LBN – Friday, June 15 , 2018

*Leader of the Pakistani Taliban Killed by U.S. Drone Strike, Say Afghan Officials:

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to a senior Afghan defense ministry official. Fazlullah, who had a U.S. bounty of $5 million, claimed responsibility for the killing of more than 140 pupils and teachers at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. He also reportedly ordered the shooting ofMalala Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that same year. According to the reports, which have yet to be confirmed by the U.S., Mullah Fazlullah, the head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed along with four other TTP commanders who have been identified as Abu BakarUmar,Imran, and Sajid. They were attending an Iftar party, where theRamadan fast is broken.

*Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges:

Paul Manafort will be jailed after being accused of witness tampering while awaiting trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges brought by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The order to imprison President Trump’s former campaign manager came Friday in a federal court hearing after Manafort had been asking to post a $10 million bond and end seven months of home detention. It was not immediately clear when Manafort would be imprisoned or where. Proceedings before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia were ongoing.

*Trump Calls Justice Dept. Report ‘Total Disaster’ for Fired F.B.I. Director: 

President Trump said on Friday that a new internal Justice Department report proved there had been F.B.I. bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing “vicious” texts between investigators and findings that he said illustrated “criminal” behavior by the bureau’s former director. In a wide-ranging interview on Friday morning with “Fox and Friends,” Mr. Trump said that he did not want to get involved in Justice Department matters but that what the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey had done “was a terrible thing to the people.” “I would never want to get involved in that,” Mr. Trump said when he was asked if Mr. Comey should be “locked up.” “Certainly he, they just seem like criminal acts to me. What he did was criminal.” He added: “What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country. What he did was horrible.”

*Trump on Kim Jong Un’s Killings: ‘I Can’t Speak to That’:

President Trump says he is unable to “speak to” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s infamous legacy of mass executions, assassinations, and killings of his own people. During a lengthy, at-times-rambling Friday morning conversation with Fox & Friends, the president boasted of his meeting with Kim earlier this week: “I got along with him great. We have a great chemistry together. That’s a good thing.” Fox News host Steve Doocy asked: “What about the people he’s killing?” And the president replied: “I can’t speak to that. I can only speak to the fact that we signed an incredible agreement and it’s great and going to be great for them too because now North Korea can develop and North Korea can become a great country economically.” The comment registered as odd considering Trump featured prominently in his 2018 State of the Union address a defector who escaped the North Korean regime’s brutality. Moments after ending the Fox News interview, Trump was asked by a media-scrum reporter: “How can [Kim] love his people if he’s killing them?” The president once again replied: “I can’t speak to that.”

*STRIKE OUT! – Major League Baseball Sees a Sharp Drop in Attendance:

With the regular season approaching the halfway point, it seems safe to say that this is baseball in 2018: lots of home runs, even more strikeouts—and, relatively speaking, not a lot of people in the stands to see them. League-wide attendance entering Friday of 27,328 per game is down 6.6% from this date last year and 8.6% overall, according to Stats LLC. The sport hasn’t seen an attendance drop of more than 6.7% in a single season since 1995, when the average crowd fell nearly 20% following the player strike that canceled the 1994 World Series. MLB attendance has remained consistent throughout this decade, never changing more than 1.9% in either direction. While unwelcome to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, small decreases in attendance aren’t unusual or cause for alarm. Crowds sank 0.7% last year and 0.8% the year before that. But this season has been more than a minor dip, raising legitimate questions about what is happening.

*Stephen Hawking to Be Buried Between Darwin and Newton:

A memorial service for renowned physicist Stephen Hawkingis to be held at Westminster Abbey on Friday and will see his ashes buried alongside other great British scientists likeCharles Darwin and Isaac Newton. His remains will be marked with a stone plaque featuring the equation that bore out his most famous discovery: that black holes aren’t entirely black after all, and instead emit a glow that became known as Hawking radiation. The service will feature readings fromBenedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBCdrama, and astronaut Tim Peake. Hawking’s words have also been set to an original score by composer Vangelis, which will be beamed into space toward the nearest black hole after the service. Hawking died in March after decades of coping with a rare motor neuron disease.

