LBN- Special Report- Thursday December 8, 2016

NICE WORK? – Inspectors Hadn’t Entered Oakland Warehouse in 30 Years:

Officials on Thursday announced that a building code enforcement inspector hadn’t entered an Oakland warehouse—where 36 people died on Friday evening—in more than 30 years despite complaints about the building. Usually, the agency only enters properties when the city’s planning and building department is prompted by a complaint or if the owner is seeking a permit, the organization’s interim director said. But the city says it had received complaints about the warehouse for alleged safety problems and was already investigating those reports when the catastrophic fire broke out last weekend. The building had received about two dozen code complaints and other city actions in the past three decades. It’s not yet clear why an inspector had not yet visited the interior of the art venue, home, and music space, called the Ghost Ship. An inspector did visit the site two weeks before the blaze but did not enter the structure. The city has not yet released any fire inspection records about the property.

Tina Fey Explains Why Hillary Clinton Lost:

Accepting the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at Wednesday morning’s 2016 Women in Entertainment breakfast,SNL alum and 30 Rock creator Tina Fey said she was going to avoid talking about the presidential election—“when I get written up in Breitbart, I want it to be because they’re mad that I’m making an all-female Hitler biopic”—but ultimately couldn’t help herself. “I have to say, I think the real reason that Hillary lost—and it’s the thing that people are afraid to talk about: not enough celebrity music videos urging people to vote,” Fey joked. “I just think if there had been, like, one more funny rap, or like, another Hamilton parody, or something.” Fey also worked a Donald Trump joke into her speech, telling the crowd that she’s been wondering lately, “What’s next for me? What is my role in this business going to be once nobody wants to grab me by the pussy anymore?”

Giraffes Now ‘Vulnerable’ to Extinction:

The giraffe has been added to the international watch list of threatened and endangered species. The tallest land animal isnow “vulnerable” to extinction after its population shrunk about 40 percent in 30 years. “There’s a strong tendency to think that familiar species (such as giraffes, chimps, etc.) must be OK because they are familiar and we see them in zoos,” said conservation biologist Stuart Pimm. “This is dangerous.” In 2015, there were only about 97,562 giraffes in the world, reports the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Scientists blame habitat loss, in part, for the decrease in population. “Everyone assumes giraffes are everywhere,” said co-director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation Julian Fennessy, adding that giraffes are experiencing a “silent extinction.”


Congress Passes Sweeping New Health Bill:

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday to fund cancer and Alzheimer’s research, reshape the way the FDA approves medication, fight the opioid epidemic, and increase access to mental health treatment. The 21st Century Cures Act was passed by the House of Representatives last week and heads to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. “For the second consecutive year, the Senate is sending the President another Christmas miracle for his signature,” GOP Senator Lamar Alexander said, adding that the measure “will help virtually every American family.” Though the legislation has many supporters and passed in a 94-5 vote, critics of the measure—including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—say it lowers standards for drug approvals and gives unnecessary handouts to the pharmaceutical industry. “This gift—which 1,300 lobbyists, mostly from pharmaceutical companies, helped sell—comes at the expense of patient safety by undermining requirements for ensuring safe and effective medications and medical devices,” said a statement released by consumer watchdog Public Citizen.

Walmart to Invest $1.3 Billion in Mexico:

Walmart on Wednesday announced plans to invest $1.3 billion in Mexico, even as President-elect Donald Trump threatens to crack down on companies moving money and jobs abroad. The retail giant intends to build new distribution centers and expand on existing ones, creating more than 10,000 jobs, Walmart’s Mexico director Guilherme Loureiro said in comments carried by Agence France-Presse. Loureiro announced the news alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who said the investment was a major boost at a time of “great uncertainty and big risk-aversion,” a comment apparently referencing Trump. Walmart already has 2,300 stores in the country and plans to open another 1,000 over the next ten years. The announcement of even more investment in the country may be a slap in the face for Trump, who has not only lashed out at Mexico but also vowed to punish any U.S. companies that move jobs overseas.

