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Wednesday • February 5, 2014

BITCH SLAP: DYLAN FARROW’S BROTHER MOSES DEFENDS WOODY ALLEN:

Following Dylan Farrow’s harrowing letter describing sexual molestation she says she suffered from father Woody Allen – her brother Moses is speaking out to defend Allen, accusing their mother Mia of poisoning them against their father.

Responding to accusation first made 20 years ago that has bitterly divided the family, Moses accused Mia Farrow of turning him and Dylan against Allen as revenge for his affair with Soon-Yi.

“Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” says Moses, who is estranged from Mia Farrow and remains close to Allen and Soon-Yi.

“My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” Moses, 36, tells People Magazine’s new issue. “And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”

Allen, 78, has denied abusing Dylan, arguing that Farrow, 69, coached Dylan, an accusation that Farrow refutes. Allen was investigated when the allegation was first made but not charged with molestation.

Speaking of Dylan’s childhood relationship with the Hollywood director, Moses continued, “She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him.

“The day in question, there were six or seven of us in the house. We were all in public rooms and no one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces. My mother was conveniently out shopping.

“I don’t know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible.”

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Monday • February 3, 2014

WOW! DID TENNILLE DUMP THE CAPTAIN FOR ANOTHER WOMAN?

According to sources, there’s a startling secret reportedly behind the divorce of music’s beloved ’70s couple, CAPTAIN & TENNILLE. After the singers’ 39-year marriage re­cently collapsed, the Internet lit up with claims that 73-year-old Toni Tennille dumped her ailing 71-year-old husband “Captain” Daryl Drag­on because she’s been seeing another woman. One blogger insisted that the songbird “is gay and has had a girlfriend for years.” Another online celebrity watcher, who said her information came from a friend of the performers’ family, added that Toni is happy with her lover and “no longer found Daryl useful, ever since his illnesses caused him to cease playing keyboard or performing music.” As has been previously reported, Daryl suffers tremors caused by a neurological condition similar to Parkinson’s disease.

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Monday • January 27, 2014

LBN-SPECIAL REPORT:

SHOCK!  – LBN-INVESTIGATES:

By the age of 23, 49% of black men in the U.S. have been arrested, “which hurts their ability to find work, go to school and participate fully in their communities,” a new study in the journal ‘Crime & Delinquency’ found.  By the age of 23, 44% of Hispanic males have been arrested.

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Saturday • January 25, 2014

LBN SPECIAL REPORT

LBN-INVESTIGATES: STRESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronic stress can impair the developmental growth in children by lowering the production of growth hormone from the pituitary gland.

A 2009 CNN poll reveals that the number one reason for stress in most countries is money. The countries most stressed about money are Malaysia, China, Singapore, and the United States. The countries least stressed about money are Russia, France, and Italy.

Stress causes capillaries to close, which restricts bleeding if a flesh wound should occur.

Pupils dilate (mydriasis) during stress much the same way they dilate in response to attraction: to gather more visual information about a situation.

Chronic stress floods the brain with powerful hormones that are meant for short-term emergency situations. Chronic exposure can damage, shrink, and kill brain cells.

A 2003 study found that women with moderate levels of stress were at lower risk for suicide than those women who had very high or very low levels of stress.

Scientists suggest that stress is part of the evolutionary drive because it has enabled humans to survive. Specifically, stress temporarily increases awareness and improves physical performance.

Stress makes the blood “stickier,” in preparation for an injury. Such a reaction, however, also increases the probability of developing a blood clot.

Research has shown that dark chocolate reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and other fight-flight hormones. Additionally, cocoa is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids.

Chronic stress increases cytokines, which produce inflammation. Exposure to constant inflammation can damage arteries and other organs.

Stress can alter blood sugar levels, which can cause mood swings, fatigue, hyperglycemia, and metabolic syndrome, a major risk factor for heart attack and diabetes.

Chronic stress worsens irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that irritates the large intestine and causes constipation, cramping, and bloating.

Peptic ulcers are caused by the H.pylori bacteria or the use of NSAIDS—not stress. However, stress can exacerbate ulcers and keep them from healing.

Chronic stress decreases the body’s immune system’s response to infection and can affect a person’s response to immunizations.

Stress can increase the ability of chemicals to pass the blood-brain barrier, which shields neurons from some poisons, viruses, toxins, and other fluctuations in normal blood chemistry.

Acoustic stress (caused by loud noises) can trigger an episode of Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a disorder of the heart’s electrical system. LGTS is estimated to cause as many as 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Young people from military families who have a deployed parent report higher levels of stress and emotional problems than other adolescents and teens.

Post-traumatic stress physically changes children’s brains; specifically, stress shrinks the hippocampus, a part of the brain that stores and retrieves memories.

Chinese stress balls (Baoding balls) were created during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in Baoding, China. Originally made of iron, the balls are thought to relieve stress because they touch pressure or acupuncture points on the hand.

Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow to other parts of the body.

The hyper-arousal of the body’s stress response system can lead to chronic insomnia.

An early record of post-traumatic stress syndrome dates from the eighth century B.C. in Homer’s Iliad when Achilles suffers severe battle stress in the Trojan War. Achilles complains of feeling emotionally “numb” or “dead” and expresses suicidal thoughts and rage.

In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Lady Percy’s description of her battle-worn husband, Harry Hotspur, is surprisingly similar to the symptoms of actual post-traumatic syndrome, such as feeling estranged from others, difficulty sleeping, exhibiting an exaggerated startle, dysphoria, and strong anxiety.

When cells shrink due to exposure to stress hormones, they disconnect from each other, which contributes to depression.

Men are more likely than women to develop certain stress-related disorders, including hypertension, aggressive behavior, and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Chronic low-level noise and low-frequency noise below the threshold of human hearing provoke stress hormones that can interfere with learning and can also elevate blood pressure, degrade the immune system, and increase aggression.

Stress creates hormonal changes in the human body that can decrease libido and sex response. However, the BBC reports that penetrative sex (as opposed to other types of sex, such as masturbation) decreased stress hormones while those who had no sex had the highest blood pressure.

Extreme or sudden emotional trauma can lead to “broken heart syndrome”(BHS), or stress cardiomyopathy (severe heart muscle weakness). This condition occurs rapidly, and usually in women. In Japan, BHS is called “octopus trap cardiomyopathy” because the left ventricle balloons out in a peculiar shape.

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Friday • January 24, 2014

LBN- SPECIAL REPORT:
AUTHOR MICHAEL LEVINE PREDICATED MC DONALD’S DISASTER EIGHT YEARS AGO IN “BROKEN WINDOWS” BOOK:

In his best-selling business book “Broken Windows, Broken Business” (Warner Books), author Michael Levine correctly predicated dire things for the then booming McDonald’s fast-food franchise. At the time, the predication seemed outrageous but now it has been proven true.

“History hasn’t been kind to businesses that insult their customers over time” said Levine. “McDonald’s has become a symbol of the “Broken Window” theory of business in action.”

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Wednesday • January 22, 2014

LBN-SPECIAL REPORT

HOLY CRAP – RECORD 20% OF HOUSEHOLDS  ON FOOD STAMPS IN 2013:

A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The numbers also show there was a record number of individuals on food stamps in 2013 and that the cost of the program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was at an all-time high.

The USDA says that there were 23,052,388 households on food stamps in the average month of fiscal 2013, an increase of 722,675 from fiscal year 2012, when there were 22,329,713 households on food stamps in the average month.

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LBN-NOTICED: Veteran personal manager Larry Thompson and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch yesterday at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

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Tuesday • January 21, 2014

LBN-SPECIAL REPORT:

YIKES! – Two Thirds of Israelis Think Obama Will Let Iran Go Nuclear:

According to new poll, a huge majority of Israelis do not trust President Obama with regard to Iran, and believe Obama will allow Iran to go nuclear. Only 22 percent of Israeli voters believed that Obama would “ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon.”

Almost two-thirds of Israelis thought that statement was untrue, and 15 percent gave no answer. President Obama has just a 33 percent favorable rating in Israel, as opposed to a 50 percent disapproval rating. Even those who favor Obama are split evenly on whether or not he will prevent Iran from going nuclear.

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Monday • January 20, 2014

Dear Valued LBN Readers:

The LBN E-Lert, which has been delivered 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the last 12 years, will be under-going some redesign and reformatting to improve its service to all its readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

During this redesign period, readers will continue to receive special reports of breaking news as events occur as opposed to the regular daily report.

We look forward to your feedback and thank you endlessly for your passionate support during the last 12 years.

The LBN E-Lert Editors

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Friday • April 18, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tap Water

1.     The average African family uses about 5 gallons (23 liters) of water a day. The average American family uses more than 250 gallons (946 liters) a day.

2.     One billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

3.     According to the World Water Development Report (WWDR), many girls in developing countries cannot attend school because they are responsible for gathering domestic water. Additionally, schools lack separate toilet facilities.

4.     Every 8 seconds, a child dies from contaminated water.

5.     Twenty-five million people die each year from contaminated water. That is the entire population of Canada.

6.     Impure or contaminated water is the leading cause of epidemics in developing countries.

7.     Contaminants in tap water, such as lead, can increase the risk of learning disorders.

8.     The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans annually take 40 trillion gallons of water from the ground, and the rate of use is increasing 25% per decade. Scientists argue that ground water is being polluted and used at a rate that far outstrips nature’s ability to cope.

9.     In Bellevue, Ohio, public and private wastes were dumped into sinkholes and wells beginning in 1872. Over 120 years later, those wastes still show up in drinking water. In some wells, raw sewage from that era, including un-decomposed toilet tissue, can still be found.

10.   The EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) regulates only 91 of the over 60,000 chemicals used in the United States. Even low levels of hundreds of legally allowed contaminants have been associated with a wide range of diseases, including cancer.

11.     Widespread city infrastructures are decaying at a rapid rate, which increases the types of dangerous pollutants in the water.

12.     The tap water of at least 41 million Americans has been found to contain a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including sex hormones and anti-seizure medicine.

13.     A random study by the EPA revealed that employees of bottled water companies are not tested for disease, nor are they required to avoid the bottling area if they are sneezing from colds or have open cuts or infections on their hands.

14.     Efforts to tighten drinking water standards that would regulate and restrict common drinking water contaminants such as perchlorate (a rocket fuel additive), tricholoethylene (a degreaser used in manufacturing), and perchloroethylene (a cleaning solvent) have been blocked by industrial and military lobbyists.

15.     In the United States, a massive amount of new toxins totaling nearly 18 billion pounds are released into the groundwater, soil, and atmosphere annually.

16.     Americans empty 2.5 million plastic water bottles an hour. Each one takes 500 years to decompose.

17.     More than 62 million Americans since 2004 have been exposed to substandard tap water. This exposure has lasted for years for some people.

18.     Scientists report that the severely outdated Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) cannot adequately prevent Americans from being exposed to serious health dangers in their drinking water.

19.     Toxins in tap water can accumulate in the body for years, increasing the risk for developing cancer and all types of diseases.

20.     An average water molecule will spend 9 days in the atmosphere, 2 weeks in a river, 10 years in a large lake, 3,000 to 5,000 years in an ocean, 10,000-100,000+ years underground, and 10,000 to 1,000,000+ years in an Antarctic ice cap.

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

TOMORROW (SATURDAY, APRIL 19th) IS THE NIGHT: ARE YOU COMING TO THE FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE FOR CHARITY? DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR USED SHOES:

Who: The newly reopened legendary Crest Theater in Westwood

What: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night.

+Live Music

+Marijuana Dispensary

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, Doors open at 11 pm, Valet parking

Where: 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Why: Because it’s FUN & FREE

R.S.V.P. essential to: community@crestwestwood.com


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Thursday • April 17, 2014

COURT DEPORTATIONS DROP 43%: Contrary to the popular notion that President Obama has been behind more deportations than ever, over the last five years the number of deportations ordered by the courts has dropped 43 percent. The actual number of cases brought by the administration between 2009 and 2013 dropped 26 percent. Immigration advocates had given Obama the nickname “Deporter in Chief” due to the record number of deportations in his time in office. However, since the 2011 policy of prosecutorial discretion came into effect, the number of cases has dropped by tens of thousands.

STUDY: BABIES SHOW RACIAL BIAS: Researchers from the University of Washington noticed that babies were more willing to share their toys with others who shared their ethnicity. “It’s not like one experimenter was nicer or friendlier to the babies – we control for factors like that,” Jessica Sommerville, a UW associate professor of psychology, said in a press release put out by the university. “At the time, about half of the research assistants in my lab were Asian-American and the other half were Caucasian, and most of the babies in our experiments are Caucasian,” Sommerville said. “We know that by preschool, children show in-group bias concerning race, but results in infants have been mixed.” Sommerville and her team came up with an experiment to test how race and fairness can influence a baby’s selection of playmate.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Children don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults: while adults get sleepy, children become hyperactive. In fact, a lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids. Children need an average of nine to 10 hours of sleep each night.

DON’T MISS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT – FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE:

Who:
The newly reopened legendary Crest Theater in Westwood

What:
The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night.

+Live Music
+Marijuana Dispensary

When:
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Doors open at 11 pm
Valet parking

Where:
1262 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Why:
Because it’s FUN & FREE

R.S.V.P. essential to:
community@crestwestwood.com



SNOWDEN ASKS PUTIN: DO YOU SPY?: Edward Snowden has jumped the shark. In a Thursday interview with Moscow-run television station Russia Today, Snowden asked Vladimir Putin: “Does Russia intercept, store, or analyze—in any way—the communications of individuals?” Snowden has lived in Moscow for nearly a year since he leaked information from the National Security Agency. Putin responded: “Russia uses surveillance techniques for spying on individuals only with the sanction of a court order. This is our law, and therefore there is no mass surveillance in our country.”

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: In addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, this LBN E-Lert is read in 26 foreign countries daily.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can’t seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation. Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. While plenty of government employees deserve credit for this milestone, leadership matters. And by this measure President Obama has never been surpassed in the Oval Office.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to a 2009 Washington Times article, the Taliban buys children as young as seven years old to act as suicide bombers. The price for child suicide bombers is between $7,000-$14,000.

JOHN EDWARDS RETURNS TO LAW: Hopefully the judge appreciates a good coif. Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards has returned to practicing law, appearing in court on Wednesday. He’s representing a 4-year-old Virginia boy who suffered brain damage and physical injuries that the family says happened in the care of a hospital in 2009. Edwards’ political career was tarnished by a lawsuit involving illegal campaign contributions and a coverup of his pregnant mistress.

LBN-READER QUESTION: YELSIN — GENIUS OR JERK? Send your reply to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

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

CLUB DRUG LIFTS DEPRESSION: The horse tranquilizer ketamine, which has become popular on the club scene, shows significant promise in the treatment of depression. In recent small trials, low doses of the drug were able to lift depression symptoms in a number of patients, and effects persisted in some for days and in others for months. While ketamine will not be replacing Prozac and similar traditional antidepressants anytime soon—it poses a risk of serious side-effects and must be intravenously administered—it opens up a new area of research in the pharmacological treatment of depression.

LBN- Suicide

1.     The word “suicide” comes from two Latin roots, sui (“of oneself”) and cidium (“killing” or “slaying”).

2.     People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing their necks in vices, and hurling themselves into vats of beer.

3.     In China, someone takes his or her own life on average every two minutes. China accounts for nearly a quarter of the global total of suicides with between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year.

4.     Among famous figures who committed suicide: Sigmund Freud, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Hannibal, Nero, Virginia Wolf, Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemmingway, Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh, Jack London, Dylan Thomas, Judy Garland, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Socrates, and possibly Tchaikovsky, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.

5.     It is more likely someone will die from suicide than from homicide. For every two people killed by homicide, three people die of suicide.

6.     In America, someone attempts suicide once every minute, and someone completes a suicide once every 17 minutes. Throughout the world, approximately 2,000 people kill themselves each day.

7.     Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.

8.     The most common types of suicide include copycat, euthanasia, familicide, forced, honor, internet, martyrdom, ritual, attack, and cop suicides.

9.     The acne medication isotretinoin (Acutane) has been linked to a possible increase risk of suicide. The FDA requires Acutane to include a label warning that the product may be linked to suicide, depression, and psychosis.

10.  The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas.

LEANN LAUGHS LOUDEST AS BRANDI HITS ROCK BOTTOM: “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star is filming “Celebrity Apprentice” in a bid to boost her popularity after a series of ugly public blunders, but it’s been a disaster. “Brandi is acting really erratically,” said an insider. “She’s constantly arguing with her co-stars, especially Kate Gosselin. Producers have told her to pull herself together, but it’s not looking good.”

‘MRS. DOUBTFIRE’ GETTING A SEQUEL: The 1993 hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams, is finally getting a sequel. The movie, which brought in more than $400 million globally, followed Williams as a struggling actor and father who takes on the role of a female Scottish nanny in order to spend more time with his children. The film also starred Pierce Brosnan and Sally Field. David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf, has been tapped to write the script, 21 years after the original film was released. Williams and director Chris Columbus will be reunited for the sequel.

VALERIE HARPER ADMITS SHE’S “NOT CANCER FREE”: Harper, 74, quickly responded to reports isaying she no longer had the terminal brain cancer she was first diagnosed with in January 2013. “In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free,’” she said in a statement. “I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary rocker KISS co-founder Paul Stanley and long-time friend and publicist Michael Levine celebrating the success of Paul’s new book with a hug at the Barnes & Noble store at the Grove in L.A.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***A sold-out crowd of fans filled the Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles last night to meet KISS founder Paul Stanley as he signed his new book.

UNIQUELY, LBN: New mom Leslie K., an LBN E-Lert reader from Tampa, Florida.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Nikita Khrushchev (1894)

In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin’s death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier five years later. He was highly critical of Stalin’s rule and oversaw many reforms. Jovial in manner and often deliberately uncouth, he had a brash, extraverted style of diplomacy that became his trademark.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***With the release of Ghost Stories a little over a month away, Coldplay have lined up a series of six intimate shows around the world, two of which are in the U.S. On May 5th, the group will play New York City’s 2,900-seat Beacon Theatre, which opened in 1929 and has welcomed the likes of the Dalai Lama and the Rolling Stones over the years. And on May 19th – the day the record comes out – they’ll play Royce Hall, an 1,800-seat theater on the UCLA campus that has hosted concerts by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa since its opening, also in 1929. The band has also planned concerts in Cologne, Germany, Paris, Tokyo and London between April and July, but it has yet to announce when tickets go on sale for the U.S. dates.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Redford (Actor) : Four years ago this week, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day. I personally hoped that we, as a nation, would quickly learn from this tragedy and move swiftly to prevent a repeat disaster in our most vulnerable coastal environments. So it boggles the mind that Shell Oil is still determined to drill in one of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on Earth: the Arctic Ocean — the last bastion of America’s polar bears, endangered bowhead whales and other rare wildlife. For Native Alaskans who live along the coast, this ocean has been the source of their food security and a way of life since time immemorial.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Reich: We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy — such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.  In 1890, when Republican Senator John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he did not distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same. The field of economics was then called “political economy,” and inordinate power could undermine both. “If we will not endure a king as a political power,” Sherman thundered, “we should not endure a king over the production, transportation, and sale of any of the necessaries of life.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Tom Cruise hasn’t been lonely since breaking up with Katie Holmes. He’s been secretly dating fellow Scientologist Laura Prepon, who plays a lesbian drug dealer on “Orange Is the New Black.” P.R. reps for the two denied any romance in November after the actors were spotted enjoying a cozy dinner at the Manor Hotel in Los Angeles.   ***One and done. Lindsay Lohan‘s OWN docuseries “Lindsay” won’t be renewed, the Daily Mail reports, and the troubled starlet has yet to be notified. Although it was originally commissioned for a single run, Lohan, 27, was supposedly given options for follow-up programming based on the show’s success. But due to the recent dip in ratings — the April 9 episode which aired from 10 to 11 p.m. averaged a mere 390,000 viewers, down from 603,000 viewers the week before — no new episodes will be ordered.   ***It’s a girl. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are expecting a baby girl.

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Wednesday • April 16, 2014

UNSETTLING VIDEO SHOWS LARGE AL QAEDA MEETING IN YEMEN: A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike. U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States. In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

SEBELIUS SAID TO WEIGH RUN FOR KANSAS SENATE SEAT: In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge. Ms. Sebelius is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine will be the key-note speaker at the prestigious Rainmakers Forum in his hometown, New York City on Thursday, May 8th at 5:30pm.   ***Internationally renowned designer Sue Wong celebrated the hypnotically-sensual “Edwardian Romance” with the unveiling of her Fall 2014 Collection at her Los Angeles atelier, an Art Deco building which once served as the advertising center for the iconic Bullock’s Wilshire flagship department store.  The Invitation-Only event was packed with stylists, fashion editors and celebrities, as well as Sue’s many friends in Entertainment. Sue’s latest collection represents an astute blend of her signature style of romantic glamour, created in the traditions of couture dressmaking; powerfully transforming retro into ultra-sensual and lush, modern statements that every woman wants and needs from fashion today.

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT – MID-NIGHT! COME TO THE FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE AND CHARITY EVENT!

WHAT: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night. +Live Music +Marijuana Dispensary WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014, Doors open at 11 pm, Valet parking WHERE: 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHY: Because it’s FUN & FREE R.S.V.P. ESSENTIAL TO: community@crestwestwood.com


BLOOMBERG GIVES $50M FOR RIVAL NRA: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he will donate $50 million to building a grassroots, nation-wide network for voters against gun violence. He plans to restructure two gun control groups he funds into a new umbrella group called Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg said he envisions it as a pro-gun control answer to the National Rifle Association, especially its ability to effectively turn the screws on politicians. “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you. If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop,’” he said of the NRA. “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” He’s already rounded up an elite and bipartisan board, which includes Tom Ridge, Michael Mullen, and Warren Buffett as members.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Michael Fassbender has signed with law firm Sloane Offer Weber Dern.   ***Performing rights organization SESAC will represent the complete catalog of Kurt Cobain. ***Tomorrow Never Dies director Roger Spottiswoode, currently in postproduction on Midnight Sun, has signed with APA.   ***Chronicle’s Anna Wood, who stars in the CBS summer series, Reckless, has signed with UTA.   ***Make It or Break It alum Cassie Scerbo has signed with Abrams and KLWGN.   ***Comedian Nate Clark, a Fox Writers Intensive Finalist, has signed with UTA.

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


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY: U.S. National Debt Clock “Real Time U.S. National Debt Clock.”

MY REVIEW: “I even read LBN on my wedding day.”—-Lauren P. , an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


STUDY: MARIJUANA CHANGES BRAIN: It’s all fun and games until your brain changes. Using marijuana just a few times per week can physically alter the structure of your brain, a study in The Journal of Neuroscience reported on Tuesday. Scientists examined the difference in brain features between light smokers and non-smokers, and found volume, shape, and density differences in two areas. “This is a part of the brain you do not want to mess around with,” study leader Hans Breiter said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Reality media TV phenom, Courtney Stodden, tucked away in a booth with pal PR vet Edward Lozzi at Musso & Franks Restaurant in Hollywood discussing their favorite topic, blonde bombshells of the 1950’s. All of a sudden icon Kim Novak walks by their table and winks at them on her way to the Turner Classic Movie Film Fest.   ***Digging in at the Dodger’s Dugout Club on opening day: Rob Reiner, Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, attorney Patty Glaser, and Craig’s owner Craig Susser.   ***At Craig’s, Jane and Peter Fonda dined together while David Spade sat nearby. Kevin Costner also has been in.   ***Warren Buffett, Fenway Strategies Ben Schwerin and CAA’s Michael Kives ate at The Apple Pan on a Monday (typically closed that day, it was opened for the Berkshire Hathaway owner).   ***L.A.Reid and Lawrence Bender have been in to Porta Via-when Entourage hasn’t been shooting there.   ***Jon Lovitz had a meal at BJ’s in Century City.   ***David Fincher ate at Ray’s & Stark Bar.   ***Aazon Studios director Roy Price joined Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Polo Lounge.   ***Tom Hanks and Glenn Close each have been in to Mauro.   ***Lionsgate co-chair Patrick Wachsberger and Castle’s Maya Stojan shared the room at Ago.   ***Producer Hilary Shor ate truffle pizzettes with Dianna Agron at Caulfield’s. In at another time: Craig Robinson.   ***WME’s Mike Simpson took a seat at The Grill on the Alley one day, producer Arnold Kopelson came in on another.   ***In NYC, Oprah Winfrey popped in to the Waverly Inn. Time Warner chair Jeffrey Bewkes met 21st Century Fox president and COO Chase Carey at Oceana.

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STEPHEN COLBERT SECRET SORROW: The childhood of comic Stephen Colbert – who replac­es David Letterman next year – was anything but amusing. The 49-year-old Com­edy Central funnyman – just named by CBS to succeed the veteran late-night host – had his own personal 9/11 tragedy. On Sept. 11, 1974, when Colbert was just 10 years old, his father Dr. James Colbert, a medical school dean at Yale University, and two brothers – Peter, 15, and Paul, 18 – were killed in the crash of an Eastern Air Lines flight while it was attempting to land in Charlotte, N.C. Dad and sons were en route to enroll the two boys at school. At the time of the horrific crash, Colbert says his entire world turned upside down.

LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Kickstarter campaign to fund Neil Young’s PonoMusic player reached its goal of $800,000 less than 10 hours after it went live. Now, the campaign has ended after earning nearly eight times that figure. It is officially the third highest-funded campaign in Kickstarter history.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:  Charlie Chaplin (1889)

Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era: He acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Merging physical grace and disrespect for authority, he created a signature character, the Little Tramp, who wore a gentlemen’s derby, carried a cane, and sported a toothbrush mustache. The Little Tramp’s baggy trousers and oversized shoes contributed to his unique, bow-legged dance-walk.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The honeymoon is already over for gay newlywed Sara Gilbert. The 39-year-old star is reeling from reports that her former lady love, TV producer Allison Adler, is furious she’s tied the knot with songwriter Linda Perry. “Sara and Allison were together 10 years, and share two beautiful children,” a source said. “She thought Allison had come to terms with their breakup, but apparently she hasn’t, and Sara’s newlywed bliss has been shattered.”   ***Katy Perry has moved on from her split with John Mayer by hooking up with top music producer and DJ Diplo at Coachella. Perry, 29, was spotted with Diplo, 35 — the LA-based producer and recording artist who’s worked with Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Usher and Bruno Mars — backstage at the music festival and also at a series of parties.

LBN-ETC: PROMINENT ENTERTAINMENT P.R. FIRM SEEKS INTERN (BEVERLY HILLS): This hands-on internship program teaches you about various aspects of the company. Job duties include, but are not limited to: researching, reception duties, organizing, scheduling, maintaining personal media sites, plan and attend special events. REQUIREMENTS: Flexible schedule to work 2-3 days out of the week, must possess a strong desire to learn, available school credit, available to start immediately. For consideration please submit your updated resume and cover letter pasted within body of email. NO ATTACHMENTS: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Tuesday • April 15, 2014

OBAMA HAS PROPOSED 442 TAX HIKES SINCE TAKING OFFICE: Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015. The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare. “History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The number of proposed tax increases per year is as follows: -79 tax increases for FY 2010 -52 tax increases for FY 2011 -47 tax increases for FY 2012 -34 tax increases for FY 2013 -137 tax increases for FY 2014 -93 tax increases for FY 2015. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Obama budget with the lowest number of proposed tax increases was released during an election year: In February 2012, Obama released his FY 2013 budget, with “only” 34 proposed tax increases. Once safely re-elected, Obama came back with a vengeance, proposing 137 tax increases, a personal record high for the 44th President.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR CANNIBALISM: Two brothers in Pakistan who were previously jailed for cannibalism were arrested once again on Monday after authorities found an infant’s severed head in their home. Muhammad Arif and Farman Ali were apprehended in their remote village of Bhakkar after neighbors complained about a “foul smell” coming from their home. Muhammad told police the infant was disinterred from a graveyard before they cooked and ate the remains. The brothers already made headlines in Pakistan in 2011 for admitting to eating five corpses dug up from graveyards. Cannibalism isn’t a crime in Pakistan, so they were convicted for defiling bodies and each served about a year and a half in prison.

FIVE (1,2,3,4,5) MORE DAYS TO THE FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE – PLEASE BRING YOUR USED SHOES FOR CHARITY: WHO: The newly reopened legendary Crest Theater in Westwood WHAT: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night. +Live Music +Marijuana Dispensary WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014, Doors open at 11 pm, Valet parking WHERE: 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHY: Because it’s FUN & FREE R.S.V.P. ESSENTIAL TO: community@crestwestwood.com


DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that five (5) leading executives from Nordstrom read the LBN E-Lert daily?

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Menstruation

1.     Approximately 70% of women of menstruating age use tampons. A woman may use nearly 11,400 tampons in her life.

2.     A woman will spend approximately 3,500 days menstruating.

3.     Walt Disney made a movie about menstruation titled “The Story of Menstruation” in 1946. It most likely is the first film to use the word “vagina.”

4.     In the past, Christian churches refused communion to menstruating women.

5.     In Hong Kong, an Indonesian maid added her menstrual blood to her employer’s food in an attempt to improve their relationship.

6.     The only mammals to undergo menopause are elephants, humpback whales, and human females.

7.     Only the rhesus macaque at a 29-day cycle is close to the human menstrual cycle.

8.     The average women in a modern industrialized society menstruates 450 times in her life. Conversely, prehistoric women menstruated only 50 times—and today, women in agrarian regions menstruate about 150 times in a lifetime.

9.     Smoking cigarettes can kill a woman’s eggs and cause menstrual periods to stop prematurely.

10.  Many prostitutes don’t take time off for their period. They either wedge cotton balls up against their cervix or they take birth control pills to control menstruation.

NON SHOCKER! “SOBER” LINDSAY LOHAN GETS BOOZY: LiLo’s “relapse” at Coachella no surprise to those in the know. While taking a break from pursuing her “comeback”, the troubled 27-year-old reality star hit up the desert music festival Coachella where she was spotted downing a vodka soda drink, despite saying repeatedly ion her “reality” show that she can hang with people who booze without boozing herself. “Lindsay’s friend and family have been hoping that she would stay sober, but they’ve been down this path before with her,” a source told RadarOnline. “She swears that she’s going to do the right thing and stay sober, then she doesn’t and she apologizes when people find out. But she doesn’t come clean to people close to her very easily.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Prominent fashion designer Sue Wong along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Brad Pitt will star and produce the film adaptation of journalist Michael Hastings‘ 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, which gave a behind-the-scenes account of the recalcitrant General Stanley McChrystal from when Hastings was researching his award-winning Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General.” Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, Hesher) will helm the movie.   ***Kathy Griffin who won this year’s Grammy for best comedy album, has signed with CAA.   ***Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Waits has signed with WME.   ***Yves Saint Laurent star Charlotte Le Bon, next up opposite Helen Mirren in DreamWork’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, has signed with UTA.   ***Orange Is The New Black’s Taryn Manning has signed with Resolution.   ***Hyde Park on the Hudson director Roger Michell has signed with WME.   ***Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho, named to Billboard’s “21 Under 21” list, has signed with WME.

MY REVIEW: “I find out what is really going on by reading LBN every day.”—–Virginia Gaylord, an LBN E-Lert reader from Portland, Oregon.


FIVE IS GOOD, BUT SEVEN MAY BE BETTER: Current dietary guidelines recommend that people consume a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but researchers say that number should be upped to seven. A study of more than 65,000 men and women shows that the risk of premature death decreases with increased fruit and vegetable consumption. Interestingly, fresh vegetables appear to provide the greatest benefit, followed by salad and then fruit. Canned fruit, meanwhile, actually appears to increase the risk of death, perhaps because it is packed in sugary syrup.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Wolves do not make good guard dogs because they are naturally afraid of the unfamiliar and will hide from visitors rather than bark at them.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***People who eat the most protein, especially from animal sources, are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to a study of European adults. The new study did not randomly assign participants to eat different amounts of protein, which would have yielded the strongest evidence. Instead, it compared the diets of people who went on to develop diabetes and those who did not get the disease. But the findings do align with other studies.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Tobey Maguire perusing works at the Dallas Art Fair along with Vito Schnabel and Heidi Klum, who were seen partying at the pool at the local Joule Hotel with model Erin Wasson and Julian Schnabel. ***NBA commissioner Adam Silver at Brooklyn Bowl for a Q&A with ESPN’s Darren Rovell during the Brooklyn Nets/Barclays Center Partner Summit.   ***John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan on Mercer Street in Soho in New York on Sunday afternoon “looking very happy, very together and very much in love,” a spy reports.   ***Sat night at the Sondheim Theater in NYC. The musical Beautiful had a star studded audience: David Duchovny and Tea Leoni with their son and daughter caught up with Bev Hills Joan Agajanian Quinn and her art curator daughter Amanda Olivar and NY artist Dahlia Elsayed…in the same row was Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) who had just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame at Barclay Center.   ***All in Kate Mantillini at different times: AMPAS president Cherly Doone Isaacs, Leonard Cohen, Wentworth Miller, Hunter Parrish, Tyra Banks, Rachel McAdams, LL Cool J, Brillstein’s Alex Murray and Tim Sarkes and Management 360 Daniel Rappaport. ***At Bouchon, producer Arnold Kopelson dined with Jackie Colins. Also in: Rob Reiner, Ellen Pompeo, Hans Zimmer, Doug Ellin, producer Michael Robin and CAA’s Kevin Huvane. ***Producer Debra Martin Chase met with Fox Searchlight vp publicity Cassandra Butcher at Hinoki & the Bird.   ***Adrien Brody dropped by Cut, changing tables so he didn’t get stuck in the middle of the room.   ***Joel McHale and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun waited for their cars together at Boa’s valet in West Hollywood.   ***David O. Russell toasted screenwriting birthday boy Zak Penn (The Avengers) at Madeo in L.A.   ***Walton Goggins and Sam Rockwell were compadres at El Compadre in Echo Park in L.A.   ***Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon dined inside at the Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica, while Luke Wilson relaxed on the patio. Jonah Hill was in at another time.   ***Brian Grazer sat at Ray’s &Stark Bar.   ***WME’s Robert Newman visited II Fornaio in Beverly Hills.   ***Ricky Gervais ate at Locanda Veneta.   ***Emily Mortimer was at Café Stella in Silver Lake in L.A.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Lola D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Seattle, Washington.


YOUNG DADS FACE DEPRESSION RISKS: It turns out that young fathers are at an elevated risk for their own form of postpartum depression. A study published in the May issue of Pediatrics shows that men who became fathers at around age 25 had a 68 percent increase in depressive symptoms over their first five years of being parents. Men who didn’t live with their children did not have the same elevated depression symptoms, though this was a much smaller proportion of the men examined. The study was based on data from 10,623 men whose health was tracked for about 20 years under the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. “Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially during those first key years of parent-infant attachment,” said lead study author Dr. Craig Garfield. “We need to do a better job of helping young dads transition through that time period.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Belle Knox (Duke porn star): People assume that my support for sex workers and porn is somehow invalidated because I chose to do porn for the money rather than for love. They act as though this is some shocking victory for them because being a sex worker wasn’t my dream job — because as a little girl I didn’t write “I want to be a porn star” on career day, or excitedly tell everyone around me about how excited I was to someday have sex on camera for money. Or because my teacher didn’t tell me I could be anything I want to be: an astronaut, the president, even a porn star! Apparently because I didn’t dream of living this life — because it was “necessary” — it now somehow reverts to being morally wrong, and I become another pitiable whore to be dismissed at leisure. Porn wasn’t my only option, but it was the most prudent, the most shrewd — trading the smallest amount of my time for the maximum profit, on my schedule. I could quite easily have taken out loans to cover my tuition bill, but I chose not to. Why be $50,000 or more in debt when it simply wasn’t necessary? I was not making what economists call a desperate exchange.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The Piano Man, Billy Joel and ex-wife Christie Brinkley’s daughter Alexa Ray Joel collapses on stage during gig at the Café Carlyle in Manhattan. Joel, 28, told audience members she was feeling ill, having thrown out her neck and back before she collapsed in front of the stunned audience Saturday night. Alexa was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room, where she was diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope – the cause of fainting. Vasovagal Syncope trigger causes a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure, which leads to reduced blood flow to the brain — quickly resulting in a brief loss of consciousness.

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Monday • April 14, 2014

FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS OUTNUMBER WOMEN WHO WORK FULL-TIME: People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau. In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the food stamp program (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That contrasts with the 44,059,000 women who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. For each woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, there was slightly more than 1 other person collecting food stamps.

CHANCES OF GETTING AUDITED BY IRS LOWEST IN YEARS: As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s. Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered.

ARE YOU COMING TO THE FUN EVENT OF YEAR? FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE SATURDAY NIGHT: WHO: The newly reopened legendary Crest Theater in Westwood WHAT: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night. +Live Music +Marijuana Dispensary WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014, Doors open at 11 pm, Valet parking WHERE: 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHY: Because it’s FUN & FREE R.S.V.P. ESSENTIAL TO: community@crestwestwood.com

POT VENDING MACHINE TO DEBUT: A Colorado company has introduced the first-ever marijuana vending machine, which will soon be put to use at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo. The so-called Zazz machine was produced by Stephen Shearin’s company, American Green, and was delivered to the Herbal Elements dispensary Friday.

PISTORIUS TRIAL PAUSED DUE TO SOBS: Once again, Oscar Pistorius broke down on the witness stand during his murder trial for the death of former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The court had to temporarily adjourn Monday morning because the former Olympian broke down when asked what exactly he shouted when he moved toward the bathroom where he claims he believed there was an intruder. When court was back in session, Pistorius broke down again when asked why he opened fire, and the court had to be temporarily adjourned for a second time. The tears bought Pistorius little sympathy with chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who accused him of “concocting” a new series of events. “You’re tailoring your version as you’re sitting there,” he told Pistorius

BEEF PRICES HIGHEST IN 27 YEARS: The question isn’t where’s the beef; it’s why the heck it costs so much? With prices of beef hitting a nearly three-decade high, Americans may be left in a state of sticker-shock. With cattle herds dwindling and a growing foreign demand from countries like China and Japan, average American beef prices have risen to $5.28 a pound. Droughts have forced many ranchers to reduce their herds, and even though the rain has been better this year, they are still in a rebuilding state, which means beef prices will likely remain high for at least another few years. Some ranchers are concerned that consumers will be deterred from buying beef at the higher prices, and restaurants—both chains and local places—may start cutting down on beef items and portions. “It really squeezes the small guys more,” said Mark Hutchens, owner of the 50 Yard Line Steakhouse in Lubbock, Texas. “You just can’t keep going up on people forever. I just think you have to stay competitive and keep your costs low.

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


LBN-BONUS SITE: EARTHSKY: TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE FOR THE AMERICAS ON NIGHT OF APRIL 14-15: A total lunar eclipse occurs on April 14 or 15 (depending on your time zone). On that night, the brilliant “star” near the April full moon is the red planet Mars, which comes closest to Earth for the year on April 14. Mars and the moon will be near each other as the eclipse takes place, and indeed, as seen from around the world, all night long. North America is in a good place to see this eclipse, by the way, and all four total eclipses of the lunar tetrad.


TRAGIC SECRET MICKEY ROONEY TOOK TO THE GRAVE: Mickey Rooney may have had 8 wives but the shocking murder of one changed him FOREVER! He was endlessly haunted by the violent death of his fifth wife, Barbara Thomason, who was shot to death by a revolver he’d given her for her own protection! Thomason, 29, was gunned down in 1966 by a jealous lover, 24-year-old bit actor Milos Milocevic, before he turned the pistol on himself. “Mickey never forgave himself for what had happened to Barba­ra,” said a source close to the “Andy Hardy” star. “He had made a lot of mistakes during that marriage, and others. But Mickey believed the biggest mistake of all was giv­ing her that gun. He gave it to her for her own protection.”

SENATOR ELISABETH WARREN BELIEVES THAT THE TWO-INCOME FAMILY HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE BANKRUPTCY RATE: There’s no longer reserve capacity for hard times.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: While in prison, Hitler envisioned the development of a “people’s car” or a Volkswagen, from the word volk, meaning “people” or “nation.”

RECORD-HIGH 60% OF CALIFORNIANS SAY THEY PAY TOO MUCH TAX: Ahead of the April 15 tax deadline, a record-high 60% of Californians say that they pay “much more” or “somewhat more” in taxes than they should, according to a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) (and noted by John Seiler of Calwatchdog.org and Stephen Frank of CApoliticalnews.com). However, as PPIC Mark Baldassare notes at Fox&Hounds, Californians still believe that the answer is to tax wealthy earners or corporations more–not to reform and broaden the current tax system.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 4 member of the Boston Red Sox staff read the LBN E-Lert daily?

LBN-NOTICED: ***Broadway’s “Les Misérables” star Ramin Karimloo halting the show by throwing a scathing look in the direction of an audience member’s ringing cellphone at Saturday’s performance at the Imperial Theatre in NYC.    ***Vera Wang and Arthur Becker looking happy over a long dinner at Nello in NYC on the Upper East Side on Friday night.   ***Sienna Miller doing an impromptu DJ session and serving drinks to friends at the Wayfarer restaurant’s Coachella pool party in Palm Springs. Other guests included Jared Leto, Hannah Bronfman and Lily Donaldson.   ***Carole King started a singalong at a starry fund-raiser thrown by actress Lois Robbins for junior senator of Massachusetts Ed Markey at her Upper East Side home on Friday night. Guests including Michael Douglas, Patricia Duff, Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole, Leonard Lauder, Kiki Kennedy, Richard and Marcia Mishaan and Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley were treated to songs by King in the living room.   ***Katie Holmes had a quiet dinner of burgers and wine with a female friend at Marc Murphy’s 57th Street hot spot Kingside in NYC on Friday night.

MARTHA STEWART, DAVID GEFFEN TOAST SANDY GALLIN’S WEDDING: Music mogul-turned-luxury home designer Sandy Gallin celebrated his wedding to Bryan Fox with Hollywood stars and power players. Gallin, 73, who spontaneously tied the knot with his partner of five years, Fox, 34, at his lawyer’s office in New York in February, was toasted by hundreds at a party at the scenic oceanfront Nobu in Malibu on Saturday evening. Guests mingled with cocktails on the outdoor deck, then the speeches kicked off with Steve Martin and Martin Short starting the banter. One witness told us, “Everyone spoke, from Ron Meyer to Barry Diller. There were more warm words from David Geffen and Diane von Furstenberg. Sandy talked about Bryan, saying they are going to be together for the rest of their lives. It was very emotional and heartfelt.” Hosting the celebration were Geffen, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and wife Deborah, Diller and von Furstenberg, Meyer, Bryan’s twin brother Aaron Fox, and Elaine Wynn.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Michael Isikoff, an investigative reporter who has broken numerous national news stories, has left NBC News. His last day was Friday.

BUBBA WATSON WINS 2ND MASTERS: Bubba Watson donned the world’s most famous green jacket yet again after winning the Masters tournament Sunday. Watson beat 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (who could’ve become the youngest Masters winner ever) on the final nine holes. Watson got down two early to Spieth before going birdie-birdie on the 8th and 9th holes, while Spieth went bogey-bogey. Watson is the 17th golfer to win the tournament multiple times.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Paige H., an LBN E-Lert reader from Selma, Alabama


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The San Francisco 49ers are off to a rough start, and the season hasn’t even started yet. Defensive end Aldon Smith was reportedly arrested Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport after he claimed to have a bomb. According to a Transportation Security Administration official, Smith was selected for secondary screening and then grew belligerent before making a bomb threat. This isn’t the first legal trouble for Smith or the 49ers. Smith has been arrested twice for DUI in the past 27 months and faces three felony weapons charges. Last week, 49er star quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named in a sexual-assault investigation in Miami. Cornerback Chris Culliver was also charged with a felony last week for a hit-and-run incident last May.

‘HUNGER GAMES’ WINS MTV TOP HONOR: American teens just can’t get enough of The Hunger Games. At Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took top honors, winning for Best Movie. While it likely doesn’t compare to the thrill of winning an Academy Award, Jared Leto took home the golden popcorn for Best Onscreen Transformation, and pregnant Mila Kunis also nabbed a win for Best Villain for her role as the Wicked Witch in Oz: The Great and Powerful. The MTV Movie Awards, which has been held annually since 1992, is known for its more unconventional awards. Case in point: Zac Efron won Best Shirtless Performance. Though he tried to accept it fully clothed, Rita Ora ripped off his top.

THE RANT BY ERICKA T. BASS: Kate Upton saying, “I wish I had smaller tits,” is Kate Upton’s way of saying, “I wish I wasn’t famous and a millionaire.”

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kate Moss is headed to Turks and Caicos next week, but not for rest and relaxation. The British supermodel will return as the face of jewelry company David Yurman this fall.

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Monday • April 14, 2014

ARE YOU COMING TO OUR FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE ON SATURDAY NIGHT? Please bring a pair of used shoes to be donated to the needy at the L.A. Mission.

