his sentence.

NY PRISONERS USED POWER TOOLS TO ESCAPE: A female prison employee is being questioned by cops after the escape of two convicted murderers from an upstate correctional facility over the weekend, a source told the New York Post. The paper also reports that the tools used for the escape don’t appear to have come from the prison itself, prompting officials to look into contractors hired to do major recent construction. “They are looking into every aspect of these crews, any connections they might have to these two prisoners,” the source said. Hundreds of police and corrections officers were searching rural communities near the Canadian border for David Sweat, 35, and Richard Matt, 49, who cut through their cells, scaled a 9ft wall and escaped through a manhole cover a block away. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered a $100,000 reward in what he referred to as “a crisis situation for the state.”

DETAINED WASHINGTON POST REPORTER BACK IN IRAN COURT: The mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian said Monday her son is “very tired, very distressed” as the journalist returned to a Tehran courtroom for the second closed-door hearing in his espionage trial. Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief, had his first closed-door hearing on May 26 in a Revolutionary Court on charges including espionage and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. The Post has strongly criticized the detention of its reporter, and American officials and rights groups have also pressed for his release. Rezaian’s mother, Mary, told The Associated Press after his second hearing ended on Monday afternoon that she does not know how many more sessions there will be or how the trial is going.

CAVS BEAT WARRIORS TO EVEN NBA FINALS: LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in a 95-93 overtime victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday. James had 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to even the series at 1-1 despite the absence of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. It was James’ fifth Finals triple-double and the 13th time he has done it in postseason. Stephen Curry had 19 points and helped the Warriors with a comeback after trailing 83-72 with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Cavs guard Matthew Delladova’s two free throws with 10.1 seconds left in overtime and an offensive rebound gave Cleveland the victory.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The world’s largest stockpile of gold can be found five stories underground inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s vault and it holds 25% of the world’s gold reserve (540,000 gold bars). While it contains more gold than Fort Knox, most of it belongs to foreign governments.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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

HELEN MIRREN WINS BEST ACTRESS AT TONYS: Helen Mirren won Best Actress for her performance in The Audience at the Tony Awards Sunday night, beating out Geneva Carr for Hand to God, Elisabeth Moss for The Heidi Chronicles, Carey Mulligan for Skylight, and Ruth Wilson for Contellations. Sam Gold took home a Tony for Best Direction for Fun Home while Richard McCabe won Best Featured Actor in a play for The Audience. Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth co-hosted the 69th annual awards at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won for Best Play while Fun Home won Best Musical.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed house last night for author and Wall Street Journal writer Bret Stephens at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills as he talked about his book.   ***Paula Abdul having lunch at Fresco by Scotto in NYC with Nigel Lythgoe.   ***Julie Andrews getting a manicure at Salon Xavier in Sag Harbor.   ***Jonathan Groff, Andrew Rannells and Billy Eichner at Sid Gold’s Request Room during the premiere of David Nagler’s “The Oracle Show”.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Nancy Sinatra (1940)

The daughter of iconic singer Frank Sinatra, Nancy is an American singer and actress best known for her 1966 signature hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” The song was written by singer and producer Lee Hazlewood, who wrote and produced most of Nancy’s hits and sang with her on several duets. She followed the song’s wild success with a slew of singles, including a duet with her father that remains the only father-daughter duet to reach the top of the charts in the US.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Britney Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph is recovering from heart-valve-replacement surgery, his close friend, Hollywood showman Jeff Beacher, says. The music executive checked into New York-Presbyterian on June 1, had the surgery the following day, and is “recovering quickly,” says Beacher.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Interesting twist to a legal and Hollywood story from last year. Aspiring actor Michael Egan claimed that he had been sexually abused as a teenager by multiple Hollywood executives, and he found lawyers to file lawsuits for him in Hawaii. The case quickly fell apart, Egan was indicted on unrelated charges, and the suits were dropped, but two of the accused executives — former NBC president Garth Ancier and former Disney executive David A. Neuman — filed suit against Egan and his lawyers. Now the lawyers have apologized for ever going public with the sex charges — and have paid seven-figure settlements to both executives, according to The Wrap.

‘DISRUPTIVE’ KATE MOSS KICKED OFF PLANE: Supermodel Kate Moss was escorted off an EasyJet flight at Luton airport for reportedly being disruptive on Sunday. The plane had arrived from Bodrum in Turkey and Bedfordshire Police said they were called to assist staff in escorting a passenger for “being disruptive on the flight,” according to a statement. Moss was not arrested and no formal complaints were made. EasyJet said it “does not tolerate disuptive behavior and will always report any incidents to the authorities.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: One of the most persistent statistical bludgeons of people who want to blame black people for any injustice or inequity they encounter is this: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), in 2013 in nearly 72 percent of births to non-Hispanic black women, the mothers were unmarried. It has always seemed to me that embedded in the “If only black men would marry the women they have babies with…” rhetoric was a more insidious suggestion: that there is something fundamental, and intrinsic about black men that is flawed, that black fathers are pathologically prone to desertion of their offspring and therefore largely responsible for black community “dysfunction.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Eleanor Clift: Seventy million Americans have a criminal record, a shockingly high number that stems from high incarceration rates going back for decades, and that continue to exact a human cost even after an individual’s debt to society has been paid. Now, a prison reform movement embraced by such unlikely allies as the Koch brothers and the ACLU is pushing to “Ban the Box” on employment forms that applicants must check if they’ve had a misdemeanor or felony conviction, a mark that weeds them out before they even get in the door.    Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have already removed the box, as have mega-employers Target, Walmart and Koch Industries. The movement, which was spearheaded by the National Employment Law Project, All of Us or None, and PICO National Network together with hundreds of national and local advocacy groups, is putting the spotlight on the White House to make good on former Attorney General Eric Holder’s promise to make the federal government a “model employer” for the millions of Americans with an arrest record.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark B. Baer (Attorney): For decades now, the wealth inequality in the United States has increased as a result of tax policies that have benefitted the wealthy.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 22% of Los Angeles residents are currently living below poverty level and many are employed in full-time minimum wage jobs.  Taxes and minimum wage are two governmental policies for wealth redistribution.  Los Angeles is attempting to address this very serious issue by increasing minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  Based upon historical research, the positive impact this should have on the local economy will far outweigh the loss of some jobs.

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Monday • June 8, 2015

Most of us don’t experience a cataclysmic transformation. No, for most of us change comes as an evolutionary process of almost imperceptible changes. We just keep nudging ourselves in the right direction, forming one or two better habits.

But what really makes us sit up and take notice? What really causes us to shed our old habits and take action?

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Saturday • June 6, 2015

U.S. WAS WARNED OF SYSTEM OPEN TO CYBERATTACKS: The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, which keeps the records and security clearance information for millions of current and retired federal employees, issued a report in November that essentially described the agency’s computer security system as a Chinese hacker’s dream. But by the time the report was published, Chinese hackers had already cleaned out tens of thousands of files on sensitive security clearances, and were preparing for a much broader attack that ultimately obtained detailed personal information on at least four million current and former government employees. Even today, the agency is struggling to patch numerous vulnerabilities.

OBAMA TO EULOGIZE BEAU BIDEN AT FUNERAL: President Obama and his family traveled to Delaware on Saturday to deliver remarks at the funeral for Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Beau, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. Hillary and Bill Clinton were also in attendance, along with Biden’s two other children, Hunter and Ashley Biden. Beau Biden served two terms as Delaware’s attorney general and had set his sights on the governor’s office. He died at age 46 of brain cancer.

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DUGGARS PUT LOCKS ON GIRLS’ DOORS: The Duggar family stopped letting kids be alone and put locks on their bedroom doors after finding out that their eldest son molested his sisters. Two of the Duggar girls reveal this and more in an interview set to air Friday night on Fox News. “My parents said OK, we’re not going to do this hide-and-seek thing where two people go off and hide together,” said Jill Dillard, one of the sisters molested by Josh Duggar, when asked about safety precautions. “Locks on the doors. You know, everybody’s in bed. Girls in the girls’ room. Boys in the boys’ room.” Another of the sisters, Jessa Seewald, defended Josh’s work for an organization peddling anti-gay lies after he molested girls. “It’s right to say ‘Here’s what I believe, here’s my values,’ even if you’ve made stupid mistakes or failures,” Seewald said. “If you’ve had failures in your past, it doesn’t mean you can’t be changed. I think that’s where, I think the real issue is people are making this sound like it happened yesterday.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? The sociologist Alice Goffman, author of “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


U.S. SAYS RUSSIA FAILED TO CORRECT VIOLATION OF LANDMARK 1987 ARMS CONTROL DEAL: The State Department reported on Friday that Russia had failed to correct a violation of a landmark arms control accord between Washington and Moscow that prohibits intermediate-range ground-launched missiles. At issue is the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the I.N.F. Treaty, which the Obama administration says the Russians breached by testing a cruise missile. But American officials have made no discernible headway in persuading the Russians to acknowledge the compliance problem, let alone resolve it.

CHRISTIE: HILLARY WANTS VOTER FRAUD: On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went after Hillary Clinton for her views on expanding voter registration. “She just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of fraud,” Christie said to patrons at a New Hampshire diner. It was in response to Clinton’s statements Thursday that accused Christie, and other states, of being on “a crusade against voting rights” by not allowing same-day voter registration.

JURORS FLEE OVER ‘NO SNITCHING’ FEARS: A culture of fear is quietly preventing justice from being served in Milwaukee. Potential jurors for the case of Robert McCorkle, who is charged with murdering 26-year-old Richard Conn, were being dismissed after saying they feared for their safety after the outcome of the trial. The pleas spotlight a “no snitching” culture in Milwaukee in which recent many have been attacked or killed after giving witness testimonies. Police Chief Edward Flynn said that victims “are understandably afraid of being re-victimized. Witnesses are logically worried about being the rat.”

“MY BOYFRIEND PREFERRED PLAYING COMPUTER GAMES TO READING LBN. I’LL MISS HIM” —–Taylor E., an LBN E-Lert reader from Berlin, Germany.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Earthquakes

1.     Earthquakes kill approximately 8,000 people each year and have caused an estimated 13 million deaths in the past 4,000 years.

2.     The moment magnitude scale (MMS) replaced the 1930s-era Richter scale in the 1970s as the method of measuring the size of earthquakes in terms of energy released.

3.     In Japan mythology, a giant catfish called Namazu is responsible for earthquakes.

4.     The Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004 generated enough energy to power all the homes and businesses in the United States for three days.

5.     An average earthquake lasts around a minute.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Mark Teixeira and Allan Houston at the Greenwich International Film Festival’s Sports Guys on Sports Movies panel.   ***Michele Lee at 54 Below in NYC to see Linda Lavin.   *** Andrew Rannells at Sid Gold’s Request Room for Nikki M. James’ birthday bash.   ***Joe Torre at Davio’s in NYC.   ***Amar’e Stoudemire and Victor Cruz at Nizuc Resort in Cancun.   ***Tony Bennett and Olivia Newton-John at “An American in Paris” in NYC.   ***Linda Fargo and Sally Singer at Sixty Soho’s Gordon Bar for a presentation by fashion line Tome.

OAKLAND HIRES AMBIDEXTROUS PITCHER: On Friday, Oakland Athletics acquired one talented pitcher. The major league baseballe team purchased the contract of Pat Venditte, who hails from Nashville’s Triple-A. He will become major league baseball’s first ambidextrous pitcher since 1995. Venditte can switch-pitch a fastball, slider and changeup while using an ambidextrous glove fitted with two thumbholes. He currently ranks fourth among pitchers in the Pacific Coast League and had signed with the New York Yankees in 2008.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Veteran filmmaker/producer/writer Fraser C. Heston has signed with Michael Mann for personal management.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Tavern on the Green will soon be Tavern on the Park. Less than two months after celebrated chef Jeremiah Tower departed (and John Stevenson took over the kitchen), the landmark restaurant in Central Park has lost the rights to its name in federal court. Jennifer Oz LeRoy, who ran the eatery after her father Warner LeRoy died in 2001, has won the trademark valued at $19 million.