*Trump Hits China With Tariffs on $50 Billion Worth of Goods:

Twenty-four hours after claiming he had secured peace on the Korean Peninsula, Donald Trump declared the start of a trade war with China. The president slammed crippling 25 percent duties on a raft of Chinese products. “The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices,” Trump said. China will impose tariffs of “equal scale, equal intensity” on U.S. products, according to Beijing’s commerce ministry website. Trump will impose even more tariffs if China retaliates, according to a statement emailed to Bloomberg News.

“Then you better start swimmin’, or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin’. ” ~Bob Dylan

After 16 years of bringing you fearless independent DAILY (7 days a week, 365 days a year) news and information, the time has come to change both the format and delivery rate of LBN not the mention its name. Starting Wednesday, July 4th, 2018,LBN E-lert will officially begin with a BANG by changing its name to LBN Examiner. It also changes its circulation schedule to weekly instead of daily. If you’re already a loyal LBN subscriber, don’t worry about not being included. You are still on the list!

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says. The research suggests that genes aren’t what’s driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday. Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 — but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

*MY REVIEW: “I am submitting this photo of myself along with my praise for LBN, which I have been reading daily for years. In a world of dis-information, LBN has proven itself independent and unbiased. I feel my mind enlarged by reading LBN.”—– Sofia G., an LBN reader from Rome, Italy.


1. Beer is the third-most popular drink on Earth, after water and tea.
2. Beer is by far the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. In 2016, people consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of beer worldwide.
3. Beer is as old as human history. Beer brewing and drinking predate written language.
4. In 2017, the average U.S. citizen over 21 consumed 26.9 gallons of beer. However, the United States doesn’t even make the top 10 in terms of overall beer drinking.
5. The Czech Republic consumes the most beer per capita of any country in the world, and China consumes the most overall.

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***AT&T announced it had completed its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner on Thursday, shortly after the Justice Department said it would not seek an injunction to stop the deal. The merger gives AT&T a vast media and entertainment portfolio belonging to Time Warner, including HBO and CNN, rights to major sports leagues and valuable film franchises such as “Harry Potter.”   ***The re-emerging Four Seasons Restaurant has parted ways with its veteran executive chef Pecko Zantilaveevan as the place preps to reopen at 280 Park Avenue in NYC. A New York Times report last week said the eatery had hired Diego Garcia as chef de cuisine and Bill Yosses as executive pastry chef, but that Zantilaveevan would continue in the role he had held at the spot when it left its famous location in 2016.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***A surprising segment of the population is turning to plastic surgery to sculpt, smooth, and shape their dream bodies into reality: men. According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1.3 million men have gotten plastic surgery in the last year, accounting for 8 percent of all plastic surgeries—and that number isn’t even at its peak yet. What is striking is the fact that men are overwhelmingly signing up for body contouring surgeries. The number one procedure in 2017 for men was breast reduction, with 300,378 cases and a 30 percent increase from the year before; close behind were liposuctions and tummy tucks. Penile augmentations are fast rising in popularity, as are pectoral implants and operations to help create muscles in arms and legs.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The English chocolate companyCadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Barry Manilow has pulled out of a sold-out Las Vegas performance after being hospitalized and diagnosed with a bronchial infection Thursday. “I can’t believe this is happening,” Manilow, 74, said, according to the singer’sFacebook page. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.” The “Copacabana” crooner, who was set to perform at West Gate Las Vegas for his “Manilow Las Vegas — The Hits Come Home” show, is expected to recover quickly and be released from the hospital in a few days.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sofia Coppola and daughters checking out the desserts at the Sofia Coppola and Lael Cakes pop-up in Brooklyn, N.Y.   ***Clive Davis, Related mogul Stephen Ross,Jean Shafiroff, and interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at separate tables at Harry Cipriani in NYC.   ****Tamera Mowery from The Talk and her husband, Fox News reporter Adam Housley were spotted grabbing coffee atCoffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Southwest’s LAX Terminal 1 a week ago.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with Spanish tax authorities to “serve” two years in prison and pay an 18.8 million euro — $21.8 million — fine in a tax evasion case, newspaper El Mundo reported on Friday. In reality, Ronaldo is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offense can be served on probation.   ***Boris Becker, the former tennis star, hails from Germany, lives in England, and has had homes in, among other places, Switzerland, Monaco, Spain and the United States. But now, he says, he represents (wait for it) the Central African Republic. Mr. Becker, 50, is trying to fend off creditors who forced him into bankruptcy last year, but instead of the usual debtor’s defense of insolvency, he is claiming diplomatic immunity.


