LBN – Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

*What Happened? – Family and Friends Shocked That ‘Smart’ ‘Computer Geek’ Is Austin Bombing Suspect:

The family and friends of the 23-year-old man suspected of carrying out the Austin bombings have spoken of their shock, saying Mark Anthony Conditt was a smart and kind “computer geek.” Conditt is suspected of carrying out the bombings that killed two people and wounded four others—he blew himself up Wednesday after being hunted down by the FBI and local SWAT teams. Conditt’s uncle told the Associated Press: “I mean, this is coming from nowhere. We just don’t know what. I don’t know how many ways to say it but everyone is caught off guard by this.” The suspect’s neighbor described him as “smart” and “polite,” while his grandmother Mary Conditt said: “We don’t have any answers. We are just shocked. This is not the Mark I knew.” Other local residents said the Conditt family was very religious and hosted large religious gatherings every Sunday. “I know that they were church-going people,” said one neighbor, with another woman who home-schooled with the suspect saying of him: “He seemed like a normal boy.”

*Chilling – New CCTV Footage Shows Las Vegas Shooter Assembling His Arsenal at Hotel:

Previously unseen CCTV footage from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where Stephen Paddock shot 58 people dead last October, shows the murderer methodically planning his attack and duping staff into carrying his stash of deadly weapons to his room in more than 20 suitcases. The footage, obtained by The New York Times, also shows Paddock eating and gambling alone in the hotel in the days leading up to the attack. Over the course of seven days, Paddock tricked staff into bringing 21 bags to his suite on the 32nd floor, which contained 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The shooter asked to stay with his luggage each time it was brought up to his room and the footage shows staff taking him and his bags to the 32nd floor via a service elevator. Paddock is also shown frequently driving to and from his hotel, returning with bags picked up from his home in Mesquite—an hour north of the hotel. The last sighting of Paddock is of him arriving at the 32nd floor in an elevator around nine hours before he began the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

*Zuckerberg, Facing Facebook’s Worst Crisis Yet, Pledges Better Privacy:

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerbergon Wednesday publicly addressed for the first time the misuse of data belonging to 50 million users of the social network and described the steps the company would take to safeguard the information of its more than two billion monthly users. Although his statement addressing a chorus of criticism fell short of a full-throated apology, Mr. Zuckerberg said that Facebook would contact users whose data had been harvested through a personality quiz app and passed along to the political data firm Cambridge Analytica. “We have a responsibility to protect your data,” Mr. Zuckerberg said Wednesday in a Facebook post, “and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” Mr. Zuckerberg, 33, was trying to quell the crisis over the disclosure last weekend that Cambridge Analytica had used data that had been improperly obtained from Facebook as the firm worked on behalf of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.

*Poll: Only 7 Percent of Teachers Want to Carry Guns in Schools:

Only 7 percent of the nation’s teachers want to carry guns to school, according to the results of a new Gallup poll released Thursday. More than a third of teachers surveyed said they want tougher gun-control legislation; 20 percent favor an assault-weapons ban, while 10 percent want background checks for potential gun owners. Preventative measures against school shootings regained national attention following the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that left 17 people dead. Last month, President Trump suggested training and arming teachers as a way to prevent new school shootings; the National Rifle Association has doubled down on its effort to arm school staff, a talking point the group has held since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, several teachers told The Daily Beast that arming teachers is “irresponsible” and they would “resign immediately” if ordered to carry a weapon in class.

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*John Dowd To Resign As Trump’s Lead Lawyer In Russia Probe:

John Dowd is resigning as President Donald Trump’s lead attorney assigned to handle Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported Thursday. Dowd’s reported resignation comes just days after Trump added former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova to his legal team. Rumors of Dowd’s imminent departure have been swirling for several months. The Times reported earlier this month that Trump hoped to add to his legal team Emmet Flood, a veteran Washington attorney who represented President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s during his impeachment hearings. Trump immediately denied the report and tweeted that he was “VERY happy” with his legal team

*Trump Says He Could Beat Up Joe Biden:

The president of the United States has challenged former Vice President Joe Biden to a fist fight, and he thinks he’s going to win. Perhaps it was an inevitable response to Biden’s comments on Tuesday, when he said: “If [he and Trump] were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Just after 6 a.m. ET, Trump mocked the “mentally and physically weak” Biden and insisted that he would leave him in tears if the two men were to actually have a fight. Trump tweeted: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Citigroup is setting restrictions on the sale of firearms by its business customers, making it the first Wall Street bank to take a stance in the divisive nationwide gun control debate. The new policy, announced Thursday, prohibits the sale of firearms to customers who have not passed a background check or who are younger than 21. It also bars the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. It would apply to clients who offer credit cards backed by Citigroup or borrow money, use banking services or raise capital through the company. The rules, which the company described as “common-sense measures,” echo similar restrictions established by some major retailers, like Walmart. But they also represent the boldest such move to emerge from the banking sector.

