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Wednesday • August 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • August 20, 2014

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

LBN-REALTIME NEWS COVERAGE: Ferguson, Missouri Unrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Cultural Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday • August 19, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Google

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday • August 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Sunday • August 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • August 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • August 15, 2014

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

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

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Friday • August 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday • August 14, 2014

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 911 Emergency Calls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • August 13, 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Tuesday • August 12, 2014

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


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

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

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

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Tuesday • August 12, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Intercourse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-R.I.P.:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday • August 11, 2014

ROBIN WILLIAMS FOUND DEAD IN POSSIBLE SUICIDE:


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

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

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


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Monday • August 11, 2014

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Sunday • August 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • August 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Friday • August 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday • August 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler (Part Two):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • August 6, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • August 6, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Tuesday • August 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Encyclopedia of Life

‘The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life with pictures, information, facts, and more.”

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LBN INVESTIGATES: Weddings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“A MAN’S MIND IS STRETCHED BY A NEW IDEA OR SENSATION, AND NEVER SHRINKS BACK TO ITS FORMER DIMENSIONS.”: Watch Episode Two (2) of the new TV show on the You Tube Channel – “Without Notes”. — Click here

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

“If a young man tells his date how handsome, smart and successful he is – that’s advertising. If the young man tells his date she’s intelligent, looks lovely, and is a great conversationalist, he’s saying the right things to the right person and that’s marketing. If someone else tells the young woman how handsome, smart and successful her date is – that’s PR.”: www.LCOonline.com

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

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

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

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Monday • August 4, 2014

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

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

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


BIOLOGY GIVES YOU A BRAIN. LIFE TURNS IT INTO A MIND: Watch Episode Two (2) of the new TV show on the You Tube channel – “Without Notes”: Click here

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

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

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


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

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


MY REVIEW: “I learn something new every day by reading the LBN.”—-Orson O., an LBN E-lert reader from Edinburgh, Scotland.


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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

gsair.com: Garage Sales by Map

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

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

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

UNIQUELY, LBN: George W., an LBN E-Lert reader from Atlanta, Georgia.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • August 3, 2014

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

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

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

MY REVIEW: “LBN is a no bullshit, independent news and information service that makes me smarter and encourages my mind to expand.”—–Claude D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Vancouver, Canada.


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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Howcast: The Best How-To Videos of the Web

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

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LBN-MEET: Donald Trump.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • August 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-MEET:….Actor Ryan Gosling:


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

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Library of Congress: Research and Reference Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • August 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • August 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Flirting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

NAUPA: The Foremost Authority on Unclaimed Property

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday • July 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • July 30, 2014

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

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

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

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Wednesday • July 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: SEX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA.gov: Replace Your Vital Documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday • July 29, 2014

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES : Dogs

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

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

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

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

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

6.     Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

National Archives and Records Administration

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

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LBN-SEE IT: Actor Mickey Rourke


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday • July 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • July 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mayo Clinic: First Aid Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • July 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bill Maher’s New Rule For Parents Who Name Their Babies ‘Katniss’


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

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

UNIQUELY, LBN: Thomas “Tomcat” Spencer, an LBN E-Lert reader from Birmingham, Alabama.


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

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

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

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

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

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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Things have gone from bad to worse for “Eight Is Enough” star Susan Richardson. The down-on-her-luck actress still lives in a run-down trailer in a Pennsylvania campground and gets by on a paltry $2,000 monthly pension. But now she’s been hit by the devastating one-two punch of losing her mother and her dog at the same time. ***Hollywood screen legend Ryan O’neal is reeling from another family tragedy – the street-corner drug bust of his grandson Kevin Mcenroe. The 28-year-old son of “Paper Moon” star Tatum O’Neal and former tennis ace John McEnroe was handcuffed July 15 in Manhattan after investigators saw him copping drugs just blocks away from where his famous mom was collared buying crack in 2008.   ***Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 45th birthday in the Hamptons with A-list friends — including rumored boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy — and a cake in the shape of a lion which pictured her in her memorable green Versace gown straddling the beast. Naturally. Lopez rounded up friends including Leah Remini, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Andy Cohen, Tracy Anderson, Fat Joe, and French Montana and Khloé Kardashian to Nammos in Southampton for a dinner Thursday that turned into a festive, late-night dance party.   ***Fans may still be skeptical, but the original on-screen Batman thinks Ben Affleck is perfect for the role. “My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he’s a great talent,” Adam West told People on Thursday. “And I’d be very interested in seeing him in the role.”   ***Megan Fox is a believer. In Bigfoot, that is. “Bigfoot’s real,” the 28-year-old told People magazine. “And I have confidence in myself that if I were ever to be taken out on an expedition … I would be the one to find Bigfoot.” The actress, who’s currently at Comic-Con to promote “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” has never been one to hide her nerdy side. She says she feels comfortable at the massive convention.   ***Not only is Casey Kasem’s body missing, his wife has suffered another dramatic blow: She’s been dropped by her lawyers. Jean Kasem no longer has legal representation, reports TMZ. Haney & Young, who had been providing counsel for the beloved DJ’s widow, is asking the court to release them from their duties. The lawyers say Jean is a nightmare to work with — she never answers emails and will not talk on the phone. To add insult to injury, she’s run up a $500,000 bill.

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Consumer World

“Consumer World has over 2000 links to everything ‘consumer’ on the Internet, including product reviews, buying advice, consumer rights, scam alerts and bargains.”

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Friday • July 25, 2014

AL QAEDA TARGETING U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE FOR DIGITAL 9/11:

Al Qaeda, nation states, and criminals are preparing for major cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure that could be comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.

“We’re in a pre-9/11 moment, in some respects, with cyber,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security in the Justice Department.

Carlin also said during remarks at a security conference that China’s government dared the Obama administration to provide court-level evidence of Chinese military hacking against the United States.


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Friday • July 25, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Monkeys

1.     The origins of the word “monkey” are unclear. It could come from Moneke, the name of the son of Martin the Ape in a medieval animal story. It appears also to be related to manikin, from the Dutch manneken (“little man”).

2.     Monkeys make up two of the three groups of simian primates, Old World monkeys and New World monkeys. The other group is the apes.

3.     A monkey is any primate that is not a human, prosimian, or ape.

4.     Monkeys are most easily distinguished from apes by their tails. Apes have no tails.

5.     Apes and spider monkeys swing arm-to-arm in trees, but most monkeys don’t. Instead, they run across branches.

6.     Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate.

7.     Grinning or pulling the lip is a sign of aggression in monkeys, along with yawning, head bobbing, and jerking the head and shoulders forward.

8.     Monkeys express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other.

9.     A group of monkeys is called a “troop.”

10.  Monkeys live in trees, grasslands, mountains, forests, and on high plains.

11.  Monkeys are seriously threatened by habitat loss–especially those that live in tropical forests, a habitat that is quickly disappearing.

12.  The Pygmy Marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey. It measures 117-159 millimeters (four and a half to six inches) in length and weighs 85 to 140 grams (three to five ounces).

13.  The male Mandrill is the largest monkey. It is almost 1 meter (3.3 feet) long and weighs about 35 kilograms (77 pounds).

14.  It is common for monkeys to carry tuberculosis, hepatitis, and simian herpes B.

15.  Most monkeys eat both animals and plants. Some also eat dirt.

SHOCK POLL: ONE-THIRD SAY IMPEACH OBAMA: One third of Americans think President Barack Obama should be impeached, a new poll says. According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 65 percent who say they don’t support impeachment. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they support impeaching Obama, compared with just 35 percent of independent voters and 13 percent of Democrats.

KERRY PROPOSES WEEKLONG HALT TO FIGHTING IN GAZA STRIP: Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic, political and security concerns about Gaza, with other nations attending.

POPE TO VISIT USA: Pope Francis will visit the United States next year, the Catholic News Service reported today. It will be his first U.S. visit since becoming Pope in March 2013. Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia September 22-27, 2015, the news service said. Francis is considering invitations to visit other U.S. locations — including New York, the United Nations and Washington — a Vatican spokesman told the news service.

YET ANOTHER AIR TRAGEDY: An Air Algérie flight bound for Algeria from Burkina Faso was lost as it crossed over the Sahara in bad weather and is believed to have crashed. It was carrying 116 people whose fates are not yet known. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane less than an hour after takeoff. Prior to this, the crew had communicated that they would be changing course due to a sandstorm, leading to speculation that bad weather brought the plane down. A multinational search effort is underway to locate the missing plane and rescue any survivors.

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MONOPOLY: Though initially rejected by the toy firm Parker Brothers, Monopoly has become one of the world’s most popular board games. Players move around the game board buying properties and developing them with houses and hotels. Their opponents then pay rent when they land on these spaces. Players can also pick up “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards, with outcomes ranging from being sent to jail to winning second prize in a beauty contest.

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


LBN-INVESTIGATES: A fish can drown in water. Like humans, fish need oxygen, so if there isn’t enough oxygen in the water, they will suffocate.

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LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Thursday • July 24, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Catholicism

1.     Catholicism has been a moving force in the development of Western culture. It continues to be influential in religious issues, social institutions, art, education, medicine, science, music, philosophy, literature, and politics.

2.     The Catholic Church’s Vatican has diplomatic relations with almost every country in the world.

3.     Pope John Paul II traveled to more than 129 different countries, logging more than 750,000 frequent flyer miles, which is about three times the distance to the moon.

4.     Between John Paul II’s election to the papacy in 1978 and his death in 2004, more than 17 million people attended his weekly audiences in Rome.

5.     The word “Catholic” was first used by Ignatius of Antioch around the year A.D. 110. It is from the Greek word katholikos, which means “toward the whole.” Ignatius was suggesting that the Church is a gift offered by Christ to all people.

6.     The Catholic Church is the largest single denomination in Christianity.

7.     The “Devil’s Advocate” or Advocate Diaboli, is a real position within the Catholic Church.

8.     The Roman Catholic Church executed William Tyndale in 1536 for translating the Bible into English. He was not just executed: he was tried for heresy, choked, impaled, and burned on the stake. Roughly 83% of the New Testament in the King James Bible is Tyndale’s translation. Additionally, roughly 76% of the Old Testament is his translation.

9.     The crime rate in Vatican City is 133.6%, which means there are more annual offenses than there are people in the Vatican (about 500 people). Most of the crimes, though, are committed by visiting tourists.

10.  The oldest institution in the Western world is the Catholic Church. It traces its history back almost 2,000 years.

THE LINCOLN CENT: When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of US coins. No regularly circulating US coin had ever featured a portrait of a real person before, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth was strong enough to outweigh tradition.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The number of reported cases of bulimia in females ages 10-39 tripled between 1988 and 1993.

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


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

LBN-NOTICED: ***Rising comedian Joey Garza performing last night to a packed house at The Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine being interviewed by Geraldo Rivera for a Fox New special report on the anniversary of the death of Anna Nicole Smith at the Bel Air Hotel in Bel Air.   ***Plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at Greenblatt’s Deli in West Hollywood.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The BBC banned a Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) first-season episode titled “Conspiracy” because of the graphic phaser death of Star Fleet Inspector Dexter Remmick, who was a host to a disgusting “mother creature.” The BBC also did not air a 1990 TNG episode titled “High Ground” due to Data’s passing remark that Ireland would be reunified as a result of successful terrorist activities in 2024. BBC Two finally aired the episode in 2007.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Winners of the Best of Los Angeles Award 2014 will gather for a winners lunch next Tuesday at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.

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LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Wednesday • July 23, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November.  Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) think the country is less divided now, while 21% rate the level of division as about the same.

KERRY FLIES TO ISRAEL FOR TALKS: John Kerry isn’t afraid of the FAA. Just a day after the top U.S. airline regulator banned flights to Tel Aviv, Kerry flew in to try to wheel and deal an end to the violence in Gaza. Kerry flew from Cairo and went to Jerusalem to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He will then travel to Ramallah in the West Bank to talk with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. After that, Kerry is scheduled to head back to Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry has backed an Egypt-proposed ceasefire to stop the violence so negotiations can take place. That truce was already accepted by the Israelis, but Hamas rejected it. Recently, both President Obama and John Kerry have raised concerns about the growing number of Palestinian civilian deaths, most notably the number of children.

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HAMAS GAMBLED ON WAR AS ITS WOES GREW IN GAZA: When war between Israel and Hamas broke out two weeks ago, the Palestinian militant group was so hamstrung, politically, economically and diplomatically, that its leaders appeared to feel they had nothing to lose. Hamas took what some here call “option zero,” gambling that it could shift the balance with its trump cards: its arms and militants.

OBAMA: CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED WILDFIRE: Just in case the House wasn’t in enough of a tizzy over his last request for emergency funds, in a speech at a fundraiser on Tuesday, President Obama pointed to climate change as a reason for rampant wildfires. “A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns, and a lot of that has to do with climate change,” the president said. The president has asked for $615 million in emergency funds to fight wildfires out West, notably in Washington state, where nearly 400 square miles have been burned.

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EX-REEBOK BOSS WINS GEORGIA GOP PRIMARY: Former Reebok and Dollar General CEO David Perdue is officially the GOP nominee for Senate after winning a runoff against 11-term Georgia Representative Jack Kingston on Tuesday. Perdue, who spent $3 million of his own money, will face Michelle Nunn in November. While it was a Tea Party versus Establishment race, it did get heated as Perdue was opposed by multiple super PACs, including that of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

STUBHUB ACCOUNTS HACKED: Arrests are expected to be announced Wednesday after cyberthieves hacked into more than 1,000 accounts on online ticket retailer StubHub and fraudulently bought tickets. According to police officials, the case crossed international borders, and a joint announcement Wednesday will include officials from the U.S., U.K., and Canada. According to StubHub, the hackers didn’t get through the company’s security, but instead got the information from other retailers’ websites or from malware on customers’ computers. The company caught the transactions last year, gave refunds, and contacted the government. StubHub is owned by eBay, which also had its own hacking incident recently.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources say, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings. Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.

CASEY ANTHONY WORKING AS HER LAWYER’S MAID: Casey Anthony is working as a live-in housekeeper for one of the lawyers who helped get her acquitted of killing her daughter, sources say. The shocking revelation comes as she faces more legal trouble after being sued by the law firm that negotiated a failed book deal about her life. America’s most hated mother remains a virtual recluse inside a mansion owned by one of her attorneys, J. Cheney Mason.

RAGING ALCOHOLICS: HOLLYWOOD WORST BOOZERS: Today’s party animals are lightweights compared to some of the rowdy, drunken stars of Hollywood’s golden era. The raucous tell-all book Hellraisers by Robert Sellers spotlights such legendary Hollywood boozers as Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, Oliver Reed and Humphrey Bogart. The book reveals that O’Toole’s drinking almost sent him to his grave before his 43rd birthday. He drank to excess on location and was often considered too great a risk on an expensive picture. “Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it,” O’Toole said.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Adele’s infant son Angelo Adkins has been awarded a five-figure damage settlement from photo agency Corbis Images UK after paparazzi took photos of the child’s “milestone moments.” Adele’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, stated on Wednesday that her Grammy-winning client accepts life in the public eye but won’t let Angelo become “public property,” The Associated Press reports.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer’s disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club’s daily operations.  Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL’s most well-known owners and guided the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances during his 30 years at the helm.

LEBRON SENDS CUPCAKES TO NEIGHBORS: When LeBron decided to announce his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, fans and journalists arrived en masse to his house in Bath Township. Unsurprisingly, the hordes of people caused a disturbance in the neighborhood. So Lebron and his family sent cupcakes and a note to neighbors to apologize. “We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos,” it reads. “We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.” The family sent cupcakes from their foundation. The two flavors were “Just a Kid From Akron Cherry Cola Cupcake” and “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk Cupcake.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Eleanor Clift: The co-authors of the bestselling 9/11 Commission report are once again sounding the alarm about the nation’s readiness, warning of “counter terrorism fatigue and a waning sense of urgency” in combating a growing terrorist threat. While the core of al Qaeda has been significantly degraded, its affiliates are now in 16 countries, and the Commission’s reflections a decade after its original report is titled, “Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States.” While the updated Commission report isn’t as direct as President Bush’s August 2001 classified briefing, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in U.S.,” the cumulative effect of its findings, and the vulnerabilities it documents, should serve as much-needed wake-up calls for Congress and the White House.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Before my first visit to France, around 45 years ago, I was told that you couldn’t find bad food there if you tried. I was of limited experience, so even a hot dog jammed into a baguette bore witness to that “fact.”  Nevertheless, a few visits later, it seemed justifiable to buy into the program: France had countless regions, each producing superior products that were handled well and (with notable exceptions) served at reasonable prices. I wish we could go back — we’d need a time machine, of course — and verify that experience.

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND: ***AT&T has been going for more than a century, and that’s also how long it takes them to resolve any tech issue…   ***I like my cheese sharp and my editors dumb.   ***Not sure what either side in a war accomplishes by blowing up a passenger jet.   ***People who know when to shut the hell up are my favorite.   ***Air conditioning is the greatest invention ever.   ***The women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it…   ***I don’t get how Radio Shack stays in business selling chords.   ***Don’t eat crap, you’ll lose weight.   ***I’d care more about goldfish if they contained actual gold. (What do YOU think of the ramblin’ mind of Ray Richmond? E-mail him your comments: LBNElert@TimeWire.net )

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette nearly needed a crime scene investigation of her own after being hospitalized from hair dye trauma. Fan fave Pauley, 45,  who plays gothic forensic sci-gal Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS show Tweeted she  dyed her hair black and suddenly had a ER-reaction. “Did my head look a bit puffy on the red carpet last night? Turns out I was having a dangerous allergic reaction to hair dye,” Perrette twetted her 500k social netweork fan base, posting a pic of her seemingly disfigured, swollen face taken in her hospital gown.

LBN-ETC: We are now casting a TV HOST OR INTERIOR DESIGN EXPERT to represent celebrity lifestyle brand on major shopping channel. You MUST be based in either New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, or Washington DC. We are ALSO very interested in design publication editors, contributors, and correspondents, as well as experienced spokespeople or product endorsers. A major celebrity lifestyle brand is searching for a smart, charismatic, passionate, and enthusiastic lifestyle expert or experienced TV Host with a strong interest and knowledge in lifestyle and home décor to represent them on a major shopping channel. Ideal Host/Expert is between the ages of 28 to 50 years old with an out-of-the-box, cool vibe.  Host must be warm and likable with top-notch improve skills, and must be very comfortable on live TV with no script. You must be relatable yet authoritative and a quick thinker.  Host should be entertaining, enthusiastic, and savvy with a natural curiosity. Candidates should also be active in and comfortable with all social media platforms. This is a freelance position that requires frequent travel to the Philadelphia area; so you should be located within a 2 hour commute to West Chester, PA. This is a paid position. Deadline to submit:  August 1st, 2014. TO SUBMIT: E-mail information requested below to: lifestylehostcasting@gmail.com

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Tuesday • July 22, 2014

LBN INVESTIGATES: CONSPIRACY

1. 45% of American Adults reject as false the theory that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by more than one shooter. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe more than one shooter was involved in the 1963 assassination in Dallas, and another 23% are undecided. 36% of adults said Kennedy was the victim of a lone gunman, but just as many (37%) said he was the victim of a larger conspiracy.

2. One-in-four adults (24%) are convinced that the U.S. government knew in advance about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and did nothing to stop them, and 19% more are not sure. Only 57% say that conspiracy theory is false.

3. Just as many (23%) say the theory that Obama is not an American citizen is true, with another 17% who aren’t sure. Sixty percent (60%) reject that theory as false.

4. Interestingly, however, more Americans (82%) are willing to declare as false the theory that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in 1966 and replaced by the Beatles than are willing to reject any of the other conspiracy theories we asked about.

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: GIVE US PEACE PRIZE: Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said his country’s army should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for how it has fought in Gaza. “The truth is that the Israeli Defense Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.” Dermer was speaking at the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington, D.C. Tuesday when he criticized the Hamas tactic of using its people as human shields. “I especially will not tolerate criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live,” he said. On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the hopes of brokering a ceasefire. The death toll has risen to more than 600 Palestinians killed and 29 Israelis dead.

