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Saturday • April 18, 2015

H.I.V. OUTBREAK WORSENING IN INDIANA: An Indiana county at the center of a recent H.I.V. outbreak in the state has seen a rise in the number of cases over two weeks after a short-term needle exchange program began in the state. There are now 120 confirmed cases tied to Scott County, Indiana according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

O’MALLEY CALLS RUBIO PLAN “BULLSHIT”: Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley came out swinging in an NPR interview today. The prospective Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton alleged that the former Security of State is not transparent and will have problems connecting with younger voters. He went on to dismiss Florida Senator and 2016 candidate Marco Rubio’s economic theory, saying that Republicans have turned America’s tax code “into Swiss cheese.”

CALIFORNIA REDUCES WATER CUTS FOR SOME: California’s Water Resources Control Board modified water conservation restrictions on Saturday, reducing water cuts for communities that have “achieved remarkable results with residential water use now hovering around the statewide target” and increasing cutbacks for other communities that are “using many times more” than they should. The restrictions, which will go up for formal approval early next month, call for a 25 percent cut in water use.

ISIS CLAIMS AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE ATTACK: A suicide bomb blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan targeting government workers collecting their salaries at a bank killed 33 on Saturday and injured more than 100, Reuters reports. “It was a suicide attack,” Jalalabad police chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said during a press conference. ISIS has claimed responsibility, making it their first major attack in Afghanistan.

F.B.I. ARREST TIED TO $500 MILLION ART THEFT: Federal agents arrested a 79-year-old Hartford man, Robert V. Gentile, Friday in connection a $500 million art theft from a Boston Museum. The man’s laywer, A. Ryan McGuigan, alleges his client knew nothing of the theft which occurred 25 years ago. “It’s the same F.B.I. guys doing the same thing as last time,” he said. “They won’t stop squeezing my client.” A federal prosecutor said investigators had a recent recording of Gentile discussing the sale of the stolen paintings.

OBAMA WILL OK CONGRESS IRAN DEAL REVIEW: On Friday, President Obama called a bill which would allow Congress to review the terms of an Iran nuclear deal a “reasonable compromise” and said he planned to sign the bill. He said he feels it will not derail talks with Iran, though Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and leading Democrat Ben Cardin have been tasked with making sure that the bill is not laced with “poison pills,” or amendments that might kill the Iran agreement.

RAND PAUL ATTACKS CLINTON OVER LIBYA: On Saturday, Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul addressed the Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire, attacking Hillary Clinton over her role in the U.S.’s response to the Benghazi attacks of 2012. “Libya was a mistake,” he said, referring to America’s support of rebels who overthrew Mummer Gaddafi from power. “One thing that is probably true in the Middle East: every time we have toppled a secular dictator, a secular strong man, we’ve gotten chaos and the rise of radical Islam…The president won’t name the enemy, but I will: it’s radical Islam. Until we name it we can’t defeat them, and I will tell you this: if I were commander in chief I would do everything it takes to…defend the country against radical Islam.”

TEXAS SET TO APPROVE OPEN-CARRY OF GUNS: Texas is nearing final approval of a bill allowing licensed owners to openly carry handguns. The state’s House voted 96-35 on Friday to pass the bill, allowing handguns to be carried in a shoulder or belt holster. A final vote on the bill will come next week (the Senate approved a similar bill last month) then go to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he is on board with any legislation “that expands Second Amendment rights.”

PUTIN: RUSSIA MUST WORK WITH U.S.: In a television interview on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia must work with the U.S. on several key common interests. “We have disagreements on several issues on the international agenda. But at the same time there is something that unites us, that forces us to work together,” Putin said. “I mean general efforts directed at making the world economy more democratic, measured and balanced, so that the world order is more democratic. We have a common agenda.”

L.A. KINGS’ JARRET STOLL ARRESTED: Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday at a Las Vegas resort on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy. Stoll was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand hotel; he has since posted $5,000 bail and been released. The Kings released a statement about the arrest, saying, “We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Voodoo refers to West African religious beliefs and practices that also have adherents in the New World. Voodoo believers are most numerous in Haiti and Benin, where they enjoy official government recognition. Voodoo contends that all of nature is controlled by spiritual forces which must be acknowledged and honored through offerings and animal sacrifice. Voodoo’s incarnation in the American South is often called Louisiana Voodoo.

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Friday • April 17, 2015

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IRAQ: SADDAM GENERAL WITH ISIS KILLED: A former top aide to Saddam Hussein, Izzat al-Douri, has reportedly been killed in the Sunni heartland in northern Iraq, the governor of Salahuddin province told al-Arabiya TV. The governor said he was killed in fighting with Iraqi forces near Hamreen, in Irbil province in the north. If confirmed, al-Douri’s death would end one of the longest manhunts of the Iraq War, with the “King of Clubs” finally crossed off the U.S. kill or capture list, although he has been reported killed several times in the past. Additional reports say that his body is being taken to Baghdad for DNA testing. It’s unclear, however, how his death might affect the war against ISIS. There have been conflicting reports of al-Douri and his militia, the Naqshbandi Order, working with—as well as against—ISIS. His group has deep ties to the Sunni tribes in Anbar province, and it was thought the Naqshbandi Order could have served as a kind of bridge between ISIS and the tribes. Photos purporting to be the dead al-Douri show him with his signature red facial hair, but the familiar mustache is replaced by a more militant beard. Before the U.S. invasion led him into hiding, Douri served as the vice chairman of Saddam Hussein’s Revolutionary Command Council.

ESPN SUSPENDS JOURNO FOR ‘DROPOUT’ DISS: ESPN reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended from her job for a week after being caught on camera spewing insults at a worker at a tow yard. McHenry calls the worker a “college dropout,” threatens to sue, and rubs her “degree” in the worker’s face, saying, “So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Do you feel good about your job? Why, ‘cause I have a brain and you don’t.” McHenry also criticizes the attendant’s teeth, tells her to “lose some weight” and says, “I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.” It is unclear what angered McHenry so much, but she did tweet on April 6 about her car getting towed in Arlington, Virginia.

MAN CHARGES $10K FOR WALTER SCOTT VIDEO: The chilling video of a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back now comes with a price tag of $10,000 to use in the media, a publicist representing the man who filmed it said Thursday. Cease-and-desist letters were mailed to news outlets this week from Australian publicity agency Markson Sparks. The video, showing former Officer Michael Slager fatally shooting Walter Scott, has become the latest focal point of national outrage over police brutality and has notched more than one million views on YouTube alone. Bystander Feidin Santana shot the video and turned it over to Scott’s family, but was surprised to hear about the fee. Feidin later recalled his lawyer, Todd Rutherford, had mentioned a potential fine. Rutherford said it was only fair Santana receive financial gain from something news outlets are benefitting from using.

U.N. CALLS ON WESTERN NATIONS TO SHELTER SYRIAN REFUGEES: With Syria’s neighbors increasingly shutting their borders to refugees and thousands trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety, the war in Syria is creating the worst global refugee crisis in decades, putting new pressure on the United States and other Western countries to open their doors — and in turn, prompting domestic political backlash. Not since the wave of people who fled Southeast Asia after the war in Vietnam have the world’s industrialized countries been under such intense pressure to share the burden of taking in refugees, experts say. Nor has the task of offering sanctuary been so politically fraught.

FERGUSON TROOPS: PROTESTERS ‘ENEMY’: Documents obtained by CNN show that Missouri’s National Guard referred to Ferguson protesters as “adversaries” and “enemy forces” as it prepared to quell riots over the shooting of Michael Brown. The documents also show insight into the National Guard’s public-relations strategy, from the timing of calling up the troops around the time of the grand jury verdict to the decision to minimize the use of militarized language—as a response to public backlash. National Guard Capt. John Quinn told CNN that the language used to describe protesters was “a generic military planning format utilized in a wide range of military missions, so the term ‘enemy forces’ would be better understood as ‘potential threats.’ Often in Guard operations, threats would include inclement weather, heat, failing levees, etc.”

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E-CIG USE TRIPLES FOR YOUNG AMERICANS: New data reveals that electronic cigarette use continues to grow among young people in the U.S. while traditional cigarette use fell to a record low last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among high-school students, e-cigarette use soared from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 while cigarette use over the same period dropped from 12.7 percent to 9.2 percent, the largest year-over-year decline in more than a decade. The CDC also found that tobacco use overall among high-school students increased from 22.9 percent to 24.6 percent.

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MARIEL HEMINGWAY TRIUMPHS OVER FAMILY CURSE OF SUICIDE, DRUGS, BOOZE & MENTAL ILLNESS: From beyond his grave in Ketchum, Idaho, there’s no doubt “Papa” Hemingway is looking down on his granddaughter Mariel Hemingway and is beaming as tall as the giant spruce trees that shade his burial site. The beautiful 53-year-old star and mother-of-two has managed to do what others in her celebrated family have been unable – she’s wrestled their demons to the ground, shined a spotlight of awareness on them and has outlasted their curse. Decades after filming her Academy Award-nominated role as Woody Allen’s teenage lover Tracy in “Manhattan,” Mariel returned to NYC last week to promote two memoirs she’s written in which she confronts her family’s horrors head on.

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‘DOCTOR WHO’ MOVIE PLANS LEAKED: British fan favorite Doctor Who will become a Hollywood film, leaked Sony emails indicate, despite show creators’ fears that their viewpoints are not being considered. The wildly popular show about an immortal time traveler reportedly has an eight-year brand timeline, which includes the film under pressure from BBC Worldwide. But the emails, which were published by WikiLeaks, also reveal that those intimately linked with creating the show are worried about timings and are “hot under the collar” over not being listened to.

LBN-R.I.P: ***Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a human patient, and a civil rights pioneer who helped fling open medical school doors to hundreds of students who had been excluded — as he had once been — because they were black, died on Saturday in Baltimore. He was 70. His death was announced by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where in 1970 he became the school’s first black intern.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sam Quinones: Fatal heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities. If these deaths are the measure, we are arguably in the middle of our worst drug plague ever, apart from cigarettes and alcohol.

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Thursday • April 16, 2015

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PUTIN: NO RUSSIAN TROOPS IN UKRAINE: Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted during a marathon televised Q&A session Monday that his country’s troops are not present in the war-torn cities of southeastern Ukraine. “I will tell you openly and straightly,” Putin said. “There are no Russian troops in Ukraine.” He also addressed hopeful prospects for Russia’s economy, saying that it has not been adversely affected by Western sanctions.

CLINTON FOUNDATION KEEPS FOREIGN DONORS: According to a summary of the Clinton Foundation’s new policy, the organization will still accept donations from foreign governments—even though Hillary is running for president. Donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K. are permitted, while other countries are prohibited from making large donations. (They can still participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, which comes with an attendance fee of $20,000.) The Wall Street Journal notes that the new policy is “meant to strike a balance between protecting existing programs while shielding the foundation and Mrs. Clinton from charges that foreign governments are buying influence through their donations.”

LEGAL BATTLE BEGINS OVER OBAMA BID TO CURB GREENHOUSE GASES: President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change will have its first day in court on Thursday, the beginning of what is expected to be a multiyear legal battle over the policy that Mr. Obama hopes to leave as his signature environmental achievement. In two separate but related cases to be jointly argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the country’s two largest coal companies, along with 14 coal-producing states, have challenged a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation, which the agency issued under the authority of the Clean Air Act, to curb planet-warming carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. If put in effect as E.P.A. officials have proposed, the rule is intended to fundamentally transform the nation’s power sector, shuttering hundreds of coal plants and expanding renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

HEAVY SNORING MAY CAUSE ALZHEIMER’S: Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders may have more potential consequences than previously thought: On top of well-established links to heart disease and stroke, the condition may put sufferers at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study out of New York University’s medical school, those with sleep disorders experienced memory loss a decade before their peers, and an Alzheimer’s diagnosis five years earlier. Scientists hypothesize that it’s either the breathing stoppage or sleep disruption that’s affecting cognitive abilities. On the bright side, intervention with CPAP machines has shown positive results.

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VATICAN’S WAR ON AMERICAN NUNS ENDS: A Vatican fight with a liberal group representing most American nuns ended with a truce Thursday, with leaders of the group praising dialogue with the Holy See and saying that “what we hold in common is much greater than any of our differences.” Pope Benedict in 2012 ordered an investigation into the nuns for straying from the Vatican line with statements on homosexuality and feminism. After the announcement, the sisters of the Leadership Council of Women Religious met with Pope Francis for 50 minutes, a meeting that seemed to emphasize his—and their own—focus on social justice.

WHITE HOUSE FENCE TO GET SPIKES: The National Park Service is expected to approve new spikes for the White House fence at a meeting Thursday, according to documents obtained by NBC Washington. The move is an apparent attempt to combat the recent scourge of White House fence jumpers, and the spikes will remain on the current fence until a replacement fence is built next year. The final decision for the spikes then goes to U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.

BOSTON BOMBER MARKED FOR QUICK DEATH BY PRISON INMATES: While convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces possible execution, sources say  that prison inmates have already targeted him for death! The 21-year-old terrorist has been convicted of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and injured 260, including 17 who lost limbs in the explosions.“Regardless of whether he’s sent to die by lethal injection or is sentenced to life in prison without parole, he’s a goner!” a law enforcement source said. “The cowardly kid already has a price on his head. There are plenty of prisoners who’d consider it a badge of honor to take him out – doesn’t matter if he’s in solitary confinement or not.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***For eight years, Ben S. Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman, was steward of the world’s largest economy. Now he has signed on to advise one of Wall Street’s biggest hedge funds. Mr. Bernanke will become a senior adviser to Citadel, the $25 billion hedge fund founded by the billionaire Kenneth C. Griffin. He will offer his analysis of global economic and financial issues to Citadel’s investment committees. He will also meet with Citadel’s investors around the globe.

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MH370 SEARCH TO DOUBLE IF JET NOT FOUND: Authorities said Thursday the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will widen to include an additional 23,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean if the plane is not found by May. Malaysia, Australia, and China, the country’s leading the effort, have combed 61 percent of the 23,000-square-mile search area and the remaining 39 percent will be completed by the end of May, said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Liow added the two combined areas would cover 95 percent of the jetliner’s flight path. The plane went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. In a statement posted on the NBC News website Wednesday evening, Mr. Engel said that a review of the episode — prompted by reporting from The New York Times — had led him to conclude that “the group that kidnapped us was Sunni, not Shia.” He also wrote that the abductors had “put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen.”

JOAN KENNEDY SAD LAST DAYS: A glorious day for the Kennedy family turned troubling when Joan Kennedy arrived at the March 30 opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute – ravaged by a life spent in the throes of alcoholism. Shocking photos show the reclusive 78-yearold ex-wife of late Senator Ted Kennedy looking sad and confused, with the former socialite’s beauty distorted by plastic surgery. “Joan hadn’t been seen in ages, and her appearance was heartbreaking,” an eyewitness said. “She looked like she’s had a debilitating stroke. Her mouth hung open, and her eyes were glazed over.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Barbara Strauch, a reporter and editor who wrote two books about the brain and directed health and science coverage for The New York Times for a decade, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, N.Y. She was 63. The cause was breast cancer, her husband, Richard Breeden, said.   ***Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose soulful ballad of eternal love and rejection, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” topped the charts in 1966, died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74. His death was confirmed by Artists International Management, which represented him. Mr. Sledge had liver cancer, for which he underwent surgery in 2014, Mark Lyman, his agent and manager, said.

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Wednesday • April 15, 2015

MAN LANDS GYROCOPTER AT U.S. CAPITOL: A mailman from Florida landed his gyrocopter in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a surprise stunt that saw guards pull out automatic weapons before he was arrested. “I’m demanding reform and declaring a voter’s rebellion in a manner consistent with Jefferson’s description of rights in the Declaration of Independence,” Doug Hughes, 61, wrote in letters addressed to each member of Congress. “As a member of Congress, you have three options. 1. You may pretend corruption does not exist. 2. You may pretend to oppose corruption while you sabotage reform. 3. You may actively participate in real reform.” Hughes told the Tampa Bay Times about his planned stunt before it happened. He said he got the idea after his eldest son committed suicide; grief motivated him to draw attention to political issues important to him. According to the reporter who spoke to Hughes, he “needs the show, the very dramatic public act of civil disobedience, to hijack the news cycle and focus the nation’s attention” on campaign-finance reform. “I’m not promoting myself. I’m trying to direct millions of people to information, to a menu of organizations that are working together to fix Congress.” Hughes didn’t seem worried, either. “I don’t believe that the authorities are going to shoot down a 60-year-old mailman in a flying bicycle,” he said.

AARON HERNANDEZ GIVEN LIFE IN PRISON: Ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013 by a jury Wednesday. Barely an hour later, a judge sentenced Hernandez to life in prison without parole for murder and two other convictions on gun and ammunition charges. Before Hernandez goes to prison, he will stand trial in May for two other murders. Lloyd was dating Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister when he was murdered and subsequently found in an industrial park with gunshot wounds. Surveillance footage of Hernandez holding a Glock in his house after the murder was presented by prosecutors. Hernandez’s defense team initially claimed the footage was unclear and that the object might have been an iPad but later admitted it was a pistol. Hernandez is also charged with murdering two other men in a drive-by shooting one year before Lloyd’s murder. (He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges. Just two months later, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots. Hernandez appeared unmoved in the courtroom Wednesday, mouthing “it’ll be OK” and “be strong” to his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

CHRISTIE: VACCINES SHOULDN’T BE OPT OUT: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says parents “can’t count on” him to support opting out of vaccines for their children. Christie told New Hampshire residents during a town-hall meeting that “vaccines have done an enormous good in this country to eradicate” illnesses and “public health has to be paramount.” His comments marked a slight shift in tone from earlier this year, when he said, “All I can say is that we vaccinate [our children], and so that’s the best expression I can give you as my opinion. That’s what we do, but I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

FAST-FOOD WORKERS STRIKE IN 200 CITIES: A Tax Day strike by fast-food workers in more than 200 American cities is expected to be the largest of its kind. The employees demand a $15 per hour living wage for the workforce, more than half of whom rely on public assistance to supplement their incomes. In Brooklyn, members of the SEIU-funded Fight to $15 campaign blocked traffic near the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday morning, and organizers say they hope the event will grow to draw in other underpaid sectors of the population—including adjunct professors and child-care workers. Some fast-food chains, like McDonalds, recently implemented small raises for some of their staff—but organizers say that’s not enough. “This is much more of an economic and racial justice movement than the fast-food workers strikes of the past two years,” said Fight for $15 Director Kendall Wells.

LAWBREAKER BANK OK TO MANAGE RETIREMENTS: Despite pleading guilty to violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Iran, and Cuba (and incurring a massive $8.9 billion penalty along the way), French bank BNP Paribas will be allowed to continue managing retirement plans in the United States. The Department of Labor issued the ruling Wednesday, saying that the decision came with numerous conditions, including a requirement for an independent auditor with unlimited access to computer systems, record books, and personnel. “The interests of [retirement] plan participants would be better protected by imposition of the stringent conditions set forth herein,” the agency said. “It is unclear that the denial of the exemption application would have any meaningful effect on BNP’s behavior.”

TSA AGENTS SACKED FOR GROPING SCHEME: The TSA fired two agents at Denver International Airport and reassigned two others after discovering an elaborate scheme to grope attractive male passengers. According to investigators, a male TSA agent would indicate when he found a passenger attractive, and a female colleague would make the system flag him for an extra pat-down by logging him as female before the full-body scan. The scheme was foiled when a TSA investigator saw the male agent giving a customer an improper pat-down, and communicating via signal with his female colleague. No charges will be filed, though the incidents allegedly happened at least 10 times.

RESEARCHERS STOP DEMENTIA IN MICE: A Duke University research team has figured out a way to stop mice from developing dementia, by adjusting the brain’s immune system to stop the cells from attacking nutrients. The scientists found a way to stop some immune cells, known as microglia, from breaking down an amino acid known as arginine by blocking certain enzymes. Mice who underwent the treatment performed better on memory and other tests.

GISELE BÜNDCHEN TO RETIRE FROM RUNWAY: Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from the runway with one last show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. The world’s highest-paid model said she would continue to work in the industry, however. “Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business,” Bündchen wrote on Instagram, adding, “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey.” Bündchen’s last catwalk appearance was scheduled for Colcci, a Brazilian label she has represented since 2005.

NICK LOEB BATTLES TO SAVE FROZEN EMBRYOS WITH EX SOFIA VERGARA: Nick Loeb has launched a court battle against his ex-fiancée Sofia Vergara to prevent the destruction of frozen embryos the couple conceived when they were together. In Touch Magazine on Tuesday revealed court documents filed in a California court by a “John Doe” against a “Jane Doe, et al.” They confirmed it was Loeb who filed the paperwork. “John seeks to ensure the female embryos are not destroyed, but Jane refuses to agree to their preservation under any circumstances,” the lawsuit states. In 2013, Loeb and Vergara completed several rounds of in vitro fertilization in order to have a child. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in August, the couple tried to implant embryos with surrogates on separate occasions in 2013. The couple then split in May 2014.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Luke Evans

Luke Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor and singer. Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London’s West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before getting his breakthrough role in Hollywood starring in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake, playing Apollo. Following his debut, Evans was cast in such action and thriller films as Immortals (2011), The Raven (2012), and the re-imagined The Three Musketeers (2011), in which he played Aramis. In 2013, Evans starred as the main antagonist Owen Shaw in the blockbuster Fast & Furious 6, and also plays Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Evans also portrayed the vampire Dracula in the character’s film origin story, Dracula Untold.

LBN INVESTIGATES: The word “Champagne,” when capitalized, refers specifically to the white, sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. Generally, production begins with the fermentation of grapes with low sugar and high acid levels to produce a still wine, which is blended with other wines, a small amount of sugar and yeast, and stored. During the second fermentation, carbon dioxide is trapped in the bottle.

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LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

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Tuesday • April 14, 2015

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EX-BLACKWATER GUARDS GIVEN LONG TERMS FOR KILLING IRAQIS: One by one, four former Blackwater security contractors wearing blue jumpsuits and leg irons stood before a federal judge on Monday and spoke publicly for the first time since a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq. The men had been among several private American security guards who fired into Baghdad’s crowded Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, and last October they were convicted of killing 14 unarmed Iraqis in what prosecutors called a wartime atrocity. Yet on Monday, as they awaited sentences that they knew would send them to prison for most if not all of their lives, they defiantly asserted their innocence.

BIEBER CHOKED, TOSSED OUT OF COACHELLA: Justin Bieber was put into a chokehold and kicked out of Coachella on Sunday night. According to TMZ, the petulant pop star and his entourage were going to the artists’ entrance for the Drake performance when they were told the place was at capacity and they could not enter. Bieber told security staffers he could not be in the crowd because he’d get mobbed by fans, but they told him to leave. Bieber then reportedly said he was personally invited by Drake and would not leave. As a result, Bieber was put into a chokehold and ordered to leave. The singer is apparently considering legal action.

IRAQI PRIME MINISTER, IN WASHINGTON, SEEKS BILLIONS TO OVERCOME DEFICIT: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq is using his first official visit to Washington this week to pursue billions of dollars in loans and international assistance as his government struggles with plunging oil prices and a yawning budget deficit. Mr. Abadi, who arrived here on Monday night, has a full agenda, including a meeting on Tuesday with President Obama. But a major priority is laying the groundwork for financial support to help the Iraqi government as it struggles to take back territory from the Islamic State.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler plotted to kill Sir Winston Churchill with exploding chocolate. Hitler’s bomb makers covered explosive devices with a thin layer of dark chocolate and wrapped it in black and gold paper. British agents foiled the plot.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Her book “True and Constant Friends” is being published on Tuesday.


CEO CUTS $1M SALARY TO PAY WORKERS $70K: Gravity Payments founder Dan Price surprised his 120 employees Monday: After reading that money fluctuations are a big problem for those earning less than $70,000, he decided to make that the minimum wage for all the employees at his credit-card payment-processing company. To do so, Price cut his own salary from $1 million to $70,000 (CEOs make on average 300 times an average company salary), and plans to cut into company profit. Thirty people at Gravity will see their salaries double as a result.

EX-NFLER ACCUSED OF KILLING CELLMATE: Lawrence Phillips, 39, the former star running back at the University of Nebraska, is suspected of murdering his cellmate over the weekend. Phillips, who also played for the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins, became more notorious for his off-field run-ins with the law. He is believed to have killed his cellmate, Damion Soward, at California’s Kern Valley State Prison. Soward was serving a sentence of 82 years to life for murder. Phillips was serving 31 years and four months for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, spousal abuse, false imprisonment, and vehicle theft.

MILLENNIALS DRIVING UP RENTS ACROSS U.S.: You can blame millennials for a new thing this morning: higher rents. Apartment rents are expected to rise 3.3 percent this year to an average of $1,161, according to commercial property firm Reis Inc. That’s on top of a 14 percent increase since 2010. Prices are rising sharply thanks to a surge in demand by young people who are finally finding jobs and moving out of their parents’ homes. When they move out, many are choosing to rent apartments instead of buying homes. Not that landlords aren’t to blame: 80 percent of the 238,000 new apartments in America are “high-end projects aimed at renters willing to pay a premium for amenities like gourmet kitchens and concierge service,” the AP reports.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Historians cite runaway inflation as a major cause of ancient Rome’s fall.

TENNESSEE SET TO OK CANNABIS OIL: A bill legalizing the limited use of medicinal cannabis oil will head to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after lawmakers in the state house and senate unanimously approved the measure Monday evening. The new law would mean someone diagnosed with seizures or epilepsy may use cannabis oil that contains low amounts of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The state is reviewing a separate GOP bill that would open up the use of medical marijuana grown and distributed locally to people suffering from other conditions, but lawmakers have voted to study the measure over the summer before bringing it to a vote.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***HarperCollins has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its books, much like the contracts the online bookseller has reached with other publishers. Relations between Amazon and the New York publishers, always rather fraught, worsened last year when the bookseller and the publisher Hachette had a multimonth conflict over the price of e-books.

MY REVIEW: “I started reading LBN at 13. I am now 17  and really believe reading it daily has made me a better, smarter, more informed person.”—–Chelsea Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from Boise, Iowa.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The new Mayor of Beverly Hills, Julian Gold will be the guest of honor at the “Meet the Mayor” event this Saturday at The Nosh in Beverly Hills at 2pm.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Frank Serpico (1936)

Serpico is a retired New York City police officer who is most famous for being the first officer in US history to testify about widespread police corruption. Just months before he testified in 1971, he was shot in the face during a drug bust under suspicious circumstances, leading some to believe that corrupt officers had set him up. Shortly thereafter, Serpico, a film based on his life and starring Al Pacino, was released.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like a lot of people, I’ve come to believe that it would be a good idea to put body-mounted cameras on police officers. I now believe this for several reasons. First, there have been too many cases in which police officers have abused their authority and then covered it up. Second, it seems probable that cops would be less likely to abuse their authority if they were being tracked. Third, human memory is an unreliable faculty. We might be able to reduce the number of wrongful convictions and acquittals if we have cameras recording more events.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Almost every number used to analyze California’s drought can be debated, but this can be safely said: No level of restrictions on residential use can solve the problem. The solution lies with agriculture, which consumes more than its fair share. That doesn’t mean homeowners can’t and shouldn’t cut back.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***One of the men whom Suge Knight ran over earlier this year admitted to a judge that he punched the rap mogul, but testified that he would not identify Knight since he claimed he did not remember specifics and did not want to be a “snitch,” according to The Associated Press. Cle “Bone” Sloan said he punched Knight through the window of his truck before the incident, which left another man dead. “I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison,” he said.   ***Former Dateline reporter Chris Hansen is launching a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of reviving his infamous series To Catch a Predator as a new series titled, Hansen vs. Predator, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new Kickstarter campaign goes live Wednesday, April 15th, and Hansen hopes to raise around $400,000. The plan is to first produce the show as a web series before trying to sell it to a television network.   ***Rita Wilson has breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy as well as reconstruction surgery. “I have taken a leave from the play ‘Fish in the Dark’ to deal with a personal health issue,” Tom Hanks‘ wife of 26 years told People. “Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”

LBN-ETC: Julie Craig, Realtor — www.JulieCraig4RealEstate.com .

LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

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LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes tend to be ridden up to 8 times more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com – Free test ride. Call Kitty – 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: Real American pop-art — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

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LBN-ETC: Do you want to excel? —- www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Ready for Disaster? The Adelphi Natural Disaster Survey (2012) indicates 53% of Americans lack a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water. Blue Can offers “premium” emergency drinking water with a 50-year shelf life for homes, businesses and vehicles. Its high-tech filtration and pressure system allows its water to stay 100% pure/fresh for decades. Over 65% of aluminum cans are recycled versus less than 9% of plastic bottles (which harm oceans). With droughts (e.g., California), Blue Can is the smart alternative to stored “plastic” bottles, which must be refreshed often, wasting precious water. See www.bluecanwater.com or call (800) 213-2295.

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Monday • April 13, 2015

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HILLARY CLINTON STARTS TO DETAIL RATIONALE FOR RUN AS CAMPAIGN BEGINS: For months, the suspense surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plans to make a second attempt at the White House had little to do with whether, and everything to do with why: What would be her rationale for seeking the presidency? Yet with her videotaped announcement that she would run in 2016 to fight for American families so they can “get ahead and stay ahead,” Mrs. Clinton has only begun to answer that central question. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she says in the highly polished production, whose release just after 3 p.m. on Sunday after a drawn-out buildup seemed to stop a nation of tweeting political obsessives in their tracks. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”

MARCO RUNNING: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told his top donors during a conference call this morning that he is running for president, according to the Associated Press and CNN. He’s scheduled to kick off his campaign at an event in Miami this evening. With his announcement, the 43-year-old becomes the youngest official candidate in the 2016 race, joining fellow Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas in the field of declared Republican candidates. Known for his work on immigration legislation, Rubio has also positioned himself as a leader who is prepared to address global crises.

SLAGER LAUGHED ABOUT ADRENALINE RUSH: North Charleston police officer Michael Slager’s dashcam continued to record for about an hour after he pulled over and then killed Walter Scott. On the recording, a senior officer tells Slager to jot down notes about his version of what happened after his adrenaline stops pumping, to which Slager responds, laughing, “It’s pumping.” In another snippet of recorded conversation, Slager appears to make a phone call during which he tells someone that Walter Scott had grabbed his taser. A spokesperson for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was not able to definitely confirm that the officer on the recording is Slager but said it “appears that way.”

SPIETH WINS MASTERS, BREAKS RECORDS: Jordan Spieth became the second youngest golfer to win the Masters, following in the footsteps of Tiger Woods 18 years ago. The 21-year-old Texan won by four shots on Sunday and matched Woods’ record with an 18-under 270 at Augusta National Golf Club, becoming the first wire-to-wire winner to lead after every round since 1976. Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose tied for second at 14 under.

90% OF ADULTS NOW HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE: A Gallup survey released Monday shows that nearly 90 percent of American adults now have health insurance—up from eight in 10 just two years ago. That change is due in part to the 14.75 million people who purchased health coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, with the largest changes in insurance status coming among Hispanics and those making less than $36,000 annually.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Cailin Stasey along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


CLINTON CAMPAIGN VIDEO R-RATED IN RUSSIA: An independent Russian news site slapped Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement video with an 18+ rating out of fears of violating the country’s strict gay-propaganda law. In a subtitled version posted on TV Rain’s website, the age restriction is clearly visible in the video’s upper right corner. The decision to include a gay couple talking about wedding plans also made waves throughout Russian media, with many sites reporting on that fragment of the clip.

MY REVIEW: “Information is power and LBN is a power-tool!” —–Kelly O., an LBN E-Lert reader from Portland, Oregon.


LBN-SEE IT:…. Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, calls the cable giant’s current offerings “the best array of content in our history.”


75% OF WORKING POOR ON WELFARE: A report released Monday reveals that nearly three-quarters of people who receive public assistance are members of a family helmed by a worker, according to the Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California. The study found that state and federal governments spend more than $150 billion a year on four antipoverty programs used by working families, including Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, and the earned-income tax credit, which is directed at working families. Researchers conclude that taxpayers are not only providing support to the poor, but essentially a subsidy for employers of low-wage workers like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***As Blackstone’s top executives fan out across the globe, pitching their services at elite gatherings of investors, they invariably tell the crowd: Hope you guys like this hotel, because we own it. When it comes to real estate, Blackstone owns a lot more as well. The private equity firm, while better known for its huge buyouts in the deal boom before the financial crisis, is the largest private sector landlord in the United States. And that was the case even before General Electric announced on Friday that it would sell a $14 billion chunk of its real estate assets to Blackstone’s fast-growing property division as part of the conglomerate’s retreat from finance.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Attention, American women, especially young women: Have you got the heart to save yours? Although long thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease afflicts as many women, though women tend to develop and die from it about 10 years later. And while coronary mortality rates have declined over all, there are signs that the disease, its precursors and its potentially fatal consequences are increasing among young women. A 2007 study in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology referred to the rise in cardiovascular risk factors among young women as “the leading edge of a brewing storm.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Woody Allen and Soon-Yi at Philippe in NYC.   ***Chris Noth at TBar Steak & Lounge in NYC.   ***Kimiko Glenn, who plays pretty hippie Soso on “Orange Is the New Black,” at Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Victoria’s Secret model Bregje Heinen with three girlfriends at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, taking in hedge fund wunderkind-turned-artist Nelson Saiers’ show.   ***Then, just a block away at the Empire Diner, Justin Long was grabbing dinner with his brother and a friend.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine having brunch yesterday at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara.   *** Award-winning 3-D photographer Doug Betzold having dinner with his two kids on Saturday night at the Cast & Plow restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Renaldo P., an LBN E-Lert reader from Coral Gables, Florida.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Begun in 1560 for Cosimo l de’ Medici, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the oldest museums in the world and contains famous works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci.

GWEN STEFANI WANTS TOT ADOPT: Acknowledging that she’s too old to give birth to another child, 45-year-old Gwen Stefani has told close friends she’s set to adopt a little girl. The sexy singer already has three sons with rocker hubby Gavin Rossdale, 47 – Kingston, 8, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 1 – but she wants to bring a little femininity to the brood, pals said. “She loves her boys with all her heart, but she’s desperate for a little girl,” revealed a longtime friend. “She wants someone to be a Mini-Me!” In 2004, it was revealed that Gavin, lead singer of Bush, has a daughter – 29-year-old Daisy Lowe, a model – from a previous relationship. Gwen and Gavin think adopting a little girl is the best option. “There are so many children in the world in need of a good home, it just seems the right thing to do,” the source said. The couple has already been working with European adoption agencies, said insiders, and hopes to have a child by the end of the year.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday. He was 87. Mr. Grass’s publisher, Steidl Verlag, said the author died in a clinic in the northern city of Lübeck, which had been his home for decades. No cause of death was given.   ***Stanley I. Kutler, a historian who fought for the release of President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes and concluded that they proved Nixon was “deeply and intimately involved in sometimes criminal abuses of power, both before and after the Watergate break-in,” died on Tuesday in Fitchburg, Wis., a suburb of Madison. He was 80. The cause was heart failure, his son David said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erik Kritzer: I been looking at all the pics of all my friends at Coachella and really feel a lot of girls are going to come back knocked up.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: A group called Draft Biden 2016 has started selling bumper stickers that say “I’m ridin’ with Biden.” It’s a lot better than the other one that women around the White House have started using — “I’m hidin’ from Biden.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Seth Meyers: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today appeared on a talk show called “Pasta and Politics.” It went so well that he’s agreed to go on “Meet the Garlic Press.”

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LBN-OVEREHARD:   ***Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz saw acclaimed off-Broadway show “Hamilton” Saturday night and bid $1,500 for charity afterward to have its star Lin-Manuel Miranda create a voicemail message for the James Bond actor. After the bid, Miranda said, “That’s even more than Jimmy Fallon bid a few weeks ago.”   ***Matthew Doull, who owned The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard with Jimmy Finkelstein before they were bought by Guggenheim Media in 2013, has split with his girlfriend, Vogue editor Selby Drummond, 18 years his junior. We’re told the couple broke up more than six months ago.   ***David Arquette and Christina McLarty are husband and wife. The couple, who got engaged last July, tied the knot Sunday in Los Angeles. Arquette, 43, and McLarty, 33, were joined by close friends and family for the ceremony. Their 11-month-old son, Charlie West, was also on hand as well as the couple’s two basset hound pooches.

LBN-ETC: Julie Craig, Realtor — www.JulieCraig4RealEstate.com .

LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

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Sunday • April 12, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Weight Loss

1.     During the 19th century, a diet called “Fletcherism” became popular. Introduced by American Horace Fletcher (“the Great Masticator”), the diet promoted chewing a mouthful of food at least 32 times or until it was turned into liquid. He argued his method of eating could help people avoid disease and lose weight.

2.     Energy levels typically skyrocket after losing unwanted weight because carrying less weight means using less energy to simply get through day. Additionally, weight loss improves oxygen efficiency, which leads to less huffing and puffing.

3.     Elvis Presley was famously a fan of the “Sleeping Beauty Diet,” or a diet where a person is sedated for days at time. The reasoning behind the diet was that a sleeping person wouldn’t eat.

4.     Losing weight alters brain activity. For example, after following a weight loss program for 6 months, women scored better on memory tests. Research has also linked obesity to poor memory, especially in overweight pear-shaped women.

5.     A fat cell lives for about 7 years. When a fat cell dies, a new grows to replace it. The body keeps track of how many fat cells it has as well as the amount of fat in each cell. If fat cells are removed by liposuction, for example, the body compensates by growing new fat cells in other areas of the body.

6.     Liposuction removes only the fat that lies directly underneath the skin. The most fat that can be removed safely is 2–3 pounds. Lipo cannot remove intra-abdominal fat that is associated with heart disease and diabetes.

7.     The “Byron Diet” is named after Victorian poet Lord Byron who would eat bizarre foods such as potatoes drenched in vinegar in an effort to look fashionably thin and pale.

8.     According to a University of Minnesota study, people in disorganized workspaces are more likely to choose unhealthy snacks.

9.     Regularly smelling peppermint may help decrease hunger and, consequently, caloric intake. Researchers believe the strong scent is distracting and helps keeps a person’s mind off of their appetite.

10.  Obesity has been linked to several types of cancer. Specifically, being overweight causes inflammation that causes cell changes in the body. However, just by losing 5% of your body weight can significantly lower dangerous levels of inflammation.

11.  After undergoing bariatric surgery, approximately 87% of patients said their taste buds had changed. Almost half of them said food didn’t taste as good, so they didn’t eat as much. Additionally, people had less of a preference for salty foods.

12.  Losing weight can reduce arthritis symptoms.

13.  A recent study found that eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts is associated with lower levels of abdominal fat. Scientists speculate that the antioxidants may help fight inflammation and improve metabolic functioning.

14.  Scientists believe there are as many as 100 different types of “fat genes,” or genes that increase the likelihood of someone developing type 2 diabetes and becoming obese. However, scientists note that obesity-promoting genes can be offset by regular exercise and a healthy diet.

15.  In the first half of the 20th century, cigarette makers regularly touted their produces as a weight loss aid. One 1929 advertisement proclaimed, “Light a Lucky and you’ll never miss a sweet that makes you fat.”

16.  Some people have twice as many fat cells as other people. Additionally, the cells of overweight and obese people hold more fat. While a person can’t reduce their total number of fat cells, they can eat right and exercise to keep the cells small. New fat cells emerge during childhood and typically stop by adolescence.

17.  Studies of twins reveal that fat cells in a heavier twin underwent metabolic changes that made it harder for them to burn fat. Even gaining as little as 11 pounds slows a person metabolism—which, it turn, leads to even more weight gain.

18.  Stress can make it difficult to lose weight. Stress can trigger cravings for carb-rich snack foods which tend to calm stress hormones. Stress hormones can also increase fat storage. In addition to physical exercise, relaxation techniques can help control weight.

19.  When subjects were shown pictures of food they like, the parts of the brain that lit up were the same parts that were activated in drug addicts. Studies show that obese peoples may have fewer dopamine receptors, which means they need more food to get that pleasurable reaction.

20.  Sleep deprivation can make it harder to lose weight. Inadequate sleep upsets a person’s hormone balance, which decreases leptin (a hormone that makes a person feel full) and increases ghrelin (which triggers hunger). Scientists argue that getting enough sleep is the cheapest and easiest obesity medicine there is.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Tom Clancy (1947)

Before beginning his writing career, American novelist Tom Clancy worked as an insurance agent. His first novel was the hit The Hunt for Red October, one of the defining works of the “techno-thriller” genre—suspenseful narratives in which military technology and espionage play a prominent part. He has 17 other bestsellers to his name, including Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, the latter the bestselling novel of the 1980s.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is one of the more famous proponents of cocaine. After trying the drug for the first time in 1884, he recommended it as a useful treatment for depression, alcoholism, and morphine addiction.

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LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

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Saturday • April 11, 2015

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OBAMA, RAUL CASTRO SHAKE HANDS AT SUMMIT: President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands and talked in Panama on Friday, marking the first time in 50 years that leaders of both countries had spent any significant time together. Both leaders are also scheduled to have a face-to-face talk on Saturday. “As the United States begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama told a gathering of civil society groups.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HEAD SENTENCED TO DIE: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, has been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court, along with 13 other members of the group. The sentences prescribe death by hanging, though the sentences may be appealed. 34 other defendants were given life in prison over charges of plotting terrorist attacks against state facilities after the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown in 2013.

GARRY TRUDEAU: CHARLIE HEBDO IS ‘HATE SPEECH’: Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical cartoonist behind Doonesbury, says his fellow satirists at Charlie Hebdo “wandered into the realm of hate speech.” Trudeau made the remark during his acceptance speech of the George Polk Awards in Journalism, according to Peter Bale, the head of the Center for Public Integrity. “Free speech… becomes its own kind of fanaticism,” Trudeau also reportedly said, adding that the job of satirists is to punch up, not punch down. Trudeau was presumably talking about Hebdo’s mocking of Islam, which of course led two terrorists to assassinate the editor in chief and several other cartoonists. Trudeau is the first cartoonist to ever receive a Polk award.

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WHY SUNDAY FOR HILLARY? MEDIA EXPERT EXPLAINS: According to prominent media expert and author Michael Levine, many factors played into the timing of Mrs. Clinton’s announcement. “They have been watching Senator Marco Rubio of Florida closely as a potential opponent, and he set Monday as his announcement date.  Mrs. Clinton’s announcement on Sunday will certainly draw attention from Mr. Rubio’s entry into the race and could well eclipse it. ” commented Levine. “Everything is very, very carefully planned with Hillary” said Levine.

VIOLENT CALI. COPS PUT ON PAID LEAVE: Ten deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay after a news channel’s helicopter captured the law enforcement agents using excessive force on a handcuffed man, according to San Bernardino County Sherrif John McMahon. Francis Pusok had fallen off his horse after a three-hour police chase when he was handcuffed and brutally beaten by the officers. McMahon said he was “disturbed and troubled” by the video while Pusok’s laywer said the beatings were “far worse than Rodney King.”