WHO: The newly reopened legendary Crest Theater in Westwood WHAT: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night. +Live Music +Marijuana Dispensary WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014, Doors open at 11 pm, Valet parking WHERE: 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHY: Because it’s FUN & FREE R.S.V.P. ESSENTIAL TO: community@crestwestwood.com




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Sunday • April 13, 2014

PANEL: 15 YEARS TO STOP WARMING: A new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced Sunday that the world has taken so long to act on global warming that we have just 15 years to make a massive effort before slowing climate change becomes impossibly costly. The report said it remains technically possible to slow warming, but that even European countries that have made efforts haven’t done nearly enough. The findings will likely put even more pressure on a major global treaty expected to be completed in 2015 and to take effect in 2020. On the bright said, researches said the cost of alternative energies is falling so rapidly that implementing them on a mass scale is now practical.

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JERRY LEWIS: WOMEN ARE FUNNY, BUT NOT WHEN CRUDE: Jerry Lewis says women are funny, but not as crude standup comics. The 88-year-old entertainer was criticized for expressing his distaste for female comedians a few years ago, but in clarifying his comments, he called Lucille Ball “brilliant” and said Carol Burnett is “the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy.” Ball “went to the lowest level of the barrel, and she was brilliant because of it,” Lewis said Saturday after leaving his hand and footprints in cement outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre.

LBN-READER QUESTION: Which musical artist would you want your child to study? Send your reply to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Reader Question) in the subject line.

KATE UPTON HATES HER BREASTS: They’re two of the biggest stars in fashion, double-billing on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Vogue and Vanity Fair and lusted over by countless admirers — still, Kate Upton can’t stand them. “I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs,” the supermodel and actress tells Britain’s The Sun on Sunday. “Every single day, I’m like, ‘Oh, man, it would be so much easier,’ especially if people didn’t constantly bring them up,” she confesses of her two biggest assets.

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

LBN-NOTICED: ***Martin Scorsese dining at the Regency Bar & Grill at Loews Regency Hotel in NYC.   ***Nina Agdal, Constance Jablonski and Dennis Basso at Jeffrey Fashion Cares at the Lexington Armory in NYC, where over $700,000 was raised for LGBT charities.   ***Former New York Giant Sean Landeta letting James Broderick, 11, son of Matthew Broderick, try on his two Super Bowl rings at MSG in NYC during a Rangers game.   ***Marlon Wayans celebrating his new movie “A Haunted House 2” at The General in NYC with Nas, Tiësto and Irv Gotti.   ***Richard Gere plays a homeless New Yorker in his latest film, “Time Out of Mind,” but he dined in luxury the other night. Gere arrived straight from the set of the movie, co-starring Jena ­Malone of “The Hunger Games,” to Antica Pesa, the Williamsburg outpost of the Roman restaurant in NYC.   ***Prominent L.A. security czar Kent Moyer having lunch at The Palm in West Hollywood.   ***Academy Award Winning actress Julia Roberts cheering her daughter Hazel on at a CYO track meet at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA on Saturday morning.   ***Blogger Sue Cameron having birthday dinner at the famous Marino’s restaurant in Hollywood.

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

LBN-MEET: Actor Jared Leto:

FORGET TAKING A LITTLE BLUE PILL – NOW YOU CAN HAVE VIAGRA ICE CREAM: A British ice-cream maker has invented a dessert which can help with erectile dysfunction – by flavoring the batch with Viagra. The Arousal flavor contains around 25mg of Viagra per scoop. It was created on specific request from a celebrity customer of South Wales ice cream company, Lick Me I’m Delicious. Inventor Charlie Harry Francis added the Viagra to the ice cream and used champagne for flavor to complete the bespoke recipe.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is an extraordinary collection of intelligent, penetrating news, voices and ideas. I read it seven days a week.”—– Dwayne D., an LBN E-Lert reader New Orleans, Louisiana.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: So the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn’t pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine’s pipelines are the transit route for 15 percent of gas consumption for Europe. If I’m actually rooting for Putin to go ahead and shut off the gas, does that make me a bad guy? Because that is what I’m rooting for, and I’d be happy to subsidize Ukraine through the pain. Because such an oil shock, though disruptive in the short run, could have the same long-term impact as the 1973 Arab oil embargo — only more so. That 1973 embargo led to the first auto mileage standards in America and propelled the solar, wind and energy efficiency industries. A Putin embargo today would be even more valuable because it would happen at a time when the solar, wind, natural gas and energy efficiency industries are all poised to take off and scale. So Vladimir, do us all a favor, get crazy, shut off the oil and gas to Ukraine and, even better, to all of Europe. Embargo! You’ll have a great day, and the rest of the planet will have a great century.

LBN-MAUREEN DOWD: I don’t remember much about being on Stephen Colbert’s show. It all passed in a blur of fear. I remember him coming into the makeup room to remind me that he was going to be in character as a jerk. I remember that he held up my book about gender and asked if it was “soft-core porn.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Edward D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Pittsburgh, PA.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Grant: In medicine, physicians are trained to review evidence and base their practices on the latest scientific discoveries. In business schools, we have a chasm between two types of degrees.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Epstein (psychology professor, author of Teen 2.0): The stabbings at a Pittsburgh high school horrify and befuddle us.  Why, yet again, did such a thing happen?  And this time, the perpetrator seems to be completely “normal.”   But the same of issue of the L.A. Times that reported the incident also contained an article about an L.A. high school science teacher who was, absurdly, sent home for allowing his students to build devices that looked “scary.”  Our high schools have become places that are extremely frustrating and infantilizing for most students, subjecting them, according to my research, to ten times the number of restrictions that mainstream adults face.  No wonder, now and then, one of them cracks.  We need to reexamine the appropriateness of the entire system in today’s world, not just impose more restrictions and hire more psychologists.

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Friday • April 11, 2014

SATELLITES SHOW RUSSIA MOBILIZING: Satellite photographs from NATO were released on Thursday that showed Russian fighter jets and tanks massed near Ukraine’s border. The equipment was captured by the commercial satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe, and the photographs come after Moscow accused NATO of exaggerating the situation. NATO’s release came on the same day that Vladimir Putin threatened to cut back gas sales to Ukraine.

SHOE THROWN AT HILLARY CLINTON: Hillary Clinton has had to dodge some tough questions during her career in politics, but on Thursday the former Secretary of State was forced to dodge a flying object. A shoe was hurled at Clinton while she was speaking at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. She did not appear to be struck by it, and she even cracked jokes about the incident. “Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” she said, adding, “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.” The woman suspected of throwing the shoe was taken into custody and is expected to be arrested.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: In addition to being read daily in all 50 of the United States, the LBN E-Lert is read in 26 foreign countries daily from China to India, from England to France, from Australia to Israel, from Iraq to Germany, from Greece to Spain, from Brazil to Canada, from Mexico to Korea, from Sweden to Russia.


SCOTT BROWN RUNS FOR SENATE AGAIN: Nobody has been a U.S. senator from two different states in more than 100 years, but Scott Brown announced Thursday he will run for New Hampshire’s seat after losing his Massachusetts seat in 2012. Brown, a Republican, will challenge the sitting Democrat, Jeanne Shaheen. “I am running to be a true independent voice for the people of New Hampshire,” he said. Brown seems to be planning to run a similar campaign to those in the past, targeting the president’s health care plan in particular, declaring once again: “Let me be the one to stop it for you.”

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KATHLEEN SEBELIUS RESIGNS: Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after five years of serving as the Health and Human Services secretary and, most infamously, overseeing the Affordable Care Act rollout. President Obama accepted her resignation this week, and said he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to succeed her. While officials say Sebelius, 65, chose to resign and was not forced out, it was clear that the Obama administration was displeased with her handling of the health-care overhaul. When Obama announced the successful enrollment of 7 million Americans in health-insurance exchanges last week, Sebelius was notably absent from his side.

CIA’S ‘HARSH INTERROGATIONS’ EXCEEDED LEGAL AUTHORITY, REPORT FINDS: A classified U.S. Senate report found that the CIA’s legal justification for the use of harsh interrogation techniques that critics say amount to torture was based on faulty legal reasoning, McClatchy news service reported on Thursday. The Central Intelligence Agency also issued erroneous claims about how many people it subjected to techniques such as simulated drowning, or “water boarding,” according to the news service, citing conclusions from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report obtained by McClatchy.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: 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.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? TV’s Stephen Colbert along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

LIZA IS A HATHA-HATER – WHY SHE’S FUMING OVER JUDY GARLAND BIOPIC: Liza Minnelli doesn’t want Oscar winner Anne Hathaway dancing down the yellow brick road as her mother Judy Garland. Sources say Liza would rather see Lady Gaga or Katie Holmes play the legendary “Wizard of Oz” star in a big-screen biopic. “Liza doesn’t think Anne is the right person to portray her mom,” said an insider. “But Anne has been calling Liza, begging for a sit-down meeting. She desperately wants Liza’s blessing. She also wants to pick Liza’s brain about what Judy was like in private. However, Liza is blowing her off.” Liza, 68, worries the up-coming film, based on the 2001 best-seller “Get Happy,” will focus on the seedier aspects of her mother’s life, including her drug abuse, nervous breakdown and overdose death at age 47 in 1969, said the source.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 17 member of the Radio City Music Hall staff read the LBN E-Lert daily?

DEATH DISCRIMINATES: 81% OF AMERICANS 100 OR OLDER ARE WOMEN: There is a vast inequality among people who live past their hundredth birthday, according to newly published data from the Census Bureau. Eighty-one percent of the Americans 100 years old and older during the five-year period covered in the Census Bureau’s report (2007-2011) were women, while only 19 percent were men.

LAPD COP KILLED IN SUSPECTED DUI HAD MADE 3,000 DRUNK-DRIVING ARRESTS: Veteran Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo, who died Wednesday after being hit by a driver accused of being high on cocaine, had arrested more than 3,000 DUI suspects in his career, Police Chief Charlie Beck said. “The ultimate irony is that Chris spent his life keeping other people safe from people who drive under the influence,” Beck said. “The ultimate in tragedy is that he gave his life up because of somebody who callously … operated a vehicle under the influence.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***You can’t hide from New York’s Eleven Madison Park. As New York’s Alan Sytsma explains at Grub Street, mâitre d’ Justin Roller googles everyone who has a reservation at the restaurant on any given night. He searches for personal information — birth date, anniversary, profession — so he can give proper salutations when the party arrives. Once he discovers something concrete, he jumps on it. “If I find out a guest is from Montana, and I know we have a server from there, we’ll put them together,” Roller explains.

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LBN-MEET: Model Brooklyn Decker


DOCTORS IMPLANT LAB-GROWN VAGINAS: A new report in The Lancet shows that vaginas can successfully be grown in a lab from women’s own cells and implanted in their bodies. Four young women in the U.S. born with missing or abnormal vaginas have undergone the transplant process, which involves taking a biopsy from the not fully formed vulva and growing the vagina in a bioreactor. Follow-up tests indicate that the lab-grown organs are functioning normally. The women report normal levels of “desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction” and painless intercourse. Although none have conceived yet, they are menstruating, which suggests pregnancy will be possible.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Relator Anne Dean having a drink last night the “41 Ocean” private club in Santa Monica.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***There’s more money trouble for Courtney Love — in addition to losing a $96,000 judgment in a Los Angeles court this week, the financially-challenged former Hole singer has been slapped with a whopping tax lien. According to IRS filings, Love, widow of Kurt Cobain, was hit with a $319,749 lien last month for the tax period ending in 2012. That came after Love last year received a tax bill for $266,861.01, which included unpaid taxes from 2009 ($3,236.23) and 2011 ($263,624.78). The singer also had a lien filed against her in 2009 for $324,335.21 she owed in 2007, but she reportedly paid that off.

LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Most of us have at one time or another felt ourselves in the grip of the explanatory drive. You’re confronted by some puzzle, confusion or mystery. Your inability to come up with an answer gnaws at you. You’re up at night, turning the problem over in your mind. Then, suddenly: clarity. The pieces click into place. There’s a jolt of pure satisfaction. We’re all familiar with this drive, but I wasn’t really conscious of the moral force of this longing until I read Michael Lewis’s book, “Flash Boys.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Actress Amanda Bynes’ mother says her daughter’s erratic behavior (like getting a DUI, tweeting incessantly about rapper Drake, claiming she had an impostor, starting a fire, and throwing a bong out the window of her New York apartment) was all due to smoking pot. It was speculated that Bynes was suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and she was hospitalized last spring on a 5150 (an involuntary hold for mental evaluation). “Amanda has no mental illness whatsoever,” Lynn Bynes told E! News. “[Amanda] is very sorry for all he hurtful tweets, statements, and actions that occurred while she was under the influence of marijuana.” The 28-year-old Bynes recently completed treatment at Malibu’s The Canyon, and is enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Orange County.   ***Joe Francis’ life is about to get even wilder. The man behind “Girls Gone Wild” and longtime main squeeze Abbey Wilson are expecting twin girls, Us Weekly reported Thursday.

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Friday • April 11, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 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.

POPE: FORGIVE CHURCH FOR SEX ABUSE: In a speech carried by Vatican Radio to a children’s rights group on Friday, Pope Francis is asking forgiveness for the Catholic Church for the “evil” done to children by sexual abusers in the clergy. “I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests [...] to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he said. He also said the number of priests behind the abuses were “quite few in number … compared to the number of all the priests.”

REPORT: 44 % OF TWITTER ACCOUNTS HAVE NEVER SENT A TWEET: Twitter is having no trouble signing up users. But some new research provides an update on the size of an ongoing problem: getting people to tweet. A report from Twopcharts, a website that monitors Twitter account activity, states that about 44% of the 974 million existing Twitter accounts have never sent a tweet.

VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN GET MEASLES: We can try to blame the anti-vaxxers, but it seems there is no hiding from the measles, as a recent outbreak has been traced to a fully vaccinated 22-year-old New Yorker. This “patient zero,” whom Science magazine has affectionately nicknamed “Measles Mary,” was neither hospitalized nor quarantined when she contracted the virus in 2011 and unwittingly passed it on four other people—two of whom were also vaccinated. The fate of Measles Mary, and those unfortunate enough to have come in contact with her, reveals that measles immunity does not last forever, as public health officials have long believed.

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WHO: The newly reopened legendary Crest Theater in Westwood WHAT: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown for free at mid-night. +Live Music +Marijuana Dispensary WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014, Doors open at 11 pm, Valet parking WHERE: 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 WHY: Because it’s FUN & FREE R.S.V.P. ESSENTIAL TO: community@crestwestwood.com


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

THE OBAMAS’ INCOME SHRANK IN 2013: It might be time for the Obamas to do a little belt tightening, or to get another book deal. Tax returns released Friday revealed that the president and first lady brought in an adjusted gross income of $481,098 in 2013. Granted, the White House chef won’t need to stock up on Ramen noodles anytime soon—but that’s 21 percent less than the $608,611 the Obamas reported for 2012. The reduced salary, largely the result of decreased book sales, meant fewer charitable contributions than before. The Bidens, however, reported a slightly larger income in 2013 than what they made in 2012.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Pregnancy isn’t stopping Stacy Keibler from partying. Keibler, who married tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre in March and is said to be four months along, celebrated Strategic Group co-founder Jason Strauss’ 40th birthday at Tao Downtown with Swizz Beatz, Wilmer Valderrama and DJ Sunnery James. Later, she and Pobre headed over to Meatpacking District club Provocateur in NYC and held court at a corner table next to DJ Tiësto and R&B singer Maxwell until 3 a.m. ***Good friends and media experts Elliot Mintz and Michael Levine sitting in the front row of fashion icon Sue Wong’s packed fashion show last night in Los Angeles.  ***Celebrity dentist Dr. Jay Grossman and plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having lunch yesterday at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.   ***The family of the late legendary actor Charlton Heston, including his son, daughter, wife and grandson were all present yesterday at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the unveiling of the the official Charlton Heston U.S. postage stamp.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Charles LuBrow, an LBN E-Lert reader from Toronto, Canada.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: A “watt” is a unit of power that measures the rate of producing or using energy. The term was named after Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819), who developed an improved steam engine. Watt measured his engine’s performance in horsepower. One horsepower equaled 746 watts.

REPUBLICANS WARN OF A FEDERAL TAX ON COW FLATULENCE: Senate Republicans warn that President Obama’s new focus on agricultural methane emissions could mean a tax on livestock emissions — including cow flatulence. South Dakota Sen. John Thune and fellow GOP senators sent a letter to Obama administration officials urging them not to regulate livestock emissions as part of the president’s crusade against global warming. Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” would require the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The Agriculture Department, Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency are set to put together a “Biogas” roadmap to reduce methane emissions.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 9 members of the WABC radio staff read the LBN E-Lert daily?


LBN-MEET: Actress Claire Danes:

GET CHARGED UP IN NO TIME: Well, “no time” may be a slight exaggeration, but it is not too far off the mark. An Israeli start-up has developed a prototype smartphone battery that can be fully charged in just 30 seconds. Rather than use lithium or nickel like conventional batteries, this battery uses “nanodots,” tiny, self-assembling peptide nanocrystals discovered in the course of Alzheimer’s research 10 years ago. It will be several years before the quick-charging battery makes it to market.

EX-PLAYERS SUE NHL FOR CONCUSSIONS: Just in time for the playoffs, the National Hockey League is getting hit by a second lawsuit related to concussions. This one is being brought by nine former players: Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer, Jack Carlson, Richard Brennan, Brad Maxwell, Mike Peluso, Tom Younghans, Allan Rourke, and Scott Bailey.  The lawsuit alleges that the league purposely did not tell players of the effects of head injuries and that it promoted a culture of violence to keep fans interested.

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Wednesday • April 9, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Flu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

11.  The Spanish flu was sometimes called “the purple death” because the worst symptom, signally certain death, was known as “heliotrope cyanosis,” when the lungs were starved of oxygen and the patient would turn purple, black, or blue.

12.  “Cures” for the Spanish flu included drinking whiskey, smoking cigars, eating milk toast, gargling with salt water, getting fresh air, and partaking of interesting concoctions like “Grippura.” Some doctors doused their patients with icy water while others “bled” their patients. Yet other doctors tried surgery by slicing open a patient’s chest, spreading his ribs, and extracting pus and blood from the pleural cavity (the cavity surrounding the lungs), which was almost always fatal in flu victims.

13.  Native Americans died at a rate four times the national average from the Spanish flu.

14.  Novel Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) first caused widespread illness in Mexico and the United States in March and April 2009, though Mexico may have been in the midst of the epidemic some months before. The first case in the United States was confirmed by the CDC on April 15, 2009.

15.  As of 2009, scientists have identified two strains of the swine influenza: the influenza C virus and subtypes of the influenza A virus, specifically H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, and H2N3. Currently, a new strain of the H1N1 subtype, known as “Novel H1N1 Influenza A” has reached pandemic proportions.

16.  The H1N1 form of swine flu is one of the descendants of the complex strain that caused the 1918 flu pandemic. It is called the “swine flu” because the overall structure of the virus is of the type that affects pigs, though other components besides swine are in the virus structrue. The “H” and “N” in H1N1 stand for Hemagglutinin and Neuraminidase, which are key molecular components of the virus.

17.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has begun to call the swine flu the “Novel Influenza A (H1N1)”.g The World Health Organization (WHO) has renamed the swine flu the “Influenza A (H1N1).”f The name changes were implemented in an effort to protect the pork industry, though the changes have caused some political debate.

18.  Historically, the swine flu hasn’t spread person to people and rarely infects people who had direct contact with pigs. The current strain of swine flu is different and more dangerous because the swine flu virus has mutated so it can spread easily and possible further mutations are hard to predict. Additionally, because it is a new virus, few people have immunity.

19.  The symptoms of the swine flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, nausea, and fatigue. It may also include diarrhea and vomiting. Diagnosing the swine flu just from symptoms is difficult as these are also symptoms of other illnesses.

20.  A negative swine flu test doesn’t mean you don’t have the H1N1 virus.

21.  The new strain of swine flu spreads like the regular flu: breathing the tiny droplets from a cough or sneeze, or touching an object an infected person just touched and then touching your own face. Infected people can spread the flu a day before they know they are sick and can be infectious for up to seven days after getting sick.

22.  When fitted properly, respirators such as N95 (or higher) may slow the spread of viruses in combination with other precautions such as hand washing and avoiding crowds. Respirators are more difficult to breathe through than face masks and may be unsuitable for children or those with facial hair. A respirator should be worn only once and then discarded. The CDC does not know if respirators are effective barriers from the novel H1N1.

23.  In contrast to respirators, face masks (surgical, dental, isolation, or laser masks) do not form a tight seal around the face and block only large droplets, not small viruses, from coming into contact with the wearer’s mouth and nose.

24.  There is some immunity to Novel H1N1 in people born before 1957. Their immunity may be a result of a previous exposure to a related virus or to a seasonal flu vaccine.



25.  The Department of Homeland Security has released 25% of its stores of the flu medications Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) and GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Relenza (Zanamivir) and it has asked people not to stockpile them. There is currently no vaccine for the swine flu, but it is extremely optimistic that there will be one available for winter 2009.

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Wednesday • April 9, 2014

RUSSIA WITHHELD BOSTON BOMBER INFO: The Russian government denied multiple FBI requests for information on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years prior to the attack, reports The New York Times. According to an inspector general’s review, this information would have led to more careful scrutiny of Tsarnaev prior to the 2013 attack, which left three dead and more than 200 injured. Russian officials told the FBI in 2011 that Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam” and he “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” However, Russian officials denied subsequent requests for additional information on Tsarnaev. While Tsarnaev was killed eluding the police, the Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against his younger brother and suspected co-conspirator in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar.

 

BANDS MAKE $32B IN OVERDRAFT FEES: Even though some banks are trying to improve their consumer policies and reduce hidden fees, they are by and large still making a pretty penny off their customers. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, banks made some $32 billion in overdraft fees alone in 2012. The median penalty is $35, which 14 of the largest 44 banks charge. Free checking is also down, as banks are increasingly finding it unprofitable to cover operations costs to maintain free accounts for customers. Just 59 percent of banks surveyed offered free checking in 2014, down from 82 percent in 2009. However, there is some good news for consumers: Banks have improved significantly in fee disclosure, with 32 of the 44 largest banks meeting Pew’s own standards.

 

LBN READERS: ARE YOU COMING TO THE FREE MID-NIGHT MOVIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH?????

The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown at mid-night on Saturday, April 19th at the newly reopened legendary Crest Theatre in Westwood in a free screening, hosted by media expert and author Michael Levine. The evening is part of Levine’s decade long charity effort called “We All Walk in Different Shows” in which people are encouraged to bring a pair of used shoes to the movie screening to be donated to the needy at the L.A. Mission. In the last ten years, Levine has collected over 5,000 pairs of shoes for the Mission. The evening at the Crest Theatre will feature the screening of the movie “Reefer Madness” along with live music and a marijuana dispensary onsite. To R.S.V.P. for the free movie screening, please contact community@crestwestwood.com.



 

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***People with insomnia may have a higher risk of stroke than their well-rested peers, a new study shows. The link between insomnia and stroke was especially strong in young adults, who were up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke if they had insomnia.

 

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Advertising

1.     The most complained about ad in Australia in 2010 was an ad from the Advanced Medical Institute about erectile dysfunction. To advertise the effectiveness of the drug, the ad showed a wife using her husband’s erection as a step stool to reach something out of a high cupboard.

2.     Ice cubes in beverage advertisements are typically made of acrylic so they won’t melt under hot photography lights or move around. Bubbles are made by adding detergent, and water is added so light will filter through better.

3.     A York University study revealed that U.S. pharmaceutical companies spend twice as much on advertising as they do on research.

4.     The famous Marlboro Man ads began in 1955. The Marlboro Man actually included a variety of masculine figures such as athletes, gunsmiths, and captains, but the rugged cowboy image proved the most marketable. Three men who appeared in the advertisements later died of lung cancer, earning the brand the nickname “Cowboy Killer.”

5.     TV commercials during Super Bowl XLV in 2011 are estimated to have cost $3 million for a 30-second spot.

6.     More than $500 billion a year is spent on advertising worldwide.

7.     By the time a person in the United States is 65 years old, he would have seen an estimated two million television commercials.

8.     In fashion advertising, women are often pictured lying on bearskin rugs, wearing furs and feathers, or dressed in tight-fitting leather clothing. Some researchers criticize these kinds of ads because they feature women as “prey.”

9.     Women’s bodies are often “dismembered” in ads and shown only as “body parts.” This type of representation has been criticized for objectifying women and contributing to the underlying culture of violence toward women.

10.  In 1900, the standard billboard was created in America, creating a billboard boon along streets and highways.

 

PALTROW WANTED TO KEEP A ‘PRETEND’ MARRIAGE: Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t want to go public with her “conscious uncoupling” from Chris Martin. She wanted to keep pretending to the world that they were still together, sources tell me. “It was his idea to announce the split. They had drifted apart, and there was no chance they’d get back together, so he felt it was wrong to keep pretending,” said one gossip. Now Paltrow is upset. Most people believe it was her fault the marriage ended because of her alleged links to real-estate mogul Jeffrey Soffer and entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn. Martin, who didn’t lose his virginity until he was 22, seems to be the innocent naïf who couldn’t keep up with an entitled Hollywood princess.

 

LBN-SEE IT:….Chris Christie’s mentor, former Governor Thomas Kean, says that one of Christie’s flaws “is that he makes enemies and keeps them.”

 

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Janis Joplin fans hoping to hear Broadway renditions of the blues-rock belter’s biggest hits – as well as a “lost” Joplin tune – in a more intimate theater will have to wait. Producers of A Night With Janis Joplin, which opened in October, are indefinitely delaying its off-Broadway opening due to “production issues,” according to The Associated Press. The musical was supposed to re-open in the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Thursday. The producers are offering ticket refunds.

 

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KATHERINE HEIGL SUES DRUG STORE CHAIN FOR $6 MILLION OVER PHOTO: “Knocked Up” star Katherine Heigl demands $6 million from drug store chain after unauthorized photo shoot. Heigl hit Duane Reade Inc with a $6 million lawsuit in New York federal court Wednesday. Heigl claims claiming the company unlawfully used an unauthorized photo of her for commercial advertising and distributed it through its social media accounts without her knowledge or approval. Heigl charges  that despite sending a cease-and-desist letter, the pharmacy chain has refused to stop its alleged misuse and

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Scarlet Johansson is not a fan of the nickname the general public has given her. Asked about the nickname “ScarJo” in the latest issue of Glamour, the actress responded indignantly, “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant… there’s something insulting about it.” She also sounded off on what she believes are terrible questions female actresses get. “Actresses get stupid questions asked of them all the time, like, ‘’How do you stay sexy?’ or ‘What’s your sexiest quality?’ All these ridiculous things you would never ask a man.” Johansson told the magazine that she believes her initial success in Lost in Translation has made it hard for her to be remembered for her subsequent roles.   ***The wedding between rapper Big Sean, 26, and Glee star Naya Rivera, 27, has been called off. The news of the canceled wedding comes after reports in Star magazine that the rapper had cheated on her. However, according to the rapper’s rep, Big Sean is the one who ended it. “After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off,” his rep tells Us Weekly. The spokesperson also addressed the affair reports saying, “The recent rumors and accusations reported by so-called or fake sources are simply untrue.” ***Working with Marlon Brando so enraged Frank Sinatra he wanted to punch him in the mouth. Despite it’s now classic status the filming of tuner “Guys and Dolls” in 1955 set its two top stars on a collision course of hate. Starring in the film musical based on writer Damon Runyon’s tales of gangland New York and it’s bizarre array of colorful New Yawk characters were King of the Method Actors, Brando, and Rat Pack chairman, Sinatra.

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Sunday • April 6, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: ***48% of smartphone owners watch videos in the bathroom.   ***89% of participants surveyed report damaged relationships as a result of insensitive or inappropriate use of technology.   ***36% of people use their phones while eating at a restaurant.

 

AFGHANS VOTE IN STRONG NUMBERS DESPITE DANGERS: Braving cold, rain and Taliban attacks, Afghans gathered in such long lines at polling places that voting hours were extended nationwide so they could cast their ballots to choose the successor to President Hamid Karzai on Saturday. Rather than the widespread disruption that the Taliban had promised in recent months, the thing most on display was determination, as Afghans turned out in higher numbers than expected, including in some places where votes were scarce in the 2009 election. There was no heavy barrage of attacks, though fears of potential violence did keep roughly one in eight polling centers closed nationwide.

 

VEGAS OR BUST FOR REPUBLICANS: Las Vegas has a big advantage over the other five cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention in 2016: Sheldon Adelson. Adelson — the owner of the Las Vegas Sands (which operates resorts and casinos all over the world, including the Venetian and the Palazzo in Vegas) — has a net worth of $40 billion, and he donated $100 million in 2012 to the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and then Mitt Romney. “Sheldon is adamant that the GOP must go to Vegas,” said one source. Some GOPers fear that if Adelson doesn’t get his way, he’ll give a couple hundred million dollars to the Democrats just for spite.

 

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 12 member of the White House staff read the LBN E-Lert daily?


 

BROKEN HEART CAN KILL YOU SAY LBN READERS: 68% of LBN E-Lert readers from all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries have voted that a broken heart can kill you.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The gene that causes red hair initially had the benefit of increasing the body’s ability to make vitamin D, which was important for people living farther away from the equator. However, today’s redheads are more likely to develop skin cancer and premature wrinkles.

 

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Robert Redford dining with friends at the River Café in NYC Wednesday before going to St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO to see “Red Velvet”.   ***Barry Diller and George Stephanopoulos lunching separately at Michael’s in NYC.   *** Four Seasons co-owner Julian Niccolini and real estate partners Aby Rosen and Michael Fuchs having lunch in the restaurant’s Grill Room in NYC.   ***Morning show rivals Matt Lauer and Robin Roberts hugging and chatting before Lady Gaga took the stage at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on Wednesday.

 

LBN-MEET: Actor James Franco:


 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Young girls in the U.S. and the U.K. once believed they could tell what type of man they would marry by the type of bird they saw first on Valentine’s Day. If they saw a blackbird, they would marry a clergyman, a robin indicated a sailor, and a goldfinch indicated a rich man. A sparrow meant they would marry a farmer, a blue bird indicated a happy man, and a crossbill meant an argumentative man. If they saw a dove, they would marry a good man, but seeing a woodpecker meant they would not marry at all.

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Joe Jonas knows who’s to blame for Justin Bieber increasingly troubling behavior: the pop star’s father, Jeremy. The 24-year-old, who knows how difficult it is to transition between teen and adult stardom, credits his family with helping him stay grounded in an interview with Scene magazine.

 

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LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway

 

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***David Beckham is trying to recruit Miami Heat star LeBron James as one of his investors in the Major League Soccer team he plans to launch in Miami. “The two have had several secret meetings in the past few weeks,” a Miami source told me. “LeBron would be to the soccer team what Jay Z was to the Brooklyn Nets.”   ***The DJ son of ex- N.Y. Knicks coach and NBA great Isiah Thomas told cops he guzzled three drinks before he was busted early Friday morning in Manhattan for driving drunk, prosecutors said. Joshua Thomas, a k a DJ Zeke, 25, was pulled over at a checkpoint in the West Village in NYC at about 3:30 a.m. after leaving a gig, prosecutors said.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Young people and work have become an odd combination. Some notes from the front: 1.Eight percent of millennials had a parent accompany them on a job interview. Experts suggest they view parents, instead of management, as mentors making growth, well let’s just say, difficult. 2. Data suggests that our young friends have often formed their thoughts about winning and losing from gaming, and they bring that thinking to the workplace. If they don’t like a job, it’s a re-set. Bye-bye.

 

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Sunday • April 6, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Taxes

    1. The word “tax” is from the Latin taxo, meaning “I estimate.”

      2. Approximately 90% of people who employ housekeepers and babysitters cheat on their taxes.

        3. If someone reports their company for tax evasion in the U.S., he or she will receive 30% of the amount collected.

          4. The federal tax code was 400 pages in 1913. In 2010 it was 70,000 pages. In 2012, nearly half of Americans did not pay federal income tax.

            5. Around 47% of Americans did not pay income tax in 2012. In 2007, before the economic downturn, 40% of households did not owe federal income tax.

              6. The average number of days a person worked to pay his or her 2009 taxes was 103.

                7. The number of words in Atlas Shrugged is 645,000. The Bible has about 700,000 words. The number of words in the Federal Tax Code: 3,700,000.

                  8. There are several types of taxes, including income, Social Security, sales, property, and excise taxes.

                    9. While the federal corporate tax rate is 35%, in reality, many companies usually pay far less than that because of loopholes and subsidies.

                      10. Wealthier Americans pay higher taxes than middle- or lower-income earners. The wealthiest 1% of the population earns 19% of income but pays 37% of the income tax. The top 10% pays 68% of the tab. The bottom 50% earns 13% of the income, but pays just 3% of the taxes. This does not include payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare.

                        11. Everyone who earns a paycheck pays a federal income tax. Forty-three of the 50 states charge their citizens an income tax. The seven states that do not have a state income tax are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

                          12. In 2010, General Electric made over $4 billion in U.S. profits. It paid $0 in taxes.

                            13. The United Sates has what is called a progressive tax system, which means that the more money a person makes, the more he or she pays in income tax.

                              14. Excise taxes are also called “sin taxes.” They are taxes on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

                                15. The top five states with the highest state tax on cigarettes are Rhode Island (3.46), New York ($2.75), New Jersey ($2.70), Hawaii ($2.60), and Wisconsin (2.52). New York City is the most expensive place in the U.S. to buy cigarettes because it adds a city tax ($1.50) onto the state tax, which results in a combined tax of $4.25.

                                  16. Taxes can be either direct or indirect. A direct tax is a tax paid directly to the government, such as income, Social Security, sales, property, and excise. An indirect tax is one that is passed on to another person or group. For example, the cost of fuel includes a tax that consumers pay. In other words, instead of oil companies paying that tax, they pass it on to consumers.

                                    17. The IRS is a U.S. government agency that is responsible for collecting taxes and enforcing revenue laws. It is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

                                      18. Roman emperor Vespasian placed a tax on urine in the 1st century A.D. Urine at that time was collected and used as a source of ammonia for tanning hides and laundering garments.j A window tax in England eventually led to health problems.

                                        19. In 1691, England taxed the number of windows on a house. Consequently, houses began to be built with very few windows or people would close up existing windows. When people began to suffer health problems from lack of windows/air, the tax was finally repealed in 1851.

                                          20. Russian Emperor Peter the Great placed a tax on beards in 1705. He hoped that the tax would encourage men to have a clean-shaven look that was popular in Western Europe.

                                            21. Over 1 million accountants are hired each year in America to help with taxes.

                                              22. One of the contributing factors to the French Revolution was a salt tax called the gabelle. It was one of the most hated and unequal taxes.

                                                23. Canada created the Chinese Head Tax in the 1880s, which taxed the entrance of Chinese immigrants into Canada. It was created to discourage Chinese from entering the country after the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed. That tax was abolished by the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, which completely banned most forms of Chinese immigration to Canada. While in place, the tax collected $23 million ($800 million in 2013 dollars.)

                                                  24. England has a tax on televisions. Color TVs are taxed more than black-and-white TVs. However, if a blind person has a television, he or she has to pay only half the tax.

                                                    25. Double amputees in Oregon get a $50 tax credit.

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                                                      Friday • April 4, 2014

                                                      HIGH DEPORTATION FIGURES ARE MISLEADING: Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the “deporter in chief” and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats. But the portrait of a steadily increasing number of deportations rests on statistics that conceal almost as much as they disclose. A closer examination shows that immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office, according to immigration data. Expulsions of people who are settled and working in the United States have fallen steadily since his first year in office, and are down more than 40% since 2009.

                                                      ECONOMY ADDS 192,000 JOBS IN MARCH: On Friday morning, the Labor Department released jobs numbers for the month of March, which had the U.S. economy add 192,000 jobs. However, the unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent. Economists had been expecting a gain of 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to drop to 6.6 percent. Experts were closely watching March as it was the first month after a winter full of bad weather that many blamed for a slowdown in growth.

                                                      TX EXECUTES WITH  ‘SECRET’ SUPPLY: A convicted serial killer was executed in Texas on Thursday by a lethal injection that came from an undisclosed source. The Supreme Court declined to halt the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, despite his lawyer’s plea that too much secrecy surrounded the source of pentobarbital.  The Supreme Court sided with Texas prison officials, who argued that the source had to remain a secret to protect the supplier from threats of violence.  The issue of secrecy surrounding pentobarbital sources for lethal injections has come up more frequently, as drugmakers increasingly refused to sell it in cases of capital punishment. So far, the Supreme Court has rejected stays on the basis of these drug concerns.

                                                      CBS GETS CHANCE TO ‘REBRAND’ WITH LETTERMAN EXIT SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: According to Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, David Letterman’s retirement gives CBS a chance to lure younger viewers to his late-night TV time slot, matching the recent elevation of Jimmy Fallon that reenergized rival NBC’s “Tonight Show.”  Said Levine “The late-night host creates a “brand” for the entire network.”

                                                      KISS, GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY AND THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF THEIR GIANT EMPIRE:

                                                      “You want the best, you got the best”, his signature voice thunders as the preface to every KISS musical and pyrotechnic spectacle. Casually attired in jeans, black shirt, cowboy boots, and requisite standard issue dark glasses, Gene Simmons appeared the quintessential American icon that he is. The genetic gods have looked favorably upon this legend as somehow through all the thousands of concerts, and hard living, Mr. Simmons trademark hair remains intact. He insisted I tug at the famous pelage for verification. I dared not make inquiry as to whether any additives had been necessary to keep it signature “KISS” black.

                                                      Judging by the 90,000 or so KISS Army fans who showed up in Vienna, Austria (see photo) on June 15 past, senescence seems not to have dimmed this bands popularity in the slightest. After 40 plus years of the peripatetic life I asked Simmons if he was just plain tired of performing.  “To this day, hearing…seeing the fans, I get such a high every single time we perform……it’s an adrenaline rush that never gets old”. Since the commencement of the 1997 Reunion Tour and the following iterations, KISS has played to over 5 million loyal fans. Once you get him going Simmons is effusive. “We offer salvation through rock and roll……the depth of Fourth of July fireworks……. we have gone where no band has gone before.”

                                                      The Hall of Fame

                                                      On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simmons downplayed this grand honor a bit, even sidestepping my question. “Our reward is our incredible fans, to them I am most grateful…..this (Hall of Fame) is not our main validation. We only get the respect we demand. That said, I have been an extremely fortunate person……the worst days of my life are great.” Despite his reticence to say it, I sensed there was a deep pride beneath his stoic veneer.

                                                      KISS lead vocalist and songwriter Paul Stanley, in an interview with Classic Rock magazine publicly insulted the Hall of Fame calling it “tainted, corrupted, and distorted”, a reaction to his perceived political nature of the organization. He has a valid point in that KISS has been eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame for fifteen years. Mr. Stanley rightly suggests KISS has been unfairly ignored. Regardless, at the end of the day, it is an honor and their legacy is now secure. Stanley’s long awaited autobiography “Face the Music” is due out in April of this year. Sir Elton John commented: “Both honest and inspirational. Amazing tales from one of rock’s great frontmen.”

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Brain

                                                      1.     The human brain weighs approximately 3.0 pounds. Human skin (all three layers) weighs approximately 20 pounds, intestines 7.5 pounds (large intestine: 4.0 lbs., small intestine: 3.5 lbs.), lungs 5 pounds (2.5 lbs. each), the liver 3.2 pounds, and the heart 0.6 pounds.

                                                      2.     Déjà vu (French for “already seen”) has never been fully explained, though some scientists believe that a neurological glitch causes an experience to be registered in the memory before reaching consciousness.

                                                      3.     Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within seven hours of his death by Princeton pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey (1912-2007). Harvey sectioned the preserved brain into 240 blocks and removed the eyes and gave them away. He kept pieces of the brain for himself and gave other pieces to other prominent pathologists. He was fired from Princeton Hospital because he refused to return the brain. Other brains that have been preserved include German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Vladimir Lenin, and the Native American Ishi.

                                                      4.     While Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, which is within normal human range, the brain had no parietal operculum in either hemisphere and had an enlarged Sylvan fissure. Certain parts of his brain also had more glial cells in relation to neurons.

                                                      5.     A mother’s illness may severely affect fetal brain cells; studies suggest that influenza or malnutrition during pregnancy may be associated with the development of schizophrenia. Damage to developing cells may also occur from maternal smoking and drinking, prenatal exposure to chemicals, or excess heat.

                                                      6.     The brain takes the longest of any organ to develop and goes through more changes than any other organ.

                                                      7.     A UCLA study found that both Caucasians and African Americans have similar brain activity when seeing photographs of African Americans. Both races showed more activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with alarm, when shown expressionless photographs of African Americans than when they were shown expressionless photographs of Caucasians.

                                                      8.     What appears as random bursts of light when people hit their heads is actually caused by a jolt to the brain cells responsible for vision. Stars most often appear following a blow to the back of the head because that is the location of the visual cortex.

                                                      9.     A human brain is 75% water and has the consistency of tofu or gelatin.

                                                      10.  The human brain consists of approximately 100 billion neurons (which is as many cells as there are stars in the Milky Way). Each neuron has somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 synapses, equaling about 1 quadrillion synapses. If all the neurons in the human brain were lined up, they would stretch 600 miles. As a comparison, an octopus has 300,000 neurons, a honeybee has 950,000, and a jellyfish has no brain at all.

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The lendgendary Marino’s restaurant in Hollywood has been give “Best of Los Angeles Award – 2014″ for best Italian (fine-dining) restaurant.   ***A Manhattan investor slapped his business partner, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, with a $10.8 million lawsuit claiming the famously hot-tempered cook gobbled up profits at their Los Angeles burger joint by treating the eatery like his own fiefdom. “Gordon Ramsay attempted to run the business and make decisions … similar to his television personality on Hell’s Kitchen — as a dictatorship, without the proper authority and without consent of his partner,” sniffs Rowen Seibel in his new Manhattan civil suit.

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                                                      LETTERMAN TO RETIRE IN 2015: David Letterman announced on Thursday that he will retire from his hosting responsibilities on the CBS Late Show in 2015. Letterman has been the only host of the show, which has been on the air since 1993. The 66-year-old comedian announced his retirement during a taping of Thursday’s show. According to a transcript released by his PR rep, Letterman told the audience “We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul [Shaffer] and I will be wrapping things up.”

                                                      TOM SELLECK MARRIAGE SECRETS: “Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck has made women swoon since his days on “Magnum, P.I.,” but the ’80s heart- throb is a one-woman man who’s discovered the secret of how to have a happy showbiz marriage. The still-handsome 69-year-old ac tor and his second wife, British-born beauty Jillie Mack, 56, have been enjoy ing marital bliss since 1987 – because they made a pact to never fight. “We decided long ago that fighting was a waste of time,” a pal quotes Tom as saying. “So we said that if we had a difference of opinion about something, we would sit down over a cup of tea or a meal and talk it through. “Jillie has a great sense of humor, so our talks often end with both of us laughing, and as they always.

                                                      LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Promising to “reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad,” actor Bryan Cranston is penning a memoir. The star of Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle will have a memoir published by Scribner released in the fall of 2015. Cranston is currently on Broadway, playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way.   ***Paul Stanley’s autobiography FACE THE MUSIC: A Life Exposed goes on-sale next week. With the kickoff event this Monday 4/7 in New York, Paul will be autographing books at these locations in the New York area, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Monday 4/7 Barnes & Noble, Tribeca, New York , Tuesday 4/8 Barnes & Noble, Staten Island, Wednesday 4/9 Bookends, Ridgewood, New Jersey, Wednesday 4/16 Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles , Thursday, 4/17 Warwick’s in La Jolla/San Diego, Friday 4/25  Jewish Community Center, San Francisco. For event details or to pre-order your copy of FACE THE MUSIC visit the author online at www.paulstanley.com

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                                                      PAULA DEEN’s TROUBLED SAVANNAH RESTAURANT CLOSES: Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House – Paula Deen’s popular flagship Savannah, GA restaurant that was at the heart of her racism accusations – has closed its doors for good. And to add insult to injury, it informed its employees of the closing via Facebook. Instead of a face-to-face staff meeting, the establishment simply left this brief post on its Facebook page earlier this morning: “Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed.”

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

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Ari Emanuel broke bread with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. At the table, fellow WME agent Graham Taylor sat with Endgame CEO Jim Stern. Sherry Lansing and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin worked the room. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in on another day. ***Gwyneth Paltrow met with Chelsea Handler at Crossroads. Relativity chief Ryan Kavanaugh ate nearby. ***Ryan Seacrest joined Ben Silverman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at Hakkasan Beverly Hills. ***Demi Moore and Kate Walsh were in to Soho House in West Hollywood. ***Topher Grace waved across the room to producer Orian Williams at Cooks County.   ***Arrow showrunner Greg Berlanti visited Gracias Madre, the new Mexican spot from the Café Gratitude folks. ***Producer Aaron Kaplan and Core president Marc Graboff shared the room at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. ***Mamie Gummer checked our Terroni.   ***Recent arrivals at RivaBella: Jane Fonda, Regis Philbin, CAA’s Sean Grumman, Untitled’s Evan Hainey and Krysten Ritter.   ***Leonard Cohen visited Caulfield’s. ***Linda Perry ate at Real Food Daily.   ***UTA’s Steve Rabineau, producer Stephen McPherson and Emily Procter were each at The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica.   ****In New York, Peter Berg checked our Gemma.