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Judge’s Order Suspends Michigan Recount:

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith suspended a recount in Michigan on Wednesday that began three days ago and hadn’t revealed any fraud or information that would significantly alter results. The recount cost as much as $3 million and was initially commissioned by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. There were various arguments in state and federal courts as to whether Stein was qualified to request this, given that she had no chance of winning the election based on the results. She also was involved in recount efforts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Trump to name fast-food CEO as labor secretary:

President-elect Donald Trump will name restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder to be the next labor secretary, a source said Thursday. Puzder, who runs the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, supported Trump during his campaign, praising him as a “pragmatic centrist” and “negotiator.” Puzder also served as one of the candidate’s economic advisers.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Steven Tyler at Joe’s Pizza in the West Village in NYC ordering two pies “extra crispy”.   ***Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis at the Alibi in Fort Greene in NY.   ***Katie Couric at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to see the Islanders beat the Rangers.   ***Kevin Durant toasting his business manager Rich Kleiman’s 40th birthday at Tosca Cafe in San Francisco.   ***Tony Bennett at the Django in NYC.   ***Emmy award-winning TV and music producer Sandy Chanley and author/comedian Adam Christing at the ACE Hotel Theatre for Robbie Robertson’s Testimony book release event.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Gayle King has signed a $16.5 million deal to remain co-host of “CBS This Morning” for another three years. King has agreed to a three-year deal at $5.5 million per year to stay in the anchor chair with Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Musician Greg Lake, a prog-rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 69. Manager Stewart Young said in a statement that Lake died Wednesday after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas: The Time comment on Person of the year Donald Trump, President of the Divided States of America is a very deceptive. We really only have two states in the United States of America that are divided from all the others. Those states are California and New York. In all actuality if we removed just California from our presidential election Donald Trump would of received the majority of the popular votes in the presidential election of the United States of America.  Just a thought for all out there!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elliot Mintz (Media consultant):Three weeks ago I was in the Vedado section of Havana, Cuba at the ‘John Lennon park’. A sculpture sits atop one of the benches. It was created by an artist named Jose Villa Soberon. People sit on the bench and take photos or reflect, remember and imagine. It has been 36 years…..half a lifetime for me. There are some people who shared some of their time with us that will always remain unforgettable.  John was one of them.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – ) : During surveillance of shoplifters, researchers note that thieves will try to hide their physical presence by restricting their motions and by limiting their head exposure by raising the shoulders and lowering the head, as in a “turtle effect.” Most people walk around the store with their arms quite active and their posture upright.

Acclaimed Financial Advisor, Doc Gallagher, PhD Predicted Donald Trump’s Victory:

“I predicted Donald Trump’s victory and the demise of the Obama/Clinton tyranny,” states financial advisor, W. Neil Gallagher, PhD Despite all of the negativity and attacks from the media, being demonized by Hillary Clinton and her team, ridicule from Hollywood and paid protesters slamming his speeches, Gallagher predicted Trump would win. “It was precisely, BECAUSE OF (not “in spite of”) these attacks that I predicted Trump would win. Anyone who could ignite that much hateful and slanderous opposition represented a person whose message was getting through. Getting through to millions,” states Gallagher. Amid the negative outbursts, Trump has thousands of positive ovations, and when it came time to vote, “the people spoke, and the people won, and Trump won,” says Gallagher.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has become a father again at the age of 73. The singer and 29-year-old ballerina Melanie Hamrick welcomed a son, Sir Mick’s eighth child, in the latest addition to his brood.

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LBN- Special Report- Wednesday December 7, 2016

Trump Named Time’s Person of the Year:

President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016. The cover reads “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America,” and Trump marked the announcement with an appearance on NBC’sToday Show. “To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor,” Trump told Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning, complaining, however—in typical Trump fashion—that he found the word “divided” to be a “snarky” choice for the magazine’s headline. Since 1932, every U.S. president has been named Person of the Year at least one time. President Obama was given the award in both 2008 and 2012, after he won those respective elections. President George W. Bush received the same honor in 2000 and 2004.

Pope Francis: ‘Sin’ to Spread Fake News:

Pope Francis declared in an interview published Wednesday that spreading fake news in order to discredit others is a “sin.” The pontiff also delivered a strong rebuke of the news media and its motivation to cover and give attention to scandals. “I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into—no offense intended—the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” he said, adding that it is a “sin” and “hurtful” to slander politicians based on false information.