ARCHDIOCESE CHARGED FOR FAILING VICTIMS: The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was criminally charged Friday with “failing to protect” victims of an abusive priest. The county prosecutor said church officials didn’t enforce their own restrictions for Father Curtis Wehmeyer after another priest reported he was sleeping in the same bed with one victim. These facts were “ignored, minimized, or not shared,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. Wehmeyer is in prison for child sexual abuse.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***A woman bleeding from the head was carried out of the Fenway Park stands after being hit by a broken bat Friday night, and police said her injuries were life threatening. Boston police spokesman David Estrada confirmed the fan was struck by the bat during a game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: John Simpson and other consumer advocates are right to press Google — and all the big tech companies — on privacy issues. The profligate use of our data has become a big concern for many Americans. But on the question of whether Google should be promoting completely autonomous cars, he couldn’t be more wrong. The sooner they are a reality, the safer we’ll all be.

LBN-COMMENTARY By CARL SAFINA: Men often face pressure to measure up as alpha males, to “wolf up” as it were. Alpha male connotes the man who at every moment demonstrates that he’s in total control in the home, and who away from home can become snarling and aggressive. This alpha male stereotype comes from a misunderstanding of the real thing. In fact, the male wolf is an exemplary male role model. By observing wolves in free-living packs in Yellowstone National Park, I’ve seen that the leadership of the ranking male is not forced, not domineering and not aggressive to those on his team.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao is headed back into a different ring — the real estate ring. Pacquiao recently re-listed his Mediterranean-style villa in Los Angeles for $2.7 million.

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Saturday • June 6, 2015

AMAZON PULLS ISIS MAGAZINE: Amazon has pulled copies of the English-language propaganda magazine Dabig, which belongs to ISIS. The author of the magazines was the al-Hayat Media Center, which is the terrorist group’s media arm. The magazines were published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, which is actually Amazon’s own self-publishing company. The company did not give further details to the BBC except that “This product is no longer available for sale.” The magazine was described on Amazon as “a periodical magazine focusing on issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war), and jama’ah (community).”

AMERICAN PHAROAH WINS BELMONT STAKES AND TRIPLE CROWN: As American Pharoah came out of the far turn and squared his shoulders to let his rider Victor Espinoza stare down the long withering stretch of Belmont Park, a sense of inevitability surged through this mammoth old grandstand. The fans in a capacity crowd strained on the tips of their toes and let out a roar from deep in their souls. It was going to end, finally — this 37-year search for a great racehorse. No, a battered old sport was looking for an immortal thoroughbred, one worthy to stand alongside Sir Barton and Assault, War Admiral and Whirlaway, Count Fleet and Citation, a horse able to earn the title of a Triple Crown champion.

FIFA: RUSSIA, QATAR COULD LOSE WORLD CUP: Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee told a Swiss newspaper on Sunday that Russia and Qatar could have their World Cup hosting rights taken away if evidence of bribery emerges. “If evidence should emerge that the awards to Qatar and Russia only came about thanks to bought votes, then the awards could be invalidated,” Scala told SonntagsZeitung. “This evidence has not yet been brought forth.” Russia and Qatar have denied any wrongdoing in securing the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


TWO MURDERERS ESCAPE NY JAIL: Two men convicted of murder escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York by cutting through the walls in their cells, scaling a cat walk and finally emerging through a manhole cover a block away. At a press conference today, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the men used a series of tunnels, potentially connected to the prison’s heating pipes and inner workings, to get themselves to the manhole. Officials are now investigating how the men, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were able to access the power tools used for the elaborate plan.

SNOWDEN MET WITH ARGENTINE PRESIDENT: An attorney for Edward Snowden revealed Saturday that the whistleblower met with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in April to discuss U.S. surveillance. This marks the first meeting that Snowden has had with a head of state. It took place when Kirchner visited Russia, where Snowden has lived in exile since 2013.

UK: EXPECT 500,000 MIGRANTS FROM LIBYA: Captain Nick Cooke-Priest, the British official heading the British warship conducting rescue operations, claims that there could be as many as “450,000 to 500,000 migrants in Libya” waiting to try and get into Europe this summer. His ship, the HMS Bulwark, was dispatched on Sunday to rescue at least 500 more migrants in distress at sea. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 80,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean this year.

SAUDI BLOGGER LASHING SENTENCE UPHELD: The verdict against the liberal blogger Raif Badawi for insulting Islam has been upheld by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court. Bedew was sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison, and was flogged back in January. The Supreme Court’s decision cannot be overturned without a royal pardon.

SOUTH KOREA BEATS US IN ROBOT CHALLENGE: A South Korean team is taking home the $2 million prize at the DARPA Robotics Challenge after its robot won a challenge mirroring the 2011 Japanese Fukushima nuclear meltdown. The two day competition involved robots working their way through an obstacle course, opening values, punching walls, and clearing rubble. A total of 24 robots made it to the finals. Twelve of them were from the US, five from Japan, three from South Korea, two from Germany, and one each from Italy and Hong Kong.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Deutsche Bank said on Sunday that its co-chief executives, Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen, had resigned and would be replaced by John Cryan, former chief financial officer of the Swiss bank UBS. The management changes come after some large shareholders called for Mr. Jain and Mr. Fitschen to step down because of a series of large legal penalties imposed on the bank for past wrongdoing, as well as inconsistent profit and questions about the bank’s strategy.

BRAZILIAN ‘HUMAN KEN’ DIES: Celso Santebañes, known as the Brazilian “Human Ken,” has died of complications from leukemia. The 20-year-old model reportedly spent over $45,000 on cosmetic surgeries to look more like a Barbie doll’s boyfriend, Ken. After being diagnosed with leukemia five months ago, Santebañes said he was “no longer concerned with the issue of aesthetics” and had started a “new cycle” of his life.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Carlos Santana will play the national anthem for his Bay Area hometown team before Game 2 of the NBA finals on Sunday, June 7th. His wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, will join the Latin-rock guitar legend on drums for the performance, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

LBN-R.I.P.: Ronnie Gilbert, whose crystalline, bold contralto provided distaff ballast for the Weavers, the seminal quartet that helped propel folk music to wide popularity and establish its power as an agent of social change, died on Saturday in Mill Valley, Calif. She was 88. The death was confirmed by her partner, Donna Korones.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elinor Burkett: Do women and men have different brains? Back when Lawrence H. Summers was president of Harvard and suggested that they did, the reaction was swift and merciless. Pundits branded him sexist. Faculty members deemed him a troglodyte. Alumni withheld donations. But when Bruce Jenner said much the same thing in an April interview with Diane Sawyer, he was lionized for his bravery, even for his progressivism. “My brain is much more female than it is male,” he told her, explaining how he knew that he was transgender.

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Friday • June 5, 2015

OUTRAGEOUS! 3,700 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ‘THREAT LEVEL 1’ CRIMINALS RELEASED INTO U.S. BY DHS:

Most of the illegal immigrant criminals Homeland Security officials released from custody last year were discretionary, meaning the department could have kept them in detention but chose instead to let them onto the streets as their deportation cases moved through the system, according to new numbers from Congress.

Some of those released were the worst of the worst — more than 3,700 “Threat Level 1” criminals, who are deemed the top priority for deportation, were still released out into the community even as they waited for their immigration cases to be heard.

Homeland Security officials have implied their hands are tied by court rulings in many cases, but the numbers, obtained by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, showed 57 percent of the criminals released were by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s own choice, and they could have been kept instead.

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OUTRAGEOUS! MALALA HITMEN WALK OUT OF JAIL: Pakistani court officials announced in April that 10 men were convicted of shooting education activist Malala Yousafzai. According to Azaad Khan, the police chief of Swat Valley where Malala was shot in the head, only two of the men where actually convicted; eight others were acquitted but they were released secretly to avoid an international outcry. At the time, it was announced that an anti-terrorism judge had sentenced all 10 to 25 years in prison for planning and carrying out the attack, which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

280,000 JOBS ADDED IN MAY: The U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent as more people resumed the search for work. Thanks to the tightening labor market, hourly wages in the private sector rose 0.3 percent. The newest numbers add to the confusion over whether a 0.7 percent contraction in the economy earlier this year was the forebearer of a larger trend or just an anomaly.

CHINESE HACKERS HIT 4M FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: A massive data breach in December affected the federal human-resources department that issues security clearances and holds employee records, compromising personal information from at least 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Washington Post reports it was Chinese hackers who targeted the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department. “We take all potential threats to public- and private-sector systems seriously and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” the FBI said in a statement Thursday night.

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HUNTING FOR HACKERS, N.S.A. SECRETLY EXPANDS INTERNET SPYING AT U.S. BORDER: Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency‘s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show.

KILLER GERMANWINGS PILOT CONTACTED DOZENS OF DOCTORS BEFORE CRASH: The Germanwings pilot who deliberately crashed his jet and killed 150 people reached out to dozens of doctors prior to the disaster, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin told the Associated Press late Thursday. Robin did not specify what Lubitz was seeking advice or treatment for, nor did he specify when Lubitz contacted medical professionals. Lubitz had calculated his mass murder before carrying it out. In fact, he would’ve killed an earlier flight if he had the chance. Lubitz had a history of depression, which he admitted to the Lufthansa subsidiary, and they continued to train him to fly anyway.

FDA PANEL ENDORSES ‘FEMALE VIAGRA’: A Food and Drug Administration panel voted Thursday to recommend the first-ever “female Viagra” pill. The benefits of the drug, flibaneserin, have only been described as “moderate” or “marginal,” but committee members said that even a moderate benefit is better than nothing for women who suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder. The FDA has already rejected the drug twice on the grounds that its potential side effects—fainting, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, and low-blood pressure—outweigh the benefits.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to U.S. intelligence, North Korea could shoot a missile capable of striking Alaska, Hawaii, and the American West Coast. North Korea has an estimated 5,000 pounds of biological and chemical weapons.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The Golden State Warriors had the best home-court advantage in the N.B.A., the season’s most valuable player and 40 years of bottled enthusiasm uncorked for the chance at another championship. Those and a five-minute overtime were just enough for the Warriors to slip past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-100, Thursday in Game 1 of the finals at Oracle Arena. Game 2 is here Sunday evening.

CEMETERY REFUSES BOSTON TERROR SUSPECT: The family looking to bury a Boston man accused by authorities of planning a beheading is reportedly running into difficulties finding a mosque and funeral home to take his body. According to Imam Abdullah Farooq, one Boston funeral home rejected his body, but another agreed to take him. “The funeral parlor that we have been dealing with his burial said that they called Knollwood Memorial Park, and they wouldn’t take him because he was a suspected terrorist,” he said. In accordance with Islamic custom, the body must be buried within 24 hours after being ritually prepared. The period may be extended, though, if the body is being held by law enforcement.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Music mogul Irving Azoff’s wife, Shelli, celebrated her birthday with a slew of celebrities at U2’s sold-out show at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Wednesday. Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron were joined at the hip, according to an eyewitness, while rapper Kanye West held court with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino. The party in the venue’s Game Room also drew boldfaces including Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Aaron Paul, Robert Plant, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Kris Jenner, Naomi Campbell and Bruno Mars. Bono even gave a shout-out to the birthday girl during the show.   ***Drew Carey at Stanton Social in NYC with Steven Van Zandt.   ***Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban seeing “Fun Home” on Broadway.   ***“Orange Is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria at Virgil’s Real Barbecue alone, chatting with a bartender .   ***Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna at the ­after-party for 50 Cent and Starz’s “Power” at Gilded Lily .   ***Tony Bennett and Ricky Martin separately seeing “An American in Paris” on Broadway on Monday.   ***Charlie Rose dining with a friend at Le Cirque in NYC.   ***Jessica Simpson likely had a mean hangover Wednesday. The “Irresistible” singer, 34, was spotted Tuesday night at Sayers Club in Los Angeles throwing back vodka sodas and enjoying quality time with her 57-year-old dad, Joe Simpson. The pair were out to support Jessica’s brother-in-law Evan Ross’ musical performance. Also in attendance were Simpson’s husband, Eric Johnson, her pregnant sister, Ashlee, and Evan’s mother, Diana Ross.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: “Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride” dates to about the sixteenth century. It was believed that if young maiden who had been a bridesmaid three times was unable to catch the eye of unmarried males, then she never would. But, if she served seven times as a bridesmaid, the spell was broken and the woman was thought to be a sure bet for marriage.