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                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***In a ruling that sets the stage for a courtroom showdown between Mike Ovitz and Deadline’s film editor Anita Busch, a L.A. Superior Court judge ruled against the former CAA co-owner’s statute of limitations defense in the longstanding Anthony Pellicano case.”Ovitz has not met his burden to demonstrate that, at the time of filing the original complaint in May of 2004, Plaintiff had knowledge of actual facts to cause a reasonable person to believe that liability on the part of Ovitz for the torts alleged was probable,” said Judge Elihu M Berle in today’s ruling.   ***August: Osage County’s Abigail Breslin has signed with CAA.   ***Benjamin Renner, co-director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature Ernest & Celestine, has signed with UTA.   ***Mark Ryder, who stars in Tom Fontana’s drama Borgia, has signed with ICM.   ***Greg Poehler, brother of Amy whose comedy Welcome to Sweden was acquired by NBC, has signed with Paradigm.   ***Tom McKay, who starred on BBC drama The White Queen, has signed with APA.   ***Katherine Heigl, who will star as a CIA officer in her NBC pilot State of Affairs, has signed with WME.

                                                      LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Heavy use of mouthwashes may lead to a higher risk of oral cancer, an expert claims. Research suggests that people rinsing with such products more than three times a day have a greater chance of developing mouth and throat cancer. Dr David Conway, a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow Dental School, said people should not routinely use a mouthwash and stick to brushing and flossing instead.

                                                      LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Maya Angelou (1928) Angelou is an African-American writer and performer and the author of several volumes of poetry. Her seven autobiographical volumes, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, recount her traumatic youth and explore themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. In 1993, she was given the honor of reciting her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration. Angelou was not always so vocal; she endured several years of mutism in childhood.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Shales: There’s been no comedy voice more influential to our generation of Americans than David Letterman. The master of ‘found comedy’ leaves television forever changed.  A strange shocked silence from the studio audience followed David Letterman’s announcement, on his Thursday Late Show, that he is retiring from television and has “a year or so” to go. And yet was it that much of a surprise? Many of his fans have long been harboring fears that any night now, he’d be making just such a statement.  The old clock on the wall ticked with a deafening vengeance.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the last several decades, the United States has adopted a series of campaign finance reform laws. If these laws were designed to reduce the power of money in politics, they have failed. Spending on political campaigns has exploded. Washington booms with masses of lobbyists and consultants.  But campaign finance laws weren’t merely designed to take money out of politics; they were designed to protect incumbents from political defeat. In this regard, the laws have been fantastically successful.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: There’s a brute test of a policy: If you knew then what you know now, would you do it? I will never forget a conversation in 2006 or thereabouts with a passionate and eloquent supporter of the decision to go into Iraq. We had been having this conversation for years, he a stalwart who would highlight every optimistic sign, every good glimmering. He argued always for the rightness of the administration’s decision. I would share my disquiet, my doubts, finally my skepticism. One night over dinner I asked him, in passing, “If we had it to do over again, should we have gone in? would you support it?” And he said, “Of course not!”

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The U.S. Marshals Service has taken R&B singer Chris Brown into custody to transport him to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial. Marshals spokeswoman Laura Vega says Brown was transferred into the agency’s custody from a Los Angeles jail on Wednesday. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington. ***A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show. Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson say the critter, named Ol’ Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a Monday night concert.

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                                                      Thursday • April 3, 2014

                                                      SHOCK POLL: Americans Trust IRS, NSA More than Facebook: A new Reason-Rupe poll to be launched Thursday morning indicates that 35% of Americans trust the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with their personal data, while only 10% trust Google and only 5% trust Facebook. In fact, while trust in the IRS is low, the tax collection agency remains more trusted than other choices, even after a scandal in which the IRS targeted conservative nonprofit groups and leaked confidential tax information. Even the National Security Agency (NSA), which is embroiled in scandals of its own, is more trusted than the tech companies. The poll, which was conducted Mar. 26-30 with 1,003 respondents–half by land line and half by cell phone–and has a margin of error of 3.6%, asked, “Which of the following do you TRUST THE MOST with your personal information?” 35% said the IRS, 18% said the NSA, 10% said Facebook and 5% said Google.

                                                      IRAQ VET KILLS 4 AT FORT HOOD: An Iraq War veteran who was undergoing evaluation for PTSD shot and killed three people and wounded 16 before killing himself on Wednesday. The soldier’s motive remains unknown. The Pentagon identified him as Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, and according to the base’s commander, he self-reported a traumatic brain injury upon returning from Iraq. Fort Hood was the site in 2009 of a mass shooting that led to 13 deaths.

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                                                      STUDY: POPULAR KIDS BULLIED TOO: A new study from researchers at the UC Davis and Penn State University found that the popular teens at school, except for the ones at the very top, are the most likely targets for bullying, not outcasts. “For most students, gains in status increase the likelihood of victimization and the severity of its consequences,” they wrote. Translated: Those just below the top have everything to gain and lose, and mean behavior is rewarded, so it becomes a vicious cycle. According to the researchers, “evidence suggests that aggressors’ campaigns of harassment and abuse are rewarded with increased prestige… particularly when they target socially prominent rivals.” The study, published in the journal of the American Sociological Association, used data from more than 8,000 students in 19 North Carolina schools. Girls had higher rates of victimization.

                                                      MUSHARRAF SURVIVES BOMBING: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has survived yet another assassination attempt, this time when a bomb went off along his route home from a hospital in Islamabad. Musharraf escaped unharmed, and nobody has claimed responsibility yet. The bomb exploded on a bridge just after Musharraf’s convoy crossed it. Musharraf, who is on trial, has survived multiple attempts both when he was in office, and since he has returned to Pakistan.

                                                      BILL CLINTON CONFESSION: I HUNTED ALIENS AT AREA 51!: Former President BILL CLINTON not only thinks extraterrestrials are real but confesses to a secret investigation of  AREA 51 and the infamous Roswell UFO crash. Big Bill was a guest on last night’s ep of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where he that shortly after becoming Commander in Chief, he had his aides immediately perform a thorough investigation of  Area 51, the Nevada military facility, “to make sure there was no alien down there.” Bill also probed the reality of the infamous Roswell, New Mexico reputed UFO crash in 1947 which celebrated its 50th anniversary as the legendary incident celebrated its 50th anniversary during Clinton’s presidency.



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                                                      BRAD PITT TO DO STEUBENVILLE FILM: Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company has bought the rights to adapt a Rolling Stone article “Anonymous vs. Steubenville,” which told the story of a hacker from Anonymous who worked to expose the coverup of the rape of a 16-year-old girl by high-school football players in Steubenville, Ohio. After leaking the video of the players with the victim, the hacker, Deric Lostutter, was charged with identity theft and threatening action against the players, and could face a decade in prison. Pitt’s Plan B is coming off producing this year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars, 12 Years a Slave.

                                                      LBN-HEALTH WATCH: As reported in the Environmental Health Trust’s latest newsletter, cell phones have now been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED). While numerous studies have shown that cell phone radiation leads to human sperm death and damage and decreased fertility, the new report of increased erectile dysfunction is sending shock waves through the men’s health community.

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Apple Inc. and Mac

                                                      1.     Apple was founded as a partnership on April Fool’s Day 1976 by three people who originally worked at Atari: Steven Gary Wozniak (1950- ), Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011), and Ronald Gerald Wayne (1934- ). Apple was incorporated on January 3, 1977, without Wayne, who sold his shares back for $800. Wayne wrote the Apple I manual, drafted the partnership agreement, and drew the first Apple logo.

                                                      2.     To raise capital for their new company, Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van and Steve Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator for $500.

                                                      3.     Steve Wozniak credits entrepreneur and investor Mike Markkula (1942- ) for the success of Apple. He provided initial funding and managerial support, and he served as chairman for Apple from 1985 to 1997. He wrote several early software programs for the Apple II and freely distributed them under the alias “Johnny Appleseed.”

                                                      4.     For the first 30 years, Apple was called Apple Computer, Inc. On January 9, 2007, it removed the word “Computer” to reflect its expanding electronic market.

                                                      5.     Steve Jobs set the list price of the original 4K Apple 1 at $666.66 ($2,572 in 2011 dollars), doubling the cost of manufacturing. Fundamentalist Christians were quick to complain that 666 was the “mark of the beast.”

                                                      6.     Apple’s first computer, the Apple 1 (1976), did not include a keyboard, monitor, or case and was basically an assembled circuit board. The Apple II was introduced on April 16, 1977, and has been widely credited with popularizing the home computer.

                                                      7.     In 2010, Apple surpassed Microsoft to become the most valuable technology company in the world. In 2010, Apple was valued at $222.12 billion, while Microsoft was valued at $219.18 billion. In August 2011, Apple pushed past Exxon as the most valuable public company in the world.

                                                      8.     In July 2011, the U.S. Treasury had an operating cash balance of $73.7 billion. Apple, however, reported its reserves higher than the government, at $76.4 billion. While the U.S. is spending around $200 billion more than it collects in revenue every month, Apple, on the other hand, is making money.

                                                      9.     Ronald Wayne, one of the original founders of Apple Inc., designed the first logo for Apple, which was a pen-and-ink drawing of Sir Isaac Newton leaning against an apple tree with a portion of a William Wordsworth poem: “Newton . . . . A mind forever voyaging though strange seas of thought . . . alone.” Jobs thought the logo was “too cerebral” and a single apple was chosen with a bite (byte), partly to prevent it from looking like a cherry tomato.

                                                      10.  Jean-Louise Gassee (1944- ), former executive of Apple Computer, suggested that the Apple logo is a symbol of lust and knowledge, “bitten into, all crossed with the colors of the rainbow in the wrong order. You couldn’t dream of a more appropriate logo: lust, knowledge, hope, and anarchy.” In 1997, Jobs replaced the rainbow color of the apple logo with solid white.

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                                                      NIGELLA LAWSON BARRED FROM U.S.: Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson was barred from boarding a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles this past weekend due to her confession that she took drugs. Lawson, who is a judge in the U.S.-based show The Taste, made it through check-in and security before being stopped while boarding, and was then forced to go collect her baggage in first-class check-in. The U.K. never pursued criminal charges against Lawson after her confession; however, the U.S. can bar visitors who have drug offenses but have not been charged.

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Tiger Woods flew into a jealous rage over a comment Mi­chael Douglas made about Tiger’s girl­friend, ski champ Lindsey Vonn. “Lindsey loves attention and she’s having a ball rub­bing it in with Tiger,” a close source said. “It’s gotten to the point that he’s furious.” The trouble was sparked by a March 19 Q&A session on Mi­chael’s Facebook page, when the 69-year-old actor was asked whom he’d invite – living or dead – to the “perfect dinner party.”   ***Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s split was a long time coming. Before dubbing their separation “Conscious Uncoupling,” the couple of 10 years struggled to make their marriage work. At times, the parents to Apple, 9, and Moses, 7, had an “open” relationship, People reports. “They have been on and off for many years. The marriage was falling apart,” a close friend of Paltrow’s tells the magazine.

                                                      LBN-ETC: Entertainment Industry Internship – Hands-on internship program allows you to gain knowledge on various aspects of entertainment industry. Tasks include: research, organization, scheduling, social media, plan and attend events. Must be available a minimum of two (2) days a week. School credit available. All graduates of intern program receive a certificate of completion. E-mail: MLasst@LCOonline.com for additional information.

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                                                      Thursday • April 3, 2014

                                                      AMERICANS SAY 75 PERCENT OF POLITICANS ARE CORRUPTED, 70 PERCENT USE POLITICAL POWER TO HURT ENEMIES: Americans don’t paint a pretty picture of their public servants in the new national Reason-Rupe poll. Americans tell Reason-Rupe that 75 percent of all politicians are “corrupted” by campaign donations and lobbyists.  And they say 70 percent of politicians use their political power to help their friends and hurt their enemies. No wonder just 17 percent approve of the job Congress is doing.  Or that President Obama’s approval rating is just 43 percent, with 51 percent disapproving. And while the Supreme Court just struck down limits on campaign contributions to federal candidates, the new Reason-Rupe poll finds Americans are actually more concerned about how elected officials misuse their power and taxpayer money once they’re in office than they are worried about campaign contributions.

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                                                      Wednesday • April 2, 2014

                                                      HOLY REEFER! CHRONIC MARIJUANA USERS UP 84% IN 10 YEARS: The number of chronic marijuana users–defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month–increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hillary Clinton

                                                      1.     Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. She has two brothers, Hugh (1950) and Anthony (1957). They were raised “with traditional Midwestern values: family, church on Sunday, respect your elders, do well in school, do well in sports,” as her brother Hugh once said.

                                                      2.     Hillary Clinton was the only First Lady to be subpoenaed, for her involvement with the Whitewater controversy in 1996, and to repeatedly be deposed as part of ongoing criminal and civil investigations, including Travelgate and Filegate. Bill and Hillary were the only First Couple to be fingerprinted by the FBI.

                                                      3.     Hillary was the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree (Yale Law, 1973) and to run for and be elected Senator (NY, 2000).

                                                      4.     Hillary was the first woman elected to the New York senate. She was also the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm.

                                                      5.     Shortly before she married Bill Clinton in 1975, Hillary tried to join the Marines, probably to make a political statement. The Marine recruiter rejected her on the grounds that she was “too old,” couldn’t see very well, and that she was a woman.

                                                      6.     Gennifer Flowers, who supposedly had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton, said in 2007 that she was considering voting for Hillary for president, saying “I would love to see a woman president. I just didn’t think it would be her.”

                                                      7.     In 1997, Hillary won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio of her book It Takes a Village.

                                                      8.     In the early 1990s, when Bill Clinton was making $35,000 as governor of Arkansas, Hillary was making $100,000 a year from her law firm salary and corporate board fees. A portion of her salary was from Lafarge, a U.S. cement maker which was later fined for pollution violations at its Alabama plant.

                                                      9.     Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA as a child inquiring how to become an astronaut. NASA replied that girls could not be astronauts.

                                                      10.  Hillary has been dogged by rumors that she was a lesbian based on her assertive manner, lack of interest in her appearance during adolescence, and her entourage of women staffers who called themselves “HERC and the girls” (playing on her initials, HRC).

                                                      8.2 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS CHILEAN COAST: An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 struck the coast of Chile Tuesday with reports form the U.S. Geological Survey indicating that it was centered 62 miles north of Iquique at a depth of 6.2 miles. The quake subsequently generated a tsunami with six-foot waves, and tsunami warnings were in effect for not only Chile, but also Peru and Ecuador. So far, six people have reportedly died, tens of thousands evacuated, and roughly 300 prisoners escaped from the port city of Iquique. The earthquake also triggered some small landslides and affected power in some areas.

                                                      GM SAVED $1 PER FAULTY CAR: According to an internal document given to U.S. congressional investigators, in 2005 General Motors did not change the ignition switch in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, because it would have added roughly a dollar to the cost of each car. In response to questions at a congressional hearing, newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra said that the findings were “very disturbing. That is not the way we do business in the new GM.” In the emails, an engineer named John Henler reportedly said to continue using the switch from Delphi Automotive even though Delphi told GM it did not meet GM performance specifications.

                                                      MAN BEHIND S&L CRISIS DIES: Charles Keating, the man who came to represent all that was wrong with 1980s finance and deregulation, passed away late Monday in a Phoenix hospital. In 1989, regulators seized his  Lincoln Savings & Loan, which had funded his lavish lifestyle, and the collapse was the most expensive in the country’s history at $3.1 billion. Keating also became notorious for the five senators accused of blocking an investigation by regulators. These politicians, including John McCain, became known as the “Keating Five.” Keating was convicted (though it was later overturned) of defrauding thousands of customers by pressuring them to swap federally insured deposits for junk bonds his company pushed. “He took their life savings and spent them on mansions, pleasure boats, private airports, indulgences of virtually every whim he and his family had,” Alice Hill, one of the federal prosecutors on the case, said at the time.

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Billy Crystal, Tony Danza and Constantine Maroulis at the opening of “Heathers: The Musical” in NYC.   ***Jennifer Connelly at Lavo in NYC with DuJour Magazine’s Jason Binn and Gilt CEO Michelle Peluso.   ***Brooklyn Nets Paul Pierce, Jason Collins, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, with team CEO Brett Yormark, in the Luxe Lounge at Lucky Strike before the squad’s Basketbowl fund-raiser. Andray Blatche was one of the best bowlers.   ***Nick Lachey drinking with a pal at the Firehouse Tavern on the Upper West Side in NYC.

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                                                      COCOA EXTRACT LINKED TO HEART HEALTH: Mars, Inc., maker of M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, and various other chocolaty confections, is partnering with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study whether flavanols in cocoa can boost heart health and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies indicate that cocoa flavanols improve blood pressure, cholesterol, artery health, and other cardiologic measures. But don’t go gorging yourself on candy bars just yet; the flavanols are often destroyed when cocoa is processed. Thus, flavanol capsules rather than chocolate bars are the preferred delivery method and will be used throughout the course of the four-year study.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The kidneys form urine by removing waste materials, salts, and other substances from the blood and sending them out of the body. Kidneys produce urine continuously, regardless if a person is sleeping or awake.

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The long-closed Robinsons Store beside the Beverly Hilton in L.A. near the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards is being razed to make way for a big new development called 9900 Wilshire. The William Pereira and Charles Luckman design, opened in 1952 and closed in 2004, has its fans. “Architects Pereira & Luckman designed many of the building blocks of the modern suburban metropolis of Los Angeles, including Robinsons Beverly Hills,” architecture writer Alan Hess says on Facebook. “One of the early department stores to move from the center city to suburbia, it represented a major step for Modernism into the daily lives of millions.”

                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN is a world-class news service that impacts my day with incredibly information”.——Mary Lousie Storm, an LBN E-Lert reader from Atlanta, Georgia.


                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Michael Strahan is close to joining the cast of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” sources confirmed. The Giants hall-of-fame defensive end is expected to appear on the show a few days a week, before heading to co-host his 9 a.m. show with Kelly Ripa, “Live With Kelly and Michael.”

                                                      STARBUCKS: Over the past four decades, Starbucks has become a global phenomenon, transforming the way people—Americans in particular—consume coffee—whether for the better is still a matter of dispute. The first Starbucks store was opened in Seattle, Washington, in 1971 by two teachers and a writer who wanted to sell high-quality coffee beans and machines. It has since grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation with thousands of coffeehouses worldwide.

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: James Gandolfini’s Final Role Revealed.

                                                      LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and conservative movement, has agreed to write a personal memoir about his controversial days in Washington and his vision for the future for HarperCollins, according to publishing sources. The first term Cruz is expected to receive an advance close to $1.5 million after a four-day book auction last weekend, easily winning the authorship primary over several others penning pre-presidential primary books including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: If you follow the debates about Ukraine, you can see three trends: those who use the crisis for humor, those who use it to reinforce preconceived views and those trying to figure out if it’s telling us something new about today’s world. For humor, I like Seth Meyers’s line: “Despite the fact that the Ukraine has been all over the news for the past few weeks, a survey found that 64 percent of U.S. students still couldn’t find Ukraine on a map. Said Vladimir Putin, ‘Soon nobody will.’ ”

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Moore: The executives at GM knew for 13 years that their cars had a defective ignition switch that would, well, kill people. But they did a “cost-benefit analysis” and concluded that paying off the deceased’s relatives was going to be cheaper than having to install a $10 part per car.

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Beloved Angela Lansbury confesses she’s still devastated by her father’s death 80 years ago, as she opens up about the life-shaping events that have made her who she is today. Known as senior super-sleuth Jessica Fletcher on the megahit CBS drama Murder, She Wrote, the 88-year-old actress still weeps when talking about her dad Edgar, who died of cancer at age 48 in 1934.   ***Television personality Willard Scott, a former weatherman who has been with NBC’s “Today” morning news show for more than 30 years, has wed his longtime girlfriend at the age of 80. Scott and Paris Keena were married in Fort Myers, Florida, on Monday, according to Today.com, which posted a picture of the smiling couple.

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                                                      Tuesday • April 1, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                      Scholars suggest that Abraham Lincoln’s life-long depression actually contributed to his greatness
                                                      10.  Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.

                                                      11.  In established market economies such as the United States, depression is the leading form of mental illness.

                                                      12.  As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression take their lives each year.

                                                      13.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), more than 6% of children suffer from depression and 4.9% of them have major depression.

                                                      14.  Self-mutilation (cutting or burning) is one way in which individuals show they are depressed.

                                                      15.  Because the brains of older people are more vulnerable to chemical abnormalities, they are more likely than young people to suffer depression.

                                                      FBI EXAMINES HIGH-SPEED TRADING: Just in time for the release of a new book by Michael Lewis on the shady practice of high-speed trading, the FBI has announced that it is looking into whether those firms are committing insider trading by acting on information unavailable to others. The probe, launched roughly a year ago, is examining the practice of placing trades and then canceling them, which can create the mistaken appearance of market movement. “There is a big concern that high-frequency traders are getting material nonpublic information ahead of others and trading on it,” said an FBI spokesman. Other government entities, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are looking into relationships between high-speed traders and exchanges to see if the traders are getting better treatment at the expense of investors.

                                                      ZUCKERBERG RAKES IN $3.3B: After making a paltry $2.3 billion in 2012, newly filed regulatory documents for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg show him making a whopping $3.3 billion in 2013 after exercising stock options. Even after all that cashing in (on top of a donation of $1 billion in stock to a charity), Zuckerberg, 29, still has 426.3 million Facebook shares, which are valued at roughly $25 billion.

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                                                      LBN-BONUS SITES: Latest News: General Motors Recalls National Highway Traffic Safety Admin: Latest List of Motor Vehicle Recalls

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Iconic fashion designer Sue Wong, fresh off of being featured in the Huffington Post, having dinner last night at the famous Marino’s restaurant in Hollywood.   ***“Glee” star Darren Criss in the audiences of “Violet,” “If/Then” and “Buyer & Cellar” over the weekend.   ***Michigan State alum Magic Johnson at MSG watching his alma mater fall to UConn . . . Jimmy Fallon at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack.   ***“King of Queens” star Kevin James and UFC fighter Chris Weidman dining at Besito in Roslyn.   ***Hank Azaria at Bobby Van’s in NYC.   ***Denzel Washington at Catch in NYC.   ***Gabrielle Union hiding from fotogs at Ivy Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC.

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                                                      AN ESTIMATED 17 MILLION PEOPLE FELT 5.1 EARTHQUAKE IN CALIFORNIA: An estimated 17 million people felt Friday’s magnitude 5.1 quake centered in La Habra. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist David Wald said officials received valuable information from the 16,000 reports by individuals who used the Did You Feel It? reporting system on the agency website.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants produce each year.

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Matt Lauer had better watch his back — sources say ambitious former “GMA” star Josh Elliott is after his job as host of “Today.” Elliott told ABC News chiefs on Sunday that he would be leaving the popular “Good Morning America” to work for NBC Sports after months of tense contract negotiations. Sources revealed that Elliott had demanded $8 million to stay at “GMA,” while ABC’s top offer was $4 million.

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Chris Martin will take a break from consciously uncoupling with Gwyneth Paltrow to induct Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. Other presenters at the ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will include Questlove, who will give Hall and Oates their honor, and Michael Stipe, who’ll induct Nirvana.  The Eagles’ Glenn Frey will induct Linda Ronstadt, who will receive a musical tribute from Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow.  Guitar guru Tom Morello will induct KISS and Bruce Springsteen will hail his E Street Band. Gabriel was also named to to the Hall of Fame in 2010 as part of the band Genesis. Citing her health, Linda Ronstadt says she won’t attend April 10 in Brooklyn. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Glenn Frey will go instead and make sure she is properly feted.

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The National Football Leagues has partnered with an app developer that will allow fans to get an in-seat visit from cheerleaders. Sports Business Journal reports the NFL has teamed up with Experience in an effort to help improve the in-game experience for fans. On top of having cheerleaders visit fans in their seats, the app will allow fans the opportunity to upgrade their seats and also allowing them to be on the field before the game.

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                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Survey date suggests that the average person falls in love 2.5 times in a lifetime; and some psychologists believe that human beings are only capable of five or six loves in loves in a lifetime.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Reich (Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’): It’s true that history and policy point to overall benefits from expanded trade because all of us gain access to cheaper goods and services. But in recent years the biggest gains from trade have gone to investors and executives while the burdens have fallen disproportionately on those in the middle and below who have lost good-paying jobs. By the same token, most Americans are saying “no deal” to further tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. In fact, some are now voting to raise taxes on the rich in order to pay for such things as better schools, as evidenced by the election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York. Conservatives say higher taxes on the rich will slow economic growth. But even if this argument contains a grain of truth, it’s a non-starter as long as 95 percent of the gains from growth continue to go to the top 1 percent — as they have since the start of the recovery in 2009.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill Moyers (Managing Editor, Moyers & Company): Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an “emerging market.”

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Lindsay Lohan’s financial woes continue: Both of her credit cards were rejected on a $300 purchase while shopping in Soho in NYC this past weekend. LiLo was not amused when her cards were declined at Rag & Bone on Mercer Street in NYC Sunday.

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                                                      Tuesday • April 1, 2014

                                                      U.S., ISRAEL DISCUSS SPY RELEASE: U.S. officials said Monday that they are in talks with Israel on the release of Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former intelligence officer who is serving a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel. The Americans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the discussion was part of an attempt to move the Middle East peace talks forward. Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Perez have called for the release of Pollard, who many Israelis argue has already served more time in prison than most Americans convicted. Two former Secretaries of State, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, and a former director of the CIA, R. James Woolsey, have also called for his release.


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                                                      Monday • March 31, 2014

                                                      OBAMA ADMIN RELEASED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CRIMINALS: President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security caught then released 68,000 aliens who had previously been convicted of a crime, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows. The report reviews internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) metrics to conclude that the Obama administration released 35 percent—or 68,000—convicted criminal aliens back into the U.S. general population when they could have been deported. “The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims,” CIS’s Jessica Vaughan, the report’s author, added. By “criminal,” ICE means people who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that is not a traffic violation. For instance, traffic violations like Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or even vehicular manslaughter do not count toward this description of “criminal alien.” As for the definition of “alien,” ICE mostly means illegal aliens, though some are legal aliens when they are considered deportable legal aliens—which is possible for legal immigrants who have committed a serious crime, like a felony. The documents also show ICE only deported a small fraction of the aliens they encountered overall.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Health insurance is now so complicated that only 14% of beneficiaries could answer basic questions about deductibles and c0-pays.

                                                      UN CLIMATE CHANGE GETTING WORSE: Climate change is already affecting the world’s oceans as well as every continent and it’s going to get much worse if emissions are not curbed, say scientists in a sweeping new report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report asserts that ice caps are melting and global water supplies are being affected. Animal species, most notably fish, are moving toward the poles or going extinct. And particularly important for many island and coastal countries, the pace at which sea levels are rising is endangering coastal areas. The list of problems reads like an unending parade of misery, including rising acidity in the oceans, a threatened world food supply, and possibly mass migration and violence as a result.

                                                      MUSHARRAF INDICTED FOR TREASON: Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf was indicted Monday on five counts of treason. The case against Musharraf, who took power in 1999 during a military coup, stems from his move in 2007 to suspend Pakistan’s constitution and declare a state of emergency in order to continue his controversial rule as president. Musharraf pleaded “not guilty” to each charge, and declared “I am not a traitor,” to the court. If convicted, the 70-year-old could face the death penalty or life in prison.

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Just 1 in 20 white American adults is naturally blonde, and roughly the same ratio applies to white northern Europeans. Virtually 1 in 3 white adult females dye their hair a shade of blonde.

                                                      LBN-SEE IT: “All in the Family” saturated American culture. It was a time when people found TV so dangerous they put warning signs on it.


                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***A very pregnant Olivia Wilde must have had a real craving for meatballs.  The actress was seen waiting patiently in line for a table at the Meatball Shop in the West Village with two friends last week.a

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***While it could be a negotiating tactic, talk-show host Chelsea Handler plans to leave E! when her contract ends after this year, according to her manager, Irving Azoff. Handler, the lone female late-night host, reportedly makes $9 million a year at E!, but has apparently long been open about her unhappiness with the network. Her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, is her first to appear at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for more than a week. She is reportedly looking at a radio show as well as a TV show on another network or digital outlet.

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

                                                      SKIPPING SLEEP COULD CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE: Burning the candle at both ends can lead to more than a few sluggish, cranky days; it may actually result in permanent brain damage. Just three days of sleep deprivation caused mice to lose a quarter of the nerve cells associated with alertness in a part of the brain stem called the locus ceruleus. If this turns out to be the case in humans as well, it will debunk the long-held notion that getting “catch-up sleep” can make up for night after night of missed sleep. To study this further, researchers plan to examine the brains of deceased shift workers for evidence of this sort of damage.

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s fans may have helped him win the Juno Fan Choice Award at his home country’s Juno Awards Sunday night, but only a few were in attendance at Winnipeg’s MTS Center. When the 20-year-old singer’s name was called, cheers and audible boos filled the stadium, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bieber, however, was not in attendance to hear them. Instead, the country’s Olympic women’s curling team took the brunt of boos, accepting the trophy on his behalf.   ***Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages. The singer told NBC’s Today show that he wants to celebrate “very quietly,” and added: “It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children.”   ***Tomorrow (Tuesday) Neil Young will present his Pono player on the main sound stage at LMU. He will conduct a live test of the system on the student’s personal headphones and pods. Q & A to follow. The event is presented as part of John Hartmann’s Legendary Speaker Series.

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The No. 8-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are advancing to the Final Four, after freshman guard Aaron Harrison hit a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the game against No. 2 seeded Michigan Sunday night. This is the fourth time in five seasons the Wildcats are going to the Final Four under head coach John Calipari. Kentucky will face Wisconsin next Saturday, while UConn takes on Florida.

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                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Natalee Thai restaurants have been given the prestigious “Best of Los Angeles Award – 2014″ for best Thai restaurant.

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                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: The Unforgettable Shot That Sent Kentucky Back To The Final Four


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                                                      LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY:

                                                      Daylight Saving Time Adopted as Law in the US (1918)
                                                      Daylight saving time (DST) is the system of advancing clocks forward one hour near the start of spring to increase “usable” hours of daylight in the afternoon. Though Benjamin Franklin proposed the idea in 1784, DST was not widely adopted until World War I. It was first used in Western European countries like Germany and England, and Newfoundland became one of the first North American jurisdictions to adopt DST in 1917. The US followed suit a year later.

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Al Gore: (Chairman, Generation Investment Management and The Climate Reality Project):  The new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the world’s preeminent group of climate scientists — represents even more definitive evidence of the growing urgency to immediately reduce the spewing of global warming pollution.

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                                                      Saturday • March 29, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sleep

                                                      1.     Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).

                                                      2.     Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.

                                                      3.     During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.

                                                      4.     In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhaïlovna de Manacééne conducted one of the earliest experiments on extreme sleep deprivation. She found that when she deprived puppies of sleep, they all died within four or five days, despite every effort to keep them alive. The younger the puppy, the more quickly it died.

                                                      5.     Giraffes sleep only 1.9 hours a day in five- to 10-minute sessions. Koalas, however, are the longest-sleeping mammals, sleeping up to 22 hours a day.

                                                      6.     The word “sleep” derives from the Proto-European base *sleb, “to be weak,” and is related to “slack.” “To sleep around” was first recorded in 1928.

                                                      7.     Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

                                                      8.     Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time. Dolphins are capable of what is known as unihemispheric sleep, in which one hemisphere of the brain goes into a deep sleep while the other hemisphere remains awake. This allows dolphins to sleep under water without drowning. Dolphins spend approximately one third of their lives asleep.

                                                      9.     Slow-wave sleep appeared about 180 million years ago. REM sleep is believed to have appeared 50 million years later. Humans most likely developed a monophasic sleep/wake pattern in the Neolithic period (10,000 B.C.).

                                                      10.  In Greek mythology, Hypnos (Somnus in Roman mythology) was the god of sleep. Thanatos, or death, was his twin. Poppies and other sleep-inducing plants grew at the entrance of Hypnos’ cave.

                                                      11.  Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity all have been linked to chronic sleep loss.

                                                      12.  There are at least 84 identified sleep/wake disorders.

                                                      13.  During the night, we move back and forth between quiet sleep and deeper, active sleep. We go through four or five 90- to 110-minute rounds of this basic quiet/active sleep cycle each night.

                                                      14.  The average amount of time people sleep has dropped from nine hours in the pre-lightbulb era to seven-and-a-half hours today.

                                                      15.  Ken Parks, who murdered his mother-in-law by bludgeoning her with a tire iron and attempted to murder his father-in-law by strangulation, offered sleepwalking as a defense during his trial. He was acquitted.

                                                      16.  Each year, sleep-related errors and accidents cost U.S. businesses an estimated $56 billion, cause nearly 25,000 deaths, and result in 2.5 million disabling injuries.

                                                      17.  Over 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Of those, over 60% have a chronic disorder.

                                                      18.  When applied patiently and systematically, sleep deprivation is said to be the single most effective form of coercion and torture.

                                                      19.  A nineteenth-century Chinese merchant was sentenced to death for murdering his wife. Sleep deprivation was deliberately chosen as the method of execution on the grounds that it would cause the maximum amount of suffering and would serve as the greatest deterrent to other potential murderers. He eventually died on the nineteenth day, having suffered terribly.

                                                      20.  People whose normal nightly sleep duration is either unusually short (less than four hours) or unusually long (more than nine or 10 hours) have a higher-than-average risk of dying prematurely.

                                                      21.  A person’s core body temperature drops to facilitate the onset of sleep. This means that artificial heat sources, such as electric blankets, can negatively affect a person’s quality of sleep.

                                                      22.  The phenomenon of sudden, unexplained death of adults during sleep is called SUDS. In the Philippines it is known as bangungut, which literally means “to rise and moan during sleep.”

                                                      23.  Sleepwalking is also called somnambulism, from the Greek somnus (sleep) + amb (to walk). Most sleepwalkers remember little, if anything, about the experience. While sleepwalking, a person can sometimes use the bathroom, eat, or even talk. Scientists postulate that adult sleepwalking has a genetic component.

                                                      24.  Studies show that less sleep (six hours or less) can lead to higher inflammatory proteins in the blood.

                                                      25.  Western industrialized societies have such high numbers of sleep deprivation that what is abnormal sleepiness is now considered normal.

                                                       

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                                                      Saturday • March 29, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Global Warming

                                                      1.     The earth is a natural greenhouse and is kept warm by water vapors, carbon dioxide (CO2), and other gases in the atmosphere, which absorb the sun’s energy and radiate it back toward the earth. This type of warming is called “natural greenhouse effect.” “Enhanced greenhouse effect,” on the other hand, causes global climate change due to excessive levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

                                                      2.     Without the atmosphere to create a greenhouse-type effect, the average temperature on Earth would be just 5° Fahrenheit (F).

                                                      3.     Natural levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have varied throughout history between 180 and 300 parts per million (ppm). Today’s CO2 levels hover around 380 ppm, representing a 25% increase over the highest recorded natural levels.

                                                      4.     In the year 1997 alone, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increased by 2.87 ppm; this increase is more than any other year on record.

                                                      5.     The year 2005 was the warmest on record, and the years 1998 and 2007 are tied for the second warmest. The eight warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998.

                                                      6.     Scientists expect a 3.5° F increase in average global temperatures by the year 2100, resulting in the warmest temperatures in the past million years. During the Pliocene epoch 1.8 million years ago, when the earth’s temperatures were roughly equivalent to today, sea levels were 12-18 feet higher.

                                                      7.     Geologists believe sea levels could rise between seven and 23 inches by the end of the century if current warming trends continue.

                                                      8.     Worldwide, one hundred million people live within three feet of sea level, and much of the world’s population is clustered in coastal areas.

                                                      9.     The polar bear, while surviving in drastically reduced numbers, is already effectively extinct in its natural habitat—and no amount of change can save it. Scientists estimate that just 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears still survive in the wild.

                                                      10.  The first forced relocation due to the effects of climate change occurred in 2007 when 100 residents of Tegua Island in the Pacific Ocean were evacuated due to rising sea levels and subsequent flooding.

                                                      11.  For the past million years, cool climate conditions have primarily prevailed throughout the world. It was under these conditions that the human species evolved.

                                                      12.  The earth has always experienced cyclical bouts of climate change. Recorded temperatures throughout history display graphs of peaks and valleys with occasional extreme periods, such as the Little Ice Age of the seventeenth and eighteenth century and the Medieval Warm Period of the eleventh century.

                                                      13.  According to NASA studies, average temperatures around the world have increased 1.4° F since 1880, with most of the change occurring in recent decades.

                                                      14.  During the twentieth century, the earth experienced two warming trends. The first was a burst in temperature from 1900-1930, and the second is a continuing increase in temperature beginning in the 1970s.

                                                      15.  The last two decades of the twentieth century were the hottest decades in more than 400 years and may have been the hottest decades for several thousand years.

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                                                      LAWYERS: FBI APPROACHED TSARNAEV: Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev claim that his brother, and alleged accomplice in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, was approached by the FBI to be an informant on the Muslim and Chechen community. Ahead of Dzhokhar’s federal trial, his lawyers are looking for evidence that proves the elder Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a shootout with police, was the instigator of the bomb plot and that his younger brother, 19 at the time, was just a follower. In court documents filed Friday, Tsarnaev’s defense attorneys sent a letter to prosecutors claiming that “the FBI made more than one visit to talk with [the Tsarnaev’s parents], and Tamerlan, questioned Tamerlan about his internet searches, and asked him to be an informant.” They did note, however, that the FBI has already denied Tsarnaev was ever asked to be an informant.

                                                      BIGGER IPHONE COMING IN SEPTEMBER: Japan’s largest business daily, Nikkei, reports the next generation of iPhones will be coming out as early as this September and will “likely be offered in 4.7 and 5.5-inch versions.” They will also have a “significantly” higher display resolution. While the phones are reported to be released sometime in September, the two versions “may or may not launch” at the same time.

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                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Veteran agent Jeff Berg having lunch at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday.   ***Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist Steven Van Zandt was spotted in the audience at Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” this week to see his “Sopranos” co-star Vincent Pastore perform. Spies said “Little Steven” was accompanied to the sold-out performance by Eddie Brigati, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from the Rascals. Afterward, the musicians and Pastore headed over to Joe Allen for burgers.   ***Keri Russell and her “The Americans” co-star and rumored beau Matthew Rhys dining at the Library at the Public one night after seeing Steven Soderbergh’s play, coincidentally called “The Library.” With them: writer Scott Z. Burns and Hollywood power producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.   ***Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen at Haru Gramercy Park in NYC.   ***John Cusack at A Voce Madison in NYC.   ***Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson at Gavel & Grand’s celebration of its Bucket List Auction at the Bowery Hotel in NYC.   ***LCO’s Shannon Donnelly having lunch at the Avalon Hotel yesterday.

                                                      CNN’S PIERS MORGAN SIGNS OFF WITH FINAL BLAST AT U.S. GUN LAWS: Piers Morgan wrapped his three-year CNN run tonight with (gasp!) a full hour of discussion about the missing plane. But in his four-minute final remarks, he couldn’t resist taking a parting shot at the NRA. “I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater, and then, just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, the absurd gun laws in this country would change,” he said. “But nothing has happened. The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms. This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry.” He continued to rail and wrapped it with this: “But I’ve made my point. … Now it’s down to you. It’s your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!”

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                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***According to the account the singer gave to his son, Johnny Cash met Bob Dylan in a New York City hotel room in the early Sixties. Although they had exchanged letters, upon finally meeting one another, “Dylan rushed into his room, jumped on the bed and began bouncing up and down chanting, ‘I met Johnny Cash, I met Johnny Cash.’” Although they fell out of touch as time went by, they remained friends.   ***If Tupac can do it, then so can Amy Winehouse. Eccentric billionaire Alki David said he’s planning to bring back the soulful singer from the dead using a hologram in order to take “her” on a world tour. “With an orchestra and her hologram, she can take to the stage and fans can see her perform her legendary hits,” David told the Sun newspaper. Winehouse’s father Mitch is apparently on board, too. “The most important thing to Amy was the music and I’m sure a lot of people would like to hear her sing again,” he previously told the newspaper. Whether it’s a “book, an album or a hologram” he said supports efforts to keep Winehouse’s memory alive.

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is having one of the best seasons of his career yet the Philadelphia Eagles just cut him. Apparently, Jackson’s possible gang affiliation outweighs  his winning on-field performance. Sources close with the player and inside the Eagles’ organization told NJ.com he has a “bad attitude” and “inconsistent work ethic.” Despite an outwardly clean record, Jackson has also been interviewed in connection with two deadly gang related attacks—neither of which he was directly involved in—in the past three years. NFL franchises began monitoring off-the-field behavior after New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder last summer.   ***Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers made baseball history today, reportedly agreeing to an 8-year, $248 million contract extension. Including the two years left on the slugger’s current contract, Detroit is committing $292 million to Cabrera over the next decade, which would be the MLB’s largest deal to date. The only other Major League player to sign with a team for at least $30 million per season is pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who made his landmark deal with the L.A. Dodgers earlier this year.

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Vin Scully Calmly Calling An Earthquake Is The Most L.A. Thing Ever


                                                      LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: ETHEL AND JULIUS ROSENBERG CONVICTED OF ESPIONAGE (1951)

                                                      In 1951, the Rosenbergs were prosecuted for conspiracy to transmit classified military information to the Soviet Union. During the Rosenbergs’ trial, the government charged that they had persuaded Ethel’s brother, an employee at the Los Alamos atomic bomb project, to provide them with top-secret data on nuclear weapons. They were convicted and executed via the electric chair, becoming the first US civilians to suffer the death penalty for espionage.

                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” – Arundhati Roy.

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…


                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Woody Allen wasn’t always wary of the press. In a piece in The New Yorker about the hundreds of interviews that writer John McPhee has done over the course of his career, McPhee notes that none of his subjects was “simpler or more agreeable than Woody Allen.” “He was 27 years old, and volunteered that he was a ‘latent heterosexual.’ He said he strongly wished to return to the womb — ‘anybody’s.’ I described him in the piece as ‘a flatheaded, redheaded lemur with closely bitten fingernails and a sports jacket.’ He spoke of people who ‘perspire audibly.’ He said his father had been a factory worker but was replaced by a small gadget. His mother bought one.”

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                                                      Friday • March 28, 2014

                                                      STUDY: ‘SMALL’ NUCLEAR WAR WOULD DESTROY THE WORLD: With an estimated 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world, we have the power to exterminate humanity many times over. But it wouldn’t take a full-scale nuclear war to make Earth uninhabitable, reports Live Science. Even a relatively small regional nuclear war, like a conflict between India and Pakistan, could spark a global environmental catastrophe, says a new study. “Most people would be surprised to know that even a very small regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet could disrupt global climate for at least a decade and wipe out the ozone layer for a decade,” said lead author Michael Mills, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

                                                      ANTI-ANXIETY DRUGS TIED TO HIGHER MORTALITY: A large study has linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death, although it’s not certain the drugs were the cause. For more than seven years, researchers followed 34,727 people who filled prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax, or sleep aids like Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta, comparing them with 69,418 controls who did not. After adjusting for a wide variety of factors, the researchers found that people who took the drugs had more than double the risk of death. The study appears online in BMJ.

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                                                      Biden: ‘11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS ARE ALREADY AMERICANS IN MY VIEW’: Vice President Joe Biden, in a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Legislative Summit, on Thursday said the 11 million illegal aliens in the United States “are already Americans.” “Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

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                                                      CONDI RICE BLASTS OBAMA ON WEAKNESS, LEADERSHIP: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States’ position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. “Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar al Assad’s slaughter in Syria, Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, al Qaeda’s triumphant return to Fallujah, Iraq, and China’s nationalist fervor, she concluded: “When America steps back and there is a vacuum, trouble will fill that vacuum.”

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kentucky has the highest rate of smokers (28.7%) in the U.S., while Utah (11.5%) has the lowest.

                                                      SIX ARRESTED FOR LAX BAGGAGE THEFT: Six people were arrested Wednesday night for an LAX Airport baggage theft ring, in which thousands of items were stolen in one of the biggest property heists in airport history. Up to 25 people are suspected to have taken part in a scheme over multiple months in which workers stole expensive items out of bags. “Basically everything of value—be it electronics, jewelry and items that could be stolen in seconds, would be removed from bags,” LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said. Many of the items ended up being sold on Craigslist. Gannon also said that there was a 37 percent increase in thefts in 2013.