LBN WILL MISS HER: Judith Malina, an actor and director who with her husband, Julian Beck, founded the Living Theater, a troupe of activists and provocateurs who advanced the idea of political theater in America, catalyzed fierce debate over their methods and intentions, and in the name of art ran afoul of civic authorities on three continents, died on Friday in Englewood, N.J. She was 88. Ms. Malina was a regular reader of LBN and would occasionally write us. She will be missed.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***General Electric’s announcement on Friday that it will sell off most of GE Capital, its once-sprawling finance unit, is both another nail in the coffin of the American conglomerate and a stark recognition that it has become harder for financial services businesses to make big profits in the postfinancial crisis environment of tighter regulation and lower risk. “It’s the end of an era,” said Bruce Greenwald, a professor of finance and asset management at Columbia Business School. Since the financial crisis destabilized G.E., its chief executive, Jeffrey R. Immelt, has been steadily shrinking the size of GE Capital, and in January described the downsizing of the business as a “historic pivot” in the company’s strategy. In G.E.’s most recent quarterly earnings report, GE Capital contributed just 25 percent of its parent’s total profit, down from nearly half at its peak. By 2018, G.E. expects financial services to contribute less than 10 percent of its income.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Billy Crystal and Billy Connolly seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in NYC.   ***HBO boss Richard Plepler in a corner booth at the Lambs Club in NYC.   ***“Big Love” star Bill Paxton at Cibo Wine Bar in Toronto.   ***Sheila Rosenblum and members of her women’s horse-racing syndicate, Lady Sheila Stable Two — including Dottie Herman and Jill Zarin — at the NY Thoroughbred Breeders Awards in Saratoga.

LBN-SEE IT: A photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken by Alexander Gardner in February 1865, said to be the last picture taken of the president before his assassination.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After a flurry of criticism online, BuzzFeed on Friday reinstated two posts that had recently been removed from the site. Ben Smith, the editor in chief, said that he had overreacted when asking editors to delete them. One of the posts that was taken down was critical of an advertising campaign for the cosmetics brand Dove, which advertises on the site. After Gawker reported on the item’s disappearance on Thursday, Mr. Smith posted a note from editors which suggested that it was removed because it did not fit BuzzFeed’s tone or editorial mission. “We are trying not to do hot takes,” Mr. Smith wrote on Twitter.   ***In the last 30 days, LBN has had 11 stories BEFORE The Los Angeles Times.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***”I hope you guys like rock & roll,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told the crowd at Coachella last night, “because that’s all we do.” The band, in the headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, performed 20 songs and, as Johnson promised, did not try to vary their road-tested formula. The two-hour set, full of songs that split the difference between “simple” and “primal,” was almost too much of a good thing, but served as a welcome return to form for the Australian group’s first concert in six years.   ***The Grateful Dead have announced that they will perform a pair of hometown Bay Area concerts at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium in late June. While the band is synonymous with San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love, they opted to stage their last blowout Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3rd through 5th. Fare Thee Well organizer Peter Shapiro announced the new shows on SiriusXM’s official Grateful Dead channel. In an open letter to fans, the Dead write that they couldn’t call it quits without saying goodbye to San Francisco.

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***When it was over, when the Boston Red Sox had deftly turned a double play to end a game that had begun more than seven hours earlier, Yankee Stadium was empty enough to hear their celebratory shouts as players and coaches emptied out of the dugout. On the other side, quietly and quickly, the Yankees turned and headed toward their clubhouse. The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 6-5, in 19 innings, but this baseball game that began just after 7 on Friday night and finished Saturday at 2:13 a.m. felt instead like a test of endurance.

JUDGE: ARREST BIEBER: A judge in Buenos Aires has told Argentina’s police to arrest Justin Bieber if he returns to the country. The teen star, who was accused of ordering his bodyguard to attack a photographer in 2013, was supposed to appear for questioning last November, but never showed. “I consider it pertinent to order the immediate detention of the accused,” the judge announced April 8. A spokesman from Bieber’s camp claims the case has been resolved.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert L. Gallucci and Joel S. Wit: President Obama’s defense of his emerging nuclear deal with Iran as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” reminds his critics of an earlier landmark agreement, intended to end the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and others have argued that the eventual collapse of that agreement, resulting in North Korea’s building nuclear weapons, proves that a deal with Tehran is a big mistake. Those of us who negotiated the North Korea deal know that important lessons can be learned from that experience. But they are not the ones based on the critics’ fundamental misreading of history.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The last daughter of screen beauty Gene Tierney and hubby fashion guru Oleg Cassini has died broke in Paris last week after being stiffed by her stepmother. Cassini, the fashion designer who famously dressed Jackie Kennedy and movie stunner wife Gene Tierney, left an estate worth estimated worth of $60 million when he died in 2006. $1 million of that was earmarked for Christina in his will after the death of her older sister Daria in 2010. The NY Post’s Richard Johnson reported that Cassini’s widow, Marianne Nestor Cassini, who was the executor of the estate, had refused to pay Christina as she battled ovarian cancer. The two had battled in court for years.   ***It’s official: Justin Timberlake will be passing on his suit and tie. The singer and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, have welcomed their first child, son Silas Randall Timberlake, their reps confirm . Reps say mom and baby are doing well and dad is “ecstatic.”   ***Film mogul Harvey Weinstein will not face criminal charges stemming from a gorgeous Italian model’s claim that he molested her in his Tribeca Film Center office last month, the Manhattan DA said Friday. “This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our sex crimes unit,” said Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for DA Cyrus Vance Jr. “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”

LBN-ETC: Julie Craig, Realtor — www.JulieCraig4RealEstate.com .

LBN-ETC: It’s on – the search for winner #2! Our “tell us your health story” was a huge success, so we’re extending it for the month of April! Send us 200 words or less about you health challenges, and how/why healthy meals will help you. The best Los Angeles’ based response will win a day of premium quality meals from NutriFit, the best healthy food company in Southern California. Share this with your social media network and tag us so we can follow you! Email your replies to Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or post on our Facebook page. Or even call us! 310 473-1989.

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LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes ten to be ridden up to 8 times more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com – Free test ride. Call Kitty – 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: Real American pop-art — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

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Friday • April 10, 2015

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ARE YOU READY? – HILLARY TO ANNOUNCE SUNDAY AT NOON: Hillary Clinton will announce she’s running for president this Sunday, according to CNN and The Guardian. Clinton will make her announcement via social media at noon on Sunday with a video. Immediately afterward, she will travel to Iowa. The Daily Beast’s David Freedlander reports that next week she’ll begin an “insane” fundraising push. “They are going to raise in one week what some Republican presidential candidates are going to raise the entire cycle,” said one Clinton aide.

WALTER SCOTT DIDN’T HAVE A WARRANT: The man shot to death by police officer Michael Slager in South Carolina on Saturday was not wanted for overdue child support, as initial reports suggested. Walter Scott did have a large outstanding child-support balance—$7,500—and it’s not clear whether he knew that no bench warrant had been issued for him. He had already been jailed three times for missed payments, and his last payment was made in July 2012.

NCAA’S LAUREN HILL DIES OF BRAIN TUMOR: The teenage basketball player who gained national fame for sharing her battle with brain cancer died Friday at age 19. Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma at age 18. She went on to start a foundation to raise money for a cancer cure, and played in her first and only NCAA game in November.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are a lot of advantages to earning more money, but getting a good night’s sleep may not be one of them. It turns out that, in general, the more money people make, the less they sleep. That’s been true for decades in the United States, and in other countries as well. On average, adults earning the highest incomes — around $98,000 for a family of four — sleep 40 minutes less than people in the lowest-income families. And among short sleepers — those who are in the bottom 10 percent of nightly rest — high-income people are overrepresented, according to the government survey that sleep researchers trust most.

ISIS KILLS 25 POLICE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS IN IRAQI PROVINCE OF ANBAR: Islamic State fighters launched a heavy attack on government-held territory in Anbar Province late on Thursday and on Friday, killing 25 Iraqi police officers and soldiers, and then executing 15 family members of local police officers, according to Iraqi officials. The attackers overran large parts of the town of Albu Faraj, just north of the provincial capital, Ramadi, less than two days after officials in the province declared that they had begun an offensive against the extremists to the east of the capital, police officials in Ramadi said.

PAKISTAN GIVES BAIL TO TERROR SUSPECT: The suspected mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai has been let out on bail in Pakistan, despite an international outcry. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was let out in secret overnight, after a court suspended a mandate to keep him in jail. The 2008 attack, spread out over four days, killed 164 people and injured hundreds of others.

LBN-SEE IT:…Plus-size retailer Lane Bryant launched a splashy new lingerie ad campaign this week, a marketing ploy attacking Victoria’s Secret with a hashtag that quickly went viral on social media.


CHINA IS SAID TO USE POWERFUL NEW WEAPON TO CENSOR INTERNET: Late last month, China began flooding American websites with a barrage of Internet traffic in an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country. Initial security reports suggested that China had crippled the services by exploiting its own Internet filter — known as the Great Firewall — to redirect overwhelming amounts of traffic to its targets. Now, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Toronto say China did not use the Great Firewall after all, but rather a powerful new weapon that they are calling the Great Cannon.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***General Electric plans to sell off most of its finance arm over the next two years, redefining the multinational conglomerate as it seeks to complete a transformation begun amid the tumult of the financial crisis. In addition to huge planned sales of assets outlined by the company on Friday, G.E. will take other significant steps, including bringing back about $36 billion in cash that now resides overseas.

MY REVIEW: “LBN has become an international treasure for thinking people. I applaud. Its relentless, independent and fearless intensity brings the unvarnished truth to people throughout the world.”—-Dr. Joseph Z., an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


CALI POLICE FILMED BEATING A MAN: Several San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were caught on camera Thursday beating a suspect after he fell off a horse at the end of a police chase through the California desert. The video, shot from a TV station’s helicopter, shows a group of deputies kicking and punching 30-year-old Francis Pusok, even after his hands appeared to be tied behind his back. A chase began after police tried to serve Pusok with a search warrant on suspicion of identity theft. He was shot with a taser after he fell from the horse. The county sheriff, John McMahon, said he has called for an investigation into the incident after viewing the “disturbing” video. Pusok was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries

U.S. AND CUBA MEET FOR HISTORIC TALKS: Secretary of State John Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez late Thursday, marking the highest level meeting in more than 50 years. The two held private discussions after arriving in Panama for the Summit of the Americas and ahead of President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro’s landmark meeting in the next few days. The State Department described the meeting as “very constructive,” and reportedly recommended Cuba be removed from its list of nations believed to sponsor terrorism, according to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee aide.

MAD MAN! JON HAMM WAS ACCUSED OF BRUTAL HAZING: Mad Men star Jon Hamm was accused in a brutal college hazing in 1990 at the University of Texas that resulted in the fraternity chapter permanently disbanding, according to court and school records revealed Thursday. There had not previously been a public connection to Hamm, but according to a lawsuit filed by a Sigma Nu pledge, Hamm set his jeans on fire, shoved his face in dirt, and hit him with a paddle. Criminal records show the Emmy-nominated actor was charged with hazing and received deferred adjudication, which means he had to complete probation but was never convicted. An assault charge was dismissed and four other frat members were also charged.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Anne Hathaway and her “Grounded” director Julie Taymor at a TodayTix-sponsored party at the Public Theater in NYC.   ***Ralph Nader dining at Au Za’atar in the East Village in NYC.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having breakfast yesterday at Pinks Hot Dogs on LaBrea in Hollywood.   ***A packed house last night at Mr. Musichead art gallery on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood celebrating legendary music photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt’s photo exhibit and new book Jimmy Steinfeldt Rock ‘N’ Roll Lens which features 30 years of his iconic photos of music greats Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Madonna & Stevie Nicks and many more.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Collen L., an LBN E-Lert reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico


LBN-R.I.P.: ***Richard Dysart, a character actor who specialized in lawyers, doctors and other authority figures — most notably Leland McKenzie, the founding partner of the law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak, on the soapy-serious prime-time drama “L.A. Law” — died on Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Kathryn Jacobi Dysart.   ***Geoffrey Lewis, an actor who appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in a string of films in the 1970s and ’80s, died on Tuesday near his home in Los Angeles. He was 79. He died after a heart attack, said Carleen Donovan, a publicist for his daughter Juliette Lewis, the actress.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If President Obama is right and Iran is on the verge of change, the deal is a home run. But we have a terrible record of predicting trends in the Middle East. Republican and Democratic administrations have continually anticipated turning points in the Middle East: Republicans after interventions, Democrats after negotiations. But the dawns never come. At some point, there has to be a scintilla of evidence that Iran wants to change. Khamenei’s speech offers none. Negotiating an arms treaty with Brezhnev and Gorbachev was one thing. But with this guy? Good luck with that.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: On the dawn of his final day, April 14, Lincoln rises as usual at 7 a.m., breakfasts on coffee and an egg. He meets with his cabinet, confers with an ex-slave, lunches with the unpredictable Mary Todd. They have plans to attend “Our American Cousin.” In the box at Ford’s Theater that evening, a white supremacist fires a single shot from a Derringer. The bullet penetrates Lincoln’s brain and lodges just behind his right eye. The most significant casualty in a war that took more lives than any other in the nation’s history dies the next morning — the first president to be murdered.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Eerin McKean: This week the United States Postal Service celebrated the life and work of Maya Angelou, unveiling a stamp with her portrait and a lyrical quotation. Unfortunately, the words on the stamp do not appear to have originally been uttered by the poet. Instead, they come from the children’s book author Joan Walsh Anglund. Ms. Anglund, 89, graciously called the misattribution of her epigram to Ms. Angelou “interesting.” The line, “A bird doesn’t sing because he has an answer, it sings because he has a song” appeared in her 1967 book of poems, “A Cup of Sun.” (The version on the stamp uses “it” instead of “he.”)

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Hey, friends…if you are in the mood to be ripped off, I suggest you head over to Oliverio Restaurant at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. $20 Turkey Burger. No, I am not kidding. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jessica Simpson’s obsession with losing weight has friends fearing she’s headed for an overdose – because she depends on booze and pills to keep the pounds off, sources say. “It’s turned into a full blown crisis,” a source said. “There’s real fear she’s sliding down a slippery slope if she can’t curtail this dangerous behavior.”   ***Taylor Swift reveals to fans that her mother is suffering from cancer. Taylor, 25,  posted the news on her Tumbler blog but did not reveal what type of cancer her mother Andrea is suffering from.   ***The estate of Lauren Bacall has reduced the price of the gorgeous Dakota residence where the screen siren lived for more than 50 years from $26 million to $23.5 million. It was owned by Bacall since 1961, when she reportedly bought it for between $28,000 and $48,000, until her death in August last year.

LBN-ETC: An interview with Hollywood icon Elliot Mintz – The latest episode of the TV show – “Without Notes” https://youtu.be/YBSBUODmU6M.

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Thursday • April 9, 2015

DISGRACE – S.C. COP FACED EXCESSIVE-FORCE CHARGE: Michael Slager, the white officer who killed an unarmed black man in South Carolina last weekend, faced a complaint for use of excessive force two years ago. In the 2013 confrontation—also with an unarmed black man—Slager allegedly barged into the home of Mario Givens after waking him up and threatened to tase him if Givens refused him entry. “I didn’t want that to happen to me, so I raised my arms over my head, and when I did, he tased me in my stomach anyway,” Givens, now 33, told the AP. A spokesperson for the  North Charleston Police Department said it will review the decision not to charge Slager in that case, during which the officer was looking for Givens’s brother Matthew, who was more than half a foot shorter than the man who was tased.

WISCONSIN MAN ARRESTED FOR AIDING ISIS: Joshua Ray Van Haften has been charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. The 34-year-old Wisconsin man is alleged to have intended to travel to Iraq or Syria to join the so-called Islamic State. Federal officials arrested Van Haften, a registered sex offender, at O’Hare Airport in Chicago after he returned from Turkey.

SCIENTOLOGY SPIED ON LEADER’S FATHER: The Church of Scientology hired two private detectives to watch its leader’s father after he parted ways with the church, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. According to police records, the church allegedly paid two detectives $10,000 a week—through an intermediary—for 18 months, to spy and eavesdrop on Ronald Miscavige Sr., the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige. The surveillance was discovered after police in West Allis, Wisconsin, arrested Dwayne S. Powell on suspicion of obstruction in July 2013. Powell’s rented SUV contained two laptop computers, binoculars, a GPS tracking device, a stun gun, four handguns, two rifles, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, and a homemade silencer when he was arrested. He told police he was hired by the church to spy “full-time” on the 79-year-old. David Miscavige and the church denied any connection to Powell.

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

IRAN: NO DEAL UNLESS SANCTIONS LIFTED: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech Thursday that Iran will only sign a final nuclear accord with six world powers if all sanctions against the country are lifted. “We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day,” Rouhani said. “We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks.”

ERDOGAN DEMANDS EGYPT RELEASE MORSI: Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan announced Thursday that the release of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and his supporters is a precondition to restoring ties between the two countries. The new Egyptian government has rounded up and sentenced hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death since Morsi was ousted in 2013. “Mr. Morsi is a president elected by 52 percent of the votes. They should give him his freedom,” Erdogan told Turkish papers on his way back from Lebanon. “There are 3,000 people there sentenced to death. This should be lifted.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vacuum cleaners in the early 20th century were large, powered by coal, and required three people to operate them. Other early vacuums cleaners had to be parked outside a building and had long hoses that went through the windows. Yet another early version of the vacuum was installed in the house cellar and connected to a network of pipes that led to each room in the house.

SECRET SERVICE PUTS MANAGER ON LEAVE: In the latest sex-related trouble for the Secret Service, the organization has suspended a manager accused last month of making unwanted sexual advances toward a female agent. Xavier Morales has been placed on administrative leave, with his security clearances revoked. “These allegations as reported are very disturbing,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said in a statement. “Any threats or violence that endangers our employees in the workplace is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

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ISIS-LOVING HACKERS TAKE OUT FRENCH TV: A group of hackers purporting to be allied with ISIS disrupted the broadcast of a French TV channel, in their largest disruption to date. TV5Monde, which broadcasts in more than 200 countries, faced a three-hour blackout, and its sites were plastered with threats to French soldiers. The CyberCaliphate hacktivist collective has become notorious for attacking poorly guarded websites and social-media accounts belonging to local news outlets. Often, it posts low-level classified documents on the pages, passing them off as major hacks.

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GREECE GIVES IN, PAYS UP ON BAILOUT: The cash-strapped Greek government issued an order to repay a €450 million part of the country’s €240 billion debt to the EU on Thursday. “The order [for the repayment] has been given,” a finance ministry official told the AP, adding that payment will be made shortly. The move comes after months of maneuvering on the issue, including Athens officials’ claims that it is not Greece that owes money but rather Germany—in the form of reparations for occupation during World War II.

CBS ANCHOR BOB SCHIEFFER TO RETIRE: CBS anchor Bob Schieffer announced plans Wednesday to retire this summer after more than five decades in journalism. Speaking at the annual Schieffer Symposium at his alma mater Texas Christian University, the Face of the Nation host announced his retirement. The 78-year-old has worked for CBS News for 46 years, winning nearly every broadcast journalism award, including eight Emmys, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. Schieffer was named a living legend by the Library of Congress in 2008 and inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Less than a week after filmmaker John Singleton said the long-in-the-works Tupac Shakur biopic was “on hold,” the director has severed his ties to the film. He addressed his exit on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of an article claiming that director Carl Franklin (Out of Time, HomelandHouse of Cards) would now be helming the movie.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***David A. Laventhol, a former publisher of The Los Angeles Times and Newsday who made a journalistically acclaimed but financially doomed attempt to break into the New York City newspaper market by starting New York Newsday in 1985, died on Wednesday. He was 81 and lived in Manhattan. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, according to his son, Peter Laventhol.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Jackie Keller (Health expert): Newly published research results in the Annals of Internal Medicine: Weight Loss Programs: Slim Evidence and Thin Results. Once again, we learn that there are few truly good studies on the multitude of diet programs out there – and as a society, our obesity problem rages on. The “new” research affirms and “old” truth – long term results come from slow, steady weight loss with group support, ie. what NutriFit has been doing for the past 17 years, along with standardized programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: ***Let’s face facts: Traffic in L.A is fucked up!    ***Two names that make me want to puke: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It appears that Bobby Flay’s relationship is on the rocks. The 50-year-old “Iron Chef” separated from his wife, “Law and Order: SVU” star Stephanie March, three weeks ago, a source confirmed.

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Wednesday • April 8, 2015

C.I.A. DIRECTOR SAYS IRAN’S ECONOMIC PERIL HELPED DRIVE NUCLEAR DEAL: The director of the Central Intelligence Agency has provided the first public glimpse of American intelligence assessments about why Iran’s leadership agreed to the tentative nuclear accord last week, saying that Iran’s president persuaded its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that their country’s economy was “destined to go down” unless he reached an understanding with the West. The director, John O. Brennan, speaking Tuesday night at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, also dismissed as “wholly disingenuous” the claim of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that the framework accord reached last Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, would provide Iran with a “pathway to a bomb.”

HALF OF N. CHARLESTON COPS GOT BODY CAMS: The police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott was not wearing a body camera, even though South Carolina allocated $275,000 of a federal grant for the North Charleston Police Department to procure them after the outcry over Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths. A total of 115 body cameras were allocated to the 340-strong North Charleston police department. It’s not clear how many officers are or are not wearing the cameras.

IRAQ LAUNCHES DRIVE AGAINST ISIS, BUT REPORTS ON SCALE DIFFER: The Iraqi Army and militia forces launched an attack against the Islamic State outside Ramadi on Wednesday, with some local officials claiming it was the beginning of a major offensive in western Anbar Province, though others said that was premature. The attack came only a week after Iraqi officials declared victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit, where fighting to wipe out pockets of resistance was still continuing.

S.C. COPS EXONERATED IN 200+ SHOOTINGS: The police officer who shot an unarmed black man in the back eight times before killing him will stand trial for murder, but his conviction is far from certain. The State reported two weeks ago that police in South Carolina fired their weapons at 209 suspects in the past five years, but not one has been convicted. Just yesterday, a white police officer from North Augusta was charged with a felony (discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle) after shooting a black man to death through the man’s car door when he was in his driveway.

STUDY WARNS OF DIET SUPPLEMENT DANGERS KEPT QUIET BY F.D.A.: Popular weight-loss and workout supplements on sale in hundreds of vitamin shops across the nation contain a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine, the powerful stimulant, and pose dangers to the health of those who take them, according to a new study. The Canadian health authorities in December called the chemical, BMPEA, “a serious health risk,” and pulled supplements that contain it from store shelves. The Food and Drug Administration documented two years ago that nine such supplements contained the same chemical, but never made public the names of the products or the companies that made them. Neither has it recalled the products nor issued a health alert to consumers as it has done with other tainted supplements. The F.D.A. said in a statement that its review of supplements containing the stimulant “does not identify a specific safety concern at this time.”

U.S. TRACKED CALLS YEARS BEFORE 9/11: The Justice Department secretly tracked billions of American phone calls made abroad nearly a decade before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, USA Today reported Tuesday. The Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration collected bulk data on phone calls made to as many as 116 countries with a connection to drug trafficking, current and former officials involved in the operation said. Though the program did not intercept the content of phone calls, it served as a blueprint for the National Security Agency’s phone-surveillance system and was approved by top Justice Department officials in four presidential administrations. Federal officials say they used the call records to monitor drug cartels’ distribution networks.

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SPAIN ARRESTS 10 FOR JIHADI CONNECTIONS: Spanish police on Wednesday rounded up 10 people linked to ISIS in the northeastern region of Catalonia. This was one of the country’s largest raids of its kind, with more than 360 police taking part in 13 separate operations. Spanish police have arrested about 50 suspected jihadis in the past year, many of whom were suspected of planning to join the extremist fighters. Just last week, police in Catalonia arrested four members of a family, including 16-year-old twin boys, who were allegedly planning to travel to Syria to join the terror group.

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RAHM EMANUEL WINS RUNOFF ELECTION TO SECURE 2ND TERM AS CHICAGO MAYOR: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff whose cutting personality and centrist policies earned him the nickname “Mayor 1 Percent” among his critics, was re-elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, surviving a challenge from Jesus G. Garcia, a county commissioner who was seeking to become the city’s first Latino mayor. With 98 percent of precincts counted, Mr. Emanuel led Mr. Garcia 56 percent to 44 percent.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The science on statins and sexual function is inconclusive, but it does appear that taking a statin may sometimes affect a person’s sex life. On the plus side, some men report improved erections when their high cholesterol was treated with statins, said Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. It is plausible that lowering cholesterol improves the function of the cells that line blood vessels, which could help erectile function, he said.

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LYIN’ BRIAN: “MAYBE I HAD A BRAIN TUMOR”: Disgraced TV newsman Brian Williams allegedly said he had a brain tumor to explain his lying. Vanity Fair reported that several NBC insiders told them that Brian Williams, The NBC Nightly News anchor, couldn’t admit he lied about being attacked on a chooper in Iraq so he came up with a novel excuse. “(Brian said,) ‘Did something happen to (my) head? “Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head,’” a source told the glam mag. “He just didn’t know. We just didn’t know. We had no clear sense what had happened. “We got the best (apology) we could get.”

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 from China to India from Germany to Israel from England to Japan from South Africa to Canada from France to Brazil from Russia to Mexico?

SOLAR POWERED TOILETS KEEP SF CLEAN: A portable, solar-powered toilet project unveiled four weeks in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood has done a great job at making streets a little cleaner—perhaps such a good job that it will soon be replicated in other cities. The toilets are dropped off four times a week at areas near soup kitchens and parks, staying there from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. An attendant restocks them, and gives patrons a knock if they spend too long inside. “Everyone has to go to the bathroom, that’s not something anyone can stop,” said local city supervisor Jane Kim. “This program affords people some dignity to take care of a human need.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Publicist Cindi Berger has parted ways with Mariah Carey after more than 15 years, sources said, before the singer embarks on her Las Vegas residency next month. When reached for comment, Berger confirmed that she’s no longer working with Carey and said, “I have enormous respect for Mariah. She is one of the great talents and voices of our time, and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

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SOFIA VERGARA WISHES SHE HAD FAKE BOOBS: Busty “Modern Family” babe Sofia Vergara really knows how to fill up a bathtub — but the naturally busty actress says she’s gotten a little too much of a good thing. “Believe me, I wish I had fake boobs,” Vergara says in the May issue of Vanity Fair, complaining that her God-given assets sag more than silicone stand-ins would. “I lay down and they completely go down like all the way, like here,” she said. “It’s not fun.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***A former New York Knicks forward who now plays for the Indiana Pacers was stabbed in the abdomen during an argument early Wednesday outside a club in Manhattan, according to the authorities. The player, identified by a law enforcement source as Chris Copeland, 31, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center. The injury was not considered life-threatening, the police said. A 28-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was slashed in the right arm and breast, and was also taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, the police said.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Man French-Kisses Giraffe In The Name Of Science


LBN-R.I.P.: Stan Freberg, a humorist whose sprawling imagination fueled a multifaceted career that included pretty much inventing the idea of using satire in commercials, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88. His death was announced by his son, Donavan.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: You could almost feel sorry for McDonald’s. That’s an odd sentiment when you consider that the company’s revenues in 2014 were $27.4 billion and its stock price makes it worth something like $92 billion. It’s among the world’s most valuable brands and has three times the United States market share of Subway, its nearest competitor. Enviable. Yet for years its new products, business ventures, even social media attempts have gone wrong: It sold a 90 percent share in Chipotle, now one of its strongest competitors; it introduced products like chicken wings, which went nowhere; it created a Twitter hashtag, #McDStories, that turned into a bashing event. And it has spectacularly failed to attract or even hold on to millennial customers, who’ve fled in droves.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steve Kettmann: One of the charms of baseball, which started up again this week, is the exhilarating departure it offers from the noisy bustle of daily life. Come early for batting practice, have a scoring book ready to capture the game in pencil and lean back to take in the crisp musicality of a ball hit on the screws or track the near-perfect route a fleet outfielder takes to run down a fly ball in the gap. Baseball is a language unto itself, a language to be enjoyed and understood by any fan — at least until the talk turns to Babip, FIP and WAR.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Barry Manilow secretly married his longtime male lover in a ceremony at the couple’s California home last April, sources say. The “Copacabana” crooner said “I do” to Garry Kief, his manager and the president of Barry Manilow Productions, an insider said. The intimate ceremony was attended by 50 guests who were led to believe they were invited to lunch at the couple’s multi-million dollar Palm Springs mansion.   ***Mischa Barton has sued her mother, alleging she stole money that the former star of the television series “The O.C.” earned throughout her career and made endorsement deals that damaged the actress’ reputation. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles also accuses Nuala Barton of kicking her daughter out of a multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home that was purchased with money earned while Mischa Barton was a child actress.   ***During a 2 a.m. trip to cheapie restaurant chain Denny’s over the weekend, rocker Marilyn Manson allegedly got punched in the face — and now he plans to sue the guy who slugged him, reports TMZ. Manson was grabbing food at an Alberta, Canada, Denny’s following his nearby concert, when a guy “came out of nowhere” and slugged Manson in the moneymaker, his manager told the website. After Manson’s security grabbed the man, he allegedly started screaming that he’d blow up the “Dope Show” singer’s next show.

LBN-ETC: You’re not going to make any friends by trash talking such a beloved person as Doris Day. You should be celebrating her for having brought such joy to so many people through her recordings and movies and having lived to age 91 with dignity and grace. —-Joan Merrill.

LBN-ETC: The public relations office of Bruce Edwin has announced today that the producer has just optioned the new screenplay by John Winter, ‘Twilight of the Goddess,’ concerning the murder of  Marilyn Monroe by the Kennedy’s.

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Tuesday • April 7, 2015

FRESHMEN WIN DUKE’S 5TH BASKETBALL TITLE: The Duke Blue Devils, employing a vastly improved defense and one of the best backcourts in the country, defeated Wisconsin, 68-63 on Monday to win their fifth NCAA basketball title in school history. It was Duke’s first championship since 2010 and its fifth under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Only UCLA’s John Wooden won more titles as head coach. Freshman guard Tyus Jones led the Blue Devils (35-4) with 23 points, and fellow freshman guard Grayson Allen added an improbable 16 points to help Duke overcome a quiet night from star center Jahlil Okafor. Duke entered as slight underdogs.

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES PREZ BID: Sen. Rand Paul is expected to launch his bid for the White House on Tuesday with a rally in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The Tea Party favorite and frequent antagonist of the leaders of his Republican Party is ready to test how much change voters want, both for their government and for the GOP. After the rally, Paul is to jet to early-nominating states with a pitch aimed at the libertarian corners of the GOP. He begins the 2016 race as the second fully declared candidate, behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, but he could face as many as 20 rivals for the nomination before the lead-off Iowa caucuses early next year.

BIG SHOCK? GITMO EX-CON ARRESTED FOR MURDER: A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has been arrested in Uganda for involvement in the assassination of a government prosecutor. Joan Kagezi, who was known for pursuing terrorism cases, was killed last week, and Ugandan news site NTV reports that ex-Gitmo detainee Jamal Kiyemba is one of the people detained in her murder. NTV cites U.S. embassy spokesman Daniel Travis as saying that the U.S. provided aid in capturing Kiyemba, who was classified as having “low” intelligence value on his Guantanamo forms.

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FOOD SAFETY LAW’S FUNDING IS FAR BELOW ESTIMATED REQUIREMENT: After thousands of people were sickened by tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law in 2010 that gave the Food and Drug Administration new powers to prevent additional outbreaks. But lawmakers have not provided enough money for the mission. The Congressional Budget Office said the F.D.A. would need a total of $580 million from 2011 to 2015 to carry out the changes required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. So far, Congress has appropriated less than half of that amount, even as the agency is moving to issue crucial rules under the law this year.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Reality show producer Tony Dimond along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The FedEx Corporation said on Tuesday that it had agreed to acquire the Dutch delivery company TNT Express in a $4.8 billion deal that would greatly expand the American delivery giant’s presence in Europe. The all-cash deal would give FedEx access to TNT’s extensive road delivery network and create what the companies said would be a third strong player to compete in Europe with DHL Express of Germany and United Parcel Service.   ***After nearly two years of suffering at the hands of upstart rivals and established industry giants, Samsung may finally be on the mend. Its new high-end smartphone, the Galaxy S6, has had strong advance sales. It has replaced Qualcomm as the maker of chips for the iPhone, made by its chief competitor, Apple. And a streamlined slate of product offerings could help it compete with the low-end devices dominating the market in China.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Blues legend B.B. King has been hospitalized for diabetes-related dehydration, his daughter confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. The 89-year-old musician has battled Type II diabetes for more than 20 years, though his daughter, Claudette, told the Times that he “is much better.” A request for more information was not immediately returned by King’s spokesperson.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***“Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner shared a cozy night out with Mariah Carey on Saturday at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC after rumors swirled the pair has been dating. They were spotted arm in arm last month as they both celebrated their birthdays in St. Barts. But Ratner has explained he and Carey are just longtime friends working on a movie project together to be based on one of the diva’s past smash hits.   ***Michael Keaton and “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen were seen partying late into the night after their stint on “Saturday Night Live.” Keaton arrived at the “SNL” after-party at Dos Caminos Park Avenue in NYC with his son Sean Douglas, and the pair sat with Lorne Michaels all night.   ***Amal and George Clooney having dinner at Babbo in NYC.   ***Chocolatier Jacques Torres giving a dark chocolate rooster to chef Mario Batali, who was enjoying an Easter Sunday meal at Da Silvano Cantinetta.   ***Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson having Easter brunch at Soho House West Hollywood, seated near Queen Latifah.   ***Sigourney Weaver visiting David Hyde Pierce backstage at his new show, “It Shoulda Been You”.   ***Alan Faena meeting with Haute Hippie’s Jesse Cole at Faena House in Miami.   ***Josh Groban and Kat Dennings seeing “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”   ***Serena Williams celebrated her latest championship at the Miami Open with her coach and rumored boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou at Prime 112 in South Beach on Sunday afternoon. The pair had Easter brunch and watched the men’s final of the Miami Open, where Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in three sets.   ***NFL star Reggie Bush buying two new electric bikes last Saturday from Electric Bike Attack on Main Street in Santa Monica.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***One more agent from the comedy group that abruptly left CAA last week has followed his colleagues to UTA. Andrew Skikne has joined UTA’s touring department. At CAA, Skikne worked closely with comedy touring head Nick Nuciforo as well as agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight and Greg Cavic, the five top-level CAA comedy agents who first made the move last Tuesday, joining UTA as partners. Skikne will again work for Nuciforo who now heads UTA’s comedy touring department.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dr. Fredric Brandt, a celebrity dermatologist once called the “Baron of Botox” by W magazine, died Sunday at his home in Coconut Grove, Fla. He was 65. Frederica Burden, a spokeswoman for the Miami police, said the cause was suicide. Susan Biegacz, a publicist for Dr. Brandt, said he had been dealing with depression for some time and had recently been “devastated” by what is widely believed to be a parody of him on the Tina Fey comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” presented by Netflix.   ***Julie Wilson, the revered nightclub performer and actress widely regarded as the queen of cabaret, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 90. She died after having a stroke, her son Holt McCallany, an actor, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: This week the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its damning report about the journalistic lapses by Rolling Stone magazine when it published a salacious, and now-discredited, story about a supposed gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house. The report blasted the magazine for failing to engage in “basic, even routine journalistic practice” to verify the veracity of the story. This only amplified the finger pointing of those who believe the issue of college rape is an overhyped fallacy or an ideological instrument, and the hand-wringing among activists who fear real damage to a real issue.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Norman Lear: PBS has drawn big audiences to “Downtown Abbey,” the epic costume drama about elites in early 20th-century Britain. On Sunday, it began broadcasting a new British mini-series, “Wolf Hall,” about the Tudors. Dramas like these are helping to revive the “Masterpiece” franchise and PBS’s brand. Unfortunately, PBS is now threatening, for the second time in four years, to downgrade documentaries, which are at the heart of its public mission. As it chases ratings, PBS risks neglecting the core of its public mission and mandate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I have two presidential election traditions. I begin covering each campaign by reading a book about Abraham Lincoln, and I end each election night, usually after midnight, at the statue of the Lincoln Memorial. I begin by reading a book about Lincoln not because it’s fair to hold any of the candidates to the Lincoln standard, but because he gets you thinking about what sorts of things we should be looking for in a presidential candidate. Any candidate worthy of support should at least have in rudiments what Lincoln had in fullness: a fundamental vision, a golden temperament and a shrewd strategy for how to cope with the political realities of the moment.

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Monday • April 6, 2015

DISGRACE – ROLLING STONE RETRACTS UVA RAPE STORY: Rolling Stone retracted its botched story about a campus rape, following the Sunday release of a scathing report outlining the missteps in the magazine’s editorial process that led to the publishing of the erroneous article. The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s 13,000-word report concluded the magazine failed in “basic, even routine journalistic practice” to fact-check the account of the article’s source, known as Jackie. The story’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, broke her silence on the ordeal, apologizing to readers, colleagues, and “any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.” The report found several missteps, including failing to identify Jackie’s alleged attacker, not independently contacting three of Jackie’s friends quoted in the story, as well as a problem with confirmation bias, or the tendency to select facts to support pre-existing assumptions. The story also lacked enough editorial scrutiny over the account, the report found. Publisher Jann Wenner said the story was not representative of practices at Rolling Stone and pointed to the magazine’s source as the central problem, calling her a “really expert fabulist storyteller,” The New York Times reports. Wenner also said Erderly would continue to write for the magazine and no staffers involved in the story would be fired.

SPRING STORM EASES CALIFORNIA DROUGHT: Some much-needed rain provided a trickle of water to California on Sunday, as the state battles a historic drought. The central coast and valley are expected to get an inch of rain while the Los Angeles area will get a half an inch. The Sierra Nevada mountains may get as much as 10 inches of snow, which will help replenish the snowpack that provides water to the region.

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS PRELIMINARY IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL ‘OUR BEST BET’: President Obama strongly defended last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to curb the spread of nuclear weapons in a dangerous region while reassuring critics that he would keep all options available if Tehran ultimately cheated. As he sought in an interview with The New York Times to sell the tentative deal to skeptics accusing him of giving away too much, Mr. Obama emphasized to Israel that “we’ve got their backs” in the face of Iranian hostility. And he suggested that he could accept some sort of vote in Congress if it did not block his ability to carry out the agreement. “This is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with Thomas L. Friedman, an Op-Ed columnist for The Times, published on Sunday. “What we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.”

CLINTON TO START 2016 BID WITH FOCUS ON VOTER INTERACTION: Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to launch her campaign for president sometime in the next two weeks and will initially focus on intimate events, rather than soaring speeches to big rallies, as her team looks to put her in direct contact with voters in states with early primaries or caucuses. The goal, according to two people close to the Clinton organization, is to make Clinton’s second run for the White House more about voters and less about herself.

MODERN TIMES – JUDGE OKS FACEBOOK DIVORCE NOTICE: A Manhattan Supreme Court justice has allowed a Brooklyn woman to use Facebook to serve her husband divorce papers. Ellanora Baidoo’s lawyer will message Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku from her account for three weeks, or until he acknowledges her messages. The woman claims that her marriage to her spouse was never consummated because he refused to follow through on the promise of having a traditional Ghanian ceremony after they signed their civil papers. Blood-Dzraku doesn’t have a fixed address and communicates with Baidoo largely by phone and Facebook message.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress and author Candice Bergen along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


TURKEY BLOCKS TWITTER, YOUTUBE: A Turkish court ruling banned Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Monday, because the networks contained images of a prosecutor slain by left-wing terrorists last week. The ban on Facebook was reportedly lifted when it began complying with the order, but bans remain on the other networks, as well as dozens of news sites with the images. It’s part of a larger crackdown on the free press, which included denying press conference access to outlets that ran the photos and a criminal investigation into seven Turkish papers.

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JAPANESE CENTENARIAN SETS SWIM RECORD: A 100-year-old Japanese woman set a new record Monday when she became the first centenarian to complete a 1,500-meter freestyle swim. Mieko Nagaoka did the race in just over an hour and 15 minutes—especially impressive given that she only took up swimming at age 80. Her goals are modest: “I want to swim until I turn 105 if I can live that long,” she told the Kyodo News.

TOM CRUISE NICOLE KIDMAN WARRING OVER KIDS: Bitter exes Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are still at war – but now it’s over their adopted kids. The once golden couple is clashing over 20-year-old son Connor’s wild partying, and how to reconnect with reclusive daughter Bella, 22, sources say. The two plan to meet, even though they’ve barely spoken since their 2001 divorce. “Everyone knows they can’t stand each other,” said a close pal. The issues are Tom’s concerns over DJ Connor’s late nights, and Nicole’s anxiety over Bella’s lack of contact since she moved to England two years ago, sources revealed.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The future of Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks” was thrown into doubt Sunday evening after the show’s co-creator, David Lynch, announced that he would not direct any episodes after a disagreement about the show’s budget. Mr. Lynch, who was expected to direct the entire series, made the announcement on Twitter. “After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done,” he wrote on Twitter.