Bob Dole Worked Behind the Scenes on Trump-Taiwan Call:

Former Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff, an outreach effort that culminated last week in an unorthodox telephone call between Mr. Trump and Taiwan’s president. Mr. Dole, a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston & Bird, coordinated with Mr. Trump’s campaign and the transition team to set up a series of meetings between Mr. Trump’s advisers and officials in Taiwan, according to disclosure documents filed last week with the Justice Department. Mr. Dole also assisted in successful efforts by Taiwan to include language favorable to it in the Republican Party platform, according to the documents. Mr. Dole’s firm received $140,000 from May to October for the work, the forms said.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi to Officially Resign:

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will officially resign later Wednesday after the Italian Senate approved the country’s 2017 budget. Renzi wrote on Twitter that he would formally step down at 7:00 p.m. local time. The premier visited the Quirinale Palace on Monday to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, just one day after he suffered a stinging defeat in a referendum on changes to the country’s constitution. Mattarella had asked that Renzi stay on as prime minister until the budget was approved. Mattarella will now be tasked with choosing a new premier, who will serve in a caretaker role until elections, which are slated for early 2018, take place. Some, including opposition parties like the Five-Star Movement and Northern League, have called for elections to be held in 2017, in an attempt to build momentum from their efforts to topple Renzi’s constitutional reforms which were voted down by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent.

Trump Softens on DREAMers: ‘We’re Going to Work Something Out’:

President-elect Donald Trump indicated in a new interview that the will soften his hardline position on undocumented immigrants in favor of the so-called DREAMers—those who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents at a young age. In an interview with Time, Trump did not waver on his promise to roll back President Obama’s executive orders with regard to immigration, but he softened his often harsh tone when it comes to immigration reform. “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Trump told the magazine for its Person of the Year feature. “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in Never-Never Land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Sofia Vergara Sued by Her Own Embryos:

Actress Sofia Vergara is facing a right-to-live lawsuit filed on behalf of her embryos—named “Emma” and “Isabella” in Louisiana court papers. The lawsuit is just the latest bizarre twist in the legal battle between Vergara and former fiancé Nick Loeb, who has fought for custody of the embryos that were made by the couple while still together in 2013. The lawsuit against Vergara lists James Carbonnet as a plaintiff and the “trustee” to Vergara’s female embryos, according to Page Six. The plaintiff claims that since they were never born, the two embryos were deprived of an inheritance from a trust created for them in Louisiana, the report said. He asks that the embryos be given to Loeb so that they can be born and live off of the trust money. Vergara and Loeb split up in May 2014 after two rounds of in vitro fertilization treatment failed, and Loeb has sought to get control of the embryos since shortly after the two parted ways.

Trump picks trade advocate to be ambassador to China: For all his talk of punishing China, President-elect Trump has chosen a conciliator with a personal relationship with China’s president to be his ambassador in Beijing. An Iowa governor might seem an unlikely choice for one of the more sensitive diplomatic posts, but Gov. Terry Branstad has ties with China that go back decades.

Homeland Security: 900 percent surge in asylum demands, only half of illegals caught: 

A damning new report on the Obama administration’s immigration policies and actions shows that about half of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are actually caught, and demands for asylum have exploded 900 percent. The report done for the Department of Homeland Security said that asylum demands since President Obama came into office and loosened immigration requirements surged from 17,000 to 170,000. What’s more, despite claims that up to 81 percent of all illegals are apprehended crossing the border, just 54 percent actually are, according to the report from Institute for Defense Analyses. The report, done for DHS, is titled “Assessing Southern Border Security.”

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*Trump picks retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, to head Department of Homeland Security:
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, turning to a blunt-spoken border security hawk who clashed with the Obama administration over women in combat and plans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to people familiar with the decision. Kelly, who retired in February as chief of U.S. Southern Command, would inherit a massive and often troubled department responsible for overseeing perhaps the most controversial part of Trump’s agenda: his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration.

Ohio Passes ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill:

Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday passed the strictest abortion law in the nation. The “heartbeat bill” would outlaw the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected—at about six weeks. “This bill—which was tacked on as a last-minute amendment to a child-abuse prevention bill—makes no exceptions for rape or incest victims,” Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro said. “It is cruel and plainly unconstitutional—but it seems like Ohio Republicans don’t care about the Constitution. Trump’s vision for America is already alive and well in the Buckeye State.” Similar laws in other states have failed over fear of being ruled unconstitutional in federal courts. “A new president, new Supreme Court appointees change the dynamic, and there was consensus in our caucus to move forward,” said Republican Senate President Keith Faber. “I think it has a better chance than it did before.” Ohio Gov. John Kasich has said on more than one occasion that he opposes the legislation.