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Henry Kissinger was spotted discussing the 2016 presidential election Tuesday night with power players including NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, his legal eagle wife Rikki Klieman and attorney David Boies at Upper East Side restaurant Sistina in NYC.   ***Hollywood power player Sandy Climan having lunch yesterday at Luna Park on LaBrea Ave.   ***Mariano Rivera at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC on Thursday.   ***Jude Law and Victoria’s Secret model (and girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio) Toni Garrn at a table hosted by Simon Hammerstein at his show “Queen of the Night”   ***ACC commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade at Fresco by Scotto after their conferences announced they’ll play post-season basketball tournaments at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.   ***Katie Holmes working out at Barry’s Bootcamp in Chelsea in NYC.

                                                      NEWS IS “COMMON YET INCIDENTAL” ON FACEBOOK SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: On Facebook, news is a common but incidental experience, according to prominent media expert an author Michael Levine reporting on a new study. “Approximately half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population.” said Levine.  Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the nationally representative online survey of 5,173 adults finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78%, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. And just 4% say it is the most important way they get news. “It appears that Facebook along with other social media is a good way to find out news without actually looking for it,” said Levine.

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers made baseball history today, reportedly agreeing to an 8-year, $248 million contract. The alleged deal, which would be the MLB’s largest to date, would keep the prized hitter in the Tigers’ uniform through at least 2021, earning a cool $31 million each year. The only other Major League player to sign with a team for at least $30 million per season is pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who made his landmark deal with the L.A. Dodgers earlier this year.

                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White.

                                                      MY REVIEW: “I appreciate the LBN E-Lert but still think you guys are too easy on Obama. The guy is a socialist. Admit it.”—–Frank R., an LBN E-Lert reader from Chicago, Ill.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: America never sought the role that history gave it after World War II to bear unbidden burdens “to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” as movingly described by John Kennedy. We have an appropriate aversion to the stark fact that the alternative to U.S. leadership is either global chaos or dominance by the likes of China, Russia and Iran.  But Obama doesn’t even seem to recognize this truth. In his major Brussels address Wednesday, the very day Russia seized the last Ukrainian naval vessel in Crimea, Obama made vague references to further measures should Russia march deeper into Ukraine, while still emphasizing the centrality of international law, international norms and international institutions such as the United Nations. Such fanciful thinking will leave our allies with two choices: bend a knee — or arm to the teeth. Either acquiesce to the regional bully or gird your loins, i.e., go nuclear. As surely will the Gulf states. As will, in time, Japan and South Korea.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: Jimmy Carter, on Meet the Press, said, ”I have felt my own communications are probably monitored.” No they’re not, Jimmy.  Nobody, nobody, listens to you. Carter, though, is taking no chances, and went on to say, “When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the Post Office and mail it.” NSA technology, so far as Carter knows, does not rise to the level of tea kettles for steaming open envelopes.

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***According to TMZ, former Disney star Selena Gomez was subpoenaed to testify in the lawsuit against Justin Bieber in which a paparazzi claims the petulant pop star kicked him in the stomach. The photographer claims Gomez was present when the incident happened. The subpoena comes just weeks after a leaked deposition video in another lawsuit in Miami showed lawyers asking Bieber personal questions about his relations with Gomez.   ***In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine about his new book of poetry, James Franco claims that Lindsay Lohan is lying about sleeping with him in the alleged lovers’ list. “Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she’s-slept-with list!” claimed Franco. The magazine asked Franco about Lohan because apparently his new book of poetry focused on multiple celebrities, and even has a couple of poems about Lohan.   ***Zac Efron’s friends are “worried sick” about the actor … and none of them believe Zac drove to downtown L.A. in the middle of the night to get sushi — they say there’s no doubt he’s fallen off the wagon again.

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                                                      Thursday • March 27, 2014

                                                      HOLY REEFER MADNESS! LEVINE TO BRING FREE MIDNIGHT MOVIE TO L.A. ON SATURDAY, ARPIL 19TH: The 1936 cult film classic “Reefer Madness” will be shown at mid-night on Saturday, April 19th at the newly reopened legendary Crest Theatre in Westwood in a free screening, hosted by media expert and author Michael Levine. The evening is part of Levine’s decade long charity effort called “We All Walk in Different Shows” in which people are encouraged to bring a pair of used shoes to the movie screening to be donated to the needy at the L.A. Mission. In the last ten years, Levine has collected over 5,000 pairs of shoes for the Mission. The evening at the Crest Theatre will feature the screening of the movie “Reefer Madness” along with live music and a marijuana dispensary onsite. To R.S.V.P. for the free movie screening, please contact community@crestwestwood.com.

                                                      POLL: OBAMA’S DISAPPROVAL RATING HITS A NEW HIGH: Negative views of President Obama have hit a new high, according to a poll. The AP-GfK poll shows 59 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama — a point higher than the previous high set in December. Obama’s approval rating stands at 41 percent. That’s the second-lowest figure the poll has ever found. Part of Obama’s problems appear to be related to foreign policy: The poll shows Americans disapprove of his handling of the situation in Ukraine 57-40 and disapprove of how he handles relationships with other countries 58-40.

                                                      OBAMA, FRANCIS MEET FOR FIRST TIME: Pope Francis and President Obama met for the first time on Thursday at the Vatican, and greeted each other with smiles and a handshake. The two are expected to discuss shared priorities such as poverty, conflict, and religious freedom. The president is also expected to invite Pope Francis for his first visit to the U.S. next year as pontiff. However, the visit was preceded by a story on Vatican Radio, the Holy See’s official mouthpiece, which said the visit was taking place amid “a complex phase” of the relationship between the Vatican and the United States, marked by “controversy on the implementation of health-care reform having to do with the rules on mandatory health-care coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion; and on other issues at the center of the public debate in the United States, such as the legalization of homosexual marriages.” Every U.S. president has met with the reigning pope since 1959.

                                                      MORE TAYPAYER RIP-OFF! -POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEES USE TRAVEL CARDS TO GAMBLE, PAY BILLS AND GO BOWLING: Postal employees have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. Federal employees may use government credit cards for official travel expenses, but some used theirs to withdraw cash before hitting casinos. Nearly a dozen reports on closed travel card theft investigations were obtained by the Washington Examiner in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: There is a connection between bullying and being exposed to violence. Unfortunately, by the time an average child enters kindergarten, he will have witnessed 8,000 murders on television.

                                                      MANY SMALL MEALS DIETS INEFFECTIVE: Researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K. have released a study crushing the belief that five small meals a day is a good way to lose weight. “The size or frequency of the meal doesn’t affect the calories we burn a day,” and that doing so could increase the risk of metabolic diseases like type-2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease. Instead, the doctors found, counting calories seemed to be the most effective way to lose weight.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Facebook Facts

                                                      1.     Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.

                                                      2.     More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.

                                                      3.     The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.

                                                      4.     Among children under 18, Facebook was ranked third in the top 100 searches of 2009, behind YouTube and Google. Sex and porn rounded out the top five searches.

                                                      5.     A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant.

                                                      6.     Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked site overall in the U.S. behind Google.

                                                      7.     Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.

                                                      8.     In 2003, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash, where he placed photos of undergraduates side by side so viewers could rank which one was “hotter.” Zuckerberg would later turn Facemash into the now ubiquitous Facebook.

                                                      9.     In 2008, a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Michaels created a group titled “I Need Sex” on Facebook. Within 10 minutes, she had 35 members and soon attracted 100—50 of whom she eventually slept with. Facebook has since removed her page.

                                                      10.  An 18-year-old Wisconsin man posed as several different girls on Facebook to blackmail underage male teens into performing sexual favors by coaxing them to send nude photos of themselves. He could be facing up to 300 years in prison.

                                                      11.  Beacon, part of Facebook’s controversial advertisement system that broadcasted information about a user’s shopping activity on other sites, was the target of a class action lawsuit in 2009. The resulting settlement required Facebook to pay $9.5 million into a settlement fund.

                                                      12.  If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.

                                                      13.  In 2009, an EMT at the crime scene took a cell phone picture of the body of a New York woman who had been strangled and beaten and then posted it on his Facebook profile. He was later arrested on charges of official misconduct and was fired from his job.

                                                      14.  The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales warned that Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide because such sites encourage teens to build transient relationships and dehumanize community life.

                                                      15.  Facebook includes eating disorder groups such as “Get Thin or Die Trying,” and “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (“What nourishes me destroys me”). While such eating disorder sites were typically anonymous on the Web, their growing presence on Facebook makes them more public and accessible to more people.

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that  21 member of the staff of the Hollywood Reporter read the LBN E-Lert daily?

                                                      CHARLOTTE MAYOR STEPS DOWN: After only 114 days in office, Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Patrick Cannon is resigning after he was arrested Wednesday on federal corruption charges. “I regret that I have to take this action, but I believe that it is in the best interest of the city for me to do so,” Cannon said in a letter to the city attorney and city manager. He is accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars from undercover agents, including at least once in the actual mayor’s office. He was released on $25,000 bond pending his indictment Wednesday at a brief hearing.

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

                                                      LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Bette Midler will launch a reissue of her Simon & Schuster memoir, “A View From a Broad,” with an appearance April 1 at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC.

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon and Parker Posey dining seprately Tuesday at McKittrick Hotel restaurant the Heath in Chelsea in NYC.   ***Sara Bareilles heading backstage to greet the cast after seeing “The Bridges of Madison County” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Rapper Pitbull, designer Donna Karan and Saks Fifth Avenue president Marigay McKee meeting at Casa Tua Miami.   ***Björk at a New Directors/New Films Festival screening of Icelandic movie “Of Horses and Men” at the Walter Reade Theater.   ***Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Doug Stephan having lunch at La Vecchia restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.    ***Lenny’s Deli owner Lenny Rosenberg having dinner at Louise’s Trattoria in Brentwood.

                                                      MY REVIEW: “I love LBN but why do you ruin your great newsletter with that Rant idiot Ericka T. Bass?”—–Devin H., an LBN E-Lert read from Stockholm, Sweden.



                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that college football players at Northwestern University can unionize because they are employees under federal law. The group, led by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, seeks safety and academic reforms for players, many of whom are spending up to 50 hours a week on football. (They are not seeking a pay-for-play agreement.) If upheld by courts, the decision would only apply to private schools like Northwestern, since public universities are subject to state labor laws.

                                                      LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Permanent United States Navy Established (1794)

                                                      The first incarnation of the US Navy was short-lived, established in 1775 and disbanded in 1784. However, with Barbary pirates harassing US merchant ships, Congress rethought its decision and established a permanent US Navy with the authorization to build six frigates in 1794. Three of these were welcomed into service soon after. The US Navy distinguished itself in the War of 1812 by unexpectedly defeating British forces several times.


                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Robin Thicke is turning to an unlikely source for help in saving his marriage to estranged wife Paula Patton – his twice-divorced dad Alan Thicke. Robin, 37, and Paula, 38, who wed nine years ago, split in late February after the stunning “Baggage Claim” actress got fed up with her hubby’s flirting. An insider says the “Blurred Lines” singer “has been so desperate to win Paula back, he’s even gotten his pop to play marriage counselor. “Robin’s convinced that his smooth-talking dad – despite his own checkered romantic history – could help him win back his wife.”

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                                                      Wednesday • March 26, 2014

                                                      UNITED: The United States and Europe are united in their support for Ukraine, including the need for economic assistance, and in efforts to isolate Russia for its intervention in Crimea, President Barack Obama said today at the European Union-U.S. summit in Brussels, Belgium. The U.S. and its European allies are also prepared to move forward with additional sanctions against Russia if it makes any further incursions in Ukraine, Obama said.

                                                       

                                                      GUILTY: Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaeda propaganda videos after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group’s spokesman. The verdict came after about five hours of deliberation in the case against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking al-Qaeda figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks.

                                                       

                                                      RUSSIA WARNED U.S. ON TSARNAEV: A soon-to-be-released congressional report says the Russian government had warned the U.S. that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a radical Islamist a year and a half before the Boston Marathon bombing. However, Tsarnaev slipped through authorities’ hands multiple times, including one instance at JFK Airport because his name was misspelled in the security database. While the FBI followed up on the detailed Russian report, it did not conduct surveillance, and closed the case in June 2011, saying “the assessment found no links to terrorism.” The Russians also sent a second cable to the FBI six months later, but the FBI reportedly never reopened the case or investigated further.

                                                       

                                                      SECRET SERVICE MEN CAUGHT BOOZING: Three members of the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team in the Netherlands were sent back to the U.S. and put on administrative leave Sunday after they were caught drinking. One of the agents was found passed out in a hotel hallway. The Counter Assault Team’s role is to protect the president if he comes under attack, and to draw the attacker’s fire while the detail removes the president. Under rules adopted after the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, agents are forbidden to drink alcohol 10 hours before an assignment.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: As of July 2011, the population of Egypt was 82,079,663, making it the 15th most populated country in the world. Approximately 99% of the population lives on about 5.5% of the land.

                                                       

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                                                      U.S. SENIORS HAVE REALIGNED WITH REPUBLICAN PARTY: U.S seniors — those aged 65 and older — have moved from a reliably Democratic group to a reliably Republican one over the past two decades. From 1992 through 2006, seniors had been solidly Democratic and significantly more Democratic than younger Americans. Over the last seven years, seniors have become less Democratic, and have shown an outright preference for the Republican Party since 2010.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The common cold can last longer than many people think—up to two weeks for the principal symptoms and perhaps weeks more for a cough that lingers even after the virus has been cleared away. There’s also the possibility of secondary infections such as bacterial sinusitis. And some patients might get back-to-back colds, doctors say. It isn’t likely people will be reinfected with the same virus because the body builds some immunity to it. But people can pick up another of the more than 200 known viruses that can cause the common cold, some of which are worse than others.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Facebook announced Tuesday that it will purchase Oculus VR Inc. for $2 billion, in a deal involving $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook. Oculus specializes in immersive virtual-reality technology and has gained attention for its headset, Oculus Rift. “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO. “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play, and communicate.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The heaviest known normal human brain belonged to the Russian Writer Ivan Turgenev, who died in 1883. His brain weighed 4.43 pounds, more than a pound heavier than the average male brain.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Calvin Harris will headline this year’s Lollapalooza, which celebrates its 10th year in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 1st – 3rd.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Film producer Mark Joseph having lunch yesterday at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Power attorney Tom Girardi and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch at Morton’s in downtown L.A. on Monday afternoon.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY BY MARK WEISBROT AND OLIVER STONE: The Bush administration had a policy of trying to isolate Venezuela from its neighbors, and the strategy ended up isolating Washington instead. Obama, in his first meeting with hemispheric leaders in 2009, promised to turn a new page. But today, his administration finds itself even more isolated that that of his predecessor, and for much the same reasons.

                                                       


                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced their separation in a joint post on her Goop website. Titled “Conscious Uncoupling,” their statement reads: “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.” The Academy Award winner and Coldplay frontman have been married for 10 years and have two children, Apple and Moses.   ***The white tiger who injured entertainer Roy Horn — one half of the “Siegfried and Roy” Las Vegas act — during a live performance in 2003, has died. According to Siegfried and Roy’s Facebook page, Mantecore died Wednesday. The big cat was 17 years old.   ***Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will bury his longtime girlfriend and fashion designer L’Wren Scott at an intimate funeral in Los Angeles Tuesday. A small contingency of friends and family will gather at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery eight days after the fashionista hanged herself in her luxury condo in Chelsea, according to London’s Sun newspaper.   ***A judge has sentenced 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy to three months in rehab and five years of probation in a drunken driving case. Cassidy’s attorney, Steven Graff Levine, entered an open plea to a Los Angeles judge Monday, admitting that he was driving under the influence when he was arrested in January after making an illegal turn.

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                                                      Tuesday • March 25, 2014

                                                      SHOCK! -FACEBOOK USE DURIN SEX? MANY SEEM TO ‘LIKE’ IT: A full 5 percent of folks have checked Facebook during lovemaking, a new survey finds. Of course, checking status updates and tapping on chatheads is the least of today’s mid-coital distractions, according to the survey conducted i the UK for condom maker Durex by OnePoll, which did not share its methodology or the sample size used. It also found that 12 percent had answered a phone call during sex and 10 percent had read a text in the midst of the act.

                                                      RUMSFELD: U.S. TIES WITH KARZAI ‘GONE DOWNHILL LIKE A TOBOGGAN’ UNDER OBAMA: Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration,” Rumsfeld told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren on Monday. “It has gone down hill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in.” Rumsfeld pointed to the fact that the Obama administration has failed to get Karzai to sign an agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat ends. The U.S. has status of forces agreements with more than a hundred countries, Rumsfeld noted. “A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement,” he said. “It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship.”

                                                      REPORT: NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE SEEN 10 STUDENT SUICIDES IN 7 WEEKS: New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said she feels “heartsick” over the fact that 10 public school students have committed suicide since she took office less than two months ago. According to a report in the New York Post, Farina discussed the suicide epidemic during a private meeting with new school principals on Saturday.

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                                                      Thirty Years In Disguise: Noted Californian Stagecoach Driver Discovered After Death To Be A Woman

                                                      One of California’s most famous Stagecoach Drivers, Charley Darkey Parkhurst (1812-1879) was discovered at his death to be a woman. Charley died of mouth cancer from too many cigars, chewing tobacco and whiskey. Doctors preparing her for her funeral, discovered that she had borne a child. Parkhurst grew up in an orphanage in the east where she learned to handle horses. She fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. She became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo – killed a famous outlaw, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true gender, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Watsonville, California.

                                                      Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading the award-winning novel The Whip, by Karen Kondazian, inspired by Charley Parkhurst’s extraordinary life.

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                                                      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.e

                                                      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.b

                                                      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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                                                      JUDGE JOE BROWN JAILED AFTER SPAT: TV personality Judge Joe Brown was sentenced to five days in jail on Monday after he acted “pretty raucous” and “challenged the authority” of Magistrate Harold Horne in Tennessee, a judge told CNN. Brown was in court to represent a client in a child-support case, and became angry when he found out his case was not on the afternoon docket. He was reportedly held in contempt five times before he was able to be removed from the courtroom. Brown’s reality-TV show was canceled last year after 15 years.

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Mayor de Blasio and comptroller Scott Stringer dining in a private room at Delmonico’s in NYC.   ***Khloe Kardashian’s estranged hubby Lamar Odom dining with a mystery woman who was “dressed to the nines” at Landmarc in Time Warner Center in NYC on Friday.   ***A&M Records founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss at Vibrato Grill Jazz in LA with Alpert’s daughter, Eden, and wife, singer Lani Hall.   ***John Legend and his Sports Illustrated model wife Chrissy Teigen seeing “Queen of the Night” at the Diamond Horseshoe.

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                                                      MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ONLY LETTER TO ROSA PARKS UP FOR SALE: The only known letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. to civil rights hero Rosa Parks is going up for sale. In the correspondence dated April 12, 1960, King candidly writes: “I have been intending to answer your very kind letter of March 14 for several days . . . Your very kind words are very encouraging and consoling.” He adds, “In the midst of constant harassment and intimidation and because of my involvement in the civil right struggle, I often find myself asking, ‘Is it worth it?’ But then a friend of goodwill comes along with kind encouraging words that gives me renewed vigor . . . to carry on.” King was killed almost exactly eight years later. The letter is being offered for $125,000 by Moments in Time.

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY BY MICHELLE OBAMA: And my story isn’t unusual in America.  Some of our most famous athletes, like LeBron James, and artists, like the singer Janelle Monae, came from struggling families like mine, as do many business leaders — like Howard Schultz.  He’s the head of a company called Starbucks, which many of you may have heard of.  When Mr. Schultz was a boy his father lost his job, leaving their family destitute.  But Mr. Schultz worked hard.  He got a scholarship to a university, and eventually built the largest coffeehouse company in the world.  And then there’s this other guy I know who was raised by a single mother who sometimes struggled to afford food for their family.  But like me, this guy got scholarships and loans to attend universities.  He became a lawyer and a professor, and then he was a state senator and then a national senator.  And then, he became President of the United States.  This guy I’m talking about is my husband, Barack Obama.

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                                                      Monday • March 24, 2014

                                                      LBN STORY:

                                                      Thirty Years In Disguise: Noted Californian Stagecoach Driver Discovered After Death To Be A Woman

                                                      One of California’s most famous Stagecoach Drivers, Charley Darkey Parkhurst (1812-1879) was discovered at his death to be a woman. Charley died of mouth cancer from too many cigars, chewing tobacco and whiskey. Doctors preparing her for her funeral, discovered that she had borne a child. Parkhurst grew up in an orphanage in the east where she learned to handle horses. She fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. She became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo – killed a famous outlaw, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true gender, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Watsonville, California.

                                                      Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading the award-winning novel The Whip, by Karen Kondazian, inspired by Charley Parkhurst’s extraordinary life.

                                                      ……………………………………………………………………….

                                                      Paperback, Hardback, Kindle and Audio Book (narrated by Robin Weigert, ‘Calamity Jane’/HBO’s Deadwood) available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible and Itunes.

                                                      Audio Book Trailer

                                                      Interview of author Karen Kondazian on a Stagecoach by NPR’s Peter Robinson

                                                      For more information please visit Kondazian.com

                                                      PM: MH370 CRASHED INTO INDIAN OCEAN:

                                                      The prime minister of Malaysia announced on Monday that flight MH370 almost certainly went down in the Southern Indian Ocean, and that none on board survived. The grieving families of those aboard the missing flight were sent text messages saying: “We have to assume beyond reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived. We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.”

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: 52% of accountants would rather run a marathon than try and crack the code on sales tax laws.

                                                      U.S. WHITES MORE SOLIDLY REPUBLICAN IN RECENT YEARS: Whites and nonwhites have long shown differing political party preferences, with nonwhites widely favoring the Democratic Party and whites typically favoring the Republican Party by at least a small margin. In recent years, however, the margins in favor of the Republican Party among whites have been some of the largest. According to media expert and author Michael Levine “the data suggests strongly that party preferences are more polarized by race and ethnicity under Obama.”

                                                      529 OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO DIE: More than 500 members of the now-illegal Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. Among those sentenced are a handful of leaders of the group behind deposed President Mohamed Morsi. They were sentenced Monday on charges ranging from murder of a police officer to attacking police. Since July of 2013 when the army overthrew Morsi and outlawed the Brotherhood, hundreds of its members have died, and thousands have been arrested. The sentence, which came on the second day of the trial, is likely to escalate already tense Islamic-secular tensions.

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                                                      LBN-SEE IT: If current trends of rising economic inequality  continue,  prominent economist Thomas Piketty sees “potentially terrifying” consequences.


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

                                                      APPLE, COMCAST TAKING ON NETFLIX: The most profitable tech company and the largest cable company are in talks to create a new streaming-television service. The new service would use Apple’s set-top box and a special service from Comcast to get around congestion on the Internet. If successful, users of the service would not deal with bumps in service or buffering, essentially making it the same in quality as cable’s regular TV transmissions. The two sides are talking but not yet close to a deal, according to reports.

                                                      ‘DIVERGENT’ DOMINATES BOX OFFICE: Young-adult adaptation Divergent won the weekend North American box office with a $56 million haul. Despite bad reviews, the teen sci-fi film starring Shailene Woodley was powered by an A rating by moviegoers on CinemaScore. Coming in No. 2 with only $16.5 million was Muppets Most Wanted, which raked in less than half of its predecessor in 2011. Mr. Peabody & Sherman fell from the top spot to No. 3 with $11.7 million.

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A huge trove of John Lennon’s writings and drawings is coming up for auction in New York City this summer, offering a renewed look at the former Beatle’s lesser known comic literary side. According to Sotheby’s, the 89-lot collection titled “You Might Well Arsk” constitutes the most extensive sale ever of Lennon’s original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts. The items come from the private collection of Tom Maschler, the publisher partially responsible for creating Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize. Maschler worked with Lennon on two books in the 1960s, In His Own Write and A Spaniard In the Works, and the manuscripts came out of those projects.   ***Gregg Allman was forced to skip two of the Allman Brothers Band shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre this weekend after coming down with bronchitis. The band posted several notes on Facebook providing updates on the singer and keyboardist’s illness, which kept him home on Friday and Saturday night, and requested that fans send “healing vibes his way.”

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***A slimmed-down Aretha Franklin celebrated her 72nd birthday in New York with friends including Denzel Washington and Clive Davis.  The Queen of Soul, who will perform two dates at Radio City in June, was feted by friends at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in NYC on Saturday.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Bullies are more likely to engage in vandalism, shoplifting, truancy, and substance abuse than students who do not bully during early childhood. There is also a direct correlation between substance abuse and gun violence and bullying behavior.

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                                                      CHARACTER ACTOR JAMES REBHORN DIES: James Rebhorn, the popular character actor who portrayed a conniving defense secretary in Independence Day and Carrie’s father in Homeland, has passed away at the age of 65. Rebhorn was easily recognizable in many TV shows and movies, often in a suit. He played a role in more than 50 films, including Cold Mountain, Meet the Parents, and Scent of a Woman.

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Players Club of Gramercy Park in New York City, which has been struggling with debt, inept management and stagnant membership, has taken additional steps to turn itself around. The nonprofit has elected a new president and created the position of board chairman, moves that follow the hiring of a new general manager at the end of last year to help lift the once venerable institution out of its quagmire. Last week, the club elected Arthur Makar as its president, replacing Johnnie Planco, who’d held the position for many years. Insiders had insisted that the talent agent had to go because he was part of the regime that caused the problems. Mr. Planco remains on the club’s board. Mr. Makar, who has been a member for just two years, is executive director of the nonprofit Fight for Sight, which provides money for eye and vision research.  He also is a member of the Cherry Lane Theater board.

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Mark Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner, predicts a drastic decline in the popularity of the NFL over the next decade due to the league’s greed. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday evening when his pregame conversation with reporters, which covered a broad range of topics, swayed toward football. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY BY MICHAEL LEVINE (MEDIA EXPERT AND AUTHOR): Do you believe that government regulators conspire with the pharmaceutical industry to block access to natural medical cures or that the government knows that cell phones cause cancer but is not taking action because of corporate pressure? It turns out that Americans widely subscribe to these and many other medical conspiracy theories. Nearly half of the respondents in a recent US survey agreed with at least one of six common medical conspiracy theories. In addition to the two conspiracy theories noted in the above question, the survey asked about conspiracies involving genetically modified foods, vaccines, water fluoridation, and HIV.

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                                                      Sunday • March 23, 2014

                                                      CLINTON WANTS ‘MASS MOVEMENT’ ON CLIMATE CHANGE: Hillary Rodham Clinton says young people understand the significant threat of climate change and that she hopes there will be a mass movement that demands political change. The potential 2016 presidential candidate says at a Clinton Global Initiative University panel that young people are much more committed to doing something to address climate change. Clinton says it isn’t “just some ancillary issue” but will determine the quality of life for many people.

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                                                      SHELDON ADELSON PLANS VIP DINNER FOR JEB BUSH AT GOP GATHERING IN VEGAS: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will get top billing when he and other potential 2016 presidential candidates join billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for an exclusive Republican gathering next week in Las Vegas. Bush, who is quietly exploring a run for the White House, will be the featured speaker at an exclusive VIP dinner on Thursday hosted by Adelson and his wife, Miriam, at his company’s private airplane hangar at Las Vegas Macarran International Airport, according to a draft itinerary obtained by The Washington Post.  The Adelsons’ dinner for Bush will kick off the Republican Jewish Coalition’s four-day spring leadership meeting, during which politicians and major GOP donors will mingle at golf and poker tournaments, as well as in political strategy sessions.

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Yoga

                                                      1.     The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to yoke or join together. It most often refers to the yoking of a conscious subject (jiva-atman) with a Supreme Spirit (parama ta man) in order to reach an ecstatic condition (Samadhi, a “placing or putting together”). It is derived from the Proto-Indo-European base *yeug-, meaning “to join” as in jugular.

                                                      2.     A 2008 market study in Yoga Journal reports that some 16 million Americans practice yoga and spend $5.7 billion a year on gear.

                                                      3.     “Doga” is a type of yoga in which people use yoga to achieve harmony with their pets. Dogs can either be used as props for their owners or they can do the stretches themselves. It reportedly started in New York in 2002 when Suzi Teitelman started “Yoga for Dogs.”

                                                      4.     The swastika is a yoga symbol that comes from the Sanskrit term Svastik, meaning “that which is associated with well-being.”

                                                      5.     The yoga symbol “Om” is found in Hindu and Tibetan philosophy. It is said to be the primordial sound of the universe and is connected to the Ajna Chakra (the conscience) or “third eye” region.

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Marketing expert Craig Valine having dinner at the Charthouse restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.   ***Anna Wintour and Annie Leibovitz strolling out of Cafe Cluny in NYC together after breakfast.   *** Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, along with Gela’s husband, John Taylor, and his model daughter, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, at Bloomingdale’s in NYC for the launch of the designers’ Pam & Gela line.   ***Vanessa Lachey and her son, Camden, at Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side in NYC, dining on scrambled eggs with biscuits and gravy after a stroll in Central Park.   ***Tina Fey and Harvey Fierstein giving a mid-show standing ovation to James Monroe Iglehart, the light-footed giant genie in Broadway’s “Aladdin” in NYC.   ***Jerry Seinfeld dining at ­Fabrocini’s Beverly Glen in L.A.   ***Veteran plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having lunch last week at the South Beverly Grille in Beverly Hills.

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Author Larry Grobel, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY JIMMY FALLON: Starbucks is coming out with a new tea inspired by Oprah Winfrey. In a related story, they’re also coming out with a cup holder inspired by Stedman.

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY BY JIMMY KIMMEL: Productivity is down, and pizza sales are up. If that isn’t 50 years of America in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.

                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Electronic dance-music power couple David and Cathy Guetta have divorced after more than 20 years of marriage.

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                                                      Saturday • March 22, 2014

                                                      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.

                                                      The stock market crash of 1929 was the most devastating crash in the history of the United States

                                                      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. 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.

                                                       

                                                      THE SEARCH CONTINUES: Saturday’s search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane included the area shown in new Chinese satellite images in which a large floating object can be seen, but nothing was found, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The object in the satellite images is 22.5 meters long and 13 meters wide (74 feet by 43 feet), officials said.China said the images were captured four days ago, on March 18. The floating object was about 77 miles from where earlier satellite images spotted floating debris.

                                                       

                                                      CLINTON’S TOP SELLING POINT IN 2016: FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT: Americans say the best or most positive thing about a possible Hillary Clinton presidency — if she were to run and be elected in 2016 — would be her serving as the first female president in the nation’s history. Other positives mentioned by at least 5% of Americans are her experience, that she would bring about change from the previous two administrations, that she would adhere to a Democratic agenda, and that she would be the best choice. “Clearly Clinton’s “unique selling proposition” is that she would be the first woman president” said prominent media expert and author Michael Levine.

                                                       

                                                      PRINCIPAL WHO TOLD KIDS NOT TO SPEAK SPANISH WILL LOSE JOB: The Hempstead school board won’t renew the contract of a principal who instructed her students not to speak Spanish, in a rapidly-evolving district where more than half of the students, like many Texas schools, are now Hispanic. Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was placed on paid administrative leave in December after reportedly announcing, via intercom, that students were not to speak Spanish on the school’s campus. The Hispanic population of the rural area, roughly 50 miles northwest of Houston, is growing quickly, and Latino advocates say that it’s important to allow Spanish in public schools. “When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity,” says Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18, “it sends the message that the child is not wanted: ‘We don’t want your color. We don’t want your kind.’ They then tend to drop out early.”

                                                       

                                                      POPE DENOUNCES ‘EVIL’ MAFIA: Pope Francis came out swinging at the Italian mafia on Friday. “Blood-stained money, blood-stained power, you can’t bring it with you to your next life. Repent,” the pope said at a vigil in Rome organized for the relatives of those killed by the mafia. The meeting was designed to emphasize the Vatican’s opposition to organized crime, and to reject publicly the church’s historic ties to mafia members who claimed to be good Catholics.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “I read LBN every day and always learn something new. It is short and clear and truthful and fascinating.”—–Jolene P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Nashville, Tenn.


                                                       

                                                      “LOVE HORMONE” COULD HELP ANOREXICS LOVE THEMSELVES: Anorexia nervosa is a devastating, potentially deadly eating disorder characterized by an unrealistic fear of weight gain, self-starvation, and conspicuous distortion of body image. Only about half of all anorexics make a good, long-term physical and social recovery, but researchers are hoping to improve this statistic with the help of the so-called love hormone, oxytocin. Anorexic patients dosed with oxytocin in two recent studies showed a reduced fixation on images of fattening foods, fat bodies, and negative emotions, suggesting the hormone may be able to help them overcome the obsessions that feed this disorder.

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that over 100 winners of the Grammy award read this LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                       

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Stewart and Lynda Resnick were given the prestigous Hall of Fame award by the Los Angeles Business Journal last Tuesday at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. to a packed audience.

                                                       

                                                      ABC CANCELS ‘ALICE IN ARABIA’: ABC Family has decided not to move forward with the pilot for Alice in Arabia after an outcry from Muslim groups. The show came under fire on Friday after BuzzFeed obtained a script, which outlined the story of an American teenage girl who is kidnapped by her extended family in Saudi Arabia and forced to live with them. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which led the protest, asked ABC to meet to discuss “concerns about potential stereotyping” in the show, and said the network had decided to cancel it instead.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***ABC’s David Muir, the fastest rising star in network news, wants the network’s top anchor job. But he is going to have to wait for Diane Sawyer to step down before he takes over the evening “World News” show. Muir, 40, dubbed “the Brad Pitt of news anchors,” hosts “Weekend World News” and is the lead substitute for Sawyer on weeknights.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Mogul Mark Cuban along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The body of tragic fashion designer L’Wren Scott will be flown to LA this weekend for a wake and funeral. The decision to hold the viewing and final farewell on the West Coast instead of in New York was made by Scott’s older brother, Randall Bambrough, and her longtime lover, rock legend Mick Jagger a source said Friday night.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: President Obama Means Business…He’s imposing sanctions on Russia by banning travel visas and freezing assets of miscellaneous street hustlers and rough trade who were hanging around the Kremlin when Putin grabbed Crimea. This is like imposing sanctions on Taliban by cutting Visa Card credit limits for Mohamed Omar’s wives and telling them they can’t go to Disney World.

                                                       

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                                                      Friday • March 21, 2014

                                                      IS THIS DOMECTIC SPYING???: A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person’s name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military. The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred. LinX is a national information-sharing hub for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is run by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, raising concerns among some military law experts that putting such detailed data about ordinary citizens in the hands of military officials crosses the line that generally prohibits the armed forces from conducting civilian law enforcement operations.

                                                       

                                                      ANITA BAKER WANTED BY POLICE: Accused of failing to pay for over $15,000 of work done on her home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan singer Anita Baker is the target of a bench warrant issued for her arrest. The warrant comes after she failed to appear at a creditor’s examination after being subpoenaed. Baker was a popular singer in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, and is known for hits like “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best That I Got.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Up until 7 months old, a baby can breathe and swallow at the same time.

                                                       

                                                      BRUCE JENNER WANTS TO BE PRETTIER THANK KRIS: Plastic surgery-obsessed Bruce Jenner is a man on a mission – a source says he wants to look prettier than his estranged wife Kris! But the 64-year-old Olympic hero’s bizarre quest is infuriating the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” matriarch, who believes Bruce looks more like a dope than a diva. The source says after Bruce’s latest cosmetic procedures – having his adam’s apple shaved down, skin fillers, Botox, hair plugs and hair highlights – the once-hunky athlete confessed that he wants to look better than Kris. Bruce has reportedly undergone two face-lifts plus cosmetic surgeries on his nose, lips, chin, jowls and more.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actor Norm Lewis along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.



                                                       

                                                      JENNIFER ANISTON BLASTS JOHN MAYER: Jennifer Aniston has a message for newly single Katy Perry – you dodged a bullet! Jen reached out to the “Dark Horse” singer after hearing Katy had given crooner John Mayer the boot, possibly because she found out he was cheating on her. If anyone knows what it feels like to be hurt by Mayer, it’s Jen – he reportedly dumped her by text message in 2008. “Jen says John should come with a ‘bad for your heart’ warning,” a friend said. “John ripped her heart out when he dumped her. She really struggled getting over that, and she felt the need to reach out to Katy to give her a pat on the back and offer her a shoulder if she needed.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Paramount boss Brad Grey and his wife Cassandra hosted the star-studded Rebels With a Cause gala Thursday night to honor Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and cancer specialist Dr. David Agus. Jimmy Kimmel emceed and guests included Barbra Streisand, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonah Hill. Barry Manilow and Pharrell Williams performed at the celebration of Ellison’s philanthropy and Agus’ work as director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. Grey announced a new LA cancer institute for “personalized medicine and care.” Also there: Anna Kendrick, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham and Sumner Redstone.   ***Russell Crowe had some divine company the night before meeting Pope Francis in Rome, hitting the town with a stunning Italian actress . The “Noah” star was seen at Antica Pesa restaurant with a group that included breathtaking brunette Daniela Virgilio and Paramount exec Rob Moore.   ***Arnold Schwarzenegger ruffled some feathers when he visited Facebook’s politically correct campus this week. The star of the upcoming crime thriller “Sabotage” noticed a sign that stated, “Welcome to Our Tobacco-Free Campus,” then whipped out a giant Montecristo cigar and puffed away. He then posted on Facebook: “Naturally, I broke some rules at their headquarters.”

                                                       

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                                                      HUMANS CAN DETECT ONE TRILLION SMELLS: STUDY: The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said Thursday. For decades, scientists accepted that humans could detect only 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well below the capabilities of sight and hearing. “Our analysis shows that the human capacity for discriminating smells is much larger than anyone anticipated, said study co-author Leslie Vosshall, head of Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The Los Angeles Times has named Kimi Yoshino as the new editor of the Business section and staff. She succeeds Marla Dickerson, who left the paper for the Wall Street Journal.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***If President Obama’s looking for a post-presidential occupation, he could find it on the floor of the Staples Center, Kobe Bryant says. On Wednesday, sports radio host Dan Patrick asked the Los Angeles Lakers star if the president could play for the team, currently among the worst teams in the league and having one of their worst seasons in nearly a decade. “Yes, he could, actually,” Bryant responded. “That’s not a diss at the current roster that we have, but more of a sign of respect of the skill that the president possesses.”   ***After the first day of March Madness, we have our first batch of upsets. Sixth-seeded Ohio State was knocked out by eleventh-seeded Dayton. With 3.8 seconds left, Vee Sanford of Dayton scored to claim a 60-59 victory. Harvard also managed to upset fifth-seeded Cincinnati with a tight 61-57 win. And No. 12 North Dakota State shocked Oklahoma in overtime. Elsewhere, other top-seeded teams including Wisconsin, Syracuse, Florida, and Michigan won their first games.

                                                       

                                                      ALCATRAZ CLOSES (1963): Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California’s San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country’s most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed “The Rock,” Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Reiser (Actor, writer and stand-up comedian): Dave Brenner was in our living room with remarkable regularity, a saturation level I’ve never seen equaled since. He was a guest on the Tonight Show, he hosted the Tonight Show, he was on Merv Griffin, he was on Mike Douglas (for weeks at a time), he was on game shows… and, it seemed to me, always with new material. That kind of prolific consistency takes a lot of hard work and dedication — something I sensed would hit home with my dad.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Chu (‘Jeopardy!’ champion, voice-over artist, actor, comedian): I was, in short, famous. A celebrity. At the apex of my Warholian 15 minutes. And I’m still not sure how the hell it happened.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Grant (Wharton professor and author, ‘Give and Take’): If other people saw you as a selfish person, would you realize it? Over the past year, I’ve noticed some telltale clues:

                                                      10. You look significantly hotter in your LinkedIn profile than in any other photo of you.

                                                      9. When a child draws a picture of you, it sometimes resembles a snake or a weasel.

                                                      8. At family dinners, you secretly enjoy grabbing the last cookie.

                                                      7. You brag about your SAT score, and you’re not even in school anymore.

                                                      6. You’re planning to plagiarize part of this post without giving proper credit.

                                                      5. Your Facebook wall is dominated by selfies of you with important people.

                                                      4. When your children ask you to read them a story, your first instinct is to ask, “What have you done for me lately?”

                                                      3. After reading The Giving Tree, you thought the tree got what it deserved.

                                                      2. You’re convinced that most people are takers.

                                                      1. You go around telling people you’re a giver.

                                                       

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                                                      Thursday • March 20, 2014

                                                      SHOCK STUDY: 38% OF EMPLOYERS WILL LAY OFF WORKERS IF MINIMUM WAGE IS HIKED: A new study has found that 38 percent of employers will lay workers off if the minimum wage is increased as President Barack Obama has proposed. Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, surveyed 1,213 business owners and human resources professionals nationwide asking them if they would be impacted if the minimum wage was increased. Roughly 54 percent of the study participants said they would reduce hiring and 65 percent said they would raise prices on their goods and services.

                                                       

                                                      HITTING RUSSIA: President Obama announced new sanctions on Russian individuals Thursday, ratcheting up pressure in response to Russia’s “illegitimate move” in recent days to annex Crimea from Ukraine. Obama also said he has signed an executive order that would allow the U.S. to impose sanctions on key sectors of the Russian economy.

                                                       

                                                      TWO OBJECTS SIGHTED IN JET SEARCH: Two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet were spotted on Thursday, according to Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott. Australian air force planes have been sent to the area to locate them. Abbott cautioned, however, that locating the objects will be extremely difficult and “it may turn out that they are not related to the search for Flight 370.” He did not disclose the location of the objects, which were spotted on satellite imagery. The Australian Orion aircraft are expected to arrive in the area Thursday afternoon.

                                                       

                                                      FED UP FASHION KING DUMPS DIVA CHER: When Cher demanded her longtime designer whip up 20 costumes ASAP for her upcoming tour, he said he’s too busy – and now she’s heartbroken.   But a source says Emmy-winning costumer Bob Mackie, 73, simply couldn’t handle the stress of keeping her happy anymore. “Bob and Cher have clashed in the past, but her latest tour pushed him over the edge,” celebrity biographer Mark Bego, who’s written two books on Cher, said. “Cher is a demanding perfectionist, and Bob’s a consummate professional who hates to work under pressure.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: In November 2009, NASA declared that it had discovered water on the moon that could allow for the development of a space station on the moon. The water is billions of years old, which could give scientists clues into the history of the solar system.

                                                       

                                                      L’WREN SCOTT SUICIDE CONFIRMED: Fashion designer L’Wren Scott’s death was officially ruled a suicide by the city medical examiner. Scott had been found after hanging herself in her Chelsea apartment in New York City. In addition, after rumors surfaced that Scott and longtime boyfriend Mick Jagger had split prior to the suicide, Scott’s brother-in-law says that Jagger had recently decided to put down roots. “Mick had recently decided to end his hotel lifestyle, and I understand they had just bought a $10 million home in New York,” Rob Shane, the husband of Scott’s sister Jan said.

                                                       

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                                                      “PAWN STARS” 50K GOLD COINS DISAPPEAR: The world’s most famous pawn shop is caught up in the alleged theft of a $50,000 coin collection after the “Pawn Stars” store bought the pilfered goods. According to a criminal complaint filed in Clark County (Nev.) Justice Court, Las Vegas resident David Walters’ coin collection was stolen from his home in November by his niece, Jennifer Beckman, who then sold them to the gang at Gold and Silver Pawn for $12,375. Court documents say Walters’ collection – kept in a bag hidden under a dresser – contained such rarities as a Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece and Silver Morgan coins from the 1880s as well as contemporary one.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 11% of all Americans aged 65-74 have diabetes. About 20% of those over 75 years old have diabetes, and nearly half of them are unaware they have the disease.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***After being pictured on a Tanzanian safari together, George Clooney and new girlfriend Amal Alamuddin hit New York on Tuesday night. The pair was seen leaving the swanky Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side and jumping into a waiting SUV on their way to dinner. Clooney looked tan in a suit and scarf while Alamuddin wore a pink jacket over a chic black outfit.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The ultimate status symbol for a corporate executive in the music business is apparently something called “a mist tunnel.” Bob Pittman, who founded MTV a couple generations ago, is now the head of Clear Channel, which owns 850 radio stations across the country. Millions of dollars were spent on new offices on West 55th Street when the company consolidated staff from other locations.  Jerry Del Colliano, who runs the Inside Music Media Web site, reports that Pittman’s visitors will walk through a fine mist when they get off the elevator.  “As you walk through the mist, you hear directed speakers playing Clear Channel stations across the country,” a source told Del Colliano.   ***A close friend of L’Wren Scott has revealed that the designer was planning to announce the closure of her beloved fashion business today. Fashion writer and longtime friend Cathy Horyn revealed Scott committed suicide just two days before she was about to go public with the sad news that her fashion label was to be closing down. It was recently revealed her company was nearly $6 million in debt.