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PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S CHRISTENING JULY 5: The newest member of the British royal family will be christened July 5 in a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Kensington Palace announced. Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the royal throne. Her older brother was christened nearly two years ago in a replica of a gown that had been in the family for nearly two centuries

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Mark B. Baer, a veteran family law attorney from Pasadena, has been chosen as “Best Family Law Attorney-2015” by the Best of Los Angeles Award, a community of 1,600 Los Angeles professionals. “Being recognized for my ongoing work to resolve conflicts as parents go through the pain of divorce is a great honor” said Baer, who is a frequent lecturer on the topic on conflict resolution.

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“wikiHow is a collaborative effort to create the world’s most helpful how-to guides. Like Wikipedia, wikiHow is a wiki, in that anyone can write or edit a page on the site. Thousands of people from all over the world have collaboratively written 180,091 how-to articles. Over 40 million people a month read wikiHow according to Google Analytics and Quantcast ranks us as the 150th most popular website.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Central politicians love centralization. But this is the wrong recipe for an exploding Middle East.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M. Zuhdi Jasser: There is no better metaphor to how pathologically incompetent we are against militant Islamism than how in federal prison an Islamist is not countered with counter Islamist ops in a “captive population” but rather putting the Islamist virus in quarantine. Might work in prison vs that one Islamist virus but without a counter Islamist ideology this is an open sign of outright surrender when we can’t even neutralize the ideas of an Islamist in a prison environment!!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Edward Snowden: At the turning of the millennium, few imagined that citizens of developed democracies would soon be required to defend the concept of an open society against their own leaders. Yet the balance of power is beginning to shift. We are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation, one that rejects a worldview defined by a singular tragedy. For the first time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason. With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear. As a society, we rediscover that the value of a right is not in what it hides, but in what it protects.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: Some time ago, a friend of mine was hit by a bus in New York, one of almost 5,000 pedestrians killed in traffic every year. I also lost a nephew to gun violence — one of more than 11,000 Americans slain by firearms in this country. And I fell out of a tree that I was trying to prune in my backyard. I was O.K. But the guy next to me in the trauma ward was paralyzed from his fall. He was taking down his Christmas lights. So it goes. Life is full of risk. Every day brings a minor calculation with the possibility of mortality: cross the street on red, get on a plane, jog in the heat.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***John Mellencamp sang himself back into Meg Ryan’s good graces by agreeing to move to Manhattan and get married.But the “Pink Houses” rocker better pick up the tempo if he wants to maintain their romantic harmony. John, 63, and Meg, 53, began making music together in 2010, but split in August when John wouldn’t leave his longtime Indiana home.   ***Actress Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lt. Uhura in “Star Trek,” suffered a stroke in her Los Angeles home, her publicist announced in a social-media post “[Wednesday night] while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” Zach McGinnis wrote on Facebook.

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Thursday • June 4, 2015

YIKES! OVER HALF US GROCERY STORE PURCHASES ARE HIGHLY PROCESSED FOODS, SAYS STUDY:

A new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that almost two-thirds — 61 percent — of American grocery purchases are highly processed foods. In addition, 77 percent of American grocery purchases consist of either moderately or highly processed foods. This means the average American consumes more than 1,000 calories of processed foods every day.

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Thursday • June 4, 2015

USING VIOLENCE AND PERSUASION, ISIS MAKES POLITICAL GAINS: Days after seizing the Syrian desert city of Palmyra, Islamic State militants blew up the notorious Tadmur Prison there, long used by the Syrian government to detain and torture political prisoners. The demolition was part of the extremist group’s strategy to position itself as the champion of Sunni Muslims who feel besieged by the Shiite-backed governments in Syria and Iraq. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has managed to advance in the face of American-led airstrikes by employing a mix of persuasion and violence. That has allowed it to present itself as the sole guardian of Sunni interests in a vast territory cutting across Iraq and Syria. Ideologically unified, the Islamic State is emerging as a social and political movement in many Sunni areas, filling a void in the absence of solid national identity and security. At the same time, it responds brutally to any other Sunni group, militant or civilian, that poses a challenge to its supremacy

HOSNI MUBARAK FACES RETRIAL IN EGYPT: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be retried for allowing the killing of protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring protests, the country’s high court ruled Thursday. The 87-year-old leader was initially sentenced to life in prison in 2012. A court dropped charges against him in an initial retrial, but that move was appealed by the prosecution. His successor, Mohammed Morsi, may face the death penalty over a prison break.

INEQUALITY TROUBLES AMERICANS ACROSS PARTY LINES NOTES MEDIA EXPERT: Americans are broadly concerned about inequality of wealth and income despite an economy that has improved by most measures, a sentiment that is already driving the 2016 presidential contest, according media expert and author Michael Levine. In reviewing a new CBS poll, Levine found “that a strong majority say that wealth should be more evenly divided and that it is a problem that should be addressed urgently.” Nearly six in 10 Americans said government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, but they split sharply along partisan lines noted Levine. Only one-third of Republicans supported a more active government role, versus eight in 10 of Democrats according to the poll. “There is a growing sense that the game is rigged and both political parties must grapple with that reality.” said Levine.

51 LABS GOT ANTHRAX FROM PENTAGON: The Pentagon told reporters Wednesday that 51 laboratories received shipments of anthrax, across 17 states (plus D.C.) and three foreign countries over a period of at least 10 years. But the scare is not over—the Pentagon expects that number to rise. Anthrax was even detected at the Pentagon yesterday, The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef reported, when the Defense Department admitted it didn’t know everywhere it had sent the lethal bacteria. As many as 31 people are undergoing prophylactic antibiotic treatment for exposure, although there is no evidence yet that anyone has gotten ill from the shipments. So far, only 1 percent of the lots sent out by military labs have been tested, and all have come up positive. The Pentagon has not yet announced which labs received the potent samples.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Women

1.     The word “woman” is believed to have derived from the Middle English term wyfman, broken down simply as the wife (wyf) of man. In Old English, women were described simply as wyf, while the term man was used to describe a human person, regardless of gender.

2.     The English word “girl” was initially used to describe a young person of either sex. It was not until the beginning of the sixteenth century that the term was used specifically to describe a female child.

3.     The biological sign for the female sex, a circle placed on top of a small cross, is also the symbol for the planet Venus. The symbol is believed to be a stylized representation of the Roman goddess Venus’ hand mirror.

4.     While many stars and moons are christened with female names, Venus is the only planet in our solar system given the name of a female goddess.

5.     The breasts of human women are much larger in proportion than those of other female mammals. The prominent size, while not necessary for milk production, is most likely a result of sexual selection.

6.     The English language originally delineated between women in different stages of life with the terms “maiden,” “mother,” and “crone.” A maiden referred to a young girl who was unmarried, a mother referred to a woman in her child-bearing years, and a crone described a post-menopausal woman.

7.     The average height of a woman in the U.S. is approximately 5 feet 4 inches, and the average weight is about 163 pounds. These figures vary greatly throughout the world, due to differences in nutrition and prenatal care.

8.     In almost every country worldwide, the life expectancy for women is higher than for men.

9.     While the population of males is slightly greater than females worldwide (98.6 women for every 100 men), there are roughly four million more women than men in the U.S. In the age 85-and-older category, there are more than twice as many women as men currently living in the U.S.

10.  The most common cause of death for American women is heart disease, which causes just over 27% of all mortalities in females. Cancer ranks just below, causing 22% of female deaths.

GENERAL REMOVED FOR DRUNK MISBEHAVIOR: The commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in Central and South America was pulled from his position in August after several incidents in which he became intoxicated in public, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Army Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland, 55, was removed for failing “to exercise restraint in the consumption of alcohol” during a deployment to Lima, Peru, in 2013, according to documents obtained by the Post under a Freedom of Information Act request. The two-star Air Force general was also cited for two altercations with civilians after drinking at a golf club bar near his Florida headquarters, military records show. A military statement at the time said he was “retiring for health and personal reasons,” but did not mention the internal investigation for misconduct. Mulholland is the fourth U.S. general to lose his job or be cited for alcohol-related misbehavior in two years.

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RICK PERRY ANNOUNCES 2016 RUN: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his 2016 presidential campaign on his website Thursday morning, hours before a planned kickoff event in Dallas. “I am running for president because I know our country’s best days are ahead of us,” the site reads. His 2012 campaign was promising, but derailed by a fatal mistake in a debate in which he couldn’t remember the names of the federal agencies he said he wanted to shut down. Perry is low in the polls and will have to fight through a crowded Republican field.

COPS HUNT 3RD BOSTON BEHEADING SUSPECT: Authorities are searching for a third man in conjunction with a Boston beheading plot they say was foiled Tuesday, when police shot and killed Usaamah Rahim. The man, mentioned briefly but not named in the criminal complaint against David Wright, allegedly met with Rahim to discuss a planned attack in another state. Wright was arraigned Wednesday on charges of conspiring to destroy evidence because he warned Rahim that police would go through his phone and computer.

MICHELLE DUGGAR: WE WERE ‘FAILURES’: In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Michelle Duggar admitted that she and husband Jim Bob felt like “failures” after their son Josh confessed to molesting his sisters. “There was so much grief in our hearts,” Duggar said. “I think as parents we felt we’re failures, you know? Here we tried to raise our kids to—to do what’s right and know what’s right. And yet, one of our children made really bad choices and I think as a parent we were just—we were devastated.” A police report obtained by In Touch on Wednesday revealed that Josh confessed to his father three separate times. It also clarified that Josh was 15 when he molested a 5-year-old sister.

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TED CRUZ: SORRY FOR JOE BIDEN JOKE: Ted Cruz apologized Wednesday for cracking a joke about Joe Biden less than a week after the death of the vice president’s son. “It was a mistake to use an old joke about Joe Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize,” Cruz said via social media. “The loss of his son is heartbreaking and tragic, and our prayers are very much with the vice president and his family.” The Republican senator was speaking at an event in Michigan when he reportedly joked, “Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don’t even need a punch line.” Cruz had reportedly made the joke during previous stump speeches. Biden’s son, Beau, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 46.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Anna Wintour, Ruth Wilson, Estelle Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris seeing Chita Rivera in “The Visit”  in NYC.    ***Michael Kors telling Kelly Klein at the CFDA Awards, after she took a 14-year hiatus from the event, “You still got it after all these years!” .   ***Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin at the opening of Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC.   ***“Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe aboard private yacht Atlantica with her suitors to film an episode . Jeff Koons at MoMA’s Party in the Garden in NYC.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Caitlyn Jenner has signed with CAA’s Speakers department.. She also will work with the CAA Foundation, which will advise her on a new philanthropic strategy that will focus on LGBT issues.

SUGE KNIGHT SUED FOR WRONGFUL DEATH: Marion “Suge” Knight is being sued by the widow of a man who was killed after he was hit by a vehicle driven by the rap mogul. Lilian Carter filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday against Knight as well rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Universal Studios for failing to provide adequate security and negligence on the set of the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton. The widow of Terry Carter claims Universal was negligent by continuing filming after Dr. Dre allegedly told the production that Knight was dangerous. Knight, the former Death Row records mogul, has pleaded not guilty to killing Carter.