*LBN-R.I.P:    ***Dorothy Cotton, a confidante of the Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. who was the only woman in his inner circle of aides, marched in perilous civil rights demonstrations and was a driving force in getting Southern black people to vote, died on June 10 at a retirement home in Ithaca, N.Y. She was 88. A friend, Bonnie Harrison, confirmed the death but did not give a cause.   ***Anne Donovan, a 6-foot-8 center who was one of the most dominating players of the early 1980s in women’s college basketball and who later won championships as a coach in the W.N.B.A. and the Summer Olympics, diedon Wednesday at her home in Wilmington, N.C. She was 56. Her brother John said the cause was a heart ailment.   ***D. J. Fontana, whose simple but forceful drumming behind Elvis Presley helped to shape the early sound of rock ’n’ roll, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Nashville. He was 87. His death was confirmed by his son David, who said Mr. Fontana had been in poor health since breaking his hip in a fall last year.   ***British actor Leslie Grantham, best known for playing rogue “Dirty” Den Watts on the long-running BBC soap “EastEnders, has died. He was 71. The actor, who also co-hosted the UK version of French gameshow “Fort Boyard,” appeared on “EastEnders” from 1985 to 1989 and returned to the BBC One series from 2003 to 2005.   ***“Midnight Cowboy” actressGeorgann Johnson died June 4 in Los Angeles. She was 91. With a career spanning six decades, the Iowa native first appeared on television in 1950s commercials, later appearing opposite James Dean in TV drama “Life Sentence” (1953).

*LBN-COMMENTARY by James Comey (Mr. Comey is the former F.B.I. director): The Department of Justice’s independent watchdog, the inspector general, has released a report that is critical of my decisions as F.B.I. director during the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email account. The report concludes that I was wrong to announce the F.B.I.’s completion of the investigation without coordinating with the attorney general and that I was wrong to inform Congress in late October that we had reopened the investigation. In both situations, the inspector general’s team concludes, I should have adhered to established norms, which they see as mandating both deference to the attorney general on the public announcement and silence about an investigation so close to an election. I do not agree with all of the inspector general’s conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism. All of our leaders need to understand that accountability and transparency are essential to the functioning of our democracy, even when it involves criticism. This is how the process is supposed to work.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:   ***One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about “Trump voters” or “social justice warriors,” but when you actually meet people they defy categories. Someone might be a Latina lesbian who loves the N.R.A. or a socialist Mormon cowboy from Arizona. Moreover, most actual human beings are filled with ambivalences. Most political activists I know love parts of their party and despise parts of their party. A whole lifetime of experience, joy and pain goes into that complexity, and it insults their lives to try to reduce them to a label that ignores that. Yet our culture does a pretty good job of ignoring the uniqueness and depth of each person. Pollsters see in terms of broad demographic groups. Big data counts people as if it were counting apples. At the extreme, evolutionary psychology reduces people to biological drives, capitalism reduces people to economic self-interest, modern Marxism to their class position and multiculturalism to their racial one. Consumerism treats people as mere selves — as shallow creatures concerned merely with the experience of pleasure and the acquisition of stuff. Back in 1968, Karol Wojtyla wrote, “The evil of our times consists in the first place in a kind of degradation, indeed in a pulverization, of the fundamental uniqueness of each human person.” That’s still true.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings – SNL 