                                                       

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood veteran Larry A. Thompson is developing a movie version of recently published faith-based novel “The Ether — Vero Rising.” Thompson is looking to go into production before the end of the year on “The Ether” as a possible franchise starter. He’s beginning to hold meetings with actors and directors.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Cuban (Owner, Dallas Mavericks; Chairman, AXS TV): Like Hollywood, today’s nouveau entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are looking past the pitch right in front of them to the next source of capital who will pay a higher valuation.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Naomi Campbell (Model, Actor, Activist, Mentor and Executive Producer of The Face): I get asked all the time what makes a model super, and while there’s something to be said for hard work and having a special look — a key element that separates a good model from an outstanding model is confidence.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Mick Jagger’s doomed lover, L’Wren Scott, was loathed by his bandmates as the group’s Yoko Ono — and even the rocker told her to stay away from the Rolling Stones’ latest world tour. “The rest of the band didn’t like L’Wren because she was so controlling,” a source said of the fashion designer, who hanged herself Monday in her luxe Manhattan condo. “When they saw her, they said, ‘Here comes Yoko.’ ” Ono, the widow of murdered Beatle John Lennon, has been widely blamed by fans for breaking up the legendary British band in 1970.

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                                                      Thursday • March 20, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: More than half of all Americans say they spent less than $50 on what they are wearing right now.

                                                       

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                                                      Wednesday • March 19, 2014

                                                      GM BOSS; I’M SORRY: In her first public speech since General Motors recalled 1.6 million cars after dozens of accidents and 12 deaths were linked to the models, CEO Mary Barra apologized, and said it “took too long” for the automaker to respond. GM had been aware as far back as 2001 about faulty ignition switches. “I am very sorry for the loss of life that occurred, and we will take every step to make sure this never happens again,’’ she said. However, Barra did not say the company would pay victims’ families

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Studies show that people whose hair turns gray in their 20s and are more than 50% gray by the age of 40 have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Rosario Dawson along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      MOM BECOMES SPEED BUMP TO SAVE KIDS: A mother of twin daughters in Lawrence, Mass., reportedly laid down on the ground behind her car to stop it from rolling out into the street with her two daughters inside. “I laid down horizontally, using my body as a speed bump to stop the car,” she said. Mindy Tran, 22, is now in the hospital, and will have surgery as a result of the incident. “I crushed my knee, injured my hips, and dislocated a shoulder,” she said. According to the local fire department, the car was not in gear when it started rolling. Tran’s twin 2-year-olds were buckled in the back seat of her Honda Accord when the car began to move, and a neighbor jumped in while she was stopping the car to get her children out.

                                                       

                                                      JAGGER ‘STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND’: In a message posted to the Rolling Stones’ Facebook page, rocker Mick Jagger said he is “struggling to understand how my lover and best friend [L'Wren Scott] could end her life in this tragic way.” Scott was found hanged in her NYC apartment on Monday. The 49-year-old’s fashion company was reportedly deep in debt, and the New York Times reports that she was going to announce its sale on Wednesday. While some news outlets have claimed that Scott and Jagger had split, the musician’s spokesman said the couple were still together at the time of the fashion designer’s death. “There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It’s a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during a very tragic time for Mick,” he said.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Al Jerome is the longtime head of public television station KCET — only the third in its history — who will be known chiefly now for being the architect of the decision to leave PBS and become independent. That one is still playing out, though so far the decision doesn’t look so great. The station announced today that Jerome will retire. He remains CEO while the search for a successor goes on.

                                                       

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

                                                       

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: CAUGHT ON TAPE: Cops Come This Close To Becoming Roadkill


                                                       

                                                      LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Late-shift workers, students and other night owls take note –  a new sleep study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has shown for the first time that extended periods of sleeplessness can lead to irreversible brain damage.   While previous studies have shown cognitive performance declines after sleep loss, the latest research challenges the long-held notion that a “sleep debt” could be recovered by makeup rest. Researchers at UPenn and collaborators at Peking University have found extended periods of wakefulness actually kill some neurons and cause damage to others.

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that eleven (11) leading executives from Instagram read the LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Sofia Coppola is likely headed under the sea to direct an upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Coppola is reportedly still negotiating a deal with Universal Pictures and Working Title, but with the studios hoping to move things along quickly, it looks as if the deal will go through.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Despite a juicy new Vanity Fair read about all the sex going on at Google, Eric Schmidt isn’t toning down his own romantic escapades. The married tech mogul was spotted with a “young flirty brunette” at Tarallucci e Vino in Flatiron in NYC on Saturday. And we’re told he’s still dating Chinese pianist Cho-San Nguyen.   ***Sylvester Stallone, his wife, Jennifer Flavin, and daughters dining at Tao Uptown in NYC.   ***Shaun White turning up at the Dream Downtown’s VIP lounge during SXSW with his band Bad Things and a bevy of women.   ***Associated Press veteran entertainment writer Sandy Cohen having dinner last night with Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine at Coast restaurant at Shutter’s in Santa Monica.   ***Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci having dinner at the famous Marino restaurant in Hollywood.

                                                       

                                                      ‘INCREDIBLES’ TO GET A SEQUEL: Tuesday was a big day for children, young adults, and anybody with a heart. Disney announced that it is working on sequels for both The Incredibles and Cars. The movie giant also made news with more Star Wars details, including that the next movie will start 30 years after 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Hinting at rumors of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher cameos, Disney CEO Bob Iger said, “There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads.” In other children and young-adult news, Deadline is also reporting that Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid for Universal Pictures.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Acclaimed L.A. portrait artist Heather McMillen, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Rolling Stones have thus far postponed a total of seven shows after the death of L’Wren Scott, the designer, celebrity stylist and former model who’s long been romantically linked to Stones leader Mick Jagger. All of the dates are part of the “14 On Fire” tour in Australia and New Zealand, and no rescheduled shows have yet been announced. Scott was found dead Monday in her New York City apartment.

                                                       

                                                      THIRTY YEARS IN DISGUISE: NOTED CALIFORNIAN STAGECOACH DRIVER DISCOVERED AFTER DEATH TO BE A WOMAN: One of California’s most famous Stagecoach Drivers, Charley Darkey Parkhurst (1812-1879) was discovered at his death to be a woman. Charley died of mouth cancer from too many cigars, chewing tobacco and whiskey. Doctors preparing her for her funeral, discovered that she had borne a child. Parkhurst grew up in an orphanage in the east where she learned to handle horses. She fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. She became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo – killed a famous outlaw, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true gender, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Watsonville, California.  Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading the award-winning novel The Whip, by Karen Kondazian, inspired by Charley Parkhurst’s extraordinary life. Paperback, Hardback, Kindle and Audio Book (narrated by Robin Weigert, ‘Calamity Jane’/HBO’s Deadwood) available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible and Itunes.  Audio Book Trailer . Interview of author Karen Kondazianon a Stagecoach by NPR’s Peter Robinson For more information please visit Kondazian.com

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The buzz of Miami is that LeBron James is about to become a father for the third time. Multiple sources are speculating that the Heat star’s wife, Savannah, is expecting. She’s been spotted sporting a baby bump in recent weeks. And notes of congratulation popped up on her Facebook page Tuesday after she cryptically posted, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”   ***Actor Michael Douglas’ drug-dealing son Cameron Douglas is finally out of solitary confinement and can have visitors, according to a new report. The news, reported by RadarOnline.com, comes almost six months after his dad complained at the Emmys that he could not visit Cameron because of all the time he had spent in solitary. “It’s true,” Anthony Papa of the Drug Policy Alliance told the website. “That’s what I heard.”

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                                                      Tuesday • March 18, 2014

                                                      ROMNEY: OBAMA’S A FAILED LEADER: It looks like Romney is getting in his last licks. The ex-presidential candidate’s claws are out, shredding Obama’s foreign policy and “failed leadership.” In a Wall Street Journal editorial, Romney ripped Obama’s policy towards Russia, North Korea, Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Afghanistan. “Why, across the world, are America’s hands so tied?,” he writes. “A large part of the answer is our leader’s terrible timing. We failed to act at the propitious point; that moment having passed, we were left without acceptable options.” He didn’t confine his criticism just to Obama, though, adding Hillary Clinton to the rebuke for their joint “failure to act when action was possible, and needed.”

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Publishing icon Judith Regan along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      FOODS RICH IN OMEGA-3 MAY NOT PROTECT HEART, STUDY FINDS: Eating food high in fish oils such as omega-3 doesn’t reduce the risk of heart disease, raising questions about national guidelines promoting the fats as beneficial for cardiovascular health, researchers found.  The analysis of 72 previous studies showed insufficient support for nutritional recommendations by groups such as the American Heart Association that advocate high consumption of polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6, which is found in corn and sunflower oils, as well as some nuts and seeds.  Thee findings released yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine are the latest to show that supplements and vitamins don’t work as well as touted to help patients prevent diseases. While past studies showed fish oil can lower unhealthy blood fats, blood pressure and reduce the risk of a second heart attack, research in recent years contradicted those findings, suggesting it has limited heart benefits.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: College student Melinda W., an LBN E-Lert reader from Chicago, Illinois.


                                                       

                                                      PUTIN: CRIMEA IS OURS: Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday before the Russian parliament that Moscow will be undeterred in its plan to annex Crimea, despite the backlash from the West. “Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in the hearts and minds of people,” he said in a speech at the Grand Kremlin Palace. Putin signed an order “to approve the draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on adopting the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Famed Beverly Hills men’s fashion designer Jimmy Au, credited throughout the world from creating men’s fashion for men 5′8″ or under, celebrated his 75th birthday last night at his store in Beverly Hills surrounded by friends and family. The highlight of the evening came when Jimmy did some Salsa dancing with his 7 year old grand-daughter on St. Patrick’s Day. “The sight of a 75 year of Chinese man salsa dancing with his 7 year old grand-daughter on Saint Patrick’s Days was a classic” said a number of friends.   ***Denzel Washington at Harlem’s The Park 112 restaurant in NYC.   ***Michelle Williams and daughter Matilda at “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”.   ***Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith working out with a trainer at Reebok Sports Club on the Upper West Side in NYC.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.

                                                       

                                                      TV PITCHMAN TRUDEAU GETS 10 YEARS: Notorious TV huckster Kevin Trudeau has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt for violating a 2004 federal court order prohibiting him from making misleading infomercials and misrepresenting his book, The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About. Since 2004, he aired the infomercial more than 32,000 times and sold 850,000 copies of the book, which the judge deemed amounted to $37 million in losses in a related civil case. Though Trudeau tried his old TV pitch in court, claiming he “truly had a significant reawakening,” Judge Ronald Guzman had no patience for Trudeau, saying he was “deceitful to the core” and that he had decades of fraud under his belt, including using his own mother’s Social Security number to con people.

                                                       

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                                                      L’WREN SCOTT FOUND DEAD: Model and fashion designer L’Wren Scott was found dead of apparent suicide by hanging Monday morning in Manhattan. Scott, 47, modeled for Thierry Mugler and Chanel, among others. After her modeling career ended, Scott became a stylist, working for Liz Taylor and Karl Lagerfeld. Most recently, she designed clothes worn by everyone from Madonna to Michelle Obama. Scott had been Mick Jagger’s girlfriend since 2001.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN is unmatched for its speed, courage and brevity. I read it every day and have forwarded it to hundreds of friends, family and associates.”—-Perry L., an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: La Femme is an all-female beach in Egypt, away from the prurient view of men and cameras, where Muslim women can replace their long head and body coverings with bikinis without feeling as if they are sinning.

                                                       

                                                      SATURATED FAT NOT SO DANGEROUS: A new study suggests that fretting over the oft-maligned saturated fats may not be doing much good for your heart. Findings published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine show that saturated fats do not increase the risk for heart attacks or other cardiac events. Nor did researchers find any benefit from consuming polyunsaturated fats, such as the fish oil supplements that are often promoted as health measures. The work is part of a shift in nutritional guidelines questioning whether fat is inherently bad for you and whether certain kinds of fats are better or worse. Still, the study did find a link between trans fats—the hydrogenated oil added to many processed foods—and heart disease.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle. Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 21 leading executives of Tiffany & Co. read the LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMMENTARY by Craig Ferguson: Albert Einstein wrote a manuscript that was lost for 83 years. Larry King found it in an old pair of jeans.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Mohamed A. El-Erian (Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz): Can good old-fashioned economic self-interest provide temporary relief for what now seems to be an intractable crisis in the Ukraine? The answer is yes it can; and, more importantly, may well eventually and temporarily do so… by incentivizing a de-escalation of mounting tensions, but failing to durably resolve underlying problems that will likely re-emerge down the road. The crisis in Ukraine pits multiple parties against each other, both domestic and foreign. Each of them is operating with a different set of internal and external constraints, along with contrasting interpretations of the past and present — and of course, the future. As recent developments vividly illustrate, none of the parties involved is strong enough to impose its will and interpretation of events on the others. Because of this complex reality, the crisis has already taken quite a few surprising and precarious turns, including this weekend’s referendum.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbra Streisand (Singer; Actress; Director; Composer; Activist): The critics say we need industrial agriculture to feed the growing population of the world. We’re told that we cannot go back to natural, regenerative, organic farming as the way we grow our food. In short, this isn’t true.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: This week the White House said the economy is continuing to pick up steam, but then went on to say that the unemployment rate is still “unacceptably high.” Incidentally, being unacceptably high is also a big reason many people are unemployed.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: First lady Michelle Obama now has blond highlights in her hair. In fact, her hair has a higher approval rating than her husband.

                                                       

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                                                      Monday • March 17, 2014

                                                      CANCER VACCINE FOR ADVANCED MELANOMA EFFECTIVE IN LATE-STAGE STUDY: An experimental Amgen Inc cancer vaccine used to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, proved effective in a late-stage study in shrinking tumors in a way that suggests the drug triggered the intended systemic immune response, according to data presented on Friday. The vaccine shrank tumors that were directly injected with the drug and tumors around the body that were not injected, according to the data.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: South American Titi monkeys are rare among primates because they are monogamous. They mate for life and become distressed when separated. They show affection by remaining close, grooming each other, intertwining their tails, holding hands, nuzzling, cuddling, and lip smacking.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Uma Thurman along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood’s largest fellowship of conservatives and right-of-center independents, Friends of Abe, has been granted 501(c)3 non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service, about three years after it first sought the designation. Jeremy Boreing, lead organizer for the group who has been serving as its executive director, said their attorney received word late on Friday that they had been granted the status.   ***“Saving Private Ryan” star Edward Burns has joined the cast of an upcoming movie by “House of Cards” actor Chance Kelly called “Inside Fighter.”   ***Christine Pelisek has a new piece in LA Weekly on the 23-year murder spree she essentially uncovered, plus she’s in a Lifetime documentary on the case and played by Dreama Walker in a movie.   ***At Disney, attention has once again turned to the looming question of who will be the media giant’s next CEO, putting likely candidates Jay Rasulo and Tom Staggs in the spotlight. CFO Rasulo is “direct and blunt” while parks chief Staggs is “outgoing and charismatic.”   ***Los Angeles City attorney Mike Feuer has taken on Time Warner Cable, claiming in a lawsuit that the region’s largest pay-TV provider has “stiffed” the city out of nearly $10 million in fees. “This is a day where we are saying enough is enough,” he said at a news conference.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore on the “Still Alice” set in New York.   ***Clive Davis at a boisterous table of six at Harlem’s Red Rooster in NYC.   *** RESIDENT editor Christopher Pape toasting Morgan O’Connor’s cover by society and celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan at Fabio in NYC.   ***Cheif Daniel Boulud stepping away from his busy kitchen to greet special guests dining at Cafe Boulud — Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, wife Rikki Klieman and close friend and Boston p.r. guy George Regan.   ***Entertainment attorney Gary Goldberger having lunch at Barney’s in Beverly Hills.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN is a brilliant collection of intelligent, penetrating news and voice. It makes me smarter every day.”—–Dr. Clancy Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from Toronto, Canada.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet has become a hot TV story, particularly on CNN. The network averaged 588,000 viewers for the full day Thursday, well above its average of 320,000. Anderson Cooper’s prime-time show more than doubled its typical viewership.   ***Fox News Channel has canceled its contract with contributor Scott Brown after he told them of his move toward a run for Senate in New Hampshire. Fox stipulates in all of its contracts with political figures that any move toward a run results in immediate contract termination.

                                                       

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

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: ‘Let It Go’ In 21 Disney/Pixar Character Voices


                                                       

                                                      LBN-SEE IT: Scarlett Johansson has two new films: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Under the Skin,” which is like nothing that Johansson buffs, or pretty much anyone else, have seen before.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age

                                                       

                                                      LBN-SEE IT: Paul de Man became the symbol of what made people anxious about literary theory.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The superintendent of the plush Plaza Private Residences on Fifth Avenue in NYC has been forced to resign amid a scandal, sources say. Edwin J. Pinzon, who had been the resident manager at the opulent apartments above the landmark Plaza Hotel for nearly 3 ¹/₂ years, abruptly left in January following complaints of “inappropriate behavior” involving other staff at the residences, where homes run up to $80 million. Residents include Harry Macklowe, Tommy Hilfiger, ex-Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a Saudi prince, and London developer Christian Candy.A source tells us, “Pinzon was accused of inappropriate behavior toward members of staff at the residences, was caught on surveillance camera and was fired.” A second source adds, “An e-mail has been sent to all residents informing them of the situation and explaining why Pinzon has been forced to leave.   ***Steve Jobs was not in favor of Apple producing a TV set, according to a new book to be released Tuesday. “TV is a terrible business,” the Apple co-founder reportedly said. “They don’t turn over and the margins suck.” The account appears to contradict other reports.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Iggy & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who played with the pioneering proto-punk band from their earliest days in 1967 through their 2013 LP Ready to Die, died Saturday due to an unspecified illness. He was 64.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Rollie, an LBN E-Lert reader from West Hollywood, California.


                                                       
                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!” – Oscar Wilde.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-FREE MOVIE TICKET GIVEAWAY: LBN is exclusively offering ten (10) free movie passes to the April 16th showing of the new near-future political thriller, Alongside Night, 7:30 PM at the AMC Loews Broadway 4 on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. Produced, written, and directed by J. Neil Schulman, author of the 1979 novel praised by Anthony Burgess, Milton Friedman, Glenn Beck, and Ron Paul, Alongside Night dramatizes a future U.S. economic collapse as seen by 16-year-old Elliot Vreeland, searching for his missing mother, sister, and pro-free-market-economist father and the mysterious “Lorimer” Elliot meets in the Revolutionary Agorist Cadre underground whose own father might be the reason Elliot’s family is missing. Rated PG-13, the movie stars Kevin and Sam Sorbo, Said Faraj, Jake Busey, Mara Marini, Tim Russ, Garrett Wang, J. Neil Schulman and Gary Graham and introduces Christian Kramme as Elliot and Reid Cox as Lorimer. Even more presciently, the movie’s musical soundtrack was recorded last year in Kiev by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by its composer, Daniel May. Official Movie Website with Trailer: http://www.AlongsideNightMovie.com: E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net for a pair of free tickets.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Grant (Wharton professor and author, ‘Give and Take’): If we want girls to receive positive reinforcement for early acts of leadership, let’s discourage bossy behavior along with banning bossy labels. That means teaching girls to engage in behaviors that earn admiration before they assert their authority.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-THE LIST RANT by Ericka T. Bass:

                                                      1. Most people have a face a blunt and expressionless as a knee.

                                                      2. I read on Facebook about a whore, idiot woman who got up at 3:30am to give her blind, three legged cat named Taffy her insulin injection and accidentally injected herself. Dumb bitch.

                                                      3. Let’s be honest, Congressman Henry Waxman is almost unspeakably ugly.

                                                      4. What kind of asshole likes to go to Costco where they sell cashews by the quarter-ton.

                                                      5. My travel consultant, Dave is funny fella… if you think a pot-head head is funny.

                                                      6. Eddie Murphy is a smug has-been.

                                                      7. My waitress at Canter’s last week was so ugly, he mouth should have come with a hook at the end of it.

                                                      8. I miss Frank Sinatra.

                                                      9. I don’t miss Richard Simmons.

                                                      10. Michelle Obama has a sense of humor like an open grave.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Madonna


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                                                      Monday • March 17, 2014

                                                      9/11 MASTERMIND DEFENDS OSAMA KIN: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, issued a rare public statement to help absolve Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who is on trial in New York City. Over the course of a 14-page statement, he claimed that Abu Ghaith’s main purpose was to preach the Quran to al Qaeda recruits and was not involved for the actual planning of terrorist attacks. Mohammed also threw in a jab at the U.S., citing its training of jihadists in the 1980s against Soviet forces. ”Uncle Sam destroyed his own country by his own hand with his stupid foreign policy,” he said.

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                                                      Sunday • March 16, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dr. Josef Mengele (the “Angel of Death”) used about 3,000 twins, mostly Romany and Jewish children, for his painful genetic experiments. Only about 200 survived. His experiments included taking one twin’s eyeball and attaching it on the back of the other twin’s head or changing the eye color of children by injecting dye. In one instance, two Romany twins were sewn together in an attempt to create conjoined twins.

                                                       

                                                      RON PAUL AGREES WITH PUTIN: Former congressman Ron Paul said on Saturday that Crimea should be able to break away and join Russia, using much the same language Vladimir Putin has. “That is our how our country was started,” he said. “It was the right of self-determination, and voting, and asking and even fighting for it, and seceding.” Paul said the U.S. had engineered a coup in Kiev against the Yanukovych government. “Our hands are not clean.” Finally, he called U.S. sanctions against Moscow an “act of war.” His son Rand Paul recently said: “If I were president, I wouldn’t let Vladimir Putin get away with it.”

                                                       

                                                      KARZAI: WE DON’T NEED U.S. TROOPS: In his final address before Afghanistan’s parliament on Saturday, president Hamid Karzai declared that U.S. troops are not needed in the country because the Afghani military is ready to take over. He reiterated his refusal to sign a security agreement that would allo U.S. troops to stay and help train Afghan troops and hunt down al Qaeda. The ten candidates seeking to succeed him after elections on April 5, however, have all said they will sign the agreement.

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 11 leading executives from the FedEx corporation read the LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Sly Stallone, in town for the “Rocky” musical, having a low-key lunch at Sirio Ristorante at The Pierre, dining on the calamaretti squid salad   ***Sienna Miller dining with screenwriter and director James Toback at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills.   ***Ken Burns telling Andrew Stein and Katherine Keating about his future documentaries about cancer, the Roosevelts and Jackie Robinson at the Monkey Bar in NYC.   ***Al Sharpton with Fred Mwangaguhunga enjoying cigars at the Grand ­Havana Room on Fifth Avenue in NYC.   ***TV producer Tony Dimond having dinner at packed Louise’s Trattoria on Montana Ave in Santa Monica last night.   ***Movie producer Mike Flint having drinks at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills Hotel.   ***Academy Award Winner Julia Roberts cheering her daughter Hazel on at a Track & Field Event held at Chaminade High School in West Hills, CA on Saturday morning.

                                                       

                                                      MOBILE DEVICES DISTRACTING PARENTS AT MEALTIMES: Face-to-face interactions with their caregivers are crucial to children’s cognitive, linguistic, and emotional development, yet the allure of mobile devices is increasingly pulling parents’ attention away from their kids at valuable bonding times, like meals. Researchers observed a number of families dining at fast food restaurants in various Boston, Massachusetts, neighborhoods and found that nearly three-quarters of the adults used a mobile device during the meal, with about a third using the device throughout.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Prominent music attorney John Branca along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.BayScreens.net

                                                       

                                                      WWII ‘KISSING SAILOR’ DIES: The Navy veteran who was famously caught mid-kiss in Times Square after coming home from World War II, 86-year-old Glenn McDuffie, has passed away at the age of 86. McDuffie was only identified as the man in the photo a few years ago when he came forward after several other men claimed to be the sailor. A forensic expert verified his claim by matching up his facial structure with the man in the photo. McDuffie said he was in the process of changing trains on August 14, 1945 when he heard that the Japanese had surrendered. Then he ran out into the street and saw the nurse. “She was standing out there in the middle of the street and she turned around and did like that, and I swear I went over there and kissed her,” he once said. He spent the years after the war as a mail carrier and semi-professional baseball player.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Bill Wiley, Director of Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: On July 1, 2009, shortly after Michael Jackson passed away, his page became the most popular page on Facebook. Previously, the most popular person on Facebook was U.S. President Obama with just over 6 million fans.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.KaplanMD.com

                                                       

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The “Best of Los Angeles Award” has been launched as of a week ago and is already drawing a large amount of web-traffic on Facebook. The on-line community slogan is “No ads. No B.S. Only the best” and is dedicated to the most buzz-worthy people, places and things in L.A.   www.facebook.com/BestofLosAngelesAwards.   ***McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in Beverly Hills is closed after years at Wilshire and Rodeo.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Tara G., an LBN E-Lert reader from Moscow, Russia


                                                       

                                                      TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:


                                                      Josef Mengele (1911) – Mengele, the “Angel of Death,” was an SS officer and doctor in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. He supervised the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who would be killed immediately and who would be a forced laborer. He also selected inmates to be test subjects in horrific experiments, during which they were frequently subjected to sterilization surgeries, limb amputations, injections into the eyes, and other brutal procedures

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Scott Brown, the Republican who admitted he wore pink leather shorts on his first date with his wife-to-be, is back. And Democrats are scared to death. It’s not that Democrats are particularly scared that the 54-year-old former Massachusetts senator is going to get elected as a New Hampshire senator — although it’s conceivable that a charming, carpetbagging, middling politician could jump across the border and unseat Jeanne Shaheen. But Shaheen is popular, and strategists don’t think that flinty “Live Free or Die” voters will welcome the Boston transplant with open arms.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): What is most troubling about the radical increase in Avoidant Personality Disorder is not that our troubled friends direct it toward people or situations but rather toward maturity and adulthood itself.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-ETC: Beverly Hills Office Sub-let – Available immediately. Approximately 2,000 square feet. 2 1/2 year left on lease. Features three (3) north facing window lined private office (floor to ceiling windows), large, frosted glass conference room, substantial size bullpen, kitchen with dishwasher, copier room, plenty of parking. Available fully furnished. Great location. Call Jason Frohlich – 310-202-9008 ext. 111 or e-mail: JFroehlich@Stone-Miller.com

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Tilda Swinton, who stars in the new Jim Jarmusch vampire flick “Only Lovers Left Alive,” is not afraid of her own mortality. “I think in a funny way we all do live forever,” she told us Wednesday during a Cinema Society screening of the film at Landmark Sunshine. “There aren’t that many people who aren’t spoken about after they die . . . I think immortality is probably overrated. I am all for the adventure. It’s coming and I’m not frightened.”After, guests including Swinton’s younger boyfriend, artist Sandro Kopp, Patti Smith, Peter Sarsgaard, Christy Turlington and Joel Coen headed a W magazine-sponsored bash at the Handy Liquor Bar in NYC.   ***Nikki Sixx is a married man. After more than three years together, the Mötley Crüe bassist tied the knot with model Courtney Bingham Saturday afternoon at Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles in front of family and friends, his rep confirms

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                                                      Saturday • March 15, 2014

                                                      SAUDI CLERIC ISSUES FATWA AGAINST ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFETS: A Saudi cleric named Saleh al-Fawzan has issued fatwa against all-you-can-eat buffets in Saudi Arabia. He made the statement on a Saudi Quranic TV station. Fawzan said the value and quantity of the food sold should be pre-determined before hand. “Whoever enters the buffet and eats for 10 or 50 riyals without deciding the quantity they will eat is violating Sharia (Islamic) law,” Fawzan was quoted on al-Atheer channel. The fatwa attempts to add plate piling eateries to the long list of things outlawed by religious edicts. It has been the subject of condemnation and debate on social media channels.

                                                       

                                                      U.S. TO GIVE UP CONTROL OF WEB: The Internet is about to become a free agent, sort of. The U.S. government plans to give up control of its authority over how domain names and web addresses are administered on the Internet. The federal government’s hold on this system has come under harsh criticism following the revelations about NSA surveillance. The move to relinquish authority is likely to please many who are concerned that the U.S. takes advantage of its control over the Web. The officials who made Thursday’s announcement said a new organization would be created to oversee the administration of the Internet, but exactly who that oversight body would be and when the transition would take place has yet to be determined.

                                                       

                                                      CHUMLEE NOT DEAD!: “Pawn Stars” fan fave Chumlee takes to social media to announce he’s very much alive despite dramatic weight loss death scare. Chumlee aka Austin Russell from “Pawn Stars’ is the latest celeb to become the vic of an internet death hoax. As “news” of his shocking demise spread through the meme-centric hyperbolic hypserspeed internet Chumlee whipped out his mobile and got Tweetin’.“May we live long, Rich forver,” Chumlee addressed the multi-dudes. The false rumor erupted from a bottom feeding blogger looking to make a name for their site saying that The Chumster had died suddenly at age 31 from a heart attack.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Howell M., an LBN E-Lert reader from Fairbanks, Alaska


                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao was training at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles on Thursday, prepping for his highly anticipated upcoming rematch with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, when he was visited by a special guest: Bob Dylan. ”He called ahead and showed up with a friend,” says Fred Sternburg, a spokesperson for Pacquiao. “I’ve never seen the place take an aura like this, and I’ve been going to that gym for nearly a decade. We were all awestruck.” The gym – run by boxing great Freddie Roach – was closed off to the public at the time and only about 20 people were inside. “Manny sparred eight different rounds with two different fighters while Dylan was there,” says Sternburg. “He stayed for an hour and sat on a bench that you’d use to lift weights. Before and after the sparring, Dylan posed for photographs with anyone that asked and signed autographs. Some of the other fighters took selfies with him. He accommodated everybody and smiled the whole time. But, my God, it was Bob Dylan. It was like seeing one of the apostles.”   ***The Viper Room on the Sunset Strip will feature a video release party for on Saturday, March 29th at 8pm for J.P. Hopfelt.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Sylvester Stallone at Fresco by Scotto with a party of 10 pals after swilling raw eggs with David Letterman on his “Late Show.” The “Rocky” star sat near boxer Bernard Hopkins.   ***Tilda Swinton at SXSW to promote her Jim Jarmusch vampire film “Only Lovers Left Alive” and checking out a screening of another blood-sucking flick, “What We Do in the Shadows”.   ***Lorde backstage with entertainment lawyers Jason Boyarski and David Fritz after a Roseland Ballroom gig.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Bob Thomas began to cover Hollywood for the Associated Press in 1944, after fleeing from the Fresno bureau. When he retired in 2010, Thomas was in Guinness World Records for longest career as an entertainment reporter, and for most consecutive Academy Awards shows (66) covered. Thomas died Friday at home in Encino of being old. He was 92.

                                                       

                                                      CHRIS BROWN ARRESTED, AGAIN: Ugh, Chris Brown. No one’s favorite volatile R&B singer was arrested in Malibu Friday for violating his parole related to his 2009 assault charge against Rihanna. It’s unclear exactly what happened, but the LAPD says it picked Brown up at a Malibu rehab facility and TMZ is reporting that Brown, who was ordered to spend time in anger management while awaiting the verdict of an unrelated accusation of violent assault, was kicked out of rehab for breaking “internal rules.” He’s being held without bail at a Los Angeles County jail.

                                                       

                                                      PAY ATTENTION: Have you heard of J. Neil Schulman? His dozen books have been praised by Anthony Burgess, Milton Friedman, Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, and Charlton Heston. Here’s a plot description of Schulman’s 1986 CBS Twilight Zone episode, “Profile in Silver”: a professor travels back in time and prevents the JFK assassination, only to create such a disastrous alternate future that he needs to undo it.  This is also, coincidentally enough, a plot description of Stephen King’s 2012 novel, 11/22/63. In the January 18, 1991 Wall Street Journal, Cynthia Crossen wrote, “J. Neil Schulman has seen the future, and there are no books.” Schulman had founded the first publishing company to offer current downloadable books written by best-selling authors. Later in 1991 Schulman updated his 1989 article “Here Come the Paperless Books” for a graduate course he taught for the New School with this description: “an electronic reader weighing 9 ounces, with a high-rez, page-white screen.”  That’s almost an exact description of the new Kindle Paperwhite. On January 16, 2003, Schulman WGA registered his reality-TV proposal Celebrity Rehab and over drinks pitched it to Levine Communications’ Michael Levine. Michael referred Neil to Barry Nugent at E! Entertainment who tried but failed to do a development deal. Five years later Celebrity Rehab premiered on VH1 with no creative credit to Schulman.Neil doesn’t let these “coincidences” discourage him. He’s now produced, written, and directed his second indie feature film, Alongside Night, based on his 1979 novel, now being released into movie theaters with a showing on his 61st birthday, April 16th, at the AMC Loews Broadway 4 on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. In addition to a new movie edition of the original novel, a new Audible.com audiobook, and a new graphic novel, his latest book, The Heartmost Desire, contains both his passionate argument that happiness requires individual liberty and his autobiographical account of how what he describes as an eight-hour Vulcan Mindmeld with God ended his lifelong atheism. When you claim both Charlton Heston and God among your fans, maybe you’re someone worth paying attention to.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY:


                                                      Rolls-Royce Limited Is Founded (1906) – In 1904, engineer Frederick Henry Royce made his first car and was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls, who owned a car dealership. The pair agreed to a deal in which Royce would manufacture cars to be sold by Rolls. They decided that the cars would be called “Rolls-Royce,” and their British luxury car company was born. Though their “Silver Ghost” model brought early fame, World War I temporarily eliminated demand for luxury cars.
                                                       

                                                      THE MILGRAM EXPERIMENT: OBEDIENCE VS. CONSCIENCE: While top Nazi official Adolf Eichmann stood trial for his crimes against humanity during the Holocaust, psychologist Stanley Milgram sought to understand the Nazis’ behavior. He launched an experiment in 1961 that investigated a person’s willingness to follow orders that conflict with his or her conscience. His method, in which subjects were ordered to administer “electric shocks” of varying intensity to people in another room, were later deemed unethical.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: What has been happening in Ukraine is not a wake-up call precisely but a tugging at the attention, a demand to focus.  There’s a sense that in some new way we are watching the 21st century take its shape and express its central realities. Exactly 100 years ago, in August 1914, the facts that would shape the 20th century gathered and emerged in the Great War. History doesn’t repeat itself; you can’t, as they say, step into the same stream twice. But it does have an unseen circularity. Sept. 11 started the century and brought forward the face of terrorism. It is still there and will continue to cause grave disruptions. Since then we have seen we are living in a time of uprisings, from the Mideast to Africa to the streets of Kiev. We are learning that history isn’t over in Europe, that East-West tensions can simmer and boil over, that the 20th century didn’t resolve as much as many had hoped.  A Mideast dictator last year used poison gas on his own population and strengthened his position. He’s winning. What does that tell the other dictators? What does it suggest about our future?

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but investors, it seems, prefer handsome men. Researchers have found that investors are more likely to back a business if it is pitched to them by a man rather than a woman. Furthermore, physical attractiveness seems to also play a role in swaying investors, but only when the entrepreneurs are male; handsome pitchmen were more likely than their less attractive counterparts to persuade potential investors to back their ventures, whereas attractiveness was not a determining factor when it came to female entrepreneurs.

                                                       

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                                                      Friday • March 14, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Represented as a stack of $100 bills, America’s $17.1 trillion gross domestic product would weigh in at 188,000 tons.

                                                       

                                                      POLL: VLADIMIR PUTIN IS STRONGER THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA: Maybe it is the photos of him posing shirtless on horseback, or his military push into Ukraine, but Americans in a new poll believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is a much stronger leader than President Obama. A YouGov/Economist survey of 1,000 adults interviewed March 8-10 found that 78 percent view Putin as somewhat to very strong leader. Just 45 percent see Obama the same way. Worse, more Americans, 55 percent, view Obama as a weak leader. The poll comes as the president is struggling with a response to Putin’s push into Ukraine and expectations that Crimea will break off and join .

                                                       

                                                      ‘SABOTAGE” INDICATED ON FLIGHT 370: New evidence points to a deliberate act in the case of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Reuters reported Friday that Malaysian investigators say radar data indicates the jetliner was flown off course hundreds of miles deliberately, using coordinates known as waypoints normally employed for routes to the Middle East and Europe. ”What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards,” said one official. ABC News reported Thursday that U.S. officials believe two communication systems were shut down separately. The data reporting system was turned off at 1:07 a.m. local time, followed by the transponder 14 minutes later. Search efforts have been rerouted to the Indian Ocean.

                                                       

                                                      ZUCKERBERG SAYS HEY CALLED OBAMA TO EXPRESS ‘FRUSTRATION’ OVER NSA SURVEILLANCE: Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the first name that comes to mind as a champion of privacy. But the seemingly endless revelations of NSA surveillance programs has inspired Facebook’s founder to call up no less than President Obama himself to defend his users from government intrusion. On Thursday Zuckerberg posted a statement on Facebook calling on the U.S. government to take more measures to respect users’ privacy and security. “The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat,” reads his statement. “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.”

                                                       

                                                      POSTAL SERVICE PUTTING CHARLTON HESTON ON A STAMP: Charlton Heston — the star of “Ben-Hur,” “Planet of the Apes” and 100 other movies — will be honored with a stamp issued by the US Postal Service. Heston died in 2008. Hollywood PR guru Michael Levine started lobbying for the honor three years ago after telling a young assistant that he had repped Heston for 20 years.The assistant said, “Who is Charlton Heston?” “It pissed me off,” Levine told me. Soon, a petition drive was launched on Newsmax.com, the conservative site where Heston, longtime head of the National Rifle Association, was revered. The new stamp, based on a photo taken by Heston’s widow, Lydia, will be unveiled April 11 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Heston’s son, Frazier, will speak.

                                                       

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                                                      IRAQ MAY LEGALIZE CHILD-MARRIAGE: A law being considered in Iraq for the country’s majority Shiite population would legalize marriage to girls as young as nine and allow a husband to have sex with his wife regardless of consent. The draft measure was introduced by Iraq’s Justice Ministry at the end of 2013, and was recently approved. It is based on a school of religious law found by the Shiite imam Jaafar al-Sadiq. Nearly a quarter of all marriages in Iraq have one person under the age of 18. The measure must be ratified by parliament before it becomes law. The Shiite majority came to power after the 2003 invasion by the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Former president of Paramount Pictures Frank Yablans, who helped with classics like “The Godfather” and “Chinatown,” will be a producer on the upcoming “Don’t Call Me Sir.” The movie, which focuses on female Brooklyn judo champ Rusty Kanokogi, who won a 1959 judo title disguised as a boy and had to return it, will shoot this summer in Coney Island. Bo Svenson will produce, with Eric Rivas scouting locations.   ***The much discussed new fillm Alongside Night will be playing on April 16th in Santa Monica at 7:30pm at AMC Loews, Broadway 4.   ***Olympic figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir has signed with CAA.   ***Singer-actress Jessica Simpson has signed with UTA.   ***John Larroquette has signed with Gersh.   ***Gregg Araki, whose latest film, White Bird in a Blizzard, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with ICM.   ***Sophia Grace Brownlee, a frequent guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show whose cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” went viral, has signed with UTA.   ***Rebecca Da Costa, who stars opposite John Cusack and Robert De Niro in The Bag Man, has signed with Resolution.

                                                       

                                                      BUFFETT OVERTAKES SLIM AS WORLD’S SECOND-RICHEST PERSON: Warren Buffett passed Carlos Slim yesterday to become the world’s second-richest person.  The 83-year-old Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A) Inc. chairman has a net worth of $63.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, up 4.3 percent year-to-date.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Ron Howard at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Spring Gala at Time Warner Center in NYC.   ***THOR Equities’ Joseph Sitt celebrating his 50th birthday at the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Brooklyn with fellow real estate bigs Aby Rosen, John Paulson, Jeff Sutton, Morris Moinian, Stanley Chera and Ben Ashkenazy, where a 100-piece band played.   ***KANYE West and Chris Martin at Roc Nation’s SXSW pop-up Raptor House.   ***NEIL Patrick Harris at “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”   ***Chiwetel Ejiofor joined 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley at Tower Bar in L.A.   ***At Barneys New York Restaurant, Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein broke bread at one table, while National Geographic Channels president Howard Owens met with Electus CEO Chris Grant. Producer Teri Weinberg also was in.   ***Untitled manager Stephanie Simon joined client Taylor Kitsch at Chi Lin. Camilla Belle arrived another time.   ***At Crossroads, producer Steve Bin shared the room with Common and Jason Statham, who was with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.   ***Think Like a Man Too’s Michael Ealy ate at BLD in L.A.   ***James Caan shared a table with producer Mike Medavoy at Craig’s in West Hollywood.   ***James Franco hit La Boheme in West Hollywood.   ***Anne Hathaway and Ejiofor each have been to The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. The Santa Monica location has seen Dave Chappelle and Jennifer Love Hewitt. ***Amazon Studios director Roy Price hit Bar Toscana with musician Gary Numan.   ***Amber Heard visited MessHall…Tobey Maguire and Jessica Alba each have been in to Giorgio Baldi.   ***Selena Gomez ate the Montage’s Rooftop Grill    ***There was a Legally Blonde reunion at RivaBella, where writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith lunched with director Robert Luketic.

                                                       

                                                      FORMER NJ GOV’S SON DEAD IN APPARENT SUICIDE: The son of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine killed himself in a Mexico City hotel this week.Jeffrey Corzine, 31, was the youngest of Corzine’s three children with ex-wife and childhood sweetheart Joanne Corzine. The exact cause of death was not released, but sources said Jeffrey suffered from depression.

                                                       

                                                      WHY LISA MARIE HATES ELVIS & JACKCO LOOKALIKES: Want to meet Lisa Marie Presley? Then DON’T dress up like her father or her ex-husband Michael Jackson! Elvis’ little girl has banned impersonators decked out as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and the King of Pop from meet-and-greet sessions on her “Storm & Grace” tour! “Lisa Marie un­derstands the admiration fans have for Elvis and Michael, and she’s flattered that people want to keep their memories alive,” said a source. But according to the source, “the mere sight of im­personators” upsets her “as bad memo­ries

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Twice-divorced Angelina Jolie is giving romance advice to old pal Johnny Depp – warning him he may be making a big mistake marry­ing Amber Heard. The 38-year-old Oscar win­ner has pleaded with Depp to “tread carefully” with his reported plans to walk down the aisle with the 27-year-old Texas blonde, and cautioned him to get an iron-clad pre-nup to protect his $350 million fortune, say sources. Angie is worried that the 50-year-old superstar is going through a midlife crisis and has become enchanted with the much-younger actress.

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                                                      Thursday • March 13, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Divorce

                                                      1.     Only one U.S President is known to have been divorced: Ronald Reagan.

                                                      2.     In New York and Mississippi, a spouse can sue a third party for being responsible for the failure of a marriage in cases of what’s called “alienation of affection.”

                                                      3.     It’s a law in Wichita, Kansas, that if a man mistreats his mother-in-law, it cannot be used as grounds for a divorce.

                                                      4.     In 2012, an Italian man brought his mother along on his honeymoon. His new bride asked for a divorce three weeks later.

                                                      5.     In 2008, a woman asked for a divorce from her husband after his prosthetic penis extension snapped off during sex.

                                                      6.     The world’s oldest divorcées are a 99-year-old Italian man and his 96-year-old (ex) wife. He divorced her after 60 years of marriage when he found love letters she had written to her lover in the 1940s. They married in 1934 and divorced in 2011.

                                                      7.     In America, the divorce rate peaked at 50% in the 1980s. While the national divorce has declined, a first marriage is still between 40-50% likely to end in divorce.

                                                      8.     According to U.S. statistics, if one partner smokes, a marriage is 75% more likely to end in divorce.

                                                      9.     Research shows that couples in Republican states are 27% more likely to divorce than couples in Democratic states. Couples in Republican states have historically married younger than their Democratic counterparts.

                                                      10.  The most commonly cited statistic states that one in every four families will face divorce. More than one million people have parents who separate or divorce each year in the U.S.

                                                      11.  In ancient Chaldea, a man could get a divorce by writing a letter to his wife’s father or by saying “Thou are not my wife.” However, if the wife ever said, “Thou are not my husband,” she would be immediately drowned.

                                                      12.  In some Native American tribes, if a man left his wife without a serious reason, he was not allowed to remain a member of the tribe. Many tribes did not allow a man to separate from his wife if they had children together. The Aztecs were never permitted to divorce.

                                                      13.  In the Aleutian Islands, if a man grew tired of his wife, he would barter her for food or clothes.

                                                      14.  According to U.S. statistics, if there is daughter and no son in a marriage, the union is 5% more likely to end.

                                                      15.  The history of divorce is in large part a history of abandoning Catholic teaching on marriage as developed in the 13th century. Simply put, the Catholic Church’s position stated that divorce was forbidden because a validly contracted Christian marriage could be dissolved only by the death of a husband or wife.

