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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.


LBN-THINK AGAIN:….


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

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WHO READS THE LBN E-Lert? California Governor Jerry Brown along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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


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

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

UNIQUELY, LBN: Zoey W., an LBN E-Lert reader from Topeka, Kansas.


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Your Brain Works

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

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

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


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

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

WHO READS THE LBN E-Lert? Technology Retail Expert Chris Quilisch with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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

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Sunday • July 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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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.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

wired.com

“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.

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


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

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

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

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

LBN-MEET: Comedian Maria Bamford:


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

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

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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.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Next Level By Association Founder Bob Donnell along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. Presidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Sex Worker Spills About Silicon Valley’s Preferences


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.

MY REVIEW: “I don’t always agree with everything I read in LBN but have tremendous respect for it as an independent news and information sources. It is unhesitatingly independent.”—-Karl C., an LBN E-Lert reader from Madrid, Spain.


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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LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary Variety columnist Peter Bart having lunch yesterday with media expert and author Michael Levine at Il Grano in West L.A.

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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LBN-INVESTIGATES: People with poor oral health may be more likely to have atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) because the bacteria in the gums and teeth can enter the bloodstream and affect blood clotting.

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.

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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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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.

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“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.

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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!”.

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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

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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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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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

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Sunday • June 29, 2014

SEVERE POT SHORTAGE MAY HIT WASHINGTON: If you live in Washington state, don’t get rid of your secret stash just yet. Randy Simmons, the legal-pot project manager for the state’s Liquor Control Board, said “Will there be shortages? The answer is yes.” Relatively few growers have submitted marijuana samples for testing, a prerequisite for selling in the state. Randy Oliver, who runs the only lab certified to test marijuana for the state, says only two growers have submitted samples. 420-friendly folks may have to face long lines and high prices, according to experts.  One of the two licensed growers was already selling their harvest to retailers for $4,000 a pound, so good luck getting grass in the Evergreen state.

FAMILY SLITS PAKISTAN COUPLE’S THROATS: It’s a fate more gruesome than even Romeo and Juliet’s. A young Pakistani couple was tied up and had their throats slit-by the bride’s family, no less-because they married each other for love. Police said on Saturday that the 17-year-old woman and 31-year-old man in the eastern Pakistan’s Punjabi village of Satrah married without their families’ permission. Just over a week after their June 18 wedding, the bride’s parents tricked them into visiting with the promise their marriage would receive a blessing. Police said, “When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes. He (the girl’s father) cut their throats.” The family has been arrested, but these types of “honor killings” are common in many parts of Pakistan. Earlier this week, another young couple that married for love was sentenced to death. The bride, 19, was killed by a family member, and her husband has gone into hiding. The bride’s family has already registered to forgive the killer, so there will be no trial.

SAUDI KING SLAMS RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS AS MUSLIMS MARK RAMADAN: Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday sharply criticized religious extremists, vowing not to let “a handful of terrorists… terrify Muslims”, in a speech marking the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Islam is “religion of unity, fraternity and mutual support” but some people “lured in by false calls… are confusing reform with terrorism”, the monarch said, in comments carried by state news agency SPA

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FACEBOOK CAN TRANSFER USERS’ EMOTIONS: Behold the power of the Facebook newsfeed. A new study suggests that the emotional states in your friends’ posts can actually be transferred to you. For the experiment, Facebook secretly played around with the newsfeed algorithm, forcing abnormally low numbers of positive posts or negative posts to show in over 600,000 users’ feeds. Users who saw fewer positive stories then posted fewer positive posts and more negative ones. Just the opposite occurred when people saw fewer negative posts. The study indicates that “emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.” On a different note, the study also indicates that Facebook is more than happy to unwittingly mess with you as an experimental subject.

MARIJUANA FOOD TRUCK SET TO ROLL INTO WASHINGTON STATE THIS WEEKEND: Here’s a new twist to the food truck fad: A converted school bus featuring marijuana-infused sandwiches and other treats is set to open for business in Washington state this weekend.  The Samich bus is the latest example of businesses that are sprouting to cash in on the growing pot industry. It is a promotion for Seattle-based Magical Butter, a company that sells a kitchen appliance that creates cannabis-infused cooking oils, herbs and spices at home.

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873 INMATE SENTENCES MISTAKENLY REDUCED: A prison screw-up in Nebraska has resulted in 873 inmates’ sentences being erroneously reduced over the course of 20 years, state officials said on Friday. The mistake will be an expensive one: It will cost the state $50 million or more to house the inmates for the 2,050 extra years added back to their collective sentences. 41 inmates were mistakenly released early and should still be in prison; 250 are free but would have completed their sentences by now so the state is not seeking them. Nebraska’s prisons are 58 percent above capacity.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: About 3% of all pregnant women will give birth to twins. This rate is an increase of nearly 60% since the early 1980s. However, 17% of pregnant women over 45 will give birth to twins.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Andy Cohen, Hannah Bronfman, Dylan Lauren and Katie Lee at a party at the East Side Heliport to celebrate Blade, the app and service that offers crowd-sourced chopper rides to the Hamptons.   ***Pulitzer finalist Adam Rapp, New Yorker editor Bob Mankoff and Barnard prez Debora Spar at the House of SpeakEasy’s summer ­finale at City Winery.   ****Artist Jeremy Penn and musician Jon Batiste at the Discover Many Hopes gala.   ***Pharrell Williams giving a surprise performance at Brooklyn Bowl in London. Joaquin Phoenix lunching at Caffe Dante in Greenwich Village.   ***Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki being named MVP of the Steve Nash Foundation’s charity soccer “showdown” at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.   ***The cast of TLC show “Breaking Amish” filming at Bamboo 52.   ***Zach Braff crossing 26th Street on Friday, texting on his phone and not looking at the traffic . . . Victoria’s Secret model Kasia Struss, Dean Winters and Colin Cowie dancing to Chelsea Leyland at the opening of Haus nightclub in Tribeca.   ***Legendary film agent Fred Specktor, who just turned 81, having lunch at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent psychotherapist Foojan Zeine having dinner at the Toscana in Brentwood. ***Oliver Stone met with WME’s Patrick Whitesell at Mr Chow as FX’s John Landgraf, Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs, Vivica A. Fox, director Shawn Levy and producer Richard Sakai ate elsewhere in the room.   ***Jerry Bruckheimer broke bread with UTA’s Ramses IsHak and Michael Sheresky at The Grill on the Alley.    ***On the same day at e.baldi: Bob Daly with Leslie Moonves at table No. 1. Also in the room: James L. Brooks, Steve Tisch, attorney John Branca, producer Maria Bell with Lori Loughlin, plus the fashion crowd: designer Gregory Parkinson and Balenciaga VIP consultant Katherine Ross with Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte. Also in as of late: Jack Nicholson, Rob Lowe, Sylvester Stallone, Rob Reiner, Jason Reitman, Danny DeVito and Al Pacino.    ***On another day, Reiner checked out Malibu Farm Pier Café.   ***John Slattery held court at Venice’s Hostaria del Piccolo.   ***Nathan Fillion visited Jones    ***Rising Star judge Kesha ate at FarmShop just before the show’s debut.    ***WME’s Elyse Scherz joined Donald De Line at Ammo.   ***Russell Simmons took a seat at Craig’s in West Hollywood.   ***Anna Paquin enjoyed juices at Café Gratitude in Venice.

SLAIN TODDLER’S DAD GOOGLED CHILD DEATHS: The Cobb, Georgia man accused of leaving his son in a hot SUV for seven hours, killing the toddler, had previously researched child deaths inside vehicles online, according to new documents released Saturday. Justin Harris, 33, has been held without bond at the Cobb County jail since June 18, when his son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris was declared dead in a shopping center parking lot. “During an interview with Justin, He stated that he recently researched, through the internet, child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for that to occur,” according to search warrants. “Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen.” In addition to murder, Harris is being charged with second-degree child cruelty, which is also a felony.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Donald Glover has signed with 42West for his music career as Childish Gambino.   ***Gwen Stefani and No Doubt have signed with Irving Azoff for management.   **Tom Arnold has signed with Untitled.   ***True Blood alum Fiona Shaw, who played Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter franchise, has signed with UTA.    ***Duck Dynasty’s Gurney Productions has signed with ICM.   ***Indie studio The Vladar Co. (Generation Iron) has signed with CAA. ***Law & Order’s Alana de la Garza, who co-stars in ABC’s new drama Forever, has signed with 42West. ***Entertainment writer Ray Richmond having dinner at the popular Luna Park in Hollywood.   ***Veteran producer Larry Thompson having lunch at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: What’s the real fight in the Middle East today? Is it just sectarian (Sunnis versus Shiites) and national (Israelis versus Palestinians and Arabs versus Persians)? Or is it something deeper? I was discussing this core question with Nader Mousavizadeh, a former senior United Nations official and the co-founder of Macro Advisory Partners, a geopolitical advisory firm, and he offered another framework: “The real struggle in the region,” he said, “is between arsonists and firefighters.” There is a lot of truth in that. The sectarian and nationalist fires you see burning around.

LBN-COMMENTARY By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN: Adolescence is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological. Developmentally, teenagers face a number of social and emotional challenges, like starting to separate from their parents, getting accepted into a peer group and figuring out who they really are. It doesn’t take a psychoanalyst to realize that these are anxiety-provoking transitions. But there is a darker side to adolescence that, until now, was poorly understood: a surge during teenage years in anxiety and fearfulness. Largely because of a quirk of brain development, adolescents, on average, experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children or adults.

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Sunday • June 29, 2014

WOW! POP ICON ELTON JOHN CALLS POPE FRANCIS “WONDERFUL”:

British musician Elton John described Pope Francis as “wonderful” in an interview on Sunday in which he said Jesus would support gay marriage.

A top-selling pop star and one of the world’s most prominent gay celebrities, John said the leader of the Catholic Church was a sign of hope.

“He’s excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith…it’s all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness,” John said.


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Saturday • June 28, 2014

BENGHAZI SUSPECT ARRIVES IN U.S.: The Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is in federal law enforcement custody in Washington, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office says. Khattala was captured by U.S. Special Forces two weeks ago, marking the first breakthrough in the Benghazi investigation. He faces criminal charges in the deaths of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

TALIBAN MOUNT MAJOR ASSAULT IN AFGHANISTAN: In one of the most significant coordinated assaults on the government in years, the Taliban have attacked police outposts and government facilities across several districts in northern Helmand Province, sending police and military officials scrambling to shore up defenses and heralding a troubling new chapter as coalition forces prepare to depart. The attacks have focused on the district of Sangin, historically an insurgent stronghold and one of the deadliest districts in the country for the American and British forces who fought for years to secure it. The Taliban have mounted simultaneous attempts to conquer territory in the neighboring districts of Now Zad, Musa Qala and Kajaki. In the past week, more than 100 members of the Afghan forces and 50 civilians have been killed or wounded in fierce fighting, according to early estimates from local officials.

U.S. SPIED ON 89,000 IN LAST YEAR: According to a transparency report released on June 27 by the Office of the Director of Intelligence, the U.S. targeted 89,138 individuals or groups in the last year using section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA), which permits wiretapping of persons believed to be outside the United States without a court order. The report does not indicate how many Americans were targeted, though civil liberties groups say the real number is likely “orders of magnitude” higher than 89,000, since the order also targeted “groups” which may include facilities, websites, or companies—groups “composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information,” according to the text of section 702.

HALF OF CLINTON SPEAKING HAUL IS FOREIGN: In a review of the ways in which the Clinton family has amassed its fortune since leaving office, The Washington Post reports that the majority of Bill Clinton’s speaking fees came from foreign sources. Clinton has made $104.9 million for 542 speeches since leaving the White House, and $56.3 million of it was from abroad. In addition, the most frequent patron of Clinton during this time was the financial-services industry, which has had the former president make at least 102 appearances, for $19.6 million. Clinton’s speech income was publicly available because his wife, Hillary, has been in public office.

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ICE-T’S GRANDSON KILLS ROOMMATE: Rapper Ice-T’s grandson, Elyjah Marrow, was arrested this week after he accidentally shot and killed his roommate, according to TMZ. Marrow, 19, was toying with a handgun in his apartment on Tuesday when the gun accidentally went off, wounding and killing Marrow’s roommate, Daryus Johnson, who was also 19. Marrow has been charged with a bevy of charges, including involuntary manslaughter, possession of firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless conduct, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a stolen firearm. Ice-T has yet to issue comment.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that a trim panel can trap a driver’s foot, causing unwanted acceleration in Nissan Versa small cars. The probe covers about 360,000 Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompacts from the 2012 through 2014 model years.    ***The last remnant of the Hamburger Hamlet enterprise is now shut down, with no evidence that it will return to Los Angeles. A tipster writes in to say that the Sherman Oaks outlet is “closed and under new ownership.” The sit-down burger chain was founded in 1950 by Harry and Marilyn Lewis (who also created Kate Mantillini, which is gasped its last on June 14), Hamburger Hamlet spread throughout the country before a slow demise. Two locations in the D.C. area persisted to this year as well before shuttering as well.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The word “bully” was first used in 1530 and originally applied to both genders and meant “sweetheart.” It is from the Dutch boel, meaning “lover” or “brother.” Around the seventeenth century, the term began to mean “fine fellow,” “blusterer,” and then “harasser of the weak.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran CNN entertainment correspondent Alan Duke having lunch yesterday with media expert and author Michael Levine at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***After she was unceremoniously fired from “The View” after a year on the ABC show, she was spotted with Donnie Wahlberg at Providenciales airport in Turks and Caicos on Friday, escaping the fallout from her and Sherri Shepherd’s sacking a day earlier.   ***Derek Jeter celebrated his 40th birthday with his model girlfriend Hannah Davis and stars including Michael Strahan and Sean “Diddy” Combs. The New York Yankees shortstop started with a dinner for 20 at Meatpacking hot spot Catch on Thursday, then headed to 14th Street club The Brickwood, where the party carried on until well after 2 a.m.

FDA OK’S INHALABLE INSULIN: On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved an inhalable form of diabetes medication insulin. MannKind Corps.’s drug Afrezza is a fast-acting insulin for adults with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the chronic condition. Afrezza is designed to be inhaled at the start of a meal or within 20 minutes of starting, and helps patients control their blood sugar levels.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Back when Ol’ Blue Eyes was Young Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra got his first New Jersey driver’s license at age 19. And earlier this week, that automotive relic from the crooner’s teenage years was purchased for $15,757 at Boston’s RR Auctions.

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CIA: The World Factbook

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

LBN-COMMENTARY by Gail Collins: Let’s talk personhood, people. Personhood is an anti-abortion movement that holds that life begins at conception, giving fertilized eggs all the rights of a human being. It might make it impossible to kidnap them for in-vitro fertilization. It could outlaw some forms of contraception. Senator Rand Paul claims every fertilized egg is protected by the 14th Amendment. Many current Senate candidates are personhood supporters, including Cory Gardner, who is running a very close race in Colorado against Mark Udall. No! Wait! Wait! Cory Gardner just changed his mind. Obviously, this is going to take a little unraveling. Give me a minute.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Look, he (Obama) is not a natural politician. I don’t think he even likes politics, which is odd for a man who is president. He clearly has completely failed at doing what the president has to do, which is work with the other side. But the worst part of it is he doesn’t care about the constitution. There will be presidents after him. And if he gets away with all this overreach — creating laws, rewriting laws, ignoring laws — it will be an occasional defeat for the country and for the rule of law, and I think that’s the worst part of this. If this were a Republican, he would be impeached now over all of these abuses.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Just a few hours before being arrested at a performance of Cabaret on Broadway, Shia LaBeouf was seen arguing with and chasing a homeless man over a hat. According to an eyewitness, LaBeouf kept shouting, “It’s me, Shia!” Police say that security guards asked LaBeouf to leave the Studio 54 theater but he would not, used obscene language, physically messed with employees, and made threats to security guards and police officers. LaBeouf was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and harassment. He was released from jail Friday.   ***Sumner Redstone’s live-in girlfriend, Sydney Holland, is a control freak who forced the staff at his LA mansion to take polygraph tests after her laptop went missing and then had most of them fired, according to court documents filed on Friday.  Redstone, the majority owner of CBS and Viacom, is being dragged into a bitter court battle between Holland and his former protégée Heather Naylor.  Holland, 43, is suing Naylor, 33, for $1 million — claiming the star of the short-lived MTV show “The Electric Barbarellas” stole her laptop computer containing “private and confidential” photographs.

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Friday • June 27, 2014

STUDY: ALL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH SINCE 2000 WENT TO IMMIGRANTS: According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CIS scholars Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.

SHIA LABEOUF ARRESTED AT BROADWAY PLAY: Attention-starved Shia LaBeouf was arrested Thursday night at a Broadway theater after he lit up a cigarette while sitting the audience and also disrupted the show. The incident comes after the actor had a performance art show in Los Angeles titled #IAMSORRY where he apologizes for his misdeeds while wearing a paper bag on his head. LaBeouf also was called out last year for plagiarizing in his screenplays.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES:  The Great Depression

1.     Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), a Republican, was president when the Great Depression began. He infamously declared in March 1930 that the U.S. had “passed the worst” and argued that the economy would sort itself out. The worst, however, had just begun and would last until the outbreak of WWII (1939).

2.     People who lost their homes often lived in what were called “Hoovervilles,” or shanty towns, that were named after President Herbert Hoover. There was also “Hoover Stew” (food dished out in soup kitchens), “Hoover Blankets” (newspapers that served as blankets), “Hoover Hogs” (jack rabbits used as food), and “Hoover Wagons” (broken cars that were pulled by mules).

3.     Chicago gangster Al Capone (1899-1947), in one of his sporadic attempts at public relations, opened a soup kitchen during the Great Depression. For millions, soup kitchens provided the only food they would see all day.

4.     The Wall Street Crash of 1929 was one of the main causes of the Great Depression. “Black Thursday,” “Black Monday,” and “Black Tuesday” are all correct terms to describe the Crash because the initial crash occurred over several days, with Tuesday being the most devastating.

5.     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.e Thirty billion dollars would be equivalent to $377,587,032,770.41 today.

6.     After the initial crash, there was a wave of suicides in the New York’s financial district. It is said that the clerks of one hotel even started asking new guests if they needed a room for sleeping or jumping.

7.     The Dow Jones market peaked at 381 on September 3, 1929, and bottomed out at 42 in 1932, which is an amazing 89% decline. It did not reach 381 again until 23 years later in 1955 (that doesn’t include inflation losses).

8.     Causes of the Great Depression are widely debated but typically include a weak banking system, overproduction, bursting credit bubble, the fact that farmers and industrial workers had not shared in the prosperity of the 1920s, and a government-held laissez faire policy.

9.     One American sheep farmer found that he would not make money off of his sheep during the depression. Rather than watch his 3,000 sheep starve to death, he cut their throats and threw them in a canyon.

10.  Dorothea Lange’s (1895-1965) famous photographs of migrant workers in California during the 1930s remain a moving pictorial record of the Great Depression.

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MCCARTHY, SHEPHERD FIRED FROM ‘THE VIEW’: And then there was one. Barbara Walters is gone from The View, and now so are co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. The hosts announced their departures on Thursday night, with Shepherd saying, “it is time for me to move on,” and McCarthy tweeting “If Sherri goes… I go too #sisters.” According to TMZ, the pair were fired, along with executive producer Bill Geddie. In a statement, ABC said the show “will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively.” It appears Whoopi Goldberg is returning.

ANDREW WIGGINS IS TOP NBA PICK: The man in the amazing flowered suit, Andrew Wiggins, snagged the first overall pick on Monday’s NBA draft, going to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wiggins was a prodigious Canadian guard for the Kansas Jayhawks. He was jockeying for the top spot with Jabari Parker, a Duke player who was largely expected to go first, but was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks as the second pick. The Cavaliers have enjoyed the No. 1 overall pick for the third time in four years.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: World’s First ATM Installed in Enfield, London (1967)

ATMs, or automated teller machines, can be used by bank customers to process several different kinds of account transactions, such as cash withdrawals, deposits, and fund transfers, and to review account statements and balances. Most consider the world’s first ATM to be the one invented by John Shepherd-Barron and installed by Barclays Bank in North London on June 27, 1967.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Wayne Brady has signed with CAA. He previously was with WME.   ***Management and production company Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment (KLWGN) announced today that it has changed its name to LINK. The announcement comes on the heels of the company expanding their production side, most recently — the Marc Forster directed Amazon pilot “Hand of God” starring client Ron Perlman. On the feature side, upcoming productions include “Pay the Ghost” and “The Trust” both starring client Nicolas Cage. LINK’s partners include Erik Kritzer, Ben Levine, Brian Wilkins, Adam Griffin and Mike Nilon. The newly rebranded LINK was founded in 2004 after current partner Brian Wilkins left Evolution Entertainment to form his own company. Wilkins immediately set out to find partners that were not only smart and creative, but also friends. He reached out to Ben Levine whom he had worked with at Evolution. Levine, like Wilkins, got his start at William Morris before he became the head of the talent department at Evolution. At the same time, Wilkins reached out to his former boss, Erik Kritzer. Kritzer started his career in the mailroom at William Morris and then worked with legendary agents Ed Limato and Sue Mengers. Realizing management was his future, he left William Morris to run Phyllis Carlyle’s management company before later starting his own.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Helen Keller (1880)

Blind and deaf from the age of two, Helen Keller was placed in the care of Anne Sullivan, who acted as her teacher and companion for 49 years. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, Keller made rapid progress, eventually graduating from Radcliffe College with honors. She later became a world-famous lecturer and advocate for people with disabilities. The Miracle Worker, a play based on Keller’s autobiography, chronicles her remarkable journey


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: For the past few centuries, the Western world has witnessed a contest of historic visions. On the one side was the dream of the beautiful collective. Human progress was a one-way march toward socialism. People would liberate themselves from religion, hierarchy and oppression. They would build a new kind of society where equality would be the rule, where rational planning would replace cruel competition. On the other side was the dream of universal democracy. Human progress was seen as a one-way march toward democratic capitalism. Societies would be held together by shared biblical morality. They would be invigorated by economic competition. They would be guided by a democratic state, where power was in the hands of the masses and dispersed through checks and balances.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tim Egan: How did the United States, land of the free, become the world’s top jailer? It’s a question asked by visitors from other democracies, and the American citizen who wakes from a stupor to find that our prisons are stuffed with people serving interminable sentences for nonviolent crimes. For the answer, you need look no further than the real America, the sparsely settled, ruggedly beautiful, financially struggling eastern third of Washington State. There, 70-year-old Larry Harvey, his wife, two family members and a friend are facing mandatory 10-year prison terms for growing medical marijuana — openly and, they thought, legally — on their farm near the little town of Kettle Falls.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sharon Stone has strongly denied a report that she has embarked on a secret romance with Antonio Banderas following his split with Melanie Griffith. The actress said the report, by British magazine Grazia, was “salacious, unkind, unfounded,” adding she was a close friend of both Antonio and Melanie, who are divorcing after 18 years together.

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Thursday • June 26, 2014

STUDY: WEALTH INEQUALITY INFLAMED BY SLOW RECOVERY: University of Michigan researchers have released a study stating that the disparity between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country has grown because of the Great Recession and the slow recovery. According to the study, the top 5% of Americans averaged 24 times as much wealth as the wealth of the median American family in 2013; in 2007 they averaged 16.5 times as much.  The report indicates that the divide between the very wealthy and everyone else is derived from the ability of the 5% to invest in the stock market with their spare cash. The stock market dropped by nearly 50% during the recession but has returned to its level before the recession hit. However, about 10 percent of American households own 80 percent of stocks on the market.

ARMY: BERGHDAL DIDN’T AID TALIBAN: There is no evidence that during the five years he was held captive that Sg.t Bowe Bergdahl helped the Taliban, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some former members of his platoon as well as some media outlets claimed that attacks increased on U.S. troops after he was captured and that he may have aided the enemy. However, an Army official says the investigators “have no reason to believe that he engaged in any misconduct.” Bergdahl, who has not asked for a lawyer or been read his legal rights, has not actually been interviewed yet by the Army.

OBAMA LOSES AT THE SUPREME COURT: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that President Obama’s move to fill three seats on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 using recess appointments exceeded his power. The Court ruled that the Senate was not truly in recess when Obama made the appointments. (When in session, Republicans were blocking the appointments.) However, the court uphold the president’s ability to make recess appointments in general. In his majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer declared that a congressional break has to last at least 10 days to be considered a recess under the Constitution.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: X-Rays

1.     X-rays were discovered by accident when German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (27 March 1845–10 February 1923) was experimenting with vacuum tubes in 1895.

2.     Wilhelm Roentgen, the scientist who discovered X-rays, was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. He refused to take patents out related to his discovery because he wanted humankind as a whole to benefit.

3.     X-radiation or X-ray is a form of high-energy electromagnetic radiation. Other types of EM radiation that make up the electromagnetic spectrum are microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, and gamma rays. They all travel in waves, but have different wavelengths.

4.     The first X-ray (or roentgenogram) was of Roentgen’s wife’s hand, complete with wedding ring, in 1895. His wife was less than impressed and declared: “I have seen my death!”

5.     From identifying broken bones to disease, the X-ray is one of the most useful medical advancements in history. It is also the oldest and most common form of imaging.

6.     X-rays can be divided into hard X-rays and soft X-rays. Because hard X-rays have higher energy and, therefore, higher penetrative ability, they are used in medical radiography and airport security.

7.     The variant spellings of X-ray in the English language include x-ray, xray, and X ray.

8.     The effect of X-rays is cumulative, which means that minor doses over several years can equal a large dose at one time.

9.     The term “X-ray” is used to refer to both the image itself and to the method.

10.  X-rays have enough energy to ionize atoms and disrupt molecular bonds, which makes them harmful to living tissue.

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MALIKI WELCOMES SYRIAN BOMBING IN IRAQ: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has told the BBC that while he did not ask for the Syrian airstrikes carried out in Iraq against Sunni militants, he “welcomed” the attack. Maliki confirmed that it was Syria who hit militant posts in the border town of Qaim on Tuesday. Before rolling through Iraq, ISIS was one of the rebel factions fighting the Syrian government.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Ten countries produce 2/3 of the world’s natural gas and hold about the same percentage of known reserves.

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PANEL: LOIS LERNER EYED GOP SENATOR: The House Ways and Means Committee announced Wednesday that it has evidence that former IRS official Lois Lerner briefly considered referring Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa for a potential audit. Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said in a statement, “The fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States senator is shocking.” Lerner received an invitation to a speech intended for Grassley and was concerned that an offer to pay Grassley’s wife to attend might raise tax issues that needed to be examined. However, another IRS official quickly dissuaded Lerner of this and the matter was apparently dropped.