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Asia Argento is doing just “fine” following the death of her celebrity chef boyfriend Anthony Bourdain. The Italian actress posted the message Thursday in an Instagram story that she tagged in Berlin. It showed a card reading “I’m a f—ing mess inside” that’s crossed out and replaced with “I’m fine” underneath. Argento shared another photo, captioned “Berlin Sisterhood,” of herself and a friend and a Spanish prayer that reads, in part, “May your holy spirit enlighten me in every step, decision and action that I make, in every word that comes out of my mouth.”.   ***Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson are one step closer to going from dance partners to life partners. The “Dancing with the Stars” pros announced they got engaged Thursdayevening.   ***Two suspected burglars were being soughtThursday after eluding officers following a break-in at the estate of longtime entertainer Wayne Newton, police in Las Vegas said. Officers responded a little before midnight Wednesday to a burglary call at Newton’s home several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, police Officer Jacinto Rivera said. The Newtons were not injured, and Rivera said police were investigating if anything was taken.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston

LBN – Wednesday, June 13, 2018

*WOW! – Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years:  

Overall enrollment in the nation’s food stamp program has dipped to its lowest level in eight years, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The latest USDA data reveals that enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the federal government program that administers food stamps—dropped to 40,083,954 in March 2018. The last time enrollment in the food stamp program reached that level was February 2010, when 39,588,993 people participated in the nation’s food stamp program.

*Trump: There’s ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat’ From North Korea:

Donald Trump has showered himself in praise after landing back in the U.S. from his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, saying North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. The president tweeted early Wednesday morning: “Just landed—a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future! Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer—sleep well tonight!” Critics have said the document signed by Trump and Kim went no further on denuclearization than previous agreements.

*YIKES – One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects: study:

One third of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as birth control pills, antacids and common heart medications, that may raise the risk of depression, researchers warned on Tuesday. Since the drugs are so common, people may be unaware of their potential depressive effects, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “Many may be surprised to learn that their medications, despite having nothing to do with mood or anxiety or any other condition normally associated with depression, can increase their risk of experiencing depressive symptoms, and may lead to a depression diagnosis,” said lead author Dima Qato, assistant professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The report was released one week after US health authorities said suicides have risen 30 percent in the past two decades, with about half of suicides among people who were not known to suffer from mental illness.

*The Trump-Kim Summit Was Unprecedented, but the Statement Was Vague:

In a day of personal diplomacy that began with a choreographed handshake and ended with a freewheeling news conference, President Trump deepened his wager on North Korea’s leader on Tuesday, arguing that their rapport would bring the swift demise of that country’s nuclear program. Mr. Trump, acting more salesman than statesman, used flattery, cajolery and even a slickly produced promotional video to try to make the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, a partner in peace. He also gave Mr. Kim a significant concession: no more military drills between the United States and South Korea, a change that surprised South Korea and the Pentagon. After hours of face-to-face contact, in which Mr. Trump even gave Mr. Kim a peek inside his bulletproof presidential limousine, he said he believed that Mr. Kim’s desire to end North Korea’s seven-decade-old confrontation with the United States was sincere. “He was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this,” Mr. Trump said at the news conference before leaving for home. While cautioning that he could not be sure, Mr. Trump said, “I think he might want to do this as much or even more than me.”

*U.S., Mexico and Canada Win Joint Bid to Host 2026 Soccer World Cup:

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada will host the 2026 World Cuptogether after a joint bid was chosen by delegates of world soccer Wednesday morning. A meeting of Fédération Internationale de Football Association [FIFA] delegates in Moscow picked the North American bid over a rival pitch from Morocco, 134 votes to 65. The U.S. previously hosted the world’s biggest international soccer tournament in 1994, while Mexico has held it twice, in 1986 and 1970. The bid proposed that the U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches while Canada and Mexico will host 10 each. The 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia this week, and the 2022 World Cup is due to take place in Qatar.

*North Korea Says Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions:

North Korean state media says President Trump agreed to lift sanctions against the country during his meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Wednesday that Trump had also offered security guarantees to the North Korean leader, while Kim had agreed only to “step-by-step” denuclearization—and only if “the U.S. side takes genuine measures for building trust.” While Trump hailed the meeting for taking the world a “big step back from nuclear catastrophe” late Tuesday, critics say he made too many concessions to Kim without getting any specific commitment to denuclearization. Trump also offered to suspend joint U.S.-South Korean military drills to appease Kim, a move that reportedly came as a shock to both the Pentagon and South Korean officials.