                                                       

                                                      CLOWN RELATED CRIMES ON THE RISE: Freakish Stephen King disciples of FEAR in clown face makeup spur crime wave of terror. Multiple reports say  there is a rise in clown-related crimes sweeping parts of northwest England with disturbing reports of people being harassed and chased by the painted perps. Once incident involved a teen boy’s claim to constables that a balloon wielding clown tried to snatch him the Manchester Evening News reported. The alleged snatch attempt right out of the Stephen King horror film, “It,” is the rubber nosed tip of 19 (count ‘em) clown-related crimes handled by police,

                                                       

                                                      COMMISSION FINDS ‘NO COMPELLING MEDICAL REASON’ TO EXCLUDE TRANSGENDER AMERICANS FROM MILITARY: An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there “is no compelling medical reason” for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday. The report said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people from joining or remaining in the military on the grounds of psychological and physical unfitness are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align their bodies and gender identities.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “I used to hate the news before I started reading LBN.”—-T.B., an LBN E-Lert reader from Cleveland, Ohio


                                                       

                                                      GEL PROTECTS MONKEYS FROM H.I.V. AFTER SEX, STUDY FINDS: In another promising development in AIDS prevention, scientists have shown that monkeys can be protected against infection with a vaginal gel even when it is used as long as three hours after sex. If it works in humans, such a gel would be particularly useful in countries where women have little protection against domestic violence or rape, because they could apply it surreptitiously after a partner fell asleep or a clinic could administer it after a rape. But if the technique does move into human trials, scientists said, it is more likely that women will be asked to try to use it both before and after sex.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Katherine Heigl is trying for a career boost by jumping Hollywood agencies. She moved to WME from CAA this week, and sources said the catalyst was her mom and manager, Nancy. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star has appeared in a long string of box-office duds, including “Killers” with Ashton Kutcher, and “One for the Money.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The costliest hurricane worldwide is widely believed to be Hurricane Katrina, with overall damage estimates at over $100 billion.

                                                       

                                                      HERBALIFE HIT BY US ‘PYRAMID SCHEME’ PROBE: The US Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal investigation into Herbalife, the multi-level marketing company that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has called a pyramid scheme. Close government scrutiny of the Los Angeles-based group is the latest turn in a vicious public battle where rival billionaires have bet fortunes on the question of Herbalife’s legitimacy since Mr Ackman’s hedge fund, Pershing Square, unveiled a campaign to put the company out of business in December 2012.

                                                       

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                                                      TINA FEY: NO ‘MEAN GIRLS’ SEQUEL: Tina Fey took the wind out of a lot of millennials’ sails on Wednesday when she shot down rumors of a Mean Girls sequel at the premiere of Muppets Most Wanted. With the movie reaching its 10-year anniversary, and a spate of reunions between Lindsay Lohan and former castmates, rumors of a potential Fey-penned sequel picked up steam. “We’re coming up next month on the 10-year anniversary of the original movie… I can’t believe it either. We’re going to see if there’s any way to get everyone together, but not a movie, sadly. We’re all past high-school age,” Fey told reporters.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Andi J., an LBN E-Lert reader from Boston, Mass.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: WWII casualties totaled between 50 and 70 million people. More than 80% of this total came from four countries: Russia, China, Germany, and Poland. More than half of these casualties were civilians, most of whom were women and children.

                                                       

                                                      SUGAR SUBSTITUTES: Sugar substitutes are popular for people who are watching their weight and their dental hygiene. While natural sugar substitutes exist—sorbitol, derived from berries, is one example—many sweeteners are artificial. Saccharin, a coal-tar derivative three hundred times as sweet as sugar, was discovered in 1879. Cyclamates were approved for consumer use in 1951 but were banned in 1969 because of suspected carcinogenic properties.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Stacey Leasca has been promoted to social media editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she will direct social media strategy across the newsroom.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:


                                                      L. Ron Hubbard (1911): American science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in the early 1950s. The church’s teachings are based on Hubbard’s philosophy of Dianetics, which promotes a process called “auditing” to free a person’s spirit from the psychological burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. Both the religion and Hubbard remain the subjects of controversy and investigation
                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***George Zimmerman’s parents are suing Roseanne Barr, claiming that the comedian forced them into hiding after she sent a Twitter message listing their home address in the wake of their son’s shooting of Trayvon Martin. Robert and Gladys Zimmerman allege that the 61-year-old performer sought to “cause a lynch mob to descend” on their Florida home by sending a March 2012 tweet containing the couple’s address and phone number. Barr, they allege, mistakenly believed that their son was living with them, adding that her tweet was “an open and obvious call for vigilante justice.”   ***Elizabeth Vargas’ husband, Marc Cohn, had an affair with Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman while the ABC anchor was in rehab, multiple sources say. The sources claim that songwriter Cohn — who wrote “Walking in Memphis” and has been married to Vargas since 2002 — was seen with the divorced spin guru during and after Vargas was undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction. Vargas sought treatment in rehab last fall and returned to the air on “20/20” in January. Prior to that, Vargas and Cohn were both friends with Zukerman after becoming regulars at her Flywheel spin classes.

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                                                      Wednesday • March 12, 2014

                                                      WSJ/NBC NEWS POLL: OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATING HITS NEW LOW: President Barack Obama is struggling to overcome widespread pessimism about the economy and deep frustration with Washington, notching the lowest job-approval ratings of his presidency in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The results suggest Mr. Obama could weigh on fellow Democrats in midterm elections this fall, particularly in the conservative states that will play a large role in deciding whether his party retains its Senate majority.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Plastic Surgery

                                                      1.     “Plastic” is derived from the Greek plasikos, meaning “to mold.” The term “surgery” is derived from the Greek kheirourgos, from kheir – “hand” + ergon – “work.”

                                                      2.     The first recorded “nose job” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts (600 B.C.).c Physicians would reconstruct noses by cutting skin from either the cheek or forehead, twisting the skin side out over a leaf of the appropriate size, and sewing the skin into place. Two polished wooden tubes would be inserted into the nostrils to keep the air passage open during healing.

                                                      3.     By the first century B.C., Romans were practicing various forms of plastic surgery to repair noses, eyes, lips, and teeth. Roman physician Cornelius Celsus (c. 25 B.C.-A.D. 50) also describes procedures such as circumcision reversal and even breast reduction in men.

                                                      4.     A popular procedure in ancient Rome was scar removal, particularly scars on the back which were marks of shame because they suggested a man had turned his back in battle—or worse, he had been whipped like a slave. Foreigners would also have plastic surgery to fit better into Roman society.

                                                      5.     During the Middle Ages, plastic surgery was typically deemed pagan and sinful because the spilling of blood by a surgeon and the power the surgeon had over the body were akin to magic.

                                                      6.     When plastic surgery became popular during the Renaissance, surgeons took skin grafts from various donors, such as a neighbor’s pig, but were confused when the new nose would shrivel up and fall off. They concluded the flesh was “sympathetic,” meaning that the graft died when its original owner died.

                                                      7.     Many plastic surgeries in the early Renaissance were performed in barber shops.

                                                      8.     Italian Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1546-1599) is widely considered the “father of modern plastic surgery.” His text book De curtorum chirugiau noted the need for plastic surgery due to duels and street fights, as well as a pervasive outbreak of syphilis which destroyed the nose. His “virtual” nose, however, could fall off if the user blew too hard, and young women with reconstructed noses were hardly objects of desire.

                                                      9.     Tagliacozzi was an atypical plastic surgeon during the Renaissance because he did not view illness, such as the syphilitic nose, as divine punishment. Instead he used the vocabulary of humanists such as Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (1463-94) to justify his surgical innovations as autonomous self-remaking. Tagliacozzi’s work disappeared mainly as a result of the Counterreformation.

                                                      10.  In 1794, British surgeons witnessed an Indian brick layer repair the nose of a British cattle driver who had his nose and hand cut off while a prisoner of the sultan. British surgeons imported the procedure back to northern Europe where interest rapidly grew.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN is bold, fearless, independent, honest and sexy as hell!”—-Paul S. Hartley, an LBN E-Lert reader from Alberta, Canada.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Starbucks will soon let customers leave tips with its mobile payment app, which raises the question – how often do people tip their baristas? The coffee chain says the mobile tipping option, which it announced more than a year ago, will be available on its updated app for iPhones starting March 19. The rollout comes as the company’s app has surged in popularity, with roughly one out of every 10 purchases now made with a mobile device. ***The Best Of Los Angeles Award – 2014 has chosen David Slon’s www.DataTamer.com as the best Computer Consultant in L.A.

                                                       

                                                      JOHNNY CARSON SEX TAPE OUTRAGE: Johnny Carson’s wife Joanna Holland wants to make one thing perfectly clear. That’s not her cavorting around in a hard-core sex tape with the legendary “Tonight Show” host. Former model Joanna told us she was furious that she’d been drawn into an ugly scandal over the tawdry tape, which is being offered for sale to private collectors. The X-rated video reportedly features Carson frolicking in the nude with a dark-haired woman. Since it was reported that the tape was filmed shortly after the “King of Late Night” married third wife Joanna Holland, it’s been suggested it’s her in the video. Not so, says Joanna. “The woman in the alleged sex tape is not me!” Holland – who was married to Carson from 1972 to 1985 –  said.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The Herald Examiner alumni on Facebook have posted the news that former city editor Larry Burrough died on Monday in Yakima, Washington. He lived in Ellensburg. Burroughs is being remembered as a big presence in the Her-Ex newsroom. He went to the Orange County Register and led at least one Puilitzer Prize-winning project (on UC Irvine) and later was managing editor of the Denver Post.

                                                       

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                                                      CHRIS PINE ARRESTED FOR DUI: Chris Pine, the 33-year-old American actor who plays Captain Kirk in the latest Star Trek movies, has been charged with drunk driving in New Zealand. He will appear in court on Monday. According to police, he was charged back on March 1 with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08 percent when he was stopped during a routine check near Methven. Pine is in New Zealand filing the movie Z for Zachariah.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: The latest study on women in front of the camera finds that female characters are still significantly under-represented on the big screen. The numbers underscore why pics like “Gravity” (pictured), toplined by a Sandra Bullock, remain a rarity at the multiplexes. Female characters accounted for only 15% of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing domestic films of 2013, according to the study “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” by veteran researcher Martha Lauzen, exec director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State U.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Actor Kal Penn made a visit to Battle Creek Police Department over this past weekend in preparation for the upcoming CBS television show, “Battle Creek.”  The program is written by “Breaking Bad” creator, Vince Gilligan and “House” creator, David shore, with Bryan Synger directing.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Famed concert promoter John Scher along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***After Chipotle filed a suit claiming Frank Ocean backed out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of “Pure Imagination” for an ad about factory farming, the R&B singer took to his Tumblr with a less legally sound response. Ocean posted a scanned image of a cashier’s check in the amount of $215,500 (the advance Chipotle is suing to get back) and in the memo section, wrote “Fuck Off.” Chipotle claims that Ocean backed out because he was annoyed over the Chipotle logo coming at the end of the animated spot, and that he had final say over the recording. The spot ended up featuring Fiona Apple covering the Willy Wonka classic.   ***At 11:00 p.m. EST Tuesday night, less than 10 hours after launching a Kickstarter page to raise money for his new digital music service PonoMusic and its accompanying player, Neil Young surpassed his goal of $800,000. Young and the PonoMusic team had set an expiration date of Tuesday, April 15th to raise the necessary funds.   ***Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, famous for surviving years of rock ‘n’ roll excess, will release a children’s picture book with illustrations by his daughter Theodora Richards, his publisher said on Tuesday. The book, “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,” tells the story of how Richards was first introduced to music by his grandfather and given his first guitar.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Arianna Huffington: Why have we made exercising — at least the way we do it in the places that have come to be known as “health clubs” — such an awful experience? It’s a question I had time to mull recently on my 14-hour plane ride back from Seoul, where I was for the launch of HuffPost Korea. While I was there I was amazed at their practice of Kouksundo — a practice that combines meditation, breathing and martial arts and has been shown to boost productivity and reduce anxiety and stress — which is so different from how we approach fitness in America’s temples of physical well-being, populated by people who often seem miserable, joylessly going through the strenuous motions so they can check off the exercise box on that day’s to-do list and get the heck out of there. If we’re going to redefine success to include well-being, we also need to redefine getting in shape to include mental and soul fitness.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***By the look of that carefully placed handbag, Jennifer Aniston could have a bump to hide. While the 45-year-old actress has been plagued by pregnancy rumors for years, she was spotted on two consecutive days in New York wrapped up in a warm coat, with her black purse delicately placed over her stomach.  She was spotted emerging from a lunch at Freds at Barney’s with fiancé Justin Theroux on Monday in a navy coat, with a bag at a fuller-looking waist.

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                                                      Tuesday • March 11, 2014

                                                      WOW! STATES THAT VOTED FOR OBAMA HAVE MOST INCOME INEQUALITY: The top five states with the highest income inequality rates all voted to reelect President Barack Obama, though no state boasted a higher rate of inequality than Washington, D.C. This ia according to a study released this week by MoneyRates.com. The study used data from the Bureau of Labor statistics to measure how many times more money the top-earning income bracket of a state made than bottom earners. Researchers compared the top 25th percentile earner to the bottom 25th percentile earner and divided the sums into each other, then ranked states by number. California, in which a top 25th percentile earner makes 2.55 times more than a bottom 25th percentile earner, is by far the most unequal state, followed by New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and President Obama’s home state of Illinois. In Washington, D.C., however, a top 25th percentile earner makes 2.6 times the amount of money a bottom 25th percentile earner makes, which represents the biggest gap in the nation. Maryland and Virginia both make the top ten group of biggest gaps in income, and Maryland experienced the largest gap increase in the past decade of any state: 12.05%. Breitbart News has previously reported that eight of the 13 wealthiest counties in the U.S.A. are in the D.C. region. Texas and Louisiana are the only red states in the top ten.

                                                       

                                                      AL-QAEDA UNVEILS NEW MAGAZINE AIMED AT WESTERN JIHADIS: Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries, according to security analysts.  A video posted on YouTube uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine, Resurgence. It appears to be modelled on Inspire, an online publication produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has carried messages from Osama bin Laden, bomb making directions and tactics for launching “lone wolf” attacks.

                                                       

                                                      WRONG: The chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee today accused the CIA of inappropriately searching the committee’s computers as the panel investigated the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said CIA Director John Brennan told her in January that agency personnel searched the computers because of a belief that the panel might have had access to an internal review of the matter. “The CIA did not ask the committee or its staff if the committee had access to the internal review or how we obtained it. Instead, the CIA just went and searched the committee’s computer,” she said. “… I have grave concerns that the CIA search may have … violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.”

                                                       

                                                      BULLYING TRIPLES SUICIDE RISK: A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics confirms what many probably suspected regarding the detrimental effects of bullying: a significantly greater likelihood of suicide attempts. Teens who were bullied were 2.5 times as likely to attempt suicide. That likelihood was further increased in teens who were cyberbullied. “This might be because with cyberbulling, victims may feel they’ve been denigrated in front of a wider audience,” said study leader Mitch van Geel. However, teens who were involved in either side of bullying also had an increased risk: They were 2.35 times more likely to commit suicide.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: British soldiers were the first to use special goggles that simulated the brightness of a sunrise. The goggles helped the soldiers stay awake 36 hours without sleep

                                                       

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                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Tilda Swinton along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.

                                                       

                                                      COLORADO FALLS SHORT OF PROJECTED MARIJUANA SALES: The bullish predictions about the revenue Colorado would accumulate from sales of recreational marijuana may have been quite premature. In February, Governor John Hickenlooper’s budget office estimated that recreational pot shop sales added to medicinal marijuana sales would approach $1 billion in the fiscal year beginning in July; the budget office suggested $134 million in tax and fee revenues entering state coffers.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s largest restaurant chain, said sales at stores open at least 13 months fell 0.3 percent in February as its U.S. business slumped for the fourth straight month amid harsh weather.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran talent agent Sid Levin, fresh off the signing of iconic fashion designer Sue Wong, having dinner at a quiet Boa restaurant on Sunset Blvd. last night.   ***Alec Baldwin, who still hasn’t left New York (as he promised), with wife Hilaria at Blue Water Grill in NYC.   ***SEAN Penn, Barry Diller, Mike Nichols, Diane Sawyer and Mandy Patinkin at Avery Fisher Hall to see Emma Thompson in “Sweeney Todd”.   ***JEAN-Claude Van Damme at Nikki Beach Phuket in Thailand.   ***SOCIETY jeweler Christophe de Menil perusing art at David Zwirner Gallery on West 20th Street in NYC.   ***FORMER “Doctor Who” star Christopher Eccleston with his wife and kids at KTCHN in NYC. CAA’s   ***Bryan Lourd, Brian Grazar and Jerry Weintraub broke bread at La Dolce Vita in L.A.    ***In of late at The Grill on the Alley: Producer Chuck ROven with WME’s Phil Raskind, producer George Shapiro with Shirley McLaine, AFI chair Bob Daly with attorney Allen Grubman, ROAR manager Will Ward with attorney Patrick Knapp, manager Bernie Yuman with Deadmau5, producer Mace Neufeld with UTA’s Steve Rabineau, and producer Erwin Stoff with TriStar head Tom Rothman. ***In at once at e.baldi in Beverly Hills: Al Pacino, gallerist Larry Gagosian and Michael Douglas with Paul Rudd. ***Sean Penn and Charlize Theron met up at Dominick’s in L.A.   ***Another day, Penn and Theron shared the room at Tower Bar  with Penelope Cruz and David O. Russell.   ***Bruce Dern and Andy Garcia were in to Culina at the same time.   ***Director Tim Story joined UTA’s Ramses IsHak and Michael Sheresky at Rare steakhouse.   ***Leonardo DiCaprio was at Chi Lin one day, Tyra Banks cam in next.   ***DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher each ate Sage Vegan Bistro on Sunset Boulevard. Danny DeVito has been to the Culver City Location.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: In the 1950s, only about 30% of Greek adults could read and write. Now, the literacy rate is more than 95%.

                                                       

                                                      ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA, MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE BLASTS BIEBER AS “PLAYING A GAME OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE”: On “Good Morning America” this morning, Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine blasted pop-star Justin Bieber and warned him that “he is playing a game of Russian Roulette” with both his career and his life. “No game of Russian Roulette ends wells over time” said Levine.   Levine was on “Good Morning America” responding to TMZ posts video of Justin Bieber’s combative responses during a deposition in a lawsuit filed by a photographer against the singer.

                                                       

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


                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Sharon Stone, who will star in TNT’s drama Agent X, has signed with Gersh.   ***Aziz Ansari has signed with CAA.   ***Sara Bareilles has signed with manager Brandon Creed.   ***Hell on Wheels’ Colm Meany has signed with ICM.   ***Reign star Adelaide Kane has signed with CAA.   ***Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown has signed with WME.   ***Maddie Hasson of ABC Family’s Twisted has signed with UTA.   ***Wetlands director David Wnendt has signed with Resolution.   ***Iconic fashion designer Sue Wong signs with the Levin Agency.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass was injured in a car accident last night and was taken to Cedar Sinai hospital were she was later released. The accident took place in the Fairfax area around mid-night and we were told she was not drinking at the time of the accident.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:


                                                      Rupert Murdoch (1931) – Australian-American publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch established News Corporation as a holding company, but it has since developed into a worldwide communications empire. Included among the many assets of Murdoch’s News Corporation are powerful media holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other British papers; and the New York Post, TV Guide, and HarperCollins book publishers in the US.
                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Mike Myers canceled a trip to the Miami Int’l Film Festival to screen his doc, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” so he can stay with his very pregnant wife Kelly in New York, where she is expected to give birth at any minute. But Miami Heat big Pat Riley will fill in at a Tuesday Q&A with Gordon, the wild man manager of Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix.

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                                                      Monday • March 10, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States.

                                                       

                                                      PISTORIUS VOMITS AT AUTOPSY REPORT: The graphic details of Reeva Steenkamp’s wounds have reportedly overwhelmed Oscar Pistorius to the point that he is throwing up in court. The proceedings cannot be televised as Prof. Gert Saayman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria, argued it is “very personal in nature” and could “compromise the dignity of the deceased.” Apparently, though, as the evidence of Steenkamp’s death were discussed in court, Pistorius appeared to audibly retch. Pistorius is on trial for murder, but he claims he shot his girlfriend by mistake because he believed she was an intruder.

                                                       

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                                                      BLOOD TEST PREDICTS ALZHEIMER’S: Researchers at Georgetown University have published a study in Nature Medicine claiming they have found a way to successfully predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease with 90 percent accuracy, thanks to a test that relies on examining fat levels in the blood. The researchers compared the blood samples of 53 people with Alzheimer’s with 53 people who remained mentally agile over five years to conclude there were significant differences in levels of 10 lipids or fats in the blood. Studying these lipid levels was the key to predicting the disorder, though it needs to be tested on a larger sample size to be confirmed. With the ability to predict the degenerative brain disorder comes the ethical challenge of whether people would want to know they will suffer from it. Said the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dr. Doug Brown, “If this does develop in the future, people must be given a choice about whether they would want to know, and fully understand the implications.”

                                                       

                                                      MEXICO KILLS CARTEL LEADER AGAIN: Mexican drug lord Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, better known as El Chayo—the craziest one—was gunned down and killed by Mexican authorities. At least, that’s what they are saying. The report of his death would be a great victory for Mexico’s fight against the violent drug cartels, if the government hadn’t already claimed to have successfully killed Moreno in 2010. Authorities never had strong physical evidence that El Chayo, who famously hurled the heads of five rival gang members onto a dance floor, was dead. There were many rumors that the government’s claim was false. On Sunday, Mexican authorities faced the ultimate proof they were wrong: a living El Chayo. The government is a little more cautious today, explaining that while fingerprints confirm it is him, they are still awaiting DNA results.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Almost two years since Neil Young trademarked slogans to accompany his burgeoning MP3-replacement service PonoMusic, the rocker will unveil his PonoMusic service this week and will be selling the PonoPlayer, which has an suggested retail price of $399, via his PonoMusic.com website. The service will also be available on Kickstarter, which will offer the player at a discount, beginning Saturday, March 15th. The service’s mission is to deliver what it calls the “highest-quality music” to consumers.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The most expensive Apple store is on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and is estimated to have cost $10 million to build. It is also said to be one of the most photographed retail landmarks in the world.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-THINK AGAIN: Putin


                                                       

                                                      TICKING TIME BOMB PAULA DEEN BOOZING & BINGE EATING: Paula Deen is a diabetic time bomb. That’s the opinion of an insider and experts as the 67-year-old southern cook, reeling from the destruction of her food empire and the pressures of launching a comeback, has been engaging in dangerous behaviors – boozing, binge eating, and stuffing herself with greasy, artery-clogging foods. The 5-foot-5 “queen of butter” has packed on 40 pounds, and her weight continues to soar, threatening to trigger deadly complications from her Type 2 diabetes, warn the source and an expert. “This woman is playing Russian roulette with her life!” declared Dr. Sheri Colberg-Ochs, professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and author of “The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan.”

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Owner of Carroll & Co., John Carroll along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       
                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill.

                                                       

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                                                      ENERGY DRINKS AND TEENS: If your teen frequently consumes energy drinks, this could be a red flag that he or she engages in other risky behaviors. A Canadian study found that high school students who reported a higher frequency of energy drink use were more likely to also feel depressed, engage in risk-taking behaviors, drink alcohol, and use drugs. Energy drinks’ marketing campaigns may be somewhat to blame for the association, as they are designed make the products seem extreme and exciting. This likely increases their appeal to young people, especially those already prone to sensation seeking.

                                                       

                                                      STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages begin to identify with and grow sympathetic toward their captors. Its name comes from a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, after which hostages expressed positive feelings toward their captor, despite having been held for 131 hours in a vault. The syndrome received widespread media attention not long after, when well-known kidnap victim Patty Hearst helped her captors rob a bank.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Men’s clothing store pioneer Jimmy Au will celebrate this 75th birthday with a birthday celebration at his landmark store in Beverly Hills on Monday, March 17th at 6pm.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran talent agent Bob Gersh walking on Brighton Way in Beverly Hills during the day last week.   ***Up and coming comedian Joey Garza having lunch last week at The Grill On The Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Carroll & Co. owner John Carroll having lunch at the popular Porta Via restaurant in Beverly Hills on Canon Drive.   ***Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having coffee at Nespresso in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent literary agent Mitchell Kaplan having dinner at the famous Marino’s restaurant in Hollywood.   ***Comedian Adam Christing celebrating his 50th birthday at Dal Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera last week.   ***Uber-agent Patrick Whitsell having lunch at The Grill on The Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Veteran talent agent Jeremy Zimmer having lunch at the Palm in West Hollywood.   ***Veteran entertainment attorney Barry Haldenman having lunch at The Grill on The Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Men’s clothing entrepreneur Allen Au having lunch at The Farm in Beverly Hills.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: If you can’t spell it, you can’t get it. President Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of soul and muffed the title of Aretha Franklin’s anthem. “R-S-P-E-C-T,” he said, looking a bit confused and eliciting laughter. When Patti LaBelle took the stage, she told Obama, “Baby, you’ve got swag.” Swag and respect are exactly what the president needs. He’s got a swag gap with Russia. His administration, after belatedly figuring out what was going on in Ukraine, is improvising as the uber-swaggering Vladimir Putin once more rolls in with tanks anywhere he likes.

                                                       

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                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN gives me a fresh slant on the world. An inside look on trends and news.” —–Dr. Sinclair J., an LBN E-Lert reader from Toronto, Canada


                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Al Gore (Chairman, Generation Investment Management and The Climate Reality Project): It is extremely disturbing that the government of Malaysia — by continuing to press this case beyond the bounds of reason, let alone the bounds of justice — has used the courts to short-circuit the political process.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


                                                       

                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***America’s favorite late-night host Jay Leno is vowing to bounce back from a secret emotional collapse he suffered fol­lowing his tearful exit from “The Tonight Show.” Jay, 63, was so shaken to his core after relinquishing his 22-year TV reign, the lantern-jawed comic sank to the depths of despair – “a basket case,” as one colleague described him.

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                                                      Saturday • March 8, 2014

                                                      PAUL SIMON CLEARS UP MYSTERY BEHIND JOE DIMAGGIO LYRIC: “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” — the line in Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 No. 1 hit “Mrs. Robinson” — annoyed the Yankee legend until he understood it. Paul Simon, a Yankee superfan, told Fran Healy for MSG’s “The Game 365” that the line in the song came to him out of nowhere and that he never expected he would have to explain its meaning to DiMaggio himself. “I happened to be in a restaurant and there he was,” recalls Simon. “I gathered up my nerve to go over and introduce myself and say, ‘Hi, I’m the guy that wrote “Mrs. Robinson,” ’ and he said ‘Yeah, sit down . . . why’d you say that? I’m here, everyone knows I’m here.’ I said, ‘I don’t mean it that way — I mean, where are these great heroes now?’ He was flattered once he understood that it was meant to be flattering.”When Simon met Mickey Mantle on “The Dick Cavett Show,” the Mick asked him why he didn’t use his name instead of DiMaggio’s. “Wrong amount of syllables,” Simon told the Yankee star. Simon continues: “Can you imagine, just the irony of it, I write this line, I don’t know where it comes from, about a ballplayer who I know is really famous but he’s not my favorite guy — and I end up, number one, writing one of the main obituaries . . . and then singing the song in centerfield at Yankee Stadium. I mean, our attachment was so powerful because of that song.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Body

                                                      1.     In the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12% of body weight.

                                                      2.     There are more than 600 individual skeletal muscles in the human body.

                                                      3.     An adult skeleton has 206 bones.

                                                      4.     Cartilage is one of the few tissues that grows throughout life. Between ages 30 and 70, a nose might grow half an inch, and the ears grow about a quarter of an inch.

                                                      5.     A newborn’s skull contains gaps between its bony plates. In an adult, the jagged plates interlock tightly like a jigsaw puzzle.

                                                      6.     The average human head has about 100,000 hairs.

                                                      7.     As a person ages, the diameter of each hair on the head shrinks. Hair is thickest in the early 20s, but by age 70, it can be as fine as a baby’s. Aging also causes hair to grow where it is not wanted, such as in the nose and ears, and to fall out where it is desired.

                                                      8.     Hundreds of billions of neurons carry electrical signals that control the body from the brain and the spinal cord.

                                                      Alien hand syndrome occurs when a brain injury victim loses control over a hand, as if it is possessed by an alien being

                                                      9.     After sustaining trauma to the brain—such as an injury, stroke, or infection—some people develop “alien hand syndrome,” a condition where the victim can feel sensation in the hand, but has no control over movement and does not sense the hand as a part of the body, as if it belonged to an alien being.

                                                      10.  The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that the brain exists mainly to help cool the spirit. It is now known that the brain controls nearly every function of the body and mind.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? TV Commentator Lou Dobbs along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Jon Favreau — who directed the blockbuster “Iron Man” and its sequel — debuted his latest movie with Robert Downey Jr. on Friday to open the SXSW Film Festival.  In “Chef,” Favreau stars as a toque who quits a prominent restaurant to launch a food truck, and he apparently picked up real culinary skills on the set.   ***Talent agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have left Resolution, an individual with knowledge of the situation has said. Kanter did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment and denied he was leaving the agency earlier this week. Former ICM chairman Jeff Berg launched Resolution in January 2013, and Kanter and Spencer were two of his highest-profile hires after the duo left CAA. At the time, Berg said that the duo would play ”a key role in the development of our new agency.”   ***Scott Kalvert, who went from helming music videos to the features The Basketball Diaries and Deuces Wild, has died. He was 49. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it is investigating his death as a suicide but provided no other details.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “I think about things I read in LBN in the bath all the time.”—-Raven K., an LBN E-Lert reader from San Francisco, California.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEET: Actor Sean Penn:


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Dominic Chianese serenading marriage equality advocate Edie Windsor and guests at Jewish Home Lifecare’s “Eight Over 80” gala.   ***Hugh Jackman at The Elm in Williamsburg   ***Julie Macklowe, SoulCycle’s Julie Rice, Meryl Poster, Rosanna Scotto and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff celebrating designer Ramy Sharp’s birthday at her Ramy Brook showroom in NYC.   ***Nile Rodgers honoring Steven Van Zandt at the We Are Family Foundation Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom with food by Carlyle Caterers.   ***Veteran Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at the Beverly Glen Center in L.A.   ***Men clothing store owner Alan Au having lunch yesterday at The Farm in Beverly Hills.   ***Beautiful Playboy model Carrie Minter having drinks yesterday afternoon at the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel.   ***Former figure skater and fashionable Olympics commentator Johnny Weir sitting in business class on a flight from LA to NYC after the Oscars, with his scarf wrapped around his face for the entire four-and-a-half hour flight, to avoid inhaling other passengers’ germs.   ***John McEnroe, wearing a Knicks baseball-style cap backward at the Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.   ***Rudy Giuliani at the Carnegie Club cigar lounge in NYC, sipping a double Johnny Walker Black and smoking a De La Concha cigar with two friends.   ***Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine chatting with business tycoon Ron Burkle at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***U2 are reportedly delaying the release of their next album until 2015 so they can schedule new recording sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, according to Billboard.  There were reports in 2013 that the album would come out last fall, but by November, industry sources were saying a spring release was more likely. Earlier this year, Bono told USA Today, “We want [the new album] to come out this summer, but you don’t want to let anyone down.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: This Is What English Sounds Like To Foreigners


                                                       

                                                      LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Lindsay Lohan is about to sign a $1 million contract with HarperCollins to write the story of her troubled life. But she thought she’d get even more money for a book deal.  The “Liz & Dick” actress kept a journal during her last stint in rehab in 2013, and that diary will be the core for her memoir.  “It’s more or less an autobiography, but she had a minimal number of sample pages,” a publishing source told me.   ***Novelist Anne Rice, best known for her bookshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png about vampires, has signed onto a petition asking Amazon.com to stop allowing people to post anonymous reviews. In an interview with the Guardian, Rice says the “anti-author gangsters” make her a victim of bullying.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Celebrity dentist Dr. Jay Grossman and his wife Briar. Two (2) LBN E-Lert readers from Brentwood, California.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Christing: Female Friends, please help me understand about the not-taking-your-husband’s-last-name idea. I mean this sincerely. I think I “get” the concept of wanting to retain and honor your individual given name and identity. But since that last name was passed down from dad…isn’t it a “wash” so to speak?

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Grant (Author) : Self-esteem matters less than self-compassion and self-control. Nice to think you’re great, but key to see + improve where you’re not great.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…Music star Lily Allen


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                                                      Saturday • March 8, 2014

                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A less-publicized winner on Oscar night was Patty Hearst.  At Elton John’s annual Academy Awards bash, the Hearst heiress won the party’s Oscar pool by guessing “every single televised category correctly,” a spy said. The prize was a Chopard gold watch.  Coincidentally, Patty is known as an avid jewelry collector who’s been prominently seen at auctions including Christie’s record-breaking Elizabeth Taylor jewelry sale in 2011.   ***Khloe Kardashian took a stab at comedy — joking that she once did the deed with O.J. Simpson. The former “X Factor” co-host, pinch-hitting on “Chelsea Lately” for host Chelsea Handler, said it’s not easy being a favorite subject of supermarket tabloids. “Probably the biggest rumor floating out there is that O.J. Simpson is my dad,” she deadpanned late Wednesday night. “Well, I really hope that’s not the case because I did f–k him once.”

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                                                      Friday • March 7, 2014

                                                      MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE WARNS: “SOCIAL MEDIA IS MAKING PEOPLE MORE SOCIALLY  AWKWARD”: One of the many benefits of Social Media is that it can connect people from all over the world – but instead of making us more open, “it is making people more socially awkward and anxious” according to media expert and author Michael Levine. Confirming Levine’s thoughts, researchers from Arizona studied how people reacted to meeting people face-to-face if they had previously interacted with them online.  They found that during the face-to-face meeting, the participants experienced an increase in arousal, which the researchers linked to an increase in anxiety. “There is an enormous increase in “Avoidant Personality Disorder” said Levine. “One of the real problems with Social Media is that it gives you permission to hide.”

                                                       

                                                      YIKES – AMERICA IS NOW BEHIND ESTONIA IN TERMS OF DOWNLOAD SPEEDS: According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay. Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.

                                                       

                                                      ABBAS: NO ISRAEL AS JEWISH STATE: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is saying “no way” to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state in comments issued Friday by the official WAFA news agency. He also said he would not accept only a portion of east Jerusalem for the capital of Palestine. Abbas said he was standing up to pressure from the U.S., as he did when seeking UN recognition for Palestine as a state. Secretary of State John Kerry has recently been pursuing a restart of negotiations between the two sides in the long and bitter dispute. He has set a deadline of April 29 for a framework.

                                                       

                                                      ASSAD SUPPORTS PUTIN IN UKRAINE: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came out in support of Russia’s actions against Ukraine on Thursday. The embattled leader sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he and Syria’s citizens approve of Putin’s attempts to stabilize Ukraine. Damascus supports the “rational and peaceful approach of Russian president, aimed at world’s stability and fight against terrorism,” he wrote, according to Syria’s news agency.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.DataTamer.com

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? TV host and teacher Suzanne Sena along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LIAM NEESON NOT READY TO WED AGAIN: DON’T expect wedding bells to ring for “Taken” star Liam Neeson and his gorgeous girl­friend – at least not anytime soon.The 61-year-old Irish actor remains so heartbroken over the tragic loss of wife Natasha Richardson that he still isn’t ready to marry PR exec Freya St. Johnston, a source says. “Liam learned how to live and love again thanks to Freya, and she’s very, very dear to him,” a family friend said.“After nearly four years together, Freya told Liam she’s ready to make a lifetime commitment. But he’s confessed he still can’t get Natasha off his mind.”

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 31 members of the staff of MSNBC read the LBN E-Lert daily?

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: When the mind recalls a memory, it’s not the original memory. In fact, the act of remembering is an act of creative reimagination. The put-together memory doesn’t just have a few holes; it also has some entirely new bits pasted in.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Lawrence G., an LBN E-Lert reader from Fairbanks, Alaska


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Leonardo DiCaprio bumped into his ex Gisele Bündchen at Madonna’s Oscar party Sunday night. Spies saw Leo, who had his new model girlfriend Toni Garrn on his arm, chatting with Gisele at the party at Guy Oseary’s mansion, while Toni “sat back to let Leo and Gisele talk.” Fellow friendly exes Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom were also both there, “and seemed on good terms,” said our witness.   ***While Facebook is reportedly in talks to swoop up drone company Titan Aerospace for a cool $60 million, Mark Zuckerberg is on vacation. He was spotted this week at the lux Amanyara resort in Turks and Caicos.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.SuccessIsHard.com

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Tech reporter Dawn Chmielewski is leaving the Los Angeles Times to join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code. John

                                                       

                                                      ISAIAH WASHINGTON BACK ON ‘GREY’S’: Seven years after being canned from Grey’s Anatomy for using an anti-gay epithet on-set toward co-star T.R. Knight, Isaiah Washington will return to the show for a guest appearance in May, according to ABC. Washington’s return comes at the same time as longtime star Sandra Oh’s farewell from the show. Her character was once engaged to Washington’s.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “The best part of LBN is the Rants with Ericka T. Bass! Run more now!”—–Simon P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Memphis, Tenn.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Tommy Hilfiger is buying the art deco Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, he has confirmed. The designer plans to turn the beachfront landmark into an exclusive private club and hotel. Hilfiger has been talking to current owners David Edelstein and Sam Nazarian, who paid $55 million for the 1940 property in 2012.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Reich (Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’): Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family? I remember. My father (who just celebrated his 100th birthday) earned enough for the rest of us to live comfortably. We weren’t rich but never felt poor, and our standard of living rose steadily through the 1950s and 1960s.That used to be the norm. For three decades after World War II, America created the largest middle class the world had ever seen. During those years the earnings of the typical American worker doubled, just as the size of the American economy doubled. (Over the last 30 years, by contrast, the size of the economy doubled again but the earnings of the typical American went nowhere.)

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Harry Belafonte  (Entertainer & Activist): There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Branson  (Founder, Virgin Group): More businesses should be following Apple’s stance in encouraging more investment in sustainability. While Tim Cook told sustainability skeptics to “get out of our stock,” I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


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                                                      Friday • March 7, 2014

                                                      MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE WARNS: “SOCIAL MEDIA IS MAKING PEOPLE MORE SOCIALLY  AWKWARD”: One of the many benefits of Social Media is that it can connect people from all over the world – but instead of making us more open, “it is making people more socially awkward and anxious” according to media expert and author Michael Levine. Confirming Levine’s thoughts, researchers from Arizona studied how people reacted to meeting people face-to-face if they had previously interacted with them online.  They found that during the face-to-face meeting, the participants experienced an increase in arousal, which the researchers linked to an increase in anxiety. “There is an enormous increase in “Avoidant Personality Disorder” said Levine. “One of the real problems with Social Media is that it gives you permission to hide.”

                                                       

                                                      YIKES – AMERICA IS NOW BEHIND ESTONIA IN TERMS OF DOWNLOAD SPEEDS: According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay. Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.

                                                       

                                                      ABBAS: NO ISRAEL AS JEWISH STATE: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is saying “no way” to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state in comments issued Friday by the official WAFA news agency. He also said he would not accept only a portion of east Jerusalem for the capital of Palestine. Abbas said he was standing up to pressure from the U.S., as he did when seeking UN recognition for Palestine as a state. Secretary of State John Kerry has recently been pursuing a restart of negotiations between the two sides in the long and bitter dispute. He has set a deadline of April 29 for a framework.

                                                       

                                                      ASSAD SUPPORTS PUTIN IN UKRAINE: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came out in support of Russia’s actions against Ukraine on Thursday. The embattled leader sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he and Syria’s citizens approve of Putin’s attempts to stabilize Ukraine. Damascus supports the “rational and peaceful approach of Russian president, aimed at world’s stability and fight against terrorism,” he wrote, according to Syria’s news agency.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.DataTamer.com

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? TV host and teacher Suzanne Sena along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LIAM NEESON NOT READY TO WED AGAIN: DON’T expect wedding bells to ring for “Taken” star Liam Neeson and his gorgeous girl­friend – at least not anytime soon.The 61-year-old Irish actor remains so heartbroken over the tragic loss of wife Natasha Richardson that he still isn’t ready to marry PR exec Freya St. Johnston, a source says. “Liam learned how to live and love again thanks to Freya, and she’s very, very dear to him,” a family friend said.“After nearly four years together, Freya told Liam she’s ready to make a lifetime commitment. But he’s confessed he still can’t get Natasha off his mind.”

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 31 members of the staff of MSNBC read the LBN E-Lert daily?

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: When the mind recalls a memory, it’s not the original memory. In fact, the act of remembering is an act of creative reimagination. The put-together memory doesn’t just have a few holes; it also has some entirely new bits pasted in.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Lawrence G., an LBN E-Lert reader from Fairbanks, Alaska


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Leonardo DiCaprio bumped into his ex Gisele Bündchen at Madonna’s Oscar party Sunday night. Spies saw Leo, who had his new model girlfriend Toni Garrn on his arm, chatting with Gisele at the party at Guy Oseary’s mansion, while Toni “sat back to let Leo and Gisele talk.” Fellow friendly exes Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom were also both there, “and seemed on good terms,” said our witness.   ***While Facebook is reportedly in talks to swoop up drone company Titan Aerospace for a cool $60 million, Mark Zuckerberg is on vacation. He was spotted this week at the lux Amanyara resort in Turks and Caicos.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.SuccessIsHard.com

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Tech reporter Dawn Chmielewski is leaving the Los Angeles Times to join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code. John

                                                       

                                                      ISAIAH WASHINGTON BACK ON ‘GREY’S’: Seven years after being canned from Grey’s Anatomy for using an anti-gay epithet on-set toward co-star T.R. Knight, Isaiah Washington will return to the show for a guest appearance in May, according to ABC. Washington’s return comes at the same time as longtime star Sandra Oh’s farewell from the show. Her character was once engaged to Washington’s.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “The best part of LBN is the Rants with Ericka T. Bass! Run more now!”—–Simon P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Memphis, Tenn.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Tommy Hilfiger is buying the art deco Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, he has confirmed. The designer plans to turn the beachfront landmark into an exclusive private club and hotel. Hilfiger has been talking to current owners David Edelstein and Sam Nazarian, who paid $55 million for the 1940 property in 2012.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Reich (Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’): Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family? I remember. My father (who just celebrated his 100th birthday) earned enough for the rest of us to live comfortably. We weren’t rich but never felt poor, and our standard of living rose steadily through the 1950s and 1960s.That used to be the norm. For three decades after World War II, America created the largest middle class the world had ever seen. During those years the earnings of the typical American worker doubled, just as the size of the American economy doubled. (Over the last 30 years, by contrast, the size of the economy doubled again but the earnings of the typical American went nowhere.)

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Harry Belafonte  (Entertainer & Activist): There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard Branson  (Founder, Virgin Group): More businesses should be following Apple’s stance in encouraging more investment in sustainability. While Tim Cook told sustainability skeptics to “get out of our stock,” I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


                                                      LBN E-Lert Edited By Brittney Weiskopf

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                                                      Thursday • March 6, 2014

                                                      SEX-CRAZED JOAN CRAWFORD KINKY SECRETS: Screen legend Joan Crawford slept her way to stardom and didn’t stop there as she shamelessly indulged her passion for bisexual men and kinky sex, according to a shocking book. In his blockbuster biography, “Joan Crawford, Hollywood Martyr”, author David Bret reveals that the gritty but glamorous actress grew up with a sadistic brother and an abusive stepdad, bedded a slew of matinee idols during her five marriages, once tried to seduce gay heartthrob Rock Hudson by asking him to pretend she was Clark Gable, and forced FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to erase her sex arrest record by threatening to expose him as a drag queen!

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.DrRobertJeffrey.com

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Singer Michael Feinstein along with474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.

                                                       

                                                      ALZHEIMER’S DEATHS MUCH MORE COMMON THAN REALIZED: STUDY: Nearly half a million elderly Americans likely died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, a figure almost six times higher than previous estimates of annual deaths, according to a new study released on Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that approximately 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, and that 83,000 die from the condition each year. “Many people do not realize that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease,” said lead author Bryan D. James of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.NataleeThai.com .

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN rocks it – hard! ” —– Charlene Z., an LBN E-Lert reader from Paris, France.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: UFOs

                                                      1.     An unidentified flying object (UFO) is an unexplained anomaly in the sky. It can also be on the ground, as long as it is observed hovering, landing, or departing into the sky.

                                                      2.     The first published book to use the term “UFO” was Donald E. Keyhoe’s 1953 book, Flying Saucers from Outer Space.

                                                      3.     The modern UFO era began in 1947 when pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine disc-shaped objects flying over Mt. Rainer, Washington. A reporter labeled them “flying saucers,” and the term entered mainstream consciousness.

                                                      4.     Between 1947 and 1969, 12,618 UFO sightings were reported to Project Blue Book, a UFO research agency that was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Today, 701 of those sightings remain “unidentified.”

                                                      5.     UFOs were initially called “flying saucers,” but the more neutral phrase “unidentified flying objects,” or UFOs, was later coined by the U.S. Air Force in 1953 to include shapes other than “saucers” or “discs.”