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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A leading AIDS researcher and proponent of medication-assisted therapy for addiction was appointed Wednesday to oversee the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alex M. Azar II, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, announced that the agency’s new director would be Dr. Robert R. Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and co-founder of the Institute for Human Virology.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Lisa Garcia Quiroz, the founding publisher of People en Español, one of the most popular Hispanic magazines in the United States, died on Friday at her mother’s home in Denver. She was 57. The cause was pancreatic cancer, her husband, Guy Garcia, said.

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*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:  ***Kim Cattrall supports her “Sex and the City” co-star Cynthia Nixon‘s run for New York governor.On Thursday, Cattrall, 61, responded to a fan on Twitter who asked about Nixon, writing: “I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.” Nixon, 51, announced her bid for New York governor on Monday. Soon after, Kristin Davis — who played Charlotte on “Sex and the City” — shared her support of Nixon by tweeting: “I know she would be an excellent Governor.” ***Rod Stewart didn’t quite approve of his friend Elton John’s recent announcement about retiring with a three-year global goodbye tour. “I did email [John] and said, ‘What, again, dear?’” the rocker, 73, quipped on Wednesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live.” “And I didn’t hear anything back.” The friendly pair has always acted cheeky toward each other — spiritedly calling each other women’s names. Stewart calls John “Sharon,” while John calls Stewart “Phyllis,” reports Entertainment Tonight.

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LBN – Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

*Report: Federal Trade Commission Investigating Facebook Over Use of Personal Data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook over “whether it violated terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data,” according to Bloomberg. The investigation will reportedly involve looking into allegations that the social networking platform allowed data analysis company Cambridge Analytica to “receive some user data in violation of its policies.” This comes as a whistleblower said that private data of 50 million Facebook users was collected without consent, and after the CEO of Cambridge Analytica was caught on tape offering blackmail services of political opponents to undercover reporters. Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

*CHAOS – Police Evacuate Austin FedEx Facility Over Suspicious Package

A suspicious package at a FedEx Ground facility in Austin has caused police and fire officials to evacuate the area near the city’s airport, just hours after a midnight explosion at another facility near San Antonio. The chaos unfolds in the aftermath of four bombs within the last two weeks that have killed two people and injured another four. The explosion earlier Tuesday injured one woman, but she was treated at the scene and released. That package was en route to Austin, officials have said. According to CBS San Antonio, an FBI official told reporters that it was “more than possible” the early-morning bomb is related to the other local explosions in the Texas capital. Another FBI special agent, Michelle Lee, told the Associated Press that “it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related.”

*DON’T MESS WITH THE PUPS – United Suspends Dog Cargo Travel After Week of Mishaps

United Airlines has suspended new reservations for pets traveling in its cargo compartments after three dogs were loaded onto the wrong planes and another died in an overhead bin last week. The airline said Tuesday that it will be honoring existing reservations on its PetSafe pet travel service, but will not be taking new reservations until further notice. This change will reportedly not affect pets traveling in the main cabin with their owners. “We are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets,” United spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin told The Chicago Tribune. According to the newspaper, the report should be complete byMay 1.

*USS Juneau Wreckage Found Near Solomon Islands

The wreckage of the World War II warship USS Juneau has been located off the coast of Solomon Islands. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sponsored the expedition to find the ship, which was found 4,000 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean on Saturday. The Juneau was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in November 1942 during the Battle of Guadalcanal, killing 687 men. Among those lost were the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Ohio, who, despite a rule stipulating that no siblings could serve in the same unit, famously refused to serve unless they were together. A Navy destroyer—USS The Sullivans—was later named in honor of the brothers George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert. The ship reportedly split in two under torpedo fire, and only 10 soldiers were able to saved from the battle scene. In the past year, Allen’s crews have also found the remains of the USS Indianapolis, the USS Lexington, and several other wartime wrecks.