JESSICA SIMPSON ‘MONDO BIZARRO” FATHER: Jessica Simpson looks the other way as “mondo bizarro” dad Joe lights up the ‘wacky tabaccy’ and more.  Peculiar Papa Joe Simpson brought a full arsenal of wacky looks to Fashion Week in Los Angeles – scowling, sneering, and practically drooling during a performance by model/ singer Sam Sarpong. Dressed in a wrinkled shirt and camouflage vest, Joe sprawled out at the Boy London show while puffing lustily on an electronic cigarette. He even appeared to take a quick nap during the show. Jessica’s friends are worried about her mental state – and dealing with her dad’s bizarre behavior certainly isn’t helping.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lawrence had a romantic date with Chris Martin at Central Park’s Tavern on the Green in NYC Saturday before taking a stroll through Strawberry Fields. One spy said, “Jennifer arrived first and waited in her car for a bit, then went to the table and sat with her bodyguard until Chris arrived.   ***Ralph Lauren spent Easter in paradise with his family — including wife Ricky and kids Lauren, David and Dylan. The designer, who’s New York’s restaurateur of the moment with his Polo Bar, was relaxing at luxe Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Jenny Wallenda, the matriarch of the Wallendas, probably the most famous of all circus families, died on Saturday at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was 87. Her death was announced by her grandson Nik Wallenda, who has carried on the family tradition of daredevil feats, most memorably by walking on a high wire over Niagara Falls in 2012 and across a gorge near the Grand Canyon in 2013.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: In September 1996, I visited Iran. One of my most enduring memories of that trip was that in my hotel lobby there was a sign above the door proclaiming “Down With USA.” But it wasn’t a banner or graffiti. It was tiled and plastered into the wall. I thought to myself: “Wow — that’s tiled in there! That won’t come out easily.” Nearly 20 years later, in the wake of a draft deal between the Obama administration and Iran, we have what may be the best chance to begin to pry that sign loose, to ease the U.S.-Iran cold/hot war that has roiled the region for 36 years. But it is a chance fraught with real risks to America, Israel and our Sunni Arab allies: that Iran could eventually become a nuclear-armed state. President Obama invited me to the Oval Office Saturday afternoon to lay out exactly how he was trying to balance these risks and opportunities in the framework accord reached with Iran last week in Switzerland. What struck me most was what I’d call an “Obama doctrine” embedded in the president’s remarks. It emerged when I asked if there was a common denominator to his decisions to break free from longstanding United States policies isolating Burma, Cuba and now Iran. Obama said his view was that “engagement,” combined with meeting core strategic needs, could serve American interests vis-à-vis these three countries far better than endless sanctions and isolation. He added that America, with its overwhelming power, needs to have the self-confidence to take some calculated risks to open important new possibilities — like trying to forge a diplomatic deal with Iran that, while permitting it to keep some of its nuclear infrastructure, forestalls its ability to build a nuclear bomb for at least a decade, if not longer.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jenna Bush Hager is pregnant with her second child. The twin daughter of former President George W. Bush says she expects to give birth in August. She made the announcement Monday on NBC’s “Today” show, where she is a contributing correspondent.   ***Daydream believers can buy their way into status symbol land — and bid on belongings of Monkees star Davy Jones. Juliens Auctions is set to unload the pop culture phenom’s estate on May 16 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Midtown. Items that could fetch up to $2,000 include his Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque, an Epiphone Casino guitar and a neon “Monkees” stage sign. Jones passed away in Florida in 2012 at the age of 66.   ***Gwyneth Paltrow has purchased a prime piece of Sunset Strip property from Larry Flynt and will replace the publisher’s sex store with a high-end night club, sources said. Flynt’s Hustler Hollywood has been peddling sex toys at 8920 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood since December 1998. “The building is in escrow and the Hustler Hollywood store will be moving to a new location in Hollywood later this year,” Flynt’s rep, Arthur Sando, said.

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Sunday • April 5, 2015

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WISCONSIN KNOCKS OFF KENTUCKY IN NCAAS: Kentucky has become just the fourth unbeaten team to lose in National Semifinals for men’s college basketball, and the first to do so since UNLV in 1991. The Wildcats were beaten 71-64 to Wisconsin. Kentucky entered the game 38-0 for the season. This is Wisconsin’s second title game appearance in the team’s history. The game was tied at 60 with less than two minutes in the game, when San “Dagger” Dekker hit a three-pointer, then turned around and took a charge that forced a Kentucky turnover.

OUTLINE OF IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL SOUNDS DIFFERENT FROM EACH SIDE: Negotiators at the nuclear talks in Switzerland emerged from marathon talks on Thursday with a surprisingly detailed outline of the agreement they now must work to finalize by the end of June. But one problem is that there are two versions. The only joint document issued publicly was a statement from Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, and Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, that was all of seven paragraphs. The statement listed about a dozen “parameters” that are to guide the next three months of talks, including the commitment that Iran’s Natanz installation will be the only location at which uranium is enriched during the life of the agreement.

POPE FRANCIS ASKS FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE: In his Easter Sunday message, Pope Francis asked for peace “above all” in Syria and Iraq, and called on the world to address the “immense humanitarian tragedy” in the two countries. Also mentioned in his plea for peace were Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While speaking in the rain at St. Peter’s Square, the Pope also tried to draw attention to persecuted Christians around the world.

ROB FORD HEADED TO HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: Rob Ford, the crack smoking former mayor of Toronto, has been appointed to the Canada Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors. Ford, who has cancer, announced this week he is undergoing surgery in May to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen. Ford, who won his old city in city council after quitting the position of mayor, was selected along with two other city councilors.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sleepwalking is also called somnambulism, from the Greek somnus (sleep) and 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

REVENGE PORN OWNER GETS 18 YEARS IN JAIL: 27-year-old San Diego native Kevin Bollaert was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday for running a revenge-porn website and charging victims to have their photos, along with personal information, removed. Bollaert is believed to have collected around $30,000 from victims on his site, UGotPosted.com. Bolero is the first operator of a cyber-exploitation site to be criminally prosecuted, according to the U.S. California’s Attorney General’s office.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Meg Ryan and Kathy Najimy having dinner together at Kingside restaurant in Midtown in NYC.   ***A newly single Jonathan Bricklin checking out Michael Halsband’s boxing portrait series of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the National Arts Club.   ***Audra McDonald being honored by Purchase College at the New-York Historical Society.   ***Filmmaker Hal Hartley having drinks with his “Ned Rifle” stars Thomas Jay Ryan and Parker Posey the night before the film’s IFC premier at Da Silvano Cantinetta in NYC.   ***Hot comedian Erica Rhodes having her pre-birthday dinner with her two girlfriends at Café Gratitude in Venice last night.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The ultra-action sequel “Furious 7” exploded for an April record $143.5 million in its box office debut this weekend, the year’s best and by far its most emotional, thanks to the presence of the late Paul Walker.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Football

1.     American Football grew out of English sports such as rugby and soccer and became popular on American college campuses in the late 1800s.

2.     In 1876, a coach named Walter Camp, who is considered the “Father of American Football,” helped produce the first rules of American football. Among important changes were the introduction of line scrimmages and down-and-distance rules.

3.     The American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920; two years later it changed its name to the National Football League (NFL), which would ultimately become the major league of American football.

4.     The most watched television event in the United States is the Super Bowl.

5.     It takes about 600 cows to make one full season’s worth of NFL footballs.

6.     The Wilson Sporting Goods Company in Ada, Ohio, has been the official football supplier for the NFL since 1941. They make more than 2 million footballs of all sorts every year.

7.     A cow has only a 1 in 17,420,000 chance of becoming an NFL football that is used in the Super Bowl.

8.     Only two players have caught, rushed, and thrown a touchdown against the same team in the same game: Walter Payton in 1979 and David Patton in 2001.

9.     While football originally was popular in Midwestern industrial towns, its growth in popularity around the U.S. is typically traced to the 1958 NFL Championship game, which has been called the “Greatest Game Ever Played.”

10.  Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett is the only player to rush for a 99-yard touchdown, in 1983.

LBN-R.I.P.: Robert Burns Jr., the founding drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Southern rock band known for the power ballad “Free Bird” and the anthem “Sweet Home Alabama,” died on Friday in an automobile crash in Georgia. He was 64. Mr. Burns was driving alone in Cartersville, Ga., where he lived, just before midnight on Friday when his car left the road and hit a mailbox and a tree, the Georgia State Patrol said.


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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Pharrell Williams

Born in 1973 in Virginia, Pharrell Williams started performing as a teen. He joined forces with his friend Chad Hugo and they became known as in-demand production team the Neptunes, working with such artists as Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears. Returning to performing, Williams helped form the group N.E.R.D., which released albums like In Search Of… and Seeing Sounds. In 2013, he hit the pop charts in a major way, going to No. 1 with his solo effort “Happy” as well as helping to craft hits with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk. He joined the popular television competition The Voice in September 2014 as a coach.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The co-creator of “Homeland” on Showtime revealed recently that when the new season starts, Claire Danes’s Carrie Mathison will no longer work at the C.I.A. Her real-life counterparts can’t wait for her to clean out her desk.The C.I.A. sisterhood is fed up with the flock of fictional C.I.A. women in movies and on TV who guzzle alcohol as they bed hop and drone drop, acting crazed and emotional, sleeping with terrorists and seducing assets. “The problem is that they portray most women in such a one-dimensional way; whatever the character flaw is, that’s all they are,” said Gina Bennett, a slender, thoughtful mother of five who has been an analyst in the Counterterrorism Center over the course of 25 years and who first began sounding the alarm about Osama bin Laden back in 1993.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Who does the hiring at Radio Shack? No wonder their company is a failed disaster. Most people working there have a 4th grade education with an I.Q. of people not smart enough work at car wash in a bad neighborhood. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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Saturday • April 4, 2015

ISLAMIC STATE TAKES 90 PERCENT OF DAMASCUS REFUGEE CAMP: MONITOR: Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The hardline group’s offensive in Yarmouk gives it a major presence in the capital. Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometers from President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power. The United Nations has said it is extremely concerned about the safety and protection of Syrians and Palestinians in the camp. Civilians trapped there have long suffered a government siege that has led to starvation and disease

SOMALI MILITANTS: ANOTHER ATTACK COMING: The Somali militants known as Al Shabaab threatened “another bloodbath” in Kenya on Saturday, two days after their attack on a Kenyan university left 147 people dead. The governor of Garissa county, where the university was located, said in response to the threat, “The fallacy and satanic mindset of Al Shabaab is that in Somalia, they kill Muslims and Somalis. They cross the border here and then say they are killing non-Muslims. That is a tricky way of doing business.” Five suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the Thursday attack.

FERGUSON RELEASES RACIST EMAILS: On Friday, the city of Ferguson, Missouri released the content of the racist emails described in a Justice Department report, which found rampant discrimination in the police and legal systems of the city. Three people, Ferguson police Capt. Rick Henke, Sgt. William Mudd, and Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty either resigned or were fired over the emails. None received severance packages. Most of the emails appear to have been from Twitty to the officers, making jokes based on stereotypes about Muslims, immigrants, and other minority groups. Mudd also sent an email to Twitty making fun of welfare recipients who are unemployed, unable to speak English, and have no “clue who their daddies are.”

CAMPAIGN SIGNS BROOKLYN HQ LEASE: Two floors of 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights have officially been leased to Hillary Clinton and her campaign, according to CNN. Supporters apparently see a number of benefits to the New York location, including its ethnically and socio-economically diverse reputation.

JUDITH MILLER: I WASN’T SPUN ON IRAQ WMD: Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter whose stories on Iraq’s purported weapons of mass destruction helped lead to war, says the Bush administration didn’t lie and she wasn’t spun. In a Wall Street Journal essay, Miller admits she “made my share” of “mistakes about Iraq” but “no senior official spoon-fed me a line about WMD.” Miller doesn’t mention one specific article or mistake. In 2004, the New York Times said several of her major reports were flawed (“U.S. Says Hussein Intensified Quest for A-Bomb Parts; Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert”) because they were based on “information from a circle of Iraqi informants, defectors and exiles bent on ‘regime change’ in Iraq, people whose credibility has come under increasing public debate….” First among them was Ahmed Chalabi, who said it didn’t matter if the administration was wrong about WMD. “We are heroes in error,” Chalabi said. “As far as we’re concerned, we’ve been entirely successful. That tyrant Saddam is gone, and the Americans are in Baghdad. What was said before is not important.” Miller doesn’t mention Chalabi.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Music legend Brian Wilson along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Earth’s Amazon rainforest is home to one third of the planet’s land species, illustrating Earth’s ability to sustain itself within a concentrated area

FIDEL CASTRO MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Ex-Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in over a year on Monday to greet a delegation of Venezuelans, according to an official media report on Saturday. The 88-year-old spent about an hour and a half at a school with 33 Venezuelans, reportedly impressing them with a firm handshake and sharp mind, according to a first-person reporter’s account in newspaper Juventud Rebelde. This marks Castro’s first public appearance since last January, at the opening of a Havana cultural center.

LBN WILL MISS HER: Sarah Brady, who became a tireless gun control activist after her husband, the White House press secretary James S. Brady, was shot and left partly paralyzed in the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, died on Friday in Alexandria, Va. She was 73. Sarah was a regular reader of this LBN E-Lert for years and would write us occasionally. She will be missed.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Marlon Brando (1924)

Regarded as the greatest actor of his generation and one of the most influential actors of all time, Marlon Brando was known for his naturalistic performances. He achieved fame on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire, later starring in the film version. Considered the foremost practitioner of the New York Actors Studio style of “method” acting, Brando earned Academy Awards for his roles in On the Waterfront and The Godfather.

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DORIS DAY’S BIZARRE LAST DAYS: Animal lover Doris Day is spending her final days “telepathically” communicating with her pets. Doris, 91, only sees humans on special occasions, her friends said. She prefers to spend her time with her dogs in her Carmel, Calif., home. “She used to sing to the pets night and day,” a pal revealed. “She would sing all of her songs that were hits from the old days – but she doesn’t do that too much anymore.”


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LBN-R.I.P: ***Rudolph Perz, an advertising executive who pondered a soulless, squishy, cylindrical mixture of flour and water on his kitchen table 50 years ago and conjured up the genial Pillsbury Doughboy, died on Thursday in a suburban Chicago hospital. He was 89. The cause was cardiac arrest, his daughter Martha Nora said.   ***Andrew Porter, a music critic celebrated for his stylistic elegance, immense erudition and polymathic command not only of the work under review but also of everything else in creation conceivably connected with it, died either Thursday night or early Friday in London. He was 86. His death overnight, from complications of pneumonia, was confirmed by Sheila Porter, his sister and only immediate survivor.

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Friday • April 3, 2015

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ISRAELI SECURITY HEADS REJECT IRAN DEAL: A closed-door meeting of Israel’s security cabinet ended with a statement categorically rejecting the new international nuclear deal framework with Iran. Under the agreement reached Thursday, Iran will cut the number of its uranium centrifuges by 70 percent and allow international monitoring for a decade. Israel has long maintained its opposition to such a deal, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying that any such arrangement poses a massive threat to Israel’s very survival.

LUBITZ ACCELERATED PLANE TOWARD GROUND: Further details suggesting that the Germanwings crash in the French Alps was nothing but intentional emerged overnight, with data from the newly discovered second flight data recorder showing that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz accelerated the downward-bound plane. Recordings from the first recovered black box already showed the plane’s pilot trying to tear the cockpit door down while Lubitz breathed calmly within. Subsequent investigations revealed that Lubitz had a history of mental and ocular problems, and had researched suicide methods and how to lock cockpit doors.

IRAN’S LEADERS BEGIN TRICKY TASK OF SELLING NUCLEAR DEAL AT HOME: As word made its way around the globe that an understanding had been reached with the United States and other powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Iranians themselves greeted the news with optimism and skepticism on Friday. While the political climate remained uncertain, the government was allowed to promote the deal at Friday Prayer, a sign that the plan was broadly supported by Iran’s establishment. Some predicted that hard-liners, mostly kept quiet during the negotiations, would now mobilize for a fight. But business leaders in particular were elated at the prospect that a deal could soon mean the lifting of long years of economic sanctions.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN LEAKS NEW CHAPTER: While it may not satisfy the howling mobs desperate for him to finish the book, George R.R. Martin has given his fans a taste of what is to come in Winds of Winter. On his website Thursday, Martin released a chapter from the book that is from the perspective of Sansa Stark, who has escaped the capital with Lord Littlefinger. The release comes just weeks before the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO.

PARIS ATTACK SURVIVORS SUE MEDIA: A group of people who hid out in Parisian kosher supermarket Hyper Kacher’s cold room as Amedy Coulibaly held others hostage in the main store are suing news outlets for reporting their location. Channels like the French BFMTV “lacked the most basic precautions” when they reported live about the hideout, while Coulibaly was still armed and dangerous within the store. The charge—of “endangering the lives of others by deliberately ignoring security protocols”—carries up to a year in prison and a 15,000-euro fine.

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DRIVERLESS CAR DRIVES ACROSS U.S.: In the first trip of its kind, a driverless Audi SQ5 made by Delphi drove 3,400 miles from San Francisco to New York. The car drove through 15 cities on its nine-day trip, with a human driver intervening just 1 percent of the time, according to Delphi. Radar and other technologies allow the vehicle to make human-like decisions about safety and navigation. Delphi intends to sell these technologies to automakers interested in creating their own driverless cars, such as Google and Tesla.

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JULY HEARING SET FOR BOWE BERGDAHL: The initial hearing for Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, has been set for July 8 at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The Article 32 proceeding is similar to a civilian grand jury. After the hearing, the case could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial. Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban, officials say. The Taliban released him in a prisoner exchange last May for five Taliban commanders. He faces as much as life in prison if found guilty.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***On the heels of the exit of 10 Creative Artists Agency agents to United Talent Agency, CAA has filed a massive lawsuit against its rival and two of the defecting agents for what it calls a “lawless midnight raid.” In the suit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, CAA alleges seven causes of action, including claims of intentional interference with contractual relations against UTA and claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of the duty of loyalty against agents Gregory Cavic and Gregory McKnight, both of whom worked for CAA for a decade before abruptly jumping ship to UTA.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Carpet

1.     The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.

2.     The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day.”

3.     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.

4.     Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.

5.     The term “carpet bagger” is a derogatory reference to Northerners who sought to take political and economic advantage of the South’s defeat after the Civil War. The name refers to the travel bag made from carpet that many Northerners used to carry their possessions.

6.     The swastika design has been traditionally a symbol of good fortune and can be found on carpets from America, Europe, India, and China.

7.     The phrase “to sweep under the carpet” in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963.

8.     Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.

9.     The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.

10.  Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.

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NBA GETS FIRST PLAYER OF INDIAN DESCENT: In signing 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract, the Sacramento Kings have brought the NBA its first player of Indian descent. Bhullar has spent the season with the Reno Bighorns, a Sacramento affiliate. “He adds a very interesting dimension to the game,” Kings Coach George Karl said of Bhullar. “And our game is becoming an international game and India is becoming one of the greatest, largest, biggest democracies in the world. I think it’s a good story and hopefully we’ll find some minutes for him.”

LBN-R.I.P.: The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, a California clergyman who started his ministry by preaching in a drive-in movie theater and transformed it into an empire, building the landmark megachurch the Crystal Cathedral, writing best sellers and, through television, exhorting millions to believe in themselves, died on Thursday in Artesia, Calif. He was 88. His family confirmed his death. Dr. Schuller learned in August 2013 that he had esophageal cancer.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Everybody is afraid sometimes, and, at those moments, it doesn’t really help to say, “Suck it up and get over it!” So it would be nice if there were subtler strategies and techniques to conquer fear. Fortunately, one such method is embedded in the story that Jews read tonight as part of the Passover Seder. It’s an attractive technique because it involves kissing, talking and singing your way through fear. There is, especially at the start, a lot of dread in the Exodus story. Moses is afraid of the responsibility he is given. He’s afraid of being ridiculed and making mistakes. He’s afraid that his people are not worthy or ready to be liberated. The Israelites are afraid of the pharaoh and his soldiers. They are afraid of death but also afraid of really living.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: So here is Walmart, insisting that “our core basic belief of respect for the individual” is at odds with an Arkansas bill that would allow religious-based discrimination. And here is Marriott, slamming as “idiocy” similar measures in other states. And somewhere in there is the family-run pizzeria, asserting that Indiana’s new law allows them to deny wedding day pies to people whose choice of spouses they don’t approve of. These businesses sell Chinese-made consumer goods, hotel rooms, and rounded dough burdened with pepperoni and extra cheese. Since when did they start spouting off about the deeply held convictions guiding their corporate consciences?

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Thursday • April 2, 2015

LUBITZ RESEARCHED SUICIDE, COCKPIT DOORS: A German prosecutor said Thursday that Andreas Lubitz researched suicide methods and cockpit-door security on his tablet computer before crashing his Germanwings flight. In addition, German tabloid Bild reports Lubitz allegedly told doctors he was on sick leave as he sought treatment for an eye condition. Reuters reports that if Lubtiz had confided in them about continuing to work, doctors may have had to break confidentiality and inform the airline about the potential danger. Also on Thursday, investigators said they located the flight-data recorder from the crashed flight, which should provide additional details about the pilot’s final actions.

OBAMA TO KERRY: IGNORE IRAN DEADLINE: President Obama reportedly told John Kerry that he was free to disregard the Iran deadline, anonymous officials told The New York Times, after Iran tried to leverage the looming date for more concessions in the talks. Instead, Kerry was told to play hardball with the Islamic Republic, showing that a nuclear deal is no more important to Obama than it is to Iran’s own leadership. The deadline set for the latest stage of negotiations came and went Tuesday, and was extended to the end of June.

AL QAEDA FREES 300 YEMENI PRISONERS: Around 300 of Yemen’s most dangerous prisoners were freed Thursday by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, when militants stormed the al Mukalla prison on the country’s central coast. Identities of those involved in the jailbreak have not yet been confirmed, but they may include well-known AQAP members like Khalid Batarfi. The news comes as an international airstrike campaign seems to have made the first gains against Shiite Houthi rebels in the city of Aden.

AIRBNB OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN CUBA: The online home-sharing service will offer rentals in Cuba to American travelers beginning Thursday, the latest in a string of recent U.S. business expansions into the island nation. A search for lodging in Cuba results in more than 1,000 properties, of which 40 percent are in Havana along with other tourist spots such as Cienfuegos. Airbnb has sent teams to Cuba in the last three months in an effort to get homeowners to sign up for the service. For the time being, non-American travelers will not be permitted to use Airbnb in Cuba.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Acclaimed singer-songwriter Janis Ian along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


SEN. MENENDEZ ‘OUTRAGED’ BY INDICTMENT: Sen. Robert Menendez was indicted by federal prosecutors Wednesday on 14 counts Wednesday, including eight counts of bribery. Menendez is accused of using his office to help Florida doctor and donor Salomon Melgen to resolve a medical billing dispute. Menendez admitted to flying on Melgen’s private plane to the Dominican Republic without paying, but then later reimbursed the doctor. At a press conference Wednesday night, Menendez said he was “outraged that prosecutors at the Justice Department were tricked into starting this investigation” and that he “will not be silenced” by the indictment and confident he “will be vindicated.”

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The mass exodus of agents from CAA to rival UTA this week has left the larger agency in shock despite a Wednesday morning business-as-usual meeting meant to reassure staffers that when the dust settles, CAA will still be CAA. While the agency may be reeling right now following the stunning defections of 10 agents to crosstown rival UTA, the internal and external message is that CAA is not about to fail. Insiders say that while internally agents are certainly shocked, and while some feel betrayed, they aren’t standing around licking their wounds or even planning retaliation, as has been reported in some places. At the same time, the blow to CAA’s pride if nothing else has led many to wonder if the long-dominant agency needs to examine its culture. Sources at rival agencies suggested, not surprisingly, that CAA had become arrogant and lazy. One industry veteran told TheWrap the mass exodus may be a blessing in disguise. “It’s good to get a kick in the ass everyone in a while. You get complacent, and this forces you to reevaluate your culture.”

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LEGAL BROTHEL BUNNY RANCH HIRING “TESTERS” FOR QUALITY CONTROL: If you are unemployed and want to move to Carson City, NV there is a job opening for you! A hands-on “tester” at the world famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Dennis Hof, owner of the world-famous Bunny Ranch legal brothel, star of HBO’s hit series “Cathouse,” and best-selling author of Judith Regan’s “The Art Of The Pimp: A Love Story” (ReganArts.com), is adding the title of “job creator” to his resume with the announcement that he is now hiring a team of “brothel testers” to oversee “quality” control at each of his seven Nevada legal brothels.  “The job is exactly what it sounds like”, says Hof. “You get paid a full-time salary to have sex with beautiful girls–and then evaluate their performance.”  The job interviewing process has already begun, and interested applicants should send their resumes directly to Dennis Hof at dennis@bunnyranch.com.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***This July, the life and career of Amy Winehouse will be the focus of a new documentary titled Amy. The film incorporates previously unheard recordings and unseen archival footage, and in the first teaser trailer, we see Winehouse’s rise from a young girl to a budding star to a global sensation using footage from the singer’s personal home movies.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech. The actress cited in February for her performance in “Boyhood” has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her “unconventional family,” single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set.   ***Melissa Rivers’ book on mama Joan Rivers is for Mother’s Day. Publisher, Crown. Title: “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation.” A memoir, it’s not. A memory, it is.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Warren Buffett seeing Broadway’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.   ***Bergdorf’s icon Linda Fargo celebrating her birthday at the Polo Bar, while Lizzie and Jon Tisch, top hairstylist Angelo David Pisacreta and Charlie Rose dined at nearby tables.   ***Bruce Ratner, Sandy and Joan Weill, Jordan Roth, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld and Geraldo Rivera dancing in the Carnegie Hall aisles to the music of violinist Itzhak Perlman at the 100th anniversary gala of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Prior to the 12th Amendment of the Constitution in 1804, the presidential candidate who received the second highest number of electoral votes was named the vice-president. The amendment mandated that electors vote for the offices of president and vice-president separately.

NO ALIENS IN JAPAN, GOV’T PROMISES: Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani faced tough questions Thursday from parliament on the status of a space alien threat to Japan, and had to reassure jittery members of congress that while the country is prepared, it’s not something they have ever encountered. “They sometimes find birds or flying objects other than aircraft but I don’t know a case of finding an unidentified flying object believed to have come over from anywhere other than Earth,” Nakatani said in response to a question from a former professional wrestler, Antonio Inoki. Inoki also enquired as to “whether studies are going on” about such possible visitors.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***James Wood, who prevented one of America’s best-known supermarket chains from, in his words, “slipping into oblivion” in the 1980s, died on March 26 at his home in New York City. He was 85. The cause was congestive heart failure, said Christopher T. Cox, Mr. Wood’s son-in-law.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Natalie Portman: It’s so interesting to plunge into another culture and experience a different way of living. The city is so rich in terms of the architecture, the bookshops you find at every corner, the way everyone dresses so well. No Parisian ever walks around in shorts and even the children look very chic (laughs).

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elliot Mintz (Media consultant): I am certain many of you have already learned that Julian Lennon’s mother passed yesterday at the age of 75 as a result of cancer. Cynthia was John’s first wife, Julian. their own child together. He loved his mother very much and was always very protective of her. next week (april 8th), Jules will turn 52, it will be his first year without his mom. as many of us who no longer have moms or dads know, it is an almost incomprehensible experience.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Mainly as a result of postwar migrations, there are now more than 20 million Muslims living in the European Union. In France – where accurate census data on religious affiliation are not collected – the Muslim share of the population is now estimated at between 7 and 8 percent. That is an order of magnitude larger than the current Muslim share of the U.S. population. Yet, as the European experience shows, demographic change can happen rapidly, as a consequence of migration patterns, differentials in birth rates and – in the case of religious affiliation – rates of conversion and apostasy. In 1990 Europe (the whole continent minus Russia) had a Muslim population of 16 million. It had nearly doubled by 2010. It will be 40 million by 2030.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Some women don’t look in the mirror before leaving the house. Yesterday, I say the ugly woman looked like a cow on Fairfax Ave. She wore a hat with a diaphanous veil that did not obscure her gross features.***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Almost a year to the day of their “conscious uncoupling,” Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are spending a family vacation together with their kids, Apple and Moses, in Mexico. Chris and Gwyneth were seen relaxing on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, even though they have both been seeing other people since their split on March 25 last year.   ***Lady Gaga is looking to buy a penthouse apartment near her childhood home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in NYC. The singer has been searching for properties in the $15- to $20-million range, with outdoor space or a terrace, near her parents Cynthia and Joe’s place on West 70th Street for herself and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney.   ***Following an online report that Monica Lewinsky is to “save” “The View” by appearing as a guest or a co-host, we are told the former White House intern is absolutely not in talks with producers, nor does she have any plans to appear on the troubled ABC daytime show. A spokeswoman for Lewinsky said, “Monica has been invited as guest several times in the past few years, but has not gone on [the show].”   ***Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson are now proud parents to two girls. “Milla Jovovich delivered her second daughter Dashiel Edon early [Wednesday] morning,” her rep confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

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Wednesday • April 1, 2015

NETANYAHU CALLS FOR TOUGHER IRAN DEAL: Benjamin Netanyahu took advantage of the delayed deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran to call for stiffer rules for the Islamic Republic. According to the Israeli prime minister, an acceptable deal would “significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.” He has been a vocal opponent of nuclear negotiations with Iran, repeatedly insisting that such a deal would endanger Israel’s security by allowing for the potential development of nuclear weapons.

JONI MITCHELL FOUND UNCONSCIOUS – RUSHED TO ER: Music legend Joni Mitchell whose bluesy folk defined a generation was found unresponsive at her LA home and rushed to the hospital. The “Blue” legend was discovered by paramedics who received a 911 call about an unconscious female.  Joni was said to have regained consciousness on the way to the hospital. She is currency being treated in the intensive care unit for unspecified injuries. Diagnosis and her health status should be forthcoming. The Canadian born beauty had a long history of health related issue – surviving both polio and scarlet fever as a child. Joni was diagnosed several years back with a rare skin condition – Morgellions – a malady that cause victims to experience a crawling and biting to the skin by creatures that just ain’t there.

GETTY OIL FORTUNE HEIR FOUND DEAD: Andrew Getty, the grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Tuesday. The 47-year-old’s death appeared to be from natural causes, but was initially seen as an accident due to medication found at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief to the L.A. County coroner. “The tentative information that we do have is that he was not feeling good for the last couple months,” Winter said. The coroner’s office said further tests could take as long as 10 weeks. TMZ earlier reported that police said he suffered a traumatic injury to the rectal area and endured significant bleeding. His ex-girlfriend apparently called 911 and reported an incident of cardiac arrest. Getty’s father’s fortune is estimated at $2.1 billion.

HORROR – GERMAN COP GETS 8 YEARS FOR CANNIBALISM: A former Dresden police officer was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison Wednesday for killing a Polish-born man he met on a cannibalism fetish site. The man wanted to die, and there is no evidence that the cop, Detlev Guenzel, actually ate his victim, but Guenzel was still sentenced for “murder and disturbing the peace of the dead.”

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***More fallout following this morning’s bombshell exit of CAA agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo, who all left to bolster the comedy department of UTA. CAA shortly will be filing legal action, charging that some if not all of those defectors left while under binding contracts and seeking redress. According to writer Mike Fleming that historically this is not unusual when major agents exit to a rival agency. It doesn’t undo what happened, but usually it’s about commissions. Legal action happened after Ari Emanuel, Tom Strickler and their cohorts left ICM to form Endeavor, and again when Ed Limato moved from ICM to WME and Richard Abate moved from ICM to Endeavor. The most common reaction around town Fleming said is, that UTA and the five agents played an excellent hand of poker, keeping this quiet until they dropped the bombshell this morning. It’s being regarded around town as a huge development that potentially shifts the agency landscape. That was before Chris Pratt followed his agents, a signal that perhaps many more will follow suit.

U.S. CREATES SANCTIONS FOR CYBERATTACKS: A new executive order signed by President Obama will allow the administration to impose sanctions on individuals who commit cyberattacks against the U.S. A cyberattack will now be considered a “national emergency” and the Treasury Department will be allowed to freeze assets of individuals who are to blame. “Part of the message it will send is if you think you can just hide behind borders and leap laws and carry out your activities, that’s just not going to be the case,” an anonymous official told The Washington Post. “We have other ways of getting at you, and we can hit where it hurts in terms of a financial impact.”

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON FOR BRAVE CELINE DION: Celine Dion will fulfill husband René Angélil’s dying wish and return to the stage to sing for him one last time, sources say. “He also wants to see her relaunch her career,” said a family friend. The 47-year-old superstar announced she would perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Aug. 27. Celine has devoted the past year to caring for her 73-year-old husband and their three children – René-Charles, 14, and 4-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy – during René’s ongoing battle with cancer.

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PET ROCK CREATOR DEAD AT 78: The man behind the 1975 craze for oval “Pet Rocks” has died at the age of 78. Copywriter Gary Dahl was at a bar when he invented the lifeless pseudo-pet, which Newsweek called “one of the most ridiculously successful marketing schemes ever.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Cynthia Lennon, the late John Lennon’s wife from 1962-1968, has died at age 75 from cancer. According to a rep, her sole child with the former Beatle – Julian Lennon – was with her at the time of her death.

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Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time

“A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The news out of China is the crackdown on kindergartens teaching math and English too early, and the news out of Yemen is that Sunni and Shiite factions are fighting over a town that is already so cracked up the water comes on only 36 hours a month and the rest of the time you have to rely on roving water trucks. And that was before the latest fighting. But at least we’ve found the problem. I’ve read that it’s all President Obama’s fault. I wish. Obama has said and done some boneheaded things in the Middle East (like decapitating the Libyan regime with no plan for the morning after), but being wary about getting further embroiled in this region is not one of them. We’re dealing here with something no president has had to face: the collapse of the Arab state system after 70 years of failed governance.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Amy Sohn: With tax day looming, you can practically hear the cries of creative professionals across the country. That’s because the tax code hits many right where it hurts, by penalizing them for the distinctive way they make money. The biggest offender is still the alternative minimum tax, despite the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which brought long-overdue reform. Two provisions of the A.M.T. hit a disproportionate number of actors, screenwriters and directors: In calculating it, taxpayers can’t deduct employee business expenses, nor can they deduct state, local and property taxes.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Mariah Carey is already on to a new romance with the controversial film director behind some of her sexiest videos. The pop diva has bounced back from her split with ex-hubby Nick Cannon, and is already canoodling with Hollywood hot shot Brett Ratner – whose credits include the “Rush Hour” comedies and last year’s “Hercules”.   ***Bradley Cooper split from 23-year-old British beauty Suki Waterhouse because “she wasn’t supportive of his acting career” and “spent Valentine’s Day away” from the “American Hustle,” star, says a source. Sources say Cooper felt Waterhouse was not supportive after his huge success in Broadway’s “Elephant Man,” which started in previews on Nov. 7 and ran till Feb. 21.   ***Robin Williams‘ family may be fighting over his personal property, but one thing they have no claim to are his rights of publicity. The late comedian left his rights to his name, signature, photograph and likeness to the Windfall Foundation, a charitable organization set up by his lawyers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move restricts the authorized use of Williams’ image for 25 years following his death, meaning that you won’t see the “Mrs. Doubtfire” star’s visage used in a commercial, film or as a digital hologram until at least Aug. 11, 2039.   ***Russell Crowe has revealed Michael Jackson repeatedly prank-called him with bad jokes for years — even though the pair had never formally met. The Aussie actor claims MJ started prank-calling him after he found out the fake name Russell used to check into hotels.

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Tuesday • March 31, 2015

PENCE WANTS TO FIX RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addressed the controversy around his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference Tuesday morning and said he wants forbid anti-gay discrimination with new legislation. “I abhor discrimination,” Pence said, adding that he was raised with the Golden Rule. “I’ve come to the conclusion that if would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this legislation does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” he said, emphasizing that he would like to see an amendment to that effect by the end of the week. “It’s been a tough week here in the Hoosier State,” he said, reaffirming that he is proud of the law. “I believe that religious liberty is our first freedom and it is vital to millions of Americans who cherish faith as my family and I do.” Pence also referred to “confusion” and “mischaracterization” of the law, and spoke of the need to “confront” that perception of the bill.

IRAN TALKS EXTENDED TO JUNE: The deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran will be extended once more, officials told the AP, and the talks will now aim to finalize an agreement by the end of June. Negotiations overnight did not produce a working agreement for Iran’s nuclear program as talks entered the final day before a midnight deadline Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Diplomats from the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia met separately and then with Iran’s foreign minister, in attempt to reach a framework for the final accord. Officials were uncertain whether they could meet the self-imposed deadline (6 p.m. ET), and if a third extension was possible. The talks have been twice extended since an interim deal was reached in November 2013.

OBAMA OFFERS MAJOR BLUEPRINT ON CLIMATE CHANGE: The White House on Tuesday morning unveiled President Obama’s blueprint for cutting United States greenhouse gas pollution by nearly a third over the next decade. Mr. Obama’s plan, part of a formal submission to the United Nations ahead of efforts to forge a climate change accord in Paris in December, detailed the United States side of an ambitious joint climate change pledge the president made in November in Beijing with the Chinese president Xi Jinping. In an effort to spur other countries to enact their own domestic climate change plans leading to the Paris accord, the leaders of the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters offered the outline of a set of climate actions. Mr. Obama said the United States would cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, while Mr. Xi said that China’s emissions would drop after 2030.

HILLARY ALSO USED DISPUTED EMAIL ON IPAD: This email scandal just won’t go away: Hillary Clinton is facing questions about her use of personal email at the State Department once more, as details emerge that she also used it on her iPad and BlackBerry instead of simply on her home server as she once claimed. On at least once occasion, she replied to a serious work email—about American drone strikes—with details apparently about interior decorating, according to emails released by the State Department in 2013. When her aide followed up, Clinton acknowledged the error and asked whether the reply from her iPad went through.

TURKISH PROSECUTOR HELD AT GUNPOINT: Mehmet Selim Kiraz, a Turkish prosecutor who probed the politically sensitive death of a teenage boy injured by police at a 2013 protest, appeared in a video Tuesday in which far-left terrorists held him at gunpoint. He was taken hostage at an Istanbul courthouse earlier in the day by members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front. The militants say they will execute him by 3:35 p.m. local time if the officer who shot the teenager is not arrested and doesn’t confess.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Christmas

1.     Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

2.     The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

3.     Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

4.     All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

5.     The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.

6.     Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.

7.     In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

8.     According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

9.     The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

10.  According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Within hours of the announcement that he had been named the new host of “The Daily Show,” the comedian Trevor Noah was subjected to the full scrutiny of the Internet. As potential audience members scoured his past work and his social media for more clues about the South African comedian, they uncovered many posts on his Twitter account that they deemed to be offensive to women or Jews. Comedy Central announced on Monday that Mr. Noah, 31, had been chosen to succeed Jon Stewart as anchor of “The Daily Show,” its satirical news program, when Mr. Stewart steps down this year. Though Mr. Noah has performed stand-up comedy around the world, he is not widely known in the United States, and he has appeared as an on-air contributor to “The Daily Show” only three times before he was promoted to host.   ***Longtime Hollywood director Paul Haggis, a former Scientology member, is a key voice about the inner workings of the organization in the new Alex Gibney documentary, “Going Clear,” which has been in LA theaters for a while and aired last night on HBO. “Going Clear” is based on Lawrence Wright’s award-winning book about Scientologists and their church’s bizarre underpinnings and often nefarious practices. Other top-level defectors, including some of the senior operatives who ran vicious dirty tricks campaigns aimed at the LA Times and other media, help make the case that Scientology is a cult of dwindling membership that has gotten hugely wealthy mainly by acquiring property around the world since pressuring the IRS to award it church status for tax purposes.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Mike Fleming, the co-editor in chief of Deadline Hollywood, took to the site to apologize for last week’s story by his co-editor, Nellie Andreeva, that suggested increasing diversity in TV casting was problematic because white actors were losing work. There was a lot of derision directed at the piece, which wondered if the diversity pendulum had swung too far in favor of “ethnic actors.”

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JAY Z REVEALS STREAMING SERVICE: Jay Z launched his latest business venture Monday, announcing Tidal, a subscription music-streaming service. The move grows out of Jay Z’s $56 million purchase of foreign streaming company Aspiro, which he plans to repurpose as an artist-owned company for exclusive content. “This is a platform that’s owned by artists,” he told The New York Times. “We are treating these people that really care about the music with the utmost respect.” Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and others have already signed on to the deal. The service will make millions of songs and videos available on two subscription tiers.

LBN-SEE IT: Model Heidi Klum with and without make-up.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Rolling Stones will return to North American stadiums this summer for the 15-city Zip Code tour. The tour will kick off May 24th at San Diego’s Petco Park, criss-crossing the country before ending July 15th at Quebec’s Le Festival D’Été de Québec. The tour name plays off the jeans-focused cover of the group’s classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, which it will be reissuing in a deluxe format on May 26th.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Miriam Bienstock, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who ran the business side of the company in its formative years, helping to lay the groundwork for what became a colossus of the recording industry, died on March 21 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by her children, Caroline and Robert Bienstock.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past few decades the United States has engaged in a great struggle to balance civil rights and religious liberty. On the one hand, there is a growing consensus that straight, gay and lesbian people deserve full equality with each other. We are to be judged by how we love, not by whom we love. If denying gays and lesbians their full civil rights and dignity is not wrong, then nothing is wrong. Gays and lesbians should not only be permitted to marry and live as they want, but be honored for doing so. On the other hand, this was a nation founded on religious tolerance. The ways of the Lord are mysterious and are understood differently by different traditions. At their best, Americans have always believed that people should have the widest possible latitude to exercise their faith as they see fit or not exercise any faith. While there are many bigots, there are also many wise and deeply humane people whose most deeply held religious beliefs contain heterosexual definitions of marriage. These people are worthy of tolerance, respect and gentle persuasion

LBN-COMMENTARY by Larry Grobel: Saturday, we lost the most inspirational man I ever knew. Victor Englebert. I’m overwhelmed with grief from this news. I met him in Ghana, when he came knocking on my door and I invited him in. He was working on some children’s books about Africa.  He was one of the greatest adventure photographers in the world. Did cover stories for National Geographic, Paris Match, etc.  We became friends, traveled on stories together. He shot the photo of me in the Guajira Desert which I used on the cover of my memoir. I also wrote about him in the memoir and including his picture as one of the 5 most influential people in my life. I learned that the world was out there for the taking from him. He took pictures. I took notes. I learned how to travel from him. He could sleep anywhere, eat anything. I learned how to be patient watching him work. He just had a magnificent spirit, a generous soul, and more astounding stories than anyone else.  Spend some time on his website and see why I had so much admiration for this man.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: Yesterday, the White House confirmed that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis during his visit in September. Some experts are wondering if they’ll discuss their disagreement over contraception. Then Joe Biden said, “I didn’t even know they were dating.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Oscar winner Susan Sarandon’s former “boy toy” Jonathan Bricklin confirmed their six-year relationship has ended after filming his AOL reality show “Connected” together. “We’re taking some time apart to really refresh,” Bricklin told Page Six on Monday, adding of Sarandon, “But she’s someone I love more than anyone I’ve ever been with and that won’t change. We’re going to figure out how life proceeds from here.”

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Monday • March 30, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Polls show that faith in government is near all-time lows. In a Gallup survey, voters listed dysfunctional government as the nation’s No. 1 problem. In fact, American voters’ traditional distrust has morphed and hardened. They used to think it was bloated and ineffective. Now they think it is bloated and ineffective and rigged to help those who need it least.

LUBITZ TREATED FOR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: Before he became a pilot, Andreas Lubitz received psychotherapy in which his suicidal tendencies were noted, according to German prosecutors. These revelations are the latest in an inquiry into why the 27-year-old pilot programmed a routine Germanwings flight into a downward descent that ultimately led it to crash in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Though police have not yet determined a motive for the crash, they are focusing heavily on Lubitz’s psychological state. “To have carried out such an act, it’sa clearly psychological,” said French judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel.

IRAN PULLS BACK FROM NUCLEAR DEAL: An Iranian official said Sunday the country refuses to ship its stockpile of atomic fuel abroad, a core part of the proposed nuclear deal, just two days before the negotiations’ deadline. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian media that “there is no question” of sending its stockpile of uranium to Russia, which Iran had tentatively agreed to do in order to prevent use for a future weapons program. The remarks raise concern over whether leaving large portions of nuclear fuel in Iran could pose a risk. Should Iran win the right to retain the fuel, the Obama administration is expected to argue that it would not be a threat with regular inspection.