                                                      6.     Most mainstream scientists consider UFOs (in their popular sense as extraterrestrial visitors) as so extraordinarily unlikely (though not impossible) as to deserve no investigation.

                                                      7.     Peru’s air force is reopening an office responsible for investigating UFOs due to increased reports of anomalous aerial phenomena. The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Ariel Phenomena (DIFAA), which was created in 2001, was dormant for five years until now.

                                                      8.     Most flying objects that are listed as a UFO and later identified as an object on Earth can then be called an “IFO,” or identified flying object.

                                                      9.     Over half of all UFO reports from the late 1950s through the 1960s were accounted for by manned reconnaissance flights (namely U-2) over the United States.

                                                      10.  Area 51’s nickname “Dreamland” was allegedly derived from an Edgar Allan Poe poem by the same name. It warns that “the traveler, traveling though it,/ May not—dare not openly view it;/ Never it mysteries are exposed/ To the weak human eye unclosed.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-RECOMMENDS: www.BayScreens.net

                                                       

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


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Rarely will a vampire bat bite a person—but if it does, it will then probably come back the next night to feed again from that same person. Amazingly, vampire bats can tell people apart by the way they breathe.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Wendy and Summer, two (2) LBN E-Lert readers from Austin, Texas


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Rising actress Michelle Ricci having dinner last night at the award-winning Natalee Thai restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Actor Jon Voight and celebrity publicist Michael Levine chatting at the “Night of a 100 Stars” event on Oscar evening at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Lady Gaga will perform at this year’s South by Southwest for the first time, appearing at the Doritos #BoldStage at Stubb’s on Thursday, March 13. Keeping in line with Doritos’ “bold” theme, fans wishing to attend must complete a “series of bold challenges issued online,” the company said in a statement. The show will be Gaga’s first at the Texas festival and will benefit the singer’s Born This Way Foundation.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-ETC: Communications firm in Beverly Hills looking for part-time Operations Manager. We are looking for an “enforcer” who will maintain excellent order in billing, collections, human resources and general office administration. Must have QuickBooks experience. E-mail: SDonnelly@LCOonline.com .

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A badly shaken Sandra Bullock is urging her good pal George Lopez to get help for his drinking before he ends up harming himself further. The Latino funnyman – who’s starring in the new FX comedy “Saint George” – was busted for public intoxication Feb. 27 at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada, after passing out on the floor of the casino’s bar. Although George was released without being charged, Sandra – his friend for more than 14 years – is “very alarmed about his behavior right now,” said an insider. The veteran funnyman, who admits his drinking sometimes spins out of control, is putting his health in severe jeopardy because he has a transplanted kidney.

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                                                      Wednesday • March 5, 2014

                                                      HILLARY CLINTON COMPARES VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTIONS IN UKRAINE TO ADOLF HITLER’S IN NAZI GERMANY: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday compared recent actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine to those implemented by Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s.  Putin’s desire to protect minority Russians in Ukraine is reminiscent of Hitler’s actions to protect ethnic Germans outside Germany, she said. Putin has been on a campaign to give Russian passports to anyone who has Russian connections, Clinton said.

                                                       

                                                      HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS: BAD FOR THE MIDDLE-AGED, GOOD FOR THE ELDERLY: Consuming high levels of protein — particularly animal protein — is a bad strategy if you’re at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one’s diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life. An article published in the journal Cell Metabolism says that, over an 18-year study period, middle-aged Americans who had the highest consumption of protein were more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes, and twice as likely to die of any cause, than those whose diets were lowest in protein. But a high-protein diet had the opposite effect on Americans 66 and older, a group of Americans and Italian researchers found. Those whose diets were highest in protein were 60% less likely to die of cancer and 28% less likely to die of any cause than were those whose protein intake was lowest.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Iconic singer/ songwriter Judy Collins along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      CELINE DION’S THROAT CANCER NIGHTMARE: Celine Dion has been hiding a devastat­ing medical nightmare – her beloved hus­band, Rene Angelil, recently suffered a second bout of cancer. Sources say that just before Christ­mas, the 72-year-old secretly under­went surgery to have a can­cerous tumor removed from his throat. Celine, 45, spoke through her rep, and she is working to keep Rene, her manager, free from the stress of running her career.

                                                       

                                                      MOODY’S DOWNGRADES CHICAGO’S CREDIT RATING, LOWEST OF ANY MAJOR CITY EXCEPT DETROIT: Moody’s Investorshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities. The agency announced Tuesday it’s lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debthttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status. Moody’s gave Chicago a negative outlook indicating another downgrade could occur if there’s no pension fix. Moody’s says the rating “reflects the city’s massive and growing unfunded pension liabilities.”

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN is a great daily news source. I wait to read it every day. I feel smarter because of LBN.”—–Shirley T., an LBN E-Lert reader from Dallas, Texas.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Oscar winner Cate Blanchett — who crowed, “Julia [Roberts], hashtag suck it!” — in her acceptance speech, showed an even edgier side the next day by getting inked up at a West Hollywood tattoo parlor.  The “Blue Jasmine” star was spotted at celeb-friendly Shamrock Social Club with husband Andrew Upton, and fellow Oscar nominee Amy Adams and her fiancé, Darren Le Gallo.  Blanchett emerged from the tattoo den with a black bandage on her wrist. Le Gallo had one on top of his forearm. It’s unclear what images they had indelibly inked.   ***Justin Timberlake celebrated wife Jessica Biel’s 32nd birthday in Miami Monday.  They were spotted dining at The Forge with Timberlake’s parents, where JT serenaded Jessica.  “He sang a few lines of ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” said a spy. “But nothing over-the-top. They looked extremely happy and comfortable.”   ***Bill Murray behind the reception desk at the Sunset Tower Hotel, checking in guests as a joke   ***Ja Rule celebrating his birthday at MaisonO in NYC.   ***Lauren Bush celebrating Jonathan Adler’s collaboration with Toms at Adler and Simon Doonan’s Village apartment    ***SPORTS Illustrated Swimsuit Issue models Lauren Mellor and Genevieve Morton seeing the Knicks at MSG in NYC.   ***Brent Hocking, founder of DeLeón Tequila, celebrating his recent deal with Diageo and Diddy at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***UTA’s Peter Benedek met HSN CEO Mindy Grossman at e.baldi. Another day, Pilgrim Studios’ Craig Pilgian and event planner David Tutera lunched on Dover sole and veal piccata.   ***Sharing the room at Craig’s: Sidney Poitier, director Todd Philips, DreamWorks publicity head Chip Sullivan and Larry Charley Steiner ***Sienna Miller joined producer John Wells at Delphine in L.A.   ***American Idol-ers Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. hung out at Fig & Olive in L.A.   ***Tony Blair at the Polo Lounge.   ***Lawmaker-turned-lobbyist Richard Gephardt hit the rooftop at the Montage in Beverly Hills.   ***T Bone Burnett and Callie Khouri stopped by the Palm in West Hollywood.   ***Amy Adams visited M Cafe in Brentwood.   ***Producer Greg Daniels, CBS Senior vp Scott Koondel and 2 DegreesVentures CEO Mitch Kanner all were in at Soho House in West Hollywood at once. Director Gary Ross and writer Danny Strong were in at other times.   ***Woody Harrelson visited Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City.   ***Grace Gummer was at Sycamore Kitchen in L.A.   ***In at Bouchon in Beverly Hills (which is open for breakfast just during Oscar week): Brian Grazer, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. with Susan Downey. ***Damon Wayans Jr. had noodles at Takara Ramen Bar.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass at Canter’s for dinner around mid-night.   ***KNX anchor Bob Brill at Entertainment Industry Breakfast yesterday at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Pinterest

                                                      1.     Pinterest has been called “Digital Crack” for women.

                                                      2.     The idea for Pinterest grew from Pinterest’s CEO and cofounder Ben Silbermann’s love for collecting bugs. He says his bug collection is “Pinterest 1.0.”

                                                      3.     Pinterest was initially launched in 2009 as a closed-beta, invitation-only site. By January 2012, Pinterest had become a household name and boasted more than 10 million unique monthly visitors.

                                                      4.     In 2013, more than 1/5 of American adults used Pinterest, up 15% from a year earlier. This makes Pinterest slightly more popular than Twitter or Instagram, though all three are still far behind Facebook.

                                                      5.     In a 2013 Pew Internet & American Life Project survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, nearly 20% of women using the Internet were on Pinterest, compared to just 5% of men.

                                                      6.     A porn site called Snatchly advertises itself as “your online pornboard” or “Pinterest for men.” Additionally, Pornterest is a Pinterest copycat site devoted to porn.

                                                      7.     Over 12% of U.S. Internet uses are on Pinterest.

                                                      8.     The most popular category on Pinterest is food & drink (11.1%), DIY & crafts (9.6%), and home décor (5.8%). However, looking at pin boards rather than single pins, home décor is actually the most popular category (11%), followed by art (10.7%) and design (10.3%).

                                                      9.     The site Pinterest Fail highlights failed Pinterest crafts and recipes gone wrong. The owner of the site, Jenna Anderson, says, “Pinterest is largely a site of unrealized dreams.”

                                                      10.  A TODAY Moms’ survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers show that 42% of them report suffering from “Pinterest stress,” or not feeling crafty or creative enough.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Dr. Roland LePonte, an LBN E-Lert reader from Toronto, Canada


                                                       

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: First Look At Lindsay Lohan’s New Series


                                                       

                                                      STUDY: LSD HAS THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS: Therapy has come a long way from the chaise lounge. According to a study published Tuesday, the psychedelic drug LSD comes with therapeutic potential. The 12-person study conducted in Switzerland measured the drug’s effect on people with life-threatening illnesses and found a test group had 20 percent less anxiety after taking a full 200-microgram dose during therapy sessions. Meanwhile, low-dose subjects had more anxiety until they were switched to the full dosage. The research was published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease and is the first study of LSD’s therapeutic benefits in 40 years.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Yesterday morning’s  ”Annual Entertainment Industry Breakfast” hosted by celebrity publicist Michael Levine drew a sell-out crowd to the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Just as we’ve turned the coverage of politics into sports, we’re doing the same with geopolitics. There is much nonsense being written about how Vladimir Putin showed how he is “tougher” than Barack Obama and how Obama now needs to demonstrate his manhood. This is how great powers get drawn into the politics of small tribes and end up in great wars that end badly for everyone. We vastly exaggerate Putin’s strength — so does he — and we vastly underestimate our own strength, and ability to weaken him through nonmilitary means.  Let’s start with Putin. Any man who actually believes, as Putin has said, that the breakup of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century is caught up in a dangerous fantasy that can’t end well for him or his people. The Soviet Union died because Communism could not provide rising standards of living, and its collapse actually unleashed boundless human energy all across Eastern Europe and Russia. A wise Putin would have redesigned Russia so its vast human talent could take advantage of all that energy. He would be fighting today to get Russia into the European Union, not to keep Ukraine out. But that is not who Putin is and never will be. He is guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations toward his people and prefers to turn Russia into a mafia-run petro-state — all the better to steal from.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: For those concerned about eating and health, the glass was more than half full last week; some activists were actually exuberant. First, there was evidence that obesity rates among pre-school children had fallen significantly. Then Michelle Obama announced plans to further reduce junk food marketing in public schools. Finally, she unveiled the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed revision of the nutrition label that appears on (literally, incredibly) something like 700,000 packaged foods (many of which only pretend to be foods); the new label will include a line for “added sugars” and makes other important changes, too.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***D-List reality star unable to parlay “fame” into hallowed post-Oscar party palace. Even though Kim Kardashian is engaged to Kanye West, the reality television starlet was unable to leverage her so-called fame to garner one of the hottest tix in Tinsel Town — an invite to the Vanity Fair Oscar party, RadarOnline.com reported.“Kim had been hoping to get an invite to the Vanity Fair party,” the insider confided.

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                                                      Tuesday • March 4, 2014

                                                      YIKES – ONE IN THREE SAY THEY’VE BEEN PERSONALLY HURT BY OBAMACARE: One-third of Americans say the Affordable Care Act has had a negative impact on them personally, while 14 percent say the law has helped them, according to a new Rasmussen survey. The poll finds that public dissatisfaction with Obamcare remains nearly as high as it was during the height of the website’s problems last year. Rasmussen finds that more people say they have a “very unfavorable” opinion of the law than have a favorable opinion of it at 41 and 40 percent, respectively. Fifty-six percent of respondents  said they view the law unfavorably, just shy of a high of 58 percent in November of last year. Of the 40 percent who have a favorable opinion, only 16 percent view the law ”very favorably.” The one-third of Americans who say they have been hurt by the law is a slight increase from the 29 percent who said the same in January, while those saying they had been helped by the law dropped 2 percent over the same period.

                                                      WARREN BUFFETT: SUPPOSED INCREASE IN EXTREME WEATHER ‘HASN’T BEEN TRUE SO FAR’: Any climate alarmist will tell you that climate change is increasing extreme weather events, but liberal billionaire Warren Buffett easily destroyed that argument. Buffett told CNBC March 3, that extreme weather events haven’t increased due to climate change, saying that weather events are consistent with how they were 30-50 years ago. Buffett, who is heavily invested in various insurance markets, said that climate change alarmism has simply made hurricane insurance more profitable, driving up premiums without increasing risk

                                                      EGYPT BANS HAMAS: On Tuesday, an Egyptian court declared a ban on all activities of Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group that controls neighboring Gaza and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. The court ordered the closure of Hamas offices in Egypt, but stopped short of declaring Hamas a terrorist group, saying the court did not have the jurisdiction to do so. The ban reflects the military-backed government’s effort to crack down on Hamas, which enjoyed favored treatment in Egypt under former president Mohamed Morsi. Egyptian authorities now classify Hamas as a security risk

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

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 11 member of the staff of the 21 Club in New York City read the LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                      LEBRON SCORES CAREER HIGH 61: During Monday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, LeBron James scored 61 points, a franchise record, leading the Miami Heat to a 124-107 victory. He beat his previous career-high of 56 points from 2005, and racked up seven rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes on the court. It was the tenth time LeBron has scored more than 50 points in a game. 

                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***“SNL” whiz Lorne Michaels, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons and Kyle MacLachlan at IFC’s “Portlandia” season premiere party at the Breslin in NYC.   ***A “super low-key” Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness at Tableau at the Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday.   ***“Ride Along” stars Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and John Leguizamo celebrating the movie’s UK debut with Idris Elba at London’s Duck & Waffle.   ***Emile Hirsch and Avan Jogia — co-stars of Ethan Hawke’s indie movie “Ten Thousand Saints” — dining at Manon in NYC.

                                                      LBN-NOTICED:   ***“SNL” whiz Lorne Michaels, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons and Kyle MacLachlan at IFC’s “Portlandia” season premiere party at the Breslin in NYC.   ***A super low-key Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness at Tableau at the Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday.   ***Ride Along stars Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and John Leguizamo celebrating the movies UK debut with Idris Elba at London’s Duck & Waffle.   ***Emile Hirsch and Avan Jogia co-stars of Ethan Hawkes indie movie Ten Thousand Saints dining at Manon in NYC.

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Acclaimed L.A. artist Heather McMillen along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Holly U., an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


                                                      LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Studio 54 — the nightclub to end all nightclubs — has been celebrated in books and movies before. But now the legend is getting its real due, in the form of a coffee-table book being put together by Ian Schrager, who created the disco with the late Steve Rubell in 1977. Rizzoli will publish the book in the fall of 2015.

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Babe Ruth’s original contract with the Yankees is up for sale for $1.45 million, and signing the Bambino from the Red Sox was a lot cheaper than getting Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million.  According to the contract, Ruth earned $8,666.66 per month, or $52,000 per season, from 1922 to 1924, but had to put down a $30 deposit each year for “two complete uniforms, exclusive of shoes.”

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Even cynics like to feel moral. Even hard-eyed men who play power politics need to feel that their efforts are part of a great historic mission. So as he has been throwing his weight around the world, Vladimir Putin has been careful to quote Russian philosophers from the 19th and 20th centuries like Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Solovyov and Ivan Ilyin. Putin doesn’t only quote these guys; he wants others to read them. As Maria Snegovaya pointed out recently in The Washington Post, the Kremlin recently assigned three philosophic books to regional governors: Berdyaev’s “The Philosophy of Inequality,” Solovyov’s “Justification of the Good” and Ilyin’s “Our Tasks.”

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Craig Ferguson: Some people call the Oscars “the gay Super Bowl.” I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s balanced. This year Ellen DeGeneres is hosting. Bette Midler is performing. There will be a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.” OK, I take it back. Even the Tony Awards are saying, “This is a pretty gay awards show.”

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Chicago Fire” star Monica Raymund outed herself as bisexual – and that’s just fine with her hubby. The 27-year-old raven-haired beauty, who plays tough-as-nails paramedic/firefighter-in-training Ga­briela Dawson on the hit NBC show, sprung the news on the Internet. She was spurred to action after a Norwe­gian sporting goods chain released a video that features two women kissing to protest Russia’s anti-gay policies during the Winter Olympics. “So proud to be Bi and excited about this movement during Olympics,” she tweeted on Feb. 9  ***The Black Widow “Avengers” star has a little one on the way and has yet to tie the knot. First comes engagement, then comes baby for A-list actress Scarlett Johansson, who is reportedly expecting her first child. The former wife of Ryan Reynolds, 29, is planning to walk down the aisle with French journo Romain Dauriac and this will be her first child.

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                                                      Monday • March 3, 2014

                                                      SEN. GRAHAM: WHEN OBAMA THREATENS PUTIN, ‘EVERYBODY’S EYES ROLL’: President Barack Obama should “stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators,” because “it’s not his strong suit,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley on Sunday. “Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. President Obama needs to do something. How about this: suspend Russian membership in the G-8, in the G-20, at least for a year, starting right now, and for every day they stay in their Crimea, add to the suspension. Do something.

                                                       

                                                      DISNEY DIVESTS FROM BOY SCOUTS: It’s a small world after all, which is why word travels fast when you maintain anti-gay policies. Walt Disney Co. will not be donating at all to the Boy Scouts of America in 2015 because of the group’s rule banning gay leaders. Before the decision, Disney had provided small grants to local troops and donated money to the Scouts in exchange for its employees’ volunteer hours with the group. “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the scouting experience and we are disappointed in this,” said Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Veteran L.A. attorney Konrad Trope along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: By the end of the twentieth century, one out of eight American workers had at some time been employed by McDonald’s and 96% of Americans had visited McDonald’s at least once. It was also serving an estimated 22 million Americans every day and even more abroad.

                                                       

                                                      INSIDE SHIRLEY TEMPLE’S “HEROIN HELL”: The public never saw Shirley Temple without a smile – but in private, the Hollywood legend hid a secret heartache. Her daughter Lori battled a deadly heroin addiction in the early ’90s, and she didn’t beat it until Shirley stepped in to rescue her, says a source.“Lori had a difficult relationship with her mother growing up,” re­vealed a source close to the family. “But when the chips were down, Shirley helped put Lori in rehab and supported her recovery wholeheart­edly. She saved her daughter’s life!”

                                                       

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                                                      ISRAELI AIR FORCE HERO TO ATTEND HOLLYWOOD BREAKFAST: One of only seven surviving member of the original Israeli Air Force from 1948, Mitchell Flint, will be a special guest at the annual Entertainment Industry Breakfast hosted by celebrity media expert and author Michael Levine tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4th at 8am the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood. Levine, who hosts the annual breakfast for all who work in the entertainment industry, will salute the courage of Flint at the event. The breakfast is open to anyone working within the entertainment industry. To attend, please e-mail, Aurora411@TimeWire. net .

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “There is no bull-shit in LBN, which is why I love it.”—–Clarissa Clarke, an LBN E-Lert from Paris, France.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood – enough to fill 200 train tank cars

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***As usual it was celebrities galore at the “Night of 100 Stars” Oscar viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Randi C., an LBN E-Lert reader from Montreal, Canada.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Rupert Murdoch: NYC now totally managed by leftist activists with no experience in running anything beyond protests. Big mess ahead.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


                                                       

                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Liza Minelli livid as Oscars host refers to her as a Liza ”male impersonator”.The “Cabaret” Oscar winner who was attending the Award for the telecast’s tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” starring her late mom Judy Garland, seemed visually distressed by Ellen Degeneres during the opening monologue. DeGeneres was pointing out luminaries in the audience including the real-life subjects of the films “Captain Phillips” and “Philomena” when she joke-slapped Minelli, 67. “And I have to say one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have seen in my entire life,” DeGeneres said to glee of Oscars aud. “Just really, seriously,” DeGeneres added. “Good job, sir.”

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                                                      Sunday • March 2, 2014

                                                      LIVING NEAR AIRPORT COULD RAISE STROKE RISK: Living under a flight path for more than 20 years can raise the risk of heart disease and stroke due to the disruptive effects of night-time noise, a new study suggests.  For every 10 decibels of aircraft noise they are exposed to on an average night, the risk of developing either of the conditions increases by 25 per cent, researchers found.

                                                       

                                                      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.



                                                      Alcohol remains in the body for up to six hours after drinking

                                                      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.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actor Daniel Craig along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Thomas Edison built the first power plant, and in 1882 his Pearl Street Power Station sent electricity to 85 buildings. People were initially afraid of electricity and parents would not let their children near the lights.

                                                       

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                                                      MY REVIEW: “LBN is a fearlessly independent news source that I read every day. It is tough on liberals and conservatives.”—–Ryan K., an LBN E-Lert reader from Chicago, Illinois.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Hollywood media expert and author): Having represented 58 Academy Award winners, I have always felt that Charlie Chaplin gave the best Oscar speech I can remember. Chaplin received an honorary Oscar at the 1972 awards, getting an unprecedented—and never matched—12-minute standing ovation before he could get a word in edge-wise. The best line of his speech: “Words seem so futile, so feeble.” How absolutely appropriate.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: OY. By the time the Bushes and Clintons are finished, they are going to make the Tudors and the Plantagenets look like pikers. Before these two families release their death grip on the American electoral system, we’re going to have to watch Chelsea’s granddaughter try to knock off George P.’s grandson, Prescott Walker Bush II. Barack Obama, who once dreamed of being a transformational president, will turn out to be a mere hiccup in history, the interim guy who provided a tepid respite while Hillary and Jeb geared up to go at it.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The Egyptian strongman Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi was recently in Moscow visiting with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Putin reportedly offered Sisi $2 billion in arms — just what a country like Egypt, where half the women can’t read, needs. The whole meeting struck me as so 1960s, so Nasser meets Khrushchev — two strongmen bucking each other up in the age of strong people and superempowered individuals. Rather than discuss arms sales, Sisi and Putin should have watched a movie together.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A California judge Friday ordered Chris Brown to remain in an anger-management rehab program and told the pop singer to return to court in two months. Superior Court Judge James Brandlin scheduled Brown’s next hearing for April 23. That would come after what’s expected to be a brief assault trial in Washington, D.C., earlier that month.

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                                                      Saturday • March 1, 2014

                                                      UNDER OBAMA, AIR FORCE ONE COAST PER HOUR JUMPS 27% TO $228,288: The president spent over $7.3 million on just three trips in 2013, including $2.1 million to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in August, according to new flight documents provided by the Air Force to a public watchdog group. Judicial Watch told Secrets that the sky-high jet travel costs for the first family’s 2012-2013 Christmas vacation in Hawaii, their beach vacation on Martha’s Vineyard last summer and President Obama’s brief trip to California in August totalled $7,396,531.20. The Air Force said it costs $228,288 an hour to fly Air Force One, a massive $48,535 jump from the last estimate of $179,750, or 27 percent

                                                       

                                                      SURPRISE: RESTAURANTS IN FL., CA. CHARGE CUSTOMERS FOR OBAMACARE: Some restaurants have made the decision to charge customers for Obamacare: Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Florida have added a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their diners’ tabs, while at least one popular restaurant in Los Angeles has added a 3% charge to bills. Gator’s Restaurant Receipt Lists Obamacare Surcharge In Florida, The Gator Group told CNNMoney that the company had to implement “the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015.” So even though their employees won’t get health insurance coverage until December, customers are feeling the pinch now.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Beatles

                                                      1.     As of 2012, the Beatles have sold over 2 billion albums.

                                                      2.     The total number of Beatles albums sold on iTunes as of July 2012 is 585,000. The total amount of their iTunes singles is 2.8 million.

                                                      3.     John Lennon started a band in 1957 called the Quarry Men and later asked Paul McCartney to join. Paul brought in George Harrison, and later Ringo Starr would replace Peter Best as drummer. The band changed its name a few times, which included the names Johnny and the Moondogs, The Rainbows, and British Everly Brothers.


                                                      The band went through several name changes

                                                      4.     No one is quite sure where the name “Beatles” originated, though the most likely story is that John Lennon liked the name The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s band. Early band member Stuart Sutcliff suggested “Beetles,” and they were for some time known as The Silver Beetles or, occasionally, Long John and the Silver Beatles before becoming the Beatles. The Beetles were also a rival gang in Marlon Brando’s movie The Wild One, which may have also been an influence. John Lennon is usually credited with changing the spelling to “Beatles” to reflect Beat music and the Beat generation.

                                                      5.     The Beatles have spent a record 1,278 weeks on the Billboard chart.

                                                      6.     The Beatles have spent 175 weeks at number one on the charts.

                                                      7.     The Beatles album with the longest consecutive time spent at number one is their debut album Please Please Me at 30 weeks.

                                                      8.     The Beatles are the only band in history to have a “double whammy” when they knocked the Rolling Stones off the top spot in both the singles and album charts on July 23, 1964.

                                                      9.     The Beatles are the only band to twice knock itself off the top of the chart.

                                                      10.  The Beatles’ first-ever album to debut at number one was Help!

                                                      11.  The Beatles’ first single in 1962 was “Love Me Do.” In 2012, the song became Public Domain in Europe.

                                                      12.  The Beatles’ last live performance was in 1966 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

                                                      13.  The Beatles song “Dear Prudence” was written for Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence Farrow. John Lennon thought she spent too much time meditating and encouraged her through the song to “come out and play.

                                                      14.  The only George Harrison song to be played live by the Beatles was “If I Needed Someone,” which they played on their 1966 tour.

                                                      15.  All four Beatles contracted gonorrhea in Hamburg early in their career

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       
                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” -Anais Nin.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Drake and his Hollywood p.r. firm ID have reportedly parted ways after the rapper was bumped from a recent Rolling Stone cover for late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. But Page Six has learned it was just the latest behind-the-scenes drama between the artist and his reps. Insiders say the “Started From the Bottom” performer also had a beef with Hollywood agency ICM Partners and another of his former p.r. firms, the Chambers Group. Billboard on Friday reported Drake and ID split after he ranted on Twitter over losing a Rolling Stone cover to Hoffman after his tragic death: “I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.”   ***Prince gave a sneak preview of his highly anticipated new album to a small group of close friends at club Up&Down on West 14th Street on Thursday night.  The Purple One gathered about 10 pals and record executives, spies said, including former “American Idol” judge L.A. Reid, for dinner and new tunes downstairs at the venue.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Because Saturn is so far from the Sun, the Sun would appear 10 times smaller viewed from Saturn than it does from Earth. On average, Earth receives 90 times more sunlight than Saturn.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Thomas, an LBN E-Lert reader from New York City.


                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Acclaimed rock n’ roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt having dinner last night at the The Charthouse in Malibu.   ***When boxer-turned-actor Tony Danza spotted legendary fight promoter Don King at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant on West 56th Street on Wednesday night, the two faced off in a competition of generosity.  “They were at different tables but kept sending each other rounds of drinks,” said a spy. “Afterwards, they met face-to-face and spent the rest of the night reminiscing about their boxing days.”   ***Jimmy Fallon took over as the entertainment Thursday night at Bill’s Food & Drink on West 54th Street in NYC.  After dinner with “Tonight Show” writer A.D. Miles and friends, Fallon was listening to piano player and singer Michael Garin perform, and then got in on the act.  He sang a medley of tunes, including the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” and the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.”   ***Titanic star Billy Zane chatting with Beverly Hills PR exec Edward Lozzi about their appearances at the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel while in the Polo Lounge.

                                                       

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                                                      Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914) – Ellison moved to New York City in 1936 to study art but took up writing after meeting authors Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. Ellison spent seven years writing what would be his only completed novel, Invisible Man, about a nameless black man struggling to live in a hostile society. The work brought Ellison eminence as a writer and remains one of the central texts of the African-American experience.
                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: Frederick Douglass once noted, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” The statement is simple, profound and as true as truth can be. And yet we as a society and as individual families neglect the building, facilitate the breaking and balk at the cost and commitment of the repair.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jane Fonda continues to get frisky at 76. After the actress was seen twerking last month at a CAA party in LA with Mary McCormack, we hear she’ll engage in a lesbian lip-lock in an upcoming film.   ***There’s hitting the bottle, then there’s hitting the bottle too hard. George Lopez found that out first-hand Thursday night, when he was arrested for public intoxication after passing out on the floor of a Canadian casino, according to a TMZ report.

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                                                      Friday • February 28, 2014

                                                      YUCK – STUDY: STETHOSCOPES DIRTIER THAN PHYSICIAN’S HAND: According to a new study, stethoscopes carry more bacteria, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), than a physician’s hand. After a physician’s exam, a stethoscope was found to be more contaminated with MRSA than all areas of the hand except the fingerprints, according to Dr. Didier Pittet, of the University of Geneva Hospitals in Switzerland, and colleagues. The fingerprints were the dirtiest. The stethoscope averaged 89 colony forming units compared to 37 on the base of thumb, 34 on the base of the pinkie finger, and 8 on the back of the hand. The researchers noted that most stethoscopes rarely get cleaned once a month.

                                                       
                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: 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.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1/1948157_10202636422703243_1198212572_n.jpgHollywood celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine hosts his annual Entertainment Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, March 4th from 8am – 10am at the popular Lenny’s Deli in Westwood. The breakfast is open to anyone working in any role within the entertainment industry. “So many people work so incredibly hard in our business that a breakfast together all together once a year seemed, well, overdue.” said Levine. If you work in the entertainment industry and want to attend, please e-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

                                                       

                                                      ASHTON AND MILA ARE ENGAGED: Apparently the new wedding announcement for celebs is to get seen wearing a ginormous ring by the paparazzi. Us Weekly reports Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged after a rumor frenzy was started when she was spotted with a huge rock on her finger Thursday. The two were former co-stars on That ’70s Show before Kutcher was married to Demi Moore.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEET: Actor Adrien Brody


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***While some stars may be fretting over fitting into their frocks at the Oscars on Sunday night, Charlize Theron isn’t counting calories.The sexy star, who’s dating Sean Penn, was spotted Thursday at a Hollywood In-N-Out Burger on her way to rehearse as an Oscar presenter at LA’s Dolby Theatre.   ***Iconic fashion designer Sue Wong having lunch yesterday at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel with veteran agent Sid Levin.   ***Newly engaged Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki having a romantic dinner at Philippe in NYC.   ***Luke Wilson at Blue Fin in Times Square in NYC.   ***Jazz great Wynton Marsalis seeing “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” starring John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong, at the Westside Theatre in NYC   ***Kyra Sedgwick at Ocean Grill in NYC.   ***Chelsea Clinton giving a wildlife conservation talk, “For the Love of Elephants,” at ABC Carpet & Home for guests including Elaine Sargent, Leesa Rowland and Pango’s Neil Edwards.   ***Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine chatting with producer Brett Ratner yesterday at the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bill O’Reilly Says Jay Z, Kanye West Like A ‘Disease’


                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: El Chapo, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, the largest and most powerful drug-trafficking organization in the world, was captured in Mazatlan. Story is that Mexican marines and police, cooperating with U.S. DEA, Customs, and Immigration, made the bust.  Real story is that El Chapo had turned 50. AARP tracked him down.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY byGordon Brown: (Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; UN Special Envoy for Global Education): The education challenges in Nigeria are real and many. There is a teacher shortage of nearly 1.3 million, basic infrastructure is lacking and there is a shortfall of up to 1.2 million classrooms. There are fewer children in school each year due to child marriages and gender and religious biases and education is simply too costly for the poor.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…. Meryl Streep


                                                       

                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jack Nicholson was in his element — surrounded by beautiful women — at a starry Beverly Hills gathering Wednesday hosted by Paramount boss Brad Grey’s wife, Cassandra, to celebrate Elizabeth Taylor. On the eve of what would’ve been the movie goddess’s 82nd birthday, Nicholson was nestled between model Erin Wasson and Diana Widmaier-Picasso, a granddaughter of the artist, and across the table from Eva Mendes.  His trademark cackle could be heard as he traded stories with guests, including his “Chinatown” producer, Robert Evans.

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                                                      Thursday • February 27, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kissing

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

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

                                                      3.     The science of kissing is called philematology.

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

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

                                                      Most people tip their head to the right when they kiss

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

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

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

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

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

                                                      11.  The term “French kiss” came into the English language around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex. In France, it’s called a tongue kiss or soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers’ souls.

                                                      12.  The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain the first mention of a kiss in writing.

                                                      13.  The Romans created three categories of kissing: (1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, (2) Basium, a kiss on the lips, and (3) Savolium, a deep kiss.

                                                      14.  Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. A Hershey’s kiss contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off.

                                                      15.  It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing.

                                                      16.  Mechanically speaking, kissing is almost identical to suckling. Some scholars speculate that the way a person kisses may reflect whether he or she was breastfed or bottle fed.

                                                      17.  Scientists believe that kissing may be a way of exchanging body salts or sebum that form relationships with parents and lovers, just as it does some birds. During mating, some birds chew food, then kiss-feed it to a prospective mate. If a bird’s sebaceous glands are removed so there is no sebum, its mate flies off.

                                                      18.  Kissing is good for teeth. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath.

                                                      19.  A medieval manuscript warns Japanese men against deep kissing during the female orgasm because a woman might accidentally bite off part of her lover’s tongue.

                                                      20.  The Kama (desire) Sutra (type of verse) lists over 30 types of kisses, such as “fighting of the tongue.”

                                                      21.  According to one study, many men are more particular about which women they kissed than who they went to bed with, suggesting that kissing is somehow more about love than coitus is.

                                                      Mothers who passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning may have created the first kiss

                                                      22.  Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning. Another theory suggests kissing evolved from prospective mates sniffing each others’ pheromones for biological compatibility.

                                                      23.  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.

                                                      24.  Common chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, do kiss with their tongues.

                                                      25.  Leper-kissing became fashionable among medieval ascetics and religious nobility during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was deemed proof of humility.

                                                       

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                                                      Wednesday • February 26, 2014

                                                      GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE HITS MILESTONE IN 2013 WITH 46 SUICIDES: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge marked a milestone in 2013 as 46 people leaped to their deaths in what appears to be the deadliest year for suicides at the California landmark, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. The Bridge Rail Foundation, which tracks fatalities at the 4,200-foot-long (1,280-meter) span, said the high number of suicides demonstrates the need for a safety net to be installed to make it more difficult for would-be jumpers to take their own lives there.

                                                       

                                                      KATY PERRY AND JOHN MAYER SPLIT: E! News is reporting that star singers Katy Perry and John Mayer have ended their up-and-down romance. While no reason was given—and the couple have not confirmed the breakup—the news comes after a large diamond ring decorating Perry’s hand launched a wave of engagement rumors. During their romance, the two were a tabloid fixture, and even collaborated on a song, “Who You Love,” for Mayer’s latest album.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Jimmy Fallon enjoying wine and cheese at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons over the weekend.   ***Emma Stone in the audience at A Gentlemans Guide to Love & Murder” on Saturday night.   ***Jonathan Tisch and chefs Emeril Lagasse, April Bloomfield and Michael White at Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach.   ***Olympic USA slopestyle medalists Devin Logan and Nick Goepper at a matinee of Kinky Boots” in NYC.   ***John Legend with wife Chrissy Teigen at Moët Hennessys The Q at Delano in NYC.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Paramount is in final negotiations to acquire domestic distribution rights to Selma, a feature drama about Martin Luther King’s 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement, and none other than Oprah Winfrey has boarded the project as producer.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Reluctant to leave school to devote time to their new search engine, Larry Page and Sergey Brin attempted to sell google.com for $1 million to AltaVista. Fortunately for them, Alta Vista passed . . . as did Yahoo!, Excite, and other search engines.

                                                       

                                                      POOR SLEEP LINKED TO ACHES AND PAINS: A good night’s sleep could help keep you pain free. Then again, being in pain could prevent you from sleeping well. A recent study found that people over age 50 who suffer from sleep problems are almost twice as likely as those who sleep well to develop widespread pain. Poor sleep quality was the strongest predictor of pain studied, surpassing anxiety, osteoarthritis, cognitive impairment, and physical health, among other factors. Further investigation is needed to determine whether non-restorative sleep is a cause of widespread pain or vice versa.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A New York psychiatrist and addiction specialist is suing Courtney Love for nearly $50,000 for “breach of contract,” according to Courthouse News Service (via Spin). Dr. Edward Ratush claims the former Hole frontwoman owes him $48,250 in back payment since 2010. The suit does not specify the reason for the claim, but notes that the “nature of this action is Breach of Contract, Account Stated, Money Due and Owing, and Unjust Enrichment.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: With Russia growling over the downfall of its ally running Ukraine and still protecting its murderous ally running Syria, there is much talk that we’re returning to the Cold War — and that the Obama team is not up to defending our interests or friends. I beg to differ. I don’t think the Cold War is back; today’s geopolitics are actually so much more interesting than that. And I also don’t think President Obama’s caution is entirely misplaced. The Cold War was a unique event that pitted two global ideologies, two global superpowers, each with globe-spanning nuclear arsenals and broad alliances behind them. Indeed, the world was divided into a chessboard of red and black, and who controlled each square mattered to each side’s sense of security, well-being and power. It was also a zero-sum game, in which every gain for the Soviet Union and its allies was a loss for the West and NATO, and vice versa.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-ETC: Entertainment Industry Internship – Hands-on internship program allows you to gain knowledge on various aspects of entertainment industry. Tasks include: research, organization, scheduling, social media, plan and attend events. Must be available a minimum of two (2) days a week. School credit available. All graduates of intern program receive a certificate of completion. E-mail: GLShulman@gmail.com for additional information.

                                                       

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                                                      Tuesday • February 25, 2014

                                                      STUDY: FATAL CAR CRASHES BY MARIJUANA SMOKERS UP 300% OVER LAST DECADE: Fatal Crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, according to researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The pot related accidents have helped fuel the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths. As widespread acceptance of marijuana becomes the norm in the U.S., demonstrated by recent legalization laws in Colorado and Washington, many experts fear a continuing upward spiral of marijuana related traffic injuries and deaths. “Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” said co-author Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia. “If this trend continues, in five or six years non-alcohol drugs will overtake alcohol to become the most common substance involved in deaths related to impaired driving.”

                                                      ‘I HAVE SO LITTLE TIME LEFT.’ JANE FONDA, 76, REVEALS SHE CAN’T STOP CRYING AS SHE COMES TO TERMS WITH HER OWN MORTALITY: She may not look anywhere near her 76 years but Jane Fonda says she is well aware of her age.  The Hollywood legend – who has made her career in an industry which isn’t exactly kind to aging actresses – admits she has been brought to tears on more than one occasion recently as she comes to terms with her own mortality.  In a thoughtful blog post entitled ‘Crying’, which has since been removed, Jane wrote: ‘[I've been thinking], how come my tears are so close to the surface? And I’ve come to feel it has to do with age. I have become so wonderfully, terribly aware of time, of how little of it I have left; how much of it is behind me, and everything becomes so precious.’

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                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Some decisions are so difficult that you can mull them over from every conceivable angle and there is still no obvious answer. But if you need to make an enlightened decision, dimming the lights could help. Scientists claim that turning down the lights reduces emotional intensity, allowing you to keep a clear head when making tough choices. A new study led by the University of Toronto Scarborough has found that both positive and negative human emotions are felt more intensely in bright light.

                                                      FACEBOOK TO RETIRE ‘@FACEBOOK.COM’ EMAIL FEATURE IN MARCH: Facebook has begun notifying users that it plans on retiring its ‘@facebook.com’ email addresses in a few days, bringing to a close a failed initiative by the company to replace users’ email with its own messaging system. The company this week said it has begun notifying those who use “@facebook.com” that soon they will no longer be able to receive email in their Facebook Messages inbox. Come March, any emails sent to users’ “@facebook.com” addresses will be forwarded to the address they have listed as their primary email.

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***On what would have been his 71st birthday, George Harrison gets honored by friend and fellow musician Mike Love on the previously unreleased track “Pisces Brothers.” Written in 2004, but released for the first time today, “Pisces Brothers” was inspired by a trip the Beach Boys co-founder and the Beatles took to India in 1968 to learn from the spiritual teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Donovan and Mia Farrow also accompanied the group.

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kawasaki Syndrome (named after a Japanese physician who first diagnosed it in the 1960s) is a rare illness that some scientists suggest may be triggered by the toxic chemicals in carpet cleaners. Actor John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston blame exposure to carpet cleaners for their son’s disability and ultimate death. Currently, evidence for a causal link between the disorder and carpet cleaning is inconclusive.

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Anderson Cooper Demolishes Homophobic Politician


                                                      NBC OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY AUDIENCE DROPS: Notes Media Expert: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Sochi drew 15.1 million viewers, down 29% from Vancouver four years ago. Overall, however, the games were a “success”  said Levine.

                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel.

                                                      LBN-SEE IT:…. Actress Angelina Jolie


                                                      LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Beverly Hills’ power-lunch mecca Barney Greengrass is being phased out of its fifth-floor perch at Barneys New York. The store has quietly removed the name that had been licensed from the iconic Manhattan deli; it’s now simply Barneys New York Restaurant. And the menu has even gone treyf, with the addition of pork (on a BLT) and shellfish.

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Mike Love (Lead singer, The Beach Boys): “Pisces Brothers” speaks to people’s devotion to their teachers. I combine two very important spiritual phrases, “jai guru dev,” which means hail to the divine leader, and “Hare Krishna Hare Ram,” because George Harrison was very much into the Hare Krishna movement and it heavily influenced his music.

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Janet Jackson’s marriage to super-wealthy Arab businessman Wissam Al Mana has collapsed, and a source says a bitter divorce battle over his billion-dollar fortune could be about to explode. The couple has been married for just over one year, but Janet – who’s already a two-time divorcee – is said to be ready to pull the plug on the union. She’s put their New York City home on the rental market, taken off her wedding ring and is weeping on friends’ shoulders.   ***Woody Allen’s longtime mar­riage to Soon-Yi Previn has ex­ploded under the weight of renewed alle­gations he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, a source says. The once-happy 16-year union is now rocked by ugly fights and may be on the brink of collapse, the insider says. “Soon-Yi is in a fury,” revealed a source close to the 78-year-old director. “She’s been at Woody’s throat and he can’t seem to do anything to calm her down. ***Former ’70s heartthrob David Cassidy was blindsided by his wife’s divorce suit, and friends fear their split will send him deeper into a self-destructive tailspin. Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, 64, decided to end the couple’s 23-year marriage after the “Partridge Family” star, 63, racked up his third DUI arrest, a source says.   ***Robin Thicke and his wife are ending their marriage. The “Blurred Lines” singer and his wife Paula Patton met at age 14 and had been married since 2005. “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” the soon to be ex couple said via an issued statement. They have one son Julian Fuego, who’s nearly 3.

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                                                      Monday • February 24, 2014

                                                      MOST AMERICANS HAVE YET TO WATCH ANY BEST-PICTURE OSCAR NOMINEE: POLL: It may be one of the best years in recent memory for high-quality Hollywood film, but two-thirds of Americans have yet to see any of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday. Among other questions, the poll asked 1,433 Americans whether they had seen any of the nine best-picture nominees, plus two other films competing in other categories. The Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres on March 2.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Holocaust

                                                      1.     The Holocaust began in January 1933 when Hitler came to power and technically ended on May 8, 1945 (VE Day).

                                                      2.     Between 1933 and 1945, more than 11 million men, women, and children were murdered in the Holocaust. Approximately six million of these were Jews.

                                                      3.     Over 1.1 million children died during the Holocaust.

                                                      4.     Young children were particularly targeted by the Nazis to be murdered during the Holocaust. They posed a unique threat because if they lived, they would grow up to parent a new generation of Jews. Many children suffocated in the crowded cattle cars on the way to the camps. Those who survived were immediately taken to the gas chambers.

                                                      5.     The majority of people who were deported to labor and death camps were transported in cattle wagons. These wagons did not have water, food, a toilet, or ventilation. Sometimes there were not enough cars for a major transport, so victims waited at a switching yard, often with standing room only, for several days. The longest transport of the war took 18 days. When the transport doors were open, everyone was already dead.

                                                      6.     The most intensive Holocaust killing took place in September 1941 at the Babi Yar Ravine just outside of Kiev, Ukraine, where more than 33,000 Jews were killed in just two days. Jews were forced to undress and walk to the ravine’s edge. When German troops shot them, they fell into the abyss. The Nazis then pushed the wall of the ravine over, burying the dead and the living. Police grabbed children and threw them into the ravine as well.