*French Ex-President Sarkozy in Custody Over Gaddafi Donation Claims

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in police custody Tuesday morning, facing questions surrounding allegations that he benefited from Libyan funding during his 2007 election campaign. Since 2013, French authorities have been investigating allegations that Sarkozy took illicit cash from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed during the Libyan civil war in 2011. Sarkozy, who served as French president from 2007 to 2012, has strongly denied receiving any illicit donations and previously described the Libyan allegations as “grotesque.” The allegations came from a French-Lebanese businessman and have been backed by former officials from the ousted Gaddafi regime. Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial regarding unrelated allegations about the financing of his failed 2012 re-election campaign, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.

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*Obama’s former media director: Facebook was once ‘on our side’:  

A former media director for the Obama campaign said Facebook allowed them to access the personal data of its users in 2011 because the social media giant was “on our side.” “They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,” Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, wrote Sunday on Twitter. Davidsen said she and her team were able to gather massive amounts of personal information from Facebook users, as well as their friends.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat and the public outcry is resulting in the departure of a senior executive. The impending exit of that executive — Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer — reflects heightened leadership tension at the top of the social network. Much of the internal disagreement is rooted in how much Facebook should publicly share about how nation states misused the platform and debate over organizational changes in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, according to current and former employees briefed on the matter. Mr. Stamos, who plans to leave Facebook by August, had advocated more disclosure around Russian interference of the platform and some restructuring to better address the issues, but was met with resistance by colleagues, said the current and former employees. In December, Mr. Stamos’s day-to-day responsibilities were reassigned to others, they said.

*Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers:

Californians may still love the beautiful weather and beaches, but more and more they are fed up with the high housing costs and taxes and deciding to flee to lower-cost states such as Nevada, Arizona and Texas. “There’s nowhere in the United States that you can find better weather than here,” said Dave Senser, who lives on a fixed income near San Luis Obispo, California, and now plans to move to Las Vegas. “Rents here are crazy, if you can find a place, and they’re going to tax us to death. That’s what it feels like. At least in Nevada they don’t have a state income tax. And every little bit helps.” Senser, 65, who previously lived in the east San Francisco Bay region, said housing costs and gas prices are “significantly lower in Las Vegas. The government in the state of California isn’t helping people like myself. That’s why people are running out of this state now.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Millennials are increasingly ditching the pill — that miracle tablet that ushered in female empowerment and free love — and opting for more old-fashioned methods of contraception, from condoms to the rhythm method to diaphragms. A new survey of 2,000 US women by Cosmopolitan magazine found that 70 percent of millennials who have used the pill have stopped taking it or thought about stopping in the past three years.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Health tech companies are making a big push to digitize medicine, introducing novel tools like digital pills that track when patients take their drugs and smart spoons that can automatically adjust to hand tremors. Now they want some patients to get prescription treatments from the app store as well. Later this year, doctors treating patients addicted to substances like cocaine and amphetamines will be able to prescribe Reset, an app that gives patients lessons to help them modify their behavior. The Food and Drug Administration cleared it in September as the first mobile medical app to help treat substance-use disorders.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Boy George announced a lengthy U.S. summer tour with Culture Clubthe B-52s and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins on Tuesday. The tour opens June 29th in St. Augustine, Florida and encompasses more than 40 dates before ending over three months later in Fresno, CA on October 5th.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Sean Penn’s debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” doesn’t hold back on veiled allegory. Excerpts of the satire have been seized on by U.S. and UK media outlets ahead of the book’s publication, not least for the novel’s portrayal of a U.S. President who is elected by “raging” Americans (and Russians), has an unhealthy obsession with Twitter and an uncanny ability to spark furious marches by women around the world. It also more darkly describes the U.S. as “a nation in need of an assassin.” The novel charts the story of Bob Honey, a “modern American man, entrepreneur and contract killer who sells septic tanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses and arranges pyrotechnic displays for foreign dictators.” Chased by an investigative journalist, Honey decides to take back control of his life from the intelligence service who is covertly employing him as an assassin.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Robert Grossman, a prolific and outlandish illustrator who made President Richard M. Nixon into Pinocchio, put President George W. Bush in a dunce cap and tied a jet in a knot for the “Airplane!” movie poster, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 78. His son Alex Emanuel Grossman said he was found dead on Friday morning but is believed to have died of heart failure the night before.