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N.Y.CITY LOSES FINAL APPEAL ON LIMITING SALES OF LARGE SODAS: The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead. The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and handing a major victory to the American soft-drink industry, which bitterly opposed the plan. In a 20-page opinion, Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. of the New York State Court of Appeals wrote that the city’s Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” in enacting the proposal, which was championed by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Sales of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new memoir, “Hard Choices,” declined 43.5 percent to 48,000 copies in its second week on the shelves, according to Nielsen BookScan. The sales figures put pressure on the publisher, Simon & Schuster, which paid Mrs. Clinton a multimillion-dollar advance to write about her time at the State Department and has invested heavily in the book’s rollout, one of the biggest of the year.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: The odds are that you think President Obama’s foreign policy is a failure. That’s the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama’s foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it’s dragging him down — and probably other Democrats with him. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, warns that Obama “has weakened the national security posture of the United States.” Trent Franks, a Republican member of the House from Arizona, cites foreign policy to suggest that Obama is “the most inept president we have ever had.” The odds are that you think President Obama’s foreign policy is a failure. That’s the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama’s foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it’s dragging him down — and probably other Democrats with him. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, warns that Obama “has weakened the national security posture of the United States.” Trent Franks, a Republican member of the House from Arizona, cites foreign policy to suggest that Obama is “the most inept president we have ever had.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kyra Sedgwick is going back to school. The Emmy Award-winning actress will be starring in John Patrick Shanley’s new play “The Danish Widow” on the campus of Vassar College this summer. “The Closer” star will play an insurance investigator in Shanley’s play, which will run from July 16 to July 27. It will also star Broadway veterans Craig Bierko and Matt McGrath, as well as stage and screen actress Annika Boras.

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Wednesday • June 25, 2014

ECONOMY SHRINKS MOST IN FIVE YEARS: The gross domestic product of the U.S. fell at a 2.9 percent annualized rate in the first quarter of 2014, the three months since the depths of the recession in 2009. The downward revision by the Commerce Department, larger than was forecast, was the biggest downward revision since records began in 1976. The major cause of the slowdown appears to be a drop in health-care spending.

CORRECTION: The article in yesterday’s LBN E-Lert was excerpted for the new, critically acclaimed book Michael Jackson Inc. written by Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Forbes Senior Editor. The book is an extraordinarily surprising rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of how Michael Jackson grew a billion-dollar business.


SUPREME COURT SAYS CELLPHONES CAN’T BE SEARCHED WITHOUT A WARRANT: In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection.

MALIKI REJECTS UNITY GOVERNMENT PUSH: Despite pressure from the U.S., Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is rejecting a unity government that represents all of Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups. Maliki declared in a speech Wednesday that the push is a “coup against the constitution and an attempt to end the democratic experience.” The U.S. has told Maliki he needs to work to have a more inclusive government. Maliki has been accused of using the government to strengthen the Shia majority at the expense of Sunnis and Kurds. Meanwhile, ISIS is surrounding the Balad air force base in an attempt to acquire its own air force. The New York Times reports that Iran is sending in drones, military equipment, and supplies to help Maliki against the Sunni insurgents.

IRS BROKE LAW WITH LOST EMAILS: According to the chief archivist at the National Archives, David S. Ferriero, the Internal Revenue Service broke the law when it failed to report a hard-drive crash that destroyed two years’ worth of emails to and from Lois Lerner, the official accused of improperly examining Tea Party-aligned groups’ requests for tax exemptions. “In accordance with the Federal Records Act, when an agency becomes aware of an incident of unauthorized destruction, they must report the incident to us,” said Ferriero, who spoke at a congressional hearing examining the disappearance of the emails.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Ryan Seacrest is staying put on the red carpet. The multihyphenate has inked a one-year deal with NBCUniversal that includes manning the major awards show carpets in 2015, along with other duties. Additionally, he has signed a separate pact to host and executive produce CBS’ live special Fashion Rocks. The latter marks Seacrest’s first on-air deal with CBS, and it means that he now has partnerships at each of the Big Four broadcast networks. (He hosts New Year’s Rockin’ Eve at ABC and recently signed on to continue with American Idol on Fox.)   ***George Lucas has selected the Windy City as the site for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will contain the Star Wars creator’s art and movie memorabilia. “I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts,” Lucas said in a statement. The film icon, whose writing and directing credits also include American Graffiti and the Indiana Jones series, hopes to open the museum in 2018.   ***Anna Faris has returned to CAA after leaving the agency two years ago to follow her longtime agent to WME. Faris currently stars alongside Allison Janney on CBS’ hit comedy “Mom,” which is heading into its second season.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: For 5,000 years Iraqis have been keeping bees. Honey is an important source of food and income for many Iraq families.

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GARY OLDMAN APOLOGIZES TO JEWS: After his shocking Playboy interview was leaked online on Monday, Gary Oldman has issued an apology to Jewish groups for his words defending Mel Gibson. “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype,” he said in a statement. Notably, Oldman did not say anything regarding his comments defending Alec Baldwin using the word “fag” or calling Nancy Pelosi a “f**cking useless c*nt.”

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***ABC News on Wednesday announced sweeping changes among its top news personalities, with Diane Sawyer to step down as anchor of the network’s evening newscast in August, replaced by David Muir, a rising star anchor at ABC. George Stephanopoulos, a co-host of “Good Morning America” and the host of the Sunday talk show “This Week,” will become the lead anchor for all breaking news coverage such as election nights.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw at Nick & Toni’s in NYC, where Howard and Beth Stern were on a double date with Matt Lauer and his wife Annette.   ***Dave Chappelle pulling up to VIP Room “on a brand new Triumph motorcycle” after a Radio City Music Hall gig to meet “a big crew” including Aziz Ansari. ***Former CBS Records CEO Walter Yetnikoff and Little Anthony and the Imperials singer Jerome Gourdine seeing Billy Joel at MSG . . . Jason Kidd at Red Stixs in Water Mill.   ***“All the Way” star Michael McKean at Da Tommaso in NYC.   ***J.K. Simmons at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in NYC.   ***Legendary personal manager Jim Morey having lunch at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

DARK DAYS OF DRUG-CRAZED TIM MCGRAW: Tim Mcgraw led a drug-crazed double life until wife Faith Hill staged a desperate intervention that saved the country music superstar from an early grave, say insiders. For years the popular entertainer projected an image as a family man to Faith and their three daughters, but behind the scenes he was living an incredibly destructive existence that led to all-night partying and drugs. In a shocking interview, Tim recently broke his silence about his darkest days, confessing: “I drank too much. I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff … use your imagination.”

MUSLIM FAMILY FORCES ATHEIST SON INTO MENTAL WARD: A lawyer and supporters say a staunchly Muslim family in northern Nigeria has forced their son into a mental hospital for declaring himself an atheist. Chemical engineer Mubarak Bala, 29, says he is being drugged and held against his will in a psychiatric ward in Kano. Bala alerted people to his plight with tweets from a smuggled phone, saying his father beat him up, sedated him and that he recovered consciousness in the hospital.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Stephen Stills is the only member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young without a memoir, but that’s about to change. “I’m writing one right now,” the guitarist tells Rolling Stone. “And it is a bitch. It’s the hardest fucking thing in the world! I mean, there’s writing and there’s typing. I’m so frustrated with my computer that I’m going to get a fucking Selectric typewriter and organize this thing like I was taught to do in school.”

MY REVIEW: “LBN is many things but boring is NOT one of them.” —–Stella G., an LBN E-Lert reader from Jerusalem, Israel.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Carly Simon (1945)
Carly Simon is an American musician who emerged as one of the leading artists of the early 1970s singer-songwriter boom. Her 1988 hit “Let the River Run,” featured in the movie Working Girl, earned her a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, yet it is not her most famous song. This distinction goes to “You’re So Vain,” a sarcastic profile of a self-absorbed lover. A number-one hit, it spawned a huge debate as to who inspired the lyrics.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The past month has presented the world with what the Israeli analyst Orit Perlov describes as the two dominant Arab governing models: ISIS and SISI.  ISIS, of course, is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the bloodthirsty Sunni militia that has gouged out a new state from Sunni areas in Syria and Iraq. SISI, of course, is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the new strongman/president of Egypt, whose regime debuted this week by shamefully sentencing three Al Jazeera journalists to prison terms on patently trumped-up charges — a great nation acting so small. ISIS and Sisi, argues Perlov, a researcher on Middle East social networks at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, are just flip sides of the same coin: one elevates “god” as the arbiter of all political life and the other “the national state.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: At a dinner party the other night where people were asked to say a word about themselves, one woman said, “My name is” — whatever it was — “and I’m a foodie.” I cringed. I’m not proud of that visceral reaction; in fact, I think it’s wrong. But I do wish there were a stronger, less demeaning-sounding word than “foodie” for someone who cares about good food, but as seems so often the case, there is not. Witness the near-meaningless-ness of “natural” and “vegetarian” and the inadequacy of “organic” and “vegan.” But proposing new words is a fool’s game; rather, let’s try to make the word “foodie” a tad more meaningful.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Gary Oldman: I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution. I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people. I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem”—but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Fireworks exploded at 40,000 feet when Elton John blew up at his hubby David Furnish on a packed plane. The two clashed while heading to the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee in June, and friends say such fights are a “common occurrence,” a source said. “Elton’s been doing a string of shows lately, and he and David flew a few friends with them to Bonnaroo,” the insider revealed. “They all know Elton gets pissed when things don’t run completely on his schedule, and one of the cars carrying their friends was late.“Elton got super annoyed – and even more so when David told him he was basically acting like a brat.”   ***Billionaire George Soros offered his Brazilian soap star ex-girlfriend a ​whopping ​$6.9 million settlement last year to drop her suit against him — ​but she turned it down. ​ Even though her epic three-year legal battle with Soros started after she claimed he reneged on a promise to buy her a $1.9 million Upper East Side apartment, Adriana Ferreyr told N.Y. Post that she snubbed the payout, worth more than three times the apartment’s value, because she still wanted to depose her lefty investor former lover.

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

SUPREME COURT SAYS CELLPHONES CAN’T BE SEARCHED WITHOUT A WARRANT: In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection.

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Tuesday • June 24, 2014

LEBRON JAMES TO BECOME A FREE AGENT: Miami Heat president Pat Riley is going to have to fight if he wants to keep LeBron James. On Tuesdays, James’ agent, Rich Paul, announced that the four-time NBA MVP has decided to exercise his early opt out and become an unrestricted free agent. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s leaving the Heat, but as of July 1, he can play the field. If James had stayed with his current deal, he would have made $20 million next season and had $42.7 million coming his way over the next two years. Riley may up the ante to keep James. The Heat has made the NBA finals four times in his four seasons with them, and they have won the championship twice.

NEW TV SHOW “WITHOUT NOTES” PREMIERS ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: A new Charlie Rose like TV interview show call “Without Notes” hosted by acclaimed media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine has premiered on a special YouTube channel starting today. The first episode features world acclaimed brain expert Dr. Gary Small from UCLA. Click here

POT USE AND SCHIZOPHRENIA HAVE GENE LINK: Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London have found further evidence of a connection between smoking marijuana and having schizophrenia. There is already research that people who smoke pot are twice as likely to have schizophrenia. But this study has clarified the link, and the relationship doesn’t appear to be causal. Rather, there may be an underling genetic connection. After studying the genetic profile of more than 2,000 participants, study leader Robert Power said their research “suggests that there is likely to be an association in the other direction as well—that a predisposition to schizophrenia also increases your likelihood of cannabis use.” Those with a genetic predisposition for schizophrenia were more likely to smoke pot and to use it in greater amounts than those without risk genes. Power said the study “highlights the complex interactions between genes and environments.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: While general vocabulary and knowledge about the world often stays sharp through one’s 70s, memory for names begins to decline as early as age 35. The ability to recognize faces and find one’s car has already begun to wane by the 20s. However, research shows that brain stimulation not only stops cells from shrinking, but it can also increase brain cell and dendrite branching.

REBEKAH BROOKS FOUND NOT GUILTY IN PHONE HACKING CASE: In another dramatic turn in a case that has transfixed Britain, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper holdings in Britain, was acquitted on Tuesday of phone hacking and of other charges. Andy Coulson, a former tabloid editor and onetime head of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was found guilty on at least one count. The verdicts after a week of deliberations by a jury came after lengthy hearings into a scandal at the Murdoch news empire that shook the British police, news media and political elite, and forced the closure of a leading Murdoch-owned Sunday tabloid, The News of the World.

SISI WON’T HELP IMPRISONED JOURNALISTS: Newly elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made it crystal clear on national television that he will not interfere with the court ruling that sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to jail for seven years each. Despite the international outcry, Sisi said, “We will not interfere in judicial rulings,” at a televised speech at a military graduation ceremony. “We must respect judicial rulings and not criticize them even if others do not understand this.”

ARBITRATOR RULES TO REINSTATE SANDUSKY’S PENSION: A Pennsylvania arbitrator has ruled that Jerry Sandusky’s $4,900-a-month Penn State pension be reinstated, including back payments from October 2012, when his child molestation conviction prompted the state retirement system to end his benefits.

LBN-INVESITGATES: Nutrition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone,” could bring between $1 million and $2 million at auction. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand is being offered by Sotheby’s on Tuesday. The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith hotel in Washington, D.C. Dylan was only 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she’s cast from upper-class social circles.   ***Donny Osmond has returned to being managed by Jim Morey after forty years.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran entertainment attorney Rick Rosenthal having lunch at Boss Sushi on La Cienega in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent film critic Leonard Maltin celebrating his daughter’s birthday at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hitler kept a framed photo of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, on his desk. Henry Ford also kept a framed photo of the Nazi leader on his desk in Dearborn, Michigan. In Mein Kampf, Hitler included some anti-Semitic views attributed to Ford.

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

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***James L. Dickerson’s new biography, Nicole Kidman: A Kind of Life, began in the author’s mind with a single question: How would a noted psychologist raise his daughter to become one of the top actresses of her generation? The book answers that intriguing question and many more, including nagging questions about Kidman’s early career in Australia and her marriages to Tom Cruise and Keith Urban. Reading the book is crucial to understanding recent rumors of divorce swirling about her marriage to Urban.

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TANNING APPEARS ADDICTIVE: That “healthy glow” many love has proved to be less than healthy—the link between excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure and skin cancer is well established—so why do they continue to tan? One possibility is that they are addicts. Researchers found that chronic exposure to UV radiation triggers the release of endorphins, so-called feel-good hormones, in mice. The regular exposure leads to physical dependence so strong that the animals exhibit withdrawal symptoms like shaking, tremors, and teeth chattering when those endorphins are blocked. Mice and humans have a similar biological response to UV exposure, meaning that tanning may be similarly addictive in people

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few years ago, I came across an article on a blog that appealed tremendously. It was on a subject that obviously I have a lot to learn about. But it was actually the tone and underlying worldview that was so instructive, not just the substance. The article was called “15 Ways to Stay Married for 15 Years” by Lydia Netzer. The first piece of advice was “Go to bed mad.” Normally couples are told to resolve each dispute before they call it a night. But Netzer writes that sometimes you need to just go to bed. It won’t do any good to stay up late when you’re tired and petulant: “In the morning, eat some pancakes. Everything will seem better, I swear.” Another piece of advice is to brag about your spouse in public and let them overhear you bragging.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arianna Huffington: This month has brought ample evidence of the power of sleep to affect us in both positive and negative ways, and demonstrated why we need to start treating sleep as the vital health, safety and social issue that it is. I’ve been evangelizing about the upside of downtime for many years, but it seems like every week brings yet more evidence. For instance, research teams from the U.S. and China have discovered some of the ways in which sleep consolidates memory and learning. In the study, the scientists were able to actually see new connections being formed while we (or in this case, mice) sleep. The study also found that getting more sleep led to higher performance than training more and sleeping less. “So it is probably better to study and have good sleep rather than keep studying,” NYU professor Wen-Biao Gan, one of the researchers, told the BBC.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“Boobs on a stick” 94-pound Jessica Simpson’s extreme diet has pals and docs fearing the worst. Jessica has suffered a terrifying collapse, say sources – and friends, family and a top medical expert fear the blonde beauty’s drastic 70-pound weight loss may be putting her health at risk. The 5-foot-3 star has slipped below 100 pounds, say insiders, who fear she’s gone overboard to get in shape for her July wedding.   ***Former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer. She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday’s edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980 through 1997. She spoke with “GMA” host Robin Roberts, who has also been treated for breast cancer recently, as has “GMA” co-host Amy Robach. Lunden said her treatment will include surgery and radiation. She said she’s already started chemotherapy.   ***Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced that their second child is on the way on Monday. “I can confirm that Kristen and Dax are expecting their second child and a sibling for Lincoln,” the couple’s spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight.   ***Anna Paquin says she has gotten up close and personal with pretty much all of her “True Blood” co-stars (including husband Stephen Moyer). “I’ve had sex with several cast members on the show — obviously, on camera,” she told E! Online.

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Monday • June 23, 2014

BOOK: HILLARY HAS BAD HEART

A new provocative work by bestselling author Ed Klein claims Hillary Clinton’s health problems are much more severe than she has publicly revealed!

“She had managed to keep her medical history secret out of fear that, should it become public, it would disqualify her from becoming president,” writes Klein in BLOOD FEUD.

BLOOD FEUD hits the street this week [it ranked #89 on AMAZON Sunday afternoon.]

Page 193

The true story of what happened to Hillary, which is being recounted in these pages for the first time, was radically different from Reines’s version.

To begin with, Hillary fainted while she was working in her seventh-floor office at the State Department, not at home, as Reines told the media. She was treated at the State Department’s infirmary and then, at her own insistence, taken to Whitehaven to recover. However, as soon as Bill appeared on the scene and was able to assess Hillary’s condition for himself, he ordered that she be immediately flown to New York–Presbyterian Hospital in the Fort Washington section of Manhattan. When Reines subsequently released a statement confirming that Hillary was being treated at the hospital over the New Year’s holiday, it naturally intensified speculation about the seriousness of her medical condition.

While she was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems.

She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull. She had developed the clot in one of the veins that drains blood from the brain to the heart. The doctors explained that blood stagnates when you spend a lot of time on airplanes, and Hillary had clocked countless hours flying around the world.

To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint. In addition to the fainting spell she suffered in Buffalo a few years before, she had fainted boarding her plane in Yemen, fallen and fractured her elbow in 2009, and suffered other unspecified fainting episodes. Several years earlier, she had developed a clot in her leg and was put on anticoagulant therapy by her doctor. However, she had foolishly stopped taking her anticoagulant medicine, which might have explained the most recent thrombotic event.

“The unique thing about clotting in the brain is that it could have transformed into a stroke,” said a cardiac specialist with knowledge of Hillary’s condition.

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According to a source close to Hillary, a thorough medical examination revealed that Hillary’s tendency to form clots was the least of her problems. She also suffered from a thyroid condition, which was common among women of her age, and her fainting spells indicated there was an underlying heart problem as well. A cardiac stress test indicated that her heart rhythm and heart valves were not normal. Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.

When the author attempted to contact the Clintons’ cardiologist, Dr. Allan Schwartz, he refused to comment, which made it impossible to determine the exact nature of Hillary’s medical status or its long-term significance. However, sources who dis- cussed Hillary’s medical condition with her were told that Hillary’s doctors considered performing valve-replacement surgery. They ultimately decided against it. Still, before they released Hillary from the hospital, they warned Bill Clinton: “She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life.”



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Monday • June 23, 2014

KERRY ARRIVES IN BAGHDAD: Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Monday to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry’s chief goal will be getting Maliki to consider building a more inclusive government. His talks with Iraq’s struggling leader are meant to “urge Iraqi leaders to move forward as quickly as possible with its government formation process to forge a government that represents the interests of Iraqis,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Tensions have reportedly been high between Maliki and the U.S., as the Iraqi prime minister is disappointed that Washington did not provide strong military support. Insiders also say the U.S. does not wholly endorse Maliki’s leadership and would be open to him leaving. On Sunday, Kerry stressed his hope that the Iraqis could “find a leadership that was prepared to be inclusive and share power.”

IRAQ’S MILITARY SEEN AS UNLIKELY TO TURN THE TIDE: As Iraqi Army forces try to rally on the outskirts of Baghdad after two weeks of retreat, it has become increasingly clear to Western officials that the army will continue to suffer losses in its fight with Sunni militants and will not soon retake the ground it has ceded. Recent assessments by Western officials and military experts indicate that about a quarter of Iraq’s military forces are “combat ineffective,” its air force is minuscule, morale among troops is low and its leadership suffers from widespread corruption. As other nations consider whether to support military action in Iraq, their decision will hinge on the quality of Iraqi forces, which have proved far more ragged than expected given years of American training.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment, according to a scathing letter and report sent Monday to the White House by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC. In one case, a veteran with a service-connected psychiatric condition was in the facility for eight years before he received a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; in another case, a veteran only had one psychiatric note in his medical chart in seven years as an inpatient at the Brockton, Massachusetts, facility.  Examples such as those are the core of a report released Monday by the OSC, an independent government agency that protects whistleblowers. The agency said it is still investigating more than 50 whistleblower disclosures alleging patient health or safety at the VA nationwide.

NEW TV SHOW “WITHOUT NOTES” PREMIERS ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: A new Charlie Rose like TV interview show call “Without Notes” hosted by acclaimed media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine has premiered on a special YouTube channel starting today. The first episode features world acclaimed brain expert Dr. Gary Small from UCLA. Click here

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U.S. WORLD CUP MATCH ENDS IN TIE: Americans were left frustrated and baffled after Sunday night’s World Cup game against Portugal. The match ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to a final-minute goal by Silvestre Varela. Portugal was the first to draw blood and the U.S. was down 1-0 at half-time. The team came back to score two goals, from Captain Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones. If it had held on to its lead, it would have punched its ticket for the second round of the World Cup. But Ronaldo stole America’s win with a brilliant pass to Varela. Now, Team USA may need a draw against Germany on Thursday to progress.

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MAGAZINE MAGNATE FELIX DENNIS DIES: Felix Dennis, a man responsible for a diverse array of magazine success stories, passed away Sunday at the age of 67 from throat cancer. Dennis was a British publishing magnate, first earning fame in the 1960s for the counterculture magazine, Oz. He was involved in one of the U.K.’s most famous obscenity trials and was briefly jailed. He had a cadre of celebrity friends as a result, with John Lennon greeting him when he was released from prison. He went on to publish a number of other successful magazines, including Maxim, which he sold in 2007 for over $2.4 million. His company, Dennis Publishing, currently produces The Week, Men’s Fitness, and dozens of other publications. Dennis was also a poet and published multiple collections. Above all, he had a wry sense of humor. His personal website lists his interests as “commissioning bronze sculpture, drinking French wine and avoiding business meetings.”

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THE NIGHT ‘ADDAMS FAMILY’ STAR CAROLYN JONES TRIED TO BLOW HER BRAINS OUT!: NOW IT CAN BE TOLD! Boozy MORTICIA’s desperate suicide bid – nude, wet and nearly dead! Legendary actress Carolyn Jones attempted suicide while married to film and TV producer Aaron Spelling, a bombshell new book claims. It is just one shocking revelation of Old Hollywood divulged in Candy Spelling’s memoir, “Candy at Last.” Aaron was married to Carolyn for 12 years, and the book paints a bleak picture of the union. The duo met in 1953, when they were both struggling to make ends meet. They got married and were rising stars – but it wasn’t all glitz and glamour, according to Candy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: Americans’ confidence in American leadership is flagging to such a degree that it poses a critical threat to our democracy, particularly as moneyed interests seek to manipulate the malaise and stir policy and politician away from principle and toward profit. President Obama’s approval ratings remain underwater, and an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last week found that his numbers have gotten even worse on foreign policy. As NBC put it: “The percentage of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as he faces multiple overseas challenges, including in Iraq.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Orlando Bloom is desperately trying to hook up with Taylor Swift sources claim. Now the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 37, has split with his wife Victoria Secret hottie model Miranda Kerr he’s been on the prowl – but pals say his heart is really set on Taylor – And now he’s moved into her Manhattan building as well. “Orlando has been bombarding Taylor with text messages and phone calls, begging her for a date,” reveals a pal of the 24-year-old country sweetheart.   ***Pop icon Sting says his children won’t be getting trust funds from his vast fortune, assuming there’s any money left in it. The 16-time Grammy Award winner and former frontman of The Police, told The Mail on Sunday that the vast wealth would be “albatrosses” around the necks of his six children. The singer-songwriter who grew up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England says he told the kids, “There won’t be much money left because we are spending it!”

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Sunday • June 22, 2014

IRAQ LOSES KEY BORDER CROSSING TO ISIS: A key Iraqi border crossing was taken Saturday by Sunni militants, another blow against the crumbling authority of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) fighters captured the crossing of Qaim on the border with Syria, which will not only facilitate deployments of equipment across the border but also advance their goal of erasing the border entirely in order to establish a single Islamic state.

PUTIN CALLS ON BOTH SIDES TO HALT FORCE: In addition to his gigs as bear hunter and Siberian ice fisher, Russian premiere Vladimir Putin is attempting to play the role of peacemaker. On Saturday, the Kremlin said in a statement that Putin “calls on the opposing sides to halt any military activities and sit down at the negotiating table.” Putin also supported Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s decision for a unilateral ceasefire. The peace-promoting gesture contrasted Putin’s previous order Saturday to put troops in central Russia on “full combat alert.” That announcement was made just 13 hours after Poroshenko declared Ukraine’s week-long ceasefire.

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POPE EXCOMMUNICATES MAFIA MEMBERS: Sorry, Sopranos wannabes. Pope Francis informed Italian Mafia members on Saturday that they are officially booted from the Catholic Church. “Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated,” Francis said during an outdoor Mass in Piana di Sibari. Speaking of the local mafia specifically, the ‘Ndrangheta, Francis said they are an example of “the adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.” This is the first time a Pope has spoken of excommunication for the Mafia.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Sony Pictures took the top two spots at theaters this weekend as “Think Like a Man Too” supplanted “22 Jump Street,” reversing the fortunes of a studio that had seen only one film this year crack $100 million.

CDC: 86 POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO ANTHRAX: On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control revised the number of scientists who were potentially exposed to anthrax in Atlanta from 75 to 86. 52 of those people are currently taking antibiotics as a precaution. The exposure was caused when a high-level biosecurity lab failed to inactivate live anthrax bacteria samples that were subsequently sent to three other labs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct an investigation into the safety lapse.

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KATIE COURIC WEDS JOHN MOLLEN: America’s most chipper television news journalist put a ring on it Saturday. Katie Couric wed John Molner at her home in East Hampton, New York. Couric currently works as the global anchor for Yahoo News. Previously she served as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show. She left in 2006 to join CBS and became the first solo female news anchor. She has also hosted her own talk show, “Katie.” Molner is an investment banker and, like Couric, has two children from a previous marriage. Couric tweeted “So excited to be making my debut as Mrs. Molner.” And in case there was any doubt, the New York Times wedding section explicitly noted “Ms. Couric, who is 57, will keep her name.”

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NAZI-THEMED INDONESIAN CAFE REOPENS: A Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop after sparking international outrage reopened Saturday with its walls still bearing swastikas and a painting of Adolf Hitler. Henry Mulyana voluntarily shut down his SoldatenKaffee last year after media reports exposed his swastika-clad establishment, prompting death threats and accusation of inciting racial hatred. Following the closure, his lawyer told AFP that Mulyana would later reopen his business with a broader World War II theme and said he would remove all swastikas. But at the opening on Saturday, three huge iron eagles bearing swastikas were on display, as were WWII propaganda posters bearing the Nazi symbol.