                                                      7.     Carbon monoxide was originally used in gas chambers. Later, the insecticide Zyklon B was developed to kill inmates. Once the inmates were in the chamber, the doors were screwed shut and pellets of Zyklong B were dropped into vents in the side of the walls, releasing toxic gas. SS doctor Joann Kremmler reported that victims would scream and fight for their lives. Victims were found half-squatting in the standing room only chambers, with blood coming out their ears and foam out of their mouths.

                                                      8.     In 1946, two partners in a leading pest control company, Tesch and Stabenow (Testa), were tried before a British military court on charges of genocide. It was argued that the accused must have realized that the massive supply of Zyklon B they provided to concentration camps was far above the quantity required for delousing. They were convicted and hanged.

                                                      9.     Over one million people were murdered at the Auschwitz complex, more than at any other place. The Auschwitz complex included three large camps: Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz.

                                                      10.  Prisoners, mainly Jews, called Sonderkommando were forced to bury corpses or burn them in ovens. Because the Nazis did not want eyewitnesses, most Sonderkommandos were regularly gassed, and fewer than 20 of the several thousand survived. Some Sonderkommandos buried their testimony in jars before their deaths. Ironically, the Sonderkommandos were dependent on continued shipment of Jews to the concentration camps for staying alive.

                                                      11.  The “Final Solution” was constructed during the Wannsee Conference in January 1942. Fourteen high-ranking Nazis met in Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, and presented a program to deport all Jews to Poland where the SS would kill them.

                                                      12.  Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass” occurred throughout Germany and Austria on November 9, 1938, when the Nazis viciously attacked Jewish communities. The Nazis destroyed, looted, and burned over 1,000 synagogues and destroyed over 7,000 businesses. They also ruined Jewish hospitals, schools, cemeteries, and homes. When it was over, 96 Jews were dead and 30,000 arrested.

                                                      13.  In the initial stages of the destruction of European Jews, the Nazis forced Jews into ghettos and instigated a policy of planned, indirect annihilation by denying them the basic means of survival. In the Warsaw ghetto in Poland, the largest ghetto, about 1% of the population died each month.

                                                      14.  An estimated 1/3 of all Jewish people alive at that time were murdered in the Holocaust.

                                                      15.  In his memoirs, Rudolph Hess described the process of tricking the Jews into entering the gas chambers. To avoid panic, they were told they had to undress to be washed and disinfected. The Nazi guards used a “Special Detachment Team” (other Jewish prisoners) to help keep an air of calm and to assist those who were reluctant to undress. Children often cried, but after members of the Special Detachment team comforted them, they entered the gas chambers, playing or joking with one another, often still carrying their toys.

                                                       

                                                      POLL: U.S. THINKS OBAMA NOT RESPECTED ABROAD: For the first time, a majority of Americans think President Barack Obama is not respected among world leaders, according to a new poll that found opinion has plunged “dramatically” in the past year. Fifty-three percent now say Obama is not respected on the international stage, up from 43 percent a year ago, the Gallup poll on Monday shows. And the number who say they believe the president is respected has dropped to 41 percent from 51 percent over the same time, the poll found.

                                                       

                                                      OLDEST HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR DIES: The oldest known survivor of the Holocaust passed away Sunday in London. Alice Herz-Sommer, a pianist who was born in Prague, lived such an incredible life that she inspired this year’s Oscar-nominated film The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Herz-Sommer knew Franz Kafka, and said she remembered the writer saying, “In this world to bring up children: In this world?” But Herz-Sommer did bring up a child, a son named Stephan who survived the camps with her and went on to a successful career as a concert cellist under the name Raphael.

                                                       

                                                      KISS WON’T PLAY HALL OF FAME: KISS, the 40-year-old group couldn’t agree on which members would play at the ceremony on April 10, so as a result, the band won’t be playing at all. The band was stuck on whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley or whether the current lineup of Simmons, Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommmy Thayer would rock out. Frehley said “It’s very frustrating. It’s what the fans wanted, it’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it’s not gonna happen. You don’t want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?”

                                                       

                                                      IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CARRIE FISHER?!: Is the Dark Side pulling “Star Wars” legend Carrie Fisher back to a relapse? That’s what pals fear after the 57-year-old recovering addict was caught making several suspi­cious trips to a shady apartment in Los Angeles, although when con­fronted by a reporter she denied buying drugs. Fisher who made Princess Leia a Hollywood icon looked disheveled as she made dai­ly runs to a dilapidated Hollywood apartment. According to scources, during the mysterious visits, Carrie typically met with one of two women in her car, usually for less than a minute, before zipping off. Other times, she got out and even climbed a staircase outside the apartment house, and went inside for a few minutes. “She was a mess, frazzled hair and a long black coat,” said an eye­witness. “And she certainly was acting weird.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:


                                                      Steve Jobs (1955) – Now a household name known the world over for his role in the technological revolution of recent decades at the helm of Apple Inc., Jobs was once a college dropout tinkering with computer parts in his parents’ garage. It was there that he and Stephen Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 and built their first computers. Jobs left Apple in 1985 but returned in 1996 and played a key role in reviving the financially ailing company, reconfirming his reputation as an industry visionary

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Arizona Governor Jan Brewer along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran manager / TV packager Susan Haber eating bacon at Monsieur Marcel on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills last week.

                                                       

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                                                      Sunday • February 23, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Obesity

                                                      1.     Over 300,000 deaths in the U.S. a year are attributed to obesity. Obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in the United States.

                                                      2.     Obesity is the abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individual’s ideal body weight. Obesity is associated with increased risk of illness, disability, and death.

                                                      3.     Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It also may determine the rate of breast cancer cell growth and tumor size.

                                                      4.     One hundred years ago, the average person ate less than 10 pounds of sugar per year. Today, the average person in the U.S. eats over 100 pounds per year. Currently, sugar intake represents 50% of a person’s carbohydrate intake for the day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 10% of a person’s diet should come from sugar.

                                                      5.     Even fat-free food can be rich in sugar. In many cases, manufactures will replace fat calories with sugar calories so the food remains desirable to the palate.

                                                      6.     Obesity can cause a condition called “buried penis,” in which a penis of normal length is buried below the surface of the pubic skin or within its own excessive shaft skin. This condition can cause other problems, including chronic infections, skin breakdown, and chronic inflammation.

                                                      7.     Obesity can strain muscles in the pelvic area, which can weaken muscles, contributing to vaginal prolapse.

                                                      8.     Child safety seat manufacturers have begun to make bigger models after a recent study showed that over 250,000 U.S. children age 6 and under are too fat to use the standard models.

                                                      9.     According to an online survey by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, nearly half of the 4,000 people surveyed reported that they would give up a year of their life rather than be fat.

                                                      10.  In 2000, airlines spent $275 million on 350 million additional gallons of fuel to compensate for the additional weight of their passengers.

                                                      11.  As of 2006, there were more people in the world who are overweight than malnourished.

                                                      12.  At least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Although once associated with high-income countries, obesity is also becoming prevalent in low- and middle-income countries.

                                                      13.  Globally, more than 1.4 billion adults were overweight in 2008. More than half a billion were obese. The World Health Organization estimates 2.3 billion adults will be overweight by 2015 and has declared obesity a worldwide epidemic.

                                                      14.  Globally, over 40 million preschool children were overweight in 2007.

                                                      15.  Obesity and overweight issues are linked to more deaths around the world than underweight issues.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Some historians blame President Woodrow Wilson’s (1856-1924) lingering case of the Spanish flu as the reason he unexpectedly caved into stringent French demands for the harsh peace terms that decimated Germany which, in turn, led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and WWII (1939-1945).

                                                       

                                                      RICK PERRY: THE MINIMUM WAGE IS NOT ‘THE GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS’: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) let loose on his minimum wage views Friday, saying it’s not “the government’s business” to be setting that policy. In a Friday appearance on CNN’s “Crossfire,” Perry sparred with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on the issue, citing the CBO’s Tuesday report that estimates 500,000 jobs could be lost if the minimum wage were raised.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Author Adam Grant along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first feature film created solely with Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was Toy Story (1995). Over 800,000 hours of mathematical equations went into the film, which works out to more than a week of computer time for every second on the screen

                                                       
                                                      LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

                                                      “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.” – Cynthia Heimel.

                                                       

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

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: Author Lawrence Grobel having lunch at Versailles in Culver City with Djimon Hounsou.

                                                       

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                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 27 agents at WME read the LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                       

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon’s ‘History Of Rap 5′ Is Perfect


                                                       

                                                      LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL’s competition committee will enact the rule at the owners’ meeting next month.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-ETC.: Prime Beverly Hills Office Sub-Lease-Available Immediately: Approximately 2,000 square feet. 2 1/2 year sub-lease. 3 North Facing Window-Lined Private Offices with Views (Floor to Ceiling Windows), large, frosted glass conference room, substantial size bullpen, Kitchen with dishwasher, Copier room, Plenty of parking, Available fully furnished. Reasonable cost. Great opportunity. Call Jason Froehlich – 310-202-9008 ext. 111 or e-mail: JFroehlich@Stone-Miller.com

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: There’s nothing more amusing than a bully forced to be on his best behavior. Chris Christie may be cutting back on his butter, but it wouldn’t melt in his mouth at a town hall here Thursday. For the first time since his revving ambition stalled in a traffic jam, he returned to the forum that helped vault him to the head of the pack.The New Jersey governor, depicted in The New Republic as Tony Soprano in his underwear getting his paper from the driveway, toned down his tough-guy Jersey act.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Last June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies — noted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” He also noted that the “proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time” — now as high as 14 percent on some teams. At a time when many people are asking, “How’s my kid gonna get a job?” I thought it would be useful to visit Google and hear how Bock would answer.  Don’t get him wrong, Bock begins, “Good grades certainly don’t hurt.” Many jobs at Google require math, computing and coding skills, so if your good grades truly reflect skills in those areas that you can apply, it would be an advantage. But Google has its eyes on much more.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” doesn’t start till next month but the eliminations are well under way. Co-host and former DWTS contestant Brooke Burke-Charvet, 42, called her firing from the celebrity dance competition program “shocking.”

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                                                      Saturday • February 22, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: ISLAM:

                                                      1.     Islam is the name of the religion. A person who practices Islam is known as a Muslim. The adjective “Islamic” usually refers to objects and places, not people.  The term “Mohammedanism” is an outdated term for the faith and is usually considered insulting.

                                                      2.     Islam is an Arabic word that means “peace,” “security,” and “surrender.” Muslim means “one who peacefully surrenders to God.” Any one from any race could be Muslim; in other words, “Muslim” does not refer to a particular race.

                                                      3.     Famous Muslims in America include Janet Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Shaquille O’Neal, Mara Brock Akil (writer/producer of the series “The Game” and “Girlfriends”), Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Mike Tyson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ice Cube,  Akon, and Anousheh Ansari, the first Muslim woman in space.

                                                      4.     Mohammad’s flight (the Hegira) from Mecca in A.D. 622 is the beginning of the rise of Islam. It also marks the beginning of the Islamic, or Hijri, calendar.

                                                      5.     Mohammad ibn Abd Allah was born around A.D. 570 in Mecca, Arabia (present-day Saudi Arabia) and died on June 8, 632, in Medina, Arabia. He claimed that when he was 40 years old, he received his first revelation from God.

                                                      6.     The Islamic Golden Age, which is traditionally dated as being the 8th–13th centuries, was marked by the ascension of the Abbasid Caliphate. The Abbasids were influenced by the Quran’s injunction that “the ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.” During this time, the Arab world became an intellectual center for science, astronomy, chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy, medicine, and education.

                                                      7.     The Muslims created a House of Wisdom (Bait-ul-Hikmat), which was active during the 9th –13th centuries, where both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars sought to translate the world’s knowledge into Arabic. Many classic works of antiquity that might have otherwise been lost were preserved in Arabic and Persian and later translated into Turkish, Hebrew, and Latin. Here, scholars synthesized and significantly advanced knowledge gained from the Roman, Chinese, Persian, Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine, and Phoenician civilizations.

                                                      8.     Muslim scholars Ibn Rushd and Ibn Sina were primarily responsible for saving the works of Aristotle, whose ideas would later dominate both the Christian and Muslim worlds.

                                                      9.     Inventions that emerged from the Islamic world include the discovery of citric acid (Jābir ibn Hayyān), arabesque architecture, the minaret, the bridge mill, the vertical-axle windmill, teaching hospitals, marching bands, early torpedoes, the guitar, the lute, the water pipe (hookah, narghile,or shisha), early attempts at gliding, algebra, the pinhole camera, the laws of refraction, coffee, and more.

                                                      10.  Muslim scholar Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen), who was born in A.D 965, formulated the scientific method and has been referred to as “the world’s first true scientist.” He is also often regarded as the first theoretical physicist. Additionally, he developed what is called celestial mechanics, which lead to the eventual work of Europeans such as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton.

                                                      11.  The basic beliefs one must have in order to be considered a Muslim include a belief in 1) the One God; 2) all the prophets of God; 3) the original scriptures revealed to Prophets Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad; 4) the angels; 5) the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter; and 6) the divine decree or destiny.

                                                      12.  There are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, which is about 1/5 of the world’s population. Due to birth and conversion rates, Islam is considered to be the fastest-growing religion in the world today.

                                                      13.  Islam is the second-largest faith community, after Christianity.

                                                      14.  Although Muslims are often associated with the Arab world, fewer than 15% of Muslims are Arabs. Muslims are found among virtually all ethnic groups, nationalities, and countries.

                                                      15.  In November 2013, Marvel announced that a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim American girl, Kamala Khan, from New Jersey will be one of their lead superheroes.

                                                      16.  Many academic traditions, including the distinction between graduates and undergraduates began at the Islamic university Al-Azhar (“the resplendent”) University in Cairo. The university was founded in the 10th century and is renowned for its philosophical and theoretical scholarship.

                                                      17.  A Muslim woman retains her own family name upon marriage, rather than taking the name of her husband. This symbolic act emphasizes that she remains her own person, with her own valid identity.

                                                      18.  Scholars such as Ibn Sina (980-1037), known in the West as Avicenna, developed the work of the ancient Greeks in both medicine and philosophy. When Christians came into contact with the Muslim world during the crusades, they brought back Muslim scholarship which, in turn, helped spark the European Renaissance.

                                                      19.  Islamic astronomy became highly advanced during the Middle Ages. Astronomy was important to Muslims because it could be used to figure out the direction of Mecca so that people knew which way to face during prayers. This is one example of how the Western world is still influenced by Muslim innovations.

                                                      20.  The Islamic world produced the first skilled, specially trained pharmacists, who made their own medicines and worked closely with physicians.

                                                      21.  A 13th-century Islamic writer described the circulation of blood some 400 years before this was “discovered” in Europe.

                                                      22.  Algebra, from the Arabic al-jabr, originated in the Islamic world.

                                                      23.  While originally Muslims had an “un-guilty” approach to sex, this openness has been lost over time and discussions about sex have become taboo. Hoping to change this, Indian-American Muslim activist Asra Nomani has written an “Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom” to “uphold women’s right to pleasure.” Additionally, a new chick-lit novel called No Sex and the City features a Muslim heroine. Both books show Muslim women having open discussions about sexuality, its role in their identity, and their fears and aspirations.

                                                      24.  One famous hadith (Islamic saying) is “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty” Beauty has always been, therefore, very important to Muslims, and developments in the visual arts such as architecture, calligraphy, painting, textiles, metal work, and ceramics were encouraged. However, because of strict laws against idolatry, traditional Islamic art avoided images of humans or animals.

                                                      25.  During the Middle Ages, the Muslim world had two enormous business advantages: 1) they had a huge range of contacts, so they could trade everything form African gold to Chinese porcelain to European amber and furs, and 2) Muslim craft workers were highly skilled, which meant their goods always found a ready market. Without Muslim merchants, Europeans would have had no rice, sugar, or coffee.

                                                       

                                                      STUDY: NEARLY HALF OF WATER TAPS MAY CONTAIN BACTERIA THAT CAUSES LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE: The data is scary: Nearly half of water faucets sampled across the United States tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. While the study was small — researchers only sampled 67 public and private water sources such as kitchen sinks and drinking fountains – it’s the first one to chart the presence of the potentially deadly bacteria in water taps. According to the EPA, the organization that conducted the research, 32 taps contained the bacteria, and 11 of those contained it in multiple samples. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that causes chills, fever, headache, a cough and more. It can be deadly. The study was published on Feb. 18 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

                                                       

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                                                      THE CUCKOLDING FETISH: WHEN YOUR WIFE’S CHEATING TURNS YOU ON: Some husbands like to watch their wives cheat. Welcome to ‘cuckolding,’ a taboo fetish that is far more common than you might think.  Imagine hearing your wife whisper in your ear, telling you all the naughty things she did with a coworker in the backseat of your car. Instead of getting jealous, it turns you on. Maybe you enjoy the idea of how desirable your wife is. Or maybe you want to watch while she cheats on you, taunting you, forcing you to get involved in humiliating ways. Welcome to “cuckolding,” a taboo fetish that is far more common than you might think. By definition, of course, a cuckold is the “husband of an adulteress.” The phenomenon itself is nothing new (see the works of Shakespeare or Chaucer). It might even be considered universal, since dozens of languages have a term that refers to it. Today’s cuckolding fetish, however, takes the deception and betrayal out of cheating—both partners are in on the secret. While the average person may think the idea of sharing a spouse is horrific, the NASCA (North American Swing Club Association) estimates that at least 15 percent of married couples have opted for the swinger lifestyle. While swinging isn’t exactly cuckolding, the idea of willfully sharing a partner remains. According to Dr. Paul Abramson, a professor of psychology at UCLA and lead singer of Crying 4 Kafka, “Traditional American heterosexual relationships are built on monogamy. Cuckolding would thus be relationship suicide. But for relationships that have different boundaries, the impact might be trivial.” He says that if 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, cuckolding can’t be the only thing to blame.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Mikhail Baryshnikov with his wife Lisa Rinehart and choreographer Mark Morris front-and-center at a show by Dance Heginbotham, choreographed by John Heginbotham, with live music by Alarm Will Sound at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing   ***“The Bridges of Madison County” stars Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale celebrating the show’s opening night with the rest of the cast and crew at Sofia Italian Grill in NYC.   ***Jenny McCarthy and her son, Evan, seeing Ringling Bros. Legends at Barclays Center in NYC.   ***Veteran Associated Press writer John Rogers having lunch for the first time at the legendary Marino’s restaurant in Hollywood.   ***Arnold Kopelson broke bread with producer Robert Evans at The Polo Lounge. Sherry Lansing was in another day.   ***TriStar head Tom Rothman took a seat at The Grill on the Alley   ***Alfred Molina and Nia Vardalos were in seperately to Cheebo in L.A.   ***Lionsgate Television COO Sandra Stern visited Culina in L.A.   ***Tommy Lee Jones swung by Madeo in L.A.   ***Anjelica Huston dropped by Salt Air in Venice   ***Paramount’s Rob Moore dined at Mr Chow in Beverly Hills.   ***Ryan Gosling checked out Little Dom’s in Los Feliz.   ***In the same day at Chateau Marmont  Amy Poehler, producer Laura Bickford and Endemol Beyond USA’s Will Keenan.   ***CAA’s Darnell Strom stepped into Hinoki & the Bird.   ***Lionel Richie popped by Soho House in West Hollywood.   ***Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Cheadle each were in to Water Grill in Santa Monica   ***CAA’s Jeremy Plager dropped by AOC in L.A.   ***Adam Levine ate RivaBella.   ***In of late at Pearl’s in West Hollywood: James Marsden with Courteney Cox, Miles Teller and Rainn Wilson.   ***Shine America CEO Rich Ross ate his regular hang, Ammo…..In New York, Michael Strahan drank tea at the Mandarin Oriental’s MObar   ***J.Crew creative director and Girls guest star Jenna Lyons ate at Margaux.   ***WME’s Ari Emanuel visited Le Bilboquet.

                                                       

                                                      THE NAZIS AND INSECT WARFARE: Biological warfare was prohibited by the 1925 Geneva Protocol, but this did not stop Nazi scientists from looking for ways to weaponize diseases. A review of World War II-era archives from the Entomological Institute at Dachau reveals that biologists were studying mosquitoes and their ability to survive outside of their natural habitat. Doctors at the concentration camp also deliberately infected prisoners with malaria in order to study the disease. The conclusion drawn by a researcher investigating the topic is that the Nazis were exploring the feasibility of infecting mosquitoes with malaria and then releasing them over enemy targets.

                                                       

                                                      GIRL SCOUT SELLS AT WEED CLINIC: An enterprising San Francisco Girl Scout set up her cookie shop in a local medical marijuana clinic, hoping to catch smokers with the munchies. Danielle Lei, 13, sold 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in her first two hours outside The Green Cross, which her mom says is 37 more than she sold in the same time span at a Safeway. The dispensary’s owners were immediately on board with the idea when they got the request, and its employees were some of Danielle’s first customers.

                                                       

                                                      ANNOUNCING THE 24TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF 100 STARS BLACK TIE DINNER VIEWING GALA: Norby Walters, veteran music agent, reprises his role as Producer and Dinner Chairman. Joining as Executive Producer of this event is Billionaire clothing designer/manufacturer Peter Nygard, Founder and Chairman of Nygard International:   The formal sit-down dinner viewing party has always included past Oscar winners and nominees who will return to pay tribute to this year’s favorite Award nominees. Stars and their guests will be dressed to the nines in Formal fashions represented by the nations finest design houses.  The media has always rated the Night of 100 Stars as one of the top Award parties. The Daily News rated this party as “…the number one Oscar party, just for the sheer number of celebrities attending…”. ABC’s Good Morning America covers this party from inside and said. ” Voting Academy members flock to the Night of 100 Stars and we are here tonight with many former Oscar and Golden Globe winners. Is this an Oscar party or the Golden Globes”? The Jimmy Kimmel Show tapes segments here for the show and said, ” …a wild party with mostly celebrities and they are everywhere you look..and they have the most beautiful girls”. The Hollywood Reporter says, ” Numerous former Academy Award winners and nominees turned out Sunday during the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala..including (150 stars) Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Landau, Chevy Chase, Fred Willard, James Cromwell, Ron Perlman, Renee Taylor, Jason Ritter, and so many more.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related stamps, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix this year and a James Brown stamp next year. 2015 will also see a re-release of Elvis Presley’s 29-cent tribute from 1993 — the Postal Service’s best-selling stamp ever — according to The Washington Post. A stamp for John Lennon has been planned for an as-yet-unannounced date.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas V. Girardi (Attorney for Bryan Stow): As we know, Bryan is massively brain damaged due to the assault that occurred at the Dodger Stadium.  The evidence against the two people who hit Bryan is terrible for the Dodgers.  These two were assaulting and pushing many others for some 30-40 minutes before they decided to hit Bryan in the back of the head.  The unfortunate part of the case is that Mr. McCort was given notice for many months of how inadequate the security was at the stadium.  Numerous cases of assault and harm to patrons was brought to his attention.  He said he didn’t care and was not going to change the security problems.  As you know, he went into bankruptcy then sold the Dodgers for $2 billion, pocketed the money, and still owns the parking lot.  Bryan, of course, is massively brain damaged and will be so for rest of his life. It is important that we point out that the new Dodgers have changed the lack of security issue.  Magic and Company have hired off-duty LAPD officers to be in the Uniform at the game.  Had one of those officers been present when the two criminals were assaulting others, the injury to Bryan would not have taken place.  The family has insisted that I make sure that there is a huge difference between the security now and security under McCort.  The new Dodgers organization is not responsible in any way for damages to Bryan – only the McCort Dodgers have responsibility.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Snooki is secretly expecting her second child with fiancé Jionni LaValle, sources  say. The “Jersey Shore” star is a few months pregnant but keeping it secret as she continues to make lucrative personal appearances.

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                                                      Friday • February 21, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES – MAPPING THE LONG AND SHORT OF SEX – STATE BY STATE:

                                                      They say love is eternal – sex, not so much.

                                                      According to Euripedes, “He is not a lover who does not love forever.”

                                                      Clearly the Greek playwright isn’t talking about sex. At least not around here.

                                                      A not-very-scientific ranking of states determined those that have the longest and shortest duration of sex.

                                                      Topping the list, by a large margin is New Mexico, where an act of love lasts just over 7 minutes, according to Nerve, an online magazine dedicated to sex, relationships and culture.

                                                      The data comes from Spreadsheets, a sex activity app that promises to “track your performance between the sheets.”

                                                      The app monitors the users’ movement and audio levels, using the phone’s accelerometer and microphone.

                                                      How do we rank around here?

                                                      Honestly? Not great.

                                                      Maryland is number 16 in the country, with a duration of 3 minutes 15 seconds. The Old Line State has a little old man in it.

                                                      While the slogan reads “Virginia is for lovers,” apparently love is very fleeting. Virginia ranks number 37, with a duration of 2 minutes 23 seconds.

                                                      And, while things take forever to get accomplished on Capitol Hill, love gets done very fast in the District of Columbia. D.C. is ranked number 45, with a duration of 2 minutes 8 seconds.

                                                      Alaska limps in at number 51, with an apologetic 1 minute 21 seconds.

                                                      Here’s the entire list:

                                                      Ranking State – (Duration)
                                                      1 New Mexico – (7:01)
                                                      2 West Virginia – (5:38)
                                                      3 Idaho – (5:11)
                                                      4 South Carolina – (4:48)
                                                      5 Missouri – (4:22)
                                                      6 Michigan -(4:14)
                                                      7 Utah – (3:55)
                                                      8 Oregon – (3:51)
                                                      9 Nebraska – (3:47)
                                                      10 Alabama – (3:38)
                                                      11 Delaware – (3:33)
                                                      12 Hawaii – (3:28)
                                                      13 Wisconsin – (3:22)
                                                      14 North Dakota – (3:18)
                                                      15 Arizona – (3:17)
                                                      16 Maryland – (3:15)
                                                      17 Mississippi – (3:10)
                                                      18 Rhode Island – (3:09)
                                                      19 Connecticut – (3:07)
                                                      20 Texas – (3:06)
                                                      21 New Hampshire – (3:04)
                                                      22 Wyoming – (3:03)
                                                      23 New York – (3:01)
                                                      24 Pennsylvania – (2:58)
                                                      25 Maine – (2:58)
                                                      26 Washington – (2:51)
                                                      27 Iowa – (2:50)
                                                      28 Illinois – (2:49)
                                                      29 North Carolina – (2:47)
                                                      30 Tennessee – (2:46)
                                                      31 Kansas – (2:38)
                                                      32 California – (2:38)
                                                      33 Massachusetts – (2:31)
                                                      34 Florida – (2:29)
                                                      35 New Jersey – (2:28)
                                                      36 Indiana – (2:26)
                                                      37 Virginia – (2:23)
                                                      38 Oklahoma – (2:21)
                                                      39 Colorado – (2:21)
                                                      40 Minnesota – (2:19)
                                                      41 Ohio – (2:18)
                                                      42 Louisiana – (2:17)
                                                      43 Kentucky – (2:14)
                                                      44 Arkansas – (2:08)
                                                      45 District of Columbia – (2:08)
                                                      46 Nevada – (2:07)
                                                      47 Georgia – (2:07)
                                                      48 Montana – (2:03)
                                                      49 Vermont – (1:48)
                                                      50 South Dakota – (1:30)
                                                      51 Alaska – (1:21)
                                                       

                                                      MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE — NUGENT SHOULD APOLOGIZE: Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, who has represented 34 Grammy Award winners, is taking a stand against renegade right-wing rocker Ted Nugent after he recently called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” Levine said yesterday that Nugent should apologize, saying that his “degrading, dehumanizing  description of President Obama is vile and  and further adds to an already coarse level of dialogue in politics.” Levine said that Nugent has been making outrageous statements for years but “this one had crossed a line” and he should immediately apologize.

                                                       

                                                      JOHN MCCAIN CALLS OBAMA ‘THE MOST NAIVE PRESIDENT’ EVER: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn’t hold back criticizing President Barack Obama Thursday in a radio interview. Reflecting on Obama’s handling of relations with Russia and the crisis in Ukraine, McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “played us so incredibly” on Obama’s watch. “This is the most naive president in history,” McCain said. “The naiveté of Barack Obama and [Secretary of State] John Kerry is stunning.”

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Michelle Obama’s ‘Ew!’ Moment


                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Acclaimed painter Heather McMillen having dinner last night at Paris restaurant in Culver City.   ***Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel seeing Nellie McKay play Café Carlyle in NYC.   ***Todd English with “a harem of 10 girls” at Tokya    ***Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse having a three-hour dinner with another couple at Primola in NYC.   ***Joe Jonas hosting a Rebellion Bourbon and Cuca ­Fresca Cachaca-sponsored bash at a private LA home    ***Marc Anthony and Carlos Slim Jr. having drinks at Avenue after a fund-raiser for Anthony’s Maestro Charity, which helps disadvantaged kids in Latin America.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Singer Lana Del Rey along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***According to sources, Meryl Streep’s 35-year marriage to sculptor Don Gummer has always been one of Hollywood’s strongest – but sources say it’s been rocked in recent months by rumors of her long-ago cheating and her unyielding focus on her career. In a biography of actor Jack Nicholson published last year, author Marc Eliot claimed that the notorious ladies’ man bedded Meryl in his motor home on the set of the 1987 drama “Ironweed” – nine years after her marriage.

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                                                      Thursday • February 20, 2014

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES – SEX:

                                                      1.     During 30 minutes of active sex, the average person burns approximately 200 calories.

                                                      2.     On average, adult men think about sex every seven seconds.

                                                      3.     Having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%. It has also been shown that men with an active sex life are more likely to live past 80 years.

                                                      4.     The average size of an erect penis measures between 5 and 6 inches, while the average size of a flaccid penis is about 3.5 inches.

                                                      5.     The sperm count of the average American male in 2008 was down nearly 30% from the sperm count of an average American male 30 years ago.





                                                      6.     Viagra, the well-known blue pill designed to help with erectile dysfunction, made $411 million in profits within the first three months of its release in 1998 before going on to make $1.8 billion in 2003.

                                                      7.     Use of the condom was first noted in published literature in the early 1500s. The device was originally made of linen, and historians believe the legendary lover Casanova used linen condoms.

                                                      8.     Historical records show that even in 1850 B.C., women attempted to practice birth control. The most common method was a mixture of crocodile dung and honey placed in the vagina in the hopes of preventing pregnancy.

                                                      9.     Although nearly any body part or item of clothing may be an object of sexual fetishism, the shoe and the foot are the two most common fetishes in Western society.

                                                      10.  Just a decade ago, only 25% of women reported experiencing orgasm as a result of intercourse. In recent years, this number has risen to about 45%. In contrast, over 80% of women report experiencing orgasm though oral sex.

                                                      11.  The vibrator, a common sex toy for women, was originally designed in the nineteenth century as a medication to combat the anxiety-related symptoms of “hysteria” (now known as menstruation).

                                                      12.  Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) until 1973. It has since been removed and is now considered an orientation by the APA instead of an illness.

                                                      13.  Throughout the United States, approximately 4% of the population self-identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

                                                      14.  Approximately 1% of people worldwide identify as asexual (having no strong sexual attraction to either sex).





                                                      15.  Statistics suggest that approximately one in every five Americans has indulged in sex with a colleague at work.

                                                      16.  Approximately 70% of people in the U.S. admit to fantasizing about group sex at some point in their life, and more than 50% of those people actually follow through.

                                                      17.  Nearly one in four Americans (65 millions people) are currently living with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD).

                                                      18.  During 2007, more than 2.5 million people worldwide became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. With these new cases, there are now 33 million people living with AIDS throughout the world.

                                                      19.  Since AIDS was first diagnosed in 1981, more than 25 million people have died as a result of the virus. Two million people died from AIDS in the year 2007 alone.

                                                      20.  The average male produces several million new sperm daily. Conversely, a female is born with a finite amount of eggs and will produce no more than that throughout her lifetime.

                                                       

                                                      GLEN CAMPBELL FACING LAST ROUND-UP  SOURCES: Alzheimer’s-stricken Glen Campbell is scheduled to be honored at a benefit for the mind-wasting disease at the end of March – but friends and relatives wonder whether he will be able to attend and fear he may have only weeks to live according to sources. Now in the brutal phase of the heartbreaking disease, the 77-year-old continues to struggle with Alzheimer’s. “He needs help walking and has to be reminded to eat,” revealed a close source. “We were warned by doctors that this is the course Alzheimer’s takes, still, it’s so sad when it happens.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Bloomberg at UWS restaurant Isabella’s in NYC on Presidents Day.   ***Lauryn Hill at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach while in town to perform with Sean Paul at the Nine Mile Music Festival.   ***Boxers Eddie Gómez and Marcus Browne meeting with Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark at Fresco by Scotto in NYC.   ***Jerry O’Connell and Kal Penn at Junior’s Times Square in NYC.   ***Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at the Empire State Building Observatory in NYC.   ***Beverly Johnson at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Veteran TV producer Michael Lynn having lunch yesterday at the Lazy Daisy Café on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.    ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass at the Arch Light Cinema on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

                                                       

                                                      MLK KIDS FIGHT OVER PEACE PRIZE: The children of one of the greatest proponents of peace are battling over some of his most precious items. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s two sons, Dexter and Martin Luther King III, want to sell the civil-rights leader’s Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible, but his daughter, Bernice, is opposed to the sale. In Georgia, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said the keepsakes must be removed to a court-controlled safety-deposit box, where “they won’t go anywhere until we resolve this matter.”

                                                       

                                                      LEGAL WEED REVENUE EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: Colorado’s legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes. The proposal outlines plans to spend some $99 million next fiscal year on substance-abuse prevention, youth marijuana-use prevention and other priorities. The money would come from a state 12.9 percent sales tax on recreational pot. Colorado’s total pot sales next fiscal year were estimated to be about $610 million.

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Singer / song writer Jackson Browne along with 474,000 other readers in 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGTATES: While in the White House, President Rutherford Hayes banished alcohol from the premises and held gospel sing-alongs every night.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by James Franco: The recent erratic behavior of Shia LaBeouf, the 27-year-old actor best known as the star of the “Transformers” movies, has sent the press into a feeding frenzy. Though the wisdom of some of his actions may seem questionable, as an actor and artist I’m inclined to take an empathetic view of his conduct. Let’s review the facts. First, in December, Mr. LaBeouf was accused of plagiarism after critics noted similarities between “Howard Cantour.com,” a short film he created, and a story by the graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. Though Mr. LaBeouf apologized on Twitter, conceding that he had “neglected to follow proper accreditation,” it turned out that the apology itself appropriated someone else’s writing. Was that clever or pathological?

                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Are kids too coddled today? Well, It seems that trophies used to go to victors; now, in many leagues, they go to everybody — for participation. Some teams no longer have one or two captains, elected by the other players, but a rotating cast, so that nobody’s left out. Play that out over 20 years and let’s see what happens.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Former broker to the stars turned jailbird is in trouble again: There’s a warrant out for his arrest for fraud and allegedly impersonating an NYPD cop turned stripper, Steve Stanulis. Giacchetto, who served three years of a nearly five-year sentence for bilking clients such as Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire out of $10 million, is accused of “access device fraud” and wire fraud, under the alias Stanulis. Giacchetto will turn himself in to authorities in downtown Manhattan today, his attorney Ronald P. Fischetti confirmed.   ***Baseball star Derek Jeter is reconciling with his model girlfriend Hannah Davis following a brief split, sources say the couple hit a rocky patch a few months ago and broke up, but they are now trying to work things out. The move comes after the Yankees captain announced his retirement at the end of the season, and his desire to start a family

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                                                      Wednesday • February 19, 2014

                                                      MORE GOVERNMENT WASTE! MONEY FOR NOTHING: Feds in D.C. closed 25% of the time: Between snow days, official holidays and the government shutdown, federal employees have worked a normal businesshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png day less than 75 percent of the time since Oct. 1, marking a startlingly chaotic beginning to the fiscal year.Offices have been closed in whole or in part for 27 of the 105 weekdays so far in the fiscal year, according to a Washington Times analysis of announcements from the federal Office of Personnel Management that found the government was closed for 21 days because of the shutdown, snow days or holidays. Delayed openings or unscheduled leave and telework policies were in effect for six more days.

                                                       

                                                      DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that nine (9) member of the staff of Musso and Frank restaurant in Hollywood read the LBN E-Lert daily?


                                                       

                                                      LBN-R.I.P: Devo guitarist Bob Casale, who played with the group alongside his brother Gerald from the original incarnation of the groundbreaking Akron new wave band in 1973 all the way through their recent tours, died suddenly on February 17th of heart failure. He was 61.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***Sharing the room at Yu-N-Mi Sushi: UTA’s David Kramer and Julien Thuan, WME’s Brent Morley, producer-manager George Heller, 20th TV vp drama development Chloe Dan and manager Ben Press.   ***Jennifer Lopez joined Leah Remini at Craig’s in L.A.   ***All in at once at Ammo: Bret Easton Ellis with James Deen, and elsewhere in the room, Mario Testino. Ed Helmes was in on another day.   ***Recently at Sunset Tower: Megan Ellison, Kate Hudson, Jason Clarke, CAA’s Michael Cooper and, together, 12 years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofer and Lupita Nyong’o.   ***New Girl’s Max Greenfield had a slice at Lucifers on Melrose in L.A.    ***Anne Hathaway ordered the I Am Humble at Cafe Gratitude in L.A.    ***Jeffrey Katzenberg sauntered in to Mozza on Melrose in L.A.   ***CAA’s Kevin Huvane visited Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills at the same time as producer Dylan Sellers. Ryan Murphy was in on another day   ***Tyra Banks checked out Cravings on Sunset in L.A.   ***Matt Damon, Kris Jenner and Bobby Brown have been in to Casa Vega in the Valley in L.A.   ***MGM TV president Roma Khanna joined Untitled Entertainment’s Stephanie Simon at Chi Lin on the Sunset Strip. UTA’S Ennis Kamcili also has been in   ***James Toback, attorney Jake Bloom and Sherry Lansing visited Mr Chow in Beverly Hills.   ***Of late at Bouchon: Sherry Lansing with William Friedkin; Neil Patrick Harris; CAA’s Sonya Rosenfeld and Adam Berkowitz; and producers Brian Grazer, Michael Robin and Neal Baer ***Sharing a table at Pearl: Maria Menounos, CAA’S Michael Kives and Jerry Ferrara…Stan Lee popped in to Porta Via in Beverly Hills.   ***John Slattery dropped by Salt Air in Venice, bike in tow.   ***Recent arrivals at RivaBella: Lee Daniels, Taylor Swift and Harvey Weinstein ***Jamie Lee Curtis was spotted at Cravings Restaurant in Sunset Plaza, as were Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry, on separate occasions. Berry ordered the salmon with lobster cream sauce and veggies and told the waitress, “But no mashed potatoes!”   ***In New York City, Cameron Diaz visited Morandi.   ***Prominent L.A. security expert Kent Moyer having dinner last night at Chaya Venice on Main Street in Venice.   ***Veteran agent Mitchell Kaplan having lunch yesterday at Ago in West Hollywood.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-VIDEO LINK: Michael Levine Speech: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o0SnXAedrh8.

                                                       

                                                      MY REVIEW: “Reading LBN is a cool, daring adventure.”—–Candi, an LBN E-Lert reader from Paris, France.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Former boxing champ Ray Mancini is wooing his pal Mickey Rourke to star in his movie “Monkey’s Nest.” Mancini is co­producing the drama about a single father with mob connections, who battles to keep his daughter from falling in love with a mob associate.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The New York Times has been building a new politics and data team to replace Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog. UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck will be a regular contributor.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Bears can run up to 40 miles per hour, fast enough to catch a running horse. The fastest known human alive today is Usain Bolt, who can run 27 mph

                                                       

                                                      WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Beck along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 11 separate time-zones.


                                                       

                                                      LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Success expert and author): What the great super-innovators rewarded by vast success and wealth all have in common is they wake up every day and ask: “What are the biggest trends in the world, and how do I best invent/reinvent my business to thrive from them?”  They’re fixated on creating abundance, not redividing scarcity, and they respect no limits on imagination. No idea here is “off the table.”—- www.SuccessIsHard.com .

                                                       

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                                                      Tuesday • February 18, 2014

                                                      OLIVER STONE: OBAMA IS A PANTYWAIST!:

                                                      Radicalized film director Oliver Stone who’s been waiting for lefty for decades says Obama has a “lack of spine” and is “a snake”. Stone, a left swinging Dem of long standing and auteur behind “JFK “and “W.” films, is NO fan of the incumbent President. Stone accused Obama of breaking all of his pre-election promises during a panel discussion at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.,. “Something happened because none of the things he promised . . . transparency, a government that would reconsider the war on terror and these programs . . . none of that happened, none of it,” said Stone. “The man stunned us with a lack of spine,” the director added. “He is a weak man.”

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dolphins also “see” with sounds. They emit a series of clicks and pings that travel long distances through water. When the sound hits an object, echoes are bounced back to the dolphin, enabling it to literally hear distance, shape, density, movement, and texture of an object.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-NOTICED: ***New York Giants co-owner and movie producer Steve Tisch celebrated his 65th birthday with a big Borscht Belt-themed bash in LA on Saturday. A host of Hollywood and business friends, along with family, toasted Tisch at the Hillcrest Country Club. Sticking with the theme, stand-up entertainment was provided by Sarah Silverman, J.B. Smoove and magic tricks by David Blaine.

                                                       

                                                      UNIQUELY, LBN: Diane, a pregnant LBN E-Lert reader from Orlando, Florida.

                                                       

                                                      LBN-INVESTIGATES: CHINA

                                                      1.     The modern word “China” most likely derives from the name of the Qin (pronounced “chin”) dynasty. First Emperor Qin Shi Huang (260-210 B.C.) of the Qin dynasty first unified China in 221 B.C., beginning an Imperial period which would last until A.D. 1912.

                                                      2.     China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of Chinese civilization. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.

                                                      3.     China is the fourth largest country in the world (after Russia, Canada, and the U.S.). It has an area of 3,719,275 square miles (slightly smaller than the U.S.) and its borders with other countries total more than 117,445 miles. Approximately 5,000 islands lie off the Chinese coast.

                                                      4.     One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is estimated to reach a whopping 1,338,612,968 by July 2009. China’s population is four times that of the United States.

                                                      5.     Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco.

                                                      6.     China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world.






                                                      7.     Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.

                                                      8.     The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

                                                      9.     The Chinese invented kites (“paper birds” or “Aeolian harps”) about 3,000 years ago. They were used to frighten the enemies in battle, and Marco Polo (1254-1324) noted that kites were also used to predict the success of a voyage. It was considered bad luck to purposely let a kite go.

                                                      10.  Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.

                                                       

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                                                      LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Taylor Swift was heartbroken after her first torrid night with Jake Gyllenhall. WHY? After reportedly deflowering the country cutie he bailed on her 21st birthday party, leaving the singer locked in a bathroom crying the entire night, RadarOnline reported. According to an insider Swift, now 24, had been “saving herself for marriage” but was so smitten with Gyllenhaal, 33, that after three months of dating he convinced her.

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                                                      Monday • February 17, 2014

                                                      EXTREME LONELINESS WORSE FOR HEALTH THAN OBESITY AND CAN LEAD TO AN EARLY GRAVE, SCIENTISTS SAY: Feeling extreme loneliness on a long-term basis can be worse than obesity in terms of increasing the potentially lethal health risks that lead to premature death, scientists said. Chronic loneliness has been shown to increase the chances of an early grave by 14 per cent, which is as bad as being overweight and almost as bad as poverty in undermining a person’s long-term wellbeing, a study has found. As more people live longer, they are spending a bigger part of their lives feeling lonely. This is having a significant impact on their physical as well as mental health, the researchers found. Loneliness is also becoming more common as people live alone or become isolated from relatives and friends, especially in retirement. Research has shown that at any given time between 20 and 40 per cent of older adults feel lonely. A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that 10 per cent of Britons often feel lonely, a third have a close friend or relative who they think is very lonely and half think that people are getting lonelier in general.

                                                       

                                                      CHILDREN EXPOSED TO MORE BRAIN-HARMING CHEMICALS THAN EVER BEFORE: In recent years, the prevalence of developmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia have soared. While greater awareness and more sophisticated diagnoses are partly responsible for the rise, researchers say the changing environment in which youngsters grow up may also be playing a role. In 2006, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified five industrial chemicals responsible for causing harm to the brain — lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (found in electric transformers, motors and capacitors), arsenic (found in soil and water as well as in wood preservatives and pesticides) and toluene (used in processing gasoline as well as in paint thinner, fingernail polish and leather tanning). Exposure to these neurotoxins was associated with changes in neuron development in the fetus as well as among infants, and with lower school performance, delinquent behavior, neurological abnormalities and reduced IQ in school-age children.

                                                       

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