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*Heroic Raccoon Captivates World by Climbing Minnesota Skyscraper:

A daredevil raccoon that sent the internet into a frenzy with its attempt to climb a Minnesota skyscraper has made it safely to the top. The dramatic scenes began after workers removed the death-defying trash panda from the roof of an office block in St. Paul. It headed to the nearby UBS tower—one of the tallest buildings in the city—and started its climb. Twitter users followed every step of the creature’s stunt through Tuesdayand, as the city slept, he made it to the top. A live feed showed the parkour critter reaching the summit of the 25-story building around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. After it reached the roof, the raccoon was trapped, reports said. Mayor Melvin Cartertweeted shortly before the end of the climb: “Even wild animals know @cityofsaintpaul is a great place to reach for higher heights. We’re working with staff & building owner to find a way to help #MPRraccoon without further endangering it or staff by scaring or making it feel threatened.”

*DUH! – Thefts rise after California reduces criminal penalties: 

California voters’ decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported. Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released Tuesday. Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries last year, which authorities largely blamed on gangs. Shoplifting may be leveling off, researchers found, but there is no sign of a decline in thefts from vehicles. Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad checks and check forgery from felonies that can bring prison terms to misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.

*Legal Pimp Dennis Hof Wins Republican Primary in Nevada:

Dennis Hof, a pimp who owns half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and stars in the HBO adult reality-TV series Cathouse, won a Republican primary for the state legislature Tuesday. The famous pimp, who lives in the town of Pahrump, edged out three-term lawmaker and hospital executive James Oscarson. “It’s all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me,” Hof told the AP. “He found the way and I jumped on it.” Hof is the author of a book titled The Art of the Pimp, has given himself the nickname “The Trump of Pahrump,” and held a rally with controversial Trump adviserRoger Stone. He’ll face Democrat Lesia Romanov in November, and will be the favored candidate in the Republican-heavy district.

*Angelina Jolie at risk of losing primary custody of kids:

Angelina Jolie is at risk of losing primary physical custody of her kids with Brad Pitt if she doesn’t take steps to improve their relationship with their father. A judge in the couple’s ongoing divorce case said the six children “not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them,” adding that “it is critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” according to court documents obtained byThe Blast. The judge also ordered the “Maleficent” actress to provide her kids with cellphones that Pitt can call whenever he’d like without Jolie monitoring. She’s also not allowed to read their text messages with their father. The court also laid out a summer schedule for each of the children except Maddox, who is old enough to decide how much time he wants to spend with Pitt, the documents read.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The battle for the future of media has begun. A judge’s approval on Tuesday of the $85.4 billion AT&T-Time Warner deal is sure to touch off a series of mergers as once-powerful news and entertainment companies, built for an era when cable was king, position themselves to compete against the likes of NetflixAmazon and YouTube. How quickly are things changing? Netflix recently surpassedDisney to become the most valuable media company at $158 billion.   ***A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price ofBitcoin and other big cryptocurrencies last year, according to a paper released on Wednesday by an academic with a history of spotting fraud in financial markets. The paper by John Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, and Amin Shams, a graduate student, is likely to stoke a debate about how much of Bitcoin’s skyrocketing gain last year was caused by the covert actions of a few big players, rather than real demand from investors. Many industry players expressed concern at the time that the prices were being pushed up at least partly by activity at Bitfinex, one of the largest and least regulated exchanges in the industry. The exchange, which is registered in the Caribbean with offices in Asia, was subpoenaed by American regulators shortly after articles about the concerns appeared in The New York Times and other publications.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The Food and Drug Administration approved the first lasers to correct vision in the 1990s. Roughly 9.5 million Americans have had laser eye surgery, lured by the promise of a quick fix ridding them of nettlesome glasses and contact lenses. There is also a wide perception among patients, fostered by many eye doctors who do the surgery, that the procedure is virtually foolproof. As far back as 2008, however, patients who had received Lasik and their families testified at an F.D.A. meeting about impaired vision and chronic pain that led to job loss and disability, social isolation, depression — and even suicides.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Former Dallas Cowboysdefensive end Greg Hardy is officially a UFC fighter. Competing on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” in Las Vegas, Hardy, 29, won his UFC contract in his first-ever professional MMA fight by knocking out fellow NFL alumAusten Lane in just 57 seconds. The fight was contested in the heavyweight division. “It’s awesome news,” Hardy said after the fight, according to ESPN. “I get an opportunity to show what I’ve got, go back and work hard and come back even better than before. It’s exciting. It’s everything I could ask for.