Study: Weak Gun Checks Linked to More School Shootings:

A new study has found that states with mandatory background checks on gun purchases are about half as likely to have a school shooting than those with no background checks. Further, researchers said that states in which people must submit to a check before buying ammunition were even less likely to experience a school shooting. The study, published in Injury Prevention, examined 154 such incidents in the U.S.between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2015. A school shooting was defined as “an incident when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.” More than half of those incidents happened on a K-12 campus. Among the findings: Sixty-six percent were intentional, and 99 percent were perpetrated by boys; 36 percent of the assailants were students. Those school shootings were spread among 39 states. Between 2013 and 2015, Georgia had 15 school shootings, while Texas and Florida each had 14. North Carolina had 12 school shootings, and Tennessee had 10. But there were 11 states with no school shootings in that time period, including Alaska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Rashaan Salaam, a former running back who won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, was found dead on Monday in Colorado. He was 42. Mr. Salaam’s body was discovered in a parking lot at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder on Monday, said Shannon Cordingly, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department. She said the cause of death was unknown and was being investigated. Ms. Cordingly said there were no signs of foul play.


LBN-NOTICED:   ***Donald Trump was back at ‘21’ in NYC on Monday night after he’d ditched his press pool to dine at the iconic eatery last month. But a regular said Trump passed up his regular table for the private Remington Room. “He was accompanied by dozens of police officers and Secret Service,” said a source, “as well as [wife] Melania, [daughter] Ivanka, son-in-law Jared [Kushner] and [sons] Donald Jr. and Eric.” Diners applauded Trump’s entrance, and he shook hands with guests and posed for pics. The president-elect also popped into another private event at ‘21,’ which we hear was “all real estate guys.” *** Prominent real estate agent, Michael Lushing having linch at the popular Izzy’s Deli on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Yesterday, 20 comedians from a competition pool consisting of 56 countries from around the world performed live at the Teatteri Forum in Helsinki, Finland at the semi-finals of the Laugh Factory’s biennial “Funniest Person in the World” competition. Five finalists were chosen by a panel of expert judges and a global online fan vote of over 40 million to perform in the finals this Thursday, December 8th at Hullu Poro Areena in Levi. One talented comedian will win the Grand Prize of $100,000 USD and continue the competition’s mission to bring peace to the world through the healing power of laughter. “This year, with the election, everyone wants to use aggression but no one talks about bringing peace to the world. My hope is that these comedians can be a solution to worldwide aggression and bring peace through laughter and smiles,” says Laugh Factory founder and CEO Jamie Masada.   ***Chris Day, the longtime head of corporate communications for UTA, will exit his post in January after 17 years with the talent agency. Day made the decision to step down to explore new options at a fast-changing time for media and entertainment businesses.

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LBN- Special Report- Tuesday December 6, 2016

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A scathing report by the Pentagon’s Office of the Inspector General a year ago revealed that some Defense Department personnel were using their government credit cards as casinos and strip clubs. Cardholders incurred charges at establishments such a Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club and the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. One year later, a new IG investigation shows that not much has changed. Investigators report Pentagon officials have failed to follow through on the corrective measures they recommended. The department’s credit card program remains “vulnerable to continued misuse,” they write.

Trump’s Meeting With Al Gore Gives Environmental Activists Hope: 

President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, met on Monday with the climate-activist extraordinaire Al Gore, offering environmental activists a glimmer of hope that the Trump administration’s policies will moderate from his campaign pledges to scrap all efforts to stem the warming of the planet. But even as the president-elect was sitting down with the former vice president, his transition team continued to court ardent opponents of climate control policies to fill key posts in the government. Many transition officials question or deny the established science of human-caused climate change and have worked aggressively to undo President Obama’s climate change policies. Mr. Gore, who starred in the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” projected optimism in the lobby of Trump Tower, telling reporters that his meeting with Mr. Trump was “lengthy and very productive,” and calling it “a sincere search for areas of common ground.”

Suspect Arrested in Joe McKnight Shooting:

The man who admitted to fatally shooting former NFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. Ronald Gasser is said to have told sheriff’s officials that he killed 28-year-old McKnight in Terrytown, Louisiana, last week during a road-rage incident, firing three shots from the inside of his vehicle. McKnight was reported to have been unarmed. According to Jefferson Parish booking documents, Gasser, 54, was arrested Monday, and officials said they will hold a Tuesday press conference to discuss his charges. Officials had taken Gasser into custody after the shooting, but then released him without charges.