TRAIN WITH MH17 BODIES ARRIVES AT LAST: The train loaded with remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine arrived in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv, where authorities have set up an investigation hub. The arrival comes after days of negotiating with separatists for access to the bodies. A spokesperson for the committee on the crash said they would “do our best” to return the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday.

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT DEALS BLOW TO HEALTH LAW: A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies. If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.

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WHY SEVEN HOURS OF SLEEP MIGHT BE BETTER THAN EIGHT: How much sleep do you really need? Experts generally recommend seven to nine hours a night for healthy adults. Sleep scientists say new guidelines are needed to take into account an abundance of recent research in the field and to reflect that Americans are on average sleeping less than they did in the past.  Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep—not eight, as was long believed—when it comes to certain cognitive and health markers, although many doctors question that conclusion.

The Way We Sleep

  • People say they need an average of 7 hours, 13 minutes of sleep to function at their best. They sleep 6 hours, 31 minutes on an average weekday, and 7 hours, 22 minutes on weekends.
  • 69% of Americans get less sleep on weekdays than they say they need.
  • Sleeping with a partner is preferred by 60% of adults. About 1 in 5 people sleep with a pet.
  • Pajamas are worn by 73% of people and 12% sleep with nothing on.
  • A third of adults sleep with one pillow, 41% use two and 14% keep four or more pillows.

Other recent research has shown that skimping on a full night’s sleep, even by 20 minutes, impairs performance and memory the next day. And getting too much sleep—not just too little.

DELTA CANCELS: A Delta flight headed from New York to Tel Aviv was diverted to Paris on Tuesday after the airline said a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport, the Associated Press reported. All Delta flights to Israel are canceled until further notice.

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APPLE ORDERS 70-80 MILLION NEW IPHONES: The iFrenzy is almost upon us. Apple has reportedly filed its largest-ever order of new iPhones, between 70 to 80 million units. Production is rumored to start in August for two models, a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch screen. For last year’s 5S and 5C release, Apple ordered between 50 and 60 million units, and struggled with shortages and long waiting lists. The upcoming phone, expected to be called the iPhone 6, could have a rounder body, tougher screen, better camera, and built-in barometer.

57% OF AMERICANS: ISRAEL IS RIGHT: The majority of Americans believe Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza is justified, although more than a third say the nation has used excessive force. According to a weekend-long poll by CNN, 57 percent of Americans favor Israel’s side, but fewer believe it’s using the right amount of force, and a small amount—12 percent—think it’s using too little. A rising number have an unfavorable opinion of Israel, but only 20 percent positively view the Palestinian Authority.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Iran controls 50% of the Caspian Sea caviar market. The eggs of the Caspian beluga sturgeon can fetch up to $160 per ounce. The beluga sturgeon was swimming in lakes at the time of the dinosaurs – but the sturgeon, which can live to be 100 years old, are rapidly disappearing. Environmentalists argue that a full ban on caviar would help the ancient creature.

THE LATE, GREAT JAMES GARNER HUSH-HUSH SECRETS: “The Rockford Files” “Maverick” star, the legendary James Garner admitted he was a lifelong pot smoker, did cocaine with John Belushi and slammed pal Steve McQueen as nothing more than an “insecure poseur” in his juicy-tell-all. In his no-holds-barred memoirs The Garner Files, Garner, 83, dropped bombshells galore. Garner, in the book, admitted that he has smoked pot for most of his adult life. He dabbled doing some white line fever, snorting cocaine with SNL great John Belushi who died from a drug overdose. Garner refers to himself in the book as a “bleeding-heart liberal” who felt that Adlai Stevenson the most intelligent man to have ever run for president, with Barack Obama taking the number two slot. Big Jim doesn’t have kind words to say about his fellow actors either –saying his “Great Escape” costar and pal Steve McQueen was an “insecure poseur and not a very good actor”.  He also branded Charles Bronson “bitter and belligerent”. Garner also admitted he became an actor by sheer accident.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jerry Seinfeld sitting on a bench outside Jack’s Coffee in Amagansett.   ***Lupita Nyong’o and film directors Judd Apatow and Michael Winterbottom in the audience at “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” over the weekend, as the show celebrated recouping its initial Broadway investment.   ***ESPN’s Jamie Horowitz, who is set to become the new SVP and GM at “Today,” having lunch with Carson Daly at a back corner table at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rock Center on Monday, after Daly filled in for Matt Lauer.

CA CRACKS DOWN ON FOOTBALL PRACTICE: Put away those helmets for the summer. California just banned full-contact football practice for teenagers during the off-season. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits middle- and high-school teams from holding full-contact off-season practice and limits them to two full-contact practices per week during preseason and regular season. The restrictions come as nationwide concerns mount over brain injuries to players in the rough-and-tumble sport.

‘FARGO’ GETS SECOND SEASON: After 18 Emmy nominations, Fargo is coming back to the little screen. On Monday, FX ordered a second season of the hit miniseries, which will follow new characters and actors in a different time period airing, at the earliest, in fall 2015. “We could not be more proud of Fargo,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks & FX Productions.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which, each year, honors the career of one musician and their dedication to “promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.”   ***At the ripe old age of 67, Ronnie Wood and his Rolling Stones bandmates don’t pick up groupies anymore — they pick up board games and TV shows. Wood and wife Sally, 36, shared that despite the band’s public history of groupies, sex and drugs, things have changed dramatically since the swingin’ ‘60s.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: John Dillinger Killed by the FBI (1934) During a nine-year stint in Indiana state prisons for a 1924 holdup, Dillinger learned the craft of bank robbery from his fellow inmates. After being paroled in 1933, he went on to commit five bank robberies in four months. Captured by police yet again, Dillinger escaped jail twice and was named “public enemy number one” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His run came to an end when FBI agents shot him to death outside a Chicago theater.

MELISSA MCCARTHY ‘TRACTOR SIZED’ FEARS: She’s as fat as she wants to be! Emmy-winning “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy – who got her big break in the hit comedy “Bridesmaids” – says she’s happy with her plus-size figure, and won’t slim down any time soon. The 43-year-old actress was a perky size four to size six as a high school cheerleader, but now weighs in at a hefty 255 pounds.  “Who’s going to laugh at me running down the middle of the road waving my hands if I look like my girl Sandra Bullock?”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Brooke Shields is dishing details from an upcoming as-yet-untitled book about her relationship with her controversial late mother Teri, who was perhaps the world’s most famous “momager.” “The reason I wanted to write the book is not to say: ‘You didn’t understand: She was the best mother in the world,’” Shields reveals in Social Life magazine. “I’m not holding her up on a pedestal, nor am I painting her as a villain or a victim.” Teri courted controversy beginning when Shields was cast at 12 as a prostitute in the 1978 film “Pretty Baby,” and a series of sexual Calvin Klein jeans ads at 14 that catapulted Shields’ career.    ***Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Oscar de la Renta (1932) A Dominican-born American fashion designer, de la Renta has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1960s. His designs encompass everything from bathing suits to wedding dresses, furs, perfumes, and linens, and he is known for his luxurious ready-to-wear fashions. After studies in Santo Domingo and Madrid, he began his career as staff designer for leading couturier Cristobal Balenciaga.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Ralph Nader has written a new book, entitled “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” If you spend any time looking into the current state of affairs with the Dodd-Frank Act — Monday was the fourth anniversary of the law enacted to ensure that the country never suffers through another financial crisis like the one in 2008 — you’d have to say that he has a point.  There are many aspects of the law on which Democrats and Republicans disagree. But there is one area in which the two sides are largely in agreement: “Too Big to Fail” is still with us.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight. Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of Bloomington was charged July 10 with a misdemeanor count of illegal alcohol consumption. Details about the case weren’t immediately available.

LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Monday • July 21, 2014

OBAMA SPEAKS: Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine need to allow international teams to conduct a full and open investigation of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, President Obama said Monday. “All of this raises the question of what exactly are they trying to hide?” Obama said.

LBN-SEE IT: Other than Barack Obama, no one in the White House is more polarizing than Biden. A proud man, he seems determined to keep himself “in the deal,” by helping his President and burnishing his legacy.


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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The most important holiday in China is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. The Chinese traditionally believe that every person turns one year older on the New Year and, thus, that day is considered to be everyone’s birthday.

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LBN-THINK AGAIN: On the timescale of evolutionary history, paleo enthusiasts note, agriculture is a fad.


MISHANDLING OF DEADLY GERMS NOT ONE-TIME ERROR: The recent anthrax scare at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was not the first instance in which deadly germs were mishandled by the agency. In fact, there have been five such incidents in the last decade, with two occurring this year alone. This past May, a sample of the avian flu virus was cross-contaminated with a highly pathogenic version of the virus and then sent to another lab. And the CDC is not the only US agency guilty of these sorts of slip-ups. US officials recently revealed that long-forgotten samples of the live smallpox virus were found in a cardboard box in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory.

GOOGLE SEEN BEST POSITIONED FOR TRANSITION TO MOBILE SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: According to prominent media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine, Google is the best position of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile and increased local advertising. “The Internet giant last week posted its 18th straight quarter of 20%-plus revenue growth. Google earns most of its revenue from advertising” said Levine.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Your Brain Works

“Every animal you can think of — mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians — all have brains. But the human brain is unique. It gives us the power to think, plan, speak, imagine. Find out all about this amazing organ.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Ernest Hemingway (1899) Hemingway worked as a journalist before becoming one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. His fiction usually focuses on people living essential, dangerous lives—soldiers, fishermen, athletes, bullfighters—who meet the pain and difficulty of their existence with stoic courage. His celebrated literary style, influenced by Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, is direct and terse, yet particularly suited to his elemental subject matter.

MY REVIEW: “If you want to read fluff bulls–t, don’t read LBN. This newsletter is only for people with the balls for the truth, straight-up.”—–Lowell K., an LBN E-Lert reader from Waco, Texas.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Sue Wong (Fashion designer): You are the sum total of your actions, not your words only. Actions speak ten thousand words.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: With just the slightest drop of booze, my ebullient spirit is always on tap on the slightest provocation, and, as I will be proud to demonstrate, I could weary a puppy with play.

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LBN-ETC: The Michael Levine Success Coaching program is for those rare few who want to do more than “talk” about their dreams…..The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency. If you are interested in learning more about the Michael Levine Success Coaching program, please send e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Sunday • July 20, 2014

UKRAINE: RUSSIA HAD DIRECT ROLE IN MH17: Ukraine believes it has proof that Russia supplied separatist rebels with the surface-to-air missile system that brought down MH17, according to statements made Saturday. The head of counterintelligence for the Ukrainian State Security Service, Vitaly Nayda, accused Russia of covering up its direct role in the tragedy by blocking recovery workers from the site, removing evidence, and driving the missile launchers back to Russia. Nayda produced photographs that he says show the launchers being driven back into Russia hours after the crash. “We have proof that the terrorist attack was planned and carried out with the involvement of representatives of the Russian Federation,” Nayda said. “We know that Russia is trying to hide its terrorist activity and their direct involvement.” Russia meanwhile has issued calls for an international inquiry and says it has appealed “to both sides of the Ukrainian conflict, urging them to do everything possible to enable access for international experts to the airplane crash area in order to take action necessary for the investigation.”

DEATH IN GAZA: Thirteen Israeli troops were killed overnight in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said today. It was Israel’s biggest death toll in the current fighting, bringing the total killed to 18 soldiers and two civilians. The IDF did not immediately give details. Hamas said it lured Israeli tanks into a Gaza field in which it had hidden improvised explosive devices, and “destroyed the force completely.” Among Palestinians, the death toll has soared past 400.

SEPARATISTS SAID TO HAVE SEIZED CONTROL OF CRASH VICTIMS’ REMAINS: Pro-Russian separatist militiamen have seized custody of the bodies of about 200 victims of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that was blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday, and rebels continued to limit access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine, blocking the work of experts even as hundreds of untrained local volunteers were picking through the wreckage with sticks. Ukrainian emergency responders, working under the watchful eyes of armed rebels, had recovered 196 bodies from the area where Flight 17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 passengers and crew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed and burned on Thursday afternoon.

22 PEOPLE SHOT IN 12 HOURS IN CHICAGO: A 10-year-old girl may be brain dead after a stray bullet fired into her home and hit her in the head around 9:35 p.m. on Friday. A 12-year-old was shot in the same neighborhood when she, a 33-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man were approached by someone they didn’t know who fired at them. In total, 22 people were shot in Chicago between about 3:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. It’s been a bloody month for the city—over the long Fourth of July weekend alone, another 82 gunshot victims were reported.

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FEINSTEIN: U.S.-RUSSIA AT COLD WAR LEVEL: The head of the Senate Intelligence committee said she believes the U.S.-Russian relations are now at “Cold War levels.” On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirmed to CNN’s Candy Crawley that tensions between the two nations were at a new low for the post-Soviet era. She slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he should be taking more responsibility for last week’s downing of the Malaysian Airlines jetliner. “I would say, Putin, you have to man up,” Feinstein said. “You should say if this was a mistake, which I hope it was, own up. Even if it was, it was a horrendous mistake.”

KERRY MAKES HOT MIC REMARKS ON ISRAEL: Secretary of State John Kerry was caught in a hot mic moment on one the most controversial foreign affairs issues, and Fox News host Chris Wallace had no problem confronting him about it. On air, Wallace showed a clip of Kerry, forgetting he was being filmed, speaking on a cellphone to an adviser. He said of Israel’s operations in Gaza, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.” He repeats “Hell of a pinpoint operation,” which appears to be a sarcastic reference to Israel’s claim that the incursion would be limited. He also is caught saying “We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight” and that it’s “crazy” to be “sitting around.” When pressed by Wallace about the clip, Kerry said “I reacted, obviously, in a way that anybody does in respect to young children and civilians.” Kerry is appearing on all five major Sunday news shows.

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GERMANY HONORS OFFICERS WHO TRIED TO KILL HITLER: Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot – portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie “Valkyrie” – helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity. In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a “significant day in German history” for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A study from three states suggests that counties with higher precipitation levels have higher autism rates. Higher precipitation rates might carry more pollutants, decreased vitamin D levels, and increased television watching that could trigger autism.

TV STAR JAMES GARNER DEAD AT 86: Television favorite James Garner was found dead Saturday night at the age of 86 in his Los Angeles home. Born James Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, he first rose to fame in the 1950’s with his early television classic, Maverick. He managed to score another seminal television hit decades later with The Rockford Files, which ran from 1974 to 1980. He appeared in a number of movies, as well, though Millennials may know him best for his tearjerking performance in The Notebook. Overall, Garner’s career spanned over five decades and earned him two Emmys and 15 nominations, as well as an Academy award nomination.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The former Sexiest Man Alive is no longer single. Adam Levine married Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo Saturday night in Los Cabos, Mexico. Levine, 35, has earned a reputation as one of Hollywood’s notorious lotharios, and Prinsloo is not even the first Victoria’s Secret model that Levine has courted. He dated model Anne Vyalitsyna for two years and infamously bragged on The Howard Stern Show in 2011 that they relied on the pull-out method, which, in his words, is “a fool-proof birth-control system.” He also recently dismissed rumors that he actually did something chivalrous. He denied claims that he apologized to his ex-girlfriends for some of his less than kind treatment because “It’s so selfish and arrogant to call. ‘Sorry, it didn’t work out between us because you weren’t good enough for me.’” Have fun with this one, Prinsloo.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson’s youngest daughter in “The Patriot,” died Saturday at her home in Houston, her mother said. She was 21. While investigators have not determined a cause of death, Bartusiak has been suffering from epileptic seizures in recent days, according to her mother.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Apple Inc. (AAPL) has talked with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about a public-relations job, a friend of his said.

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U.S. HIV DIAGNOSES DOWN BY ONE-THIRD: A new government study released on Saturday found that over the past decade, the rate of HIV diagnoses in the United States declined by one-third.  16 out of every 100,000 people age 13 and older were newly diagnosed in 2011, a marked drop from the 24 out of every 100,000 who were diagnosed in 2002. The exact reason for the drop has yet to be determined—it could mean that either` there are actually fewer new infections, or that most of the infected have already been diagnosed. The drop was seen in a variety of demographics and age groups. The only group that saw an increase in diagnoses was young gay and bisexual men.

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“Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and culture at Wired.com.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Lenny’s Deli’s owner Lenny Rosenberg having dinner at Louise’s Trattoria in Brentwood.    ***Veteran record executive Jerry Greenburg having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Despite a blistering opening by ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ managed to rule cineplexes on a slow weekend at theaters. ‘Dawn’ retained the top spot for the second consecutive weekend, collecting $36 million, according to studio estimates from box office firm Rentrak.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Media expert and author Michael Levine along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Carlos Santana (1947) Santana is a Mexican-American Grammy Award-winning guitarist. He became famous in the 1960s with his eponymous band, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin music. The band’s sound features his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments—like timbales and congas—not generally heard in rock music. Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: We lost the drug war. Let’s surrender gracefully (and grab legalization tax revenue that, at my age, won’t be coming out of my pocket unless the head shops start selling Cialis bongs).

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur C. Brooks: Abd Al-Rahman III was an emir and caliph of Córdoba in 10th-century Spain. He was an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury. Here’s how he assessed his life: “I have now reigned above 50 years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity.” Fame, riches and pleasure beyond imagination. Sound great? He went on to write: “I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dan Gordon: How can Israel’s operation against Hamas be justified with over 300 Palestinians killed, vs. only three Israelis? Hamas launched almost 2000    rocket attacks against Israel. I was behind this couple as we took cover from one attack. The man recited aloud the 121st Psalm, ” I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord.” At that moment Israel’s Iron Dome defense system blew the rockets out of the sky. That’s why so few Israelis have been killed. Unfortunately Iron Dome doesn’t work against terrorist infiltration tunnels, necessitating a ground incursion.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: When I was about 9 years old, I graduated to a Little League whose diamonds were a few miles from our house, in a neighborhood that got rougher after dark. After one practice finished early, I ended up as the last kid left with the coach, waiting in the gloaming while he grumbled, looked at his watch and finally left me — to wait or walk home, I’m not sure which. I started walking. Halfway there, along a busy road, my father picked me up. He called my coach, as furious as you would expect a protective parent to be; the coach, who probably grew up having fistfights in that neighborhood, gave as good as he got; I finished the season in a different league. Here are two things that didn’t happen. My (lawyer) father did not call the police and have the coach arrested for reckless endangerment of a minor. And nobody who saw me picking my way home alone thought to call the police on my parents, or to charge them with neglect for letting their child slip free of perfect safety for an hour.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): I remain fascinated by the power of images. When Clark Gable was filmed sans undershirt in It Happened One Night (1934), wives all over the country stopped buying their spouses the undergarment, causing a depression in undershirts in the 1930s.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up. As Hillary stumbles and President Obama slumps, Bill Clinton keeps getting more popular. The women, the cheesy behavior, the fund-raising excesses, the self-pity, the adolescent narcissism, the impeachment, the charges of racially tinged insults against Obama in 2008, the foundation dishabille — all that percussive drama has faded to a mellow saxophone riff for many Americans.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Last year, I interviewed Brian Chesky, one of the co-founders of Airbnb.com, about the emerging sharing economy, led by companies like the on-demand taxi app Uber and Airbnb, which provides a platform for people to rent their spare rooms, homes, castles and yurts to strangers with the same ease you can book a room at Marriott. We just got together again, and Chesky laid out the growth spurt his company has experienced in the last 12 months — a spurt so fast that it’s telling you this new sharing economy is the real deal and will increasingly be a source of income for more and more people.  Chesky offered this sample of Airbnb’s latest metrics: “We have over 3,000 castles, 2,000 treehouses, 900 islands and 400 lighthouses available to book on the site. On a recent night, over 100 people were staying in yurts.”