US Approves Antiretroviral Drug AZT as a Treatment for AIDS (1987)

Though it was originally developed as an anticancer drug in 1964, azidothymidine (AZT) was never approved for that purpose. Two decades later, however, it was discovered to be effective in fighting HIV. At the time, thousands of people were dying of AIDS, and no other treatment was forthcoming. For humanitarian reasons, the drug was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in a matter of months, rather than the usual eight to 10 years.


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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:   SHITHOLE ALERT: Liberal San Francisco Full of Poop and Needles —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Last week I went to Houston to see the rodeo. That rodeo is not like other rodeos. It’s gigantic. It goes for 20 days. There can be up to 185,000 people on the grounds in a single day and they are of all human types — rural ranchers, Latino families, African immigrants, drunken suburban housewives out for a night on the town. When you are lost in that sea of varied humanity, you think: What on earth holds this nation together? The answer can be only this: Despite our differences, we devote our lives to the same experiment, the American experiment to draw people from around the world and to create the best society ever, to serve as a model for all humankind. Unity can come only from a common dedication to this experiment. The American consciousness can be formed only by the lab reports we give one another about that experiment — the jeremiads, speeches, songs and conversations that describe what the experiment is for, where it has failed and how it should proceed now. One of my favorites of these lab reports is Walt Whitman’s essay “Democratic Vistas,” published in 1871. The purpose of democracy, Whitman wrote, is not wealth, or even equality; it is the full flowering of individuals. By dispersing responsibility to all adults, democracy “supplies a training school for making first class men.” It is “life’s gymnasium.” It forges “freedom’s athletes” — strong and equal women, courageous men, deep-souled people capable of governing themselves.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Blair: The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by William Ruger: It looks as if President Trump is going to get his military parade after all. The last time our forces paraded across Washington was in 1991, to hail our triumph in the Gulf war. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much to celebrate in our foreign policy since — unless you count the 15-year anniversary, on Tuesday, of the start of the Iraq war. I don’t. As a veteran of Afghanistan, I wish this weren’t the case. No patriot wants to see us fail. But America’s approach to the world just isn’t working to make us safer and more prosperous. And President Trump isn’t helping. We need a more effective and realistic foreign policy.The Iraq war is just the worst in a string of failures. They range from that destructive regime-change mission in Iraq and a later such effort in Libya to the ill-fated nation-building project in Afghanistan, and all the way back to the dangerous enlargement of NATO in the 1990s and 2000s to include countries on Russia’s doorstep. In the process, nearly 7,000 American troops have been killed and tens of thousands wounded, and we’ve spent trillions of dollars — all while failing to achieve our strategic objectives. Underlying all of these failures is the view, endorsed by both parties, that we need an active military presence around the globe to shape what happens almost everywhere. But it doesn’t matter how well funded our Pentagon, how brave our troops or how well intentioned our diplomats are. So long as we keep tinkering with this flawed operating system, we will continue to fail.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Popescu: Some 75 percent of Americans believe their smartphone usage doesn’t impact their ability to pay attention in a group setting, according to the Pew Research Center, and about a third of Americans believe that using phones in social settings actually contributes to the conversation. But does it? Etiquette experts and social scientists are adamantly united: Nope.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by  Megan McArdle: Be kind. Mean is easy; kind is hard. Somewhere in eighth grade, many of us acquired the idea that the nasty put-down, the superior smile, the clever one liner, are the signs of intelligence and great personal strength. But this kind of wit is, to borrow from the great John Scalzi, “playing the game on easy mode.” Making yourself feel bigger by making someone else feel small takes so little skill that 12-year-olds can do it. Those with greater ambitions should leave casual cruelty behind them.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Andy Dick‘s wife has been granted a restraining order against the troubled comedian. According to The Blast, the order obtained by Dick’s wife, Lena Sved, requires the 52-year-old to stay at least 100 yards from Sved and the couple’s children, Jacob and Meg. It will remain in effect until March 13, 2023. In February, Sved petitioned for a temporary restraining order following two incidents involving an allegedly intoxicated Dick. Sved claims she locked Dick out of the house because he was intoxicated and that he broke two windows attempting to gain re-entry into their home.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Monday, March 19th, 2018

*YIKES – Love triangle reportedly led to leak of Porter’s wife-beating accusations:

Jealousy over Rob Porter dating his ex-girlfriend Hope Hickslikely led Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, to leak the wife-beating allegations that ultimately forced Porter’s resignation, according to a new report. Porter’s second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told New York magazine that Porter in January desperately tried to get her to remove a blog post in which she accused him of physical abuse because he feared someone was “going to send it to the media.” “He did not name names, but he implied that there was a former staffer from the White House who was unhappy with him and was out to get him and take him down and somehow had gotten wind of my blog post,” Willoughby told the magazine. But while Willoughby initially thought her ex-hubby’s antagonist was ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, she told New York she later figured out Porter was referring to Lewandowski — despite the fact he was never part of the administration. Porter resigned as Trump’s staff secretary last month following revelations that he couldn’t pass an FBI background check due to domestic violence allegations by Willoughby and his first wife, Colbie Holderness — who released a photo that showed her with a black eye. Porter has denied those allegations. Porter, 40, and then-White House communications director Hicks, 29, broke up amid the scandal. They had been dating since the fall.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children. White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.

*Ukrainian Pilot, Blamed by Russia for MH17 Crash, ‘Kills Himself’

The Ukrainian military pilot who Russia blamed for the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has killed himself, according to reports from Ukraine. Capt. Vladyslav Voloshyn, lauded by Ukraine as a war hero, always condemned Russia’s claim as a lie and independent experts blamed the crash on a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels or a Russian military unit. Voloshyn’s family members were quoted by Ukrainian media saying the 29-year-old pilot had been feeling depressed and said they were in his flat when he shot himself Sunday. He later died at a hospital. Since Russia claimed it was his jet which shot down MH17, Voloshyn had been in charge of the Mykolaiv airport in southern Ukraine. Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. A Dutch investigation concluded in 2015 that a Russian Buk missile brought down the passenger plane.

*WHO READS LBN? Actor Jim Carrey along with readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

*Saudi Crown Prince, in His Own Words: Women Are ‘Absolutely’ Equal:  

The powerful crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, 32, arrives in the United States on Monday for an extended visit during which he is scheduled to meet President Trump and tour a number of American cities. Among his trip’s goals: selling Americans on his sweeping plans to reform the economic and social life of the kingdom — and to get American investors to put money into them. On Sunday, “60 Minutes,” the CBS News program, aired an episode about the prince and where he hopes to take Saudi Arabia. The quotations below were taken from a transcript provided to The New York Times. When asked if women were equal to men, Prince Mohammed said: “Absolutely. We are all human beings and there is no difference.” His rise to power has been accompanied by a loosening of restrictions on women’s dress and an expansion of their role in the work force. He said the government was working on regulations to ensure equal pay. But women in Saudi Arabia are still bound by so-called guardianship laws that give male relatives control over aspects of their lives, like their ability to travel abroad and undergo certain medical procedures.

*Austin police say they’re hunting for ‘serial bomber’:

Police in Austin, Texas, may have a serial bomber on their hands. “We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point,” Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters at a news conference Monday morning. Cops are still probing the motive behind the four blasts that have rocked the city in the last month and haven’t ruled out terrorism or hate-related reasons as they investigate.The device used in Sunday night’s blast — which injured two men in their 20s — was similar to the other three but showed “a higher level of skill” in the way it was detonated, Manley said.

*Nightmare – Girl, 13, Shot Dead by 9-Year-Old Brother Over a Video Game

A 9-year-old boy is accused of shooting and killing his sister, 13, after the two argued about a video-game controller, according to reports. WTVA says the boy—from Monroe County, Mississippi—grabbed a gun during the fight and shot the girl in the head, while their mom was in another room feeding her other kids. Local Sheriff Cecil Cantrell named the girl as Dijonae White and said it’s unclear how the boy managed to get hold of the gun, or what consequences such a young child would face. Before authorities announced that White had died, Cantrell is reported by USA Today to have said: “This is all new ground for us. We’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9. We don’t know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly.”

*200,000,000 EAR LOBES LATER – Claire’s Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Tween jewelry giant Claire’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and plans to restructure its $1.9 billion debt primarily with its famous in-store ear-piercing service. The retailer “estimates that it has pierced over 100,000,000 ears worldwide” since 1978, Chief Financial Officer Scott Huckins wrote in court papers. Despite that unique service, it hasn’t made the chain immune to an 8 percent “year-over-year” decline in mall traffic and $183 million in yearly interest payments. Claire’s has 7,500 retail locations and will continue to operate while the restructuring occurs. Last week, toy retailer Toys R Us announced it would be closing all 800 of its U.S. locations as big-box stores increasingly give way to the online marketplace.