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Cusack: Well, Obama has certainly extended and hardened the cement on a lot of Bush’s post-9/11 Terror, Inc. policies, so he’s very similar to Bush in every way that way. His domestic policy is a bit different, but when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistleblowers, he’s as bad or worse than Bush. He hasn’t started as many wars, but he’s extended the ones we had, and I don’t even think Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon would say the president has the right to unilaterally decide whom he can kill around the world.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser: Calling all media. A CAIR Florida leader, Ahmed Saleem was just one of 101 arrested in an international sex ring. What will it take for media and more importantly Muslim communities to stand up and ostracize CAIR nationally and its fellow Islamist lobby groups as facilitators and concealers of the misogyny and other pathological tribal behaviors which allow deviants like this to divert our attention from our own deep pathologies and instead focus on those rights to have unopened diet coke cans, to pray at airline gates, to amass weapons in a Detroit mosque (ala Luqman), to aid and abet Boston bombers (CAIR Florida complaints to FBI), to say Hizballah is not a terror group against Israel but it is against Syrians (aka CAIR LA Ayloush), to pay bail and aid for terrorists like Simpson or Abujihad (ala CAIR AZ) on and on and on…Wake up media! Wake up Muslims! Wake up America! CAIR and their Islamist lobby colleagues are a threat not a civil rights group.

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Wednesday • June 3, 2015

U.S.: MORE THAN 10K ISIS FIGHTERS KILLED: More than 10,000 Islamic State militants have been killed since an international coalition launched a campaign against the group nine months ago in Iraq and Syria, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking on France Inter radio in Paris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there had been a lot of progress but the militant group remained resilient. The coalition of Western and Arab countries on Tuesday backed Iraq’s strategy to retake terrority including Ramadi, the capital city of Iraq’s largest province. “At the start of this campaign [we] said it would take time,” Blinken said. “We have conceived a three-year plan and we’re nine months into it.”

OBAMA SIGNS NSA LIMITS INTO LAW: On Tuesday night, President Obama signed into law a measure to rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data. The USA Freedom Act will mainly take away storage of so-called metadata from the hands of the NSA and leave it with telephone companies, which could be compelled to turn that data over to the government. The Senate passed the measure earlier Tuesday, skipping over Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed amendments, which would’ve torn out a provision requiring greater transparency from the secret court that authorizes domestic surveillance. Last month, several former senior intelligence officials told The Daily Beast the bill to limit the NSA’s power is still a “big win” for the agency.

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AURORA GUNMAN TRIED CALLING CRISIS LINE: James Holmes, the alleged shooter who killed 12 people and injured 70 at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, says he called a mental-health hotline outside the theater just before the shooting. The revelation comes from a taped conversation with a psychiatrist that was shown to jurors Tuesday. Holmes says the call to the crisis line was disconnected after nine seconds before anyone answered, at which point he lingered for a few seconds then walked inside and attacked. “At that point, I’m on autopilot,” he said. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the 2012 murders.

COPS: BOSTON MAN SOUGHT TO BEHEAD POLICE: The man killed by a police officer and FBI agent in Boston on Tuesday planned to behead police officers, The Boston Globe reports, citing two unnamed law-enforcement sources. Usaama Rahim was shot as he approached them with a military-style knife, the officials said, adding he was under 24-hour surveillance by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and had made threats against police. Later Tuesday, police also arrested David Wright on federal charges connected to the shooting, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She declined to provide details of the charges, but an official with knowledge of the case said the charges will relate to an alleged plot to kill a law-enforcement member. A Facebook page for a man named Usaama Rahim shows he “liked” a page for the Islamic State of Iraq, Sharia, and prominent Salafist clerics. His last public update, posted, posted March 27, shows an image of a mountain range. The superimposed quote reads: “Let not the opinions of man interfere with the directions given to you by God.”

1.5M DIDN’T PAY OBAMACARE PREMIUMS: An estimated 1.5 million, or 13 percent, of people dropped off health-insurance coverage rolls this year because they failed to pay for the policies they selected on Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the White House said Tuesday. The Obama administration announced 10.2 million people were enrolled as of March 31, down from the 11.7 million who signed up for coverage through federal and state marketplaces earlier this year. About 85 percent of enrolled people received subsidies to help them afford the coverage. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services, said nearly 6.4 million people in 34 states are receiving government subsidies to help afford the insurance on the federal exchange. However, those people are at risk of losing the subsidies should the Supreme Court rule that tax credits only apply to states where exchanges have been established.

WORLD ECONOMY IMPROVING AT SLUGGISH PACE, O.E.C.D. REPORTS: The world economy continues to heal at a disappointingly slow pace, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Wednesday, but it predicted that growth should return to a healthier rate close to its long-term goal by the end of 2016. “Global growth is improving, but it’s not good enough,” Catherine L. Mann, the organization’s chief economist, said in a conference call held before the release of the forecast by the O.E.C.D., the research and policy organization of the world’s richest countries. “It’s a B-minus performance

TATUM O’NEAL’S NEW TASTE FOR DATING WOMEN: Tatum O’neal has a new lust for the ladies. “I like women. I definitely have been dating mostly women recently,” cooed the 51-year-old ex of tennis legend John McEnroe. The youngest-ever Oscar winner also described women as “the most amazing creatures on earth!” Mom-of-three Tatum added: “They’re gentle, and also more intelligent than the men that I’ve recently met.” And while she claimed to be flying solo, that’s not the long-term forecast. “I don’t have a steady right now, but I look forward to it,” she gushed.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Harvard announced on Wednesday that the billionaire hedge fund manager John A. Paulson has given a $400 million endowment to support the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences — the largest gift in the university’s history. Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard, said in a statement that Mr. Paulson’s appreciation for the importance of the engineering school “to faculty, students and schools across the university” led to the gift. The donation, Dr. Faust said, “will change Harvard and enhance our impact on the world beyond.”   ***According to media expert and author Michael Levine, Caitlyn Jenner is being courted by beauty brands to become a spokeswoman. MAC Cosmetics, which is owned by Estée Lauder, has already had “several high-level meetings over the past few months” with Jenner to discuss becoming a face of the colorful cosmetics line.

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RECOVERING: Former state lawmaker, Los Angeles mayoral candidate and author Tom Hayden is at a UCLA medical center recovering from a stroke he suffered last month, the Santa Monica Mirror says. The 75-year-old Hayden said by phone Monday night that he was hit by the stroke on May 21 while in Kern County “with a group of people concerned about the effects of fracking and oil drilling.” There’s no timetable for his release from the hospital, he says

4 ARRESTED FOR BEATING GIRL TO ABORT: Four Dallas adults are under arrest for gruesomely beating a 14-year-old girl to force an abortion after they found out that she was pregnant by a relative. The assault, which allegedly occurred in the early months of 2013, was carried out by adults related to the teen. They gave her multiple doses of birth-control pills and Plan B medication, as well as cinnamon tablets—believed by some to be a natural abortifacient. At least one of the suspects then straddled the teen and jumped on her belly. Police reports say they then beat the girl until she miscarried, at which point they burned the fetus in a charcoal grill and paid someone $25 to dispose of it

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Most cats give birth to a litter of between one and nine kittens. The largest known litter ever produced was 19 kittens, of which 15 survived

BILL COSBY’S BATTLE TO LAND THE TV TELL-ALL: Diane Sawyer and Oprah Winfrey are in a desperate smackdown to snag a coveted exclusive interview with the disgraced comic. Cosby has been deluged with offers to tell his side of the story, and the battling divas have broken out as the lead contenders. “Bill’s desperate to tell his story,” said an insider, but pals are urging him to stay silent. “They’re terrified he’ll blow his legacy in one bad interview,” said a pal. “But the money’s getting too good to resist!” Oprah and Diane have upped the ante – and the smart money’s on Diane. “Bill thinks NBC burned him when the scandal broke last fall, so he wants to get even with them by going with rival ABC – and Diane!” The big question is whether Cosby will come clean on TV, but the source added: “There’s no way Diane or Oprah will let him off the hook.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Led Zeppelin will end its yearlong reissue campaign next month when they put out deluxe editions of their final three studio albums. As with their previous releases, the group will unleash extras-packed editions of 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door and 1982’s Coda in a variety of formats on July 31st, with highlights including their 1968 rare recording of “Sugar Mama,” songs the group made with the Bombay Orchestra and alternate mixes of every song on In Through the Out Door.   ***Author, educator and music industry expert John Hartmann received a lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Management from the Talent Manager’s Association. The annual Heller Awards were held May 28th at the Century Plaza Hotel. Hartmann who has managed more than 100 hundred bands in his life, was thrilled when his first client ever, Jeremy Clyde of 60s folk-rock duo Chad & Jeremy, presented the crystal trophy. Hartmann signed the unknown act to the William Morris Agency in 1966  and they went on to become a top attraction in the British Invasion era.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Bill and Hillary Clinton seeing “An American in Paris” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Jeremy Piven with “a group of women” at Asia de Cuba .   ***Mario Batali hosting the (RED) Supper for the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, with guests Kathleen Turner and Tracy Anderson .   ***Daniel Radcliffe and girlfriend Erin Darke at Root & Bone in NYC.   ***Anna Sui walking alone into a Union Square Duane Reade in NYC.   ***Leo DiCaprio and latest model girlfriend Kelly Rohrbach at the Boom Boom Room for the CFDA awards after-party .    ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having at brunch at Pink Hot Dogs on LaBrea in Hollywood.   ***

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jim Bailey, an actor and singer who specialized in performing in drag, especially in the guise of pop divas like Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 77. The cause was complications of pneumonia, said his manager, Stephen Campbell.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall: The Obama administration has invested heavily in a data-based drive to improve the math, reading and science skills of the nation’s school children. So what do the numbers show? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the six years from 2007 to 2013 (the most recent year for which test results are available), the reading scores of fourth graders have gone from 221 to 222, on a scale of 0 to 500, an increase of 0.45 percent. Fourth-grade math scores have risen from 240 to 242 over the same period, an increase of 0.83 percent.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: I can’t tell you how many times in the last month someone has come up to me and said something like, “Do you think I should stop eating almonds?” or “I really miss almond butter, but I just can’t bring myself to buy it anymore.” It’s typical: We focus on a minuscule part (almonds) of a huge problem (water use in California) and see it as the key to fixing everything: If only we stopped eating almonds, the drought would end! (If only we stopped eating “carbs,” we wouldn’t be overweight.) But there are parts of the state where growing almonds makes sense. Using dry farming techniques that take advantage of residual moisture in the soil and rainfall, there is some ideal almond country in California.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Casey Anthony has met with senior NBC producers and bookers about a TV deal. Anthony, who in 2011 was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was flown first class by NBC to New York last Thursday. She was accompanied by Don Wood, a veteran news producer who works for NBC in Florida and also writes and produces reality TV programming.

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Tuesday • June 2, 2015

IRAN’S ‘FROZEN’ NUKE STOCKPILE GREW 20%: Iran increased its nuclear fuel stockpile by about 20 percent over the last 18 months, international inspectors say. The disclosure by the International Atomic Energy Agency will complicate the final leg of negotiations for a nuclear deal—and raise questions about the Obama administration’s claim that the program had been frozen. The agency said Iran had paused operations that would bring it closer to developing a nuclear weapon. A tenet of the nuclear deal is that Iran can only have less than 660 pounds of nuclear fuel—the amount required for a bomb.

POLL SHOWS AMERICANS FAVOR OVERHAUL OF CAMPAIGN FINANCING: Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns are financed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. The findings reveal deep support among Republicans and Democrats alike for new measures to restrict the influence of wealthy givers, including limiting the amount of money that can be spent by “super PACs” and forcing more public disclosure on organizations now permitted to intervene in elections without disclosing the names of their donors.

FBI FLYING SECRET SPY PLANES OVER CITIES: The FBI flies small planes with video cameras and cell-phone trackers above as many as 30 cities—without anything resembling a warrant, the AP reports. The small, low-flying aircraft are registered with fake companies. The FBI insists its secret spy fleet is only used for specific investigations. The agency also insisted that cell phone-locating devices, called Stingrays, were used sparingly, although the AP reports that it “found in recent weeks FBI flights orbiting large, enclosed buildings for extended periods where aerial photography would be less effective than electronic signals collection.” A bureau spokesman said the program wasn’t secret and that the planes “are not equipped, designed or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance.”