LBN READERS SPLIT ON ELVIS BEING OVERRATED: Approximately 48% of LBN E-Lert readers from all 50 states and 26 foreign countries felt Elvis was overrated. In a close vote, approximately 2,000 LBN E-Lert readers sent in their vote and while a major felt Elvis was NOT overrated, a strong minority felt he was.

TREVOR NOAH TO REPLACE JON STEWART: Comedy Central will announce today that Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show this year, The New York Times reports. Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, has only appeared on show three times but will take over for 52-year-old Stewart as only the third host in the show’s history. “You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told the Times upon learning of his new gig while on a comedy tour in Dubai. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.” Noah was born in South Africa to a black mom and a white Swiss father, and he speaks six South African languages plus English and German.

DUKE, MICHIGAN STATE HEAD TO FINAL FOUR: No. 1 seed Duke is heading to the Final Four after a 66-52 victory against second-seeded Gonzaga in the South Region final, while No. 7 seed Michigan State upset Louisville in a 76-70 overtime win in the East Region championship Sunday. The Spartans will head back to the Final Four for the first time since 2010, which was also the last appearance by Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. This will be the 12th appearance for Krzyzewski, who has four national titles with the Blue Devils. Duke will face Michigan State in the first national semifinal Saturday and Kentucky will go head-to-head with Wisconsin in the second national semifinal.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.

TIM COOK SLAMS ‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’ LAWS: Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a Washington Post op-ed Sunday railing against discriminatory legislation proposed in more than two dozen states, after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law that appears to allow business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples in the state. Cook called on major businesses to join Apple in opposing the controversial legislation, which is similar to the Indiana bill that critics say allows business owners to discriminate against the LGBT community based on religious freedom. Cook argued the discriminatory legislation undermines economic and job growth. “America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,” Cook wrote.

ANTI-ISLAM BLOGGER KILLED IN BANGLADESH: A secular blogger was hacked to death in Bangladesh Monday, the second such attack on writers who criticized Islamists in recent weeks. Washikur Rahman was attacked by religious students in Dhaka, as the government pursues its own crackdown on religious groups. Two attackers were apprehended with machetes. 

EMAIL ERROR RISKED G20 LEADERS’ SECURITY: An email misfire compromised the security of world leaders’ passport numbers at the last Group of 20 summit, The Guardian reports. An employee of Australia’s immigration department allegedly sent sensitive personal information for President Obama and several other world leaders to the wrong people by mistake. The official didn’t double-check the “to” field in Microsoft Outlook, which had auto filled the wrong recipient and sent the private data to the organizers of the Asian Cup football tournament. “The personal information which has been breached is the name, date of birth, title, position nationality, passport number, visa grant number, and visa subclass held relating to 31 international leaders,” the department wrote in a letter to the country’s privacy commissioner, but it failed to report the issue to any of the leaders affected.

EHUD OLMERT, ISRAELI EX-PREMIER, IS CONVICTED OF FRAUD: Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister who was forced from office under a cloud of corruption, was convicted on Monday of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial of a case involving an American businessman, whose sensational testimony in a Jerusalem court in 2008 was instrumental in Mr. Olmert’s downfall. This was Mr. Olmert’s third conviction on corruption charges since 2012, and he is already facing jail time.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***GNC, the country’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, has agreed to institute sweeping new testing procedures on its herbal products that far exceed quality controls mandated under federal law. The action to be announced Monday comes after the New York State attorney general’s office accused GNC and three other major retailers of selling herbal supplements that were fraudulent or contaminated with unlisted ingredients that could pose health risks to consumers. Experts said the announcement marked an initial but significant step forward for the $33 billion-a-year supplement industry, which is loosely regulated and plagued by accusations of adulteration and mislabeling.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Lily Tomlin at Cafe Carlyle in NYC taking in Debbie Harry’s show. Sarah Jessica Parker and Victor Garber seeing “An American in Paris” in NYC.   ***Ted Cruz with wife Heidi, mother, mother-in-law, two children and two security aides at Picholine on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Judith Giuliani among 80 guests at Grace and Chris Meigher’s Palm Beach home for dinner.   ***Rosie Perez having dinner with actor Ramon Rodriguez to discuss their movie collaboration “Only for My Son” at Catch in the Meatpacking District in NYC.

ROBIN WILLIAMS WIFE & KIDS LEGAL WAR OVER ESTATE: Lawyers for the late funnyman Robin Williams’ third wife Susan Schneider Williams and his three children head to court today to battle over his estate. Robin committed suicide August 11, 2014 at age 63 at his Tiburon, Ca. home.  The coroner ruled death by asphyxia caused by hanging. His wife claimed he struggled with depression, anxiety and was reeling from a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.The feud between Robin’s wife and children over his fortune and effects “got ugly, real fast.” The attorneys will appear before a San Francisco probate judge, as they battle over personal effects including clothes that the megastar star kept at his Northern California homes.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Gene Saks, an actor who switched to stage and film directing in midcareer, winning three Tony Awards and becoming the leading interpreter of the plays of Neil Simon, died on Saturday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 93. The cause was pneumonia, his wife, Keren, said.   ***Ray Arnett — who began life as the son a chauffeur for New York’s legendary Shubert family, then became Liberace’s choreographer — died in Beverly Hills at 97 this month. Arnett was played in HBO’s Liberace movie, “Behind the Candelabra,” by comic Tom Papa.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Dept of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook

“The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations – such as carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. Revised every 2 years, the latest version contains employment projections for the 2010-20 decade.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vincent van Gogh (1853)

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch postimpressionist artist whose paintings include some of the world’s best known, most popular, and most valuable pieces in the world today. Yet, only one of his paintings was sold while he lived. The majority of the works for which he is best known were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptic seizures and profound despair that tragically ended in suicide.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Margot Sanger-Katz: We know that living in a poor community makes you less likely to live a long life. New evidence suggests that living in a community with high income inequality also seems to be bad for your health. A study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute examined a series of risk factors that help explain the health (or sickness) of counties in the United States. In addition to the suspects you might expect — a high smoking rate, a lot of violent crime — the researchers found that people in unequal communities were more likely to die before the age of 75 than people in more equal communities, even if the average incomes were the same. “It’s not just the level of income in a community that matters — it’s also how income is distributed,” said Bridget Catlin, the co-director of the project, called the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: There’s a lot of fuzzy math in American politics, but Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set a new standard when he declared the cost of Obamacare “unconscionable.” If you do “simple multiplication,” he insisted, you find that the coverage expansion is costing $5 million per recipient. But his calculation was a bit off — namely, by a factor of more than a thousand. The actual cost per newly insured American is about $4,000. Now, everyone makes mistakes. But this wasn’t a forgivable error. Whatever your overall view of the Affordable Care Act, one indisputable fact is that it’s costing taxpayers much less than expected — about 20 percent less, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A senior member of Congress should know that, and he certainly has no business making speeches about an issue if he won’t bother to read budget office reports.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Nicholas Brendon won’t stop getting drunk and disorderly – and former co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar is leaping in to try to save her old friend. That’s because the actress is terrified of Nicholas coming to the same tragic end as her former “Crazy Ones” co-star, Robin Williams, insiders have revealed. “Sarah loves Nick, and she’s still haunted by Robin’s death,” said a friend. “She said that she just can’t stand idly by and watch Nick destroy himself!”   ***Flying ace HARRISON FORD has ben released from the hospital following his grim plane crash. Ford crashed his WW2 vintage era craft March 5, after landing  - nose-diving it onto a golf course following engine failure. The ”Han Solo” legend, 72, was seen driving in Los Angeles yesterday.   ***In a candid interview with High Times magazine, marijuana-loving “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, who suffers from glaucoma, says she only smokes these days for medical purposes. “I had just been smoking a long time before the glaucoma — and for the fun of it,” she laughs in the magazine’s June issue. But after she was diagnosed with the eye disorder, “What I did notice was that there were fewer headaches. Didn’t take me long to see there might be a correlation.”

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Sunday • March 29, 2015

PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT REACHED WITH IRAN: Western diplomats in Switzerland announced on Sunday that Iran and six world powers have reached a provisional agreement on key parts of a deal to sharply curtail the country’s nuclear program. According to one of the diplomats, Iran had “more or less” agreed to cut the number of centrifuges by more than two-thirds and to have most of its stockpile of nuclear material shipped abroad. With the outlines of a deal reportedly nailed down, the deal is due to be finalized on June 30. Iranian diplomats, meanwhile, denied any reports of specific numbers when it came to centrifuges and exporting stockpiles.

HORROR – PILOT: ‘EVERYONE WILL KNOW MY NAME’: The German daily Bild is reporting that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed an airliner, killing 150 people, told his girlfriend he was planning a major act so “everyone will know my name.” The woman, a flight attendant, was given the pseudonym of Maria W. by the paper, and says she was in a relationship with Lubitz in 2014. “When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence… he said: ‘One day I’ll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it’,” the woman told the paper. She also told the paper, “He never talked much about his illness, only that he was in psychiatric treatment,” and that they broke up because she became afraid of him.

BILL CLINTON GAVE ROMNEY DEBATE ADVICE: When Mitt Romney appeared at the annual Clinton Global Initiative in 2012 in New York, former President Bill Clinton reportedly gave him advice backstage about how to seem in command while facing President Obama in the upcoming debates. The allegation comes in a long profile in the New York Times outlining concerns in the Clinton camp about how to rein in the former president’s mistakes, which were seen as a handicap for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries.

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TUNIS MUSEUM ATTACK SUSPECT KILLED: Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, the leading suspect in a museum attack on foreign tourists, was killed in anti-terrorist operations. He was reportedly killed on Saturday night in the Gafsa region near Algeria. He was considered an important member of al Qaeada’s North African operations, and was suspected of leading the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum. A total of 22 people were killed in the attack.

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KENTUCKY WILDCATS SET UNDEFEATED RECORD: By edging out third-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday 68-66, the Kentucky Wildcats extended their win-loss record this season o 38-0. That perfect season not only will the Wildcats advance to the Final Four, but made them the first men’s Division I team to have a 38-0 record. Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns dominated the game, posting a season-high 25 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

STANFORD INVESTIGATING CHEATING CLAIMS: The Associated Press reports that officials at Stanford University are investigating a “unusually high” number of students suspected of cheating during the winter quarter. University Provost John Etchemendy sent a letter to faculty about the “troubling allegations.” He emphasized that all students agree to abide by an honor code, but “with the ease of technology and widespread sharing that is now part of a collaborative culture, students need to recognize and be reminded that it is dishonest to appropriate the work of others.” In the 2013-2014 academic year alone, 83 students violated the honor code, according to a university spokesperson.

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ROGER MOORE DENIES RACIST BOND COMMENTS: Former Bond actor Roger Moore claims that comments he made in a French magazine about the potential for Idris Elba to play James Bond, that many have called have called racist, were mistranslated. Moore, 87, tweeted, “An interview I gave to Paris Match implies I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue,” along with the hashtag “Lost in translation.” He then added, “When a journalist asks if ‘Bond should be English’ and you agree, then quotes you saying it about Idris Elba it’s out of context.” Moore is quoted in the interview in Paris Match as saying, “Though James has been played by a Scot, a Welshman, an Irishman, I think he should be English-English. It’s nonetheless an interesting idea, but unrealistic. Some years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr would make an excellent Bond but it was a joke!”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A producer for singer Judith Hill has filed a lawsuit against Prince after the singer e-mailed a free download link to Hill’s album via Live Nation’s mailing list. Jolene Cherry filed her suit Friday in Los Angeles, claiming that Hill was already under contract after inking a long-term deal with the producer

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Even though the U.S. government didn’t grant Native Americans citizenship until 1924, nearly 13,000 of them served in WWI.

EMPIRE’ STAR SORRY FOR RACISM COMMENTS: Empire actress Taraji P. Henson issued a public apology Friday after accusing a Glendale police officer of racially profiling her son at a traffic stoplight. “I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s,” she posted on Instagram. “Sometimes as humans we over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to the officer for being kind to my son.” Video footage of the traffic stop showed Henson’s 20-year-old son driving through a crosswalk while a pedestrian was passing.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Swimsuits

1.     In Australia, Speedos are called “Budgy Smugglers,” a term which is derived from the name of a small parrot, the domestic budgerigar. Apparently, the body-hugging swimwear looks as if it is attempting to conceal a parrot when viewed from the front.

2.     The most expensive swimsuit in the world is a bikini that is worth $30 million dollars. Designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds, the bikini is made with more than 150 carats of D flawless diamonds which are all set in platinum.

3.     The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that generated the most letters was the 1978 issue, “The Beauties of Brazil,” which published Cheryl Tiegs’ infamous fishnet see-through swimsuit. The best selling was the 25th anniversary issue with Kathy Ireland on the cover in 1989.

4.     The seamless Speedo polyurethane LZR (“laser”) suit, designed in coordination with NASA, has helped swimmers break over 200 records in just 23 months after it was introduced in February 13, 2008. The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) banned the LZR and other high-tech suits on January 1, 2010.

5.     The world’s largest bikini parade took place on November 9, 2009. Clad only in bikinis, 287 girls paraded in Johannesburg, South Africa, to raise awareness for breast cancer, which affects one in every 30 South African women.

6.     Tyra Banks was the first African-American to appear on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, in 1997. The second was Beyoncé Knowles, in 2007.

7.     One of the first chest-revealing suits for men appeared in 1932 and was called the “Topper.” The suit had a detachable top that could be zipped away from the trunk bottoms. Unfortunately, men who chose to appear topless at the time were often arrested for indecent exposure.

8.     Thongs are illegal in Melbourne, Florida as of January 2005. The punishment is a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.

9.     In 1907, when Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) wore a one-piece suit in Boston that revealed her arms and legs, she was promptly arrested for indecent exposure.

10.  Perhaps the most celebrated cinematic swimwear moment of all time is when Bo Derek ran down the beach in hair braids and a nude swimsuit in the movie 10. The most celebrated bikini moment was when Ursula Andress emerged from the water donning a white bikini as Honey Ryder in the 1962 Bond film Dr. No.

LBN-NOTICED: Three stalwart Los Angeles Italian-Americans all noticed last night inside Ralphs market on Coldwater Canyon—last minute shopping and gabbing- Fabio, ABC’s entertainment anchor George Pennacchio, and Beverly Hills PR exec Edward Lozzi.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task. At first Jeb Bush tried to distance himself from Baker distantly. He had his spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, send an email to reporters the day after Baker — one of his foreign policy advisers and his dad’s best friend, campaign manager and secretary of state — gave President Obama some bipartisan backup on Israel. Speaking to the liberal Israel advocacy group, J Street, Baker faulted the “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship” surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu. Baker’s criticism of the abrasive Israeli leader he once banned from the State Department sparked a furor among Republicans who want a loyalty oath on support for the Jewish state.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: One sign of a landmark shift in public attitudes: A poll last year found that Americans approved more of gays and lesbians (53 percent) than of evangelical Christians (42 percent). That’s partly because some evangelical leaders were intolerant blowhards who give faith a bad name. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson famously blamed the 9/11 terror attacks in part on feminists, gays and lesbians, and doctors who perform abortions. After an outcry, both men backed off.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mikkael A. Sekeresmarch: When it airs on Monday, the Ken Burns-produced documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” will emphasize how much more we now know about the genetic basis for cancer. This year, according to President Obama, cancer research and funding will focus on so-called precision, personalized or targeted medicine — using cancer’s molecular underpinnings to develop drugs that attack the genes or gene products that make up cancer’s factory while sparing normal cells. What a beautiful concept. The problem is, cancer is rarely that simple, or that easily fooled.

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Saturday • March 28, 2015

THE LBN READER QUESTION: WHAS ELVIS OVERRATED? Send your reply to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN READER QUESTION” in the sujbect line.)


CLINTON E-MAIL INBOX WIPED CLEAN: All the e-mails Hillary Clinton sent and received during her tenure as Secretary of State have been wiped clean, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi and currently investigating Clinton. She is being investigated for using a private e-mail account while employed by the U.S. Government. It is unclear exactly when the contents of the account was erased, but Gowdy says it “appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.” Clinton had turned over 30,000 e-mails and her attorney says the 900 pages pertaining to the attacks on Benghazi cover its request.

GERMANWINGS PILOT’S EX: HE PLANNED CRASH: 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who apparently deliberately crashed the plane into a French mountainside this week, had apparently told an ex-girlfriend that he was planning an act “that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it,” according to German media reports. Lubitz’s former lover, a stewardess known only as Maria W., told a German newspaper, “I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense.” The report also claimed that Lubitz’s fiancee, whose last name is Goldbach, had left him the day before the crash, leaving him depressed.

21 DEAD AFTER TERROR SIEGE ON HOTEL: Fighters with the Islamic rebel group Al-Shabab attacked a prominent hotel in Somalia’s capital city on Saturday, resulting in at least 21 deaths, including six of the attackers. Gunmen held control over the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel for over 12 hours until police and security agents reclaimed the building. Among those killed was the Somalian ambassador to Switzerland, Yusuf Bari-Bari.

YEMEN: REBELS ARE ‘STOOGES OF IRAN’: Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi blamed the chaos in the country on Shiite rebels on Saturday, calling them “stooges of Iran” and demanding more airstrikes against them until they surrender. He also directly challenged Iran, which has denied arming the rebels, known as Houthis. Hadi fled Yemen earlier this week.

HACKER REVEALS CLINTON SPY NETWORK: While Hilary Clinton has turned over a mass load of e-mails while being investigated for using her private account during her stint as Secretary of State, some new information is coming to light. A week prior to Islamic militant attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time family friend of Clinton, had supplied the then Secretary of State top intelligence through her private account, revealing a secret network. The e-mails “include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations,” according to ProPublica and Gawker. The e-mails were first revealed in 2013 after a hacker obtain the conversations from Blumenthal’s account but have new meaning during Clinton’s investigation. They are currently being called into congressional inquiry due to the Benghazi attacks.

PAO LOSES GENDER DISCRIMINATION SUIT: On Friday, San Francisco’s superior court ruled that all claims filed against prominent venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by former employee Ellen Pao were not valid. According to the New York Times, Pao, who is now the chief of social media for Reddit, claimed that the firm “did not promote her because of her gender; that it retaliated against her for complaining; that is failed to prevent gender discrimination; and that ultimately it fired her in 2012 for complaining.” She was asking for $16 million in damages and missed opportunities.

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RAND PAUL: GAY MARRIAGE A ‘MORAL CRISIS’: Rand Paul called the push for same-sex marriage a “moral crisis” during a private prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C. “The moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out a thing like marriage,” Paul said Thursday on video obtained by CBN News’s David Brody. “There’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think there would be some sort of other marriage.” The Republican senator from Kentucky is due to announce his presidential candidacy next month. “The First Amendment says keep government out of religion, not religion out of government.” Paul said America needs a religious revival. “We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.”

RARE GEORGE CARLIN RECORDING RELEASED: To celebrate the re-launch of George Carlin’s website, his family on Friday released clips from a 1972 stand-up routine that ultimately led to the comedy icon’s arrest. His final act, “Seven Dirty Words,” was deemed highly obscene and led to the Supreme Court decision that limited the extent that government could monitor free speech over television and radio. The two clips, which feature a likely stoned Carlin, include “Father Rivera” and “Not Going OK.” Carlin passed away in 2008. Prominent celebrity publicist Michael Levine, who served as Carlin’s publicist for a number of year, called Carlin “one of the lasting greats of all-time.”

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Patricia Hearst Shaw has no interest in reading Jeffrey Toobin’s upcoming book about her, or seeing the movie version, and she has harsh words about the New Yorker writer for exploiting her tragic story.Known as Patty Hearst in 1974 when she was kidnapped and brainwashed by the Symbionese Liberation Army, the publishing heiress confided to a friend, “I’m tired of being a cash cow for hack writers like Jeffrey Toobin. He is an emotional rapist.” Toobin’s book, title unknown, won’t be published by Doubleday until 2016, but it has already been optioned by Fox 2000, with “Big Eyes” screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski signed for the screenplay.   ***Another day, another oddball Shailene Woodley interview. The “Divergent Series: Insurgent” star, 23, continued to open up about her rather unique dietary habits.“I’ve eaten ants and that was great,” she said in a video interview with Nylon. “And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens.” She also noted her love of “gelatinous” pigs’ feet.

O.J. SIMPSON IS A ‘DEAD MAN WALKING’! A still-arrogant O.J. Simpson played the celebrity card behind bars, and took a violent beating from a member of the Aryan Nation!The jailhouse brawl ended with the skinhead inmate threatening to kill “The Juice,” a prison snitch who eyewitnessed the showdown said. Now we’ve gone behind the scenes at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, where O.J. is serving time, to get details of the incident. The ruckus started after the 67-year-old disgraced football star jumped to the head of a line while prisoners were waiting for their medication, said our inside source.That infuriated fellow inmate and Aryan Nation member, sexual offender Travis 
“Blu” Waugh, the source revealed.Said the rat: “O.J. still thinks of himself as a celebrity who doesn’t have to follow any rules. That pissed off this bad dude, who told O.J. to ‘wait like everybody else.’“O.J. challenged the skinhead and spit in his direction.”With tempers on both sides flaring, O.J. reportedly said: “I’m gonna stay right here and your ass ain’t gonna do nothing about it.”That’s when Blu slammed O.J. against a wall and threatened to kill him, snarling, “O.J., you’re a dead man!” Prison guards quickly stepped in to break up the scuffle, said our snitch. They cuffed Blu and ordered O.J. back to his cell.

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LBN-.R.I.P.: Rod Hundley, basketball’s irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80. Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nutrition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-R.I.P.: Last week, we learned that, only months into the job, the official in charge of the military courts system at Guantánamo Bay was stepping down, after judges ruled he had interfered in proceedings. The appointment of an interim replacement was the sixth change of leadership for the tribunals since 2003. This is yet another setback for the military commissions, as they tackle two of their highest-profile cases: the joint trial of the chief planner of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators, and the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused in the bombing of the American destroyer Cole.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Yesterday I read Levine’s epic commentary knocking Starbucks for removing chairs and replacing them with stools. So I tried to sit on one of the stools last night at Starbucks. I lasted less three minutes and my ass is still hurting. Awful! Bye, Starbucks. Earth to Starbucks — “Stools are NOT chairs!”. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Martin O’Malley — the leading Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential ticket — is being secretly helped by former presidential candidate Gary Hart.Hart, who has called himself “the inventor of the Iowa caucuses,” was George McGovern’s campaign manager in 1972. He was also a front-runner for president in 1987 before his affair with Donna Rice was exposed, forcing him to drop out.O’Malley was a traveling aide in Sen. Hart’s 1984 campaign. A New Yorker piece on O’Malley identified Hart as one of the former Maryland governor’s “mentors.” Hart has another reason to help: He is said to harbor a grudge against the Clintons because he never got an appointment during the eight years of the Bill Clinton administration.

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Friday • March 27, 2015

YELP ‘EXTREMELY CONCERNED’ ABOUT WHAT INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY WILL REVEAL:

When the campaign for a film called Billion Dollar Bully hit Kickstarter last week, support began pouring in. The investigative documentary—which will probe allegations of manipulation and fabrication of reviews, extortion and other questionable business tactics by marketing giant Yelp—is quickly approaching its $60,000 goal, but not without one big adversary.

According to the film’s producer and director Kaylie Milliken, Yelp “seems very threatened” and is “extremely concerned” about her small, two-person production. This is no surprise, considering the company’s shares were down four percent in trading the day after the project was announced—a dip that many are attributing to the documentary, according to Business insider.

“I have gotten a huge reaction from [Yelp], which I have to admit, I was not expecting,” Ms. Milliken told the Observer, adding that they’re only halfway done filming. “They’ve been aggressively denying it and trying to discredit my character and the film itself.”

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Friday • March 27, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to one study, trace amounts of cocaine can be found on four out of every five dollar bills in circulation. However, because cocaine is a fine powder and is easily spread around, presence of the drug does not necessarily mean the bill was used as a snorting straw.

CLUE- LUBITZ TORE UP SICK NOTE ON DAY OF CRASH: German prosecutors said Friday morning that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz “hid” an existing illness from his employer. Prosecutors did not specify what the illness was, but Bild newspaper reported he had a “serious depressive episode” six years ago, citing internal Lufthansa documents. Prosecutors said they found a “torn-up sick note that signed Andreas Lubitz off work on the day of Alps crash,” according to the BBC. No suicide note or claim of responsibility was found.

AIRLINES ALTER COCKPIT RULES AFTER CRASH: Airlines around the world Thursday changed their rules mandating that a second crew member be present in the cockpit at all times, following revelations that a German co-pilot may have locked himself in and deliberately crashed a jetliner. Though the U.S. has required two crew members to be in the cabin at all times since the 9/11 attacks, many countries had not updated the rules. Norwegian Air Shuttle, easyJet, Air Canada and Air Berlin all announced the new requirement while Germanwings parent company Lufthansa was among the airlines that did not change policy. Just hours before, French prosecutors said flight voice recordings suggest 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cabin in order to crash a Germanwings plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

HARRY REID WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that he won’t be seeking re-election next year, putting an end to his nearly 30-year-long Senate career. The 75-year-old Nevada Democrat suffered serious injuries to his face and eye during an exercise-related accident on New Year’s Day, but said his decision was not related to that incident. “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” he said. “I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.”

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AMANDA KNOX VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY: Italy’s high court will rule Friday on the fate of those convicted in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, deciding whether to uphold Amanda Knox’s prison sentence or to send the case back to a lower court for retrial. If the ruling is upheld, it could set into motion deportation proceedings for the 27-year-old, who has been in the U.S. since a 2011 acquittal and who has stated that she doesn’t intend to return to Italy.

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ECONOMY GREW 2.2% IN 4TH QUARTER, FINAL ESTIMATE SHOWS: The American economy grew at a rate of slightly more than 2 percent as 2014 drew to a close, but economists fear some of that momentum likely petered out in the first quarter of this year. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, the Commerce Department said Friday. The figure was unchanged from an earlier estimate of growth released in late February.

ISIS BRIDE’S DAD SEEN AT PRO-JIHAD MARCH: The father of one of three young British “Jihadi Brides” is under investigation after authorities uncovered footage of him marching amid jihadist flags at a 2012 rally led by extremist preacher Anjem Choudary. In the video, Abase Hussen is seen enthusiastically marching with protesters and is even captured in the same frame as a burning American flag. The Ethiopa-born Hussen’s daughter, 15-year-old Amira Abase, left for Syria last month. Her father subsequently accused police of placing a “heavy burden” on his daughter through their investigation, and the police apologized. “The impression given was that Islamic extremism was an alien world to his daughter – this footage suggests it wasn’t,” said Henry Jackson Society anti-terrorism expert Hannah Stuart.

BOKO HARAM OUSTED FROM STRONGHOLD: Nigeria’s military said Friday that it has driven Boko Haram from the town of Gwoza, one of the terrorist group’s remaining strongholds in the country’s northeast—a major victory, if confirmed to be true. Nigerian commanders said they had captured many terrorists in the area described on Twitter as the “the headquarters of the terrorists’ self-styled caliphate.” The announcement’s timing, however, comes just one day before Saturday’s presidential election, which had been postponed from February due to the violent insurgency.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Ruth Porat, Google’s new chief financial officer, is joining a company that has more than 50,000 employees and is one of the most valuable corporations in the world. Thus, given Google is long past its early days, it’s not the kind of place that will make her a start-up billionaire.  Instead she will have to settle for $65 million in stock grants, a $5 million signing bonus and a yearly salary of $650,000, according to a company filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Book store Hennessey + Ingalls is closing its Hollywood offshoot but the main Santa Monica bookstore will remain open.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The Concern Annual Block Party, one the biggest charity events of the year in L.A.,  has been set for July 11th this year at Paramount Studios.

NOTRE DAME, WISCONSIN HEAD TO ELITE 8: Notre Dame breezed by Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals Thursday while Wisconsin knocked off North Carolina 79-72, sending the Irish and the Badgers to the final eight of the NCAA tournament. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points for the Irish to overtake the seventh-seeded Shockers. Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points while the Badgers rallied in the last 10 minutes. The third-seed Irish will face off with undefeated Kentucky in Saturday’s regional final while Wisconsin will match up with No. 2 seed Arizona to secure a Final Four spot. Kentucky beat West Virginia in a 78-39 victory and Arizona held off No. 6 Xavier 68-60 on Thursday as well.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Those of us who used to love Starbucks were attracted to the brand in large part due to the “third place” concept attached to the chain. The “third place” concept was some place that you could go that wasn’t home, wasn’t work but was a “third place”. A comfortable, inviting place where you could go to — read newspaper, talk to a friend, meet a first date, visit, discuss, rest a moment, restore. Today, I fear, our Starbucks friends are in the process of declaring war in their own “third place” concept turning it rapidly into a “to-go coffee shop with good lighting.” Evidence? Couches gone, chairs going to (rapidly) be replaced by massive number of stools that I invite the United Nations to investigate as torture devices. People are noticing. The other night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood a popular stand-up opened his act with sharing the new Starbucks slogan with the audience – “Welcome to Starbucks – now get the fuck out!”

LBN-COMMENTARY by J. Neil Schulman: I don’t accept at face value anything about the Bowe Bergdahl case. It makes no sense to me that a “coward” would leave the relative safety of his base for far-more dangerous Afghan territory flooded with Taliban. I don’t see why a traitor seeking out the enemy would end up imprisoned by them instead of being honored. I don’t know why Pvt. Bergdahl spent his spare time on base learning the local language Pashto and after enlisting twice — the first time in the Coast Guard, the second time in the Army — would make himself appear as if he hated his country. I suspect Robert Bowdrie “Bowe” Bergdahl was an embedded U.S. intelligence operative, unknown by his fellow soldiers, given secret orders to leave base on an unknown mission — one which might have gone drastically wrong. Otherwise his trade for five Taliban makes no sense. But so long as Bergdahl is a pawn in a chess match between the administration and President Obama’s detractors, we may never be told the truth and Sgt. Bergdahl, possibly silenced by oath, may be a casualty of American partisan politics.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like a lot of people who pay attention to such things, I had assumed that Democrats had a huge advantage going into next year’s presidential race. Democrats do really well among the growing demographic groups, like Hispanics, single people and the young. Republicans, meanwhile, do doing sensationally well with just about every shrinking group. If 67-year-old rural white men were the future of the electorate, the G.O.P. would be rolling. But there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that, in fact, Democrats do not enter this election with an advantage. There are a series of trends that may cancel out the Democratic gains with immigrants, singles and the like.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Two impossible things happened to the U.S. economy over the course of the past year — or at least they were supposed to be impossible, according to the ideology that dominates half our political spectrum. First, remember how Obamacare was supposed to be a gigantic job killer? Well, in the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s full implementation, the U.S. economy as a whole added 3.3 million jobs — the biggest gain since the 1990s. Second, half a million of those jobs were added in California, which has taken the lead in job creation away from Texas.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett: I produced more than 2,500 ounces of surplus breast milk with my first son. I am almost six months postpartum with my second child, and already my freezers are stuffed with five-ounce bags of milk. Some women are computer programmers or impressive cooks. I’m good at producing breast milk. My friends and family marvel at this talent, sort of. They like to joke that I could make real money if I sold it. Big milk producers are able to make thousands of dollars selling their surplus breast milk, which led Wired magazine to call breast milk “liquid gold” a few years ago. The going rate now is something like $1 to $4 per ounce. No wonder some women consider the sale of their breast milk a part-time job.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Larry David will hand over his starring role on Broadway to an old “Seinfeld” pal — Jason Alexander. Producers said Thursday that Alexander, who played George Costanza on the hit show, will replace David as Norman Drexel in “Fish in the Dark” beginning June 9. David wrote the comedy, which is running at the Cort Theatre.   ***Andy Cohen isn’t too famous for Tinder. The Bravo bigwig admits to being active on the popular dating app, telling People: “I have no shame in my game. I’m there, I’m swiping.” So why’d he join? The single 46-year-old says Tinder’s really the only way to meet someone in New York these days. “You know … Where am I going to meet an architect who lives in Brooklyn besides Tinder at this point?” he said. “It’s the modern-day singles bar.” He added, “I like it. It’s fun.”   ***During her lifetime, Joan Rivers spoke highly of many of her fellow comedy stars, but there was one actor she wasn’t shy about saying she didn’t like — and that was Ben Stiller. The “Night at the Museum” star spoke with Howard Stern on Wednesday and revealed that he and Rivers had a contentious relationship that was never resolved before her death last year. Stern, who had heard about Rivers’ distain for Stiller, asked the actor about the late comedy star. “She had a thing about me. She didn’t like me,” Stiller told Stern.

LBN-ETC.: Could creating your character be likened to an artist creating a sculpture? Is character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding? — www.TheExcelReport.com

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Thursday • March 26, 2015

MONSTER – WHAT’S KNOWN ABOUT GERMANWINGS CO-PILOT: Here is what’s known so far about the Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot accused of murdering 149 people.His name is Andreas Lubitz, age 28. According to The Wall Street Journal, he is from Montabaur, near Frankfurt. Lubitz had 630 hours of flight time since he graduated from Lufthansa’s flight school in September 2013. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said there were no indications for concern regarding the co-pilot. Lubitz had interrupted his training six years ago for unknown reasons.Lubitz was heard breathing normally through the entire descent on flight voice recordings, according to French prosecutor Brice Robin. Lubitz did not respond to any radio messages from air-traffic control, nor did he respond to the pilot’s demands to open the locked cockpit door, Robin said. A motive is unknown. The French said they see no connection to terrorism.

SAUDI ARABIA ATTACKS YEMEN: Saudi Arabia commenced military operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday, hours after the rebels seized control of a military base used by U.S. officials for drone strikes. Warplanes have reportedly begun bombing the airport in the country’s capital city of Sanaa. Earlier, Yemeni President Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled his home to an undisclosed location. The White House said late Wednesday that President Barack Obama authorized logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led operations in Yemen. “While U.S. forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we are establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. military and intelligence support,” according to a White House statement.

U.S.-LED AIRSTRIKES HIT ISIS IN TIKRIT: U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes Wednesday to support Iraqi forces in the fight to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants, American officials said. The U.S.-led coalition hit as many as a dozen targets in Tikrit as Iraqi forces shelled ISIS strongholds in the city, according to a U.S. defense official. President Obama approved the airstrikes at the request of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, The New York Times reported. The airstrikes are the first time the U.S. has engaged in the offensive due of concerns about supporting the Iranian-led Shiite militias, which are backing Iraqi troops in the mission. U.S. officials have stressed the bombing raids are supporting “Iraqi forces under Iraqi command,” said Lt. Gen. James Terry, the senior U.S. commander of the U.S.-led coalition.

ASYLUM SEEKERS HIT AT 20-YEAR HIGH: Worldwide applications for asylum have reached a 20-year high, numbers show, in part due to the four-year-old civil war in Syria. Roughly 866,000 people sought asylum in 2014, up 45 percent from the previous year. Most of the applicants went to countries in nearby Europe, but the United States recorded the second-highest number of asylum seekers worldwide.

JESSE JACKSON JR. RELEASED FROM PRISON: Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from federal prison Thursday after serving less than a year and a half of his two-and-a-half-year sentence for spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Ex-Congressman Patrick Kennedy said Jackson is going to spend the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house. “But a halfway house means he’s half way [home],” said his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. “I won’t be satisfied until he’s totally free.”

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN ENGAGEMENT RING MISSING: The sad saga of Bobbi Kristina Brown continues – as her late mother’s diamond ring has disappeared. It’s the same ring Bobbi Kristina – who has remained in a coma since Jan. 31 – shared on Instagram as her “engagement ring” in 2012, when she announced plans to marry Nick Gordon.A Houston family member is now trying to locate the $250,000 sparkler, sources say.

B-MOVIE KING ROGER CORMAN RIPPED OFF BY PONZI SCHEMER FOR $60 MILLION?: Hollywood’s legendary B-movie king  Roger Corman is embroiled in his own personal “Little Shop of Horrors” after a Ponzi schemer allegedly scammed $60 million from him, according to a blockbuster new lawsuit. Roger, 88, who famously launched the acting careers of such stalwarts as Jack Nicholson and filmmaking legends Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola after striking drive-in gold with his series of Edgar Allan Poe/Vincent Price films may be facing financial ruin.Roger who netted an honorary Oscar in 2010 for his no-holds-barred style of low budget filmmaking and his mentoring of fresh talent like Robert DeNiro and Ron Howard was also responsible for introducing Europe’s biggest filmmakers like Ingmar Bergmann to U.S. audiences through his distribution company.The NY Post reported that Roger and his producer wife Julie finances could be imperiled after $73 million of it was unwittingly invested by a hedge-fund manager, according to a bombshell lawsuit filed this week.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Knitting

1.     No one knows how old knitting really is, though it is generally thought to be older than handcrafts (rug hooking) but not as old as weaving.

2.     Many ancient textile fragments thought to be knitting have turned out to be nålebinding (Danish for literally “binding with a needle), an ancient form of needlecraft that is sometimes referred to as “single-needle knitting.”

3.     The history of knitting is not well known because fabrics used for knitting are made of wool, silk, and other fibers that decay rapidly. Additionally, knitting needles are hard to distinguish beyond a doubt from hair picks, skewers, spindles, or the other many uses of a sharpened stick.

4.     Historians posit that knitting is a relatively recent invention because there are no ancient legends of knitting like there are legends of spinning and weaving, such as Arachne, Ixazaluoh, Nephthys, Amaterasu. There are no ancient gods or goddesses who knit.

5.     Knitting is considered to have originated in the Arab world, and from there, spread with the Crusades into Spain. The term “to knit” wasn’t added to English until the 1400s.

6.     The earliest known types of knitting by nomadic people in the desert places of North Africa actually used circular or narrow, oblong wooden frames. The knitting action was similar to “bobbin work.” Historians are unsure when the frames were dispensed with and knitting began to be directly on hooked knitting needles.

7.     One of the earliest known examples of knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) were a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D. Many of them have knit into them khufic (a decorative Arabic script) blessings, symbols to ward off evil, or both.

8.     Knitting was initially a male-only occupation.

9.     The first knitting trade guild was started in 1527 in Paris.

10.  When the knitting machine was invented, hand knitting became useful but nonessential. Like quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, knitting has become a leisurely activity.

LBN-LOOKING BACK: Yehuda Avner, a former diplomat and aide to a string of Israeli prime ministers who turned his insider stories about the country’s leaders into a well-received memoir, died on Tuesday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 86. Mr. Avner had been a regular reader of the LBN E-Lert for the last four years from his home in Jerusalem and would write to us occasionally. He will be missed.

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‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ DIRECTOR BOWS OUT: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is leaving the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise and will not return for the next installment based on the E.L. James’ bestselling series, Deadline reported Wednesday. “While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three,” Taylor-Johnson said in a statement. Taylor-Johnson reportedly had creative differences with the author. The first movie has already grossed more than half a billion dollars at worldwide box offices.

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LBN-HOLLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Kanye West has dropped CAA after less than three years and signed with rival Hollywood agency UTA for representation in all areas, including music. Insiders say the switch came in part because the controversial rapper and hubby of Kim Kardashian wasn’t happy with his books for performances outside of touring and wants to make a move to films, including animated projects.   ***Legendary music manager John Hartman will accept the Lifetime Achievement  in Management Award at the Talent Managers Association dinner on May 28th at the Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***For several years, insiders have wondered when the wildly oversubscribed Soho House West Hollywood finally would embark on an expansion. The answer, it turns out, is next year. Club founder Nick Jones say he recently zeroed in on an 80,000-square-foot property in downtown L.A.’s Arts District. “It will be called Soho Warehouse,” he says. The move comes on the heels of an aggressive global expansion financed by a $383 million investment from billionaire owner Ron Burkle, which has seen new outposts of the club everywhere from Chicago to Istanbul.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Legendary rock n’ roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt will have his largest photo display reception to date on Thursday, April 9th at 7pm at Mr. MusicHead at 7511 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Steven Smith, a tea company founder who, steeped in memories of sweet Red Rose brewed by his grandmother, helped transform the nation’s tea-drinking habits as much as any American since that party in Boston Harbor in 1773, died on Monday in Portland, Ore. He was 65. The cause was liver cancer, his company, Steven Smith Teamaker, said.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My friend, Hans claimed to be serious about his paintings, but he was at heart a mere dilettante. Let’s face facts, kids, most people are lazy and assume great things will just come to them. No wonder they celebrate their birthday at Subway each year. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A boozed-up Mariah Carey turned her posh penthouse into a “house of horrors” for her hired help -– and they’re firing back in bombshell lawsuits, sources say. The pop diva’s former assistant and nanny each claim the “Vision of Love” singer stiffed them out of a small fortune in wages after they slavishly met her every whim during 120-hour-plus work weeks. What’s more, 46-year-old Mariah rarely slept and threw tantrums if her wacky demands weren’t met, sources said. She also ordered staff members to wear only black “so she stands out as the star,” a source said.

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LBN-ETC.: Could creating your character be likened to an artist creating a sculpture? Is character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding? — www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Koolest Art on the Planet: — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

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LBN-ETC: The Best-Selling P.R. book of all-time – “Guerrilla P.R. 2.0” (Harper Collins): http://amzn.to/1Aoxx62

LBN-ETC: Organic Brew – American Kitchen – Coral Tree Café – Great catering for all occasions: www.CoralTreeCafe.com

LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes ten to be ridden up to 8 time more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com

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Wednesday • March 25, 2015

MORE GOVERNMENT MIS-MANAGEMENT: F.B.I. Lagging Behind U.S. Terrorism Threat, Report Says: The F.B.I. urgently needs to improve its intelligence capabilities and hire more linguists to counter the rapidly evolving threats to the United States, according to a report released on Wednesday that examined the bureau’s progress since the Sept. 11 attacks. The report by the F.B.I. 9/11 Review Commission said that the bureau had made great strides in its intelligence collection and sharing, but that its ability to gain information from people and to analyze it lags “behind marked advances in law enforcement capabilities.” “This imbalance needs urgently to be addressed to meet growing and increasingly complex national security threats, from adaptive and increasingly tech-savvy terrorists, more brazen computer hackers, and more technically capable, global cyber syndicates,” the report said.

IN NUCLEAR TALKS, IRAN SEEKS TO AVOID SPECIFICS: If an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians. Over the past few weeks, Iran has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June, according to Western diplomats involved in the talks. Should that position hold — one of the many unknowns of the coming days — the United States and its five negotiating partners may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of describing the accord as they understand it while the Iranians go home to offer their own version.

ITALIAN COURT TO DECIDE AMANDA KNOX FATE: The latest act in the Amanda Knox murder case drama is set to play out Wednesday in Italy’s highest court, where the judicial body will decide what to do with the American’s murder conviction, which was upheld by an appellate court in January 2014. The court can order new trials for Knox or her co-defendant, or approve their convictions and sentence terms—a move that could result in an attempt to extradite Knox to Italy. Knox returned to the U.S. after an initial 2011 acquittal in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, and has vowed not to return.