*Israel: French Consulate Worker Smuggled Arms to the Palestinians

Israeli authorities have arrested a French citizen who worked in his country’s consulate in Jerusalem on suspicion of using a diplomatic car to smuggle arms to Palestine. Security services claim that Romain Franck, 23, used the official vehicle to bypass Israeli security checks and move 70 pistols and two assault rifles from Gaza to the occupied West Bank. Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Franck carried out the smuggling for personal financial gain rather than for political reasons, and that his superiors at the consulate were unaware of his actions. “This is a very serious incident in which the immunity and privileges granted to foreign diplomatic missions in Israel were cynically exploited to smuggle dozens of weapons that may be used for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces,” the agency said in a statement. A spokesperson for the French embassy in Tel Aviv said: “We take this case very seriously and are in close contact with the Israeli authorities.” Franck will appear in court to face charges Monday.

*Western Leaders Silent After Putin’s Inevitable Election Win

Few eyebrows were raised by the result of the Russian presidential election, where Vladimir Putin, faced with no meaningful opposition, won six more years with a whopping 76 percent of the vote. More interesting was the complete lack of congratulations from Western leaders, while those from China, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Belarus, Venezuela, and Bolivia scrambled to wish Putin well for his new term. Relations between Russia and the West have plummeted in recent weeks after the U.K. accused the Kremlin of a nerve-agent attack on British soil targeted at a Russian exile and former spy. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has questioned the fairness of the election, but said: “We want to remain in dialogue.” NBC News has posted Russian surveillance footage that shows apparent vote-rigging in Sunday’s election, with individuals stuffing multiple papers into ballot boxes.

*‘Black Panther’ Tops $600 Million to Break New Records

Ryan Coogler’s superhero flick Black Panther showed no sign of slowing down at the box office this weekend, topping the North America charts for the fifth weekend in a row with $27 million domestically. The Disney and Marvel film, with a domestic haul of $605.4 million and $1.182 billion globally, became the first since 2009’s Avatar to win at the box office for five weekends in a row. It’s also on track to beat The Avengers for the title of top-grossing superhero film of all time domestically once it surpasses $623 million. Warner Bros.’Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander, fell short of expectations but took second place with a $23.5 million debut. The faith-based film I Can Only Imagine pulled off an unexpected upset to claim third place with a $17.1 million debut, defeating A Wrinkle in Time and Love, Simon.


*Los Alamitos might challenge California over state’s sanctuary law: 

Los Alamitos might try to opt out of California’s new sanctuary law. The City Council in Orange County’s second-smallest city is scheduled to vote Monday, March 19 on an ordinance that calls for exempting itself from the California Values Act, SB54, a new law that limits cooperation between law enforcement and immigration authorities. The state law, which took effect Jan. 1, “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution of the United States,” reads the proposed local law. Stating that council members have taken an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, the ordinance says the council “finds that it is impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and at the same time be in compliance with the new state law.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The British designer Kim Jones was confirmed as the new artistic director of Dior Homme on Monday, two months after he stepped down as artistic director of men’s wear at Louis Vuitton. He will replace Kris Van Assche, who had been in the role 11 years. The creative reshuffling and the hiring of Mr. Jones, who will start April 1, are the first major strategic decisions by Pietro Beccari, chief executive of Christian Dior Couture, who joined the brand from Fendi in November. The news will most likely heighten speculation about the future of Maria Grazia Chiuri, the fashion house’s artistic director of women’s wear, whose tenure has received mixed reviews. And it comes just days after another major fashion house, Nina Ricci, said its creative director of three years, Guillaume Henry, was stepping down.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Renowned modeling agent Scott Lippsat iconic radio station KLOS 95.5 in L.A. last night talking all things fashion and modeling with Frazer Smith at midnight.  ***Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are still going strong. Spies say the actress showed up at the “SNL” after-party to hang out with him. Bill Hader celebrated a triumphant return to the show, where he reprised his beloved Stefon character, “spending much of the night jumping around from table to table.” Arcade Fire took over the back dining room at Dos Caminos in NYC. Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd also partied until late, while Lorne Michaels presided over the proceedings.   ***Former director of the National Economic Council and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn — who left the White House this month after Donald Trump announced he would impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports — isn’t letting things get him down. Wednesday evening, shortly after Larry Kudlow was named his replacement, Cohn was spotted taking in the Boss at “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theatre during a special performance for SiriusXM.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Meredith Corp, the country’s largest magazine publisher, is expected to lay off 200 to 300 staffers as soon as this week after recently completing the acquisition of Time Inc., says the Wall Street Journal.