SENATE SURVEILLANCE BILL PASSES HURDLE, BUT SHOWDOWN LOOMS: The Senate Tuesday cleared the final procedural hurdle on legislation to curtail the federal government’s sweeping surveillance program, currently suspended, but an afternoon showdown loomed over amendments that defense hawks are seeking to roll back proposed controls on government spying. Most contentious is a push by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, to strike a provision in the House-passed USA Freedom Act that would declassify some significant opinions by the secret surveillance court. Mr. McConnell called the handful of changes sought by some Senate Republicans as “discreet and sensible improvements.”

NYC SHOOTINGS RISE 2 YEARS IN A ROW: Shootings in New York City have been increasing over the last two years while homicides by gunfire have surged this year, New York Police Chief James P. O’Neill said at a press conference Monday. Of the 135 homicides in May, 98 were gun-related, up from the 69 similar killings at this point in 2013 and in 2014. O’Neill said the NYPD will begin deploying 330 extra officers next week in an effort to crack down on the nearly 20 percent increase in killings and an almost 9 percent surge in shootings over the last year. The deployment is part of the city’s so-called All Out program, which began last July and will be rolled out a month early with the uptick in violence.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nutrition

1.     “Nutrition” is derived from “nourish,” which is from the Latin nutrire, meaning to feed, nurse, support, and preserve–literally, “she who gives suck.” Essentially, nutrition refers to the variety of ways the body makes use of food.

2.     Anthropophagites, or cannibals, are humans who eat human meat. While human flesh itself contains high-quality protein, cannibalism in most cultures likely served a more symbolic than nutritional purpose.

3.     The Greeks and Romans regulated nutrition on the theory of the four humors circulating throughout the body (warm, cold, moist, dry). Classical physicians tried to correct an excess of cold and moist “humors” by providing hot, dry foods and vice versa. For example, a woman’s body was seen as wetter and colder than a man’s and, therefore, she was to avoid food that would make her even colder and wetter, such as fish, eels, and meat from newborn animals.

4.     Many parents during the Roman empire who were influenced by doctors such as Soranus and Galen often denied their babies colostrum (protein-rich breast milk) believing it was too thick and not good for the child’s digestion. They regularly gave their babies to a wet-nurse (though the mother’s milk was usually the best) and were likely to wean their babies onto foods that lacked adequate nutrition, such as diluted cereals and mixtures of honey or wine with softened bread.

5.     Most likely due to poor nutrition as children, many Greeks and Romans were shorter than people today. Men from Pompeii, for example, averaged 5 ft. 5-½ in. and women averaged 5 ft. 2 in.

6.     The Ebers papyrus (1350 B.C.) suggests placing drops of crushed and roasted ox liver in the eyes of people suffering from night blindness. While Egyptians most likely were not aware of vitamin A, liver does have high levels of the vitamin which help maintains normal vision in dim light.

7.     Common diseases that are caused by nutritional deficiencies include beriberi (Vitamin B1-thiamine), pellagra (B3-niacin), anemia (B12-cobalamin), and scurvy (C-ascorbic acid).

8.     The English are sometimes called “limeys” because British sailors would eat limes to stave off scurvy. Limes were later replaced by lemons due to the lack of adequate vitamin C in lime juice.

9.     Vitamin D is unusual because it is the only vitamin that can be synthesized in the body. Sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D, though sunscreen lotions with high SPF can prevent vitamin D formation. Vitamin D is also the only vitamin that is a hormone.

10.  There are approximately 60 nutrients which are placed in six major categories: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

EXPENSIVE-CITY HIKES TAXES FOR COP BEATING PAYOUT: A Michigan city is giving residents a one-time tax hike to help pay for a settlement over a videotaped instance of police brutality. The July 1 charge will bring in more than $6 million to cover the traffic-stop beating. Although the city of Inkster has liability insurance for these kinds of situations, it only kicks in at payments of more than $2 million—and the settlement over Officer William Melendez’s assault didn’t meet the bar. Last week, a judge reviewing the incident ordered Melendez to stand trial for misconduct, assault, and strangulation.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women. The average American woman is 5′4″ and weighs 140 pounds. The average model is 5′11″ and weighs 117 pounds.

BLACK MISSOURI DRIVERS STOPPED 75% MORE: A new report released Monday revealed that Missouri police were 75 percent more likely to make traffic stops for black drivers than white drivers and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers last year. The study, released by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, also found that though black drivers were more likely to be stopped and searched, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites. The data revealed that 21 percent of blacks who were stopped possessed contraband compared to the nearly 27 percent of whites who did. The study underscores the biggest racial disparity in traffic stops since the state began keeping records in 2000. Koster called the data “a starting point” for conversations on addressing how to fix racial disparities in police practices.

‘RUN WARREN RUN’ EFFORT IS DISBANDED: An effort to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a more liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race has disbanded, organizers said Tuesday. Leaders of the six-month effort by Democracy for America and MoveOn.org became increasingly convinced the Massachusetts Democrat would not run, despite spending $1.25 million and opening three offices. Kurt Ehrenberg, the group’s New Hampshire director, left last week to join the Bernie Sanders campaign. “We’ve pretty much done everything we could to encourage her to run and to build the grassroots infrastructure that would help her win if she wanted to run,” said DFA spokesman Neil Sroka. “We’ve opened up a really big space for her in the primary should she decide to run.”

CUSTOMERS KNOCK CABLE COMPANY RATINGS SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: Customer ratings of cable providers are rapidly declining and Time Warner Cable scores the worst says media expert and author of the best-selling book “Broken Windows, Broken Business” (Warner Books) Michael Levine. According to Levine, “The American Customer Satisfaction Index rates cable providers on a scale of 100 and TWC notched a 51, down five points from last year.” Comcast, the largest provider, declined from 60 to 54. According to Levine, the poor scores are the result of higher prices and generally very poor service. “Customers resent being locked into service contracts, and are not happy with what they see as unreliable service, slow broadband Internet speeds, and rising subscription prices not to mention generally horrible customer service.” Levine said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Entertainment manager Kay Douglas and film producer Jeffrey Patterson having dinner last night at Natalee Thai restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Harry Belafonte at Vai on Amsterdam Avenue in NYC.   ***Jessica Alba at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in LA.    ***Jeremy Piven rooting for Amir Khan at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.   ***Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Ritz in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC.   ***Neil Patrick Harris surprising David Burtka with a 40th birthday cake at “It Shoulda Been You” in NYC.   ***Nir Zilberman hosted what is likely the final debate in the campaign leading up to Tuesday’s West Hollywood City Council election. Zilberman is owner of the ES Collection and LA Jock stores in West Hollywood and recently founded Love No Hate, which he describes as the country’s first privately owned LGBT center, in a converted storefront at 7990 Santa Monica Blvd.

61% OF LBN READERS THINK LEGAL POT IS BAD IDEA FOR SOCIETY: 61% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries think that legalizing pot is a bad idea for society overall.

REDMAYNE CAST IN HARRY POTTER PREQUEL: Actor Eddie Redmayne has signed on to star in the forthcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Warner Bros. studio announced Monday. Redmayne will play Newt Scamander, the magizoologist of the wizarding world, who was introduced in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series. The movie will be directed by David Yates, who was also behind the final four installments of the Harry Potter series. Fantastic Beasts is slated for release on Nov. 18, 2016, in 3-D and IMAX.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Martha Washington (1731)

Martha Washington was the wife of first US president George Washington. They married in 1759, nearly two years after the death of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. During the American Revolution, she spent winters in army camps with her husband and organized a women’s sewing circle to mend clothes for the troops. Although the title was not coined until after her death, she is considered the first “First Lady” of the US.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Betsy Palmer, an actress bound to be remembered by different generations for different career incarnations — as a performer on live television, as a panelist on game shows and as one of Hollywood’s more bloodthirsty villainesses — died on Friday in hospice care near her home in Danbury, Conn. She was 88. Her death was announced by her manager, Brad Lemack.   ***Charles Kennedy, a former leader of the Liberal Democrats in Britain whose career was marked by success and tragedy, was found dead on Monday at his home in Scotland. He was 55. His family announced the death on Tuesday. The police said there did not appear to be anything suspicious about his death; the family said there would be an autopsy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Indeed, to spend any time in Detroit these days is to be amazed at the extent to which it is humming with entrepreneurial activity. Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans — which he relocated to Detroit — has bought more than 70 buildings and is converting some of them into office space for small businesses. There are other buildings with common work spaces and tools like 3-D printers than can be shared. The city’s government and, especially, its foundations are focused on helping people who want to start a new business. I spoke with a woman named Julie James, who, with her four sisters, manufactures a brand of juices they call Drought. It employs 32 people. Another company, The Floyd Leg, makes handsome, colorful legs for furniture; its work force is seven people. New companies like these are starting every day.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mona Lynch: IN recent months, police departments and prison systems have been taking heat for the systemic abuses that mar our nation’s justice system. But one key player has been notably absent: For decades, our federal court system has been quietly perpetrating some of the deepest injustices in the name of the war on drugs. Federal laws passed at the height of our punitive frenzy in the 1980s have been abused by overzealous federal prosecutors to compel guilty pleas and obtain long, unjust prison sentences, especially against black drug defendants. We must rein in these practices if we are to reshape our country’s criminal justice system for the 21st century.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Chelsea Handler showed George Clooney and wife Amal, plus Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, a little more than they bargained for at U2’s concert in LA on Saturday — by flashing her boobs at the famous foursome. Also getting an unexpected view of the comedienne’s oft-exposed cleavage was John Mayer, who along with Clooney’s party was seated behind Handler at the Forum. A witness said, “Chelsea turned around and quickly flashed her boobs at Clooney, Rande and their wives, who all burst out laughing.”

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Monday • June 1, 2015

NSA’S MASS SPYING AUTHORITY EXPIRES: The law authorizing a controversial national-security surveillance program to collect bulk phone data on Americans expired at 12:01 a.m. Monday after Senate Republicans failed to reach a deal for an extension. In a 77-17 vote, the Senate instead began debating a bill passed by the House to overhaul the NSA program, which includes transferring the storage of the data from the government to the phone companies. The Daily Beast’s Shane Harris reports that the NSA still retains legal ways to spy en masse. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believed the House bill had “some serious flaws,” but approved the vote in an attempt to keep the program alive. Senator Rand Paul led the objection, forcing the temporary expiration of parts of the post-9/11 Patriot Act, which allowed the NSA to collect phone records.

POLYGAMY, SUICIDE, CLONING MORE POPULAR SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, the number of Americans who find human cloning and polygamy acceptable is gradually rising, although many of the classic taboos including adultery persist. “Only 8 percent of Americans find married men and women having an affair to be morally acceptable” according to Levine siting a new Gallup survey. “Issues like polygamy, suicide, and cloning humans are still stigmatized by most people, but a growing number of younger Americans find them acceptable” said Levine. Infidelity is the one issue that 90 percent of young people still find morally unacceptable.

VIDEO SHOWS FRENCH WOMAN HOSTAGE: French media uncovered a video that appears to show French photographer Isabelle Prime, who was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on February 24. In the video, whose title cuts off at “French hostage Isabel appeals to French leader and the—,” a visibly petrified Prime appeals to President François Hollande and Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for help. She says that she has tried to kill herself several times. “Please bring me to France, fast, because I’m really, really tired,” she says. The video appears to have been posted to YouTube on May 4—fitting with Prime’s statement that she was kidnapped 10 weeks ago at the time of the filming.