JON HAMM LEAVES ALCOHOL REHAB: Mad Men actor Jon Hamm completed a 30-day rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut in February, according to TMZ. Hamm’s representatives told the site, “With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.”

KRAFT FOODS AND HEINZ ANNOUNCE MERGER: Two of America’s biggest food brands have announced a merger that will make them the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company. Kraft Foods and Heinz are set to become the Kraft Heinz Co., with Heinz shareholders getting 51 percent of the new entity and Kraft shareholders getting the remainder. The new organization is expected to generate $28 billion in revenue each year.

9,800 U.S. TROOPS TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN: President Obama announced Tuesday the U.S. would slow the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan and leave 9,800 troops through the end of 2015. The announcement came after a White House meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who requested keeping an additional 5,000 troops. The decision is also aimed at supporting counterterrorism efforts, including CIA drone strikes and other special operations, which are conducted out of two large military bases in Afghanistan, according to two administration officials. The president also vowed to keep his promise to close the remaining U.S. bases and consolidate forces in Kabul by the end of 2016.

BBC DROPS VIOLENT ‘TOP GEAR’ HOST: A BBC investigation has found that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson physically attacked one of the show’s producers. In a statement announcing that Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed, BBC Director General Tony Hall wrote that “a line has been crossed” and he “cannot condone what has happened on this occasion.” He also called Clarkson a “huge talent,” and emphasized that the decision was not made lightly. Top Gear will continue to air on BBC2, according to The Telegraph.

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WOMAN CLEARED OF SON’S MURDER SPEAKS OUT: An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row for her son’s brutal murder before a court dismissed her case spoke publicly about her innocence in Phoenix on Tuesday. Debra Milke maintained she had nothing to do with the murder of her 4-year-old boy, who was told he was going to see Santa Claus and instead was taken to the desert and shot by two men. A federal appeals court overturned Milke’s conviction two years ago and ruled that prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by the case’s lead investigator, who had lied under oath and violated suspects’ rights during interrogations. “I always believed this day would come. I just didn’t think it would take 25 years, three months and 14 days to rectify such a blatant miscarriage of justice,” she said.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hollywood Movies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed room of Hollywood movers-and-shakers turned up last night for the “City Talk” conversation series at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A. featuring guest-of-honor veteran Hollywood Reporter Senior Editor Alex Ben Block. The conversation was moderated by media expert and author Michael Levine and focused on “what it takes to survive in Hollywood.”

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Paul McCartney and Metallica will headline this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, which rolls into Chicago’s Grant Park July 31st through August 2nd. The long-running fest unveiled their lineup Wednesday morning, and it features Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Death From Above 1979 and many more.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Man With Severe Disabilities Shares Lesson In Perspective


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Lots of legal buzz around the upcoming event sponsored by the Downtown and Beverly Hills Bar Association titled “How to Win” (In The Court of Public Opinion) to be held on Thursday, April 2 at 6pm at the Sofitel Hotel in L.A. Featuring legendary attorney Mark Geragos and prominent celebrity publicist Michael Levine. The event is expected to be standing room only for attorneys throughout Southern California.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Aretha Franklin (1942)

Known as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin began singing in church choirs as a child before achieving mainstream success with a string of hit songs including “Respect,” “Think,” and “Natural Woman.” In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian decoration in the US

LBN-R.I.P.: Gen. Eva Burrows, who was only the second woman to lead the international Salvation Army and who carried its banner back to Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism, died on Friday in Melbourne, Australia. She was 85. Her death, after a brief illness, was confirmed by Maj. John P. Murray, communications secretary for the Salvation Army’s international headquarters in London. In 1986, at 56, General Burrows became the organization’s youngest commander.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I can think of many good reasons to go ahead with the nuclear deal with Iran, and I can think of just as many reasons not to. So, if you’re confused, let me see if I can confuse you even more. The proposed deal to lift sanctions on Iran — in return for curbs on its bomb-making capabilities so that it would take at least a year for Tehran to make a weapon — has to be judged in its own right. I will be looking closely at the quality of the verification regime and the specificity of what happens if Iran cheats. But the deal also has to be judged in terms of how it fits with wider American strategic goals in the region, because a U.S.-Iran deal would be an earthquake that touches every corner of the Middle East. Not enough attention is being paid to the regional implications — particularly what happens if we strengthen Iran at a time when large parts of the Sunni Arab world are in meltdown.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: The issues surrounding G.M.O.s — genetically modified organisms — have never been simple. They became more complicated last week when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as “probable” carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: According to a new poll, exactly 50 percent of Americans view President Obama’s presidency as a success. While the other half of Americans are actually candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): There is little doubt that Senator Ted Cruz’s “first out of the gate” announcement was intended to differentiate him from the many other Republicans who are lining up to run, and to gain the news coverage that comes from being first. Cruz actually has already done a fairly good job of increasing his familiarity among Republicans nationally over the past two years in which he has been in the U. S. Senate. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans nationally know enough about Cruz to have an opinion of him. This puts him about in the middle of the pack of the potential Republican candidates measured a few weeks ago, clearly behind Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie, but better known than Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal or, in particular, Scott Walker.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: Burger King is now making a Whopper-scented cologne. But there is a warning. If you wear Burger King’s Whopper cologne, don’t go near a lion cage. You know, I think I’ll just stick with my Steak and Shake aftershave.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Shortly after Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, Kelly Osbourne said that she too carries the BRCA1 gene, putting her at a high risk for both breast and ovarian cancers. “I actually do have the cancer gene,” Osbourne, 30, said on Tuesday’s episode of her cancer survivor mother Sharon‘s chat show, “The Talk.” “My mom made all of us go and get tested after she found out she had it and got her double mastectomy.”   ***Jimmy Kimmel is packing on the pounds — at least temporarily. Kimmel admitted to gaining quite a bit of weight — nine pounds, to be exact — during an eight-day span in Austin this month. “I think Texas may have broken my stomach, I really do,” the comedian joked on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” talking about his time in Austin for SXSW.   ***Iggy Azalea looks a little different these days. In a candid new interview with Vogue, the Australian-born rapper, 24, reveals she got breast implants a few months back. After writer Lynn Yaeger asked Azalea what she’d change about her body, the “Fancy” rapper unabashedly said, “I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs!”   ***“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan has been admitted to the hospital again as she continues to deal with health problems stemming from a brutal sexual assault in Egypt in 2011. The 43-year-old CBS News reporter is back in a Washington, DC-area hospital, the network confirmed on Tuesday. In February, Page Six reported that Logan was admitted to the hospital with digestive disease diverticulitis and internal bleeding.   ***David Crosby struck a joggger while driving 55 mph on Sunday. The 73-year-old folk-rock singer was in his 2015 black Tesla in Santa Ynez, Calif., when he was blinded by sunlight and hit the man with his vehicle, reports local TV station KEYT. The jogger is identified as 46-year-old Jose Jimenez, who suffered several fractures and lacerations from the incident.

LBN-ETC.: Could creating your character be likened to an artist creating a sculpture? Is character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding? — www.TheExcelReport.com

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Tuesday • March 24, 2015

150 FEARED DEAD IN ALPS PLANE CRASH: A German passenger plane has crashed in the French Alps and French President François Hollande says there are believed to be no survivors. The Airbus A320 carried 144 passengers, two pilots, and four crewmembers, on a flight that was headed from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The Germanwings flight—a low-cost Lufsthansa brand—was reportedly descending at about 3,000-4,000 feet per minute, “which is quite standard for an airport approach.” There are competing reports about whether the plane issued a distress call before it disappeared from radar. Plane debris has now been located near the village of Barcelonette.

ISRAEL SPIED ON U.S. TALKS WITH IRAN: Israel spied on private talks the U.S. held with Iran on nuclear weapons, and gave information to members of Congress in order to gain support against the deal, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing senior White House officials, the report claims Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted inside information on the closed-door talks in order to lobby support and build a case against the deal. The White House reportedly discovered the snooping after U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted messages containing details that only could have come from the private talks. The Journal also reported Israel obtained “information from confidential U.S. briefings, informants, and diplomatic contacts in Europe.” Israeli officials denied the report’s claims and said they received intelligence in other ways. On Tuesday, Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that Israel hadn’t recieved a formal complaint from the White House, and said it was “a shame there are people who try to create conflict.”

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS HER OVARIES REMOVED: Angelina Jolie penned a New York Times op-ed on removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after sharing her account of undergoing a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which poses an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. The actress and UN envoy lost her mother, grandmother, and aunt to cancer. Jolie explained the oophorectomy and added that she had a progesterone IUD inserted into her uterus to help prevent uterine cancer and balance hormones. The procedure also forced her into menopause and she can no longer have children. “I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life,” she wrote.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Faye Dunaway along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


IRAQ OPTS FOR CONSOLIDATION OVER ADVANCE IN BATTLE AGAINST ISIS: As a small force of Islamic State militants holds out in parts of Tikrit for a fourth week, Iraqi forces have been forced to shift tactics, officials say: Rather than storming in to clear the city at any cost, the security forces are trying to seal off the area and begin preparing for even more challenging battles to the west and north. The Iraqi forces’ progress has put them closer to the doorstep of Nineveh Province, where the city of Mosul looms as the most important battle against the Islamic State. But the hard lessons of the Tikrit offensive, with a heavy cost in casualties for the Shiite militiamen and soldiers involved, have Iraqi officials thinking more cautiously about their next steps. To that end, officials say, their next goal will be securing the western province of Anbar, in part to keep Islamic State fighters there from ambushing and harassing the main Iraqi force to the east.

DURST APPEARED TO BE BOUND FOR CUBA: Wealthy murder suspect Robert Durst may have been headed to Cuba when he was apprehended in New Orleans last week, based on evidence found in his hotel room. Police say they found maps of Florida and the island nation, as well as $42,000 in cash, fake identities, and a rubber mask of an old man. While Cuba’s relations with the U.S. have softened in recent months, the longtime refuge for wanted Americans has firmly stated that it will still refuse to extradite people to the U.S. to stand trial.

TOO MUCH SLEEP RAISES MORTALITY: Don’t sleep too little, or too much: Scientists who analyzed 16 sleep studies found that people who sleep more than eight hours a night as well as those who sleep fewer than six hours a night, have an increased mortality risk compared to those who sleep for between somewhere between six and eight hours. Those who sleep too long are in most danger, with a 30 percent increase in the risk of death over medium sleepers, while those on the low end have a 12 percent increase. The discrepancy persists even when the scientists adjusted for factors that may make people sleep longer.

OBAMA LIKELY TO DELAY AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL: President Obama is set to meet Tuesday with Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in the Oval Office, where the duo will hammer out a plan for a likely slower-than-planned U.S. troop withdrawal from the country. Ghani is expected to ask that U.S. troops remain in the country for a longer time, due to instability and threats from ISIS.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream is thought to show a volcanic sunset caused by the massive eruption of Krakatau in Indonesia in 1883. The blood-red sunset could be seen as far away as Norway, where Munch lived.

TERROR FEARS KEEP TUNISIAN MUSEUM SHUT: The Tunis museum at the center of last week’s deadly terror attack is delaying its reopening, according to officials, because of logistical and security concerns. The Bardo is now scheduled to reopen Sunday, after the worst terrorist attack in more than a decade killed 21 people in the country’s capital on March 18.

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LIZ TAYLOR EX HUBBY LARRY FORTENSKY SAD LAST DAYS: Liz’s blue collar honey – once the King of the Media Jungle – reduced to eking out a meager existence as his health fails. He once stumbled into fame by marrying a screen legend – but Elizabeth Taylor’s blue-collar groom Larry Fortensky is spending his sad final days in squalor! The 63-year-old former construction worker is “living like a hermit” in the isolation of Menifee, Calif., sources say. His sister Donna is caring for Larry in a modest rental home that sits on a property surrounded by RV trailers – more than 20 years after Larry married Elizabeth in a fairytale wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. For a while, Larry was raising chickens, but now he’s pretty much down and out – his lifestyle is light-years away from when he was traveling with Liz around the world, and living at her fabulous gated mansion in Bel Air,” a friend said. Said another source: “When Larry was with Liz, he was the toast of the town. Now he’s a broken down nobody, living among the tumbleweeds!” The humble hardhat famously met the “Cleopatra” star at the Betty Ford Center when both were battling drug and alcohol problems. Their elaborate nuptials took place on Oct. 6, 1991, with the groom, 39, in a dashing white tux. His bride was 20 years older, and wearing a $25,000 Valentino gown. The pair lasted four years before they split. Liz reportedly gave Larry $1.5 million – plus a monthly $5,000 allowance, later reduced to $2,500 a month. After their divorce, Larry was arrested on a drug charge, and later for domestic violence against a girlfriend. He came close to death after falling at his $450,000 house in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – and spent several weeks in a coma.

FACEBOOK PROPOSES HOSTING NEWS CONTENT: Facebook has been quietly talking to media companies about hosting their news content directly on the platform rather than asking users to click a link to get to the article, The New York Times reported Monday, citing several people briefed on the talks. The social network is planning to test the new format in the next few months, with initial partners expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic. Facebook has also proposed advertising to run alongside content in order for publishers to make money. Representatives for The Times and BuzzFeed declined to comment. The Guardian and National Geographic did not immediately respond to questions about the Facebook proposal.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Julie Andrews ready to dish ALL in 2nd memoir that will rip the lid off her years in Hollywood. The Hollywood legend, 79,  has already released one book “Home” back in 2008 but that was only about her childhood years. Now, hot on the heels of promoting The Sound of Music’s 50th Anniversary, Julie will hit the press circuit in September to ballyhoo her new tome.

JOHNNY CASH SECRET LOVE CHILD COVER-UP: More than a decade after the death of Johnny Cash, family members and friends are still reeling from a secret the country music legend tried to take to his grave – a forbidden affair with his wife’s sister that left her pregnant with his love child! “The years can’t erase what happened between Johnny and his sister-in-law Anita,” a Nashville insider said. “It’s still haunting their relatives and closest pals.” The illicit affair and its aftermath have led to a Cash family feud that still smolders behind the scenes, according to sources.

DAVID CAMERON RULES OUT THIRD TERM AS PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN: Just over six weeks before seeking a second term in May’s general election, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain has ruled out serving a third, in a declaration that provoked surprise as well as criticism and put his Conservative Party on the defensive. In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC on Monday, Mr. Cameron said he would run for a “full second term,” but he added that “the third term is not something I am contemplating,” a stance that could undermine his authority if he secures an election victory on May 7. Likening prime ministerial terms to portions of a well-known breakfast cereal, Mr. Cameron said that they were “like Shredded Wheat, two are wonderful but three might just be too many.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer is leaving the firm to take the same post at Google. Ruth Porat, the bank’s chief financial officer since 2010, has been one of the most powerful women on Wall Street, and she will immediately become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, another industry that has been criticized for its lack of gender balance.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lady Gaga was the surprise performer at a benefit Sunday for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, where the honorees were power couples Elton John and David Furnish and Mellody Hobson and George Lucas. Gaga crooned “You and I” at a piano, then sat in the audience to watch VIPs, including Anjelica Huston, Samuel L. Jackson and Beau Bridges, recount intimate career memories at the “Backstage at the Geffen” event.   ***George and Amal Clooney dining on Dover sole at Scalinatella on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***“Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall running into “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten at 1770 House in East Hampton.   ***Hermès CEO Robert Chavez at Palma carriage house toasting “Sartorialist” Scott Schuman’s collaboration with Condé Nast Traveler . Benicio Del Toro working out at La Palestra private gym on West 67th in NYC.   ***Goldie Hawn, Ray Liotta and Josh Hartnett in Moët’s suite at the BNP Paribas Open.   ***Jay Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy brunched at Hotel Bel-Air on Oscar Sunday.   ***Daryl Hannah and Neil Young ordered at Malibu’s The Sunset Restaurant.   ***Cindy Crawford celebrated her birthday at The Restaurant at Mr. C with husband Rande Gerber and George and Amal Clooney.   ***All in at the same time at SoHo House were Bob Shaye, David Duchovny with Suzanne Todd, producer Mimi Polk, manager-producer Guymon Casady, documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and Chris Martin. Clint Eastwood also has been in.   ***Bill Hader had breakfast at Hugo’s in West Hollywood.   ***ICM Partners’ John Burnham joined Harvey Keitel at Nobu in Malibu.   ***Steven Spielberg dined with wife Kate Capshaw at the Eat Pole in New York.   ***The Palm seated Kate Hudson with a mystery date on the same night that Sharon Stone dined with a group of friends.   ***At Craig’s on the same night were Sidney Poitier and wife Joanna, and Ashley Greene.   *** James Marsden dined with Lauren Shuler Donner at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Cheryl Tiegs, Risa Shapiro, Jill Smoller and Richard Sakai also have been in.   ***Jane Fonda popped into Porta Via in Beverly Hills.   ***Jeffrey Katzenberg broke bread with his family at Dan Tana’s in West Hollywood.   ***Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund ate at Tower Bar with Kristen Wiig and Aru Graynor. Across the room were Jamie Patricof and wife Kelly Sawyer with Jessica Alba and Cash Warren as well as Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zoe, John Demsey, Very Wang, Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch, Steve Bing and stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris.

TOE TURN ON! EVA MENDES FOOT FETISH: No fallen arches for fetishistic Eva Mendes and baby daddy Ryan Gosling. It’s  Fifty Shades of Feet at the Hollywood home that new mom Eva shares with her baby daddy, Ryan – thanks to Eva’s habit of getting turned on by toes. In addition to her funky fetish, Eva’s also got a newfound passion for ladies-only foot-rubbing parties, sources said.The star regularly hosts sexy soirees where the women exchange tips on foot massages and try out their techniques on one another. “She’s invited guest experts like Chinese reflexology doctors – and even real foot fetishists – along to share their tips,” added a pal. “Eva’s really into it, and will give Ryan the most mind-blowing foot massages afterwards.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Harry Houdini (1874)

Born Erik Weisz, Houdini was an American magician, escape artist, and silent film star famed for his escapes from bonds of every sort—locks, handcuffs, straitjackets, and underwater chests. One of his most notable non-escape illusions was performed in 1918, when he had an elephant vanish onstage. In his later years, he campaigned against magicians and mind readers who claimed supernatural powers and even took aim at Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, from whom he derived his name.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Danny Schechter, whose media criticism became a staple of Boston radio and who went on to champion human rights as an author, filmmaker and television producer, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 72. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his brother, Bill, said.   ***Jerry Warren, a newspaper editor who became the deputy White House press secretary under Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, but who returned to newspaper work after being disillusioned by the Watergate scandal, died on Friday in Arlington, Va. He was 84. Mr. Warren, who lived in Alexandria, Va., had been suffering from cancer and pneumonia, his family said in confirming the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Ross Sorkin: Consumers who have logged on to Expedia or Priceline or Kayak recently to book tickets saw that airfares had not dropped along with oil prices, an airline’s largest expense. Why? The answer is that mergers over the last several years have left the nation with only four main airlines — Delta, United, Southwest and American-US Airways — which deliberately don’t compete on some routes

LBN-COMMENTARY By Dick Morris: Don’t expect a gold mine of emails on Hillary’s private account. Why not? Because she doesn’t know how to type. That’s right. She writes everything out in longhand. Really. Anyone who has spent time in meetings with her knows about her endless yellow pads.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Angelina Jolie Pitt: Two years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer. I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes. I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date. Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.

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LBN-ETC.: Could creating your character be likened to an artist creating a sculpture? Is character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding? — www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Koolest Art on the Planet: — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

LBN-ETC: Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Best Healthy Food Delivery Service: www.NutriFitOnline.com .

LBN-ETC: The Best-Selling P.R. book of all-time – “Guerrilla P.R. 2.0” (Harper Collins): http://amzn.to/1Aoxx62

LBN-ETC: Organic Brew – American Kitchen – Coral Tree Café – Great catering for all occasions: www.CoralTreeCafe.com

LBN-ETC: A recent study from Germany proved that electric bikes ten to be ridden up to 8 time more often than regular bikes — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com

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Monday • March 23, 2015

COPS: NO EVIDENCE U-VA RAPIST EXISTS: Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said the police department found no evidence that the alleged rapist in the University of Virginia fraternity case ever existed. Longo announced the findings of a five-month investigation into a rape reported in a Rolling Stone article at a press conference Monday. Longo said investigators made multiple attempts to locate the alleged rapist, who Jackie identified as “Haven Monahan,” but could not find any trace of him or of the party in which the attack was said to have happened. “We’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident occurred” at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Longo said. But he added: “That doesn’t mean that something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012. We are just not able to gather sufficient facts to what that would have been.” The case, he said, would be suspended, but not closed. The facts of the case came into question after key players in the story questioned reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s account.

CRUZ: ‘IMAGINE’ ME AS PRESIDENT: Before a packed, excited auditorium at Virginia’s Liberty University, Sen. Ted Cruz announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. In a speech that covered broad strokes and traditional talking points, Cruz asked listeners to “imagine” an America powered by evangelical Christian values and a prosperous economy. Speaking on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing his signature health-care act into law, Cruz vowed to repeal the legislation completely. He also pledged to stand “unapologetically” with Israel, attempting to draw a stark contrast between himself and Obama as he became the first presidential candidate to formally announce in the 2016 election.

BIBI: SORRY FOR INSULTING ARAB-ISRAELIS: Newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday for making remarks that insulted Arab-Israeli voters on election day. “The right-wing government is in danger,” he said last week. “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them on buses.” He also claimed that foreign actors were intervening in Israeli democracy by getting the minority faction to vote. In his apology, Netanyahu said it was not his intention to hurt Arab citizens, and noted the investments his government has made in their community.

BOB JONES SORRY FOR SAYING TO STONE GAYS: Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has apologized for 35-year-old comments advocating biblical punishment for homosexuality at Jimmy Carter’s White House. “I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,” he said in 1980, speaking out against an LGBT rights expansion. “But it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.” Jones serves as chancellor of Bob Jones University, a recently accredited private Christian college whose students must sign a code of conduct that forbids homosexual activity. The apology was posted on the university website.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND NAZI ‘LAIR’: Overgrown ruins near the Argentine border with Paraguay may be the remains of a secret Nazi lair, according to archaeologists who say they found Nazi insignia on the walls and “Made in Germany” porcelain on the premises. “Apparently, halfway through the Second World War, the Nazis had a secret project of building shelters for top leaders in the event of defeat—inaccessible sites, in the middle of deserts, in the mountains, on a cliff or in the middle of the jungle like this,” said archaeologist Daniel Schavelzon. “This site also has the bonus of allowing the inhabitants to be in Paraguay in less than 10 minutes. It’s a protected, defendable site where they could live quietly.”

NFL STAR DODGES LIFE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT: Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in a deal with Arizona prosecutors, dodging a potential life sentence if he had been convicted at trial. Instead, Sharper was sentenced to nine years in prison. Sharper changed his plea via video from Los Angeles, where he’s also facing charges of sexual assault by women who say he drugged them. “The Arizona and California cases, combined with others in Nevada and Louisiana, are likely to lead to a long prison sentence,” the AP reports.

‘SERIAL’ SUBJECT ARGUES FOR NEW TRIAL: A laywer for Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular This American Life spinoff podcast Serial, argues that trial attorney Christina Gutierrez’s failure to interview a possible alibi witness was an error of “such a fundamental nature” that it requires a new trial to resolve. “The circumstances here are worse than the circumstances of any other case in which a court has found ineffective assistance of counsel relating to an alibi issue,” wrote attorney C. Justin Brown in a 31-page brief filed Monday. Syed was sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, but the podcast examining his case uncovered that his lawyer didn’t properly investigate classmate Asia McClain’s claim that she saw Syed in their high-school library at the time the murder took place.

HILLARY’S BENGHAZI EMAILS REVEALED: Those reviewing Hillary Clinton’s personal emails after the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, didn’t find any “stand down” order from the secretary of state, as had been rumored by Republicans since 2012. Anonymous officials described the contents of the emails given to the House panel on Benghazi to The New York Times. Instead, exchanges were seen between Clinton’s private email account and other staff on their personal email accounts, “raising questions about her recent assertions that she made it her practice to email aides at their government addresses so the messages would be preserved, in compliance with federal recordkeeping regulations.” Other emails show that Clinton aides were relieved that ex-UN Ambassador Susan Rice shielded Clinton from much of the negative blowback.

CALIFORNIA RAIN SEASON ENDS UP HALF WET: As March gives way to April, California’s rainy season is set to end with little progress on the state’s historic drought. In downtown Los Angeles, this year’s October-to-March rain totals stand at 7.4 inches—barely half of the “normal” 12.4 inches. Temperatures around L.A. are also unseasonably warm, reaching the 90s in mid-March as the state’s reserve snow caps continue to shrink. “Nothing got better this year,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the “Queen of Funk”, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.

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Sunday • March 22, 2015

OBAMA SAYS HE TOLD NETANYAHU THAT TALK BEFORE ELECTION HURT THE PEACE PROCESS: President Obama said he has told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Israeli leader’s remarks in the closing days of his re-election campaign had upended the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and ran counter to the very nature of Israeli democracy, an unusually forceful and public condemnation of the top official of a vital United States ally. In his first public comments on the matter since Mr. Netanyahu’s victory in Tuesday’s elections, Mr. Obama said the prime minister’s pre-election statement that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch had all but foreclosed the chance for negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

FRANCIS TO MAFIA: STOP MAKING MOMS CRY: While visiting one of the most dangerous and drug-riddled neighborhoods in Naples on Saturday, Pope Francis called on members of the Mafia to stop the violence and stop organizations that “exploit and corrupt young people, that exploit the poor and the weak with cynical drug trafficking and other crimes.” Knowing his audience well, Francis then continued pleading, “To the criminals and all their accomplices, I, today, humbly and as a brother, repeat: convert yourselves to love and justice. It is possible to return to honesty. The tears of the mothers of Naples are asking this of you.”

ISIS PUBLISHES INFO ABOUT MARINES: U.S. Marines have been urged to be vigilant after ISIS published what are allegedly the names and addresses of 100 military personnel, and then told followers to kill them. “It is recommended Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information,” U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell said in a statement. The hacking group called the Islamic State Hacking Division put information it allegedly took from government servers, databases, and emails about members of the Air Force, Army, and Navy as well as photos up on the web. However, U.S. government sources have said that the information was publicly available.

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NUMBER ONE VILLANOVA UPSET: The first number one seed in the NCAA tournament has been knocked out, as Villanova was bumped by North Carolina State on Saturday night. After winning 71-68, No. 8 NC State will go on to challenge Syracuse. Villanova was expected to shake off its recent tough history in the tournament. “I know we have to answer to the fact that we did not get to the second weekend again,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We have to own that. But it’s not going to define us within our program. It’s going to define us outside of our program, and we accept that.

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TED CRUZ TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT: According to reports, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will announced on Monday that he is running for president. Cruz is scheduled to speak at Liberty University in Virginia, which was founded by Jerry Falwell. His senior advisors have told reporters that he will not form an exploratory committee like some of his rivals, but will be launching his bid right away. This would be him the first official Republican presidential candidate. According to his advisors, Cruz will try to raise $40 to $50 million over the primary period.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: African-Americans and Hispanics have a much higher rate of Type 2 diabetes than whites. There are 74 cases per 1,000 for African-Americans, 61 cases for Hispanics, and 36 cases for whites.

GREECE TO GERMANY: GIVE US NAZI MONEY: Jewish leaders in Greece say there are looking into how to reclaim money in reparations from Germany as part of bailout negotiations. When 58,585 Jews were sent to concentration camps they had to pay their own train fare, which totaled $27 million in today’s money. Greece’s Jewish leaders say they want to reclaim it, along with multiple decades of interest. Greece has tried including reparations in past negotiations, but the new government of Alexis Tsipras has made it a central focus. The Germans, meanwhile, have dismissed the claims, arguing the issue was settled in the past.

REBELS SEIZE YEMEN’S THIRD LARGEST CITY: Shiite rebels known as Houthis have seized the third largest city in Yemen as well as its airport. The rebels, backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, were faces by thousands of protesters in the streets of Taiz. The rebels dispersed them by firing into the air and beating at them with batons. The seizure comes a day after U.S. troops evacuated a southern air base.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Two of the world’s most twee men, Jimmy Fallon and Wes Anderson, crossed paths at ‘21’ in NYC last week.  We’re told the ­“Tonight Show” host was at a corner table while “The Grand Budapest Hotel” director sat nearby.  Fallon was seen scooping a small portion of the spot’s signature chicken hash in Mornay sauce onto a small plate, then personally delivering the food to Anderson.   ***Amal Clooney shopping in Soho with her girlfriend, fawning over all the vintage clothes and accessories at What Goes Around Comes Around. Spies said the stylish human-rights lawyer bought a Chanel knit dress, a metallic dress and a mink-fur baseball cap.   ***LuAnn de Lesseps with daughter Victoria at Bagatelle Miami Beach over spring break.   ***­“Empire” star Malik Yoba hosting a viewing party for the show’s season finale at Bounce Sporting Club to benefit Prison-to-College Pipeline with guest Tyson Beckford.

BURGER KING JAPAN TO SELL BURGER COLOGNE: Only in Japan on April 1, customers can buy a side of cologne with their burgers at Burger King. 1,000 bottles of “Flame Grilled” burger-scented cologne will be available for 5,000 yen (around $40), including the burger. The company said it also hoped to lure in new grill-beef burger fans with the cologne.

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STEVE NASH RETIRES FROM NBA: Steve Nash, who most recently played as point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, announced on Saturday that he is retiring after 19 years in basketball. The two-tie MVP wrote in a personal essay on Players Tribune, “The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her…And that is what I’m most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ****Lisa Colagrossi, an ABC Eyewitness News anchor in New York, has died after suffering a brain hemorrhage, according to a statement released Saturday by WABC. Colagrossi, 49, was returning from an assignment Thursday morning when the aneurysm hit. “She was an amazing reporter, committed to Eyewitness News,” said the statement. “She was dedicated to telling a story with honesty [and she was] a working woman, a hockey mom [and] gutsy and fearless.” Colagrossi, who worked at the station for almost 14 years, leaves behind a husband and two sons.   ***Chuck Bednarik, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Hall of Fame center and linebacker, one of the last N.F.L. players to commonly play on both offense and defense and a legendary football tough guy, died Saturday in Richland, Pa. He was 89. The Eagles said he died at an assisted living center after a brief, unspecified illness.   ***Izola Ware Curry, the mentally ill woman who in 1958 stabbed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Harlem book signing — an episode that a decade later would become a rhetorical touchstone in the last oration of his life — died on March 7 in Queens. She was 98. Ms. Curry died in a nursing home, the last stop in the series of institutions that had been her home for more than half a century. Her death, confirmed by the office of the chief medical examiner of New York City, was first reported by The Smoking Gun, the investigative website.   ***Michael Brown, a keyboardist and songwriter who at 16 was a writer of the 1966 hit “Walk Away Renee” for his band the Left Banke and composed “Pretty Ballerina” for it as well, died on Thursday at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 65. The cause was heart failure, said Marge Finn, a family friend

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Pity the poor cat. Somehow that creature of infinite detachment emerged as the symbol of incessant attachment here at South by Southwest. In this festival of interactivity, connectivity, sharing and Tinder-ing, the two big stars were Grumpy Cat, who groggily greeted an endless stream of fans, and Meerkat, the live-streaming video app pounced on by presidential candidates eager to seem hip. (The meerkat is actually from the mongoose family.) Animal shelters hosted “yappy hours” with free beer, and Friskies cat food set up the Haus of Bacon, where Internet cat stars took photos with groupies. There was even an attempt to rebrand cats to be less snobby and more in tune with the huggy Internet age.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: Somehow—while we Senior Teens in our forties, fifties and sixties weren’t paying attention—thirty years have elapsed since The Breakfast Club was released. To mark the anniversary, the movie will be screened in 430 U.S. theaters on March 26th and March 31st. If you are a Judd Nelson/John Bender type who would rather not be seen crying in public, I suggest you don’t go. The Breakfast Club is John Hughes’s masterwork. Unless Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is John Hughes’s masterwork. The latter is a shout from the peak of adolescent heights. The former is a call from the pit of adolescent depths. In the sea-level bog of middle age, they’ll both make you weep. I watched The Breakfast Club, as it were, home alone.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: We have achieved a level of social equality barely imagined by progressives 50 years ago, but economic equality has gotten much worse. No one knows what the world will look like in 50 years, but if we resign ourselves to dystopia — in which capital has full control, as it nearly does now — we’ll surely have one. Let’s resolve to build something better. In the long run we know that we’ll make the transition from capitalism to some less destructive and hopefully more just system. Why not begin that transition now? If there is going to be a global market that will further enrich capitalists, there must be guarantees that the rest of the population can at least afford housing and food. And things can be even better than that: We’ll have the robots work for us.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Country star Keith Urban has laid down the law to wife Nicole Kidman: “No more Botox!” The “American Idol” judge fears the 47-year-old actress’ frozen face is scaring their girls, sources tattled. “Keith has had it with Nicole’s love of cosmetic treatments. They got into a huge fight about it after she showed off her new face at Oscar events,” an insider said.   ***It’s over for Bradley Cooper and model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. Reportedly, the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” star, 40,  and Suki, 22, busted up sometime after the event. Both Bradley and Suki attended the star-studded event “chaperoned” by Bradley’s mom, Gloria Campano.   ***Candice Bergen is well rounded — and proud of it. “Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat,” the “Murphy Brown” star declares in her new memoir, “A Fine Romance.” “In the past 15 years . . . I have put on 30 pounds. I live to eat. None of this ‘eat to live’ stuff for me. I am a champion eater. No carb is safe — no fat, either,” she boasts.   ***“GMA” co-host Lara Spencer is splitting from her husband of 15 years, CNN reporter-turned-real-estate-broker David Haffenreffer.

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Friday • March 20, 2015

SUICIDE SEEN IN MISSISSIPPI HANGING: On Friday, a federal law-enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times that preliminary autopsy results point to suicide as the cause of death for the black Mississippi man found hanging from a tree. Otis Byrd was found Thursday hanging about two feet off the ground by police who were searching for him. (Byrd was last seen at a casino almost two weeks ago.) The FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are all investigating the incident. Autopsy results are expected next week.

CRUZ TO GIVE ‘IMPORTANT’ SPEECH MONDAY: A political staffer for Ted Cruz called The Daily Beast to say that the senator would be giving an important speech Monday morning at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. “You’re going to want to be there,” he said. The aide would not answer questions as to what the speech would be about, except to say that it would be worth our while to attend. Cruz has said in the past that, were he to run for president, he would make a decision in this general time period of 2015. — Tim Mak.

SUGE KNIGHT LAWYER INVOKES ‘EMPIRE’: A California judge set rap mogul Suge Knight’s bail at a staggering $25 million on Friday because he “feels Suge is a danger to be out and about given his extensive record and, specifically, incidents involving guns, violence, and witness intimidation,” according to TMZ. Knight has been held on murder charges since a fatal hit-and-run in January. His attorney, Matt Fletcher, accused the prosecutor—who fought for maximum bail—of watching too much Empire and compared Knight’s dilemma to the show’s Lucious Lyon, who was arrested for murder in the season finale.

FBI INVESTIGATING BIG-SPENDER SCHOCK: Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s campaign finances are under investigation by the FBI and local authorities, sources told CNN, spelling more bad news just days after he announced his resignation. According to the report, the FBI has already begun subpoenaing potential witnesses for a grand jury investigation. Schock’s spending has caused a flurry of news stories, kicked off by a profile of his Downton Abbey-themed office, including the revelation that he expensed 90,000 more miles than were ever on his vehicle’s odometer.

WAL-MART PAYS $10M FOR DEADLY CRASH: The family of James McNair, the comedian friend of Tracy Morgan who was killed by a Wal-Mart truck that crashed into their luxury van last year, has received $10 million from the retail giant. The payout was an attempt to avoid more losses in litigation, according to the McNair family lawyer, though the corporation didn’t want the sum revealed for fears it would result in “financial damage.” The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, was charged with death by automobile and additional assault charges.

PARENTAL CHEATING EXPELS 600 IN INDIA: Hundreds of students in the Indian state of Bihar have been expelled following a viral video showing parents and family members scaling the walls of a building to help them with their exams. This year, as many as 600 10th-graders were caught up in the cheating scandal, which centers around a test that determines whether they will be allowed continue with their education.

TWISTED SISTER DRUMMER DIES OF APPARENT HEART ATTACK AT 55: A.J. Pero, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, died Friday. He was 55. The band said Anthony Jude Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.

KIDS OF COMEDIAN KILLED IN TRACY MORGAN CRASH WIN $10M SETTLEMENT: Court papers show that the children of the comedian who was killed in the crash that injured Tracy Morgan won a $10 million settlement from Wal-Mart. The amount was disclosed in documents filed in New York’s Westchester County, where comedian James McNair lived until the June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. McNair died when a Wal-Mart truck hit a van carrying him, Morgan and others. Morgan’s lawyer says the “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury. The McNair family lawyer announced a settlement in January, but the amount was said to be confidential. However, he disclosed the $10 million figure in court papers supporting his request for nearly $3 million in legal fees. Wal-Mart said it could not discuss the terms.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: National elections take place within a specific global moment. In the 1990s, there was a presumption that we were living in an age of rapid progress. Democracy was spreading. Tyranny was receding. Asia was booming. The European Union was building. Conflict in the Middle East was lessening. The world was cumulatively heading toward greater pluralism, individualism, prosperity and freedom. Today it’s harder to have faith in rapid progress. Democracy is receding. Autocrats like Vladimir Putin of Russia are marching. The European project is decaying. Economies are struggling. Reactionary forces like the Islamic State and Iran are winning. The Middle East is deteriorating.

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Friday • March 20, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Mind

  1. The mind is typically defined as the organized totality or system of all mental processes or psychic activities of an individual.
  2. Many philosophers hold that the brain is a detector of the mind and that the mind is an inner, subjective state of consciousness.
  3. Philosophers have used a variety of metaphors to describe the mind, including a blank sheet, a hydraulic device with different forces operating in it, or a television switchboard.
  4. Attempts to understand the mind go back at least to the ancient Greeks. Plato, for example, believed that the mind acquired knowledge through virtue, independently of sense experience. Descartes and Leibniz also believed the mind gained knowledge through thinking and reasoning—or, in other words, rationalism.
  5. In contrast to rationalists, empiricists, such as Aristotle, John Locke, and David Hume, believe that the mind gains knowledge from experience.
  6. Combining both rationalism and empiricism, Kant argued that human knowledge depends on both sense experience and innate capacities of the mind.
  7. Scientists are unsure if other types of animals have a mind or if some man-made machines could ever possess a mind.
  8. Historically, there have been three major schools of thought that describe the relationship of the brain and the mind: 1) dualism, which holds that the mind exists independently from the brain; 2) materialism, which argues that the mind is identical to the physical processes of the brain; and 3) idealism, which posits that only mental phenomena exist.
  9. Scientists propose that the human mind evolved largely through the sexual choices our ancestors made, similar to the way a peacock’s tail evolved through sexual selection.
  10. In one study, a group of experimenters were given unlabeled samples of both Pepsi and Coke. Not a single tester could tell the difference between the two. The test was repeated with the correct labels attached. Three out of the four testers chose Coke. In fact, the Coke label activated parts of the brain associated with the mind (memory, self-image, and culture) that the Pepsi label didn’t.
  11. Most scientists argue that there is no evidence that playing classical music to babies increases the power of their mind. However, children who learn to play a musical instrument can develop their mental skills further than those who don’t learn a musical instrument.
  12. Early-life stress negatively affects the mind. Abuse, neglect, and harsh or inconsistent discipline in early life increases the risk of depression and anxiety as well as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
  13. The term “mind” is from the Old English gemynd, or “memory,” and the Proto-Indo-European verbal root *men-, meaning “to think, remember.” The use of “mind” to refer to all mental faculties, thought, feelings, memory, and volition developed gradually over the 14th and 15th centuries.
  14. The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves.
  15. Buddha described the mind as being filled with drunken monkeys who jumped, screeched, and chatted endlessly. Fear, according to Buddha, was an especially loud monkey. Buddha taught meditation as a way to tame the “drunken monkeys” in the mind.
  16. A group of scientists from Cal Tech and UCLA have developed a way for epilepsy patients who have had electrodes implanted inside their brains to control a computer mouse with their minds.l
  17. The Stanford Prison Experiment is an infamous experiment that took average people and randomly assigned them to be either guards or prisoners. After a few days, the prisoners and guards became grossly absorbed in their roles. The experiment revealed how readily the human mind accepts authority and institutional ideologies.
  18. A single descriptive word can manipulate how the mind remembers an event. For example, in a 1974 experiment, 45 people watched the film of a car accident. Different groups of people were asked how fast the cars were going using different trigger words, such as “hit,” “smashed,” “collided,” bumped,” and “contacted.” The group whose question included the word “smashed” estimated the cars were going 10 mph faster than the group whose word was “contacted.” A week later, when participants were asked about broken glass, those who were asked more forceful trigger words reported that there was broken glass even though there was none.
  19. Studies show that people are able to group items in short-term memory into roughly seven units that allow them to hold more individual items. Interestingly, many human belief systems have considered the number 7 to be a sacred number.
  20. In 1938, Orson Wells broadcasted an adaption of H.G. Wells’ War of the World on the radio. The broadcast caused mass panic in nearly 3 million of the 6 million listeners. Psychologists note that even highly educated people believed it because it was on the radio and thus “authoritative.” They also note that media manipulation of our minds is a regular art form.

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FEDS WANTED GOOGLE ANTI-TRUST LAWSUIT: A newly discovered report from the Federal Trade Commission concluded that Google abused its power by using anti-competitive tactics that inflicted “significant harm” on users and competitors. Google’s conduct “helped it to maintain, preserve and enhance Google’s monopoly position in the markets for search and search advertising” illegally, the report said. The 2012 determination led official to urge an anti-trust lawsuit against Google, but the tech giant avoided litigation by changing some of its policy practices in 2013. In a statement on Thursday, Google General Counsel Kent Walker said, “Speculation about potential consumer harm turned out to be entirely wrong. Since the investigation closed two years ago, the ways people access information online have only increased, giving consumers more choice than ever before.”

BIBI: I’M ACTUALLY FOR PALESTINIAN STATE: Just days after Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the possibility of Palestinian statehood in a last-minute effort to rally the right-wing vote ahead of Israel’s election, the prime minister said he didn’t really mean that. Reaffirming his commitment to “a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution,” Netanyahu on Thursday blamed the failure of peace talks on a joint Palestinian government with Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist organization, and on the Palestinian government’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

JUDGE WITHHOLDS GARNER JURY’S TESTIMONY: A New York judge declined to divulge the contents of a grand jury’s secret testimony in the case of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was choked to death by an NYPD officer last year in Staten Island. Public rage following the jury’s decision not to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, had prompted the New York Civil Liberties Union to sue to make the evidence public. District Attorney Daniel Donovan said that such a disclosure would damage the credibility of prosecutors who had told grand jury members that their views would be kept from the public. The judge ruled that the motivants “failed to establish” a “compelling and particularized need” to overcome the secrecy afforded to grand juries.