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Tarzan, although cognizant of his mighty powers, realized also his limitations. My words have no limitations and are all-powerful.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Beyoncé and Jay-Z have more than 99 problems and only “divine intervention” can save the troubled marriage, a source close to the powerful couple has told The Post. While Jay-Z seemingly is the one most at fault, he’s also the one doing all in his power to keep the couple together, even hiring marriage counselors who are believed to be traveling with the super duo on their tour, the source said.   ***Woody Allen is still the toast of the town despite his very public family drama. The director brought out an A-list crowd for the New York premiere of “Magic in the Moonlight” Thursday, but he barely made it past the door of his party because it was too crowded. Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn entered the elegant Dolce & Gabbana-sponsored bash at Harlow and made it halfway down the rose-decked hallway, a nod to the film’s South of France location, before turning around and abruptly leaving. “It was too crowded,” a witness explained. An insider tells us, “Woody is claustrophobic.”   ***She started her career in 1980 at age 14 with racy Calvin Klein jeans ads, and Brooke Shields is getting pulses racing again at 49. The actress, model and mother of two has posed for Social Life magazine in a sexy spread, including one image in “nothing but a strategically placed bedsheet,” a source said. Another shot shows Shields lounging in a dress with a slit long enough to make Angelina Jolie blush.

LBN-ETC: If social media is a way to converse with your audience, then your strategy is only as good as the way it engages your audience. Carefully planned, creative, great content that misses the mark with a particular audience segment really isn’t great at all. Listening has to come before content creation. Our award-winning P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) is now focusing special effort on assisting clients with their social media profiles. Can we discuss how we can radically improve your (or your clients) social media reach? E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

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Saturday • July 19, 2014

REBELS DESTROYING EVIDENCE AT MH17 SITE: Pro-Russian separatists have mobbed the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine and are removing and destroying evidence that would be critical to any investigation. One rebel commander said his troops salvaged the Boeing 777’s black boxes (while another said they didn’t have them). Rebels can be seen picking through the rubble in photos. A rebel unit blocked a team from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from entering the site, even firing a warning shot at them. Worst of all, eyewitnesses said rebels stole 36 bodies from the crash site and were taking them to Donetsk.

NEGOTIATORS AGREE TO EXTEND IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS FOUR MORE MONTHS, DIPLOMATS SAY: Iran, the United States and the five other countries negotiating the future of the Iranian nuclear program have agreed to a four-month extension of the talks, giving them more time to try to bridge major differences over whether Tehran will be forced to dismantle parts of its nuclear infrastructure, according to a statement released early Saturday in Vienna by all seven nations. The extension was expected, but some American officials say that even the additional time may not prove sufficient. The original deadline for an accord was Sunday, though a temporary agreement that has been in effect since November had envisioned a six-month extension.

GAZA STRIP; FRENCH PRESIDENT SAYS WILL NOT ALLOW VIOLENCE TO SPILL OVER INTO FRANCE: Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police. French President Francois Hollande said he understood emotional responses to the killing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a flare-up of hostilities with Israel but would not allow violence to spill over into France.

U.S. DRONE KILLS 15 MILITANTS IN PAKISTAN: Fifteen militants were killed early Saturday morning when an American drone struck a compound in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, according to local residents and a security official. It was the fourth known drone strike in the region since Pakistan launched a military operation there last month. Residents said the drone fired four missiles into the compound about 2 a.m. They said that 10 of the militants killed were from Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, and that the five others were Uzbeks affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The strike occurred in the village of Datta Khel, a few miles from the Afghan border.

46K MAY GET REDUCED DRUG SENTENCES: More than 46,000 people will be allowed to petition for reduced prison sentences for drug crimes, thanks to a unanimous vote by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday. That’s the largest number ever to benefit from a guideline amendment being made retroactive, said Families Against Mandatory Minimums. The earliest possible release date is November 2015 (delayed from Nov. 1, 2014). “This amendment received unanimous support from commissioners because it is a measured approach,” said Judge Patti B. Saris, head of the commission. “It reduces prison costs and populations and responds to statutory and guidelines changes since the drug guidelines were initially developed, while safeguarding public safety.” Prisoners who successfully petition for a reduced sentence will have an average of 25 months shaved off, while still serving 108 months on average.

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AMAZON LAUNCHES ‘NETFLIX FOR BOOKS’: On Friday, Amazon announced that it will be offering consumers access to a new subscription service that will have thousands of e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month. The service, called Kindle Unlimited, will allow users to read over 600,000 Kindle titles, as well as 2,000 more Audible audiobooks. It’s like Netflix for books. Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial to entice consumer. The terms Amazon worked out with publishers whose books are part of the subscription was not disclosed, which is notable given Amazon’s recent disputes with prominent publishers.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Mattel hopes that level of personal interest among children and parents is the key to selling more toys. On Monday, the toy company is establishing a direct-to-consumer program to sell a premium line for the Wooden Railway tracks and engines brand. Part of Mattel’s Fisher-Price unit, the wooden-toy line will be sold via catalog, an e-commerce website and through a partnership with 20 specialty stores nationwide. Mattel plans to publish the catalog three times a year; the first one will be mailed next week to 1.3 million homes.   ***Branching outside, its very prominent entertainment industry niche, P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) has signed major resident real estate firm Rodeo Realty.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
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CASEY KASEM’S BODY IS MISSING: Even in death, Casey Kasem defies those who would have him stay put. A month after the radio and acting legend passed away (and a few months after he originally went missing), Casey Kasem’s body appears to be missing. TMZ reports that sources within the Kasem family suspect Jean, Kasem’s widow, of removing the body from a funeral home. The body went missing the day before a judge ordered Jean to store it there so that an autopsy could be performed. Police are investigating elder abuse allegations, related to the week Kasem spent with Jean traveling by car over multiple states, when he allegedly developed bedsores that contributed to his death.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to Minneapolis law, a person who double parks a car will be put on a chain gang with only bread and water to eat.

LBN-MEET: Comedian Maria Bamford:


CHELSEA MANNING TO GET GENDER TREATMENT: Private Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking U.S. Secrets to WikiLeaks, will begin receiving treatment for her gender-identity condition from the U.S. military. Manning, who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria (being a woman in a man’s body), had been put up for a transfer by the military to the U.S. prison system, but that was rejected by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The military had said they lacked the expertise to treat Manning.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has a fax machine and doesn’t use a cellphone. He has a computer but doesn’t use e-mail. He changes into a brand new pair of socks four times a day.

MY REVIEW: “As I read this LBN E-Lert every day I find it contains the glittering jewel of consciousness.”—-Dr. Lance P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Boston, Mass.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Tumblr founder David Karp was seated next to President Obama at his intimate fund-raiser Thursday at the home of top investment manager Deven Parekh and wife Monika.   ***Respected music publicist Ali Duncan having lunch the week at the popular Louise’s Trattoria in West L.A.    ***L.A. recording studio owner Colin Liebich having coffee at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.   ***Veteran CNN correspondent Alan Duck and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch last week at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent TV show runner Eric Streit and his wife having dinner at One Restaurant in Shutter’s Hotel in Santa Monica on the beach.   ***Actress and producer Michelle Barton having dinner last week at the popular Fig and Over in West Hollywood.   ***Beverly Hills men’s clothing store owner John Carroll having lunch at Via Alloro restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Power attorney Ken Ziffren having lunch last week at Il Grano in West L.A.   ***Prominent 3-D photographer Doug Betzold having a drink at the Four Seasons Hotel lobby in Beverly Hills last week.

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LBN Mini-Interview with comedian Erica Rhodes

Q: When are you happiest? A: When I’m performing.

Q: If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be and why? A: My grandfather, so I could get another hug from him.

Q: What is the biggest change needed on the American political front? A: Government has to get out of debt?

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, which would it be and why? A: Google, because they rule the world.

Q: What is something you keep telling yourself you’re going to do, but keep putting it off? A: Pay my parking tickets.

Q: If you could un-invent anything, what would it be and why? A: Facebook.

Q: What is the best advice you were ever given? A: Don’t give up.

Q: What charity or cause do you most identify with and why? A: MS because my father has it.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Woody Allen: Ever since I can remember, when I was 21 years old, they were telling me, “Peace is around the corner between the Arabs and Israelis. The next generation. Right now, there’s a lot of bitterness, but with time, new generations will grow up and be more peaceful with each other.” This would go on and on and on, and in the end, nothing’s changed. This situation remains tragic and terrible, and the leaders in Israel and the leaders in the Arab world have not been able to come to an agreement. It’s a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself—but I say that without knowing that it will. I hope that it will, but it seems, at this point, that nobody on either side is ready, willing, and able.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug. Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s. It doesn’t work for every sufferer of the disease, but rather for a small subset — probably around 2,000 people — who have a specific genetic mutation that the drug targets. But for those it helps, it is life changing.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My bitch girlfriend is addicted to talking endlessly about bullshit in her stupid, awful life. Last night I screamed at her “Spare me the tommyrot and just get to the point, whore!” Guess what. All she did was laugh and she wasn’t even drunk or high.

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LBN-ETC: If social media is a way to converse with your audience, then your strategy is only as good as the way it engages your audience. Carefully planned, creative, great content that misses the mark with a particular audience segment really isn’t great at all. Listening has to come before content creation. Our award-winning P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) is now focusing special effort on assisting clients with their social media profiles. Can we discuss how we can radically improve your (or your clients) social media reach? E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

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Friday • July 18, 2014

MANY AIDS RESEARCHERS ABOARD MH17: The heartbreaking news about Flight MH17 keeps getting worse. Of the 295 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines 777 that crashed in Ukraine, about 100 of the passengers were bound for a major AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. Among the researchers, health-care workers, and activists who have been identified: Dr. Joep Lange, a pioneering Dutch scientist who worked on the virus for 30 years.

EX-PRESIDENT MORSI’S SON ARRESTED: Abdullah Morsi, 19, the son of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, was caught boarding a train heading to Upper Egypt on Friday. Morsi was on the run, officials say, after being sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish. Morsi, along with one of his friends, was sentenced to a year in prison on July 2. He had been arrested on March 1 after allegedly being found with two joints in a parked car north of Cairo. His defense lawyer claimed the case “was fabricated.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued on certain key long-term measures, according to research by financial consultant Andrew Smithers, the chairman of Smithers & Co. and one of the few to warn about the bubble of the late 1990s at the time.

WOW! LBN SCOOPS NEW YORK TIMES SEVEN (7) TIMES LAST WEEK: During the last week, this LBN E-Lert has run seven (7) separate stories one full day before they appeared in the New York Times.


JASON BIGGS RIPPED FOR PLANE CRASH JOKES: It looks like his character on Orange is the New Black isn’t the only thing loathsome about Jason Biggs. As the rest of the world watched stunned by news of a commercial plane shot down over Ukraine, Biggs took to Twitter writing, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?” As fans responded that it was “too soon,” Biggs wrote, “Hey all you ‘too soon’ a—–s- it’s a f—–g joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.” Biggs continued to defend himself, saying, “You losers are literally trying to find s–t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere.” But, perhaps the outrage became too much to handle, as Biggs eventually wrote seven hours after his first tweet, “Hey all- ok, so- I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.”

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FINALLY, A RESTING PLACE FOR MICKEY ROONEY : Mickey Rooney has finally found peace after a bitter family feud erupted over his death three months ago. His final resting spot at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  A newly completed marble crypt has been erected to hold his remains, with the inscription: “One of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. Hollywood will always be his home.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lena Dunham and her rocker boyfriend Jack Antonoff getting ice cream at Long Beach Island’s Skipper Dipper, where Dunham chose “vanilla with sprinkles”.   ***Keith Urban and his two daughters visiting the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.   ***Mick Jagger being feted at a dinner thrown by Jeffrey Jah at the São Paulo home of Brazilian entrepreneur and TV presenter Alvaro Garnero.   ***Jennifer Lopez, Diane Keaton and Christie Brinkley shopping at Haute Hippie in East Hampton.   ***Popular KNX radio news anchor Frank Mottek having dinner last night with media expert and author Michael Levine at the legendary Marino’s Restaurant in Hollywood.

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FACEBOOK GETTING ‘BUY’ BUTTON: It looks like Facebook is trying to get in on the e-commerce game. The social network is now testing a “buy” button on its website to facilitate purchases by consumers for items advertised on the site. Facebook says it will be available on mobile and desktop versions, and will start out with a “few small and medium-sized businesses.” Facebook will not take any portion of the revenue for now, and credit card transactions will be handled by a third-party. “None of the credit or debit card information people share with Facebook when completing a transaction will be shared with other advertisers, and people can select whether or not they would like to save payment information for future purchases,” the company reassured users.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Resolution, the talent agency founded by former ICM leader Jeff Berg, has lost another top agent, according to several sources. Steve Alexander, whose clients include David Duchovny and Sela Ward, exited abruptly this week, following on the heels of recent defections in COO Jeff Franklin and television literary agent Dennis Kim, Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer, whom Berg recruited to Resolution from CAA, departed for Paradigm earlier this year.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Makeup and Cosmetics

1.     Roman philosopher Plautus once quipped, “A woman without paint is like food without salt.”

2.     Cosmetics are symbolic of a civilization’s practical concerns, such as class hierarchies and conventions of beauty.

3.     In ancient Egypt, cosmetics were an integral part of hygiene, health, and ritual. Pills and creams protected against the sun and dry winds, and oils were used in perfumes in religious rituals.

4.     The word “cosmetic” is from the Greek word kosmos (related to cosmos), meaning to arrange, order, adorn. The popular magazine Cosmopolitan is also derived from this root.

5.     In 1909, Eugène Schueller founded the French Harmless Hair Dye Company, which later became L’Oreal.

6.     The rivalry between Elizabeth Arden, who opened a beauty salon in 1910, and Helene Rubinstein, a Polish immigrant, helped move the cosmetic industry into the modern era.

7.     In the early 20th century, Elizabeth Arden and Helen Rubinstein along with Max Factor (who produced makeup for actresses) built the foundations of the modern cosmetic advertising industry. They used aggressive advertising tactics, such as celebrity endorsements and magazine advertisements.

8.     The global beauty industry is growing at up to 7% a year, more than twice the rate of the developed world’s GDP. The growth is being driven by aging baby boomers and an overall increased discretionary income in the West, as well as a growing middle class in developing countries.

9.     Brazil has more “Avon Ladies” (900,000) than it has men and women in its army and navy.

10.  Pantene is the world’s biggest hair care brand, largely in part because of its “pro-vitamin B” ingredient. But a report by Britain’s Which reveals that vitamins need to be ingested to work and that Pantene shampoo is no better than a supermarket brand it tested.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The pernicious effects of alcoholism are well documented in the medical literature and in the story of my own early life.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A mogul spent six figures to win lunch for two with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a charity auction benefiting the Clinton Foundation — but when the winner asked to bring his two kids along, he was told he’d have to double his bid to $1 million. Spies said Charitybuzz CEO Coppy Holzman was talking about the recent Clinton auction hosted by his website at a swanky Hamptons Magazine party for ArtHamptons last Friday.   ***Gisele Bündchen is not only beautiful, she’s filthy rich. The 33-year-old supermodel, who blamed Forbes for her recent IRS audit, won’t be pleased to learn she’s the subject of yet another financial piece by the money mag. Forbes reports that Bündchen earned $47 million in 2013 — which rounds out to a staggering $128,000 a day or $5,333 per hour.   ***Did Britney Spears dine and dash? The singer, 32, was accused of skipping out on her $30 Cheesecake Factory bill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Sunday. The confusion came when the waitress came over with the bill and Spears said her bodyguard would pay. But he never did. Honest mistake.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Friday is sold out but we hear there a few tickets remaining for Saturday and Sunday performances of Blackbird, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts:  David Harrower’s play about sex, love and loss, produced by Michael Lynton and Carol Black with Bright Alliance Media, is directed by Tony nominee, Wilson Milam and stars Samantha Ressler and Troy Ruptash. Blackbird won the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play when it opened in 2005 and went onto performances around the world. For information and tickets call 310-633-3891 or visit: www.blackbirdbeverlyhills.brownpapertickets.com

LBN-ETC: If social media is a way to converse with your audience, then your strategy is only as good as the way it engages your audience.  Carefully planned, creative, great content that misses the mark with a particular audience segment really isn’t great at all.  Listening has to come before content creation. Our award-winning P.R. firm LCO (www.LCOonline.com) is now focusing special effort on assisting clients with their social media profiles.  Can we discuss how we can radically improve your (or your clients) social media reach? E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

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Thursday • July 17, 2014

DISASTER! BIG JUMP IN NUMBER OF MILLENNIALS LIVING WITH PARENTS REPORTED:

More Americans than ever live in multigenerational households, and the number of millennials who live with their parents is rising sharply, according to a study released Thursday.

A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population, lived in multigenerational arrangements in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s more than double the 28 million people who lived in such households in 1980, the center said.

A multigenerational family is defined as one with two or more generations of adults living together.

The sluggish job market and other factors have propelled the rise in millennials living in their childhood bedrooms.

About 23.6% of people age 25 to 34 live with their parents, grandparents or both, according to Pew. That’s up from 18.7% in 2007, just prior to the global financial crisis, and from 11% in 1980.

For the first time, a larger share of young people live in multigenerational arrangements than of Americans 85 and older.


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Thursday • July 17, 2014

HAMAS BREAKS CEASEFIRE: During a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Thursday, rockets were fired at Israel. According to military officials, about two hours into the ceasefire, southern Israel was filled with siren sounds as at least three rockets were launched from Gaza. The rockets are just the latest in a 10-day conflict that has left 227 dead.

AUSTRALIA TOSSES CARBON TAX: Despite being the developed world’s worst polluter per person, Australia is now set to get rid of its two-year-old carbon tax. The Australian Senate voted 39-32 to repeal the tax. Repealing the tax was one of the central planks of the business-friendly Liberal-National coalition that put Prime Minister Tony Abbott in charge. The tax charged the 348 highest polluters in the country for every ton of greenhouse gas. Abbott plans to instead create a multibillion-dollar fund paid for by taxpayers that will pay companies to reduce emissions and use cleaner energy.

OBAMA LIKELY TO SEEK ADDITIONAL TIME FOR NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN: President Obama said on Wednesday that he believed the United States had “a credible way forward” in its nuclear negotiations with Iran, and strongly suggested that after consultations with Congress, which has been threatening additional sanctions, he would seek an extension of the talks beyond Sunday’s deadline. “There are still some significant gaps between the international community and Iran,” he said in the White House press room, before announcing additional sanctions on Russia, “and we have more work to do.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Globally, 15 million children under the age of five die each year because of diseases caused by drinking water.

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MICROSOFT LAYS OFF MOST PEOPLE EVER: Microsoft announced on Thursday its biggest cuts in employees ever, as it plans to shed 18,000 jobs this year. Most of the cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit, as Microsoft works to mesh the two companies after its acquisition was completed in April. With roughly 127,104 employees, the cuts represent a nearly 15 percent reduction. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce,” the new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a note to employees Thursday. “It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas. My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.” Microsoft says it is “moving now” on 13,000 of those job cuts, and that most of the cuts will come in the next six months.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. Presidents:

1.     Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.2.     The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.

3.     Because the KKK was a powerful political force, Truman was encouraged to join the organization. According to some accounts, he was inducted, though he was “never active.” Other accounts claim that though he gave the KKK a $10 membership fee, he demanded it back and was never inducted or initiated.

4.     Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman. He was once the sheriff of Erie County, New York, and twice had to spring the trap at a hanging.

5.     The “S” in Harry S Truman doesn’t stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial.

6.     Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln and the log cabin where he was born. John Lloyd Wright, son of famous architect Francis Lloyd Wright, invented them.

7.     Thomas Jefferson and John Adams once traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. While there, they took a knife to one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs.

8.     James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday, which violated the laws of that state.

9.     Andrew Johnson is the only tailor ever to be president. As president, he would typically stop by a tailor shop to say hello. He would wear only the suits that he made himself.

10.  “Teddy Bears” were so named when Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858-1919) refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals.

NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA TO BE BLACK: In an explanation posted on its website under the headline, “It’s time for an all-new Captain America,” Marvel announced that the next Captain America will be black. The change comes after the retirement of Captain America’s longtime alter ego, Steve Rogers. He will hand the persona off to his friend Sam Wilson, who is the identity behind Falcon. The update was also revealed Wednesday night on The Colbert Report. The news comes a day after Marvel announced another major change when it revealed that Thor would be reintroduced as a woman. The changes to the characters will be limited to the comic-book pages, and not yet on the big screen.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Bryan Cranston will bring his Tony-award winning portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson to HBO as the network has secured the broadcast rights to the hit Broadway show, All the Way, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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JUSTICE DEPT. TO PROBE LOST IRS EMAILS: Lois Lerner isn’t escaping public or federal scrutiny any time soon. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that it would investigate the circumstances behind the disappearance of her missing Internal Revenue Service emails. The probe is part of a larger investigation into improper IRS scrutiny of Tea Party groups. The IRS has claimed that certain Lerner emails from 2011 vanished when her computer crashed. At that time, Lerner headed the section of the IRS that oversaw tax-exempt organizations. Lerner has twice refused to speak before House committee hearings, claiming her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. In May, the House voted to hold her in contempt of Congress. News that the Justice Department would probe the missing emails comes after Republicans accussed the Obama administration of not doing enough to investigate the IRS. Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said in a statement, “The IRS investigation was launched without hesitation and immediately after Ms. Lerner publicly acknowledged the potential misconduct.”

CALIFORNIA’S DEATH PENALTY STRUCK DOWN: A federal judge struck down California’s death penalty Wednesday on the grounds that it violates the Constitution because sentences are not carried out in a reasonable, timely, or organized manner. “Arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones… determine whether an individual will actually be executed,” Judge Cormac Carney wrote. More than 900 of people have been sentenced to die but only 13 have been put to death since 1976, when the Supreme Court overturned a national moratorium on the practice. The ruling overturns the death sentence for Ernest Jones, who was sentenced to die more than 20 years ago. The ruling comes after multiple prominent judges have ripped California’s death penalty for the chaos it causes. Carney’s decision, however, was the first to decide that the delays were themselves a constitutional violation. “We haven’t seen very many rulings from the federal courts declaring a whole state’s system unconstitutional,” Harvard Law professor Carol Steiker said. “That’s quite stunning.” While Carney’s ruling only applies to the sentence for Jones, it will have a wider impact if upheld on appeal.

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

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“The Consumerist is a consumer affairs blog owned by Consumer Media LLC, a subsidiary of Consumer Reports with posts provided by regular daily contributors.”

TATUM O’NEAL & JOHN McENROE SON BUSTED WITH DRUGS: The son of Tatum O’neal and tennis great John Mcenroe has been arrested by cops with drugs. McEnroe & O’Neal’s  son, Kevin,  was busted Tuesday night in the East Village area of Manhattan  carrying six glassine envelopes of cocaine and more than two dozen prescription pills. Kevin McEnroe, 27, was stopped by cops on the corner of E. Fourth St. and Avenue A about 11:24 p.m. Cops say he was spotted carrying out what they believed to be a drug deal.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world’s most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney’s original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day’s events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as “Black Sunday.”

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DATA RECOVERABLE ON SOME USED PHONES: If you are in the habit of snapping racy selfies with your smartphone, you may want to think twice about reselling it when you get a new one. Security firm Avast purchased 20 used Android devices on eBay and managed to recover the previous owners’ data from at least some of them, including emails, text messages, Google searches, and 40,000 photos—more than 1,000 of which featured the subject in various states of undress. Google responded to the report, saying that the phones in question are older models that do not reflect current Android protections, but security researchers caution that the only way to fully protect your data on any device is to destroy it entirely.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vince Guaraldi (1928) Guaraldi, an American jazz musician, was hired to score the animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic series after producer Lee Mendelson heard his music playing on the radio. Though Guaraldi was a Grammy award-winning pianist prior to his work on the Peanuts specials, he is best known for his musical compositions associated with the series, including the signature tune “Linus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Ringer: The digital age has long rendered the handwritten epistle extinct. No more the long elegantly scrolled emotion packed letters of 19th century genre. Can a keyboard fully replicate the ethos of quill and parchment? Our education system, incredibly, in many venues chooses to no longer teach cursive….another cultural loss. Amazon now sells many more kindle e-books than the tangible varieties. The tactile element of turning the pages and watching the right side dwindle, anticipating a climax that gets closer and closer still holds much appeal for me. Inside of one generation, a walk through a home will no longer reveal the beauty of shelves of books; another victim, hardcopy books will fade to an anachronism.  Moral: The tsunami of technology can be a dehumanizing force inexorably leeching our sensitivities.  Is this a devolution of our culture? Whatever the answer, the consequences are far reaching.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lana Del Ray: Well, I feel fucking crazy. But I don’t think I am. People make me feel crazy. I find that most people I meet figure I kind of want to kill myself anyway. So, it comes up every time.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: How strange is the miracle of fame, I pondered, this strange apotheosis by which my mere private name has become a public symbol. As because I refuse to lie and tell the truth, loud and proud.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Just weeks after being rocked by a cheating scandal, Sarah Jessica Parker has made a dramatic, last-ditch attempt to save her 17-year marriage, sources say. The “Sex and the City” star, 49, took hubby Matthew Broderick, 52, to their four-room vacation cottage in Donegal, Ireland, to heal their reported marital rift – but locals say they looked terribly strained. “They normally venture all around Donegal, but this time they spent the majority of their time locked away in their remote home out in the countryside,” revealed a source. “One evening they went into Nancy’s, a seafood restaurant, and hardly said a word to each other. It was pretty clear during the trip that Sarah and Matthew were having some pretty intense discussions.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lisa Haisha the global adventurer, author, and spiritual teacher extraordinaire held a July 4th party that included the who’s who of Hollywood. Jonathan Moffet (drummer for Madonna and Michael Jackson among others) was in attendance as well as CSI Executive Producer Naren Shankar and his wife Sheri Shankar, Writer of Two and a Half Men and Mike and Molly Don Foster, and Writer of Speed 2, Randall McCormick. Jazz player Grant Geissman also stopped by. This was a medley of over 200 entertainment industry movers and shakers, combined with life coaches and thought leaders that descended upon Lisa’s Sherman Oaks estate for her 8th annual evening of July 4th revelry. Guest tongues were met with only the best of traditional barbecue dishes including burgers, hot dogs, and even hotter wings, while traditional mojitos and margaritas cooled them off while a dazzling assortment of fireworks lit up their eyes.

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Wednesday • July 16, 2014

MURDOCH BIDDING FOR TIME WARNER: Time Warner has rejected 21st Century Fox’s $80 billion formal offer. The potential deal with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company had stirred up a speculation frenzy, but it seems the offer wasn’t enough. According to CNBC, Time Warner was offered $85 a share in cash and stock. As part of the deal, 21st Century Fox said it would sell CNN to appease regulators. Despite the rejection, Murdoch is reportedly “determined” to buy Time Warner.

100,000 GAZANS TOLD TO FLEE AS BOTH SIDES PRESS ATTACKS: Israel’s missile defense system intercepted four rockets over the Tel Aviv area on Wednesday morning, after the military bombed the homes of several political leaders of the militant Islamic movement Hamas overnight and warned 100,000 residents of the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. ahead of more airstrikes. The warnings, distributed by leaflets, automated telephone calls and text messages, were the broadest yet and advised people in northern towns as well as some neighborhoods of Gaza City to head south. “The I.D.F. does not want to harm you, and your families,” the leaflets said, using the abbreviation for the Israel Defense Forces. “Whoever disregards these instructions and fails to evacuate immediately endangers their own lives, as well as those of their families,” the warning added.

HILLARY WANTS ROOM WITH ‘FEWER CORNERS’: During an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Hillary Clinton was pressured to declare whether or not she is running for the presidency. At one point, Stewart asked, “Do you have a favorite shape for that home office?” Stewart continued archly. “Would you like that office… to have corners? Or would you like it not to have corners.” In reply, Clinton responded, “You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better.” While said in a comedic context, that answer may just be the closest Clinton has come to admitting her presidential ambitions. In the interview, Clinton also discussed her recent stumbles, including comments about her family being “dead broke.”

AL WINS 2014 ALL-STAR GAME: In part powered by Derek Jeter’s two hits in his final All-Star Game, the American League bested the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night. The win will give the American League champion home-field advantage in the World Series. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the MVP award for going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and two RBIs.

ASSAD IS SWORN IN FOR THIRD 7-YEAR TERM IN SYRIA: Feted by supporters, whom he hailed as the victors of his country’s brutal civil war, a triumphalist President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third seven-year term after an election that was widely seen as a gesture of calculated defiance toward the United States and others in the West and in the Arab world seeking his ouster. With his right hand on the Quran, the holy book of Islam, Mr. Assad took the oath at the so-called People’s Palace overlooking Damascus, the capital. But even as he prepared for a new term, rebels offered a counterpoint, firing five mortar shells into Damascus and killing four people. Two shells landed near the central Umayyad Square, the official news agency SANA said.

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DWYANE WADE RE-SIGNS WITH MIAMI HEAT: LeBron is off to Ohio, but Dwyane’s staying put. Calling himself a #HeatLifer on Twitter, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade re-signed with the team on Tuesday. “Home Is Where The Heart Is… My Home, My City, My House,” he tweeted, and wrote in statement that he was “proud to have spent every single day of my career as a member of the Miami Heat and to have brought three championship titles to this great city.” The details of the deal aren’t clear, but sources say it’s a two-year contract with a player option for the second year. His contract may be worth as much as $34 million, but it has not been confirmed.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Roche, the pharmaceutical company, on Wednesday reported mixed results in its latest trial of an Alzheimer’s drug. It said that while the drug did not slow progression of the disease over all, at the highest doses it did seem to delay a decline in mental ability in patients with mild cases of Alzheimer’s. The results of a clinical trial of the drug, crenezumab, were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed room of L.A. “influencers” began the first “City Talk” conversation event at the popular Luna Park restaurant last night from 5-7pm. Guests included KNX radio anchor Bob Brill, TV producers Eric Streit and Tony Dimond, actress Jane Romney, veteran film producer Mark Joseph, among others. The event was moderated by media expert and author Michael Levine.   ***L.A. technology innovator Josh Goodman having lunch at Natalee Thai in Beverly Hills last week.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Texas is the largest petroleum-producing state in the U.S. and if it were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s 5th largest petroleum-producing nation. Only 34 of Texas’ 254 counties have no known natural gas within their boundaries. However, no major wells have been discovered for a half-century or more.

E-CIGARETTE MAKERS ARE IN AN ARMS RACE FOR EXOTIC VAPOR FLAVORS: Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue. Exotic cigarette flavors like those were banned in 2009 out of concern they might tempt young people. But the flavors tobacco companies once sold look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer — legally — by the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. News on Tuesday that Reynolds American had agreed to buy Lorillard, uniting two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies, highlighted how important e-cigarettes have become to the declining tobacco industry. Both Reynolds and Lorillard have pushed hard into e-cigarettes, which offer a new way of delivering a puff of nicotine. For now, those companies’ flavors are relatively modest, though they may feel pressure to expand into the explosion of competition for the consumer palate, with e-cigarette flavors such as banana cream pie and cotton candy.

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MAN ARRESTED AT KENNEDY COMPOUND: Late on Tuesday a disabled veteran was arrested for breaking into the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod. According to the police, James Lacroix, 53, said he was looking for the singer Katy Perry. It is not currently known why Lacroix thought that the pop singer would be found at the famous Kennedy residence in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.

JUDGE JUDY’s VICIOUS LEGAL WAR: Judge Judy Sheindlin claims she has never filed a real life lawsuit – that is – UNTIL NOW!  And boy, is it getting UGLY. CourtHouse News reported that in March, Judith Sheindlin, better known as the eponymous “Judge Judy” on the syndicated daytime TV court series sued John Haymond and his Haymond Law Firm, claiming they used her image without permission in a commercial for the firm Haymond fired back last month with a countersuit, claiming he had been asked to use the footage in the commercial by the stations that helped create it.   Haymond says in the countersuit that he’s a “fan of the ‘Judge Judy’ television show” and was “happy” with the co-op advertising arrangement.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***When Ron Howard was 9 years old, he was already a national television star on The Andy Griffith Show – and there was only one thing he wanted for his next birthday. “The gift that I was begging for was a Beatle wig,” he tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. “And on March 1st, 1964, that’s what I got: the Beatle wig of my dreams.” Now the Academy Award-winning director is coming full circle with his Fab Four obsession, having signed on to direct and produce an authorized, as-yet-untitled documentary about the touring years of the band’s career (approx. 1960-1966), a period in which the Beatles crossed the globe, sparked Beatlemania and released several classic albums (including A Hard Day’s Night and Rubber Soul). For it, he will interview surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as talk with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison (wife of the late George Harrison).   ***The organization that puts on the Golden Globe Awards and the company that produces the telecast have resolved their long-standing court battle over rights to the show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions announced Monday that the 2010 lawsuit has been settled. The terms were not revealed.   ***Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with a crazed stalker just outside her bedroom door during a terrifying, middle-of-the-night confrontation last month, police said. The “Miss Congeniality” actress, 49, slammed the bedroom door, locked herself inside and immediately dialed 911, begging cops to rush to her Los Angeles mansion, according to a search warrant affidavit, reports TMZ.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Pat Buchanan: The real issue: Will America remain one nation, or are we are on the road to Balkanization and the breakup of America into ethnic enclaves? For, as Ronald Reagan said, a nation that cannot control its borders isn’t really a nation anymore. In Federalist No. 2, John Jay wrote, “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs. … ”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president’s recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.” There are three problems with this unbearable metaphor: Barack Obama is not in captivity, he’s not a bear, and he’s not loose. As Voltaire said of the Holy Roman Empire, it was “neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve argued for a while now that it is always useful to study the Israeli-Arab conflict because it is to the wider war of civilizations what Off Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff starts there and then goes to Broadway. So what’s playing Off Broadway these days? The Israeli-Arab conflict has become a miniature of the most relevant divide in the world today: the divide between the “world of order” and the “world of disorder.” Israel faces nonstate actors in civilian clothes, armed with homemade rockets and drones, nested among civilians on four of its five borders: Sinai, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. And what is most striking about this play is that the traditional means of bringing order seem ineffective. Israel, a mini-superpower, keeps pummeling the ragtag Islamist militias in Gaza with its modern air force, but the superempowered Palestinian militants, leveraging cheap high-tech tools, keep coming back with homemade rockets and even a homemade drone. You used to need a contract with Boeing to get a drone. Now you can make one in Gaza.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: To estimate the share of obesity-related costs resulting from burger consumption, we estimated the share of calories coming from burgers in fast-food restaurants, where the majority are eaten. Assuming that the 11.3 percent of calories is proportional to the incidence rate of obesity (it may be higher), its associated health risks, and its treatment costs, up to 15 percent of fast food’s share of direct and indirect costs arising from obesity (about 1.65 percent of the whole) are attributable to burgers. In 2005, the House of Representatives passed an act that forbade consumers to sue fast-food operators over weight gain. “The Cheeseburger Bill” (formally, “The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act”) attempted to legislate the message that the costs of fast food are personal, not social, and certainly not a consequence of selling harmful food at addictively low prices.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Casey Kaseem is not resting in peace as he has yet to receive a decent burial, his daughter’s rep says. A spokesman for Casey Kasem’s daughter Kerri told media says that a month after his death the famed famous radio host’s unburied body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma, Washington.  ***Sad day on Long Island for “Piano Man” Billy Joel. Billy’s mom Rosalind Nyman Joel passed at age 92.   ***Wedding bells are in the air for actor Jeff Goldblum. The “Jurassic Park” actor, 61, proposed to his girlfriend Emilie Livingston, 31, earlier this month, according to her Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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Tuesday • July 15, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: HOOKAH: LIKE SMOKING 40 CIGARETTES & KISSING EVERYBODY:

A stunning report by Marc Siegel, an NYU medical doctor, details the findings of a new study in the journal Pediatrics that found that nearly one-fifth of high school seniors have tried hookah. Males, citydwellers and wealthy students were the likeliest to partake.

Middle Eastern cultures have smoked hookah for centuries. A rather groovy-looking pipe is filled with a flavored tobacco, called shisha, which is burned and passed through a tank of water which supposedly filters the smoke. But it doesn’t. According to the National Institutes of Health, a single session of hookah smoking “delivers 1.7 times the nicotine, 6.5 times the carbon monoxide and 46.4 times the tar of a single cigarette.” In other words, this is one of the most toxic things you could do to your body in the span of about 60 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, hookah is linked to the same sort of diseases that afflict cigarette smokers, such as lung, oral, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic cancer.

This habit, as Dr. Siegel indicates, is made worse by the fact that users often do not change the mouthpiece as they pass the inhaling device around for all to enjoy. Any disease transmitted by kissing — e.g., mononucleosis, HPV, strep throat, colds, influenza, etc. — can also be transmitted by sharing mouthpieces.


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Tuesday • July 15, 2014

LBN-INVESITGATES: Abortion

1.     The term “abortion” is from the Latin abortus (ab- “amiss” + oriri- “appear to be born, arise”).

2.     The Egyptian Kahun Papyrus (1850 B.C.) suggests crocodile feces either for preventing conception or as an abortifacient. In Arabic medicine, elephant feces were frequently recommended. The Ebers Papyrus (1550 B.C.) contains several recipes that “cause a woman to stop pregnancy in the first, second, or third period.” One recipe for a vaginal suppository includes combining the unripe fruit of Acacia, colocynth, dates, and 6/7 pints of honey and pouring the mixture onto a moistened plant fiber.

3.     Modern Arabic women still take colocynth as an abortifacient, though one woman who took 120 grains in a powder died 50 hours later.

4.     While there has never been complete agreement about when a fetus becomes a person, the major sentiment in ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Roman thought was that there could be no living soul in an “unformed” and/or “unquickened” body and, hence, the law of homicide could not apply if a fetus was aborted before that time. However, other scholars, such as Basil, the bishop of Caesarea in Asia Minor (c. A.D. 330-379), called feticide murder at any point of development.

5.     Aristotle suggests that the conceptus had a “soul” after 40 days from conception if a male and 90 if female (for a similar differentiation, see Leviticus 12:1-5 in the Bible). Later, Aristotle says that the fetus develops “little by little” and that one cannot make fine judgments.

6.     The Stoics thought the soul came when the fetus was exposed to cool air, although the potential was present at conception. Plutarch and Tertullian both ridiculed that idea because babies born in hot climates or in warm rooms were certainly alive.

7.     Ancient Hebrew religious law regarded a woman pregnant at 40 days after conception and, therefore, abortion before that could not be considered criminal.

8.     There was an endless list of oral drugs to abort a fetus from before the time of Hippocrates (460 B.C.) and into the Middle Ages. A few examples include clover mixed with white wine, Edderwort mixed with vinegar and water, mountain rue, birthwort mixed with pepper and mint, white hellebore, shepherd’s purse, squirting cucumber, stinking iris, pomegranate, and even a poisonous fish the color of a hare.

9.     Ancient physicians also used pessaries, or vaginal suppositories, as abortifacients. They were usually more potent than oral drugs and included substances like the juice of the wild fig, a “milky liquid” which caused irritation, soap-wort, myrrh, myrtle, lupine, cedar-oil mixed with water, wine, or hot oil. Physicians also recommend smearing on the uterine opening goose fat, mashed leek and celery, rose oils, pine resin, copper scum, boiled honey, sodium carbonate, and even mouse dung.

10.  Some ancient pessaries were similar to Utus paste, a substance injected directly into the uterus as a method of abortion in Europe and the United States until the 1960s, but eventually condemned as unsafe. Use of Utus paste to terminate pregnancy, however, can still be found in many developing countries.

11.  Ancient abortion methods included applying substances externally on the abdomen such as various ointments and creams, bruised corn boiled with vinegar, and boiled cypress leaves. Physicians, such as Galen, also recommended hot baths, blood letting, strenuous physical exercise, leaping, riding in a shaky carriage, carrying heavy weights, emotional shock, body massages with hot oil, or being vigorously shaken by two strong men.