LBN-NOTICED: ***L.A. attorney Konrad Trope eating dinner at the popular Luna Park on LaBrea in Hollywood.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: One in seven multimillionaires or billionaires is worried their wealth could be depriving their children of drive and ambition, says a study which affords a rare glimpse into the minds of the ultra-rich.  The richer the individual the greater those fears, the survey suggests, and only health concerns rank higher in the minds of the wealthy elite.

GOLD MEDALIST HOPE SOLO ARRESTED: Olympic gold medalist and soccer star Hope Solo was arrested Friday night and is being held without bail for investigation on two counts of domestic-violence assault in Des Moines, Wash. Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said that Solo is accused of striking her sister and nephew, both of whom suffered “visible injuries.” Officers were called to Solo’s home, which she shares with husband and former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, due to an assault and noise disturbance. “There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Murray said. Solo is currently the goalkeeper for the Settle Reign FC.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Italian luxury leather goods maker Salvatore Ferragamo expects group results to improve in the second half of 2014 from the first six months on the back of strong demand in China and in global travel retail, its chief executive said on Sunday. Ferragamo, whose shoes were loved by Hollywood film stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, plans to add between 10 and 20 shops to its current network this year, four of them in new large Chinese cities, Michele Norsa said.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Henry Bushkin — the former lawyer for Johnny Carson who penned a revealing tome about the “Tonight Show” host last year — is beginning rehearsals for a musical based on the book this week. We hear that Bushkin’s pal, jazz man Steve Tyrell, is creating tunes for the show, and rehearsals will take place at Bushkin’s summer home in upstate Bedford. Tyrell has just gotten back from London, where he performed at Prince Charles’ birthday bash. Bushkin was spotted talking about the show on Thursday at Primola on the Upper East Side, where diners included former Yankees manager Joe Torre and slugger Tino Martinez as well as Marianne Nestor, widow of designer Oleg Cassini.   ***Supermodel Petra Nemcova spontaneously found a way to sweeten the pot for bidders during a charity auction Thursday night at the Happy Hearts Fund gala. Guests at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC were playfully given school supplies, since the fund helps to rebuild schools hit by natural disasters. When Nemcova auctioned off a trip to Ibiza on a private jet (complete with a seven-night stay on a yacht) for $85,000, she said she’d throw in a kiss, but then brandished a red ruler and told the crowd she’d spank the lucky winner if they ponied up $100,000, our spies report.

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Saturday • June 21, 2014

11,004,507: DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES TOP 11 MILLION FOR FIRST TIME: The total number of disability beneficiaries in the United States topped 11 million for the first time last month, increasing from 10,996,447 in April to a record 11,004,507 in May, according to new data released by the Social Security Administration.

‘HANDSOME’ FELON GETS FUNDRAISING PAGE: Jeremy Reeds, the felon whose mugshot went viral after it was posted on the Facebook account of California’s Stockton Police Department, now has a fundraising page set up in his name. Reeds’s mother, Katherine Angier, is hoping to raise up to $25,000 with the “Free Jeremy” page (as of Friday afternoon, it had raised $1,180). “He’s my son and he is so sweet,” Angier said. “Please help him to get a fair trial or else he’ll be railroaded…He has a job and he was on his way to work. With no gang affiliations, as per two of the charges—he has old tattoos, which causes him to be stereotyped.” 30-year-old Meeks (who is married, by the way) was arrested on Wednesday in a multi-agency raid that included help from the FBI, U.S. marshal’s office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a countywide task force. He is reportedly facing illegal gun possession and gang-related charges.

MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE SLAMS OBAMA’S HOSTAGE SWAP – “A HORRIBLE DEAL WITH THE DEVIL”: On one side – five battle-hardened terrorists, men who live for killing Americans and returning the Taliban to power, referred to as the Al-Qaeda “dream team”. On the other side – one U.S. soldier who reportedly deserted his unit in eastern Afghanistan. Would you have made the deal? According to media expert and author Michael Levine “when pollsters put that question to military veterans, 68% said President Obama made the wrong decision, while just 16% endorsed the swap.” From a P.R. point of view, the whole swap is an extraordinary disaster according to Levine. “President Obama, as commander-in-chief, has an obligation to protect this country from harm, but freeing five notorious war criminals does just the opposite. This whole fiasco is a huge victory for the jihadists and will appear to inspire even more violence in the world.”

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EX-PORN STAR SEEKS SCHOOL BOARD SEAT: Ex-porn star David Mech, once known as Dave Pounder, is looking to land a seat on Florida’s Palm Beach County school board. Along with technology, innovation, and equality, Mech is looking to overhaul sexual education in schools. “If you don’t agree condoms should be available to high school students to reduce teen pregnancy and STDs, then don’t vote for me,” Mech said on Tuesday. Mech holds two doctorate degrees and runs a math tutoring company. And just because he’s acted in more than 100 adult films doesn’t mean he’s having any of your “bad role model” arguments: “If you’re going to use the role model argument, you’d also have to fire teachers who are overweight, teachers who don’t eat proper nutrition,” he said. “We know tobacco use is associated with many different diseases; are we going to fire all teachers who smoke?”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously.

BOYCOTT CRIPPLES BIZ AT BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL: More than eight weeks after a wave of Hollywood groups and showbiz figures launched a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, business at the fabled Hollywood-centric properties is off dramatically. The Beverly Hills Hotel even acknowledges it has seen a “significant loss of revenue” after the boycott gained traction on May 5, when the Motion Picture and Television Fund pulled its annual pre-Oscar Night Before Party from the venue, and Jay Leno, LGBT leaders and women’s rights organizations staged a rally across the street.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The odds of escaping poverty are about half as high in the United States as in more mobile countries like Denmark.

RIAN JOHNSON TO WRITE/DIRECT ‘STAR WARS’: Looper and Brick director Rian Johnson has been tapped to write and direct two new Star Wars installments, Episodes VIII and IX, according to a Deadline report. J.J. Abrams is still on board to direct Episode VII and directors Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards have been entrusted to helm two spinoff films, possibly about a young Han Solo and bounty hunter Boba Fett.

LBN-NOTICED: ***An impressive group of music industry movers and shakers showed up last night at the elegant home of power music attorney John Branca to celebrate the publications of the new book “Michael Jackson Inc.” by Zack Greenburg, a look at the financial life of the King of Pop. Included in the group were Berry Gordy, Suzanne DePasse, former Jackson publicist Michael Levine, Howard Weitzman, among others.   ***KNX Radio General Manager Andy Ludlum having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant on La Brea in Hollywood.   ***Entertainment attorney Stan Coleman having lunch at the South Beverly Grill in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent L.A. gynecologist Dr. Bruce Lee and his long-time girlfriend producer Kimberly Kates having dinner at the legendary Marino’s Restaurant in Hollywood last week.

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RAMBUNCTIOUS HONEY BOO BOO IN HOT WATER: Redneck munchkin HONEY BOO BOO ignites conflagration of controversy and now she’s on the hot seat of ire. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Alama Thompson famously said she’ll “holla for a dolla,” but after the eight-year-old reportedly acted like “a monster” during a recent TV appearance, and now fed-up fans are making demanding TLC cancel the show. Thompson allegedly shocked the audience during a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when she “struck” her mother, Mamma June, exhibiting out of control TV guest behavior.  After the show aired, disgusted fans aired their discontent online.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When a person diets or deprives himself of food, the neurons in the brain that induce hunger start eating themselves. This “cannibalism” sparks a hunger signal to prompt eating.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Grand Central confirmed publicly on Thursday that one of the three veteran editors laid off last week as part of Hachette Book Group’s restructuring was Rick Wolff, publisher and editor-in-chief of their Business Plus imprint, which he founded in 2000. The imprint will be discontinued, the company announced, with all titles scheduled to be published from fall 2014 onward integrated back into GCP’s main list.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***For someone who once starred in a film that made over $700 million, Megan Fox hasn’t appeared in that many movies recently. The reason: Her heart’s just not in show business anymore. “I’ve never been an extraordinarily ambitious girl or career-oriented, but especially once I got pregnant with my first son and now [having] my second, it’s so hard to be a working mom especially when your heart is not in your work, when your heart is with your family,” the 28-year-old mother of two told Parents magazine.   ***Tracy Morgan is out of the hospital — but still on a long road to recovery. The “30 Rock” star — who was left in critical condition after a speeding truck driver smashed into his limo van on June 7 — has been transferred from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to an undisclosed rehab center, according to publicist Lewis Kay. Morgan is expected to stay at the rehab center for the next few weeks.

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Friday • June 20, 2014

POLL: OBAMA SINKS ON IMMIGRATION: Two in three Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new Gallup poll. At 65 percent, the disapproval rate is the highest that Gallup has reported since the group began polling on the subject and is up 10 points since August 2013. Thirty-one percent of those polled approved of his handling of immigration, the lowest readings since 2010, when only 29 percent approved.

OBAMA TALKS TOUGH TO MEXICO: ILLEGAL-IMMIGRANT CHILDREN WON’T GET TO STAY: President Obama told his Mexican counterpart in a phone call Thursday that immigrants crossing into the U.S. illegally won’t qualify for legalized status or deferred deportation, including children. The White House said Mr. Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto discussed “a regional strategy” to address the surge of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S. With thousands of children trying to enter the U.S. illegally in recent months, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will visit Guatemala on Friday.

GALLUP: PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN TV NEWS AT ALL-TIME LOW: Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in that news medium. Gallup has been asking the following question annually since 1993: “Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one–a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little?”

HEALTH EXPERTS: DISEASES AT BORDER BECOMING ‘CRISIS’: Health professionals are warning of a “humanitarian crisis” festering in Texas and Arizona as a result of unchecked border crossings of illegal-immigrant children into border communities. Cramped conditions and the spread of difficult-to-treat diseases has doctors worried in the wake of a massive influx of children coming across the Mexican-U.S. border, many of them from Central and South America. Outbreaks of scabies, lice, dengue fever, tuberculosis and other diseases – many of them contagious – are already being documented among the children and in some border agents who work among them.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: In contrast to South Korea’s per capita GDP of $18,000, North Korea’s GDP is $1,000.

POPE FRANCIS OPPOSES POT LEGALIZATION: Testing his goodwill among the younger generations, Pope Francis told an audience at a drug enforcement conference in Rome on Friday that he opposes the legalization of recreational drugs. He addressed the debate happening in countries from the U.S. to Uruguay saying that efforts to legalize drugs ”are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.” Francis has frequently spoken about the perils and “evil” of drugs.

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INSIDE THE SAD LAST DAYS OF GLEN CAMPBELL: Deteriorating rapidly, Alzheimer’s stricken GLEN CAMPBELL’s wife defends dumping him in assisted living. Campbell’s wife Kim Campbell wrote an e-mail to Associated Press explaining her controversial decision – one that has the hitmaker’s fans and eldest daughter up in arms!  Kim Campbell wrote that doctors persuaded her earlier this spring to discontinue care at the family’s home, drawing criticism from Campbell’s daughter Debby.”It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer’s but indulging those feelings does not help him,” Campbell wrote, saying, “I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest.”

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Chelsea Handler is taking her late-night brand to Netflix. Upon wrapping her long-running Chelsea Lately series on E! in late August, the outspoken comic will kick off a multi-tiered deal that includes a stand-up special, docu-comedy specials and the streaming service’s first-ever talk show. The latter, mere speculation until this point, is set to begin in early 2016, and will debut simultaneously in all Netflix territories.

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KANYE WEST SLAMS OBAMA: Somebody still isn’t over being called a jackass by the president. In an epic rant on the radio Thursday, rapper Kanye West claimed he was on a “mission from God” and attacked President Obama. Speaking about the president’s move to send military advisors to Iraq, Kanye bizarrely asserted, “You can’t effect change from inside the White House … You gotta have the money.” “Good ideas usually aren’t connected to money as much,” he continued, “Creativity and extreme genius are extremely cheap.” Later in the interview, West addressed people mocking him for comparing himself to Steve Jobs. “Don’t worry about how I’m saying what I’m saying,” he said. “Look at what I’m saying and how I feel and how my intent is.” We’ll get right on that.

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OVER HALF OF U.S. HOMES AT RISK: According to a new study using data from the U.S. Geological Survey, 71 million housing units are at high risk when it comes to natural disasters like tornados, earthquakes, or hurricanes. That represents 55 percent of the country’s total homes. About 10.6 million are at a very high risk. The report, from RealtyTrac, used historical and predictive data to compile a county-by-county map that shows the likelihood of a county being hit by a devastating hurricane, tornado, or earthquake. “It’s fairly obvious from looking at the map that these high-risk areas tend to be places where a lot of people want to live, like along the coast,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. However, the highest-risk parts of the country are in what’s called “tornado alley” which covers Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and northern Texas.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who cowrote the hits “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “The Loco-Motion” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” with his ex-wife Carole King, has died in his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 75. His wife, Michele Goffin, reported his death, according to The Associated Press.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: So, our nation turns to Starbucks. And Walmart. In the present moment, both of those global corporate monoliths are poised to do more to affect the huge chasm between the rich and everybody else than anything that’s likely to come out of John Boehner’s House of Representatives

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Just over two decades ago, Rwanda was swept up in a murderous wave of ethnic violence that was as bad or worse as anything happening today in Iraq and Syria. The conflict was between a historically dominant ethnic minority and a historically oppressed majority, as in Iraq. Yet, today, Rwanda is a relatively successful country. Economic growth has been hovering at about 8 percent a year for the past few years. Since 1994, per capita income has almost tripled. Mortality for children under 5 is down by two-thirds. Malaria-related deaths are down 85 percent. Most amazingly, people who 20 years ago were literally murdering each other’s family members are now living together in the same villages.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Melanie Griffith is preparing to battle soon-to-be ex-hubby Antonio Banderas for a huge chunk of their $65 million fortune, sources say.   ***Aging pop idol David Cassidy’s divorce is getting contentious. The former “Partridge Family” star star’s estranged wife has filed legal documents asking the court to force him to sell property they own together. Susan Cassidy filed for divorce from David in Feb. 2014 in Broward County, Fl.   ***Harrison Ford is recuperating after surgery to heal a broken leg suffered during production on “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actor’s publicist said Thursday that Ford is doing well after surgery and will soon begin rehab. Ford was injured a week ago during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside London.

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Thursday • June 19, 2014

MALIKI: I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE: While the White House has not publicly called for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, pressure is ramping up on both sides of the aisle for Maliki to go before any U.S. military assistance is considered. A spokesman for Maliki said Thursday, however, that he will not step down, and claimed Maliki has “never used sectarian tactics.” Nearly every outside observer has accused Maliki of harsh sectarian actions against Sunnis and Kurds during his time in office.

MEGYN KELLY TO CHENEY: YOU WERE WRONG: Apparently it’s not just the left up in arms over former Vice President Dick Cheney’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Wednesday night on Fox News, host Megyn Kelly took Cheney to task for writing that “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” As Kelly pointedly told Cheney, “But time and time again, history has proven you got it in wrong as well in Iraq, sir.” She continued: “You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in its last throes back in 2005. And you said that our intervention extremists would have to rethink their strategy of jihad.” Cheney responded that he “fundamentally disagrees” with her list, that everybody thought Saddam had weapons, and after 9/11 “it would have been irresponsible for us not to act.” Kelly also took Cheney to task for criticizing the president over American forces leaving Iraq, pointing out that it was former President Bush who signed the agreement having all troops leave by end of 2011, and that Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was the one who did not want stay behind forces.

AMERICAN APPAREL CEO OUSTED: Dov Charney, the founder and CEO of American Apparel, was ousted Wednesday from the company for “alleged misconduct.” Charney has long been the subject of rumors and accusations about alleged sexual harassment. In addition, American Apparel as a company has struggled recently, selling stock to raise cash for creditors. “The board’s decision to replace Mr. Charney grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct,” the company said.

NO KUMBAYA HERE: U.S. IS NOW THE 101ST ‘MOST PEACEFUL’ NATION ON EARTH: The planet is not a peaceful place, and the U.S. no longer ranks in the top 100 most peaceful nations. It stands at No. 101, according to the annual Global Peace Index, a complex analysis that quantifies the relative peacefulness of 162 nations. Released Wednesday, the eighth annual assessment is data-driven and measures such things as internal crime statistics, political forces, refugee activity, population trends and other factors — including terrorism, the number of homicides and economic conditions. The most peaceful spot? Iceland, followed by Denmark and Austria. The three least peaceful countries are South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria, at the very bottom of the list. Money is a key factor. The index affixes a price on the absence of peace, noting that it cost $9.46 trillion worldwide to “contain and deal with the consequences of global violence.” And Americans pay their share.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Scholars are unsure if kissing is a learned or instinctual behavior. In some cultures in Africa and Asia, kissing does not seem to be practiced.

SOPHISTICATED DRUG TUNNELS UNEARTHED: Mexican drug cartels are digging elaborate tunnels to smuggle drugs across the border – some even have rail systems, federal authorities say.  Federal agents recently uncovered two high-tech tunnels used to move contraband. Both passed about 70 feet below ground and were over 500 yards long. The tunnels emerged on the U.S. side inside warehouses in the San Diego area. From there, the drugs were simply loaded into vehicles and driven away.  Authorities say they have detected at least 80 cross-border tunnels since 2006. Most of them are located in California and Arizona.

FDA WARNINGS MAY CAUSE MORE SUICIDES: A new study published Wednesday argues that government warnings from a decade ago about the risks for young people taking antidepressants may have caused more suicides. The study claims that an unintended consequence was that depressed young people were discouraged from seeking treatment, which led to an increase in suicide attempts. In 2003 and 2004, the FDA had warned the public that data showed more suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents prescribes SSRI’s, and told manufacturers to put a “black box” warning on labels describing the risk. Researchers in the study said that the ensuing publicity focused on the small number of patients who had increased suicidal thoughts, and overshadowed those who benefited. As a result, the study says, prescriptions dropped precipitously, and the number of suicide attempts grew by over 20 percent in adolescents and a third in young adults.

HEALTH VIDEOS ON THE NET OFTEN UNINFORMATIVE, MISLEADING: In the age of the Internet, everyone is a doctor, or at least, everyone thinks he is. With boundless information at our fingertips, self-diagnosis is now commonplace. But beware, as this can have dangerous consequences. Researchers found that the most viewed and “liked” YouTube videos about managing high blood pressure are often uninformative and sometimes even misleading. The presence of this sort of medical misinformation on the Web is certainly not isolated to this one condition, so people need to take care when trying to self-manage their health.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Mariano Rivera and Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner at the New York Board of Rabbis Humanitarian Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in NYC.   *** Gerard Butler at Cafeteria in Chelsea in NYC.   ***Kate Mara at Hudson Hotel outdoor restaurant Tequila Park.   ***Trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson and her daughter, Penelope, launching kids’ fitness toy Stretchkins at a benefit for Partnership With Children.   ***Chloë Sevigny, Chloë Grace Moretz and Keri Russell at Coach and Friends of the High Line’s annual Summer Party.   ***Comedian and author Adam Christing having dinner at the popular Luna Park on LaBrea in Hollywood.   ***Entertainment attorney Stan Coleman having lunch at South Beverly Grill in Beverly Hillls.   ***In Cannes, Adele Exarchopoulos greeted friends with hugs at the outdoor patio of the Martinez.   ***Juror Williem Daefoe dined on the Carlton terrace in NYC.   ***At the Majestic, artist Julian Schnabel caught up with The Homesman producer Peter Brant.   ***Escaping the sun under a canopy roof, Jessica Chastain and her co-star Jess Weixler, who have been friends since studying together at Julliard, ate salads and drank rose.   **The Grand was a hive of activity, with Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and Guy East in town with his new company, White Horse, both taking meetings separately. Lawyers Linda Lichter and Peter Nichols were spotted lunching as well.   ***Mickey Rourke dined at Arcimboldo in NYC.   ***Back in Hollywood, Usher spent time at the Library Bar at the Montage Beverly Hills.   ***Anderson Cooper and Jennifer Aniston dined on different days at the Sunset Tower’s Tower Bar.   *** …Taking tables at e. baldi were Brian Grazer, Rob Reiner.    ***Adam Levine was seen hopping into his Bentley convertible after grabbing lunch at the Chipotle at Sunset and Vine.   ***No Doubt’s Tony Kanal popped by Broome Street General Store in Silber Lake in L.A.    ***Spike Jonze took a seat at the new Sugarfish on La Brea in L.A.    ***Henry Winkler and his film director son Max joined Katel Sagal and Kurt Sutter at FarmShop.   ***Food Network host Anne Burrell enjoyed the Hamachi at Hinoki & the Birth.   ***All in one night at Craig’s in West Hollywood : Ryan Seacrest, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Phil and former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.   ***In Miami, Seasalt and Pepper has welcomed Simon Fuller, David Beckham, Eva Longoria, LeBron James and models Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Celine Dion is worth a whopping $720 million – but all the money in the world can’t restore her cancer-stricken husband René Angélil’s good health. Now the ailing 72-year-old is stepping aside after three decades of managing his superstar wife’s career. “In a sad move that signals René may be fading, he and Celine decided it’s best he no longer make her every career move,” a source said..

JUSTICE FOR ALL? JOHN EDWARDS CHASING AMBULANCES…AGAIN: Disgraced two-time presidential loser JOHN EDWARDS under fire – this time for his law firm’s lurid come ons. The former lawyer and politico teamed with his partners at Edwards Kirby based out of Raleigh, N.C, with a satellite office in Washington D.C. is beating down the doors of new clients – literally. The Washington Examiner reported that Edwards’ firm, Kirby Edwards is pursuing potential customers with all the hucksterism of a late-night, cable TV infomercial.  Its website — call 1 (866) 409-2250 — is dominated by the words: “…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” outlines the firm’s expertise in personal injury litigation.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: First Baseball Game Played with Modern Rules (1846)
The foundations of modern baseball were laid with the 1845 formulation of the “Knickerbocker Rules,” which formalized the game. According to these rules, a runner could not be sent out of play by getting hit with a thrown ball. Instead, fielders were required to tag or force the runner, as is done today. It is widely thought that the first competitive game under the new rules was played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: George W. Bush may well have been a disaster of a president (in a 2010 Siena College Research Institute survey, 238 presidential scholars ranked Bush among the five “worst ever” presidents in American history), but at least he has the dignity and grace — or shame and humility — to recede from public life with his family and his painting, and not chide and meddle with the current administration as it tries to right his wrong. Mr. Cheney, meanwhile, is still trying to bend history toward an exoneration of his guilt and an expunging of his record. But history, on this, is stiff, and his record is written in blood.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Dwayne Johnson is opening up about his difficult past. The wrestler-turned-actor, 42, known by many as “The Rock,” opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his three bouts with depression. In the cover story, Johnson delves deep into his past to share the experiences that brought on his despair. The first instance occurred after Johnson, who was a rising football star at 18, sustained a shoulder injury in his freshman year at the University of Miami.

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Wednesday • June 18, 2014

EXTREMISTS SAID TO TAKE CONTROL OF IRAQ’S BIGGEST OIL REFINERY: Iraq’s biggest oil refinery fell to Islamic extremists Wednesday morning, after army helicopter gunships failed to beat back an attack on the facility 130 miles north of Baghdad, according to refinery workers, eyewitnesses and an Iraqi army officer who fled the scene. The facility at Baiji is the first operating refinery to fall to the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, who have swept through much of northern Iraq and had surrounded the refinery in Baiji for the past week, battling with a battalion of the Iraqi Army that had been backed up by air support. The capture of the refinery would provide a potentially rich source of income for ISIS, which already profits from its control of oil resources in eastern Syria.

PUBLISHING SOURCE: HILLARY BOOK A ‘BOMB’: In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a “bomb.” The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures. “Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.” According to this source, a Simon & Schuster insider, “They sold 60,000 hard covers first week and 24,000 ebooks.” The publishing house was “hoping and praying for 150,000 print first week.”

PATENT OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARK: In a big move, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Wednesday morning that it is cancelling six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins. “We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board said. The board has removed the team’s trademark protections in the past. In 1992, the board ruled the trademarks were disparaging, but a federal court overturned it on a technicality. The decision only affects the right to register the trademarks, but won’t stop the team from using them. However, it will make it much more difficult for the team to sue somebody for using the name and logos.

PALESTINIAN LEADER PLEDGES TO HOLD ABDUCTORS OF ISRAELI TEENAGERS TO ACCOUNT: President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday strongly denounced the kidnappers of three Israeli teenagers who went missing in the West Bank six days ago and said he would hold the perpetrators accountable. “Those who kidnapped the three teenagers want to destroy us,” he said at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Jidda, Saudi Arabia. The speech was carried live on Palestinian television and other Arabic channels.

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KANYE WEST TRASHES ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: Suggesting yet again that he is somewhat detached from reality, rapper Kanye West ranted on Tuesday about photographer Annie Leibovitz for pulling out of his wedding. Leibovitz, who has become famous for her celebrity portraits, was accused by West of pulling out because she was “like, scared of the idea of celebrity.” Kanye then went on to detail the lengths Kim Kardashian went to perfect their wedding photo sans Leibovitz. It “was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon. She was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much,” he claimed. “We sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color.” Leibovitz was the photographer for the recent Vogue cover featuring the couple.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Meryl Streep — the Oscar winner who’s transformed herself into Margaret Thatcher, Anna Wintour and Julia Child — will play opera legend Maria Callas in a film version of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class” for HBO, Page Six can exclusively reveal. Mike Nichols will direct the adaptation of the Tony-winning play about iconic diva Callas teaching students at Juilliard in 1971.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and (president) Richard Nixon.