QATAR RENEWS TRAVEL BAN ON ‘TALIBAN 5’: Qatar has agreed to extend travel restrictions on five former Guantanamo Bay detainees and Taliban leaders who were released in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year, a senior State Department official said Sunday. The news comes as a one-year deal to ban them from leaving Qatar was set to expire. White House officials are holding discussions to reach a longer-term agreement, according to the official. The five were freed in a deal that handed over Bergdahl to the U.S. after he spent five years in Taliban captivity. Qatar had agreed to take and monitor the five, banning them from leaving the country for a year.

TRACY MORGAN: I WAS A MESS: Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan appeared on NBC’s Today show Monday morning, speaking out for the first time about a fatal car crash last year that left him severely injured. Clutching a cane, Morgan said he’s re-watched footage of the crash many times to try to understand what happened. “When I first came out of the coma, I was a mess,” he told host Matt Lauer. “Bones heal. The loss of my friend will never heal.” He said his priorities now are to focus on healing, rather than an immediate return to the stage.

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BEIJING BANS PUBLIC SMOKING: A smoking ban in restaurants, offices, and on public transport in Beijing began on Monday in an effort to curb China’s more than 300 million smokers. Violation of the new law carries a fine of $32 for individuals and around $1,600 for businesses. China’s previous attempts to implement smoking bans have largely failed, including guidelines published in 2011 by its ministry of health. Those rules were vague and smokers continued to ignore the initiative. Thousands of inspectors will help enforce the new ban.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Intel said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the smaller chip maker Altera for $16.7 billion. The deal comes after the two American companies held talks earlier this year. Further discussions had been delayed, however, when Altera rejected an earlier offer by Intel, people briefed on the talks have said.

KIM KARDASHIAN REVEALS SHE’S PREGNANT: Kim Kardashian revealed she’s pregnant with her second child with Kanye West in an episode tease aired Sunday following the mid-season finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, E! News reports. The preview shows Kardashian hearing the news during a doctor’s appointment just before delivering the news to her sister Khloe Kardashian. The reality-TV star has used the show to speak out about her trouble getting pregnant for the second time.

GEORGE ZIMMER STARTS AN ‘UBER FOR TAILORS’: Though he was ousted from Men’s Wearhouse, George Zimmer still wants you to “like the way you look” — only this time with an app. Once the gravelly voiced, graybeard face of the retail chain he founded, Mr. Zimmer has been refashioning himself as a technology entrepreneur. On Monday, he will unveil his new company, zTailors, a website and app that connects customers and their frumpy wardrobes with on-demand tailors who are ready to make house calls. “It’s Uber for tailors,” Mr. Zimmer, 66, said in an interview. Backing the nascent company with his own money, Mr. Zimmer says he believes that zTailors — yes, the “z” is for Zimmer — has the potential to transform millions of ill-fitting garments into like-new items.

LBN-NOTICED: ****Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann playing around in the dugout at Citi Field before Sunday’s New York Mets game versus the Miami Marlins. Rebel threw out the first pitch.   ***Demi Moore and daughter Tallulah popping backstage after Los Angeles Ballet’s performance at the Alex Theatre on Saturday night.   ***David Blaine doing magic tricks Friday night at Stephen Starr’s the Clocktower Restaurant at the table of chef and restaurateur Joël Robuchon.

CAIR TRAPS MUSLIMS IN VICTIMHOOD MENTALITY: Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), serves on the Gatestone Institute Board of Advisors. He told me, “CAIR’s libelous implication that Nina Rosenwald supports bigotry against Muslims in my experience could not be further from the truth.” Dr. Jasser continued, “It goes without saying, but to those who may not know Nina, and having known her now for many years, it is clear to me that she has the highest respect for Muslims who love their faith, love God, and take seriously our Islamic responsibility to defeat the global jihad and its Islamist inspiration. In all of my interactions with her, it is clear to me that her philanthropy is dedicated to supporting those who are working tirelessly to defeat the global jihad, protect our national security, and counter the ideas of political Islam (Islamism).”

DAVID LETTERMAN VS. JAY LENO: The Feud That Refuses To Die!  Dave got the cheers – but Jay delivered the knockout punch! While America lauded DAVID LETTERMAN on a career-capping episode of the “Late Show,” it was really his longtime nemesis, JAY LENO, who produced the comedic death blow by bitterly spurning Dave’s invitation to make a cameo during the final show. “Jay never gave the invitation the slightest consideration,” an insider said. “There was no way Jay was going on that show when Dave refused to go on his last episode. And then there’s that slight matter of decades worth of bad blood!” What’s more, Jay, 65, callously fibbed his way out of accepting Dave’s olive branch by telling producers his “touring schedule would not allow him to make an appearance,” according to an insider.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Joseph R. Biden III, the former attorney general of Delaware and the elder son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., died on Saturday in Washington. He was 46. The cause was brain cancer, his father said.   ***Jerry Dior, a graphic designer who created one of the most instantly recognizable logos in the history of American marketing — the silhouetted batter that has long symbolized Major League Baseball — but who received official credit for it only 40 years after the fact, died on May 10 at his home in Edison, N.J. He was 82. The cause was cancer, his wife, Lita, said. His death was not made public until this week.   ***Edward Gilligan, the president of American Express and heir apparent to the company’s chief executive, Kenneth Chenault, died on Friday after falling ill during a flight to New York. He was 55. The cause was believed to be a heart attack, a company spokesman said. Mr. Gilligan was aboard a corporate jet with several colleagues returning from a business trip to Tokyo. CPR was performed during the flight, which was diverted to Green Bay, Wis., the spokesman said. Mr. Gilligan was pronounced dead at a hospital in the area.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Her brother’s sudden death has Whoopi Goldberg convinced she’s in her own final days – and ready to leave “The View!” “Clyde’s passing was just the latest in a string of untimely deaths among Whoopi’s family and circle of friends,” an insider said.Whoopi ditched hosting “The View” on May 12 to be with her brother Clyde Johnson after he suffered a brain aneurysm. She has since returned to the show.   ***Marie Osmond suffered an emotional collapse in the wake of the fifth anniversary of her tragic son’s suicide death, according to sources. The beloved entertainer’s son Michael Blosil, who had been battling depression, killed himself by leaping off his apartment building in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2010. He was just 18. In a recent message on her Instagram page, Marie wrote: “So to wrap up this very special day of May 4th, I’d like to end with a very Happy Birthday to my precious son Michael. I love and miss you!!!!! Mom.”

LBN-ETC.: Sunblood is a book about understanding energy and how it controls us. How it affects the world and how we can overcome fear and people who try to manipulate us. We are not in control of our lives. We are owned by the world and negative energies. Sunblood was written to give you back control over the energies this world uses to manipulate us. Leigha Anastasia von Micks www.sunblood.ca

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Saturday • May 30, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Summer

  1. The word “summer” is from the Proto-Indo-European root *sam-, meaning summer. The root *sam is a variant from the Proto-Indo-European root *sem-, which means “together/one.”
  2. The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.
  3. Summer is the by far the busiest time at movie theaters, and Hollywood always hopes to earn a significant portion of total annual ticket sales through summer blockbuster months. To date, the top 10 most famous summer blockbusters of all time are 1) Jaws, 2) Star Wars, 3) Jurassic Park, 4) The Dark Knight, 5) Raiders of the Lost Ark, 6) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 7) Forrest Gump, 8) Ghostbusters, 9) Animal House, and 10) Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  4. In the United States, over 650 million long-distance summer trips are made.
  5. In the United States, the top 5 most popular summer vacations are 1) beach/ocean (45%), 2) a famous city (42%), 3) national parks (21%), 4) a lake (17%), and 5) a resort (14%).
  6. The top 5 most popular summer vacation activities in the United States are 1) shopping (54%), 2) visiting historical sites (49%), 3) swimming/water sports (49%), 4) going to a park or national park (46%), and 5) sightseeing tours (46%).
  7. In the summer heat, the iron in France’s Eiffel Tower expands, making the tower grow more than 6 inches.
  8. The month of June was named after either Juniores, the lower branch of the roman Senate, or Juno, the wife of Jupiter.
  9. Marc Antony named the month of July, in honor of Julius Caesar.
  10. The month of August was named for Julius Caeser’s adopted nephew Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, who held the title “Augustus.” He named the month after himself.
  11. “September” is from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven.”
  12. The word “solstice” is from the Latin solstitium, which is from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop) because it seems as if the sun stops at the solstice.
  13. In southern England, over 37,000 people gather at Stonehenge to see the summer solstice. Druids and pagans are among those who celebrate the longest day of the year at this notable place.
  14. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22, and between December 20 and December 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.
  15. Both “equinox” and “solstice” refer to the path of the sun throughout the year. During a solstice, the sun is either at its northernmost point (Tropic of Cancer) or it is at its southernmost point (Tropic of Capricorn). An equinox is either of the two days each year when the sun crosses the equator and both day and night are equally long.
  16. Summer babies are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and are less likely to become CEOs. Because summer babies are typically the youngest children in each school class, their relative immaturity can affect the quality of their education.
  17. Scientists argue that summer babies are significantly more likely to suffer from mood swings than babies born in other seasons.
  18. Suicides actually increase during the summer months. Research suggests several reasons, including increased interaction with other people and seasonal hormonal changes.
  19. Around the summer solstice, some Christians celebrate St. John’s Eve, which marks the birth of John the Baptist. John supposedly was born 6 months before Christ, which is traditionally considered to be around December 24.
  20. The word “season” is from the Old French season, which means “sowing/planting” or “seed time.”
  21. Ancient pagans celebrated midsummer with bonfires. It was believed that the crops would grow as high as a couple could jump across the fire. Additionally, bonfires would generate magic by boosting the sun’s powers.
  22. Studies show that men are more likely to cheat during the summer months.
  23. Warmer weather causes certain diseases to peak during the summer, such as Valley Fever, West Nile Lyme Disease, and food poisoning.
  24. While rare, the plague is more readily contracted and spread during the warm summer months, particularly in the western U.S. In 2012, for example, a Colorado girl contracted the disease when she touched a dead squirrel on a family camping trip.
  25. Leprosy is more readily contracted during the summer. Each year about 150 Americans contract leprosy, the same skin-disease that is mentioned in the Bible. In the United States, the source of leprosy is usually armadillos. The disease is transmitted when people, particularly in the southern U.S., hunt, kill, and eat infected armadillo.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson in a Duel (1806)

In 1806, nationally famous duelist and expert marksman Charles Dickinson—whose dueling career included 26 kills—was goaded by political opponents of future US President Andrew Jackson to insult Jackson’s wife. A duel was arranged between the men, and Jackson took a shot to the ribs before firing what would be a fatal shot at Dickinson—the only man Jackson ever killed in his 13 duels. Jackson’s wife died in 1828, two weeks after Jackson was elected president.

LBN-TODAY ‘S BIRTHDAY: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974),[1] better known by his stage name CeeLo Green (sometimes rendered as Cee Lo Green or Cee-Lo Green), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman. Green came to initial prominence as a member of the southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, with record producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity. Internationally, Green is best known for his soul work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley’s 2006 worldwide hit “Crazy”, which reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, “Crazy” reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album St. Elsewhere (2006), was also a hit, peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and number 4 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. Gnarls Barkley’s second album, The Odd Couple (2008), charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

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LBN-ETC.: Sunblood is a book about understanding energy and how it controls us. How it affects the world and how we can overcome fear and people who try to manipulate us. We are not in control of our lives. We are owned by the world and negative energies. Sunblood was written to give you back control over the energies this world uses to manipulate us. Leigha Anastasia von Micks www.sunblood.ca

LBN-ETC.: AYURVEDA, the 5,000 year old “Science of Life” from India, a sister science with Yoga and Meditation, provides personalized diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations to help you be your healthiest and happiest. Learn Ayurveda at home with this 7 ½ hour e-course, filmed on location in India, with a Bollywood director. Featuring bestselling author and Ayurveda expert Lissa Coffey (What’s Your Dosha, Baby?). Start with the free quiz to determine your dosha, or ayurvedic mind/body type: The Ayurveda Experience (http://www.ayurvedaecourse.com)

LBN-ETC: Food Faddists rejoice – cleansing is out and fat is in! If you’re curious about what’s hot and what’s not on the food front, our top 5 fads include eating insects, cooking millet and spicing it up with Harissa (move over, Sriracha). Want to know more? Email or call Stacia@nutrifitonline.com, 310 4731989, follow NutriFit on Facebook and Twitter or watch our posts on Instagram. Featuring all the best ingredients that L.A. has to offer – customized and delivered to your door.