THE REVEALING TV INTERVIEW SHOW –  Without Notes with Dr. Srini Pillay – Episode 3: Unlocking Power of the Unfocused Mind —

**LBN-R.I.P.: Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald died on Saturday at Ottawa Heart Institute as a result of heart complications, his brother confirmed to CTV News. He was 63. MacDonald was a key figure in the Canadian stand-up scene, and had performed at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs comedy festival more times than anyone else.

*Uber halts tests of self-driving cars after vehicle kills woman:

Uber said today it would halt testing of its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the Phoenix area after one of its self-driving cars hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz. The incident on Sunday is thought to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle. A self-driving Uber hit and killed a woman in Arizona Monday in what appears to be the first fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle, according to reports. Uber said as a result it’s suspending tests of its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the greater Phoenix area, Bloomberg reported Monday. The woman was walking outside of the crosswalk when she was struck in Tempe early Monday morning, according to ABC15. The woman was taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries. The operator of the car was behind the wheel but the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time.


Nevada Legalizes Gambling (1931)

Though unregulated gambling had been common in early Nevada mining towns, it was outlawed in 1909, and for many years, the state’s economy was carried by mining. However, with the mining industry in decline amid the Great Depression, state lawmakers agreed to re-legalize gambling in order to strengthen the state’s finances. Today, the state economy is dominated by tourism and gaming.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  New Rule: The Problem with Democrats | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rich Monahan: On the good days, obsessive-compulsive disorder can just feel like a bunch of extra chores. On the bad days, when nothing is “working,” you are trapped in a living nightmare, helplessly enslaved to an oppressive and delusional belief system that has swallowed nearly every moment of your waking life. On the bright side: I always knew exactly where my keys were.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Popescu: The National Safety Council reports cellphone use makes drivers more accident prone than drunk driving, causing 1.6 million crashes annually, mostly from young people ages 18 to 20. One out of four accidents in the United States are caused by texting and talking on the phone while driving. “Mobile devices are the mother of inattentional blindness,” said Henry Alford, the author of “Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That: A Modern Guide to Manners.” “That’s the state of monomaniacal obliviousness that overcomes you when you’re absorbed in an activity to the exclusion of everything else.” The social scientist Sherry Turkle analyzed 30 years of family interactions in her book “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.” She found that children now compete with their parents’ devices for attention, resulting in a generation afraid of the spontaneity of a phone call or face-to-face interaction. Eye contact now seems to be optional, Dr. Turkle suggests, and sensory overload can often mean our feelings are constantly anesthetized. Researchers at the University of Michigan claim empathy levels have plummeted while narcissism is skyrocketing, with emotional development, confidence and health all affected when we tuck our chins in and let our heads hang like human ostriches.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Fayr Barley: It is beneath you, LBN, to use words like “bullshit” in your LBN ads on the site or anywhere else. It’s also not professional. I would expect that out of a millennial who doesn’t have verbal skills, but not from a news site of someone of the high caliber. It does not reflect well upon him or his brand.  Please don’t result to yellow journalism vulgarities. We get enough of that on Facebook and other forms of social media.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Arthur Hays Sulzberger: I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Jim Carrey is being criticized on social media for a portrait he painted that is believed to be White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The actor and comedian on Saturday tweeted the painting with the caption: “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” Some Twitter users accused Carrey of shaming because of the unflattering portrait. Others were critical of his use of Christian.“Being a jerk isn’t the same as being a rapist,” Today show host Kathy Lee Gifford said in an interview this week. In a radio interview with Andy Cohen, Gifford said she’s been the victim of a wide range of sexual misconduct over her career, so she knows there are different kinds and degrees. “And, I don’t want to throw everybody on the same manure pile. Being a jerk is not the same as being a rapist. It just isn’t.”

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