DR. OZ “MIRACLE” WEIGHT LOSS CLAIMS DEBUNKED BY SENATE: TV doc OZ slammed by “monolithically” opposed Senators for “miracle” weight loss claims in bitter Capitol Hill war. Mehmet Oz sparred with the nation’s lawmakers Tuesday he testified before a Senate panel to defend his frequent claims certain products can cause “miracle” weight loss. At a Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing led by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on deceptive advertising in particular for for weight loss products, the “Dr. Oz Show” host stood his ground as senators attacked, demanding that he stop endorsing sand ballyhooing “Pure Green Tea” among others “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff, because you know it’s not true,” Sen. McCaskill stated.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider continues to find itself embroiled in legal drama. Following a February 20th train incident that resulted in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, the production company – Allman included – has been sued by Jones’ family and crewmembers who were injured when a freight train tore through their shooting location. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, makeup artist Antonyia Verna is suing the Midnight Rider production team, Gregg Allman, and the freight company.   ***Prosecutors will not pursue the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges against Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, following their minor altercation in April. The couple, who married in 1992, did not appear in court for the decision, according to The Associated Press. Because the court has decided not to continue the legal proceedings, the charges will be erased after 13 months. Neither the prosecutors, who announced their decision at Connecticut’s Norwalk Superior Court, nor the couple’s lawyer have commented on the decision.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Paul McCartney (1942)

Arguably the most commercially successful performer and composer in popular music history, singer, songwriter, and musician Paul McCartney is a rock legend. In 1960, McCartney, together with John Lennon, founded the Beatles, a group that came to define a generation. After the band broke up in 1970, McCartney went on to record a number of hit albums with the group Wings, and he continues to have a successful solo career.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: There is much talk right now about America teaming up with Iran to push back the coalition of Sunni militias that has taken over Mosul and other Sunni towns in western Iraq and Syria. For now, I’d say stay out of this fight — not because it’s the best option, but because it’s the least bad. After all, what is the context in which we’d be intervening? Iraq and Syria are twins: multiethnic and multisectarian societies that have been governed, like other Arab states, from the top-down. First, it was by soft-fisted Ottomans who ruled through local notables in a decentralized fashion, then by iron-fisted British and French colonial powers and later by iron-fisted nationalist kings and dictators.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): In thinking about the power of the media consider that in 1995, before television was common in Fiji, Fijians thought the ideal body shape was round, plump, and soft. After three years of watching American shows such as Melrose Place and Beverley Hills 90210, girls in Fiji began developing eating disorders. Fijian females who watched TV three or more hours a night were 50% more likely to feel “too big” or “too fat” than those who watched less TV.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: You can buy food from farmers — directly, through markets, any way you can find — and I hope you do. But unless you’re radically different from most of us, much of what you eat comes from corporations that process, market, deliver and sell “food,” a majority of which is processed beyond recognition. The problem is that real food isn’t real profitable. “It’s hard to market fruit and vegetables without adding value,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “If you turn a potato into a potato chip you not only make more money — you create a product with a long shelf life.” Potatoes into chips and frozen fries; wheat into soft, “enriched” bread; soybeans into oil and meat; corn into meat and a staggering variety of junk.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney: As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama’s past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. “If a J.V. team puts on Lakers’ uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant” (January 2014). “[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated” (August 2013). “So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding” (September 2011). Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America’s enemies are not “decimated.” They are emboldened and on the march.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Katie Couric will wed John Molner Saturday in the Hamptons “with only family invited.”   ***Gym. Tan. Lockup. “Jersey Shore” alum Mike “This Situation” Sorrentino was busted Tuesday at his family-owned tanning salon after a nasty dustup with his brother, according to a report.

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Wednesday • June 18, 2014

WOW! AMERICANS–ON AVERAGE–SLEEP TWICE AS MANY HOURS AS THEY WORK:

On average, Americans spent about twice as many hours sleeping on weekdays in 2013 as they did working, according to the annual “American Time Use Survey” released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the sleeping and working hours were not evenly distributed among the population.

During the 24 hours in a weekday, according to the survey, the American civilian population 15 years and over slept, on average, 8.48 hours and worked, on average, 4.01 hours. By that measure, Americans, on average, slept 2.1 times as many hours per weekday as they worked.

But Americans, on average, also spent 0.40 hours per weekday on “work-related” activities, which BLS says “include activities that are not obviously work but are done as part of one’s job, such as having a business lunch or playing golf with clients.”


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Tuesday • June 17, 2014

U.S. NABS SUSPECT IN BENGHAZI ATTACK: The United States has captured a suspect in the 2012 attack on a facility in Benghazi that killed four Americans — including a U.S. ambassador — and spawned a number of investigations and accusations, officials said Tuesday. “Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans,” President Obama said in a statement on the secret operation that led to the detention of Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Obama said he “recently authorized” the secret raid that took place over the weekend, and involved U.S. special forces and law enforcement. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Khatallah “is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya,” and added that “there were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya.” Khatallah, who has denied participation in the Benghazi attacks, has been hiding in plain sight for months. He has given interviews to various media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times.

ARGENTINA REFUSES TO PAY U.S. DEBTS: The Argentine word for “debt” is apparently “extortion.” Argentina was ordered to repay more than $1  billion after a lengthy dispute in the U.S. courts. The Supreme Court now says the country must cough up $1.33 billion to its creditors by June 30 or face default. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, however, said her country would not obey the ruling. “What I cannot do as president is submit the country to such extortion,” she said. “It’s our obligation to take responsibility for paying our creditors, but not to become the victims of extortion by speculators.” Argentina owes the hedge fund NML Capital $1.5 billion, and the Supreme Court said it should be paid within the next two weeks. The justices also ruled that creditors have the right to seek Argentina’s hidden assets around the world.

FORD TO RETURN TO WORK JUNE 30 AFTER REHAB STINT: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford plans to return to work June 30 after a two-month stay in rehab. In a letter to the city clerk released Tuesday, Ford says he will resume his duties as mayor “in the later portion of the afternoon.” He asks the clerk to restore his old office locks, which were changed when he left.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Stop sitting down if you want to avoid cancer, warn researchers.  The risk of developing some cancers rises by up to 10 per cent for every extra two hours sitting, according to a new review of studies. Worryingly, say scientists, the effect appeared to be unrelated to how much exercise people took when not sitting.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Signs on the entrance to the gas chambers read: “Baths and disinfecting rooms.” Other notices read: “Cleanliness brings freedom!” It took 20 minutes to kill everyone in the chamber. The chambers at Auschwitz/Birkenau could kill 6,000 people a day.

PETE ROSE RETURNS TO BASEBALL FOR A DAY: Charlie Hustle returned to managing baseball Monday night for the first time since he was banned for life in 1989. Pete Rose managed Connecticut’s Bridgeport Bluefish, which belongs to the independent Atlantic League, which is why it was permissible under the ban. Major League Baseball handed down the punishment after Rose admitted to betting on baseball, including on teams he was managing. Rose made his debut after a 25-year absence at a 5,300-person stadium, a stark contrast to his days playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds. Rose, 73, earned 4,256 hits during his career, the most in Major League history, but hasn’t been voted into the Hall of Fame. Rose said he wants to show that he still loves the game and can serve as representative. “If I’m ever reinstated, I won’t need a third chance,” he said. “Believe me.”

TRACY MORGAN UPGRADED TO FAIR CONDITION: Hopefully, Tracy Morgan will be back in Brian Fellows form soon. His manager released the first health update on the comedian since last week, saying the 30 Rock star appeared to be healing. “Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement,” the statement reads. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.” In light of the June 7 truck crash that killed comedian Jimmy McNair and injured Morgan and three others, there has been increasing focus on drowsy driving among truck drivers. According to federal officials, it is a leading cause of crashes and fatalities. Sen. Chuck Schumer has been pushing the federal government to mandate Department of Transportation to force commercial drivers to use electronic logging devices to track hours.

450 POUND MAN HID DRUGS IN STOMACH FAT: World’s FATTEST drug mule, say cops. Deputies say a 450-pound Florida man was collared after they found marijuana hidden in his stomach fat during a routine traffic stop, The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. Christopher Mitchell, 42, known as “Fat Boy” was arrested and charged with cannabis possession after he was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt, According to the arresting officer’s report obtained by First Coast News, when a deputy pulled over Mitchell and the driver of the car, Mitchell said he was “simply too large” to wear the safety belt. Cops reported that Mitchell and the driver seemed excessively twitchy during the routine stop, so the deputy brought in a drug-detecting K-9.

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TOP DOCS: NICOLE KIDMAN’S BOOB-TASTIC DRASTIC PLASTIC: Plastic surgery experts — NICOLE KIDMAN had boob job. The willowy Kidman, 46, appeared on a red carpet in a revealing Prada gowns at the Swisse Celebrate Life Ball in Melbourne on Thursday night with a noticeably larger chest. “It appears she has had a pretty impressive breast augmentation,” Plastic surgery guru, Dr. Anthony Youn, who has not treated Kidman said. “I suspect that she’s gone from a big a or small B to a full C (cup size)” he elaborated. While Nic has admitted to have Botox treatments for her face in the past, photos of the 5’11” red-headed show her breasts have appeared several sizes smaller over the years.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Most of us are trying to get better at something. And when we think about our future progress, we tend to imagine we will improve linearly. We’ll work hard at mastering some skill; we’ll steadily get better and better. But, as the Canadian writer Scott H. Young points out in a recent blog post, progress in most domains is not linear. In some spheres, like learning a language or taking up running, improvement is logarithmic. You make a lot of progress when you first begin the activity, but, as you get better, it gets harder and harder to improve.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Italian actress and model Elisabetta Canalis has suffered a miscarriage. The 35-year-old star, who’s dating orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri, was set to give birth this fall. She shared the news on WhoSay, explaining her feelings and lending her support to others who have also miscarried.   ***Anne Hathaway treats her new puppy like a baby, literally. The Oscar winner was spotted Sunday cradling her new pooch in a sling-like baby carrier near her Dumbo apartment.   ***Cher and Bob Mackie have reunited. The singer and the fashion designer will work together on looks for Cher’s “Dressed to Kill” world tour after they’d had a falling-out, her spokeswoman confirmed.   ***First daughter Malia Obama, who turns 16 on July 4, landed a dream summer job as a production assistant for a day on the new sci-fi CBS series “Extant,” starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg, a major Obama donor. According to Hollywood blog TheWrap, the president’s elder daughter took on a number of assignments on-set last week in LA.

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Monday • June 16, 2014

OBAMA MAY SEND SPECIAL FORCES TO IRAQ: Barely three days after President Obama said the U.S. would not send troops into combat in Iraq, officials in the White House say special forces may go there. There are discussions about sending a small number of U.S. troops to assist the Iraqi government with “non-operational training” as Baghdad fights terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). “The president was very clear that we will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” a White House spokeswoman said. “That remains the case and he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces.”

HILLARY: NO COMMENT ON KEYSTONE: Avoiding definitive statements about controversial topics is a future president’s job, right? In an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail, Hillary Clinton said that she couldn’t respond on whether the Keystone XL Pipeline should go ahead. “I can’t really comment at great length because I had responsibility for it and it’s been passed on and it wouldn’t be appropriate, but I hope that Canadians appreciate that the United States government – the Obama administration – is trying to get it right.” When Clinton served as secretary of state, her department didn’t issue a permit for the controversial pipeline. The permit review is currently ongoing.

1 IN 8 NEW MOMS DEVELOP DEPRESSION: Postpartum depression isn’t one size fits all, according to a number of recent studies. These findings show that between one in eight and one in five women show signs of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, or bipolar disorder within one year of having a baby. According to scientists, the belief that symptoms only begin a few weeks after childbirth is untrue: depression can develop during pregnancy and within the first year of a newborn’s life. These forms of maternal stress may interfere with a mother and child bonding, and could cause problems for the child’s developmental health.

GERMANY WHOMPS PORTUGAL, 4-0: Danke, Portugal. In Monday’s World Cup news, the  German soccer team beat Portugal for a final score of 4 to 0. By halftime, Portugal’s fate was sealed, with 3 to nothing, even though they appeared to have potential early on. Cristiano Ronaldo’s big talk of winning the World Cup was shattered by German player Thomas Mueller, who scored three times. The two matches left for the day are Iran vs. Nigeria and Ghana vs. USA.

HALL OF FAMER TONY GWYNN DEAD AT 54: Mr. Padre is gone. Tony Gwynn has died at the age of 54. The Hall of Famer played 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, earning eight National League batting titles, five Golden Gloves, and 15 All-Star Game appearances. He hit a career average .338 and snagged 3,141 hits during his time in the big leagues. Since 2002, he had been serving as the baseball coach for his alma mater, San Diego State University, and received a contract extension last week, despite his known health problems. For the past four years, he’s been battling cancer in his salivary glands. His son, Tony Gwynn Jr., is an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies.

CELINE DION’S HUSBAND STEPS DOWN AS HER MANAGER: It’s an end of an era for superstar singer Celine Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil. According to Yahoo News, Angelil is stepping down as his wife’s manager after more than 30 years. “It is with great pleasure and with the utmost confidence that Rene Angelil announces today that his long-time close friend, Aldo Giampaolo, has been appointed as chief executive officer of Feeling Productions Inc., the company which manages Celine Dion’s career,” a statement from the company said. “Celine and Rene have decided that the time has come to bring this appointment to fruition, one that Rene had proposed to Aldo several years ago.” Angelil, 72, first met Dion, 46, when she was a teenager, and the couple began a romantic relationship when she was 19 and he was 45. The singer briefly retired from performing in 1999 when her husband was battling throat cancer.

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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER OUT OF COMA AND TRANSFERRED TO REHAB: Former F1 driver Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has been transferred from a hospital in Grenoble, France, where he had been admitted after a skiing accident last year, his management said in a statement Monday. “Michael has left … to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” according to his manager Sabine Kehm. He will continue his recovery at the University hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. Officials there confirmed that Schumacher was admitted, but gave no further details about his treatment. Schumacher, 45, suffered severe head trauma in a skiing accident at the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29.

MH370: HOW LONG WILL THE SEARCH CONTINUE?: The investigation into the ill-fated flight is already the most expensive in aviation history. Malaysia has spent $8.6 million so far, Australia is expecting to spend around $84 million, and other countries involved in the search have reportedly set aside sizable sums. Meanwhile, families of the missing passengers are working to raise $5 million to encourage anyone with information about the plane’s whereabouts to come forward. Sunday marked 100 days since the Boeing 777 disappeared. To the frustration and disappointment of many, no tangible evidence has been found.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1952: ANNE FRANK PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH: The moving diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, is now available in British book shops entitled The Diary of a Young Girl. The book was first published in Dutch in 1947 under the title Het Achterhuis (The Secret House) by her father Otto Frank, who survived the concentration camps. It is a lively and at the same time disturbing account of a teenager living in hiding with seven others in fear of their lives in occupied Holland. Anne died just before her 16th birthday in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

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Sunday • June 15, 2014

OBAMA TO GRADS: FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE: Although he was probably already preaching to the choir, President Obama used his commencement address at the University of California, Irvine to take swings against climate change deniers. Speaking to the crowd at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, he called out those afraid to admit the science behind climate change is real. “There are some who duck the question by saying, ‘Hey, I’m not a scientist.’ Let me translate that for you: What that means is, ‘I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot,’” he told the cheering crowd. Continuing his less than subtle attack against climate change doubters, he preached studying the sciences as a way to arm them against “a stubborn status quo, people determined to stymie your efforts to bring about change.”

BORDER AGENT LAMENTS GANG MEMBERS ENTERING U.S.: ‘WHY ARE WE LETTING HIM IN HERE?’: Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members. Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday. “If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? … I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us,’” Mr. Cabrera told the magazine.

CASEY KASEM, LEGENDARY RADIO PERSONALITY, DEAD AT 82: Radio and voice over legend Casey Kasem has died after a long illness. Kasem suffered from Lewy body disease, a progressive form of dementia, which left him unable to speak, eat or move on his own. He was transferred to hospice care in Washington state shortly before his death.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***On Friday morning, Politico published on the previously unknown and “closely held” details of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton’s contract with NBC News. According to the story, Clinton was given an annual salary of $600,000 when she joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” in November 2011. Based on these figures, Clinton has earned about $26,724 for each minute she subsequently appeared on air.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Mariah Carey has proven to be the most elusive chanteuse. Her latest album, “Me I Am Mariah, The Elusive Chanteuse” has crashed and burned. Fast. Despite great reviews, “Me I am Mariah” is now number 157 on iTunes and 75 amazon.com. It was released on May 27th, just two and a half weeks ago. Saleswise, the album has sold a paltry 75,000 copies through this past Sunday and probably not too many more after that.   ***The Foo Fighters have agreed to play a show in Richmond, Virginia that was orchestrated and crowdfunded without their knowledge. After a months-long campaign by local fans to sell tickets to a show that didn’t yet exist, the band announced their willingness to play the city late Friday evening with a Twitter message that read: “See ya soon…let’s have a good time.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Kim Kardashian and Kanye West looking miserable while art shopping in Chelsea in NYC.    ***Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn on the R train . . . Kourtney Kardashian entering Tracy Anderson’s Water Mill studio in NYC.   ***Salman Rushdie’s on-off gal pal Topaz Page-Green launching her ­socially responsible social-media app Feedie at Troy Liquor Bar with Josh Lucas and George Wayne. ***Fern Mallis and O magazine’s Adam Glassman celebrating ­Diane Gilman’s 20th anniversary on HSN at the Wayfarer .   ***­“Covert Affairs” star Hill Harper receiving the National Urban Technology Center award at Three Sixty.   ***Russell Simmons at Chicago eatery Packing House.    ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass eating three hot dogs for dinner last night at Carney’s on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dating and Relationships

1.     Couples usually wait until six to eight dates before they are willing to enter into an exclusive relationship.

2.     Speed dating, invented by a rabbi from Los Angeles in 1999, is based on a Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings of young Jewish singles.

3.     The most common time for breakups is around three to five months.

4.     One in three teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship.

5.     In a survey conducted by MSNBC.com and Elle magazine, more than 31% of men said they dumped an overweight partner compared to 12% of women.

6.     On average, it takes between 12 to 14 dates before couples will trade house keys.

7.     Women who post a photo on Internet dating sites receive twice as many email messages as women who don’t. The same study found that men who reported incomes higher than $250,000 received 156% more email than those with $50,000.

8.     Match.com reports that 44% of its members in the United States have children.

9.     On free dating sites, at least 10% of new accounts are from scammers.

10.  If a man can’t decide what to wear on a date, he might want to wear blue. Studies show that women are attracted to men in blue.

11.  Ninety-two percent of single parents would rather date other single parents.

12.  Thirty-three percent of online daters form a relationship, 33% do not, and 33% give up.

13.  The online dating industry generates $1.8 billion per year and the matchmaker/dating coach business generates $260 million per year in the United States.

14.  The third week in September is National Singles Week in the U.S.

15.  According to the U.S. census, there are 95.9 million unmarried people in the U.S. of which 47% are men and 53% are women.

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

KELLY CLARKSON GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL: Kelly Clarkson now has her own Miss Independent. The American Idol winner gave birth to River Rose on Thursday. On Saturday, she shared the news on Twitter, an appropriate messenger considering she used the social network to announce both her pregnancy in November and the sex of her baby in January. Using enough emoticons to convey her true pleasure with motherhood, Clarkson tweeted “Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!! :) .” This is the first child for the “Stronger” singer. Last year, she married talent manager Bandon Blackstock, who happens to be the stepson of fellow country singer Reba McEntire. He has two children from a previous marriage.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: In truth, Obama is neither inattentive nor in over his head. He is not a neo-isolationist or afraid to use lethal force abroad. (Just ask the targets of his hundreds of drone strikes). He is, instead, the same cool, calm, No Drama Obama who, as an Illinois state senator in 2003, bucked respectable opinion and opposed what he called a “dumb war” in Iraq. That resistance to foreign adventurism helped propel him to the presidency and keep him there. It’s no coincidence that in a nation weary of war he was the first man elected twice with absolute majorities since Dwight D. Eisenhower more than half a century ago.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The disintegration of Iraq and Syria is upending an order that has defined the Middle East for a century. It is a huge event, and we as a country need to think very carefully about how to respond. Having just returned from Iraq two weeks ago, my own thinking is guided by five principles, and the first is that, in Iraq today, my enemy’s enemy is my enemy. Other than the Kurds, we have no friends in this fight. Neither Sunni nor Shiite leaders spearheading the war in Iraq today share our values. The Sunni jihadists, Baathists and tribal militiamen who have led the takeover of Mosul from the Iraqi government are not supporters of a democratic, pluralistic Iraq, the only Iraq we have any interest in abetting. And Iraq’s Shiite prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, has proved himself not to be a friend of a democratic, pluralistic Iraq either. From Day 1, he has used his office to install Shiites in key security posts, drive out Sunni politicians and generals and direct money to Shiite communities. In a word, Maliki has been a total jerk. Besides being prime minister, he made himself acting minister of defense, minister of the interior and national security adviser, and his cronies also control the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Finger: “There is………..no Iraqi people but unimaginable masses of human beings, devoid of any patriotic idea, imbued with religious traditions and absurdities connected by no common tie…………prone to anarchy and perpetually ready to rise against any government whatever.” Faisal bin Hussein, first ruler of modern day Iraq, 1921-33.  The straight line borders arbitrarily drawn from the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement reshaped the Ottoman Empire to the modern day Middle East; Iraq is but a post-colonial sobriquet. Historical natural segregations by tribe, clan, sects, linguistics, Kurd, Shia, Sunni, and concomitant ancient traditions were summarily dismissed. These ties will always bind with far greater power than any Western style government. While America must protect national interests, peace will come if natural selection takes course and ultimately Iraq disintegrates back to historical tribal and sectarian boundaries.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: No one wrote about blondes like Raymond Chandler. “There is the small cute blonde who cheeps and twitters and the big statuesque blonde who straight-arms you with an ice-blue glare,” he wrote in “The Long Goodbye.” “There is the blonde who gives you the up-from-under look and smells lovely and shimmers and hangs on your arm and is always very, very tired when you take her home.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dan Poynter: The Administration has created a problem with the Bergdahl case and now they have a choice. 1. The discussion can go on repeatedly for months, even years, as Bergdahl returns to the U.S., is indicted, comes to court marshall, his fate is decided, etc. He will become a top news story again and again—for a long time. or 2. The president can pardon him at any time and the story will cool off in a week or two. Or, Obama could be impeached before he can issue a pardon.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: It’s always a treat to watch Congressional hearings and to see the intelligence of the people we have representing us and making the laws. In today’s hearing of the House Armed Services Committee Congressman Walter Jones (D- S.C.) was questioning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Naturally his question was more of a speech and took up most of his five minutes, but in his monologue-question he said, “The Taliban beat the Russians and Alexander the Great…” Well, let’s see. Alexander lived in the 4th Century BC (356-323 B.C.). Mohammed lived 570-632 A.D., almost 1,000 years after Alexander died. The Taliban consists of Muslims, who are followers of Mohammed. It’s highly unlikely that there were any Talibans around for Alexander to fight 1,000 years before the Taliban’s religion was created. And I’m unaware of any battles Alexander lost during his 33 years. That might be one of the reasons he’s called “The Great.”

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Saturday • June 14, 2014

OBAMA OPEN TO AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ: Speaking from the White House South Lawn on Friday, President Obama outlined for the first time publicly his stance on the violence and chaos gripping Iraq this week. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” he said, adding he’s asked his national-security team for other options, which essentially leaves air strikes. As Eli Lake and Tim Mak report, if the president decides to bomb targets in Iraq, it would take U.S. aircraft less than 24 hours to strike. Obama said “any action that we may take… has to be joined by a serious and sincere effort by Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian differences, to promote stability, and account for the legitimate interests for all Iraq’s communities.” Without that, Obama said, military action won’t succeed in the long term. The president laid the blame for the unrest at the feet of Iraq’s government led by Nouri al-Maliki, which not only has failed to safeguard all Iraqis but was initially resistant to U.S. offers of help. The president made very clear his reluctance for short-term military action, particularly, as he pointed out, Iraq’s own military is “not willing to stand and fight and defend their posts,” which “indicates that there’s a problem with morale, there’s a problem in terms of commitment.”  While the U.S. could bomb tomorrow, Obama said it will take several days for both military or diplomatic actions to unfold, “so people should not anticipate that this is something that will happen overnight.” Even while he floated taking action, it was clear Obama has been reluctant to do so. “We’re not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back” and that “the United States is not simply going to involve itself… minus a political plan from the Iraqis.”

IRAQI GENERAL INSISTS BAGHDAD IS SAFE FROM INSURGENTS: A top Iraqi general claimed on Saturday that Iraqi forces were regaining territory from the insurgents north of Baghdad, and he insisted that there was no risk to the capital. He accused the news media of exaggerating the danger, but other reports from the north indicated that fighting was continuing in several places and that insurgents were fully in control of others. Gen. Qassim Atta, who is now the spokesman for the Iraqi military, said at a news conference that the Iraqi army had retaken several towns along the highway connecting Mosul to Baghdad, and that it had secured the city of Samarra, which has a major Shiite shrine that the militants have threatened to destroy. At one point, militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria came within 55 miles of Baghdad.

IRS LOST TWO YEARS OF LOIS LERNER EMAILS: The IRS told congressional investigators on Friday that it has lost about two years’ worth of emails to and from Lois Lerner, a central figure in the agency’s scandal over improper scrutinization of applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party and other conservative groups. The agency says that because Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, they cannot locate many of her emails prior to that year. “The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (one of three congressional committees investigating the IRS’s handling of Tea Party applications. ”There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the inspector general.”

BERGDAHL KEPT IN A BOX FOR TWO YEARS: According to Defense Department sources who spoke to Fox News, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held in solitary confinement for two straight years while he was a prisoner of the Taliban. He was kept in a six-foot-by-six-foot metal box and only talked to his captors through the wall of the box. He did not see another human face for the entirety of that time and if he was ever taken out of the box, Bergdahl was hooded. This treatment apparently began as soon as Bergdahl tried to escape captivity, which he did twice as Kimberly Dozier reported. “His mental and physical state match this description—and we believe him from what we see,” an official said. During a press conference on Friday, Army officials said that Bergdahl, who is currently at an Army medical center in Texas, is in stable condition and working daily with health professionals, though there is no timeline for his reintegration

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Expect to see William Shatner in some restaurant ads. Priceline on Friday reached an agreement to buy online reservation giant OpenTable for $2.6 billion in cash. The acquisition would move the popular travel-deal website into the restaurant business, and comes after acquisitions of Kayak and Booking.com. OpenTable claims it serves more than 15 million diners a month at more than 31,000 restaurants. Priceline agreed to pay $103 a share, a 46 percent premium on Thursday’s closing price.

THREAT GROWS FROM LIVER ILLNESS TIED TO OBESITY: Despite major gains in fighting hepatitis C and other chronic liver conditions, public health officials are now faced with a growing epidemic of liver disease that is tightly linked to the obesity crisis. In the past two decades, the prevalence of the disease, known as nonalcoholic fatty liver, has more than doubled in teenagers and adolescents, and climbed at a similar rate in adults. Studies based on federal surveys and diagnostic testing have found that it occurs in about 10 percent of children and at least 20 percent of adults in the United States, eclipsing the rate of any other chronic liver condition.

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BORDER AGENTS TOLD NOT TO TALK TO MEDIA: The Associated Press obtained an email that warned more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents not to talk to journalists looking for information about the surge of immigrants—especially children from Central America—crossing the southern border in Texas. Written by assistant chief patrol agent Eligio “Lee” Pena, the email warned of journalists who “may try to disguise themselves” and said agents should not speak to reporters, on or off duty, without permission in advance. Any agent who does could be charged with a crime or disciplined administratively. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told the Associated Press that he was not aware of Pena’s email but generally, “I am not a fan of telling people not to talk.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Smoking

1.     Smoking tobacco emerged from religious ceremonies in the Americas and was probably initially restricted to only shamans, priests, and medicine men. Both in ancient America and in sixteenth-century Europe, “holy smoke” from tobacco was thought to help cure illness and drive out evil spirits.

2.     Ramon Pane, a monk who accompanied Christopher Columbus to the Americas, is usually credited with introducing tobacco to Europe.