5% OF BRACKETS SURVIVE UAB UPSET: Only 5 percent of all the March Madness brackets on ESPN predicted that the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a 14th-seed team, would defeat third-seed Iowa State but that’s just what happened. UAB edged out Iowa State, 60-59, after trailing for almost the entire game.

FEDS EYE CHRISTIE FOR PUNISHING 3RD MAYOR: Federal prosecutors are looking into another alleged case of Chris Christie punishing a mayor who didn’t endorse him, akin to what is said to have happened in the Bridgegate scandal and with the mayor of Hoboken. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat, has claimed the Christie administration punished him for not endorsing Christie, a Republican, for re-election in 2013. Now federal investigators are seeking records from Port Authority officials, including Bridgegate veterans David Wildstein and Bill Baroni. Fulop said that meetings with state officials were canceled within an hour of his decision not to back Christie.

ISIS: WE ATTACKED TUNIS MUSEUM: ISIS on Thursday said in a statement that  two Tunisian members, Abu Zakaria al-Tunisi and Abu Anas al-Tunisi, carried out attack against “infidels” in Tunisia’s Bardo Museum yesterday. Prime Minister Habib Essid said earlier that at least one of two shooters was already on the security services radar, and identified that attackers killed at the museum as Yassine Labidi and Saber Khachnaoui. As many as three others linked to the incident, which killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 20 others, are still at large.

THIS WINTER WAS THE WARMEST ON RECORD: Don’t let an impending snowstorm fool you: This past winter was the warmest ever recorded worldwide, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Wednesday. The months of December through February were 1.42 degrees Farenheit warmer than the average for the 20th century.

‘EMPIRE’ FINALE WATCHED BY 16.5 MILLION: Wednesday’s two-hour season finale of Empire was watched by an estimated 16.5 million viewers—and that’s not even counting how many will stream it over the next few days. The Fox hit’s ratings have climbed every consecutive week and it has the largest share of black viewers under 50 of anything on television, including the Super Bowl.

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Wednesday • March 18, 2015

MORE TERROR! 19 DEAD IN TUNISIA MUSEUM ATTACK: At least 17 foreign tourists are dead following a hostage situation in Tunisia’s Bardo Museum in the capital. Prime Minister Habib Essid confirmed that Polish, Italian, German, and Spanish nationals were among those those killed and called the incident a “cowardly terrorist operation.” In addition to the 19 dead, 24 others were injured, a majority of them also tourists. Local media reports that two gunmen were killed by security forces and the situation is over. It’s not yet known who is responsible.

NETANYAHU CRUSHES RIVALS FOR FOURTH TERM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party crushed its opposition and secured a fourth term for Netanyahu in Wednesday’s election. With nearly 99.5 percent of ballots counted, Likud had 29-30 of the 120 seats in parliament vs. the Zionist Union’s 24 seats. This means that Netanyahu is virtually certain to form a new government and become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Pre-election polls showed Likud with 10 fewer seats than it won, but Netanyahu evidently turned the tide by promising there would be no Palestinian state if he were reelected and warning that Arabs were voting for leftist parties. “I am proud of the Israeli people that, in the moment of truth, knew how to separate between what’s important or what’s not and to stand up for what’s important,” Netanyahu said.

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U.S. PRESBYTERIANS OK GAY MARRIAGE: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) amended its constitution Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriage. The denomination’s definition of marriage now includes a “commitment between two people,” and was approved by majority of the church’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The general assembly approved the amendment last summer but needed a majority in order to ratify the provision. The 86th vote of approval came from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey and the new definition will take effect June 21. Nearly 1.8 million people and 10,000 congregations belong to the denomination.

WHITE HOUSE RECEIVED CYANIDE LETTER: A letter sent to the White House tested a presumptive positive for cyanide, but was being tested again to confirm, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The envelope was discovered at the White House Mail Screening Center and at first came back with a negative result in biological testing. When tested for chemicals on Tuesday, the results came up positive for cyanide. The substance was reportedly inside a plastic bag in an envelope, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News. The sender is known to the Secret Service and will face potential charges pending the result of the second test, according to sources.

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U.S.: NO ASSAD IN SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS: The chief American envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS reassured Turkish officials that any negotiations to settle the four-year-old Syrian civil war should not include Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. “The United States believes that [Assad] has lost all legitimacy to govern,” the U.S. embassy in Ankara said in a statement released after General John Allen’s talks, adding that “the United States’ position on Assad has not changed.” Allen’s meeting came as a bit of damage control: Just days ago, Secretary of State John Kerry set off alarm bells when he suggested Washington would “have to negotiate in the end” with the controversial leader.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE BUDGET WITH DEEP CUTS: House Republicans called it streamlining, empowering states or “achieving sustainability.” They couched deep spending reductions in any number of gauzy euphemisms. What they would not do on Tuesday was call their budget plan, which slashes spending by $5.5 trillion over 10 years, a “cut.” The 10-year blueprint for taxes and spending they formally unveiled would balance the federal budget, even promising a surplus by 2024, but only with the sort of sleights of hand that Republicans have so often derided.

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AILING CHER ON THE MEND: CHER has bounced back from her “deathbed!” The 68-year-old superstar had been out of commission for five months after canceling her concert tour last year due to a “killer virus.”At the time, her rep said the virus had affected Cher’s “kidney function.” Cher made her public comeback on March 1 at a screening of the cop thriller “Dirty” in Beverly Hills. She was there to support her transgender son, Chaz. An eyewitness said: “Cher got off her ‘deathbed’ to support Chaz, but it’s clear that the illness has taken a great toll on her.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer will also usher in new members, the hall announced on Wednesday. The 30th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cleveland.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***William B. Ewald Jr., who was a White House speechwriter for Dwight D. Eisenhower and wrote several revisionist histories to help redeem the former president’s reputation, died on Monday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 89. The cause was respiratory failure, his son William B. Ewald III said

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won a big election Tuesday, but he won ugly by staking out a new position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is likely to harm his nation in the months ahead.  A reckoning is coming—faster than expected—for Netanyahu, his Likud Party and maybe even for the State of Israel itself.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Alan K. Simpson and Bruce A. Morrison: The goal of fixing our broken immigration system is further away than ever. President Obama’s executive orders — which would allow up to five million of about 11 million illegal immigrants to stay in this country — have been challenged in the courts, and Republicans, a majority in the new Congress, have held up appropriations and confirmations in retaliation. Neither side is ready to compromise. But the failure to fix our immigration laws is not an exclusively Republican or Democratic failure. Just as we created the problem together, we must solve it together. There is one way to start: Mandate E-Verify for all employers — and make it the vehicle for legalizing unauthorized workers.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill Gates: The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic. Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world in the coming years, by far the most likely is an epidemic. But it almost certainly won’t be Ebola. As awful as it is, Ebola spreads only through physical contact, and by the time patients can infect other people, they are already showing symptoms of the disease, which makes them relatively easy to identify.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: As the saying goes, “to err is human, to forgive is divine,” to which I’d add: “to ignore” is even more human, and the results rarely divine. None of us would be human if we didn’t occasionally get so wedded to our wishes that we failed to notice — or outright ignored — the facts on the ground that make a laughingstock of our hopes. Only when the gap gets too wide to ignore does policy change. This is where a lot of U.S. policy is heading these days in the Middle East. Mind the gaps — on Iran, Israel and Iraq. We’re talking about our choices in these countries with words that strike me as about 10 years out of date. Alas, we are not dealing anymore with your grandfather’s Israel, your father’s Iran or the Iraq your son or daughter went off to liberate. Let’s start with Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party pretty well trounced the Labor Party leader, Isaac Herzog, in the race to form Israel’s next government. Netanyahu clearly made an impressive 11th-hour surge since the pre-election polls of last week. It is hard to know what is more depressing: that Netanyahu went for the gutter in the last few days in order to salvage his campaign — renouncing his own commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians and race-baiting Israeli Jews to get out and vote because, he said, too many Israeli Arabs were going to the polls —  or the fact that this seemed to work.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Guess what happened when Glenn Campbell’s son brought cocaine to the White House for a “meet and greet” with Pres. Obama? Country legend Willie Nelson once boasted that he smoked marijuana on the White House roof when Jimmy Carter was in office. But Glen Campbell’s estranged son learned it wasn’t a good idea to try and meet up with President Barack Obama – with cocaine in his pocket! Kane Campbell has battled drug addiction and spent time in prison. Yet the 46-year-old tried to parlay his status as the son of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” to get a “meet and greet” with the Commander in Chief last summer.   ***Embattled Italian fashionistas Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce say they respect how everyone lives – but are still defending their views on kids born through in-vitro fertilization. The D&G founders sparked a backlash last week – most notably a boycott call from singer Elton John – for their opposition to gay families and view that kids born to gay couples via IVF are “synthetic.”   ***Jude Law is a father again. The 42-year-old British actor and his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend Catherine Harding recently welcomed a baby girl.   ***Things are not good between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. The pair, who famously married in an elaborate Italian ceremony in 2006 and divorced in 2012, are not on speaking terms. Holmes, 36, and Cruise, 52, who are parents to 8-year-old Suri Cruise, rely on the help of intermediaries to communicate about their daughter.

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Monday • March 16, 2015

ISIS VOWS TO ‘BLOW UP THE WHITE HOUSE, BIG BEN AND THE EIFFEL TOWER’: En route to conquering the European cities of Paris and Rome, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria says they plan to “blow up” the White House, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani detailed the terror group’s plans to conquer Portugal, Spain, Paris and Rome in an almost 30-minute audio message to the West, “So They Kill And Are Killed,” which references a Koran verse. “We won the day Europe and U.S. dreamt of reclaiming Tal Hamis, Mosul, Sinjar, Tikrit, Qaim, Derna, Tell Abyad, and more,” stated the ISIS mouthpiece, as transcribed by Ynet News. “We — with Allah’s help — want Paris, before Rome and Islamic Iberia and after we blow up the White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower before Paris, and Rome,” al-Adnani warned. “The Muslims will return to power, to be the vanguard and lead in every place.”

NETANYAHU WARNS: ARABS ARE VOTING: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on election day that a large turnout by Arab voters could endanger the country’s political right. “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out,” Netanyahu said in a video recently uploaded to his Facebook page. Netanyahu proceeded to be denounced by Israeli candidates. “A prime minister who campaigns against voting by citizens belonging to an ethnic minority is crossing a red line of incitement and racism. This is especially severe on Election Day, when the message to Israeli citizens is to participate in the elections, vote, and take part in the democratic system,” said Joint List candidate Dov Khenin. Meretz party Chairwoman Zehava Galon also sharply criticized Netanyahu: “Serious warning: Israeli citizens are voting in the elections.”

IRAN SENT ARMS TO IRAQ TO FIGHT ISIS, U.S. SAYS: Iran has deployed advanced rockets and missiles to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State in Tikrit, a significant escalation of firepower and another sign of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq. United States intelligence agencies detected the deployments in the past few weeks as Iraq was marshaling a force of 30,000 troops — two-thirds of them Shiite militias largely trained and equipped by Iran, according to three American officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence reports on Iran.

SOUTH KOREA TELLS CHINA NOT TO MEDDLE IN DECISION OVER MISSILE SYSTEM: Tension between Seoul and Beijing over Washington’s desire to deploy a ballistic missile defense system in South Korea intensified on Tuesday as South Korea made an unusual public retort to China, asking it not to meddle in its defense policy. In recent months, the United States has made it increasingly clear that it wants South Korea to install the American missile defense system, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad. The Americans call it a needed deterrent against North Korea, which has been developing its ballistic missile technology.

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STUDY: BEING ALONE AS BAD AS SMOKING, EXCESSIVE DRINKING: More Americans are choosing to live alone than ever before. And while it’s healthy to have “down time” by yourself, one study says too much alone time may shorten your life. Researchers at Brigham Young University studied 3 million people. They found people who said they were lonely, felt socially isolated or lived alone, had a 30 percent increased likelihood of death. The study says loneliness and isolation are as damaging as obesity. The impact of loneliness has also been likened to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or excessive drinking. So partner up.

APPLE PLANS $30 CABLE TV TO SMASH RIVALS: Apple is in talks to offer a collection of about 25 television networks to owners of Apple TVs, iPhones, and iPads this fall, sources close to the deal told The Wall Street Journal. Apple is working with CBS, Fox, and Walt Disney Co., the owner of ABC, to create a “skinny” bundle that includes ESPN and FX, according to the report. Apple is planning to formally announce the online television service in June and launch in September, with prices between $30 and $40 a month, according to some media executives. Notably absent from the deals is NBC because of Apple’s failed talks with NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast Corp., over working together on a streaming television platform.

49NER QUITS OVER CONCUSSION CONCERNS: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland said Monday he’s retiring from football over concerns about repetitive head trauma resulting in brain injury. The 24-year-old, who was one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told Outside the Lines that he came to the decision after talking with family, concussion researchers, friends, and current and former teammates. “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland said. “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” More than 70 former players have been diagnosed posthumously with progressive neurological disease, raising concerns about the connection between football and brain damage.

MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST DURST: Los Angeles prosecutors filed a murder charge against real-estate scion Robert Durst on Monday in the 2000 killing of his friend Susan Berman. The 71-year-old was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend, the day before HBO documentary The Jinx aired its final episode catching Durst speaking to himself on microphone, saying “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” The charges accuse Durst of lying in wait and killing a witness, which could result in the death penalty. The documentary filmmakers also said Monday they did not strike any deal with law-enforcement authorities to hold off on arresting Durst to coincide with the final episode.

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MLB COMMISH MAY LIFT PETE ROSE BAN: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday he will consider Pete Rose’s request to be reinstated “on its merits.” It marks the first glimmer of hope for Rose, who has been banned from Major League Baseball since 1989 after claims he gambled on games, including his own Cincinnati Reds, came to light. Two previous league commissioners, Bud Selig and Fay Vincent, dismissed Rose’s petitions to lift his ban without any consideration. “I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision once I’ve done that,” said Manfred. As part of being banned from baseball, Rose, the all-time leader in hits, has been barred from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

‘VIOLENT’ MAN FORCES DOWN DULLES FLIGHT: A Denver-bound flight taking off from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. was forced to return Monday night after a passenger reportedly became violent. “We had a passenger becoming violent. No weapons involved. He’s restrained by other passengers now, though,” the pilot of United Flight 1074 told air-traffic control. A passenger told NBC News that the manmade claims he had a bomb after he tried to make it into the cockpit before he was retrained. Video appears to show a passenger telling the man “Don’t move. You’re OK. We’re going to get you off this plane, buddy,” while the man screams “Please get me up.” The Boeing 737, which had 33 passengers and six crew members on board, returned around 10:40 p.m. ET. The man was taken for a medical evaluation at a local hospital, according to an airport spokesperson.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Evolution

1.     Ultimately every living thing can trace its ancestry to a bacterium that lived billions of years ago.

2.     Bears, seals, and dogs are closely related carnivores but are on a different branch of the evolutionary tree than cats and hyenas.

3.     Some snakes have hipbones, which shows they once had four legs like lizards, their close cousins.

4.     Inside some whales and dolphins are small bones that show they once had back legs and that their ancestors walked on land. These occasionally reappear as tiny rear flippers.

5.     Birds evolved from dinosaurs and both are descended from reptiles. The closest living reptilian relation of a bird is the crocodile.

6.     Evolution rarely follows a straight line from species to species. Instead, it is more like a tree with many branches. Some branches lead to new branches, while others become dead ends.

7.     An elephant’s trunk is an amazing example of evolutionary development. It is a combined nose and upper lip that lengthened as the elephant’s ancestors became taller and their tusks grew bigger. With its heavy head, it needed an easy way to reach the ground.

8.     Physically, the human body seems to have changed very little in the last 50,000 years. However improvements in diets, increased lifespan, and developments in biotechnology may start to speed up the evolutionary process.

9.     All humans develop a tail in the womb that eventually dissolves.

10.  The penises of human ancestors were covered in hard spines. Theorists believe these spines possibly helped a man’s sperm overtake that of his competitors. As humans became more monogamous, the spines became obsolete.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Tom Hanks dining at Ocean Grill before seeing Diana Krall at the Beacon in NYC.   ***Alexa Chung at Think Coffee on the Bowery in NYC.   ***Tony Bennett catching Maureen McGovern’s show at 54 Below in NYC on Saturday, before Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick stopped in to see Sam Underwood.   ***St. John’s basketball coach Steve Lavin at Tribeca sports bar Warren 77 in NYC.   ***Robert Askins, the Broadway playwright of “Hand to God” and Brooklyn bartender, jumping behind the bar at Sardi’s to mix margaritas for his cast.

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‘DON QUIXOTE’ AUTHOR’S REMAINS LOCATED: Forensic scientists in Spain say they have found the tomb of Miguel Cervantes and are in possession of his remains, nearly 400 years after his death. Historians knew the beloved Don Quixote author was buried at Madrid’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, but his remains were lost when the convent was rebuilt. In January, a tomb was located with “MC” carved into it. “The remains are in a bad state of conservation and do not allow us to do an individual identification of Miguel de Cervantes,” forensic scientist Almudena Garcia Rubio told the BBC. “But we are sure what the historical sources say is the burial of Miguel de Cervantes and the other people buried with him is what we have found.”

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TIME: LightBox

“For decades, TIME Magazine has been a showcase for the world’s best photojournalism, bearing witness to the most notable moments of history – the triumphs and the tragedies – of the past 90 years. LightBox, a blog created and curated by TIME’s photo department, proudly furthers this tradition, exploring how photography, video and visual culture help to shape and define the modern world.”

LBN-INVESTIGATS: Very few Haitians own cars: fewer than 5 out of 1,000. There is no railroad in Haiti. In the cities, people often take communal taxis and colorful public buses called “taptaps.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Robert Plant will hit the road again this year with his Sensational Space Shifters backing band for a tour that wraps itself around festival appearances at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. The Pixies will open select dates, while singer-songwriter J.D. McPherson will open a handful of others.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Curtis Gans, who helped organize a quixotic crusade to depose President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 and transformed the movement’s improbable electoral success into what became a lifelong object lesson in the virtues of voting, died on Sunday in Frederick, Md. He was 77. The cause was lung cancer, his son, Aaron, said.   ***Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for the Grammy-winning rock group Toto, died on Sunday. He was 59. The band’s publicist, Keith Hagen, confirmed the death but did not provide a cause of death or other details. Mr. Porcaro had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for several years.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Nat King Cole (1919?)

Originally a jazz pianist, Nat King Cole performed in Los Angeles nightclubs with his trio in the 1930s but did not achieve commercial success until he began singing. His warm, velvety voice brought a personal touch to his ballads, and he became internationally popular for his broodingly romantic hits, such as “Unforgettable.” He went on to become one of the first African-American artists to star in a radio show and to host a network television show.


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Several years ago, Doug Lemov began studying videos of excellent teachers. He focused not on their big strategies but on their microgestures: How long they waited before calling on students to answer a question (to give the less confident students time to get their hands up); when they paced about the classroom and when they stood still (while issuing instructions, to emphasize the importance of what’s being said); how they moved around the room toward a student whose mind might be wandering. In an excellent piece on Lemov for The Guardian, Ian Leslie emphasizes that these subtle skills are often not recognized or even discussed by those who talk about education policy, or even by those who evaluate teachers.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: The relationship between journalists and Steve Jobs could often be fraught, but there were always a handful of reporters he liked and trusted. They included John Markoff of The New York Times; Steven Levy, formerly of Wired magazine (he’s now at Medium); Walt Mossberg, the longtime technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal (he’s now at Re/code); and Brent Schlender of Fortune. They had all been on the technology beat seemingly forever, and they had known Jobs for decades. As Schlender writes in “Becoming Steve Jobs,” the forthcoming book he co-authored with Rick Tetzeli, he first met Jobs in April 1986, eight months after the Apple co-founder had been ousted by John Sculley, then Apple’s chief executive. Jobs, who had started a new company called NeXT, was 31. Schlender, who had just joined The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau, was 32.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The stars, the ancients believed, both inhabited and were composed of the ether. I am a star because I tell the truth and scream “bull-shit” in the face of stupid people through-out the world. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).


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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pam Anderson deserves the $800,000 ring “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon gave her before he died of cancer, friends of the “Baywatch” star say. The buxom blonde was in the front row at Simon’s funeral in Los Angeles on Saturday and gave a eulogy before such mourners as Drew Carey, Conan O’Brien and Bob Barker.   ***Scott Disick has checked into rehab after a boozy weekend in Atlantic City. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and father of three has checked into Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica.  ”I realize my issues are bigger than me and I’m ready to truly remedy this struggle I continue to battle,” Disick, 31, told the site.

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LBN-ETC: Wanted: Prominent Author Seeks Part-Time Administrative Assistant. Prominent, veteran author seeking a part-time (approximately 20-30 hours a week) administrative assistant in Santa Monica / Venice area. Must live within 15 minutes of Santa Monica/ Venice. Work primarily from home and on-line but be available for meetings with author 2 or 3 times a week. Proper candidate must be smart, very resourceful, good writer (grammar, spelling), very organized, detail oriented, focused, hard-working, quick and hungry to learn. A sense of pride in their work. Technology savvy. Modest knowledge of QuickBooks program. A great opportunity to work hands on (learn, grow). This is NOT a job for someone who is slow, distracted, overwhelmed with a busy life and just looking to cruise. Send resume with complete contact details (No Attachment) to: NinaRast@usc.edu.

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Monday • March 16, 2015

OH, NO!  ”ISIS DRAG” – ISIS FIGHTERS DRESS AS WOMEN IN DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO FLEE BATTLEFIELD‏: As Islamic State-driven violence rages on in Iraq, people are using any means possible to escape, and for some that means dressing in drag. On Monday, the Iraqi army arrested 20 male Islamic State members dressed as women in the northern city of Baquba, according to spokesman Ghalib al-Jubouri. The arrested used a number of creative ways to pull off a realistic female disguise, as seen in the pictures originally posted on Instagram.

PUTIN REAPPEARS AFTER 10 DAYS IN HIDING: It’s been almost two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin was last seen in public, sparking rumors concerning his health and grip on power as he canceled meeting after meeting. On Monday, the Kremlin leader stepped back into the spotlight, attending a meeting with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev in St. Petersburg. “It would be boring without gossip,” Putin said, addressing the rumors of his health. Before he appeared Monday, the Kremlin had issued a statement from Putin putting 40,000 troops on full alert for military duty as Russian state news agency’s fumbled in reporting scheduled events ahead of time and that Putin was recovering from the flu.

ISIS MAINTAINS HOLD IN TIKRIT AS IRAQ PAUSES OFFENSIVE: Islamic State militants on Monday continued to hold parts of the city of Tikrit against a much larger pro-government force after two weeks of battle, as Iraqi officials said they were pausing their offensive to call for reinforcements and to preserve property and civilian lives.The slowing of the operation came amid reports that the tomb of Saddam Hussein in the nearby village of Awja, a politically and emotionally charged symbol for all sides, had been destroyed in the recent fighting. Its roof appeared to have collapsed, with rubble strewn around the area, footage from The Associated Press showed. Iraqi officials and allied militia leaders have been saying since last week that they are in control of the battlefield. They said that they had surrounded the handful of Islamic State fighters remaining in Tikrit, and that full government control would be restored there in a matter of days.

OBAMA EXTENDS TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration has conceded to some military leaders, abandoning plans to remove almost half of the U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan by the end of the year. It is likely many of the 9,800 combat troops, as well as some 2,000 counterterrorism troops, will remain until next year in order to “continue pursuing the remnants of al Qaeda and to monitor Islamic State militants looking to recruit in Afghanistan,” the Associated Press reported.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former General David Petraeus along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


GOT HIM: Just a day after Robert Durst’s arrest, the real-estate scion appeared on HBO appearing to confess his role in the deaths of his wife, longtime friend, and neighbor. On Sunday’s final episode of the documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Durst whispered to himself in a moment picked up on microphone: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Durst was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday on an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles and faces murder charges in the death of his longtime friend Susan Berman, who was killed execution-style in 2000. He is also suspected in the death of his wife, who disappeared in 1982, and he was acquitted for shooting and dismembering a Texas neighbor in 2001. On Monday morning, The Jinx director Andrew Jarecki told CBS This Morning that while Durst’s arrest was not timed with the finale, he had turned over the recording to authorities many months prior. Jarecki had discovered Durst’s seeming confession almost two years after the interview.

SADDAM HUSSEIN’S TOMB LEVELED IN TIKRIT: The final resting place of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been destroyed in the battle between security forces and Islamic militants near Tikrit, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Sunni residents said last year they had relocated Saddam’s body, but AP footage shows the mausoleum nearly leveled as government troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militia fight to retake the city. Images of Saddam have been replaced with Shiite militia flags and images of militia leaders such as Iranian General Qasem Suleimani. “The IS militants set an ambush for us by planting bombs around” the tomb, said Capt. Yasser Nu’ma, an official with the Shiite militias.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. government borrows approximately $5 billion every business day.

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SAUDIS: IF IRAN GETS NUKES, WE WANT ’EM: A Saudi prince said that if Iran is permitted to operate a nuclear program, then Saudi Arabia will want its own arsenal. “I’ve always said whatever comes out of these talks, we will want the same,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, who formerly served as Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief. “So if Iran has the ability to enrich uranium to whatever level, it’s not just Saudi Arabia that’s going to ask for that.” The prince warned that a nuclear deal with Iran could potentially set off an arms race in the region. “The whole world will be an open door to go that route without any inhibition, and that’s my main objection to this P5+1 [the six world powers] process,” he said.

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CHINA IS 3RD BIGGEST ARMS EXPORTER: China has become the world’s third largest arms exporter, more than doubling its sales over the past four years. The country now supplies weapons to more than 35 countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. Its exports also include armored vehicles, trainer aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and drones to various countries in South America and Africa, where “cash-strapped militaries” are looking for “medium-quality weapons systems at affordable prices,” said Philip Saunders, director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University. The United States and Russia hold a combined 58 percent stake in the market and the top two spots.

FACEBOOK BANS REVENGE PORN POSTS: Facebook is clearing up its policy on what it bans and why with the launch of new guidelines for community standards on Monday. The social-media network provided more specific rules about what type of information users are allowed to post, following previous incidents in which the company flip-flopped on its policy. The new rules prohibit pages supporting “violent, criminal, or hateful behavior” as well as physical or financial threats and bullying. For the first time, Facebook is banning content that promotes sexual violence or exploitation, including revenge porn. The company, however, will not automatically scan for violations and will rely on users to report offensive content. Facebook also released a transparency report Monday outlining government requests for user data and removing content.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***George Clooney was back at art dealer Larry Gagosian and sushi guru Masa Takayama’s Upper East Side restaurant, Kappo Masa in NYC, on Friday night. But rather than dining with wife Amal, he was powwowing with his producing partner, Grant Heslov.   ***Michael Bloomberg greeting Nancy and Henry Kissinger outside Midtown restaurant Le Périgord in NYC and walking with them inside for dinner.   ***Jane Fonda dining at Indochine before heading to the Public Theater in NYC.    ***Victor Cruz and Willie Geist talking sports at the Randall’s Island Park Alliance Fielding Dreams Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.    ***Whoopi Goldberg having lunch with her daughter at Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District in NYC.   ***A packed crowd of powerful community leaders of Los Angeles showed up Saturday night to the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A. for the Rotary Club annual President’s Ball. The master of ceremonies for the evening was popular KNX radio’s anchor Frank Mottek. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey presented  former governor Gray Davis an award for his outstanding public service throughout his career. Other honorees include: Champion of Justice,  uber-attorney Thomas Girardi; Hermosa Beach Police Chief, Sharon Papa; the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally; The Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted by Special Advisor to the President & CEO, Ned Colletti and Hollywood celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine.  Presenters include Former Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, LA5 Rotary President, Alan Bernstein, and Arthur Kassel and Rich Malchar.   ***Former California first lady, Maria Shriver and her kids having lunch at Shutter’s Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS RAGE OVER ATTACK ON SON!: Michael Douglas livid over anti-Semitic attack on son, 14, in Europe by hate monger. Speaking out in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, Michael revealed the horrifying details about the creep who gave his son, Dylan, “his first taste of anti-Semitism”. The incident happened when Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones took their two young children on vacation in Europe. “During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool. A short time later he came running back to the room, upset. A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him,” he wrote. Dylan, who had been attending Hebrew school and wearing his Star of David, was shaken and in tears. And that’s when Michael, 70, exploded – he confessed in the op-ed. The two-time Oscar winner marched right down to the pool and asked attendants to point the bigot out to him. “We talked. It was not a pleasant discussion,” Michael recalled.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND LBN: Donna Viloria, Editor.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jerry Lewis (1926)

Lewis, an entertainer known for his slapstick comedy, became popular in the 1940s through his partnership with Dean Martin. They performed together in nightclubs as well as 17 films before parting ways in 1956. Lewis then went on to direct and star in The Nutty Professor and many other movies. He left filmmaking in the 1970s to focus on supporting and fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Irwin Hasen, the cartoonist and comic-book artist who drew, and helped create, “Dondi,” the widely syndicated comic strip about a lovable, wide-eyed World War II orphan, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 96. The cause was heart failure, his lawyer, Fredric Horowitz, said.   ***Al Rosen, a slugging third baseman for the Cleveland Indians who was unanimously named the American League’s most valuable player in 1953, when he came within a hit of winning the batting triple crown, but whose career was cut short by injury, died on Friday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. His death was announced by his family.   ***Dell Williams, who in 1974, after being humiliated by a department-store clerk when she tried to buy a vibrator, was moved to start Eve’s Garden, the New York boutique widely described as the nation’s first sex shop catering specifically to women, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by a friend, Mary Elizabeth Greene-Cohen.   ***Jimmy Greenspoon, the longtime keyboardist for the rock band Three Dog Night, died on Wednesday at his home in North Potomac, Md. He was 67. The cause was cancer, said his agent, Chris Burke.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Marc Townsend (Author): No matter where you want to be, you are where you are until you get there. Moving forward will get you where you need to be, but never forget the road marks- the life experiences – that got you there.  They’ll always keep you focused on the right road ahead.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Ching: I’m not much of a gun control advocate.  I have yet to see any gun prop itself up, aim, shoot and kill anybody. But if we must ban guns, we ought to ban knives too.  Then we can all eat like civilized Chinese, with chopsticks and no weapons on the table!  After the Boston Marathon bombing, now we have to ban pressure cookers too!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Reese Witherspoon is livid over ex-hubby Ryan Phillippe, with her former husband living a Lothario lifestyle that could be a bad in fluence on their kids. Even Ryan’s neighbors are concerned about the star’s partying ways, sources said. The couple has two children – Deacon, 11, and Ava, 15 – from a marriage that flamed out in 2006 after Ryan soiled the wedding sheets with blonde beauty Abbie Cornish. “There’s lots of conflict between Reese and Ryan about the kids – especially Deacon, and what he’s exposed to when he’s at Ryan’s home,” our insider dished.   ***Ever the aggressive pitchman, Hollywood producer and film financier Ryan Kavanaugh couldn’t resist using his own wedding announcement to plug a hangover cure. Kavanagh married model Jessica Roffey on Friday in a Malibu ceremony in front of guests including Edward Norton, Zoe Saldana, Pierce Brosnan, Katie Holmes, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ryan Seacrest. Steven Tyler even sang “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” for the couple’s first dance. But contingent to reporting on exclusive details of the nuptials delivered to the press by his team were requests that media must mention that Kavanaugh gave all his wedding guests a product billed as “the ultimate natural hangover defense,” which we refuse to name on principle. Relativity boss Kavanaugh owns the company that makes the hangover remedy, naturally.

LBN-ETC: Wanted: Prominent Author Seeks Part-Time Administrative Assistant. Prominent, veteran author seeking a part-time (approximately 20-30 hours a week) administrative assistant in Santa Monica / Venice area. Must live within 15 minutes of Santa Monica/ Venice. Work primarily from home and on-line but be available for meetings with author 2 or 3 times a week. Proper candidate must be smart, very resourceful, good writer (grammar, spelling), very organized, detail oriented, focused, hard-working, quick and hungry to learn. A sense of pride in their work. Technology savvy. Modest knowledge of QuickBooks program. A great opportunity to work hands on (learn, grow). This is NOT a job for someone who is slow, distracted, overwhelmed with a busy life and just looking to cruise. Send resume with complete contact details (No Attachment) to: NinaRast@usc.edu.

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Sunday • March 15, 2015

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN FERGUSON SHOOTING: A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two Ferguson police officers on Thursday, when peaceful protesters were gathered in front of Ferguson Police Department headquarters. A handgun with shell casings that match those at the scene has also been recovered. During a press briefing on Saturday afternoon, police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams, a demonstrator who has “acknowledged his participation” in the shooting. Police stressed that Williams may have not intended to shoot at the officers, but “may have had a dispute” with other people in the area and could have been firing at them. He was identified with the help of the public.

KERRY: U.S. WILL NEGOTIATE WITH ASSAD: While speaking on the fourth anniversary of the civil war in Syria, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry called the conflict “one of the worst tragedies any of us have seen” and said the U.S. will “have to negotiate in the end” with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Two previous attempts at negotiating with Assad have fallen through, but Kerry said the U.S. was pushing for a third round.

‘THE JINX’ SUBJECT ROBERT DURST ARRESTED: Robert Durst, son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst and subject of HBO documentary The Jinx, has been arrested in New Orleans on an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles and faces murder charges, according to an ABC News affiliate. Durst was reportedly arrested at around 11:00 p.m. Saturday night. Coincidentally, tonight is the finale of the The Jinx, which examines the mystery of Durst’s role in three murders, including that of his wife, Kathy Durst, and his longtime friend Susan Berman in 2000.

JEB EMAILED MILITARY, SECURITY ISSUES: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush used his private email account discuss security and military issues while in office, according to the Washington Post’s review of publicly released records. Among the issues discussed were details of Florida National Guard deployments after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, troop deployments to the Middle East, and the protection of nuclear plants. Aides to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, however, said that none of the information discussed in the emails was sensitive or classified.

IRAQI KURDS: ISIS USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS: Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Security Council says it has evidence that the Islamic State has started using chlorine gas as a chemical weapon. The allegation comes from a January suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq; Iraqi officials and Kurds in Syria have also reported low-grade chemical weapons being used against them. Peshmerga forces discovered “around 20 gas canisters” inside the truck after the January attack. The gas induced “dizziness, nausea, vomiting and general weakness” in the peshmerga fighters, according to the Council.

BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR OFFSTAGE ANTICS: After hours of being made fun of at his Comedy Central roast, Justin Bieber went out on a note of sincerity: “I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around,” the 21-year-old said. “I’ve lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry,” he added. “I’m looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of.” Bieber has made headlines over the past few years for reckless driving, egging a neighbor’s house and urinating in public, among other antics.

REFORM JUDAISM GETS 1ST GAY PRESIDENT: The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical branch of Reform Judaism, finally has its first openly gay president. Denise Eger, who founded Congregation Kol Ami in Los Angeles, will be sworn in on Monday. “It really shows an arc of LGBT civil rights,” Eger told Seattle PI. “I smile a lot—with a smile of incredulousness.” With 2,000 rabbis and 862 congregations, Reform Judaism is the largest organization in American Judaism.

BOSTON ST. PATTY’S PARADE WELCOMES GAYS: Lesbian, gay and transgender groups will march in Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, since organizers have lifted a ban on homosexual groups joining the festivities. Two gay rights groups, Boston Pride and OutVets (which represents gay veterans) will march in the parade. “This is a huge step forward in our mission to have inclusivity in our city and in the Boston-area community,” Malcolm Carey, clerk of Boston Pride’s board of directors, told Reuters.

BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR BAD BEHAVIOR AT COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST: Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech. “I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around,” said Bieber, whose music has been overshadowed by his offstage antics, which include reckless driving, public urination and throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home. “I’ve lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of.” It was a sweet ending to a night of sharp barbs aimed as much at Bieber as the rest of the roasters. Hosted by Kevin Hart, the “Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber,” taped Saturday at Sony Studios, also features Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O’Neal, Martha Stewart and Ludacris. It’s set to premiere March 30.

BRISTOL PALIN ENGAGED TO MARINE BOYFRIEND: The former vice presidential candidate’s daughter, Bristol Palin, 24, is engaged to her decorated-Marine boyfriend, Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the couple announced Saturday. “Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!” Palin posted on Instagram, along with a photo of her diamond ring. “He asked me to marry him at a Rascal Flatts concert,” she posted later. Palin was previously engaged to Levi Johnston, the father of her son Tripp, 6, but the two never married. Meyer, 26, was awarded the US Medal of Honor in 2011.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Eva Longoria

Eva Jacqueline Longoria (born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. Longoria’s career began in 1998, when she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, and later began entering talent contests that led her to Los Angeles; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent. Eva began to raise her profile after having roles as Isabella Braña on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003. In 2004 she signed as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. For her work on Desperate Housewives she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She has also starred in films such as Harsh Times (2005), The Sentinel (2006), and Over Her Dead Body (2008).

LBN-NOTICED: A packed crowd of powerful community leaders of Los Angeles showed up last night to the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A. for the Rotary Club annual President’s Ball. The master of ceremonies for the evening was popular KNX radio anchor Frank Mottek. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey presented former governor Gray Davis an award for his outstanding public service throughout his career. Other honorees include: Champion of Justice,  Uber-attorney Thomas Girardi; Hermosa Beach Police Chief, Sharon Papa; president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally; The Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted by Special Advisor to the President & CEO, Ned Colletti and Hollywood celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine. Presenters include former Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, LA5 Rotary President, Alan Bernstein, and Arthur Kassel and Rich Malchar.

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Saturday • March 14, 2015

OBAMA MEETS KAYLA MUELLER’S PARENTS: During his visit to the Phoenix VA, President Obama met briefly on Friday with the parents and brother of Kayla Mueller, the female aid worker who died while held captive by ISIS. According to the White House, the president offered Carl and Marsha Mueller, as well as her brother Eric Mueller, his condolences from him and First Lady Michelle Obama. The president also reportedly talked about the family’s work to set up a foundation in her name to help others, and about “Kayla’s compassion and dedication to assisting those in need around the world.” No other details were released.

VANUATU WRECKED BY CYCLONE PAM: Aid groups are nervously waiting for death counts after a giant cyclone ripped through the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam roughed up the islands with 168 mph winds, blowing away homes, communication lines, and knocking down trees. So far, the only confirmed report is from UNICEF of at least six dead. The island chain has a population of 267,000 people spread over 65 islands.

BRISTOL PALIN ENGAGED TO DAKOTA MEYER: Dakota Meyer, the 2011 Medal of Honor winner, proposed to Bristol Palin Friday night at a Rascal Flatts concert. “The lead singer, Gary LeVox, dedicated ‘Bless the Broken Road’ to us, and then Dakota got down on one knee and proposed!” wrote Palin on her blog. Bristol is the oldest daughter of Sarah Palin and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and a reality show about her son, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp. Meyer, who is the third living recipient of them Medal of Honor from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, met Palin while filming Amazing America.

GANDHI GETTING STATUE NEXT TO CHURCHILL: Right next to statues of men who worked to expand and protect the British Empire in London’s Parliament Square, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled today. The location will be especially interesting as Gandhi will be placed right nearby his former nemesis Winston Churchill, who notoriously loathed Gandhi. He once called him “a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice-regal palace.” The statue will be unveiled by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.

PAMELA ANDERSON GETS RESTRAINING ORDER: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has gotten a temporary restraining order against her third ex-husband Rick Salomon for “repeated acts of harassment and abuse.” According to Anderson, Salomon tried to strangle her during sex, physically abused her, took photos of her without her knowledge which he then threatened to release. Anderson also says that when she threw him a sobriety party he got mad and called her a “crack whore,” “bitch,” and told her to “go upstairs, you ugly, dirty, bitch!”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Albert Einstein (1879)

Einstein was an intellectual giant of the 20th century whose name has become synonymous with genius. Recognized as one of the greatest physicists of all time, Einstein made countless important contributions to physics, including his theories of relativity, which profoundly revolutionized scientific and philosophical inquiry. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize for his work on theoretical physics.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: First Patient Successfully Treated with Penicillin (1942)

Penicillin was the first antibiotic agent successfully used to treat bacterial infections in humans. Penicillin’s effect on bacteria was first observed by biologist Alexander Fleming in 1928, but it was not until 1941 that scientists purified the substance and established that it was both effective in fighting infectious organisms and not toxic to humans. The first successful treatment occurred the next year.

C.I.A. CASH ENDED UP IN COFFERS OF AL QAEDA: In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money. They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund.Within weeks, that money and $4 million more provided from other countries was handed over to Al Qaeda, replenishing its coffers after a relentless C.I.A. campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan had decimated the militant network’s upper ranks. Qaeda leaders wanted some captive militants released, and from the letters it appeared that they calibrated their offer, asking only for men held by Afghan authorities, not those imprisoned by the Americans, who would refuse the demand as a matter of policy. But the Afghans refused to release any prisoners, “so we decided to proceed with a financial exchange,” Mr. Rahman wrote in the June 2010 letter. “The amount we agreed on in the deal was $5 million.”

LBN INVESTIGATES: France

  1. France’s formal name is La République Française (French Republic).
  2. The name “France” comes from the Latin Francia, which means “land or kingdom of the Franks.”
  3. France is the largest country by size in Europe at 248,573 m2 (643,801 km2), and that figure includes the islands of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion Island.
  4. France’s highest point, also the highest point in Europe, is Mont Blanc at 15,771 feet (4,807 m) high.
  5. France is divided into 22 metropolitan regions, and its five overseas regions called Dom-Toms.
  6. With at least 75 million foreign tourists per year, France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third-largest income in the world from tourism.
  7. France celebrates July 14th as its Fête Nationale(Independence Day), which is the founding of its current Constitutional Monarchy, or the First Republic. The celebration actually commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789, which sparked the French Revolutionary War.
  8. France’s flag has three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red. Known as Le Drapeau Tricolore (French Tricolors), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the “ancient French color” of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Paris militia.
  9. The French government gives medals, La Médaille de La Famille Française (Medal of the French Family), to citizens who have successfully raised several children with dignity.
  10. There is only one stop sign in the entire French city of Paris.
  11. In the Savoie region of France, there is a small town named Pussy.
  12. One in five French people have reportedly suffered from depression, making it the most depressed country in the world.
  13. Louis XIX was king of France for just 20 minutes.
  14. French toast was originally called pain perdu (lost bread), and the first written mention of the dish comes from the court of Henry V of England. The Oxford English Dictionary mentions the first use of the name “French toast” was in 1660 in a book called the Accomplisht Cook.
  15. The 2003 Durex Global Sex Study showed that the French are the people who have the most sex in a year.