SOCKI has officially launched! It’s a new family card game from Crazy Red Head Publishing that plays like an open-faced gin rummy game, suitable for 2 to 8 players or more. Even the youngest in the family can join in. The entry-to-play skill is to be able to count to 12. The game is available from both the Crazy Red Head Publishing  and from Game Crafter. Instructional Video- How to Play SOCKI

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Nick Meglin, a top editor at Mad Magazinewho for many years was the chief barometer of whether the publication’s silly and satirical humor had gone too far — or not far enough — died on June 2 at his home in Durham, N.C. He was 82.   ***Jon Hiseman, the British drummer, composer and progressive-rock innovator who led the bands Colosseum andTempest and played in many other groups, died early Tuesdayin Sutton, England. He was 73. His son, Marcus, said the cause was complications of surgery that Mr. Hiseman underwent in May to remove a brain tumor. He had lived in Sutton, a suburb of London, before entering hospice care there. His daughter, Diane Meglin, said the cause was a heart attack. ***Murray Fromson, a well-traveled print and broadcast reporter who helped found the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press at a time when journalists faced hostility during President Richard M. Nixon’s administration, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son, Derek, said the cause was Alzheimer’s disease.

*WHO READS LBN? Famed Izzy’s Deli owner Izzy Freemanand his wife, Marilyn, along with influencers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Brian X. Chen:  Chances are that when you bought a Wi-Fi router, you probably did not prioritize strong network security. After all, when we think about wireless connectivity in our homes, most of us generally care more about speed of data transmissions and how much range the router can cover. But it’s time to change our views. Network security needs to be high on our list of considerations because a Wi-Fi station is the gateway for devices to get on the internet. If your router is infected with malicious software, all your internet-connected devices become vulnerable, including your smartphone, computer, smart watch, television and Amazon Echo. A recent cyberthreat underscores the need to take network security more seriously. Last month, Cisco’s threat research arm Talos, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, discovered that a malware system with links to Russia had infected hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi routers made by popular brands like NetgearTP-Link and Linksys. This month, Talos revealed the problem was even worse than initially thought: Routers from other brands like Asus and D-Link had also been infected.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gayle King: I do worry about the#MeToo Movement because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty. There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Dana Carvey Predicts The Outcome Of Trump & Kim Jong-un’s Meeting – CONAN on TBS 

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Roni Caryn Rabin:  Could common prescription medications be contributing to depression and rising suicide rates? Over one-third of Americans take at least one prescription drug that lists depression as a potential side effect, a new study reports, and users of such drugs have higher rates of depression than those who don’t take such drugs. Many patients are taking more than one drug that has depression as a side effect, and the study found that the risk of depression increased with each additional such drug taken at the same time. About 200 prescription drugs can cause depression, and the list includes common medications like proton pump inhibitors (P.P.I.s) used to treat acid reflux, beta-blockers used to treat high blood pressure, birth control pills and emergency contraceptives, anticonvulsants like gabapentin, corticosteroids like prednisone and even prescription-strength ibuprofen. Some of these drugs are also sold over-the-counter in pharmacies.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***“Dukes of Hazard” star John Schneider is free hours after he was jailed for an alimony dispute. The 58-year-old Schneider was released from the Los Angeles County Jail on Tuesday when his three-day sentence was cut short because of overcrowding. The “Smallville” star told Fox News he cannot afford the payments to his estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider. She filed for divorce in 2014 after 21 years of marriage; they have three adult children. Schneider said he’s “disheartened” with the system.   ***Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born” is being reborn online with scenes she’d cut from the 1976 movie. Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristoffersonand an instrumental take on the Oscar-winning tune “Evergreen.” The romantic drama, coming to Netflix along with other Streisand projects, isn’t the only “Star” on the horizon: A new version with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be in theaters this fall.