3.     In ancient America, tobacco was chewed, drunk as tea, inhaled as a powder-like snuff, and consumed as a jelly—but smoking tobacco was by far the most popular.

4.     The Peruvian Aguaruna aboriginals would make hallucinogenic enemas using tobacco.

5.     Smoking tobacco was thought to cure syphilis in the mid-sixteenth century in Europe.

6.     Claims for the benefits of smoking in sixteenth-century England rested in large part on Galen’s (A.D. 129-200) theory of the four humors, which asserted that the body was composed of hot, cold, wet, and dry humors. Smoking was understood to heat and dry the body to a state of manly vigor.

7.     Sir Walter Raleigh took his pipe with him to the scaffold when he was beheaded in 1618.

8.     The term “smoking” wasn’t established until the late seventeenth century. Before then, it was often referred to as “Dry Drunkenness.”

9.     Urea, a chemical compound found in urine, is added to cigarettes for extra flavor.

10.  European traders introduced tobacco to Asia and India by the mid-seventeenth century. In these countries, tobacco was often mixed with other leaves and spices and then smoked through a water pipe known as a hookah. The smoke was cooled, giving considerable relief in the hot climate.

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POST-OP PAIN DIFFERS BY GENDER: Pain is a complex issue. There are physiological as well as psychological and cultural issues at play in the perception, tolerance, and admission of pain. This makes it a very difficult matter to study, but this does not deter researchers from attempting it, and what they have recently found is that men and women report different levels of pain after surgical procedures. Women tend to report greater pain after minor procedures, whereas men report more pain after major surgeries.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Chuck Noll, who built the “Steel Curtain” Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s into one of the most dominant teams in pro football history, becoming the only N.F.L. coach to win four Super Bowl championships, died Friday night  at his home in Sewickley, Pa., outside Pittsburgh.. He was 82. Noll died of natural causes, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner said.   ***For the second time in three years, the Kings won the Stanley Cup. The Rangers put together an overachieving springtime run, although they wound up falling short of their first championship in 20 years, losing Game 5, 3-2, in double overtime, and losing the series, four games to one.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Alois Alzheimer (1864)
Alzheimer was a German neuropathologist who first identified what is today called Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease found most commonly in people over age 65. He first observed it in his patient in 1901 and presented his findings after a postmortem examination of her brain in 1906. The diagnosis would soon be applied to patients the world over, and the disease is now recognized as the most common form of dementia.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary personal manager Jim Morey, media expert and author Michael Levine and legendary agent Fred Specktor chatting yesterday at lunch at The Grille on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Leslie Gelb: U.S. drones and fighters won’t solve the problem: The problem is the Iraqi government.  When the jihadis took over the city of Mosul and began their march towards Baghdad, Washington was of course shocked. But officials, legislators, and policy experts in that fair city should not have been shocked. What happened in Iraq was history as usual. The U.S. fights in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and Vietnam and other places (maybe next in Syria), provides billions of dollars in arms, trains the friendly soldiers, then begins to pull out—and what happens? Our good allies on whom we’ve squandered our sacred lives and our wealth fall apart. That’s what’s happening in Iraq now.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur C. Brooks: Recently, my 14-year-old son, Carlos, accompanied me on a trip to give a speech alongside a group of politicians. In the large holding room backstage, the speakers milled about, making small talk before our speeches. Working as my assistant, Carlos handed me a bottle of root beer, which, unbeknown to me, he had been shaking. (Behold the mysteries of the 14-year-old mind.) Upon opening it, I sprayed a copious amount onto a distinguished member of Congress. Notwithstanding this embarrassing moment, Carlos is ordinarily a great wingman. And traveling together gives me the opportunity to do one of my most important jobs: demonstrating to my children that work is the epicenter of a good life.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: The debacle in Iraq isn’t President Obama’s fault. It’s not the Republicans’ fault. Both bear some responsibility, but, overwhelmingly, it’s the fault of the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Some on the left suggest that President George W. Bush is at fault because he invaded Iraq in the first place. Senator John McCain argues that the White House bears such responsibility that President Obama should replace his national security team. Let’s remember that Iraq isn’t a political prop. It’s a country whose 33 million people are on the edge of a precipice. Iraq is driven primarily by its own dynamic, and unfortunately, there are more problems in international relations than there are solutions.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Marianne Williamson: I didn’t place in the top two in last week’s House of Representatives District 33 primary election, and while of course I was disappointed I was certainly not devastated or even truly sad. But I’ve heard things in the aftermath of the election that indeed have made me sad – not because people didn’t vote for me, but because of why in many cases people said they didn’t vote for me. These issues relate not just to an election, but to an attitude that pervades our culture in relation to anyone with a so-called “spiritual” perspective.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart: Summer blockbusters make studios happy, but they make stars nervous. That’s because a lizard is the real star of “Godzilla,” not an actor. And in franchises like “Captain America,” “Spider-Man” or “X-Men,” the superhero is the brand, while the casts seem interchangeable. The several tentpoles that emerged from “Pirates of the Caribbean” enhanced Johnny Depp’s salary, but the Depp brand didn’t enhance “Transcendence” or “The Lone Ranger.” The art of managing a star’s career has become challenging in Hollywood’s New Economy. In years past, major projects could be pre-sold worldwide on star names, but distributors know they can’t be monetized to the same degree any more. Warners may pour $200 million or so into “Batman v Superman,” but its potential success won’t depend on Ben Affleck’s chemistry with Henry Cavill.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Jane Fonda is putting her northern New Mexico ranch up for sale. The Swan Land Company of Bozeman, Mont., announced Friday that the actress has listed her Forked Lightning Ranch just north of Santa Fe for $19.5 million. Clint Eastwood has found love … again. The actor-director, 84, and his new girlfriend, Christina Sandera, were spotted at the LA Whole Foods on June 1, reports Us Weekly. Sandera is a hostess at Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel, Calif. “She lives with him in his house he used to share with Dina,” said a source. “She moved in months ago.”

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Friday • June 13, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dating and Relationships

1.     Couples usually wait until six to eight dates before they are willing to enter into an exclusive relationship.

2.     Speed dating, invented by a rabbi from Los Angeles in 1999, is based on a Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings of young Jewish singles.

3.     The most common time for breakups is around three to five months.

4.     One in three teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship.

5.     In a survey conducted by MSNBC.com and Elle magazine, more than 31% of men said they dumped an overweight partner compared to 12% of women.

6.     On average, it takes between 12 to 14 dates before couples will trade house keys.

7.     Women who post a photo on Internet dating sites receive twice as many email messages as women who don’t. The same study found that men who reported incomes higher than $250,000 received 156% more email than those with $50,000.

8.     Match.com reports that 44% of its members in the United States have children.

9.     On free dating sites, at least 10% of new accounts are from scammers.

10.  If a man can’t decide what to wear on a date, he might want to wear blue. Studies show that women are attracted to men in blue.

11.  Ninety-two percent of single parents would rather date other single parents.

12.  Thirty-three percent of online daters form a relationship, 33% do not, and 33% give up.

13.  The online dating industry generates $1.8 billion per year and the matchmaker/dating coach business generates $260 million per year in the United States.

14.  The third week in September is National Singles Week in the U.S.

15.  According to the U.S. census, there are 95.9 million unmarried people in the U.S. of which 47% are men and 53% are women.

16.  Researchers at the University of Chicago found that people were twice as likely to find a date through friends and family than through the bar scene.

17.  Four out of 10 workplace dating relationships result in marriage.

18.  Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania studied data from over 10,000 speed daters and found that most people make a decision regarding a person’s attraction within three seconds of meeting.

19.  One Manhattan matchmaker’s price begins at $20,000. If a match (marriage) results, a marriage bonus is expected.

20.  At 4M Multimillionaire Matchmaking Club based in Seattle, WA, clients are men who have made millions but are still single. The matchmaking service charges between $10,000 and $30,000 for men. Women pay around $250 to be listed as potential partners.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): In America, T.V. soap opera weddings attract more viewers than a presidential address.

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Friday • June 13, 2014

CHARMING – DONALD STERLING HIRES PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TO DIG UP DIRT ON NBA OWNERS, COMMISSIONER:

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA’s former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy said.

Investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league’s finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past Commissioner David Stern and current Commissioner Adam Silver, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity. The person wasn’t authorized to talk publicly.


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Thursday • June 12, 2014

SHOCK POLL: OBAMA JUST AS UNPOPULAR AS BUSH: A new survey suggests President Obama is just as unpopular as former President George W. Bush.

Just over half of those polled, 51 percent, have an unfavorable view of Obama, and 51 percent currently feel the same about Bush, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.

Forty-seven percent of the public has a favorable rating of Obama, which CNN said is a new low for him, and roughly identical to Bush’s favorable rating of 46 percent.

Days before leaving the White House in January 2009, Bush had a favorable rating of 35 percent. After the 2008 election, Obama had a 78 percent favorable rating.


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Thursday • June 12, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hollywood Movies

1.     Originally, the term “movies” did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “invading” Easterners.

2.     The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffith’s 1910 In Old California, a Biograph melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegitimate son with a man who later becomes governor of California. It was shot in two days.

3.     When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.

4.     The “running W” was a trip wire to make horses fall over at the critical moment during filming. The device broke countless horses’ legs and necks. It is now illegal.

5.     The most filmed author is William Shakespeare, including straight film versions, modern adaptations (West Side Story [1961], The Lion King [1994], etc.), and Shakespeare parodies.

6.     The shortest dialogue script since the introduction of talkies was written for Mel Brook’s Silent Movie (1976), which has only one spoken word throughout: “Non.”

7.     The character most frequently portrayed in horror films is Count Dracula, the creation of the Irish writer Bram Stoker (1847-1912).

8.     The first motion picture to depict a non-pornographic sex act was Extase (1933) starring Hedwig Kiesler, known later as Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000). Her character flees from an impotent husband, runs naked through the woods, bathes, and then has sex with a young engineer in a hut.

9.     The earliest known American pornographic film is the 1915 A Free Ride, a.k.a. A Grass Sandwich. The film was directed by “A. Wise Guy” and was written by “Will She.”

10.  The Western Hero most portrayed on screen has been William Frederick Cody, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, followed by William Bonny, a.k.a. Billy the Kid.

11.  The first African-American to play a leading role in a feature film was Sam Lucas (1850-1916) who was cast in the title role of Uncle Tom’s Cabin(1914). The first African-American actor to make a career in films was Noble Johnson (1881-1978).

12.  The Hollywood star who played the most leading roles in feature films was John Wayne (1907-1979), who appeared in 153 movies. The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

13.  The American Humane Association (AHA) objected to the scene in the Shawshank Redemption (1994) where the character Brooks feeds his crow a maggot. The AHA stated it was cruel to the maggot, and it required that the crow be fed a maggot that had died from natural causes.

14.  In The Godfather (1972), John Marley’s (Jack Wolz) scream of horror in the horse head scene was real, as he was not told that a real horse head, which was obtained from a dog food company, was going to be used.

15.  The first movie fashion fad was Hollywood star Mary Pickford’s (1892-1979) curls, which were augmented from the hair of Los Angeles prostitutes, employees of Bit Suzy’s French Whorehouse.

16.  The first nude scene in a major motion picture was of swimmer and actress Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) in A Daughter of the Gods (1916).

17.  The top five biggest grossing films on opening day in the United States and Canada before inflation are The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Dark Knight (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

18.  The five highest domestic grosses adjusted for inflation are Gone With the Wind (1939), Star Wars (1977), The Sound of Music (1965), E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), and The Ten Commandments (1956).

19.  In 1923, Mark Sennett, Harry Chandler, and the Los Angeles Times put up the “Hollywoodland” (later shortened to “Hollywood”) sign to publicize a real estate development. The sign cost $21,000.

20.  For The Twilight Saga: New Moon, each actor portraying one of the wolf pack was required to have documentation proving Native American descent.

21.  The director of 2012 (2009), Roland Emmerich, is a fan of rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. The Jackson Curtis character in the film is 50 Cent’s real name inverted.

22.  The Twilight Saga: Twilight movie’s opening weekend totaled to $69.6 million, which was the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman and starring a woman. Nearly 80% of tickets were bought by women.

23.  The highest grossing movies never to reach number one on the U.S. charts are My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) $241,438,208, Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) $217,326,336, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) $196,519,585.

24.  The most profitable movies, based on absolute profit in worldwide gross, are Avatar (2010), Titanic (1997), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Jurassic Park (1993), and Shrek 2 (2004).

25.  The top five largest worldwide grossing movies of all time before inflation are Avatar (2009), Titanic (1997), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and The Dark Knight(2008).

26.  The biggest money losers, based on absolute loss on worldwide gross, are Town & Country (2001), Stealth (2005), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), and The 13th Warrior (1999).

27.  According to the Movie Mistakes website, the movies with the most goofs are Apocalypse Now (1979) 390, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 296, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) 289, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) 267, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 262.

28.  To Have and Have Not (1945) is the only instance when a Nobel prize-winning author (Ernest Hemingway) was adapted for the screen by another Nobel-winning author (William Faulkner).

29.  In the 1985 horror film Day of the Dead, zombies are actually feasting on turkey legs that were barbecued in a special way to look like human flesh.

30.  The three main actors in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) all met an untimely death. James Dean died in a car crash, Natalie Wood drowned, and Sal Mineo was stabbed to death.

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Wednesday • June 11, 2014

OBAMA POPULARITY HITS LOW IN POLL AFTER PRISONER EXCHANGE: President Barack Obama’s favorability ratings hit the lowest point of his presidency in a Bloomberg National Poll, with just 44 percent of Americans saying they have positive feelings about him. That drop in personal popularity has become a broader drag on the public’s perception of his performance in office. Obama, already given poor marks on the economy and health care, also gets low ratings on two recent political firestorms: the management of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the deal that freed the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, according to the poll.

DIANE SAWYER SKEWERS CLINTON ON BENGHAZI: After relentless questioning from ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer in an interview that aired Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton responded to the Benghazi issue—and tried to have it both ways. “I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions,” she told Sawyer after a long back-and-forth. Clinton said in the interview, “I’m not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be, where the reinforcements need to be. That’s why we hire people who have that expertise,” when asked about security at diplomatic outposts. Sawyer then pointed to the report from the State Department’s Accountability Review Board, which Clinton has touted as an example of her action in response to the September 2012 attack. “The mission was far short of standards; weak perimeter; incomplete fence; video surveillance needed repair. They said it’s a systemic failure,” retorted Sawyer. To which Clinton responded, “Well, it was with respect to that compound.”

29.1 MILLION AMERICANS NOW HAVE DIABETES: About 29.1 million Americans—nearly 10% of the U.S. population—now has type 2 diabetes, according to a new report. Of those Americans with the illness, 27.8% of them are undiagnosed, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report released Tuesday. The report uses data collected between 2009-2012, as well as national surveys.

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WHITE HOUSE PLANS MORE GITMO TRANSFERS: The National Security Council announced Tuesday that the White House is planning to transfer even more detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, even after the drama over the prisoner swap to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “While we do not generally discuss transfers before they take place, we are fully committed to implementing the president’s direction that we transfer detainees to the greatest extent possible, consistent with national security and our humane-treatment policy, as we work toward closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay,” spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. Over the last 13 months, 17 inmates have been moved out of Guantanamo, while 149 inmates remain. Last week, President Obama tied the release of prisoners to the ending of war in Afghanistan. “By definition, if we in fact are ending a war, then there’s going to be a process in which some of those individuals are going to be released,” he said.

ERIC CANTOR CRUSHED IN GOP PRIMARY: In the most stunning upset since Republicans took over the House of Representatives four years ago, Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP primary Tuesday to a poorly funded and disorganized Tea Party activist. David Brat, an economics professor, beat Cantor by 12 points when the Associated Press called the race shortly after 8 p.m. Cantor served as the congressman from Virginia’s 7th District since 2001 and as the leader of House Republicans since 2011. “I know there’s a lot of long faces here tonight, and it’s disappointing, sure, but I believe in this country, I believe there’s an opportunity around the next corner for all of us,” Cantor told supporters after his defeat. Cantor was the chief opponent of President Obama in the House, organizing unanimous opposition to the stimulus act in 2009 and opposing a deal led by House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a government shutdown in 2011 in part by raising revenue. Cantor felt the heat from Brat over immigration, airing ads in the closing days saying he opposed “amnesty.” Brat will face Democrat Jack Trammell in the general election.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dreams

1.     The word “dream” is most likely related to the West Germanic draugmus, (meaning deception, illusion, or phantom) or from the Old Norse draugr(ghost, apparition) or the Sanskrit druh (seek to harm or injure).

2.     You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

3.     Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and half to three hours every night.

4.     By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming—and almost all of those dreams are forgotten upon waking.

5.     The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.

6.     Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

7.     In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

8.     Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

9.     Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

10.  About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

11.  According to Plato, dreams originate in the organs of the belly. Plato describes the liver in particular as the biological seat of dreams.

12.  Elias Howe (1819-1867) said one inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a nightmare he had about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed.

13.  Modern research has shown that a sharp decrease in daily calories results in fewer nocturnal ejaculations in men and an overall decrease in the sexual themes of dreams.

14.  Aside from those who experience certain kinds of injury, it’s a biological fact that everyone dreams. However, not everyone remembers his or her dreams.

15.  Most of us dream every 90 minutes, and the longest dreams (30-45 minutes) occur in the morning.

AMERICANS ON THE MOVE: One way to measure a state’s economic vitality: Study how many people choose to move there from the other 49 states. Not surprisingly, states with lagging economies tend to not be very good at attracting newcomers. Here’s a look at which U.S. states gained or lost residents from April2010 to July 2013.


A MOST-WANTED TERRORIST ARRESTED: A top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, Khair Mundos, was arrested by Philippine security officials during a raid Wednesday. Mundos is on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists and authorities say he has received money from al Qaeda to fund bomb attacks. He was arrested in a slum near the Manila airport. He had been captured in 2004, but escaped in 2007. A $500,000 award was announced by the U.S. State Department in 2009 for the killing or capture of Mundos. Abu Sayyaf has been accused of deadly bombings, kidnappings, and beheadings since it was founded in the early 1990s, including attacks on U.S. troops and civilians.

LBN-NOTICED: *** FX chief John Landgraf took a seat at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills as Cicely TysonJaclyn Smith and Jose Eber each ate nearby. Outkast’s Andre Benjamin and Omar Epps have been in of late.   ***Sharing the room at Tavern in Brentwood: Legendary’s Bruce Rosenblum, ICM’s Chris Silbermann, and Hulu’s Craig Erwich.   ***The Canyons producer Braxton PopeBret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader discussed their next project at The Churchill.   ***Justin Bieber dropped by Porta Via in Beverly Hills one day,Wayne Gretzky was in on another.   ***Attorneys Kevin Yorn and Jared Levinebroke bread at Bouchon. BermanBraun’s Lloyd Braun was seated nearby.    ***The Hunger Games: Catching Fire producer Alli Shearmur hit Ammo.   ***Vincent Kartheiser dropped by La Scala in Beverly Hills.   ***Leslie Moonvesate at Nobu Malibu.   ***Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner alighted at Frida Tacos at the Brentwood Country Mart.   ***Disney’s Alan Horn visited Barneys New York Restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Penny Marshall was at Ago in West Hollywood.   ***Jerry Seinfeld ordered at Malibu Kitchen.   ***Kristen Wiigpopped by Cooks County.   ***Rihanna dined near Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw at Giorgio Baldi.   ***In Manhattan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus ate at Bar Boulud.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Glenn Britt, the former CEO of Time Warner Cable, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 65. Britt, who served as CEO of the company from 2001 until last year, announced in October that his cancer had recurred. He had already planned to retire at the end of the year.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood insiders are trying to figure out why THR 2014 Power Lawyer Robert Darwell keeps snapping photos of waiters and waitresses. Look no further than @TheDailyServer, his Instagram fee. It profiles waitstaff on his travels, most recently to Cannes, and the Sheppard Mullin partner posts photos of his server only. There has been one major snafu – one of Darwell’s clients (he won’t say who) temporarily lost their Soho House membership over a bartender pic Darwell respectfully deleted. Its 2,200 followers include Focus Features’ Howard Meyers and CAA agent Dan Steinman. Why servers? Darwell worked at TGI Fridays in college and says it helped him develop as a lawyer: “My client service is the same today; nobody wants to hear you blame the kitchen

MORRISSEY CANCELS TOUR AFTER COLLAPSE: After canceling 22 U.S. concerts last year because of health concerns, former Smiths singer Morrissey has canceled the remainder of his 2014 U.S. tour. Morrissey was rushed to the hospital on Saturday when he collapsed after a show at the Boston Opera House. “The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted,” a statement said. Last year, Morrissey suffered from pneumonia, an ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and anemia.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Timothy McVeigh Executed (2001) An American domestic terrorist, Timothy McVeigh was executed for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which claimed the lives of 168 men, women, and children and is considered the deadliest incident of domestic terrorism in US history. McVeigh was an anti-government survivalist and a keen reader of the controversial book The Turner Diaries, which describes terrorist acts similar to the one he carried out.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vince Lombardi (1913) Lombardi was one of the greatest coaches in the history of American football and the driving force behind the Green Bay Packers, who dominated the National Football League during his tenure. His team won five championships in nine years, including Super Bowls I and II. The Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl each year, is a tribute to his successful tactics and passion for the game.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: If I ask you what constitutes “bad” eating, the kind that leads to obesity and a variety of connected diseases, you’re likely to answer, “Salt, fat and sugar.” This trilogy of evil has been drilled into us for decades, yet that’s not an adequate answer. We don’t know everything about the dietary links to chronic disease, but the best-qualified people argue that real food is more likely to promote health and less likely to cause disease than hyper processed food. And we can further refine that message: Minimally processed plants should dominate our diets. (This isn’t just me saying this; the Institute of Medicine and the Department of Agriculture agree.)

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The takeover Tuesday of the Iraqi city of Mosul by Sunni extremists who spilled over the Syrian border underscores the clash of world views that is underway in the whole Eastern Mediterranean, which I saw close up during my visit to Kurdistan a few days ago. And it’s not what you think. It is not the elected Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki versus the Sunni extremists. Maliki is a tyrant who’s governed Iraq as a Shiite chauvinist, just as much as Sunni militants promote Sunni chauvinism. Both are losers. No — the real of war of ideas, the only one worth taking sides in, is the one between the religious extremists (Sunni and Shiite) and the committed environmentalists. Both are actually trying to erase the borders of the Middle East, but for very different reasons.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kate Hudson: I was as shocked as anyone. But I personally think that you make the choices you make and you should reap the consequences. People have a right to [feel betrayed]. Lance and Alex are phenomenal athletes who have made some bad choices and let a lot of people down. It’s a decision they made for themselves and they’ve got to loathe it.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Oscar nom’ed beauty Martha Hyer who starred in “First Men In the Moon” and “Bikini Beach” has died at 89. Hyer who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Some Came Running” 1958 with Frank Sinatra died in her Santa Fe, New Mexico home May 31. Her passing was first reported by the New Mexican newspaper. ***Movie beauty Nicole Kidman has stunned country crooner hubby Keith Urban with a shocking ultimatum – get off the road or out of this marriage, say sources. But “American Idol” judge Keith is said to be balking at Nicole’s demand, and now their nearly eight-year marriage threatens to end in a $175 million divorce. ***After living separate lives for years, insiders Say John Travolta and Kelly Preston will stay in their reported­ly deteriorating marriage and dodge a $220 million divorce. The Hollywood couple’s 22-year union will remain intact after leaders in the Church of Scientology ordered them not to split, and urged them back into counseling, sources say.

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Tuesday • June 10, 2014

SUNNI MILITANTS DRIVE IRAQI ARMY OUT OF MOSUL: Iraqi army soldiers abandoned their weapons and fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, as Sunni militants freed hundreds of prisoners and seized military bases, police stations, banks and the provincial governor’s headquarters. The insurgent attacks were among the most audacious assaults on the Iraqi government since the American military withdrawal more than two years ago. The rout in Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city after Baghdad and an important center of the country’s petroleum industry, was breathtaking in its speed, and appeared to take government officials by surprise, not to mention residents of the city itself. A major humiliation for the government forces in Iraq’s Sunni-dominated areas, the defeat also reflected the stamina of a broader Sunni insurgency that has been growing with the war in neighboring Syria.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Underwear

1.     The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear. Approximately 10% of women own over 35 pairs.

2.     Ten-year-old Jack Singer of Warwick, New York, wore 215 pairs of underwear simultaneously on June 13, 2010. He broke the previous record of 200 pairs.

3.     While underwear may or may not be worn under kilts, tradition holds that a “true Scotsman” would wear nothing underneath.

4.     According to bra-fitting experts, approximately 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size.

5.     Trend analysts observe that a woman who wears a g-string is typically a woman who feels more uninhibited and more confident to display her body. Sexually, she is more willing to try different and creative positions.

6.     Sexual researchers note that a woman who chooses to wear white cotton panties tends to be a low maintenance and a no-frills type of a woman. Researchers note that this is akin to letting a man see her without makeup.

7.     The average woman will wear six different bra sizes throughout her life.

8.     Most bras should be replaced every 6 months.

9.     Bras that don’t fit correctly can cause back strain and loss of breast firmness.

10.  The country with the most underwear models working for Victoria’s Secret is Brazil.

‘FRIENDLY FIRE’ STRIKE KILLS 5 SPECIAL OPERATIONS SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN: Five American Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a United States Air Force B-1 bomber unleashed an airstrike on their position in southern Afghanistan, in one of the deadliest instances of friendly fire in more than a decade of war, Afghan and American officials said Tuesday. Investigators were looking into possible causes, including faulty coordinates, an errant bomb or other human error.

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INSURGENTS ATTACK PAKISTANI AIRPORT AGAIN AMID MILITARY RAIDS: Insurgents attacked an airport training facility in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday, two days after the Taliban carried out a daring raid on Karachi’s international airport. The latest attack came as the Pakistani military carried out airstrikes on nine militant hide-outs in a remote valley in the northwestern Khyber tribal region. In another development, the death toll from Sunday’s attack on the airport rose to at least 36, as the charred bodies of at least seven people were recovered from a cold-storage unit at the airport on Tuesday.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Judy Garland (1922)
Born Frances Gumm, Garland was an American film actress considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywood’s golden age of musical film. She began her career singing in her parents’ theater at an early age and later toured in vaudeville. In 1939, she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and went on to star in numerous other movies and musicals. Her untimely death and personal tragedies have come to represent the pitfalls of stardom.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Conservatives generally believe that capitalism is a machine that cures itself. Therefore, people on the right have been slow to recognize the deep structural problems that are making life harder in the new economy — that are leading to stagnant social mobility, widening inequality and pervasive insecurity. But some conservatives have begun to face these issues head on. These reform conservatives have now published a policy-laden manifesto called “Room to Grow,” which is the most coherent and compelling policy agenda the American right has produced this century.