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Friday • March 13, 2015

ISIS STILL ON THE ATTACK, DESPITE INTERNAL STRIFE AND HEAVY LOSSES: The Islamic State is facing growing dissension among its rank-and-file fighters and struggling to govern towns and villages it has seized, but the militant Sunni group is still managing to launch attacks and expand its ideological reach outside of Iraq and Syria, senior American officials said. In the seven months since allied warplanes in the American-led air campaign began bombing select Islamic State targets, the Sunni militancy, while marginally weaker, has held its own, senior defense and intelligence officials said. Pentagon officials expressed only cautious optimism on Thursday after the Islamic State lost much of the central Iraqi city of Tikrit following more than a week of fierce fighting, warning that it would be as difficult for Iraqi forces to hold the city as it was to liberate it. And even as the militants made a last stand in Tikrit, Islamic State fighters were mounting one of the fiercest assaults in months in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad

OBAMA: ‘NO EXCUSE’ FOR FERGUSON SHOOTING: Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, President Obama said Thursday there was “no excuse” for the gunfire that wounded two police officers during a demonstration outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police station. Obama added that years of racial targeting were “oppressive and objectionable and worthy of protest,” but it doesn’t excuse resorting to violence. “They’re criminals. They need to be arrested,” he said of the shooters. “What we need to do is to make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides… that we’re able to work together to try to come up with some good answers.” The St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol took over protest security Thursday night as protests peacefully endured. Police said they’re still searching for suspects in connection to the shooting of a St. Louis County officer, who was hit in the shoulder, and a Webster Groves cop who was shot in the face. Several people were taken into custody for questioning but later released, and no arrests were made.

U.S. KILLS KENYA MALL ATTACK MASTERMIND: The man who allegedly planned the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in 2013 that left 67 dead has reportedly been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Somalia. The al Shabab fighter, named Adan Garar, and two others were apparently targeted while in a car near the town of Bardhere. Garar was accused of planning several other failed attacks on the coastal city of Mombasa.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Life

1.     Life is broadly defined as the condition of an organism that exhibits growth through metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation to its environment. These characteristics separate living organisms from inanimate objects.

2.     The cell is the basic unit of life, and an organism must be composed of at least one cell to qualify as a living thing.

3.     The cells of every living organism contain deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a nucleic acid that holds the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of a life form. It is this substance that allows a living thing to grow and reproduce.

4.     DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss physician Friedrich Miescher who noticed a microscopic substance in the pus on discarded bandages. The substance was later identified as DNA.

5.     A virus straddles the definition of life and, according to scientific definition, is not technically alive. It is composed simply of DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) strands surrounded by a protein shell and requires a host cell to metabolize and reproduce. When not within a host cell, a virus lies dormant and is nothing more than a static organic particle.

6.     Scientists estimate the earth is about 4.5 billions years old and first began to support life forms approximately 3.7 billion years ago.

7.     While scientists universally believe that naturally occurring amino acids were mediated by nucleic acids to create the first life forms on Earth, the question of how nucleic acids originated from inanimate matter is still being studied today. There is no definitive answer yet as to the origin of life on Earth.

8.     Throughout history, two dominant theories of the origin of life on Earth have prevailed. Abiogenesis, a theory that is now widely discredited, holds that life was and is spontaneously generated from decaying organic matter. The theory of biogenesis, on the other hand, maintains that new life is produced from existing life forms.

9.     The oldest living things on Earth are believed to be single-cell prokaryotes, more commonly known as bacteria. Scientists have discovered fossils of such prokaryotes from roughly 3.5 billion years ago.

10.  Plant life began on the Earth’s landforms about 430 millions years ago. The first plants were likely single-celled organisms distantly related to algae.

11.  The first reptiles began life 300 million years ago, and modern mammals appeared roughly 75 millions years ago.

12.  Apes originated on Earth about 35 million years ago, and the first apelike men appeared about 10 million years ago. The modern human species of Homo sapien has existed on the earth for only 100,000 years.

13.  Scientists believe that Earth will exist for another 7.5 billion years before the sun becomes a red giant star and, in all probability, destroys the planet. Earth may cease to support life forms far before that date, however, due to increased energy output from the sun over time.

14.  Living organisms are divided into two basic domains: prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Eukaryotes, to which humans belong, have a cellular structure with a nucleus and membrane-bound genetic information, while the cells of prokaryotes do not contain a nucleus.i

15.  Today, all identified living organisms are scientifically named and categorized according to Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus’s taxonomy. In his 1758 publication, Systema Naturae, Linnaeus divided and classified different living organisms with a ranking scale: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

BIRD FLU HALTS U.S. CHICKEN SALES: A virulent form of bird flu has been discovered in Arkansas, prompting Mexico and up to 40 other countries to impose new import restrictions on U.S. chicken. Arkansas is home to Tyson Foods, the largest chicken company in the world. Economists say the restrictions are likely to hurt poultry farmers because the virus—a highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu that does not pose a threat to humans—is unlikely to kill enough chickens to offset the drop in demand. Kansas has ordered a quarantine on its poultry-producing counties to attempt to prevent contamination from a strain found in Missouri.

SECRET SERVICE INTERFERED IN BOMB PROBE: The two Secret Service agents suspected of driving a government car through a White House security barricade while drunk last week were disrupting an active bomb investigation, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Citing officials familiar with the incident, the Post reports the pair drove through police tape, hit a temporary barricade, and ended up directly next to the package, which turned out to be a book wrapped in a green T-shirt. Earlier that night, a woman shouted she was holding a bomb before dropping the package near the White House and fleeing to her car. Two of the agents under investigation for the incident are Marc Connolly, the second-in-command on Obama’s detail, and George Ogilvie, a senior supervisor in the Washington field office. The incident is the latest in a string of scandals inside the Secret Service, raising concern over the agency’s culture of professionalism.

BOSTON BOMBERS’ HOSTAGE RECOUNTS ESCAPE: A man held captive by the Boston Marathon bombers after they had carjacked and kidnapped him in 2013 recounted his escape at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial Thursday. Dun Meng, an app designer who was taken hostage after the Tsarnaev brothers carjacked his Mercedes, identified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as his kidnapper and called it “the most terrifying moment, the most difficult decision in my life.” Meng fled from the car when the Tsarnaevs stopped at a gas station, escaping to another gas station across the street. Meng testified he had lied to the brothers that his car was not equipped with a tracking system, which proved key to police tracing it to a street in Watertown, Massachusetts. Tamerlan was killed in a firefight that morning, while Dzhokhar was captured after hiding in a boat the next night.

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PUTIN, SAID TO BE ‘PERFECTLY HEALTHY,’ IS ALSO NOWHERE TO BE SEEN: Where’s Putin? It was the question preoccupying Moscow and much of Russia on Friday, as speculation mounted about why President Vladimir V. Putin had not been seen in public since last week. He canceled a trip to Kazakhstan; postponed a treaty signing with representatives from South Ossetia who were reportedly told not to bother to come to Moscow; and, unusually, was absent from a meeting of top officials from the F.S.B., Russia’s domestic intelligence service.

ARMY DRUG CLINICS TURNED AWAY THOUSANDS: According to senior Army clinical staff and records obtained by USA Today, Army substance-abuse clinics have turned away thousands of soldiers in need of treatment since 2010, when substance-abuse outpatient treatment was transferred from medical to non-medical leadership. A retired psychologist describes leadership that simply “want to get the reports in on time and fill the slots. They think that makes a good program. Our goal is to give treatment to soldiers. And [the bosses] see that as inconsequential.” The newspaper also claims that more than two dozen soldiers who were turned away and sent to “poor care” eventually committed suicide. The Army denies that its drug-abuse programs have been in decline.

PISTORIUS LAWYERS FAIL IN ATTEMPT TO STOP APPEAL: Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers failed Friday in their attempt to stop an appeal by prosecutors that will again seek a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed an application by Pistorius’ defense lawyers to challenge the appeal by prosecutors, who were last year granted permission by Masipa to have Pistorius’ negligent killing conviction reviewed. Prosecutors want Pistorius found guilty of the more serious charge of murder for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a door in a bathroom in his home in 2013. A murder conviction would call for a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail.

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INDIAN BRIDE LEAVES GROOM OVER MATH TEST: An Indian bride walked out on her wedding when her would-be groom failed to answer a simple math question correctly: What is 15 plus 6? When the groom answered “17,” the bride left and refused to return, despite the groom’s family’s pleas, according to police. “The groom’s family kept us in the dark about his poor education,” the bride’s father, Mohar Singh, said. “Even a first grader can answer this.” The gifts and jewelry that had been exchanged before the wedding were returned.

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KATHY GRIFFIN DITCHES ‘FASHION POLICE’: Less than two weeks after co-host Kelly Osbourne’s abrupt departure, Kathy Griffin is quitting Fashion Police: “After seven episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” Griffin said in a series of tweets. Griffin’s exit leaves just two hosts of the E! show. Osbourne quit Feb. 27, days after co-host Giuliana Rancic made an off-color joke about the actress Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks. Griffin said Wednesday of Rancic’s remark: “I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her.” A rep for E! confirmed Griffin’s departure in a statement: “We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***House of Cards” first lady Robin Wright at Kappo Masa in NYC.   ***André Leon Talley in a red cape lunching at the Mark with Vera Wang.   ***Aziz Ansari at Tex-Mex spot Javelina in NYC.    ***Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell at Carmine’s  in NYC.   ***“Orange Is the New Black” actor Nick Sandow at Smith Canteen in Brooklyn.   ***Gillian Miniter, Fe Fendi and Elyse ­Newhouse hosting a dinner for Tom Gold Dance at Brasserie ­Cognac .   ***Vanessa Hudgens at Dos Caminos Soho in NYC before previews of “Gigi” start Thursday.   ***Comedian Peggy Ching having lunch yesterday at Shutters on the beach in Santa Monica.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Michael Graves, one of the most prominent and prolific American architects of the latter 20th century, who designed more than 350 buildings around the world but was perhaps best known for his teakettle and pepper mill, died on Thursday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 80. His death was confirmed by his firm, Michael Graves & Associates, which did not specify a cause. He had been paralyzed from the waist down since 2003 as a result of a spinal cord infection.   ***Terry Pratchett, the immensely popular British fantasy novelist whose more than 70 books include the series known as Discworld, died on Thursday at his home near Salisbury, England. He was 66. The cause was posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of dementia, Suzanne Bridson, an editor at Transworld Publishers, said in an email.   ***Daevid Allen, a founding member of the influential jazz outfit Soft Machine and the driving force behind the prog-rock group Gong, died on Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 77. “Daevid passed peacefully in Australia today, Friday 13th at 1.05pm, surrounded by his boys,” a message posted on the Planet Gong site read. “Everything has stopped here in a house of tears. Tears first, celebration later.”   ***Former KCBS investigative and consumer reporter Judd McIlvain died this week at home in the Los Angeles area. He was 73. In his heyday at Channel 2, he was The Troubleshooter who took on viewers’ consumer issues and often got them solved.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***E. Barry Haldeman, Of Counsel at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, will speak at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium taking place March 13-14, 2015 at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA campus. This year’s symposium, “Hollywood Over-the-Top,” will address digital content and its far-reaching effects on the entertainment business.  Haldeman will co-moderate the panel “Talent Over-the-Top” about talent deals, on Friday, March 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Areas that his panel will cover include:

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The political world is stuck in the middle of an accelerating protocol crisis. All sorts of customary acts of self-restraint are being washed away. It used to be that senators didn’t go out campaigning against one another. It used to be they didn’t filibuster except in rare circumstances. It used to be they didn’t block presidential nominations routinely. It used to be that presidents didn’t push the limits of executive authority by redefining the residency status of millions of people without congressional approval. It used to be that presidents didn’t go out negotiating arms control treaties in a way that doesn’t require Senate ratification. It used to be that senators didn’t write letters to hostile nations while their own president was negotiating with them. All the informal self-restraints that softened the brutality of politics are being torn away. It’s like going to a dinner party where all the little customs of politeness

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: We’ve been warned over and over that the Federal Reserve, in its effort to improve the economy, is “debasing” the dollar. The archaic word itself tells you a lot about where the people issuing such warnings are coming from. It’s an allusion to the ancient practice of replacing pure gold or silver coins with “debased” coins in which the precious-metal content was adulterated with cheaper stuff. Message to the gold bugs and Ayn Rand disciples who dominate the Republican Party: That’s not how modern money works. Still, the Fed’s critics keep insisting that easy-money policies will lead to a plunging dollar. Reality, however, keeps declining to oblige. Far from heading downstairs to debasement, the dollar has soared through the roof. (Sorry.) Over the past year, it has risen 20 percent, on average, against other major currencies; it’s up 27 percent against the euro. Hooray for the strong dollar!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: I hate the new Apple Watch. Hate what it will do to conversation, to the pace of the day, to my friends, to myself. I hate that it will enable the things that already make life so incremental, now-based and hyper-connected. That, and make things far worse. This has nothing to do with Apple. We can still be friends. I’m writing on a MacBook Air, my constant companion since I kissed off my hometown Microsoft-programmed clunker for the sleek and far less needy Mac some time ago. I’m closer to my iPhone 6 than to some of my siblings — you never call, you never text, you never share, not a selfie in six months

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: What madness. And what nonsense. FOR one thing, the admissions game is too flawed to be given so much credit. For another, the nature of a student’s college experience — the work that he or she puts into it, the self-examination that’s undertaken, the resourcefulness that’s honed — matters more than the name of the institution attended. In fact students at institutions with less hallowed names sometimes demand more of those places and of themselves. Freed from a focus on the packaging of their education, they get to the meat of it.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I hate Kosher food. Love Jewish people but hate Kosher food. I have eaten a lot of bad food in L.A. but this week I came upon an unique awful restaurant which I didn’t know serves Kosher food (because it’s tell people). It’s called Dr. Sandwich on Pico in Beverly Hills and after two mouth full of their food, I had the urge to throw up. The food is awful. The prices are sky high and other than that, I had a charming time. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Despite a recent double mastectomy and desperate pleas from husband Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie wants to hold off on having cancer surgery in the hope of having one more child. “The surgery would be a preventative step that she’s already told the press she will take,” a source close to the couple said. “But now she’s put the brakes on it.” The 39-year-old mom of six also has been pushing off removing her ovaries, because her children are terrified for her to go under the knife again, friends said. “Her kids were extremely disturbed by the impact her double mastectomy had,” said the source. “She had tons of tubes in her and couldn’t even get out of bed.”   ***Rumer Willis’ sweaty dance sessions with Val Chmerkovskiy on “Dancing with the Stars” have prompted mom Demi Moore to want to get in on the act. Demi is begging Rumer to fix her up with Val’s brother, Maksim, said insiders. “Demi has always had the hots for Maks,” claimed a pal. “She is desperate to hook up with him.” The 52-year-old “Ghost” actress is said by sources to be growing bored with her rocker boyfriend, Sean Friday, 28. ***England’s image-conscious Duchess Kate Middleton has issued a royal command to husband and future king Prince William: Get a hair transplant. “Kate thinks he looks old before his time,” dished a longtime confidante of the royal couple. “She wants immediate action.” The 32-year-old heir to the British throne has been losing his hair at a disturbing rate, and Kate is horrified at how it makes him look. “It seems too late for Rogaine or any hair-regrowth treatments,” said the source. “Kate says William either needs to get a hair transplant or shave his head completely, so that he looks younger and more dynamic.” But the duchess’ demands have led to a royal rumble in Buckingham Palace. NERDS star Robert Carradine nearly totaled in gruesome head-on collision – cops. Robert, 60, the younger brother of Keith and the late David Carradine, was involved in a terrifying car accident with a semi-truck. The collision occurred last week on a Colorado highway. According to the police reports, the “Nerds” star slammed into the truck head-on. “He was northbound on Highway 145 and drove right into the oncoming lane,” said CSP Sgt. James Saunders told TheCortezJournal.com. “There were no apparent contributing factors.”   ***Talk about a “stable” relationship. Sources say that Jessica Springsteen — the show-jumping champion daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa — is dating Argentina-born polo stud Nic Roldan, who was named one of Town & Country’s “Top 50 Bachelors” alongside Prince Harry, Leo DiCaprio and Pierre Casiraghi last year. Spies said Florida-based Roldan, 32, was seen at the Palm Beach Winter Equestrian Festival last weekend, “cheering on” Springsteen, 23, who’s been racking up wins on horse Davendy S.

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Thursday • March 12, 2015

2 COPS SHOT AT FERGUSON PROTEST: Two police officers were shot by unknown assailants during protests in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night. Protesters gathered across the street from Ferguson police headquarters just hours after Chief Tom Jackson resigned. Shots rang out from the vicinity of the crowd, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. According to the head of the St. Louis County police, a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder and a 32-year-old officer from Webster Groves was shot in the face. Both were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive. “These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “I don’t know who did the shooting to be honest with you right now, but somehow they were embedded in that group of folks.”

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IRAQI FORCES CLAIM WESTERN AREAS OF TIKRIT FROM ISIS: Iraqi government forces and allied militias took control of the western neighborhoods of Tikrit on Thursday, military officials said, leaving only one area, including a palace complex once used by Saddam Hussein, in the hands of Islamic State militants. Military officials said they were confident of declaring victory within a few days in Tikrit, a central objective in rolling back the militants and the government’s largest operation against the Islamic State since it swept into much of the country’s north and west in June.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair.

IRAN SUPREME LEADER SLAMS GOP LETTER: Iran’s supreme leader called Republican senators’ letter to Tehran the “ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration.” According to Iran’s news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei noted that the GOP’s insistence that any deal struck by President Obama could be null and void when he leaves office is a sign of America’s “tricks and deceits.” Khamenei has the final say over decisions in Iran, especially about its nuclear program. “Of course I am worried, because the other side is known for opacity, deceit, and backstabbing,” he said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: U.S. Colleges

1.     In the United States, there is little difference between the terms “college” and “university.” However, the term “college” in other countries, such as Canada, refers to a junior college or trade college, where as a “university” is larger, more research focused, and usually contains multiple colleges.

2.     Typically, the worst paying majors are Social Work, Theology, Elementary Education, Music, Spanish, Horticulture, Education, Fine Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, and Drama.

3.     The majors with the best pay include Engineering, Economics, and Physics.

4.     Harvard Stadium was the first reinforced concrete structure in the world.

5.     The word “alumnus” is Latin meaning “a pupil” and, literally, a “foster son.”

6.     The term “college” is from the Latin collegium meaning “community, society, guild” and, literally, “association of collegae”. It was first used to describe an academic institution in the late fourteenth century in relation to Oxford and Cambridge.

7.     “University” is a shortening of the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium or “a community of masters and scholars.”

8.     The term bachelor in “bachelor’s degree” most likely is from the Medieval Latin term baccalaureate, which is a play on the Latin words bacca lauri or laurel berries. The word is also a re-Latinization of the French word bachelor, which means a “youthful knight” or a “novice in arms.”

9.     Famous college dropouts include Reggie Jackson, Steve Jobs, Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Hans Christian Anderson, Dan Ackroyd, Kate Beckinsale, James Cameron, and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).

10.  Before the Civil War, disbelief in the in Bible or profaning the Sabbath were campus crimes at Yale.

14 MILLION CHILDREN SUFFERING AS RESULT OF WAR IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, UNICEF SAYS: Around 14 million children are suffering hardship and trauma from the war in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations children’s agency said on Thursday, highlighting the needs of children struggling to cope with severe violence, and the danger to the rest of the world of failing to help a generation preyed on by extremist groups. “Violence and suffering have not only scarred their past, they are shaping their futures,” Anthony Lake, Unicef’s director, said in a statement released on Thursday with a report on the plight of 5.6 million children in Syria and two million more who have fled as refugees. Close to three million children in Iraq and 3.6 million children in neighboring countries bearing the brunt of the influx are affected by the conflict, Unicef estimated.

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U. OF ALABAMA ELECTS BLACK STUDENT PREZ: Elliot Spillers, a University of Alabama junior, was elected as the school’s Student Government Association president Tuesday, making him the first black SGA president in almost 40 years. Student voter turnout reached a six-year high, with Spillers receiving 8,602 of the 14,391 votes cast. Spillers is also considered the first non-Machine candidate to win since 1986 (the Machine is known as a group of traditionally white fraternities and sororities that control many campus institutions). Several race-related scandals have hit the university, including a recent exposé on sororities’ reluctance to accept minorities because it would be bad for their “status” and “reputation.”

COLORADO POT TAX BRINGS $2.3M TO SCHOOLS: Colorado marijuana sales reached an all-time high in January, bringing with it excise taxes totaling a whopping $2.35 million designated for public schools. Recreational marijuana sales jumped to around $36.4 million, up from $14.69 million a year ago, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. “This is really what we expected and hope to see: a shift in the underground market to a regulated market,” legalization advocate Mason Tvert told The Denver Post. “It’s clearly generating significant revenue for the state.”

F.C.C. RELEASES NET NEUTRALITY RULES: Two weeks after voting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released 313 pages of rules detailing what would be allowed. The release of the rules had been eagerly anticipated by advocates and lawmakers, as well as broadband and technology companies. The publication on Thursday resulted in few surprises, with the F.C.C. set to decide what is acceptable on a case-by-case basis. The regulations include a subjective catchall provision, requiring “just and reasonable” conduct.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***A top producer of “The View” has been fired by ABC brass for brashly berating former host Rosie O’Donnell in front of the show’s entire staff. Jennifer Shepard-Brookman, a senior producer who has worked at the ABC daytime show for over eight years, was “profoundly and publicly disrespectful” to O’Donnell in front of the whole staff at a production meeting in early February, show insiders told us.

SECRET SERVICE PROBED FOR DRUNK DRIVING: Claims that two senior Secret Service agents drove a government car into a White House security barricade on March 4 after drinking at a party are being investigated, according to agency officials who spoke with The Washington Post. One of the two reportedly involved is a top member of the president’s security detail. Officers on duty wanted the agents to undergo sobriety tests, but a supervisor ordered them to let the agents go home, one official told the Post. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leahy confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general was investigating the incident and that the Secret Service was “aware of the allegations of misconduct involving two of our employees.” The Secret Service has faced a string of scandals in recent years, raising concerns about some agents’ professionalism and competency, and forcing Director Julia Pierson’s resignation last year.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Meryl Streep and her “The Devil Wears Prada” co-star Anne Hathaway sat together at Joe’s Pub on Tuesday night to see British actress Cush Jumbo’s one-woman show “Josephine and I.” At their table was costume designer Ann Roth, who’s made garb for a dozen Streep films, from “Silkwood” to “Julie & Julia.”   ***Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovićc dining at Primola in NYC nearby Louise Grunwald and Rainer and Regina Greeven.   ***Bradley Cooper seeing Shaggy perform at Up & Down in NYC.   ***Helen Mirren hosting a bash for “The Audience” at URBO for guests including David Geffen. ***Rudy Giuliani at Bill’s Bar & Burger in NYC.

LBN-NOTICED: Actor Sean Penn and media expert and author Michael Levine talk at the Four Season’s Hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday.

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MAN WHO TACKLED GIFFORDS SHOOTER DIES: Bill Badger, who intervened when a shooter opened fire on a supermarket event for former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, died Wednesday of pneumonia in Arizona. He was 78. The retired Army colonel was praised for tackling gunman Jared Loughner after he fatally shot six people and wounded 13, including Giffords, at a Tuscon grocery store in 2011. Badger was also shot in the head. “Bill was not only a great man and a proud Army veteran, he was a hero,” Giffords said in a statement

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***John D. Arras, a plain-spoken philosopher who preached that doctors should consider fairness and morality, as well as medical issues, in making life-or-death decisions about patient care, died on Monday in Galveston, Tex. He was 69. He died after having a stroke while vacationing with his family, his wife, Liz Emrey, said.   ***Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed “Still Alice,” a film about Alzheimer’s disease, while suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63. His death was announced by his publicist, Ekta Farrar.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Rumors that “True Blood” hunk Alexander Skarsgård is dating British fashion plate Alexa Chung continue to heat up. The pretty pair were seen very cozily holding hands at Caviar Kaspia in Paris during fashion week there Tuesday night. ***Anthony Pellicano — the tough-talking investigator who inspired Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” — depicted his former client Mike Ovitz as a paranoid homophobe in a deposition last month at the Big Spring federal penitentiary in Texas. Pellicano, who has been behind bars since 2008, is a co-defendant of Ovitz’s in the civil case of Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch, whose phone was tapped and whose life was threatened after she wrote about the CAA founder and former Disney boss. Ovitz — once known as the most powerful man in Hollywood — gave Pellicano $80,000 in cash and named 40 people he wanted Pellicano to investigate, including Busch, Pellicano said.

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Wednesday • March 11, 2015

AP SUES STATE DEPARTMENT, SEEKING ACCESS TO CLINTON RECORDS: The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The legal action comes after repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone unfulfilled. They include one request AP made five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013.

11 FEARED DEAD AFTER ARMY CHOPPER CRASH: Eleven troops are presumed dead in Florida after an Army helicopter crashed Tuesday, a military official announced. Search and rescue efforts had been underway at a remote beach between Pensacola and Destin after a chopper was reported missing last night. Seven Marines and four members of the crew were on board. The Marines are from a Camp Lejeune Special Operations group and the aircrew are from the National Guard; their names have not been released. Debris was found at around 2 a.m. The helicopter was being used during a training exercise, and a second chopper taking part returned to the base safely

HILLARY CLINTON TRIES TO QUELL CONTROVERSY OVER PRIVATE EMAIL: Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed on Tuesday that she had deleted about half her emails from her years as secretary of state, saying she had turned over to the Obama administration all correspondence about government business but had erased records of communications about private matters, like yoga routines, her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral. In a news conference about her exclusive use of a private email account while secretary, Mrs. Clinton sought to squelch the furor about those communications, already in its second week. She acknowledged that it would have been wiser to use a government email for official business, but said she had “fully complied with every rule” and was going “above and beyond” what was required of her in asking the State Department to make public much of her email correspondence.

FOR CHINESE ECONOMY, STRENGTHS ARE NOW WEAKNESSES: China’s exports of steel are soaring. But that is not a good sign for the economy. China has far more steel mills than it needs, a problem made worse by the country’s shrinking housing market, the most voracious consumer of the metal. Companies have scaled back or closed, as domestic steel prices have collapsed. With scant demand at home, the remaining mills have looked beyond their borders for business. China shipped a record 100 million metric tons of steel overseas in the 12 months ended in February, a 55 percent increase from the previous year.

RACIST OKLAHOMA FRAT BRO APOLOGIZES: Two University of Oklahoma students seen in a video singing a racist chant during a fraternity event issued apologies Tuesday. Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Parker Rice, 19, acknowledged his actions were “wrong and reckless” and said he was “seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again.” The parents of 20-year-old Levi Pettit also issued a statement that said they were “shocked and saddened” and their son “will live with the consequences forever” for his mistake. OU President David Boren had earlier expelled two unidentified students after closing the fraternity Monday. The video shows SAE members singing a chant using racial slurs and makes references to lynching.

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NEMTSOV SUSPECT ‘TORTURED’ TO CONFESS: The Russia rights council said Wednesday that former Chechen police officer Zaur Dadayev may have been tortured before he confessed to taking part in the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov. “There are reasons that lead us to believe Zaur Dadayev confessed under torture,” Andrei Babushkin told AFP. Babushkin said he had seen “numerous wounds” on Dadayev’s body while visiting him Tuesday.

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PHARRELL, THICKE TO PAY GAYES $7.3M: A jury has ordered Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement. The verdict found that the pair’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” copied the sound of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” Williams contended in court that the two songs share “feel—not infringement,” though he admitted when listening to the juxtaposed bass lines that “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.” “Blurred Lines” has grossed almost $16.5 million since its release.

BOKO HARAM CAPTIVES FORGOT THEIR NAMES: Aid officials said Tuesday an estimated 80 children who were held captive at a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon were unable to remember their names or recall their hometowns after they were rescued by security forces. The children ranged from ages 5 to 18 and did not speak English, French, or any local language, said Christopher Fomunyoh, a director for the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute. The children were rescued from a camp in northern Cameroon in November after security forces raided what they though was a Koranic school. Fomunyoh said he had visited an orphanage where the children are being rehabilitated, but that many of them had lost track of who they were.

FEDS APPROVE POWDERED ALCOHOL: A powdered alcohol called Palcohol has been approved for sale by the federal government. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had approved the product last year, but then took it back saying it had been approved in error. According to the agency, issues with the product have now been resolved. Some states have banned the powdered alcohol, partially out of fear that people will snort it (instead of mixing it in drinks as suggested). A bureau spokesperson said approval revolves around whether or not what is in the product matches the label, not whether or not the product can be abused.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Oregon and Washington are the only states that specifically allow physician-assisted suicide under certain strict guidelines. A few of these guidelines include being diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death in six months, making two oral requests and one written request for assistance separated by 15 days, and persuading two physicians that the patient is sincere and is not influenced by depression.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Jeremy Clarkson, the hugely popular host of the car program “Top Gear” who relishes the politically incorrect, was suspended by the BBC on Tuesday after a mysterious “fracas” with a producer. Mr. Clarkson, 54, is the Prince Philip of television hosts, given to making impolite comments about foreigners and then apologizing. Even though “Top Gear” attracts strong ratings, the BBC had put him on a “final warning” last year for his behavior after he used a racist word during filming.

SECRETARIAT JOCKEY BREAKS LEGS IN CRASH: Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who won the Triple Crown riding the horse Secretariat, was involved in a car accident Tuesday night in Canada that left him with two broken legs. The van he was driving reportedly hit an icy patch of road and flipped near his house in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. The 73-year-old is “in good spirits” and “resting comfortably” in a hospital, his spokesman said. He has been given one white cast and one blue to represent Secretariat’s colors. Turcotte has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1978, when he was involved in a racing accident.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Oscar winner Common catching up with fellow rapper Fabolous at Marc Murphy’s Landmarc at Time Warner Center in NYC after the premiere of Liam Neeson’s “Run All Night”.   ***Hoda Kotb with her nieces at the Palm Court at the Plaza having an afternoon tea of “pink macarons, pink chocolate cupcakes, little éclairs and pink cotton candy”.   ***Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson and InStyle’s Ariel Foxman at the Food for Thought benefit for the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters at the Edison Ballroom.

MUSCLE MANIA! WWE CHIEF VINCE MCMAHON CHEST PRESSES 450 LBS. & HAS 5% BODY FAT: It only makes sense that the head of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is as ripped as the pros gracing his company’s roster of wrestling superstars. In fact, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is in such great shape at 69 that he made the March cover of Muscle & Fitness. “I’m still making gains,” McMahon tells the magazine, revealing that he weighs in at 240 pounds, boasts just five percent body fat, and chest presses 450 pounds. “Age really doesn’t have anything to do with it.”

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L.A. ROTARY CLUB TO HOLD PRESIDENT’S BALL THIS SATURDAY; HONORS FORMER CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR, UBER-ATTORNEY GIRARDI AND MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE: The historic Rotary Club of Los Angeles will host its annual President’s Ball this Saturday March 14th at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be KNX news anchor Frank Mottek. During the evening L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacy will present former California governor Gray Davis for outstanding public service.  Other honorees include: Champion of Justice, Thomas Girardi; Hermosa Beach Police Chief, Sharon Papa; the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally; The Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted by Special Advisor to the President & CEO, Ned Colletti and celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine.  Presenters include Former Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, LA5 Rotary President, Alan Bernstein, and Arthur Kassel and Rich Malchar. Please RSVP if you are interested in supporting our event.  There are a limited number of tables still available.  Advance tickets are $100.00 each until March 8th, thereafter, they will be $125.00, and $150.00 at the door. Buy your tickets now by following this link. Sponsor tables of ten are available for $1,500.00 and will insure VIP seating for you and your guests. Follow this link to purchase your sponsor table now.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***UTA has promoted agents Marissa Devins, Nancy Gates, Peter Goldberg, Ramses IsHak, Rena Ronson, Leslie Schuster, Michael Sheresky and Brent Weinstein to partner. “We are proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of Marissa, Nancy, Peter, Ramses, Rena, Leslie, Mike and Brent,” said managing directors David Kramer, Jay Sures and Jeremy Zimmer in a joint statement. “Each of them has played a major role in innovating our expertise across a diverse range of practice areas as well as providing the 100% client focus that drives our agency. We are proud to have them join the UTA partnership.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Claude Sitton, a son of the South whose unwavering coverage of the civil rights movement for The New York Times through most of that tumultuous era was hailed as a benchmark of 20th-century journalism, died on Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 89. The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Clint said. Mr. Sitton had been in a hospice.   ***Florence Arthaud, the French sailor who died at 57 in a helicopter crash in Argentina on Monday along with nine others, including two French Olympians, was celebrated by the French yachting world as the only woman to have won the Route du Rhum, a grueling solo trans-Atlantic race.   ***Jonell Nash, who taught a generation of cooks that traditional African-American recipes could be flavorful but not necessarily fatty, and who introduced soul food to new followers at home and abroad, died on Feb. 27 in the Bronx. She was 72. The cause was cancer, her friend and former colleague Harriette Cole said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The symbolism was too powerful to ignore. As anyone who watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech last week in Congress knows, one of the people prominently seated in the House gallery was the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a primary financial backer of both the Republican Party and Netanyahu. As The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz reported, at one point Adelson’s wife, Miriam, accidentally knocked her purse off the House gallery railing and it hit Representative Brad Ashford, a Nebraska Democrat seated below. The Post noted that Adelson had given $5 million to the G.O.P.’s Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC, which had spent $35,000 in a failed effort to defeat Ashford in his 2014 race against Representative Lee Terry. Ashford later joked to The Omaha World-Herald: “I wish I’d opened the purse. Do you think she carries cash?” We certainly know that Mr. Adelson does. And when it came to showering that cash on Republican presidential hopefuls and right-wing PACs trying to defeat President Obama (reportedly $150 million in 2012), and on keeping Netanyahu and his Likud party in office, no single billionaire-donor is more influential than Sheldon. No matter what his agenda, it is troubling that one man, with a willingness and ability to give away giant sums, can now tilt Israeli and American politics his way at the same time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: “Convenience.” “Convenience.” “Convenience.” “Convenience.” Hillary Clinton’s reliance on that word during her news conference at the United Nations on Tuesday minimized the exemption from standard procedure that she allowed herself when she decided — all on her own — to use only a private email address for both personal and government business. She told reporters that she hadn’t wanted to be weighed down by a second electronic device. It wasn’t secrecy that motivated her. It was purse space and pinkie strain. And behind her forced smile, which was practically cemented in place, she seemed put out by all the skepticism and all the questions. She shouldn’t be. This latest Clinton controversy is not the work or fault of Republican enemies or a ruthless, unappeasable press corps. It’s her doing.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: How the School Nutrition Association became an ally of what you might call the “let them eat cake” forces is a long story. What matters is that if, like the association, you’re taking a stand against the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act — from a food perspective, among the two or three most progressive pieces of legislation of the Obama administration — you are simply on the wrong side. You’ve pitted yourself not only against better nutrition for current school kids but, even more important, against better nutrition for future students and adults. The School Nutrition Association’s position may not be the equivalent of the American Diabetes Association insisting that, say, we serve Coke at all meals, but it’s in that ballpark. The new nutrition guidelines — which the School Nutrition Association once backed, and even helped develop — gently nudge school lunches into the 21st century. Of course one could nitpick the act to death: It’s a government decree, it doesn’t go nearly far enough and some of its standards are already outmoded. (The fact that McDonald’s is now outpacing federal agencies in demanding food raised with fewer antibiotics is simply surreal.)

LBN Commentary by J. Neil Schulman Talk to your local firearms dealer or firing range and you’ll find that sales of firearms, ammo, and training is at an all-time high. NRA membership is also at an all-time peak. But wait — fewer Americans are willing to admit to a Chicago-based university phone survey that they own guns. President Obama — whose BATFE is pushing a new ban of a common rifle round — was an instructor at a university in Chicago. What a coincidence!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Linda Sugin: Last week, the entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen promised $100 million toward the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic, which will be renamed Geffen Hall. Several years ago, two other $100 million gifts renamed two more key cultural centers: the main New York Public Library, now called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and the New York State Theater, now called the David H. Koch Theater. When most of us make gifts to charity, we are allowed to deduct those gifts on our taxes, just as big philanthropists can. Deductions for gifts to the arts are appropriate because donors finance public goods and allow others to pay less for music, dance and even literature. But Congress could do more to encourage current philanthropy — with an eye to encouraging more philanthropy in the future — by revising the way tax law treats naming rights.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Warren Beatty and Annette Bening were to celebrate their 23rd anniversary on March 12, but pals said a $108 million divorce may be around the corner. Warren’s famous sister, Shirley MacLaine, is trying to play matchmaker and bring him closer to Annette, a source claimed.“But it may be too little, too late to save the marriage,” said the source, adding that Warren, 77, and Annette, 56, “no longer see eye to eye.” The couple’s marriage has unraveled in recent years over their transgender son, Stephen Ira, 23 – the oldest of their four children.   ***New wifey Amber Heard slaps Johnny with a “moral oral” dilemma. Johnny Depp’s lovely new bride, Amber Heard, has slapped him with an ultimatum: Fix your funky breath. The 51-year-old star stubbornly refuses to floss, despite grossing out those closest to him, pals said. Now Amber, 28, has had enough.“Amber has flat-out ordered Johnny to floss every day and brush his teeth more because his bad breath is becoming a serious turn-off,” an insider said.   ***Jessica Chastain’s search for a Manhattan home has ended in the perfect purchase, a historic apartment across the street from Carnegie Hall once owned by legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The Juilliard-trained, Oscar-nominated actress has spent over a year searching, but she’s settled on a $5.1 million pad at the famed Osborne Apartments on West 57th Street.

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Wednesday • March 11, 2015

GRIM NEW ISIS VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW CHILD EXECUTING ALLEGED MOSSAD SPY: A baby-faced executioner who looks to be no older than 12 appears to kill an Israeli Arab who confesses to being a Mossad spy in the latest stomach-turning video released by ISIS. The 13-minute clip was released via Twitter Tuesday evening, and shows a seated man identified by his family as 19-year-old Muhammad Said Ismail Musallam calmly confessing to having been recruited by the Jewish State’s spy agency, even stating how much he was paid. Musallam, from East Jerusalem, is believed to be the alleged Mossad spy ISIS claimed last month to be holding, and who was interviewed in the terror organization’s February edition of its online magazine, Dabiq. In the interview, Musallam says he was enlisted into the Mossad by a Jewish neighbor who worked as a police officer.

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Monday • March 9, 2015

ISIS FOOLED CAPTIVES WITH MOCK EXECUTION: A former translator for ISIS said that Western hostages were made compliant prior to their beheadings with the use of mock executions. “Saleh” told Britain’s Sky News that he worked with Mohammed Emwazi, the 26-year-old Briton dubbed Jihadi John, to communicate with American, British, and Japanese hostages in Syria. Saleh said Emwazi told him to tell the hostages: “No problem, only video, we don’t kill you, we want from your government [to] stop attacking Syria. We don’t have any problem with you; you are only our visitors.” Subject to repeated mock executions, the hostages didn’t know if or when they would be killed. Saleh, who told interviewers that hostages were given Arabic names to make them believe ISIS would treat them well, said he saw Emwazi kill Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in person, although from a distance.

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BIDEN: GOP’S IRAN LETTER UNDERMINES U.S.: Vice President Joe Biden slammed 47 Republican senators who signed a letter urging Iran to reject any nuclear deal with President Obama, calling it “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.” The letter, organized by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, threatened that any deal reached between U.S. and Iran would need congressional approval or it could be undone after Obama left office in two years. “The decision to undercut our president and circumvent our constitutional system offends me as a matter of principle,” Biden said Monday. “As a matter of policy, the letter and its authors have also offered no viable alternative to the diplomatic resolution with Iran that their letter seeks to undermine.” Meanwhile, seven Republican critics remain concerned the letter could backfire in the GOP push to undo a possible nuclear deal. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said it might detract from a bill he has sponsored mandating a congressional vote to approve or reject an Iran nuclear deal.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***George Lucas delighted fans when he unexpectedly stopped into Midtown Comics in Times Square and bought three “Star Wars” comics. “He came in and was browsing the store, looking at the ‘Star Wars’ stuff,” a shop employee tells us of his visit on Monday. “He was only in for about 15 minutes, his driver was waiting outside. Fans were pretty excited to see him and he signed a comic book. He was saying he hadn’t read any of the new ‘Star Wars’ comics.”   ***Spike Jonze and Ellen Barkin seeing Cush Jumbo’s one-woman show “Josephine and I” at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  ***Paula Abdul eating lunch at Junior’s Times Square in NYC.   ***Edie Falco with her kids at off-Broadway musical  “Brooklynite”.   ***“Star Trek” star George Takei at  Strand Bistro in NYC.   ***Zoe Saldana playing tennis with Roger Federer on a tiny court during a Moët & Chandon  bash at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills..   ***Gwen Stefani and Demi Moore at Soho House West Hollywood to check out a launch of Established Jewelry by Nikki Erwin.

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LASER INJURES THREE PILOTS IN NYC: A Bronx man was arrested for injuring three pilots by pointing some kind of laser beam at aircraft heading to and from LaGuardia Airport. Police said Frank Egan, 36, was charged after officers from the NYPD’s aviation unit spotted the laser being pointed out of his apartment in the Bronx. One of the two aircrafts the laser beam hit was a helicopter piloted by police officers, who had to be treated for eye injuries. The other pilot was flying an Air Canada commercial airliner and was hospitalized in Toronto. Police say Egan eventually admitted to using the laser they found in his apartment. Egan faces charges of reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, felony assault, assault on a police officer, and menacing a police officer.

PRISONER BEAT AFTER SAVING GUARD: An inmate at New York City’s Rikers Island who helped save a female corrections officer from being raped was beaten by his fellow inmates after the story hit the news, according to a jail source who spoke with the New York Daily News. Franklin Johnson was attacked Thursday when news of the rescue aired on TV, and the other inmates apparently felt he got too much credit for the rescue. Johnson suffered a minor knee injury, the jail source said. Franklin is set to be released March 24 after serving time for drug-related charges.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Coral Tree teams in Brentwood, California expands to fine steaks and whiskey. Brentwood doesn’t know what’s going to hit them when the ritzy Baltaire opens tonight. Spread across the old Cheesecake Factory, the Coral Tree team takes full advantage of the spacious digs with a main dining room (perfect for people watching), a lovely covered outdoor terrace, fireside lounge, and robust bar area that’ll probably be chock full of  beautiful patrons. Chef Travis Strickland, who hails from the Windy City, is touting a slew of steak options from bone-in filet, Porterhouse, Japanese A5 Wagyu, 35-day dry-aged cote de boeuf. Other options include a tableside Dover sole, tossed Greek salad, and even matcha green tea to aid digestion after a hearty meal.