12.  Surgical abortion was well known in the ancient world though, due to lack of anesthetics and antibiotics, it was dangerous and painful. Celsus (c. 25 B.C.-A.D. 50) provides the most complete account of a dilatation and curettage (D&C) operation, which required placing one, sometimes two hands, into the uterus to straighten the fetus and then extracting the fetus with a hook. Ancient texts such as Diseases of Women, Superfetation, and On the excision of the foetus refer to a surgical tool called an embruosphaktes (“embryo-slayer”).

13.  Ancient physicians clearly understood that abortifacients could damage the uterus, cause septic abortions, and generally endanger to the mother’s health. Ovid compares the dangers and wounds from war for men with the dangers from abortion for women.

14.  Hippocrates alludes to abortion in his Hippocratic Oath. Some translators argue Hippocrates said he would not administer a woman “a pessary to produce an abortion.” Other interpretations suggest that Hippocrates actually said he would not “give a woman an abortive remedy.” In the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, the United States Supreme Court in 1973 dismissed the oath  as an incorrect application of a historical precedent.

15.  Physicians such as Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79), Dioscorides (c. 40-90), and Pseudo-Galen (129-216) mention more “superstitious” abortifacients, such as crossing over the root of a cyclamen, the egg of a crow, a viper, or a stone bitten by a dog. Additionally, if a woman crosses the menstrual blood of another woman, she will have an abortion.

16.  During the Middle Ages, abortion was tolerated because there were no laws against it. There were a variety of abortifacients, such as mixture known as a “cup of roots” and another called “A Cure for All Kinds of Stomach Aches.” A medieval female physician, Dame Trotula of Salerno, may have been the first woman gynecologist and administered a number of remedies for the “retention of menstrua,” which was sometimes a code for early abortifacients.

17.  In Arabic society, the evidence of continuous uses of early abortifacients is abundant. When classical texts were reintroduced into the West via Arabic influence around the thirteenth century, Westerners had the knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman medicine as well as the superior knowledge regarding contraception and abortifacients from the Arabs.

18.  During the Renaissance, abortion was still tolerated, though Renaissance scholars knew less about birth control and abortifacients than did their medieval, Islamic, and classical forerunners. Perhaps this is due to the move of medicine from apprenticeship to male- and theory-centered universities, the growing gap between physicians and midwives, and the desire for larger families.

19.  The relative indifference of common law courts to a fetus changed in the 1600s in England when abortion after a fetus had “quickened” became manslaughter. However, any action before “quickening” that harmed the pregnancy was not considered criminal under common law in England and the United States.

20.  Reports of attempted abortions by ingesting savin (oil from juniper bushes) were common in the early nineteenth century, as well as accidental deaths from savin overdose. Savin was the single most commonly employed abortifacient in the United States during this time.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606) Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest European painters. Early on, he displayed an interest in the “spotlight effects” of light and shadow that dominate his later paintings and began the studies of his own face and the more formal self-portraits that make up much of his painted and etched work. After moving to Amsterdam around 1631, he quickly became the city’s most fashionable portrait painter and a popular teacher.

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Monday • July 14, 2014

GERMAN POLICE MEGAPHONE USED IN ANTI-ISRAEL RANT:

German police allowed an anti-Israel protester to climb inside a police car and shout slogans including “child murderer Israel” and “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is Great!” — through a police megaphone, a spokeswoman for Frankfurt’s police said Sunday.

Police let the protester use the megaphone during a Free Gaza demonstration Saturday because he had offered to calm down a protest that had turned violent, spokeswoman Virginie Wegner told The Associated Press.

“We as police had come up spontaneously with this unusual method and he abused it — we didn’t expect that,” Wegner said, adding that police were investigating the incident. “Police are neutral during protests.”



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Monday • July 14, 2014

78% OF LBN READERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FIND IT INDEPENDENT: An astounding 78% of LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries find its news coverage “independent and unbiased”. 14% of LBN reader felt the news service was “too liberal” and 8% felt it was “too conservative.”

BERGDAHL RETURNING TO THE ARMY: After five years in captivity and six weeks of freedom, Bowe Bergdahl is set to resume life as an Army soldier this week. As part of his reintegration, the former Taliban prisoner is switching from the therapy phase to taking on the job duties of a regular soldier, living in the barracks at Texas’ Fort Sam Houston, and interacting with other soldiers. He’ll also soon be meeting with Major General Kenneth Dahl, who is investigating the circumstances of his disappearance in 2009.

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HOLDER FRIGHTENED BY NEW TERROR THREAT: Attorney General Eric Holder called reports of a Syria-Yemen terrorist partnership “more frightening than anything I think I’ve seen as attorney general.” Speaking on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, he said that intelligence officers have found a Syrian al Qaeda affiliate working with the Yemeni bomb makers behind 2009’s Christmas Day underwear bomb. The TSA has recently increased security due to suspicions that one of the 7,000 European or American passport holders working with Syrian terrorists could hijack a plane. “This is not a test,” Holder said of the new measures. “We’re doing something in reaction to things that we have detected.”

U.S. SEES RISKS IN ASSISTING A COMPROMISED IRAQI FORCE: A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials. The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month.

ISRAEL INTERCEPTS DRONE SENT FROM GAZA: Israel intercepted a drone sent from Gaza on Monday as it flew just off the shore of the port city of Ashdod, about 14 miles north of the Palestinian enclave, adding a new element to a week-old conflict. The military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for sending a “number of drones” into Israel, describing the event on its website as one of the “surprises” it had promised over the last week and saying the drones had been dispatched on “special missions.” An Israeli military spokesman did not rule out that the possibility that the Palestinians had access to additional drones.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Flying and having sex are what dreams are made of, reports Live Science. Researchers conducted an online survey in which they asked people about their dreams. Of nearly 700 respondents, 571 said they were lucid dreamers. In a lucid dream, the dreamer is aware of his or her actions and can control what they are doing. Many lucid dreamers report trying to change their dreams by turning nightmares into something more pleasant or trying to communicate with the people they dreamed up.

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COSTA CONCORDIA RAISED FROM THE SEA: The two-year-long saga of the disastrous Costa Concordia cruise is nearly over. In one of the largest salvage operations in history, the ship was successfully raised from the sea and is floating off the platform near the island of Giglio and has been resting on for the past year. It will be towed to its home port of Genoa to be scrapped after it’s raised 40 more feet in the next six or seven days. Thirty-two people were killed when the vessel hit rocks in early 2012.

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CITIGROUP SETTLES WITH U.S. FOR $7B: The Justice Department doesn’t settle for chump change. Citigroup and the feds have settling an investigation into the bank’s conduct leading up to the financial crisis for $7 billion. The deal was made after Justice alleged that Citigroup packaged and sold mortgage securities that caused major loses for investors. The agreement includes $4 billion cash penalty going to the Justice Department, which is the largest of its kind, and $2.5 billion pledged to preserve affordable housing and other relief for struggling consumers. The payout went way beyond expectations—Citigroup first offered to settle the case in April for $363 million.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Katy Perry dining with a group at La Esquina in NYC Thursday, but appearing distracted by her phone.   ***Jmima Kirke at the launch of Hedgehouse’s West Village pop-up.   ***Abigail Breslin at the opening of the Birchbox flagship store in Soho in NYC.   ***Katie Holmes, Gayle King and Russell Simmons at the Global Citizen Festival launch party at Milk Studios in NYC.   ***Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd at 75 Main in NYC.   ***Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter at Bobby Van’s in NYC with friends.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Life

1.     Life is broadly defined as the condition of an organism that exhibits growth through metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation to its environment. These characteristics separate living organisms from inanimate objects.

2.     The cell is the basic unit of life, and an organism must be composed of at least one cell to qualify as a living thing.

3.     The cells of every living organism contain deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a nucleic acid that holds the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of a life form. It is this substance that allows a living thing to grow and reproduce.

4.     DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss physician Friedrich Miescher who noticed a microscopic substance in the pus on discarded bandages. The substance was later identified as DNA.

5.     A virus straddles the definition of life and, according to scientific definition, is not technically alive. It is composed simply of DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) strands surrounded by a protein shell and requires a host cell to metabolize and reproduce. When not within a host cell, a virus lies dormant and is nothing more than a static organic particle.

6.     Scientists estimate the earth is about 4.5 billions years old and first began to support life forms approximately 3.7 billion years ago.

7.     While scientists universally believe that naturally occurring amino acids were mediated by nucleic acids to create the first life forms on Earth, the question of how nucleic acids originated from inanimate matter is still being studied today. There is no definitive answer yet as to the origin of life on Earth.

8.     Throughout history, two dominant theories of the origin of life on Earth have prevailed. Abiogenesis, a theory that is now widely discredited, holds that life was and is spontaneously generated from decaying organic matter. The theory of biogenesis, on the other hand, maintains that new life is produced from existing life forms.

9.     The oldest living things on Earth are believed to be single-cell prokaryotes, more commonly known as bacteria. Scientists have discovered fossils of such prokaryotes from roughly 3.5 billion years ago.

10.  Plant life began on the Earth’s landforms about 430 millions years ago. The first plants were likely single-celled organisms distantly related to algae.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Less than a month after Russ Stanton announced he would leave as VP of content at KPCC, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times is joining former LAT colleagues at their crisis PR company. Stanton will be a senior executive at G.F. Bunting + Co., a San Francisco firm founded by former Times reporter and editor Glenn Bunting. Stanton left the Times’ top job in Dec. 2011 and joined KPCC the following month.

ARCHIE DIES SAVING GAY FRIEND: After a 75-year run, the main character of Archie comics will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. In the Wednesday issue of “Life with Archie,” Andrews intervenes during an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, the comic’s first openly gay character and a newly elected senator pushing for gun control. “We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone,” says Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. Andrew’s death was announced in April, which only leaves the question: Who fired the shot?

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Statistics suggest that approximately one in every five Americans has indulged in sex with a colleague at work.

‘GLEE’ STARS MOURN MONTHEITH’S DEATH: Glee has been without its leading man for one year. Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at age 31 on July 13, 2013. This Sunday, his co-stars took to Twitter to mourn his untimely passing. His girlfriend, Lea Michelle, wrote: “We hold you in our hearts today, and every day we remember your smile. We will love you and miss you always.” Actor Matthew Morrison tweeted, “I personally believe Cory was reborn into some other beautiful form a year ago today. I celebrate him and his life… Wherever that may be. Happy Birthday my friend….I miss you.” And the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy shared a picture with the caption “Miss you.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: Today, our show got nominated for six Emmy Awards! And if we win for best show, I promised to give the Emmy to my parents. And if we win for best writing, I promised to give the Emmy to Rob Ford. He wrote half our monologues.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: The Republican National Convention is going to be held in 2016 in Cleveland. They outbid New York City. Cleveland beat New York City. And I’m thinking to myself: Wait a minute, this is not right. Hookers and bribes don’t work anymore? What is the problem?

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Dare I confess that I was sick to my stomach after polishing off a gargantuan, five-course meal at Dupar’s at the Farmer’s Market last week.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***In remarks framed as a message to the American public, actor Jon Voight emotionally aired his political grievances for several minutes in a televised statement on Saturday.  Those grievances range from (but are not limited to) Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the “targeting” of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, illegal immigration, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, the treatment of war veterans, the chaos in Iraq and deep reservations about President Obama.   ***David Duchovny’s wild “Californication” nights over as he reunites with wife Tea Leoni. After splitting twice, “The X Files” hunk David Duchovny and estranged wife Téa Leoni are getting back together – again! Sources say that the two are working hard to mend their shattered marriage – and they recently shared a romantic beach day in Malibu. “David and Téa have talked about divorce forever, but they never got around to filing papers,” said a friend.   ***Insiders say Alec Baldwin – widely criticized for his history of using homophobic slurs – has given approval to his daughter Ireland’s same-sex love affair. The sources add that Ireland’s mom, actress Kim Basinger, is opposed to the relationship. “Alec told his daughter that if she loved this girl, she certainly had his blessing,’” according to one insider. Ireland, 18, is Alec and Kim’s only child from their eight-year marriage.  She dumped surfer Slater Trout in March for bisexual rapper Raykeea “Angel Haze” Wilson, 22.

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Sunday • July 13, 2014

POPE: 2% OF CLERGY ARE PEDOPHILES: In an interview with La Repubblica, Pope Francis is quoted as saying that data indicates “about 2%” of the clergy in the Catholic Church are pedophiles. He also said child abuse was like “leprosy” infecting the church and he will “confront it with the severity it demands.” That percentage would represent around 8,000 priests out of 414,000. “Among the 2% who are pedophiles are priests, bishops and cardinals. Others, more numerous, know but keep quiet. They punish without giving the reason,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying. Francis was also asked about celibacy rules for priests. In response, he pointed out that it was only adopted 900 years after the death of Jesus Christ and that the Eastern Catholic Church allows priests to marry.

AFGHANISTAN TO AUDIT ALL VOTES: In a historic deal, the top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan have agreed to a complete audit of the 8 million votes cast in the recent election. The deal, which was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday, will implement immediately. The results will be supervised by international monitors, and will be binding. Both Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, the two candidates, have claimed fraudulent ballots were cast, but both have also declared victory.

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US, GERMANY VOW COOPERATION DESPITE ESPIONAGE SPAT: The United States and Germany are vowing to work closely together on global matters despite strains in their relationship linked to recent espionage accusations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered a joint statement on the sidelines of Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna.

FEDS INVESTIGATING NFL DRUG ABUSE: The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has begun an investigation into abuse of prescription drugs in NFL locker rooms. The probe started after roughly 1,300 retirees sued the league in May accusing it of handing out illegal painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-inflammatories. The NFL is still recovering in the public eye after it was accused of covering up the long-term damage concussions can cause. The suit accused the league of using the drugs to keep athletes playing without telling them about the long-term risks.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The latest struggle between publishers and Amazon burst into public view two months ago, after the company began seeking concessions on book sales from Hachette, the fourth-largest publisher, which Hachette was unwilling to give. Amazon sought to get its way by delaying delivery of Hachette books, which roused Hachette’s authors. At this point, Hachette is losing sales and Amazon is reaping a considerable amount of bad publicity.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: A dolphin can produce whistles for communication and clicks for sonar at the same time, which would be like a human speaking in two voices, with two different pitches, holding two different conversations.

LEBRON JAMES DEAL ONLY FOR TWO YEARS: It looks like LeBron James has an escape clause should things go sour in Cleveland. James is expected to sign for only two years with Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal will be worth $42.2 million. James will be able to take advantage of the league’s upcoming TV deal to negotiate a bigger contract in two years. However, the deal also gives him an opt-out clause after one season.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Chelsea Clinton never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter. No ditching of her Secret Service detail. No fake IDs for underage tippling. No drug scandal. No court appearance in tank top and toe ring. Not even any dirty dancing. Despite a tough role as the go-between in the highly public and embarrassing marital contretemps of her parents, Chelsea stayed classy. So it’s strange to see her acting out in a sense now, joining her parents in cashing in to help feed the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc

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LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My ass-hole father was an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency. My mother was a bull-dyke who only cared about smoking cigarettes and drinking booze.

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Thursday • July 10, 2014

‘GAME OF THRONES’ DOMINATES EMMY NOMS: Cue fan outrage! The Emmy nominations are in, and HBO’s Game of Thrones tops the list with 19. It’s followed by House of Cards with 16. The shows nominated for Best Drama are Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, and True Detective. The Best Comedy nominations went to The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, and Veep.

 

GIANTS FAN GETS $18M FOR BEATING: A jury has ruled that the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, owe San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow $18 million for a beating in 2011 that left him with significant brain damage. The Dodgers were accused of being ill-equipped to handle massive crowds, and that the team was partly to blame for the beating three years ago because of bad security and poor lighting. It will pay $13.9 million out of the settlement. “I couldn’t believe it,” Ann Stow, Bryan’s mother, said. “It was like a big weight off of our shoulders. We waited three years to hear that, and it’s finally over.” Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was found not liable for the attack.

 

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CHINESE HACKERS GO AFTER U.S. OFFICIALS: According to U.S. government officials, Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which houses the personal information of all federal employees. The hackers were targeting information on the thousands of employees who have gone for top-secret security clearances, and had gained access to some of the databases before authorities found the breach and blocked them. It is not yet known how they hacked the network. According to the Department of Homeland Security, they have not “identified any loss of personally identifiable information.” It is also not clear if the hackers were part of the Chinese government. The last known successful hacking of the U.S. government took place last year, when hackers made off with data from the Department of Energy.

 

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GERMANY EXPELS TOP U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICER: Germany announced Thursday that it had ordered the senior American intelligence official in the country expelled, retaliating for apparent American recruitment of spies here. “The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the United States Embassy has been asked to leave Germany,” a government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement. “The request occurred against the backdrop of the ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the questions that were posed months ago about the activities of U.S. intelligence agencies in Germany,” he said. “The government takes the matter very seriously.”

 

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DEATH TOLL RISES IN GAZA, AS HAMAS HITS NEW TARGETS IN ISRAEL: The death toll from Israel’s aerial offensive in Gaza rose on Thursday, while rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal enclave reached new targets in Israel. A spokesman for the Israeli military said that about 20,000 reservists had been called up and that preparations for a possible ground operation were being completed, but that the current focus of the ground forces was to uncover tunnels in Gaza used by militants for attacks.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Autism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.     A study from three states suggests that counties with higher precipitation levels have higher autism rates. Higher precipitation rates might carry more pollutants, decreased vitamin D levels, and increased television watching that could trigger autism.

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

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

 

CENTRAL U.S. TO SEE COLD SNAP NEXT WEEK: NWS: The central United States will see temperatures well below normal next week as a low pressure system pulls in colder Canadian air, the National Weather Service said on Thursday. Temperatures could fall up to 20 Fahrenheit (11 Celsius) degrees below normal by Wednesday in Kansas and Oklahoma, states that are more used to heat waves in the middle of July than cold snaps, said Dan Petersen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

 

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella committed to develop its Xbox gaming platform in a letter to company employees, quashing rumors that the unit might be spun off. “Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox,” said Nadella in an email released by the company on its website. (http://bit.ly/1bqubHk).   ***KNX Radio anchor Bob Brill will be the first guest of honor at “City Talk” a new conversation – cocktail party with L.A. leaders and influencers at the popular Luna Park restaurant on Tuesday, July 15th at 5pm.

 

JUSTIN BIEBER TO DO ANGER MANAGEMENT: As part of his plea bargain for egging his neighbor’s house, peevish pop star Justin Bieber will take 12 weeks of anger management classes, has been placed on two years of probation, five days of labor, and will pay his neighbor $80,900. In addition, Bieber was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim and his family, although since he has moved that doesn’t seem like an issue.

 
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Eleanor Clift: The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college may not be accurate.  The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college is as widely known, as it is startling. Countless media reports repeat and recycle the alarming statistic, and it headlined the initial report introduced by Vice President Biden from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Campus Assault. But how trustworthy is that figure of one in five? An earlier poll found it was more like 1 in 40, but should it matter whether the real number is closer to the high or low end of the scale?

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Pamela Druckerman: One of the maddening things about being a foreigner in France is that hardly anyone in the rest of the world knows what’s really happening here. They think Paris is a Socialist museum where people are exceptionally good at eating small bits of chocolate and tying scarves.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Eva Mendes is pregnant. The actress, 40, is expecting her first child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, reports OK! magazine. “She’s been ready for motherhood for a while now,” said a source familiar with the situation. “And to be sharing this experience with Ryan [Gosling] is a dream come true for her!”

 

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Wednesday • July 9, 2014

ISIS SEIZES CHEMICAL WEAPONS PLANT: Islamic militants from ISIS have taken control of a former chemical-weapons facility north of Baghdad, according to a letter sent to the UN on Tuesday, raising the terrifying prospect of terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction. Last month, the U.S. State Department downplayed concerns about ISIS gaining control of the facility, which has remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled with sarin and other chemicals. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki declared the remnants “don’t include intact chemical weapons… and would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely use this for military purposes or, frankly, to move it.” The site in Muthanna was the primary chemical-weapons facility under Saddam Hussein.