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Monday • June 9, 2014

TALIBAN CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAKISTAN AIRPORT ATTACK: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for a ferocious overnight assault in Karachi that stretched into the morning in which gunmen infiltrated Pakistan’s largest international airport and waged an extended firefight against security forces that resulted in 29 deaths and shook the country’s already fragile sense of security. The attack “was a response to the recent attacks by the government,” Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said by telephone. “We will continue carrying out such attacks.” He insisted, however, that the group was seeking to resuscitate peace talks with the government.

ASSAD DECLARES AMNESTY FOR PRISONERS: Less than a week after winning Syria’s democratic farce, also known as its presidential election, Bashar al-Assad declared a general amnesty for all prisoners within the country on Monday. Syria’s pro-government Al Ikhbariya television station said that the amnesty decree was issued in the “context of social tolerance and national unity,” according to the justice minister. However, it is not remotely clear what Assad means by “amnesty.” It is by no means certain that any prisoners will actually be released. The state-run SANA news agency did not say whether amnesty would apply to tens of thousands of jailed opposition supporters. Instead, SANA’s report implied that the government would reduce sentences rather than free prisoners. Whatever amnesty entails, it is likely not enough to heal the wounds of three years of bloody civil war in which the death toll has been estimated at more than 160,000.

MORGAN TO BE HOSPITALIZED FOR ‘WEEKS’: 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was more responsive Sunday, but will likely stay in the hospital for several weeks, his rep said in a statement. Morgan was in critical condition after his vehicle was hit in a traffic accident Saturday. The rep said that Morgan suffered a broken leg, a broken nose, broken ribs, and a broken femur, and underwent surgery Sunday. The truck driver who crashed into Morgan has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Kevin Roper, 35, surrendered Saturday night to police. They believe Roper dozed off while driving the 18-wheeler on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday and didn’t see traffic slowing until it was too late. Roper’s bail is set at $50,000. The crash killed James McNair, a comedy writer for Morgan.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: William Shakespeare

1.     Other than what is found in a few church records and legal documents and in a few contemporary documents such as playgoers’ diaries, most evidence of Shakespeare’s life is circumstantial. Very little is known for certain.

2.     More than 80 spelling variations are recorded for Shakespeare’s name, from “Shappere” to “Shaxberd.”

3.     In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”–but never “William Shakespeare.”

4.     Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague.

5.     By tradition, it is generally supposed that Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. April 23 is Saint George’s Day, the national day of England, and the same date as Shakespeare’s death in 1616 at the age of 52.

6.     Shakespeare was born under the old Julian calendar, not the current Gregorian calendar that was created in 1582 and adopted in England in 1751. What was April 23 during Shakespeare’s life would be May 3 on today’s calendar.

7.     Shakespeare’s father, John, was a glover and leather-worker who rose through a series of positions of authority until, in 1568, he became high bailiff, the highest elective office in Stratford.

8.     In the 1570s, John Shakespeare was prosecuted (or threatened with prosecution) four times for the illegal activities of trading in wool and money-lending.

9.     A document from 1576 mentions Shakespeare’s father, “John Shappere alias Shakespere of Stratford upon Haven,” and accuses him of usury. Shortly afterward, John Shakespeare retired from public life.

10.  In November 1582, Shakespeare applied for a license to marry Anne Whateley. “Anne Whateley” could be a scribal error for Anne Hathaway, whom he married on or about November 30. She was three months pregnant at the time.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Rats are capable of feeling regret about their own actions, an emotion that has never previously been found in any other mammals apart from humans.

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OLDEST MAN ON EARTH DIES: Alexander Imich died at the age of 111 Sunday. The zoologist lived on New York’s Upper West Side until his death, which his friends say was peaceful. Born February 4, 1903, Imich came to the U.S. after fleeing the Nazis invading his native Poland in the 1930s. Although he was certified as the world’s oldest man, there are 66 women who are older than he was. While Imich surmised that never drinking alcohol and gymnastics and swimming from his younger days contributed to his long life, he was not sure how he managed to become the oldest living man. In his humble way, he once told a local New York new station, “I don’t know, I simply didn’t die earlier.”

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Sometime late next year Time Inc., the company that all but created the modern magazine business, will leave its home of more than five decades, the Time & Life Building in Rockefeller Center, and head to new quarters in downtown Manhattan. It is a pragmatic move aimed at reducing costs, but one filled with symbolism for a company that is starting over in fundamental ways.

TONY BENNETT’S COCAINE CONFESSION: Music legend Tony Bennett has made a shocking confession – he was a cocaine junkie but courageously kicked the deadly habit on his own. The 87-year-old “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer says he started smoking pot and using coke in the hippie ’60s, which also saw the heartbreaking murders of charismatic leaders President John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby and Martin Luther King Jr. “Our country took a tragic turn – everybody got wasted,” he recalls. When he started drugging, “I wasn’t doing a huge amount,” he says, but “people get addicted and everything changes for the worse.” His habit nearly killed him when he suffered an overdose in the bathtub in 1979.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Tilda Swinton in beige raincoat leaving the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” exhibit at the Met in NYC.   ***“Fraiser” star David Hyde Pierce at Tavern on the Green in NYC.   ***New York Ranger Ryan McDonagh at Herringbone at the Mondrian LA with his wife, Kaylee McDonagh, and 10 friends . . . Tiki Barber and J.R. Smith watching the NBA Finals at a Thuzio Executive Club dinner catered by Strip House chef Michael Vignola.   ***Ashley Greene, Paris Hilton and Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff celebrating STK LA’s sixth anniversary.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine hosting a group of book lovers last night for dinner at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Culver City.

BRYAN CRANSTON NABS TONY AWARD AS LBJ: Walter White cooked up more than his signature blue meth Sunday night. Bryan Cranston took top honors at the 66th annual Tony Awards for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. He wasn’t the only TV alum to take home an award. Neil Patrick Harris won best actor in a musical for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Broadway favorite Audra McDonald won a record sixth Tony for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. She is also the first to win in all four major Tony categories. She received the largest standing ovation of the evening as she thanked Holiday. “You deserve so much more than you were given when you were on this planet,” she said.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Oscar winner and legend Warren Beatty has wrapped principal photography on his Howard Hughes movie. Total shoot came to 74 days according to sources. The much anticipated film stars Beatty, Lily Collins and a big cast including Annette Bening, Taissa Farmiga, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Chase Crawford, and Martin Sheen.

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IN U.S., DEPRESSION RATES HIGHER FOR LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED: The longer that Americans are unemployed, the more likely they are to report signs of poor psychological well-being. About one in five Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more say they currently have or are being treated for depression — almost double the rate among those who have been unemployed for five weeks or less.

MAN BROKE INTO SANDRA BULLOCK’S HOME: The morning after Sandra Bullock accepted the Spike TV Guys’ Choice Award, one man appeared to like the Oscar winner way too much. Joshua Corbett, 39, allegedly broke into Bullock’s Los Angeles home on Sunday. He has been arrested and is being held on $50,000 bail. He reportedly entered the actress’ home at 6:30 a.m. Sunday while she was present, but no one was hurt. Bullock’s rep confirmed, “She is unharmed and is fine.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The “thump-thump” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Kinks split up in 1996, and there’s many reasons fans doubted they’d ever get together again. Bassist Peter Quaife died in 2010. Guitarist Dave Davies has been at odds with drummer Mick Avory ever since a 1966 gig in Cardiff, Wales; Davies, angry about an argument from the day before, spat on Avory, and in return, the drummer hammered him with a high-hat cymbal. Most crucially, Davies and his brother, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, have spent decades at war, getting on about as well as Cain and Abel.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Robert McNamara (1916)
McNamara served as the US Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. He took the post just months after being named president of the Ford Motor Company. As secretary, he shifted US military strategy away from heavy reliance on nuclear weaponry and strengthened conventional fighting capacity. He initially supported the escalation of the Vietnam War, but his growing doubts led him to eventually resign from the cabinet.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: I am both shocked and fascinated by Americans’ religious literalism. One Gallup report issued last week found that 42 percent of Americans believe “God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago.” Even among people who said that they were “very familiar” with the theory of evolution, a third still believed that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago. It’s not clear what the respondents meant by being “very familiar” — did they fully understand the science upon which evolution’s based, or was their understanding something short of that, as in, very familiar with it as being antithetical to creationist concepts?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Goodwin: If you think of the United States of America as a store, its recent decisions and scandals resemble a sale, perhaps a fire sale. Or maybe even a “Going Out of Business” sale. The list of dramatic markdowns is breathtaking. They include trading away five murderous terrorists for a likely Army deserter, an open invitation to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to cross the Mexican border, and a decision to recognize the terrorist group Hamas as part of the Palestinian government. On the home front, environmental regulations will cost thousands of coal miners their jobs and drive up the cost of electricity for millions. The ObamaCare mess is hardly resolved, and the Veterans Affairs scandal keeps getting worse. The acting agency head reported the deaths of 18 more vets who were kept off the official waiting list in Phoenix.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Woody Allen: In the shower, with the hot water coming down, you’ve left the real world behind, and very frequently things open up to you. It’s the change of venue, the unblocking the attempt to force the ideas that’s crippling you when you try to write.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Everybody doesn’t love sitcom star Patricia Heaton – particularly Sharon Osbourne. “The Talk” host is furious with the “Everybody Loves Raymond” Emmy winner for slamming reality shows during her May 21 appearance on the CBS chat fest – apparently forgetting that Sharon and her fam­ily pioneered the format with their groundbreaking “The Osbournes.”   ***George Clooney is planning a romantic Italian wedding in Venice with fiancée Amal Alamuddin. The Hollywood star and prominent human rights lawyer Alamuddin are hoping to marry at a palace in the historic city in September, we are told. The couple was seen dining in the floating city in late May after touring possible wedding venues.   ***Bad boy Justin Bieber is born again! The “Boyfriend” crooner cleansed his soul with a bathtub baptism at a Manhattan church last week, after a new video was released of the pop star slinging the N-word five years ago.

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Sunday • June 8, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2013, “Iron Man 3″ sold about as many theatre tickets in one day as all of documentaries did all year. Combined.

BERGDAHL: TALIBAN LOCKED ME IN A CAGE: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has revealed upsetting details about the torture he faced as a prisoner of the Taliban, including that he was locked in a metal cage in total darkness for weeks straight. According to a senior Defense Department official, Bergdahl said this was punishment for his attempts at escape, which was first reported by The Daily Beast last week. Bergdahl also reportedly objects to being called sergeant as opposed to private first class, his rank when he was captured.  While Bergdahl seems largely physically unscathed (mostly some skin and gum disorders), medical officials are concerned about his psychological state. Medical specialists have not pushed Bergdahl for more details about why he left his post or his experience as a Taliban captive. There is no deadline for his return to the U.S. because medical officials want to be more certain about his mental stability. While we don’t know the full details of Bergdahl’s experience yet, Senior Defense Department said it is safe to assume Bergdahl suffered “harsh conidtion,” noting “These are Taliban, not wet nurses.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Africa is the poorest and most underdeveloped of all of the continents, despite its wealth of natural resources. The average poor person in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to live on just $.70 a day.

IMMIGRANTS BEING DUMPED AT AZ BUS STOPS: Hundreds of undocumented immigrants caught by border patrol agents in Texas have been flown to Arizona and dumped at Greyhound Bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix in the last month. Immigrant advocates are accusing the federal government of releasing the migrants without providing food or water on days that hit 100 degrees F, while critics argue that simply releasing migrants allows them to vanish. In a letter to President Obama, Arizona governor Jan Brewer called it “another disturbing example of a deliberate failure to enforce border security policies and repair a broken immigration system.”

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EGYPT’S SISI SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT: Egypt’s former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011. El-Sissi’s inauguration came less than a year after he ousted the country’s first freely elected president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi, following days of mass protests demanding he step down. While praised by many in a wave of nationalist fervor following the July 3 overthrow, el-Sissi’s rise to power coincided with the detention of thousands and the killing of hundreds of Morsi supporters.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: SHOCK VIDEO: Toddler, 3, smokes cigarette on street…

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles maker, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker. The trademark infringement lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver this week against TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld hosting the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in Central Park with guests including Bridget Moynahan, Ali Wentworth, Kyle MacLachlan, Nigel Barker and Stacey Bendet. Bono at Osteria Mozza in LA, where Adam Levine joined him and “they sang ‘Sweet Caroline’ with napkins on their heads.”   ***Ken Langone at Primola, dining near Richard Meier and Barneys New York scion Gene Pressman.   ***Cy Schnabel at La Mer’s World Oceans Day bash at the Mondrian Soho.

SLEEP PROMOTES LEARNING THROUGH SYNAPSE FORMATION: Sleep has long been known to play a vital role in the learning process, but the precise science behind it was not fully understood. Using advanced microscopy, researchers were able to observe the formation of new synapses, or connections between nerve cells, in the brain and found that sleep-deprived subjects form fewer new connections than those allowed to sleep properly. Even intense, extended training on a task cannot make up for sleep deprivation. The findings suggest that sleep promotes the formation of new synaptic connections, thereby contributing to learning and memory formation.

JENNIFER LOPEZ, CASPER SMART BREAK UP: Is this because of Casper Smart’s alleged sexting with another woman? Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend and former backup dancer Casper Smart have called it quits after two and a half years, People reports. According to a friend of the couple’s, the relationship came to a “natural end.” The two separated about six weeks ago but have remained in contact. Smart, 27, was at a photo shoot with Lopez, 44, last week and is expected to move out of her house soon.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***California Chrome’s chance at the Triple Crown may be over, but owner Steve Coburn’s tirade doesn’t appear to be fizzling anytime soon. On Saturday, California Chrome lost New York’s Belmont Stake, finishing fourth and ending his attempt for the historic Triple Crown. Relatively unknown Tonalist won the race, helping to prolong the 36-year Triple Crown drought. After the race, California Chrome owner Steve Coburn let his anger be known loud and clear. Of Tonalist’s win he said, “This is the coward’s way out,” because the horse never competed in the Preakness Stakes or the Kentucky Derby. He added “These other horses set one out and it’s not fair for the horses who are in it from day one.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867)
Widely considered the greatest American architect, Wright championed the use of open planning as well as “organic architecture,” a design philosophy that promotes harmony between building and environment. His masterpieces include New York City’s iconic Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater,” a breathtaking Pennsylvania house that is cantilevered over a waterfall, with its balconies and terraces seemingly suspended in midair.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: When it comes to dealing with the world’s climate and energy challenges I have a simple rule: change America, change the world. If America raises its clean energy standards, not only will others follow — others who have hid behind our inaction — we’ll also stimulate our industry to invent more of the clean air, clean power and energy efficiency systems, and move them down the cost curve faster, so U.S. companies will be leaders in this next great global industry and American consumers will be the first to benefit. That is why the new Environmental Protection Agency rules President Obama proposed last week to curb carbon emissions from power plants are so pivotal. You can’t make power systems greener without making them smarter — smarter materials, software or design. One new ruling will not change the world — and we have to be careful that this one doesn’t replace our addiction to coal with an addiction to natural gas alone. But coming at a time when clean energy technologies are becoming more competitive, and when awareness of climate change is becoming more pervasive, this E.P.A. ruling should give a real boost to clean power and efficiency innovation and make our country more resilient, healthy, secure — and respected.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Woody Allen: My mother taught me value- rigid discipline. My father didn’t earn enough, and my mother took care of the money in the family, and she had no time for lightness. She always saw the glass a third full. She taught me how to work and not waste time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Among Americans age 40 and older, there’s a pastime more popular than football, Candy Crush or HBO. It’s bashing millennials. Oh, the hours of fun we have, marveling at their self-fascination and gaping at their sense of entitlement! It’s been an especially spirited romp lately, as a new batch of them graduate from college and gambol toward our cubicles, prompting us to wonder afresh about the havoc they’ll wreak on our world.

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Saturday • June 7, 2014

FREED TALIBAN COMMANDER TELLS RELATIVE HE’LL FIGHT AMERICANS AGAIN: One of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release has pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan, according to a fellow militant and a relative.  ”After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan.  Noori pushed to return to Afghanistan after learning that the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully, one of his relatives told NBC News by telephone from Afghanistan.

OBAMA DEFENDS TALIBAN SWAP, SAYS HE’D DO IT AGAIN: President Barack Obama told Brian Williams on Friday that he would authorize swapping five Taliban militants for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl again — even after an outcry over the soldier’s conduct, criticism of the deal and an uproar over why Congress was kept in the dark.

TRACY MORGAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION: Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a six-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday morning that left one person dead. Morgan had been a passenger in a limo bus, which overturned after being struck by a tractor-trailer. The crash occurred around 1 a.m. A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick said that Morgan was in critical condition and four other males were being treated, three in critical condition and one in fair condition. Morgan is best known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as “remarkable”.  Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.  Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

LBN-INVESITGATES: A normal, healthy amount of food for an average teenager or adult is about 1,800- 2,600 calories a day. During a bingeing episode, it is not unusual for someone to eat 20 to 25 times that amount, which is more than 50,000 calories – which is roughly equivalent to an entire extra-large pepperoni pizza, a tub of ice cream, a package of cookies, a bag of potato chips, and an entire cake. Bulimics might engage in this type of eating several times a day.

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AT LAST! U.S. REGAINS JOBS LOST IN RECESSION: Employers hired 217,000 workers in May, which was only slightly more than the average monthly gain for the past six months. However, the unemployment rate remained the same at 6.3 percent. Nearly 10 million are still out of work, the Labor Department announced Friday morning. The number of long-term unemployed also remained unchanged at 3.4 million. So far, the first half of 2014 has averaged 200,000 new jobs per month. This means that the U.S. economy has added at least 200,000 jobs a month for four straight months for the first time since 1999. And while this jobs data means the U.S. economy has finally passed its pre-recession employment peak, government employment is still far below pre-recession levels, and the gains have been mostly in the private sector.

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FEINSTEIN: NO THREAT TO BERGDAHL’S LIFE: The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t buying the Obama administration’s excuse for why it kept her and Congress in the dark about the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said Friday she has “no information” that there was a “credible threat” against Bergdahl’s life from the Taliban. This week, the administration told senators that Bergdahl’s captors threatened to kill him if negotiations became public. (The administration says it feared someone in Congress would’ve leaked it.) Feinstein says the administration should have obeyed a law requiring 30 days’ notice to Congress before releasing prisoners from Gitmo.

MICK JAGGER: WHAT A DRAG IT IS GETTING OLD: Mick Jagger has gone from “Jump­ing Jack Flash” to “Great-grandpa” – just don’t call him that! At the age of 70, the rock legend is back on tour with the Rolling Stones after taking a two-month break following the death of his longtime girlfriend, designer L’Wren Scott, and sources say he’s made it clear to everyone NOT to call him great-granddad. “Mick hates it,” said a source close to the star. “He goes into a rage if you call him that, and then he’s in the dumps. “It makes him feel ancient, and it’s hard for him to get up for a show and shake his tail out there if someone calls him great-grandpappy!”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary rock n’ roll manager Shep Gordon and media expert and author Michael Levine talking yesterday afternoon at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.   ***Popular comedian and author Adam Christing having breakfast yesterday at the legendary Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank.   ***The American Film Institute’s celebration of Jane Fonda was like a who’s who of Hollywood women. Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock, Lily Tomlin and Cameron Diaz were among the actresses saluting the 76-year-old Oscar winner, who accepted AFI’s 42nd Life Achievement Award Thursday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Guests at the private ceremony — which is set to air as a special on TNT June 14 — included Chelsea Handler, Melanie Griffith, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Gay Harden, Rosario Dawson, activist Eve Ensler and Disney president Anne Sweeney. ***Zachary Quinto and Keri Russell introducing themselves to one another at Soho House and heading to the rooftop for drinks.   ***Cornelia Guest previewing new summer recipes and table settings for a follow-up to her book “Simple Pleasures” at her Upper East Side atelier and garden.   ***Peter Brant supping with Tony Shafrazi at one table as designer Nicole Miller and her husband Kim Taipale and another couple dined at Da Silvano in NYC.   ***James Murdoch joined Elon Musk at Tower Bar. Attorney Kevin Yorn was at another table.   ***Participant head Jeff Skoll broke bread with Al Gore at RivaBella in West Hollywood.   ***Sean Penn, manager Ilene Feldman and producer Matthew Budman have been in to Sunset Tower recently.   ***Jeffery Katzenberg shared the room at Culina with Harry Connick Jr. On another day, Katzenberg sat at Toscana while Barry Diller and Peter Chernin were in the room.   ***Jane Fonda joined director Tate Taylor at Soho House. And Irena Medavoy, who’s recently decamped from her usual spot at the Polo Lounge, sat with producer Christine Peters. ***All in at once at e.baldi: Bob Daly, UTA’s Peter Benedek, producer Al Ruddy with wife Wanda McDaniel of Armani and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin with Lauren Shuler Donner. In on other days: Mark Wahlberg, Goldie Hawn, Don Johnson and Rob Lowe.   ***Seth MacFarlane dined at Crustacean with Patrick Stewart; they’re teaming up for the new Starz comedy Blunt Talk.   ***In Cannes, the Carlton terrace welcomed Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman with Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley; Dolph Lundgren with Ron Perlman; Roman Polanski; and the cast of Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.   ***Grace of Monaco director Olivier Dahan and his male lead, Tim Roth, not letting a critical drubbing get them down, lunched separately at the Hotel du Cap’s Eden Roc the day after the premiere.    ***Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley and Michelle Hooper broke bread at Le Mesculun.   ***Fouquet’s at the Majestic saw Adrian Grenier, Harvey Weinstein and CAA’s Hylda Queally in at the same time.   ***In L.A., ICM partner John Burnham dined with Avi Lerner, Mark Gill and client Al Pacino at Tower Bar.   ***Disney/ABC’s Ben Sherwood ate at Mo’s in Burbank.   ***Ozzy Osbourne and Katherine Heigl each have been in to MessHall in Los Feliz.   ***The Hungry Cat in Hollywood has seen Chiwetel Ejiofor and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein.   ***Adam Shankman visited The Palm in West Hollywood.   ***Sharing a kiss at BLD was new couple Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn.   ***In New York, ESPN president John Skipper, CAA’s Nick Khan and Jamie Horowitz (who’s heading from ESPN to Today) met up at the Four Seasons hotel.

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COLO. OKS WORLD’S 1ST POT BANKING SYSTEM: Since Colorado legalized marijuana in January, pot businesses have struggled to get access to basic financial services like checking accounts. Traditional banks fear the feds will crack down on what is literally drug money. On Friday, weed businesses got major help. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law approving the world’s first banking system for the pot industry. It will create a network of uninsured cooperatives where the companies can pool their money. As a result of banks’ reluctance, most businesses have had to work solely in cash, which made it much harder for the state to track, but also more dangerous for the businesses.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Lionel Richie’s 2012 Tuskegee album, featuring duets of his hits sung with some of today’s biggest country stars (Blake Shelton, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson), was the fourth biggest-selling country album of that year, with more than a million copies sold. So, one might rightfully assume that Richie would want to return to the well for another country collection.   ***Hundreds of Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams fans found themselves “Locked Out of Heaven” at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend—and they were none too “Happy” about it. Bowl officials estimate that several hundred would-be concertgoers were turned away from the sold-out shows when their tickets were rejected as counterfeits. Faux ticket scams are, unfortunately, an increasingly common part of the live concert landscape. Some U2 fans were shut out of the Irish rockers’ Rose Bowl appearance in 2009. Two years ago, a number of Coldplay fans who had paid from $200 for $400 for their tickets found that they too had been duped with bogus tickets to the band’s shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Maria Sharapova overcame some shaky serving Saturday to win the first set 6-4 in the French Open final against Simona Halep. Sharapova has struggled with her serve and had four double-faults in the first set on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to take the lead with steady groundstrokes that kept Halep on the run. Sharapova won the title at Roland Garros in 2012 to complete a career Grand Slam. She lost in last year’s final to Serena Williams.   ***Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had strong motivation as he cheered for the LA Kings in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals during dinner with his wife, Amy Wakeland, at the Post & Beam restaurant in Baldwin Hills. If the Kings don’t beat the NY Rangers, Garcetti will sing “New York, New York” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and hand out hot dogs to the audience. If Garcetti wins the bet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will sing “I Love LA” on national TV.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Americans don’t have a common ancestry. Therefore, we have to work hard to build national solidarity. We go in for more overt displays of patriotism than in most other countries: politicians wearing flag lapel pins, everybody singing the national anthem before games, saying the Pledge of Allegiance at big meetings, revering sacred creedal statements, like the Gettysburg Address. We need to do this because national solidarity is essential to the health of the country. This feeling of solidarity means that we do pull together and not apart in times of crisis, like after the attacks on 9/11. Despite all our polarization, we do accept the election results, even when the other party wins. People in New York do uncomplainingly send tax dollars to help people in New Mexico. We are able to assimilate waves of immigration.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Warren Buffett: Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Lauren Alix Brown: As the economy improves, our satisfaction hasn’t buoyed. Since 2005, the Google search for “how to be happy” has increased by nearly 180 percent.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Melanie Griffith has filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas. Legal docs cite the ever popular “irreconcilable differences” as the “cause celebre” for axing their 18 years nups According to the legal docs, Melanie is seeking or child support and sole physical and joint legal custody, although their only child Stella turns 18 in September.

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Friday • June 6, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Mind

1.     The mind is typically defined as the organized totality or system of all mental processes or psychic activities of an individual.

2.     Many philosophers hold that the brain is a detector of the mind and that the mind is an inner, subjective state of consciousness.

3.     Philosophers have used a variety of metaphors to describe the mind, including a blank sheet, a hydraulic device with different forces operating in it, or a television switchboard.

4.     Attempts to understand the mind go back at least to the ancient Greeks. Plato, for example, believed that the mind acquired knowledge through virtue, independently of sense experience. Descartes and Leibniz also believed the mind gained knowledge through thinking and reasoning—or, in other words, rationalism.

5.     In contrast to rationalists, empiricists, such as Aristotle, John Locke, and David Hume, believe that the mind gains knowledge from experience.

6.     Combining both rationalism and empiricism, Kant argued that human knowledge depends on both sense experience and innate capacities of the mind.

7.     Scientists are unsure if other types of animals have a mind or if some man-made machines could ever possess a mind.

8.     Historically, there have been three major schools of thought that describe the relationship of the brain and the mind: 1) dualism, which holds that the mind exists independently from the brain; 2) materialism, which argues that the mind is identical to the physical processes of the brain; and 3) idealism, which posits that only mental phenomena exist.

9.     Scientists propose that the human mind evolved largely through the sexual choices our ancestors made, similar to the way a peacock’s tail evolved through sexual selection.

10.  In one study, a group of experimenters were given unlabeled samples of both Pepsi and Coke. Not a single tester could tell the difference between the two. The test was repeated with the correct labels attached. Three out of the four testers chose Coke. In fact, the Coke label activated parts of the brain associated with the mind (memory, self-image, and culture) that the Pepsi label didn’t.

11.  Most scientists argue that there is no evidence that playing classical music to babies increases the power of their mind. However, children who learn to play a musical instrument can develop their mental skills further than those who don’t learn a musical instrument.