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GUN-OWNING HOMES AT RECORD LOW: The percentage of U.S. households with guns is at a record low, according to the annual General Social Survey. In 2014, 32 percent of Americans owned or lived with someone who owned a firearm, tying the mark set in 2010. The survey also found that 22 percent of Americans own firearms, down from the 1985 peak of 31 percent. However, the drop does not necessarily reflect a response to gun-violence fears. The survey said the decrease was probably correlated to a decline in the popularity in hunting. Also according to the FBI, gun background checks have actually increased, “suggesting the total number of firearms being purchased is going up,” explained the AP report. The survey also found that four out of 10 white Americans lived in a household with a gun, compared to two out of 10 black and Hispanic Americans. Higher-income households were also significantly more likely to possess firearms than lower-income ones.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The director of a movie about musician Gregg Allman pleaded guilty Monday in a train crash that killed a camera assistant and injured six film workers, and prosecutors in exchange dropped charges against his wife and business partner. As part of the plea deal, Director Randall Miller will spend two years in the county jail and another eight on probation on involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges. He also will pay a $20,000 fine.

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CIA: The World Factbook

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

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Sam Simon, who was one of the major creative forces behind “The Simpsons” and who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, died on Sunday at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He was 59. His death was confirmed by his agent, Andy Patman. Mr. Simon learned a few years ago that he had colon cancer.   ***Lew Soloff, a jazz trumpeter who reached a broader audience with the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears, especially with a memorable solo on the original version of the 1969 hit “Spinning Wheel,” died on Sunday in Brooklyn. He was 71. The cause was a heart attack, his manager Nancy Meyer said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Wales And Lila Tretikov: Today, we’re filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We’re doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.Our lawsuit says that the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance of Internet traffic on American soil — often called “upstream” surveillance — violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right to privacy, as well as the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of expression and association. We also argue that this agency activity exceeds the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: One of America’s leading political scientists, Robert Putnam, has just come out with a book called “Our Kids” about the growing chasm between those who live in college-educated America and those who live in high-school-educated America. It’s got a definitive collection of data about this divide. Roughly 10 percent of the children born to college grads grow up in single-parent households. Nearly 70 percent of children born to high school grads do. There are a bunch of charts that look like open scissors. In the 1960s or 1970s, college-educated and noncollege-educated families behaved roughly the same. But since then, behavior patterns have ever more sharply diverged. High-school-educated parents dine with their children less than college-educated parents, read to them less, talk to them less, take them to church less, encourage them less and spend less time engaging in developmental activity.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: The most important word in the title of Goran Rosenberg’s beautifully wrought book, “A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz,” is the unlikely one that precedes the name of the Nazi death camp. Auschwitz, for the Jews, and not only for them, was a destination with no return ticket, a place of gas and ashes. But some did survive; those sent the other way on the ramp to be worked to death for Hitler’s Reich, except of course that it might just be, if they were resilient enough, that the 1,000-year Reich expired in flames before them. As was the case with Rosenberg’s father, David, for whom there was a road, of sorts, from Auschwitz.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Kevin Carey has a 4-year-old girl. Carey, the director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, has been thinking about the role of universities in American life for virtually his entire career. But after his daughter was born, that thinking took on a new urgency. “All of a sudden there is a mental clock,” he told me the other day. “How am I going to pay for her college education? I wanted to write a book that asked, ‘What will college be like when my daughter is ready to go?’ ” His answer is his new book, “The End of College,” which is both a stinging indictment of the university business model and a prediction about how technology is likely to change it. His vision is at once apocalyptic and idealistic. He calls it “The University of Everywhere.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It’s been a long road for Joe Manganiello. The “Magic Mike” hunk, who’s engaged to Sofia Vergara, says he’s been sober for 12 years. “Of course sobriety is something near and dear to me,” the 38-year-old actor told Us Weekly at the screening of “The Resurrection of Jack the Snake,” a documentary about the former wrestler and his own issues with sobriety.

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Monday • March 9, 2015

‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ BANNED IN FLORIDA GOV’T: Officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have been banned from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in any official communication, former employees say. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel,” said Christopher Byrd, a lawyer with the DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013. Another former DEP employee, Kristina Trotta, said she was told in 2014 not to say “climate change” or “global warming” during a staff meeting. Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office has denied that the ban was a state rule. “There’s no policy on this,” said Jeri Bustamante, a spokesperson with the governor’s office, in an email. Scott repeatedly questioned whether climate change was caused by human action and his office was called an “environmental disaster” by the Tampa Bay Tribune.

 

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DARREN WILSON’S BOSS SENT RACIST EMAIL: Darren Wilson’s boss—the man who responded to the call that Michael Brown had been shot and killed and interviewed Wilson about it—has been identified as the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who sent a racist email about paying a black woman to have an abortion to prevent crime. Sgt. William Mudd resigned last week after the Justice Department’s report outed him as the racist emailer. The St. Louis American reveals that Mudd was the anonymous cop in grand jury testimony who arrived at the scene of the shooting and then debriefed Wilson. Mudd told a prosecutor interviewing him that it’s a “stupid question” to ask how Wilson could’ve prevented himself from killing Brown. “When you are physically attacked unprovoked, I believe ‘How could he prevent this?’ is a stupid question.”

 

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TMZ GETS SUGE KNIGHT HIT-AND-RUN VIDEO: Early on Monday, TMZ posted video of Suge Knight’s Jan. 29 hit-and-run involving two victims, one of whom was killed. In the video, Knight drives up to Tam’s Burgers, a Southern California restaurant where the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was filming. A man TMZ identifies as Cle “Bone” Sloan appears to try to stop Knight from entering the set. After an altercation, Knight clips Sloan with his left mirror and knocks him to the ground. When three other men come toward Knight’s truck, the rap mogul’s vehicle surges forward, ramming into Terry Carter, who died of his injuries from the incident. Knight fled the scene, but later surrendered to police. He has been behind bars without bail since then and is facing murder and premeditated murder charges.

 

RUSSIA COURT CHARGES 2 IN NEMTSOV MURDER: Two men were charged in connection to the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Russian authorities said Sunday. The liberal critic of President Vladimir Putin was shot dead on a bridge outside the Kremlin last month. Police charged the two Chechen men, Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev, with carrying out the murder while three other suspects remain in custody. A sixth suspect reportedly blew himself up during a standoff with police in the Chechen capital of Grozny. Dadayev, a former policeman from the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya, admitted his involvement in the shooting. Dadayev reportedly was angered by Nemtsov’s defense of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

 

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‘DOWNTON’ REP. BILLED $10K FOR NYC BASH: Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock reportedly billed taxpayers for at least 10 of his House staffers to accompany him on a weekend trip to New York City last September, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday. Schock’s staffers spent little time doing government work while in NYC for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, but still managed to spend $10,053 of taxpayers’ money. A Schock spokesman confirmed to the Sun-Times that at least 10 staffers were in attendance. The congressman has recently come under fire for his spending habits, which include using taxpayers’ money to charter a plane between Peoria and Chicago for a Chicago Bears game as well as lavishly redecorating his office with a Downton Abbey theme.

 

THE AGONY OF MARY TYLER MOORE: TV legend Mary Tyler Moore spends her sad last days in the grip of dementia, her few lucid moments are spent deciding on her resting place – while being reminded of the tragic deaths of her loved ones. “With most of her affairs now in order, Mary is left with making the gut-wrenching and difficult decision of whether to be buried or cremated,” a family insider said. But the source also revealed the heartbreak behind that decision, as the beloved star, 78, ponders being buried alongside her kid sister, who died of a drug overdose – or joining her only son and her younger brother in having her ashes scattered. Mary is wrestling with these decisions with husband Dr. Robert Levine as she lives out her remaining days at their $10 million estate in Greenwich, Conn.

 

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‘SNIPER’ KILLED ‘HUNGER GAMES’ IN 2014: American Sniper has surpassed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1 as the top grossing domestic release of 2014. The Clint Eastwood film has brought in $337.2 million since its Dec. 26 opening. Mockingjay, which came out Nov. 21, grossed $337 million. Although American Sniper was knocked from the box office’s top 10 this weekend, it still made $4.5 million on its 11th weekend in theaters.

 

FLIGHT DEATHS UP, ACCIDENTS DOWN: In its annual safety report, the International Air Transport Association noted the marked increase in jetliner accident deaths in 2014, but also said fewer accidents were occurring. The report, which was released Monday, said 641 people died in airline disasters in 2014. That death toll does not include the 298 people killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 because it was shot down while flying over Ukraine and, thus, is not considered an accident. The total was higher than 2013’s toll of 210, as well as the five-year average of 517. However, the number of fatal crashes actually dropped in 2014, to 12 from 16. In fact, based on the total number of flights, 2014 notched a record low of one significant accident for every 4.4 million flights.

 

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The news doesn’t really get better for fans of the Googie-style Norms coffee shop on North La Cienega Boulevard in L.A. A flurry of conversation in January about a possible threat to Norms — after the new owner of the property filed for and received a demolition permit — was followed by talk of a reprieve. But now Chris Nichols of the LA Conservancy’s activist Modern Committee, in his other hat as a modernism-loving editor and columnist at Los Angeles Magazine, reports that the new owner told him last week of extensive development plans for the site. The Norms building might well remain — the coffee shop itself might even get to stay — but the property will be built up and the parking lot sacrificed to another intensive La Cienega shopping center.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barney Beanery’s owner David Houston having lunch at the popular Chinois restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Actress Reese Witherspoon having dinner at Holy Cow BBQ in Santa Monica.   ***Former TV actress Jan Badler having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Attorney Robert Shapiro having lunch at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Legendary music manager John Hartman having drinks at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica.   ***Famed 3D photographer Doug Bertzold having dinner at Salt restaurant in Marina Del Ray.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chocolate

1.     Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wrote, “There is no metaphysics on earth like chocolate.”

2.     Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses–every day.

3.     The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.

4.     In the film Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco chocolate syrup for blood in the famous shower scene.

5.     Although cacao originated in Central and South America more than 4,000 years ago, now approximately 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa. Cote d’lvoire is the single largest producer of cocoa, providing roughly 40% of the world’s supply.

6.     Chocolate has traditionally been associated with magical, medicinal, and mythical properties. In fact, in Latin, cacao trees are called Theobroma Cacao, or “food of the gods.”

Champagne and sparkling wine are too acidic to go well with dark chocolate. Red wine typically compliments it the best.8.     Reports predict that the global chocolate market will grow to $98.3 billion in 2016 from $83.2 billion in 2010.

9.     Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce marketable cocoa beans for only 25 years.

10.  Nearly all cacao trees grow within 20 degrees of the equator, and 75% grow within 8 degrees of either side of it. Cacao trees grow in three main regions: West Africa, South and Central America, and Southeast Asia/Oceania.

 
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USA.gov: Replacing Your Vital Documents

“USA.gov: Replace Your Vital Records. Learn how to replace vital records – including birth, death, marriage, military service, federal personnel and records; damaged money; green cards; and more – during emergencies or due to damage.”

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer: If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sandra Sellani (Author): Nothing hides mediocrity like a good market.

 

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The two worst (chain) restaurants in the America are by far: 1. Buca Di Beppo 2. The Olive Garden. I would rather eat dog food! ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Blake Shelton’s drunken antics have wife Miranda Lambert ready to dump her partying hubby in a $40 million divorce drama. “Blake is 38 years old and still acts like a drunken, oversexed frat boy. Miranda has had it – and she’s given him a marriage-ending ultimatum!” a family insider said.   ***Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have agreed to say “I do” – but it’s more like “I don’t” when it comes to setting a date. The 38-year-old hunk tried to push the “Modern Family” spitfire, 42, into a quickie spring wedding, but she balked, friends confided. “Sofia isn’t going to do anything that doesn’t fit her schedule,” a pal revealed. “She’s telling Joe they can plan a late-fall wedding … at best.”   ***Bobbi Kristina Brown’s troubled boyfriend Nick Gordon threw a drunken, violent tantrum during the intervention that led him to rehab, sources said. The intervention was staged in an Atlanta hotel room, led by Gordon’s mom and assisted by “Dr. Phil” staffers, according to a report on Sunday. But Gordon was sky high on drugs and booze — to the point where he couldn’t walk and had to be pushed around on a luggage cart, TMZ reported.

 

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LBN-ETC: Getting the word out about your business isn’t nearly as important as getting it out to the RIGHT audience. When I started my business in 2009, I did no advertising other than a mention to the subscribers of the LBN E-Lert. From that initial announcement, I have built a steady business of high-level clientele, referral after referral. When I recently heard that the Elert was welcoming reader listings at an affordable price, I jumped on it; again the calls came flooding in. For reaching high level decision-makers, movers and shakers, there is simply no better resource than the LBN Elert. —-Suzanne Sena.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” for Healthy Food Delivery Service — www.NutriFitOnline.com.

LBN-ETC: America’s premier nasal surgeon — www.RobertKotlerMD.com.

LBN-ETC: Ever think about writing a book?  A book is a great promotional tool and says “I am the expert!”  You only need a book proposal to get a book contract…and a nice advance check. I am the author of 34 books and have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects.  I can help you create a book proposal and find the best publisher, or guide you through the self-publishing process.  Contact John Riddle at johnriddle@sprintmail.com for more information.  And don’t forget to celebrate I Love To Write Day on Nov. 15. www.ilovetowriteday.org for more info.

LBN-ETC: Do you read LBN? Send your testimonial to us and we will post in a future LBN E-Lert. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Chiropractic (Two years in a row) – Dr. Robert Jeffrey – www.DrRobertJeffrey.com .

LBN-ETC: www.BackSwanLtd.com

LBN-ETC: Do you have a “Big” dream? — www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Sunday • March 8, 2015

NEMTSOV MURDER SUSPECT BLOWS SELF UP: One of the suspects in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov blew himself up as police got closer to detaining him on Saturday night, according to Russian news reports. A total of five suspects were due to be arraigned in Moscow, and all of them are Chechens. The two prime suspects have been named as Zaur Dadayev and Anzar Kubashev. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was on the verge of releasing a report on the involvement of the Russian military in Ukraine. He was with his girlfriend walking over a bridge near the Kremlin when he was shot.

BOKO HARAM GENERATES UNCERTAINTY WITH PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO ISLAMIC STATE: With thousands of fighters and some parts of northeastern Nigeria under its control, Boko Haram is believed to be the largest jihadi group to pledge fidelity to the Islamic State. But terrorism experts say that the practical significance of the move announced Saturday is as yet unclear. Some experts say that the pledge, or “bayat,” made by the leader of Boko Haram is a spiritually binding oath, which indicates that the Nigerian Islamist group has agreed to accept the authority of the Islamic State. But as with similar pledges to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, by other extremist groups, there are few details about how much direct control the Islamic State leaders have over their distant proxies.

OBAMA SAYS NUCLEAR DEAL OFFERED TO IRAN IS ‘EXTRAORDINARILY REASONABLE’: President Obama said that he and other world leaders have offered Iran an “extraordinarily reasonable deal” that will test whether the leadership of the Islamic nation is serious about at last resolving the dispute over its nuclear program. Even as negotiators appear close to an agreement, Mr. Obama highlighted the challenge of what comes next: ensuring that any pact forged in Geneva can pass muster in Tehran, where Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has expressed deep skepticism about a settlement with the outside world.

MH370’S BEACON BATTERY WAS EXPIRED: According to the first comprehensive report into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the plane’s underwater locator beacon’s battery had expired in December 2012. The 584-page report appears to mostly cover how ordinary the flight was, from the lack of unusual health-related issues or problems for the cabin crew and no unusual weather. The news about the cabin crew supports reporting from The Daily Beast that ran counter to the Malaysian government’s trashing of the pilots. According to the report, the expired battery went unnoticed because of a computer error. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak claimed that the country is still searching for the missing flight and its 239 passengers. “The lack of answers and definitive proof — such as aircraft wreckage — has made this more difficult to bear,” he said. “Malaysia remains committed to the search, and hopeful that MH370 will be found.”

OBAMA HEARD OF HILLARY EMAILS FROM NEWS: President Obama claims that he only found out about Hillary Clinton’s private email address use for the State Department from last week’s New York Times report. The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” the president told CBS News. “The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived,” he said. “I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.” On Wednesday, Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

ENDLESS TURMOIL AT NBC NEWS: New York Magazine recaps the Brian Williams and Today show debacles along with other messes that incoming NBC News Chairman Andy Lack will try to clean up when he takes over the Peacock Network’s troubled news division in April. The much-anticipated story claims that before Williams’s downfall for embellishing his Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina experiences, the lead anchor was so ambivalent about staying at NBC Nightly News that he pitched himself to CBS chief Leslie Moonves as a late-night replacement for the retiring David Letterman. Moonves passed, the magazine reports. The story also says that contrary to speculation, Lack—who developed close relationships with on-air talent when he first ran NBC News from 1993 to 2001—told staffers during a meet-and-greet at 30 Rock on Friday that he has not spoken to Katie Couric about a role at the network. Perhaps the most troublesome aspect of New York’s story—at least for NBC News President Deborah Turness, who will be answering to Lack—is its assertion that before firing former ESPN programming executive Jamie Horowitz as he was tactlessly preparing to take control of  the Today show brand and causing high anxiety among cast members, she enthusiastically endorsed all of his proposed on-air talent changes, including replacing news reader Natalie Morales with former Good Morning America presenter Josh Elliott, and dumping Savannah Guthrie for fourth-hour host Hoda Kotb. Turness wanted to make even bigger changes, the mag claims, quoting her as telling Horowitz, “This is not aggressive enough of a plan.” If true, that will do nothing to help Turness’s frayed relationship with NBC’s most powerful and best-paid anchor, Today show star Matt Lauer.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Acclaimed life coach Lisa Haisha along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves.

BILL CLINTON DEFENDS FOREIGN DONATIONS: After mounting criticism about new donations from foreign governments, former President Bill Clinton defended the practice. “My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments,” Clinton said. “I believe we have done a lot more good than harm and I believe this is a good thing.” It was recently that several governments, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia had donated to the foundation. “The UAE gave us money. Do we agree with everything they do? No. But they help us fight ISIS,” Clinton said. Critics have argued that the funds from foreign governments represent a conflict of interest as Clinton’s wife Hillary is expected to run for president.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that three (3) members of the famed men’s clothing store Carroll & Co. in Beverly Hills read the LBN E-Lert daily?


U.S. WOMEN CAUGHT CARVING IN COLOSSEUM: Two American woman are facing a penalty after being caught carving their names into the Colosseum in Rome and taking a selfie in front of them. The two women, aged 21 and 25, from California, scratched their initials with a coin on Saturday, and were caught by police. Signs in English and Italian all around the historic site point out that defacing the walls is strictly forbidden.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Attorney Mark Baer, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***NBC Universal is looking at “The View”-style talk shows with multiple hosts to possibly replace “The Meredith Vieira Show” as its ratings slump behind syndicated competitors, sources say.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Harrison Ford at Venice, Cal­if., hot spot Gjusta “chatting with the young hipsters” before his fateful flight.   ***Kelly Clarkson at Trattoria Dell’Arte in NYC  while Jerry Springer dined nearby.   ***Jennifer Garner shopping for paraben-free skincare products at the Bluemercury store in Buckhead, Atlanta.   ***Jim Caviezel chatting with William DeMeo between takes on the set of “Person of ­Interest” in Alphabet City.   ***David Burtka grabbing food at Urbo in NYC between rehearsals of Broadway’s new “It Shoulda Been You.”

IDITAROD MOVED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW: While the eastern U.S. has been struggling with a cold and snowy winter, Alaska’s snowfall has been so meager that its Alaskan Iditarod dogsled are has been moved 289 miles north. This is only the second time in the historic race’s 43 year history that such a measure has been necessary. The 1000-mile race’s starting point has been moved from Willow to Fairbanks. In Anchorage, 350 trucks were used to bring in snow as the city has only received about a third of its annual snowfall.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Rand McNally Driving Directions and Maps

“Get online driving directions you can trust from Rand McNally. Plan your trips and vacations and use our travel guides for reviews, videos, and tips.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Many plastic surgeries in the early Renaissance were performed in barber shops.

LBN-R.I.P.: Dirk Shafer, a former Playgirl magazine centerfold who chronicled his experiences as a closeted gay man in a 1995 mock documentary, “Man of the Year,” was found dead on Thursday in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 52. Craig Harvey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, said Mr. Shafer was discovered in the front passenger seat of his car on a residential street. The cause of death had not been determined, he said, adding that there was no evidence of trauma or drug or alcohol use.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard A. Friedman: In short, some people are prone to be less anxious simply because they won the genetic sweepstakes and randomly got a genetic mutation that has nothing at all to do with strength of character. About 20 percent of adult Americans have this mutation. Those who do may also be less likely to become addicted to marijuana and, possibly, other drugs — presumably because they don’t need the calming effects that marijuana provides.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: One of the anxieties haunting the 21st century is a fear that technological change will soon make many human lives seem essentially superfluous. It’s a fear as old as the Luddites, but the promise of computing, robotics and biotechnology has given it new life. It suddenly seems plausible that a rich, technologically proficient society will no longer offer meaningful occupation to many people of ordinary talents, even as it offers ever-greater wealth, ever-widening powers and, perhaps, ever-longer life to the elite.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Somewhere in Smithsonian storage sits a portrait of Bill Clinton with two odd features: He is standing next to a shadow meant to conjure Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, and he is not wearing his gold wedding ring. As we have been reminded by a recent wild cascade of stories, everything about the Clintons is convoluted. Nothing is simple, even a celebratory portrait.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Matthew B. Crawford: I am already in a state of low-level panic about departure times, possible gate changes and any number of other contingencies. This fresh demand for vigilance, lest I lose the PowerPoint slide show I will be presenting in a few hours, feels like a straightforward conflict between me and L’Oréal. Somehow L’Oréal has the Transportation Security Administration on its side. Who made the decision to pimp out the security trays with these advertisements? We travelers have no clue, so we search instead for a diagnosis of ourselves: Why am I so angry?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Dennis Hof — proprietor of the Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel and the self-proclaimed P.T. Barnum of prostitution — will be the subject of a scripted MGM TV show. Hof’s book, “The Art of the Pimp,” which charts his life as the owner of the famous legal brothel, life as an American sex-industry entrepreneur and interactions with the likes of Heidi Fleiss and Ron Jeremy, has been optioned by MGM to become a series.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” for Best Organic Teas — www.CoralTreeCafe.com.

LBN-ETC: Getting the word out about your business isn’t nearly as important as getting it out to the RIGHT audience. When I started my business in 2009, I did no advertising other than a mention to the subscribers of the LBN E-Lert. From that initial announcement, I have built a steady business of high-level clientele, referral after referral. When I recently heard that the Elert was welcoming reader listings at an affordable price, I jumped on it; again the calls came flooding in. For reaching high level decision-makers, movers and shakers, there is simply no better resource than the LBN Elert. —-Suzanne Sena.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” for Healthy Food Delivery Service — www.NutriFitOnline.com.

LBN-ETC: America’s premier nasal surgeon — www.RobertKotlerMD.com.

LBN-ETC: Ever think about writing a book?  A book is a great promotional tool and says “I am the expert!”  You only need a book proposal to get a book contract…and a nice advance check. I am the author of 34 books and have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects.  I can help you create a book proposal and find the best publisher, or guide you through the self-publishing process.  Contact John Riddle at johnriddle@sprintmail.com for more information.  And don’t forget to celebrate I Love To Write Day on Nov. 15. www.ilovetowriteday.org for more info.

LBN-ETC: Do you read LBN? Send your testimonial to us and we will post in a future LBN E-Lert. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Chiropractic (Two years in a row) – Dr. Robert Jeffrey – www.DrRobertJeffrey.com .

LBN-ETC: www.BackSwanLtd.com

LBN-ETC: Do you have a “Big” dream? — www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Saturday • March 7, 2015

MORE DEPORTED FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE RETURNING TO US ILLEGALLY: For years, federal immigration authorities have hailed as an enforcement success the annual growth in deportations of foreign nationals who have been convicted of serious crimes or caught living or working in the United States without papers. What authorities have not highlighted is the simultaneous growth in the number of previously deported foreign nationals who have returned to the United States illegally either by sneaking through the porous Mexican border or by traveling on boats from the Bahamas to South Florida. While annual illegal re-entries are not as numerous as deportations, over time they contribute to an erosion of enforcement gains. For example, in fiscal year 2012 at least 409,849 undocumented immigrants were deported. But during the same period, more than 160,000 previously deported foreign nationals returned illegally. By now, three years later, roughly the same number of people deported in 2012 have returned, immigration experts say.

TWO SUSPECTS HELD IN NEMTSOV MURDER: Two men have been detained in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a liberal critic of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin who was shot dead within sight of the Kremlin walls in late February. The suspects’ names are Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, according to what Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Federal Security Service, told Russia’s state television station on Saturday. Both men are apparently from the Caucasus region. They may be brought to court for a formal arrest on Sunday.

OBAMA, BUSH MARK SELMA ANNIVERSARY: President Obama traveled to Selma, Alabama on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day peaceful protesters led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were violently beaten by state troopers as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The act shocked the nation and eventually led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Former president George W. Bush will join Obama in commemorating the anniversary, along with over 100 members of Congress (about two dozen of whom are Republican) and an estimated tens of thousands of Americans.

ISIS DEMOLISHES ANCIENT CITY OF HATRA: Islamic State militants are reportedly destroying yet another ancient archeological site, this time the 2,000-year-old Iraqi city of Hatra, according to the country’s tourism and antiquities ministry. Employees of the ministry in Mosul say that the militants demolished the site on Saturday. A resident in the area told Reuters that a powerful explosion was heard Saturday and that other residents reported militants destroying some of Hatra’s larger buildings and bulldozing other parts. Hatra was named a world heritage site in 1987.

OBAMA CRITICIZES ‘OPPRESSIVE’ FERGUSON: During a town hall style meeting in South Carolina on Friday, President Barack Obama criticized the city of Ferguson, Mo. for the “oppressive and abusive” actions against African-Americans described in a Department of Justice report. “It turns out they weren’t just making it up. This was happening,” Obama said. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at the event that the government will “use all the power that we have to change the situation there,” including dismantling the police force if necessary.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Ghyslain Wattrelos in London, England on Friday. His wife, daughter and one of his two sons were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished last March.


CORRUPTION CHARGE NEAR FOR SEN. MENENDEZ: The Justice Department reportedly plans to charge Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey with corruption for doing political favors for a donor and friend. “People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges,” CNN reports. The FBI has been investigating Menendez’s relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, on whose plane the senator flew to the Dominican Republic in 2010. In 2013, Menendez paid back Melgen $58,000 after not disclosing the flight. Menendez has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Menendez, a Democrat, was reelected in 2012 and is considered a leading hawk on Iran and Russia in the Senate. “Let me be very clear, I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law,” Menendez said at a press conference on Friday. “Every action that I and my office have taken for the last 23 years that I have been privileged to be in the United States Congress has been based on pursuing the best policies for the people of New Jersey and this entire country.”

MY REVIEW: “Having read LBN for the last two years, I must say it has earned my respect for being independent and fair. At first I thought you were too tough on Obama and the Democrats but over time I came to see you were equally hard on Republicans and Conservatives. The news and information I read in LBN is endlessly fascinating and gives me food for thought for days after.”—–Leonard Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from San Francisco, California.


LBN-READER QUESTION?: Is McDonald’s Having An Identity Crisis? Please send your vote to: LBNELert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Reader Question” in the subject line).


LBN-SEE IT: Taylor Swift (Selfie).


AMAL CLOONEY TO TEACH AT COLUMBIA: Columbia’s Law School has confirmed that human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who recently wed actor George Clooney, will be a visiting teacher during the ivy league university’s spring semester. She will lecturing on human rights litigation strategies for the Law School’s Human Rights Institute. Amal has represented many high profile cases, such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings, internationally and served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan in Syria.

SITE OF THE DAY:

OneLook Dictionary

“Think of this web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you’d like a definition, we’ll quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define that word. If you don’t know the right word to use, we’ll help you find it. No word is too obscure: More than 19 million words in more than 1,000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Hollywood publicists Ed Lozzi and Roger Neal. Two LBN E-Lert readers from Los Angeles, California


LBN-R.I.P.: Albert Maysles, the award-winning documentarian who, with his brother, David, made intensely talked-about films, including “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” with their American version of cinéma vérité, died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. His death was confirmed by K. A. Dilday, a family friend.   ***Harve Bennett, who navigated a rocky path from childhood stardom to youthful disaffection to adult success as a producer of four “Star Trek” films and an Emmy-winning TV movie, died on Feb. 25 in Medford, Ore. He was 84. A friend, Terry Lee Rioux, said the cause was complications of a recent fall.   ***Daniel Von Bargen, a character actor who played both bumbling and menacing authority figures and was probably best known as George Costanza’s thickheaded boss on “Seinfeld,” died on Sunday in Cincinnati. He was 64. His death was confirmed by Harry Gilligan, the owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, without specifying the cause. Mr. Von Bargen had been treated for diabetes for years and had undergone a leg amputation.   ***Brian Carman, who as a high school student in the early 1960s co-wrote the instrumental surf-rock hit “Pipeline” for his band, the Chantays, died on Sunday at his home in Santa Ana, Calif. He was 69. The cause was complications of Crohn’s disease, his wife, Sunida Carman, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: In 1986, Congress passed, and Ronald Reagan signed into law, the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act. It directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban certain types of ammunition that could pierce the body armor worn by police officers. The National Rifle Association had originally opposed the legislation — which, in fact, was one of a series of events that caused a split between the N.R.A. and most police associations — but the logic behind it was irrefutable. “Certain forms of ammunition have no legitimate sporting, recreational or self-defense use and thus should be prohibited,” Reagan said during the signing ceremony. The House of Representatives passed the measure by a vote of 400 to 21.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Dinner at Canter’s the other night was an adventure. Not in bad food or bad service or bad lighting but I had misfortune of sitting next to a Mother and her little brat. The child’s playfulness was amusing at first, but very soon I grew tired of his loud capers. Why do parents think that others find their annoying, ugly kids appealing. We don’t. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The party may be over for Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus, insiders say. “Miley expected a proposal on Valentine’s Day,” said a source. “Now she’s extremely disappointed.” The 21-year-old son of former “Governator” Arnold and Kennedy clan member Maria Shriver had second thoughts after getting an earful from Miley’s ex-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, sources said.   ***Despite all the rumors about Katie Couric returning to NBC, network sources tell us, “Katie is not welcomed back at the ‘Today’ show.” We’re told Couric is angling for a return to NBC now that it’s been announced that former boss Andrew Lack, who helped make her a star at “Today,” will be back as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. He ran the news division for eight years until 2001.   ***Nancy Sinatra, 74, said at Peter Max’s studio on Monday that she’d recently had a knee replaced — but assured guests her boots are still “made for walkin.’” Max unveiled a series of paintings of Frank Sinatra, commemorating his centennial. But when crooner Nancy was asked if she still likes singing her 1966 hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,’” she told a guest, “I think I’ve heard it enough.”

LBN-ETC: Ever think about writing a book?  A book is a great promotional tool and says “I am the expert!”  You only need a book proposal to get a book contract…and a nice advance check. I am the author of 34 books and have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects.  I can help you create a book proposal and find the best publisher, or guide you through the self-publishing process.  Contact John Riddle at johnriddle@sprintmail.com for more information.  And don’t forget to celebrate I Love To Write Day on Nov. 15. www.ilovetowriteday.org for more info.

LBN-ETC: Do you read LBN? Send your testimonial to us and we will post in a future LBN E-Lert. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Chiropractic (Two years in a row) – Dr. Robert Jeffrey – www.DrRobertJeffrey.com .

LBN-ETC: www.BackSwanLtd.com

LBN-ETC: Do you have a “Big” dream? — www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Friday • March 6, 2015

MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE SAYS TWITTER HAS 45,000+ PRO-ISIS ACCOUNTS: According to media expert and author Michael Levine there are at least 46,000 Twitter accounts that support the Islamic State, despite the micro-blogging site’s attempts to shutter accounts in late 2014. The ISIS Twitter Census found that three-quarters of the users tweet in Arabic and an estimated one-in five in English, with most accounts tracked to ISIS-held territories in Iraq and Syria noted Levine on Thursday night. According to technologist J.M. Berger, who co-authored a  report on the matter said accounts had an average of about 1,000 followers. Levine said militants are not using Twitter for direct recruitment though. “They are using their accounts to attract people and draw people in.”

ECONOMY HAS BEST STRETCH SINCE 1997: U.S. employers added 257,000 jobs in January, capping off the best three months of consecutive employment growth in 17 years. December’s job gains were revised up to 329,000 and November to a whopping 423,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday, the unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent as more people started looking for work again. Best of all, average hourly earnings went up by 0.5 percent in one month, the most since November 2008

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STATE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES HILLARY: The State Department is investigating whether Hillary Clinton’s use of private email included sensitive information that would have violated security protocols during her tenure as secretary of state. An anonymous official did not provide further details on what security protocols entailed, but added that Clinton didn’t automatically violate any rules despite a Politico report that found her use of private email was a “clear-cut” violation of guidelines according to an employee manual. According to the New York Times, the department gained access to Clinton’s personal emails last summer as a part of an initiative to recover public records. In attempts to gain access, State officials met with Clinton’s lawyers and advisers last August after John Kerry’s chief of staff signed off on a request to retrieve the records. Department officials have maintained that Clinton and her staff determined which emails to hand over last year. A Clinton aide declined to comment on how many emails were withheld or how staff decided what was considered personal subject matter.

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BRITON ARRESTED OVER CYBERATTACK ON U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT: A 23-year-old British man has been arrested over a cyberattack in which data was stolen from the United States Department of Defense, the police said on Friday. The man was detained Wednesday morning by detectives from the National Crime Agency of Britain on suspicion of offenses linked to a hacking that took place in June, said a spokesman for the agency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in line with official policy.

56,023,000: RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN NOT IN LABOR FORCE: A record 56,023,000 women, age 16 years and over, were not in the labor force in February.  Not only was that a record high, but it’s also the first time the number has exceeded 56 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  To be counted as ‘not in the labor force,’ according to the BLS, one must not have a job or have looked for one in the past four weeks. In January 2015, there were 55,756,000 women not in the labor force, which means that 267,000 women dropped out of the labor force since then.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: THE DARK PAST OF CLINT EASTWOOD NEW GF: Clint Eastwood proudly went public with his new squeeze at the Oscars, but the 84-year-old “Dirty Harry” star might not know about Christina Sandera’s dark past. Christina, 51, has been arrested for “domestic battery” – and battled alcohol and anger management problems, according to police reports uncovered  by sources. “Clint just got out of a bad marriage and now he’s found himself in a violent new romance if Christina’s past is any indication,” a source said. “This certainly isn’t going to make his day!” Before Christina landed a hostess job at Clint’s Mission Ranch in Carmel, Calif., she was involved in a stormy 11-month marriage to a bakery shop owner, divorce papers indicate.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Apple, the highest valued company in the world, will be added to the Dow Jones industrial average next month in yet another sign of how popular the computer giant has become for investors. Apple, a top investment holding for risky hedge funds as well as retirees, will replace the telecommunications company AT&T, a technology standard-bearer in its day, on March 19, S&P Dow Jones Indices said in an announcement on Friday.

O.J. SIMPSON DOUBLE AMPUTATION FEARS: Creepy double murder acquitee O.J, SIMPSON may lose both legs in a diabetes related double amputation. His manager Norman Pardo divulged The Juice’s fears that he’s “Not leaving prison until he’s dead.” According to Pardo, OJ’s biggest concern is the lack of care at the Lovelock Correctional Facility to treat his ongoing struggle with obesity-related diabetes. Simpson underwent two knee replacement surgeries before he went into jail, “but the procedure was complicated by a bone infection,” Pardo told RadarOnline. He added that he “was on massive antibiotics to get rid of it” but “it didn’t want to heal.” “If his knee is giving him problems now it’s probably a knee infection that is setting in from when the doctor operated on him… it was a hell of a mess,” Pardo said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***The “Seinfeld” cast, sans Julia Louis-Dreyfus, reunited for the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative Lunch for Baby Buggy on Wednesday. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards were caught sharing hearty laughs at the star-studded luncheon, which also welcomed Kevin Hart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jay Leno and more.   ***Liv Tyler at Cafe Cluny in the West Village in NYC.   ***Former  New York Giants star Hakeem Nicks dining with his fiancée, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ariel Meredith, at Dune at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas.   ***Tom Hanks, Anna Wintour and Sissy Spacek separately having power breakfasts at the Regency Bar & Grill in NYC.    ***Larry David at a bash at the Boom Boom Room for the new Netflix show “Bloodline”  ***Mel B and her husband, Stephen Belafonte, dining together at a private table at Philippe in NYC.

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GERMANY SETS QUOTA FOR FEMALE EXECS: More than 100 of Germany’s biggest companies will be required to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year. The German parliament approved the quota system Friday and will require an additional 3,500 firms to set goals for raising the number of women in director and leadership positions. “If there are no equal opportunities at the top of companies, there are none in other areas either,” Manuela Schwesig, Germany’s minister for women and families, told ZDF television. “It was important to me to start with the very biggest [companies], where most women work.” The measure was backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party and the Social Democrats. Opponents, who said the quota system didn’t go far enough, abstained.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Because they viewed Christmas as a decadent Catholic holiday, the Puritans in America banned all Christmas celebrations from 1659-1681 with a penalty of five shillings for each offense. Some Puritan leaders condemned those who favored Christmas as enemies of the Christian religion.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In January, the first recording by Elvis Presley – a 1953 acetate disc featuring “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” – sold at auction for $300,000 to “an undisclosed buyer.” It turns out the secret purchaser wasn’t just any deep-pocketed Elvis fan: Jack White has revealed that it was his winning bid that landed the 10-inch recording, and that he plans to reissue the single on vinyl for this coming Record Store Day.   ***Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain‘s childhood home in Washington state is on sale for $400,000, complete with drawings he made on the bedroom wall, a realtor said on Wednesday. Cobain rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter of Nirvana, arguably the defining band of the grunge era that dominated rock music, and elements of popular culture, for several years in the 1990s.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a stern defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and an aging, dwindling priesthood shaken by sexual-abuse scandals, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 82. Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the cause was cardiac arrest.   ***Alex Johnson, who in a mercurial baseball career won the American League batting title with the Angels in 1970, edging out Carl Yastrzemski, only to be suspended by the team one year later for not hustling, a move that led to a landmark ruling in his favor, died on Saturday in Southfield, Mich. He was 72. The cause was complications of prostate cancer, his son, Alex Jr., said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Hillary Clinton’s record is more moderate than the Democratic primary voter today. So it was always likely that she would move left as the primary season approached. It’s now becoming clearer how she might do it. She might make a shift from what you might call human capital progressivism to redistributionist progressivism. For many years, Democratic efforts to reduce inequality and lift middle-class wages were based on the theory that the key is to improve the skills of workers. Expand early education. Make college cheaper. Invest in worker training. Above all, increase the productivity of workers so they can compete.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Let’s begin with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran logic. He portrays a rampaging Islamic Republic that “now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana,” a nation “gobbling” other countries on a “march of conquest, subjugation and terror.” Then, in the same speech, he describes Iran as “a very vulnerable regime” on the brink of folding. Well, which is it?


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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sandra Bullbock has FINALLY found love – with her longtime pal and costar in “The Heat,” actor Michael McDonald!  “Sandy can’t believe that Mr. Right was standing right in front of her all this time!” said a close pal of the Oscarwinning beauty. The new couple, both 50, was recently photographed looking blissfully happy as they celebrated Mardi Gras in Sandra’s adopted hometown of New Orleans. Not surprisingly, friends are thrilled with her choice.

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Thursday • March 5, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Marijuana

1.     Marijuana is created from the dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.

2.     Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.

3.     According to one national survey on drug use, each day approximately 6,000 Americans try marijuana for the first time.

4.     Worldwide, it is estimated that about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once per year, and 22.5 million use the drug daily.

5.     After alcohol, marijuana is the most popular recreational or mood-altering drug used worldwide.

6.     Just under 40% of high school students in the U.S. report using marijuana at least once in their life, and 20% report using it regularly.

7.     According to one report, it would take 800 joints to kill a person—but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.

8.     There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include pot, grass, weed, hash, and ganja.

9.     The international and scientific name for marijuana is cannabis. However, the substance is most commonly called marijuana within the United States.

10.  The name marijuana comes from a Mexican slang term for cannabis and is believed to have derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Mary and Jane. (The two names were also common Mexican military slang for a prostitute or brothel.) Marijuana came into popularity as a name for cannabis in the U.S. during the late 1800s.

11.  The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet total in ideal conditions.

12.  The primary active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta 9 tetrhydrocannabinol). It is this chemical that produces marijuana’s mind-altering effects.

13.  The psychoactive side effects of THC in small doses include loss of inhibition, elation, and a distorted sense of time. The drug can also cause increased visual sensitivity and heightened imagination.

14.  Depending upon the weather conditions, soil type, and time of harvest for a cannabis plant, as well as the specific mixture of dried leaves and flowers in the marijuana product, a sample of marijuana can contain anywhere from 3% to 20% THC.

15.  Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.

16.  The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.

17.  The first law in the American colonies regarding marijuana was a 1619 law that actually required farmers to grow the hemp plant. Once harvested, hemp was useful for clothing, sails, and rope.

18.  During the temperance movement of the 1890s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol. The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did.

19.  Marijuana was first severely restricted as a recreational and medicinal drug in the U.S. by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The law did not prohibit marijuana use but imposed such a heavy tax that legal sale and use became nearly impossible.

20.  In October of 1937, Samuel Caldwell was the first U.S. citizen arrested under the Marihuana Tax Act for selling marijuana without paying the newly mandated tax. He was fined $1,000 and sentenced to four years of hard labor in Leavenworth.

U.S. STRATEGY IN IRAQ INCREASINGLY RELIES ON IRAN: At a time when President Obama is under political pressure from congressional Republicans over negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a startling paradox has emerged: Mr. Obama is becoming increasingly dependent on Iranian fighters as he tries to contain the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria without committing American ground troops. In the four days since Iranian troops joined 30,000 Iraqi forces to try to wrest Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit back from Islamic State control, American officials have said the United States is not coordinating with Iran, one of its fiercest global foes, in the fight against a common enemy

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: IT’S easy to see how women benefit from equality — more leadership positions, better pay at work and more support at home. Men may fear that as women do better, they will do worse. But the surprising truth is that equality is good for men, too. If men want to make their work teams successful, one of the best steps they can take is to bring on more women. This fall, the Internet sensation Alibaba went public after achieving years of extraordinary growth as China’s largest e-commerce company. The founder, Jack Ma, explained that “one of the secret sauces for Alibaba’s success is that we have a lot of women.” Women hold 47 percent of all jobs at Alibaba and 33 percent of senior positions.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Red hair doesn’t gray as much as other hair colors. Red hair initially tends to turn blond and then white.

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