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LBN – Sunday, June 10, 2018

*FINAL COUNTDOWN – Trump and Kim Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Summit:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with Singapore’s top officials after arriving in the country on Sunday ahead of his highly anticipated meeting with U.S. President Trump on Tuesday. Singapore’s foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, welcomed Kim and other North Korean officials, posting a picture on Twitter of the two shaking hands during the unprecedented visit. Kim’s motorcade made its way through Singapore’s central streets amid massive security precautions on its way to the presidential palace, with crowds of onlookers standing by to take photos as his Mercedes Benz limousine passed by. Trump arrived a short time later and was expected to be staying at the Shangri-La hotel, about 20 minutes from Sentosa. The two are reportedly planning a brief one-on-one meeting at the beginning of Tuesday’s summit in which they are expected to be accompanied only by translators, according toBloomberg News. Trump has expressed optimism about the meeting, tweeting just before his arrival that he has a “feeling this one-time opportunity will not be wasted.”

*Anthony Bourdain was ‘regularly suicidal’ after end of first marriage:
On TV shows such as “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown,” chef Anthony Bourdain presented the image of an alpha male of the world. Beneath the swagger and mischievous grin, however, loomed a history of lethally destructive behavior. Soon after his first marriage ended in 2005, as Bourdain related in his book “Medium Raw,” he was “aimless and regularly suicidal” during a stretch in the Caribbean. He recounted getting drunk and stoned — “the kind of drunk where you’ve got to put a hand over one eye to see straight” — and said he would “peel out” in his 4×4 on his way back from nightly trips to the brothels. His state of mind improved upon meeting a woman in London. At that point, wrote Bourdain, “my nightly attempts at suicide ended.” But on Friday, the chef-turned-star was found dead from an apparent suicide in a room at the luxurious Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg, France. He was 61 and had reportedly hanged himself with the belt of his bathrobe.
*Putin to Trump- I’m Ready Whenever You Are:
Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Sunday responded to the latest overture from President Trump with open arms, saying he’s prepared to meet with the American president in the near future to strengthen ties. “As soon as the American side is ready this meeting would take place depending on my working schedule of course,” Putin told reporters at a briefing in the Chinese city of Qingdao, pitching Vienna as a possible venue. “The U.S. president himself repeatedly said that he would consider such a meeting helpful. I can confirm this. It’s true,” he said. Putin’s remarks came a day after Trump sought to bring Russia back into the fold at the G7, calling on other world leaders to allow Moscow back in the interests of “peace,” despite the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Putin responded to that suggestion Sunday by inviting G7 nations to Moscow. “We did not (choose to) leave it, our colleagues refused to come to Russia due to known reasons at some point. Please, we will be glad to see everyone here in Moscow,” he said.
*Trump Bashed Trudeau to Impress North Korea, Kudlow Suggests:
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sundayappeared to inadvertently attribute President Trump’s outrage at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his desire to impress North Korea. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Kudlow bashed the “double crossing” Trudeau for what he described as a “betrayal” and “great disservice to the wholeG7.” Asked what exactly Trudeau had done to earn the wrath of Trump and the White House—apart from criticizing U.S. tariffs at the G7—Kudlow said Trudeau had caused “collateral damage” for the Korea summit with his criticism. “Kim must not see American weakness. … The president of the United States is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around, push him, POTUS, around, President Trump, on the eve of this—he is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea,” he said. Kudlow went on to say G7 leaders should have wished Trump luck in negotiating with North Korea’s “crazy nuclear tyrant.”
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*Justify Wins Triple Crown After Breezing to Victory in Belmont Stakes:
After crushing the competition at the Kentucky Derby and winning by a nose at the Preakness, Justify breezed to victory at the 150th Belmont Stakes, becoming only the 13th horse in history to capture racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. The 3-year-old famously started racing only this year under the tutelage of trainer Bob Baffert, who coached American Pharaoh to the Triple Crown just four years ago and broke the sport’s 37-year drought for Triple Crown winners. The horse’s jockey, 52-year-old Mike Smith, has called Justify an “old soul” and after winning at the New York racetrack on Saturday, he praised the horse as “sent from heaven.” He also admitted he finally felt deserving of his spot in racing’s Hall of Fame, awarded in 2003.
*All-Female ‘Ocean’s 8’ Debuts at $41.5 Million, a Franchise Best:
The all-female heist film Ocean’s 8 easily beat out the competition in theaters this weekend, surpassing all four of the franchise’s earlier male-led films with a $41.5 million debut. Starring Sandra BullockSarah PaulsonAnne Hathaway,RihannaKate BlanchettMindy KalingHelena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina, the first gender-flipped version in theOcean’s 11 franchise was a comeback of sorts for the series, which had been absent from screens for 11 years. The original film had only a $38 million debut in 2001, and the subsequent three never managed to break the $40 million mark. Ocean’s 8 bumped Solo: A Star Wars Story down to second place in theaters, with the space saga earning $15.2 million in its third weekend. Deadpool 2 trailed behind as No. 3 with an estimated $13.7 million. The indie horror film Hereditary, one of only two new wide releases this weekend, defied a D+Cinemascore with a $13 million debut but failed to break into the top three.
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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Rafael Nadal beat Austrian seventh-seed Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, to claim a record-extending 11th French Open title on Sunday. The Spanish world No. 1 took his Roland Garros win-loss record to a jaw-dropping 86-2 as he captured his 17th Grand Slam title. Nadal’s triumph marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either him or 20-times major champion Roger Federer.
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner ran into the Washington Capitals at a DC hotspot Saturday night — and bought the team a round of shots, a source familiar with the encounter said. The couple was on a date night at Café Milano in Georgetown when theStanley Cup winners spotted them.   ***U2 rocker Bono was spotted bowling in Brooklyn this past week. The rocker was at Brooklyn Bowl, spies said. A witness added: “He arrived in town for [the band’s] upcoming shows at Nassau Coliseum over the weekend and at the Apollo on Monday for SiriusXM, and then three nights at MSG in June, too.”
*LBN-R.I.P:   ***Lorraine Gordon, who took over the Village Vanguard, New York’s oldest and most venerated jazz nightclub, in 1989 and remained its no-nonsense proprietor for the rest of her life, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 95. The cause was complications of a stroke, said Jed Eisenman, the longtime manager of the club.   ***Long after he left journalism, Murray Fromson never lost the curiosity, storytelling ability and intensity that made him a top CBStelevision correspondent during the Vietnam War and in the domestic fight for civil rights. Fromson died Saturday of Alzheimer’s disease, giving way reluctantly, fighting back as long as he could.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Book tours can be brutal. It took 20 years for Bill Clinton to be properly publicly shamed for the ugly bargain at the heart of the Clinton operation. As a politician, the former president was gifted.James Carville liked to say: “People are confused. They don’t know which one they like more, the peace or the prosperity.” Even Barack Obama, another talented pol, was forced to turn to his former nemesis to help sell his agenda for his second term, christening Bill the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff.” And ifHillary had listened to Bill’s urgent warnings about addressing the alienation of white men in flyover country in 2016, she’d be president.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Damon Young (Mr. Young is founder and editor in chief of the blog Very Smart Brothas):  America shames people who have the audacity to struggle, fastening a scarlet letter to those of us forced to stretch and bend and cheat and break resources just to stay afloat. These days, that’s most of us. Insiders tell the site that Vaughn, 48, was taken into custody at a routine checkpoint set up by local police. It’s unclear when he’ll be released.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Vince Vaughn is behind bars. The actor was arrested for driving under the influence. The incident happened around 4 a.m. Sunday in Manhattan Beach, California.

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