DOZENS OF GAZA STRIKES BY ISRAEL AS HAMAS EXTENDS ROCKETS’ RANGE: Rockets continued to fall over central Israel on Wednesday and Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza, as the military and political confrontation between Hamas and Israel showed no signs of abating. At least five rockets were shot down over Tel Aviv early Wednesday, the Israeli Army said, after a barrage of longer-range rockets late Tuesday night hit near major cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, most of them falling harmlessly. One Syrian-made M-302 rocket hit near Hadera, about 70 miles from Gaza, according to an Israeli Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, who said that Palestinians in Gaza had “tens” more like it.

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FORGOTTEN SMALLPOX FOUND IN MARYLAND: Beware of opening unmarked boxes because they may be filed with history’s most deadly diseases. A scientist cleaning out a storage room in a National Institutes of Health building in Maryland discovered vials of freeze-dried smallpox virus from the 1950s—the first time an unaccounted for sample has been discovered. (The vials were intact and sealed.)  Smallpox was declared to be eradicated in the 1980s, and the only known samples are under heavy security in Atlanta—where the samples have now been transferred—and Russia. “We don’t yet know if it’s live and infectious,” an official at the Centers for Disease Control director said.

SPYING CASE LEFT OBAMA IN DARK, U.S. OFFICIALS SAY: When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany last Thursday, he had a busy agenda: to consult with a close ally and to mobilize wavering Europeans to put more pressure on Russia to end its covert incursions in Ukraine.  What Mr. Obama did not know was that a day earlier, a young German intelligence operative had been arrested and had admitted that he had been passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency.  While Ms. Merkel chose not to raise the issue during the call, the fact that the president was kept in the dark about the blown spying operation at a particularly delicate moment in American relations with Germany has led frustrated White House officials to question who in the C.I.A.’s chain of command was aware of the case — and why that information did not make it to the Oval Office before the call.

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C. RAY NAGIN, FORMER NEW ORLEANS MAYOR, SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS: C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana will determine the sentence, which could be lengthy even if she mostly hews to federal sentencing guidelines.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***After three weeks of battle over the future of American Apparel, the retailer appears to have reached a deal in principle with its largest shareholders to remake the board of directors and bolster the company’s finances, while keeping manufacturing of its clothing in the United States. The retailer and the New York investment firm Standard General have agreed on the terms of the deal, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. No documents have yet been signed. Dov Charney, the company’s founder whose surprise ousting last month from his position as chief executive brought on turmoil about the future of the company, is said to have agreed as well.

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GEORGE CLOONEY SLAMS DAILY MAIL: Is George Clooney still hot when angry? In an open letter published in USA Today, the actor hit back at the Daily Mail for a story asserting that his fiancée’s mother opposed his marriage for religious reasons. “I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being,” writes Clooney, He says the story is “completely fabricated” and “it says Amal’s mother has been telling ‘half of Beirut’ that she’s against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride. Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.” Clooney says his fiancée Amal’s mother is not Druze and has not been to Beirut since they started dating. “But,” he declares, “this lie involves larger issues. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.” The actions by the Mail, he believes, should be “criminal.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***There’s hand-wringing and finger-pointing at Simon & Schuster over the soft performance of Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices,” for which she got a $14 million advance, sources said — and which was replaced at No. 1 on the best-seller list this week by an “exposé” about Hillary and Bill Clinton. The former secretary of state’s tome sold 161,000 copies in its first three weeks, according to Nielsen BookScan — but 85,000 of those were sold in the first week. That number has dropped sharply to 48,000 and 28,000 in subsequent weeks, with the most recent numbers due out Wednesday.

WORLD CUP 2014: GERMANY DEFEATS BRAZIL, 7-1: In a stunning win over the World Cup host country, Germany triumphed in the semifinals for a 7-1 victory against Brazil. In the first 29 minutes, the German team scored five goals, setting World Cup history. Brazil’s Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior made the team’s sole goal late in the game. Germany also made history as the all-time top-scoring team, with 223 total goals, just three more than Brazil. Meanwhile, fearing riots after the win, German fans were warned to stay inside the stadium and await escorts for their own safety. Brazil hasn’t lost a competitive match on its own turf since 1975.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Mostly, this July, I’m worrying about the jumping sharks jumping the shark. But Syfy’s “Sharknado 2” trailer, this one about a shark storm hitting Manhattan, just went up and features chain saws buzzing, the Statue of Liberty’s severed head whizzing, Tara Reid kvetching, and Robert Klein barking “This is the Big Apple! Something bites us; we bite back!”  So things look pretty promising. That leaves me free to worry about rampaging robots. And I’m not the only one.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pamela Anderson is back on the market. The “Baywatch” star-turned-animal rights activist has filed for divorce from Rick Salomon. This will be the second time Anderson, 47, has split from the poker player.

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Tuesday • July 8, 2014

YIKES! WHITE HOUSE TO SEEK $3.8 BILLION FOR BORDER CONTROL, MORE THAN PREVIOUSLY SIGNALED: The White House on Tuesday will request $3.8 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, a far higher amount than the Obama administration had previously signaled, according to a Capitol Hill source familiar with the plans. The money would go to several federal agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Health and Human Services. Funds would be allocated to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention facilities and add border patrol agents, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the administration had not formally made the request.

ISRAEL STEPS UP OFFENSIVE AGAINST HAMAS IN GAZA: Israel began an intensive aerial offensive in Gaza early Tuesday, bombing more than 50 targets, including at least four homes that the military said belonged to militants, after about 80 rockets were fired out of Gaza on Monday, reaching deep into southern Israel. Military officials said additional reservists were being called up in anticipation of a possible ground assault. As the airstrikes and rocket fire continued on Tuesday, the Israeli military said that its targets had included what it called a “terror command center embedded within civilian infrastructure” utilized by a militant in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Nine people were wounded in an airstrike on a house in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in the Palestinian coastal enclave, which is dominated by Hamas, the Islamic militant group.

KERRY THREATENS TO CUT AFGHAN AID: Secretary of State John Kerry is already setting off warning flares in Afghanistan to try to keep things cool. On Monday, preliminary election results showed Ashraf Ghani won the Afghan presidency, but his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, proceeded to reject the results as a “coup” against the people. Abdullah’s refusal to accept Ghani’s presidency could set off sectarian strife with the potential to explode into a civil war. In response to these concerns, Kerry already declared Tuesday than any Afghan attempt at a power grab would be punished financially by the U.S. In a letter released by the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Kerry said: “I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a ‘parallel government’ with the gravest concern. Any action to take power by extralegal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the United States and the international community.” The final election results are released July 22.

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CUBA PLANTED HOOKER STORY ABOUT SENATOR: U.S. intelligence believes the Cuban government was behind claims that Bob Menendez, Democratic senator from New Jersey, was soliciting underage prostitutes. In a letter to Justice Department in April, Menendez claimed that the hooker story published by The Daily Caller in 2012 was part of a Cuban plot to thwart his reelection campaign and his efforts to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Menendez is extremely anti-Castro.) A U.S. intelligence official said the CIA obtained evidence that Havana tried to plant the rumor in U.S. and Latin American publications. Since the story first ran, three Dominican women who claimed to have sex with Menendez for money have rescinded their stories. The FBI was never able to corroborate prostitution charges against him.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships between Hamburg, Germany, and America in the 1800s) was “salisbury steak.” It was named after Dr. Salisbury who prescribed ground beef for patients suffering from anemia, asthma, and other illnesses.

RICK PERRY REJECTS OBAMA HANDSHAKE: Texas Governor Rick Perry is making it abundantly clear just how much he dislikes President Obama and just how much he loves a grand but largely empty political gesture. In a letter to the president on Monday, Perry declined the White House’s offer to shake Obama’s hand when Air Force one lands in Austin on Wednesday. Obama is headed to Texas to tackle the problem of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Perry said he was refusing the handshake, but “would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.” Perry has not only criticized Obama’s handling of unaccompanied minors crossing the border, but has suggested he is “in on this somehow.”

IDIOT! SLEEPING YANKEES FAN SUES ESPN FOR $10M: There are frivolous lawsuits, and then there’s this. A New York Yankees fan caught sleeping by ESPN during a game is suing the sports for defamation and wants $10 million. Last week, Andrew Rector filed a suit in the Bronx Supreme Court claiming that ESPN sportscasters Dan Shulman’s and John Kruk’s made offensive remarks while he was napping during the game. As a result, he has “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation.” The suit alleges that Shulman and Kruk made “false statements” that suggested Rector is “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankees.” The suit apparently has a number of typos, but still manages to name Major League Baseball as defendant. In case you couldn’t guess it, Rector is a used-car salesman.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In October 2011, Google Earth reached its 1 billion download mark.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Edward Norton and “Walking Dead” star Dallas Roberts at Cherry at the Dream Downtown Hotel in NYC.   ***Daniel Radcliffe and girlfriend Erin Darke at Beauty & Essex with Radcliffe’s Broadway co-star Sarah Greene.   ***Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss dancing on a banquette to rapper 2 Chainz at 1Oak Southampton.    ***Jaden and Willow Smith seeing “Sleep No More” at the McKittrick Hotel, then having dinner at The Heath in NYC.

NOT SWEET! CRUMBS BAKE SHOP CLOSES ALL STORES: Is this the official end of the historic cupcake era? Crumbs Bake Shop announced Monday that it would close all 48 stores in 10 states at the end of the business day. The cupcake company said it faced limited options and is still considering filing for bankruptcy protection. After going public three years ago, Crumbs has faced dwindling profits and began shuttering stores at the end of 2013. On July 1, Nasdaq suspended trading in Crumbs shares, which had falled from $13 to less than 30 cents.

PREZ HARDING’S MISTRESS LETTERS UNSEALED: Warren G. Harding was the original Anthony Weiner. In late July, the Library of Congress is releasing a trove of letters written by the late president to his mistress between 1910 and 1920. They were sealed by Harding’s descendants for 50 years in 1964 after a lawsuit settlement with historian Francis Russell. The correspondence with his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, is called by The New York Times “perhaps the most sexually explicit ever by an American president.” He often used code, referring to his genitals as “Jerry” and writing to Phillips: “Wish I could take you to Mount Jerry. Wonderful spot. Not in the geographies but a heavenly place, and I have seen some passing views there and reveled in them. Gee! How I wish you might be along.”

ROWLING PENS NEW HARRY POTTER STORY: J.K. Rowling posted a new Harry Potter story on her Pottermore website that features the once-young wizard, Ron, and Hermione at the age of 34. Before you get too excited, the tale is a scant 1,500 words, and Rowling clearly has an ulterior motive. Written in the voice of Harry Potter gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the short story appears to be a clear jab at British tabloid culture. Harry has a “couple of threads of silver” in his hair, as he and the gang enjoy the Quidditch World Cup finals with their children. Snarky remarks about Harry’s marriage to Ginny and Hermione “settling” for Ron abound to complete the tabloid satire. But, there are other treats for Potter fans, with updates about Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. Let the Harry Potter geek-out commence.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The retail giant Costco Wholesale has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Donald Sterling, the disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was expected to testify Tuesday in the trial to determine whether he was legally removed from the trust by his estranged wife, Rochelle, clearing the way for the N.B.A. team to be sold to Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft chief executive. Rochelle Sterling’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, called Donald Sterling as a witness, setting up what could be the most dramatic day in a trial that holds significant ramifications for the Clippers and the N.B.A.

LBN-MINI-INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY STEINFELDT (FAMED ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHER):

Q: When are you happiest? A: When I’m working.

Q: If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be and why? A: Louis Armstrong.

Q: What is the biggest change needed on the American political front? A: That all politicians listen to each other.

Q: What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? A: Rock climbing.

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, which would it be and why? A: Warner Bros. Film

Q: What is something you keep telling yourself you’re going to do but keep putting it off? A: Complete my new coffee table book.

Q: What is your greatest professional failure? A: Taking too long to switch to digital.


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: In the current issue of The Atlantic, Joshua Wolf Shenk has a fascinating description of how Paul McCartney and John Lennon created music together. McCartney was meticulous while Lennon was chaotic. McCartney emerged out of a sunny pop tradition. Lennon emerged out of an angst-ridden rebel tradition. Lennon wrote the song “Help” while in the throes of depression. The song originally had a slow, moaning sound. McCartney suggested a lighthearted counter melody that, as Shenk writes, fundamentally changed and improved the nature of the piece.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My life no longer holds any surprises for me; even my love-affairs have a tedious banality.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Newly single spitfire Sofia Vergara has moved on from ex-fiance to “True Blood” hunky wolfboy Joe Magnaniello, say sources. The “Modern Family” actress and the beefcake were eyeballed having a cozy brunch yesterday at a popular Big Easy eatery.   ***Five years after the death of her beloved dad, Paris Jackson has put mom Debbie Rowe on a diet – because she’s terrified she’ll die young, say insiders. The pretty 16-year-old fears Debbie, 55, will follow in the tragic footsteps of the King of Pop, who passed away at age 50 in Los Angeles. She’s frightened because her 5-foot-9 mom crushes the scales at almost 300 pounds – and her weight has doubled since she divorced Michael in 1999.   ***Sorry, ladies, Scooter Braun is off the market. Justin Bieber‘s manager, 33, tied the knot over the weekend, marrying cancer activist Yael Cohen in Whistler, British Columbia Cohen, 27, founded F—k Cancer in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Many famous faces were in the crowd, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Sophia Bush, Carly Ray Jepsen and, of course, Bieber.

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Monday • July 7, 2014

POPE BEGS FORGIVENESS FROM ABUSE VICTIMS: Pope Francis begged for forgiveness in his first meeting with those who were abused at the hands of Catholic clergy. In his homily at the Vatican on Monday, the Pope said “I humbly ask forgiveness” for the “sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you.” He also acknowledged that the Church hierarchy had failed victims, saying “I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made.” On Sunday night, Pope Francis privately met with the six European victims invited to the Vatican. It marked the first time victims were invited to meet with the Pope on Vatican grounds.

WAR ZONE! 60+ SHOT IN CHICAGO OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in Chicago. As of 11:45 p.m. Sunday, 53 people had been wounded and nine were killed by gun violence over the holiday weekend. Two more were shot dead by police, including a 16-year-old boy Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon alone, 11 people were shot within four hours. All of the fatalities were black or Hispanic men under the age of 35. Chicago actually has its lowest homicide rate since 1963, but gun violence is still clearly a major problem in the city. Patricia Donald, a recent high-school graduate and resident of the Englewood section of Chicago, said, “I gotta get out of here. It’s looking like everybody is gonna be dead.”

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NETANYAHU DENOUNCES PALESTINE TEEN DEATH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to the father of the murdered Palestinian teen that his attackers will be prosecuted. On Sunday, Israel police arrested six suspects in the killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death last week. His murder is suspected of being a revenge attack for the three Israeli teens who were abducted and murdered. “I wish to express my shock and the shock of Israel’s citizens over the despicable murder of your son,” Netanyahu said to Hussein Abu Khudair, according to a statement. “The murderers will be brought to trial and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” The Palestinian teen’s death sparked a cycle of violence over the weekend. Thousands of Palestinians gathered in East Jerusalem to call for a third intifada. Riots and open fire broke out, and seven members of Hamas were killed. Hamas, in turn, vowed “the Zionist enemy will pay the price.”

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HOOKAH ON THE RISE WITH U.S. TEENS: Pass the pipe, brah. One in five U.S. high-school seniors has smoked from a hookah in the past year. A new study in Pediatrics shows hookah smoking among high-school seniors increased 21 percent over the past year. In contrast, cigarette use has slightly declined. While lead study author Joseph Palamar says cigarette smoking tends to be associated with “lower socioeconomic status and lower parental education,” hookah use tends to be associated with wealthier high-school students, especially ones that are white and male. The study notes that “given the cost of frequenting hookah bars, it is not surprising that wealthier students, as indicated by higher weekly income, are more regular visitors.” Not only does hookah use bring “many of the same health risks” as smoking cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it actually delivers higher amounts of tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide to its users.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Gloria Steinem having lunch with Ms. magazine founding editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin at Tavern on the Green in NYC.   ***Valerie Bertinelli at Pagani in the West Village in NYC.   ***Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst touring the Holiday House Hamptons in Sag Harbor by designers including Campion Platt . . . Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin performing at the American Heart Association gala.   ***Chris Noth at the Hummus & Pita Co. in Union Square in NYC.   ***Magic Johnson shopping for loafers at Ferragamo on the Amalfi Coast.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Relying on improvisation and collaboration, Brian Eno has produced critically revered albums by the Talking Heads, David Bowie, and U2.


TSA TO START CHECKING CELLPHONES: First they came for our greater-than-three-ounces fluids, and now they’re coming for our cellphones. The Transportation Security Administration announced Sunday that passengers traveling from overseas to the U.S. should expect to have their cellphones and other electronics checked. TSA officials will want to see that the devices can be turned on, and if they can’t be powered up, they won’t make it past security. TSA said in a statement, “Officers may ask that owners power up some devices, including cellphones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.” The added regulation comes just days after the Department of Homeland Security announced it would increase security measures at certain overseas airports, reportedly in response to fears that terrorists in Syria were developing more sophisticated ways to sneak bombs onto flights. TSA also announced Sunday that passengers “may undergo additional screening.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: With all the known health implications of a sedentary lifestyle, it may come as little surprise that excessive TV watching is tied to a higher risk of premature death. However, it appears that not all seated activities are created equal. Adults who watch three or more hours of TV a day are twice as likely to suffer a premature death as those who watch an hour or less, yet those who spend similar amounts of time behind the wheel or using a computer are not nearly as predisposed to an early death.

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SISI REGRETS TRYING AL JAZEERA JOURNOS: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi admitted his regrets about the harsh sentences given to three Al Jazeera journalists last month, but he is not changing his tune toward their punishment. Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm, a private newspaper, quoted Sisi as saying, “I wished they were deported right after they were arrested instead of getting put on trial.” He acknowledged the trial and sentencing has “had very negative consequences” on Egypt’s global reputation. Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were convicted of aiding a “terrorist group,” a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood. Greste and Fahmy received seven years in prison while Mohammed received 10. However, Sisi never indicated he would grant clemency to the journalists and diminished his role in the sentencing, saying of the verdict, “We had nothing to do with it.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***John Evans, one of the owners of the Diesel bookstores, told the Malibu Times that the Malibu store will soon close for good — the rent is too high and the foot traffic too low in its new spot in the Malibu Country Mart. “The store will close and it won’t be open in the fall. Whether it’ll be closed three weeks, six weeks or nine weeks from now, we don’t know,” Evans said. The inventory has already been marked down. Evans indicated the latest the store will be open is September 21, the paper says.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Sex may play a bigger part in success than you’d think. The Moscow Times reports that a new study published in “Quartz,” has found a link between sex and success at the World Cup. The study says that all of World Cup teams that imposed a ban on sex failed to advance past the Round of 16 in the knockout stage of the event.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Terrorist Bombings in London (2005) On July 7, 2005, four bombs struck the London public transportation system during the morning rush hour, killing 52 people—as well as the four bombers—and injuring some 700. The incident was the worst act of terrorism in the UK since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The attacks appeared to be the work of Islamic suicide bombers, and later evidence indicated that they may have been directed by a member of Al Qaeda.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Marc Chagall (1887) Chagall was a Belarusian artist often considered a forerunner of the surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1907 and soon blended elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. His Jewish heritage served as a source of great inspiration to him, and images of Jewish life and folklore and biblical themes frequently feature in his art. He explored a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, etching, tapestry, mosaic, and stained glass.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Austin Frakt: On Oct. 24, 1995, Newt Gingrich made an assertion about what would happen to Medicare if its beneficiaries could choose between it and private plans. Medicare is “going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it — voluntarily.” Though he later walked this statement back, many observers viewed it as an attack on the program. In fact, over the nearly two decades since, Mr. Gingrich’s claim has undergone something of a test — and it has largely passed it.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Russell Crowe has been crying the blues over ex-lover Meg Ryan, sourcess say. The Oscar-winning “Gladiator” hunk, 50, is finalizing his divorce from Aussie actress Danielle Spencer, 43, the mother of his two young sons. But he’s telling pals that he should never have let the 52-year-old “When Harry Met Sally…” bombshell slip through his fingers. The pair had a steamy affair in 2000 after meeting on the set of their action film “Proof of Life.”   ***David Arquette proposed twice to Christina McLarty, and admits she only fully consented the second time. “We were at a restaurant in Malibu,” McClarty told Aspen Peak magazine’s Erin Lentz before Arquette cut in, “I take her outside . . . and then I ask her, and she’s like, ‘No, what are you doing? There are so many people watching!’ ” Arquette said, “I had a do-over, and it worked.”   ***Jessica Simpson is a newlywed. The singer and TV personality married retired NFL player Eric Johnson Saturday at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, her publicist Lauren Auslander confirms.   ***Former “Scandal” actor Columbus Short has been arrested in Dallas for public intoxication. Dallas police said the 31-year-old Short was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday at the Katy Trail Ice House, a popular beer garden and restaurant.