12.  Early-life stress negatively affects the mind. Abuse, neglect, and harsh or inconsistent discipline in early life increases the risk of depression and anxiety as well as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

13.  The term “mind” is from the Old English gemynd, or “memory,” and the Proto-Indo-European verbal root *men-, meaning “to think, remember.” The use of “mind” to refer to all mental faculties, thought, feelings, memory, and volition developed gradually over the 14th and 15th centuries.

14.  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.

15.  Buddha described the mind as being filled with drunken monkeys who jumped, screeched, and chatted endlessly. Fear, according to Buddha, was an especially loud monkey. Buddha taught meditation as a way to tame the “drunken monkeys” in the mind.

16.  A group of scientists from Cal Tech and UCLA have developed a way for epilepsy patients who have had electrodes implanted inside their brains to control a computer mouse with their minds.

17.  The Stanford Prison Experiment is an infamous experiment that took average people and randomly assigned them to be either guards or prisoners. After a few days, the prisoners and guards became grossly absorbed in their roles. The experiment revealed how readily the human mind accepts authority and institutional ideologies.

18.  A single descriptive word can manipulate how the mind remembers an event. For example, in a 1974 experiment, 45 people watched the film of a car accident. Different groups of people were asked how fast the cars were going using different trigger words, such as “hit,” “smashed,” “collided,” bumped,” and “contacted.” The group whose question included the word “smashed” estimated the cars were going 10 mph faster than the group whose word was “contacted.” A week later, when participants were asked about broken glass, those who were asked more forceful trigger words reported that there was broken glass even though there was none.

19.  Studies show that people are able to group items in short-term memory into roughly seven units that allow them to hold more individual items. Interestingly, many human belief systems have considered the number 7 to be a sacred number.

20.  In 1938, Orson Wells broadcasted an adaption of H.G. Wells’ War of the World on the radio. The broadcast caused mass panic in nearly 3 million of the 6 million listeners. Psychologists note that even highly educated people believed it because it was on the radio and thus “authoritative.” They also note that media manipulation of our minds is a regular art form.

21.  Psychologists have noted that in the mind of suicidal people, time seemed to move significantly slower. The suicidal mind also had a more difficult time thinking about the future. Researchers suggest this helped the person withdraw from thinking about past failures and what was perceived as a hopeless future.

22.  The mind of a suicidal person tends to focus increasingly on concrete thought, which is often conveyed in suicide notes. For example, suicide notes tend to be more banal and specific, such as “Don’t forget to feed the cat.” Fake suicide notes, however, tend to include more contemplative language, such as “Always be happy.” Psychologists note the suicidal mind is trying to slip into idle mental labor to avoid unpleasant emotions.

23.  Some scientists believe that there may be universal features of the human mind that make it easier for people to believe in a higher power. In fact, brain scans of Franciscan nuns, Tibetan Buddhists, and Pentecostal Christians showed similar activity in their brains during prayer and meditation. Interestingly, both believers and atheists point to brain scans as proof of their positions.h

24.  The conscious mind includes sensations, perceptions, memories, feelings, and fantasies inside of our current awareness. The preconscious mind includes those thoughts that we are thinking at the moment but can easily draw into our conscious mind. The subconscious mind is the psychic activity that operates below the level of awareness.h

25.  Studies show that people clean up more if there is a faint smell of cleaning liquid in the air, they become more competitive if they see a briefcase, and they become more cooperative if they glimpse words like “dependable”—all without being aware of the change or what triggered it. Scientists note that this shows how everyday sights, smells, and sounds, can activate the subconscious mind.d

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Thursday • June 5, 2014

GRAHAM WARNS OF REPUBLICAN IMPEACHMENT PUSH OVER GITMO: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday that Republican lawmakers would call for President Obama’s impeachment if he released more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without congressional approval. Republicans worry Obama may try to shut down the prison camp unilaterally after congressional opposition has repeatedly stymied efforts to pass legislation to close it. “It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash,” Graham said. “There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.” Graham served as a House prosecutor during former President Clinton’s 1998 impeachment trial.

TALIBAN: WE’LL KIDNAP MORE LIKE BERGDAHL: According to one Taliban commander, the exchange of five imprisoned Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will make his group more likely to kidnap American soldiers and other profitable targets. “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird,” the unnamed commander said.

G.M. SAYS INQUIRY FOUND ‘PATTERN OF INCOMPETENCE’: An internal investigation by General Motors found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” in its decade long failure to recall millions of defective small cars but concluded that there was no deliberate cover-up, the company’s chief executive said Thursday. Mary T. Barra, the chief executive, said 15 employees had been dismissed; most in senior and executive roles, and five others had been disciplined. But despite the broad findings, the report did not tie Ms. Barra and her top lieutenants to the recall delay that G.M. has linked to 13 deaths and 47 crashes.

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YEMEN: WE’VE KILLED 500 OF AL QAEDA: According to the Yemeni government, a military offensive against al Qaeda that began in April has so far killed 500 of the Islamic militants. In response, al Qaeda has increased attacks on government facilities since being driven out of their strongholds and fleeing to the desert and mountains. In addition to the 500 dead, 39 additional suspects are under arrest. The terrorist group has sought to undermine government work to stabilize the country since longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 amid protests.

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PAKISTANI WOMAN SURVIVES AFTER BEING SHOT FOR MARRYING FOR LOVE: An 18-year-old Pakistani has survived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved, police said, weeks after the “honor killing” of another woman drew worldwide condemnation. Ali Akbar, a local police official, said Saba Maqsood had been attacked and shot by her father, uncle, brother and aunt and thrown into the waterway in the city of Hafizabad in Punjab province. “It is an honor-related incident,” Akbar told Reuters.

MARIJUANA USE MAY AFFECT THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF MEN’S SPERM: Smoking marijuana may affect the shape and quality of young men’s sperm, ultimately putting their fertility at risk, new research shows. In a study published in the medical journal Human Reproduction, researchers analyzed many different lifestyle factors that could possibly have an impact on male infertility.  The study was the largest of its kind, examining how habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol affected men’s sperm size and shape – also known as sperm morphology.

MELISSA MCCARTHY REJECTED BY DESIGNERS: Melissa McCarthy, the popular comedic actress from Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Mike & Molly, says that two years ago, when she was nominated for an Oscar, “I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.” McCarthy disclosed the snub in an interview about why she is launching her own clothing line, also admitting that when she is shopping, she rarely finds a dress she likes.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Sprint and T-Mobile US are reportedly in agreement on a mega-merger that would have Sprint buying T-Mobile for roughly $32 billion. While the companies are still working out a formal contract, and the deal could fall through, the merger is expected to be completed this summer. The merger would combine the third- and fourth-largest wireless companies, making the combined entity better positioned to challenge market leaders AT&T and Verizon. The merger could face stiff opposition from regulators, however, and would need approval of both the FCC and the Justice Department.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Daniel Day-Lewis at a H.O.P.E. Foundation benefit at Charcoal Chef in Woodbury, Conn.   ***New York Giants president John Mara and senior vp Chris Mara hosting a dinner in Fresco by Scotto’s private room for players including Antrel Rolle, while dining downstairs were Newt and Callista Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Bill Bratton.   ***Michael Strahan at American Cut in NYC.   ***Lela Loren, the sexy star of 50 Cent’s “Power,” at Jimmy at the James Hotel in NYC.    ***Chef Marcus Samuelsson having drinks at Leave Rochelle Out of It.

RABIES STILL CLAIMS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES ANNUALLY: This may come as a surprise, but rabies still kills an estimated 55,000 people each year. This toll may seem high considering that a vaccine was developed more than a century ago, but the cost of prevention remains relatively high, and so the disease persists in poverty-stricken regions. Each year, more than 15 million people around the globe are treated for exposure to rabies. Experts argue that vaccinating animals is exponentially cheaper than treating people exposed after the fact, yet securing funding for such campaigns remains a challenge.

GWYNETH PALTROW: WATER HAS FEELINGS: In what can only be an effort to test the credulity of her readers, Gwyneth Paltrow recently wrote on her website Goop that she is “fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter.” In fact, what really has Paltrow overflowing with excitement is the work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto and his book The Hidden Messages in Water. “I have long had Dr. Emoto’s coffeetable book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it,” she exclaims. She then asked one of her friends, one Dr. Habib Sadeghi, to write on the theory, who claimed that Emoto’s tests showed water creating more beautiful ice if nice words were used on it.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Robert Plant responded to Jimmy Page’s comments that he was “fed up” with the singer holding back a Led Zeppelin reunion, telling reporters at a press conference he thought the guitarist needed to “have a good rest,” The National reports. “I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again,” Plant said. “We have a great history together and like all brothers, we have these moments where we don’t speak on the same page but that’s life.”

BASEBALL LEGEND DON ZIMMER DIES: Don Zimmer, the man who played with Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese and managed the Red Sox and the Cubs, died at age 83 on Wednesday. Zimmer, who worked in baseball for 66 years, was part of and saw many of the big changes in the game. For instance, he was the first man to play third base for the New York Mets, and was also the manager of the Red Sox during the infamous 1978 season, when Bucky Dent’s home run erased the Red Sox lead in a one-game playoff. Later in life, he was the bench coach for the Yankees during their run for four World Series titles in the 1990s. However, the most famous incident in his time with the Yankees may have been when, at the age of 72, he charged Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during a bench-clearing incident at Fenway, and was subsequently thrown to the ground by Martinez.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ralph Peters: Both President Obama and Ms. Rice seem to think that the crime of desertion in wartime is kind of like skipping class. They have no idea of how great a sin desertion in the face of the enemy is to those in our military. The only worse sin is to side actively with the enemy and kill your brothers in arms. This is not sleeping in on Monday morning and ducking Gender Studies 101.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sandra Bullock and Chelsea Handler are bat­tling for the affections of a younger man – 33-year-old “Captain America” hunk Chris Evans! At 39, Chelsea is six years older than the big-screen beefcake – and sources say the late-night talk host thinks that gives her an edge over 49-year-old Oscar winner Sandra. “Sandy and Chelsea both fell for Chris at the same time,” said a source.   ***Former “Friends” star Courteney Cox is preparing to marry Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid after less than a year of dating, sources say. We’re told that Cox, 49, and McDaid, 37, have discussed getting engaged, and her close friends, including Jennifer Aniston, couldn’t be happier, because they all love him.

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Wednesday • June 4, 2014

BIEBER SINGS ‘ONE LESS LONELY N*GGER’: Justin Bieber’s reprieve from seeming like a total racist was rather short-lived. There is allegedly a second video of the pop singer using racial slurs as a joke, this time as he sings “One Less Lonely N*gger,” a parody of his song “One Less Lonely Girl.” In the video, jokes about killing black people and joining the Klu Klux Klan. The video was first reported by the British tabloid The Sun, which has not posted the footage. The clip comes just days after Bieber apologized for another video where he tells a racist joke and uses the N-word.

RESTAURANTS SPREAD NOROVIRUS: Think twice before approaching the salad bar. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows food handlers cause 70 percent of all Norovirus outbreaks. It’s no wonder they are responsible for so many when one in five restaurant employees reportedly works even when suffering from two of the major Norovirus symptoms, diarrhea and vomiting. More than 90 percent of contamination occurs during food preparation, with the greatest risk among “ready to eat” foods like fruits and sandwiches, which are touched by workers’ bare hands. Thankfully, scientists are working on a vaccine against the Norovirus, but tread lightly around the fresh berries and pineapple until it launches.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In each of the past eight years, the number of countries that moved in an auocratic direction has outnumbered those that moved in a democratic one.

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100,000 MARK TIANANMEN IN HONG KONG: Hong Kong police say 99,500 people gathered in the city’s Victoria Park on Wednesday to honor the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Organizers claim as many as 180,000 were in attendance. The candlelight vigil mourning the bloody attack on protestors in 1989 stood in marked contrast to the absence of commemorative events in mainland China. At the time of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Hong Kong was under British rule but was handed over to China eight years later. State-controlled Chinese media naturally ignored the anniversary while Beijing continued its Internet censorship of anything related to the event. Hong Kong politician Lee Cheuk-yan told the crowd gathered in Victoria Park: “Let’s show our sea of lights to [President] Xi Jinping! Fight till the end!”

HILLARY: I’VE ‘MOVED ON’ FROM LEWINSKY: In an interview with People magazine Wednesday, Hillary Clinton said she’s “moved on” from Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. “I think everybody needs to look to the future,” she said. Asked about her infamous comment that Lewinsky was a “narcissistic loony toon,” Clinton said: “I’m not going to comment on what did and didn’t happen.” Hillary’s comments come after Lewinksy’s story in Vanity Fair last month where she called Hillary’s impulse to “blame the woman…troubling.”

VIDEO OF BERGDAHL SWAP RELEASED: Film of Saturday’s release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees has been released by the Taliban. It shows two guards, one of whom is holding a white flag, walk Bergdahl to a central area where U.S. and Taliban forces shake hands and Bergdahl is patted down. When a helicopter with Bergdahl takes off, a message in English flashes: “Don’t come back to Afghanistan.” It also includes shots of the five detainees arriving in Qatar, greeted by fanfare. Although the video has not yet been independently verified, the Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said he is aware of it and “has no reason to doubt the video’s authenticity.” Once celebrated, the Bergdahl exchange is facing increasing scrutiny. Bergdahl has been accused of desertion and costing his unit the lives of his fellow soldiers. Politicians have also attacked the Obama administration for negotiating with the Taliban, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the White House since 2002.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: WWII ushered in plastic surgery techniques that included rebuilding entire limbs, extensive skin grafts, microsurgery, antibodies, and increased knowledge about tissue health.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter joined Disney executive vp global product development marketing Molly Adams at Katsuya in Glendale.   ***Devious Maids co-executive producer Carol Leifer, who just publisher her memoir How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying, met with Lifetime series development senior vp Nina Lederman at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Rob Reiner shared the room at Boa with Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider.    ***Halle Berry had the rack of lamb at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood.   ***Harvey Weinstein dropped by Bottega Louie after the reading of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight script at the Ace Hotel.   ***Summit’s Patrick Wachsberger, Castle’s Maya Stojan and Silver Linings Playbook’s Paul Herman dined at Ago in West Hollywood.   ***Brian Grazer joined New Line’s Sam Brown and Michael Disco at Bouchon in Beverly Hills, sharing the room with Gersj’s Leslie Siebert.   ***In New York, Jay McInerney took a seat at Narcissa at the Standard East Village.   ***Literary agent Luke Janklow joined Untitled’s Jason Weinberg at The Standard Grill.   ***M3/Relativity president Mitch Grossbach ate at Sarabeth’s.    ***Jerry Bruckheimer broke bread with Jason Reitman at e.baldi in Beverly Hills   ***Little Engine Productions’ Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo took a seat at Ammo. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke was in on the same day. Mila Kunis has been in of late as well.   ***Management 360’s Guymon Casady and Daniel Rappaport met with WME’s Graham Taylor at Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills.   ***CAA’s Richard Lovett sat with producer Michael De Luca at Mouchon.   ***Sharing the room at Oliverio at Avalon Hotel: APA CEO Jim Gosnell and the agency’s Thomas Fry.   ***Lee Daniels was with producer Hilary Shor at Tower Bar. George Clooney also has been in.   ***Doug Ellin had a birthday bite at RivaBella in West Hollywood.   ***Producing couple Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner at FarmShop. David Mamet was a few tables away. Jessica Alba was in at another time.   ***Brett Ratner checked out Bestia.   ***Bill Clinton joined Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen at Baco Mercat.   ***Sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff ate at Nate ‘n Al in Beverly Hills.    ***Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered at Le Pain Quotidien in Brentwood.   ***Better Midler had a Bloody Mary at Mess Hall in Los Feliz.   ***In Palm Springs, Oliver Stone took to Le Vallauris.   ***In New York City, Aisha Tyler visited the Standard Grill at the Standard High Line.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Henry Ford Test-Drives His First Vehicle (1896) Controversial but undeniably influential, Ford was an American engineer who is widely credited with developing the world’s first modern assembly line used in mass production. In the 1880s, the first “horseless carriages” hit the streets, and Ford, future founder of the Ford Motor Company, found himself inspired to build one of his own. In 1896, he produced his first self-propelled vehicle, the Quadricycle, which ran on an ethanol-powered engine and four bicycle wheels

PROOF OF THE MEDIA’S LIBERAL BIAS: “No wonder conservatives don’t trust the media,” said Debra Saunders. A new poll by Indiana University has found that just 7 percent of American journalists identify themselves as Republicans. Four times as many journalists admit to being Democrats (28 percent), while 50 percent profess to be independent (with the rest saying they are “other”). Many of the self-identified independents probably lean left but don’t want to admit it. Liberal journalists like to tell themselves that their profession is so unbalanced because it attracts people who want to challenge authority. They can’t admit the obvious, which is that “liberal editors tend to hire people who dress, think, and vote as they do.” Ironically, the profession that makes such a big deal of seeking out “diversity” is utterly untroubled by its lack of journalists who “think more like America.” Editors are content to hire an occasional token conservative to create a surface appearance of balance. As a result, the media is plagued by “groupthink” in which any story that makes Republicans look stupid is big news, while Democratic scandals are swept under the carpet. The poll numbers don’t lie.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday that it’s expanding its online tool that compares prices on thousands of products with those of some of its competitors to cities nationwide in the next few months. It also plans to offer thousands more products, from general merchandise like TVs and shirts to veggies and other produce, on the online tool that’s called Savings Catcher. And customers will also now be able to use Savings Catcher on Wal-Mart’s mobile app.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: We’ve heard of a lot of hyphenates in the entertainment business, including lawyer-novelist, but lawyer-novelist-magician is a new one. Not only has music business attorney Don Passman of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown (one of THR’s Power Lawyers of 2014) written the best-selling nonfiction book All You Need to Know About the Music Business but he’s also published two mystery novels. Now the longtime amateur magician is using the trickster knowledge he’s been gathering since age 7 as the foundation of a murder mystery in his latest novel, The Amazing Harvey, due out in May from Minotaur Books. He’ll read from the book, and perform a few new tricks May 31 at Book Carnival in Orange County. Passman’s even a member of the private Magic Castle club. “I’ve been going for 21 years,” says Passman, “and am finally using those skills in one of my other jobs. Although sometimes there’s a little magic in law, too.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The number one country of origin of foreign college students in the United States is India, followed by China and South Korea.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: “My kids put rocks and batteries in their mouths,” said Bob Eschino, the owner of Incredibles, which makes candy and serves up chocolate and strawberry fountains. “If I put a marijuana leaf on a piece of chocolate, they’ll still put it in their mouths.” He argues that, since pot goodies leave the dispensary in childproof packages, it is the parents’ responsibility to make sure their kids don’t get hold of it. “Somebody suggested we just make everything look like a gray square so it doesn’t look appealing. Why should the whole industry suffer just because less than 5 percent of people are having problems with the correct dosing?” Does he sound a little paranoid?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I am a sucker for commencements, but this one filled me with many different emotions. As Dina Dara took the stage — the student speaker and valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, in Kurdistan — the sun was just setting, turning Azmar Mountain in the background into a reddish-brown curtain. The class was about 70 percent Kurds, with the rest coming from every corner, religion and tribe of Iraq. Parents bursting with pride, cellphone cameras in one hand and bouquets in the other, had driven up from Basra and Baghdad, dressed in their finest to see their kids get their American-style college degrees. Three Kurdish TV stations carried the ceremony live.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Showbiz legend Patty Duke has become an ordained minister – just so she can officiate at gay weddings. “As an ordained minister I want to marry all the gay couples in our country,” the Oscar-winning actress tweeted recently. The “Valley of the Dolls” star paid $60 to become a minister with the Universal Life Church through an online program. After filling out a short form, she became certified to perform weddings, baptisms and funerals. ***Bruce Willis and Demi Moore are in a new “slugfest” after their 22-year-old daughter Scout posted shocking photos of herself parading around Manhattan topless. The screen stars – who divorced in 2000 – “are at each other’s throats again,” a Hollywood insider said. Bruce hit the roof when middle daughter Scout posted the risque photos on the Internet, reportedly as a feminist protest against Insta­gram’s no-nudity policy. The shocking pictures show her in a floral skirt, flats – and noth­ing else.

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Tuesday • June 3, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cholesterol

1.     Cholesterol is a type of lipid (fat) that is essential for all animal life—in the right amounts. It performs three essential functions: 1) Helps make the outer coating of cells, 2) Makes up the bile acids that work to digest food in the intestine, and 3) Allows the body to make Vitamin D and hormones, such as testosterone in men and estrogen in women.

2.     Because cholesterol is oil based and blood is water based, if cholesterol were just dumped into a person’s bloodstream, it would congeal into unusable globs. The body has to package it in miniscule protein particles called lipoproteins.

3.     Brains are unhealthy to eat because they are high in cholesterol and fat. For example, a single serving of a 140 g. can of “pork brains in milk gravy” contains 3,500 mg. of cholesterol, 1170% of the USRDA.

4.     Reduced blood flow caused by high cholesterol has been linked to sexual disorders. High cholesterol causes fatty deposits that clog blood vessels in the pelvic area, causing erectile dysfunction in men and possibly impacting lubrication in women.

5.     Cholesterol is important for an embryo’s healthy development. Nearly 1 in 9,000 babies is born with a birth defect linked to the fetus’ failure to make the cholesterol it needs.

6.     The U.S. Human Genome Project linked a pregnant woman’s cholesterol deficiency to a defect in the fetal brain called HPE (the failure of the brain to divide normally into two halves). Ninety-nine percent of embryos with HPE are spontaneously aborted. Those which do live usually die within the first year of life and experience severe mental retardation. Consequently, pregnant women are often advised not to take cholesterol-lowering drugs.

7.     Cholesterol protects the integrity of cell membranes and keeps cells healthy and strong. If a person’s cholesterol level were 0 (an impossibility), his cell membranes would be dry and cracked and all the cell content would leak out.

8.     The American Heart Association recommends a maximum intake of 300 mg. of cholesterol per day for those who have normal levels. Those who already have high cholesterol should eat no more than 200 mg. per day.g While eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously thought, one large chicken egg still contains about 185 mg of cholesterol, all of which is contained in the yolk.

9.     A McDonald’s Big Mac has 85 mg. of cholesterol and a Wendy’s Classic Double With Everything has 175 mg. of cholesterol. A single cup of ice cream has more cholesterol than 10 glazed donuts.

10.  While seafood, such as fish, can be healthy, other types of seafood can have high levels of cholesterol. Just 3 oz. of lobster, for example, contains 61 mg. of cholesterol—before it is dipped in butter.

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Bloomberg: Highest and Cheapest Gasoline Prices by Country
“The Bloomberg Gas Price Ranking sorts 61 countries by average price at the pump and by ‘pain at the pump,’ which measures the percentage of an average day’s wages needed to buy a gallon of fuel. See where your country stacks up.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: In a lifetime, the kidneys clean more than 1 million gallons of water, enough to fill a small lake.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jefferson Davis (1808)
During the American Civil War, Davis, a political and military leader who had previously served in both houses of US Congress and distinguished himself as the commander of a volunteer regiment during the Mexican War, was elected President of the Confederate States of America. A West Point graduate, Davis prided himself on his military skills and closely managed the Confederate army. Following the Confederacy’s surrender, he was captured and indicted on charges of treason.

BIG SURPRISE ON AMERICA’S GOT TALENT?: 14 million people will watch America’s Got Talent tonight on NBC. This year the contestants–singers, comedians, and dance acts–may have stiff competition from an artist. Robert Channing is the world’s fastest speed painter and our sources tell us that he will surprise one of the show hosts in dramatic fashion. Channing apparently blows the audience away and may become the season front runner. The speed-painter’s message about turning “Imagination into Art” has become popular on the corporate entertainment circuit, but this is Channing’s first appearance on America’s Got Talent.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: China: Government Sends Troops to Tiananmen Square (1989) In April 1989, Chinese students gathered in Tiananmen Square to demand democratic reform. The demonstrators were gradually joined by workers, intellectuals, and civil servants, until over a million people filled the square and martial law was declared. The protesters demanded that the leadership resign, and the government answered, on June 3, with troops and tanks, killing thousands to quell a “counterrevolutionary rebellion.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like everyone else, I am losing the attention war. I toggle over to my emails when I should be working. I text when I should be paying attention to the people in front of me. I spend hours looking at mildly diverting stuff on YouTube. (“Look, there’s a bunch of guys who can play ‘Billie Jean’ on beer bottles!”) And, like everyone else, I’ve nodded along with the prohibition sermons imploring me to limit my information diet. Stop multitasking! Turn off the devices at least once a week!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Woody Allen: A guy will say, “Well, I make my luck.” And the same guy walks down the street and a piano that’s been hoisted drops on his head. The truth of the matter is your life is very much out of your control.

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Tuesday • June 3, 2014

QATAR ALLOWING FREED TALIBAN MEN TO MOVE FREELY IN COUNTRY: GULF OFFICIAL:

Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country, a senior Gulf official said on Tuesday, a step likely to be scrutinized by Washington.

U.S. officials have referred to the release of the Islamist militants as a transfer and said they would be subject to certain restrictions in Qatar. One of the officials said that would include a minimum one-year ban on them traveling outside of Qatar as well as monitoring of their activities.

“All five men received medical checks and they now live with their families in an accommodation facility in Doha,” the Gulf source, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. “They can move around freely within the country.”

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Monday • June 2, 2014

GOP BLASTS BERGDAHL EXCHANGE: The Obama administration is facing increasing scrutiny from congressional Republicans for its decision to release five Guantanamo Bay detainees for America’s lone POW, Bowe Bergdahl. The GOP is worried the deal is the first step in emptying out Gitmo entirely, Josh Rogin reports. “They’ve lined up all the dominoes to be able to move a lot more detainees out of Guantanamo and this could be just the beginning,” said one Senate aide. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz called the prisoner swap “very disturbing” and said, “What does this tell the terrorists? That if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists.” John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said it is “disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to reenter the fight” because they are “the hardest of the hard-core.” National Security Adviser Susan Rice defended the decision, noting, “In all likelihood, [the returned Taliban detainees] will not pose a national-security risk.” Bergdahl is expected to return to the U.S. this week.

UNVEILING NEW CARBON PLAN, E.P.A. FOCUSES ON FLEXIBILITY: The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The regulation, according to people who spoke anonymously because they had been asked not to reveal details, takes aim at the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants. If it withstands an expected onslaught of legal and legislative attacks, experts say that it could close hundreds of the plants and also lead, over the course of decades, to systemic changes in the American electricity industry, including transformations in how power is generated and used.

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EXPERTS: CHRIS CHRISTIE’S DROPPED 85 POUNDS: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have shed as many as 85 pounds since his lap-band surgery last year and looks to be down to a healthier 230-something weight, according to experts.