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Saturday • May 30, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Presidential Election

  1. The first official presidential election in the United States took place in 1789 with George Washington becoming the first president. However, only 10 of the 13 states participated in the election, as New York had chosen no electors, and North Carolina and Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution.
  2. The Antimasonic Party was the first to hold an official party convention to nominate candidates for the president and vice-president in 1832. Such conventions are now part of the standard process for the Republican and Democratic parties.
  3. Prior to the 12th Amendment of the Constitution in 1804, the presidential candidate who received the second highest number of electoral votes was named the vice-president. The amendment mandated that electors vote for the offices of president and vice-president separately.
  4. The oldest presidential candidate to be elected was Ronald Reagan at age 69, while the youngest candidate to be elected was John F. Kennedy at age 43. If elected in the 2008 election, John McCain would have taken over the title of oldest elected president at age 72.
  5. In the 1984 presidential election, Ronald Reagan received both the highest number of popular votes (54,455,075) and the highest number of electoral votes (525) in the history of U.S. presidential elections. These numbers have yet to be surpassed by another presidential candidate.
  6. Richard Nixon (in 1972) and Ronald Reagan (in 1984) are tied for carrying the highest number of states in an electoral vote at 49. Nixon failed to carry Massachusetts, and Reagan failed to carry Minnesota.
  7. Grover Cleveland is the only candidate ever to be elected to one term, defeated for a second term, and then elected again four years later. Thus, he became both the 22nd president and the 24th president.
  8. Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party goes down in history as the only candidate to run for president six times; he was never elected.
  9. The 1960 presidential election holds the title of the closet presidential race. John F. Kennedy won just a tenth of a percent more popular votes than Richard Nixon, but he did carry a clear majority in the Electoral College with 303 votes, as opposed to Nixon’s 219 votes.
  10. The first general election presidential debate was held on September 26, 1960, between John F. Kennedy, candidate for the Democratic Party, and Richard Nixon, nominee for the Republicans. Prior to this election, presidential candidates occasionally debated, but not in an official manner—and not on T.V.
  11. Four times in the history of presidential elections, the candidate who won the most popular votes has not been elected president. This occurred in the 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000 elections.
  12. There are currently a total of 538 electors in the Electoral College. Each state receives a number of electors equal to the number of its Senators and Representatives in Congress. Washington, D.C., is also given three electors, the number given to the least populous states.
  13. Only two states, Nebraska and Maine, allocate their electoral college vote in proportion to the popular vote. The other 48 states and the District of Columbia declare all of their electoral votes to the winning popular candidate in the state, despite the margin of victory.
  14. At least 270 electoral votes are required for a candidate to be declared president. If this number is not reached in the Electoral College, the House of Representatives elects the president.
  15. While an elector in the Electoral College is supposed to vote in accordance with his state’s voters, he may not always do so. For example, a West Virginia elector in 1988 chose to vote for Lloyd Bentsen instead of Michael Dukakis, the candidate who had carried the state.
  16. In order to be elected president, a candidate must be at least 35 years old, a natural-born citizen of the United States, and a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years.
  17. The presidential election is traditionally held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. November was chosen as the election month because it was a convenient time for farmers when the weather was still nice enough to travel to the county seat and the bulk of their harvest chores were finished. The Tuesday after the first Monday was chosen to prevent the election from ever falling on the first day of the month and to thwart travel on Sunday. It was preferred that the election not be held on the first day of the month, as many business owners completed their accounting for the previous month on that day, and a poor business month could affect the vote of these owners.
  18. Voter participation in presidential elections has fallen in the last four decades from an average of nearly 62% of registered voters participating in 1960s elections to an average of just over 54% for the 2000s elections.
  19. The 2008 presidential election was the first time since the 1928 election that neither the incumbent president nor the incumbent vice-president ran for election.
  20. While the popular vote may decide the president in early November, a candidate is not officially elected president until the Monday after the second Wednesday in December, when members of the Electoral College cast their votes.
  21. The president officially enters office on January 20th during a formal inauguration ceremony. Prior to a Constitutional amendment in 1933, the inauguration ceremony was held on March 4th, to allow enough time for election results to be collected and the winning candidate to travel to Washington, D.C.
 

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Colling Farrell

Colin James Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC’s TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama Tigerland (2000). He then starred in Schumacher’s psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002) and the American thrillers S.W.A.T. and The Recruit (both 2003), establishing his international box-office appeal. During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the villain Bullseye in the Daredevil superhero film (2003). After starring in the independent films Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004) he headed Oliver Stone’s biopic Alexander (2004) and the Terrence Malick Pocahontas film, The New World (2005).

 

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Johnstown Flood Kills 2,209 (1889)

When the South Fork Dam near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, collapsed after several days of heavy rains, it sent 20 million tons (18.1 million cubic meters) of water cascading downriver at speeds of 20–40 mph (30–60 km/h). Less than an hour after the breach, a 30-foot (9-m) wall of water smashed into Johnstown, killing more than 2,200 people. The American Red Cross’s response was one of its first major disaster relief efforts.

 

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LBN-ETC.: Sunblood is a book about understanding energy and how it controls us. How it affects the world and how we can overcome fear and people who try to manipulate us. We are not in control of our lives. We are owned by the world and negative energies. Sunblood was written to give you back control over the energies this world uses to manipulate us. Leigha Anastasia von Micks www.sunblood.ca

LBN-ETC.: AYURVEDA, the 5,000 year old “Science of Life” from India, a sister science with Yoga and Meditation, provides personalized diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations to help you be your healthiest and happiest. Learn Ayurveda at home with this 7 ½ hour e-course, filmed on location in India, with a Bollywood director. Featuring bestselling author and Ayurveda expert Lissa Coffey (What’s Your Dosha, Baby?). Start with the free quiz to determine your dosha, or ayurvedic mind/body type: The Ayurveda Experience (http://www.ayurvedaecourse.com)

LBN-ETC: Food Faddists rejoice – cleansing is out and fat is in! If you’re curious about what’s hot and what’s not on the food front, our top 5 fads include eating insects, cooking millet and spicing it up with Harissa (move over, Sriracha). Want to know more? Email or call Stacia@nutrifitonline.com, 310 4731989, follow NutriFit on Facebook and Twitter or watch our posts on Instagram. Featuring all the best ingredients that L.A. has to offer – customized and delivered to your door.

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Friday • May 29, 2015

LBN-READER QUESTION? Is legalized pot a good idea for society in the long run? – Send your reply to us (100 words or less) to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN-Reader Question” in the subject line.)




U.S. ECONOMY CONTRACTED 0.7% IN FIRST QUARTER: The economy got off to an even weaker start this year than first thought, the government reported Friday, as economic activity contracted amid a disappointing trade picture and continued caution on spending by businesses and consumers alike. The 0.7 percent decline in economic output in the first quarter of 2015 was a reversal of the initial 0.2 percent advance for the period reported last month by the Commerce Department.

PENTAGON TO ‘FINE TUNE’ IRAQ PLAN: Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Thursday that he has asked Pentagon leaders to 
“fine tune” U.S. strategy for pushing ISIS out of Iraq. The focus on better training and arming of Sunni tribes comes after ISIS forces managed to take the capital of Anbar province, Ramadi, this month despite being outnumbered. Carter previously said the loss of Ramadi was in part because the Iraqis lacked “the will to fight.”

FEDS INDICT EX-SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, was indicted by a federal grand jury in February. The former Republican congressman from Illinois is charged with trying to dodge reporting requirements concerning withdrawals from banks and lying to the FBI about paying off victims of “prior bad acts.” The nature of the “bad acts” is not disclosed in the indictment, but Hastert is accused of paying one person $3.5 million. The indictment does not allege Hastert engaged in this behavior while in Congress.

FIFA PRESIDENT FACES VOTERS: FIFA President Sepp Blatter is seeking re-election Friday following the U.S. Justice Department’s unprecedented corruption investigation into the organization and subsequent arrest of 14 people. The 209 FIFA members will vote for a new president in Zurich, where Blatter faces challenger Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan. “We have no referee. You are the referees,” Blatter said in addressing the delegates. “Let us show the world we are able to run our institution and we can do that together.” Some sports officials have called for Blatter’s resignation, while the president, who has been in office for 17 years, has deflected blame for the widespread corruption. The 79-year-old embattled leader and Prince Ali, 39, each have 15 minutes to speak to delegates. A candidate must get two-thirds, or 140 votes, to win outright.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


BILL ATTENDED CHARITY NIGHT ‘FOR $500K’: The Clinton Foundation invoiced a charity slated to give Bill Clinton a lifetime achievement award for $500,000—something the group’s former execs now believe was a “quid pro quo” arrangement. They say the money would have been able to build 10 Indonesian preschools. The fee, paid out by model Petra Nemcova’s school-building charity, Happy Hearts Fund, took a quarter of the fundraiser’s earnings. “The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium,” said Sue Veres, a former executive director. According to Veres, the money was headed to small groups with concrete missions—not mega-foundations. She was fired a few weeks after the gala because of conflicts about the event and other issues, and the Clintons and Nemcova both dispute that the foundation required the fee. They say the money will be used for projects in Haiti.

U.S. MILITARY TO JOIN BOKO HARAM FIGHT: Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to offer the U.S.’s help in fighting Boko Haram at a meeting with newly inaugurated Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. “Something we can do quickly is to send advisers,” a senior State Department official told The New York Times. “It could be related to intelligence; it could be something very simple, related to things like logistics.” Buhari is Nigeria’s first elected president to unseat a sitting leader, and has promised to step up the country’s fight against the terror group.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vaginas

1.     The vagina is a potential space, meaning that if nothing is holding it open, it collapses, like a sock without a foot in it.

2.     Some companies sell heavy metal balls, such as the Ben Wa Ball, that are used to tighten vaginal muscles. The ball is simply carried around in the vagina.

3.     The word “vagina” is Latin for “sheath” or “scabbard.” The plural of vagina is vaginae or vaginas.

4.     The vagina begins at the opening of the vulva (from the Proto-Indo-European *wel- “to turn, to revolve,” and is related to walzan “to waltz”) and ends at the cervix (from the Latin cervix, “the neck, nape of the neck”).

5.     While each woman’s vagina is different, the average length of an unaroused vagina in a mature woman is between 2.5-3.0 inches wide and 3.5 inches long. The vagina can expand up to 200% during sexual intercourse and giving birth.

6.     Inside the vagina is a series of ridges produced by folds of the vagina called the vaginal rugae. They allow the vagina to extend and stretch.

7.     Hair around the vaginal area grows only for three weeks. However, the hair on a person’s head can grow for up to seven years.

8.     The vagina is self-cleaning and, consequently, physicians discourage douching. The vagina has colonies of mutually symbiotic flora and microorganisms that protect against dangerous microbes. Disrupting this balance can cause yeast infections, abnormal discharge, and more.

9.     The vagina is not an open conduit to the abdominal cavity. While tiny, microscopic sperm can swim through the opening of the cervix, a tampon will never fit. So it is impossible to lose a tampon, condom, or anything else in a vagina.

10.  In a condition called pelvic prolapse, a woman’s vagina can literally fall out and hang between the legs. Pelvic prolapse, however, can often be fixed.

11.  Both sharks and vaginas have a substance called squalene. Squalene exists in shark livers and is also a natural vaginal lubricant.

12.  A 27-year-old woman in 2011 was charged with possession of heroin after 54 bags of the drug were found inside her vagina.