Adele, Beyoncé Nominated for 2017 Grammys:

Beyoncé and Adele were tapped Tuesday morning in three ofthe Grammys’ four major award categories, with the Formation singer leading the way with nine nominations, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Others picked in the album category include Justin Bieber, Drake, and country star Sturgill Simpson. Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye West all also earned eight nominations each. Those nominated for Best New Artist including country-pop sensation Kelsea Ballerini, Chance the Rapper (who nabbed a total of six other nods), Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, and The Chainsmokers. The Grammys are scheduled to air on Feb. 12 on CBS.

Angela Merkel Wants Ban on ‘Full Veil’ Islamic Coverings:

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a national ban in Germany on “full veil” Islamic coverings. “The full veil is not appropriate here,” she said. “It should be banned wherever it’s legally possible.” Merkel opened the country’s door last year to nearly 1 million migrants, many of whom were Muslim. The call makes Germany just one of many European nations proposing restrictions on burqas, hijabs, and other religious covers for women; advocates say those who wear full veils are very rare in Germany. Details of Merkel’s proposal are still being hammered out, and come as she faces a tougher bid for reelection for a fourth term next year.


Pentagon Buries Evidence of $125 Billion in Bureaucratic Waste:

The Pentagon has systematically buried a study that showed evidence of its $125 billion in bureaucratic waste, according to an article in The Washington Post. The article, which was based on confidential memos and interviews, claimed the report was issued in January 2015 and identified a “clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. Pentagon officials had requested the study in hopes of improving administrative efficiency and to eventually reallocate the saved money toward combat needs. However, the Post reports that when the study showed an extraordinarily large amount of wasteful spending, senior officials worried about public perception—as well as Congress’s reaction—and suppressed the information. The department allegedly imposed secrecy restrictions on parts of the data, which meant that no one could ever replicate the report’s findings. The study’s 77-page summary was subsequently removed from a Pentagon website shortly after it had been made public.

Man Gets 30 Years for Plot to Kill Obama:

An Ohio man who planned to kill President Barack Obama during the 2015 State of the Union address was sentenced Monday to 30 years behind bars. Christopher Lee Cornell, who said he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group, responded to his sentencing by saying, “Allah’s in control, not the judge.” Cornell caught the attention of authorities in 2014 when he expressed support for ISIS online, and was arrested after sharing his plot to kill Obama with an informant. Cornell’s lawyer had argued that the plot was never close to coming to fruition, saying his client’s ideas “were not rationally possible or remotely realistic.” “Chris created a character, with a different name, in a fantasy where this character was somebody in the world,” he said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Fire Victims Texted Family ‘I Love You’ Before Dying:

Officials said early Tuesday they believe they have found all 36 bodies of the victims who died in an Oakland warehouse fire during a dance party Friday night, and evidence so far shows that some were able to text friends and family before they perished. Sgt. Ray Kelly, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said victims texted friends and family: “I’m going to die,” and “I love you.” Kelly said rescue personnel also found bodies that were “protecting each other, holding each other.” Officials had only finished going through 75 percent of the debris Monday, but said they believe they won’t find any more bodies. The three-dozen victims ranged in age from 17 to their late thirties. Twenty-two families have been notified of a loved one’s death; the remaining victims are still being identified. It is still unclear how the deadly blaze started, but the district attorney said murder charges are one possible outcome of an investigation. “We owe it to the community and those who perished in this fire, and those who survived the fire to be methodical, to be thorough, and to take the amount of time it takes to be able to look at every piece of potential evidence,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

Klay Thompson Breaks NBA Record for Points in 30 Minutes:

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson put on a shooting clinic Monday evening, breaking the NBA record for points scored in under 30 minutes. At home in Oakland, facing the Indiana Pacers, Thompson set his career high with 60 points, eight of which were from beyond the three-point line. And those 60 points were scored in 29 minutes and three seconds of court time—a feat no other NBA player has accomplished in the shot-clock era. The Warriors ended up crushing the Pacers, 142-106.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Legendary film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to Los Angeles to face sentencing in his decades-old statutory rape case, Poland’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro filed a formal appeal with the court in May to overturn a 2015 ruling that prevented the 83-year-old Polanski’s extradition to the U.S.   ***Emma Watson has signed with CAA. The 26-year-old actress is best known for playing the iconic character of Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film franchise. She can be seen next in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” opposite Dan Stevensand Luke Evans, followed by “The Circle”.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Russell Simmons at a party celebratingthe 50th anniversary of modeling agency Wilhelmina in NYC.   ***Calvin Harris dining at Komodo in Miami before playing at LIV for a crowd including fellow DJ Skrillex.   ***Artist Bradley Theodore at a Haute Living preview of Miami’s soon-to-open DÔA restaurant.    ***Actor/writer Justin Born having ice cream and hot chocolate last night at the popular Kippy’s on Main Street in Venice.   ***Jill Zarin and Kathy Wakile at Soho Beach House  in NYC.   ***Rosario Dawson coaching finalists through their first red-carpet appearances at a finale event for the 7th annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series at Art Basel Miami. ***Prominent rock ‘n’ roll photographer, Jimmy Steinfeldt having lunch with celebrity dentist, Dr. Jay Grossman in Brentwood, California.

LBN-POLITICAL INSIDER: Japanese officials nervous about an unpredictable Trump presidency are said to be hoping the President-elect will turn to a familiar face to serve as ambassador to the island nation; Hollywood movie producer Mark Joseph who was born and raised in Japan and produced the film “Japan: Searching For The Dream” is said to be at the top of top officials’ wish list for the post. The 48-year old Joseph was a familiar media presence for a decade on Japanese TV and radio, screens his films privately for members of the Japanese parliament and launched a film festival in the city of Hiroshima. A recent column for the Huffington Post outlining an optimistic vision for U.S-Japan relations in a Trump administration and a July column in which he accurately predicted a popular vote loss and electoral college victory for Trump caught Tokyo’s attention. Joseph was most recently a producer on Martin Sheen’s “The Vessel” and the Jerry Lewis film “Max Rose.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: Sartoris Literary Group was founded five years ago by James L. Dickerson, a prolific writer with substantial ties to Memphis as a reporter with The Commercial Appeal for six years back in the 1980s. He then went on to found Nine-O-One Network in 1986, a music magazine that, at the time, was third in national circulation behind Rolling Stone and Spin.  Meanwhile, he published books — about 20 by the time he decided he’d seen enough of what New York could do and start up his own enterprise. “With five out of the seven major New York houses foreign-owned, we’re one of the few American-owned publishing houses left besides university presses,” he says.  Astute readers will recognize the title of Faulkner’s first Yoknapatawpha County novel, but Dickerson went a step back for the name of his business. “[Sartoris is] a Chickasaw word that means ‘water flowing over flat land,'” he says. “I’m from the Delta, so it seemed like a good name.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom.” – Thomas Carlyle —–

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Godfather Notebook by Francis Ford Coppola | Regan Arts  –

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: You have to marvel at the ease with which our fellow Americans who call themselves progressive label those with whom they differ as sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist and bigoted. I always wonder: Do they believe it? Or do they say it because they lack intellectual arguments? I have come to believe that both are true. As a student of the left since graduate school at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, I am more aware than most people of how old and ubiquitous this mode of attack is. Since Josef Stalin got away with calling Leon Trotsky a fascist — Trotsky, the father of the Bolshevik Revolution (along with Vladimir Lenin) and the founder of the Red Army — the left has relied on defaming its opponents. And whatever it says often enough it comes to believe. Moreover, the libel list never ends. The left may not produce liberty or prosperity, but it does produce labels. We now have “misogynist” and “transphobic,” for example. In every single area where the left differs from the right, it assigns a label to the right.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Johnny Manziel is spending money like he’s still an NFL star. Despite the fact the disgraced former college phenom and NFL flameout has been unemployed since March, sources say he’s already spent some $35,000 celebrating his birthday in Miami just in the past week. Sources say hard-partying Manziel — who was cut from the Browns at the end of last season — began his tear on Thursday at LIV nightclub, dropping a cool $5,000 on Armand de Brignac (a.k.a. Ace of Spades) Champagne.    ***The Oscars isn’t the only event Jimmy Kimmel has to prepare for in 2017. As the late-night host confirmed Monday, he and wife Molly McNearney are expecting their second child.