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V. STIVIANO ALLEGEDLY BEAT UP IN NYC: The lawyer for V. Stiviano, the woman who secretly recorded Donald Sterling’s infamous remarks, says his client was assaulted in New York City on Sunday night and called racial slurs. “Two white men descended on her” when Stiviano left the Gansevoort Hotel around 7 p.m., said attorney Mac Nehoray. He added, “They were about 5’7 and they knew exactly who she was. They began to hit her and called her the N-word.” Stiviano reportedly needed medical attention, but hasn’t decided whether to file a police report. The announcement came after a video of Stiviano’s own racist comments from a reported 2011 reality-TV show pilot leaked, in which she complained “I don’t understand black people. You give them a little bit of money, they don’t know what to do with it.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Bears live as long as 30 years in the wild. One captive brown bear lived to the age of 47.

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SUDAN NOT FREEING WOMAN WED TO CHRISTIAN: Hopes that Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, would walk free have all but faded. On Saturday, an undersecretary at Sudan’s foreign ministry suggested Ibrahim would be freed, but a day later the government appeared to backtrack. A foreign ministry spokesman said only the courts could decide Ibrahim’s fate and that he was “not aware that any release is imminent.” Sudan has earned international scorn since news broke that Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy. Although she identifies as Christian, the court ruled she was a Muslim and considered her marriage to her Christian husband a capital crime under Islamic law. Since refusing to renounce her Christianity, she has sat in jail, where she gave birth a few days ago to her second child.

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CANCER RESEARCHERS REPORT LONGER SURVIVAL RATES WITH IMMUNOTHERAPY: Drugs that unleash the body’s immune system to combat tumors could allow patients with advanced melanoma to live far longer than ever before, researchers gathered at the nation’s largest cancer conference say. “It’s a completely different world for patients with metastatic melanoma, to talk about the majority of patients being alive for years rather than weeks or months,” said Dr. Jedd D. Wolchok, a melanoma specialist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, interviewed at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology here. The treatments, called immunotherapy, generated a huge stir at last year’s annual meeting, with some doctors predicting a revolution in cancer care.

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ROB FORD EXCITED TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAIN: Rob Ford is apparently quite certain that Toronto voters don’t mind if their mayor smokes crack multiple times or vacates his already minimal political responsibilities for rehab stints. Ford made it clear in an interview on Sunday that he is “excited” to run for reelection. He even plans to express his patriotism by returning from rehab on Canada Day, July 1. “I can’t wait to come back. I can’t wait to get in there and debate,” he said in an interview from his rehabilitation facility, GreeneStone. Bursting with confidence, Ford added “You are going to see a difference. You are going to see a healthier Rob Ford and I am going to win the election on Oct. 27.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Chris Brown has been released from prison after serving just over three weeks of a 131-day jail sentence. A Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy revealed early Monday morning that Brown had been released from Los Angeles County jail at 12:01am PST, but did not provide any further details, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On May 9th, Brown was sentenced to an additional 131 days behind bars after admitting to a Los Angeles judge that he was involved in an altercation in Washington D.C. while on probation.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: A while back I published an article titled “The Rich, the Right, and the Facts,” in which I described politically motivated efforts to deny the obvious — the sharp rise in U.S. inequality, especially at the very top of the income scale. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I found a lot of statistical malpractice in high places. Nor will it surprise you to learn that nothing much has changed. Not only do the usual suspects continue to deny the obvious, but they keep rolling out the same discredited arguments: Inequality isn’t really rising; O.K., it’s rising, but it doesn’t matter because we have so much social mobility; anyway, it’s a good thing, and anyone who suggests that it’s a problem is a Marxist. What may surprise you is the year in which I published that article: 1992.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***TV legend Mary Tyler Moore is exhibiting symptoms similar to dementia and Alzheimer’s dis­ease, and friends fear she could be dead in three months! Sources say the 77-year-old actress’ failing health has led to a heartbreaking nursing home drama, with Mary refusing to enter a facility.

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Sunday • June 1, 2014

BERGDAHL RELEASE ARRANGEMENT COULD THREATEN THE SAFETY OF AMERICANS, REPUBLICANS SAY: Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out. “Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-Calif.) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (Okla.), said in a joint statement.

EARLY CHEMOTHERAPY EXTENDS LIVES OF MEN WITH PROSTATE CANCER, STUDY FINDS: Many men with prostate cancer put off using chemotherapy as long as possible, fearing its side effects. But a new study has found that men given chemotherapy early in their treatment for advanced disease lived a median of nearly 14 months longer than those who did not get early chemotherapy. The result could upend the established treatment practice, researchers said here on Sunday. “We haven’t seen survival benefits like that for any therapy in prostate cancer,” said Dr. Michael J. Morris, an associate professor at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, who was not involved in the study but was selected to publicly comment on it at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

TERROR SUSPECTS FREED BY OBAMA ADMIN. WERE LABELED ‘HIGH RISK’ IN 2008: REPORT: All five terror suspects the Obama administration exchanged for the release of Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl on Saturday were deemed in a 2008 Pentagon dossier to be  ‘high risk’ for launching attacks on American interests if released.  A Senior U.S. defense official confirmed the identities of the five Taliban commanders Saturday, the Daily Best reported. Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari are set to be released from Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba, The Daily Beast reported. “They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the non-profit Long War Journal.

N.S.A. COLLECTING MILLIONS OF FACES FROM WEB IMAGES: The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show. The agency’s ambitions for this highly sensitive ability and the scale of its effort have not previously been disclosed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Swimsuits now can be made from UV-protective fabrics. The suits can offer 50+ UPF, blocking up to 98% of the sun’s rays.

SUDAN MAY FREE WOMAN WED TO CHRISTIAN: A Sudan official told the BBC that Meriam Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, would be freed in a few days. The country has earned scorn from the international community since it became known that Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy. Although she identifies as Christian, the court ruled she was a Muslim and considered her marriage to her Christian husband a hanging crime under Islamic law. Since refusing to renounce her Christianity, she has sat in jail, where she gave birth a few days ago to her second child. The BBC first reported that under-secretary at the foreign ministry Abdullahi Alzareg said Ibrahim would be freed, but her husband, Daniel Wani, says no one has contacted him about her released. He said, “As far as I’m concerned I will wait for the appeal which my lawyer submitted and I hope that my wife will be released.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: States and Taxes:

Least Taxed states:
1.    Wyoming
2.    Alaska
3.    Nevada
4.    Florida
5.    South Dakota

Most Taxed States:
1.    New York
2.    California
3.    Nebraska
4.    Connecticut
5.    Illinois

Smallest Tax % of Income:
1.    Wyoming
2.    Alaska
3.    S. Dakota
4.    Texas
5.    Louisiana

Greatest Tax % of Income:
1.    New York
2.    New Jersey
3.    Connecticut
4.    California
5.    Wisconsin

CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT DIVERTED AFTER DOG POOPS: A cross-country flight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor. US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said the May 28 US Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to make an unscheduled stop in Kansas City, Christie called the episode a “rare and unfortunate situation.” The flight continued after the mess was cleaned up on the ground. The passenger and service dog were rebooked on another flight.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Leo DiCaprio, Lukas Haas and model Devon Windsor sipping lattes at (blank), an artsy coffee space at gallery Wallplay in NYC.   ***Jane Seymour at Gallow Green after seeing “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical”.   *** Regis Philbin at Latitude Bar & Grill in NYC.   ***Martial arts pro Paul Mormando filming “Double Fist” at cafe A Little Bit of Brooklyn.   ***Nas taking over the VIP area of the Empire Hotel Rooftop’s Level R with Raekwon, Brooklyn Nets Alan Anderson and Andray Blatche and Denver Nugget JaVale McGee.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The San Francisco homeless charity that benefits from the annual auction of a private lunch with Warren Buffett hopes another buyer will pay more than $1 million for the privilege this year. Already, Buffett has raised roughly $16 million for the Glide Foundation over the past 14 years. This year’s online auction starts Sunday and runs through Friday evening. Last year’s winner got a relative bargain by paying $1,000,100. Four of the previous five winners each paid over $2 million, and the 2012 winning bid of $3,456,789 remains the most expensive charity item ever sold on eBay.

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

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SPURS BEAT THUNDER FOR HEAT REMATCH: The San Antonio Spurs took the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games, punching their return ticket for the NBA Finals. The Spurs pulled off the 112-107 overtime victory, even though one of the team’s stars, Tony Parker, had to leave the game early due to ankle soreness. With the Western Conference finals behind them, the Spurs are set to repeat 2013, facing off against the Miami Heat for the championship. Lebron James and the Heat robbed the Spurs of the title last year, but the Spurs’ Tim Duncan says they’re ready for a rematch. “We’re happy that it’s the Heat again. We’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still. Hopefully we’ll be ready to take it this time

LASER PROCEDURE STIMULATES TOOTH TISSUE GROWTH: Lasers could someday be used to help repair teeth. Researchers were able to stimulate new dentin growth in the teeth of mice and rats after just a single dose of laser therapy. Dentin is the bonelike tissue surrounding the pulp cavity of a tooth and comprising the bulk of the tooth. This sort of procedure could not regenerate an entire tooth—it cannot rebuild enamel, the protective outer layer of tooth material, nor can it stimulate dentin regrowth if the pulp is necrotic—but it could, in some cases, allow people to avoid painful root canal procedures.

SINGER RAY J ARRESTED AFTER BAR FIGHT: Singer Ray J was arrested on Friday night on charges of battery, trespassing, and vandalism after an alleged altercation at a bar at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Beverly Hills police initially responded to a complaint that Ray J had touched a woman inappropriately, but contact was deemed “incidental.” He then refused to leave the hotel after becoming angry with a valet and was taken into custody, at which point he allegedly kicked out a car window and spit in an officer’s face. Ray J, singer Brandy’s younger brother, is perhaps most infamous for co-starring in a sex tape with Kim Kardashian—and hasn’t shut up about it in the years since.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Cable News Network (CNN) Begins Broadcasting (1980)
CNN, a division of the Turner Broadcasting System owned by Time Warner, is widely credited with introducing the concept of 24-hour news coverage. Today, the network reaches more than 1 billion people in more than 200 countries. Its coverage of the Gulf War and other conflicts and crises of the early 1990s, including, perhaps most famously, the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, led to the coining of the term “the CNN effect.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: WE no longer have news. We have springboards for commentary. We have cues for Tweets. Something happens, and before the facts are even settled, the morals are deduced and the lessons drawn. The story is absorbed into agendas. Everyone has a preferred take on it, a particular use for it. And as one person after another posits its real significance, the discussion travels so far from what set it in motion that the truth — the knowable, verifiable truth — is left in the dust.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: In an ideal world, perhaps, the testimony left by the young man who killed six people in Santa Barbara would have perished with its author: the video files somehow wiped off the Internet, his manifesto deleted and any printed copy pulped. Spree killers seek the immortality of infamy, and their imitators are inspired by how easily they win it. As Ari Schulman argued last year in The Wall Street Journal, there would probably be fewer copycat rampages if the typical killer’s face and name didn’t lead the news coverage, if fewer details of biography and motive circulated, if a mass murderer’s “ability to make his internal psychodrama a shared public reality” were more strictly circumscribed.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Woody Allen: It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone. And everything that you value, whether it is Shakespeare, Beethoven, Da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone. The earth will be gone. The sun will be gone. There’ll be nothing. The best you can do to get through life is distraction.  Love works as a distraction. And work works as a distraction. You can distract yourself a billion different ways. But the key is to distract yourself.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: When President Obama sits down to write his foreign policy memoir he may be tempted to use as his book title the four words he reportedly uses privately to summarize the Obama doctrine: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” (with “stuff” sometimes defined more spicily). Up to now, that approach has not served the country badly — fight where you must, fix what you can, work with allies wherever possible but never forget that using force is not the sole criteria for seriousness, considering, as Obama noted in a speech last week, that the wars that costs us the most were those we leapt into without proper preparation or allies and “without leveling with the American people about the sacrifice required.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jon Bon Jovi’s wife Dorothea Hurley, 52, accidentally sliced her palm below her wrist with a knife while chopping veggies — prompting a frantic 911 call from her superstar hubby and a trip to the ER on Saturday, police sources said. Hurley was cutting an onion inside the couple’s penthouse on Mercer Street in SoHo at around 11:30 a.m. when the knife slipped and cut her left hand, causing “heavy bleeding,” police sources said.

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Saturday • May 31, 2014

REPORT: ‘UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS’ WILL BE ABLE TO ‘JOIN THE MILITARY’: The Huffington Post reports that the “Obama Administration Plans To Let Some Young Undocumented Immigrants Join The Military.” The plans have been approved by the Pentagon. “Pentagon officials have approved a policy that would allow a limited group of undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military, opening up a path for them to eventually become citizens, The Huffington Post has learned,” reports the website.

FAT! STUDY FINDS NEARLY 29% OF WORLD POPULATION IS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE: The obesity epidemic is global: 2.1 billion people, or about 29% of the world’s population, were either overweight or obese in 2013, and nearly two out of three of the obese live in developing countries, according to a study released Thursday. The prevalence of overweight and obese people rose by 27.5% for adults and 47.1% for children between 1980 and 2013, according to the study, led by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and published Thursday in the journal the Lancet. In 1980, 857 million people were overweight or obese.

HOSTAGE TRADE: U.S. officials say Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken hostage in June 2009, was released early Saturday in exchange for five Afghan Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***New regulations passed by the Sacramento City Council will require taxi drivers in Sacramento to speak English.   ***The divergent lives of a championship golfer, a high-rolling gambler and a billionaire investor have collided in a federal insider trading investigation. Federal authorities are examining a series of well-timed trades made by the golfer Phil Mickelson and the gambler William T. Walters, people briefed on the investigation said, focusing on trading in two different stocks. The authorities are also questioning what role, if any, the investor Carl C. Icahn may have had in sharing information about one of the stocks: the consumer products company Clorox.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are 28 million cancer survivors worldwide.

YIKES! ‘SHOULDER-SHAMING’ AT UTAH HIGH SCHOOL: Administrators at Wasatch High School on Friday declined to apologize for adding Photoshopped clothing to cover the bare shoulders of at least seven girls in their yearbook photos. No male photos were altered and student athletes and cheerleaders who showed more than the permitted amount of skin also did not have their photos changed. Administrators say there were signs on picture day warning students to obey the dress code, but parents, students, and women’s rights activists have criticized the school’s non-apology and its decision to Photoshop the students, saying the decision fits into a broader pattern of misogyny.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***The famous quote claims the only thing in life worse than being talked about, is not being talked about – and a new study may have proved this to be the case.   Being ignored at work has been found to be worse for a person’s health than people who are harassed or bullied. Researchers found that while most consider ostracism less harmful than bullying, feeling excluded is significantly more likely to lead job dissatisfaction, quitting and health problems.

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GOOGLE ALLOWS LINK REMOVAL REQUESTS: After receiving thousands of requests to give people a way to remove links about themselves from search results, Google is providing Europeans with an online form where they formally ask for link removals. Chief Executive Larry Page said Google is “trying now to be more European, and think about [data collection] maybe more from a European context.” The European Court of Justice ruled this month that search engines are subject to data-protection rules and therefore must remove “outdated, wrong, or irrelevant” information from their indexes. About 40 percent of the requests for link removal come from Germany, with 13 percent from the U.K.

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CANCELLED: A new arena version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child has abruptly cancelled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans. Producers quietly pulled the plug on the project Friday without explanation. Show publicist Fran Curtis did not return messages seeking a reason for the cancellation.

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.

MILITARY MOM WANTS TO SMACK GWYNIE: Goopy Gwynie ignites conflagration of idiocy as military moms fight back after Paltrow’s remarks rankle America’s bravest. After the “Iron Man” star compared soldiers fighting in war to celebrities getting bashed online, military mom, and wife of former P.O.W. and ex-Prez contender John McCain, Cindy McCain took to Twitter to call the entitled Hollywood spawn “a joke. ”The brouhaha began this week after Paltrow, 41, reared herf silly head at a technology convention, Re/Code’s Code Conference, in El Lay. She complained about the “dehumanizing” scrutiny celebs receive from news outlets and social media sites. “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it,” the well-heeled show biz brat said, drawing fire from Cindy McCain, who tweeted “Gwyneth Paltrow is a joke.”

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***In his highly anticipated new book and movie “America,” conservative author Dinesh D’Souza is warning that Hillary Clinton won’t be a clone of her moderate husband, but will instead take the baton from President Obama to continue radicalizing the country and “undo the nation’s founding ideals.” “America — Imagine a World Without Her,” published by Regnery and set for release Monday, charges that as students of radical organizer Saul Alinsky, Obama and Clinton could have enough time to “unmake and then remake America” into a nation the founding fathers wouldn’t recognize.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Walt Whitman (1819)
Whitman was an innovative American poet whose works dealt overtly with topics like sexuality while celebrating the collective experience of an idealized, democratic American life. In 1855, he published at his own expense Leaves of Grass, a volume of 12 poems. It was a commercial failure but became one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature

LBN-COMMENTARY by Christopher Caldwell: It looked like Barack Obama might do something rash when he travelled to West Point, New York, on Wednesday to deliver the commencement address of the US Military Academy. Foreign policy thinkers in both parties have accused the president of being unwilling to provide US leadership in the world. They urge him to look to his “legacy” and to think big. The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recommended the Ukraine crisis as a “legacy opportunity” and even suggested a series of activist steps.  This is, alas, a typically American way of looking at history. The late historian Christopher Lasch marveled in the early 1990s at the way Bill Clinton arrived in office “already obsessed with his ‘place in the history books’ . . . as if ‘history’ were just a kind of protracted version of the publicity industry, and you could reserve a room just by phoning ahead with a little advance hype”. Mr. Obama does not need to bully anyone to secure a “legacy”. Changing US foreign policy after George W Bush’s two terms is the main thing he was elected to do. He has done it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sarah Silverman: I understand that the doctor had to spank me when I was born, but I really don’t see any reason he had to call me a whore.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tina Fey: Let’s admit it, yellow hair does have magic powers. You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to f*ck it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: A strong contender for quote of the month comes from Dennis Loy Johnson, of the small publishing firm Melville House. “How is this not extortion?” he said to David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy of The Times, in a story published last week. “You know, that thing that is illegal when the Mafia does it.” He was referring to Amazon. As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Amazon and Hachette, the big publishing house, are in a pricing dispute. Pricing disputes, of course, take place all the time, but they don’t usually include accusations of extortion. Walmart became a giant, low-cost retailer by constantly squeezing its suppliers for better — i.e. lower — prices. Cable companies regularly get into pricing squabbles with television networks. Even in the book business, pricing disputes are not uncommon. In its heyday, Barnes & Noble was constantly fighting with publishers to get better prices, so it could offer bigger discounts on best-selling books.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roseanne Barr: Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Scout Willis loves her breasts – but swears she never expected them to cause such a stir when she took a topless stroll through the Lower East Side on Tuesday. “It would be naive to say I didn’t think it would cause a controversy, a buzz,” she said. “But never did I expect the outpouring – both of media attention, as well as incredibly positive support.” The 22-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and “Striptease” star Demi Moore explained that she underwent breast reduction surgery a few years back and is only now more comfortable with her body, and hasn’t felt “like wearing a bra.” ***Twenty-five-year-old Ukrainian “journalist” Vitalii Sediuk pleaded no contest to battery on Friday after he leaped over a barrier and made contact with Brad Pitt at the Los Angeles premiere of Maleficent. Sediuk was sentenced to three years of probation and a year’s worth of psychological counseling. He was also ordered to stay away from Angelina Jolie, and 500 yards away from the block in Hollywood where film premieres and the Academy Awards are hosted.   ***Reportedly, Sofia Vergara gave her fiancée Nick Loeb the old heave-ho after she caught him hawking his wares — in more ways than one.  “She was appalled when he went to the White House as Sofia’s plus-one and sneaked in a container of (his company’s) Onion Crunch, which he tried to get the president to pose with,” a source said. “He was on probation with her after that, but, like a spoiled brat, never reformed.”

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Friday • May 30, 2014

SHINSEKI RESIGNS AFTER VA SCANDAL:

President Obama said Friday he accepted the resignation of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

He made the announcement shortly after Shinseki apologized publicly Friday for what he called an “indefensible” lack of integrity among some senior leaders of the VA health-care system and announced several remedial steps, including a process to remove top officials at the troubled VA medical center in Phoenix.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Orgasms

1.     The word “orgasm” is from the Greek word orgasmos, which is defined as “to swell with moisture, be excited or eager.”

2.     An orgasm is the “buildup of pleasurable body sensations and excitement to a peak intensity that then release tensions and creates a feeling of satisfaction and relaxation.”

3.     Orgasms feel generally similar for men and women. The two body parts primarily involved in orgasms, the penis and clitoris, are homologous, meaning they both originate from the same tissue in the developing embryo. Additionally, the spinal cord and brain are connected to the penis and clitoris by the same nerve route—a pair of pudendal nerves.

4.     Men’s orgasms stimulate the same area of the brain as does heroin in an addict’s brain, strongly suggesting that sex can be addictive.

5.     Not all orgasms feel the same. Because the genitals are connected to several different pairs of nerves, stimulating different combinations of nerves produces different sensations. Additionally, orgasms are affected by cognitive, psychological, and pharmacological variables.

6.     Orgasms can relieve pain, albeit for only about 8–10 minutes afterwards. However, even thinking about sex can relieve pain.

7.     A “blended” orgasm is an orgasm that occurs when two or three regions of the genital area have been stimulated, creating an additive effect. For example, in women, the clitoris is connected mainly to the pudendal nerves, the vagina mainly to the pelvic nerves, and the cervix to the hypogastric, pelvic, and vagus nerves. Stimulating them together can create a more encompassing, “blended” orgasm.

8.     Multiple orgasms are orgasms that occur in close succession, from a few seconds to a few minutes apart. Multiple orgasms are more frequently associated with women; however, men can experience them as well. In fact, Chinese documents from in 2968 B.C. describe men’s multiple orgasm.

9.     Using condoms does not affect the quality of an orgasm. A woman is equally likely to experience an orgasm with or without a condom. If a man is resistant to wearing a condom, partners may consider manual stimulation first.

10.   Anorgasmia means “lack of orgasm.” This condition, where a person cannot achieve orgasm, can affect both men and women.

9/11 MUSEUM YANKS COMMEMORATIVE CHEESE PLATTER AFTER OUTRAGE: The National September 11 Memorial Museum has pulled its controversial commemorative cheese platter from its shelves after an outcry at the museum’s opening. The USA-shaped platter featured hearts over New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, where the planes crashed on 9/11. The item was first reported by Gothamist a week ago and was met with resounding criticism.

POLICE KNEW ABOUT RODGER’S VIDEOS: Three weeks before he killed six college students at UCSB, Elliot Rodger was visited by law officials who knew about his disturbing videos posted online. The new disclosure from the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s department followed an earlier claim that deputies had been unaware of any video when they checked on him on April 30. During the visit, police never searched the residence or checked to see if he had firearms because they did not deem him a threat. The statement from the department does not say why the videos were never viewed or if the deputies knew anything about the contents.

FORMER MICROSOFT CEO TO BUY CLIPPERS: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles Clippers from current co-owner Shelly Sterling for $2 billion. Ballmer outbid competitors including Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh and a group including David Geffen and executives from the Guggeinheim Group. The deal must still be cleared by Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for more than three decades before he was caught on tape insulting African Americans. It will also need the blessing of 29 other NBA owners, who are expected to approve as long as Ballmer pledges again to keep the team in L.A. and not move them to Seattle, where he lives.

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FRIEND OF TSARNAEV BROTHERS ACCUSED OF OBSTRUCTING MARATHON INQUIRY: Federal prosecutors on Friday arrested a Kyrgyzstani citizen who they said bought dinner for the two brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombing the night of the attack, charging him with obstructing the investigation into the bombing. Investigators said the Kyrgyzstani man, Khairullozhon Matanov, a 23-year-old taxi driver who lives in Quincy, Mass, had social ties to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspects in the bombing, according to court documents, but lied to investigators about the extent of that friendship and of his communication with the brothers in the days following the bombing.

WORLD ON BRINK OF SIXTH GREAT EXTINCTION: A study published Thursday in the journal Science has dramatic news: Species of plants and animals are going extinct about 10 times faster than biologists had previously believed, meaning they are disappearing from Earth at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans existed. “We are on the verge of the sixth great extinction,” said study lead author Stuart Primm. “Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.” Many issues are combining to crowd species out of their habitats, but the top reason is habitat loss, as humans continue to build over and alter the environment. As space tightens, invasive species often take over—a process only helped along by two new shipping routes in the Arctic. Commercial ships often accidentally carry invasive species, and carrying them from one ocean into the other “is a game changer that will play out on a global scale,” said Whitman Miller, a biologist from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

LBN-NOTICED: ***“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo lunching at Fresh Hamptons on chicken soup and sautéed greens with her husband, Christopher Ivery, their daughter Stella Luna and a female friend.   ***Ramona Singer with husband Mario at 75 Main in Southampton over the weekend, after taking him back following a breakup.   ***Minnie Driver stocking up on products at the Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills.   ***Rick Ross hosting a dinner for his Maybach Music Group family at Soho Beach House Miami.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Newsmax today announced that its new 24/7 TV channel will begin airing in mid-June on DirecTV in more than 20 million homes and businesses.

MPAA Bans ‘Sin City’ Poster: The new poster for the upcoming Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For, which features actress Eva Green standing in the shadows, holding a gun, and wearing a sheer white gown was nixed by the Motion Picture Association of America, “for nudity—curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.” As a result, Dimension Films has decided to rework the poster, this time in compromise with the association. The film opens August 22.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Irving Azoff and Ron Perelman threw a mogul-heavy party in LA to celebrate Lisa Robinson’s rock memoir “There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll.”  The power brokers of Hollywood turned out for the party at Soho House Wednesday, with guests including Les Moonves, Ron Meyer, Brad Grey, Brian Grazer, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Brett Ratner along with music industry legend Berry Gordy and Universal Music Chairman Lucian Grainge.  Also there: Penny Marshall, Lorraine Bracco, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Will Arnett and Rashida Jones.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Lincoln Memorial Dedicated (1922)
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, has been the site of many historic events, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington. The building, designed by Henry Bacon and styled after a Greek temple, has 36 massive columns, representing the states of the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death. Inside the building is a heroic statue of Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester French

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bret Michaels faced a medical emergency on Thursday, cutting short a concert in Manchester, New Hampshire after suffering extremely low blood sugar, the Associated Press reports. The singer – who has battled with diabetes since childhood – was forced to leave the stage after three songs and was being monitored by paramedics that night.   ***Marilyn Manson will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of FX’s hit biker drama, Sons of Anarchy. The musician will portray a fittingly outrageous character: Ron Tully, a white supremacist who uses his reputation as a prison big shot to help Jax (Charlie Hunnam) expand his power base.

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RANGERS HEADED TO STANLEY CUP: After beating the Montreal Canadians 1-0 on Thursday night, the New York Rangers are heading to the Stanley Cup for the first time in 20 years. A goal from Dominic Moore late in the second period put the Ranger’s ahead, and goalkeeping from Henrik Lunqvist kept the Canadians scoreless. The Rangers will face either Los Angeles or Chicago on June 4. The last time the team reached the finals, they went on to win it, led by Mark Messier and Mike Richter against Vancouver.


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