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Monday • July 7, 2014

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Sunday • July 6, 2014

NSA INTERCEPTS MORE ORDINARY USER DATA: The Washington Post has uncovered that the National Security Agency collects data on significantly more ordinary users than legal foreign targets when it intercepts communications. In conversations provided by Edward Snowden, nine out of ten account holders in NSA-intercepted communications were not the intended legal target. The NSA catalogued and saved immense amounts of intimate data from “incidental third parties,” from suggestive photos of women in lingerie to smiling toddlers to personal love letters. The revealing amount of personal information from ordinary internet users, including American citizens, seriously challenges the way the NSA has claimed to conduct communications-interception programs, like PRISM and Upstream. Snowden’s leak also directly contradicts government officials’ claims that he would not have had access to this type of data. Former NSA Director Gen. Kieth Alexander even said in May “They didn’t touch the FISA data.That database, he [Snowden] didn’t have access to.” This most recent cache of intercepted conversations suggests that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s “transparency report” from June 26 was amiss. That stated 89,138 people were targets of PRISM and Upstream surveillance last year, but the Snowden-leaked data suggests the number is closer to 900,000.

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VIDEO CLAIMS TO SHOW ISIS LEADER IN IRAQ: A video posted Saturday claims to show the leader of ISIS, the Islamic State extremist group that has overrun cities in Iraq and Syria, in a rare (if not first) public appearance. The man in the video, allegedly ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is shown delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. Wearing a black robe and turban and speaking eloquent classical Arabic, the man in the video says, “It is a burden to accept this responsibility to be in charge of you. I am not better than you or more virtuous than you. If you see me on the right path, help me. If you see me on the wrong path, advise me and halt me. And obey me as far as I obey God.” The video was released on two websites frequently used by ISIS but the man’s identity has yet to be independently confirmed.

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ISRAEL ARRESTS 6 IN PALESTINE TEEN DEATH: Israeli authorities have arrested six people in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Police have not publicly confirmed any information about the suspects or their motives. However, unnamed officers speaking to Israeli media have indicated the attack was fueled by extreme nationalism and a desire for revenge for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens whose bodies were discovered last week. Khdeir appeared to have been burned alive when he was found Wednesday, Following his death, thousands of Palestinians gathered in East Jerusalem to call for a third intifada. Riots and open fire broke out over the weekend, leading to the arrest of over 20 people.

NETHERLANDS, ARGENTINA ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS: In a day of low-scoring but intense action in Brazil, Argentina defeated Belgium 1-0 and the Netherlands scraped past Costa Rica on penalty kicks 0-0 (4-3) to advance to the World Cup semifinals. The Netherlands-Costa Rica game was the second game in a row Costa Rica’s Ticos have gone to a penalty shootout; despite being dominated by the Orange Crush in the second half, they refused to be beaten. They found a second wind in the final minutes, forcing Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to make his first save of the game. The Netherlands swapped him for taller goalie Tim Krul for the shootout, and Krul saved two of the Ticos’ shots to hand them a heartbreaking loss. The Netherlands will face Argentina on July 9, and Brazil and Germany face off on July 8.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Drone captures beautiful film flying through fireworksThis video—shot from a drone over West Palm Beach, Florida—takes you into the heart of a fireworks display. It almost feels like you are flying between explosions surrounded by colors hundreds of feet above the ground.

KANYE BOOED AT LONDON WIRELESS FESTIVAL: Kanye West, America’s top expert at pissing audiences off, faced booing and hecklers during his first performance at London’s Wireless Festival on Friday. During a break between songs, West launched into one of his customary anti-media speeches, telling the audience, “I’m not particularly angry but they’ve taken the idea of celebrity and tried to make me seem like I’m stupid or something. People keep looking at me like I got a problem or something, like I’m not doing something I’m meant to. The lies, the media, they want to make you feel like you’re less to them in their eye.” West also aired his grievances against fashion brands Nike and Louis Vuitton, but audience members began leaving the venue in droves and booing and heckling. West is slated to perform again on Saturday, as he agreed to fill in for Drake, who announced he is currently too sick to perform.

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LBN-INVESITGATES: The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves.


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JOAN RIVERS STORMS OUT OF CNN INTERVIEW: Comedian Joan Rivers is famous for dishing out acerbic celebrity critiques, but apparently, she can’t take it as good as she gives. Or, she is trolling all of us with a half-decent PR-stunt that she won’t own up to just yet. Rivers awkwardly stormed off of a taped Saturday interview on CNN with Fredricka Whitfield claiming “this whole interview is becoming a defensive interview” and that the line of questioning was too “negative.” Rivers seemed a tad hypocritical, especially considering she has used “date rape” as a fashion compliment and claimed Jennifer Lawrence “has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican.” She also reportedly kept on her microphone even after she left the set, “as she continued to talk and dropped some rather unflattering four-letter words,” said Whitfield. This perhaps purposeful oversight suggests Rivers was gunning for some extra publicity. She flatly denied that possibility, claiming in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter “I do not do, and never have done, PR ’stunts.’” Okay, Joan.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Seven-time champion Roger Federer saved one set point and won the first set 7-6 (7) over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon singles final Sunday. Federer led 3-0 in the tiebreaker but later had three unforced backhand errors to let Djokovic back into the decider. An ace and service winner later helped create set point, when Djokovic hit a backhand into the net.   ***World Cup attendances are set to achieve the second-highest average in tournament history. FIFA says the average crowd after 60 matches in Brazil is 52,762, beating the 52,491 mark for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The record was set in the United States at the 1994 World Cup, when an average of 68,991 attended the 52 matches in a 24-team tournament.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Shales: One challenge facing documentary filmmaker Steve James as he prepared his movie on the life of Roger Ebert is that so much was already known about, and so much had been heard from, the famous subject. The best-known film critic in history was nothing if not prolific, churning out hundreds of reviews for print, television, and the Internet, as well as two dozen books on subjects that included not only movies but also computers and rice cookers—capped by his startlingly unguarded autobiography, Life Itself, in 2011. James’s film was originally intended to be a straightforward adaptation of that book, but Ebert passed away in 2013, just one month into shooting. Ironically or not, that broadened the film’s horizons—and in ways that probably would have pleased Ebert greatly. It helped make the film of Life Itself genuinely worthy of the title, and genuinely worth seeing. Skepticism crumbles in the face of so moving a story so beautifully told, the kind of movie Roger Ebert would likely have loved.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: America’s infatuation with the World Cup came at the perfect moment, illuminating the principle that you can lose and still advance. Once our nation saw itself as the undefeatable cowboy John Wayne. Now we bask in the prowess of the unstoppable goalie Tim Howard, a biracial kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome. With our swaggering and sanguine image deflated by epic unforced errors, Americans are playing defense, struggling to come to grips with a world where we can no longer dictate all the terms, win all the wars and lead all the charges. “The Fourth of July was always a celebration of American exceptionalism,” said G.O.P. pollster Frank Luntz. “Now it’s a commiseration of American disappointment.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: My take is that our criminal justice system is profoundly flawed. It is the default mental health system, sometimes criminalizing psychiatric disorders. It is arbitrary, and the mass incarceration experiment since the 1970s has been hugely expensive and grossly unfair. Prisons are unnecessarily violent, with some states refusing to take steps to reduce prison rape because they say these would be costly. And the system sometimes seems aimed as much at creating revenue for for-profit prisons as at delivering justice.

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Sunday • July 6, 2014

MARVEL UNLEASHES SUPERHEROES FOR STUNT-FILLED LIVE SHOWS: Marvel in its latest superhero caper will expand its comic empire to live U.S. audiences this summer, with a tour packing Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and two dozen characters into a family-oriented show filled with fight scenes and explosions. “Marvel Universe LIVE!” debuts in Tampa on July 10 and will hit 85 cities including New York in August, marking the character licensing company’s most ambitious move into live entertainment.

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Saturday • July 5, 2014

JULY 4TH BUMMER: JUST 28% SAY U.S. IS NO. 1: The view of Americans across the board that the United States is No. 1 in the world has dropped in just the last three years, with Democrats and younger Americans especially believing that the nation, while among the greatest, does not stand above the rest, according to a new survey. A new Pew Research Center report timed for Independence Day found that just 28 percent believe that the U.S. “stands above all other countries in the world,” 58 percent say it is “one of the greatest countries in the world, along with some others,” and 12 percent said that there are other countries “that are better.” The numbers reveal a big drop in just three years. Pew said that in 2011, 38 percent said the U.S. was No. 1.

 

BORDER MELTDOWN: OBAMA DELIVERING 290,000 ILLEGALS TO U.S. HOMES: The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States, according to a New York Times article. A second New York Times article reports revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to their destinations throughout the United States. The deluge of 290,000 illegals — so far — are exploiting legal loopholes that allow them to get temporary permits to stay in the United States.

 

U.S. SEEN AS BIGGEST OIL PRODUCER AFTER OVERTAKING SAUDI ARABIA: The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said.  U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids.

 

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GERMAN MAN ARRESTED AS SPY IMPLICATES U.S.: Like that ex who just doesn’t realize you are over him, Vladimir Putin gave President Obama a call to say he would like better relations and to wish the president a happy Fourth of July. “The head of the Russian state expressed hope that … ties between the two countries will develop successfully on the basis of pragmatism and equality despite difficulties and disagreements,” the Kremlin said. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on members of the Russian elite and stopped working with Russia on numerous issues. The U.S. is also threatening more sanctions over Russia’s involvement in arming separatists in eastern Ukraine. In the latest turn in the yearlong tensions with Germany over American spying, a German man was arrested this week on suspicion of passing secret documents to a foreign power, believed to be the United States. The American ambassador, John B. Emerson, was summoned to the Foreign Office here and urged to help with what German officials called a swift clarification of the case. The arrest came as Washington and Berlin were trying to put to rest a year of strains over the National Security Agency’s monitoring of Germans’ electronic data, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, and just months after the collapse of an effort by Germany to strike a “no spy” accord with the White House.

 

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HILLARY DONATED UNIVERSITY SPEAKING FEES: Hillary Clinton may make a rumored $200,000 for each university speaking engagement, but that’s okay because she donates it all to charity! Clinton told ABC News on Friday that all the money she’s made from universities over the past year and a half has been donated to her family’s foundation. “All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” Clinton said. Last week, students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas demanded that Clinton return her $225,000 speaking fee back to the university, or else they plan to protest her visit.

 

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THROUGH TO WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS: Germany made it to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth time in a row on Friday when it beat France 1-0. The match, which was slowed by the stifling heat, was settled by a header scored by Mats Hummels in the first half. France could not get back into the game. Germany will play Brazil or Colombia on Tuesday in its bid for a fourth world title.

 

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NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON DAD DEAD: Lou Brown, the father Of NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON, has passed at 90. Denise Brown said that her father, Lou Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson’s father passed away at 3:40 am on July 3rd. He was 90 years old. “He has been battling from Alzheimer’s for the past several years.He was surrounded by his wife, Judith and daughters  when he died.”

 

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Meditating can have an almost instant effect on reducing stress, researchers have found.They say three consecutive days of 25 minute sessions can have a dramatic effect. Researchers studied ‘mindful meditation’ – a technique developed in the 1970s, which is even available online via websites such as calm.com

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Scarlett Johansson was spotted celebrating fiancé Romain Dauriac’s birthday in the Hamptons. The pregnant actress and Dauriac were joined by four friends at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett on Thursday night.

 

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Friday • July 4, 2014

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE BRINGS LOLLIPOPS TO ILLEGALS, SAYS BORDER CRISIS NOT NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) believes the border crisis is not a national security threat, despite gangsters having already been apprehended along the United States-Mexico border. In fact, Jackson Lee waved a bag of lollipops during a Thursday House Homeland Security Field Hearing in McAllen, Texas, and said she took bags of such lollipops to the illegal immigrant children in detention centers during recent visits.  “This is not a national security crisis,” Jackson Lee emphasized, noting that she was not armed and did not fear for her life when visiting the children. Jackson Lee said Border Patrol agents claimed the children were some of the most “orderly” and “behaved” children they have encountered.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In July 1776, there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation. The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth is 318.4 million.

PENTAGON: IRAQ NEEDS HELP: Iraqi security forces weren’t able to prevent an insurgency, and, so says the Pentagon’s top leaders, won’t be able to retake the land captured by ISIS militants. On Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that Iraqi forces are “capable of defending Baghdad,” but need outside help to launch an offensive in the conflict. The leaders said the U.S. is still assessing military options, and that any role it takes would depend on Iraq forming a national-unity government.

BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT 10.7%, MORE THAN DOUBLE WHITE UNEMPLOYMENT 5.3%: The unemployment rate for black Americans is more than double that of white Americans, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In the numbers released today, covering the month of June, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for black Americans age 16 and over was 10.7%, reported the BLS. The unemployment rate for white Americans in the same age group and time-frame was 5.3%, said the BLS. 10.7% is more than double 5.3%.

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POLICE: DAD SEXTED AS SON DIED IN CAR: The father whose toddler died after being left in a hot car in Georgia was apparently sexting up to six different women while his son was dying, according to police. One of those messages included explicit photos. A detective testifying at Justin Ross Harris’s hearing told the court that Harris had never called 911, and when he was told to get off the phone at the crime scene said “F*** you” to the officers. He had also apparently been searching how to survive in prison and animals dying in hot cars. Harris was denied bail by the judge, who said there was probably cause and cited at least reckless behavior in his son’s death.

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DOCS CAN’T AFFORD SOARING VACCINE PRICES: As if the anti-vaccine movement wasn’t bad enough, immunizations are becoming too expensive for many doctors. Over the past 20 years, the price of drugs have gone from single to triple digits—making the average cost to fully vaccinate a child rise from $100 in 1986 to $2,192 today. The Affordable Care Act mandates full coverage of the vaccines, many of which are required for school entry. Many doctors say they are losing money on each vaccination, while manufacturers are making more money. Some doctors have taken drastic measures to immunize their patients, remortgaging homes to pay the tens of thousands of dollars it cost to buy each batch of vaccine.

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ANDY COULSON SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PHONE HACKING CASE: A judge on Friday sentenced Andy Coulson, a former senior editor in Rupert Murdoch’s news empire and a onetime adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, to 18 months in prison for his part in the phone hacking scandal that convulsed Britain’s press, police and political elite and inspired calls for tighter regulation of journalists. After a trial that spanned almost eight months, Mr. Coulson was found guilty last week on a charge of conspiring to intercept phone messages. Five other defendants who, like Mr. Coulson, had denied the charges were acquitted. They included Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Mr. Murdoch’s British newspaper subsidiary and Mr. Coulson’s onetime lover.

TYPO CHANGES DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: One of the most famous phrases in American history may have had its meaning changed by a wayward drop of ink. According to the scholar Danielle Allen, the National Archives’ copy of the Declaration of Independence has an error—a period right after the phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That period, she says, has caused a “routine but serious misunderstanding” throughout history, thinking that the sentence ends there. In fact, it continues with “instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The difference, she argues, is that “The logic of the sentence moves from the value of individual rights to the importance of government as a tool for protecting those rights. You lose that connection when the period gets added.” The errant period apparently does not exist on other copies, including Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft. As a result of Allen’s work, the National Archives is considering changes to its online presentation of the Declaration.

BURT REYNOLDS TELL ALL SHOCKERS: Superstar Burt Reynolds ready to spill his guts in an unvarnished tell-all of his life, many loves and career. Burt who famously went nude as the centerfold in the “Cosmopolitan” and rocketed from journey man character actor during a major international superstar has inked a deal to drop his memoirs on an unsuspecting world. G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced Wednesday that Reynolds’ memoir, “But Enough About Me,” is set for release in fall 2015. Reynold, 78,s promises in a statement to “set the record straight” on everything from his love affairs with Dinah Shore, Sally Field and Loni Anderson to his latter day health battles.

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RICHARD MELLON SCAIFE, INFLUENTIAL U.S. CONSERVATIVE, DIES AT 82: Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. No cause of death was given.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A day after teasing her new single, “Messiah,” to fans, Madonna proved she was a fitness god at a spin class at Cycle House in West Hollywood. Spies say the Material Girl discreetly slipped into the studio as the 1 p.m. warm-up began.   ***Veteran personal manager Erik Kritzer having lunch at Factor’s Deli on Pico Blvd.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: West Point Opens (1802) Before it was home to young men and women training to be US Army officers, West Point, New York, was the site of a military post. Congress signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy there in 1802, though it was initially an apprentice school for military engineers. Its curriculum broadened in 1866, and, after World War I, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and athletic programs.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***What song did Bruce Springsteen originally intend to give to the Ramones? Which city did the singer send greetings from on his debut album? If you know the answers, you would’ve done OK on Thursday night’s Jeopardy!, which devoted an entire category to the singer.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Kobe Bryant is MIA, but the L.A. Lakers are planning to offer Carmelo Anthony a four-year, $97-million contract after meeting on Thursday. Anthony, a star for the New York Knicks, was courted with the maximum amount teams can offer in a star-studded presentation. He has also met with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, and Knicks this week. The Lakers view Anthony as a way to get them back into a championship contender.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Census Bureau: The Fourth of July 2014

“On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues across the country.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A day without social science is like a day without sunshine. Fortunately, every morning Kevin Lewis of National Affairs magazine gathers recent social science findings and emails them out to the masses. You can go to the National Affairs website to see and sign up for his work, but, in the meantime, here are some recent interesting findings: Working moms sometimes raise smarter students. Caitlin McPherran Lombardi and Rebekah Levine Coley studied the children of mothers who work and those of mothers who don’t. They found the children of working mothers were just as ready for school as other children. Furthermore, among families where the father’s income was lower, the children of working mothers demonstrated higher cognitive skills and fewer conduct problems than the children of nonworking mothers. As with all this work, no one study is dispositive, but here is some more support for the idea that mothers who work are not hurting their kids.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: The election this fall will most certainly return to power the most despised Congress in the modern era, if not ever. The House, already a graveyard for common sense, will fall further under the control of politicians whose idea of legislating is to stage a hearing for Fox News. The Senate, padlocked by filibusters over everyday business, will be more of the same, with one party in nominal control. The fastest-growing, most open-minded and least-partisan group of voters will have no say. That’s right: The independents, on this Independence Day, have never been more numerous. But they’ve never been more shut out of power.

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Thursday • July 3, 2014

LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT PLUMMETS: The jobs numbers for the month of June came in stronger than expected with 288,000 added. As a result, the unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1%, which is the lowest since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Economists had expected a gain of between 200,000 to 250,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job gains were across the board in professional and business services, retail, healthcare, and food services. So far in 2014, the number of unemployed persons has declined by 1.4 percentage points, or 2.3 million people. The number of long-term unemployed also dropped by 293,000 to 3.1 million.