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LBN- Special Report- Monday December 5, 2016

Torture Can Be Useful, Nearly Half of Americans in Poll Say: 

Nearly half of Americans in a global survey said they believed an enemy fighter could be tortured to extract information, according to results released Monday. That finding puts respondents in the United States in contrast with citizens of many countries and at odds with international law, which prohibits torture under any circumstances. The results were part of a poll carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which surveyed 17,000 people in 16 countries, including many nations in conflict or recovering from conflict, to gauge public opinion about the laws of war. The findings on torture were among the starkest. Among Americans, 46 percent said torture could be used to obtain information from an enemy combatant, while 30 percent disagreed and the rest said they did not know. On a more general question, one in three said torture was “part of war,” just over half called it “wrong,” and the rest said they did not know or preferred not to answer.

Trump Advisers Want to Privatize Oil-Rich Indian Reservations:

Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump have reportedly proposed to privatize oil-rich Native American reservations—a particularly polarizing idea in the wake of the protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Reuters reports that such reservations likely contain about 20 percent of the nation’s oil and gas, as well as large coal reserves. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who is co-chairing Trump’s Native American Affairs Coalition and a Cherokee tribe member, said: “We should take tribal land away from public treatment. As long as we can do it without unintended consequences, I think we will have broad support around Indian country.” Others see the proposal as inherently problematic. “Our spiritual leaders are opposed to the privatization of our lands, which means the commoditization of the nature, water, air we hold sacred,” said Tom Goldtooth, who runs the Indigenous Environmental Network and is a member of both the Navajo and the Dakota tribes. “Privatization has been the goal since colonization—to strip Native Nations of their sovereignty,” Goldtooth added. But Trump’s advisers, including ex-chief of the Cherokee nation Ross Swimmer, said it’s possible to privatize the reservations while applying limits to any sales outside the Indian community. “It has to be done with an eye toward protecting sovereignty,” he said. According to Reuters, Trump’s transition team did not respond to requests for comment on the idea.

Oakland Fire Death Toll Hits 36:

Officials are still working to identify those who died in a deadly fire Friday night at the Ghost Ship art space in Oakland, California. The death toll officially hit 36 Monday morning and is still expected to climb, while recovery personnel sift through debris at the site. The youngest victim at the electronic-music show was just 17 years old, and the oldest were in their thirties. One of those killed was the son of a deputy for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, just one of the agencies responsible for examining recovered bodies from the catastrophic blaze. Many people still looking for their missing friends and family have gathered in online forums to find answers about their loved ones.

CIAO – Italian PM Matteo Renzi to Resign After Referendum Defeat:

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi conceded defeat Sunday and pledged to resign after Italian voters rejected his proposed reforms to the country’s constitution, the latest in a populist wave that has sent shockwaves through the West in the past six months, and ushering in a period of uncertainty to the Eurozone’s third largest economy. Nearly 60 percent of Italians voted against the constitutional changes.  “The experience of my government ends here,” Renzi said at his residence, the Palazzo Chigi, just after midnight in Rome. Meanwhile, populist politicians across Europe cheered the outcome, including the U.K.’s Nigel Farage and France’s Marine Le Pen. Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Italian anti-immigration Northern League party and one of the most aggressive “no” campaigners, took to Twitter to celebrate his side’s victory and align himself with Le Pen, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The proposed overhaul would have slashed the size and powers of the Italian senate, and centralized regional powers at the federal level. Renzi and his backers said the move would have streamlined the legislative process in Italy, a country notorious for political corruption, instability, and inefficiency.

Army Corps of Engineers Halts Dakota Access Pipeline:

The Army Corps of Engineers has told the Oceti tribe that it will halt work on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in order to conduct an environmental-impact study and shot down a permit for an easement on the property, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced. In a statement, the tribe said it “wholeheartedly support[s]” the government’s decision, and thanked President Obama and the Justice Department. “We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause,” the statement reads. “We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water.”  Protesters have been camped out at the site in North Dakota for months to demonstrate against the $3.8 billion project, arguing it will destroy the environment and taint the drinking water used by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. As protesters have vowed to stay put, clashes with police have intensified in recent days. The Army Corps is seeking an alternative route for the project.

Japanese Prime Minister to Visit Pearl Harbor With Obama:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will join President Obama in a visit to Pearl Harbor, the U.S. navy base that was attacked by Japanese forces on Dec 7, 1941, triggering the U.S. entry to World War II. The pair will visit the base on Dec. 26 and 27. “We must never repeat the tragedy of the war,” Abe said in making the announcement. “I would like to send this commitment. At the same time, I would like to send a message of reconciliation between Japan and the U.S.”