13.  While rare, it is possible for a woman to develop an allergy to the proteins in semen. This condition is known as human seminal plasma protein hypersensitivity. Most cases only involve itching and swelling after sex, but in some cases it can be life threatening. Research shows that certain women are allergic to certain men but not to others.

14.  While vaginal discharge can help lubricate the vagina, it is different from the vaginal lubrication produced during sex. The lube comes from special, pea-sized ducts called Bartholin’s glands, which are located around the vaginal opening.

15.  Vaginas (like breasts, knees, and bottoms) can get saggy. Pregnancy, childbirth, age, hormonal changes, genetics, and years of gravity can weaken the supports of the female genital tract, which causes sagging. There are several ways to avoid sagging: 1) Kegel exercises, 2) maintaining a normal weight, 3) avoiding constipation, and 4) not smoking.

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NATIONAL SPELLING BEE ENDS IN TIE: Missouri teen Gokul Venkatachalam and Kansas’s Vanya Shivashankar tied for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee title Thursday, in the second consecutive year officials have crowned co-champions. The 13-year-old Shivashankar, whose sister won the Bee in 2009, secured the title on the word scherenschnitte. Venkatachalam, 14, was told he would be co-champion if he spelled his final word correctly and without asking a definition, won on the word nunatak. Scripps had not crowned co-champions since 1962 until last year, when officials also ran out of words on the list to separate the two finalists.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Daisy Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from Seattle, Washington.


U.S COLLEGES KICK OUT 8,000 CHINESE KIDS: An education company catering to Chinese students estimates that as many as 8,000 of them are expelled from American colleges and universities annually—mostly because of cheating and poor academic performance. The estimate, based on survey responses from 1,657 students who were kicked out, represents a small fraction of the tens of thousands of Chinese students who come to the U.S. each year. “Chinese students used to be considered top-notch, but over the past five years their image has changed completely—wealthy kids who cheat,” said Chen Hang, chief development officer at WholeRen, the company that administered the survey. The majority of those expelled were from top-ranked U.S. universities, and indicated they were not prepared for the coursework.

RYAN O’NEAL SON’S DEADLY DESCENT BACK INTO DRUG HELL!: In the latest scandal to rock Hollywood’s most dysfunctional family, Ryan O’Neal has told his son with the late Farrah Fawcett: “You’re going to kill yourself!” But notorious druggie Redmond O’Neal can’t kick his addiction and is still on a downward spiral! “Ryan has told his wayward son that he’s better off in jail – because that may be the only thing right now that’s going to save his life,” a family insider said. Concerned pals have reported 30-year-old Redmond – who’s been in and out of rehab over a heroin addiction – is now hooked on the deadly hallucinogen PCP. Sadly, the family only learned of Redmond’s tragic drug relapse after a warrant was issued in April for his parole violations. “No doubt this has Farrah spinning in her grave, and his dad, Ryan, has gone ballistic,” said the friend.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Billy Crystal at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village in NYC.   ***Michelle Pfeiffer and author Gregory Maguire seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” on Tuesday in NYC.   ***Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris dining with Ed Sheeran at the Spotted Pig in NYC.   ***Karen and Richard LeFrak, Chuck Scarborough, Meredith Kennedy and Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman joining hosts John and Robin Picket‎t in Southampton celebrating the book “Palm Beach People” by Harry Benson and Hilary Geary Ross .   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine speaking last night to students at UCLA on career advice.

SERIAL’ SEASONS 2, 3 GET PREMIERE DATES: Sarah Koenig’s popular This American Life podcast spinoff, Serial, will return for a second season in the fall and a third season in the spring. In an email newsletter to subscribers, Koenig wrote, “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we’re planning on a third season of Serial. And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three.” Koenig added that the new seasons will be very different from the first, which explored the 1999 murder of Baltimore teen Hae Min Lee, but “no less interesting.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Michael Jackson’s opulent Santa Barbara County, California estate Neverland Ranch has been put on the market for $100 million. Named after the fictional world in Peter Pan where children never grow up, the King of Pop resided on the estate, which contained its own amusement park and petting zoo to entertain visiting kids, for 15 years.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***S. Parker Gilbert, a former chairman of Morgan Stanley who led its public offering in 1986 and organized a management revolt at the storied investment house 20 years later, died on Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was 81 and for years had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said his son Parker.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: America remains, despite the damage inflicted by the Great Recession and its aftermath, a very rich country. But many Americans are economically insecure, with little protection from life’s risks. They frequently experience financial hardship; many don’t expect to be able to retire, and if they do retire have little to live on besides Social Security. Many readers will, I hope, find nothing surprising in what I just said. But all too many affluent Americans — and, in particular, members of our political elite — seem to have no sense of how the other half lives. Which is why a new study on the financial well-being of U.S. households, conducted by the Federal Reserve, should be required reading inside the Beltway.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennnifer Aniston is seeing red over fiancé Justin Theroux’s “obsession” with an old rival – Winona Ryder. “Justin is out to revive Winona’s career, and it’s tapped into all of Jen’s insecurities,” a pal said. “She’s so paranoid about Justin straying that she has an assistant keeping tabs on his whereabouts at all times!” Nothing can keep Harrison Ford down. Three months after crashing his vintage World War II plane at a Los Angeles golf course, the 72-year-old actor returned to the friendly skies on Thursday. This time, Ford flew his 2013 Bell 407 helicopter with the help of a co-pilot. He was spotted arriving to the Santa Monica airport wearing a tan T-shirt and brown pants before taking off.

LBN-ETC.: Sunblood is a book about understanding energy and how it controls us. How it affects the world and how we can overcome fear and people who try to manipulate us. We are not in control of our lives. We are owned by the world and negative energies. Sunblood was written to give you back control over the energies this world uses to manipulate us. Leigha Anastasia von Micks www.sunblood.ca

LBN-ETC.: AYURVEDA, the 5,000 year old “Science of Life” from India, a sister science with Yoga and Meditation, provides personalized diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations to help you be your healthiest and happiest. Learn Ayurveda at home with this 7 ½ hour e-course, filmed on location in India, with a Bollywood director. Featuring bestselling author and Ayurveda expert Lissa Coffey (What’s Your Dosha, Baby?). Start with the free quiz to determine your dosha, or ayurvedic mind/body type: The Ayurveda Experience (http://www.ayurvedaecourse.com)

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Thursday • May 28, 2015

PUTIN: U.S. TRYING TO STEAL MY WORLD CUP: Russian President Vladimir Putin used a televised appearance to attack the United States’ FIFA probe Thursday, accusing his rival of trying to wrest away Russia’s 2018 World Cup. He called the U.S.-led probe “odd,” adding that it is “yet another evident attempt to derail Mr. [Sepp] Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president.” The U.S. probe does not currently concern the upcoming soccer tournaments in Russia and Qatar, but Swiss investigators have launched a separate inquiry into that matter. FIFA has said it won’t re-vote on those tournament locations.

 

SPONSORS PRESSURE FIFA TO END CORRUPTION: FIFA’s corporate sponsors are speaking out after world soccer executives were arrested on corruption charges Wednesday, with the group’s oldest sponsor—Adidas—saying the group must implement reforms. “Following [yesterday’s] news, we can therefore only encourage FIFA to continue to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do,” the sports gear maker said. Another major sponsor, Coca-Cola, said the World Cup’s image is now “tarnished,” while Visa threatened to revoke sponsorship if FIFA does not “take swift and immediate steps to address these issues within its organization.”

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PENTAGON MAILED ANTHRAX TO SOUTH KOREA: Officials say as many as 22 personnel were possibly exposed to anthrax during laboratory training exercises at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea, according to a military statement Thursday. None of the personnel had shown actual exposure symptoms, but an alarm was sounded once officials realized that the bacteria being used in the exercise might have not been a training sample, according to the statement. The sample was used in a self-contained facility on the base and the incident poses no threat to the public, the statement said. It was discovered Wednesday that a Pentagon lab in Utah accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax to private labs in nine states and South Korea.

 

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FCC TO UNVEIL SUBSIDIZED BROADBAND PLAN: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will unveil a plan to all five commissioners Thursday to change a $1.7 billion subsidy program to ensure low-income customers have affordable access to high-speed Internet and other broadband services, senior agency officials say. The FCC already offers the Lifeline plan, which subsidizes landline and mobile phone service. The new proposal reportedly gives consumers a choice of phone service, Internet service, or a combination of both, according to the officials. Wheeler’s proposal will also suggest new anti-fraud measures. A vote on Wheeler’s plan is expected June 18.

 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ****The world of television has lost one of its leaders, Michael King. King, who along with his brother Roger was behind syndicating “Dr. Phil” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” has died at the age of 66. According to TMZ, King became ill after traveling to France to visit his son. Upon his return, he contracted an infection that left him hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center for nearly three weeks. He was treated in the ICU for pneumonia. The TV producer was placed on a ventilator, but his health continued to decline and he eventually was taken off life support. In his career as CEO of King World Productions, he acquired television rights to “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.”

 

LBN-SEE IT:….Julia Baylis, left, and Mayan Toledano own Me and You, whose granny panties they model.


 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Dan Rather at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in Times Square in NYC.   *** Ramona Singer sipping Champagne at Beautique in Southampton.   ***Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seeing “It Shoulda Been You” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in NYC.   ***Tim Gunn at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Uma Thurman lunching at boyfriend André Balazs’ Sunset Beach.   ***Christie Brinkley with her kids Sailor, Jack and Alexa Ray at a Surf Lodge bash for Ben Watts’ book “Montauk Dreaming” .

 

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The Federal Trade Commission announced on Thursday a record settlement of $1.2 billion with Teva Pharmaceuticals over charges that the drug maker Cephalon illegally blocked generic competition to its sleep-disorder drug Provigil. Cephalon, which agreed in 2011 to be bought by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, had been in litigation with the F.T.C. for at least six years, a spokesman for the agency said. The case was due to go to federal court in Philadelphia on Monday. The five F.T.C. commissioners were unanimous in a 5-0 vote to resolve the lawsuit.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***“Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager is in the running for a new NBCUniversal daytime talk show in development that could eventually replace “The Meredith Vieira Show,” sources say. The Bush daughter is one of several people testing for a panel-style chat program to replace “Vieira,” which has seen soft ratings since its launch last season.

 
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“MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,200 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.”

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2008, nearly 50,000 kilos of cocaine were seized in the U.S. during drug arrests. The wholesale street value of this amount of cocaine was approximately $1.5 billion

HE WILL BE MISSED: Hugh Ambrose, a writer whose best-selling World War II history, “The Pacific,” was the companion volume to the Emmy Award-winning HBO mini-series of the same name, died on Saturday in Helena, Mont. He was 48. The cause was cancer, his sister Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs said. Hugh was a long-time reader of this LBN E-Lert and would occasionally write us. He will be missed as a reader.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards. The Academy Award-winning actress, speaking at Harvard College’s Class Day, cited her work in “Black Swan” as an example of a time she didn’t know her own limitations — and it paid off. Portman, who won an Oscar for best actress in the 2010 film, said she might not have taken the role if she had known how “woefully unprepared” she was to pull off the movie’s ballet moves.   ***Take that, haters. Forbes says that The Honest Company, which Jessica Alba co-founded and helps run in Santa Monica, “has experienced an absurd level of growth” and has a current valuation of $1 billion. “That figure means Alba, who owns between 15% and 20% of the company, according to a source with knowledge of her investment, is sitting on a fortune of $200 million,” says the story.

 

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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

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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.”

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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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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.

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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.: 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

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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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U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs: Memorial Day

“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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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.

 

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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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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.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Anne Hathaway in a booth at Indochine in NYC between Valentino ­Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti after they went to the Public Theater to see her one-woman show “Grounded”.   ***Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson ducking into David Burke at Bloomingdale’s between shooting scenes for “How To Be Single”.   ***Mike Myers and “South Park” creator Matt Stone at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer  in NYC.   ***Kris Jenner and boyfriend Corey Gamble dining at LA Soho House with Miley Cyrus’ parents Billy Ray and Tish.

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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