COLORADO TEEN CHARGED WITH AIDING ISIS: Federal authorities have arrested a Colorado teenager trying to board a flight out of Denver with the goal of meeting with ISIS. Nineteen-year-old Shannon Maureen Conley was charged with providing material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. A federal criminal complaint states that from September 7, 2013 to April 8, 2014, Conley attempted to help and support ISIS. Conley first began being investigated after members of the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado noticed her taking notes. The federal affidavit states that Conley “repeatedly referred to U.S. military bases as ‘targets.’” Conley also told the FBI she joined the U.S Army Explorers to gain training that would help her wage jihad overseas.

MCDONALDS VOTED WORST BURGER: McDonald’s was voted to have the worst hamburgers of any U.S. fast food chain by 32,405 Consumer Reports subscribers. According to the survey, which was released on Wednesday, McDonald’s had the worst rating on a scale of 1 to 10 (5.8) while Habit Burger Grill, In-n-Out, and Five Guys had the best (8.1, 8.0, and 7.9, respectively). The top fast-casual restaurant (higher-quality, higher-priced fast food) rated by readers was Chipotle. Taco Bell was also voted as having the worst burritos, Subway’s sandwiches were near the bottom of that list, and KFC was voted worst for chicken (Chick-fil-A was voted best).

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Young adults who exercised vigorously before bed ended up getting better sleep than their peers who reported less strenuous evening activity, a new study found.  The results, based on sleep patterns during a single night, go against the usual advice to avoid being too active before bed. “We believe that the present study has the potential to shed light on the issue of whether evening exercising should be discouraged,” Serge Brand of the University of Basel in Switzerland and his colleagues write.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Robin Thicke smokes a cigarette in the backseat of a car in NYC on July 1.


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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Unlike most other fish, the ocean sunfish does not have a tail. A female sunfish can lay 300 million eggs each year. Each egg is smaller than the period at the end of a sentence.

‘UNBROKEN’ WAR HERO DIES AT 97: Louis Zamperini, the World War II prisoner of war and former Olympic distance runner, has passed away at the age of 97. Zamperini was the subject of Lauren Hillenbrand’s best-selling book Unbroken. His family says he battled for 40 days against pneumonia before succumbing. “Leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days,” the family said. Zamperini was the youngest-ever American Olympic qualifier for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin where he placed eighth in the 5,000 meters. His final lap of 56 seconds, however, got him a one-on-one meeting with Adolf Hitler. Zamperini then enlisted in the Air Force in 1941. After his plane crashed, he spent 74 days on a raft before being captured by the Japanese Navy upon reaching shore. He would spend two and a half years as an unofficial POW, and was declared killed in action by the U.S. A movie adaptation of the book by Hillenbrand directed by Angelina Jolie is scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2014.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Tour buses belonging to Styx and Foreigner went up in flames in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The two bands, both of which experienced their peak success in the ’70s and ’80s, were not aboard the buses when they caught fire in a parking facility, reports CBS Philadelphia.   ***Who knew Courtney Love had so many talents? The singer, 49, takes fans to her favorite floral shop, My Secret Garden in Los Angeles, for a quick tutorial on how to create an arrangement on her YouTube channel.“I used to spend a lot of money on flowers,” said Love in Part 1 of her bouquet tutorial. “Not like Elton money, but a lot!”.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Toddler Gives An Adorably On-Point Wedding Toast


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ANTI-IMMIGRANT COP SAID TO TAKE BRIBES: A South Carolina sheriff who likes to show off the hundreds of illegal immigrants he’s deported now stands accused of taking bribes from a restaurant mogul to help his undocumented employees. James R. Metts had been authorized by federal officials to enforce federal immigration laws, and he was vocal about the deportations that resulted from his work. However, he is alleged to have made an exception for restaurateur Gregorio Leon. Metts allegedly took cash from Leon to try and then free his workers. Leon, however, was forced by the Department of Labor to shell out $170,000 to employees after he was found to be not paying them minimum wage or overtime.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Franz Kafka (1883) Despite the fact that he published only a few short works during his lifetime, Kafka is regarded as one of the most influential 20th-century writers. In prose remarkable for its clarity and precision, Kafka presents a world that is at once real and dreamlike and in which individuals burdened with guilt, isolation, and anxiety make a futile search for personal salvation.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Former “Access Hollywood” and “The Insider” host Pat O’Brien describes in his new book how he was so drunk that he was thrown out of Donald Trump’s wedding. The tome, “I’ll Be Back Right After This,” covers the mustachioed anchor’s alcohol addiction and the fallout from his infamous lewd voice mails, where he attempted to solicit a female acquaintance for a threesome. O’Brien’s boozing reached its zenith at Trump’s January 2005 nuptials, when “my drunken behavior was so outrageous that Trump’s people came over to me and said, ‘Pat, it’s time to go.’ ”   ***Jewel and husband Ty Murray are calling it quits. “My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce,” the singer-songwriter wrote on her blog Wednesday.   ***An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy” has died. Bob Hastings was 89. Allison Knowles says her grandfather died Monday in his Burbank, California, home.   ***Lindsay Lohan made good on a threat to sue makers of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto for swiping her image for a character named Lacey Jonas. The video-game likeness of the “Mean Girls” star takes pages from the real Lohan’s life — staying at the Hotel Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, “a place where the plaintiff once lived and often frequents,” according to the Manhattan civil suit filed Wednesday.

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Wednesday • July 2, 2014

LBN-COMMENTARY by CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: You start with a fence. It’s very simple. People say, ‘Oh, fences don’t work. You make a ladder.’ Well, then you build two fences, triple strand fences. San Diego did that in the mid 90’s and within a decade, the illegal immigration rate at that point was reduced by 90% and people ended up going through other places like Arizona.  If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House? If they don’t work, why is it that the Israeli fence which separate Israel from the West Bank has cut down terror attacks within Israel by 99%. Fences work. Yes, there are parts of the border where you can’t have a fence, fine. So you don’t have it in those areas and you do heavy patrols. But there is no reason why a rich country like us cannot put a fence across — a double fence, a triple fence and patrol it all the time. That would have a tremendous impact.

HANDS DOWN OBAMA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT SINCE WWII: POLL: Poll after poll shows President Obama’s approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012. With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him. Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been elected, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice. Even Democrats aren’t so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election. Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The combination of collagen and minerals makes bone one of the strongest and most flexible natural materials on earth. One cubic inch of bone can withstand loads of up to 20,000 pounds, over four times the strength of concrete.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Drunk Driving

1.     Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States.

2.     During the year 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans.

3.     On average, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.

4.     Roughly three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related collision at some point in their life.

5.     Over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2007. This number is less than 1% of the 159 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving in that year.

6.     According to the law in all 50 U.S. states, a driver is considered to be legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at or above .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).

7.     To reach a BAC level of .08 g/dL, a man weighing approximately 170 pounds would need to consume four standard drinks in one hour on an empty stomach. A woman weighing about 140 pounds would need to consume three drinks in one hour.

8.     It takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of .08 g/dL.

9.     Because alcohol dilutes itself in the water volume of the body in order to travel through it, vital organs that contain a lot of water (such as the brain) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol.

10.  Even at BAC levels as low as .02 g/dL, alcohol can affect a person’s response time and driving ability. The probability of a crash increases significantly after .05 BAC, and even more rapidly after .08 BAC.

11.  A driver with a BAC of .08  g/dL is 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol.

12.  In 2007, more than half of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had a BAC level of .15 g/dL , nearly twice the legal limit.

13.  Drivers are far more likely to be alcohol impaired during the night than during the day. In 2007, 36% of drivers involved in nighttime fatal crashes were legally drunk versus just 9% during daytime collisions.

14.  Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. involve alcohol.

15.  The highest rates of drunk driving occur among drivers aged 21-24. This age group makes up 35% of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal collisions.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Imelda Marcos (1929) Marcos was First Lady of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, when her husband’s regime was overthrown, forcing them to flee to Hawaii. Following her exile, Marcos was elected to the Philippines House of Representatives in 1995, in between two unsuccessful bids for the presidency. Her personal excesses, however, made her a controversial figure, and she has since faced a number of charges in anti-corruption court. Notorious for her shoe collection.

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND by RAY RICHMOND: All politicians are full of it…If I could eat only one food for the rest of life, no contest, it’s cheese…Many are the moments when I wish I didn’t hate soccer…We care way too much about what people in Iowa think, if you ask me… I figure my dog is pretty smart until I realize he thinks I’m another dog…Still not sure about that whole God thing…”Breaking Bad” is the greatest series TV has yet created…It sucks getting old…No one’s ever been able to explain to me why you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway…I love typing dots…

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Wednesday • July 2, 2014

GAS PRICES EXTEND PAINFUL RECORD: JULY 4 MARKS 1,290 DAYS ABOVE $3-A-GALLON:

This Independence Day weekend, drivers won’t see any relief from high gas prices. Although prices retreated by a fraction of a cent at the beginning of the week, AAA predicts holiday travelers will pay the most at the pump since 2008.

In its monthly gas price report released June 30, AAA said, “With Independence Day only a few days away, today’s national average price of gas is $3.68 per gallon. This average is considerably more expensive than recent years for the holiday. The national average on July 4 in previous years was: $3.48 (2013); $3.34 (2012); $3.57 (2011); $2.74 (2010); $2.62 (2009); and $4.10 (2008).” The motorist organization expected prices to remain high throughout the month of July, ranging from $3.60-$3.70 per gallon.

“Prices could climb higher if there are new developments in Iraq or a major hurricane,” AAA warns.



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Tuesday • July 1, 2014

SARKOZY TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY: First there was Francois Hollande and his secret girlfriend, and now his predecessor is embroiled in his own scandal. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody for questioning into a corruption investigation. Detectives are investigating whether Sarkozy abused his power to obtain information regarding legal cases against him by rewarding government officials. Authorities are trying to specifically determine whether Sarkozy appointed a magistrate to a top job in Monaco in exchange for tipping him off as to whether he would face corruption allegations in court. Sarkozy, prize that he is, was already being investigated at that time for illegal campaign contributions, including from former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. If Sarkozy does face formal charges, he would hardly be the first French president to do so. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was found guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust.

ISRAEL RESPONDS MILITARILY TO DEAD TEENS: Israel responded to the deaths of three kidnapped teenagers by launching a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. The military said it attacked 34 sites, most of them belonging to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which is being blamed by the Israeli government. Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and joint U.S.-Israeli citizen Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were found dead on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at an emergency cabinet meeting that “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.” Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied its role in the murder of the three teens, who were hitchhiking home from religious schooling on June 12 when they were abducted.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Physicians call morning time “the witching hour” for heart attacks because the mornings are when most people suffer a heart attack. In the morning, stress hormones, such as cortisol peak. Additionally, blood is thicker and harder to pump because a person is partially dehydrated.

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JAPAN OVERTURNS LIMITS ON MILITARY: Japan approved the country’s biggest step away from its U.S.-drafted constitution since the end of World War II on Tuesday. The cabinet has adopted a reinterpretation of the clause in its 1947 constitution stating that Japan must “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation.” Drafted by the U.S. in the aftermath of World War II, it has been interpreted as a ban on military involvement to resolve international conflicts. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing for change, citing military threats from nearby China and North Korea. Now, Japan will allow “collective self-defense,” the use of military force to defend allies under threat. Many Japanese citizens are displeased with the changing military role. In fact, one man was driven to set himself on fire to protest it on Sunday.

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YEARLY PELVIC EXAMS DEEMED UNNECESSARY: Women may not actually need to get their often-dreaded pelvic examinations, at least not annually. The American College of Physicians declared yearly pelvic exams as largely unnecessary Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The influential medical group said pelvic exams are not an accurate diagnostic screening test for ovarian cancer and argued that the fear and discomfort associated with them may actually discourage women from seeking medical attention and having routine checkups. Their revised guidelines challenge a longstanding annual medical ritual for women and may not be fully accepted by the medical community any time soon. In direct response, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reiterated its support for annual pelvic examinations.

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‘COMMUNITY’ GETS SIXTH SEASON: We can’t keep up with Community’s cancellations and resurrections. The cult comedy was picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo on Monday, after being canceled by NBC in March. Community will air 13 new episodes on a free video platform called Yahoo Screen this fall. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition,” creator Dan Harmon said. “Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Battle of Gettysburg Begins (1863) The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War, resulting in some 50,000 casualties in three days. It took place in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and signaled a turning of the tide in favor of the Union. The site is now a national cemetery, at whose dedication on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Seamstress Ginnie Wade was the only documented civilian casualty of the battle.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Gail Berman has formed a production partnership with Fox Networks Group, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. The deal is a homecoming of sorts for Berman. She was Fox Broadcasting’s head of entertainment from 2000 to 2005, a time of success for the network.

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MEDIA EXPERT: ADVERTISERS UP SPENDING ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK: As marketers plan for the coming year, they appear to be looking more at Twitter, according to media expert and author Michael Levine. “Some 63% said they planned to increase their spending on Twitter over the next year. By comparison, 59% said they expect to spend more on Facebook,” reported Levine.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Diana, Princess of Wales (1961) From the time she became engaged to Prince Charles in 1981 until her death in a car accident in 1997, Diana was arguably the most famous woman in the world. A dedicated humanitarian, she campaigned against the use of landmines and called attention to the plight of AIDS victims. She also spoke publicly about her struggles with depression and bulimia. Her openness endeared her to many and stood in contrast to the traditional image of the royal family.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’m one of those people who thought Airbnb would never work. I thought people would never rent out space in their homes to near strangers. But I was clearly wrong. Eleven million travelers have stayed in Airbnb destinations, according to data shared by the company. Roughly 550,000 homes are now being shared by hosts. Airbnb is more popular in Europe than it is even in the United States. Paris is the largest destination city.  And Airbnb is only a piece of the peer-to-peer economy. People are renting out their cars to people they don’t know, dropping off their pets with people they don’t know, renting power tools to people they don’t know.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dr. Emanuel Tanya: History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart: I have been a profit participant on six movies over the years, and hence see the studio breakdowns. I prefer to read my science fiction in other formats.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Another child star has found himself in trouble with the law. Disney actor Billy Unger was arrested for driving under the influence just after midnight on Saturday.   ***Queen B now reigns over the entire celebrity kingdom! On Monday, Forbes magazine named Beyoncé Knowles the world’s most powerful celebrity of 2013-14.

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Monday • June 30, 2014

OBAMA TO SEEK $2B FOR BORDER ENFORCEMENT: President Obama is resorting to stricter enforcement to cope with the increase in unaccompanied minors from Central America attempting to enter the U.S. He is expected Monday to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to expand border enforcement and grant broader powers to immigration officials. He will also ask Congress to revise immigration policies to allow for fast-track screening and deportation of children migrants from Central America; this policy is already in place for children who illegally cross the border from Mexico. The president admonished the parents of Central American children who send them to the U.S. alone. “Do not send your children to the borders,” he stated in an interview with ABC News this past week. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

SCOTUS LETS EMPLOYEES NOT PAY UNIONS: The Supreme Court ruled Monday in Harris v. Quinn that some employees are not required to contribute to unions. Pamela Harris sued that compulsory union dues from her job as an Illinois health care worker are tantamount to forced association and forced speech, both of which are prohibited by the First Amendment. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that “partial public employees” like Harris cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees. The ruling does not extend to all public employees or all unions. As SCOTUSBlog’s Tom Goldstein writes, “The unions have lost a tool to expand their reach. But they have dodged a major challenge to their very existence.”

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SNOWDEN LEAKS DON’T WORRY NEW NSA HEAD: The man newly tasked with taking the reins of the National Security Agency seems remarkably relaxed about the infamous Edward Snowden leaks. New director Adm. Michael S. Rogers said that despite the damage caused by the renegade NSA contractor, he was calm. “You have not heard me as the director say, ‘Oh, my God, the sky is falling,’” he said. “I am trying to be very specific and very measured in my characterizations.” He was also realistic about the potential for leaks in the future, saying he will never claim with “100 percent certainty” that a determined insider couldn’t “compromise our systems.”

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PISTORIUS WAS MENTALLY FIT AT SHOOTING: A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation has delivered a major blow to Oscar Pistorius’ defense team. A panel of mental-health experts submitted a report to Judge Thokozile Masipa definitively stating “Mr. Pistorius did not suffer from a mental illness or defect that would have rendered him criminally not responsible for the offense charged.” The defense claimed that Pistorius was suffering from an anxiety disorder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine’s Day 2013. The former Olympian was deemed “capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act.” Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: With 150,000 post offices, India has the largest postal network in the world. However, it is not unusual for a letter to take two weeks to travel just 30 miles.

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GERMANY 2-1 ALGERIA: WORLD CUP 2014: Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra-time to crush Algeria’s World Cup dream and book a quarter-final against France. Algeria, playing in their first last 16 game, started brightly and could have been three-up in 20 minutes but for wasteful finishing and the alertness of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Germany boss Joachim Low sent on Andre Schurrle for Gotze in the second half and he put Germany ahead in extra time. Mesut Ozil added a second before Algeria grabbed a late consolation.

OBAMA TAPS BIG BUSINESS EXEC TO LEAD VA: President Obama is set on Monday to nominate a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although Bob McDonald is a West Point graduate and served in the Army for five years, his selection marks a sharp contrast to the previous retired generals, politicians, and medical professionals who have served as department secretary. Experts see Obama’s decision to nominate McDonald as a response to the inefficiencies and mismanagement plaguing the department. Phillip Carter, who studies veterans affairs for the Center for a New American Security, said “The VA is more like a big business than a military organization, so [McDonald’s] background probably makes him more qualified to run the VA than a retired general officer.” Still, others have concerns that he will be out of touch based on his corporate background. “He doesn’t come from our generation. He never served in Iraq or Afghanistan,” said Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). “He’s going to have to work very hard to get up to speed on our issues.” Former Secretary Eric K. Shinseki resigned following the scandal regarding gross mismanagement and falsification of medical care for veterans.

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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. SON ARRESTED FOR COCAINE: Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.’S son Indio has been arrested for alleged cocaine possession, cops say. According to police reports, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies rolled up next to a car with passenger Indio Falconer Downey, 20, inside.  They saw him smoking cocaine for a stemmed glass pipe, cops say. When deputies searched the car at 2 p.m., they allegedly found the younger Downey in possession of cocaine. Sheriff’s Sgt. Harry Drucker told media that Indo was booked into a West Hollywood jail for possession of a controlled substance. He was released on $10,250 bail at 12:19 a.m. on early Monday.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cats

1.     Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia.

2.     On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

3.     Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

4.     When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

5.     The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”

6.     A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

7.     Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

8.     A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

9.     Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.

10.   A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Neil Young and Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot has suffered a mild stroke and will not be able to perform with the band on their upcoming European tour. “Talbot’s doctors expect him to make a full recovery,” the group said in a statement. “They have advised Talbot to sit this tour out and recover his strength.” Neil Young’s longtime bassist Rick Rosas will play in his place.   ***The Who have announced dates for the first leg of their 50th anniversary tour, “The Who Hits 50,” that will find the band visiting arenas across England in November and December before a planned North America tour in 2015. “This is the beginning of a long goodbye,” Roger Daltrey said in a statement.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Gone with the Wind Published (1936)

Gone with the Wind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novel by Margaret Mitchell, tells the story of a rebellious Georgia woman named Scarlett O’Hara. It presents a detailed view of her complex relationships with family and friends and her struggle to survive in the American South before, during, and after the Civil War. Many regard the book as having a strong ideological commitment to the cause of the Confederacy

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joseph E. Stiglitz: An insidious trend has developed over this past third of a century. A country that experienced shared growth after World War II began to tear apart, so much so that when the Great Recession hit in late 2007, one could no longer ignore the fissures that had come to define the American economic landscape. How did this “shining city on a hill” become the advanced country with the greatest level of inequality? One stream of the extraordinary discussion set in motion by Thomas Piketty’s timely, important book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” has settled on the idea that violent extremes of wealth and income are inherent to capitalism. In this scheme, we should view the decades after World War II — a period of rapidly falling inequality — as an aberration.

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Monday • June 30, 2014

LBN-VIDEO LINK: VIDEO: Chris Rock Asks White People At Truck Rally About BET Awards…

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