Trump Taps Ben Carson for Cabinet Post:

President-elect Donald Trump has officially tapped Ben Carson for a Cabinet post. “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” Trump said early Monday morning. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.” Word leaked more than a week ago that Carson might be chosen for the position, but Trump was silent on the move until Monday.


Dems Seek to Stall Trump Cabinet Picks:

Democrats in Congress say they are planning to give Donald Trump and the GOP the “Garland treatment” for the president-elect’s Cabinet nominations, stemming from Senate Republicans’ refusal to give Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, a hearing. “They’ve been rewarded for stealing a Supreme Court justice. We’re going to help them confirm their nominees, many of whom are disqualified?” said Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. “It’s not obstruction, it’s not partisan, it’s just a duty to find out what they’d do in these jobs.” One of the many disruption tactics Democrats could employ would be to force as much as 30 hours of debate on a particular nominee, thereby delaying the process and preventing the GOP from getting other legislation through.

LBN-SEE IT:…On his new album as Childish Gambino, Donald Glover abandons his long-standing battle between self-awareness and solipsism.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Bob Dylan, this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature honoree, will not attend the December 10th gala in Stockholm, but he has enlisted a fellow Rock Hall singer-songwriter in his stead: Patti Smith will perform Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize ceremony. The Nobel Prize committee announced Monday morning that Smith would fill in for Dylan at the Stockholm gala, with Smith also taking part in the Nobel Week Dialogue event the day before on December 9th, where she’ll discuss the “importance of role models.” While Dylan won’t attend the Nobel ceremony due to “other commitments” that “make it unfortunately impossible,” the Nobel committee tweeted Monday that Dylan has “provided a speech which will be read at the Nobel banquet” on December 10th; it’s unclear whether Smith or someone else will read the “speech of thanks” at the gala.   ***Guns N’ Roses are expanding their Not in This Lifetime tour in 2017. The reunited rockers will play Europe before returning stateside in July for 16 North American shows. The first stop on the 2017 North American leg is a July 27th gig in St. Louis, Missouri, where the band’s infamous “Riverport Riot” occurred in July 1991. During the show, Axl Rose attacked a photographer in the audience, blaming security for not confiscating the person’s camera and then walking offstage. A riot ensued, injuring dozens of fans. GN’R was banned from playing St. Louis and Rose was charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of property damage and fined $50,000.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***American Airlines rolled out new uniforms to more than 70,000 of its frontline workers in September. The appearance of the uniforms was well-received, but now American’s flight attendants union is calling for a total recall after saying the outfits have sickened more than 1,000 workers. Complaints about itching, rashes, headaches and hives surfaced within the first few weeks of the uniform roll-out. American launched an investigation, initially saying that it thought the issues were isolated – possibly some sort of wool allergy.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: VIDEO: Students want ‘sanctuary’ from student loans, final exams…

WHO READS LBN? Popular Deli owner Izzy Freeman and his wife Marilyn:

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Lisa Napoli talked about her new book, “Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away,” with KTLA anchor Frank Buckley on his podcast.   ***Longtime LA broadcaster Tammy Trujillo has a book out, Intern Insider, that “answers many of the most important questions that students have about an internship including where to look for one.”.   ***NYT columnist Thomas Friedman’s newest book, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” is the #1 nonfiction bestseller in SoCal independent bookstores. He speaks Friday morning at the Live Talks LA Business Forum downtown.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Raynoma Gordy Singleton, who played a vital role in the early days of Motown as the business partner and second wife of Berry Gordy Jr., the record label’s founder and patriarch, died on Nov. 11 in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 79. The cause was brain cancer, her family said. Her death was not immediately announced.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: A remarkable, revealing interview with one of American’s most prominent Catholic priests —– “Without Notes” with Father Michael Manning – Episode 3: Defending the Church  ——


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Madonna kissed Ariana Grande,repeatedly criticized President-elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance Friday night in Miami, where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi. The Material Girl dug deep into her personal treasures, auctioning off pieces from her own art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Grande and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts. The trio of wedding photos sold for $230,000. Penn, who attended the fundraiser and bid on several pricey items when the auction stalled, handcuffed Madonna and crawled through her legs at one point as the two tried to coerce the audience to bid higher. “For once, he’s not the one being arrested,” she joked.

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